Published: April 13, 2004
Childs Gallery’s current exhibition of paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints by Anne Lyman Powers is filled with the images of runners she has observed in the Boston Marathon.
The show will coincide with this year’s 108th Boston Marathon on April 19, and be on view through May 8. In addition, her love of sports is shown in paintings and prints of the Boston Celtics, oarsmen, canoe paddlers and whitewater rafters.
Powers was born and raised in Boston, and was educated at the Winsor School and then received a degree in English at Vassar College. While at Vassar, she studied sculpture and history of art and also took a summer course in sculpture at Columbia University. After World War II, she studied drawing, painting and graphics at the Boston Museum School. During her last year (1948) at the Boston Museum School, she was one of three students selected to help instruct a painting class. In 1949, she was given the opportunity to instruct at Wellesley College and simultaneously taught privately.
Powers’ work has been exhibited at the Boris Mirski Gallery, Boston; The Main Street Gallery, Nantucket; The Galleries LTD, Wellesley; J. Todd Galleries, Wellesley; and, The Downtown Gallery, New York City. She has also exhibited at such museums, among many others, as the Duxbury Art Complex and Museum; the Huntsville Museum, Alabama; The Rose Museum, Brandeis University; and the Museum of Modern Art, Boston, where she was Artist of the Month in July of 1948. Her work is in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.
This exhibition features Powers’ interest in the athlete – from the professional, such as former Celtics players Larry Bird and Dave Cowens, to the weekend sailor, jogger, marathon runner, bicyclist and sculler. The marathon has been a pervasive subject in Powers’ works, possibly influenced by the annual passage of the runners through Wellesley, just blocks away from the artist’s home. She has depicted runners in many different mediums from etching and lithography to watercolor.
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