WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

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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family matters "I try to instill wisdoms to enhance self-esteem" schools have active arts programs. Not coincidentally, all four institutions have been instrumental in the WCAP exhibits in town. Also instrumental have been property owners EDENS and Linear who provided the retail space to WCAP, and they're not alone among Wellesley's commercial enterprises supporting local artists and crafters. The Clever Hand Gallery Artisans' Cooperative sells local crafts. Quincy-based jeweler Louise Doty says of the cooperative and the support network it provides, "It's particularly helpful to me." J. Todd Galleries, AZ Fine Arts, and The Gifted Handed also sometimes include local artists in their collections. Meanwhile, a variety of Wellesley busi- nesses provide instruction in arts and crafts. The Wellesley Needlepoint Collection –which sells hand-painted canvases and threads – offers classes, private rentals for parties, and what owner Cindy Matthews affectionately calls "stitch and bitch sessions where we've been solving all the world's problems on Wednesday nights for 17 years." Also steadfast in its Wellesley presence is Sarapaan Beads. Established in Wellesley in 2006, the shop offers a vast selection of beads and jewelry, as well as classes and a beading venue for children and adults. "Beading is very soothing," observes owner May Conti. "Some people say it is better than a therapist. They can string it and, the next day, they also have something to wear." And for the crafter who likes to work with paper, Paper Source has a series of stationery and card-making classes, as well as crafting parties. Wellesley's Sew Easy and Linx have devel- oped programs exclusively for children. According to owner Lauren Grisolia, Sew Easy's after-school and vacation classes teach children more than the fine art of sewing. "I try to instill wisdoms to enhance self-esteem. Perfecton isn't a word that's allowed," she says. Linx, meanwhile, offers a wide selection of camps and classes in art. 148 WellesleyWeston Magazine | winter 2012/2013

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