UPDATED June 24: The closing reception for "Into the Woods: From Trees to Frames" is set for Saturday, June 25, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The exhibit traces the process of creating a frame from its beginning as a piece of lumber to being crafted into a unique, heirloom quality family treasure that enhances the art, photography, or items that it surrounds.
Visitors will learn about various tree species native to New England, the history of frame making at the mill, and see examples of the types of wood and profiles used in making a frame using the same techniques and machinery in place since the 19th century.
Visitors to our closing reception will also enjoy music by the band Sure, Why Not?, from 2:30 to 4. This local group offers an eclectic set list from Motown to modern, with a focus on feel good music that everyone can enjoy.
Free with suggested donation of $5.
The exhibition is located in the Old Schwamb Mill’s Gallery, 17 Mill Lane in Arlington.
July 14: Hayes-Cha art, music
Mark your calendars: The Old Schwamb Mill is pleased to present "Art & Music at the Mill."
On Thursday evening, July14. from 5 to 8 p.m., it plans to hold an opening reception for the artwork of Janice Hayes-Cha (an example of her art is at left).
Janice creates vibrant, mixed-media collages from recycled greeting cards. Her work has depth and texture, and reveals surprises for the astute observer. She loves to capture the complexity of iconic places in both her hometown of Boston, where she lives now, and her second love, Philadelphia, where she launched her art career.
Janice’s art, C#Minor 7 music
While recovering from her second cancer diagnosis in her early 40s, she looked at a big box of get well cards and started making small collages inspired by all the flowers that friends sent me. She says, “Now I collect cards from all over to create art that captures the quirky beauty of my favorite places and gives new life to the sentiments expressed in the cards.”
Following the reception, at 6:30 p.m. visitors can enjoy a jazz concert by C#Minor 7. They are Tino D’Agostino, director of instrumental music at Arlington High School, on the bass, Peter Lehman on the theorbo, and Louise Grasmere, vocals and percussion, as they perform as a trio.
Both D’Agostino and Lehman are longtime residents of Arlington and Peter Lehman has forged an individual style of playing on a 17th-century instrument, the theorbo. Performing in and around Boston in sold-out concerts for over two decades, Grasmere is a local jazz and blues legend with a devoted grass-roots following.
This event is free with a suggested donation of $5.
For more information, call the Old Schwamb Mill at 781-643-0554 or visit us at www.oldschwambmill.org.
Open Tuesday, Saturday
The Old Schwamb Mill, called the oldest mill site in the United States, reopened in February after it was closed through January because of then-rising Covid cases.
When you visit the mill's gallery, be sure to check out the special exhibit "Into the Woods: From Trees to Frames," tracing the steps involved in creating a frame from the tree to your living room, said Ed Gordon, director of museum programs. This exhibit continues Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you need special accommodations or have questions, please call ahead of your visit at 781-643-0554 so we can make you as comfortable as possible.
The exhibition is in the Old Schwamb Mill’s Gallery, 17 Mill Lane.
Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.
This news announcement was updated June 24, 2022. Assisting with editing of earlier versions was Alisha Gandhi, YourArlington's Arlington High School intern.
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