WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

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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Jean Holtey, Ruth Treitman, and Ann Schunior of Clever Hand Gallery "It was easier to start a business when we began in Sudbury in 1973," says Ann Schunior, a potter who joined the Clever Hand Gallery two years after it began. "About 50 people each put 20 dollars in the pot and the shop opened. It was probably exceedingly amateurish- looking. When we decided to move to Wellesley 18 years ago, we knew we'd have to make this a professional-looking store that Wellesley residents would respect. That was our challenge and we're still here." Members come and go but at the core is a community of artists, many of whom have been together for 15 to 20 years. Like a large extended family watching out for its own, if life circumstances force some to cut back their hours in the store, their work may be kept on consignment. "Consensus politics takes time and it's not for everyone," says Schunior. "But for all the insanity of a co-op, it's the most sane way for an artist to do business. Otherwise, the artist has no control over how their work is displayed or priced. Most of us do craft fairs but they're risky, subject to weather on limited dates and how well the event is pro- moted. But the Clever Hand is open all year." In addition, their prices tend to be lower. It's also a place where artists can bring experimental 136 WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012

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