Old postcards, seascape paintings on display at Spinney Library


The doors to the Spinney Branch Library were opened on Saturday for a mini art exhibit and an Onset vintage postcard exhibit as part of South Coast Spring Arts.

The postcards are from the collection of Len Gay, which has collected over 600 postcards of Wareham and Onset over the past decades.

“How could a small village like this generate 600 postcards,” Gay wondered.

Wearing a t-shirt that read ‘Just a kid from Onset’, Gay served as a tour guide through Onset’s history, pointing out postcards depicting the frozen harbour, the former steamboat dock (destroyed during the 1954 hurricane) and the White Motel des Pins.

“I just like watching them because I’ve lived here all my life so far,” Gay said. “I’m not dead yet.”

Gay said he likes to take a closer look at postcards with a magnifying glass so he can see details like the little guy on a sign.

Meanwhile, paintings by Tim Foley filled the other room in the secondary library.

Foley’s work frequently depicts ocean views, including nearby Shell Beach and Swifts Beach. He paints from photos he’s taken, Foley said, and often selects a vintage frame he’s refurbished to go with the image before he begins painting.

“I have so many pictures I want to paint,” Foley said. “There is only a short time.”

To see more of his work, go to www.timfoleyart.com.

To learn more about the spring arts of the south coast, go to www.southcoastspringarts.org/2022.


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