Family inspiration drives unique display at Linden Ponds
Three generations share their love of artistic expressionBy Setarreh Massihzadegan
Mixed media stories of travel, home, and family graced the walls of the Linden Ponds art gallery as part of an exhibit earlier this year that joined the varied techniques, styles, and perspectives of three generations of artists.
Nostalgia for the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, admiration for a grandmother’s jewelry collection, and the intrigue of Maine tide pools were among the sentiments captured in the rich display of paintings, prints, ceramics, drawings, and poems featured in the exhibit.
One family’s diverse selection of art
Each month, the Linden Ponds art gallery displays the work of different artists with ties to the community. Thirty percent of sales from the artwork benefits a campus charity at the Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass.
The first exhibit of the year featured the work of Marie Tegeler, who lives at Linden Ponds; her daughter, Christine Tegeler Beneman; and Christine’s daughter, Lisa Marie Beneman. Marie’s son, Philip Tegeler, also entered his poetry into the exhibit.
“Marie Tegeler, her daughter, and her granddaughter have given us a wonderfully diverse selection of art in various media,” says Susan Thayer, who lives at Linden Ponds and leads the Art Council, which organizes the gallery exhibits. “In addition to the beauty of many of the pieces, there are many works of art that are unique and interesting.”
As the second multi-generational exhibit at Linden Ponds, the Tegeler family’s work drew a crowd and many questions from those who attended the “Meet the Artist” reception with Marie, Christine, and Lisa.
“I grew up in a very creative household,” wrote Christine in a piece displayed alongside the exhibit. Her friends called the Tegeler house “the museum,” she went on to say, because of the objects inside. Christine and her two brothers took art lessons at the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, and the family made their own holiday cards each year.
A childhood of encouraged creativity led Christine to her profession as a painter and a member of the Peregrine Press printmaking cooperative.
“I’m very excited to be able to exhibit with both my mother and my daughter Lisa and continue to be inspired by them both!” Christine wrote.
Marie, whose artistic talent has grown in retirement, shares her daughter’s inspiration.
“The family has been artsy, but I never really had the time to do it,” Marie says. An educator for 31 years as a teacher and a principal, Marie’s schedule was demanding. But upon her retirement in 1994, Marie found time for classes in drawing and watercolors.
Marie calls Christine her “constant mentor and ongoing cheerleader.” Christine gave her mother her first box of pastels and introduced her mother to printmaking about five years ago.
When Marie’s son Philip published a book of poetry for his 50th birthday, Marie says, “I got inspired.” She created prints to accompany the poems, some of which were on display at Linden Ponds.
Marie exhibited her work at Linden Ponds once before, shortly after she and her husband moved to the community from Weymouth, Mass., in 2005. She showed as one of the “unknown artists of Linden Ponds.” This time, Marie knew the benefits of the gallery space and thought of the opportunity for her granddaughter Lisa.
“I thought how good it was, and I wanted her to have a chance to show,” Marie says. Lisa is a college senior and has taken courses in printmaking, book arts, and ceramics.
Last year, Marie showed her work in nine shows, but this year’s Linden Ponds show was the first time she displayed both prints and paintings. She created all of the work displayed within the last three years, at studios in Cohasset, Mass., and Linden Ponds.
“My kitchen is my studio. Obviously I don’t do any cooking—Linden Ponds saves me from that,” she says, referencing the community’s restaurants and meal plans, which make cooking at home optional.
Marie participates in a printmaking workshop on Mondays and a pastels workshop on Wednesdays at a Cohasset studio with a group of 12 women. The group donates 30% of its sales to charitable organizations and has contributed more than $10,000 to various local beneficiaries.
“Creating is sort of my life; I don’t know when I start or when I stop,” Marie says.