Art Complex Museum

Drawing the line in Duxbury

“ Fortified’’ (charcoal and pastel), by Lesley Cohen, in the group show “Draw the Line,’’ at the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Mass., Sept. 15-Jan 12.

Fortified’’ (charcoal and pastel), by Lesley Cohen, in the group show “Draw the Line,’’ at the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Mass., Sept. 15-Jan 12.

In Duxbury, view of Bluefish River inlet, with “King Caesar House’’ at left. The Federal-style mansion was built in 1809 for Ezra Weston, a well known shipbuilder and merchant nicknamed King Caesar for his influence and prosperity.    — Photo by Ruth W. Demby

In Duxbury, view of Bluefish River inlet, with “King Caesar House’’ at left. The Federal-style mansion was built in 1809 for Ezra Weston, a well known shipbuilder and merchant nicknamed King Caesar for his influence and prosperity.

— Photo by Ruth W. Demby

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