Canceled – First Friday featuring local artists

Due to the extreme heat and threat of thunderstorms, the Hedge House will NOT be open for this event.

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society is proud to participate in First Fridays Plymouth, an initiative highlighting arts and culture in the Plymouth Bay Cultural District. On the first Friday of every month (May through October) from 5 to 8 PM, one of our historic house museums will be open for free mini tours.

This month three local artists will be displaying their work in the Hedge House Museum. Come see new art in historic spaces!


Dennis L. Albers

Looking for something to occupy his time after retiring and encouraged by his wife’s suggestion, Dennis L. Albers decided to take up painting for a hobby. He enrolled in Deb Birtwell’s painting class in The Pinehills five years ago and has been painting ever since.

It became evident to Dennis that painting buildings came easy to him and so he decided to concentrate his efforts on the many buildings in the Plymouth area. He submitted a painting at the Plymouth Center for the Arts where he took home an honorable mention. He has made various notecards and prints of many of his paintings that he has available.

Dennis continues to hone his craft of painting by taking classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. Having found something he truly enjoys, he will continue to study and work at perfecting his technique.

Katherine S. Maloney

Engaging in artmaking has been a lifelong adventure for Katherine S. Maloney. Most of her art education has been at Turtle Studios in Newton, MA, where she was an affiliate for 25 years. Turtle Studios is a democratic artist community that nurtures artmaking and creativity in a non-competitive environment. It offers classes, workshops, community, and participation in group exhibitions in the Boston area.

Katherine has exhibited in art galleries, corporations, and university galleries. She also participated in the Boston Art and Business Council’s Toolbox Series, and most recently in the online Creative Visionary Program. Current memberships include The Pinehills Art Society and the Creative Visionary Program’s Academy.

Katherine loves the drag of the brush, the jolt of color and the dance and interplay of paint in response to what is happening on the canvas. Most of her paintings are in acrylic. She also creates mixed media works using leaves, twigs, flowers, and textiles to celebrate the beauty in nature.

Valerie Mandra

Valerie Mandra finds her inspiration for painting in the natural world. As an avid skier and hiker she spends a great deal of time outdoors observing the landscape. Her passion is translating what she sees and feels about the landscape into her paintings.

Valerie first obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Later, she returned to school and obtained an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Visual Arts and a Master of Arts in Studio Art from the College of New Rochelle, specializing in graphic design/illustration.

Although she now paints mostly with pastels, she also loves printmaking and has used monotypes as under paintings for her pastel work. Valerie is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Connecticut Pastel Society. She is also a member of the Salmagundi Club NYC and The Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She was featured as one of the “Artists To Watch” in the Pastel Journal’s December 2016 edition. In 2021 she received an Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition. Her work has been juried into many national shows and she has received awards for her paintings including the Art Spirit Silver Medal Award in Pastel and The Allied Artists Gold Medal of Honor. Some of her portfolio can be seen on her website.

Entry into this special opening will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the small size of the rooms, visitors may be asked to wait outside until space is available for them to enter. Thank you in advance for your patience!