Art Complex Museum

Images of reinvention in delightful Duxbury

"Henry'' (transparent watercolor), by Irena Roman, in her show "Second Wind: Journeys of Re-Invention,''  at the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Mass., through May 13.   Duxbury is a very affluent South Shore-of-Boston town with beautiful sandy beaches,  oyster beds, cranberry bogs, piney woods and kettle ponds, along lots of 18th and 19th Century houses. Geologically, it's Cape Cod- like.   

"Henry'' (transparent watercolor), by Irena Roman, in her show "Second Wind: Journeys of Re-Invention,''  at the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Mass., through May 13.

Duxbury is a very affluent South Shore-of-Boston town with beautiful sandy beaches,  oyster beds, cranberry bogs, piney woods and kettle ponds, along lots of 18th and 19th Century houses. Geologically, it's Cape Cod- like.

 

Inlet scene in Duxbury.

Inlet scene in Duxbury.

Duxbury has long been  a summer place for the well-off, mostly from the Boston and Providence areas, but some from Greater New York, too, although the ocean water there is much colder than in Buzzards and Narragansett bays, to the south.

Duxbury has long been  a summer place for the well-off, mostly from the Boston and Providence areas, but some from Greater New York, too, although the ocean water there is much colder than in Buzzards and Narragansett bays, to the south.

The John Alden House, built in 1653, when Duxbury was becoming a sort of suburb of still-small Plymouth.

The John Alden House, built in 1653, when Duxbury was becoming a sort of suburb of still-small Plymouth.

The way it sometimes looks

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"Plymouth, Massachusetts, Potion 2014'' (photo), by DIANA BARKER PRICE, in her show "Untamed Forest,'' at the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury.

The gallery says that she "creates images that occur between the transitions of day and night, calm and storm, reality and fantasy, fleeting moments of magical light that become forever real once they are photographed.''

The picture above evokes how Plymouth looked to me in the very early morning of a certain summer day in 1968.

-- Robert Whitcomb

Meanwhile, from 1934:

Times have changed And we've often rewound the clock Since the Puritans got a shock When they landed on Plymouth Rock. If today Any shock they should try to stem 'Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock would land on them.

-- From the opening of the song "Anything Goes,'' by Cole Porter

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to unfurnish old age

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Painting and collage by SALLY MELLO, at the Art Complex Museum, in Duxbury, Mass. It's her grandmother's chair.

We too have  some old furniture, s0me of which we'd like t0 unload on  our adult children, but they have shown little interest in it. Will much of it end up in the dump, or as firewood? Such are the sorts of questions associated with old age.

Chief Ricci's suicide and other Cianci regime history

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"Fragile Remains'' (collagraph and trace monotype print), by JOAN HAUSRATH, at the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Mass.
For new arrivals in Providence, and citizens with amnesia: Note  this excerpt of  an April 25, 2007 article by Bill Rodriguez in the Phoenix:
''Now that Buddy Cianci’s scheduled July 27 prison release date is approaching, Providence documentary filmmaker Cherry Arnold is getting around to a theatrical release of Buddy, following a successful victory lap on the film festival circuit....''

“'During the screenings outside of RI, in New York for instance, there were more gasps and audible reactions where people who didn’t know Buddy’s story were, I think, shocked by some of what happens, like the police chief [Robert E. Ricci] committing suicide [in 1978] and the assault details,' she notes. “'Outside of RI, lots of people ask during the Q&A why he was able to run for mayor again as a convicted felon. They’re very curious about that.”'

Then there are the sweetheart pension deals  and running City Hall as a criminal operation. But, hey!, nobody's perfect! The heavy price of statesmanship!

As H.L. Mencken's line goes:

''Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.''