Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club

  • August 15 - Ross King's book, Mad Enchantment, Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

    Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club’s August meeting will focus on the life of one of the world’s most beloved artists—Claude Monet and the water lily paintings which may well be the source of that affection. Written by Ross King, Mad Enchantment, Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies retells the story of the master impressionist, focusing on his struggles with capturing the water lilies in his Giverny gardens. King also recounts the back story of effects of World War I and the new generation of artists led by Picasso and Matisse who were attracting public attention along with a number of personal tragedies that threatened his peaceful retreat. Despite all of these issues plus failing eyesight, Monet painted on an ambitious scale that fills museum walls and continues to thrill those who view them in print and in the “flesh.” It is proposed that each book under discussion by the Art Matters Book Club will have an art-related theme: biography, history and fiction included. Field trips to various museums and other sites related to the current read are a strong possibility. This month’s August book club will meet on Tuesday, the 15th at 6:30, at the Front Street Gallery. For those interested in attending, please call 781-545-2816 for details.
  • July 18th - Jane Kaminsky’s book, A Revolution in color: The World of John Singleton Copley

    Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club’s July meeting will focus on the life of the artist who documented the American Revolution through his art: John Singleton Copley. Jane Kaminsky’s book, A Revolution in color: The World of John Singleton Copley tells the story of the than unknown American Revolution from the perspective of Copley as a young lad who grew up on Long Wharf and whose allegiance as an adult and celebrated painter were with his native Britain. It explores the complex choices faced by many of the colonists who were face by the decision of which side to support in the Revolution. It is proposed that each book under discussion by the Art Matters Book Club will have an art-related theme: biography, history and fiction included. Field trips to various museums and other sites related to the current read are a strong possibility. This month’s July book club will meet on Tuesday, July 18th at 6:30, at the Front Street Gallery. For those interested in attending, please call 781-545-2816 for details.
  • June 20th - Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

    Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club’s June meeting will focus on a well known historical fiction novel that explores the life, work and one celebrated piece of Johannes Vermeer-- Girl with a Pearl Earring. Tracy Chevalier’s book has been a best-selling novel, adapted as a movie in 2003 and as a play in 2008. Chevalier “transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly-imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening while it imagines the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.” It is proposed that each book under discussion by the Art Matters Book Club will have an art-related theme: biography, history and fiction included. Field trips to various museums and other sites related to the current read are a strong possibility. This month’s June book club will meet on Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30, at Front St. For those interested in attending, please call 781-545-2816 for details.
  • March 21st - Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

    Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club March 21st meeting will feature a witty satirical story of London and the art world, The Improbability of Love. When a talented chef is stood up for a specially prepared birthday dinner, the unwanted birthday present-a secondhand shop find becomes the focus. The author, Hannah Rothschild, brings her expertise as a descendant of the wealthy banking family and chair of the National Gallery in London to the tale. This month’s March book club will meet at the Front Street Art Gallery, 124 Front St., on Tuesday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. For those interested in attending, please call 781-545-2816
  • February 21 - The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

    Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club February meeting will feature a tale of art forgeries, love, death and deception, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. The story of two women—17th century artist Sara de Vos and a young 20th century art forger, Ellie Shipley—and how that young women’s decision entwines her life with the past. The author, Dominic Smith, weaves the story between the past and present from the Upper West side to the Dutch countryside to sun-soaked Sydney. It is proposed that each book under discussion by the Art Matters Book Club will have an art-related theme: biography, history and fiction included. Field trips to various museums and other sites related to the current read are a strong possibility. This month’s February book club will meet on Tuesday, February 21st at 1:30, 17 Briarwood Lane. For those interested in attending, please call 781-545-2816 (Meetings will return to Front Street Gallery in the Spring).
  • I am Madame X

    Scituate Arts Association (SAA) Art Matters Book Club January 17th meeting will feature a novel exploring the subject of John Singer Sargent’s famous portrait, Madame X, a work whose bold pose and provocative dress stunned the Paris Salon. Gioia Diliberto, author of I An Madame X , recreates from limited historical facts the story of Virginie Gautreau, the New Orleans beauty who fled to France during the Civil War and whose life-style made her the subject of Parisian gossip. It is proposed that each book under discussion by the Art Matters Book Club will have an art-related theme: biography, history and fiction included. Field trips to various museums and other sites related to the current read are a strong possibility. This month’s January book club is will meet on Tuesday, January 17th at 1:30, 52 Curtis St. For those interested in attending, please call 781-545-2816 (Meetings will return to Front Street Gallery in the Spring).