Sharing Private Art Collections & Cultural Landscapes
Personal collecting is story-telling through objects. The Essex Art Center’s development committee has created a new Donor Appreciation Event as a means to foster connection and collective consciousness by sharing personal and regional history among our core supporters: Donors and Board Members. This event is intended to bring us closer together as a group working in service of the Lawrence, MA-based Essex Art Center’s mission, ‘making the creation and enjoyment of art accessible to all.’
Board Member Mike Smolak hosted our inaugural event at Smolak Farms in North Andover yesterday evening. Mike opened his home to us, showing us paintings and objects he and his family have collected, and conveying the family history associated with his farm. This was a tremendous act of generosity and personal strength in sharing his personal world with us. Thank you Mike for understanding the spirit of this event and for making your enriched world of the farm, art, and your store available to us all together.