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Gravestone Art and Symbolism

on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 10:57am

Early New England burial grounds were the first public art galleries in the New World. Even today, many of these tranquil sites display the remarkable artistic, cultural and religious changes of this region. Old gravestones or markers often explained how entire families lived and died. 

Wise Owl Productions brings us a program that covers the progression and interpretation of early symbolism or iconography, from family burial plots, to the elaborate “rural” and lawn park cemeteries of the Victorian era, through to the Memorial Parks of the 20th Century. Modern examples of memorialization and symbolism will be discussed, as will the techniques and skills of the early slate and sandstone carvers, contrasting with today's techniques such as laser etching. We shall also tell the stories of the people that these stones commemorate. 

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

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