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    Sunday, April 14, 2024

    Mystic Museum of Art features art by ‘Women of Mystic’

    Agnes Harrison Lincoln (1880-1954), Peonies, 1918, pastel on paper. Mystic Museum of Art permanent collection. Donated by Victoria Payne Harper.
    Audrey Heard (1924-2012), Pears and Stripes, 1999, oil on masonite. Mystic Museum of Art permanent collection. Donated by William and Kathy McKendree.
    Beatrice Edgerly Macpherson (1898-1973), October, undated, pen and ink on paper. Mystic Museum of Art permanent collection. Donated by Gladys Edgerly Bates.

    The Mystic Museum of Art is showcasing the exhibition “Women of Mystic” through June 2.

    As the museum website notes: The great majority of artists represented in history books, art criticism, public collections, and major exhibitions are men. Those who represent them, write about them, and exhibit them are also, for the most part, men. Nonetheless, women figure largely in every artistic movement — from the Baroque masterpieces of Artemisia Gentileschi to the Abstract Expressionism of Helen Frankenthaler. Historically discouraged from asserting themselves and their art, they had to rely on unconventional approaches to a career.

    This exhibition explores several of the pathways followed by the women who distinguished the Mystic art colony from its founding to the 21st century. In the absence of any other access to the art world, for example, some women built on the practice and the networks of male family members (fathers, brothers, husbands, etc.) who were artists. Lorinda Dudley, Frances Davis, and Beonne Boronda all managed to develop and refine their skills in adjacency to a family.

    The Mystic Museum of Art is located at 9 Water St., Mystic. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call (860) 536-7601 or visit mysticmuseumofart.org.

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