Dave Lucht has sent this message about the upcoming plein air painting opportunity in Shrewsbury: I'm writing to put in a plug for the plein air painting opportunity in Shrewsbury on Sunday afternoon, June 9. This historic site is very near my home...I've long imagined painting some of the lovely scenes on the property. Unfortunately I have to be in NY that weekend and will miss the chance to join in the fun, but I'm sure many PAS and AGS members will find it to be an enjoyable afternoon. Below are a few additional photographs of the site which includes the family home and a giant yellow barn. (Dean Park also has a pond and you might find some interesting landscape scenes there too). Artemas Ward was the first Commander in Chief of revolutionary forces in Massachusetts and soon after served as a major general under George Washington. A Harvard grad, he also had a highly successful career in law, the judiciary and politics. He was also Moderator of the church I attend, the Congregational Church "on the green", founded in 1723. The Ward property is now preserved as a museum by Harvard University. Oh, and by the way, don't forget to check out the stone post near the Dean Park entrance across the street from the Ward estate. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this is one of few surviving original mileposts erected along the Boston Post Road circa 1757. The milepost system was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin when he was postmaster general. The idea was to base postage charges on the parcel delivery distance... the posts were helpful in consistently figuring postage charges. He also invented a horse-drawn wagon "odometer" to travel along ahead of the post planting crew to be sure they placed the posts in the right place (what a guy!). Below is a picture of the famous post. Hope you have good weather! Wish I could be there. Dave
The Artist Guild of Shrewsbury and the Princeton Arts Society will team up and do a plein air painting of Artemis Ward’s house in Shrewsbury.This is a wonderful opportunity for the artists from both groups to meet each other and have a fun couple of hours together painting.
Sunday, June 9, 2:00 pm
Meet at Dean Park at the sheltered picnic tables. This is the shelter you see up the hill as soon as you drive in by the baseball fields.
PAS member and former president Bob Shelton, 66, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 15, 2013 while on the annual maiden voyage of his beloved Sojourn sloop in Buzzards Bay. A funeral service will be held at 10 am Wednesday May 22, 2013 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 26 West St, Leominster. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Leominster. This information was obtained from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fitchburg/obituary.aspx?n=robert-shelton&pid=164841480&fhid=4689#fbLoggedOut
No more information is presently available, but our deep sympathies go out to his family and friends.
The Princeton Arts Society’s 22nd Annual Members’ Show and Sale opens tomorrow night, Friday, May 17 from 6:30 to 9 pmin the PAS Room of the Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton. Everyone is welcome! There’ll be refreshments, fellowship, great artwork, and an array of awards will be presented. The show will also be open Saturday, May 18 from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, May 19 from noon to 4 pm.
Please plan also to join us on Sunday, May 19 for a special event that is part of the show: Worcester poet Dan Lewis will be reading his poetry at 2:30 pm. Dan’s reading is made possible in part by a grant from the Princeton Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
On May 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm poet Dan Lewis will read from his works in the PAS room of The Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton.
Mr. Lewis lives in Worcester and is a longtime board member of the Worcester County Poetry Association. Currently he is part of a collaborative of four poets and four visual artists who are exploring connections to one another's work. He is the author of a full-length poetry collection, This Garden, published by Lulu.com, and a chapbook, Tickets for the Broken Year, published by Naissance Press. Lloyd Schwartz selected his poem "Windraker" as winner of the 2012 Frank O'Hara Prize. His work has appeared in numerous journals.