Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Franklin Art Show & Sale Nov. 24 & 25

The Franklin Art Association is holding it annual Art Show & Sale the weekend after Thanksgiving at Dean College's Student Center, Main Street, Franklin. Free Admission, Saturday Nov. 24, 11am-9pm, and Sunday, Nov. 25, 12pm-6pm. This is the perfect time to buy that special holiday gift.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Norwood Holiday Art Sale Nov. 10

The Norwood Art Assn will hold its Holiday Art Sale Saturday, Nov. 10, 10am - 2pm at the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan Street, Norwood. A wide selection of original art work, prints, photographs, and cards will be available for purchase as holiday gifts.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Saturday Reception at Walpole Library

Three members of the Foxboro Art Association are showing their work at the new Walpole Library, one block from the center of town, at the intersection of Stone and School Streets . The artists are pictured here, right to left, Kathy Hutchinson, Diane Scotti and Frank Quinn. More than 60 of their pieces are on display. The artists will host a reception this Saturday, Oct. 27, 12 - 2 pm. The public is invited to come and meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served.
By the way, the newly constructed Walpole Library, pictured to the left, offers a lovely exhibit space for local artists and/or members of the Foxboro Art Association, individuals or groups. Anyone interested in exhibiting there should contact Diane Scotti at

Sunday, October 14, 2012

October 10 Demonstrator - Kim Weineck

Our originally scheduled demonstrator for October 10 meeting was Deb Friedman, color pencil artist.  Since the association did not have access to power point equipment, we were unable to accommodate Ms. Friedman’s power point based presentation.
Fortunately, our own Kim Morin Weineck was able step up at the last minute to provide an entertaining and educational presentation.  While possessing a talent for watercolors, when asked if she had a preferred medium Kim claimed oil paints and pastels.  Her humble admission of moving between the two mediums when she feels “stuck” got quite a few knowing chuckles. For our October meeting, Kim introduced us to the hybrid: using pastels on an oil underpainting.
Before she began, Kim recommended that the paper be pre-mounted on acid free foam core.  This step helps by not only providing a more stable “canvas” for the artist but also makes it an easier piece for the framer to manage.  Mrs. Weineck then demonstrated creating the oil underpainting from scratch.  As she painted, one association member asked if she always used a reference photo, or worked right out of her head.  Kim immediately waved her hands and replied, “Oh! I never do it out of my head!  I have such bad imagination!”  While this statement got quite a few laughs, it was surprising since her finished pieces show such beauty, talent and creativity.  The reference photo itself became another part of the night’s lesson. Kim, an artist as well as instructor, admitted it likely in the past that she’d recommend always using a high quality reference photo.  However, we all know rules were meant to be broken! For this demonstration Kim used a “lousy” reference photo with typical “errors” like poor lighting, low resolution, and cheap paper. She said she found that this actually helped her more, since it forced her “to be more creative, to take more risks”.
Mrs. Weineck provided numerous tips including diluting the oil paint with thinner.  This helps it to dry faster and can also create interesting effects as the paint runs and blends. However, we were reminded that the more thinner we use, the runnier –and therefore messier – the paint can become.  This technique could create wonderful results…or it can go horribly wrong!
 Kim finished her oil underpainting in time for intermission, allowing members to come up close to view and discuss.  After the break, Kim continued with pastel sticks on a “pre-baked” oil underpainting she had prepared ahead of time in order to have a dry base for the pastels.  Kim provided numerous helpful tips as she worked the various colors onto the painting in small, slashing, or broad strokes:
*Wearing disposable rubber gloves while working with pastels will keep hands clean.
*Using an alcohol based fixative helps keep the pastels from “dusting” or flaking
*While any alcohol will work, including vodka and gin, don’t waste “the good stuff” on fixative.
*Always test said fixative on scrap paper, not the work in progress, to see how it affects the color and consistency of the pastels.
A sincere thanks to Kim Weineck for her amusing, clever, and informative demonstration.  Her last minute save turned into quite a delight for us.  It is easy to see why her classes and art have such a loyal following! 
Kim Morin Weineck, artist and instructor, is the founder of Neponset Valley Artists.  Mrs. Weineck is a member of the Foxboro Art Association, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and the Marion Art Center.  She is also a Juried Member of the Pastel Society of America. You can visit her website: to find more information about Kim, including classes she offers and artwork for sale.

(Thanks to Meredith Whalen for this article.)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ribbon Winners

Pictured above with Donna Maclure's watercolor painting "Tangled" is Judge Carole Berren and Show Coordinator Vera Cross. Ms. Berren awarded Donna's painting the "Best in Show" ribbon. Ms. Berren found it very difficult choosing among 111 beautiful pieces of art. Neverteheless, her are her final choices in each of the 4 media categories:
Watercolor: 1st Daydre Hamilton, “Hog Heaven “
                        2nd Leslie Berman, “Rocky Bottom “
                        3rd  Brenda Hutchinson, “Strawberries in Crystal “
HM  Jerry Aissis, “Runners”
                        HM Karen Gordon, “Pears Reflecting “
                        HM Antonia Marshall, “Forgotten Dinghy” 
Oil/Acrylic:   1st Vania Noverca-Viveiros, “Giving Thanks”
                        2nd Laura Zanghetti, “Shoe Shopping”
                        3rd Tony Donovan “Spanish Mission“
                        HM Lisa Bloom, “Radiant Peach”
                        HM Marilyn Healey, “Rainbow Bottles”
                        HM Ann Gorbett, “Summer Tans, 1950” 
Pastel:            1st Kathy Hutchinson, “End of the Day “
                        2nd Kim Weineck, “Summer Sky “
                        3rd  Betty Brenton, “Swan River Sunset “
                        HM Diane Scotti, “Freeman’s Alley” 
Mixed Media: 1st Christine Ravesi-Weinstein, “Ribbon”
                           2nd Jack Gannon “Charleston Charm”
                           3rd Nancy Antico “Wake Up Newport”
                          HM Rebecca Skinner “The Golden Hour “ 

BEST IN SHOW:  Donna MacLure, “Tangled”  (w.c.)

Last weekend, 194 ballots were cast by members of the public for their favorite pieces. As it turned out, the choice was clear and there were no hanging chads. The PEOPLE’S CHOICE was awarded to Laura Zanghetti's “Shoe Shopping”, shown above.
Thanks to all 56 members of the Foxboro Art Association who participated in this wonderful show, and to those members who worked at the gallery during the 2 weekends of the show. And special thanks to Vera Cross, Paula DePierro, Meredith Whalen and Frank Quinn who helped put the show together.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Reception Saturday 2-5 pm

A reception will be held for the 2012 Fall Members Show at the Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place, this Saturday, Oct. 13, 2-5 pm. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited. 111 works of art by 56 local artists will be on display until 6 pm Sunday, Oct. 14. Ribbons were awarded by our judge, Carole Berren, AWS. In addition, the public's many ballots will be counted Saturday and the announcement of the "People's Choice" award will be made during the reception.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Paintout Successful

Thanks to the many members who showed up Saturday, the Paintout drew a steady crowd into the Gallery who frequently voted for the "People's Choice" award. The weather was mostly sunny, although a bit windy, and the public seemed most appreciative of the artists' efforts. The People's Choice will be announced during the reception at the Gallery next Saturday (Oct. 13) 2-5 pm, along with the other ribbons awarded by judge Carol Berren.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Paintout Saturday Oct 6 1-5 PM

Members' Art Show

Friday evening, Oct. 6, kicked off the 2-weekends of the Members' Fall Art Show at the Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place. Some of the artists are pictured above sitting at the gallery Friday evening. This year the public is invited to vote on their favorite piece of art for a ribbon to be awarded as the "People's Choice", in addition to the ribbons to be awarded by judge Carol Berren later in the week. And with 110 pieces of art on display, it won't be easy. The ribbon winners will be revealed at the reception to be held next Saturday, Oct. 13, 2-5 pm. Light refreshements will be served and the public is invited.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Foxboro Art Association TV interview!

Check out this great video interview with our very own Frank Quinn and Jack Gannon talking all about The Foxboro Art Association and The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place.

Jack and Frank on the set.

Fall Members' Show Now

The Fall Members' Show is on display at the Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place for the first 2 weekends in October. Over 110 pieces in all media are being exhibited and the public is invited to vote for its favorite work of art, be it a painting, a photograph, or mixed media. A reception will be held on the second Saturday, Oct. 13, from 2-5 pm. Ribbons will be awarded and the public is invited.