In Marion, Spring Time is Art Time

            ArtWeek is returning to Marion this year April 26 – May 5, but in the time leading up to then, it’s an entire Art Month at the Elizabeth Taber Library, with plenty of events to inspire the artist in you.

            Anyone can stop by the library and create their own pin back button to hang on the library’s growing button mural that is beginning to sprawl across the wall near the children’s section. The library will provide all the supplies while you provide the creativity.

            From April 14 – 16, the library is hosting comic craft drop-ins where you can create art inspired by your favorite comic books. 
            Join fellow budding artists onApril 22from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm for a little session of Jackson Pollock-esque drip art painting.

            Then on April 29, stop by the library from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm for an event titled “Rock Painting & Transformative Art Program.”

            Pre-register for these events if you’d like by calling 508-748-1251, or drop by to see what everyone else is making.

            The Marion Art Center (MAC) has released its schedule of events for ArtWeek, with 12unique events over 10 days, all focused on music, theater, history, visual arts and crafts, and arts experiences for children, seniors, and families.

            With the help of generous donors from ArtWeek 2018 and community partners such as the Council on Aging and the Sippican Historical Society, the MAC is able to offer a multitude of programs in keeping with the ArtWeek mission to offer events at low cost to the public. Many ArtWeek events at the MAC are free!

            Witness a poetry knockout between Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, join an authentic New Orleans-style jam session, bring the kids to make instruments and costumes out of recycled materials, or paint your own coastal scene while tasting some great wines for the season – all during ArtWeek at the MAC, April 26 – May 5.

            There is a Jazz Jam at the MAC on May 4, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm ($12 per person). Sit in on an authentic New-Orleans-style jam session with professional musicians. Bring your instrument, or just listen and enjoy!

            Come by for some Irish step dancing at the MAC, April 27, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, and enjoy a free a performance. Stay after for a free lesson in dance! Fun for the whole family!

            OnApril 27, come by for the Process Art Party: Found Object Instruments from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. This free kids and family workshop incorporates art making, music, and movement!

            There is a MAC New Play Reading of “Cedar Beach”, written by Mark Howland: on April 29, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Hear a reading of an original play and join the discussion during a feedback session! This event is free!

            Then it’s Dickinson vs. Whitman, the Poetry Knockout on May 3, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ($10 per person). Come see a poetry dual and enjoy original readings by local poets. Submit your own poem to the MAC for a chance to read.

            There’s a Feng Shui Workshop on April 26, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ($15 per person), when you can join Cid Tamagno, Feng Shui specialist and artist, for this fun and creative workshop.

            Join the MAC for a Cecil Clark Davis Walking Tour and Tea on April 28, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ($5 per person). The event starts at the Marion Music Hall for the guided tour, and see the works of Marion’s own Cecil Clark Davis.

            Why not join Jill Sanford for a special program titled “Art for Your Mind: Why So Famous?” Ever wonder why some artworks are so famous? Find out on April 30, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ($5 per person).

            OnMay 1 isPaint and Sip at the MAC” from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ($30 per person). Try out painting with water-based acrylics while sipping wine in a relaxed workshop and take home your own painting.

            Shibori Scarves with Jodi Stevens is scheduled for May 2, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm ($35 per person), when you can learn Shibori dyeing techniques and take home two scarves of your own.

            The Council on Aging is hosting “Seniors & Children: Create & Connect” at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community/Senior Center on May 4, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, a free, fun, intergenerational program where you can create a colorful, decorative tray in a workshop designed for seniors and children.

            Then it’s the MAC Sidewalk “Sale-abration” on May 5, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (free). Join us for a big sidewalk sale, family-friendly activities, and more! Chalk painting in the street with artist Tracy Barbosa will take place from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

            Registration is now open for ArtWeek. Visit

            ArtWeek, presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, has become an annual award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and has since expanded to serve communities across Massachusetts. Statewide partners include the Mass Cultural Council, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, as well as Mass Center for the Book, MASSCreative, MassHumanities, MassPoetry, New England Foundation for the Arts, New England Museum Association, Young Audiences of Massachusetts, and VSA Massachusetts.

            To learn more about our regional and local collaborators, as well as about the festival and its growth, visit

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