Beautiful Evening for Arts on the Green at Elm Bank

The weather cooperated this time for the third annual Arts on the Green at Elm Bank. The gardens provided a spectacular backdrop for participating WSA artists Maria Babb, Mi Herzog, Sally Meding, Dottie Laughlin, and Bobbie Suratt  who showed their work. Many other local artists also showcased their work on the Art Walk. Visitors enjoyed garden tours, picnics and music by LIVEWIRE BOSTON. 


Eddie Bruckner in Juried Show at the Davis Gallery in Worcester

Wellesley Society of Artists member Eddie Bruckner was chosen to be a part of the Davis Gallery’s latest juried show, “Nonobjective Now:  New England Artists Explore Abstraction.”  The opening reception will be held at the Davis Gallery in Worcester on September 22, 2017 and the exhibit will run though January 5, 2018.  The painting chosen for this exhibit, “Mosaic Color Grid: The Dance, Structure & Movement” was recently exhibited at the Wellesley Society of Artists’ 2017 Spring Show at the Wellesley Community Center.

Nonobjective NOW: New England Artists Explore Abstraction at the Davis Gallery in Worcester, MA
The play of light and color, the interaction of geometric forms, the essence of an idea: these are the hallmarks of nonobjective art. Discover a rich variety of contemporary interpretations in this juried exhibition, featuring painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, fiber art, and design.

Retailer Maine Cottage Sells Prints of WSA Member Lori Mehta’s Paintings

Early this summer Lori Mehta was contacted by furniture and decorating retailer Maine Cottage about selling prints of her work through them.  In addition, they “featured” Lori in their fall catalog. Prints of 15 paintings are currently available, and more will be added for their Spring catalog. This “feature” will soon be online as well, but is currently only in the Fall copy catalog. Lori says, “It’s been great working with them, and I could not think of a better match for some of my work”. To see some of Lori’s prints, visit

Present-Van Broekhoven and Unger Exhibit at Wellesley Free Library in September


WSA Exhibiting Members, Yvonne Unger and Nancy Present-Van Broekhoven are  exhibiting their artwork in the Wakelin Room of the Wellesley Free Library during September. The show, “Nature, Naturally” features their work in watercolor. The artists’ reception will take place on September 23rd from 2-4pm in the Wakelin Room. The reception is open to the public.

Awards for Deborah Friedman

WSA Exhibiting Member, Deborah Friedman, received one of six juror awards for her drawing “Heart Line” in the Attleboro Art Museum’s National Juried Exhibition “Line,” up from June 15-July 15, 2017. There were 1,000 entries from 22 states in the US, and 100 pieces were selected for the exhibition.

Also, Deborah’s drawing “Angle of Repose” has been awarded Second Place in the 2017 Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 106th Annual Juried Exhibition, currently up at the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, CT from June 16 – July 29, 2017.

Landscape Oil Demonstration with John MacDonald

John MacDonaldRenowned landscape oil painter John MacDonald will hold an artist demonstration on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the WSA meeting at the Wellesley Free Library.

The afternoon, which is open to the general public, runs from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Wakelin Room and will begin with a reception. At 1:15 p.m. the WSA will present the judge’s awards to WSA Member Artists exhibiting in the Fall 2017 Library Show. To view past award winners, please visit the WSA’s Award Winners Gallery.

Immediately following the the awards, John MacDonald will begin his demonstration in landscape oil painting. John attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he received a BFA in 1979. Following college, he attended a four month intensive printmaking workshop at the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France. Returning to the States, he received an MA degree in drawing and painting from Purdue University in 1982.

For nearly thirty years, John worked as both a freelance illustrator and landscape painter. He has won awards from Print Magazine as well as having work appear in the Society of Illustrators annual show. He now paints full time. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Oil paintings by John MacDonaldJohn is currently represented by the following galleries:

The Iris Gallery, Boston, MA & Aspen, CO
Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
The Lily Pad Gallery, Watch Hill, RI and Milwaukee, WI
Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT
Christopher-Clark Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

His workshops have taken place from New Hampshire to California. Recent workshops have been held in the Bascom Center, North Carolina; The Falmouth Art League, Falmouth, Massachusetts; The Weathersfield Academy, Wethersfield, Connecticut; and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

Professional memberships have included the Creativity Coaching Association, Society of Illustrators, the Illustrators Partnership of America, the National Association of Plein Air Painters, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Oil Painters of America.

To learn more about John, please visit his website at

WHS Student Receives WSA Art Achievement Award

Emma Soliva
Emma Soliva, winner of the 2017 WSA Art Achievement Award

The Wellesley Society of Artists recently awarded Wellesley High School sophomore, Emma Soliva, with The WSA Art Achievement Award at their Awards Night on June 8, 2017.

Award recipient Emma Solvia’s work
Award recipient Emma Solvia’s work

Emma is a metals studio artist that entered the course as a freshman.  The WHS art department staff was so impressed by her skills she was given an “intensive” spot as a sophomore.  

Teachers remarked that her portfolio of work is conceptually very well thought out and she displays a personal maturity. Emma is going on the WHS art department trip to Greece this summer. The WSA Art Achievement Award dates back decades. The WSA is grateful to be able to reinstitute this award to recognize and support the efforts of art students at the Wellesley High School.  

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Visit Eddie Bruckner’s Fenway PaintBox and Natick Art Installation

WSA Member Artist Eddie Bruckner’s Fenway PaintBox was completed in May 2017 and is located just steps away from Boston’s Fenway Park at the corner of Boylston St. and Yawkey Way (near Tasty Burger).  Sponsored by the City of Boston and the Boston Art Commission, Eddie’s PaintBox features images of Boston’s Citgo Sign, the MBTA, the State House, the Prudential Tower, and the Zakim Bridge. 

Eddie recently completed his latest public art installation, “Natick Pride & The Boston Marathon,” located in Natick, MA.  The painted electrical utility box was completed in September 2017 and is located a few blocks from the Natick Town Common at the corner of East Central Avenue and Dewey St on the Boston Marathon Route.  Commissioned by the Natick Center Cultural District and the Public Art Committee with funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Eddie’s public art installation features a Boston Marathon Theme and emphasizes Natick Pride.  A video highlighting the making of the public art project is available on Eddie Bruckner’s YouTube Channel. 

More information about Eddie Bruckner can be found on his website: