Arts & Culture

Artists Association of Nantucket Visual Arts Center
(Recently Opened), 24 Amelia Drive, Nantucket
The Visual Arts Center offers multiple studios and workrooms to meet the differing needs of adults and children. The building also provides space to exhibit art, to provide accommodation for visiting teachers and artists, to house the organization’s permanent collection of historic art, and more.

When In Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550-1900
September 30-December 30, 2016 at the Smith College Museum of Art
From sixteenth-century engravings to nineteenth-century photographs, the works in When In Rome document the changing face of Rome and its architecture using a variety of techniques and stylistic approaches.

William Merritt Chase Exhibition
October 9 – January 16, MFA, Boston
The first complete examination of the artist in more than three decades, “William Merritt Chase” brings together 80 of the painter’s finest works in both oil and pastel, drawn from public and private collections across the US.

The Art and Mystery of the Dollhouse
October 14, 2016- January 15, 2017. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord
Dollhouses and miniatures from the 17th through early 20th centuries show the evolution of dollhouses from treasures for wealthy adults to colorful playthings for children. This enchanting exhibition explores the tiny worlds that capture life’s detail and stimulate the imagination.

Discover a rare dollhouse from 1695. View “room dollhouses” that celebrate interior design history.

Play with a hands-on Hape dollhouse. Meet celebrity doll Melissa Shakespeare, whose doll wedding was featured in Life magazine. Melissa belonged to children’s author and illustrator Tasha Tudor and served as the model for Tudor’s book A is for Annabelle.

deCordova New England Biennial 2016
October 14, 2016- January 15, 2017. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord
This exhibition represents deCordova’s longstanding commitment to artists working in New England, celebrating the most compelling and ambitious art-making in the region. The sixteen artists selected for the Biennial are from across all six northeastern states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Their work represents a broad range of experience and explores diverse mediums and themes. These include creative translations of the natural world, innovations in abstraction, and investigations of digital processes and communication. Each artist is making a significant contribution to the contemporary art dialogue in New England today through the originality and dedication to excellence in their work.

The Biennial showcases recent works of art and newly commissioned installations that fill the main galleries of the Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. It was organized by Jennifer Gross, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Sarah Montross, Associate Curator.

West Side Story
November 1- 20, Beverly
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world filled with hate, violence and prejudice is one of this country’s most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Sam Barber’s Cape Cod: Reflections of Fifty Years
November 10, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

November 10, 2016
A comprehensive exhibition celebrating the landscape painting of one of Cape Cod’s signature artists, who is celebrating fifty years of working on the Cape.

Manton Research Center
Clark Art Institute, November 12, 2016
The Clark is opening its newly renovated Manton Research Center, the final part of the Clark’s multi-year campus expansion program.

The Davis Reimagined: A Day-long Exploration
November 12, 11am-5pm, Davis Museum at Wellesley College
Explore the Davis’ extraordinary permanent collections through a new lens as the museum activate the galleries with a day of performances, talks, art making, and workshops. Create your own program: drop in for one presentation, or stay for more.

Fountain Street Open Studios Weekend
November 12 and 13, 11am-5pm, 59 Fountain Street, Framingham.
The largest artists collaborative outside of Boston opens its 5 floors in our historic mill space.  Meet painters, sculptors, photographers, fabric and jewelry designers who are offering special creations in time for holiday shopping.

Wang Leehom Concert
November 13 – Symphony Hall, Boston
Chinese-American pop superstar and Berklee alumnus Wang Leehom ’99 will join an international cast of Berklee students on the stage at Boston’s historic Symphony Hall to perform the music that has earned him the crown as the King of Chinese Pop.

Mondays at the James
November 14, 21, January 2017 – The James Library 24 West Street, Norwell
Mondays at the James, a new series of informational, educational, and interactional events led by local experts and leaders, starts this September. All events are held at the James Library & Center for the Arts at 24 West Street in Norwell Center, are free, open to everyone, and speak to the James’ mission of inspiring creativity, learning, and an appreciation of the arts through music, visual, and literary programs.

Paradise City Arts Festival
November 18-20; Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough
Paradise City Marlborough brings together 175 outstanding American artists and master craft makers to exhibit at Metro Boston’s most exciting juried fair. Sculpture and paintings are displayed alongside one-of-a-kind home furnishings, dazzling jewelry, and fashion fit for a holiday gala. This show is a destination for decorators and discerning homeowners as well as a favorite source for special gifts that transcend expections.

  • Friday: 10am-5pm; Saturday: 10am-6pm; Sunday: 11m-5pm
  • Adults $13, seniors $12, students $8, under 12 is free

Concord Museum Family Trees
November 23, 2016 – January 2, 2017, Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord
A love of books and reading is a lifelong treasure passed from adult to child, from generation to generation. Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature at the Concord Museum in historic Concord, Massachusetts gives Concord’s renowned literary tradition a creative twist.  During the holiday season, the Museum’s galleries are filled with more than 30 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.

Going to See the Kid – Merrimack Repertory Theatre
November 30- December 24, 2016, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E Merrimack St, Lowell
On the assignment of a lifetime, two reporters head for Florida at Christmastime, trying to land a final interview with aging Red Sox legend Ted Williams. One’s a rookie; the other, a seasoned pro. And both will learn the inestimable value of teammates— on and off the field. A loving testament to the light that shines on long after the last pitch is thrown, and the holiday spirit that overcomes any distance.

Elements Theatre Co. presents Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning All My Sons
Paraclete House at the Community of Jesus, Orleans, MA
December 11-12, 18-19, 7:30PM & December 13 & 20, 3PM
Pre-performance lunch Dec. 13 & 20 at 1PM
As we look toward a new face of theatre, impacted by Shakespeare, Elements will perform Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, All My Sons, directed by Joanna Weir-Ouston, from London, England. In post-World War II America, the return of a family friend starts a string of events that unwittingly leads the Kellers–a family crippled by loss, denial, and secrets–to exposure and painful consequences.

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play
Friday, December 9 at 7 pm at The Arts Block, downtown Greenfield
Saturday, December 10 at 7 pm at The Centennial House, 94 Main Street, Northfield
Sunday, December 11 at 4 pm at The Deerfield Inn, Old Main Street, Deerfield
A live radio version this holiday favorite. Silverthorne Theater Company celebrates the holiday season with a special family presentation of this Dickens favorite, performed as a 1930s radio play. Six actors voice 30+ characters.

Throwing Up Bunnies: The Irreverent Interlopings of Triple Candie, 2001–2016 at Addison Gallery of Art
Opens January 21, 2017 – April 2, 2017, Addision Gallery of Art
Vilified by some, revered by others, and always generating lively discussion, Triple Candie was called “Manhattan’s one truly alternative space” by The New York Times and “one of the most mysterious and contemporary art institutions on the contemporary scene” by the Milan-based publication Domus. While the gallery in Harlem no longer exists, Triple Candie continues to produce exhibitions that are presented throughout the world with the goal of posing fundamental questions about the value of art and the nature of artistic experience.

Ashfield Town Spectacle
June 3 & 4, 2017
The Ashfield Town Spectacle will use the whole town as the set, the entire history of the town as the subject, and the community as the performers. A celebration of tolerance, courage, and the choices we make to maintain our freedom, the story will be defined by the dynamic spirit of the land, the elaboration of its beauty, and the visceral freedom of its inhabitants.