On Tuesday, May 3, 2005, The CONCORD ART ASSOCIATION presented The Preview Show, an exhibition showing the work of over 60 member artists participating in the Association’s annual fundraising auction, PAINT THE TOWN!
In addition to the artwork that was exhibited, many of the participating artists painted scenes of Concord, MA the day of the event and subsequently these painting were auctioned off that evening. The Preview Show provided auction attendees a chance to become familiar with the artists in the auction.
Since 1917, the Concord Art Association has been a center for the arts in Concord, Massachusetts. Founded by the American Impressionist painter, Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, the Association moved to the circa 1750 John Ball House purchased by Ms. Roberts in 1922. There, Daniel Chester French, renowned for the Minuteman Statue at the Old North Bridge in Concord and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was elected the first president of the Association, and a sky-lighted gallery was installed on the second floor of the colonial house at 37 Lexington Road. Under the leadership of these two Concord artists, the Association flourished in the 1920s with paintings and sculpture exhibited by prominent artists including Monet, Hassam, Cassatt, Sargent, Beaux, Benson, Dewing, Hoffman, Grafly, Davies, and Bellows.
With the perennial success of our fundraiser, Paint The Town!, the Concord Art Association continues to experience exciting growth. We look forward to the support of our members, as well as the community at large, so that we may continue to offer exhibitions and educational programs that inspire the creative spirit in all of us.