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On Thursday, Aug.16 from 6 to 8 p.m., receptions hosted by three Winchester businesses will feature artists Christa Bennett, Dan Brenton, Denise Konicek, Betty Stone, and Kiyomi Yatsuhashi. It's a great opportunity to meet the artists, admire their creations, and discover more about how and why they create their work.

Appearing at Bespoke of Winchester (25 Thompson St.) is Dan Brenton.

Hidden LakeWatercolorist and printmaker Dan Brenton was born and raised in Stoneham, Massachusetts and studied art at Salem State University. A few years after Dan graduated he decided to ride his bicycle across the country and then down the West coast.  The trip filled his head with an overwhelming amount of inspiration that has fueled his recent body of work. Dan hopes to spend the rest of his life seeing new places and processing his experiences through art.

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Appearing at Winchester Realty (4 Mt. Vernon St.) are Betty Stone and Christa Bennett.

Photographer Betty Stone has  been working on diptychs in color and light. Shown below is one of the five featured this year in her Art in August exhibit at Winchester Realty. She is also exhibiting some photos from Zambia as well as photos from other places, both near and far (photo of Betty with Zambian kids is by Bonnie Newman).

Diptych by Betty StoneBetty Stone with Zambian kids

Christa Bennett says of her work, "I make functional pottery and like doing it. I think of myself as an artisan and not an artist, and I have done it for a very long time. It is fun playing with mud!" After the reception her work will remain on display at Pondview Florist

Appearing at Waterfield Sotheby’s International Realty (48 Mt. Vernon St.) are Denise Konicek and Kiyomi Yatsuhashi.

Dee KonicekDenise (Dee) Konicek combines her training in art and her love of sewing to create quilts and other fiber art. From 2002 to 2014, her traditional quilts were juried into several national quilt shows. In 2015 she became a juried member of Cambridge Artist Association (CAA). “Red Drift” was one of 56 pieces selected from over 1,000 entries (paintings, sculpture, etc) for CAA's 2016 national competition art show.

Denise studied with Beatriz Grayson, former Winchester resident and internationally known art quilter, starting in 2009. Beatriz retired from teaching in 2017 and, as a mentor, has passed on her students and teaching methods to Denise. Denise also started her own tile business in 2005. She has 7 Angie’s List tile installation awards.

Kiyomi Yatsuhashi grew up in Winchester and graduated from Winchester High School, then studied Art History at Tufts and Studio Arts at the MFA's Museum School (SFMA), focusing on printmaking and mixed media. Her interest in textiles grew after working for a custom flag and banner company, Design Flag, after college.

 Into the Blue fabric artIn 1999 she went to Japan to study traditional Japanese textile dyeing at Kyoto City University of Art., and she has been creating textile art using Japanese techniques such as aizome (indigo dyeing), rozome (wax-resist dyeing) and katazome (paste-resist dyeing) for nearly twenty years. She says, "While honoring tradition, I also explore making new expressions from both my Japanese and American creative processes. With my textiles, I like to create spaces where one can relax and reflect on life and the beauty of nature." Kiyomi has also been involved in international exchange and education through the arts in sister cities Boston and Kyoto.

Pictured is one of Kiyomi's rozome silk organza pieces from her “Into the Blue” series.

The first "meet the artist" receptions of Art in August 2018 take place on Thursday, August 9 from 6 pm to 8 pm. These receptions are where you can learn more about the artists, ask questions about their work, and possibly see more of what they have to offer.

Appearing at Studio on the Common, 22 Church St., are Michiko Katsumi and Carolyn Latanision.


Michiko Katsumi is a native of Japan who now lives in Winchester. She works in "mixed media," which means that instead of using traditional materials such as oil paint or pastel, she uses everyday household materials such as fabrics, paper, and metal to create her designs.

Michiko has a deep artistic appreciation for well-made handcrafted products, such as chairs and tables, and finds these objects just as pleasing to the eye as objects found in nature. She continues to experiment with non-traditional materials to produce art with unique texture and depth.

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Carolyn Latanision, a Winchester resident with a studio in Woburn, works primarily in water media, exploring its unique challenges and possibilities.  She achieves an open, lively technique, whether painting cityscapes or people, savoring rich dark textures, light, shadow, form, and the human spirit.  A native of Bethlehem, Pa., she has been building a series of paintings of the now closed Bethlehem Steel Corporation plant.  Her paintings have achieved national and international recognition, awards, and sales.

Carolyn is a signature member of a number of nationally recognized art societies including the National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain Water Media Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Water Color Society, New England Watercolor Society, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, National Association of Women Artists, and Whiskey Painters of America.  She is a designated Copley Master in the Copley Society of Art in Boston.

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Appearing at the Rubini Art Gallery, 22 Park St., is Lucia Rubini.

Horses by Lucia RubiniLucia Rubini was born in Bari, Italy (the capital of the Puglia region, on the Adriatic coast). ​She attended the Academy of Fine Arts and completed her studies at the Art Academy of Boston. In 2010 she opened a personal gallery: the "Rubini Art", an exhibition center and a place of education for young modern art lovers, with numerous subjects, such as the equestrian environment, historical figures, biblical and a maritime landscape. The gallery shows numerous works by Lucia Rubini as well as works by her students.

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The celebration of Art in August at the Griffin Museum included some true works of art from the fields of Winchester's Wright-Locke Farm. The farm provided gorgeous floral arrangements that showcased the beauty of nature in creative ways, and drew the admiration of all.

A variety of arrangements like these, pre- or custom-made, can be purchased all month at the farm—ephemeral but lovely art in August for your home.


Flower arrangement from Wright-Locke Farm   Flower arrangement from Wright-Locke Farm   Flower arrangement from Wright-Locke Farm

Mark your calendars and plan to attend these events in the Summer and Fall of 2018, all supported by grants from the Winchester Cultural Council!

★ The Family Farm Night Music Series at Wright-Locke Farm, June and July 2018 (6 Thursday Nights), from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Note that these outdoor concerts might be canceled in case of inclement weather. June 14: Ten Penny Ransom; June 21: Sorry Honeys; June 28: Karen K & the Jitterbugs (rained out); July 5: Miss Ellaneous;  July 12: Ben Rudnick & Friends; July 19: Hank Wonder. August 2: Karen K & the Jitterbugs (rescheduled!)

★ Family Concert on the Winchester Common with Roger Tincknell, August 8, 2018, presented by the North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network

★ "Generations of Fun: A Grandparents' Day Celebration" with storyteller and singer Davis Bates at the Jenks Center on September 9, 2018. All grandparents, grandchildren, and their friends are invited.

★ Folktale Puppet Shows: "Immigrants, Past and Present" on the Winchester Common at "International Day at the Farmer's Market", September 29, 2018, presented by the Ethnic Arts Center.

★ The Mass. Memories Road Show comes to Winchester on October 20, 2018. Sponsored by the  Winchester Archival Center; specific details are forthcoming.

The Winchester  Cultural Council has awarded $5,583 in LCC grants to 10 individuals and organizations for 2018. The funded projects expand cultural opportunities for Winchester’s young students and senior citizens, help Winchester residents hear distinguished local performers, and use art to celebrate and strengthen our community. Projects include a documentary film, "The Greening of Winchester"; two special events at the Jenks Center; a classical Indian dance performance in the fall; the Family Farm Night Music Series at Wright-Locke Farm on summer Thursday nights; a family concert on the Common by by Roger Tincknell; special puppet shows at the Farmer's Market's International Day in September; arts enrichment programs for children at Lincoln School and those attending after-school programs; and the Mass. Memories Road Show on October 20.
The Winchester Cultural Council is in need of new members for the coming year. Cultural Council members are volunteers who are appointed by the town's Select Board; love of the arts is important, but no special skills are required. The Council meets monthly, gives cultural grants annually, and provides many opportunities to enrich our town. To apply, send a letter stating your interest to the Select Board at Town Hall.