Unique Gifts Fall Fair

Unique Gifts Fall Fair & Art Exhibit
Saturday, October 14
11 am to 4 pm
NHA Community Hall
5 Chambers St.
Needham, MA

(The NHA Community Hall is across from High Rock Elementary School.)

Enjoy limited edition cards and fine art prints (framed or not), pen & ink cards, magnets and nylon bags from Nature Photographer Ilene Hoffman, Watercolor Artist Nancy-Lee Mauger and Artist Sheila Clark.

Local landscapes, cityscapes, flora and fauna from The Byrd Collection, The Chambers Collection, The Natick, and The Rosemary Collection. Purchase a local Wildlife Placemat,  Ilene’s Hector The Heron Dines at the South Natick Dam picture book or our new Holiday cards. Products not available anywhere else.

Get a leg up on your holiday shopping with reasonably priced gifts! Rain or shine. No fee. Shopping bags provided.

Free gifts for kids (while supplies last).

White elephant tables include new & gently used household goods, costume jewelry, DVDs, toys, cameras, electronics, Magic cards, Legos, and iOS sound systems.

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Hover Flies and Macro Photography

Macro photography is a trial even in the best weather. Add a little wind and a hand-held camera and it becomes a serious challenge! When shooting tiny objects, the key is to hold the camera very steady, so a tripod is the recommended way to work. Alas, I only had a GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with me and it wasn’t helpful, so I gave up using it.

Here’s a Hover fly (Toxomerus geminatus), also known as a Flower fly or Syrphid fly, on some purple flower. This critter is less than half the size of a mosquito and rarely noticed zipping around your garden flowers. They can be very friendly and do not sting. I think I’ve identified this one correctly, but there are 870 species of hover flies that live in North America and 6,000 species worldwide! I love the pattern on its back and that tiny blue dot on its head.

The first photo shows the little critter feeding on a flower. The second photo is zoomed in to show the eye detail. Don’t forget to click the photos to see a larger version.

Hoverfly on Purple flower

Hoverfly on Purple flower

Hoverfly Eye Closeup

Hoverfly Eye Closeup

I will add more photos as I process them.

Equipment used: Nikon D7100 and Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens.

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New Fair New Artists New Shots

I never seem to post anything until I’m producing a photo and art fair locally. I know I should write more, but I just haven’t gotten a handle on what my friends want to read in here. Today, I’m posting an article I wrote for my upcoming Fall Harvest Fair for the newspaper. I’ve added a more text here though. I don’t know if the newspaper will publish the story, but will link it here, if it does.

Fall Harvest Fair & Art Exhibit
Saturday, October 22
11am to 3pm
NHA Community Hall
5 Chambers St.
Needham, MA

Fall Harvest Gift Fair and Art Show

Tucked away in the brick apartment buildings off Linden Street live a number of talented artists whose wares you can rarely view. Women who ages range from 50 to 85 produce artwork in watercolor, pen & ink and photography. For the first time they come together for a Fall Harvest Fair on Sat, October 22 at 5 Chambers St. in Needham, MA. The art they produce is not available elsewhere.

Long-time resident and octogenarian Sheila Clark, creates paper cards in pen & ink; a craft taught to her by her mother. She carefully and selectively colors these whimsical cards to create miniature woodland scenes. Sheila shames us all with her folksy sense of humor, endless energy and daily walks. 

A professional musician by trade, Nancy-Lee Mauger has transformed her inability to play anymore into another art form. After immersing herself in art therapy at McLean Hospital she discovered her painting talent. She creates colorful and thought-provoking scenes and portraits on watercolor canvas. For fairs she paints one of a kind watercolor cards that cover every theme. You can customize her cards with your own message. 

When a car accident short-circuited her consulting work, Needham-native Ilene Hoffman started producing cards, calendars, magnets and fine art prints from her photography library. As a long time shooter, Ilene specializes in wildlife, landscape and nature prints. She offers many different kinds of photo products featuring the local suburban area’s birds and animals. You can order a 2017 local nature calendar, grab a copy of her children’s book, Hector the Heron or buy a custom photo shopping bag. Her photography graces many pages on this site.

Other artists joining the fair include a photographer and bead artist. Christine Chambers from Millis specializes in portraits and landscapes. She just opened up a business oriented Facebook page to advertise her services.

Janet Hirschhorn, formerly of Needham and an NHS classmate of Ilene, creates one of a kind beaded earrings. Janet works hard as an LPN and finds that creating earrings is a great way to relax and unwind. 

The Fall Harvest Fair also includes a White Elephant Table. This table  includes new and gently used household items, games, frames, Legos, costume jewelry, candles, DVDs and CDs. In addition, you may find electronics, cameras, and other uncommon items. All the exhibitors of the fair contribute to the wares showcased on this table. 

We welcome families and hope you stop by for a drink and snack and come see our work. 

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Mother Nature for Mother’s Day Photo Exhibit and Gift Fair

Mother’s Day Photo Exhibit and Gift Fair

Saturday, April 30 • Noon to 4:30 pm

5 Chambers Street, Needham, MA
(Off Linden St. across from High Rock School)

Free to attend for the whole family with refreshments and live music!

Join multiple artists to view or buy unique gifts for Mother’s and Father’s Days.


Mute Swan and Cygnets

Nature photo cards, pen & ink cards by Sheila, Janet’s  stone and bead jewelry, plus Kristen Culver, Mary Kay consultant.

Fine art nature prints include scenes from Needham’s Rosemary Lake, Owen’s Poultry Farm, Needham RTS and Reservoir, plus Natick and Dover. Photos are framed and unframed, in a variety of sizes ranging from $5.00 to $100.00. 

A poster collage and placemat of wildlife captured at the Needham RTS and a limited edition of Hector The Heron children’s book also available. A White Elephant Table offers new and gently used household items, including games, frames, Legos, jewelry boxes, costume jewelry, videos and music. Refreshments available for a small fee. Kids welcome!!

3:00 to 4:00 Live classic jazz by The Sholar & D’Amico Duo

(Mouse over photos to see musician names.) 


See bees and trees, dogs and frogs, dragonflies and blue skies,
hawks and rocks, geese and fleece, and ducks and bucks.

Please leave comment on this page to let me know you stopped in to read about my show/fair. Thank you!

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Nature’s Gems Gift Fair

See bees and trees, dogs and frogs, hawks and rocks, geese and fleece, ducks and bucks, and bugs on flowering shrubs. 

Holiday Coyote

Holiday Coyote

Please join me for a relaxing afternoon and view my new wildlife and nature photography from disappearing locales, such as Owen’s Poultry Farm, Rosemary Lake and the Needham RTS. See autumn splendor on the Charles River and the South Natick Dam, plus green and blue herons, coyote, egrets, squirrels, dragon flies and common birds you barely notice displaying awesome plumage. (Sample shots below.)

When: Saturday, November 21

Location: 5 Chambers St., Needham MA 
(Across from the High Rock School off Linden St.) 

Time: 12 to 4:30 PM

Kristen Culver from Mary Kay will showcase gift baskets. Also on hand will be Sheila Clark cards and household goods, games, vinyl, DVDs, and some gently used items from Ross Donald. 

Items to purchase include  limited editions of my 2016 Nature Calendar and Hector The Heron children’s book, 5 x 7 cards, fine art prints in many sizes (framed and unframed), magnets and placemats.

Please remember, you can always order custom cards and prints for your office walls, clients and friends!

A comment on this page would be most welcome to let me know you stopped in to see my shots! Thank you!

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