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.

For more information on the event or to purchase event or raffle tickets, click here.

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 and other things.

My art making is broadly influenced by my interest in social and cultural history, my relationships with my family, friends and animals, and an active involvement with community organizations. I am also an enthusiastic collector of old things.

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.

Lisa Bohnwagner
Colorfully vibrant and rich with emotion, Lisa Bohnwagner’s paintings serve as reflections of ourselves and ask us to reconnect with our fundamental "human" nature. Growing up in the woods and marshes of Essex, MA Lisa has always expressed a deep empathy with animals.  After receiving her bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Ringling School of Art & Design in 1993, her work in animal rescue added even greater insight to her paintings.
 “There are artists who focus on the mundane to make it important, because that's where much of our lives are lived.  Similarly, I focus on animals to make them important.  My intention is not to humanize animals.  I want my paintings of animals to humanize people.”
Lisa Bohnwagner
Flyn Costello
Flyn Costello is currently creating a series of decorative paintings on drift wood and deconstructed wine boxes. See more of her work at
Rebecca Haley and Kimberly Palermo - Two Tone

Two Tone is a collaboration between dog trainer and photographer, Kimberly Palermo, and graphic designer, Rebecca Haley.  For the past seven years Kimberly has owned a dog training & walking business, BlueDog, in Andover, MA.  She cultivated her love of photography while taking her camera along with her on walks with clients' dogs, as well as with her own dogs.  Rebecca has a BFA in Graphic Design and has always had a love for dogs and other animals.  She has been a volunteer at Nevins Farm for almost five years and has walked dogs and assisted in training classes at BlueDog for the past four years.  As well, she has created the many posters, marketing material, and graphics used by both businesses.  

Rebecca and Kimberly have decided to come together to combine their knowledge and love for dogs as well as their artistic passions to make pieces that could be enjoyed by others with the same love for dogs. They want to get back to the simplicity in the moments we share with our dogs.

Mary Ann McCarthy McArdle

As a local artist living in North Andover, Massachusetts, Mary Ann explores the natural world in watercolor and pastel.
Mary Ann’s artwork is found in private collections across the country and includes images from the garden, sea, field and forest.  It is her belief that nature holds deep mystery and wonder and is an expression of the divine.
She has participated in various art shows in the Merrimack Valley, is on the faculty of the Essex Art Center and a member of the Newburyport Art Association.  Mary Ann is a volunteer with the Museum of Fine Art’s Access Program, developing and conducting tours for visitors with various disabilities.
She also works with developmentally disabled individuals as an art therapist and teaches in local school enrichment programs, the Essex Art Center and private art lessons.
Mary Ann is the proud “mother” of two furry black cats she first met at the MSPCA named Midnite and Sugar. 

For more information about the work of Mary Ann McCarthy McArdle, please visit


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.

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?
Leah Nolan
In 2008 I painted a portrait of Henry, my French Bulldog, and it launched me into a career as a pet portrait artist. As a person who treats her pets as part of the family, I completely understand the need and want to have a portrait to memoralize the special place our pets hold in our hearts. Pets are so special to those lucky to have them in their life. With my art, I want to help those grieving lost friends, celebrate momentous occasions, or to proudly display furry family members on the walls of your home. I consider it an honor and a privilege to create portraits for those that are just as passionate about their pets as I am.
I work in a variety of mediums: oils, graphite and colored pencil. Regardless of the medium, each portait receives many hours of my devotion as I strive to capture every aspect of my subject - the texture of the fur, the twinkle in the eyes and that special something that makes your pet unique.

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.