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Old Schwamb Mill: Meet sculptors in collaboration Oct. 23

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UPDATED, Oct. 8:  New England Sculptors Association (NESA) has partnered with the Old Schwamb Mill and the Town of Arlington to mark the beginning of the fall season with an outdoor sculpture exhibition at Mill Pond Park, in front of the Old Schwamb Mill.

Come view and enjoy the six juried pieces that are available for purchase through the middle of November. The participating artists’ sculptures on view include Mid-Century Modern Heart by Cassie Doyon; Weedy Sea Dragon by Cassie Doyon; My Love by Memy Ish Shalom; Cat by Marin Murakoski; Colliding Worlds by R. Douglass Rice; and Dragoon by Dan Rocha.

Tghe mill is the host for a reception, set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. Meet the artists and enjoy a concert that to follow from 2:30 to 4, with the Foggy Mountain Consort, a renaissance/blue grass band.

NESA, established in 1948, supports established and emerging sculptors in achieving their highest potential and in connecting with fellow artists, curators and collectors. Together with its partners, NESA promotes excellence in sculptural art and seeks to inform, educate, and inspire the public throughout New England and beyond.

Town jazz performers played

On Thursday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m., many enjoyed the sounds of the jazz group C#minor7, featuring Arlington High School’s Tino D’Agostino on bass, Arlington’s Peter Lehman on the theorbo and Sergio Bellotti on drums.

According to Mr. Lehman, “C#minor7 as a band name is a bit of an “in” joke. You’ve all heard a C#minor7 chord and, of course, jazz players will shake their heads approvingly. It’s a wonderfully spicy chord whose sweet dissonance is evocative of that uniquely American art form of jazz.

Bellotti (drums, vocals) is an international artist. The drummer has played with some of the world’s finest musicians. As an educator, he is a professor at the Berklee College of Music. As an entrepreneur, he owns 247 Drums, which caters to the needs of drummers everywhere. Hailing from Bari, Italy, Sergio has a passion for music and accomplished drumming spurred him to move to Boston in 1995 to attend the Berklee. Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Sergio met his longtime musical partner, fellow Italian expatriate and bassist extraordinaire, D’Agostino. Sergio also serves as a visiting artist at the GM Drum School in Torino, Italy, and as a faculty member at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

D'Agostino (bass) directs instrumental music at Arlington High School, where he began teaching in 1999. He began his musical career at age 6. His father, a saxophonist, was playing a gig when he got a call that his drummer was sick with the flu – so at that young age, Tino came to the rescue. This early exposure allowed him to become accomplished in not only drums, but bass guitar and trumpet too. In his teens, Tino joined Franca Villa, the local Italian marching band with a longstanding tradition of knitting together musicians of all ages to create a group that plays symphonic and operatic music.  Also at Franco Villa he fell in love with the string bass. He holds his undergraduate degree in music education and performance, Salerno’s Conservatory, Salerno, Italy; a degree in performance from Berklee and a master's in education from Cambridge College. Tino has performed with Andrea Bocelli, Cionfoli, Cattaneo, Vicenza Symphonic Orchestra, Victor Wooten and Verdi Philharmonic. 

Lehman (theorbo)r performs on historic plucked strings of the theorbo. Part of the lute family, the theorbo was invented in Italy at the end of the 16th century to accompany singers in the first operas. The composers needed a chordal instrument that didn’t interfere with the audibility of the text being sung. Peter holds performance degrees from Ithaca College School of Music and the New England Conservatory, where he received a master’s degree in the performance of early music. His postgraduate studies were at the Scola Cantorum Basiliensis with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held indoors with social distancing practices in place and masks required.

For more information, contact the Old Schwamb Mill at telephone 781-643-0554 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Outside studio with Eva Zasloff held

A special open-studios event with Eva Zasloff was held Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Her work will be displayed in the Old Schwamb Mill’s Barn,18 Mill Lane.

“I will be camped out on a picnic blanket outside all day," she said, "and I will bring my ukulele in case a singalong presents itself. Please feel free to bring an instrument along! Now that some Covid restrictions are being lifted, I am looking forward to having a day of seeing friends and being together in real life.” Masks will be required when indoors.

Work by Eca Zasloff

She is a family doctor trained in women’s health and pediatrics. She is dedicated to providing innovative care to newborns and postpartum women through TovaHealth. She trained at the Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed her residency at Tufts/Cambridge Health Alliance.

In college, Eva majored in visual arts at Barnard College. Today, she creates her art in the Barn of the Old Schwamb Mill and is excited to be presenting this Open Studio event with the community.

A resident of Arlington, she is the mother of three boys.
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For more information, call Eva at 617-855-8682 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

'A Storyteller’s Journey' postponed

The event scheduled for The Old Schwamb Mill at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, by Peggy Fenner, a retired Lexington teacher and a resident of Arlington, has been postponed.

When it is rescheduled, she will share her inspiration for writing and illustrating a charming and captivating children’s book for the mill, Becoming Best Friends with the Old Schwamb Mill. This program is geared toward an adult audience.

During the past year when the mill was closed, one might have assumed that the mill had gone into sleep mode, but not for Peggy, whose imagination woke one morning with an exciting idea for a children’s book that would invite children to come back to the mill when months of Covid-19 confinement passed. The vision that arose for this book, involved photographing the interior of the mill, investigating its history and exploring its interior richness which would be spun into a multilayered storybook for naturally curious and creative children.

Peggy’s vision became a reality, and in July the book she illustrated and wrote, Becoming Best Friends with the Old Schwamb Mill, arrived at the mill, filled with spirit to be shared with others. Peggy is excited to share the uniquely designed process she used to bring this book to life. She will read the story to an ageless audience while being surrounded by an impressive display of handmade and self-published books Peggy has created through the years. Her miniature libraries and museums, featuring intricately crafted books and artifacts for all ages are certain to delight and awaken the book loving nature in each of you. We hope you will come join us for this unique event!

For more information, visit www.oldschwambmill.org or call 781-643-0554. 

'3 Views of a Secret'

The Old Schwamb Mill, 17 Mill Lane, is exhibiting "Three Views of a Secret" in the mill's gallery. It features nature-inspired paintings and sculptures from Arlington artists Gwen Chasan and Dan Cianfarini and Lexington-based Bill Cohn.Three Views of a Secret

The collection showcases Gwen’s tantalizing watercolor and acrylic paintings of birds’ nests, landscapes and botanicals, Dan’s haunting watercolors of New England and international landscapes and structures, and Bill’s other-worldly “industrial-organic” ceramic sculptures. Each artist’s interpretation of the visible world is an affirmation of life, a welcome therapy as we emerge from the global pandemic.

Cianfarini, is an artist who paints exclusively in watercolors, focusing on representational landscapes that often include architectural or other man-made elements to suggest human presence or the passage of time. He is also drawn to certain aspects of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, specifically its search for beauty in the natural cycle of growth and decay.

Since beginning to paint about 20 years ago, he has studied painting and drawing with instructors in the greater Boston area, Maine, and Italy and has participated in several solo exhibitions as well as numerous group exhibitions. His most recent work can be seen at www.danswatercolors.com.

Cohn is a Lexington-based ceramic artist and sculptor. Working in clay, rock, and wood, his unique “Industrial/Organic” themed sculptures have been described as evoking feelings of “being in the New England woods or on a foreign planet all at the same time.” Bill’s work enriches landscapes, gardens, atria and homes. His pieces have been featured in solo, two-person, and juried group shows. Bill has been a studio owner at Artspace in Maynard MA since 2000, and his work can be seen at www.billcohnart.com and on Instagram@cohnbill18.

 Chasan is an Arlington artist who creates watercolor and acrylic paintings inspired by the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Her work bridges realism and expressionism as she is drawn to expressing the inner world and emotions evoked by what we see around us. Gwen loves to experiment with new materials and approaches to making marks and images. She has studied drawing and painting with artists in the Boston area, Italy and Greece. Her work has been included in solo and juried exhibitions locally and regionally. She paints in her Arlington studio and teaches workshops in Massachusetts. Her work can be seen at www.gwenchasan.com, and on Instagram @gwen_chasan_art. 

Drop-in programs for kids held

The Old Schwamb Mill offered two drop-in programs for children ages 5 to 9 this summer. Both events will focus on crafts made with wood scraps left by the mill’s production of hand-turned wooden frames, and will include a brief tour of the mill itself.

On Saturday, Aug. 21, from 3 to 4 p.m., participants may select the wood-sculpture activity or choose a My Gallery box: Children decorate a box. Program leaders will suggest themes such as nature, the Old Schwamb Mill, funny faces, and more.

These drop-in programs will be held outdoors (weather permitting) and a snack will be provided. Cost: Free, with $5 suggested donation.

For more information, contact the Old Schwamb Mill at telephone 781-643-0554 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Please visit https://youtu.be/rHYllJxM18Y to view the informative presentation by Dr. Robert Krim and Alan Earles who spoke about their new book, Boston Made: From Revolution to Robotics in May. Since the 1600s, Boston has been at the forefront of world-changing innovation, from starting the country's first public school to becoming the first state to end slavery and giving birth to the telephone. Dr. Robert Krim, co-founder of the Entrepreneur Innovation Center, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business at Framingham State University, where he teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Alan Earls is a Boston-area writer who has covered high tech innovation for more than 30 years.  
                        -- This program was sponsored in part by a grant from Mass Humanities and the Bridge Street Fund.


This news announcement was updated Oct. 8, 2021.

 

 

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