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WHAT WE DO:  Artists Over 50

Janet Shapero on R  E C O n  F I gu r aT I O N S, her multi-phase, site specific installation created for Discovering What's Next.  To read more about Janet and R  E C O n  F I gu r aT I O N S, please click here.



Fun with the Higher Self

About the artist:  Eleanor Goud

Discovering What’s Next® invites you to enjoy our July Discover Balance Artist Over 50 exhibition of works by Eleanor Goud, HUB, 3rd floor, Newton Free Library. 

Eleanor was raised in Armonk, New York during the 1950s and 60s, free to roam the woods with her brothers.   She developed a love of the woodlands there which would influence her paintings years later.  After her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, Eleanor moved to New York City, where she taught and tutored ESL and took courses in drawing in the evenings.

She moved to Maine with her husband in 1978, and the rich diversity of landscape crept into her bones. While continuing to tutoring ESL, she enrolled in the Maine College of Art to learn how to capture the wild beauty of the landscape. The moody, vast salt marshes were a thrill for her and sparked a series of work.

In 1990 Eleanor moved to the Boston area and rented a studio in Waltham, Massachusetts. She continued to paint landscapes of the local area, particularly near rivers.

As time went on her focus has shifted to more abstract work, becoming paradoxically more personal, simple and abstract. Many of the ideas in her work are based on the Theosophical teachings and Agni Yoga.  


For more information on Eleanor's works or to contact our artist, kindly email info@discoveringwhatsnext.com.        


Harbor Spools

About the artist:  Karen Weinhaus

Discovering What’s Next® invites you to enjoy our May Discover Balance Artist Over 50 exhibition of works by Karen Weinhaus, HUB, 3rd floor, Newton Free Library. 

“I grew up in New York City loving to read and draw and going to art classes at the Museum of Modern Art after school.  I’m a graduate of the Boston Museum School and Tufts University.  Once upon a time, I was a children’s book illustrator.  Pen, ink, pencil and watercolor have always been my mediums.  Line, pattern and color have been my passions. 

Everyday objects, especially those that allow me to use line, are my favorite things to draw.  Jugs, bowls, spoons, hair, clotheslines, noodles, long grass and trees frequent my drawings.  I draw from my visual memory and I am taken by anything whimsical.

I stopped illustrating professionally to be with my children. Now that they are grown, I have the time to explore and experiment.  I have been working at the New Art Center for the past ten years.  Being part of this artistic community has been the greatest gift to me.  Working with other artists has opened me and focused me.  I have learned endless amounts about art and art history from Roberta Paul’s class.  Working with Ceci Mendez on the Exhibitions Committee has taught me about the curatorial process. 

My work is still about stories and memories and I still veer fowards the whimsical."

For more information on Karen's works or to contact our artist, kindly email info@discoveringwhatsnext.com.



Storm on Cape Cod, based on a Joel Meyerowitz photograph

About the artist:  Charles Sandmel

Discovering What’s Next® invites you to enjoy our April Discover Balance Artist Over 50 exhibition of watercolor paintings by Charles Sandmel, HUB, 3rd floor, Newton Free Library. 

“In 1999 while sitting in a garden of a Tuscan villa with a bunch of children who were playing with watercolors, I was inspired to commandeer a paint box and brush and resume painting after a hiatus of three decades. A light went on inside me, and since then I have studied with Wendy Soneson (Hoo) at the Brookline Arts Center and William Commerford at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.  

For me, painting is a way of revisiting and paying homage to the places and things that I love or that interest or amuse me.  I have taken to carrying a travel set wherever we go, and have worked en plein air on beaches, at our summer house in the Maine woods, and on trips.  I also paint distant places from photographs and post cards, relying on professionals to capture the light and composition for me to riff on. 

My other mania is fly fishing for trout, and I have tried to honor those beautiful creatures in my art by interpreting the bright colors they wear and the magical places they inhabit. 

Painting competes for time with my work as an investment advisor and my volunteer work with the Brookline Rotary, First Parish in Brookline, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.”

For more information on Charles’ works or to contact our artist, kindly email info@discoveringwhatsnext.com.  



"Ocean Rocks VI"

About the artist:  Joyce McJilton Dwyer

Discovering What’s Next® invites you to enjoy our February Discover Balance Artist Over 50 exhibition of watercolor paintings by Joyce McJilton Dwyer, HUB, 3rd floor, Newton Free Library. 

I love to wake up in the morning and I love to go to work and I love learning what's inside me in terms of seeing my paintings realize the visual ideas I choose.


Growing up on a small family dairy and crop farm in central Michigan hooked me, I later realized, into a love of landscape.  The urge to draw and create was a strong thread through my life. I always really wanted to be a studio artist, majoring in art at Michigan State University, but couldn't see how I could earn a living in art if I wasn't going to teach art.  That stumbling block lasted nearly 40 years.  At one point I thought if I couldn't work in some area of art, it didn't make any difference what I did.  So I was an office manager and administrative assistant for 20 years before I realized it did make a difference.  I spent many years working at office jobs to bring in the money while doing art in my spare time.  Now I have a “collage” of art-related jobs—five at present, all either “making” or teaching.

I started painting in watercolor in a community ed class, moved to New England and spent eight years at the DeCordova Museum School studying under Marjorie Glick and Ival Stratford Kovner. 

I really love watercolor as well as painting outdoors.  I tend to paint outside from late spring through very late fall. The rest of the year I finish up work started outside, but not completed, and paint in the studio from photos I've taken.  I work in a smaller format outdoors, typically 8” x 10”, as I'm a slow painter and need to work as quickly as I can.  My working quickly gives a quality to my brushwork that I like.  My painting sizes vary from generous half-sheet size down to miniature original watercolors in a 1 1/2” x 2” size.  This year I have been experimenting with the aceo format or playing card size of watercolors, 2 1/2” x 3 1/2”.” 

For more information on Joyce’s works or to contact our artist,send email to info@discoveringwhatsnext.com.                         



"The Charles River at Elm Bank"

About the artist:  Dottie Guiffre 

Discovering What’s Next™ invites you to our Discover Balance Artist Over 50 exhibition and opening reception of watercolor paintings by Dottie Guiffre, artist, landscape designer and former educator, Sunday, January 10, 1:00 – 3:00pm, HUB, 3rd floor, Newton Free Library.  Meet Dottie, appreciate her beautiful art and understand how she is “following where the path leads me”:


A few years ago, after a career in which I created and ran a school for children for 18 years, my life was in transition.   My husband became ill, and in an effort to shift my energy in a new direction which better matched the circumstances of my life, I signed up for a watercolor workshop.  I went with few expectations other than it might be “interesting”… and if it wasn’t, then I could stop and look elsewhere for novelty in my life.  The learning curve was steep until I stepped away from “the specific plan” and let my instincts take over, adding what my imagination wanted the details to be.

As a child, my Native American grandmother taught me to appreciate the world around me. Having lost her hearing as a child who contracted measles, she taught herself to read lips and more than most, used her eyes and hands to engage and connect with others. She filled her silent world with activity shared with children and grandchildren.  Her pleasure in exploration and making things was not lost on me.  I have always felt drawn to creating and have had wonderful mentors show up in my life, at just the right moment, who encouraged my efforts to develop my skills and to find new uses for them.  I also like to be good at what I do so I continue to reflect on what I have done as well as to explore new ways to improve.  My exploration of watercolor painting falls into that category. Learning new skills has always activated a flow of energy for me, and the result is often an explosion of creativity.

I began to “play with techniques” to see what would happen.  Could I create a quality, mood or character?  I often take photos to capture fleeting images in nature that speak to my truest self. I began looking for images that might inspire my paintings. These have often become poems expressing what I felt when taking the photo.  Typically landscapes, clouds, and water produce this profound sense of place for me…and a need to feel and remember it.” 


"Big Skies"

About the artist:  Renée Rubin

"Celebrating My Love of Landscape in Watercolor and Mixed Media"

My paintings are about a sense of place, the contrast of land against water, the

lights and darks, the constantly changing drama of the sky.  I visit marshes and

shore from southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island to coastal Maine and

Canada as well as places closer to home, such as the Arnold Arboretum, with its

unique patterns of color and design.

I do many sketches and watercolors on site and then, in my studio, distill what I

have seen into my own interpretations.  I want to convey my experience of the

places I visit.

My "partitioned landscapes" came about after I returned from a trip to Canada

with a notebook filled with sketches.  I decided to combine different scenes into

a single paining, creating a "journey" for myself and the observer.

I began teaching watercolor classes through the Newton Community Education program in 1992.  I found teaching a rewarding and very challenging experience!  In 1998 I began teaching privately and at the New Art Center in Newton.  My work has been exhibited in many galleries in New England over the past twenty-five years.  It is included in many corporate and private collections, among them, The Federal Reserve Bank, Fidelity Investments, Harvard Business School and NYNEX.

Note:  Visit Renee's website at www.reneerubin.com



“Line”  Collage, 2007

In collaboration with the New Art Center, the Artists Over 55 series at the DWN Hub is currently exhibiting the work of collage and mixed media artist Ruth Segaloff.  War is a common theme.  The artist grew up in New Orleans in the 1950s, at the height of the McCarthy era Communist “witch hunts” and during the violent birth of the civil rights movement.  While she was in college, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated and protest against the war in Vietnam began, along with the federal government’s violent response.  Ruth was influenced by all these traumatic events, and they are reflected in her art: collage and mixed media. 

  • The Last Safe Peace  2005
  • Love is Thicker Than Concrete  (2nd in Berlin Wall Series)  2007
  • Awakening  (3rd in the Berlin Wall Series)  2007
  • Do Not Cross  2007
  • Line 2007

About the artist: Ruth Segaloff

Three generations of Ruth Segaloff’s family have been storytellers and she has followed in this tradition. When she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, she joined VISTA. Stationed on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Idaho, she learned native crafts and traditions. After VISTA, Ruth earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Rutgers University, then moved to Boston in 1969.

Ruth recently retired from a 40-year career in social work, during which storytelling was central to her practice.  Listening to the experiences of her clients, Ruth enabled them to hear their own stories in a new way that highlighted their strengths. 

In retirement, Ruth became a volunteer mentor to high-risk adolescents referred by the juvenile court.  Working at Medicine Wheel Productions, she developed The Medicine Shield Project, a therapeutic activity group for kids who had difficulty expressing their feelings. 

Gradually, over the past two years, the percentage of time she devotes to art has dramatically increased, while her social work practice of forty years has all but disappeared.  Coinciding with her 65th birthday this year, Ruth learned that her juvenile court specialty was eliminated due to the Commonwealth’s fiscal crisis.  Thus, almost there already, the transition to her life as a full-time artist has been smooth.

Ruth’s current form of storytelling is collage and assemblage.  With its many offerings in mixed media, the New Art Center has been an especially good resource: Ruth has studied with John Murray, Joan Asquith Shrier, and Carol Blackwell. She formalized her commitment to art two years ago when she created “Stories in Collage & Mixed Media.”



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