Members’ Exhibition 2017 – Call For Artists


  • Delivery Dates: November 16th, 17th & 18th; 10am – 4pm
  • Exhibition: December 9th, 2017 – February 1st, 2018
  • Opening Awards Reception: Saturday, December 9th; 2 – 4pm


An important Attleboro Arts Museum (AAM) member benefit is the opportunity to annually exhibit original artwork in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery. In the spirit of our tagline – Arts for Everyone – all work is accepted into this exhibition. Once the work is exhibited, a guest juror will award prizes.


Please visit our Calls for Artists page for a full prospectus.



© Pamela Benham (detail)




The Auctioneer



The Attleboro Arts Museum’s Art Lovers Book Club launched in January 2010. A dynamic Museum member proposed this artful Book Club idea and the program was launched on a trial basis. After the success of the first meeting it was clear that the Book Club should live on.

Next Meeting of the Art Lovers Book Club:

Saturday, October 21st, 2017, from 2-4pm

The Auctioneer: Adventures in the Art Trade by Simon de Pury



In “The Auctioneer,” Simon de Pury, a  distinguished auctioneer and art dealer, provides an account of his flashy career and today’s soaring art market, revealing a jet-setting, powerful, and private club of elites who buy, sell, and collect the world’s most expensive art.

Speaker: Chris Barber, Deputy Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers.  

Reservations are not required, but are appreciated.  Please call 508-222-2644 x10 or email by October 19th.  

This event is free and open to readers of the book – as well as those that are interested in the featured topic. 


About Chris Barber

Chris Barber is a specialist in Skinner’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department. His special areas of interest are American furniture and 19th century folk art. Chris has also had experience working with 18th and 19th century American clocks, nautical and maritime art and antiques, and cataloged an extensive collection of early microscopes.

Chris joined Skinner 2004, and since that time has expanded his role to include auctioneering. An avid supporter of the arts, Chris is a member of the Museum Council at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and often lends his talents to supporting art and antique appraisal events for non-profit and corporate institutions. Prior to joining Skinner, Chris was a member of the American Paintings and Sculpture Department at Christie’s auction house in New York.  He has served as the auctioneer at the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Benefit Art Auction for the past several years and, by popular demand, will be leading the Museum’s 2017 Auction on November 4th.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.



Learn more about The Art Lovers Book Club



On view in the Ottmar Gallery during this event:

The Attleboro Arts Museum’s 26th Benefit Art Auction Spotlight Exhibition.




Grand Wine Tasting


Grand Wine Tasting

Presented by City Spirits

All proceeds benefit arts programming at the Attleboro Arts Museum.

Over 100 wines to sample along with a selection of craft beers.

Light fare offerings will be provided.

Friday, October 27th, 2017

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Wine Tasting Location:

Attleboro Arts Museum

86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

Telephone: 508.222.2644

Tickets are $15 each, payable to the Attleboro Arts Museum.

Tickets are now on sale at the City Spirits locations listed below

and the Attleboro Arts Museum. 



City Spirits Attleboro, 74-76 Park St., 508-226-7901

City Spirits II Attleboro, 524 Pleasant St., 508-222-2739

City Spirits North Attleboro, 271 E. Washington St., 508-643-1160



2017 Benefit Art Auction



Auction Tickets Are Now On Sale!

$35 in advance, $40 at the door 

(includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer).

Call 508-222-2644 x10 to purchase your tickets.




Dear Museum Friends:

I invite you to join a group of prestigious artists and collectors in supporting the Attleboro Arts Museum by donating to our 26th Benefit Art Auction.  The Auction, to be held on Saturday, November 4th, 2017, is regarded as a powerful opportunity to contribute to a vital cultural resource and for you and your artwork to gain valuable exposure.

We are asking for donations of framed or gallery-finished original art, and handmade gifts, crafts and objects created for the home from artists or collectors – as well as special items such as access to vacation homes or tickets to popular shows or attractions. All donations should be delivered to the Museum from Sept. 5th – 23rd, (Tues – Sat, 10am – 4pm).  We will gladly accept up to two pieces per donor.  Each piece should be accompanied by a completed donation form.  Please plan to deliver your donation(s) no later than September 23rd to maximize your items in advance of the auction.  


Each donor of up to two items will receive:

  • A one-year Museum Artist or Individual Membership ($35 value)
  • One $35 Auction ticket (includes hors d’oeuvres & wine/beer)
  • Revenue sharing up to 20% on the sale of items valued at $300 or more
  • Marketing exposure on the Web and in the Museum’s gallery
  • An artist biography included in our full-color keepsake Auction catalog



All donations will be on display in our gallery as part of our Spotlight Exhibition, opening on Thursday, October 12th with an opening reception at 6pm.  The live/silent Auction event will be held on Saturday, November 4th, 2017. 

We encourage donors to contribute artwork that best represents their current style and standard, as our online Auction and your artist profile reaches a broad audience of collectors and buyers. Download a donation form for your work.

Feel free to contact the Museum at 508-222-2644 x13 or with any questions.  Please accept my sincere thanks in advance for your support, generosity and much appreciated partnership.  We are grateful for your participation and look forward to receiving your donation(s)!


Warm regards,

Mim Fawcett

Executive Director & Chief Curator

Attleboro Arts Museum


P.S. We are sincerely grateful for the impressive donations in 2016.  Please honor us with your fine work and keep the standard of this year’s Auction just as strong. 







26th Benefit Art Auction

Auctioneer: Chris Barber, Skinner.

Saturday, November 4th, 2017; Doors open at 5 p.m.

Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door (Includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer)

Call 508-222-2644 x10 to purchase your tickets today.



Auction Spotlight Exhibition

(View auction items before the live/silent event)

October 12th    November 1st

Opening Reception/Sponsor Recognition:

Thursday, October 12th, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Open to all.



Online Bidding: October 12th – November 1st

Start bidding in advance of the live/silent auction.



Thank you to our generous sponsors!


  • City Spirits
  • Mansfield Bank
  • Rockland Trust
  • Russell Morin Catering & Events
  • Sensata Technologies
  • The Sun Chronicle


  • Bristol County Savings Bank
  • Collins, Smith & O’Connor, LLP


  • Bliss Bros. Dairy
  • Castro, Thresher & Oliveira, PC
  • RSM
  • Willow Tree Farm



Image: Seaside Serenade (detail) by Richard Harrington.  This monotype is a 2017 Benefit Auction donation. 



Three – A National Juried Exhibition

The Attleboro Arts Museum announces its 2018 National Juried Exhibition Theme: Three


Open to all mediums, sizes and interpretations of the number three

Three meals a day; the fading three-ring circus; three strikes – you’re out; a quiet still life of three ripe pears; three’s a crowd; the Three Musketeers; leaves of three – let it be; a shiny tricycle; the Bermuda Triangle; the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria; the Three Fates; the sun, moon and stars; the Holy Trinity; Picasso’s Three Musicians … a prime challenge with a magic number!

At this point we ask that you get those creative juices flowing and note the submission timeline below:  

  • January 2018: Call for artists prospectus posted
  • Mid/late April 2018: Deadline for all submissions (collected via CaFÉ™
  • June – July 2018: Three Exhibition 




Image: Mandy Rusk-Shamrell

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: 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 The Museum is handicap accessible.






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