Hear how Mary Hiester Reid fought to be a professional artist during the 19th century when Molly Peacock discusses Flower Diary: In Which Mary Hiester Reid Paints, Travels, Marries & Opens a Door with local artist Dale Najarian.

After she married fellow artist George Reid, Mary returned with him to his home country of Canada. There she set about creating over 300 stunning still life and landscape paintings, inhabiting a rich, if sometimes difficult, marriage, coping with a younger rival, exhibiting internationally, and becoming well-reviewed. She studied in Paris, traveled in Spain, and divided her time between Canada and the United States where she lived among America’s Arts and Crafts movement titans. She left slender written records; rather, her art became her diary and Flower Diary unfolds with an artwork for each episode of her life.

If you missed the program, you may view it here.

Community Partners: Westport Arts Advisory Committee & Westport Artists Collective

Biographer and distinguished poet Molly Peacock is the author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, as well as seven volumes of poetry, including The Analyst: Poems. She is an arts activist and, with a friend, started what became a cultural institution in New York City: Poetry in Motion on the subways and buses. A former Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellow and a dual American/Canadian citizen, Molly divides her time between Toronto and New York City.

Dale Najarian is an internationally recognised artist currently exhibiting her work in the North East including New York City, and most recently in the UK. Najarian began painting in watercolor and over the years experimented with other mediums including acrylics, mixed media, and oils.  She has a passion for photography and documenting her experiences is a huge part of her creative process. Najarian received her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia and worked as an Art Director at various design firms and advertising agencies in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Najarian is an advocate and passionate about giving back. She is Events Coordinator for #UNLOADusa.org, using the arts to drive the conversation about ending gun violence. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Artists Collective of Westport and is an active member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. She served on the Executive and General Board at The Westport Arts Center 2008-2016 while volunteering as a teaching artist at Yale’s Smilow Cancer Center.

Did you know September is Classical Music Month? Explore the musical work and creative process of Arturo Toscanini through the eyes of first violinist, Samuel Antek. His daughter and co-author, Lucy Antek Johnson, will be in conversation with Mary-Lou Weisman about these two men and the powerful impact they made on her life and the world of classical music.

Johnson's new book, This Was Toscanini: The Maestro, My Father and Me, is an expanded edition of her father’s original, intimate, behind-the-scenes musical memoir about his 17 years playing under the baton of the legendary conductor, Arturo Toscanini – once considered the most famous man in the world.

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Samuel Antek's book takes us behind the scenes during hundreds of rehearsals, concerts, tours and often grueling recording sessions as though we’re actually sitting among the players. Illustrated by Robert Hupka’s iconic candid photographs of Toscanini in action, the reader is witness to Toscanini’s painstaking and often explosive process of making beautiful music.

Johnson’s newly written essays introducing her father’s original chapters highlight his own musical rise from first violinist to conductor and musical director of major American orchestras, while sharing her own reflections of what it was like to grow up with such a gifted father and the impact that Toscanini had on their family and her father’s career, creating a remarkable contemporary look into a unique era in classical music history.

Read a review of This Was Toscanini.

Lucy Antek Johnson, Samuel Antek's daughter, was born and raised in New York City. After studying music, fine art, and ballet, she was drawn to the world of television production and spent her entire career in the entertainment industry, working with such producers as Martin Charnin, Harry Belafonte, David Susskind, and Roone Arledge. When she moved to Los Angeles in 1978, she produced movies for television, then joined NBC as a network executive. She soon worked her way up to senior vice president of daytime and children's programs for CBS, a position she held for 14 years. She paints, writes, and every so often gets up the nerve to sit at the piano and play a favorite Bach or Chopin prelude.

Mary-Lou Weisman has written four memoirs (Playing House in Provence, Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); and a bestselling humor book (My Middle-aged Baby Book). As an adjunct professor, she has taught writing, both memoir and personal essay, at The New School, New York University, Manhattanville College, and at both Westport and Norwalk Continuing Education programs.

 

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