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Wellesley K-12 art teachers show their stuff

Whenever I need to stop by the high school to drop off a forgotten lunch or show up for a meeting, I always take a minute to admire the student-created artwork that graces the lobby. Putting student art front and center was one of the smartest aesthetic moves that planners made when deciding how to make the rebuilt Wellesley High School, which opened in 2012, feel like home rather than just a shiny new building. Putting student art at the forefront, rather than keeping it tucked away in the art wing, sends a message. It says, “Creativity is important here, linger a moment and gaze upon the work of our talented students.”

One thing is sure: where there are creative students, there are creative teachers leading the way, as seen at the Wellesley Public Schools K – 12 Faculty Art Show, running Oct. 7 – 28. Organized by K-12 Art Director Thom Carter, it is the first all-faculty art show. He got the bee in his bonnet a little over a year ago and didn’t rest until all 18 art teachers in the school system (including himself) agreed to show at least one piece of work, created in the medium of their choice.

Plein Air Studies at Wellesley College, by Christine Desrosiers, Schofield and Fiske Schools art teacher.

Plein Air Studies at Wellesley College, by Christine Desrosiers, Schofield and Fiske Schools art teacher.

And choose they did. There are sculptures, pottery, jewelry, photography, gouache paintings, metal work, watercolors, and more. “I take pride in the fact that the whole staff is made up of working artists,” says Carter.

Some of the art is for sale, some not, and there are no prices or hints about whether an artist is willing to part with a creation. So if you see something you can’t live without, you can email the artist and inquire.

Espalier, painting by Hillary Sturman, WMS grades 6 and 7 metals teacher.

Espalier, painting by Hillary Sturman, WMS grades 6 and 7 metals teacher.
















As I walked around the lobby, filled with teacher art and student art, I took another look at the mosaic I’ve walked over dozens of times, and the weathervane, repurposed from the old high school, now used as a sculpture and focal point at the bottom of the lobby stairs. I was flooded with feelings of relief. Art is very present in our new high school. It didn’t get cut during a fractious budget meeting. The idea of art as necessary didn’t crash and burn when the words “override” and “debt exclusion” hung in the air.

Wellesley High School mosaic









I’ll bet it wasn’t easy. When a community is spending millions of dollars on a new building, there is undoubtedly a point when the numbers get crunched yet again and someone asks, do we really, really need that expensive mosaic?  Is it absolutely essential to hang on to that old weathervane? Do we truly need such an extensive art program with pricey jewelry classes, a state-of-the-art darkroom, and kilns?

After all, a construction budget can always use trimming, and Wellesley wouldn’t be the first community to hang the label “fancy extras” on art.

But no. At least in this round, art prevailed. The mosaic, the weathervane, the student and faculty art tell anyone who walks into Wellesley High that this is OUR school. With the mosaic and the weathervane, the builders left the mark of Wellesley on the building, so that it can never be mistaken as some other school in some other place. With the changing gallery of art, our students literally show how they’ve been spending their time at school. Now, with art teachers from all over town showing their stuff, anyone who ever said those who can’t do, teach, will have to eat those sour words as they see the way our art faculty members can throw it down.

To see the show, go to the front entrance of the high school, buzz the buzzer, state your business, and make your way to the sign-in area (you’ll see it). The art is along the cafeteria wall nearest to the auditorium.

Here’s some other creative stuff we saw in the cafeteria. Those crazy kids. Pumpkins, Wellesley High School

Trash cans, Wellesley High School

Raider Man, Wellesley High School

I’m not gonna lie. Raider Man, located in the Wellesley High School lobby, always makes me jump.
















In more art news…

Bunny Harvey, Wellesley College

For our second year, Wellesley PSAS is collaborating with the amazing Davis Museum at Wellesley College to provide a night of art, wine and cheese, art raffles, and fun. We begin on Wednesday, October 21 at 6pm with a reception and a raffle on a variety of art-related items and continue with a tour of the Bunny Harvey: Four Decades exhibit. The event is free, but donations are always appreciated.

Please RSVP by the end of Wednesday, October 14th – and get your friends to come, too!


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Wellesley man busted for alleged $1M embezzlement

From the Department of Justice’s US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts:

The former controller of a Cambridge-based technology company was arrested [on Oct. 7] for embezzling $1 million from the company. The 43-year-old Wellesley man was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of wire fraud.  

According to the complaint, the man worked at the company from 2004 until he was fired in July 2015 after the discovery of the theft.  He allegedly stole $500,000 from the company on two separate occasions, once in July 2014 and again in June 2015.  On both occasions,  as the company’s controller, the man had access to its checking account.  He allegedly disguised the transactions as transfers of capital to the company’s owner, fabricated records that purported to document legitimate capital transfers, and then planted those records in the company’s files. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian A. Pérez-Daple of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit. 

The details contained in the complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Volunteers sought for 10th annual Wellesley Cradles to Crayons collecting/sorting day


cradles to crayons logo wellesleyWellesley community members are partnering with non-profit Cradles to Crayons to host the 10th Annual Community Collect & Sort.

Cradles to Crayons is a local nonprofit known for providing clothing and essentials for Massachusetts children living in low-income or homeless situations, to help them be successful at school, home and play. Cradles To Crayons supports local organizations like Wellesley Friendly Aid with their donations.

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Young Volunteers help out by decorating Birthday Bags for new toy donations.

In 2014, Wellesley residents donated 360 bags of clothing, which were collected, sorted, and quality checked by over 200 volunteers. This year, volunteers are being asked to join in celebrating the 10-Year Anniversary by arriving to the event with new hat and glove sets. Schools throughout Wellesley have regularly taken part in the clothing drive.

Collection Dates: Monday, Nov. 2-6  (check with your local school)

Sorting Day: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9:30AM-11:30AM at Babson College’s PepsiCo Pavilion,


HOW TO REGISTER: Visit the Volunteer Events page on Cradles to Crayons’ website and select Wellesley Community Collect & Sort under “Available Events.” To learn more, contact Katy at [email protected]


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Signet Education enters Wellesley’s busy tutoring/test prep market

Signet Education on Wednesday announced the opening of its Wellesley location, at 180 Linden St., as it branches out beyond its Harvard Square and New York City offices. The 10-year-old business, formed by a pair of Harvard grads, will offer tutoring, test prep and admissions counseling.

Services will be offered at the Wellesley location as well as in-home, online and in neutral spots.

In celebration of the opening, Signet is offering a free seminar for high schoolers and their parents focusing on “Understanding the New SAT” on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30pm. The SAT is changing in Spring of 2016. For more information and to register, visit: https://signeteducation.com/connect/free-events.

Signet Education will  also offer free SAT/ACT diagnostic testing two Saturdays per month, using official SAT/ACT practice test materials to assess student readiness for the exam.

Wellesley and surrounding communities are hot markets for tutoring and test prep businesses, including Sexton Test Prep & Tutoring, Prepped & Polished, Chyten nd Axiom Learning.

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New Wellesley Historical Society walking tour: Cottage Street Area

Explore parts of the Cottage Street area, Wellesley’s first historic district, with the Wellesley Historical Society on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9am. This tour meets at the town parking lot on the corner of Washington Street and Weston Road and will last for 90 minutes. Cost is $5 per person and free for Wellesley Historical Society members.

For more information, call (781) 235-6690, or email [email protected]

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Wellesley woman joins pro wrestlers to smack down cancer

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Wellesley’s Carol and Darin Chaoui flank WWE’s Stephanie McMahon. Photo via WWE https://community.wwe.com/hope/gallery/wwe-hosts-susan-g-komen-honorees-boston-photos

Wellesley’s Carol Chaoui got into the ring with other cancer survivors at the WWE Raw pro wrestling event at Boston Garden on Monday night to help raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. The wrestling outfit has contributed millions to the cause via its Rise Above Cancer campaign, in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen organization.

Chaoui, who was joined by one of her sons, says the experience was amazing: “Definite Outta Swellesley experience. Have not seen so many hairstyles straight out of the 1970s in ages. The place was packed with all sorts of characters… I told [wrestler] Roman Reigns [seen in video on the far left, next to Chaoui] that I would wear my pink luchadora mask next year for the smackdown. He asked me not to hurt him!”

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Wellesley Rollins Lot: After & Before

Rollins Lot wellesley octoberThe ex-Wellesley College Rollins Lot on Rte. 16, now being readied for development of 5 houses, is looking a tad less green than it was about a month or so ago.rollins lot august (Note: the house at the corner of Leighton and Washington had a For Sale sign on it when we went past it on Sunday.)
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Wellesley Studio Tour set for Oct. 16/17

Members of the Wellesley Women Artisans are opening their studios to the public on Oct. 16/17.

The event begins with a selection of artists’ works in one location – 161 Oakland St. – on Friday, Oct. 16 from 7p.m. to 9:30p.m. Eleven artists will show a diverse sampling of art – from functional and sculptural ceramics to illustration; abstract to representational. On Saturday, Oct. 17, visit the artists in their own studios during the Wellesley Studio Tour, between 10a.m. and 5p.m. to see more of each individual’s work.

Check out the WWA blog for more details including a map to the studios and links to the artists’ web sites at http://wwartisans.blogspot.com/ or visit https://wellesleystudiotour.wordpress.com/

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