On Sunday, November 9th, at 3:00 p.m. in Sudbury’s Grange Hall, writer Helen Marie Casey will share insights into the story of artist Florence Hosmer. With the assistance and support of Sudbury’s Historical Commission and the Sudbury Historical Society, Casey has been studying the correspondence, notebooks, journals, and memorabilia of the Hosmers as well as the art and poetry produced by Florence and her siblings. The portrait of the family that has emerged breaks some new ground as it sheds light on the artistry of each of the children, Florence, Fred, Burt, and Alice and on the strength of the entire family. The portrait that emerges is also a mirror of life in Sudbury for the century beginning in 1897.
Described by the Boston Post in 1916 as one of the “more prominent of Boston’s artists,” Florence Hosmer was best known for her portraits. Committed to her art and her community, Florence was a teacher as well as an artist. She was a woman whose capacity for friendship and loyalty was immense. She loved creating beautiful works, gifting others with her work, and fighting to see that women artists were properly paid for the work they accomplished.
“Miss Hosmer lived through two world wars, registered to vote as soon as women obtained the right to vote, and made her way as an independent woman and artist when independent women did not have an altogether easy time of it,” Casey said. “For all these reasons and more I admire her tremendously.”
Helen Marie Casey is a columnist and poet. Her first chapbook, Fragrance Upon His Lips, a narrative sequence of poems about Joan of Arc, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her series of poems about Quaker martyr, Mary Dyer, Inconsiderate Madness, won the Black River Chapbook competition (Black Lawrence Press) and was named a finalist for the 2008 Julia Ward Howe Award by the Boston Authors Club. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in several journals, including Prairie Schooner, Dogwood, Tiferet, Runes, America, Connecticut Review, The South Carolina Review, Rosebud, and Louisiana Literature. For many years her columns appeared in the MetroWest Daily News. Her work also appears in Wayside Magazine and North Shore Living.
This community presentation is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sudbury. For more information, call 978-443-8407.