Marion Art Center News

Art in Bloom: The Marion Art Center, located at 80 Pleasant Street, is pleased to announce the opening of two exhibitions on June 7. An opening reception in honor of the artists will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. In conjunction with the two exhibitions, members of the Marion Garden Discussion Group will interpret the select paintings using floral arrangements. The floral arrangements will be on display during the opening and will be part of the exhibitions as long as the arrangements last. Members of the Marion Garden Group have presented Art in Bloom every year for many years. Gallery goers are always delighted by the many ways the paintings are interpreted: sometimes dramatic, sometimes humorous, and always worth a second look!

Marion artist Mary Jane McCoy will be exhibiting her acrylic and oil paintings in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery, and New York artist Arthur Kvarnstrom will be exhibiting his plein air watercolors in the Patsy Francis Gallery. The two exhibitions will run from June 7 through July 13.

The Marion Art Center Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

2013 Summer Musical Theater Program Accepting Applications: The Young People’s Musical Theater Class is for boys and girls who will be entering grades 4-8, and will take place each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm for four weeks. The first class is July 9 through August 1.

Classes will focus on developing stage presence, creativity, and talent through acting, singing, dance, theater games and improvisation. The final class on August 1 will be a performance of a Musical Revue featuring the students in solos, duets and group numbers.    Leading the program will be Kimberly Teves, a veteran performer with over 30 years of experience in musical theatre. Local audiences may remember her from performances in MAC’s productions of: Sylvia, Rumors, Imagine: An American Girl Revue, Gold in the Hills, Love Changes Everything, and last summer’s musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! Kim has been teaching this class for the last four years.

The fee for the four-week session is $160 for MAC members and $175 for non-members. To register and pay for this program online, please visit the MAC website at and click on “Register.” Then click on “2013 SUMMER Young People’s Musical Theater Class – On Line Registration Form.” For more information, please call 508-748-1266 or stop by the Marion Art Center at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion during Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm or on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for ARTSTART: Marion Art Center’s summer art program for children ages four-and-a-half to nine is back! Founded in 1985, ARTSTART meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. The activities include arts & crafts, theater, music, stories and dance. Children are grouped by age and participate in all three activities every day. Snacks are provided by the MAC. There are three two-week sessions beginning June 26. Each session has a unique theme, and there is an informal production at the end of each session where the children act, create costumes, sets and help write the plays.

The staff is made up of certified teachers as activity heads supported by caring and talented counselors. Nancy Sparklin is the Program Director. For more information, please call 508-748-1266 or visit our website at and click on the ARTSTART tab to Register and Pay online.

Seventh Annual Arts in the Park: On July 6 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Marion Art Center will host its Seventh Annual Arts in the Park at Bicentennial Park. A wide variety of fine art and crafts will be displayed in tents throughout the Park. Arts in the Park is a juried show and sale featuring local artists and artisans who will be offering jewelry, glass, paintings and prints, ceramics, textiles, collage, photography, turned, carved and painted wood, garden sculpture and garden furniture. There will be food, music and more. Over 40 artists and artisans will be exhibiting their work. Food and beverage will be offered by Harriett’s Catering.

There will be a raffle of artwork that has been donated by the artist exhibitors. Raffle tickets will be $1 and can be purchased throughout the day. The proceeds of the raffle will benefit the Marion Art Center.

Bicentennial Park is located at the corner of Main Street and Spring Street, where there is plenty of free parking. Admission is free.

This year’s exhibitors will include:

Ceramic artists: Kim Barry, Chrissy Feiteira, Karen Zaharee, Sheilagh Flynn, Teri MacMillan, Tessa Morgan, Liz Rodriguez and Pat Warwick. Fiber creations will be offered by Liz Howland (hand-dyed silk scarves and shawls, as well as cloth bags by Michelle Dodd). Fine jewelry will be offered by Adler Grier, Emily Condon, Lynn Hahn, Trish Kozub, Karen Silvia, Sarah Morse, Toni Cardoza, Julie Andrews-Maness, Julie Kohaya and Harmony Winters. Paintings, prints, photographs and collage will be offered by Mary Ross, Kim Weineck, Alice Shire and Claudin Poyant. Handcrafted bags and accessories will be offered by Sophie Truong (leather bags) and Michelle Dodd (cloth bags). Barbara Harrold will be selling her whimsical puppets. Painted objects and furniture will include Sarah Brown’s hand-painted chairs and tables, Lissa Magauran’s painted cans and Sarah Minor’s painted floor cloths. Garden sculpture and furniture: Stephen Koleshis and Paul Trenouth. James Gallagher will offer his delightful folk-art fish. Glass creations will be offered by Jackie Pinheiro and Liza Abelson, and hand-crafted soaps by Jennifer Marie Hofman will round out the show.

Marion Art Center’s galleries will be open during the event. Visitors are invited to come inside and see the current exhibition of paintings in the Galleries as well as check out a “Remainder Sale” of art, books and more!

For more information, please visit: and click on the Arts in the Park tab, or call 508-748-1266.

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