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Tuesday, December 30 2014

Robert Strong Woodward Calendars Still Available

Adapted from a Buckland Historical Society press release:

As 2014 draws to a close, the Buckland Historical Society would like to remind you that they still have beautiful, full color, 2015 calendars of Robert Strong Woodward's paintings for sale.  Woodward (1885-1957) was a New England artist from Buckland, MA, and sold his work to celebrities such as Jack Benny, George Burns, & Robert Frost.  The calendars, entitled "New England Heritage", are $20 and proceeds benefit the Buckland Historical Society.

These calendars are a perfect local fundraiser as Woodward was born in Northampton in 1885.  At the age of 21, Woodward suffered an accidental gunshot wound and was permanently paralyzed from the waist down.  Afterward, he settled in Buckland, MA, on his uncle's farm, and turned to painting.

In his lifetime, Woodward painted around 600 oils and 285 known chalks.  Some were purchased by notables like Gracie Allen, Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr., and actress Beulah Bondi.  Through his landscapes, barn paintings, and window pictures, Woodward documented a passing New England.  During his career, he lost 3 studios to fire.  However, his Southwick studio in Buckland remains lovingly maintained, virtually unchanged from how he left it when he died of stomach cancer in 1957. 

You see more of our local artist at:

Calendars can be purchased at:
*Andy's & The Oak Shoppe, 352 Deerfield Street in Greenfield
*Boswell's Books and Sawyer News, both on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls
*The Buckland Public Library, Upper Street in Buckland