Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club

  • April 24th - Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

    Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club’s April meeting will discuss Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank. Mamah Borthwick Cheney struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. In her diary she writes “I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current”. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. In this ambitious debut novel, Horan blends fact and fiction brilliantly to give full weight to their dramatic love story and Cheney’s profound influence on Wright. Book selections discussed by the Art Matters Book Club have an art- related theme and include biography, history or fiction. April’s meeting will be on Tuesday, the 24th at 6:30, at the Front Street Gallery. Please call 781-545-2816 if you are interested in attending.
  • March 20th - Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas by Donna M. Lucey

    Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club’s March meeting will explore Donna M. Lucey’s, Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas. The author has created a multilayered biography which relies on original letters and diaries. She has selected four fascinating women whose unique attributes Sargent suggests with his intuitive style: Elsie Palmer, Sally Fairchild, Elizabeth Chanler and of special interest to those of us in the Boston area, the grand dame Isabella Stewart Gardener, his greatest patron and friend. Each one of these women challenged society’s restrictions, stretching the roles to which a woman could aspire and reminding us of the courage required to do just that then and even now. 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 book club will meet on Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30, at the Front Street Art Art Gallery. For those interested in attending, please call 781-545-2816.
  • February 20th - Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life

    Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club’s February meeting will discuss Richard Meryman’s tome, Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life. The author offers an extensive exploration of Wyeth’s art and the impact that his life experience—his childhood immersed in his creative family, his hypersensitive personality, his formidable spouse and his sympathy with those who live on margins of society--had on his creations and his world. Beneath the calm surface of Wyeth’s works lies a secret realm of anger and brutality which Meryman explores to help the viewer better understand Andrew’s art. 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, the 20th at 6:30, at the Front Street Art Art Gallery. For those interested in attending, please call 781-545-2816 for details.
  • November 21 - Michelangelo and the Popes Ceiling by Ross King

    Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club’s November meeting will offer insights into the connection between art and history with Ross King’s work, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling. In 1508, Pope Julius commissioned Michelangelo to paint what has become one the world’s most famous ceilings in the newly restored Sistine Chapel. The artist reluctantly took the commission and his labor took many painstaking years. Meanwhile, he was surrounded by some of the most famous artist and scholars of the Renaissance. 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 November book club will meet on Tuesday, the 21st at 6:30, at Front St. For those interested in attending, please call 781-545-2816 for details.
  • October 17 - The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee

    Scituate Arts Association Art Matters Book Club’s October meeting will explore competition among artist through Sebastian Smee’s work, The Art of Rivalry. Four close friendships between well known artists, Manet & Edgas, for example, that served as a catalyst for great breakthroughs in their works and which eventually drove the pairings apart. 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 October book club will meet on Tuesday, the 17th at 6:30, at Front St. For those interested in attending, please call 781-545-2816 for details.