WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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artist profile "communicate a belief" Miller intends to start her series this spring once her busy schedule permits. Like all artists, she wears many hats – teacher and portrait artist among them. After graduating with a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College, she went on to earn an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. So, in addition to her more abstract work, she is a portraitist who works on commission. "What I have learned as an artist is that you have to do everything," she says. Throughout all of her work, however, Miller strives for purity of expression. "[My work] has to communicate something and it doesn't have to be some political statement," she says, adding, "as long as it's honest. As an artist you're a filter. I want it to be positive and peaceful KATHERINE DOWNEY MILLER and hopeful and inspire beauty," she explains. Which gets me to thinking about a discussion I once had with a writer friend about an artist's intention. My own stated belief was that one created art because one had a desire to communicate a belief, a sentiment, or a thought – a message. My friend believed that art could simply be an external expression of the internal. I mention that conAce versation to Miller. Her work, it strikes me, seems to do both. "I do agree with you that an artist creates work to communicate a That desire to connect is one of the reasons that Land's Sake chose belief, a sentiment, a thought," she responds. "I also agree with your Miller for the Artist-in-Residence program (AiR), an unfunded pro- friend that art can simply be an external expression of the internal. I gram initiated in 2009 by pastel artist and Weston resident Larry Grob believe less is more. Great art can come from a simple concept, and in and then Executive Director Grey Lee. the end come across as looking as though it was effortless. In truth, the "Connecting people to the land is what Land's Sake is about," says journey to get there was very complicated and involved abstract think- Land's Sake Board Member Alyson Muzila, who has been involved ing. I believe to really communicate, one has to be honest in [one's] art with AiR since its inception. "Art is a whole new way to do that." work. In a way, it's the unexplainable, the magical. I wish I could Current Land's Sake Executive Director Ed Barker agrees. "Our mis- describe it better," she adds. But later, upon reviewing her collection of work from the visual to says, listing produce, education programs, supper club evenings, We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 sion is to connect people to the land and we do it in different ways," he the literal, I conclude that her paintings are all the description she forestry, and the farm's Junior Apprentice program as ways in which needs. Land's Sake fulfills its mission. "The artist-in-residence program is a For more information on KATHERINE DOWNEY MILLER and both her portraiture and great way for us to support local artists' creative process and to help people draw a connection to landscapes and to people who support and manage those landscapes." 164 visual work, go to www.katherinedmiller.com For more information on the LAND'S SAKE AiR PROGRAM, contact ED BARKER at ed@landssake.org

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