February at the Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead will feature a retrospective exhibit featuring the watercolors of the late Walter Rostron, who passed away in January. The exhibit, which will include several paintings from private collections, will be hung to coincide with Walt’s memorial service on Feb. 7, and will remain in the Gallery, located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead, throughout the month of February.
Walt Rostron, of Marblehead, was active in the UUCM, serving in many capacities as a Church leader, including as president of the Board of Trustees. Walt was educated as an engineer, and worked at General Electric Co. throughout his career. However, his wife Jean recalls, his artistic talent was discovered and encouraged while he earned an associate’s degree in industrial design in Cincinnati.
“His teacher thought he could have a career in art,” Jean Rostron recalls. “But we had three children at the time, and he said, “No way!”
Nonetheless, Walt was a true artist who experimented with several mediums, and who carried a sketchbook with him all the time, drawing faces at Town Meeting, for example, or while waiting for delayed flights. On his and Jean’s many travels throughout the USA, Walt carried his art supplies and drew or painted as often as possible. He especially liked painting en plein air, and often participated in the Marblehead Festival of Arts “Painting the Town” activity. “He liked painting in groups, with each person doing their own thing,” Jean said. “He enjoyed the conviviality.”
Walt continually strove to improve, and took classes throughout his life, including at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Jean Rostron and Stetson co-curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva thank the many members of UUCM and the wider community for loaning paintings by Walt to make this exhibit possible.
Stetson Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (1 p.m. Mondays) and during Church events at other times. The winter/spring 2015 Gallery season will continue with: March, paintings by Jane McKenna; April, watercolors by Winnie Burns; May, art by the mother and daughter duo Elaine Caliri Daly and Dianna Daly, featuring music by the Daly family; June, floral photographs by Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo. Curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva welcome inquiries from artists for the 2015-2016 gallery season at firstname.lastname@example.org.