Category Archives: Cultural

Make art this Sat. at 2PM

The Thistle project is community made art that will be installed this spring at the former Medfield State Hospital site.  A thistle is the pink prickly thing on the table in the photo, which are easily made with simple instructions.  The thistles will be wrapped around trees at the MSH site.

Jean Mineo invited you to her event
Thistle Making Workshop
Saturday, March 28 at 2:00pm
Medfield Public Library in Medfield, Massachusetts
Free and open to the public, drop in for as long as you like. All materials provided. “Thistles” is an art installation made from plastic cable ties, wrapped around trees. You are invited to learn how

Thistle coming to MSH

Thistle: a temporary art project at Medfield State Hospital
Submitted by Jean Mineo, Art in Public Places, a Medfield Foundation Inc. initiative

Exhibition dates: May – October, 2015


Thistle is a temporary outdoor exhibition of plastic “collars”, installed around tree trunks as a tribute to trees. It is based on a piece the artist created for an ancient apple tree in her backyard. The project first became public in 2011 with nine bands installed as part of Art in the Park, in historic Elm Park (Worcester).

Evans realized the celebratory appropriateness of both the bright pink color and form. The Long Horned Beetle infestation had forced the removal of 28,000 trees, leaving both parks and people devastated. These bands of “Thistles” gave the trees a very distinct look of celebration as victors of the blight. Other installations have occurred in Concord, Stockbridge, Providence, RI and Stowe,

Each Thistle band is customized in size to the tree, made of plastic hardware cloth and ties, and affixed around the tree by tying the ends of the band together. The tree is not harmed and the bands are easily removed at the end.

An installation of up to 24 Thistles is proposed for the trees lining Hospital Road and within the adjacent open space. Volunteers will be asked to adopt and assemble a Thistle (with instruction from Evans). The artist will run a workshop at Zullo Gallery in March, installation is proposed for May – October.

The goal is to draw attention to the open space at the front of the property and engage people in thinking about the property in a new way (other than a hospital). Funding will be sought from the Cultural Council and sponsors. No additional insurance is needed.

Catherine Evans is a Boston based artist. Her art deals with the repurposing of common objects; transforming everyday materials into the powerful, and the unordinary; stretching preconceived notions about that object. Multiples and repetition are an important part of her work.

PIPELINE public art project

Email today from Jean Mineo about the re-use of the old MSH water pumps (MSH originally got its water from Farm Pond in Sherborn) in an art installation, called the PIPELINE public art project.  The entries look to me to be really inventive and fun –

Hi Richard and Pete, (cc: Mark FYI),

I’m excited to announce that we have received 10 proposals for the PIPELINE public art project and I’d appreciate your help inviting the public to comment on the ideas before Jan. 30. Images and descriptions of the proposals are in the library lobby and on-line at

All comments will be shared with the Selection Committee who will select one winner to receive a $1,000 stipend provided by the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Background information about the pumps and the park can be found at

I’m excited about the variety of ideas and that strong proposals came from two Medfield residents and others from Boston, MN, Iowa, CA, TX and even Algeria. Now we want to hear from the public about their preferences and what they think would work best at that property.

Thanks for your help in spreading the word!



Pipeline grant application deadline is 11/21

The Cultural Alliance’s $1,000 grant for the artistic re-use of the old pumps from the MSH has an application deadline of 11/21 –

Medfield Cultural Council

A non-profit organization


Call for Ideas: PIPELINE

Ideas Competition: PIPELINE
Deadline: Nov. 21, 2014, 5 pm EST
Site Visit: Sat. Sept. 13, 10 am


Dazzle us with your creative ideas to re-use massive cast iron water pump components for functional items like seating or bike racks, way-finding and signage, or sculpture. One winning entry will receive $1,000.

The project will celebrate the quirky anomalies and rich history of the abandoned state mental hospital in Medfield, MA. The goal is to bring the winning idea to life and connect residents and visitors to the new park, hiking trails, river vistas, and history of the area.

Click Inventory for pump images and dimensions. Note: this does not include all components, and designs are not limited to these materials.

Eligibility: Open to anyone anywhere. Teams are encouraged to include an artist, architect and/or a design professional.

Selection Criteria: • innovation and originality of ideas • potential for implementation • creative choice and re-use of materials • safety and feasibility • artist qualifications and professionalism • appropriateness to site(s) • maintenance requirements

To Apply Email a one-page idea proposal and a one-page visual description or image, with no name or identifying information in PDF format. Label your files LastName_Idea or Visual. Include a resume/CV (jury review only) to before 5 pm EST on Nov. 21, 2014.

For More Information Join us on a walking tour of the site, see the pumps, and re-imagine the new park area on Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 10 am. 45 Hospital Road, Medfield MA. Wear sturdy shoes and bug spray! Or if you cannot join us for the tour, click here for the garden plan. Click here for more history about the Hospital.

Sept. 1: Call for Ideas
Sept. 13: Walking Tour
Nov. 21: Deadline
Dec. 1 – 31: Display at Medfield Library and at
Jan. 16: Notification
Feb.: Budget and Conservator review
2015: Fund raising
2016: Fabrication and installation

Questions? Email

Generous support provided by

Rocklandtrust.200 Art in Public Places is an initiative of the non-profit Medfield Foundation, Inc. to enhance Medfield’s public spaces through temporary or permanent art works, installations or programs. Applicants agree that Art in Public Places has the right to display and use submitted text and images for educational, promotional and publicity purposes. Art in Public Places reserves the right to accept one or more submittals or reject any or all submittals received in response to this Call and to waive informalities and irregularities in the proposals received.

Jazz at Dwight-Derby House tonight

This from the Cheryl O’Malley –

Hi everyone,


Don’t miss tonight’s October Festival at the Dwight-Derby House from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. You will experience the best Medfield has to offer with music, food,beer and wine tasting in a very historic setting.


Shane Wood, a Medfield resident and well known jazz musician, will bring the best in Jazz to your ears which is brought to you by a grant from the Medfield Cultural Counsel. 


Tim Larkin of Larkin’s Liquiors will tantalize your taste buds with a selection of wines and beer that will be sure to please your taste buds.


Last but not least, there will be an amazing spread of food from Roach Brothers for the Brother’s Market the newest venue in Medfield. The evening will start with wine and cheese, then move to the main course of Beef Stroganoff or Chicken Parmesan and Broccoli & Cauliflower Au Gratin or Thyme Roasted Carrots and finish with European Pastries.


Our store will also be open for your shopping convenience. We have lots of new products for all your gift giving needsd.


Don’t let the rain keep you from enjoy this wonderful evening for only $25 at the door. All proceeds will support the on going maintenance, preservation, restoration and operations of the Dwight-Derby House a significant historic structure of Medfield which is managed by the Friends of the Dwight-Derby House a non-profit organization.


I hope to see you there!


Cheryl O’Malley


Friends of the Dwight-Derby House

P.O. Box 527

7 Frairy Street

Medfield, MA. 02052


Medfield (?) murder mysteries

Medfield resident Neal Sanders has been writing murder mysteries for about ten years that take place in a town he calls Hardington, a place that sounds an awful lot like Medfield.  And by coincidence, Medfield actually has a section of town called Harding.

One of Neal’s first books was Murder for a Worthy Cause, which involves the murder of the town selectman, who, also by coincidence, happens to be an attorney, during the building of a home in town for the Ultimate House Makeover TV show.  Ah, those were golden days for my neighborhood, both when town residents came together to build a new house for the Johnson family on that TV show, and also our end of town became what I joking called a “gated community,” as residents and visitors had to pass through police lines to get to our homes.

Many of Neal’s books deal with one of his other loves, gardening and garden clubs.  Medfield has been fortunate  that Neal and Betty share their gardening knowledge with the town so freely at lectures, and operate the Community Gardens on Plain Street for the town.

See all Neal’s books here

The Pianos Are Coming! The Pianos Are Coming!

Calling all piano players!  This today from cultural instigator Jean Mineo –



An update – the two pianos are due to arrive in the two parks tomorrow afternoon, Friday Sept. 19. I’ll be there for the installations and hope you’ll come check them out and help spread the word inviting people to play. My home and cell phone are below if needed (not for public distribution, please), I’ll be around on Medfield Day to keep an eye on them. Starbucks and Larkins have agreed to help un/cover the piano in the Straw Hat Park daily, and the library and Zullo will do the same for the one in the gazebo. I welcome any and all “eyes” on them during their stay, they will be going to new homes at the end of the project during the weekend of Oct. 4 – 5. If you get to enjoy an impromptu performance during lunch or a break, please post phone photos on the Facebook page!

Thanks everyone, for your support on this exciting project!


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Pianos In the Parks

(Medfield, MA): The Medfield Cultural Council is pleased to bring two pianos to two parks in the Medfield Cultural District for public play for two weeks beginning Sept. 19. The pianos are located in the Straw Hat Park and under the gazebo. They have been generously donated by two local families and will be covered overnight and in the event of inclement weather. They are available for anyone to play otherwise.


“The idea is based on the wildly popular Play Me I’m Yours project that installed 75 pianos in Boston and Cambridge last year,” says Cultural Council member Jean Mineo. “I was lucky enough to experience several impromptu performances and each one was amazing. This past summer, I heard local musician Tom Duprey playing outside on the Zullo roof deck one afternoon and thought we could do something similar here.” The Council encourages families, friends and others to share their talents either solo or in ensembles in these unusual venues. “Lots of people can play,” said Mineo, “we hope to entice them to play in public a little bit.” The pianos will be available through Oct. 4.
The Council invites everyone to post their photos and share stories and videos of performances on its facebook page: For more information about the Cultural Council, visit


“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Medfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”