Cambridge is serious about fun.
Not just for kids anymore, city planners say playing is an important part of creating healthy neighborhoods, and the Cambridge Arts Council’s “Let the Public Play” exhibit is aimed at doing just that.
Only in Cambridge, right?
More than 30 years after it was reported stolen, a Chinese artifact valued at more than $500,000 was returned to the Harvard Art Museums Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Exhibition Location: Sakey Room, Stone Building
Frances Mendelson Tenenbaum 1919–2013
Frances Tenenbaum was raised on Long Island and educated at the University of Michigan and Columbia University. Stubborn, charming, curious, generous, with an enviable sense of humor, Fran was a writer, editor, bridge player, gardener, bird-watcher and friend.
In 1943, she married Frank Tenenbaum, and in 1972 moved to Cambridge. In 1973, she wrote, and daughter Jane illustrated, Gardening with Wild Flowers. In 1980, she co-wrote Diet Against Disease, long before the diet-health link became a national obsession. A gray panther before she turned gray, she wrote Over 55 Is Not Illegal, about staying active while aging.
At Houghton Mifflin, she specialized in books for the American gardener, turning the Taylor Encyclopedia of Garden Plants into a series of “exceptionally useful” books (New York Times). She envisioned and edited The Secret Gardens of Cambridge for Cambridge Public Library, and won awards: American Horticultural Society, 1999; 2008; Mass. Horticultural Society Gold Medal, 2001; Garden Writers Assoc., 2004; N.Y. Horticultural Society, 2011. Frances was a longtime supporter of the Cambridge Public Library and served on the board of the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.
A list of Frances’ books available at the Cambridge Public Library, can be found here.
Cambridge School Committee members set student achievement at the top of their budget guidelines delivered to Superintendent Jeff Young on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
ABC Programs and Maud Morgan Arts will be closed on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 due to the snowstorm.
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Roving UHub photographer Jonathan happened upon this quiet Cambridge street, about an hour into the storm:
No one had walked or driven down the street since it started, so it was pristine.
Police received their fourth call for a suspected serial flasher, who has been spotted in the Porter Square area of Cambridge.
The Harvard Square Business Association will hold its fourth annual Chocolate Festival from Friday, Jan. 24, to Sunday, Jan. 26. The event will feature chocolate-inspired appetizers, salads, entrees, cocktails and desserts.
Jon Imber bestows life upon each portrait he paints, and now the portraits—over 100 that he has completed since August—are returning the favor. “I paint because I love to make images,” says Imber. “I love turning inert stuff into magic. Now I am also painting to stay alive.”
One of Boston’s most-recognized painters, this is a new chapter in his life, contrast to his former career as widely-known artist with work exhibited in over fifty one-man shows in galleries across the United States, from Maine to New York, Chicago and LA. In 2012, Imber was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. He can no longer move his arms, but he has discovered new ways to paint. He says that his recent work “is as strong as anything I have done if not stronger.”
This summer Imber painted by holding the brush between the backs of his hands and moving his whole body to drag or push the brush across the canvas. “Isn’t this a ridiculous way of painting?” he says as he begins a portrait of a friend. The friend, mesmerized by row upon row of Imber’s recent portraits hanging on the walls, replies, “Not ridiculous at all.”
The portraits themselves teem with life. The brushstrokes are loose and thick, yet they precisely capture the telling details of facial expressions, personalities, and inner thoughts. Each painting demands a lengthy viewing, first drawing the viewer closer to ponder the kaleidoscope of lines and textures, and then compelling the viewer to step back to watch the swirling array transform into a human face.
Painting has become a collaborative process for Imber. Assistants now mix his paint, move his canvases and help him to balance as he moves around his studio. This August he hosted a parade of visitors who came to offer love and support and to serve as portrait models. “I used to love the solitude of my time in the studio,” he says. “Now I love the company of friends and sitters and helpers.” Collectively, the portraits represent both Imber’s impact as an artist and the lives he has touched as a friend.
“Painting Up a Storm” is also on display at the Chandler Gallery from February 20 through March 21, 2014. Imber’s paintings are also on display at the Alpha Gallery from March 1-26, 2014 with an opening reception on March 1st from 3-5pm. An exhibit at the Danforth Museum opens March 8, 2014.
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