Opportunity for an arts and culture center in Wayland

Wayland is in the process of considering a new library. A significant grant has been obtained from the state for a new library to be located near the Wayland Middle School. Voters will decide in April 2018 at town meeting. If approved, the process of building the new library will begin.

If this occurs, could the historic library building at 5 Concord Road become the Wayland Cultural Center?

The Arts Wayland board of directors supports this idea of a cultural center as does the Wayland Historic Commission and Wayland Archaeology Group.

Arts Wayland, as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with a 38 year history in the town, hopes to play a role in making this vision a reality. Arts Wayland members, and artists from all local towns are invited to comment below and share your thoughts and ideas for such an opportunity.

The library building at 5 Concord road could house display areas for art, historical objects, and archaeological artifacts, of which the Wayland Historical Commission maintains a large collection. Flexible seating could allow for concerts, lectures, dramatic presentations, poetry slams, and a cafe.  The large spaces could be used for special exhibitions and presentations.  The lower level could be used for activity classrooms and for storage of historical artifacts not currently on display.

If 5 Concord Road were to become available, it could become a cultural asset that would enrich the lives of everyone in the town.

Please let us know if you would like to join a tour of the library, behind the scenes. Email: info@artswayland.com or call (774) 421-9211


Monotype gelatin printing by Linda Germain

Linda Germain, artist and instructor from Haverill Mass, presented a monotype gelatin plate printing demo that was interesting and engaging.

Learn more about Linda at her website: http://www.lindagermain.com/

We look forward to having her back!

Carolyn Letvin, oil monotype demo

Carolyn Letvin presented an interesting and hands on demo of oil monotypes. Please add your comments below.

Description of the activity:

This demonstration will cover the process of a basic printmaking process for oil painters. Using your current oil painting supplies and some simple tools, you can create beautiful, unique prints. It can easily be taken into the field for plein air monotyping. You will get the opportunity to experience applying paint to the plexiglass matrix and making a print at the end of the demonstration.


Jack Keledjian, live portrait demo

Jack Keledjian, an award-winning painter from the Putney Vermont Painter group, did a 4-hour oil portrait demo at Arts Wayland’s new location in Wayland Mass for a group of 25 artists.

During the 4-hour session, with breaks for the model to rest every 20 minutes, attendees enthusiastically took notes, asked questions, and sketched.

Jack kept a continuous commentary on his process, including colors he was choosing and mixing, brushes (he switched from hard to begin to soft at the middle and end), and his thoughts about shapes, edges, and light and dark.

A break for refreshments and socializing gave artists a chance to meet and make new connections. They enjoyed a display of portrait and landscape paintings by Jack.

Arts Wayland thanks Jack for generously donating his time to benefit Arts Wayland. Thanks also to our model Susan, a graphic and arts student at Framingham State.

Thanks to Peace Lutheran church for use of their fellowship hall for the event.

Some of Jacks remarks during the session:

When you paint, it is a process. You just look; you just evolve toward creation.
I'd rather have something exciting than something dead.
We all struggle, but never quit
If the brush strokes don't matter - don't worry. But when they are important - then do it!
Keep it soft
Something happens with the "half painting" - much more interesting than the "finished painting"
What is 'right'? When things work together.


Wanted to share my admiration for Jack and his teaching skills. It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot. Jack is a wonderful artist who is happy to share Richard Smith's traditions with us. I was so inspired. - Participant -Irina

I enjoyed Jack's workshop very much. He is a wonderful teacher.  I learned from so many of his examples from his palette to the types of brushes he used. What a wonderful experience for those that attend. - Participant - Marilyn S

Visit artswayland.com for more information on upcoming classes. Including a workshop with Jack Keledjian on March 7, 2017. Click here for more info.

Celia Judge, artist and instructor

 Setting up  still life for class

Setting up  still life for class

We welcome Celia Judge, Wayland, Massachusetts impressionist artist, as an instructor at the Arts Wayland Studio.

Here are some comments of Celia's students.

Celia is a wonderful person and a gifted compassionate artist. She has been my inspiration to paint for the last 13 years. She encourages her students in a very warm positive manner, even with corrective critique. Celia spends time with all her students, making rounds to help or correct as needed. She often starts a class with a different learning mode in a demonstration. Mixing colors, pointing out values, lighting, composition set up, and perspective; all may be new or old to the student, but it is always reinforcement. She is certainly worth my time in traveling to be in her class. I am very pleased to call her a friend.     
Celia Judge student, D. Ward     

Fertile Ground for Creativity in our Community

During this time of Thanksgiving, we at Arts Wayland are grateful for our new Studio at Community Arts, 107 Concord Rd. in Wayland.  Please join us there, whether for an art drop-in, a demo, or a workshop.  To learn more, check out the ‘activities’ page on our website. 

This new space is fertile ground for creativity, where new skills, friendships and community can grow and develop.  We need the support of area residents and businesses to help make this dream into a reality. 

As we recruit teachers and gather artists for upcoming programs, would you please consider making a contribution to support art in the community?  A $350 donation will cover one month of rent during this start-up phase.  This can be a gift from one generous individual or business, or a group of 10 friends.   Please share your enthusiasm by forwarding this email to your friends or posting on Facebook.

At Arts Wayland, our mission is to promote creative expression; inspire, motivate and support artists of all mediums to enrich our community.  

On this Giving Tuesday, will you plant the seeds for creative expression in our community by making a gift to Arts Wayland? 

Gifts can be made either through our website www.artswayland.com/support, or by check to Arts Wayland, P.O. Box 272, Wayland, MA 01778*

Thank you for supporting Arts Wayland!
Lisa Puckett
Artist and President, Arts Wayland

*Donations to Arts Wayland Foundation Inc, a 5013(c)3 (ID# 04-2720386) are tax-deductible.


Watercolor Workshop at Arts Wayland Studio

This was the first workshop at the new Arts Wayland Studio and it was a big success. Nine attendees enjoyed professional instruction from a local, well known teacher and painter Cecilia Sharma -  www.ceciliasharma.com.

Cecilia gave all of us several demonstrations throughout the two-day workshop. Each one was inspirational as well as informative. It was amazing for me to see how finely she could paint with a large brush. She taught us several techniques applicable to painting flowers but also other things, such as backgrounds using sponges and riggers and pallette knives.
— Becky, Workshop attendee
I enjoyed the workshop very much and hope to participate in another one. I found the demos very helpful and appreciated seeing how to achieve certain effects and then trying it myself. Thank you also for bringing snacks and having tea on hand.
— Lynne, workshop attendee
Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in the watercolor workshop.
Cecilia is an excellent teacher and lovely person.It was a very nice experience, I learned a lot in two days.
— M Cecilia, workshop attendee