BACS Community

   Congratulations to Judi Babcock, Anita Feld, Maria Green, Victoria Roark, Doris Smith and Laura Wallace, whose work will be on exhibit in the 2017-2018 Biennial Juried Community Art Show at the Bedford Library.  The show will be on view from Tuesday, November 21, until Wednesday, January 10.   There will be a reception on Saturday, December 2, 5-6pm.

Congratulations to Judi Babcock, Florence Como and Sylvia Mallory, whose work is on exhibit in the show “Melody” at Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Road, Lexington. The exhibit will run through January 7,  2018, and may be viewed on Thursdays from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. It is also accessible on Sundays, during service times, and whenever the church building is open.  The opening reception will be held at Grace Chapel on Saturday, November 25, 4-6 pm.

The holiday show at gallery blink, 1963 Mass. Avenue, Lexington, features some beautiful batiks by Laura Wallace.  The exhibition is open daily from December 1 through January 1 (except December 25), 11 am to 5 pm.

Marita Hartshorn’s imaginative quilt titled Oops was featured in the Rising Star Quilters Guild’s show in Lexington on October 13-14. Congratulations to Marita for this fun and clever work.

Here are three student works from Valeria Lanza‘s mixed media class, which will again meet this spring. All are welcome and encouraged to join.

Collage-style watercolor by Patricia MacQueen.
Bird and Flower, oil by Stewart Leshin.
Watercolor, artist unknown.

Photo highlights from crafting times held at the Bedford COA on Wednesdays

Dawn Warrington and Sylvia Mallory make sea glass pendants for Bedford Day.
Lucy McGovern and Jane Franklin roll paper to make beads.











Bedford Arts and Crafts Society Celebrates 60th Anniversary in 2016

Bedford Arts and CraftsBedford Arts and Crafts Society founder John Dodge with current and former BACS presidents (l-r) Mary Jane St. Amour, Evelyn Rice, Sylvia Mallory, Alyce McLaughlin, Alba Kenney, and Jeanne Reidy.

Cutting the BACS's 60th anniversary cake: John Dodge, Evelyn Rice and current BACS president Sylvia Mallory - Image (c) Dawn Warrington, 2016 all rights reserved - Click image to see it at full resolutionBACS founder John Dodge cutting BACS’s 60th anniversary cake, with Evelyn Rice and President Sylvia Mallory looking on.

1956 was Elvis’s breakout year as a rock star, with the release of “Heartbreak Hotel” and other chart-toppers. The New York Yankees won the World Series over the Brooklyn Dodgers in seven games. Peyton Place and Eloise hit the bestseller charts. We liked Ike, TV dinners, and sleek cars with Space Age tailfins.

Meanwhile, in Bedford, a group was coalescing around a shared love of the practice and appreciation of painting and crafts.

That year, local residents John Dodge, Lucia Kespert, and Margaret “Peg” Whitley began to gather for the pleasure of painting together. The trio hatched the idea of founding a group to share their enjoyment and knowledge of painting with others. Thus was born the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society (BACS), which evolved into a rich resource for local artists and crafters. BACS became the go-to place for classes, workshops, and demos through which the participants built their skills—and developed lasting friendships. The Regional Art Show, established by the late Connie Hanley in 2000, has become a signature event for BACS, much anticipated each year on Bedford Day.

On Wednesday, May 11, members of the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society gathered at Scutra Restaurant in Arlington to celebrate the 60th anniversary of BACS. We were honored to have founder John Dodge present as our special guest. John related how he studied art under the GI Bill after serving in World War II and subsequently made a living in the art business, becoming a specialist in the hand-coloring of photographic reproductions. His hand-colored works are hanging in well-known places around the world, among them the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the Palmer House in Chicago, as well as Children’s Hospital and the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

The evening also featured a lively round of BACS trivia and the presentation of roses to Mr. Dodge and to several other past presidents who joined in the evening’s revelry—Alba Kenney, Alyce McLaughlin, Jeanne Reidy, Evelyn Rice, and Mary Jane St. Amour.

To mark the club’s anniversary, BACS will be raffling and auctioning off several one-of-a-kind artworks and crafts this year. These include a fully furnished “vintage” dollhouse painstakingly crafted by BACS members; an original, framed pastel painting by artist Denise Rainis; an original, framed pen-and-ink drawing by artist Sue Funk; and handcrafted decorative boxes. Stay tuned for further details over the coming months! And be sure to visit the BACS booth and the Regional Art Show on Bedford Day.


Highlights from Bedford Day, 2015

Congratulations to the Bedford Day 2015 Regional Art Show Winners. Click here for all the winners and participants.

For photo highlights click here and scroll down.


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