John Bellairs Mural


Artist(s): Sheila Foley

John Bellairs (1938-1991) - was best known for his gothic mysteries for young adults, all written while he lived in Haverhill, from 1970 until his death. His fantasy, Face in the Frost, also won critical acclaim. Bellairs was an educator, history-lover, and wit. His Catholic upbringing was fodder for his first book, St. Fidgeta and Other Parodies. Honoring him in "stained glass" reminiscent of that in Canterbury Cathedral, artist Sheila Foley incorporates Bellairs' love of Latin (this phrase from Virgil is on his gravestone in Greenwood Cemetery), his alma mater Notre Dame, his ubiquitous doodles, the saint he invented, and the house that inspired "The House with a Clock in its Walls", his first children’s book.


Cogswell Art Center, 351 South Main St.
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