Art at the Doyle Gallery

Norman Rockwell's Arlington: A Holiday Tradition







Join us and view our new exhibit, “Norman Rockwell's Arlington: A Holiday Tradition.” 

Friday, December 2, 5-7 PM, featuring chocolate tasting and a pop-up shop by The Village Peddler

Friday, December 9, 5-7 PM, featuring samples and a pop-up market by the Scottish shop, Rablogan Castle

Saturday, December 10, 10 - Noon, featuring coffee, treats, and good company 

Friday, December 16, 5-7 PM, featuring a pop-up market by Vermont Macrame

Saturday, December 17, 1-3 PM, a family fun day at the gallery - free activities and treats for kids


The multi-media exhibit, curated by Don Trachte, takes a nostalgic step back to a traditional 1950s Christmas, featuring cards made by Norman Rockwell, Don Trachte Sr., Gene Pelham, and other notable artists of the time. Also on display will be an original holiday Christmas recording by Bob Hope, sent to the Trachte family and other Arlington artists of the time. 


The Watkins house will be decorated for the holidays, and the exhibit will be open to the public on three consecutive Friday nights in December: 12/2, 12/9, and 12/16 from 5-7 PM. These evenings will also include a mini-Christmas market featuring local shops, including The Village Peddler & Chocolatorium and Rablogan Castle of Scotland, among others. 


The Arlington Artists made their own stylized Christmas cards using darkroom photography and printing presses. The cards expressed peace, love, and hope for their friends. Often, the artists added notes about the family’s children, school, moving, or the health or death of a loved one.


Norman Rockwell published some of his cards through Hallmark Cards Inc., and they became the illustration standard for Christmas cards. Don Trachte Sr. made his cards using a zinc block image from sketches and printing on a flatbed press. Gene Pelham used local models to create Christmas cards published through The American Artists Group printing company. 

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