Author of The Art Forger, B.A. Shapiro

Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. – Join us as B.A. Shapiro presents her book, The Art Forger, one of this year’s Wayland Reads selections.

B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless, and Shattered Echoes.  She has also written four screenplays and the nonf-fiction book, The Big Squeeze.  The Art Forger has been on many bestseller lists — including the New York Times, Boston Globe, LA Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Amazon, and Kindle — and has won many awards including the The 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction.  She lives in Boston and is working on her eighth novel.

Isabella Stewart Gardner & Her Art

 Tuesday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m. – Join us for this Wayland Reads event in which the beloved Judy Schurgin returns to give a talk on Isabella Stewart Gardner and her art collection.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was the vision of the fabled Mrs. Jack.  This fabulous museum contains one of the most unusual collections of art in the United States and includes treasures from antiquity to the early twentieth century.  Opened in 1903, the building is fashioned after a fifteenth century Venetian palace, with galleries surrounding a courtyard filled with gorgeous plants, flowers and antique sculpture.  Join us for the slide/lecture presentation which will focus on the life of this aristocratic, independent and flamboyant woman, as well as her fabulous art collection and the jewel of a museum, which she created.

Judy Schurgin has been a museum teacher at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for twenty-six years, and has been a tour guide at the Institute of Contemporary Art for the past six years. In addition, Judy has designed and taught art history courses ranging from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century at adult education centers throughout the Greater Boston area.  Judy is an inveterate traveler, and has visited many of the great art museums through the U.S. and Europe. Judy lived in Wayland for many years and presently lives in Boston.


The Art of Deception

 Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. –  Join us for the Wayland Reads presentation, “The Art of Deception” in which Robin Starr of Skinner Auctioneers will share insight as to how fakes and forgeries revealed and art is appraised before going to auction.

Robin Starr is the Director of American & European Works of Art, overseeing a staff of specialists who appraise and catalog prints, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. She is widely regarded as one of Skinner’s most vibrant and animated auctioneers, bringing an enthusiastic spirit to the podium at Skinner’s American & European Paintings & Prints auctions, held three times annually. Starr’s area of specialization is in American paintings and prints from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Outside her role at Skinner, Starr is a major contributor to the success of Boston’s thriving arts and culture community. She conducts numerous benefit appraisal days, lectures, and benefit auctions throughout the year. She has lectured in art history at various colleges throughout New England, including as a Lecturer in Art History at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Starr joined Skinner in September of 1987 as a research and cataloguing assistant in the American & European Paintings & Prints Department. She received her M.A. in the History of Art, specializing in early medieval art, from Williams College. As an undergraduate, Starr combined an unusual double major in Art History and Physics through research in neutron activation autoradiography and its application in art historical research at Bates College.