Norwood Art Association was started in 1978 by Arlene Mollo Black and Inez Reardon.
The association was launched duirng an evening adult education class taught by artist Arlene Mollo Black and her
student, Inez Reardon who worked for the Transcript newspapers editing and writing feature articles.
Mrs. Mollo contacted her art teacher friends, Helen Gregory and Margo Mancinello, and they helped. To get the association started they gave free demonstrations for meetings at the Norwood Library. Mrs. Reardon wrote an article about the forming of the NAA in the Transcript and 56 Norwood Artists immediately responded and became members. Mollo and Reardon studied the Canton by-laws and used them as a basis for the NAA by-laws. In 1978 Mrs. Reardon did the legal work necessary to incorporate the Association. So, it is Norwood Art Association, Inc.
The new art association needed funds and as Rachel Leavitt finished her term as president of the Women’s Community Committee, she began talking about having an art show in Norwood. She said why not inaugurate the Association with an Art Show. She secured permission from the Selectmen for a show and her committee donated money to pay for the program booklet and also the art stands which were built by Carl Himmelbach, the Dirctor of the Morrill Library. Mr. Himmelbach also gave permission to hold meetings at the library and offered to hold the exhibit in the library in case of rain. He was most helpful in helping to form the NAA and even handled the registration of the first exhibit.
The town and the Selectmen continue to be most supportive.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”