WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2018

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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"The gallery gives me a venue to show my work," said Nancy, a pho- tographer and former Dana Hall administrator. "And it's fun to be inspired by other artists and see what they are doing. I walk in that store, and I see something new, and that gives me an idea." Everything at the gallery is handmade, and the cooperative is owned and managed by its 23 members. Each has at least one role: Ruth han- dles store publicity; Linda creates inventive and ever-changing displays; and Nancy is on the marketing committee and works in sales, giving customers insight into each artisan's creative process. Examples of their generous community abound. "It's been a second family in a way," says Linda, whose husband became ill at the same time she joined the gallery. During her husband's illness, she said, the mem- bers supported her, creating an enduring closeness. "It really develops a sense of community that lasts, whether members are still involved or not." One former member, a woodworker, has recently retired, but he still plans to host the group's holiday party. The structure of the cooperative fosters the gallery's community. Artisans must apply to be members, submitting several examples of their work. Other members judge the work based on factors such as originality, appeal to customers, and workmanship. Members share in the cooperative's expenses and responsibilities. All of that ownership has its rewards. "People in the membership really respect everyone's work," said Nancy. "It's nice to know that these people voted to have you in their group." Educators must constantly use their creativity and be open to trying something new, so it's not surprising that these three became artists. While the women's time together at Dana Hall overlapped, their art careers began to flourish at different times. Ruth began knitting and sewing as a child. She began making jewelry much later, when a friend invited her to a class. Soon she found herself creating chains, each link made one by one, by hand. "Geometry was my Jewelry designed by Linda Lutfy Clayton 170 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 artist profile "their art careers began to flourish"

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