Weekly Update

Hello from a sunny, but cold, Easton! Winter is settling in with an Arctic air flow, but it looks like we will miss a major storm this weekend. Not great for you skiers, but good for our open house!

Join us on Sunday, January 13th from 1-5 p.m. for our Open House. This month we will feature Eveline Johnson and her watercolors. Eveline is the artist responsible for the paintings on our popular Easton puzzle! Below is a bio provided by her that better explains her background, training, and accomplishments. If you are looking for something special, come by and talk with Eveline. Her paintings and prints make excellent gifts for someone special, someone new, or a soon-to-be graduate! As always, the coffee will be on (and a very special football game too!). Here is more on Eveline:

About the Artist

Eveline Johnson took up painting in the last few years of her career as a full-time history teacher in Easton, at Oliver Ames. She does portraits and landscapes and enjoys rustic and varied subjects, much of her work is of Easton. She works in India ink and pastels, but watercolor is her first love.

She has studied for several years with noted watercolorist Dan McCole of South Boston, and Robert Mesrop of the American Watercolor Society, and has also studied with artists Bobby Farrell of Quincy, Tony Van Hasselt of the American Watercolor Society, and Edward Kadunc of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

Eveline grew up in Easton and was a member of the OA Class of 1971. She taught at Oliver Ames High School in Easton for 30 years and continues to be involved there. In 1990, she started the school's International Travel Study program and over the past 28 years has taken hundreds of students and adults on her annual overseas trips, primarily to Europe. Her travels have also provided much inspiration for her painting.

After graduating from Oliver Ames, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Bridgewater State University.

She lives in Easton with her husband, Ken. She has three children and eight grandchildren who have provided excellent material for her art.

Her work has been recognized by the New England Water Color Society. She is a member of the South Boston Art Association and the Neponset Valley Art Association, and her work has been displayed at area art shows and fairs. She has won awards at the Marina Bay Annual Art Show in 2015 and 2017, and at the Chatham Creative Arts Center Show in 2017.

She may be reached at evelinesjohnson4176@gmail.com.

I also have an update on the photo I sent out last week. Member Robert Silva of Maryland, formerly of Easton, visited here last summer with a friend, Randy Schmitt, who is a real train expert. Bob forwarded the photo to Randy, who was able to supply the following information:

Randy states “I have done some research on Google of the Old Colony Railroad. I found a google E-book (free on-line access) that was written in 1919. The book had a list of Old Colony Locomotives. Going by the photo in your e-mail the locomotive is number 131. According to the list in the book it was built in 1885 by Taunton Locomotive Works. It is a typical "American" type engine (4-4-0 wheel arrangement), weighed 95000 lbs. and had 60" diameter drivers. By 1919 it was scrap.”

Thank you Randy and Bob for shedding some light on our photo! It seems that the crew might be posing with the new engine. The Taunton Locomotive Works was in neighboring Taunton, MA which had a number of foundries making large items such as steam engines, and cast iron stoves. We sometimes forget we have such a great iron working legacy in this area.

Wishing you warm thoughts on a chilly day,

Frank 508-238-7774

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