Walking Tour

Cape Ann Museum presents walking tour of Howard Curtis & WPA murals

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a walking tour with Susan Erony entitled Howard Curtis and Gloucester’s Works Progress Administration Murals on Saturday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $10.00 for Museum members, $15.00 for non-members. Reservations are required; please call Jeanette Smith at 978-283-0455, x11.

Gloucester’s treasures include its collection of murals painted under the Federal Art Project of the 1930s Works Progress Administration. Gloucester’s City Hall and Sawyer Free Library were two beneficiaries of the wonderful marriage between a vibrant local arts community and a generous and intelligent program of the Federal Government. Our tour will focus on murals in those buildings by Charles Allen Winter, Frederick Mulhaupt and Frederick Stoddard, as well as Howard Curtis, noting that Curtis was in large part the person responsible for saving the WPA murals when few other people understood their social, historical and aesthetic value.

The walking tour will incorporate a visit to the Museum’s current exhibition of seascapes by Howard Curtis (1906-1989). The tour will include a stop at City Hall auditorium with a look at the social, political, artistic and historic context for the murals, as well as the Sawyer Free Library to view murals by Frederick Stoddard, assisted by Howard Curtis. There will be time for questions and discussion of this inspiring time in American history.

Susan Erony is an artist and a freelance art lecturer, educator, writer and curator. She has consulted to organizations on issues of art and society, taught and lectured on both art history and art practice, and organized exhibitions on subjects ranging from the use of artistic devices in creating prejudice to those showcasing the work of one artist. She served on the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, where much of her work focused on Gloucester’s collection of WPA funded murals. Erony attended Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art, Lesley University and the University for Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, Holland. Her artwork, focusing primarily on history and the human condition, has been exhibited extensively in Europe, Canada and the United States and is in many private and public collections.

Funding for this program was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is offering free admission on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. through the end of May, 2009. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org