Saturday, July 24:

Opening Reception for Gallery Exhibit, 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Three Views of a Secret

The Old Schwamb Mill is pleased to present the new exhibition “Three Views of a Secret,” featuring nature-inspired paintings and sculptures from Arlington artists Gwen Chasan and Dan Cianfarini , and Lexington-based Bill Cohn. The collection showcases Gwen’s tantalizing watercolor and acrylic paintings of birds’ nests, landscapes, and botanicals, Dan’s haunting watercolors of New England and international landscapes and structures, and Bill’s other-worldly “industrial-organic” ceramic sculptures. Each artist’s interpretation of the visible world is an affirmation of life, a welcome therapy as we emerge from the global pandemic.

Arlington resident, Dan Cianfarini, is an artist who paints exclusively in watercolors, focusing on representational landscapes that often include architectural or other man-made elements to suggest human presence or the passage of time. He is also drawn to certain aspects of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, specifically its search for beauty in the natural cycle of growth and decay. Since beginning to paint about twenty years ago, he has studied painting and drawing with instructors in the greater Boston area, Maine, and Italy and has participated in several solo exhibitions as well as numerous group exhibitions. His most recent work can be seen at

Bill Cohn is a Lexington-based ceramic artist and sculptor. Working in clay, rock, and wood, his unique “Industrial/Organic” themed sculptures have been described as evoking feelings of “being in the New England woods or on a foreign planet all at the same time.” Bill’s work enriches landscapes, gardens, atria and homes. His pieces have been featured in solo, two-person, and juried group shows. Bill has been a studio owner at Artspace in Maynard MA since 2000, and his work can be seen at and on Instagram@cohnbill18.

Gwen Chasan is an Arlington artist who creates watercolor and acrylic paintings inspired by the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Her work bridges realism and expressionism as she is drawn to expressing the inner world and emotions evoked by what we see around us. Gwen loves to experiment with new materials and approaches to making marks and images. She has studied drawing and painting with artists in the Boston area, Italy and Greece. Her work has been included in solo and juried exhibitions locally and regionally. She paints in her Arlington studio and teaches workshops in Massachusetts. Her work can be seen at, and on Instagram @gwen_chasan_art.

You are invited to join us at the Opening Reception for the show on Saturday, July 24 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Live music will be presented by “Coffee to Cocktails.” The event is free, with a $5.00 suggested donation. The show will be on display in the Schwamb Mill Gallery through November 6, 2021.

The Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington will offer two drop-in programs for children ages 5 to 9 this summer. Both events will focus on crafts made with wood scraps left by the Mill’s production of hand-turned wooden frames, and will include a brief tour of the Mill itself. The program will be held rain or shine.

On Saturday, July 31from 3 to 4 pm, children may choose from two activities or may do both. These include:

Wood sculpture

Children paint and decorate wood pieces, making designs with markers. They will be able to glue pieces together to make boats, houses, free standing sculptures, or whatever they like!

Making a Necklace or Clothesline

Children make a necklace to wear or a clothesline that can be hung at home for decoration. They will have pictures of teddy bears, flowers, and fairies, which they can color and make into necklaces or hung on yarn clotheslines.

            On Saturday, August 21from 3 to 4 pm, participants may select the Wood Sculpture activity as above or choose

My Gallery Box

Children decorate a box. Program leaders will suggest themes such as nature, the Old Schwamb Mill, funny faces, and more.

These drop-in programs will be held outdoors (weather permitting) and a snack will be provided. For more information, contact the Old Schwamb Mill at telephone 781-643-0554 or via email at