Throughout his 42 year career at Oliver Brothers, Mr. Tysver has restored paintings by such Cape Ann artists as , Fitz Henry Lane, D.Jerome Elwell, Childe Hassam, J. H. Twachtman, A. T. Hibbard, Frederick Mulhaupt, W. Lester Stevens, Emile Gruppe, Anthony Thieme, Gordon Grant, and Oscar Andersen.
“The Gloucester Committee for the Arts is pleased to have played a role in saving this mural! The WPA murals are an important part of Gloucester’s great history and heritage. We thank NOAA for making this restoration a reality and for helping the City and the Committee for the Arts in their ongoing efforts to preserve these wonderful works of art for future generations. The Committee also acknowledges the support of Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Christine Pantano, and City Attorney, Suzanne Egan, in helping us fulfill this goal,” said Judith Hoglander, chairperson, Gloucester Committee for the Arts.
The 1930s in Gloucester were a lively time for the arts. Important American artists had been coming to the city regularly since about the 1880s, after Fitz Henry Lane had make his mark and drawn Winslow Homer, William Morris Hunt and others who planted the seeds of a flourishing art colony. By the 1930s, artists of the stature of John Sloan, Stuart Davis, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, and Edward Hopper had spent a great deal of time in the community too. For about 100 years, this was one of the most important places in this country for the development of American art.
Oscar Anderson, originally from Gotland, Sweden, settled in Gloucester in 1908 and opened a gallery on Rocky Neck. He was the first vice president of the Gloucester Society of Artists when it formed in 1922, and then was president for many years. Anderson’s WPA murals were in the Hovey and Central Grammar Schools, both now made into housing. His style is the least classical of the Gloucester muralists, softer and more ethereal, and his subject matter less idealized.
Restoration efforts over the past eight months have included stabilizing the work for safe transfer to the restoration site, cleaning, removing the wrinkles and buckling, adhering a new linen canvas to the piece and repairing areas of the painting which had undergone the most significant deterioration.
Gloucester Committee for the Arts mission is to further the City’s deep cultural heritage and promote its contemporary arts by: maintaining Gloucester’s WPA murals and other City-owned art; developing and promoting educational programs; establishing awards and honors that recognize local artists, including the position of Gloucester Poet Laureate; implementing a City-wide public art policy and commissioning process; developing mutually beneficial arts partnerships; encouraging the creation and promotion of arts projects created in and/or about Gloucester; advising City officials of the value of a diverse, cultural life for all citizens; and encouraging arts programs within the public schools.NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation’s living marine resources and their habitat through scientific research, management and enforcement. NOAA Fisheries Service provides effective stewardship of these resources for the benefit of the nation, supporting coastal communities that depend upon them, and helping to provide safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational opportunities for the American public.
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