Wrentham Cultural Council - Guild Directory
Wood Smith and Author
I apprenticed as a furniture maker in the 1990's in Miami Florida under a master furniture maker from Germany. Over the years a worked in a variety of cabinet shops but never enjoyed constantly building kitchens. I appreciate wood in its most natural forms and have come to see the pieces that I most enjoy making as "functional art". I have recently begun turning and am looking forward to expanding my pieces to include turnings. I also enjoy carving wood as well and making unique pieces that are made possible by contributions from several local tree companies.
In May 2010 Zach had a book published. It is called My First 30 Years: a Lost and Found Journey of Faith
David Lee Black
"Photography is simply a function of noticing things." —Elliott Erwitt
The pilgrimage never ends, but my journey of images touches both the simple and sublime en route. Immersed in the places, people and events that become my vision and guide, my photographs are meant to evoke the emotional and spiritual interactions with the natural moment at hand. I invite you to share in my personal sense of wonder.~David Lee Black
David was recently featured on the documentary series Art02093, a Wrentham Cable 8 community program being produced by the Wrentham Cultural Council.Bio, Exhibitions, & Blog:http://www.zhibit.org/davidleeblack
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Dyan Gingras Rook
Art has always been and I imagine will always be a part of my life. Teaching art in the public schools for 34 years gave me the opportunity not only to inspire, but to be inspired.
I paint primarily in water media because of the capacity for luminosity and ease of transport. My compositions often incorporate a view through a window, combining what is happening inside and out. I believe this is a metaphor which lends itself to interpretations...conscious or unconscious...those intended by myself and those arrived at by the viewer. Capturing a glimpse of daily activity using people, animals, or still life as subject matter has become a favorite theme. Some paintings may hint at a story within....the beginning or the end?
I enjoy painting with other artists whether in the context of a formal workshop or in the relaxed atmosphere of my studio, or painting en plein air. I am an artist member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and the Cape Cod Art Association. Since I retired from teaching, I have enjoyed having more time to devote to my art, and have been honored to win some awards in juried competitions.
Art is the window through which I witness and celebrate the unusual and the ordinary. Painting is sometimes exasperating, often gratifying and always an opportunity to observe, understand and learn.
Donna MacLure has been painting in Watercolor for the past 15 years,
studying with nationally recognized teachers. She has exhibited
throughout New England and internationally. Her works are in private
Donna is a Signature Member of both the New
England Watercolor Society and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society as
well as an Artist Member of the North Shore Arts Assoc., Attleboro Arts
Museum, North East Watercolor Society and the Foxboro and Mansfield Art
She has studios in Wrentham MA and Kennebunkport ME
Her work is permanently shown in the following galleries:
Next Door Gallery, Mansfield MA,
North Attleboro, MA
The Patriot Place Gallery,
Photo by Ellen KeiterFarewell, Your Majesty
Stately elm, you tower above me,
Your limbs reach longingly to heaven,
Begging a quenching drop, a warming ray,
As cold autumn winds darkly threaten.
For years you’ve toiled to just exist,
Your seed sought root in poor position.
Despite the challenge, you prospered long,
Twice man’s lifetime, in prime rendition.
But now the struggle becomes too much,
The storms are stronger, the climate strange,
Now enemies attack your every flank,
As Mother Nature too, becomes deranged.
Take heart, old friend, as you take exit,
Your body will guard us from the cold,
While your spirit endured in memory,
A majestic image in classic mold.
G.G. Tooker October, 2011
In the late winter of 1955, I had a life experience which planted a seed much delayed in germination.
It was my good fortune to be a student in Miss Hope’s English class.
She was perhaps the most inspirational teacher I was to have during my educational experience.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Miss Hope had a love of literature and especially poetry.
When poet laureate, Robert Frost, visited the college that year for a reading of his acclaimed works, she arranged for our class to attend.
Not only did we thrill to an in-person oration of his most famous poems, we also met personally with Mr. Frost after the reading to see a more personal side of this most sensitive and perceptive human being.
Now, over 57 years later, that seed has finally sprung forth after my retirement from a more conventional career that was rewarding in itself. My writings are dedicated to Miss Hope, my extended family, and especially to the younger of the clan who might benefit from the life observations they contain. Many of the themes came to me during long distance hikes and runs that have long been a part of my life. As you will see, the natural environment is the most stimulating of settings for creative thought. We must do everything within our power to ensure its health and well being.
George Gregory Tooker
Photo by Ellen Jean Keiter
Carol Swenson Bradley
Mirror Lake Pottery is created by Carol Swenson Bradley on the beautiful shores of Mirror Lake in Wrentham, Massachusetts. My pottery is primarily functional but I also experiment with sculptural forms and non-functional pieces. My work is thrown on the wheel as well as hand-built. I am fascinated by glaze combinations and love it when a new, unexpected glaze effect comes out of the kiln. I experiment with various glaze and firing techniques including high-fire, under glazing, smoke firing, and raku. I studied art at Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Massachusetts and have been making pottery since 1989 when I first studied with Henriette Dresens, the founder of Potters Place. Henriette has a very unique vision and an infectious love of pottery which I quickly came to share. Currently I show my pottery at the two shows a year held by Potters Place. Potters Place is a non-profit cooperative pottery studio located in Walpole, Massachusetts. I have been a member of the Potters Place Co-op since 1996. ~Carol Swenson Bradley
Like me on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/mirrorlakepottery
Follow me on Twitter @MirrorLakePots
Follow my blog on Wrentham Patch @ http://wrentham.patch.com/
Clay is a 3D form. The artist must give in to [it] and consider clay’s natural qualities to create a working symmetry. This has created a wonderful parallel to my personal life and professional life as an educator. It is those connections that inspire my work.
~Mary Lawrie Shea
Mary Shea is an artist, designer, and teacher featured in Art02093 a video series produced by the Wrentham Cultural Council with Wrentham Cable Access. Mary is an art teacher in the Mansfield Public Schools, as well as a ceramics instructor at the Hunakai Studio of Fine Arts in Foxborough http://www.hunakaistudio.org/.
Mary Lawrie Shea
45 Crocker Pond Road
Wrentham, MA 02093
508 384 3872
I have been painting with watercolor for approximately five years and with a focus on landscapes and florals. I enjoy painting because it is challenging and helps me to better see and observe the colors and shapes all around us. The changing clouds in the summer sky and sunlight, shadow and colors in the trees and across the ground are a constant source of inspration for me.
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Source code/computer programming by Timothy Volpe with derivations by Jacqueline Burke Volpe. Images, unless noted, have been supplied by the artists.
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