ArtWeek features unique and interactive creative experiences and behind-the-scenes access to local artists.
Hundreds of creative events are being held throughout Massachusetts this month in celebration of ArtWeek. Established in Boston in 2013, this 10-day innovative festival now extends across the state and features a wide range of unique and creative arts and culture experiences. Presented by the Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, this year’s festivities will run from April 27 to May 6.
The town of Plymouth is one local town that is geared up to take part in ArtWeek. Here’s a sampling of special events to mark on your calendar.
April 28: Fairy Door Trail
Jane Kelly, artist and owner of the online business Keyhole Studio, in conjunction with Plymouth Bay Cultural District, is thrilled to officially launch Plymouth’s Fairy Door Trail during ArtWeek. Unique fairy doors will be displayed in or around downtown establishments. Families can obtain a map and list of participating businesses and check off the doors the see. When participants have located all of the doors, they may turn in their lists for an official fairy-finder certificate designed by a Plymouth North High School student. Fairy attire is encouraged for all participants. This event is free. Pick up a map at New Again, 32 South Park Avenue, Plymouth. 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More info
April 28: Open Studios at the Plymouth’s Waterworks Building
Spend your day at Plymouth’s Waterworks Building. Guests will be entertained by a myriad of activities, including tours of artist studios, games, painting demonstrations and a comic book signing. Representatives from True Rad Designs will display and sell their merchandise. Mary Shields, owner of Shields Design, will read and sign her new children’s book, “Barnicle and Husk: The Adventure Begins,” and live characters will also make an appearance. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Event is free. Plymouth’s Waterworks Building, 26 Howland St., Plymouth. More info
April 28: Gyataku Fish Printmaking/Copper Wire Ringmaking
The Art Shoppe of Plymouth will offer two of their most popular classes at no charge in honor of ArtWeek: Gyataku fish printmaking with Jessie Fries and copper wire ring making with Eddy Murray. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity (normally priced at $35). Matrials and tools will be provided at no additional charge. 11 a.m. -5 p.m. The Art Shoppe, 84 Court St., Plymouth. More info
April 28: Yarn and Fiber Event
Join new and experienced fiber lovers from Plymouth Harbor Knits to explore the various fiber options available to textile artists. After an informative lesson on fiber history, create a unique item made from a fiber of your choice through knitting, crochet or weaving. This is a great opportunity for young and old alike. Price: $15. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Plymouth Harbor Knits, 170 Water St., Plymouth. More info
May 4: Wingin’ It with Local Artists
The Speedwell Tavern is proud to adorn its walls with ever-changing works of art created by local painters, photographers and mixed-media artists. Especially designed for ArtWeek, the exhibit Wingin’ It with Local Artists will feature works by Ryan McFee, Dan Ulme, Ashley Humason, Kyle Powers, and Vanessa Moore. The artists will talk a bit about their craft while participants enjoy Speedwell’s famous chicken wings in artist-inspired flavors for the event, such as Picasso Parmesan Herb Chicken. 6-8 p.m. The Speedwell Tavern, 47 Main St., Plymouth. More info
May 5: Plymouth Harbor Lighthouse Art Cruise
To celebrate ArtWeek, Plymouth Cruises will offer a first-ever 2 ½-hour cruise to sketch, draw, paint or photograph two local lighthouses. The event will begin with a narrated harbor tour prior to our arrival at the Duxbury Pier Light, locally known as Bug Light. After 30 minutes the boat will sail out to the Gurnet Point Lighthouse where it will stay for another 30 minutes. Guests may even see some harbor seals on the journey. Passengers are welcome to bring their favorite art medium and let their creativity flow. The boat leaves the dock at 12 p.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Rain date: May 6. 9 Town Wharf, Plymouth. More info
May 6: Embarkation Tableau
Join Pilgrim Hall Museum for a revival of one of the 19th-century’s most popular pastimes: the historical tableau. The museum will be recreating a live scene of Victorian artist Charles Lucy’s monumental painting Embarkation of the Pilgrims, which depicts the Pilgrims’ emotional departure from Holland on their journey to America in 1620. The painting includes depictions of Mayflower Pilgrims William and Dorothy Bradford, Elder William Brewster, and their pastor John Robinson. Guests are invited to bring their own accessories and help us stage a living tableau in the museum with the original painting as a backdrop. 1-2 p.m. Prices: $10 for senior citizens, $8 for children ages 6–15 and $30 for families (2 adults with children ages 6-15). Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court St., Plymouth. More info