Page-Waterman Fine Framing, located at 26 Church St. in Wellesley Square, celebrated its 100th anniversary by introducing the first annual NEXT UP! Juried Art Exhibition.
Students from both public and private high schools in Wellesley and neighboring communities submitted over 100 pieces of artwork.
A group of jurors – Carrie Megan, an artist and Wellesley College teacher, Jessica Roscio, a curator at the Danforth/Art Museum & School, and John Thompson, an artist and visiting lecturer at MassArt – chose 75 pieces to run in the art exhibition at The Gallery at Page-Waterman.
On Sunday, May 14, first-, second- and third-place winners and 15 honorable mentions were announced during a reception, honoring 100 years of art and framing in Wellesley. The exhibition ran from May 14-21.
“This is a great example of how people have made Waterman thrive for 100 years,” said Rick Cram, a marketing consultant for the Wellesley Square Merchant’s Association. “Nothing is more personal than creativity.”
NEXT UP! began with a conversation about finding a way to encourage kids and others to celebrate art, said Ryan Black, Page-Waterman manager.
“When we started, we realized it was overly complicated… and [including] a scholarship fund [required] a set criteria,” said Sturdy Waterman, president and owner of Page-Waterman. Because “different towns have different rules to set up a scholarship fund,” said Waterman, he and Black decided that proceeds from the sales of the show would be split 50/50 between the young artist and Adolescent Wellness, Inc., which works to get youth through adolescence without developing symptoms of anxiety or depression.
“We wanted to be more involved, and to have more say,” said Waterman.
The most a piece sold for was $125. “Slightly less than half of those selected [were] for sale; 31 pieces to be exact” said Waterman.
“For most of its life, [Page-Waterman] has been a picture framing business, and it sold art,” said…