Highlights from the Topsfield Library Art Collection.Thursday, February 11, 7:00PM.

For a small town, Topsfield, MA. is home to a lovely library with an impressive art collection, much of it purchased through the Gould fund (Robert Gould Shaw was the captain of the Massachusetts 54th all-Negro regiment during the Civil War made famous in the movie Glory).

This lecture, given on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:00 highlights the architecture of the library and a few examples from the art collection. As the presenter of the lecture, I will tell the story behind some of the more unique pieces; what I like to refer to as “the art in the art.”

Notice any similarities between Millet’s The Sower on the left and the mural from the library lobby on the right? We will review this oddity during the lecture.

The story behind the Walker Hancock sculptures at Trinity Church, Topsfield. Presented by Meg Black, PhD

A PDF of the slides from this lecture are available via the download button.

Print of Gethsemane Garden available in print gallery.

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Small Works Gallery Fundraiser raises 340.00 for the Boston Food Bank.

I can’t thank everyone enough for your generous support of my small works gallery fundraiser. Together, we raised 340.00 for the Boston Food Bank. 
If you would still like to contribute to the food bank and save 20%, the promotional code Boston Food Bank is active on the small works gallery until December 31. 50% of sales will go to support the food bank. Free shipping on all purchases.
Thank you again for your supporting Meg Black Studios, and in turn, the Greater Boston Food Bank. 
May you enjoy your holiday season in peace and serenity.
And as always, thank you for your support. 

Stormy Seas, 8 x 6, 45.00.
August Fire, 8 x 6, 45.00.
Sea stripes, 8 x 6 inches, 45.00.

Small Business Saturday, Saturday, November 28, 2020.

Alas, Small Business Saturday will have to wait until next year, 2021. Stay safe and enjoy Thanksgiving with your friends and family.

Join me, Thursday, August 20, IG Live, 4:00 PM, EST. How to add “water” to a pulp painting.


I will demonstrate my pulp painting technique for adding water imagery to the painting. I’ll discuss the materials and process I use to make the water shimmer and flow. These are some of my most coveted trade secrets so you won’t want to miss it! Post your questions in the question box and I’ll happily answer them. See you at 4:00 EST. Videos are available on IG TV after each session.

Join me for IG Live, Thursday, July 30: mounting the background armature.


Join me for IG Live, 4:00 EST


I will be featured on the Sunday Paper Podcast

I am happy to announce I will be featured on an upcoming podcast for the Sunday Paper, a weekly newsletter for pulp painters and papermakers. The Sunday Paper is published each Sunday by Helen Hiebart Studio.

I will be interviewed in August and the podcast will be available in the Fall. Check back for updates.

Massachusetts Cultural Council Award, 2020. Connecting the picturesque in England with the local landscape of Topsfield.

I am pleased to announce I will be offering a lecture in the Topsfield Town Library this coming spring in conjunction with my award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The focus of this year’s lecture will be connecting the picturesque movement in England with the local landscape of Topsfield. The picturesque movement was meant to offset the negative impact of the Industrial Revolution by creating landscape gardens free from smog filled and crowded London.

I am starting a new series of landscape paintings inspired by the Picturesque Movement and will discuss this connection during the lecture. More information to follow.

June Morning Light, River Road. (2019). 24 x 40 inches. Mixed media painting. Photo: Gary Tardiff.

I will be presenting a check to the Tri-Town Council on January 6, 2020.

As part of my on-going fund-raiser for the Autumn, River Road print sale, I will be presenting a check to the Tri Town Council on January 6, 2020 for 1000.00 dollars.