Our 9th annual Hair of the Dog Wine Tasting & Art Show will feature artwork by more than two dozen local artists. Working in a diverse range of media, from clay and textiles, beads and semi-precious stones, as well as pens and paint, the artists will share a selection of their work, all available for purchase. Each artist will donate 10% of their sales and commissions from the evening to the MSPCA at Nevins.
Here are just a few of the artists who will be represented at Hair of the Dog:
|Karen Van Welden-Herman|
|My passion for painting was influenced by a life long interest in history, our human relationships and material culture. I paint in a narrative style and enjoy making sculpture from found objects. This year I am working on a series of paintings in black and white that explore personal connection and memory.
I have studied at the Museum of Fine Arts, the DeCordova Museum School, The Haystack Mountain School, with Israeli artist, Eli Shamir, and at the Essex Art Center. My paintings have been shown in Massachusetts in the Merrimack Valley, Boston and Newton and in Deer Isle, Maine and are found in both public and private collections.
|I’m primarily known as a printmaker, but have recently been experimenting with encaustic, a hot wax process. The pieces I will be showing are the result of wanting to combine ideas of printmaking with the wax.
|I am a retired psychotherapist spending my time doing what I love most: creating art (paintings and small ceramic sculptures) and volunteering at the MSPCA.This event combines my two passions which makes it very special to me!
| "If you paint what you love, people will love what you paint." I am a wife, mother and nurse anesthetist who routinely shirks her multiple responsibilities to indulge in her passion of painting.
For years I was a successful fiber artist, creating and teaching, knitting, spinning, felting, and quilting. Nothing quieted an insistent muse until I discovered painting.
I have been surrounded by a menagerie my entire life. Cats, dogs, hedgehogs, birds, mice and fish have all at one time or another inhabited my heart and her home. I have found using my love of animals with my love of painting makes a winning combination. With each animal I paint, I try to bring that animal's personality through the painting. Currently I have been doing a series of Cocker Spaniels for the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England, and donating giclee prints for them to sell. Rescue work is extremely expensive!
I live in Andover, MA with my husband, three sons, two Italian Greyhounds, a Cocker Spaniel, and Stuart the Wondercat.
Why do I paint? Because I have to!
|I learned at an early age that working with my hands — in a variety of materials and mediums—brings me lasting joy. I am an artist, art teacher and a maker with a surplus of curiosity, imagination and energy. Trail Pixie Studios (Etsy Shop) allows me to share my handmade creations with others. Discover my scarves, infinity and cowl style, purses and pouches among other art and accessories.
|Sandy Dukeshire has been a glass artist for 17 years. Her love of glass started with a community stained glass class. After that she attended the Museum School of Fine Arts for advanced stained glass. The natural progression to warm glasswork began when she was given a used kiln for fusing. This work led her to enroll in glass blowing classes at Massachusetts College of Art. She was hooked and there was no turning back. An apprenticeship at Hurstin Glass and Metal honed her glass blowing skills and transformed her from student to studio assistant. Laced within all of this she has taught hundreds of workshops and classes including stepping stones, jewelry, glass fusing, stained glass and glassblowing for the Tewksbury Senior Center, The Essex Art Center, and at her private studio located in Andover, MA. www.sandysglassshack.com|
|A sculptor with lifelong passions for animals and art have led her to create large and small animal sculptures. Her work ranges from lovingly detailed portraits of real animals to stylized and whimsical fantasy creatures. A deep understanding of animals informs her work, gained in part by working many years as a veterinary technician. A devoted companion of two dogs, her current artistic focus is on dog sculptures. She chooses her primary medium of papier mache for its malleability, lightness, and flexibility, though she also sculpts in clay, wood, wire, and other media.
Margaret was born and raised in the Boston area, and became a member of the 4th Floor Artists when she began renting studio space in the former Codman Building in Rockland, MA. It was here that her drawing, sketching and mask making developed into an exploration of 3-D work, with the size and scale gradually increasing. Margaret has shown her work in several local shows.
|As a lover of Art, dogs and wine, this is the art show for me. Over the years we've had shelter dogs as members of our family, and
our kids have carried on that tradition. My art work recently as been focused on the interface between art and technology-I'm interested in the
point at which technology touches our lives. After working on a series of Big Dig images and other construction sites, I am now working with images of medical technology. Sometimes I take a break from the world of technology and draw animals, wooden toys and the marvels of the natural world. Then I go to the "Hair of the Dog" to see my artist friends, drink wine and hear live music.
|Diane Grieco is a painter of organic abstractions, often turns to the assemblage of history-laden objects and ephemera, and to still-life painting. This work tends to make the emotional content of the abstractions visible to the artist herself, and to others. She has earned her keep for 13 years doing decorative and mural painting for The Cheesecake Factory restaurants, and in private homes; and is a founding member of Off-Broadway Studios in Lawrence.
Tamara Krendel received her BFA and MFA from The University of PA. Honors & awards include Fulbright & Belgian Ministry of Dutch Culture Grants to pursue post-graduate studies in Belgium and full fellowships to Yaddo and to Yale University’s Yale-Norfolk program.
|This painting was done in a workshop called “Working Large”, taught by Cathy McLaurin. I felt the need for a “large” subject and chose Joan of Arc, a Christian Saint of mythic proportions. The painting is about 7 feet tall and is painted on recycled materials. This is to emphasize that nothing is permanent. All events, however monumental and extraordinary at the time, are fleeting. They fade away living on in our memories, enhanced by our imagination. You will see that the composition is cruciform which is to emphasize Joan’s fate as a martyred Saint. This rendition of Joan of Arc portrays her as young and brave. She commands a chaotic and barbarous battlefield with serenity and resolve. She might be seen as a fragile and vulnerable young woman, barely out of her childhood. But her inner spirit and sense of purpose guide her as she meets her challenges with the courage of a seasoned warrior.
|KKG Elliott otherwise known as Dallio Ceramica, draws inspiration from the artistic traditions of the Far East. Art studies include coursework in Painting at the School of the Muserum of Fine Arts, De Cordova Museum School, and Ceramics (wheel work and handbuilding) at the latter school. Artist-teachers par excellence: Evelina Brozghul Krone and Roberto Bongiovanni! and admiration for highly original ceramic work of Bruce Barry!
Facilitator? A lovely long-haired tuxedo-feline, Kitty, who hails from MSPCA at Methuen.
|This book is intended to teach and delight through words and
images. Roberta McCarty Dell’Anno’s photographs of her forays
into the woods, waters, and nature trails of New England are
enchanting as well as painstakingly composed. Roberta moves
easily and gracefully among New England’s wild creatures and
wildflowers and they allow her access to their intimate worlds.
Author Francine Koslow Miller, PhD, has selected this group of
images of animals and plants because of their formal splendor
and individual tenderness. For each photograph, she has provided
zoological and/or botanical background information on what is
depicted as well as some formal and descriptive prose on how it is
photographed. Like the creatures and plants with their surroundings, art and
natural history here coalesce.
|One of my passions is getting outdoors and up close to the flora and fauna indigenous to New England. I carry my cameras with me everywhere because I don’t want to miss an opportunity to snap a photo that interests me. I spend much of my free time out on my kayak, hiking through the woods, swamps, fields or mountains throughout New England. Some of my photos can be found in the book “Take a Wetlands Walk” by Jane Kirkland, HerpNation Magazine, Mass Audubon Ipswich River Meanderings Newsletter, Schmap Niagara Falls Guide, the collection at the Trap Pond Nature Center in Laurel, Delaware and in my book “Inner Nature” written by Francine Koslow Miller.
|Bella Stella Beads|
|Local artisan Carol Buccieri creates each piece of art by hand – one bead at a time. With a flair for color and design, Carol carefully chooses beads, findings and closures that suit each design.Bella Stella incorporates vintage beads, Swarovski crystals, semiprecious stones and other treasures to compose a truly unique piece of wearable art.
|Leah Russell studied Chinese at Oxford University and became interested in papercutting while working and studying in China. Her pieces are made by folding and cutting paper with scissors, although she sometimes also uses a scalpel. The paper Leah uses is a special Chinese paper dyed a vibrant red on one side (red is the color of happiness and good luck in China). The paper is also fairly pliable, which make folds less visible. The folk art of Chinese papercutting is ancient; cuts vary enormously in design, color and use depending on the region and the artist’s background. The cuts were (and are still) hung in windows, stuck to furniture (for weddings, new year, etc) and used as patterns for ceramics and embroidery. Modern cutting is still popular today, although the folk art -- especially cuts done with scissors instead of scalpel -- is dying.
Dennis Hart’s work explores the constructed environment—primarily roads and highways—to address issues involving global capitalism: the homogenized landscape, labor, mobility, technology, environmental concerns, and sprawl. Dennis is a visual artist who lives in Methuen and works in Lawrence Massachusetts. He received a BFA in Painting and Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art, and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He teaches drawing and painting classes at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence and Creative Arts in Reading, and works as a freelance graphic designer.
|I’m Kaylee Greer - a dog photographer based in Boston, Massachusetts.
I create modern, unique, colorful, whimsical pet portraits. I volunteer avidly at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm photographing their adoptable dogs.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had two things by my side. My camera and my dog.
In my humble opinion, there is nothing better on the whole planet than the wet, cold nose of a canine. It is my personal belief that there is more happiness glittering in the iris of a smiling puppy than there is anywhere else in the world.
And sometimes, when everything else seems to fail me, I find solace in the smile on a dog.
This is why I do what I do.
It’s that same smile - on the face of your best friend - that I work to immortalize.
Through photography, I am able to capture the incredible purity, love and loyalty of a dog and freeze it all into one tiny moment to keep forever.
|Growing up around antiques I have always loved the traditional look and
European feel the "Old Master" style. While attending the School of the
Museum of Fine Arts, learning this method of painting was my main
focus. The rich colors and objects, mostly lit from one source is a
theme that draws me back again and again. Currently I am trying my hand at Live Event Painting, to see if I can combine the way I paint in the studio with the Plein Air style to
evoke European street scenes . We will see how that works! Recently my work was featured in an art show at Angles & Art Gallery and Framers in Haverhill, MA as the main artist for the show. Also in 2010, three pieces were selected by "Picture That, LLC", a company that promotes cultural awareness and diversity through the arts in Stanford,
CT. The show was held at the General Electric Corporate headquarters in Fairfield, CT. I also try and support animal causes by donating art to auctions or fostering animals in need. www.portraitsandpets.com
|Stephen J. Silk|
|I am an artist residing in Lowell, Massachusetts. My work spans from Japanese fish printing (gyotaku), to film making, poetry, interactive animation, song, and en plein aire watercolour and oil painting. I hold licensures as an educator in visual arts for grades K-12 in Massachusetts, continually working in the Lowell and Lawrence public school systems, as well as a USCG 100 GT merchant mariner's license.
My work is continually with the present, and place.
|Collaging, altering, tearing, assembling, layering, and composing. Unrelated fragments of paper, cloth, and objects evolve into an unexpected combination - a unique piece of art.