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Martha Cahoon nee Farham (January 11, 1905 – December 7, 1999) was an American artist, photographer, wife and business partner to Ralph E. Cahoon, Jr.  She was born in Roslindale to Swedish immigrant parents and lived there until she relocated in 1915 to Harwich, MA in Cape Cod.  Instead of choosing to go to college, Cahoon became a full time apprentice to her father who was a respected furniture decorator.  She quickly mastered the art of antique furniture restoration and decoration and gained the reputation as a proficient craftswoman.  Her career took a new path when she met an art dealer and future co-owner of the Mets, Joan Whitney Payson who convinced her to take pictures of her work and frame them.  This proved very successful for Cahoon and her husband resulting in producing numerous works over the following decades. Martha and her husband began easel painting with both having contrasting styles. She painted long after her husband passed away in 1982 drawing in crayon until her passing in 1999.  Her works are considered masterpieces of 20th century American folk art and are contained in many museums and private collections including the Cahoon Museum of American Art. Pictured are Martha and her husband Ralph.  

charlotte gilbertson

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Charlotte Gilbertson was born in Roslindale in1922, She was the oldest of 4 siblings and the only daughter in her family.  Her father was a Methodist minister at a church in Roslindale where they lived for most of Charlotte’s life.  Ms. Gilbertson enlisted in the Armed Forces during WWII as a psychiatric social worker. She was stationed in Long Island, NY and Georgia.  Charlotte used her GI Bill for education and graduated from the Boston University School of Fine Arts in 1948 and moved to NY to be with distinguished artists.  In 1949 she went to Paris where she studied under French artist Fernand Leger at his atelier. From 1962 to 1974, Charlotte most notably worked as an assistant director and later as director of the Alexander Iolas Gallery in New York City. Through the Iolas Gallery, Charlotte met and befriended Andy Warhol and appeared in Warhol's film, Kiss).  In 1974 she travelled around the world. She was inspired by the Japanese iridescent colors and Bali influenced mountain landscapes that influenced her paintings.  She worked with mixed media doing small works on paper and canvas. She has done a number of line drawings and a number of series of works on paper. She completed a series of work of her memory-impressions of Papua New Guinea and a series of work on wood panels, employing gold leaf and other mixed media.  Charlotte Gilbertson was included in the Who's Who in America (2002). She iwas also a lifetime member of the Visual Arts and Galleries Association.  Charlotte Gilbertson was an active painter until her death in 2014.  You can see more of her work and read about her life at:

martha goodway

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Martha Goodway is an American metallurgist, specializing in archaeometallurgy, the study of traditional techniques of mining, smelting, working with metals and an expert in the use of metals in historical harpsichords.  Martha was raised in Roslindale, Massachusetts. She graduated from Roslindale High School in 1952 and earned a bachelor's degree in general engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957. She was one of only 19 women to earn degrees at MIT that year.  After college she became interested in conservation science and studied with William Young at the Objects Conservation and Scientific Research Laboratory in Boston. Through Young's connections, she became a metallurgist at the Conservation Analytical Laboratory of the Smithsonian Institution. In that job, she worked on such diverse historical artifacts such as waterproof Greek vessels, Etruscan mirrors, 18th-century wire jewelry from Germany, and the crankcase of the Wright Brothers' first flyer, She was also consulted for comments on the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.  She developed an interest in the use of metals in historical musical instruments, particularly the harpsichord and co-authored a book on the subject in 1987.  Goodway currently holds the title Archaeometallurgist Emeritus at the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute.  

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