WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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 "freedom to experiment" seemed only barely underway when she'd hear the school bus and it was time for all the attentions that small children require. Friedman was very active in the elementary school PTO and other volunteer activities throughout the community. When the new Sprague School opened in September 2002, Friedman was asked to be one of its PTO co-presidents. Friedman speaks highly of the continuing emphasis Wellesley Public Schools place on teaching and promoting arts in the classroom. She was honored to be asked to participate in a parent-led Art Appreciation program sponsored by the PTO that featured her portfolio of work and life as an artist. Friedman has also been a long-time member of the Wellesley Society of Artists and has won numerous awards in its shows over the years. She earned first place for her piece "Counterpoint in Green" in the 2013 Spring Exhibition that was on display at the Wellesley Community Center. The camaraderie and support of local artists has led to other opportunities for Friedman to share her art with the community. In May 2012, she was invited to participate in a series of artists' talks sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens. She Counterpoint in Green spoke about her journey as an artist and the inspiration she draws from nature and in doing botanical art. at artist colonies. The most prominent among them was to the storied MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. It was at MacDowell in 1984 that she met the composer David Hoffman. The couple married a year later. After the birth of their first Her talk was well received and Friedman was asked to lead a oneday workshop. The first section filled up and a second was added. This workshop, in turn, led to a five-week course offered through the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens this past spring. "I try to push [my students] out of their comfort zone," Friedman ily for a hundred years and needed many renovations. Six months after says of her teaching style. She encourages her students, both those in moving in, the unfinished attic space on the third floor was converted group classes as well as the private lessons she offers out of her home into a comfortable and spacious studio. Light now pours in from the studio, to be willing to end up with something that's "not actually large windows on all four sides, as well as the skylight above. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 son, they purchased a Victorian in Wellesley that had been in one fam- good enough to hang on the wall." For years, Friedman said part of the appeal in working in graphite and colored pencils was that she could steal away to her studio for half areas, Friedman says, as well as new media that keep their interest in art hours at a time when her boys were small. She had been working with fresh and alive. While she sees herself as an artist first, the role of teach- oils, but the exacting process of mixing colors and preparing to paint 180 Rather, it's about the freedom to experiment and find new subject ing and mentoring emerging artists is important to her. She named

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