Rosemary Alice Hutchins of Cinnaminson studied art at Syracuse University, as well as privately throughout her adult life. A member of the Garden State Watercolor Society and several other local artists’ organizations, she produced lively impressionistic watercolors, including many of Riverton.
Her daughter, Susan Mauloni, recounts that she still has the first watercolor of the Riverton Yacht Club that her mother painted in 1973. Mrs. Hutchins painted it on-site in about 30 minutes on the hood of the family car. Susan explains, “Watercolorists do not use easels, the water just runs down the paper.”
The May 5, 2002, New York Times art review column by Fred B. Adelson summarized the results of the Perkins Center popular juried watercolor exhibition. Mr. Adelson wrote:
”Sunday Morning in Riverton,” by Rosemary Hutchins of Cinnaminson, who was one of the 10 winners of the juror’s award, captures bright sunlight as it shines on the wood-framed houses and the laundry blowing on the clothesline. The subject suggests a bygone era, and its classic application of transparent layers of color on white paper even brings to mind the late-19th-century American masters of the medium.
Through Cinnaminson Art Workshops, Rosemary hosted well-known artists from around the country to teach local artists. She had a sunny studio at her home in Cinnaminson where she loved instructing 25 students each week there, right up until her passing at age 67 in 2006.
Thanks to the generosity of Susan Mauloni, two images of her mother’s paintings beautify HSR mug designs. -JMc, Editor