Big Night: Art in August receptions begin August 11

by Bob Hesse, Winchester Artists. Network (WAN)

Tomorrow is our first night of receptions for Art in August, and it’s BIG! All receptions run from 6-8 pm.

Clark Care, 533 Main St.

A new host for A in A and a lovely space for painters Mildred Fischer and Doris Surette. Both are long time WAN members but have never had a reception. Lots of inspiration here. Mildred began painting at the Jenks Center when she was 69. Now, 19 years later, she’s going strong and enjoying every minute. It’s never too late to turn to art. Doris paints with everything on everything. Neither age nor accidents keep her from brush and easel. At receptions and shows I often hear from someone whose kid was shown how to paint by that “Lady on Mt. Vernon St.” That’s Doris!

Soluna Garden Farm, 600 Main St.

A past supporter, a space with a delightful scent to compliment the exquisite jewelry of longtime WAN member Wendy Jo New. It’s hard to imagine how much wonder and beauty can be packed in such tiny things and how much impact they can add. Wendy’s work must be seen to be believed.

Studio on the Common, 22 Church St.

What can I say, a brand new, vibrant art space for Winchester. Owner Gail Freeman, has been a major force for the return of Art in August and is host to 3 remarkable artists.

  • Tony Fenn began to paint when given a paint set for Xmas not very long ago and, self-taught, was creating masterpieces shortly there after. Subsequent studies have enriched but not veiled his unique, vital style. If you doubt digital fine art, I think his recent iPad (Procreate) paintings will give you a new respect for digital media.
  • Michiko Katsumi is a founding WAN member who hasn’t shown for quite a while. Her wonderfully composed, quietly engaging collages from deconstructed and reconstructed garments explore ideas of time, impermanence, structure, and identity.
  • Carolyn Latanision is quite simply one of the finest watercolorists I have encountered. Her works display an incredible sense of place and character along with a seemingly effortless traverse of technical challenges. The more you know, the more you see, the more you are amazed.

Call for Artists: Winchester Fine Art and Craft Festival, July 21 and September 15, 2012

The Winchester Fine Art and Craft Festival, presented by the Winchester Cultural Council, will be held on two dates:  July 21 and September 15, 2012. This art fair is held on Winchester Common next to the popular farmer’s market. Applications are due June 5 for July and July 15 for September.

Click Here to dowload the Application and Information Sheet

2012 Grant Recipients

The Winchester Cultural Council is please to announce its 2012 grant recipients:

The Hive multidisciplinary art installation, Brio Integrated Theatre, Odyssey of the Mime (Community Schools Association), Just A Minute Film Festival, Jubilation Singers Holiday Review, A Kid’s View Literary & Visual Arts Magazine, The Marble Collection Inc, Winchester Community Music School Concerts For Kids! Series

About WCC:

The Winchester Cultural Council is a local government body consisting of volunteers, appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who work to serve the artistic and cultural life of the town. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, gives Winchester funds each year to support the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. This money is awarded by the WCC to local individuals and groups who meet state and local requirements. Anyone may apply for funding and applications are now being accepted for programs to take place in 2012. Download a grant application at, or email

Call for Artists: Juried Fine Art and Craft Fair at Winchester’s Farmer’s Market, August 6

The Winchester Cultural Council is holding a juried art fair on Saturday August 6 at the Farmer’s Market on the Town Common. A jury comprised of WCC members, practicing artists, art teachers, and committee members will judge original artwork of professional quality in any medium for acceptance. A cash prize will be awarded for Best in Show. Approximately 25 booth spaces are available. Application deadline is July 29th. Application fee is $55. Please download PDF application for all details. Questions?, Don Daniel 781-729-2991