Paintings by the nationally recognized folk artist Gideon Cohen (1894-1989) are being exhibited at an estate sale at the Undercroft Gallery at First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave., through the month of January 2019. Called the “Grandpa Moses of Arlington, Massachusetts” by the “Christian Science Monitor,” Cohen did not begin painting until after he retired at age 70. Almost immediately he began winning awards for his landscapes, harbor scenes, landmark buildings, and colorful floral “symphonies” from his garden. Gideon Cohen was born in Dover, England, in 1894. He moved to Arlington MA in 1923 and lived in Massachusetts the rest of his life where he and his wife raised three children. He died in Cambridge in 1989. One son, Theodore, moved to Pittsburgh where he worked in the Chemistry Department at the University of Pittsburgh for 63 years; his wife Pearl earned her PhD at Pitt. Both became involved in the Unitarian church in the 1970s, and Pearl remained a member of First Church in Shadyside until her death last year, not long after the death of her husband. Paintings by Gideon Cohen at the Undercroft Gallery have been in storage for 28 years. In December several of these paintings were sold privately at auction at the Concept Art Gallery.
The Undercroft Galley is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-3pm, and after church services on Sundays. A reception will be held Sunday, January 20 from 2 to 3pm.