MONSON – The Monson Arts Council is hosting a public reception and dedication for its debut from the Monson Museum of Art collection on October 23-24 between noon and 5 p.m.
The reception celebrates 56 new works of art from the collection, which are on display at the House of Arts at 200 Main Street. In addition, several updated galleries at the House of Arts will be dedicated. The 349 works will be exhibited in four galleries.
Lizzie Brown, formerly of Brimfield, and other local artists will be honored. Brown won first prize at the Monson Arts Committee’s Second Spring Art Exhibition in 1995. The “Moon and Melon Shells” painter is now a resident of the Boston area, where she teaches and paints.
Funding for the refurbishment of numerous works of art was given in memory of Sylvia Pyzocha de Palmer, an accomplished award-winning photographer and committee member, as well as a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Dr Jean Porwoll, who served on the art exhibition committee, was an avid collector of local art and generously donated from his estate to the heart of this collection. Porwoll’s gift and the combined works of other artists make up this “selection of the best,” said Peter Barnett, Chairman of the Board.
The reconstruction of the galleries was carried out by arts and cultural events organizer Reed Coles of Monson. A group led by David Dupuis sorted, categorized and framed the collection of the Monson Art Museum. The City of Monson, Monson Savings Bank, Grace Makepeace Trust and other anonymous donors have funded updates to the House of Art galleries.
“This first Monson Museum of Art event gives people the opportunity to experience some of this diverse art collection and see our renovated galleries. We hope you visit our new museum as we showcase artwork from our local artists, as well as artists from the region who have supported our shows for many years, ”says Barnett.
Wearing a mask and complying with COVID-19 instructions will be encouraged during the reception. For more details, contact Maureen Solomon, owner of Complete Communications, at 413-537-8206.