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Artist Goes Back to Her Roots

An artist's return and some Bruins love.

Artist Goes Back to Her Roots Artist Goes Back to Her Roots

Well, here it is again, FRIDAY! The day we all love and cherish and begin dreaming about as soon as Sunday night. Happy Friday, and here’s hoping today is just the beginning of a great weekend.

Bruins Raise Stanley Cup to Rafters

First up in Patch-land today is yesterday’s rapid depletion of newspapers from our local coffee shops and newspaper vendors. The mile-high stacks of newspapers, featuring the Bruins Stanley Cup victory was huge news here in Concord...well, throughout all of New England.

Everyone wanted a souvenir copy of the front page photo. Before 7 a.m. yesterday, one Concordian entered and purchased five copies each of the Globe and Herald. It is great to see sports fans support the print media, and of course, even better that the Bruins won the Cup.

Pop Art and Peter Max

Concordian, poetry lover and artist Dianne Brooks will have one of her decoupage vases on exhibit at the Brookline Arts Center.  The artist reception is tomorrow, June 18 at the center, 86 Monmouth St., Brookline. (One road parallel to Beacon Street between Park and Carleton streets.) Dianne would love to see some fellow Concordians for her big gig. Here is her colorful vase, inspired by artist Peter Max, which also has decoupage design on the inside.  How can you not look at this and not be in a good mood? Nice work, Dianne!

Artist Returns to Origin at Emerson

Bonnie McGrath lives in nearby Acton, but was born right here at Emerson Hospital, as were her two children. In fact, a whole bunch of impressive people, including retired MLB pitcher Tommy Glavine, were born at the intersection of Old Road to Nine Acre Corner and Route 2.

At Emerson, where so many have gotten their first glimpse of life, as they begin their foray into the great outdoors, they have the good fortune to view the fine work of local artists displayed in and around the hospital’s lobby.

Bonnie’s watercolors and photographs make up the current exhibit, which features a sampling of her wonderful portfolio. You are probably familiar with Bonnie’s work, especially her photographs, as they have been transformed into postcards, note cards, magnets and other novelties for sale at local shops, such as the Colonial Inn, Main Streets Market & Cafe and the Walden Pond Gift Shop. Bonnie is also the author of the classic photography book, “ Walden Pond, Reflections by Henry David Thoreau."

Bonnie received her BFA from the Massachusetts School of Art, now the Massachusetts College of Art, where she focused on photography, painting, sculpture and ceramics. She also studied watercolor under Teri Malo and Jeanne Carbonetti. She does her own framing and matting and has taken photography into the digital age, capturing some of Concord’s most famous landmarks in glorious natural light. Bonnie’s long career began in Concord, when she worked as a mother’s helper for the Hobbs family on Elm Street. I have featured some of Bonnie’s art here, but you can see more of her works at her website, www.lightdancespirit.com.

Do you have something you would like to share? Contact me at mcb23@comcast.net or Stefanie Cloutier at stefanieac@comcast.net, and we will be happy to spread the good news.

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