Winthrop Art Association Newsletter

Winthrop Art Association
Spring/Summer Newsletter

May 2011

Dawn Mahoney attracted a full house for our April meeting; she gave a demonstration in the “Fundamentals of Drawing.”  Even our most experienced artists enjoyed this.

Our annual “Spring Art Festival” in April was a well-attended success.

Award winners are listed below:
Oils: 1st Dottie Doucette, 2nd Dorothea James, 3rd Barry Ridlon, Acrylics: 1st Paula Engman, 2nd Chenele Pandora-Sanswan, 3rd Lois Landy Watercolor: 1st Paula Engman, 2nd Nan Howes, 3rd Crist Filer, Mixed Media: 1st Frank Costantino, 2nd & 3rd Beverly Brody Barisano, Graphics: 1st Paula Engman, 2nd Brenda Curry, 3rd Dawn Mahoney, Photography: 1st & 2nd Eva Kearney, 3rd Ted Fusco, Cyber Arts: 1st Kaari Sullivan, 2nd Glen Engman, 3rd Kaari Sullivan, Crafts: 1st Gail Dwyer, 2nd Emily Shannon, 3rd Marsha Jackson, Recycled/Reborn: 1st Sybil Sermos, 2nd Diane Hayes, 3rd Robin Hickey, Sculpture: 1st Patricia Tacelli, 2nd & 3rd Dorothy Mahoney.

We also have several special awards: 

Somerville Art Assoc. Award-John Munson,

Classic Companies Newcomers Award-Mary Pat McNally,

Ralph & Lillian Brody Award-Frank Costantino,

John Ward Mahoney Award-Brenda Curry,

Harold P. McCormick Award-Dawn Mahoney,

Ronald & Randal Barisano Award-Chris Murray,

Loretta & Harry Goldstick Award-Don Simonini,

Bessie & Samual Kadiff Award-Dawn Mahoney,

Cheap Joes Art Supply Award-Brenda Curry,

Artists & Craftsman Art Supply Award-James Laurent,

Town Council Award-Tom McHugh,

Popular Vote-Dottie Doucette.

Our scholarships were won by Winthrop High School Students, Jennifer Rengifo, Chad Talbot, and Anthony Mangini

The Jane A. Johnston Memorial Award by Anthony Margini

There are several local sponsors and raffle donators we would like to thank.

$100, $50 and $25
1 Night stay for 2 at the Hyatt Airport Hotel
Silk Wreath Arrangement by Five Petals Flower Shop
$25 gift certificate to Paesans Restaurant
$25 gift certificate to Rossetti’s Restaurant
$20 gift certificate to Black Strap Barbecue
$25 gift certificate to Luna/Moonstruck
3 Art Boxes from Artist & Craftsman Supply, Saugus
Pen & Ink print from Dawn Mahoney
Photograph from Kaari Sullivan

House Speaker Rep, Robert DeLeo, Robert Travaglini, Championship Physical Therapy, Winthrop Lodge No. 1078 ELKS, FM Costantino, LaSiesta Ristorante, The Eye Center, Mary Ann Cash R.E., Winthrop Playmaker’s, First Priority Bank East Boston, Paul Travaglini, Seacoast Contractors, Diane Davis Dance Studio, The Winthrop Arms, Winthrop Post #146 American Legion, Balloon City, Barry Cohen DDS, Bobby Lou’s, Lee Fich/Simon’s Book Store, Linda Samuels, Rent Connection, Terry Vazquez, Ins. Adjuster, Pettee Bros. Oil, Furlong Auto, Brooks Dental, A.M. Appraisal & Associates, P.C., Highland R.E., Woodside Ace Hardware, Jo-Ann’s Barber Shop, Winthrop Yacht Club, Elliot Whittier Insurance, Alia Ristorante, East Boston Svgs Bk. Winthrop, Nan Howes Artist, Susan DeFelice Realtor, Pat McGee, Malley’s Hair Expressions, Studio Dawn – Dawn Mahoney, Kaari Sullivan, Photographer, The Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Beacon Photography of Winthrop invited the Festival Winners for a two-week gallery exhibition.  Thank you to John Munson for the “Winners Circle Show.”

Beacon Photography is also offering WAA members the opportunity to show their work in an ongoing gallery.  Contact John at 617-848-8299.

A special Thank You to Richard Honan for the A frame signs around town and everyone at the Senior Center for always being there every year. 

The Annual June Dinner will once again be held at the Alia Restaurant, on Shirley St., Winthrop.  If you are planning on attending the dinner the cost is $28 the date is June 7th. Contacts are Patricia Tacelli at 617-846-3491 or Dawn Mahoney at 617-846-2644.  Must call ASAP.

Saturday, July 9th-“Paint The Beach!”
In the past few years the WAA has been doing this in conjunction with the DCR, “Back To The Beaches,” This year the WAA is gathering on the Beach on Shore Drive to spend a day doing Art and inviting people join in to paint of shells, etc.  Artists will be there painting and sharing knowledge of art techniques.  We will gathering across the street from Nevada St., (across from Rossetti’s Restaurant) on Shore Drive, from 9am to 1pm.  If you are interested in joining the WAA at the beach for a day of art Dawn at 617-846-2644 to sign-up. 

July Art in French Square will be on Saturday, July 16th.  If you would like to set-up at table contact Dawn Mahoney at 617-846-2644.  This event is free to all paid up members.

Art at Crest Ave. Park, Crest Ave., Winthrop Highlands will be on Saturday, August 13th. Contact is same as above.

Hours for both these days are from 9AM to 1PM.


Frank Costantino is doing a number of seminars one of which is Plein-Air Workshop, sponsored by Charles River Conservancy, Boston, MA, June 3-5, 2011 – Friday, Saturday, & Sunday – Charles River Basin, Boston & Cambridge.  Frank will be doing more in NH, VT and Boston.  For more workshops and seminars with Frank go to his website: www.fmcostantino/seminars.

Dottie Doucette is selling a Gloucester easel and she would like $200 for it.  Also, she has another out door large easel for $75, also leaded glass ceiling lamp cone shaped for $100.  (The Gloucester easels sell for around $350 new)  if interested call Dottie at 1-978-531-2674.

Members Giving Art Lessons

Robert Farris – oil painting classes 781-593-2122
Nan Howes – watercolor classes 617-846-5902
Dawn Mahoney – Basic Art/All Media 617-846-2644.  Dawn has also started an art class on Fridays, from 1-3 PM at the Senior Center at 35 Harvard St., Winthrop.  The cost of this class is only $6 because it a Senior Center Offering.  Call Dawn if interested.

E.B. Newton School and Cultural Center

The E.B. Newton School, Pauline St., Winthrop.  This building is a historical site and has been designated as a cultural center for the town.

The WAA has a room to store our property (easels, grids, etc.)  We also have display space in the main hallways of the buildings first floor.  This is an opportunity for members only.  Your contact people are Beverly Barisano at 617-846-5305 or Brenda Curry at 617-846-5375.  The Board of Directors is now displaying their work now.

There is also an art gallery on the first floor run by the Winthrop Cultural Council.  The Clock Tower Gallery) The Gallery is seeking submissions of work with a “Summer Theme” for display this summer.  Please send electronic copy of your work with yur contact information to  The deadline for submission is June 18, 2011.  The show will run July 8,2011 through August 26, 2011.  For all requests and information for this exhibit contact Joanne Hillman at the above email.  The WAA does not select or do the hanging in the Clock Tower Gallery.


This is for the summer, at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester (the oldest working art colony in the country).  Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery will be offering 2-week rotating guest artist exhibits in the Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck (Near Madfish Grill, The Rudder and The Studio Restaurants).
More info is available at; Ejay Khan is the contact person.  She is setting availability for next season, this season is completely booked. and

The Winthrop Cultural Council is seeking submissions of work with a summer theme for display in The Clock Tower Gallery at the E.B. Newton School and Cultural Center.  Please send a electronic copy of your work with you contact information to  Deadline for submission is June 18, 2011.  The show will run July 8, 2011 through August 26, 2011.

The Greater Lynn Arts & Crafts Spring Show was held on the weekend of May 14 & 15.  Several of our WAA members entered and won ribbons in all categories.

Patricia Bonita           
Peggy Connolly                     
Dottie Doucette                     
Crist Filer
Dorothea James
Dawn Mahoney
Dorothy Mahoney
Kaari Sullivan                               
Patricia Tacelli

Next Season

October Demonstration Tuesday, Oct. 4th

There will be more information to follow.