Category: Art


Due to forecasts for continued rain and potential thunderstorms throughout the day, today’s Out to Lunch Concert and Farmers Market has been cancelled.    Grupo Fantasia’s performance will be rescheduled for Friday, September 9th.    The Out to Lunch Concert Series & Farmers Market will return to Worcester Common next Friday, July 15th featuring a concert by The Diamond Collection. Additional details about the concert series and farmers market can be found online at


Worcester Art Museum Free July 8th!


Friday, July 8
WAM hours: 11am-5pm
The Museum Café: 11:30am-2pm

Thanks to the folks at the Highland Street Foundation, Admission is FREE at WAM on Friday, July 8. They have a host of fun kids activities lined up, so be sure to stop by. Remember, General admission is ALWAYS free for Members and Youth 17 & under.

Texture Drawing in the Stoddard Garden Court (weather permitting)
Stoddard Garden Court
While you have lunch at the outdoor café, have the kids try their hand at texture drawing using our community mosaic. You will be amazed at what they will create with just crayons and paper!

Paint the Museum Weather permitting
Lancaster Street Entrance
Yes, you read that right. All it takes is a bucket of water and some brushes to ignite your child’s imagination-and maybe yours, too!

Family Explorations
11:30am / 1pm / 2pm
Meet in Lancaster Lobby
Join one of the talented docents for a family friendly trek through the Museum galleries. The whole gang can join in on the fun. Each exploration lasts about 30 minutes. Or grab an activity guide and wander independently-kids get a prize when they are done!

Color Fun: Foam Block Prints
Studio 100 in the Higgins Education Wing
Clear a spot on the fridge for your child’s mini-masterpiece. Kids with have a great time creating colorful and imaginative prints using a variety materials that you can use at home. Don’t forget to dress for mess and look at the printmaking exhibition in the Museum!

Be sure to check out other cultural institutions across the state that are participating in Free Fun Fridays. You could plan out a whole summer of fun for your family and not pay admission! Thank you Highland Street Foundation!


FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION!! Music to my ears AND eyes!!



In honor of International Museum Day and National Art Museum Day, Worcester Art Museum (WAM) will waive admission fees on May 18.
The museum’s galleries and gift shop will be open during its normal business hours of 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 18.  The restaurant will serve lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WAM is one of 106 Association of Art Museum Directors’ member museums to participate in Art Museum Day and International Museum Day.

“It’s our pleasure to afford our guests the opportunity to see the treasures of the Worcester Art Museum during Art Museum Day,” said James Welu, Museum Director.  “Our holdings have been formed during the past 115 years almost entirely through community support.  The contributions of many Worcester families have resulted in not only gifts of artwork but in acquisition funds and critical operational support.  We are grateful for their support and proudly open our doors to the community on Art Museum Day so all can celebrate the 51 centuries of art housed here.”

International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).  AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration of museums.

“Art Museum Day is an opportunity to celebrate the collective memory of human creativity, both past and present, that art museums hold in the public trust,” said Kaywin Feldman, president of AAMD and director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  “AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are so pleased that Worcester Art Museum is joining with us and the global community of museums to create new opportunities for audiences to engage with museum collections and programs.”

Located on Salisbury St., in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Worcester Art Museum opened in 1898 and is one of America’s most respected art museums. The museum is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. For more information, visit <> .

Call to Visual Artists from The Worcester Review

Call to Worcester County Visual Artists: Deadline July 31, 11

The Worcester Review – the literary journal of the Worcester County Poetry Association is seeking art for the next issue which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of poet Elizabeth Bishop’s birth. Art will be re-printed in black and white and/or color. The journal is an annual poetry and prose journal, which also features local art. We print about 7000 journals and we have a national subscription base. Please email high res images (300 dpi) to Arts Editor, Monica Elefterion: for review by July 31, 2011. Selected artists will be notified in late summer. TWR offer copies of the journal as payment and a small stipend for inclusion in the journal. please visit for a look at previous issues. The Worcester Review Worcester County Poetry Association, 1 Ekman St. Call 508-797-4770 or visit <I><P>.

Take it from our editor, Moms Love Art.

What better way to celebrate your beautiful mom than with a lovely day at the Worcester Art Museum for  Mother’s Day Tour: Music and Art on Sunday, May 8.

Docent Jane Maguire will lead a tour through the Museum to discuss the relationship between art and music in the collection.

FREE for Members; $14 nonmembers. 1-2 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, Meet in Lancaster Lobby, 55 Salisbury St. Call 508-799-4406.

First Night 2012 Call to Artists!


First Night Worcester 2012 Wants You

First night is looking for musicians, dancers, puppeteers, comedians, storytellers, actors, jugglers, visual artists, improve artists, magiacians and entertainers of all family friendly kinds for the end of the year First Night celebration!

Here’s what they are looking for – read up and apply today!


Event Overview & Activities for December 31, 2011

Family Festival ( 2:00PM – 7:30PM)

Performances/activities should be appropriate for ages 2-1 0 years.  Examples include puppetry, storytelling, music, sing-alongs, juggling, mime, movement, magic, yo-yo workshops.

Evening Entertainment (7: 30PM -Midnight)

More adult and sophisticated performances span every genre.  Musicfrom rockto Bach, dance, comedy, magic, vaudeville -experiences that are diverse, traditional, untraditional, or unexpected.

Visual Arts (outdoor and indoor)

Anopportunity for artists to create spontaneous street surprises and large-scale installations.  Past examples: illuminating the tops of parking meters with hand-decorated lanterns, ice and snow sculptures, a human chess set.

Community Outreach (September- December)

Youth-centered programs take place in schools or community centers in the weeks and months prior to the First Night celebration and culminate at the event.

Venues and Technical Considerations

First Night tries to accommodate artistic requests withspecific requirements.  However, being flexible is often necessary and very much appreciated.

Deadline for Proposals: May 10, 2011

Download Call To Artist application & guidelines at:

Last chance to see these rare prints!!

Rare Prints Exhibition to End on April 17
It’s “last call” time to see the 37 Francisco de Goya prints on display at the Worcester Art Museum.  The exhibition of these rare prints in WAM’s permanent collection will end on April 17, and they will return to the vault.

The Museum possesses complete sets of his two major print series on bullfighting: The Tauromaquia (The Art of Bullfighting), which loosely documents the history of Spanish bullfighting, and his lithographic masterpiece, The Bulls of Bordeaux.

The bullfight remains a controversial symbol of Spanish national identity. Likewise, this exhibition showcases Goya’s complicated, sometimes ambivalent relationship to the sport.  At times presented as a noble and heroic display of humanity’s ability to conquer a primal, fierce enemy, Tauromaquia uses bullfighting as the cultural connection unifying Spain’s turbulent Iberian, Muslim, and Christian past.  In contrast, The Bulls of Bordeaux, presents a darker side of bullfighting in which the spectators and toreadors are unruly and at times dishonorable towards the captive bull.

Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Open until 8:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Admission is $14 for adults; $12 for seniors and college students with ID; and free for Members and children younger than 17. Woo Card value is one point for WAM visits.  To learn more about the WOO Card, visit

Located on Salisbury St., in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Worcester Art Museum opened in 1898 and is one of America’s most respected art museums. The Museum is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. For more information, visit our new website at <> .

Worcester Arts Council Announces 2011 Grant Recipients

The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) just released it’s list of 2011 grant recipients, and it is exciting to see so many local artists receive the funding for their upcoming projects! I can’t wait to see the creative results. Read on to learn more…

The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) has announced the recipients of funding for the 2011 granting cycle.  WAC awarded a total of $74,304 to 37 Worcester area artists, organizations, and educational institutions.  The 2011 allocation includes two $4,000 Artist Fellowships, awarded to individual artists to assist in the funding of their artistic endeavors, which were granted to the initiator of a local poetry movement, Alex Charalambides, and visual artist, Derek Ring.

WAC selected a wide range of grant recipients ranging from innovative arts outreach initiatives, educational programming, visual arts, live music and cultural events that foster arts collaboration in the community.  WAC reviews application in the fall during a series of meetings conducted to evaluate the overall quality of the proposed programs, the project’s potential benefit to a large and diverse audience, and the proposed project’s viability.

WAC (formerly the Worcester Cultural Commission) is a municipal body consisting of nine members appointed by the City Manager.  WAC accepts grant applications on an annual basis between mid-August and October 15th, with determinations made before the end of the calendar year. Grants are issued to support arts, humanities and interpretive sciences; visual artists, performing artists, science educators, historians and other humanists; as well as community, business and civic groups, social service organizations, schools, neighborhood centers, and youth, senior and family associations. For 2010, the Worcester Arts Council granted just over $75,000 to some 60 artists and Worcester-based organizations
On Sunday, April 10th, 2011 WAC will host a Grant Reception to all 2011 recipients from 1:00 to 3:00PM at the Goddard House (1199 Main Street, Worcester.) A complete listing of the 2011 Worcester Arts Council grant recipients is enclosed and can also be found by visiting

The Worcester Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns on the Commonwealth.  The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year.  The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to he Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Grant Recipients 2011

Name Project Discipline Amount
AIDS Project Worcester Boston Gay Mens Choir Music $1,500
All Saint’s Church Afternoon tunes Music $2,750
Art in the Park Art in the Park 2011 Visual Arts $3,500
ARTSWorcester ARTS Worcester’s Biennial 2011 Visual Arts $1,000
Audio Journal Backyard Birdcalls Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $1,440
Belmont Street Community School Voyage to the Moon Science $1,050
Bissel, Edward Caravan Multidisciplinary $1,200
Canal District Alliance, Inc. Canal District Horse and Wagon Tours Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $2,250
Central Mass Arts Assembly stART on the Street Visual Arts $4,250
Champeny, Susan Totem Island Crafts $2,000
Channing Terrace Apartments My Community Mapping Project Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $1,250
Chapel, Douglass Action Greek Trade Paperback Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $295
Charalambides, Alex Fellowship Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $4,000
Davis, Nicholas Dirty Gerund Poetry & Variety Show Multidisciplinary $1,000
GIRLS INCORPORATED Winthrop House Pool Area Mural Project Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $1,500
Goddard Homestead, Inc Goddard House Art Show Visual Arts $550
Hanover Theatre Student Critic Program Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $1,000
Hendrickson, June Native American Culture and Craft Class Crafts $774
Higgins Armory Museum CSI Higgins Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $750
Highland Arts Group Art in the PARKing Lot Visual Arts $1,500
Kariko, Joan Weaving at B&GC Crafts $1,021
Monteith, Theresa Come to the Table Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $2,556
MUSIC WORCESTER Gisellle/Pleasant Street District Music $1,000
Nixon, Carrie Worcester at Work Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $750
Posk, CJ 1st of Worcester Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $2,000
Preservation Worceter America Builds Non-Arts/Non-Humanities $400
Regional Environmental Council Farmers Market Weekly Art and Music Showcase Visual Arts $3,250
Ring, Derek Artists Fellowship Design Arts $4,000
Seven Hills Charter School Jammin in our Wellies Music $925
Southeast Asian Coalition WYND Asian Youth Lion Group Dance $2,250
WCUW, Inc. Fall Jazz Series Music $1,000
Worcester Art Museum Community Educational Exhibitions Multidisciplinary $2,000
Worcester Center for Crafts Hot Night in the City Crafts $1,750
Worcester Chamber Music Society Free Family Concert: Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland Theater $1,250
Worcester County Light Opera Company “Man of La Mancha” Theater $500
Worcester Cultural Commission Worcester Mural Arts Project Visual Arts $10,000
Worcester Public Library Foundation Teen Writing and Manga Groups Storytelling $2,630

L.B. Wheaton holds St. Patty’s Day Parade Photo Contest

L.B. Wheaton is hosting a contest for the best image taken at the Park Ave St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Satuday, March 13, 2011.

Participants should email their image to with the subject Parade Contest

Winner will be announced in two week after the parade.


1st Place $50.00 towards printing

also an 11×14 of the winning image

to be displayed in our store window

2nd Place $25.00 towards printing

also a free 8×10 of your image

3rd Place $15.00 Towards printing

also a free 8×10 of your image

This Contest is for amateurs and will be judged by L.B. Wheaton customers. All the images submitted will be printed and displayed for our customers to judge.

Learn more at