Exhibits at the Museum


Light and Air:

The Art of Charles Shurcliff and George Sherwood

June to October 2017

The Ipswich Museum’s summer exhibition Light and Air, features work by two acclaimed Ipswich artists, painter Charles Shurcliff and sculptor George Sherwood. The exhibit includes a selection of Shurcliff’s distinctively loose and colorful pein aire landscapes and indoor versions of Sherwood’s striking stainless-steel kinetic sculptures. Be sure to stop by the Heard House this summer and see the Appleton Room transformed by light air. The exhibit is open during the Museum’s regular tour hours- Thursday to Saturday 10 am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm.

Charles Shurcliff

For more than fifty years, Charlie has been painting Hog Island, Crane Beach, the tidal marsh and other familiar coastal landmarks of Ipswich and Essex County. All his painting, characterized by a joyful looseness and sense of light, is done on the spot and under the sun. As a young artist he often arrived on site in a canoe or used canoes in his oils and watercolors. His later paintings are in acrylic. “What could be more modern and American than plastic?” (Charles Shurcliff)

George Sherwood

An Ipswich resident who studied engineering at the University of Vermont and art at the Hartford Art School, Sherwood’s works exhibit both subtle and obvious movement showing the “dynamic relationship of objects in motion.” The reflective quality of stainless steel furthers the integration of his sculpture to the environment.