Art galore: Upcoming exhibitions & receptions to note

Above: Schools and Town agencies are getting ready for some upcoming art exhibitions. You may want to save the dates (images from flyers)

If you enjoy fine art exhibitions, you’re in luck. Between events at our schools and on downtown Main Street, we have quite a log going on in the next month. So here are some exhibits to note and dates to save.

Interestingly, all of these special exhibits have connections to art students and/or teachers.

Algonquin’s exhibitions

ARHS Spring Art Show flyerARHS visual arts students’ Spring Art Show

Opening Reception – Tuesday, May 14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, in the wrestling gym
(Exhibition will remain on display through May 24th)

The Gonk.Arts blog promotes:

Come and view the work, chat with the artists and enjoy a light snack. Then, stay for some Juried Art Awards and the NAHS [National Art Honor Society] Induction Ceremony. This is a great night to come and support the Arts!

The Harbinger detailed:

Opening May 14, the Algonquin art show will be hosted by fine and performing art teachers George Hancin, Danielle DeCiero and Michelle Sheppard . . .

Why should students go?

“Rarely in their lives will they ever have another chance to see such a great array of teenage artwork at such a high level,” Hancin said. “This is the one chance in their [students’] life to see such great work by students they know and are their peers. They’ll be able to see another side of kids. They don’t realize how talented they are and they’ll never have another chance to do that again. They really need to come and see it.”

What can we look forward to seeing?

“Every year is new and different,” Deciero said. “We have new… [students, and] the seniors this year are probably making work that’s different than the seniors last year. It’s just good to see how some of the same projects have been approached differently this year versus in years prior. We’re really hoping that people can come in and take a look and appreciate… how our show grows and changes with the ups and flows of our students every year”.

The story also recognized that this is the school’s last art show that will feature works completed under Hancin’s guidance. That leads us to the school’s June showcase. . .

Hancin's farewell exibition flyerHancin’s Farewell Exhibition

Special Reception – June 6, 6:00 pm, in the Borough’s Gallery – room C211

The Gonk.Arts blog promotes:

George Hancin has been a teacher here at Algonquin Regional High School for 23 years, and is retiring this June! Come and wish him luck in his retirement, while viewing his collection of personal artworks from over the years. This is your chance to stop in and honor this Algonquin Legend! Light refreshments will be served.

Downtown exhibitions – May 30th

Save the date for May 30th. It’s going to be a big one. The evening will feature two receptions coincidentally scheduled by community groups at locations kitty corner from each other. They are now working together to highlight a night of Art & Wellness. Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, here are the broad brushstrokes: 

Beyond the Art Classroom flyerBeyond the Art Classroom

Opening Reception – Thursday, May 30, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, at the Southborough Library, 25 Main St
(Exhibition will remain on display through June 1st)

The Southborough Cultural Arts Council is organizing “an Art & Design Exhibit featuring work by previous Southborough Students and Their Art Teachers.” The public is invited to enjoy “Light Refreshments & Comradery” from 6:00 – 6:30 pm that evening followed by an Artist Stroll to meet and greet the 20 artists.

Celebrate Wellness

Celebrate Wellness exhibition flyerSpecial Reception – Thursday, May 30, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, at the Community House, 28 Main St

As I previously posted, Southborough Youth and Family Services is organizing an art show to honor Mental Health Awareness month. The agency put out a call for art that fits the theme by relating to mental health, wellness, mindfulness, etc. and keeps in mind that it is a a family/community art show. (It’s not too late to take part – the application deadline is May 17th.)

The showcase will also feature work from students that took part in the agency’s Mindful Art program this spring.

The evening will include live music, refreshments, and presentation of the Laurie Sugarman-Whittier Wellness Award. 

The event is open to the public, but there is a suggested donation of $5 to Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission in support of Southborough Youth and Family Services prevention programs and social services.

Southborough Public Schools

Trottier art exhibitionTrottier Middle School – Art Elective Art Show

Exhibition on display June 3rd through 7th in the main lobby.

As long as I’m sharing dates, I’ll also throw in our middle school’s will be showing off works by 6th-8th graders that took Art as an Elective. (Image right is from a past exhibition tweeted by the school.)

Neary Art on the Trails announcementNeary School and Art on the Trails

Neary’s Art Department was excited to announce that they will again be part of the Art on the Trails exhibit at Beals Preserve. The school’s contribution to the “Marking Territory” exhibit will be a group project worked on by all of the school’s 4th and 5th graders.

Stay tuned for details on this year’s exhibition – though I am expecting the opening reception to be June 12th.

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