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Art Exhibits Archive

Randy Swann, Gallery May 2015

Along The Way, Recent Paintings by Randy Swann will be on view in the Gallery from May 2-31. An opening reception will be held on Monday, May 4 at 7:00 pm.

Randy Swann’s recent work is the result of an increasing interest in the urban landscape, the geometry of its infrastructure and the moments of solitude that can often be found as you look around the corner. Wandering through the smaller cities of southeastern Massachusetts with his camera and sketchbook, Swann searches for such visual nuggets and captures images to serve as sources for the more finished paintings which he completes in the studio.

Randy Swann has lived and painted in southeastern Massachusetts his entire life. He studied at the Swain School of Design under David Loeffler Smith, Sig Haines and Ben Martinez, graduating in 1979. Since then he has participated in many group and one man shows throughout the area.

This show is part of the May 2015 Newton Festival of the Arts.


David Gullette,Main Hall, May 2015

The People of San Juan by David Gullette will be on view in the Main Hall from May 2-31. An opening Reception will be held on Wednesday May 6 at 7:00 pm.

David Gullette, along with many neighbors, has been traveling to Newton’s Nicaraguan Sister City, San Juan del Sur, every year for the past 28 years. In that time they’ve built or renovated 18 schools, helped found a free High School for adults and, in recent years, have focused on fabricating BioSand Filters (for purifying drinking water) and EcoStoves (for smoke-free cooking) to be installed in hundreds of rural homes. Because these folks help make the components of their stoves and filters, and because they’re accustomed to the artist pausing in the communal workshop to snap photos, Gullette has been able to photograph them in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, capturing the variety and beauty of their faces. Each photo in this show will be accompanied by a short statement about the person in question. All proceeds from sales will benefit the work in San Juan del Sur. Visit:

David Gullette is Professor Emeritus of English at Simmons College and Vice President of the Newton/San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua) Sister City Project.

This show is part of the May 2015 Newton Festival of the Arts.

Displays May 2015

Atrium Case 1: Catch the beat! Find out about the May 30 day-long Strike a Chord: Live Music @ the Library festival. Newton-based performers will come together to dazzle you with their talent -- from professional classical, jazz and rock musicians, to elementary, middle and high school performers and more. It’s all free! Visit here for details and like us on Facebook . Presented as part of the May 2015 city-wide Newton Festival of the Arts.

Atrium Case 2: Learn about the Newton Festival of the Arts, a fabulous month-long, city-wide celebration & showcase of Newton's talented citizens and organizations. Proceeds will Support Newton's Four Food Pantries, Arts & Cultural Organizations. Info here.

Three Main Hall Cases: Kitchen tools and recipe books from Historic Newton’s collection will provide a window into the kitchen of the past. Info here.

Teen Gallery and second floor display cases: A Snapshot of Newton South Arts. On view through fall 2015, the show includes a variety of work from Newton South High School Students.