AYER –It’s not new news that Ayer Shirley Regional High School recently underwent a major overhaul thanks in part to the State of Massachusetts, not to mention countless individuals dedicated to the improvement of our schools and District. Now that the walls are up, the floors are in, and things are more or less getting back to “routine” without construction everywhere, it’s time to open up the new space and fully christen it.
Part of this is offering the region’s students, families, local organizations and community businesses the opportunity to own part of it.
The Ayer Shirley Regional School District is celebrating the high school’s beautifully fresh auditorium by making it possible to take a piece home — in theory. Each of the 575 plush, burgundy seats in the auditorium is up for adoption.
Don’t worry if the color doesn’t match your home décor — once adopted, seats stay where they are, with one important change: your business, inscription, name, or personal dedication in memory of someone is engraved on a brass plate, there for people to see every time they enjoy an event in the auditorium.
Each plate measures 4″ x 1.5″, offering three lines of text, up to 25 characters per line. You can note your name or your family name and the year. You can promote your business. You can list the alphabet backwards — it’s your seat, write you wish (within reason). And once your seat is adopted, it will not be re-adopted.
One seat, one sponsor, securely attached to the back of the chair.
The cost to adopt is just $150 each for individuals (students, friends and their families). Up to three families can be noted as sponsors per plate, so consider combining your adoptions. Seats promoting businesses are just $300 each and can include your company name, address, contact information and/or website. All adoptions are tax deductible, with 10 percent off if ordered by May 31.
All proceeds will be split equally amongst ASRHS Music, ASRHS Drama Club and the district, to help provide additional opportunities for the students in our region.
To request an adoption form or more information, contact ASRHS Drama Director JulieAnn Govang at 978-772-2545, or email email@example.com. Adoption forms are also available for download via the ASRHS Drama Club website at www.jacneed.com/ASYD/AyerShirleyDrama.htm.
Read more: http://www.nashobavalleyvoice.com/ayer_news/ci_29557419/asrhs-hopes-youll-take-seat-auditorium-literally#ixzz41vde8bha
60 years, 1,600 watercolors
Ayer artists thrives on Main Street
POSTED: 08/21/2015 07:31:28 AM EDT
Harding Mudge Bush in his Ayer studio.
AYER — “Do what you love, share what you know,” is what propels artist Harding Mudge Bush out of bed each morning.
Bush opened his studio, school and store on April 1, 2013, 22 years after he closed his former Park Street frame shop in Ayer that he operated for 11 years.
“I love being here,” Harding said, as he hunched over his watercolor of the day dressed in shorts and with bare feet.
“I feel like I’m right in the middle of everything,” he said. “I live a half-mile up the hill from this building, I can go home for lunch!
“One of the best days of my life was when I got fired from my office job in 1975,” said Bush. “I stayed in my three-piece suit but instead of being in an office I went door to door in Boston selling my watercolors.
The Harding Mudge Bush studio on Main Street in Ayer.
There are over a thousand of my watercolors floating around Boston,” he said. Some of Harding’s work can be seen at North Middlesex Savings Bank, Harvard Financial, U.S Fish and Wildlife Services and many more.”It all began in elementary school,” Harding remembers. “All the boys in my class were constantly illustrating World War II, complete with all kinds of sound effects. Because of the war, school lasted all day and we enjoyed a full hour of art every day!
“In the seventh-grade, I discovered the art section of the library and pencil drawings in the ‘how to books.’ On rainy Saturdays my friends would gather and copy drawings from magazines and books.
“In my sophomore year (1953) my grandmother, who had been paying attention to my artist pursuits, gave me a complete oil painting set for Christmas. Soon after I loaded up on books about watercolors during a trip to the library and I have been hooked ever since — and I’m 77!”
He continued, “Of course my art career was interrupted by engineering college, the army and, well, that job from which I was happily fired. Since then it has only been watercolors for me!”
Early on I studied with the famous Roger Blum at The Atlantic Union College. From Blum, “Though it has been quite some time since my teaching days at Atlantic Union College where I first met Harding and painted with him, I can attest to his love of watercolor and his passion to paint. He painted when many others found reasons not to, which is the key to unlocking the mysteries and difficulties of self expression with this difficult and illusive medium.”
As I walked around Harding’s studio and admired his work, I said, “Jeepers, I wish I could paint, but I can’t even draw a straight line!”
He laughed, “Neither can I. That’s why I use one of these!”
He held up a ruler.
Harding Mudge Bush Watercolors
“When the yellow flag is out, Harding is in.”
30 Main St., Ayer
Step-by-step watercolor classes are held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; call or visit his website for complete details. A watercolor can be completed in 7-8 hours.
It’s never too late to tap into your inner artist.
Read more: http://www.nashobapublishing.com/community_news/ci_28678899/60-years-1-600-watercolors#ixzz3jpcfnFC0
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