Flower Show


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The Show Must Go On! 

The Flower Show, suspended for the past two years, returns to the Attleboro Arts Museum for its 24th celebration of spring. Although health and safety measures will reshape or pause some of our customary attractions, the 2022 Flower Show will bloom and delight! 

2022 Attractions Include: Live blooming gardens from local landscapers/florists; natured-themed art exhibit on view on both museum levels; art “to-go” projects for children; select artists working on-site throughout the gallery creating original artwork; Flowers in Fashion Animal Mask Designs; live music; expanded gift shop; sponsor wall with hand-made gifts of appreciation; cut flowers for sale; People’s Choice voting for your favorite attractions, extraordinary raffles – and more.

Learn About the Calls for Artists for our Nature-themed Exhibition and Animal Attraction Mask Designs.

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Flower Show Theme: Animal Habitats – Spring Gardens Gone Wild

Masks are required to enter and are to be properly worn throughout your stay at the Attleboro Arts Museum. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Benefit Preview: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 from 6-8pm
    • Be among the first to see the gardens!
    • Capacity is limited!
  • Flower Show Event: Thursday, March 24 – Sunday, March 27, 2022
    • Reservations for timed-entry are required.
    • Thursday, Friday, Saturday time slots: 9:30am – 11:00am; 11:15am – 12:45pm; 1:00pm – 2:30pm; 2:45pm – 4:15pm.
    • Sunday time slots: 11:15am – 12:45pm; 1:00pm – 2:30pm; 2:45pm – 4:15pm.
    • Capacity is limited.
    • All guests are to exit the Museum before a new round will enter.
    • High-traffic points will be cleaned between time slots. Air purifiers with HEPA filtration (sponsored by Attleboro Rotary Club) will be active during all Flower Show hours.
  • For health and safety reasons, food and/or drink are not permitted in the Museum and will not be served during the 2022 Flower Show. Our Flower Show café will not be open in 2022 and refreshments will not be served during the Benefit Preview.

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  • Admission to the Flower Show Event: $3 each day for adults/seniors/students/members. Children 9 years and under are free.
  • Admission to the Flower Show Benefit Preview on March 23rd, 6-8pm: $15 for all Museum members; $18 for all non-members.
  • Reservations for timed-entry are required in 2022.
  • A one-time convenience fee of $1 will be applied to online sales.
  • RESERVE YOUR SPACE AT THE FLOWER SHOW DAILY EVENT AND/OR THE BENEFIT PREVIEW. (Note: Children 9 years and under, although free, will need to have a space reservation. You can reserve space for children on the page that follows the daily reservations for adults).

The Flower Show is one of the Museum’s most critical fund-raisers. Therefore, our standard free admission policy is not in place for this event. All attendees, including nature-themed exhibit and mask design artists, are kindly asked to reserve a timed-entry ticket and pay the $3 event entry fee. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Stay tuned for 2022 Flower Show details on landscape exhibitors, attractions and more!

Organizer’s Note: It is the goal of the Attleboro Arts Museum to present a 2022 Flower Show that is, above all, safe and in compliance with state and local health mandates. With that, all Flower Show programming is subject to change.

RESERVE YOUR SPACE AT THE FLOWER SHOW DAILY EVENT AND/OR THE BENEFIT PREVIEW.

Image: Amidst the Dogwood (detail) by Barbara Johansen Newman.

Members’ Exhibition


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Exhibition: December 11th, 2021 – January 28th, 2022

  • Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm (Closed December 24th, 2021 – January 4th, 2022)

Read a sampling from a review of this exhibit appearing in the January/February 2022 edition of Artscope Magazine: https://artscopemagazine.com/2021/12/a-greater-intensity-of-voices-laisun-keane-juries-attleboros-prize-winning-show/

Follow the link to view the DoubleACS TV 15 video coverage of our Members’ Exhibition and hear from AAM Executive Director and Chief Curator, Mim Brooks Fawcett. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWslYglxA5o

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405 works from 195 artists are on view during the Attleboro Arts Museum’s annual Members’ Exhibition through January 28th, 2022. The exhibition, an annual tradition, is presented in-gallery at 86 Park Street in downtown Attleboro, MA.

Members’ Exhibition

A popular and unique Attleboro Arts Museum member benefit is the opportunity to annually exhibit up to three original works of art in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery during the organization’s Members’ Exhibition. In the spirit of the Museum’s tagline – Arts for Everyone – all work is accepted into this exhibition. 2021 guest juror LaiSun Keane, owner of LaiSun Keane Gallery located in Boston’s SoWa district, has awarded cash prizes, art materials certificates and commendations of merit to outstanding artists.

About the Juror

LaiSun Keane graduated with a Bachelor of Art Theory from University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia and went on to work with the non-profit gallery, National Art School Gallery, and the commercial art gallery, AAG, which specializes in Australian Aboriginal Art. She moved to Boston in 2013 and launched LaiSun Keane Art Gallery in April 2020.  Laisun Keane Gallery provides a platform for non-mainstream voices. Since inception, the gallery has staged 14 exhibitions of artists with diverse backgrounds and narratives.

Reception/Open House: December 11th, 2022

The exhibit’s traditional opening awards reception, that typically welcomes over 200 guests, will be modified for health concerns this year.  From 1pm – 4pm on Saturday, December 11th a reception/open house will take place in the museum’s Ottmar Gallery.  The event is free and open to the public. All guests are required to wear masks throughout their time in the museum, the reception has been extended by one hour to help mitigate congestion, refreshments will not be served as a safety precaution, and there will be no gathering for reception announcements to allow for distancing. 

Despite these measures, that have been implemented with some variation on all receptions since 2020, the Members’ reception/open house is sure to be a strong celebration of the museum’s creative community. 

The Ray Conniff Foundation has funded live music during the entire event performed by singer/songwriter Brady Dallas Jones, guests will find labels identifying award winning art in the gallery starting at 1pm on December 11th, “The Art of Celebrating” will be on view in the museum’s Community Gallery, and the Gift Shop Holiday Extravaganza will be underway. The event is free and open to the public.  RSVP by December 10th to office@attleboroartsmuseum.org or 508-222-2644 x10.

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Award Winners

Best Representational

Artist: Susan V. Polansky, Title: Cuban Missile

Best Abstract

Artist: Joshua Baptista, Title: Glitched

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Juror’s Choice Awards

Artist: Patrick Steele, Title: Halloween Playground

Artist: Sue Butler, Title: Maria

Artist: Caryl Hull Leavitt, Title: GIRL
Artist: Timothy Welsh, Title: Partially Blocked
Artist: Ann D. McNevin, Title: Jill at Ralph’s Diner

Artist: Elizabeth Menges, Title: Nikos’ Return to God

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 Blick Art Materials Gift Certificates

  • Artist: Karen Meninno, Title: Trinity
  • Artist: Diane Chester-Demicco, Title: Cascade
  • Artist: Gwendolyn Lanier, Title: Reflection
  • Artist: Linda Pearlman Karlsberg, Title: Watching

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Merit Certificates

  • Artist: Chelsea Bradway, Title: Souls Refection
  • Artist: Karole Nicholson, Title: Nothing’s Perfect
  • Artist: Carol B. Sacks, Title: Reflections
  • Artist: Lorraine Sullivan, Title: Roll Over
  • Artist: Marc Jaffe, Title: Uprising
  • Artist: Roberta Masciarelli, Title: A Good Virus
  • Artist: Kris Capezio, Title: Winter Café, Peacham, VT
  • Artist: Lynn Simmons, Title: One Thousand Words
  • Artist: Diana Cole, Title: Museum Guard
  • Artist: Bonez Teeth, Title: Color Coded Emotions
  • Artist: Jacquelyn Glum, Title: Lou (13.38 inches)
  • Artist: Bonnie Jaffe, Title: Embedded
  • Artist: Rina Naik, Title: Earth Song

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Exhibiting Artists

Jerry Aissis William Gibson Mary Musante
Linda Alger Ann-Marie Gillett Rina Naik
Bayda Asbridge Deborah Glazer Karole Nicholson
Karen Audouin Jacquelyn Glum Danika Notar
Lisa G. Bailey goghfurther Kim Novino
Lissa Banks Arielle Gordon Robin Nunes
Joshua Baptista Kevin Grady Jennifer O’Keefe
Susan Bauer Lisa Granata Kristina N. Occhino
Lauren Beath Camille Gregorian Andrea Scofield Olmstead
Paula Stebbins Becker Philip Gruppuso Polly Parke
Robin Beckwith Victoria Guerina Ronna A. Pate
Christina Beecher Dan Gyves Cindy Petruccillo
Chris Belden Valerie Haggerty-Silva Susan V. Polansky
Mia Bellofatto Carolyn Hagy Kent Susan Potter
Sheila Berenson Cristina Hajosy Robert Prata
Judith Bertozzi Diana Hampe Tyler Putnam
David Lee Black Barbara Edlund Healy Sarah Quinn
Chelsea Bradway Michael Herrick Amy Radcliffe
Rachel Brask Richard Hidalgo Maira Reinbergs
Herman B. Brewster Mark Holme Susanne Riette
Jayne Brown Erika Houghton Melissa Riley
Eddie Bruckner Celeste Houle Frank Robertson
Marion Buricatu Eric Hovermale Monique Rolle-Johnson
Sue Butler Lorraine A. Hynes Gail Rousseau
Jackie Cabral Koli Islam Roberta Roy
Andre Camire Marc Jaffe Carol B. Sacks
Peter Campbell Bonnie Jaffe Ken Salome
Barbara A. Canning Marnie Jain Ana-Maria Santos
Kris Capezio Mitchell Kaplan Stephen Saunders
Laura White Carpenter Linda Pearlman Karlsberg Carol Scavotto
Evan Casey Richard Kattman BarbaraLee Seligman
Diane Chester-Demicco Joan Kent Beverly Silva
Cathy Chin Linda Lancz Lynn Simmons
Bill Clark Bill Lane Sheila Smith
Susan Clarke Gwendolyn Lanier Sally Spooner
Wendy Clayton Iwona Lapczyk James St.Germaine
Barry Close Jeannine Hunter Lazzaro Patrick Steele
Diana Cole Caryl Hull Leavitt Gregory Steinsieck
Elaine Corda Margo Lemieux Alan Strassman
Valerya Couto Carolyn Letvin Lorraine Sullivan
Harold Cunniff Maria Celeste Linardi Pamela R. Tarbell
Ebbe Dahlor Ken Lindgren Christine Tarter
Melanie dai Medeiros Madeleine Lord Thurston Tarter
Ann Latham Daum George Lowell Bonez Teeth
Susan Gardiner Daum Virginia Mahoney John Trainor
Jamie Derr Rosemarie Manson Chuck Tramontana
Monica DeSalvo Caitlyn Marsh Kim Triedman
Katherine Desy Kathleen Marshall Rebecca McGee Tuck
Felix Diclo Catherine Martin Jennifer Turner
Cynthia DiDonato Zuly Martinez Terry Van Heusen
Linda DiFrenna David Martsolf Sylvia Vander Sluis
Cecily Donnelly Roberta Masciarelli David J. Volkin
Paul Michael Eddy Eileen Mayhew Andrea Warner
Sharon D. Eisman Sharmon McCaughey Timothy Welsh
Tim Elliott Janet L. McDonald Troy West
Steve Emma Anne D. McNevin Sharon White
Lindsey Epstein Catherine Meeks Mark Wholey
Gary Espenhain Elizabeth Menges Katie Wild
Michael Evans Karen Meninno Angie Wimmer
Patricia G. Faulkner Stephanie N. Miksis Steven Wiseman
Virginia Fitzgerald Marilyn Mooney Mary Wojciechowski
Claudia Flynn Alexander Morris Carol Wontkowski
Jack Foley Susan Mulligan Marian Wrightington
Bryan Fowler Kevin Mulligan Philip Young
John (Jay) Gafford Paul M. Murray Bernard Zubrowski

Image: Kat Masella

Think Outside the Box


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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: https://forms.gle/934UHpvyUtnCEvU4A

Sponsorship opportunites for additional boxes are available.  Email office@attleboroartsmuseum.org 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


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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.

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The Sun Chronicle features the artwork of Jess Tracey in Cuddy Court:
https://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/attleboro-alley-has-a-new-look-thanks-to-local-artist/article_51083984-dd33-5e00-be2b-cfdce9810a1c.html

Ollie’s Window by Jess Tracey.

Signs of the Times: Self-guided Tour


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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!

SELF-GUIDED TOUR FORMATS:

USING YOUR SMARTPHONE, CLICK ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TOUR FORMATS:

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!

TO VIEW THE TOUR BEGIN AT:

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

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View a self-guided tour map:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=16owsnAv40NOZfn-7OdCkpwYtEem6mGWv&ll=41.94427460253364%2C-71.28241525&z=17

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Kindly complete the quick 4-question survey when you have finished your tour.  Thank you.  https://forms.gle/jFyKhHegUWc7xdyq6

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KEEP IN MIND

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


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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.

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All visitors (and art students of all ages) are required to wear a face mask.* Masks must be properly worn for the duration of your time at the Museum. 

*Disposable face masks are widely available. They are sometimes referred to as surgical masks or medical procedure masks.

Wear disposable masks with:

  • A proper fit over your nose and mouth to prevent leaks
  • Multiple layers of non-woven material
  • Nose wire

Please notify the Museum in advance of the start of your visit if you do not have access to such a mask – and one will be provided: 508-222-2644 x10 or office@attleboroartsmuseum.org.

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For the good of all Museum visitors, art students, art teachers and staff members, we ask that all individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms refrain from entering the Attleboro Arts Museum. Individuals with any of the following ailments should not be entering the Attleboro Arts Museum:

  • Fever or chills
  • A dry cough and shortness of breath
  • Feeling very tired
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • A loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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

Thank you for your support and partnership during these challenging times,

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!


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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

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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. 

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