Category Archives: Exhibits

Use this category for any and all exhibits: art exhibits, community exhibits, local history displays, temporary things set up on tables or carts in the lobby, displays we host for outside groups. These posts will show up on the Exhibits page in chronological order.

August Gallery and Display Case Exhibit – Watercolors By Ruth Goddard

This August,  we feature the paintings  and carvings of Ruth Goddard. In this exhibit, Ruth’s watercolors feature landscapes from New Hampshire, Rockport, and Canada. Many of her pieces highlight historical Wakefield locales and the Gloucester Lighthouse.

In the display case, Ruth’s among the carvings featured are a Box turtle, a Trojan horse, a Bald eagle, and the poet Robert Frost. She also painted on wood and metal. Her two decorative plates are included in this display.

Ruth attended the Massachusetts College of Art and then drafting school sponsored by the United States Government from there,  she worked as a draftsman at Genrad Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, She also worked as a draftsman at the National Radio Company of Malden, and Lam Lighting in Wakefield.

Ruth was a brilliant watercolor artist and created hundreds of paintings for family and friends. Many of her pieces highlighted historical Wakefield locales. She exhibited at the Co-op Bank in Wakefield and the Wakefield Library. She was one of the Wakefield Art Association founders and won several prizes for her watercolors. Ruth was the President of the Wakefield Arts/Crafts from 1966 to 1968.

Ruth was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Wakefield. She taught Sunday school and was very active in church activities. Out of the many things that she did…one was the artwork for the stone sign in front of the church, still there today.

As if she wasn’t busy enough–Ruth was a very active member in the Wakefield Garden Club for many years and, was a noted quilter, winning first prize for one of her quilts at a local show.

She and her family loved boating and spent many happy hours enjoying the ocean in Essex and Nantucket. She also loved figure skating where she met her husband of 58 years–Fred Goddard who was from Plymouth.

Ruth passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the age of 91.

June Gallery and Display Case Exhibit – ‘A Quiet Smile’ Bonnie Forsyth

This June, our gallery and display case features the monotypes and collages of Bonnie Forsyth. In this exhibit, ‘A Quiet Smile‘, Bonnie continues her journey as an artist. Bonnie began her journey of expression through her art in 1995 when she met Nancy Connolly, artist, teacher and collaborator. This exhibit represents work done over the past year.

The artist expresses her view of the world through her collages, prints, painting and other media. Currently, she has been working with monoprints and collographs using a printing press.

When Bonnie has painted in the past, the way that she paints is like dance through her strokes, swirls and dabs of her brush.

Ms. Forsyth’s art has been exhibited at the South Shore Arts Center in Cohasset, the Fuller Museum in Brockton, Citizen’s Bank in Plymouth, PAC-TV in Plymouth and the Danforth Museum in Framingham at the invitation of artist Michael Dowling and Herb Lovett at a seminar on “The Theory of Intelligence”.

A reception for Bonnie will be held on Saturday, June 9 at 1 to 3 PM in the library courtyard. Everyone is welcome to attend.

April Gallery Exhibit – “Through The Looking Class” An Exhibition by Sacred Heart High School Students

This April, our gallery features the 20th Annual Sacred Heart High School Art Students Exhibition. This exhibit features their paintings, drawings and photographs. The students, under the direction of art teacher Julie Trahon, have brought their visions and talents to these unique creations.

In art, or “the looking class,” we learn to look harder and try to see things in a different light. We venture into our imagination, endeavor to express ourselves and share our unique perspective. “Through the Looking Class” is a collection of artwork and digital photography which reflects the lessons students have learned this year on the elements of art and the principles of design. These lessons include drawing still-lifes from observation, anatomy drawings, color studies, imaginative drawings, portraiture, multimedia projects, and digital photographs.

This exhibition provides a professional forum for student artists; another important purpose of this exhibit is to foster creativity and promote the importance of the arts in our schools.

May Gallery Exhibit – “Observational Watercolors” An Exhibition by the Silver Lake Middle School 8th Grade Art Students

This May, our gallery and reading area feature the watercolor paintings of the Silver Lake Middle School 8th Grade Art Students.

The 8th grade painting and drawing classes at Silver Lake Middle School present their observational watercolors in this show. Painting and drawing is one of the three art elective classes 8th grade students can choose at Silver Lake Middle School in addition to an all year long art class.

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Combating an Invasive Species: The Gypsy Moth Infestation

Illustration of gypsy moth caterpillar and adult
Illustration from “The Home and School Reference Work, Volume IV” by The Home and School Education Society, H. M. Dixon, President and Managing Editor, published in 1917 by The Home and School Education Society. Image file found here.

 

Today, we may see gypsy moths outside our homes or in our woodlands and think nothing of them, but this insect has a tumultuous history in the United States.

In 1869, an amateur entomologist imported this species from Europe to his home in Medford, Massachusetts. He intended to use the moths to breed a silk-spinning moth that would be more resistant to disease than the domestic silkmoth. Unsurprisingly, several adult moths escaped from their enclosures, setting a number of problems in motion that we continue to grapple with today.

Stop by to learn more about Kingston’s efforts to eradicate this pest in this month’s local history exhibit!

Emily Fuller Drews models a Pilgrim costume, circa 1920

Emily Fuller Drew: Historian and Photographer

Emily Fuller Drews models a Pilgrim costume, circa 1920
Emily Fuller Drews models a Pilgrim costume, circa 1920

 

In honor of Women’s History Month, March’s local history exhibit will feature materials from Emily Fuller Drew (1881-1950), who we have to thank for much of what we know about Kingston’s history. She put in an enormous of amount of work to help preserve the history of this town. Leaving a collection of more than 700 lantern slides, Emily photographed existing images that were decaying in order to preserve the informational content. She also photographed a variety of houses, buildings, events, and people of Kingston. Local history was a passion for Emily, and she recorded it not only visually, but also in her numerous unpublished essays and notes.

Stop by the library to learn more about Emily and her legacy!

 

Source: Image from the Emily Fuller Drew Collection (MC16).

Awards, Medals, and Certificates, Oh My!

Reading Certificate for Margaret Smith from the Town of Kingston Public Schools and Public Library, June 11, 1937
Reading Certificate for Margaret Smith from the Town of Kingston Public Schools and Public Library, June 11, 1937

 

Scattered across the collections of the Local History Room, we have a sampling of items that represent the achievements—both great and small—that marked the lives of Kingston’s residents. From volunteering with the Girl Scouts to Citizen of the Year, these objects commemorate just a few of the accomplishments of this community.

Stop by to check out the exhibit!

 

Source: Image from the Kingston Schools Collection PC12.

Colorized photo of soldiers resting by a road

“Just a word to let you know I am still alive…”: Postcards from World War I

Postcard with image of soldiers and horses, captioned "Greetings from Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Ga."
Postcard sent by Joseph Finney to Mary Fries, postmarked November 21, 1917

 

When the US entered World War I in 1917 and called for a draft, Joseph Finney registered during the first round. He became one of approximately 2 million men who joined the American Expeditionary Forces, armed forces sent overseas to Europe. Throughout his service he exchanged postcards with friends and family, especially his elder sister, Ella Finney, and the woman he went on to marry upon his return, Mary Fries. Looking through this correspondence allows us to piece together a loose timeline of his experiences. Stop by the library to check out this exhibit for yourself!

 

Source: Image from the Joseph Cushman Finney Papers (MC11).

Ada Brewster: Civil War Nurse, Traveler, and Artist

Sketch captioned "Cow Boy from Arizona," dated April 19, 1885
Cow Boy from Arizona, April 19, 1885

 

Ada Brewster, born in Kingston on May 25, 1842, lived a fascinating life. She served as a nurse at Lovell General Hopsital in Rhode Island during the Civil War; worked at the U.S. Mint in Carson City, Nevada during the production of the first trade dollar coined by the federal government; studied art at the Lowell Institute in Boston and the California School of Design (now the San Francisco Art Institute); opened her own art studio and became known as a portraitist, illustrator, china-painter, and teacher; and moved all over the country before returning home to Kingston in 1919. Stop by to learn more in this month’s Local History exhibit, featuring a selection of Ada’s sketches from her time out West.

 

Source: This sketch comes from the Ada Brewster Collection (MC24).

 

Frederic C. Adams Library, 1908

Happy Holidays!

Frederic C. Adams Library, 1908
Frederic C. Adams Library, 1908

In the spirit of the holidays, the Local History Room’s December exhibit features a collection of limited edition holiday ornaments created by the Kingston Lions Club between 1990 and 2002. Each one bears the likeness of a Kingston icon – from the old Town House and the Faunce School, to the Old Colony Railroad Station and the Major John Bradford House. Stop by to see this local memorabilia.
Source: Image from the Local History Room Image Collection (IC7).