A Family of YPT Particpants

The Oberto girls thought every town had an Arts Guild and that everybody’s neighbor could act, draw or paint. That’s what their mother, Lori, says with a smile as she reminisces about the family’s long-standing ties to the Guild. “It wasn’t until they left for college and made new friends from other cities and states that they realized that the Northfield Arts Guild was unique,” she says. Read more

Building the Guild: Myrna Johnson

“I think we were bored,” chuckles Myrna Johnson, when asked why she and a group of enthusiastic artists began the Northfield Arts Guild in 1959. “We were mostly housewives who didn’t have jobs,” she said. It is sometimes from humble beginnings that many flourishing arts organizations are founded, but Myrna was proud to say that in the 1960s the Guild quickly became a model for community arts in the region. Read more