The Watertown Art Association stimulates and promotes the appreciation and practice of fine art in Watertown


Watertown Art Association 2017 Exhibition
Registration Monday, April 24, 3 – 7 pm!
Exhibition Sunday, April 30 – Sunday, May 21
The Innovation Space, Arsenal Project Mall, Old Navy Entrance
485 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA
The Arsenal Project’s Innovation Space is again our venue for the stunning annual exhibition of our member’s works.  Shown above is a panoramic view of the 2015 exhibition, which was a popular and exciting show of the very best works in watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography and sculpture.  We will kick off with an Opening Reception on Sunday, April 30 from 2 – 4 pm.  Our beloved tradition, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, is back on Saturday, May 6, 2 – 4 pm.  The exhibition will close on Sunday, May 21 with a gallery critique featuring Becky Haletky, our exhibit judge.  Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 2 – 4 pm.  New members are welcome to exhibit, as are our new Student Members.  Please see the attached prospectus (below) for complete details.  Invite your friends and family!

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Recent Events

On Saturday, March 4, Encaustic master Tracy Spadafora presented the second of our Elemental Forces series. Encaustic paint is perhaps the most beautiful and durable paint that an artist can use.  Made from wax and resin that can be polished to an enamel-like finish, it offers a number of possibilities for exquisite surface qualities.  This is the legendary paint of the Fayum mummy portraits of the first and second centuries, yet its incredible versatility and has made it a desirable painting medium in the 21st century.  This demonstration introduced the basics of the encaustic technique, including materials, safety, application, fusing, as well as popular techniques such as collage and transfer.  You can see more of Tracy’s work on her website
WAA’s program,  Elemental Forces: Earth Air, Fire, Water,  is funded by the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


On Saturday, February 4, artist and teacher Martha Wakefield opened the Watertown Art Association’s “Elemental Forces” series with her demonstration of “Abstracting Nature”.   Painting in oils on panels she shared her tools, techniques and playful approach to enjoying the plein air experience.  As a popular art teacher Wakefield described her approach to elements of the graphic language in creating an unique expressive voice.  To see more of her work visit her website at

On December 10 members celebrated the WAA Annual Holiday Party at Sichuan’s Garden!


Saturday, December 3 from 2-4 PM our creative Dream Team of Catherine Campbell, Rita Smolinsky, Linda Falone and Dawn Evans Scaltreto delighted participants with their Holiday Make and Take Workshop.  Participants created their own versions of a variety of crafts including a dazzling decoupage plate, artsy pendants and bookmarks, the always popular tiny paper boxes and butterfly or dragonfly pins to put inside them!


On Saturday, November 5 oil painter Kristina Carroll presented a free, public demonstration of color mixing using Gambolin Oil Paints, from 2-4 PM at the Innovation Space in the Arsenal Project Mall.


News from Members

Anne Katzeff opened a solo show at the Brigham House Gallery, 341 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown. Titled “Open Air” it features works based on travels in North Carolina and the Southwest.  The show will be on view through March and April.

One Landscape, Two Approaches, an exhibit of recent paintings by Tom H Lewis and Jodie Wigren shows at the Brigham House Gallery during the month of February.  An opening reception will be held Thursday, February 16 from 6-8 PM.  All are welcome!  The Gallery is available for viewing 7 days at 341 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown.

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.