FAC Vase of Flowers (002)

“Vase of Flowers,” a still life by the late Charlotte Lockwood, is on view at the Falmouth Art Center.

The Falmouth Art Center is presenting a memorial exhibit to artist Charlotte Lockwood, a Boston artist and teacher, who died in 2010 at the age of 94.

The public is invited to view the show, on display until August 18.

A native of New England, Ms. Lockwood’s interest in art began during World War II when she trained in art therapy in order to teach paraplegics. She studied under artists both in Rockport, Massachusetts, and in the Boston area, as well as studying art history at Wellesley College. A lifelong learner, Ms. Lockwood never stopped exploring the connection between the sciences and art, both of which were her passions, according to her daughter, Janet Kawada of Brookline.

Ms. Lockwood taught art through the Golub-Lockwood Studio in Newton and at her own studio for over 40 years.

Arlene Hecht of North Falmouth was a student of Ms. Lockwood in Newton. Ms. Hecht said Ms. Lockwood had hundreds of loyal students who remained in her classes for many years. “She explained that the first mark on the canvas is not just the beginning but a building vehicle for an exciting journey. She relieved the stress and challenge of the blank slate. She enriched the lives of so many and some went on to become professional artists themselves,” said Ms. Hecht.

Charlotte Lockwood was a member of the Newton Art Association and an associate member of the Rockport Art Association. She was an art historian, teacher, lecturer and painter. Her style, creative realism, was described by Ms. Hecht as modern and free in its approach.

“She was inventive in her choice of subjects and in her use of different mediums including watercolors, oil, casein and pastel. She explored printmaking and hand-papermaking in her work and was always interested in pushing herself to create from within,” she said.

Ms. Lockwood’s work has been exhibited at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem; Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Thieme Gallery in Florida; Kingston Gallery in Boston and the Naoussa Gallery in the Berkshires, as well as in London and Brazil. It can be found in private and public collections throughout the world.

In the 1980s, Ms. Lockwood began an in-depth study of duck decoys. This influenced her to become one of the few women artists in the state who painted decoys and competed in the Duck Stamp Competition of Massachusetts. From this experience, along with her life-long love of water, natural beauty and the earth, she co-wrote and illustrated a children’s book, “Jamie and the Ducks of August,” with Helene Tischler. Self-published, Ms. Lockwood went on to promote this book to schools and libraries as a tale of generational relationships and wildlife conservation. The book is available for sale at the center as part of the exhibit.

Admission to the center is free and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM; Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM; and Sunday 1 to 4 PM.

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