Bedford Artists Shine in Westford

October 11, 2023
Bedford artists from left to right: Laura Wallace, Sylvia Mallory, Margo Zelermyer and Dana Holley. Photo by Doris Smith

The works of four Bedford artists – Dana Holley, Sylvia Mallory, Laura Wallace, and Margo Zelermyer – will be on display at the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) in Westford through Sunday, Oct. 29. An opening reception was held on Sunday, Oct. 8. 

This group exhibition features a collection of works in acrylic, watercolor, collage, and batik.

Dana Holley’s primary medium is acrylic, although she enjoys drawing and collage, too. Among her acrylics paintings is “The Comforts of Home,” a portrait of her husband sitting by a fireplace. The glow of the fire is reflected on the glossy hardwood floor. Dana came late to painting. After she retired from being a psychiatric social worker, she discovered a new and profound way of expressing herself. She says “art is a bit like handwriting, each individual’s style is unique and can never be wrong.”

Sylvia Mallory originally studied watercolor painting, then later learned to use acrylics, which has become her favorite medium. Her favorite subject matter includes landscapes, floral still lifes, and abstracts. One acrylic art piece titled “Beach Day” captures a young child exploring the beach. She also works in collage, exemplified in “Birdland” and mixed media. She says that “doing art is an adventure with infinite possibilities.”   

Laura Wallace has been perfecting her batiking skills since she took a class in high school. Batik art is a textile technique that uses wax and dye to create patterns on a piece of fabric. She has a wide range of interest in subject matters as noted by the titles of her works: “Cowboy,” “Bee Balm.” and “Khmer Rouge on the Streets of Phnom Penh.”Laura also enjoys painting with acrylics and watercolors as well as drawing.

Margo Diamond Zelermyer has recently rekindled her longtime passion for making art. She works in several mediums including acrylics, colored pencil, ink, collage, and watercolor.

One of her acrylic pieces, “Clark Island,” was inspired by the vista while waiting for a table at a restaurant in Maine. An example of a creative collage piece is “City Lights.” Margo says that “art has always grounded her during times of challenge.”

These four women artists are good friends and have taken classes together for many years, which led them to apply to PCA to host their show: “Four Artists Present an Exhibition of Paintings, Collage, and Batik.” Their key idea was to illustrate what can happen when friends create art together over time. 

Past president of the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society, Judi Babcock said the exhibit “was a lovely show in a very nice venue. All of the work was nicely displayed in a well-lit spacious area. The setting was comfortable and the cookies delicious!”

The Parish Center for the Arts is open to visitors each Sunday from noon until 2 p.m.

Artist Dana Holley with a painting of her husband. Photo by Doris Smith
Artist Laura Wallace is one of the four Bedford artists with work on display in Westford. Photo by Doris Smith
Artist Sylvia Mallory is one of the Bedford artists with work on display in Westford. Photo by Doris Smith

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Doris Smith is an Arts and Cultural Reporter for The Bedford Citizen. She was supported by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council from December 2022 - June 2023.

NewsMatch is here! Bring the news to Bedford and your gift will be matched by NewsMatch, local donors, Suzanne and Company, and Werfen. Donate to NewsMatch today!
Contact The Bedford Citizen: [email protected] or 781-430-8837

Share your enthusiasm for this article!
Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

All Stories

What's Bedford Thinking? Which word from Merriam Websters notable words of the year most resonated most with your year in 2023? 

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
  • Junior Landscaping
Go toTop