The Woods Hole Public Library is proud to host a display of art created by students from Falmouth High School. Once again, teacher Jane Baker has shown her impressive talent for inspiring her high school students to become involved in the creative process and produce beautiful works of art, both in words and images. Coincidentally, she is teaching them to be responsible citizens, and supporters of causes they cherish.
Students in her studio art classes have created artwork inspired by their trips to four Cape Cod lighthouses. This art will be exhibited simultaneously in the Library and Nobska Lighthouse from May 20 to May 27. The exhibit at the Library will be open during all Library hours, which are Monday noon-5:30 and 7-9 PM, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 3-5:30, Wednesday 10 AM to 5:30 PM, and 7-9 in the evening, and Saturday Noon-5:30 .
Ms. Baker was awarded a grant from the Falmouth Education Foundation to fully underwrite the project which is called “To The Lighthouse.” Thanks to that grant, she was able to take her students down-Cape to visit the lighthouses at Nauset, Highland and Race Point, as well as our own Nobska. They were invited up into the lantern room of three of these structures, and toured the grounds and surroundings of all four. They sketched, photographed and took notes at all the sites.
The students further researched the 26-plus lighthouses on Cape Cod and the related topics of shipwrecks, lifesaving stations, “mooncussers” and Henry Beston. They talked with experts. They each kept a notebook where they sketched and recorded their notes.
Each student worked for several months completing a painting and a large-scale linoprint inspired by their time exploring the lighthouses. Their work shows the culmination of their research and field trips, and their efforts to see and portray the Cape Cod lighthouses with fresh eyes. They were further asked to create a piece of writing to correspond with one of their images; these will be included in the exhibit.
The pieces will be offered for sale; all proceeds will go to help the “Friends of Nobska Lighthouse” in their ongoing effort to maintain Falmouth’s own lighthouse.
There will be an exhibit reception open to the public on Tuesday, May 22, from 4 to 5:30 at the Library. There will be tours of Nobska at that time.