East Somerville Cleanup, Boynton Yards Concerts, and Diane Esmond Showing
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Cleaning Up East Somerville
East Somerville Main Streets is organizing a Spring Neighborhood Cleanup this Saturday, April 30 to help beautify the neighborhood. Volunteers are needed to pitch in. Pickers, trash bags and gloves will be available. Feel free to bring your own gloves or tools as well. Volunteers will meet up at 10 a.m. at the East Branch Library, 115 Broadway.
The mission of East Somerville Main Streets includes promoting the East Broadway Business District and enhancing social connectedness within the neighborhood. ESMS is always looking for volunteers to help out with marketing and promotions, fundraising, building collaborative partnerships, and advocating for the neighborhood. For more information about how you can get involved, email Director@EastSomervilleMainStreets.org.
Boynton Yards Concert Series Announced
ONCE and Boynton Yards are teaming up again this summer for a series of events featuring local music, food, and art vendors. From June 11 to Sept. 17, eight all-day festivals will be lighting up Boynton Yards. Concerts take place at the 0 Windsor Place parking lot.
The 2022 Summer Series starts on June 11 with SomerPride featuring Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, DJ WhySham, Muzzins, drag from Redd Haring, and more. The concert will be part of an all-day-and-night Pride celebration in Union Square with live music, food and art vendors, games, and more.
An all-event pass that will get you into all eight festivals is available now for a discounted price of $60. Head to ONCE Somerville or visit www.oncesomerville.com for tickets and more information.
Rare Showing of Diane Esmond Artworks at SOS
One interesting, if thus far underhyped, highlight of Somerville Open Studios this weekend is a rare showing of some works by the noted French painter Diane Esmond in the home of her son Victor Wallace and his partner Inez Hedges—both longtime Somerville residents. Oils, gouaches, and prints by the artist will be on display Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 12-6 p.m. in the library (a converted garage) at 14 Park Ave in Davis Square. Select works will be available for sale.
Some background from the event press release:
“Diane Esmond (1910-1981) was born in London and raised in Paris. She studied painting with the French artist Edouard MacAvoy. Her work was exhibited in Paris in the 1930s but was seized by Nazi forces during the German occupation of France. She moved to New York in 1940 and lived there until 1952, at which time she returned to live in or near Paris for the rest of her life. During these later years, solo showings of her paintings were presented at galleries in New York, Paris, and London, including Carstairs, Chardin, Hammer, Knoedler, and Wildenstein. Diane Esmond worked in the tradition of French impressionist and post-impressionist painters. Her major subjects were landscapes, interiors, and still-lifes. Her landscapes were inspired notably by the Provençal countryside and by the Caribbean tropical forest. These and other subjects, as well as related semi-abstract representations, were conveyed by her in oils, in gouaches, and in ink drawings. She also designed stage-settings and costumes for performances of classic French theater in Paris and on Broadway, in collaboration with directors/actors Jean-Louis Barrault, Madeleine Renaud, and Marie Bell.”
For more information on the artist, go to www.dianeesmond.com.
Photo credit: Fall Cleanup 2021! Photo courtesy of East Somerville Main Streets.
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