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Hingham Public Library & North River Arts Society

Treasured Trash

New exhibit features work of watercolor artist Andrew Kusmin

HINGHAM - A collection of paintings by nationally-acclaimed watercolorist Andrew Kusmin proves that mankind's trash can be an artist's treasure.

The exhibit, now open in the Hingham Public Library's Dolphin Gallery, delivers the "capture the moment" magic so familiar in Kusmin's work, but this selection of paintings also tells a contemporary tale of our struggle to protect and preserve our planet, often reflected against his signature New England seaside and landscape settings.

An artist's reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in the Dolphin Gallery, located at 66 Leavitt St. in Hingham. The show will be open for public viewing through Feb. 28.

The North River Arts Society. Based in Marshfield Hills, is sponsoring and hosting the Treasured Trash exhibit.

"Every object tells a story, even the rubbish and refuse of our lives," Kusmin said. "Art inspires us to convey more than just the adventure of our excellence, but also the drama of our debris, the message behind our mess, and sometimes even the laughter in our litter."

Kusmin is known for his ability to create fine, almost photographic detail and rich hues in his watercolor paintings. His landscapes and still lifes often capture the human story by depicting not the people themselves but their interaction with and impact on the world around them.

Kusmin, an award-winning, Plymouth-based painter, author and teacher and longtime president of the Plymouth Guild for the Arts, was pivotal in the creation and development of the Plymouth Center for the Arts in historic downtown Plymouth and the Parish Center for the Arts on the Westford Town Green. He is a signature member of a myriad of art organizations and served for four years as president of the New England Watercolor Society.
His work has been exhibited nationwide by the the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Art Society–Houston, Salmagundi Club National, Knickerbocker Arts National and the New England Watercolor Society.

Kusmin's artistic and personal journey is the inspiration for his recent book,"Palette of Dreams," which presents more than 200 of his paintings across nine themed chapters interwoven with entertaing and insightful text that together detail and illustrate Kusmin's story, his philosophy of art and his message of support for artists and would-be artists everywhere. Reviewers note that, while the paintings are beautifully presented, this is not just a coffee table art book but a work as important to read and reread
as it is to view. "Palette of Dreams" will be available for purchase during the Jan. 14 artist's reception and throughout the duration of the exhibit.

For more information on Kusmin's art and book, visit and like Kusmin Arts on Facebook. Email or call the Kusmin Gallery at 508-746-9215 to check its current hours, arrange a visit or learn more about the classes he offers.

For more info on the Hingham Public Library, go to or call 781-741-1405.

To learn more about the North River Arts Society, visit or call 781-837-8091.

PLYMOUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY GALLERY: Joint show of the work of Andrew Kusmin and Judy Quinn, Dec. 2017 - "Oil and Water Do Mix"

PLYMOUTH CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Painter Andrew Kusmin releases 'Palette of Dreams'
Wicked Local, April 16, 2016

Artist Andrew Kusmin wins NEWS award, releases new book -
Wicked Local, March 9, 2016 (PDF)

Artist and Author Andrew Kusmin featured on PACTV's weekly news show, PCN

Programs and Presentations

Andrew has recently presented programs and held book signings for:

The New England Watercolor Society's annual meeting (Boston, MA)

The Plymouth Center for the Arts (Plymouth, MA)

Plimoth Plantation's Lunch and Learn Series (Plymouth, MA)

Duxbury Free Library (Duxbury, MA)

Womanade at The Pinehills (Plymouth, MA)

Scituate Art Association (Scituate, MA)

The Plymouth Center for Active Living (Plymouth, MA)

Oak Point Art Association (Middleborough, MA)

South Boston Arts Association (South Boston, MA)

Bates College Alumnae Reunion Lecture Series (Lewiston, ME)

Watertown Art Association (Arlington, MA)

Parish Center for the Arts (Westford, MA)

Chelmsford Art Society (Chelmsford, MA)

Cape Cod Art Association's Brown Bag Lunch Series (Barnstable, MA)

Make Your Mark Convention, sponsored by the Cape Cod Art Association (Hyannis, MA)

Falmouth Center for the Arts (Falmouth, MA)

Lexington Arts and Crafts Center (Lexington, MA)

Chatham Creative Arts Center (Chatham, MA)

Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth, MA)