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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love the sense of community that it provides and the work that it inspires — and the sense of support. It reminds me of living in San Francisco and the creative outlets I had there," Neighbors says. The group gets together approximately once a month. "We typically meet at one member's house and talk about what each of us is doing. People ask for advice on current projects and where to show their work," shares Neighbors. Every few months, the group will do some "art making," where one of the members will lead the group through an exercise in their field. Recent activities have included monoprinting, which is painting on a piece of glass and then rolling it under a press, and creating mixed media sculptures at Warren with salvaged materi- als from the transfer station. While creating a community of artists is a key goal of the organiza- tion, other goals include bringing more art into the community and visibility to the local artists. As such, the group started Art in the Park two years ago as part of the Wellesley Wonderful Weekend. On that weekend's Saturday, the town is invited to participate in a community art project in Simmons Park, located next to the library. Two years ago, the group collected picture frames from the transfer station and strung them with twine and string. Residents of all ages were invited to weave in the frames however they wanted. All the frames where then con- nected and hung together. "This was a real dream of mine," shares Laura Fragasso, who heads this endeavor. "I had always wanted to get everyone out, doing art, in a public space." Fragasso, who focuses on mixed media sculptures and assemblage, also runs the Wellesley Community Art Project, which displays the work of different artists in empty storefronts. "I heard of the WWA when they contacted me to see if there was a space available for them to display their members' work. We used the space that is now Kidville and, as an outcome of that opportunity, I learned of and joined the group!" Fragasso's passion is to take unwanted things and make them into art. "I am currently working with vintage books, focusing on what the previous owner might have underlined or dog eared." For this year's Art in the Park, Fragasso and the WWA collected vinyl records from the transfer station. "It was great. The transfer sta- Elizabeth Cohen 179 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Jenny Schneider P H O T O S B Y L I S A N E I G H B O R S

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