UPDATED Nov. 20: The Old Schwamb Mill, called the oldest mill site in the United States, presented its 2021 crafts show and sale on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 17 Mill Lane in Arlington.
The seasonal crafts show featured two floors of beautiful hand-made fabric art, jewelry, picture frames, photography and more, located in an 1864-era woodworking mill building.
These artisans displayed works:
Michael Bacon, Jewelry
Andrea Brown, Pottery
Robin Courchesne-Sato, Jewelry
Peggy Fenner: Children’s Books, Scarves
Jen Flores, Textiles
Terri Hayes, Fleece Wear
Beverly Hinckley, Textiles
Old Schwamb Mill, Picture Frames
Carla Osberg, Photography
Helen F. Ray, Homemade Soaps & Potpourris
Ginny Remedi, Jewelry
Corinne Rhode-Photography & Cards
Tim Rix, Wood Turning
Lucy Sandler, Jewelry
Amy Shinerock, Pottery
Janet Smith, Photography
Jan Stetson, Hand-dyed Scarves
Janice Toth: Oil Paintings & Watercolors
Visitors alwsy have the opportunity to purchase the custom-made, hand-turned, wooden oval and circular frames made by woodworker David W. Graf at the Old Schwamb Mill. The frames are created using the same equipment that has been in use since the Schwamb family owned the mill in the 1800s. Bring family and friends and enjoy.
'3 Views of a Secret' closes
The public is invited to join us in the Old Schwamb Mill gallery Saturday, Nov. 6, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., for the closing reception of "Three Views of a Secret," featuring the work of Gwen Chasen, Bill Cohn and Dan Cianfarini.
The artists will be on hand to discuss their work, and light refreshments will be served.
The collection showcases Gwen’s tantalizing watercolor and acrylic paintings of birds’ nests, landscapes and botanicals, Dan’s haunting watercolors of New England and international landscapes and structures, and Bill’s other-worldly “industrial-organic” ceramic sculptures. Each artist’s interpretation of the visible world is an affirmation of life, a welcome therapy as we emerge from the global pandemic.
Cianfarini, is an artist who paints exclusively in watercolors, focusing on representational landscapes that often include architectural or other man-made elements to suggest human presence or the passage of time. He is also drawn to certain aspects of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, specifically its search for beauty in the natural cycle of growth and decay.
Since beginning to paint about 20 years ago, he has studied painting and drawing with instructors in the greater Boston area, Maine, and Italy and has participated in several solo exhibitions as well as numerous group exhibitions. His most recent work can be seen at www.danswatercolors.com.
Cohn is a Lexington-based ceramic artist and sculptor. Working in clay, rock, and wood, his unique “Industrial/Organic” themed sculptures have been described as evoking feelings of “being in the New England woods or on a foreign planet all at the same time.” Bill’s work enriches landscapes, gardens, atria and homes. His pieces have been featured in solo, two-person, and juried group shows. Bill has been a studio owner at Artspace in Maynard MA since 2000, and his work can be seen at www.billcohnart.com and on Instagram@cohnbill18.
Chasan is an Arlington artist who creates watercolor and acrylic paintings inspired by the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Her work bridges realism and expressionism as she is drawn to expressing the inner world and emotions evoked by what we see around us. Gwen loves to experiment with new materials and approaches to making marks and images. She has studied drawing and painting with artists in the Boston area, Italy and Greece. Her work has been included in solo and juried exhibitions locally and regionally. She paints in her Arlington studio and teaches workshops in Massachusetts. Her work can be seen at www.gwenchasan.com, and on Instagram @gwen_chasan_art.
Sculptors, bluegrass program held
New England Sculptors Association (NESA) has partnered with the Old Schwamb Mill and the Town of Arlington to mark the beginning of the fall season with an outdoor sculpture exhibition at Mill Pond Park, in front of the Old Schwamb Mill.
Come view and enjoy the six juried pieces that are available for purchase through the middle of November. The participating artists’ sculptures on view include Mid-Century Modern Heart by Cassie Doyon; Weedy Sea Dragon by Cassie Doyon; My Love by Memy Ish Shalom; Cat by Marin Murakoski; Colliding Worlds by R. Douglass Rice; and Dragoon by Dan Rocha.
The mill was the host for a reception, held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. Meet the artists and enjoy a concert that to follow from 2:30 to 4, with the Foggy Mountain Consort, a renaissance/blue grass band.
NESA, established in 1948, supports established and emerging sculptors in achieving their highest potential and in connecting with fellow artists, curators and collectors. Together with its partners, NESA promotes excellence in sculptural art and seeks to inform, educate, and inspire the public throughout New England and beyond.
Town jazz performers played
On Thursday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m., many enjoyed the sounds of the jazz group C#minor7, featuring Arlington High School’s Tino D’Agostino on bass, Arlington’s Peter Lehman on the theorbo and Sergio Bellotti on drums.
According to Mr. Lehman, “C#minor7 as a band name is a bit of an “in” joke. You’ve all heard a C#minor7 chord and, of course, jazz players will shake their heads approvingly. It’s a wonderfully spicy chord whose sweet dissonance is evocative of that uniquely American art form of jazz.
Bellotti (drums, vocals) is an international artist. The drummer has played with some of the world’s finest musicians. As an educator, he is a professor at the Berklee College of Music. As an entrepreneur, he owns 247 Drums, which caters to the needs of drummers everywhere. Hailing from Bari, Italy, Sergio has a passion for music and accomplished drumming spurred him to move to Boston in 1995 to attend the Berklee. Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Sergio met his longtime musical partner, fellow Italian expatriate and bassist extraordinaire, D’Agostino. Sergio also serves as a visiting artist at the GM Drum School in Torino, Italy, and as a faculty member at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.
D'Agostino (bass) directs instrumental music at Arlington High School, where he began teaching in 1999. He began his musical career at age 6. His father, a saxophonist, was playing a gig when he got a call that his drummer was sick with the flu – so at that young age, Tino came to the rescue. This early exposure allowed him to become accomplished in not only drums, but bass guitar and trumpet too. In his teens, Tino joined Franca Villa, the local Italian marching band with a longstanding tradition of knitting together musicians of all ages to create a group that plays symphonic and operatic music. Also at Franco Villa he fell in love with the string bass. He holds his undergraduate degree in music education and performance, Salerno’s Conservatory, Salerno, Italy; a degree in performance from Berklee and a master's in education from Cambridge College. Tino has performed with Andrea Bocelli, Cionfoli, Cattaneo, Vicenza Symphonic Orchestra, Victor Wooten and Verdi Philharmonic.
Lehman (theorbo)r performs on historic plucked strings of the theorbo. Part of the lute family, the theorbo was invented in Italy at the end of the 16th century to accompany singers in the first operas. The composers needed a chordal instrument that didn’t interfere with the audibility of the text being sung. Peter holds performance degrees from Ithaca College School of Music and the New England Conservatory, where he received a master’s degree in the performance of early music. His postgraduate studies were at the Scola Cantorum Basiliensis with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois.
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held indoors with social distancing practices in place and masks required.
This news announcement was updated Nov. 20, 2021.
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