By Kerry Hawkins
I am a co-founder of the Dedham Square Artist Guild. I also show my photography in the Guild and also do it's marketing. The Guild is coming up on being open for 2 years in October of this year. A party is now being planned. The Guild sprang out of Dedham Open Studios, now in it's third year and happening October 6th.
I started with placing art from Dedham Open Studios artists in empty store fronts in Dedham. A rare thing in Dedham. One of the spaces I displayed art in became the Guild Gallery. It was a risky venture considering the economy and the reconstruction of Dedham Square. The Guild is also the first gallery in Dedham Square. With the help of artists and the community, we are the little gallery that could.
The gallery is a cooperative of local 24 artists with many from Dedham. Many of the artists take on rolls and put time in helping the gallery run. The gallery is a place to give artists a venue to show their work and enrich the community. The Guild has many forms of art including jewelry, painting, glass, fabric, monotypes, photography and more... The gallery also has a roving gallery program, where art is on display at local businesses on a rotating basis. It is great to see local art in downtown Dedham.
It has been wonderful to be part of this gallery. Meeting artists and talking with people about art. Since we have started the gallery much more art is happening in Dedham, from the opening of the Mother Brook Art and Community Center to the Dedham Public Art Project.
There are two recent "call to artists" that I would like you to know about.
Call to Artists, The Guild's Artist Challenge, Making Waves, due by Sept 10th. Link here
Call to Artists, Dedham Open Studios, Deadline September 1st to be included on the map. Link here