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Art Talk Series with Jane Oneail

Sponsored by the

Friends of the Maynard Public Library

Faith Ringgold: Quilts, Paintings and Politics

Monday, February 28, 2022

7:00 pm via Zoom

Register for this Zoom event here.


In celebration of Black History Month

Faith Ringgold is celebrated for an artistic career exploring race in the American experience. This program will cover the breadth of her creative
output, including paintings, sculpture, performance art and her beloved story quilts.

Sponsored by the Randall Library Friends Association and the Friends of the Maynard Library

The Wyeths: An American Artistic Dynasty

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

7:00 pm via Zoom

Watch the recording of this talk here.


The Wyeth family of artists is known for their somber realism and subtle storytelling. This program will explore the style of painting and illustration established by N.C. Wyeth in the early 1900s and passed on and re-interpreted by his children, primarily
Andrew Wyeth, and his grandson Jamie Wyeth. Learn more about their favorite subjects, their influences and their enduring impact in the art world.

Bending Towards Justice: African Americans as

Subject and Creators in American Art

In celebration of Black History Month

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

7:00 pm via Zoom

You can view the recording of this event here.


Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” This program examines that arc as it relates to African American history enshrined in American Art. From colonial era portraits to 19th-century and Jim Crow-era prints to 1960s Civil Rights photography, this program will provide a visual overview of African American oppression, struggle and progress towards equality.

Norman Rockwell:

Inclusion, Exclusion and Evolving

Views on Race

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

7:00 pm via Zoom

You can watch the recording of this event here.


Norman Rockwell is heralded for depicting and defining American life. He often captured bittersweet images of people experiencing universal and relatable feelings of being left out or left behind. Yet, as an artist working in the 20th century, his works are curiously devoid of America’s rich cultural and racial diversity. Toward the end of his career, Rockwell painted several poignant works about race in America that can be seen as an extension of his earlier sense of the power of inclusion and exclusion.

Parisian Cafes and Impressionist Painting


Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at 7 PM

You can watch the recording of this event here.

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Impressionist artists are celebrated for their beautiful depictions of nature, but they also frequented the cafes, bars and nightclubs of Paris and captured modern life in their works. This program will explore images by Monet, Renoir, Degas and others and consider how the hub of activity in Parisian cafes inspired some of the world’s most famous artists.

Edward Hopper: Sunlight and Solitude


Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 7 PM

You can watch the recording of this event here.


Whether it is a bustling city or a Cape Cod beach, Edward Hopper’s iconic paintings capture a feeling of stillness and quiet tension. Learn more about Hopper’s career, early influences and how his work relates to the work of other artists from the same generation.

John Singer Sargent: Master with a Brush


Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 7 PM

You can watch the recording of this event here.


John Singer Sargent, a masterful nineteenth-century artist, is celebrated for his Grand Manner portraiture of the European and American elite.  This program will explore his most beloved as well as rarely seen images, including portraits, forays into Impressionism and stunning watercolors.

Away in a Manger: The Nativity in Art from the Renaissance to Modern Day

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

You can watch the recording of this event here.


Celebrate the season with a program that explores the artistic interpretations of the story of Jesus’ birth. For centuries artists have imagined and reinterpreted the

central characters in the story of the nativity. Compare and contrast works and see how important iconography has been utilized and adapted over the years.

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Jane Oneail curates and delivers art programs to audiences throughout New England. Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. She has taught Art History at the college level for a decade and has worked at several New England museums including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Currier Museum of Art.