Jeannine Atkins reviews MY DEAR GIRL at the following link: http://jeannineatkinsonwriting and stuff.fileswordpress.com/2012/10/41fcxztftfl-210.jpg. Jeannine's blog is: Views from a Window Seat>
Follow this link for a review of MY DEAR GIRL: THE ART OF FLORENCE HOSMER. Review is by critic Chris Bergeron and photo by Art Illman: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/arts/x2140450656/Sudbury-poet-paints-a-picture-of-artist-Florence-Hosmer
On April 2, 2006, Helen Marie Casey's presentation, "Florence Hosmer's Achievements" was cablecast by Sudbury Cable. This clip is from that lecture. The lecture was sponsored by the Sudbury Historical Society and took place at the Sudbury Town Hall.
FLORENCE ARMES HOSMER, born in 1880, was a farmer's daughter determined to succeed as an artist. Acclaimed in the early part of the 20th century, she has fallen almost entirely from view. This is the story of how Miss Hosmer, a feisty New England woman, painted her way through the new century and created well more than 500 works, many of them quite remarkable portraits.
INITIAL READER RESPONSES:
* "What a lovely, sympathetic, warm and kind book."
* "Last week when I was still in the middle of it I mentioned it to someone and he asked me what I thought of it. I answered, "It is brilliant." I meant that in the sense of being clear and bright and polished."
* "I just this minute finished MY DEAR GIRL and enjoyed it immensely! Now I find myself hoping someone who reads it will think, 'Wait -- there's a box of letters in the attic ... because I find myself craving a chance to read the letters Florence herself wrote to get an even truer sense of her. ... An amazing job!"
* "Splendid accomplishment ... My favorite bits had to do with the lost era brought back to life."
* An intriguing delve into the personal artist that dwells within us all, "My Dear Girl" is an intriguing and much recommended addition to any art biography collection.
* What a delightful history of this artist! ... You've brought this woman to life through your writing and tenderly woven in your own sensibilities as an artist. Your attachment to her (I like the "wink" she gives you when you pass her portrait in the Hosmer house) as well as the love of Sudbury makes this work glow. Your own reflections woven into the text allowed me an insight into our own embracing of the artistic life, a calling that fascinates me, and I'm sure all who wish they were artists.