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David Graf at work.Hand-hewn history, music, mosaics

The daylong spring open house at the Old Schwamb Mill featured a demonstration of the mill’s operation as the country's only manufacturer of hand-turned, museum-quality oval frames, offered by OSM's professional artisan and wood turner David Graf, at right, who works with the mill’s original 19th-century lathes. He showcased this work from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors enjoyed a musical performance by the Creek River String Band, below, from 2 to 3 p.m. This six-piece acoustic group features guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion and bass with three voices to deliver an energetic and eclectic mix of bluegrass, country, folk, old-time, Tex-Mex, Celtic, blues and rock.

'Mosaics at the Mill'

Mosaic Oasis, Boston’s only artist-owned mosaic studio and supply company, includes the work of 40 regional mosaic artists chosen for a juried exhibition, "Mosaics at the Mill."

The reception was from 3 to 5 p.m. The show, curated by Suzanne Owayda and Betsy Rodman of Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply and Amy Marks of Amy Marks Mosaics, features the select work of New England mosaic artists and emerging artists who have demonstrated a high level of technical mosaic technique and artistic expression.

Show hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through June 6. The show’s featured mosaic artist, Lisa Houck, will present a short lecture at 3:30 p.m. at the reception titled "Experiences in Designing Public Art Projects."

In conjunction with the exhibition, Mosaic Oasis is conducting a workshop featuring Houck titled "Refining Your Personal Imagery/Improving Your Technique" at Mosaic Oasis the weekend of April 10-12. This course provides an in-depth experience with mosaic design and fabrication using traditional Mexican glass smalti.

Admission to the Old Schwamb open house is free, with donations welcome. For more information, visit us online at

The Old Schwamb Mill, in Arlington, is the oldest continuously operating mill site in the United States. The mill produces and sells museum-quality, hand-turned wooden oval and circular frames, created much as they were in 1864.

Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, the mill-museum is operated by a nonprofit and educational trust that maintains the mill’s traditions.

The Old Schwamb Mill, open to visitors every Tuesday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers a variety of educational and public programs throughout the year.

In addition, the Old Schwamb Mill’s 18th-century barn is the showroom and retail store of Shaker Workshops, makers of fine Shaker furniture and accessories; it is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, please call Ed Gordon, director of museum programs, at 781-643-0554 or e-mail info [at]

This announcement was published Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, and updated March 9.

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