Category Archives: Cultural

Cultrual Council honors Jean Mineo 5/7

From Ron Gustavson –


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04/21/15
MEDFIELD CULTURAL COUNCIL CELEBRATES JEAN MINEO’S LEADERSHIP CIRCLE AWARD!
On Thursday May 7, please join the Massachusetts Cultural Council in presenting Jean Mineo with their Leadership Circle Award. The presentation and reception will take place at Zullo Gallery from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by Zullo Gallery’s First Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Please join us, officials of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, State Legislators, the Medfield Selectmen, and other dignitaries as we celebrate Jean Mineo’s activism in support of Arts and Culture in our community. Jean has been the moving force behind all of Medfield’s recent public art installations– the current example being Catherine Evans’ “Thistle” installation which is soon to open at the former Medfield State Hospital site.

In her last two years as Medfield Cultural Council Chair, Jean led the effort to secure funds from the town to match the MA Cultural Council allocation, creating documentation for other Councils to follow. She also created the volunteer-led Art in Public Places, to enhance Medfield’s public spaces through temporary or permanent art works, installations and programs. Her Council-supported public art project Vision and Voices was one of four winners of a national competition in the CommunityMatters “Successful Communities Contest.” Mineo serves on the steering committee to create a Cultural District, and the new Medfield Cultural Alliance to support, nurture, and promote arts and cultural organizations and artists across disciplines and levels of expertise. In her consulting, Jean has managed seven permanent public art installations in Boston and beyond in recent years. She currently manages the Boston Sculptors Gallery (since 2006), and previously led the JP Open Studios and the New Art Center in Newton.

“The MCC is pleased to honor Jean Mineo for her exceptional service to Medfield,” said Anita Walker, MCC Executive Director. “Jean embodies all the best qualities of our local cultural council volunteers: a passion for the arts, civic spirit, and a willingness to work hard to make her community a better place.”

Leadership Circle Awards are nominated by Local Cultural Council members and are evaluated by a Massachusetts Cultural Council-appointed panel. The LCC Program is the largest volunteer-run, grassroots arts funding program in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences annually.

Please join us on May 7th to honor our Medfield neighbor and cultural force, Jean Mineo!

Cultural Alliance email

Everyone should sign up to get the emails from the Cultural Alliance – too much good information to miss – see the one today here.

 

 

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
Join
Maybe
Decline
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

 

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THISTLE
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,
VT.

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.

MEDFIELD STATE HOSPITAL
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.

THE ARTIST
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. http://www.CatherineEvansArt.com

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 https://culture2015.wordpress.com.

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 http://MedfieldCulture.org/2014/11/25/ideas-competition-pipeline/

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!

Jean

JeanMineo@aol.com

508-242-9991

www.LinkedIn.com/in/JeanMineo

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 –

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Call for Ideas: PIPELINE

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

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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 JeanMineo@aol.com 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.

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

Questions? Email JeanMineo@aol.com

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

President

Friends of the Dwight-Derby House

P.O. Box 527

7 Frairy Street

Medfield, MA. 02052

508-359-7264

www.dwightderbyhouse.org