Anastasia O'Melveny - Visual Artist & Photographer


 

 

Erika Lutrino and I, representing AANE and the Artist's Collaborative, had a space at the Davis Square-Somerville, Massachusetts ARTBEAT event on Saturday, July 19.  The weather was perfect.  Somerville is close to Boston and Cambridge. It was a lot of work getting our art and equipment set up at the event - no nearby parking! But it was a great way to meet new customers as well as other artists.  I also saw some old friends/neighbors - one took this great picture.

 

It was a massive event - arts, crafts, food, music, activities -etc. Because of our afiliation we were in the Non-Profits section.  We each had displays of our own artwork (here's a photo of me with my exhibit) but also did a lot of outreach about AANE - Asperger's Association of New England - the Organization which offers services, support, and educational resources to professionals and families/individuals affected by Asperger's Syndrome and related Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  Erika and I both belong to the AANE Artists' Collaborative.  AANE has a large on-site Art Gallery in Watertown which displays and sells our work.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

                                                                                 PHOTO OF STATEHOUSE EVENT

                                                                 Senator Flanagan Center, the Artist on the right


 

AWARD Presented to

Massachusetts  State Senator Jennifer Flanagan

on May 5, 2014

Massachusetts State House

10:30 AM

 

 

 

SHOLAN FARMS

 

A COMMISSIONED MIXED MEDIA PAINTING

Watercolor, Graphite, Mixed Papers, Collage

 

by Anastasia O’Melveny

of Watertown, MA

 

omelvenyartworks.com

©  2014 

 

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KEY TO PAINTING   - A HISTORY OF SHOLAN FARMS

 

1642 to 2014

 

 

 

TOP LEFT            IN 1642   CHIEF SHOLAN OF THE NASHAWAY NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE  

                                      TRANSFERRED 9000 ACRES OF MAINLY FORESTED LANDS TO SETTLERS.   

 

TOP RIGHT         IN1774 JOHN CHAPMAN IV, LATER TO BE KNOWN AS JOHNNY APPLESEED,

                                       WAS BORN AND LIVED HIS EARLIEST YEARS.

                                       MOST SETTLERS PLANTED APPLES FOR CIDER.

 

BOTTOM LEFT                THE OLD POST AND BEAM COW BARN WAS BUILT IN THE 1880’s.

                                                      FOR A LONG TIME THIS LAND WAS A FAMILY FARM AND DAIRY.

 

BOTTOM RIGHT           IN 1920 THE  OWNERS CHANGED THE LAND’S USE FROM DAIRYING

                                                       BACK TO ORCHARDING, PLANTING NEW APPLE TREES.  

 

                               LATER IN THE 20th CENTURY THE FARM, WOODS AND ORCHARD WERE 

NEARLY LOST THANKFULLY SHOLAN FARMS WAS SAVED FROM  DESTRUCTION AND  DEVELOPMENT IN 2001 BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE   WORKED TOGETHER TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT ITS UNIQUE HISTORY AND POSSIBILITIES. 


CENTER              PRESENT   SHOLAN FARMS IS GOING STRONG ONCE AGAIN.IT IS A PLACE WHERE  HEALTHY FOODS GROW AND PEOPLE CAN COME TO ENJOY MANY                                                             WONDERFUL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, PICKING FRUIT, HELPING TO GROW                                                   VEGETABLES, VISITING THE FARM STANDS, HIKING TRAILS, WAGON RIDES,                                      CONCERTS AND FAIRS, EVENTS WITH LIVESTOCK WITH MUCH MORE TO                                                           COME IN THE FUTURE.      

  

                          PEOPLE COME ESPECIALLY FOR APPLES. THERE ARE NEARLY 40 KINDS                                                       OF APPLES, SOME ARE OLD, RARE AND SPECIALTY TYPES . THE  APPLE  SEASON LASTS FROM

AUGUST TO LATE OCTOBER.  

 

INSETS                      SPECIAL APPLES THAT GROW ON SHOLAN FARMS             

 

                                                         Right     Northern Spy Apple and Blossom  (pink)

                                                         Left        Pippin Apple and Blossom  (white)     

 

 

                          MORE INFORMATION, VISIT SHOLAN FARMS WEBSITE:                        

                          http://sholanfarms.com   



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I made this Plum Pudding for my sister for Christmas.     It took many days to make.  It contains many ingredients including 12 kinds of fruit, 7 spices, 3 kinds of liquor and a dozen eggs, but it was worth it - it was a wonderful success.  I also made paper versions of the traditional charms and associated Blessings.  Everyone loved the ceremony of the flaming pudding and the wishes.  It really did transmit a hefty dose of Christmas Spirit.  Definitely a tradition to continue. 




Starting a new still life with fruit from the Armenian Grocer and Maria's copper pan.  Using my old blue woven tablecloth as the backdrop.  Priming the canvas with a red ochre to bring out the copper and the various fruits - A quince, a pomegranite, Bosc pears, a pretty apple and several different types of oranges.  Toying with the idea of adding a recipe card - pinned to the cloth (challenging).  

 

UPDATE !  See how it all came out ! 







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A lot of work but Looking Good!  


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Time to prepare for Christmas.   Lighting the candles on my Advent wreath, and decorating the Jesse Tree. (Not enough room for a live tree so I made a flat tree.)

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