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Second Saturday at Dorchester Center for the Arts Celebrates the Season

Written on:December 6, 2017
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December 6, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Second Saturday Artists’ Reception on December 9, 2017 will feature members of local community choirs lifting their voices from the grand staircase to usher in the sounds of the season, accompanied by Carol Bech on piano. Listen in and enjoy festive refreshments from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Be sure to bring your holiday shopping list – the Wednesday Morning Artists and Friends Gallery of Gifts features a plethora of hand-crafted treasures for gift giving, or for yourself. If you’d like to do a bit of hand-crafting yourself, come early to the Holiday Cards and Tags Workshop from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Admission is free, reservations advised: 410-228-7782. All materials are provided. The workshop is family-friendly, youth under 16 please be accompanied by an adult.

DCA is pleased to welcome visiting artist and Gallery of Gifts “friend” Susan Tolis of Connecticut, who will be on hand to talk about her work. Her fanciful faeries for show and sale at DCA are part of her “Fernwood” collection, inspired by a life-long enchantment with the fantasy world of faeries, mermaids, and dragons. Each one of a kind sculpture or “art doll” is made with a variety of mediums including polymer clay, handmade paper, fabric, feathers, beads, baubles and natural findings from the forest floor or seaside. Susan also features “Fernwood Filigree”, which is one of a kind jewelry created with thread lace crochet. Susan uses age-old crochet techniques and patterns and updates the look with vivid color, bits of modern and vintage metal findings, and a touch of sparkle. Incredibly lightweight, and all threads are 100% natural fibers such as cotton, silk and linen.

Additional Gallery of Gifts “friends” include Main Street Gallery Artists Linda Starling, Lesley Giles, and Theresa Knight McFadden, each with several unique pieces for sale. The Dynans of Cambridge’s Cottage Studio have a showcase of beauties, sharing space with the jewelry, metal and glasswork of Sharon Stockley. Completing this extensive list of participating artists: Heidi Wetzel, Brittany Andrew, Deborah Colborn, Elissa Crouch, Jeannette Faber, Ann Farley, Joyce Fritz Ritz, Windy Karpavage, Maura Manley, Peg McCormick, Betty Papson, Wendy Rue, Fran Saunders, Paula Smith, Sheryl Southwick, Diane Stoecker, Marilyn Stone, Heidi Wetzel, Terry White and Paul Winters. This collection of hand-crafted artisan works includes jewelry, sculpture, books, photographs, fiber art, paintings, ceramics, metal, glass and more.

Photo: Beaded beauties by Elissa Crouch

Beaded beauties by Elissa Crouch – Contributed Photo

The seasonal celebration continues on Tuesday December 12, 7:00 p.m. with the Chorus of Dorchester in the George B. Todd Performance Hall. The Chorus performs under the direction of Cookie Browhawn, accompanied by pianist Laura Todd. Admission to this seasonal favorite is free – all are welcome.
Hours of operation at Dorchester Center for the Arts: Tuesday – Thursday 10-5, Friday and Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-5. Open late until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays December 6 and 13.
For more information on programs and events at DCA, call 410-228-7782, stop by 321 High Street in Cambridge, or visit online at dorchesterarts.org. Like us on Facebook!


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