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at The Center for Arts in Natick's Summer Street Gallery and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union. Nancy became a Clever Hand Gallery member just a year ago, but her connection began when she was an administrator at Dana Hall. To treat herself at the end of each school year, she made a point of stopping in and choosing something special. "What could be a better place to buy a gift that's handmade, one of a kind, and you're supporting an artisans' cooperative?" Nancy asked. "It can't get any better than that." The Clever Hand has not only survived since its 1993 arrival in the Square, but thrived even as Wellesley Square businesses — independent stores and national chains alike — have come and gone. "One thing that has helped us over bumps and hills is that we do the work," said Ruth. "We don't pay anyone. We're putting our time in." And as the cooperative has flourished, so have these women's artistic careers. "Handmade art is something people want to hold onto because there's a beauty to it, and a tradition to it, that can't be replaced," said Nancy. "I'd like to think there always will be a place for it." For more information, visit www.cleverhandgallery.com Nor'eastern Dinghies by Nancy Rich 174 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 "a gift that's handmade,"

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