joan wolcott : waltham art windows

joanwolcott-Palm__2__Ofria_photo_12-08 These charcoal drawings of a palm plant were drawn by my loving, hilarious and very talented aunt, Joan Wolcott.


The Downtown Waltham Design Committee (of Waltham, Mass) invited Joan, along with several other local artists, to create art installations for a number of empty storefront windows in downtown Waltham, as part of the Waltham Riverfest . All the retail locations used in the Waltham Art Windows are for rent, but until they're occupied, they will have these beautiful displays for everyone to enjoy, like Joan's glorious palms, below.


Joan's statement on this window:

Palm #4 (for Waltham) began as a small charcoal drawing of a potted palm in my studio (across the street at 144 Moody Street). As I watched it grow and unfold new fronds, I was fascinated by its graceful, arching forms and rhythmic patterns. Here, the fronds reach upward and outward in all directions and past their edges like a bursting fountain of life, a visual protest in the midst of the economic downturn.

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