WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2016

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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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 168 for his Bar Mitzvah. Sue planned to meet Noah's mom, Susan, a long- time friend, halfway between her home outside Philadelphia and Sue's in Weston, but the portrait, which had taken on a life of its own and ended up larger than planned, wouldn't fit in her car. Plan "B," Sue built a custom wooden crate in which she carefully packed the 80- pound mosaic, and she rented a truck from Home Depot to transport the mosaic to United Parcel Service in Southborough to ship to Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Together with her husband and two teenage daughters, Sue hoisted the 205-pound crated mosaic into the rental truck. Just in case any beans became loose in transit, Sue also packed a "fix-it kit" with extra beans and glue. First Known Jellybean Artist Inspired by President Ronald Reagan's celebrated love of jellybeans, artist Peter Rocha came up with the idea to create a jellybean mosaic portrait of Reagan in the early '80s. Queen Elizabeth, Benjamin Franklin, Amelia Earhart, Laurel and Hardy, Elvis Presley, Larry King, and even the beloved cartoon character, Minnie Mouse are a few of the other famous personali- ties Rocha captured in jellybean portraits. Many of Rocha's mosaics hang in the Jelly Belly Candy factory in Fairfield, California, located midway between San Francisco and Sacramento. Of course, Sue and her family visited the factory, lugging 90 pounds of beans home with them in their suitcases and carry-ons. "a sweet treat for all" artist profile left: Noah posing with his finished portrait below: Alexandra (finished portrait 3 1/2' x 4 1/2')

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