Art Matters Book Club - Scituate Arts Association

  • Tuesday, July 16th - American Painter in Paris, A Life of Mary Cassatt by Ellen Wilson

    Scituate Arts Association’s Art Matters Book group will meet Tuesday, July 16th to discuss Ellen Wilson’s, American Painter in Paris, A Life of Mary Cassatt. Wilson shows many sides of the remarkable Mary Cassatt in this warm and lively biography. When, on her sixteenth birthday Mary told her Philadelphia parents that she wanted to be a painter and study in Europe, her shocked father is to have said “I would almost rather see you dead.” But Mary got her way and at age 22 was studying in Paris. Book Selections discussed by the Art Matters Book Group have an art related theme and include biography, history or fiction. July’s meeting will be Tuesday, the 16th and will commence promptly at 7 PM at the Front Street Gallery. Please call 781-545-2816 if you would like to attend.
  • Tuesday, June 18th - The Shadow Catcher by Marianne Wiggins

    Scituate Arts Association’s Art Matters Book group will meet Tuesday, June 18th to discuss Marianne Wiggins, The Shadow Catcher. This novel, inspired by the life of legendary photographer Edward Curtis, is a series of tales about a photographer's developing relationship with the Native Americans he astonishes by showing them pictures of themselves. The story is interspersed with parallel tales about an unsung soldier, a husband, and a father where the past (1850-1950) and present (post 9-11) are woven together. Wiggins, the author and also the narrator, tells the story of the legendary (but complicated) life of photographer Edward Curtis (and his family) along with her own introspective and retrospective look at her father's life. Both men were in search...were on the run...were absent and disappearing fathers...who left a trail of consequences behind. Book Selections discussed by the Art Matters Book Group have an art related theme and include biography, history or fiction. June’s meeting will be Tuesday, the 18th and will commence promptly at 7 PM at the Front Street Gallery. Please call 781-545-2816 if you plan to attend.
  • Tuesday, March 19th - Making the Mummies Dance, by Thomas Hoving

    Scituate Arts Association’s Art Matters Book group will meet Tuesday, March 19th to discuss Making the Mummies Dance, by Thomas Hoving. During Hoving’s 10 year tenure as Director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, he dramatically expanded its collections. In the book, he reveals all the behind-the-scene happenings related to running the famous Met during the 1960’s and 1970’s. In fact, this book is full of gossip about the New York social scene, undercover museum intrigue and the dubious methods used to acquire art. You won’t be able to put it down! Book selections discussed by the Art Matters Book Group have an art related theme and include biography, history or fiction. March’s meeting will be Tuesday, the 19th and will commence at 6:30 at the Front Street Gallery. Please call 781-545-2816 if you are interested in attending as space is limited.
  • Tuesday, February 19th - The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro

    Scituate Arts Association’s Art Matters Book group will meet Tuesday, February 19th to discuss B. A. Shapiro’s The Muralist. Alizée Benoit, an American citizen and painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France; nor her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not even her close-knit group of friends, artists Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. Seventy years later, her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, a cataloguer at Christie’s haunted by her Great Aunt Alizée, comes across canvases that may have been painted by her enigmatic relative. The novel goes back and forth in time, and pre–World War II America comes to life in the flashbacks. Alizée and her colleagues are hired by the WPA to paint public works, but Alizée is plagued by Hitler’s frightening actions against Jews in Europe, where members of her family are trying to escape, and the obstacles put up by America to keep them out. Book Selections discussed by the Art Matters Book Group have an art theme and include biography, history or fiction. February’s meeting will be Tuesday, the 19th and the meeting will commence promptly at 6:30 at the Front Street Gallery. Please call 781-545-2816 and reserve your seat if you plan to attend as space is limited.
  • Tuesday, January 15th - The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr

    Scituate Arts Association’s Art Matters Book group will meet on Tuesday, January 15th to discuss The Lost Painting, by Jonathan Harr. It's the nonfiction account of Francesca Cappelletti's quest to find the Caravaggio Masterpiece 'The Taking of Christ' which had been lost for 200 years! The Author, Jonathan Harr, also wrote A Civil Action, the discovery and subsequent litigation related to cancer causing chemicals leaked into the environment by the Beatrice Foods and the W.R.Grace Co. in Woburn, MA. Harr is a former staff writer at the New England Monthly who currently lives and works in Northampton, MA where he has taught nonfiction writing at Smith College. Book selections discussed by the Art Matters Book Group have an art related theme and include biography, history or fiction. January’s meeting will be Tuesday, the 15th and the meeting will commence at 6:30 at the Front Street Gallery. Please call 781-545-2816 if you are interested in attending as space is limited.
  • October 16th - The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

    Scituate Arts Association’s Art Matters Book group will meet on Tuesday, October 16th to discuss The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure. In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money – and maybe get him killed. But if he’s clever enough, he’ll avoid any trouble. All he must do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won’t find it. He sorely needs the money and outwitting the Nazis, who have occupied his beloved city, is a challenge he can’t resist. When one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what’s at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we’ll go to make things right. This story becomes more gripping with every soul hidden and every life saved. Book selections discussed by the Art Matters Book Group have an art related theme and include biography, history or fiction. The meeting will commence at 6:30 at the Front Street Gallery. Please call 781-545-2816 if you are interested in attending.