Annual Meeting


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The Attleboro Arts Museum’s

2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually on

Tuesday, May 11th at 7pm, EST

Please register for the meeting by visiting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rcequqz8sEtKCzSjqYgXUI1laDgUf5KSs

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to access the meeting.

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All are welcome to attend this free event.

The meeting will include annual reports, organizational announcements and the presentation of 2021 Museum Awards to:

  • Ryan Brown: Emerging Artist Award
  • Christina Beecher: Service with a Smile Award
  • Eileen Struminski: A Friend Indeed Award

Ryan Brown
Christina Beecher
Eileen Struminski

The annual presentation of Museum Awards is designed to spotlight supporters that give to the Attleboro Arts Museum in extraordinary ways. Ryan Brown, Tina Beecher and Eileen Struminski have consistently exemplified kindness, talent and a true commitment to our motto of “Arts for Everyone.”

By Hand


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Illuminating the Bond Between Artist and Material

Invited artists are asked to confront the limits of creativity and redirect how materials are presented, used and appreciated. 

In-gallery exhibition: April 6th – May 1st, 2021

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There are times when artists become partners with their materials.  They collaborate intimately and fundamentally respond to each other’s thoughts and needs.

Powerful works that result from this healthy relationship often push the limits of creativity.  The viewer can sense that this is a piece created in harmony and born to delight. 

By Hand presents original works that exemplify a symbiotic relationship between material and artist.  The pieces on view demonstrate that creator and media are inextricably tied, and their mutual respect has served as fuel from concept through construction. With this strong bond, each player surfaces the other’s best qualities, allowing both to glide into new territory.

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Exhibiting Artists Include:

  • Jackie Abrams
  • Gary Barsomian-Dietrich
  • Liz Clark
  • Merill Comeau    
  • Tanya Crane
  • Nancy Crasco
  • Joost During              
  • Cynthia Eid 
  • Bob Francis 
  • Kimberley Harding
  • Arthur Hash
  • Jeff Herman
  • Lenny Langevin
  • Deidre Scherer                                 
  • Burr Sebrings
  • Barbara Seidenath 
  • Maria Shell 
  • Sharon Stafford
  • Derrick Te Paske  
  • Chuck Tramontana
  • Pauline Warg
  • Paulette J. Werger

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Rocks Ridges and Ravines by Cynthia Eid; 18K gold nuggets fused to Argentium Sterling Silver.
What Lies Beneath by Merrill Comeau; repurposed fabrics deconstructed garments, vegetable bag, paint, ink, thread.

Deep Blue: Star Field by Derrick Te Paske; wood, 2544 brass escutcheon pins.
DoubleACS coverage of By Hand.

Read The Sun Chronicle newspaper’s preview of By Hand.

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.

Real or Imagined


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A National Juried Exhibition

Attleboro Arts Museum – 2021

Open to all mediums, sizes and interpretations.

In-gallery exhibition on view from June 16th–July 15th, 2021

Deadline for submissions is Fri, April 23rd at 11:59pm (MST). Submit Your Artwork Now. (Having tech trouble submitting your art? Contact cafe@westaf.org directly.)

Real or imagined?  One might wonder these days. 

Call for Artists

Spotlight the authentic or explore the unreal.  Consider depicting a representational still life or a surrealist scene, capture the phenomenon of phantom pain or visually share a ghost story. Real or Imagined can tackle the World Wrestling Foundation, true love, historical fiction, Santa Claus, the Emperor’s new clothes, 2020’s excruciating twists and turns … Six prizes of $100 each will be awarded. 

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Entry Guidelines: Each artist may submit a minimum of one piece but up to two different pieces overall. If you do submit two pieces, the images need to represent two different works of art.


All mediums and  interpretations of Real or Imagined from US artists will be juried. There is no size limitation per entry, however all submissions (both 2D & 3D) cannot weigh over 100 lbs. each. Work must not have been previously exhibited at the Attleboro Arts Museum (AAM).

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Specifications:  Artists can submit 2D, 3D, installation, audio or video work. If selected, all technology for video or audio pieces must be supplied by the artist. Name each submitted file with the title of the art and artist’s last name (ex: ToothFairy_Smith.jpg).

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Entry fees: $18 covers payment for up to two pieces for Museum members; $25 covers up to two pieces for non-members. You can join as a member when you pay for your submission(s).  All fees are non-refundable.

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Submission Deadline:

  • Friday, April 23rd  at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (MT)
  • All entries must be submitting through CaFÉ – SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK NOW. 
  • Having tech trouble submitting your art? Contact cafe@westaf.org directly.
  • Entries that are emailed or hand-delivered will not be accepted.

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Notification of Decision: All artists will receive notification of the juror’s decision sent to the email address that they have provided by Wednesday, May 19th at 7 PM, MT. Additionally, all accepted works will be listed by title on www.attleboroartsmuseum.org.  All artists are expected to check the in-box of the email address that they provide with their submission(s) and/or the Museum’s website listing for notification of the juror’s decision. Please no inquiries.

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IF YOUR ARTWORK IS ACCEPTED:

Delivery of All Accepted Work: To properly record and install all accepted pieces, all work (and detailed hanging instructions, if applicable) must be delivered between May 20th and June 5th, from 10 AM – 3 PM, EST.  We’re closed Sundays & Mondays, and Saturday, May 29th. We cannot accept your artwork before May 20th or after June 5th. 

Accepted work can be either hand-delivered or shipped to the AAM. Installations that require assembly by the artist must be scheduled in advance of delivery.  You can arrange to send a representative to deliver and/or pick up your artwork for you. The AAM is not responsible for making these arrangements for exhibiting artists.  Once artwork is delivered it cannot, for any reason, leave the gallery until the exhibition concludes. Wet paint will not be accepted. 

Mark all accepted artwork with the artist’s name, address, city/state/zip, phone, email, title of piece, dimensions (w x h x d), weight (no more than 100 lbs) and sale price (if applicable). When acceptances are released in May 2021 artists will be able to download a Real or Imagined Loan Agreement and Delivery Checklist from this website to submit with their accepted artwork.  

Artists are responsible for all fees associated with the shipping of their work. FedEx is the AAM’s preferred shipping vendor. All shipped work must include: 1) $10 handling fee – per piece, 2) Pre-paid return shipping label, 3) Payment of shipping vendor’s pick-up fee, 4) A photo of your art taped to the outside of package, 5) A completed Loan Agreement & Delivery Checklist (available in May 2021). Send to: Attleboro Arts Museum, Real or Imagined, 86 Park St., Attleboro, MA, 02703. Fees are non-refundable. Checks payable to Attleboro Arts Museum.

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Presentation: All accepted work must be framed, gallery-wrapped or finished on the edges and ready to hang at delivery with a sturdy wire hanging system. See the Museum’s website Exhibitions & Events/Framing Guidelines for details. We recommend neutral frames and white or off-white mats. Any pieces that do not match the juror’s decision, or are not the piece that was accepted, will not be installed and be returned COD.

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Sales: All art sales are subject to the Museum’s commission of 30% for Museum members, 40% for non-members. Work does not need to be for sale.

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Insurance: The AAM will insure all work from the date of arrival at the Museum through the stated pick-up dates. The maximum insurance amount covers up to an artist’s value of $2000, with a $500 deductible payable by the artist. The Museum is not responsible for loss or damage in shipping, or for insuring art during shipping. Art left beyond the final pick-up date of July 20th at 3 PM EST, will not be insured.

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In-person Pick-up of Exhibited Work: July 16th, 17th & 20th; 10 AM – 3 PM, EST. Work left past July 20th at 3 PM, EST will be charged $5 per day per piece at late pickup. There are no exeptions.

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Return of Work–Shipped by the Museum: All work will be packed and shipped by July 22nd. You must enclose pre-paid shipping labels for the return of your work (the shipping vendor’s pick-up fee must be pre-paid as part of the return shipping label) and a $10 handling fee per piece. Checks payable to Attleboro Arts Museum.  If you are within driving distance we would appreciate an in-person pick-up. 

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All dates, specifications & fees are non-negotiable. Questions: 508.222.2644 x13

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

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Submit Your Artwork Now. Having tech trouble submitting your art? Contact cafe@westaf.org directly.

Image: Suspended Beauty by Robin Wessman, oil.

Plan Your Museum Visit


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COVID-19 UPDATE: Until further notice, the Attleboro Arts Museum is open and can welcome masked visitors at a limited capacity.  See below for additional guidelines on visiting the Museum.

To ensure the health and safety of museum visitors, art students 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
  • Temperature checks are required for entry
  • Visitors will be asked to provide information for contact tracing
  • A social distance of 6-feet must be maintained
  • Guests visiting the gift shop will be asked to wear gloves
  • A limited number of visitors will be allowed in the Museum at any given time. Reservations are not required, but you may be asked to wait a short time if we have reached capacity in our gallery.

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!


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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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