Our good friend John Walsh will exhibit his artwork from his graphic "Goody's Lament," at the North End's Goody's Glover's restaurant Nov. 15 through Dec.1. Walsh was the genius behind the "Somerville Stories: Amazing Tales of a City on the Edge." He is also researching the Irish Potato Famine.
Here is an excerpt about his "Goody" project from his blog :
In the 1680's, during an era of anti-witch hysteria, the Puritans of Boston condemned an innocent woman to hang on the Commons for practicing witchcraft. Unfairly accused and sentenced, Goody Glover's plight was not helped by the fact that she was a proud Irish Catholic — a small group that was hated and despised in Boston at the time.
A poor women ripped from her home in Ireland, sold into slavery and eventually settled as a servant in the New World, Goody Glover would find that the old miseries of hatred and intolerance had followed her across the Atlantic.
I hope as many people as possible can make it out to Goody Glovers in the North End and see the show on the second floor. The show just went up, and is hanging until the end of November. Also, there will be a reception on Nov. 25th from 7-9 PM. Stop by and buy a pint (or two)!
When Glovebox and I decided to do this show, I tried to find out as much info about Goody Glover that I could and found that there isn't much out there. In fact, her first name might be Mary or Ann as there is no clear answer.
Here is some of Walsh's description of the creative process: