Area artists grace Memorial Hall again

... economics aside, there's no arguing with success

from Don Norris

Where else can you meet with the artist, face-to-face, to discuss his work, to casually discuss color and shades, sizes, media used -- only at an art show. In this case, it was the Melrose Arts Festival, held in early April at Melrose's handsome Memorial Hall. Some 40 artists participated in this juried show.

The complete story of the MACA show can be found in Jackie Wattenberg's story in this issue of the Melrose Mirror. In the meantime, enjoy Editor Don Norris's wandering through the rows and rows of beauty and drama -- for he shot these candid photos as they appeared. Nothing was staged.

The work above, left, is Luke Volpe's, an original member of the Atelier, a group of Melrose artists who produced the first art show at Memorial Hall in the '70s. At the right is a sample of Dixie Clark's entry into oils; until recently she worked exclusively in watercolors.

This is Melrose's Brian Macdonald, who does reverse painting on glass. Can you imagine the complexity of doing such as the boathouse, at the right?

There was a special room for Jean Allen's work, for this noted artist, musician, teacher, bridge player passed away earlier this year. We could add magician to her skills, for she could do just about anything, and never, ever once would she boast. Folks who want to remember this fine lady can send a donation to the cancer fund.

At the left is Deb Corbett, organizer of many art shows as well as a painter extraordinaire. At the right, taking a fruit-juice break, are Christine Riccardi and her sister Jane Analetto. There was an open bar upstairs.

Left, in the white blouse, is Mrs. Donald Fox, discussing art with a potential fan. It is Mr. Fox, however, who produces the beautiful watercolors. The couple also operate the Melrose Drug store, downtown.

Delightful music was supplied by ........TK. At the right is Ellen Rolli's dramatic visions of commonplace commodities. Beautifully handled, brightly colored, inspiring.

At the far right is Tom Ciulla of Melrose, who has turned a practiced eye to art -- with his digital cameras. At the left is a sample of his work, framed, within the reach of most aficionados  -- in spite of rather drastic economic conditions.

Things are definitely looking up ...

May 1, 2009

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