MARCH – JULY “Polly Thayer Starr: Nearer the Essence” 


“Polly Thayer Starr: Nearer the Essence”

Hingham Heritage Museum presents an exhibition dedicated to Hingham artist Polly Thayer Starr. Classically trained and well-spoken, Starr bounded onto the 1930s art scene, gaining fame for her formal portraits of Boston’s elite. With eyes and hands in constant motion, she recorded what she saw in sketches, collected and annotated poems torn from magazines, and wrote prolific letters and lectures. This exhibition contains not only her paintings of nature and portraits, but also many studies and sketchbooks to reveal the artist’s search for beauty and truth. In addition to never-before exhibited archival materials, personal effects, such as a spectacularly carved desk from her studio, will be on display. Visitors may pair their museum experience with the outdoor exhibition currently installed at the Trustees of Reservations Weir River Farm property. Starr gifted the Weir River Farm to the Trustees in 1999.
34 Main St., Hingham, 781-749-7721,