The exhibit was made possible by the generous support of property manager EDENS and features the paintings of Julia Blake, Julia Greenway, Dottie Laughlin, and Carolyn Mackin Watson - - and the sculpture and watercolors of Merrilyn Delano Marsh.
Merrilyn D. Marsh
Marsh’s primary medium is sculpture but she’s also a painter. Walking around her sculptures is an encounter with beloved animals and all manner of flora and fauna, sights and sounds, of the natural world. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris. Her works have been exhibited throughout New England and New York, and her work is included in many private collections.Marsh taught at the Choate School of Brookline, Brookline Community Center, DeCordova Museum of Lincoln, and also private classes. She achieved Copley Master status as a member of the Copley Society of Art and is a member of the New England Sculptors Association (NESA), Cambridge Art Association, and Wellesley Society of Artists.
Two of her commissioned bronze sculptures are within short walking distance of this exhibit: Girl with the Butterfly is in Central Park between the Post Office and the Wellesley Congregational Church, and Animal Lover is in the Cloister Garden at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Marsh’s commissioned works also include multiple bronze reliefs on the Duke University and Tufts University campuses.
Carolyn Mackin Watson
Utilizing a mix of photography, digital imaging, painting, collage and intuition, Carolyn creates fine artwork inspired by her myriad passions. Her influences include the glowing illumination of a city at night, peeled layers of paint on old buildings or furniture, traveling and adventures both internal and external, and artists Jill Ricci and Flora Bowley. In 1996 she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, and in 2003 a Master of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts. She's lived in Wellesley with her husband and two young sons since 2009. Their boys attend Hardy Elementary and P.A.W.S. and she's an active member of the Wellesley Mother’s Forum as well as Wellesley Women Artisans.
Born and raised in Chicago, Dottie Laughlin lived in several countries and cities before moving to Boston 12 years ago. She had always enjoyed painting and studied Art in College but it was not until she was struggling with three young sons and a Minnesota winter that she found her way back to Oil painting. In Boston, she continued her studies at the Danforth Museum School with Robert Collins and Ruth Scotch. She currently studies with Boston Guild Artist, William Bartlett. These large abstract water paintings were done following a trip to the Caribbean where she had made many plein air sketches of the water and rocks. The sun was so warm and inviting during the day while the late afternoon provided the many soft colors and shadows. To Dottie it is both an incredible opportunity and challenge to communicate with color. It is this experience of watching the painting unfold that is so amazing and exciting to her.
These oil paintings and charcoal drawing are inspired by uninhabited and off-the-beaten-track spaces in nature that the artist seeks. Whether it be a sunlit moment on a trail off the main path, or an unexpected morning mist, Greenway paints to find a passage that may feel familiar in some way; a moment of unexpected grace in the natural world.
Award-winning artist Julia Blake recently started painting again after several years away from the easel. She has an impressive ability to work across many styles from abstract to figure. She tends to use vivid colors, high contrast and bold strokes to create aesthetic and meaningful works. As an artist she was a peer-and client-nominated finalist for 40 Women to Watch Over Forty - a list of “women in the world who are innovators, role-models and makers, creating momentum and changing the world”. Her art is in private collections in several states from Hawaii to Massachusetts. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and their six children in a charming cape she renovated.