Cambridge Homes hosts art show commemorating Silver Maple Forest

“Along the Mystic” by George McLean
“Along the Mystic” by George McLean is on display in West Cambridge through May 31.

Friends of Alewife Reservation artists inspired by the beauty of the Alewife Reservation and Silver Maple Forest have gathered their work for display through May 31, with an opening reception held Wednesday.

The public is invited to stop in and see the display at The Cambridge Homes independent and assisted living community, 360 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge.

Sylvia Gilman speaks Wednesday
Sylvia Gilman speaks about the Silver Maple Forest at Wednesday’s art exhibition reception. (Photo: Friends of Alewife Reservation)

The artists include Sylvia Gilman, who began sketching the Alewife Reservation with group mentor Stewart Sanders; David Mussina, photographer and faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, whose contribution focuses on tracker-wildlife assessor David Brown, who has led groups into the reservation for eight years, teaching wildlife living cycles, habitat needs and how humans and nonhumans can live together; Viki Paret, whose landscape looks at plant life used by roosting birds at the edge of the forest; Ellen Mass, who has painted an impressionist watercolor forest; students in Michelle Maxwell’s design class who took part in a “Save the Silver Maple Forest” poster contest displayed throughout Cambridge and Belmont; and award-winning photographer George Mclean, whose work details the forest’s wildlife.

More art being promoted by the group: Its 90-foot wildlife mural for the Alewife T stop, for which 20 high school kids did a summer study with David Fichter and Friends of Alewife Reservation consultants.

For information, call (617) 415-1884. The Cambridge Homes are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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