Community Stuff 4/23/14

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“For the Love of Art”
                              Four variations on a theme by Jim McAllister

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Gloucester
April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 8th – 7:30PM

 
Thursday, April 24      “From Paris to Provence: A Cultural Odyssey”
A  delightful “armchair tour” of France  includes stops in Paris, Giverny, Aix-en-Provence, Nice, St. Remy & other important late 19th and early 20th century French art meccas. The heavily- illustrated talk tracks the comings & goings of  Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Van Gogh, Chagall and notable North Shore artists.

Thursday, May 1         “Forgers, Frauds and Filchers: Art Crimes and Criminals”
Elmyr de Hory, David “Three Picassos Before Breakfast” Stein, and other infamous forgers come to life in Jim’s look at the darker side of the art world. Also to be covered are a number of spectacular art heists, including the theft of the Mona Lisa  and an institutional scandal that rocked the museum world.

Thursday, May 8          “Collecting Art on a Shoestring: The Thrill of the Chase”
For two decades, Jim has haunted flea markets, yard sales, thrift and antique shops, auction houses, and even the internet looking for works of art to add to his eclectic collection. Jim will share his favorite art-collecting stories and tips on how to acquire art without the benefit of a large budget.

Jim McAllister is well known on the North Shore as teacher, lecturer, author, tour guide, photographer, and, for his Essex County Chronicles column in the Salem News. A dedicated art collector for 20 years, Jim has curated gallery shows & lectured on art-related topics at the Rockport Art Association, the North Shore Arts Association, Vose Galleries in Boston, the New England Watercolor Society, Kensington-Stobart Gallery as well as appearances on “Chonicle”. The first recipient of the prestigious  Essex National Heritage Commission’s “Heritage Hero” Award & the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “Storyteller Award”.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. Free parking at municipal parking lot. Admission is $12 per lecture, reservations are suggested. Series ticket with reserved seating are available at a reduced $40 rate until April 10. For more information or to make reservations contact culturecorner@gmail.com, or if necessary, at 978.979.5907.


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