WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

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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"It is a funny story about how we all came together," shares Glassenberg. "Elizabeth [Cohen] saw an article on my work in The Wellesley Townsman. She cut it out and planned on getting in touch with me as a fellow artist; however, it took awhile." Cohen, who is an accomplished potter, was busy with raising her children, similar to Glassenberg. During this same time period, Glassenberg noticed that another mother's posting on the Wellesley Mothers Forum had an Etsy shop listed in her signature. "So I emailed her…not because of the question that she posted, but because I wanted to meet another local artist." That other mother is Caroline Watson, a Wellesley resident who has an MFA in photography. These three busy mothers by day, artists after bedtime, finally man- aged to connect and meet for dinner at Alta Strada. "That is how WWA was created. We wanted it to be an organization with two criteria: First, you have to identify yourself as an artist; it doesn't mean that you have a formal training in any artistic field. And second, you have to live in Wellesley. There are no board members, membership fees, or manda- tory meetings." Once they had established the group and basic principles, they "simply" needed fellow female resident artists to join. "I approached a woman at the playground because she was wearing these really funky glasses, and it turned out that she was a children's illustrator. So she joined." This is the artist Jennifer Schneider, whose work is often seen around town. Julia Blake, a painter, remembers being approached by Lisa Neighbors, a member, at the Wellesley Marketplace last year. "We both had booths and she came by to talk to me." Neighbors is an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Real Simple. "She invited me to join the group and that's how I heard about it," Blake says. "I heard about it from a friend and a neighbor," says Neighbors. "A lot of us happen to live in the College Heights neighborhood," adds Glassenberg. "I don't know if it is because that is where the word spread, coincidence, or something in the water!" Currently there are 16 members of the group, ranging from artists to print makers. "I love this group because it is a wonderful outlet. I 178 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 artist profile "it is a wonderful outlet" Abby Glassenberg L I S A N E I G H B O R S

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