Members News

This page is for individual member’s news, as well as invitations to outside shows, and events of interest to members and everyone else who is interested in art.  Check back with us as we continue to update our website!


April 26 th 2016,
Invitation to 3 workshops for Artists at Needham Public Library

Community room, 1139 Highland Av, Needham 1.30-3pm

The Working Artist:  Creating a Successful Business
The first in a series of three entrepreneurial
workshops designed to help artists build
successful and sustainable careers

For details/see flyer, please click here: Roundtable #1 – Flyer 3-5-16



New Paintings and solo Exhibit by Chelsea Sebastian


October 1st-31st 2015
WSA Member, Vasilia Laskaris, has an exhibit at the Needham Library for the month of October   (1st – 31st). The exhibit “Potpourri’  consists of 22 paintings  of landscape, still life and portraits in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel.
Everyone is cordially invited to this free exhibition!


Scituate Arts Association-Front Street Gallery
A chance to be part of a highly regarded and well established gallery
Scituate1The Front Street Art Gallery, a co-operative gallery, locaated at 124 Front Street in Scituate Harbor, is opening its membership to artists in all mediums who are looking to become members of a highly regarded and well established gallery


Artists interested in participating in this unique Gallery which has the Scituate Arts Association as a sponsor, can pick up  an application at the Gallery or on the Gallery website: .
Completed applications should be mailed back to the Gallery at the address provided on the application or dropped off at the Gallery.
For further information please contact or

Front Street Art Gallery
124 Front Street, Scituate Harbor
Gallery Open: Tue -Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5

Sept 1st-October 13th 2015
WSA member, Nancy Present-VanBroekhoven, will be having a solo exhibit of her watercolor paintings at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Sanctuary from September 1-October 13, 2015. 

There will also be a reception open to the public on Sunday, September 13th from 2 to 4 pm. The Broadmoor Sanctuary is located on Route 16 in Natick.

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“You have to kiss a lot of Frogs” Watercolor, 13×17″ by Nancy Present-Van broekhoven

Link for more examples of her work :Please save the date


Now through Sept 18th 2015
WSA president Bobbie Surratt has a One-Women Show at the Metro West Medical Center (otherwise known as Framingham Union Hospital).


“Dana”, Oil on Canvas by Bobbie Suratt

115 Lincoln St, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 383-1000
Everyone is cordially invited!


June 6th 2015
Needham Spring Arts Festival and Street Fair

Several WSA members are participating in this new event
New this year is the first annual Spring Arts Festival inside Town Hall in Powers Hall.  24 Needham artists and artisans will be displaying and selling various genre of art from painting to pottery to jewelry.  In the hallway adjacent to Powers Hall hang representative works from very talented Needham High School senior artists.  Needham Art Association will be kicking off the Festival on the Common with art from its members on display in its booth.
Musical performances in Powers Hall to augment the gallery art show and sale.
**Acoustical guitar at 10:30 a.m. by Hunter Fellman-Greene.
**Needham’s  light rock cover band “Jam Sandwich” from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

For press release please click here: Press Release Spring Arts Festival

May-June 2015 : WSA secretary and past President, Yale Nicolls has a One-Woman Show at Elm Bank called “Elm Bank Tropicals.
12 flower themed paintings  are exhibited at the new Mass Horticulture visitor center at Elm Bank.  Hours are approximately from 10-4, Tuesday through Sunday.

Elm Bank Tropicals II

Elm Bank Tropicals II, watercolor by Yale Nicolls, NEWS, RIWS


May 1st 2015: Art Programs presented by New England Wild Flower Society
From: Jessica Nugent at Garden in The Woods

My name is Jessica, and I am the Marketing Intern for New England Wild Flower Society, and I wanted to let you know about our new artistic opportunities available at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham.

**Our Artists in the Garden series, allows artists access to Garden in the Woods before the doors open to the public, and when the light is especially beautiful. Artists are given a chance to photography, paint, draw, and sketch beautiful landscapes, native wildflowers, pollinators, and more.

*Those who want to get back into watercolor, or are new to it, should check out Watercolor in the Garden, an 8 week program starting indoors, and then, moving to the Garden to paint. This course will offer a unique way to express yourself.

For those who are more technically inclined, and want to create digital art our Landscape Photography class will teach you how to find the best composition, understand focal-length lenses, and use depth of field and filters.
*We also offer a class for those who are into DIY culture, with Papermaking with Plants. You’ll be able to learn how to make beautiful hand-made paper from invasive plants, which supports local biodiversity and native New England plants.
*Please feel free to pass this information along to others who may be interested.If you have any questions about our programs, please feel free to contact the Director of Public Programs,, or by phone, (508)877-7630*3303
Thank You.

Jessica Nugent
Marketing Intern
New England Wild Flower Society
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Conserving and promoting New England’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes

Eli Cedrone News and workshops  May 4th, 11th, 18th and June 1st 2015

Wellesley Art Society, 90 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA
The Art Spirit  |  May 4, 11, 18 & June 1  |  Mondays 10-1pm

This class is an atelier experience for the serious student of painting. It offers rigorous instruction in seeing, drawing and painting. We’ll address the correct sequence to working with light and shadow, refining form and shape, and interpreting and understanding color. By mastering the skills of alla prima painting, students progress to create art with depth of purpose and richness in meaning. This class is for students with a working knowledge of the medium and advanced students seeking to improve their skills.

$199. / 4 classes

South Shore Art Center, 110 Ripley Road, Cohasset, MA
Painting from Photos  |  May 8 – 29 Fridays 10-1pm

In this class, we’ll use photos as an inspiration and raw material to compose stronger, better paintings. A photo reference is a convenient aid to artists, but they can also be a hindrance to developing drawing and painting skills. Source photos provide tremendous visual information; we will look at how to weed out what’s necessary from what’s not, and discuss the benefits of photography as a compositional tool. $145M $190NM 4 classes

Olivia in Kimono, 18×28

North River Arts Society “Focus on Figures “I’m happy to have two of my paintings chosen by juror, Johanna Harmon for this Juried Figure & Portrait Exhibit. Guests are welcome to join me at the Opening Reception Friday April 24, 2015 7-10pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & cash bar. NRAS, 157 Old Main Street, Marshfield Hills, MA

Open Studio  |  May 2, 2015,  4 – 6pm   Please join me in the studio for an afternoon of art, instruction and fun!
I’ll be doing a demonstrating at 5 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Paintings of all sizes and subject matter will be available at studio pricing. Please rsvp or call 781-443-4014.

Eli Cedrone Fine Art  |  63 sunrise terrace  |  Stoughton, MA 02072  |


Interested in art, peace, and $200?

The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program is searching for artwork that reflects themes of peacekeeping, negotiation, and/or conflict resolution to decorate the walls of its office at Harvard Law School!

Submit your artwork for a chance to win $200 and have your artwork displayed at HLS for a year! To apply, visit The deadline is April 24, 2015.

Questions? E-mail

 WSA Member Julia Blake: latest news!

Hello Artist friends,
​I am excited to announce the inaugural Artist Common event. I recently partnered with J. Kirk Richards to purchase an old church in Belchertown. We are using it as an artist gathering place and it will be available soon for artist residencies as well as musical events, weddings and parties.

Kirk is teaching our first workshop on May 1st and 2nd and we invite you to attend and pass the information along to other artists. Feel free to ask any questions.
Julia Blake


Call to Artists:  Needham Spring Arts Festival



As part of the on-going collaboration between the Needham Business Association, the Needham Cultural Council, the Town of Needham and Needham artists, for the first time ever the Spring Arts Festival will be held inside Town Hall in Powers Hall on the date of the NBA Street Fair on Saturday June 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Won’t you sign up to be one of the twenty-six Needham artists and artisans to show and sell in Powers Hall?  Space is offered on a first come first serve basis-although the organizers reserve the right to limit the number of artists or artisans displaying the same type of work.  Space is also being reserved for our very talented High School art students.  Sign-up sheet is below.  Reserve a 6′ or 5′ table (6′ tables are limited so again first come first serve) or let us know how you will be setting up your space.

Name: ________________________________________
Address: __________________________  (home or business must be in Needham)
Email Address: __________________________________
Telephone Number: ______________________________
Media: ________________________________________
Table request: __________6′ ___________5′ ____________ None (check 1)

Set up proposed: ____________________________ (show space will be limited to table
widths and lengths approximately)

Organizers are also arranging to have soft music to accompany the gallery atmosphere-soft rock, light jazz, a cappella and/or orchestral.  If you know any groups who would like to perform on the stage at Powers Hall, please let us know.

This is a terrific opportunity for the entire community to come to our Downtown to Discover Needham Local First-shop, dine, and support our local community businesses and artists while enjoying the NBA Street Fair festivities on the Common and in front of our stores and restaurants. Won’t you be part of it all?
If you have any questions or wish to participate, please contact Devra G. Bailin, Needham’s Economic Development Director, via phone 781-455-7550 ext. 213, fax 781-453-2510,  email<>, or in hand at Public Services Administration Building, 500 Dedham Avenue.

Devra G. Bailin
Economic Development Director
Town of Needham
500 Dedham Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
Tel: 781-455-7550 ext. 213

Workshop opportunity in Boston in July for all you portrait painters!
Subject: Workshop schedule for 2015

Hello friends and fellow painters!
I am just writing to let everyone know my workshop schedule for this year. I have quite a few happening across the country. Most workshops I also include a 3 hour painting demonstration open to the public.
Desiring to be a master of my craft and sharing what I have learned with others is what I do.
Please feel free to come to a demonstration, workshop or both!
All my best to you in 2015!
Sincerely,  Kerry Dunn

Chesapeake, Maryland: March 12 – 14.
3 day portrait painting workshop
Atlanta, Georgia: April 30 – May 3.
Portrait Society of America Annual Conference (I will be part of the faculty)
Vancouver, Canada: May 18 – 22 and May 25 – 29
5 day still life painting & 5 day portrait painting workshops back to back!
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida: June 26 – 28.
3 day portrait painting workshop

 Boston, Massachusetts: July 20 – 24.
5 day Alla Prima portrait workshop

 Green Bay, Wisconsin: date TBD (probably sometime this summer)
5 day portrait painting workshop

 Philadelphia, Pennsylavania: August 3 – 7 & August 17- 21.
5 day still life workshop and 5 day Advanced Portrait workshop

 Bay Area, California: December 7 – 11
5 day Portrait Painting Workshop
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at what I have going on and happy painting!


WSA member, Nan Rumpf is teaching a number of art classes locally.
including intermediate and advanced watercolor, Chinese ink painting and various experimental techniques in watermedia.

Click here to see Nan’s schedule:  class schedule


Feb 22-March 29th
Lynda Davis Jeha (ldavisjeha@gmail.comis offering children’s art classes on Sundays at Wellesley College and on Fridays at “NCE” Newton Community Education.

Multimedia Creations: Ages 5-7
Winter/Spring Session: 6 Sundays: Feb. 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Snow Date: April 12)   Time: 2-3 pm
6-week session: Members $75 / Non-Members $95
Drawing and Painting: Ages 10-12
Winter/Spring Session: 6 Sundays: Feb. 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Snow Date: April 12)
Time: 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.         6-week session: Members $75 / Non-Members $95

For 2014-15 Program Brochure for course listings and how to Register for classes please visit:

Fridays beginning Sep 26“NCE” Newton Community Education
Course Title: Mixed Media       Ages: K-2nd
10-week session course on Fridays
Dates: 9/26/14 – 12/05/14 (no class on Nov 28).      Time: 3:15-4:15 pm
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Feb 2015
Congratulations to WSA member, Nan Rumpf for winning the “Member juried show award” at Concord Art Association with the watercolor “Arctic Dream”.

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“Arctic Dream, Wtercolor, Nan Rumpf

MJ1 award, Concord 2015 copy