Category Archives: Art

Dorchester Children’s Book: Jack & Olive

… by Bekki

“What a beautiful book.”

Dorchester Resident Abbie Wanamaker's 2nd Book

Dorchester Resident Abbie Wanamaker’s 2nd Book

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow artist, mother, educator and book arts enthusiast.  Abbie Wanamaker and I have a lot in common, and we were supposed to be discussing her current Kickstarter campaign for Jack & Olive, but I ended up being completely distracted by the sample of her 2nd children’s book.   An amazing combination of Dorchester photography, illustration and collage, it was a delightful and elegant work of art … and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.

For those of you new to Kickstarter, the website is a platform for creative people like Abbie who have a project to fund.  In this case, Abbie is not looking for a profit, she simply loves the idea of people reading her book, which is a thoughtful commentary on the importance of friendship.  Sponsors — like you perhaps? — can log onto Kickstarter, pledge $25 (which is the cost of printing each book at Acme Bookbinding in Somerville), and then as rewards, receive a hardbound signed copy of her book, as well as an invitation to the Jack & Olive signing party.

Her campaign for the limited printing of  Jack & Olive ends at 3pm on April 3rd, and Abbie’s dream is 87% funded.  If you are a lover of children’s books, owls named Olive, boys named Jack, or a just fan of supporting a local Fields Corner artist, then make a pledge and get a book.  Speaking from experience, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of it!

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( … but please refrain doing what’s called for in the next line of the song if you’re in public reading this; k? Thanks!)

Following on the heels of last week’s announcement by 24/7 Wallstreet that Dorchester is ranked #5 on the list of the 10 Hottest Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods in the USA, an article further waxing poetic about its awesomeness was just published by Design New England and is available on

We are so happy that Dot is FINALLY starting to get the respect, attention and press it deserves!



WHAT: Antique Dorchester Pottery Works slipware mugs and plates (in business from 1895-1979 and located at 101-105 Victory Rd.)

WHERE: Dark Horse Antiques in Lower Mills

HOW MUCH: $20.00 – $30.00 depending on the piece

FOR: Anyone who wants an authentic piece of Dorchester’s historic arts community

Dorchester Pottery



WHAT: Hand-blown glass ornaments, paperweights, vases and dishes made by local teenagers from the Bird Street Community Center. The kids also determine each piece’s pricing as well as handle the marketing and sales components of their artwork.

WHERE: Bird Street Community Center  or contact  Assistant Director of Operations Paulo Barros via email ( to find out the studio’s hours and dates of other craft shows where they’ll be displaying their wares.

HOW MUCH: Prices range depending on the piece. Paperweights from $5-10, ornaments from $15-25 and vases from $25-50.

FOR: Your decor-loving sister with champagne taste (and you and your beer budget.)

$25 hand-blown glass vase by the students at Bird Street Community Center

$25 hand-blown glass vase by the students at Bird Street Community Center (bought as a gift but it may end up being part of the permanent collection around here … so gorgeous!)

The Bridge

… Dotted by Leslie 

When my husband and I moved to Dorchester eight years ago, we came across a painting of the the bridge near Adam’s Village. We swore to one another that someday we’d buy that painting. As my husband’s birthday approached this past weekend, I found myself in a panic to find the ‘perfect gift’. We’ve been together for 16 birthdays, so naturally, I’m running out of ideas. But then I remembered that painting and through some super-sleuth detective work ( aka Google) I found Vincent Crotty; a Dorchester-based Irish-born landscape and figurative painter. Vincent graciously informed me that the painting in question had long since been sold. However, he happened to have a smaller painting of the same bridge that he’d be willing to finish and frame for me in time for our celebration.

‘The Bridge’, as it now appears in our dining room … does anyone know it’s name?


Vincent Crotty

Eye Candy: Boston Watercolor Map

… Dotted by Leslie

My husband is a map collector … I think we might need to add this one to our growing collection.

“I’d like to generate map tiles that give you that same dizzy feeling you get when you look down at a city at night, from an airplane. We’ve spent so long fussing over the relentless details in cartography that we’ve sort of forgotten what things (should) look like at a distance. “ – Arron Straup Cope.

prettymaps (boston) by Aaron Straup Cope courtesy of 20 x 200