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January 6, 2012 Arts and Entertainment

Back To Nature - Poetry And Art Are Paired Together At Whistler House Museum Of Art

From: Whistler House Museum Of Art

The artwork of Michael E. Jones and poetry by Christine M. Jones are perfect complements in “Sustenance,” a body of work featuring what sustains the Jones couple. The exhibit, inspired by frequent trips to Walden Pond, is also food for thought on what sustains all of us. The athletic couple train by swimming and running there, and occasionally walk, reflect, sketch and write. “Autumn Waters” by Christine Jones is a poem about the last dip in the pond before the season changes. A series of vertical paintings, “Walden Pond (I through IV)” show Michael Jones’s visual interpretation of the wooded area.

“Rotondo Farm on Rt. 62,” a poem inspired by the farm stand on the way to Walden Pond makes reference to the vegetables that are sold there as well as the “crooked man” that runs the farm. The poem makes us think about what Michael Jones’s paintings of the stand and vegetables from both Rotondo Farm and his home garden speak to the idea for the show title, Sustenance. The couple’s two points of view cross over as they interpret what sustains them physically and intellectually.

A highlight in the exhibit, “Ford Tractor Parts: Ode to Arshile Gorky,” is an abstracted tractor painted in the style of “Mechanics of Flying, from ‘Avation: Evolution of Forms under Aerodynamic Limitations’ ” (Newark Airport Mural) by Arshile Gorky.

Sustenance will appeal to the literary buff as well as those who crave visual stimulation. We hope you will visit the Whistler House Museum of Art and see what you have in common with the Joneses. The artist reception on January 21 will include a reading by Christine Jones.

Date: Exhibit Runs January 11 to February 24, 2012

Artist Reception and Poetry Reading:
January 21, 2 to 4 pm

Hours: Wed through Sat 11 am to 4 pm

Location: Whistler House Museum of Art
243 Worthen Street
Lowell, MA 01852

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