Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club

November 20th - A Studio of Her Own: Women

Artists in Boston 1870-1940, by Erica Hirshler

Scituate Arts Association’s Art Matters Book group will meet on Tuesday, November 20th to discuss A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940, by Erica Hirshler. As early as 1889, one Boston art critic had reported that "there is nothing that men do that is not now done by women in Boston." The city of Boston saw perhaps the largest concentration of women artists in the country, and A Studio of Her Own tells the interwoven stories of 40 of them in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It explores their lives and work, both individually and communally, taking particular note of the relationships they formed, which enabled many of them to excel. Some of them were married to well-known male painters, and shared a studio; some had famous painting brothers; some just came from wealthy families and didn't need to make a living. It was a difficult existence for a woman to make a success as a painter, let alone get commissions and make a living Along with individual portraits of the artists, the book includes discussions of contextual issues such as concerns of marriage, family and sexuality Book selections discussed by the Art Matters Book Group have an art related theme and include biography, history or fiction. November’s meeting will be Tuesday, the 20th 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.