Please join us for Newton Open Studios!

We are seven award-winning artisans coming together on Newton Open Studios weekend to celebrate the arts in Newton. With varied backgrounds, inspirations, and materials, what we have in common is the artisan in us who strives to build our skills from the simply functional to the simply beautiful.

Open Studios provides a relaxed atmosphere to browse, ask questions and get to know us and our work. What is the history of fish rubbings? How do you knit with wire? What inspires and surprises in weaving? How do you plan those intricate bead crochet ropes? Do glazes change color in the kiln? How does a zoologist become a fiber artist? As artisans, we often work alone. Sharing this weekend and learning about each other’s craft is a treat for us as well! Please join us; browse, ask questions, and have fun.

We will be showing at 72 Columbus St which is in the heart of Newton Highlands, just north of Lincoln St. It is the workshop building of the Newton Highlands Woman’s Club.

Hours are 11am to 5pm on Saturday & Sunday April 9-10, 2016.

This year’s artisans are:

Lisa Blacher, ceramics

A ceramic artist and arts educator who likes to carve and draw on clay. Lisa finds inspiration in big landscapes, urban architecture, wilderness, odd animals, environmental issues and her garden. She has worked with clay for 25 years, and received her MFA in Ceramics in 2006 from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Lisa Blacher @ NOS

Lisa Blacher Ceramics

Hetty Friedman, weaving

Hetty always loved math and art. At age 13, she studied weaving at a creative arts summer camp. It was like a miracle. You put gorgeous colored yarns on the loom and pull off a piece of fabric. She is continually in awe of the process. The warp and weft coming together in a myriad of ways to create fabric is an amazing process.

The surprises that emerge from combining different types of yarn, colors and textures into one warp always amaze Hetty. The simplicity of the grid combined with the limitlessness of the textures and hues keep seducing her to design new pieces.

She weaves mainly with bamboo and rayon; they weave up into fabric that has a wonderful “hand”, great drape, and resiliency. You can ball up a scarf into a suitcase, open it up and it will be perfect.

Painted warps allow her to create one of kind pieces with a limitless number of colors. The warp threads are Hetty’s canvas.

Hetty Friedman @ NOS

Hetty Friedman Designs

Local Color Jewelry

Local Color Jewelry is a collaboration of the finest collections designed by Hanne Bernstein and Jennifer Yogel.

Hanne Bernstein, a Danish native, has experimented with a variety of art forms throughout her life. After moving to Boston she took her first metalsmithing class and found her creative niche in jewelry making. She incorporates her previous experience with fiber art to create her unique jewelry pieces. Working with crochet and hand weaving using gold and silver wire her contemporary style has the clean and modern look of Scandinavian design.

Jennifer Yogel draws on her graphic design background to create bold and elegant jewelry. Her mixed metal designs blend the techniques of hand weaving and wrapping gold and sterling silver wire. Inspired by color, she balances these textures with the brilliant colors of precious and semi-precious gemstones and pearls.

Local Color Jewelry @ NOS

Local Color Jewelry

Stephanie Mason, fish rubbings

Stephanie’s work is based on the ancient Japanese folk art of painting fish, or Gyotaku. The first Gyotoku were created to preserve a true record of the size and species caught by Japanese fishermen. The oldest known prints were commissioned by 1862 by Lord Sakai in the Yamagata Prefecture to preserve the memory of a record catch.

These relief prints, or rubbings, can be hand colored to produce a unique and beautiful art form.

Stephanie Mason @ NOS

Fish Print Lady

Jackie Mosher, jewelry

Jackie has been creating bead crocheted jewelry since 2006. Although she was once a weaver and also knew how to knit and crochet, the idea of using beads in crochet to make jewelry fascinated her. Jackie loved its unique rope-like quality and set out to teach herself the technique.

Her goal is to create jewelry that will endure in both style and function; she uses fine materials, such as sterling silver and 14K gold-filled beads, genuine Swarovski gems, pearls and crystals, and other high quality glass beads. 14K gold is available upon request.

Custom orders are always welcomed.

Jackie Mosher @ NOS

Jacqueline Mosher Jewelry

Emily Williams, fine sewing & quilting

Every fabric tells a story. Whether it’s the story of a personal journey, shared family stories, or stories of our larger community, these stories bind us together and are the thread of Emily’s work. This year her stories focus on the kitchen; from images of ingredients to tableware for serving.

Emily’s medium is fabric; there’s something in the magic of creating a three-dimensional object from a piece of flat fabric that she finds endlessly fascinating. She particularly enjoys making everyday useful items: vintage inspired aprons, family recipe tea towels, baskets, table linens, pillows and quilts.

Fine craftsmanship, color, and humor are passions she tries to share with others through her work. She finds a constant source of inspiration in her customer’s requests. Whether it’s helping someone choose the perfect fabric for a gift item or incorporating special t-shirts or garments into a quilt, it’s an extremely satisfying process. For her, the allure of handmade is that intimate connection between the maker and the recipient.

Emily Williams @ NOS


Newton Open Studios

A free community arts celebration bringing together artists and residents across the city of Newton.
For complete artist and venue list:

Woman’s Club of Newton Highlands

The Woman’s Club of Newton Highlands is in it’s 96th year of dedication to education, humanitarian and social change. We are thrilled to be returning to their workshop space at 72 Columbus Street for Newton Open Studios 2016.

Among their many activities, the club provides educational scholarships for 4 Newton high school seniors, support to veterans groups and local food pantries, and social activities.

For more information about the club, membership information or workshop rental: Woman’s Club of Newton Highlands

Contact Us

72 Columbus Street, Newton Highlands (Newton Highlands Woman’s Club) •


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