Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

Open Studio: Encaustic Painting with John Webster

On Thursday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m., join us at the Malden Public Library for Open Studio, an artist demonstration featuring Malden artist John Webster.  Mr. Webster will discuss and demonstrate the technique of encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used.

John A. Webster, a Malden artist, is a 1980 graduate of Boston State College – now known as UMass Boston.  His art mentors include Robert DiGiovanni and Eva Cincotta.  John is a former member of the Rockport Art Association, Malden Guild of Artists and past Chairman of the Malden Cultural Council.

Mr. Webster’s work, including photographs and paintings, has been shown throughout New England and has won countless awards.  His artwork has been displayed at the Massachusetts State House, Stoneham Art Gallery, Rockport Art Association Contributing Member’s Exhibit, Malden Guild of Artists Exhibits, Saugus Rotary Exhibit, the Charlestown Preservation Society, The Malden Public Library and many other venues.  He is the recipient of The American Legion Citation of Appreciation Award (2000), George Washington Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Community Award (2000) and the Malden Elks Citizen of the Year award (2007).

Mr. Webster is well known for his exhibit, “The Other Side of the Wall”, photographs reflecting his time in Vietnam, where he served in the Third Security Police Squadron of the United States Air Force from 1967-1968.  Mr. Webster’s current work features photographs of historic sites of Boston and a selection of his abstract paintings.  He currently is in retirement and is dedicating his time to art and photography.

New Year / New You – January 4

On Wednesday, January 4, at 6 p.m., get the new year started right and join the American Association for Arab Women for a the event New Year – New You.  The New Year – New You dialogue will be presented by Michele English (certified BTB & Compass School Feng Shui practitioner).  This will be followed by a guided meditation featuring a Japanese flute performance by Elizabeth Bennett, the first woman to be certified a Grand Master of the shakuhachi.
All are welcome to this free event. Come celebrate culture and community with us!  Event will be held in the Maccario Meeting Room.  Sponsored by the American Association for Arab Women (AAAW).  For more info on upcoming meetings, please contact Farah Assiraj at or

Malden Remembers: An Exhibition and Conversation in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

On Saturday, December 17th, the Library will host a discussion by veterans about Pearl Harbor led by John Webster, former Manager of the City of Malden Veteran’s Department.  Veterans, veteran families, and residents are encourages to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

The Malden Public Library will also host a memorial exhibition by artist John Webster for the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor from December 16th though December 30 in the Maccario Gallery.


Holiday Celebration and Concert

The members of the Historical Society, the Victorian Society of Malden and the Friends of the Library invite you to a free afternoon concert to celebrate the season on Sunday, December 4, at 2:30 p.m.  Join us for some wonderful entertainment and after the concert, enjoy some light refreshments with the members. This year’s concert will feature a program by the Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir. The event will take place in the Maccario Room of the Malden Public Library.

Art Storytime and Adventures on August 26

Join us at the Malden Public Library on Friday, August 26 for STEAM in the Art Gallery: Artful Adventures, a hands-on art program with staff from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. There will be two sessions: one at 2:00pm for ages 3-6 and one at 3:00pm for ages 6-10.

Each one-hour session will include a story, hand-on materials, pictures from the Museum’s collections, and an art-making activity.

STEAM in the Art Gallery explores how art and design can enhance the learning process for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, funded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Horizon & The Horns Featured at Summer Live on the Lawn Concert Series on July 27

The Malden Public Library’s “Live on the Lawn” Summer Concert Series continues on Wednesday, July 27, at 7:00 pm featuring Horizon & the Horns.  

Horizon and the Horns, featuring Malden’s own Ray Novack, are an entertaining and energetic cover band that plays top hits of the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s and today, from the Blues Brothers to Lady Gaga. The band has been entertaining people of the greater Boston area since the 70s.  Horizon and the Horns are known to get people off their feet and dancing.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  The Live on the Lawn Series continues on August 3 featuring The Ricardo Monzón Quartet.  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.  In case of rain, concerts will be held inside.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, at 781-324-0218 or at

Poetry Readings: Robert Carr & Cammy Thomas ~ June 14

Robert Carr will be launching a new collection of poetry “Amaranth”, published by Indolent Books, at the Malden Public Library on June 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. You can preview Bob’s work at

Cammy Thomas, author of Cathedral of Wish and Inscriptions, Four Way Books, will be opening this evening of  poetry where her books will also be available. Please join us for this special local author event.


CD Collins reads from her novel Afterheat

Join us for a reading by author CD Collins on Wednesday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m.  Kentucky native CD Collins follows the storytelling traditions of the South, both as a solo artist and when accompanied by musicians. As one of originators of the early ‘90s resurgence of spoken-word with live music, her work has been archived in award-winning compact discs: Kentucky Stories, Subtracting Down and Carousel Lounge.

Collins’ fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including The Drum, StoryQuarterly, Salamander, Phoebe and The Pennsylvania Review. Her collection of poetry, Self-Portrait with Severed Head, was published by Ibbetson Street press in 2009. Her collection of short stories, Blue Land, was released in June 2010. Her novel, Afterheat, has just been published.

She has produced a short lyric documentary that chronicles the catastrophic steps of mountaintop removal to retrieve Appalachian coal. She has recently completed a novel and is currently working on a one-woman show. With her band Rockabetty, she has completed her fourth album, Clean Coal Big Lie. She is currently releasing this album in a series of performances

The Finest Hours: An Evening with Author Michael Tougias

Join us on Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm, as best-selling author Michael Tougias presents a narrated, gripping presentation of the dramatic true story of a 1952 nor’easter that left dozens of men aboard a pair of oil tankers at the mercy of a deadly storm and the U.S. Coast Guard rescue mission to save them. The talk will include slides of the actual rescue.

Michael J. Tougias is a lecturer and award-winning author and co-author of 24 books. He is best known for his seven survival at sea books including A Storm Too Soon, So Close To Home, and The Finest Hours now a major motion picture by Disney. His book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the “Top Books of the Year” and described as “a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind.”  Co-sponsored by Malden Reads and the Malden Historical Society

Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, Malden

Historic Library Gates Restored

The historic iron gates, marking the Salem Street entrance to the Malden Public Library since 1911, have been returned to their original condition through the generosity of the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation. The effort to restore the gates took almost a full year to complete, under the direction of Murray Brothers Construction and Hammersmith Studios of Newton.

The historic gates were originally purchased through a donation of $1,000 in 1910 from Mrs. Lillie A. B. Hill, widow of Abram G. Hill, of 36 Ferry Street, Malden. According to early records, the two wrought-iron gates were designed by Mr. L. S. Ipsen of Malden, and produced by the W. A. Snow Iron Work Inc.

Photo: Susan Close of Hammersmith Studios, Jason Murray of Murray Brothers Construction, Fran Brown, Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, Laura Hodgin, Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, C. Henry Kezer, Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, Dr. John E. Tramondozzi, President, Malden Public Library Board of Trustees, Mayor Gary Christenson, Dr. George Holland, Board of Trustees, Library Director Dora St. Martin, Frank Molis, Board of Trustees, Paul Mcpheeters, Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, and Carl Close, Hammersmith Studios.