MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury Public Library is hosting an art exposition by artists Michael and Bob Graves through Dec. 28. On Thursday evening, the exposition opened and the artists were on-hand to meet and greet guests.
Michael Graves is an internationally known plein aire artist who has won more than 70 awards and whose paintings hang in galleries all over the United States. His cousin, Bob, who has been painting with him for the past six years, is becoming a well-known artist in his own right.
Michael Graves is a well-recognized figure around Millbury, where he not only has his gallery but also makes his home. Many residents have stopped and spoken with him as he paints in town.
By his own account, he has painted the Asa Waters Mansion too many times to count. Graves has also painted the Blackstone River, Butler Farms and many local sites in Millbury.
He recently attended the Revolutionary War re-enactment at Person’s Farm in Millbury and did two new works from it. Asked how he captured it so perfectly, he said, “Well, they wouldn’t let me set up on the battlefield and I wouldn’t want to, as to not interfere with the event.
“So I took some pictures and painted from them,” he said. Besides the paintings on display in the library, notecards and other items are also for sale. The proceeds will go toward the Bicentennial Celebration next year.
Click on the gallery for more images.