The daylong spring open house at the Old Schwamb Mill will feature 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 will be showcasing this work from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visitors will enjoy 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.
From 3 to 4:30 p.m., Old Schwamb is the host for the opening reception for its second mosaic show, "Mosaics at the Mill, II," presenting an artist’s talk by Lisa Houck and a special mosaic class called "Refining your Personal Imagery/Improving your Technique," taught by Suzanne Baratta Owayda and Betsy Rodman, co-owners of Mosaic Oasis, and featured artist Houck.
The latter works in watercolor, oil on wood, ceramics, mosaics and etching. Her work has been exhibited widely, and is held in numerous public and private collections.
"Mosaics at the Mill, II" is organized and curated by Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply, The Old Schwamb Mill and Amy Marks, of Amy Marks Mosaics. She is a mosaic artist who uses texture as the key element in her work.
Admission is free, with donations welcome. For more information, visit us online at www.oldschwambmill.org.
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] oldschwambmill.org.
This announcement was published Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.