Hair of the Dog Wine Tasting & Art Show Artists

Our 11th annual Hair of the Dog Wine Tasting & Art Show will feature artwork by nearly 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.

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Here are just a few of the artists who will be represented at Hair of the Dog:

Karen Van Welden-Herman
Now let us praise famous hen……
~ paintings about chickens.

My work is influenced by a life long interest in history, our human and animal relationships and material culture. I usually paint in a narrative style and enjoy making sculpture from found objects.

Helen Tory
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.
Carolyn Bonier
Drawing and painting the things that I love has always been a part of my life.  I also have used artistic expression to process my inner feelings. I never thought of myself as an artist but just have thought of my art as something that I need to do.
Although I take things in primarily visually, in recent years, I have discovered the joy of the tactile experience of creating small clay sculptures with my hands.
Most recently, I have begun to paint abstractly finding this mode as the most direct connection to my true self. I approach my work intuitively, giving more attention to the process than the finished work.  The joy for me is in the act of creating which becomes almost meditative.
Not surprisingly nature, animals and people keep appearing in my images.

Karla Cook
"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!

Emily Trespas
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
Sandy Dukeshire is an internationally recognized glass artist and has been working with the medium for over 20 years. 
Her love for glass started with a community stained glass class in her hometown of Andover, Massachusetts.  A short time later, she enrolled in an advanced stained glass class at the Museum School of Fine Arts.  After several years, the natural progression began when she enrolled in a glass blowing class as Massachusetts College of Art.
Around the same time, a good friend gave her a large used kiln and there was no turning back.  She began fusing glass like crazy.  A second glass blowing class at Mass Art sealed the deal.  She was hooked.
An apprenticeship at Hurstin Glass and Metal followed.  It was there that she honed her glassblowing skills and transformed from student to studio assistant. 
The teaching of hundreds of workshops including stepping stones, jewelry, glass fusing, stained glass and glass blowing has rounded out her career. 
A prolific artist, she has collected a large inventory of work, which has led to selling her creations through several local stores.  Private commission work continues to be a specialty, and many of these works can be found sprinkled throughout the country.

Karen Harris
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.

DZian Gallery
Shane Crabtree
I am exhibiting paintings from a selection of the work that I did at a workshop with Tim Hawksworth in Vermont last summer.  I painted a series of very large work on handmade paper with acrylic paint, India ink, pastel and collage elements.  The paintings are fantastical and involve people and horse images.

Melissa Shook
After retiring from teaching photography at the University of Massachusetts/Boston, I've had time to take drawing classes so that drawing now competes with photographs, video and writing.
Dennis Hart
Dennis Hart is a visual artist who lives and works in Methuen, Massachusetts.  He received a BFA in Painting and Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and a MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  He also teaches drawing and painting classes at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence as well as Creative Arts in Reading.  Dennis also works as a freelance graphic designer.

Barbara Fletcher
Barbara holds a BFA from Syracuse University in Commercial Art.  She is a sculptor of paper and mixed media materials that reflect the humor she sees all around her, particularly in the natural world. 
In the mid 1980's, while living in Maine she completed a commission of fantasy sculpture for famed writer Stephen King.  Now living in Boston for over 25 years, her art has been shown in numerous galleries and museums including The DeCordova Museum, The Danforth Museum and a one person show at The Children's Museum.
For over 15 years, Barbara has taught children and adults in her studio, art centers and after school programs.  Her work has been commissioned for hospitals including Children's Hospital Boston, and medical facilities as well as restaurants including Captain Fishbone's at Marina Bay in Quincy, MA.  Her newest installation work which features a technique with sprayed paper was on view in June of 2012 at Frame 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.
She is also honored to have been featured in many books over the years on paper art and paper casting, including Arnold Grummer's "Complete Guide to Paper Casting" and "Paper in 3Dimensions" by Diane Maurer-Mathison.  Her latest work consisting of sculptural lighting which utilizes a sprayed paper technique can be seen in "Paper Illuminated" by Helen Hiebert.
Barbara also presented a solo show of her art in The Acton Memorial Library in 2013.  A profile appeared in the January/February issue of the Merrimack Valley Magazine.

Vicki Murphy
My love of crafts began at a very young age, I remember learning to make a lanyard out of gimp at summer camp and going home and making about 100 more.  Gum wrapper chains, loomed pot holders, plastic flowers, liquid embroidery, needle point, cross stitch and every other kit or fad on the market appealed to me. 
I was fortunate to have 2 Greek immigrant grandmothers who taught me to cook, sew, knit and crochet and parents who let me try anything creative.  My first career and love is cooking and I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America as a professional chef.  This allowed me to express myself creatively through food, especially garnish work.  When my three daughters got older, I simplified my life and began to work in libraries where I have enjoyed almost 20 years of being surrounded by books, my other obsession. 
About 10 years ago I began to knit again which led to felting finished products, I loved how the wool could be transformed into something sturdy and stylish and made many felted purses, bowls and bags.  At a Sheep and Wool festival, I admired a hooked rug display and decided to try my hand at that.  I love auditioning colors and working the strips into a finished piece.  Rug hooking is physically challenging so between projects I began to use some of my wool stash to try my hand at applique work. 
I will say I have finally found the art form that appeals to me most as the possibilities for designs are endless and it is wonderfully portable.  I have an affinity for simple, primitive patterns in bold bright colors.  It brings me so much pleasure to teach the simple stitches and techniques used to make different wool keepsakes.  There is something ironic about creating sheep out of the wool they produce, and the calming and restorative nature of the craft is just what I crave at the end of a busy day.

Diane Maroun
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.

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 licenses 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.
I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on February 7th, 1983 and grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  My childhood is filled with family and friends and warm memories of summers at the beach.  I absorbed my father and mother's encouragement of art pursuit and took creative after-school programs offered in public schools, as well as playing sports and fishing with my father and brother.
When I was 16, I started to paint; taking advanced placement art classes in high school and compiled a portfolio to win art scholarships to study at Maryland Institute College of Art in the fall of 2001.  At this time, I had exhibited my art for the first time and had also begun working as a deckhand wtih fishing charter boats.
I studied general fine arts with a concentration in painting and a minor in liberal arts.  I studied under Marc Karnes, Susan Waters-Eller and Raoul Meddleman and began to draw connections with landscape paintings, illusionism and drawing the narrative in my work.  After graduation, I headed back to fishing and furthering my skills as an artist after work or days off. and

Sal Buccieri
Each handmade piece is unique and crafted using reclaimed copper when available.  I use several style hammers, wood blocks and an old shot put.
The final design evolves as the work progresses.  I want you to enjoy the firefighting duck or the copper and gild dragon as items that are provocative while lending the unique style and design I labor to produce.
Carol Buccieri
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.

Diane Grieco
For the last several years, Diane Grieco has focused on a series of "found still-life"paintings. Chance encounters with odd, charming, and sometimes disconcerting combinations of collected things have been documented, and then mulled over.
Why do we save these things? Why do we love them?
Thea Shapiro
I am a local artist, and teacher. I try to teach children that the process of creating is more important than the final product. It is what we put into our work that speaks to us and others. And if the piece fails, the process taught us something.
I like to take risks in art making, using things like tea bags, old lace, paper and other materials. I have been working with the image of the dress for a few years.
For me the dress represents the personal power of being female . The joy of wearing, making, buying and looking at dresses is something I have always been draw to.

Leslie Evans
Leslie Evans is an artist and printmaker based in Watertown, Massachusetts. She grew up in Michigan and graduated with a BFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. She works as a freelance illustrator for various publishing, exhibition and advertising clients. In 1980 Leslie established her letterpress studio, Sea Dog Press, named after her Lab mix Morgan. Inspired by early printed ephemera, Leslie has a large collection of metal and wood type that along with her linoleum cut and wood engraved blocks she hand sets to create books, posters, invitations and cards for family, friends, clients and local organizations.
She recently organized an exhibit of children’s book illustration featuring Charlesbridge Publishing illustrators that is showing at the Belmont Center for the Arts in Belmont Center through May 17.

Michele Bourgeau
Michele Bourgeau is a multimedia artist, poet, educator and passionate believer in integration of the arts.
In the Spring of 2013, Michele opened Voilà! Artisanal Marché, a small home décor shop located above the Mercantile at 68 Park Street in Andover, MA. The shop highlights unique gifts, antiques, pottery, framed art and hand painted furniture by Michele, as well as one of a kind artisanal creations by local artists.
“The Hope Chest,” a published compilation of Michele’s poetry and artwork is available for purchase at Voilà!
Benefit sales extended for the MSPCA Hair of the Dog weekend through May 1, 2 & 3rd at Voila! Artisanal Marche. Located above the Mercantile at 68 Park Street in Andover, visit us Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 5.