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30th Benefit Art Auction

This was posted on October 12th, 2021


  • Auction Preview Exhibition: View auction items in the Museum’s gallery from October 12th – November 5th, 2021
  • Online Bidding: October 12th – November 6th, 2021Browse the Auction lots, register and bid. Final Auction bidding begins Saturday, November 6th at 12pm, EST
  • Celebrate the Auction’s 30th anniversary at our 2021 Auction Salons: October 29th & November 5th


The Attleboro Arts Museum’s annual Benefit Art Auction is one of the Museum’s largest fundraising events of the year.  All proceeds from the Auction support the Museum’s community arts programs, exhibitions, operations, and Museum School art classes for all ages.  2021 marks the event’s 30th consecutive year, and although changes have been put in place to address health and safety concerns, the mission and strong appeal of the Auction remains firmly in place. 

  • 228 donations of original art as well as specialty items are on the virtual auction block with bids starting at approximately 40% of the value of each item. Some lots start for less.
  • These pieces were generously donated to the Museum by artists, collectors, area businesses and foundations. 
  • There is no buyer’s premium or tax collected on Auction purchases.
  • All donated pieces are part of an in-gallery Preview Exhibition offering potential bidders a chance to see and familiarize themselves with each item. The Preview Exhibition is on view in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery from Tuesday, October 12th through November 5th.
  • At the same time, the Auction can be viewed online through the Museum’s Benefit Art Auction platform – Bidsquare.  All those interested in bidding will first need to register and then can bid on all 228 lots.
  • No room to hang anything at home? Remember, original art makes a unique holiday gift. 


Auction Salons: Friday, October 29th & November 5th

This year the Auction’s customary, ticketed, in-gallery event (last held in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) converts to two ticketed Auction Salons designed to ring in the Auction’s 30th anniversary.

Musician Betsy Listenfelt
  • Guests at each event will be introduced to all auction lots, enjoy live acoustic music from Betsy Listenfelt, meet artists creating work in a variety of mediums in the Museum’s gallery and have a chance to win one of thirty prizes to celebrate the fundraiser’s thirtieth year.
  • Those interested in placing bids can be guided through the online process by Museum staff members.
  • SWEET TREAT! Each guest will leave the Salon with an artisan cupcake created by the talented bakers at Russ Morin Catering and Events.
  • The Salons have capacity limits to allow guests to comfortably navigate the Museum. The events will not include a live Auction, but will be a time to safely come together, celebrate the arts, and support the Museum and its mission. Masks are required to enter and are to be worn throughout evening.
The Salons both feature artists working live in the Museum’s gallery.

Two Auction Salons to choose from: Friday, October 29th, 7-9pm or Friday, November 5th, 7-9pm

Tickets to either event: $20 each for Museum members; $25 each for non-members. Purchase tickets:

  • Online
  • By visiting the Attleboro Arts Museum at 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
  • By phone at 508-222-2644 x10, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm


Extraordinary Auction Raffles

Proceeds from the sale of the Auction’s Extraordinary Raffles (and we do mean extraordinary) benefit Arts for Everyone!

Ticket Prices:

  • One: $ 3
  • Three: $ 8
  • Five: $12
  • Ten: $20

You can purchase tickets:

  • Online
  • By phone (508-222-2644 x10)
  • Visit the Museum’s gallery to see all raffle offerings and purchase tickets in person (Tuesday, October 12th – Saturday, November 5th from 10am – 5pm).
  • Auction Salon guests can also purchase raffle tickets during the Salons on either October 29th or November 5th from 7pm – 9pm.
Artist’s Raffle
Do It Yourself
Home Decor
iRobot Rumba
Vermont Country Store
  • Raffles winners will be contacted after 5pm on Saturday, November 6th, 2021. 
  • Winners (or an authorized representative) must pick up their raffle item(s) at the Museum from November 9th through the 13th, 2021 between 10am-5pm, the Museum is closed Sundays & Mondays. 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703. Telephone: 508-222-2644



Headline Sponsors: Bluestone Bank Charitable Foundation • Castro, Thresher & Oliveira, PC • City Spirits • Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation • Russell Morin Catering & Events • The Sun Chronicle.  Partner Sponsors: Bristol County Savings Bank • Collins, Smith & O’Connor, LLP • Sensata Technologies Foundation •  Friend Sponsors: Bliss Bros. Dairy • Providence Picture Frame • Willow Tree Farm.

Think Outside the Box

This was posted on August 20th, 2021

Public art enlivens and enhances cities and can turn public spaces into destinations.  Weaving visual art into an urban environment by offering public art encounters brings people together, creates pride-of-place and invites engagement. 

A collaboration between the City of Attleboro, Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Partnership, Keep Attleboro Beautiful, Attleboro Arts Museum, local artists and a downtown property owner has been activated to transform the surface of Attleboro’s sidewalk utility boxes into gallery-worthy works of art.   

The Fungus Among Us by Abby Rovaldi appears on a utility box in Attleboro’s Gilbert Perry Square.  This photo is a rendering of the completed box. 

Original drawings, paintings and digital creations from a team of artists that live and/or work in Attleboro encase six of the city’s utility boxes in the heart of the downtown. All of the artists, Tim Elliott, David R. Laferriere, Lindsay Nygaard, Abby Rovaldi, Kerry St. Pierre and Jess Tracey, have volunteered their time and talent to support the program.  

Each box is marked with a QR code. When viewers scan the code with a smartphone camera they’ll find a statement about the artwork pictured on a given box, background on each artist and an online survey to capture their feedback on the program.

This debut edition of Think Outside the Box serves as a pilot program.  It’s funded by the City of Attleboro, Keep Attleboro Beautiful and a private donation. Organizers hope to expand the program throughout the city and turn other basic, functional structures into contemporary, eye-catching street markers.

SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK! Let us know your thoughts on Think Outside the Box. Complete this brief survey:

Sponsorship opportunites for additional boxes are available.  Email to learn more. 

Think Outside the Box is produced by (in alpha order): Attleboro Arts Museum, City of Attleboro Department of Public Works, City of Attleboro Veteran’s Department, Cool Air Creations, Inc., Rick Correia, Laurie Drucker, George Durante, Catherine Feerick, Mim Brooks Fawcett, Mayor Paul Heroux, Brian Hodess, Kathy Ilkowitz, Keep Attleboro Beautiful, Transformative Development Initiative Partnership – Attleboro, MA.

Six of downtown Attleboro’s utility boxes are covered in original artwork by artists that live/work in the city.

Cuddy Court Creatures

This was posted on August 4th, 2021

From the Whimsical World of Artist Jess Tracey

Thomas H. Cuddy, Jr. CourtyardBetween Bank, Academy and North Main Streets, Attleboro, MA

Artist Jess Tracey at work in Attleboro’s newly established Thomas J. Cuddy Courtyard.

Take a few steps off downtown Attleboro’s North Main Street and you’ll soon be face-to-face with a super-sized anglerfish. Move past that unusual discovery and you’ll come across playful whales floating by a window seat on the Sanford Street garage.  

Welcome to the unexpected and delightful “Thomas H. Cuddy, Jr. Courtyard,” featuring mesmerizing creatures painted by artist and Attleboro native, Jess Tracey.  Thanks to funding provided by the Transformative Development Initiative from MassDevelopment, a partnership with the Attleboro Arts Museum, cooperation from adjacent building owners and businesses, and extensive effort from the City of Attleboro, Tracey is putting brush to brick, creating a whimsical world that is designed to distinguish Attleboro’s newly cultivated public space. 

Get out your smartphones. Public art is tailor-made for more than one selfie.  It helps individuals to connect to urban environments and creates pride-of-place. Coordinators of this project are eager to spread the word about Attleboro’s public spaces and the unique features that are being designed to enhance all visits to the downtown region.


The Sun Chronicle features the artwork of Jess Tracey in Cuddy Court:

Ollie’s Window by Jess Tracey.

Announcing: National Juried Exhibit Theme 2022

This was posted on July 1st, 2021


(Image: Wisteria (detail) by Ben Ryterband)

Open to all mediums, sizes and interpretations.

The need for connectivity has taken on a new meaning lately. After our dark days we’re all thirsty for engagement and a sense of belonging. The Attleboro Arts Museum invites all U.S. artists to respond to the concept of connectivity. Think …

  • Community
  • Technology systems, networks; the grid
  • Pen pals
  • Emotional bonds
  • Velcro
  • Electrical currents
  • Dating apps
  • Salt & pepper
  • The lost art of shaking hands
  • 23 and Me
  • Loneliness, isolation, social distancing
  • Other

We welcome collaborations, diptychs, triptychs.


Prospectus released: January 2022

Deadline for submissions on Cafe ( April 2022

Exhibition: June/July 2022

All School Show

This was posted on February 26th, 2021

The Attleboro Arts Museum will present its 9th Annual All School Show, in 2022.

Every Attleboro Arts Museum student is an artist – whether they are 5 years or 95 years – the designation is the same! We work to provide a welcoming, supportive and above all FUN environment for art students of all ages. Art encourages us to learn, explore, and expand our creativity and self-expression.

Whether students are beginners or advanced artists, to exhibit art it is an act of bravery.  Learning new art-making processes, experimenting with unique materials and exploring different ideas all lend a hand in building the self-confidence of our student artists. The All School Show provides the final step of the creative process – an opportunity for students to showcase their finished pieces alongside peers in a professional environment. 

The Attleboro Arts Museum offers a variety of hands-on and virtual arts experiences throughout the year, click to browse and register for upcoming art classes & workshops

Signs of the Times: Self-guided Tour

This was posted on February 19th, 2021

When the Attleboro Arts Museum opened its doors in 1923 several area residents supported the organization by gifting fine art, memorabilia and items of aesthetic and historical interest.  These donations came to form the majority of the museum’s permanent collection. 

Today, thanks to funding from a Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places grant from MassDevelopment, selections from the permanent collection are on view in a unique exhibition entitled Signs of the Times. This meandering display of art features replicas of permanent collection works imprinted on banners that are attached to downtown Attleboro’s light poles.  Signs of the Times is a coronavirus-safe way for participants to experience art and gain exposure to Attleboro’s downtown restaurants, businesses and attractions.  

You can learn about the work on view by participating in a complimentary self-guided tour. Let’s get started!



1. “At A Glance” – This is the most popular tour format for viewing on your mobile phone. Includes family-friendly worksheets, art making videos, and select videos from special guests.

Access the “At A Glance” Tour Now.

2. Download a pdf (includes family-friendly worksheets, art making videos, and select videos from special guests)

3. Audio (52:51) Hear the tour!


Banner #1

Located at 77 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 in front of Attleboro’s City Hall.

(Street parking is available near Banner #1 and throughout the tour)

  • The Signs of the Times tour has 22 banners stops
  • The full tour averages 1-1.5 hours
  • Participants can take the complete tour or break it down into parts over several days


View a self-guided tour map:


Kindly complete the quick 4-question survey when you have finished your tour.  Thank you.



There will be a series of several self-guided tours that will be added during 2021. Keep checking back for new additions!

Funding has been provided by the Commonwealth Places Program created by MassDevelopment.

Plan Your Museum Visit

This was posted on April 15th, 2020

To ensure the health and safety of Museum visitors, art students of all ages, and staff members, all guests are being asked to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Masks are required for entry and will be provided if needed
  • Please maintain a respectful distance between yourself and other visitors. Thank you.

Feel free to contact the Museum with any questions: 508-222-2644 x10.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Mim Brooks Fawcett

Executive Director and Chief Curator

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Lydia Dunham Sweet and Daughter, Ann Elizabeth Sweet (modified image) by Leprilete Sweet; oil. Attleboro Arts Museum Permanent Collection.

Art Demos – Create at Home!

This was posted on March 26th, 2020

We’ve been taping a series of free art demos featuring projects that are great to make at home using readily available household items.  These are easy and colorful projects to work on with kids – and adults will also enjoy the art-making experience.

Episode #1:
Birds on a Wire – a Mixed Media Project (with Miss Abby)
Episode #2:
Printmaking at Home (with Miss Abby)
Episode #3
Sunflowers (with Miss Abby)
A tribute to van Gogh’s “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884” painting that was recently stolen from a Dutch museum.
Episode #4
Cardboard Relief Portrait Project (demonstrated by Kerry St.Pierre)
Episode #5
Mandala Doodles with
Miss Abby

Episode #6
Drawing Live Cats with
Tina Beecher

Dedicated to Rose, one
of Tina’s cat models.
Episode #7
Need Some Inspiration?

Try a Doodle Transformation – with Miss Abby
Episode #8
“When Pigs Fly”
A Paper Mache Project with
Miss Abby

Episode #9
A Chalk Drawing Time-Lapse with Kerry St.Pierre
Episode #10
Painting Lilacs with

Mim Fawcett
Episode #11
Whimsical Springtime Still Life with Abby Rovaldi
Episode #12
Rosie the Pug – Creating a

Pet Portrait with
Kerry St.Pierre
Episode #13
“The Scream” with
Miss Abby
Episode #14
Drawing a Charcoal Still Life with Miss Abby
Episode #15
Drawing Dandelions
with Miss Abby
Episode #16
Fireworks – A Mixed Media Project with Miss Abby
Episode #17
A Grasshopper Colored Pencil Drawing with Ellie Huntress
Episode #18
Drawing the Human Skull with Lisa Granata
Episode #19
Pop Art Recycled Hearts


We encourage you to share these demos with your friends!

Thanks for watching. Consider making a donation of any size to support the Attleboro Arts Museum today. 

High Art

This was posted on September 4th, 2019

High Art is an annual exhibition showcasing the extraordinary talent and ideas of high school students enrolled in public, private, parochial, alternative, charter or homeschool programs. 

The Lamp Beside the Golden Door by Gustavo Prado.

High Art 2022: REFLECTIONS

In-gallery Exhibition:  May 17th – June 2nd, 2022



Reflect on the world around you – either literally or figuratively – to create personal and profound installations that consider the power of the reflection.  Artists have been transfixed by reflections throughout history, the simple play of light on still water or glass, a figure in the mirror as an effective tool to communicate identity or using surfaces to place a call for reflection from the viewer that welcomes or captures them in the piece. 

Play with metallic materials, glass and mirrors. Ponder depictions of self-reflection, double visions, explore optical illusions or distortions, traveling through the looking glass, reflect on moments in time or contemplate nature’s mirrors.  For inspiration look to artists through the ages such as Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, M.C. Escher, Francis Cadell, Charlotte Greeven, Graham Caldwell, Sir Anish Kapoor, Faith Ringgold, Yayoi Kusama and Olafur Eliasson. 


For Art Educators:

  • Deadline for High Art Response Forms: December 3rd, 2021
  • Install Dates:  Thursday, May 12th & Friday, May 13th, 2022 

NOTE: Due to changing health and safety concerns, details on High Art installation day formats such as scheduled arrival times, length of time for install in the gallery and the amount of students & instructors each school can bring will be announced as we get closer to the exhibition. 

Download a High Art 2022 Packet


What is installation art?

Installation art uses any material invention to modify the way a space is experienced, and can be either temporary or permanent (please refer to pages 9 & 10 of the High Art 2022 packet for installation art examples from past High Art Exhibits).  Installation artworks have been constructed in exhibition spaces such as museums and galleries, as well as public and private spaces.  The genre incorporates a broad range of materials, including but not limited to huge, three-dimensional painting/murals, sculpture, poems, and new media such as video, sound, and performance art.


High Art Attleboro Arts Museum Contact:

Abby Rovaldi

Programs Coordinator 

508-222-2644 x15

Woman in the Mirror by Faith Ringgold.

Enormity – NEA Big Read: Attleboro

This was posted on August 1st, 2019



An exhibition inspired by Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea


Exhibtion: September 14th – 21st, 2019

Enormity Opening Reception and NEA Big Read Kick-off Event:

Sat., Sept. 14th, 2019; 2pm – 4pm

Free and open to all

A reservation is requested, but not required.

Call the Attleboro Arts Museum at 508-222-2644 x10 or email to reserve your space.


“Devoted Daughter” by Madi Cook-Comey, Wheaton College Class of 2019. Found object, embroidery thread, acrylic and watercolor.


Since 2007 the Attleboro Arts Museum has been an active partner in the NEA Big Read: Attleboro.  In this National Endowment for the Arts program, participants are encouraged to read the same book at the same time – and extend their connection to the chosen text through local arts and culture activities. The NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. 

This year, in collaboration with sculpture students from Wheaton’s College Department of Visual Art and History of Art, the Attleboro Arts Museum presents Enormity – an exhibition of original 3D forms inspired by Nathaniel Philbrick’s bestseller In the Heart of the Sea.

Enormity explores perilousness and overwhelmingly difficult circumstances. Emerging sculptors interpret the actions of a vengeful whale, the profound struggles between moral code vs. survival and how – despite being surrounded by the seemingly endless angry seas – one fights to carry on. 


Wheaton College Exhibiting Artists

  • Madi Cook-Comey
  • Josephine Coppinger
  • Nathan Domingos
  • Lilly Etlinger
  • Bláithín Haddad
  • Martín Hanley
  • Sophia Hatzikos
  • Sasha Kasem-Beg
  • Kelley Montoya

Kelly Goff, Wheaton College Associate Professor of Art; Co-Chair, Department of Visual Art and the History of Art



“Unfinished” by Nathan Domingos, Wheaton College Class of 2020. Metal, wood.



An exhibition opening reception and NEA Big Read: Attleboro Kickoff event will be held on Saturday, September 14th, 2-4pm at the Attleboro Arts Museum. All exhibiting artists will be recognized during the reception.  Sea songs of the period by musician David Coffin (pictured) will be featured, sponsored by The Ray Conniff Foundation. Coffin, whose ancestors were Nantucket whalermen, has an extensive collection of songs from the Maritime tradition.  Sea-chanteys, ballads and the songs of the sailors comprise his main repertoire. In addition to performing at book readings with Nathaniel Philbrick when In the Heart of the Sea was first published, he arranged and performed the music for the NBC documentary on the story of the Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex. Reservations are appreciated – but not required: 508-222-2644 x10 or



NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Attleboro Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


“Either … feed our bodies and our hopes a little longer …” by Lilly Etlinger, Wheaton College Class of 2021. Hardtack – Baked flour and water, repurposed wood pallets.



Tempera: Nature and Narrative

This was posted on February 28th, 2019



Exhibition: April 6th – May 4th, 2019


On Saturday, April 6th:

  • 2pm – 3pm: Egg tempera demonstration by exhibiting artist Eileen Kennedy
  • 3pm – 4:30pm: Opening reception

Free and open to all.

Reservations are but not required, but are appreciated: 508-222-2644 x10 or


“Dona Nobis Pacem” by Eileen Kennedy, egg tempera.


Exhibiting artists:

  • Michael Bergt
  • Jon Gernon
  • Miranda Gray
  • Eileen Kennedy
  • Jennifer Knaus
  • Carol A. O’Neill
  • Banjie Nicholas
  • Diane Savino



“Imagination” by Michael Bergt, egg tempera.


Egg tempera is a mystical medium as it has roots in the early Renaissance.  During this time period, such artists as Giotto, Piero della Francesca and Fra Angelico were paying homage to the deity and angels.  The medium sanctified nature and all that it touched in its pictorial plane. Naturalism played an important role on the depiction of sacred themes. 

The act of creating these magnificent jewel-like paintings was accomplished through simple media: the yolk of an egg, ground powdered pigments and water.  Mixed together and applied with tiny brushstrokes, which layered color upon color, an artist could achieve translucency and opaqueness.  The weaving of brushstroke and tempered paint created exquisite iconic artworks.   The nature of the tempera medium is open for experimentation as well as continuum with ancient practices in our modern day.

The eight artists in this exhibit have conceived new stories which are documented through the medium of tempera.  Michael Bergt’s work features the human figure, integrating classical myths, sensuality, and the human condition.  Jon Gernon draws inspiration from the Renaissance, drawing on symbolism and combining it with magic realism.  Both Carol A. O’Neill and Banjie Nicholas are drawn to nature, weaving birds and leaves into their picture planes.  Jennifer Knaus marries female iconography with quirky elements of nature; she is interested in tapping into the subconscious.  Eileen Kennedy’s painted narratives come from dreams and memories to create stylized figures caught up in shallow spaces.  Lastly, Diane Savino weaves nature with human nature, creating commentaries about journeys, desires and sanctity.

This exhibition offers fresh approaches to a medium that the Italian writer, Cennini Cennino, wrote about in his treatise in the 1400s. The participating artists feel a kinship with the ancient medium, drawing inspiration from early masters and continuing their artistic lineage.



Top image: “Girl with Zinnia” (detail) by Jennifer Knaus, egg tempera.



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