The four watercolor paintings of Black Rock that hung in the Black Rock Branch for years are coming home after a seven-year absence, they said.
“In 1935, Bethel artist Rolston Keeler completed these works for the WPA Federal Art Project,” reads the press release. “They depict scenes of Black Rock and St. Mary’s as they appeared in a bygone era.”
All true, and yet I clearly recognize the neighborhood. Its character, and some landmarks, remain intact to this day.
The library is hosting its first annual Black Rock Block Party from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. Come, they uurge, “and welcome a part of Black Rock History home.”
I hope they will also explain the story of the paintings’ removal and reappearance.