May 27, 2017 to June 25, 2017

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For the last decade I’ve painted rivers, both in Maine and Massachusetts. These recent works on paper focus on a particular historical event, the Mill River Disaster of 1874, a flood which killed 140 people in the towns of Williamsburg, Haydenville and Leeds Massachusetts. The same Mill River runs past my house, as well as my studio 5 miles down river in Florence, MA. After listening to it, watching it, and painting the river over the years, I began to think about making art based on the flood - a tragic event on two levels: that of man vs. nature, but also of man vs. man, since it was shoddy construction, condoned by greedy mill owners, that caused the death of so many innocent people.


Frances Kidder received a B.A. in Art History from Vassar College and an MAT from U.Mass. She has done additional art study at the Vermont Studio Centre and the Boston Museum School. She maintains a studio in both Williamsburg, MA and South Bristol, ME. Her work has been shown throughout New England as well as in NYC.