Dwight-Derby House Artists

Eleanor HolmesEleanor Holmes Bio Photo

Eleanor was born in Keene, New Hampshire and later relocated to Norwood, Massachusetts where she attended high school. She and her husband now reside in Millis where Eleanor has taught art for many years.

Holmes is an award winning artist who developed her technique at Dean College, Franklin. She studied under Pauline Havener and Mr. Gillfoy before venturing out on her own. Teaching has been her passion for over thirty years. She has taught privately, Millis Senior Center, The Medfield Center, Medfield Adult Continuing Education and the Dwight-Derby House. At the age of ninety-two, she continued to instruct at the Dwight-Derby House and privately.

The spectrum of her work spans many mediums including oil, pastel, pencil, acrylic, and watercolor. She concentrates primarily on landscapes, portraits, still lifes and botanicals. Eleanor’s artwork, for which she has received over thirty awards, has been exhibited at the Millis Public Library, the Zullo Gallery in Medfield, The Woodshed Gallery in Franklin, Medfield Library, Premier Image Gallery in Ashland, Milford Library, Millis Town Hall, Norwood Fine Artists Gallery & Studio, The Center at Medfield, Norfolk Library, Blackstone Community Center, Bellingham Library, Franklin Town Hall, The Dwight-Derby House in Medfield and the Cheshire Library in Connecticut. Her artwork was also highlighted at Pippinele’s Restaurant in Franklin.

Eleanor has been a member of many art associations including Franklin Art Association, Norwood Art Association, The Milford Artist Guild and Blackstone Valley Art Association. She has also served on the Millis Cultural Council board.

Today, her work focuses on private commissions and family.


Cheryl O’Malley


Cheryl O’Malley was raised in Millis where she acquired a love for art. She spent many hours, as a child, drawing with friends, alone and doodling while taking notes in class. It has always been a calming influence in her life.

In high school, her art teacher, Mr. Gilfory, told his students that he wouldn’t be a famous artist as he felt his talents couldn’t afford him that pleasure but what was important was how he felt while creating his art. His words have remained with her to this day and continue to inspire!

Cheryl was raised in a family of artists. Her mother, Eleanor Holmes, taught painting in oils, watercolor, pastels and acrylic with the Medfield Center, the Millis Adult Education, the Medfield Adult Continuing Education Program and private lessons. Eleanor’s father was a craftsman and her sister a painter. Cheryl has been influenced by these family members.

Though mostly self-taught, Cheryl has taken classroom instruction in photography, weaving, glass blowing and painting. Currently, she attends classes with the well-known painter, teacher and past curator of MFA, Jonathan Fairbanks, and has had classroom instruction by award winning artists Eleanor Holmes and Joanne Willoughby. She also continues to participate and manages a workshop called the Dwight-Derby Artist at the Dwight-Derby House.

She doesn’t limit herself in her art or creativity as she has tried her hand at many creative avenues such as painting, photography, weaving, sewing, glass blowing, glass fusing, glass sculpting, jewelry and graphic design. Her many interests continue to inspire her as she grows and learns.

Cheryl’s art has been shown at the Norwood Fine Artists Gallery and continues to be shown and available for purchase at the Dwight-Derby House.


Inga Dankers

Inga Dankers

My passion for drawing and painting started at a very early age and is something I carry with me, wherever I go. Without art, something is missing.

I grew up in New Jersey and Newton, MA, but currently reside in Medfield MA, where I have my home studio.

As a graduate of Northeastern University with degrees in Biology and Medical Technology and even while pursuing a career in dental research in the medical diagnostics & business world, I always made taking art classes and workshops with leading artists, a necessity in my life.

My art studies were at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Danforth Museum School of Art, as well as with resident & guest artists at many New England Art Associations both locally, on Cape Cod and the North Shore. I have also exhibited at various juried art shows at the Danforth Museum, Falmouth Art Association, Cape Cod Art Association, and participated in many Open Studios and Art Fairs. Close to home, I consider myself very luck to be a part of the Zullo Art Gallery, the Medfield Adult Education program and the Dwight Derby House Artist group.

My art work is varied and impressionistic. I just like to dive in and to work in various mediums; watercolor, pastels, mixed media, monotype printing, charcoal. acrylics and oils. My greatest thrill comes from painting landscapes, specifically saltwater marshes and fields.

Along with painting, I have also discovered that I like to expand my love of art into textiles and I have been custom designing and hand weaving on a rigid heddle loom, one of a kind textured scarves, which are selling under the name of Accent Pieces.