On Saturday, October 29 the new exhibit "A Brush with History: Paintings by Sidney King from the Collection of Herbert R. Collins" opened at the museum. Many Essex County residents have fond memories of Mr. King, who taught painting and produced murals and painting of varied subjects from portraits to still life.
Pictured here with board members Joe Johnston (center) and Lloyd Huckstep (right), Herb Collins shares the history of his fifteen Sidney King original paintings. Thirty people braved the bad weather to visit the exhibit on its opening day.
Pictured below, Herb Collins shares the story of "The Ice House." The exhibit opening coincided with the holiday shopping gift shop open house. "Maybe Christmas decorations are out a little early, but there are so many new and unique items in the shop that we just couldn't wait," said Priscilla Vaughan, Gift Shop Manager. "We have 'near' local honey in quarts, pints and half pints along with honey dippers. We also have Gloucester peanuts, local art on recycled wood, local artist selections of note cards, some unique Christmas gift cards and hand cut paper boxes. Everything will be on sale until January 1, 2012. The sale includes 25% savings on historic toys and 15% off painted glassware and pottery. I have also loaded our shopping season 50% off table with some great finds and will constantly be putting new items on the table as space allows.
Shoppers who are also members of the museum can receive an additional 10% off everything except the items on the 50% savings table. The museum accepts credit cards and gift certificates are available.