January in the Gallery

Quilt by Missy Shay

Textile and quilting artist Missy Shay is this month’s showcase in the T. Ross Kelly Family Gallery.

Originally inspired by her mother and older sister, Missy started by sewing clothes for her dolls and later, for herself. Her father then taught her the art of measuring, taking apart, and recombining materials. After working as an occupational therapist, Missy discovered quilting, and has been teaching and quilting ever since.

Her pieces for this show showcase her comfort with multiple media types, using paper and foundation piecing, appliqué and reverse appliqué, and stained glass. Ms. Shay now teaches at Cambridge Quilt Shop. Be sure to check her work out!


“Destination Watertown: The Armenians of Hood Rubber” Documentary Screening

On Saturday, December 19th, at 1:30pm, the Library will be hosting a special event with local filmmaker Roger Hagopian.

Mr. Hagopian has recently finished a new film about the Hood Rubber Company, and the Armenian immigrants from Watertown who were employed there.

Founded in 1896 as a chemical research lab, the company soon moved on to production of shoes, boots, and tires. By 1920, one-fifth of the United State’s footware came from the Hood Rubber Company.

Destination Watertown: The Armenians of Hood Rubber includes interviews with former company employees and Hood family descendants. It focuses on working conditions and is bound to be an impressive look into the lives of Watertown residents.

After the screening, Mr. Hagopian will be available to discuss the film with the audience. Be sure to stop by for this truly remarkable film.Hood Rubber Company