April in the Matz Gallery: Kathleen Miller

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Born in Gloucester, MA, Kathleen Miller is a self-taught artist who currently resides in Rockport. Growing up on Cape Ann, she was greatly influenced by the artists of Rocky Neck and Bearskin Neck. Since childhood, she has had in interest in drawing, painting, and other forms of art, and has developed these interests over the years. Although primarily self-taught, she has recently studied with several local painters. She enjoys painting on location as well as in the studio. Working primarily in oils, Kathleen paints a variety of subjects, focusing mainly on landscapes, seascapes and other scenes inspired by nature. Kathleen has a way of infusing herself into her scenes, and each of her paintings reflects her personal impression of the world around her.

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In addition to being an artist, Kathleen is also a Mental Health Therapist. She utilizes many art and expressive therapy techniques in her practice, and she believes strongly in the healing properties of artistic expression both for the artist and the viewer. While drawing inspiration from the natural world, it is her intention to impart a sense of peace, hope and healing potential through all of her creative works.

Please visit The Art Nook, 58 Bearskin Neck Rockport, MA to see more work by Kathleen and other local artists. Visit Kathleen Miller on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theartnook.

April Book of the Month

This month’s pic is These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Lilac is the daughter of a multi-millionaire and Tarver is a soldier. While traveling on the spacecraft Icarus, an accident in hyperspace results in the death of everyone on board except Lilac and Traver who escape in a pod and become stranded on what they think is on uninhabited planet. What begins as a test of survival soon turns into love. When they find the means to contact rescue ships they ask the questions: do they really want to leave?

This book will soon be made into a TV series!

March Book of the Month

This month’s pic is Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory.

Jenna is being pursued by twins Ian and Luke … or is she? What is their story? And what will become of all of them when the truth comes out? I didn’t see it coming and you won’t either!

March in the Matz Gallery: Marvin Waller

Marvin Waller (1928 – 1994) was an award-winning fine artist who lived on Cape Ann. As a young man in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he studied painting and drawing with Reginald Marsh and other prominent artists at the Art Student’s League in New York City. He also illustrated Captain Marvel comic books. In 1959, he moved his family to Rockport, MA because of his friendship with local artist Roger Martin. Rockport was the only place he would consider raising his children – lucky kids!

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In Rockport, he worked as a fine artist, book illustrator, and industrial designer. His works were shown at Gallery Seven in Magnolia and Boston. In the mid-1960s, he taught himself architecture as a means of supporting his family. He designed the Roundhouse on Atlantic Avenue in Rockport, extensions for Rockport High School, the Sawyer Free Library addition in Gloucester, the Ipswich Town Hall, the Liberty Tree Mall, the Wang Towers in Lowell, and an award-winning pumping station in Bangkok, Thailand. He also designed several industrial facilities through his work for the Anderson Nichols architectural and engineering firm in Boston.

Throughout his life, he was a fine artist at heart and a great inspiration to others. He knew his history and especially his art history. His standards for excellence showed in everything he did. This exhibit includes oil paintings of people and landscapes along with pen and ink drawings of amazingly few brush strokes.