A Celebration of Local Art

Above photo by Maria Allen

Despite being located just steps away from Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Center for the Arts is a hidden gem that is too often overlooked. The art center occupies two restored historic town buildings on North Street, the 1902 Russell Library and the 18th-century Lindens building. The art center is a welcoming and inspiring place for Plymouth residents and visitors to town who appreciate art and those who are interested in strengthening their artistic abilities.

The Russell Library opened in 1902, as a gift to the Plymouth Public Library from the Russell children, in memory of their parents William G. Russell and Mary Ellen. The Lindens Building was built by one of Plymouth’s most wealthy citizens during the eighteenth century, Colonel George Watson, and after many years it finally landed in the hands of the Plymouth Public Library Corporation. After their purchase, an addition was built that connected the Lindens and the Russell Library.

The Plymouth Guild took ownership of the historic library property in 2008 through the Community Preservation Act, that works toward the conservation of historic sites. Through the tireless efforts of local artists and volunteers, the spaces were beautifully restored, and now exhibit over 200 works of art everyday throughout the year as well as hosting numerous community events, including the Annual Juried Art Show, a town tradition, which takes place in September every year. The buildings are now the home of uncommonly elegant gallery spaces where diverse works are created and exhibited by local and regional artists. A wide variety of art classes and workshops are also held at the art center.

The Guild will hold its 50th Annual Juried Art Show from September 30 through November 5 at Plymouth Center for the Arts. This show will feature artistry ranging from photography and mixed media to sculpture and watercolor works. 11 North St., Plymouth, 508-746-7222.

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