July’s Artist: Ricardo Maldonado
32 Donnell St. Cambridge, MA 02138
I enjoy painting and experimenting with color. My preferred subjects are related to nature and the outdoors, where the light and the colors change often with the seasons and the time of the day. Those changes, subtle or abrupt, are always a challenge to the artist. To me, painting is a search and a discipline. Painting has taught me to see things in a different way, observing every detail more carefully and more consciously, distinguishing colors and shapes, and ultimately appreciating more deeply what I see.
Member: Cambridge Art Association, Munroe Ctr. for the Arts (Lexington).
August’s Artist: Clare Higgins
Clare Higgins is a freelance writer and editor whose poetry, satire and essays have
been published in Bibliophilos, The Antigonish Review, Milkweed and The New York
Times. Her first play, Queer Bent for the Tudor Gent, a Shakespearean version of
"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," was a winner in both the "Short & Sweet" play contest
in Sydney, Australia and the New York Theatre Festival, and was performed on stage in
both cities. Her musical, TV and poetry parodies have been performed on stage by the
musical/comedy troupe Esther’s Follies in Austin, Texas, published on the Cape Ann
Shakespeare Troupe website, and given a staged reading by Wega Arts Theatre in
Clare also wrote the book and lyrics to "Night of the Living Dead, The Musical," based
on the classic 1968 film by George Romero. It was performed at the PACA Theater in
Erie, PA October 2019, was sold out for a month and got excellent reviews.
Negotiations are now under way for productions in Salem and in Schuykill County, PA.
Originally a New Yorker, Clare has a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages from the
College of Mt. St. Vincent, Riverdale, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature
from the City University of New York. She currently resides in Gloucester, where she
continues to write musicals and create digital art.
Clare’s online store, www.cafepress.com/modernartcats, offers an expansive range of
Statement: “I like to use my imagination to re-image what I see.”
Matz Gallery Exhibitions 2022
Exhibit in the Matz Gallery
The Matz Gallery is a program of the Sawyer Free Library. Artists interested in exhibiting in the gallery are invited to submit an application and images of their work. Applications are available on the library website or at the main desk.
Artwork can be in any medium, such as drawing, prints, painting, photographs, mixed media, assemblage, or wall-hung sculpture. A committee examines and reviews all applications and sets the schedule for the coming year. Artists who are accepted receive an agreement by email, which includes the month assigned and the name of a facilitator for the day of the hanging. Artwork is hung for one month. The artist may hold a reception (non-alcoholic) during that month in the gallery.
The Committee strives to present a balance of styles and mediums, along with a range of artists working at different stages in their careers.
About the Matz Gallery
The brick and wood paneled lobby entrance is dedicated and named for the late Adolph I. Matz, an artist and generous library supporter for many years. Mr. Matz was a very kind hearted and generous man who wanted to support the arts as well as give back to his beloved city of Gloucester. His giving back consisted of reaching out to the people of Gloucester by the scholarships and funds he set up at the Sawyer Free Library. As an artist he reached out the support the students at Gloucester High School with generous art scholarships. He combined his love of art and his love for children by funding library programs for children and supported an annual art show and exhibit of their work for many years. Before the Art Advisory and the Friends of the Library funding was available, he and his family supported the museum pass program to many Boston area museums.
During the 80’s when the library was preparing to enter the computer age, it was Mr. Matz who donated the funds for terminals and ports throughout all the departments of the library, purchased the public access automated catalogs and the laser scanners, and a wealth of other important equipment. Although he maintained that he did not really understand the business of computers back then, he nonetheless provided funds at that time for much of the installation of computer equipment.
According to then Assistant Director Priscilla White, “It was Mr. Matz’s hope and dream that the Sawyer Free Library would always serve equally both the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the student and the executive, the parent and the teacher; and would always act as forum to provide exhibits, programs, lectures, or any other media that would help improve the culture of our community or contribute to the entertainment of its people of all ages.”
Decades ago with great foresight and appreciation for the natural beauty of Cape Ann, Mr. Matz developed one of the first campgrounds in New England as a perfect setting for Cape Ann tourists to experience the coastal surroundings and beautiful beaches. He purchased and developed his woodland property off Atlantic Street near the entrance of Wingaersheek Beach where it continues to be managed by his family as the Cape Ann Camp Site. His legacy of generous library giving, his strong belief in the mission of the public library, and his support of children and the arts also continue through his family.