January/February Artist of the Month
Dad, Earl (Bud) Randall, was a founding member of Dedham Art Association (DAA).
He was the owner of the “Sign & Art Studio” in Dedham. He painted the metal
DAA sign that greets you at the meetings. In 2002 Dad convinced me to join DAA.
At first I was reluctant because I hadn’t painted for years since I had taken
oil painting classes at the Dedham Community House.
the first artist demonstration at my first meeting I was hooked. I joined the
Tuesday painting group led by Ann Coco. I started taking oil painting lessons
from Peter Spataro and Dianne P. Miller, and watercolor from Nancy Howell and
Joan Percy. I attended the DAA workshops in various mediums.
served as Treasurer for two years and President for six. I started the first
annual “art show and sale” of members’ work in June 2008. It was a fun way to
show our work to each other and to invited friends, family and the community to
see our artwork. In 2011, along with Peggy Desmond, I set up the Endicott
branch of “open Studios.” It was such as success that it was repeated in 2012.
love to travel and checked off an item on my “bucket list” to visit all 50
states. I have many photos of our national parks and gardens, lots of amazing
scenery to paint. I am a volunteer at the Endicott Community Greenhouse where
visitors can stop in and take photos of the plants and grounds and find
something new to plant or paint. Thank you, Dad, for getting me back to
painting. Thank you to all the presidents before and after me for keeping DAA
A huge thank you to
Bev for her ongoing dedication and contributions to Dedham Art Association!
“Indian Horse Carousel” watercolor
by Bev McNeill