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Marietta Apollonio, Co-Founder

I have a love of the fantastical, curiosity for everything, and a passion to construct images that are interesting to the viewer and entertaining to create. Born and raised along the Hudson River in NY, I transplanted to Boston in 1998 and hold a BFA in Illustration from The Art Institute of Boston (now LUCAD – Lesley University College of Art and Design).

My work uses a variety of materials including artist grade acrylics, watercolor, gouache and color pencils.

Currently a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, I have found myself returning to a love of picture books. At this time I am working on a new idea for a picture book, and hope to see it out in the world soon. My self-published book, A Curious Alphabet for Curious People can be found on Amazon and Kindle.

In October 2011 I co-founded Dedham’s first artist cooperative, the Dedham Square Artist Guild, helping to usher in a new era of art in Dedham, MA. The cooperative gallery currently showcases the work of local artists, all of whom are members of the gallery and Massachusetts residents. We offer the opportunity for non-members to have one-day artist showcases as well, extending our commitment to helping artists exhibit their work to a broader audience. Operating on a 99% volunteer basis, the gallery is staffed by members. In 2013 we began group exhibitions at the Dedham Community Theatre, which are open to members and non-members; we also continue to donate artwork for auction to charities and non-profits in the Norfolk County area.