October 2, 1923 - December 13, 2019

John Cornacchio, formerly of Duxbury, passed away on December 13, 2019 at the age of 96. Born in Brooklyn, NY, John graduated from Erasmus High School and obtained a degree from Pratt Institute of Art, Manhattan, NY. He went on to become an accomplished commercial artist and art director, designing greeting cards for varied companies, including Rust Craft of Dedham, working with Disney licensee designs and in more recent years creating original bird art for EPVA/PVA who still publish his work, plus he and his family often receive questions on them. John was also a fine artist working in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and charcoal who was most inspired by the complex patterns in nature. In the 1960’s, he was a founder and Director of the Westwood Gallery, Westwood, MA, working with local and nationally known artists such as Otis and Margaret Philbrick, founders of the Boston aka New England Printmakers. He was active in many art associations throughout the Boston area, most recently the Scituate Arts Association where he participated in their portrait group, served as a Director of the SAA’s Front Street Gallery for over 10 years and as an SAA Board and Gallery member for 20 years. He was also active on the board of the Helen Bumpus Gallery in Duxbury.

For many years, while living in Westwood, he was an active member of the Islington Community Church, where he served as Moderator, Chairman of the Diaconate, a member of numerous committees and was a co-leader of the youth fellowship. He also worked closely with the architects during the Sanctuary rebuild and was responsible for the design of the Sanctuary area which featured three arches with a central suspended cross, as well as that of the pulpit, baptismal and altar.

John’s accomplishments were many and varied. He served in the Army during World War II, where he fought in Germany with the 237th Engineer Combat Battalion of the 182nd Infantry Division, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal “for heroic achievement in connection with military operations” during the Battle of the Bulge.

Most of all, John was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. John is the son of the late Rocco Cornacchio of Italy and the late Rosemary Blasi Cornacchio. He was the devoted husband of the late Miriam Hess Cornacchio (1923 to 1979) and the proud father of Janet Cornacchio and Husband, Richard Hom, of Scituate, and Gina Leahy and Robert Barrow of Cohasset; and cherished Grandfather, fondly known as “Bumpa,” of Gregory Francis Hom and Wife, Karen O’Brien, of Connecticut; and John James Leahy, Alexandra RoseMiri Leahy, and Ryan Edward Leahy, all of Cohasset; and Great Grandfather of Tegan Amelia Hom and Keely Hom, daughters of Greg and Karen. John was also the loving husband of the late Marjorie Goldsmith Cornacchio, and step-father to Robert Goldsmith and the late Susan Heymsfeld and Husband Joel Heymsfeld; step-grandfather to Margaret Heymsfeld Johnson and Husband Christopher Johnson of NJ; and step great grandfather to Ellie Johnson. John was also the dedicated brother of the late Alfonso Cornacchio, twin brother of the late Francis John Cornacchio, and is survived by his two “kid brothers” Robert Cornacchio and Anthony Cornacchio.

The family is planning a celebration of John’s life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Scituate Arts Association, P.O. Box 214, Scituate, MA 02066.

2019 Juried Show Winners

Photo shown, Best-In-Show, Michelle Clark with "Sonata"

Michelle Clarke won Best in Show with her acrylic abstract “Sonata,” of which the jurors’ said, “Fascinating abstraction with enough structure to explore and keep interest; colors complement; variety of space both negative & postive.” The remaining Oil/Acrylic award winners were First, which was awarded to Janet E Landry-Borden for “Chaska.” Robert Beaulieu was recognized with a Second for “Holly Hill Farm Barn” and Karen Ross who placed Third with “Breaking Light.”

In the category of Pastel, Eileen Casey merited a First for her work “Just Being Koi,” with Donna Rossetti-Bailey’s painting “Around the Bend” receiving a Second. Chana Snyder’s “Timeless” was given a Third.

Maureen K Brookfield’s shimmering watercolor “City Slickers” won a First in her media. “Sardine Factory” by Stephen Holland was awarded a Second and Bruce W. Nickerson’s “Waiting for Spring” was Third. Virgina Wilson received an Honorable Mention for her brilliantly colored watercolor “Seaside Village.”

In Photography, Kathleen Mullins Mogayzel captured First with a captivating image of Boston in “Reflections of Boston.” Bart Blumberg’s “Venetian Alley” was recognized with a Second and Peggy Roth Major’s “Minot Sunrise” received a Third.

In Drawing, Graphics & Printmaking, Candace Clark’s yupo done with ink and alcohol of “Bloom Bonanza” captured a First with it’s blend of realism and abstraction and intense color. Julia Madden’s graphic work, “Helplessness” was awarded a Second while Amanda Davis’ whimsical illustration “Moonchild” received a Third.

This year, there were sufficient Mixed Media for separate awards. Edward Mikenas’ entertaining abstract, “Whimsical Blues,” was First. Kathleen Mullins Mogayzel’s once again caught the Juror’s eyes with a nest-based work “Rustic-Roost” and was recognized with a Second. And Judy Rossman’s sculpture “Lost Summer” received a First.

March 1, 1939 - January 2019

We remember and mourn the lost of long-time SAA supporter, Don Burris

The Ellis House has been a central focus of much of what the SAA Board has done and accomplished over the decades. It has been and remains both the SAA headquarters and major instruction space and the central focus of a multitude of our planning needs and activities. It provides studio spaces for artists and a caretaker’s apartment, together these revenue streams help fund maintenance and other Ellis expenses and provide one income stream for the SAA’s other activities.

The one person that has always been reliable and a great backer of the Ellis Housse, has been Don Burris He has responsible for repairing, and over seeing, many and most of the Ellis House updates. From replacing rotted window frames, beams, quoins (or as Don called them ‘Chiclets’); painted about half of the house inside and out); restored the dining room entry door for use; and repaired wainscoting including matching stain and varnishing. Don has installed lighting, reset toilets, and lots of similarly unglamorous tasks. Don helped with fixing the tower windows and built a solid ladder to allow safe access to the upper level. He has built traditional wood storm windows for the bays and installed triple tracks on other windows. He’s met with electricians and restoration carpenters and plasterers. He’s replaced locks, and on occasion locked out studio artists who were delinquent in paying their user fees. Aman of many talents.

Recently Don did a thorough remodel on our caretaker’s apartment, updating a 1970’s bath and kitchen. In the basement, Don dug trenches to guide water that leaks in through the rubble foundation and installed sump pumps. By now, it should be obvious that Don has played an important role in the restoration of the Ellis and in the SAA’s management of the Ellis. The SAA does modestly compensate members who do extensive skilled carpentry work and the like. We can also always use folks who can do lots of small repairs or are willing to help with restoring the Ellis grounds.

Of course as much as the SAA has done work on its own, it was not until the Community Preservation Act was passed that it was possible for some of the major issues at the Ellis could be addressed. Mass Cultural Council Facilities Funding & the CPC combined meant that drainage issues, a rapidly aging roof & accessibility were all addressed. This summer, Buttonwoods Renovation erected scaffolding on the Ellis front porch and around elsewhere on the house to complete the soffit and gutter work that went beyond the scope of the roofing work. Don has always been present overseeing progress and offering advice, expertise and labor. In the future for jobs like these, the SAA will continue to pursue fundraising and finding grants, but the expertise goes beyond the abilities & tools of the current board members-- the Ellis is not a simple Cape, it is a complex Gothic Revival Romanesque Victorian summer home. Don understood and embraced the dream bringing the Ellis’ back and the fact that I came onto the board with experience in working with a historic house (the Forbes House in Milton) and could envision the Ellis as it should be, was a dream we share.

Thanks to Don, much has been done. Don will be sorely missed for all of the many ways described above. And I will deeply miss him. - Jannet Cornacchio, president SAA

2019 House Tour:
A Job Well Done By All!

Scituate Arts Association Celebrates A Tour Well Done! Scituate Arts Associations celebrated its seventh successful Holiday House Tour! Held biennially, the first tour was in 2006.   As anyone who has ever organized a house tour knows, they involve home owners and volunteers who help with decorating, publicity, staffing and oh-so-much more. Lots of working parts! As these photos indicate, the ‎holiday house tour provides a great opportunity to jump-start the holidays with homes decked out for the season. This year’s tour had five homes which were in large part antiques and, of course, the SAA’s Ellis House.

The following homes were involved: a Dutch Colonial built in the early 1900’s by Murray Trefry and well loved by the 4 families who’ve live there (including the Stewart family, childhood home of Scituate’s current Chief of Police); a classic Center Entry Cape, the John Hayden house, one of the early homes in Scituate, which has been tastefully updated while respecting its origins; in Minot, a traditional Shingle-Style home built by Herbert K. Sparrell, one of the developers of Minot, and now, reimagined for the 21st Century; a 1960’s California-Style Embankment Ranch in the Bulrush Farms area with wonderful views of the marsh and ocean peaks including waves cresting over the homes on Surfside during storms; and finally, a Modular Ranch designed by its owners to display their collections and for ease as they age. Each home reflected the unique tastes and interests of their owners. And last, the tour ended at the Ellis House, the SAA’s Victorian High Gothic Manse with Romanesque details. Of course, all of the homes featured art from our Front Street Gallery Artists.

The final stop on our Holiday House Tour was the Ellis House, standing proudly with a new roof, historic colors on all four sides and a drainage system in front to wick water away from its fieldstone basement walls. The Ellis is the site of the Charles Mahoney Studios and the Scituate Arts Association’s classes and workshops.

Many thanks to the local Scituate and South Shore businesses whose donations were raffled and feasted upon at the reception following the Tour. And thanks to the funding from our Community Preservation Commission who along with the MCCFF has supported our ongoing restoration efforts. One and all were able to close the day’s events in festive and elegant environs.

The Scituate Arts Association would like to thank the homeowners who have made this tour possible by graciously opening their homes, Ray Des Roches & Alma Morrison; Danielle & Luke Driscoll; Barbara & Walter Heyde; Sheri & James Nidositko; and Shelley & Bill Signorelli, and the many volunteers who contributed their time and services. We thank our contributors, sponsors, patrons and advertisers for their support. Specific mention must be made of our Tour Sponsors: Frame Center of Hanover, Image Resolutions and Kukstis Woodcarving and our Business Sponsors—Coastal Heritage Bank, Harbour Insurance and the Inn at Scituate Harbor, as well as Business Patron-Janet Cornacchio, Realtor at Jack Conway. And mention should be made of the SAA Board Members and volunteers all of whom deserve credit for their hard work: Committee Members-Candy Clarke, Thresa Dewar, Robin Glazier, Desi Maheras, Belaine McCabe and Kathy Mogayzel; Advertising Coordinators-Janet Cornacchio, Thresa Dewar, Desi Maheras, & Belaine McCabe; Painting Coordinators at the Tour Houses-Maureen Brookfield, Candy Clark, Kathy Mogayzel, Paul Mogan & Dorothy Pentheny; and the Volunteers at the Tour Houses & Ellis— Nancy Amado, Joyce Bacci, Linda Bornstein, Lisa Brennan, Don Burris, Candy Clarke, Ray Des Roches, Thresa & Mark Dewar, Carla Getto, Robin Glazier, Peg Haldoupis, Teri Hensick, John Hietala, Richard Hom, Helen Jablonski, Lainey Laing, Kay & Mark Leahy, Mary Beth LoPiccolo, Mary Ann Longergan, Mark and Belaine McCabe, Marla Minier, Paul Mogan, Brad Mogan, Kay O’Neil, Linda Osborne, Mary Ann Palleiko, Maura Prouty, and Marie Wilkes. The Ellis reception was delightful, in part due to the music provide by Driftway Jazz. And finally, grateful thanks go to Bob Beaulieu who photographed the Tour Houses, and formatted the Tour Booklet which was copy written by Janet Cornacchio and edited by Robin Glazier. We couldn’t do it without you, Bob!

Scituate Arts Association Announces
2018 People's Chice Award
Mary LoPioccolo

The “People’s Choice Award” winner for this year’s SAA’s Arts Alive! Weekend “Wet Paint Show” was announced on Sunday, June 24th. Congratulations go to Mary LoPiccolo for her work “Scituate Light.” It was selected as the winner of that show by popular vote. As any plein air artist has experienced, the constant change of light, wind, and other objects in one’s subject demands rapid capture of those elements. LoPiccolo’s work was painted at Lighthouse Point from the parking lot looking to the backside of the building. LoPiccolo is a frequent participant in the SAA’s Plein Air Event, an SAA teacher & Front Street Gallery artist for many years. Artists from as far as Quincy & Ohio came down to the Harbor to participate over the weekend. Their works were displayed in a “Wet Paint Show” along with our New Members Show—Bart Blumberg & David Macaulay.

Congratulations and thanks to all those who took part. Once again the weather played its important role in this event. Saturday was sunny but a steady breeze kept temperatures down so that plein air painters could be found at Scituate’s Museum Beach, at the Fish Pier and at Lighthouse Point. Thanks to all who helped us keep “Arts Alive!” in Scituate and throughout the South Shore.

Scituate’s Harbour Insurance Agency and our Arts Alive! Weekend by Image Resolutions. Please remember to thank them.

Scituate Arts Association Congratulates
2018 Scituate High School Scholarship Winner
Ava Huggins

Situate Arts Association has once again selected a future art student to honor with its scholarship for future art students. Congratulations go to Ava Huggins, the Association’s 2018 Scituate High School Scholarship Award winners. Ava, a 2018 National Honor Society graduate of Scituate High School, plans to focus on the arts at Leslie, focusing on graphic and communications design. Ava cites her teachers at SHS, Ms. Hickey, Hendrickson and Pace and her aunt who is a teacher of elementary art and an author of children’s literature. Scituate Arts is proud to be able to help further Ava’s artistic .

May 2016 — Congratualations to the Scituate High School Show People's Choice Award

If you didn’t stop into the Front Street Art Gallery this February (and many of you did), you missed the opportunity to see the creative outpouring of a score of Scituate’s High School students displayed in their “Expressions: Scituate High School Show.”

One feature of this annual event is the chance to vote for “The People’s Choice Award.” This year, the Scituate Arts Association proudly announces not one, but two winners, as there was a tie. So the winners of the Scituate High School Student Art Show are a pencil and charcoal portrait of “Julia” by Anna Maguire and a collaborate painting depicting the plight of the “Polar Bear.” The students who jointly created this dynamic work are Abby Murray, Halle Dowling, Janhvi Trehan, Meg Karol, Charlotte Falvey, Amanda Shea, Gill Horan, Kelly Pitten, Will Montgomery, Zachary Adams, Thomas Bouchie, Maggie Paul, Emeline Berry, Abby Sheehan and Thomas McBrien. This group of talented young artists represents all four grades. Anna Maguire is a Senior who clearly plans a career and a life devoted to the arts as she has applied to RISD, The Art Institute of Chicago, Pratt, SMFA Boston and Mass Art. One of her instructor’s, Julie Hickey, said of her, “She is one of the most talented and dedicated art students I have worked with in my career and it has been an honor and pleasure watching her grow and develop.” Anna had two other works in the show which garnered choice award votes as well, but her portrait shows a maturity and skill which belies her youth. Congratulations to both/all the winners!

The student art exhibit provides an opportunity for aspiring young artists to display their works in a professional gallery setting.  Students choose their pieces, prepare to show them and finally, setup and/or hang their works guided by Gallery artists and their high school instructors, Stacy Hendrickson, Julie Hickey and Sheryl Pace with the support of art department chair, Jim Thomas. Thanks as well to the members of the Front Street Art Gallery who assisted with the hanging of the show-Candy Clark, Janet Cornacchio and Linda Pedersen and SAA Board member, Robin Glazier, who assisted at the Family Reception (alas First Friday succumbed to a snow storm). A good time was had by all, some great young artists had the experience of showing in a commercial space and we look forward to their next visit!

April 2016 — Scituate Arts Asssociation Congratulates
the 2016 Best-in-Show to Eileen Casey
for her pastel, "New England Peak"

April 2016 — Scituate Arts Asssociation Congratulates the Award Winners for the 2016 Annual Juried Show

The Scituate Arts Association offers congratulations to the twenty-four award winners at the SAA’s Annual Juried Show. On one of the warmest evenings to date, the show’s winners and friends and other admirers attended the Show’s Awards Reception on Friday, April 22nd at the SAA's Front Street Art Gallery. Prizes totaling $1000 were given out, made possible by the event’s four business supporters: Business Patrons-Janet Cornacchio, Jack Conway, Scituate and Business Sponsors-- Coastal Heritage Bank, Frame Center of Hanover and the Inn at Scituate Harbor.

The accepted works and award winners were chosen by jurors: Nancy Collela who paints with oils intuitively, usually finishing in one session; Becky Haletky, the SAA’s 2015 Best in Show Winner, has been painting in watercolor for 35 years, plus she is a published illustrator and Vcevy Strekalovsky, a third-generation painter of Russian heritage, draws and paints in oil and watercolor primarily from life.

Eileen Casey won Best in Show with her evocative pastel of a “New England Peak” on a foggy afternoon. The remaining Pastelists who received awards were First, which was awarded to Christine Bodnar for “Driftway Romance.” Janet Tooker was recognized with a Second for “Satuit Sunset” and Donna Rossetti-Bailey who placed Third with “River Memory”

In the category of Oil and Acrylic, Christina Eckerson merited a First for her work “Ocean Light,” with Joanne Papandrea’s painting “White Bowl andJar” receiving a Second. Brenda Bechtel’s “Red Lily Pond: Turtle Soup was given a Third. Boczanowski’s rendering of “Scituate Shores,” Erin Donnellan’s “Bliss,” Linda T Osborne’s “Oxalis in the North Window” and Susan Page-Thompson’s “Season’s” were recognized with Honorable Mentions.

Ted Nystrom’s dramatic work “Scituate Sunset” won a First in Watercolor. “Diamond in the Rough” by Burton Longenbach was awarded a Second and Stephen Holland’s Blue Boat at Saquish was Third . Bruce W. Nickerson received an Honorable Mention for his striking “Gail’s Paradise.”

In Photography, Ronald Wilson captured a fascinating image of “Well Rock, Minot Beach” to win a First. Stephanie Steward’s “Elephant Eye” was recognized with a Second and Erin O’Donnell’s “Under Powder Point” received a Third.

In Drawing, Graphics, Mixed Media and Printmaking, the warm “Grey Glow” of Ann Conte’s work captured a First. Kathleen Mullins Mogayzel’s fascinating “Great Egret” (shown above left) won a Second and Donna Goes’ whimsical “Matilida” placed Third, with Honorable Mention going to Marie Wilkes for her drawing of “Waiting at South Station No 1.” The Judges decided to recognize our Youth entries with Honorable Mentions: Evan Flaherty and Callie Herschfield.

The almost 70 works of these South Shore artists and beyond-from the Bridgewaters to West Barnstable and whose ages ranged from high school to 92--are on display from Wednesday, April 13th through Sunday, May 1st at the SAA’s Front Street Art Gallery, 124 Front Street, Scituate. A wide range of styles from realistic to abstract and media from oil to assemblage are represented.