100 years of Mystic as muse

The riverside nook the Mystic Arts Center overlooks seems indelible to those who know Mystic. This venerable organization gives off an air of elegance, history and unruffled permanence.

And while this is all true – the Mystic Arts Center turns 100 this year – its beginnings didn’t seem so auspicious.

First, the site was purchased during the Depression by a group of artists who were undeterred by the economic grimness and the industrial surroundings of the site.

The artists prevailed to erect a building that was proportional and pleasing.

When the doors opened in 1931, the artists were just finishing the last details before their first exhibit in their own gallery, and they frantically pulled plants from their own gardens, with one rolling up his entire lawn to make the grounds more aesthetic.

“The history of the people is one of great passion and vision

Article source: http://www.theday.com/article/20130108/ENT16/301089987/1044

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