Beverly McNeill
January/February Artist of the Month

“My 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.
From 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.
I 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.

I 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 going.”
A huge thank you to Bev for her ongoing dedication and contributions to Dedham Art Association!

“Indian Horse Carousel” watercolor
by Bev McNeill


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