Saturday, June 2, 2012

New England's Timeless Decoration:  The Folk Art of Moses Eaton, Jr. and Rufus Porter

My next presentation will be at the Amesbury Public Library, Amesbury Massachusetts on Monday, October 22, 2012  6-8pm. 

It will be a fun and informative evening where attendees will learn about the tremendous impact the folk art of Eaton and Porter had on the lives of rural New Englanders in Federal period America.

The evening will feature a slideshow of my journeys throughout New England, where I have conducted research in homes, inns and taverns with Eaton's historic wall stenciling and Porter's signature landscape murals. The history of wall stenciling in New England, the life and times of Moses Eaton, Jr., and the genius of Rufus Porter, are all topics that will be explored. Some exciting new research regarding Rufus Porter will also be discussed.
Suzanne has been researching, studying and writing about early New England wall stenciling for over 10 years, and her research has been published in The Decorator, a publication of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. In 2005, Suzanne completed a project at North Reading's David Damon Tavern, where she stenciled the walls of the Historical Society's Welcome Center in the tradition of 19th century stenciler, Moses Eaton, Jr.