Arlene Black Mollo of Falmouth, a visual artist, educator and professional watercolorist, died November 23. She was 72.

She was the wife of Peter J. Mollo, to whom she was married for 50 years.

Dr. Mollo was a professor emerita at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts, where she had been chairman of the department of art education and taught watercolor painting in the graduate and undergraduate programs.

In recent years she had led workshops on watercolor composition at Falmouth Art Center. She had also been an art teacher for students of all grades in the Canton and Medfield public schools for more than 15 years, taught studio art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and served as a docent at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Born in Lynn, she was one of eight children and the daughter of Peter F. and Arlene Marie (Kelly) Black. She was raised in Norwood and graduated from Norwood High School with the Class of 1965; she also traveled as an American Field Service exchange student to the Philippines.

After high school, she attended Emmanuel College in Boston, earning a bachelor of arts degree with distinction in fine art. She also studied at St. Hilda’s College in Oxford, England. She would go on to earn her graduate degree in art education from Massachusetts College of Art and her doctorate in law, policy and society with a concentration in the arts from Northeastern University.

She created many landscapes and images on location in England, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy and throughout the United States—especially Cape Cod, Florida and California. Her artwork has been represented by the SouthCoast Artists Guild at ArtWorks! in New Bedford and at Gallery One in Petaluma, California.

She was an award-winning member of the New England Watercolor Society and received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for “Maritime America in the Age of Winslow Homer.” In Falmouth she wrote grants for public arts and helped design landscape architecture and in Norwood was a co-founder of that town's art association.

She received many commissions to design stained glass and liturgical banners for churches and worship spaces in and around New England, including at the United States Coast Guard Academy Chapel in New London, Connecticut, St. Anthony Church in Lowell, the Pilgrim Center Chapel in Braintree, St. Thomas More Church in Braintree and St. Timothy in Norwood.

Her works were featured in several juried shows at the Zullo Gallery in Medfield; as well as at Cotuit Center for the Arts and the North Shore Artists Association in Gloucester.

Among the paintings that she had shown in galleries on the Cape and beyond were watercolors and pastels relative to her long-term exploration, "A Journey on Iona," based on her stays on the island.

Her work was also exhibited in East Coast galleries including Gallery 244 at UMass Dartmouth, The Margaret Fergusen Gallery of Wellesley College, Woods Gerry Gallery at Rhode Island School of Design, Federal Reserve Gallery in Boston, AAMARP Gallery of Northeastern University, Hobbs Brook Gallery in Waltham, Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College and Harvard Neighbors Gallery of Harvard University.

She and her husband loved the outdoors and together especially enjoyed walking in Woods Hole, visiting the ocean and exploring nature. 

She also played the piano and was fond of reading, gardening and visiting museums.

In addition to her husband, she leaves two daughters, Jane E. Singh and her husband, Prem J. Singh, of Westwood and Sarah Zengo and her husband, Christopher Zengo, of Medfield; four grandchildren, Julian and Catie Singh and Jack and Molly Zengo; five siblings, Paula Kelter of Maryland, David Black of Bedford, Steven Black of Stoughton, Richard Black of Sandwich and Laura Dyer of New Jersey; and a large extended family.

She was preceded in death by a brother and sister, Peter F. Black Jr. and Martha McCann.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, November 26, from 4 to 8 PM at Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street in Norwood.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, November 27, at 10:30 AM at St. Timothy Church, 650 Nichols Street in Norwood.

Interment will follow in Highland Cemetery, Norwood.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.