Flower Show Save the Date & Calls for Artists

2017 Theme: Jewels of the Garden
Thursday, March 23rd – Sunday, March 26th
Hours: Thurs-Sat: 9:30am-4pm, Sun: 12-4pm


Get a sneak peak at the gardens during “All That Glitters,” our 2017 Benefit Preview! 

  • Wednesday, March 22nd from 6-8pm
  • Featuring live music from pianist Mark Taber
  • Be one of the first to see the Flower Show before it opens to the public on March 23rd.
  • Tickets are now on sale.  508-222-2644 x10
  • $15 for Museum members; $17 for non-members

Colorful gardens and displays of fresh flowers and plants will fill the Museum’s galleries during the 21st annual Flower Show – the Attleboro Arts Museum’s vibrant salute to art and nature. The event’s theme, “Jewels of the Garden,” will be represented by exhibits, attractions and programs that reflect brilliant gems, a vibrant pallet and all that glitters.  While the Flower Show traditionally spotlights the long-awaited arrival of spring, the 2017 theme of this community-rooted event also pays tribute to the City of Attleboro’s rich history of jewelry manufacturing and design.


Flower Show Calls for Artists

Now celebrating its 21st year, the Flower Show is one of the Attleboro Arts Museum’s most popular events.  The Show’s nature-themed art exhibition is center-stage and the Flowers in Fashion exhibit is adjacent to our high-traffic cafe. Typically over 1,500 visitors attend the Flower Show. 

To learn more about the Flower Show’s two artist calls visit our calls for artists page and scroll down to the Flower Show listings. 


2017 Flower Show Daily Attractions

Theme: Jewels of the Garden

Admission each day is $3; children 9 years and under are free. Daytime attractions are free with daily admission.        
Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.  Tele: 508.222.2644

Floral and Landscape Exhibitions by:

  • Art Set, Attleboro
  • Attleboro Farms, N. Attleborough
  • Briggs Nursery, N. Attleborough
  • Flowers by the Station, Attleboro
  • Helping Hands Florist, Plainville
  • Oracle Landscape & Lindsey Epstein Pottery, LLC, Tiverton, RI
  • Nolan’s Flowers & Gifts, N. Attleborough
  • Norfolk County Agricultural High School, Walpole


Ongoing highlights:

  • Nature-themed Art Exhibition
  • Kids’ Crafts*
  • Expanded Museum Gift Shop
  • URI Master Gardeners
  • Attleboro High School Live Plant Sale**
  • Attleboro Garden Club Info
  • Live Painting Demonstrations
  • Attleboro Farmers Market Info
  • Remarkable Raffles
  • Attleboro Land Trust Info
  • Neal Drobnis Glass Lawn Ornament Boutique
  • Items Found in Nature by Metal Artist Abraham Megerdichian 
  • Emerald Necklace Floral Designs***


*Sponsored by Attleboro Garden Club  

**Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Attleboro

***Sponsored by Norton Cultural Council



Wed., March 22:    

Benefit Preview (6-8pm) : All that Glitters! See the gardens before the Flower Show opens to the public.  Featuring live music from Mark Taber.

Exclusive Preview Attractions (only available at March 22nd event):

  • The Work of Metal Artist Abraham Megerdichian – Items Found in Nature. Meet the artist’s son, Robert Megerdichian, at the Preview event.
  • Jewelry Appraisals from Industry-expert Jennifer Camp. Our theme of “Jewels of the Garden” has inspired a special Flower Show Benefit Preview attraction. 25 complimentary jewelry appraisals will be offered to Preview guests. Family treasures will be discussed and evaluated. Imagine the Flower Show meets Antiques Roadshow.

$15 for Museum members; $17 for non-members.  Call 508-222-2644 x10 to purchase tickets and schedule a jewelry appraisal appointment with expert Jennifer Camp (space is limited).

About our Appraiser

Jennifer Camp was drawn to jewelry at a young age.  During every family outing to a museum she would head right for the jewelry, ancient through modern. By high school she was regularly attending silversmithing classes at a local arts and crafts center, deepening her understanding of jewelry construction. Upon graduation from Boston College, Jennifer took a job with two well known local silversmiths, Claire Sanford and Mary Hughes. Each studio hand-fabricated art jewelry purchased by galleries and museum shops nationwide.

Jennifer went on to hold a management position at Shreve, Crump & Low, and learned about finer jewelry, gemstones, pearls, watches and silver. It was at this time that she began attending local auctions and seriously studying antique jewelry. This led to an invitation to work at Grogan and Company Auctioneers and Appraisers in the jewelry department.

Twenty years later Jennifer is still affiliated with Grogan and Company, and attends every wonderful auction. Most recently she was employed at Firestone and Parson, where she received the finest of educations in antique jewelry and silver. 

Jewelry appraisals are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Attleboro.


Thurs., March 23:    9:30am – 4pm

Sponsors of the Day: Joanne and Pret Stevenson

9:30-11:30am: Continental breakfast in the Bling Café
9:30am-4pm: Design a natural keepsake with gardener Kim Sestak (day 1 of 4) – Ottmar Gallery
10-10:30am: Storytime with Krystal Brown of the Attleboro Public Library – Ottmar Gallery
10:30-11am: Capron Park Zoo Live Animal Show #1 – Clay Room
11:15-11:45am: Capron Park Zoo Live Animal Show #2 – Clay Room (An encore presentation)
11:15-11:45am: Mass Audubon Oak Knoll & Attleboro Springs Hidden Jewels of the Garden – Ottmar Gallery
11:30am-2pm: Lunch and refreshments in the Bling Café
2-3pm: Pastries, tea and coffee in the Bling Café


Fri., March 24:    9:30am – 4pm

Sponsors of the Day: Max & Marion Volterra
9:30-11:30am: Continental breakfast in the Bling Café
9:30am-4pm: Design a natural keepsake with gardener Kim Sestak (day 2 of 4) – Ottmar Gallery
10-10:30am: Art Workshop (3-5yrs + adult) with Abby Rovaldi: “You Rock!” #1. Sponsored by Mansfield Bank – Clay Room
10:45-11:15am: Puppets, Music & Movement #1: Project Connect Family Center – Ottmar Gallery
11-11:30am: Art Workshop (3-5yrs + adult) with Abby Rovaldi: “You Rock!” #2 – Clay Room (An encore workshop)
11:30am-12pm: Puppets, Music & Movement #2 – Ottmar Gallery (An encore presentation)
11:30am-2pm: Lunch and refreshments in the Bling Café
2-3pm: Pastries, tea and coffee in the Bling Café


Sat., March 25:    9:30am – 4pm

Sponsors of the Day: Sarah Mott & Hans Schaefer – ART/SET
9:30-11:30am: Continental breakfast in the Bling Café
9:30am-4pm: Design a natural keepsake with gardener Kim Sestak (day 3 of 4) – Ottmar Gallery
10-11:30am: Mark Taber on piano. Sponsored by North Attleborough Cultural Council – Ottmar Gallery
10-11am: Art Workshop (5-8 yr. olds) with Abby Rovaldi: “You Rock!” Sponsored by Mansfield Bank – Clay Room  
11:30am-2pm: Lunch and refreshments in the Bling Café
1:30-2:30pm: Rainforest Reptiles Live Animal Program. Sponsored by Attleboro Cultural Council – Ottmar Gallery
2-3pm: Pastries, tea and coffee in the Bling Café
2:45-3:30pm: Big Ryan’s Storytelling & Puppets. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Attleboro – Clay Room


Sun., March 26:     12 – 4pm

Sponsor of the Day: LeachGarner
12-3pm: Pastries, lunch & refreshments in the Bling Café
12-4pm: Design a natural keepsake with gardener Kim Sestak (day 4 of 4) – Ottmar Gallery
12-4pm: Friends of the Attleboro Animal Shelter (FAAS). Learn about local pets – Ottmar Gallery    
12:30-2pm: Live folk music performances from: Buck & Winnie, Ellen & Friends, and Andy Solberg. Sponsored by North Attleborough Cultural Council – Bling Café
12:30-3:30pm: Soil Testing offered by URI Master Gardeners. Bring a sample of soil – Ottmar Gallery
2:15-3:15pm: Animal Adventures Live Animal Show. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Attleboro – Ottmar Gallery
3:45pm: CLOSING CEREMONIES: raffles and awards announced – Ottmar Gallery



  • Floral and landscape displays.
  • Art exhibition of floral, landscape, wildlife subjects and other expressions of the natural world.
  • The Bling Café offers continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments provided by Morin’s Diner of Attleboro, MA – Lower level. The Bling Café is sponsored each day by Marcus Robbins.
  • NEW! Flowers in Fashion: Emerald Necklace Floral Designs – Floral jewelry is all the rage! View necklaces constructed of live and dried materials that pay tribute to the work of landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead. Sponsored by Norton Cultural Council – Lower Level.
  • NEW! Lawn Ornaments by Master Artist in Glass, Neal Drobnis – an exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind glassworks for the lawn and garden (pictured). Drobnis has created a line of jewel-like works that enliven gardens with unique forms and bursts of color – Lower Level.
  • NEW! Belugas, One of Many – A public art installation from Wheaton College        interdepartmental research interns that have partnered with local school districts (Norton, MA and others). Learn how Beluga Whales are becoming an endangered species due to climate change.  
  • Kids’ Crafts: Museum art projects sponsored by the Attleboro Garden Club.
  • An expanded Museum Gift Shop filled with eye-catching and irresistible accessories, jewelry, home goods, garden-inspired décor and more.
  • URI Master Gardeners information
  • Attleboro Land Trust information
  • Attleboro Farmers Market Information
  • Attleboro Garden Club provides club information
  • Twelve Bling Café original floral centerpieces from Lynn Moore and Jessie Murphy.
  • Live painting from a talented team of professional artists including: Ben Macomber, Andrea Warner, Mary Wojciechowski, Margo Lemieux, Lisa Granata, and Lisa Kretchman.
  • Flower Show Sponsor Wall: Local artists have designed and created a variety of original items that will allow you to take a part of the Flower Show home. All Flower Show sponsors will get one of these handmade pieces as thanks for their donation. The names of all donors will be displayed throughout the Flower Show. Sponsorships range in price from $5 – $100. Call 508-222-2644 x13 to learn more.
  • Live plant sale featuring edible greens and herbs from Attleboro High School’s “Garden To Table” program. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Attleboro – Lower Level.

Top image: H. Khorasani





Love of Place: Works from Twenty-One in Truro


Exhibition: April 8th to May 6th, 2017

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm


On Saturday, April 8th from 2-4pm:
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk from Twenty-One in Truro artists: Jerre Moriarty, Christie Velesig, Suzanne Packer and Heather Blume. Free and open to all.
Reservations are requested, but not required: 508-222-2644 x10 or office@attleboroartsmuseum.org

On Thursday, April 13th from 2-4pm:
Understanding Color – A workshop with Twenty-One in Truro artist Jane Lincoln. Free and open to all.
Reservations are required for the workshop. Space is limited.  Click here to register.


In 1999 twenty-one women convened for an artist’s retreat in Truro on Cape Cod. They painted in the area, and shared meals and ideas about creativity. A bond was formed and there was a commitment to return to Sladeville on the Pamet in Truro for a week each fall.

They share five cottages on the Pamet River where they paint, hike, kayak, photograph, read, talk, picnic, and absorb the open character of Truro. During this focused interval, the opportunity arises to express individual responses to the natural beauty of the Outer Cape. And during this time, dedicated to joy and ease, the twenty-one artists support one another in meeting the challenges of leading a creative life.  Learn more about Twenty-One in Truro.


Twenty-One in Truro Artists

  • Heather Blume
  • LaVerne Christopher
  • Michele Dangelo
  • Jane Eccles
  • Maryalice Eizenberg
  • Sarah Fielding-Ricci
  • Susan Hollis
  • Martine Jore
  • Jane Lincoln
  • Jerre Moriarty
  • Rosalie Nadeau
  • Kate Nelson
  • Carol Odell
  • Julie Olander
  • Suzanne M. Packer
  • Jo Ann Ritter
  • M’Lou Sorrin
  • Lorraine Trenholm
  • Christie Velesig
  • Linda S. Young
  • Joyce Zavorskas



LINE – A National Juried Exhibition

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LINE – A National Juried Exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum

Open to all mediums, sizes & concepts that relate to, or include, a line. Imagine … a chorus line, signing on the dotted line, horizon lines, jump ropes, a police line up, waiting in TSA lines, cross-hatching, long and winding roads, zip lines, crossing the picket line, lines in the sand, tally marks … where and how do you draw the line?  LINE will be on display at the Attleboro Arts Museum from June 15 – July 15, 2017. Six prizes of $100 each will be awarded.



Click here to be connected to the LINE call on CaFÉ.

  • All entries must be submitted through CaFÉ (CallForEntry.org) by Tuesday, April 25th at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time.
  • Email or hand-delivered entries will not be accepted.



View a complete LINE prospectus on our “Calls for Artists” page.


Then and Now 2017



Then and Now 2017 – Interpretations of Selections from the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Permanent Collection

February 15th – March 4th, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, February 17th from 7 – 8:30pm.  Free an open to all. Reservations are requested, but not required.  508-222-2644 x10 or office@attleboroartsmuseum.org


During the early years of the Attleboro Arts Museum several area residents supported the organization by gifting fine art, memorabilia and items of aesthetic and historical interest. These donations came to form the Museum’s permanent collection. Today, the Museum presents an annual winter exhibition featuring collection highlights. These yearly shows allow the organization to share segments of its holdings and honor exceptional works donated by its early patrons.


In 2016 our permanent collection show, Then and Now, featured the Museum’s art and objects – alongside original interpretations from invited artists. The response to this show was overwhelmingly positive, and has prompted an encore exhibition – Then and Now 2017. The 2017 show will spotlight the original work of newly invited artists responding to different selections from the collection.


Each participating Then and Now artist has selected one or more designated pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection.  The artists will utilize their select work(s) as a point of departure for assembling a response in the media of their choice.




Pictured: Groucho Marx by Al Hirshfeld, interpreted by Barbara Ottmar for Then and Now 2016.


2017 Exhibiting Artists

  • Lisa G. Bailey
  • John Davis
  • Shelly Eager
  • Nancy Gaucher-Thomas
  • Christian Goncalves
  • Bonnie Jaffe
  • Marc Jaffe
  • Matt Kattman
  • Richard Kattman
  • Margo Lemieux
  • Tracey J. Maroni
  • Valerie Maser-Flanagan
  • Alice Nolan Merlone
  • Sarah Meyers Brent
  • Stephanie N. Miksis
  • Karole Nicholson
  • Linda Pearlman Karlsberg
  • Mimo Gordon Riley
  • CW Roelle
  • Gretchen Dow Simpson
  • Mari-Ann Suvari
  • Don Swavely
  • Colleen Vandeventer
  • Carol Wontkowski


Pictured at top: Artist Stephanie N. Miksis explores an item from the Attleboro Arts Museum’s permanent collection for her interpretation to be displayed in Then and Now 2017.

Teen Docent Program

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Attleboro Arts Museum Teen Docents lead museum tours and educational experiences for children and families.

Teen Docents are volunteers that come from all backgrounds and interests, but they all share a common passion for art and engaging with children and families.

All docents will receive free training from Museum staff. No prior museum experience is required.

This program is open to students in grades 9 – 12.

The Teen Docent Program is a community service opportunity. Participants gain service credit during the summer and school year.

Interested? Email: office@attleboroartsmuseum.org using the subject ”TEEN DOCENT.”

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A teen docent, Liz, discusses the work of “8 Visions” exhibition artists with young art campers.



Arts A Blast – Create Your Own Custom Art Class at the Attleboro Arts Museum

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A Creative Night Out With Your Friends!

With seven or more friends you can design your own custom art class at the Attleboro Arts Museum. We have wonderful instructors who specialize in everything from drawing, painting, ceramics, and more! This is a great birthday party idea, friend’s creative outing or family bonding time.

The Attleboro Arts Museum is happy to coordinate with each group on scheduling a custom art class. Of note: custom art classes are subject to scheduling constraints due to Museum programs, exhibitions and events. Please contact us at least 1 month in advance for booking a custom art class.


Choose from our most popular art class options:

  • Still-life Drawing in Charcoals or Pastels
  • Landscape Painting in Acrylics or Watercolors
  • Specialty Art Classes (additional fees may apply): Beginner’s Pottery Wheel; Encaustic Painting; Digital Photography and more!


A 3 hour session starts at $32 mem; $38 non-mem per person!

A minimum of 7 students is required. Additional fees may apply for specialty art classes.


Your custom-designed art class will go at your pace and focus specifically on your group’s interests and creative goals. We can accommodate any age group and any skill level. All you need is the desire to create! Students under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult (18+ years).


TO SCHEDULE A CUSTOM ART CLASS: Please contact Abby Rovaldi, AAM Programs Coordinator at 508-222-2644 x15 or arovaldi@attleboroartsmuseum.org. The Museum is handicap accessible.






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