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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tions' employees got into it. They would call us as soon as a new set of records were dropped off. As a thanks, we brought them some of the painted records and decorated the side of a shed with them. It is the perfect example of getting the community involved." Fragasso was also appreciative of the town's natural resource com- mission. "They supported us and let us keep the art work up for a few weeks for the town to see. The municipal light plant was also fantastic. They gave us a lot of technical support — helping us play old records while people painted. It was really great…everyone was out there painting the records from young kids to grandparents." Similarly, the Wellesley Merchants Association was welcoming when another member of the group, Crystalle Lacouture, contacted them about participating in the 2013 Holiday Stroll. "They were quite enthusiastic at our proposition to present unique displays of locally made art in the shops during the stroll," Lacouture says. "As a curator, I tried to organize the exhibition to show each artist's work in venues where there was some type of visual or thematic con- nection with the style or media used by the artist. For example, Elizabeth Cohen's beautiful ceramic vessels were displayed in Wasik's Cheese Shop, and the accomplished author/illustrator Emily Redmond had a display at Wellesley Books, where her books are sold. In most cases the artists were on hand to talk to viewers about their work. We donated 20 percent of all sales directly to the Wellesley Education Fund, which was a great way give back," says Lacouture. The other community-wide event that the WWA has planned for 2015 is a larger open studio tour. Julia Blake headed a smaller studio tour this May where seven artists displayed their work. "We had six open studios and there was a steady flow of visitors." For 2015, the group hopes to expand the number of open studios and plans to spend more money on marketing the event. While it took some time for these women to find each other, this group has grown rapidly across the past two years, in terms of both members and presence. Ten years ago, Glassenberg felt isolated as an artist in town. Today, she and other female resident artists have a cre- ative outlet, support group, and community in town. For more information, visit http://wwartisans.blogspot.com 180 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 Lisa Neighbors, Annie Newman, Jenny Schneider, Laura Fragasso, Julie Vari, Crystalle Lacouture, and Abby Glassenberg artist profile "this group has grown rapidly" L I S A N E I G H B O R S

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