Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Custom Beach Sand Vases by Kevin Becker

From the Boston Globe

We saw these at a Cape Cod art show and were captivated by the concept: Glass artist Kevin Becker of Westwood, Mass., creates blown glass “beach memories” vases using sand from the beach of your choice. What a cool way to preserve the memory of that special beach — where you spent your honeymoon, perhaps, or the strand of sand where you and your siblings built sand castles together. Using your own sand, or a sample of sand from his own collection, Becker will make a piece of art that recalls waves, water, and sand. His hand-blown hummingbird feeder ($28) is also a beauty. Vases are 6 to 8 inches tall, and prices start at $65. Available at Dedham Square Artist Guild, 553 High St., Dedham;

Kevin Becker needs ½ to 1 cup of sand. Kevin need orders (including sand) by Dec. 15 in order to complete and ship for Xmas. Feel free to call the artist at any time with any questions.  

Don't have your own sand
This is a list of sand that Kevin has in his inventory

Monterey Bay, Newport Beach, Pebble Beach

Hotchkiss Grove (Branford), White Sand Beach

Anna Maria Island, Bonita Beach, Captiva, Fort Desoto, Fort Myers Beach
Key West (Smathers Beach), Lovers Key, Naples, Sanibel, Seagrove
Siesta Key

Big Island (Hapuna Bay, Mauna Kea, Papakolea, Punalu’u)
Kauai (North Shore), Maui (Wailea Beach, Wai’anapanapa), O’ahu (Aulani/Disney)

Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, York, Acadia (Sand Beach, Seal Harbor)

Assateague Island, Ocean City

Beverly (Dean St; Endicott), Cape Cod
(Barnstable, Brewster(all beaches), Chatham, Craigville, Eastham, E. Dennis, W. Dennis, Harwich, Harwichport, Hyannis, Hyannis (Lewis Bay), Mayflower, Osterville, Provincetown, Scituate (Peggotty Beach), Truro, Wellfleet, Yarmouthport …Multiple beaches from many Cape towns,)
Duxbury Beach, Falmouth, Gloucester, Hull, Humarock, Lake Nipmuc
Manchester-by-the-Sea (Singing Beach), Marblehead (Deveraux, Preston, King’s)
Martha’s Vineyard (Chilmark, Oak Bluffs, W. Chop), Mashpee (Popponessett) Nantasket
Nantucket (Children’s beach, Cisco Beach, Dionis, Madaket, Sconset, Steps Beach, Surfside beach)
Nauset (grey sand, purple sand), Peddocks Island, Plum Island, Popponesset
Rockport, Truro (multiple beaches), Quincy, Scituate (Pegotty)

Hampton Beach

Atlantic City, Sea Isle

Eagle Bay Lake, Pleasure Beach (Long Island Sound)

Outer Banks

Barrington, Beavertail Beach, Jamestown, Narragansett
Newport (all beaches), Prudence Island, Westerly

Lake Powell

ABU DABI, ARUBA, BERMUDA (Tuckers Point, Horseshoe Bay beach)
COSTA RICA (Pacific and Caribbean coasts), DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
EGYPT, FRANCE (Paris-Notre Dame, Normandy)
MAURITIUS, INDIA (Kochi- Arabian Sea)
IRELAND, ISRAEL (Sea of Galilee, Mediterranean Sea, Nageve Desert)
MEXICO (Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Sea, Playa del Carmen, Tulum)
SPAIN (Barcelona), ST. LUCIA
ST. MARTIN (Orient Baie –Fr. West Indies)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for the Dedham Guild, Read about our local artists

Zelayna Rauch, Fiber
Westwood, MA

I have loved sewing my whole life. My grandmother Jenny, who was a milner (hat maker), was my first teacher. She, my “Baba”, taught me to cross-stitch, crochet and embroider. My older sister, Elissa, was my next teacher. She sewed on a machine and made clothing. She had taken a quilting class and decided that we, along with our other two sisters, should make our parents a 30th wedding anniversary quilt, which we did. They just recently celebrated their 68th anniversary!

My quilting really took off around 2005, when my sister-in-law, Alice, asked me to make a quilt for the upcoming birth of her son Adam. My friend and fellow quilter, Abby, helped me with this project. She also encouraged me to join her quilting guild, the Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild (RNQG), which I did. All of this sewing activity required that I replace the old machine I had used since age 11 with a new machine with modern features. Since that time I have continued to learn and develop my quilting style and techniques by reading books and magazines, as well as attending workshops, classes and retreats. I love learning new techniques and also sharing my creations with family and friends. Due to my interest in sewing, all 3 of my sisters have taken it back up. I have made many friends in the quilting community and have served as President of the RNQG twice. I have found quilting to be a wonderful creative outlet.

My quilts have been displayed at the Brookline and Westwood Public Libraries, as well as in the Akillian Gallery at the Milton Art Museum. I have also shown many quilts at the RNQG Quilt Show, held semi-annually, at the Blue Hills Regional High School.

Mona Podgurski, Painting and Drawings
Canton, MA

Mona Podgurski was born in Boston and currently resides in Canton. She is a graduate of Blue Hills Technical Institute, where she received an Associate degree in commercial art, and Bridgewater State University, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in fine art.. Mona is primarily a draftsman who prefers to teach and show in pastel and drawing, although she does work in watercolor and oil. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and the Pastel Painters of Maine, and is currently President of the Canton Art Association. Her work may be seen on her web site, at

Kerry Hawkins, Photography

Coasters by Kerry lives in Dedham, MA. She is also a Co-Founder of the 
Dedham Square Artist Guild in Dedham Square.

Kerry is a freelance graphic designer and amateur fine art photographer. She attended the Art Institute of Boston, majoring in graphic design. She became hooked on photography in her second year of college and has been photographing ever since.

As a photographer and artist she is drawn to the contrasts, complexity and vibrancy of cityscapes and neighborhoods, the buildings and negative spaces between them. The interaction of individual and architecture create myriad opportunities to capture unseen moments and scenes.

Lisa W.B. Walker, Pottery
Westwood, MA

Lisa W. B. Walker is an Artist working in clay who lives in Westwood, Massachusetts. She creates wheel thrown or hand built functional ware to explore surface decoration in order to create one of a kind original work. Lisa received her Studio Art Degree from Skidmore College, continuing with additional classes at the Museum School of Fine Arts Boston and the Art Institute of Boston. She writes a weekly blog,, participates in local arts related community service, and, shares her knowledge through workshops. 

Fred Smith, Watercolor
Dedham, MA

As a landscape designer Fred Smith is interested in natural forms and processes. He prefers watercolor because of its transparency and the layering effects that are possible when wax and other resist materials are added.

See his work at the Guild

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

You are invited to Chris Roberts show at the Dedham Guild this Sunday 12-4pm

Join us Sunday December 4th for a trunk show featuring artist Chris Roberts. 

12-4pm at the Dedham Square Artist Guild

Chris Roberts recently moved to Hyde Park and even more recently, retired from a long career as a dental hygienist, which now allows her more time to pursue art. Her primary medium is watercolor, but pastels and calligraphy are close behind. Nature is her inspiration and with her camera ever present, there is always something she wants to draw or paint or write. Chris is a past President of Masscribes, the local Boston calligraphy guild, and a current member of the Hyde Park and West Roxbury Art Associations. She served on the Board of Roslindale’s Open Studios with her earlier residence in that community. A mother of one, and beloved Nana to two, life is better with art as a means of expression. Her work is currently being shown at the Roslindale shop, 
Birch Street House and Garden.