October Community Calendar Events:

The Molly Harding Nye Gallery

Date: October 1st– October 3rd

Time: Various

Location: Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA

For more information: https://www.lexart.org/gallery-reservation

They are pleased to welcome you to visit their newly-renovated gallery. They have installed a state-of-the-art air filtration system and are limiting the number of people for everyone’s safety and comfort.

Masks are required of all visitors while indoors. They ask that all visitors be vaccinated (with exceptions for age and medical conditions).

Reservations are not required but strongly encouraged. They welcome “family and friends” groups (up to 6 at a time). Only one person from the group need register to hold the reservation.

Ground/work

Date: October 1st – October 17th

Time: Various

Location: The Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA

For more information: https://www.clarkart.edu/microsites/ground-work/exhibition

A reverence for nature and a desire to further enliven the surrounding trails, pastures, and woods inspired Ground/work—the Clark Art Institute’s first outdoor exhibition. Building on a history of collaboration with contemporary artists, the Clark commissioned Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang to create new works of art in active dialogue with this specific environment.

The artists conceived their works in response to sites of their choosing, knowing that visitors would have access day and night for more than a year. Found in varied locations across the Clark’s 140-acre campus, these installations are embedded in a landscape that is ever changing—both daily and seasonally.

Ground/work highlights the balance between fragility and resilience that both nature and the passage of time reveal, while offering fresh experiences with every visit.

In development for several years, this exhibition comes to fruition at a moment of dislocation, isolation, and uncertainty. The familiar experiences of being outdoors and encountering works of art have taken on new meaning in this unexpectedly changed world, offering the comforts of nature and culture, community and solitude, engagement and reflection.

ERRE: Them and Us/Ellos y Nosotros

Date: October 1st – October 24th

Time: Various

Location: Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

For more information: https://massmoca.org/event/erre/

The U.S.-Mexico border has been the subject of increased attention and heated debate since Donald Trump declared the building of a permanent wall along the 2,000-mile boundary between the two countries as one of his top priorities as president. Artist ERRE, who lives and works between Tijuana and San Diego, has made the border a central part of his work for over two decades, examining its oft-forgotten history and shifting contours (California, Texas, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma used to be part of Mexico), as well as its current social, economic, and political implications. The primary checkpoint between Tijuana and San Diego, the San Ysidro Port of Entry, is the one of the most heavily trafficked land border in the world, where over 30 million people pass each year. The endless flow of goods and people is evidence of the intricate and interdependent relationship of the two cities and of the United States and Mexico more broadly.

For those of you who live far from its realities, ERRE brings to Mass MoCA a palpable image of the border wall with the installation of Of Fence (2017), a sculptural recreation of the weathered metal barricade that the artist knows well. This formidable architectural obstruction is – and has been for a long time – a powerful physical and psychological fact in Tijuana, where houses, restaurants, and beaches butt up against the imposing barrier. At MASS MoCA, the rusty-red metal fence will stretch across 120 feet of the museum, marking the entry to a gallery where a selection of new and existing works by the artist will be on view. ERRE pairs this sculptural wall with a wall of text featuring a stanza from Langston Hughes’ 1936 poem “Let America Be America Again.”

Growth Spurts, Knobs, and Knuckles: An Environment of Trees by Lizi Brown

Date: October 1st – October 24th

Time: Various

Location: Virtual

For more information: https://arboretum.harvard.edu/art_shows/growth-spurts-knobs-and-knuckles-an-environment-of-trees-by-lizi-brown/

In Lizi Brown’s virtual exhibition, an actual interpretation of the dictionary definition of environment visually appears through her fearless application of ink and paint on contractor paper. Her trees are buffeted by conditions that insinuate themselves through the soils and torment or sooth them by climate changes or the essential winds, sun, and rains. Seasons gain momentum, affecting limb and leaf in Brown’s portraits, “influencing the life of an individual or community,” as indeed seasons move over the plants in the landscape.

An absence of color would seem to correlate with an obvious simplicity, yet in Brown’s paintings, it belies her rich layering of detail, gesture, structure, light, and dark. Her exquisite use of line adds to the shape and essence of each panel. Color is in the hues and tones of black or light as it appears in the naked exposure of the paper itself. An effervescent mist of gray or deep, endless, strength of black, create images of trees as personalities.

Each painting is a portrayal, complete with serious or playful gestures, solo or companionable interactions. A fluidity and sharpness of edges reminiscent of the Korean sensibilities, which influenced Brown, animates branches, leaves, cones, and roots, while adhering to the artist’s limited palette.

Lizi Brown is an instructor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts University. She teaches beginning and advanced painting (and often starts her students with ink painting). She has shown in many group exhibitions in the greater Boston area.

All art is ink and paint on contractor paper. 100% of proceeds from sales will go to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.

Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration

Date: October 1st – October 31st

Time: Various

Location: Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, MA

For more information: https://www.nrm.org/2021/05/enchanted-a-history-of-fantasy-illustration/

Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration explores fantasy archetypes from the Middle Ages to today. The exhibition will present the immutable concepts of mythology, fairy tales, fables, good versus evil, and heroes and villains through paintings, etchings, drawings, and digital art created by artists from long ago to illustrators working today. Mythology explores the adventures of Apollo and Thor, Perseus rescuing Andromeda with the head of Medusa, and the labours of Hercules; fairy tales depict the worlds of elves, fairies, and mermaids, and conjure dreams of Little Nemo in Slumberland, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella; heroes and villains follow the exploits of Arthurian legends, Prince Valiant, Conan the Barbarian, and The Lord of the Rings; and haunting images of sorcerers and witches, and battles between angels and demons embody the struggle between good and evil.

Kissing Through a Curtain

Date: October 1st – October 31st

Time: Various

Location: Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

For more information: https://massmoca.org/event/kissing-through-a-curtain/

“How would you like to be kissed through a curtain?”

“Better than not kissing at all.”

An exchange on the act of translation, as recounted by poet Kwame Dawes.

Translation offers uncertain intimacy. They wonder: what is lost in translation? What kernel of the original cannot be carried to the new language and context? And what is gained? New meanings accrete in translation, as each new language, context, and the passage of time itself adds new associations.

The ten contemporary artists in this exhibition address boundaries, and attempts to communicate across them: not just between different languages, but also between nations, cultures, media, bodies, and individual minds. Their work invites you to consider moments of mediated contact, and uncertain communication, as potential sites for the generation of new knowledge.

They installed this exhibition before MASS MoCA temporarily closed its doors to the public due to COVID-19: before interactions took place through masks and digital screens; before countries’ borders were locked down still further; before the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police, and numerous other acts of anti-Black violence, sparked a new wave of protests around the United States and the world.

In some ways, the exhibition is already the type of work that MASS MoCA, as a contemporary art museum, does not usually show: a piece of history. And yet, many of the questions asked here feel even more urgent today than they did months ago. Borders—and the ways that they differentiate one group from another—are hotly contested. Is the act of translation a way of reaching across borders and forging new connections, or is it another form of appropriation and colonization? How do you mourn in the mediated and highly partisan “togetherness” of social media? If communication from one context to another is always imperfect, why do you attempt it at all?

Including works by Nasser Alzayani, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Kim Faler, Justin Favela, Osman Khan, Christine Sun Kim, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Jimena Sarno, Clarissa Tossin, and Jessica Vaughn.

Norman Rockwell: The Art of Persuasion

Date: October 1st – October 31st

Time: Various

Location: Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, MA

For more information: https://www.nrm.org/2021/02/norman-rockwell-the-art-of-persuasion/

While taking classes at New York’s Art Students League in 1911 and 1912, Rockwell made a pact with his classmates “never to do advertising jobs,” which they considered more commercial than magazine illustration.  But the artist admitted that this promise was quickly broken. Rockwell’s narrative style lent itself to advertising, and George Lorimer, editor of The Saturday Evening Post, advised him to charge double the fee that he received for a Post cover.

Honesty, artistry, and integrity were qualities that were ascribed to Rockwell, making collaboration with the artist appealing for many companies. Descriptive words and phrases like “distinguished,” “noted,” “American Legacy,” “elegant taste and discrimination,” “unexcelled craftsmanship,” and “accustomed to the finest” made their way into advertisements that showcased Rockwell’s art. During his prolific career, he accepted commissions from more than one-hundred-fifty corporations, including Ford Motor Company, Pan American Airlines, Budweiser, Del Monte, Sun-Maid, and many more.

Rockwell categorized advertising illustration into two types – the direct approach, a picture of the target audience enjoying the product; and institutional, an image showcasing the company’s good will. He opined that some commissions limited the illustrator’s originality due to the advertising agency’s layout requirements and was disheartened when his artwork required changes. As Rockwell gained success, he accepted fewer advertising assignments and concentrated on cover and story illustrations work, which allowed him more creative freedom.

Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed

Date: October 1st – October 31st

Time: Various

Location: The Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA

For more information: https://www.clarkart.edu/microsites/claude-francois-xavier-lalanne-nature-transformed/exhibition

The imaginative and expertly crafted art of Claude Lalanne (1925–2019) and François-Xavier Lalanne (1927–2008) reflects their belief that the human, animal, and vegetal worlds share a profound kinship. Throughout their long careers they looked to nature for inspiration, creating sculpture, furniture, and other works that morph natural objects into unexpected inventions that play with the boundaries between form and function. The married couple rarely collaborated on objects, but from 1966 on they referred to themselves jointly as “Les Lalanne” and to their works as “Lalannes.” They always exhibited together and over many years created a rich and diverse body of work. Both artists were prolific; François-Xavier was active up to his death in 2008, after which Claude continued to work in her studio every day through the rest of her life. This is the first American art museum exhibition dedicated to the couple in over forty years, and the first museum exhibition since the death of Claude in April 2019. The selection of work focuses on the ways both artists transformed nature through surreal combinations of flora and fauna, shifts of scale, and flights of fancy, creating hybrid objects that are at once sculptural and, often, functional. Combining technical expertise with wild inventiveness, the Lalannes created art that celebrates the world in which we live.

Engineering Design Workshop, Powered by MathWorks

Date: October 1st – October 31st   

Time: Various

Location: Museum of Science, 1 Science Park Driveway, Boston, MA

For more information: https://www.mos.org/explore/exhibits/engineering-design-workshop

Their new hands-on engineering and computer science exhibition lets you immerse yourself in the many ways engineers use creativity and iteration to solve problems and create solutions.

The star of this Blue Wing exhibit is their newly expanded, staffed Design Challenges Hub. The engineering design process is front and center as you create, test, and improve your own designs. Self-guided interactive stations in their Engineering Design Labs invite you to design, build, and test your own solutions to fun engineering and computer science challenges like Sift & Sort and Dive & Splash.

Budding engineers can practice developing their core skills in two young learner zones. Fast forward and their Engineering Stories vignettes show how people from a wide range of fields use engineering to address complex problems.

This newest Museum experience blends the creativity of hands-on engineering with state-of-the-art tools and data analysis delivered by MATLAB, the flagship product of MathWorks. For more than twenty years, MathWorks has partnered with the Museum to demonstrate the power of STEM to solve problems and make the world a better place.

Arctic Adventure: Exploring with Technology

Date: October 1st – October 31st   

Time: Various

Location: Museum of Science, 1 Science Park Driveway, Boston, MA

For more information: https://www.mos.org/exhibits/arctic-adventure

Their newest permanent exhibit represents the next stage in the ever-evolving Museum of Science: a blending of experiential learning opportunities with awe-inspiring immersive environments, developed in collaboration with their partner, Moment Factory.

As you enter Arctic Adventure from the Blue Wing, you’re not simply told about the Arctic—you’ll feel it. The region comes to life in front of you, with digitally immersive sights and sounds including a touchable wall of real ice. The exhibit’s engaging experiences invite you to be an active participant. Become an Arctic researcher as you use technology (including ground-penetrating radar and ice core drills) to explore their changing environment. The exhibition itself changes, too. Lighting hues mimic the Sun’s motion over the course of the day. The scenery, and the animals you find in it, vary with the seasons.

This experience also illuminates the many ways our global climate is changing. Learn how 800,000 years of climate history are recorded in the ice, and how animal behaviors are changing as they face unprecedented warming in the Arctic.

Hall of Human Life

Date: October 1st – October 31st   

Time: Various

Location: Museum of Science, 1 Science Park Driveway, Boston, MA

For more information: https://www.mos.org/exhibits/hall-human-life

Should you have your baby’s DNA sequenced? What keeps you awake? How efficient is your walk? Step inside the Hall of Human Life, the Museum’s new biology exhibition, and encounter such far-reaching questions on an amazing journey inside the human body. Spanning more than 70 interactive components, the exhibition will revolutionize how you engage with your biology and manage your health.

Through digital media and personal interaction, you become “part of the story,” as you contribute your own data and perspectives in an unending process of learning and discovery.

Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff

Date: October 1st – October 31st   

Time: Various

Location: Museum of Science, 1 Science Park Driveway, Boston, MA

For more information: https://www.mos.org/exhibits/triceratops-cliff

Get an up-close view of this 65-million-year-old fossil, discovered in the Dakota Badlands in 2004. Named for the grandfather of its anonymous donor, Cliff is one of only four nearly complete Triceratops on public display anywhere in the world. At the time of its discovery, the 23-foot-long specimen was missing some feet, leg, rib, and vertebral bones. Model makers then cast replacement bones, so Museum visitors can see the Triceratops skeleton as it would have looked when the living creature roamed through the Midwest during the Late Cretaceous period.

The relatively intact condition of this Triceratops skeleton raises many provocative questions: How was this Triceratops preserved? What do the skeleton’s missing bones indicate?

Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic

Date: October 1st – October 31st   

Time: Various

Location: Museum of Science, 1 Science Park Driveway, Boston, MA

For more information: https://www.mos.org/exhibits/dinosaurs

Their Museum Exhibits team has thoroughly reviewed every exhibit component throughout the entire Museum to assess its safety and risk for transmission. As a result, some exhibits and venues, such as Dinosaurs, have been modified for your safety.

The evidence collected through fossil records tells a tantalizingly incomplete and still evolving tale. Here, through fossils and life-size models, learn how paleontologists continue to compile evidence and change the way we view extinct animals.

Emblematic of this changing view is their full-size Tyrannosaurus rex model. The Museum’s first T. rex, created in the 1960s, was based on the existing evidence: three very incomplete skeletons. Today, over 30 skeletons have been discovered, so in 2001, a new, more accurate model was created and is now displayed.

In addition to models, explore fossil clues — such as bones, footprints, and even dinosaur dung! Compare the bones of a bird, an iguana, and a dinosaur, and see how at least one branch of dinosaurs is more closely related to birds than we ever imagined.

At their “Who’s in the Family?” mural, figure out what separates dinosaurs from other ancient and modern animals. Examine “bone dictionaries” to explore mystery skeletons and play with scale models of Coelophysis. (Note that the Mesozoic murals kiosks have been removed). Finally, imagine what future dinosaur models might look like.

Mark Dion: The Undisciplined Collector

Date: October 1st – October 31st   

Time: Various

Location: Rose Art Museum, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA

For more information: https://www.brandeis.edu/rose/exhibitions/2015/dion.html

Wood paneled and furnished with the trappings of a 1961 collector’s den, The Undisciplined Collector evokes the year of the Rose Art Museum’s founding and serves as an introduction to the rich history of collecting at Brandeis University. For his permanent installation, Mark Dion has selected objects from Rose’s permanent collection and related collections across campus (Brandeis University Library’s Special Collections, the Classical Artifact Research Collection, and the Department of Anthropology’s Study Collection, as well as Brandeis Athletics’ collection of trophies), creating an immersive and interactive environment that adds both context and back story to the present-day Rose.

Chris Burden: Light of Reason

Date: October 1st – October 31st  

Time: Various

Location: Rose Art Museum, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA

For more information: https://www.brandeis.edu/rose/exhibitions/2021/light-of-reason.html

Chris Burden’s Light of Reason is a permanent sculpture commissioned specifically for the Rose Art Museum and Brandeis University. The structure of the sculpture was inspired by the three torches, three hills and three Hebrew letters in the Brandeis University seal, while the work’s title borrows from a well-known quote by the university’s namesake, Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis: “If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold.” Antique Victorian lampposts and concrete benches form three branches that fan out from the museum’s entrance. Planned as an integral part of the image of the Rose and the university, the sculpture serves as an inviting gateway to the museum and a dynamic outdoor space for the Brandeis community.

Every Path Laid Open: Women of Concord and the Quest for Equality

Date: October 1st – November 7th  

Time: Various

Location: Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA

For more information: https://concordmuseum.org/events/every-path-laid-open-women-of-concord-and-the-quest-for-equality/

Every Path Laid Open: Women of Concord and the Quest for Equality includes rare artifacts from the collection that tell the story of Concord women of the past – some famous and some almost invisible. Each portrait, needlework, or piece of historic clothing, carefully preserved by succeeding generations and now by the Concord Museum, makes it possible to create meaning from the lives of ordinary citizens as well as prominent residents. There is also a special media component in the exhibition celebrating today’s women of Concord – from educators to entrepreneurs, firefighters to farmers, and artists to activists. The title of the exhibition comes from a compelling quote by 19th century feminist Margaret Fuller describing the ultimate goal of her fellow advocates for women’s suffrage: “We would have every path laid open to woman as freely as to man.”

Frida Kahlo: POSE

Date: October 1st – December 19th

Time: Various

Location: Rose Art Museum, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA

For more information: https://www.brandeis.edu/rose/exhibitions/2021/frida-kahlo-pose.html

Frida Kahlo: POSE is a focused exhibition that presents select paintings, drawings, and prints; a rich array of vintage photographs (some never before seen); and rare archival footage and ephemera, providing new perspectives on Kahlo’s complex identity as a path-breaking individual and artist. Organized in five overlapping sections – posing; composing; exposing; queering, and self-fashioning – this research-based show examines the relationship between photography and art within Kahlo’s world; explores her mode of composing herself and her paintings; and shines a light on Kahlo’s queer identity and gender fluid self-presentations. Contemporary artworks from the Rose Art Museum’s permanent collection that explore queer identity will be placed in dialogue with Kahlo’s work, pointing to this transgressive artist’s inspiring legacies and cultural impact.

What the Nazis Stole from Richard Neumann

Date: October 1st – December 31st    

Time: Various

Location: Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

For more information: https://www.worcesterart.org/exhibitions/neumann/

This exhibition presents 14 paintings and sculptures from the once extensive art collection of Dr. Richard Neumann (1879-1959), recently reunited following his and his family’s efforts over 75 years to regain possession of them. The president of a successful textile company with mills throughout Austria and Bohemia, Neumann was a lover of the arts and an avid collector. In 1921, his collection was officially recognized with landmark status in Austria with 28 of the over 200 works acknowledged as particularly important. Following Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938, Neumann’s collection was inventoried in accordance with anti-Jewish laws put in place by the Nazis. It was seized through forced sales and denied requests for export licenses, as the family fled first from Vienna and later from Paris to Cuba. In this exhibition, we present the extraordinary story of Richard Neumann—a discerning collector committed to promoting the role of the arts in civic life—, the family’s persecution during World War II, and the long struggle to reassemble the collection. The small fraction of his collection that has been successfully restituted to his heirs are currently on loan to the Worcester Art Museum in recognition of Dr. Neumann’s commitment to make his collection accessible to the public.

First Children: Caroline and John Jr. in the Kennedy White House

Date: October 1st – January 8th

Time: Various

Location: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA

For more information: https://www.jfklibrary.org/visit-museum/exhibits/special-exhibits/first-children-caroline-and-john-jr-in-the-kennedy-white-house

“I don’t want them to think they are ‘official’ children,” Jacqueline Kennedy remarked about her toddler daughter and infant son shortly after becoming First Lady in 1961. The exhibition First Children: Caroline and John Jr. in the Kennedy White House looks at the public’s fascination with the President’s progeny, a fascination fed by the media. Through photos, articles, commercial products, and film, the faces of the Kennedy youngsters helped cement the new President in the public’s collective mind as a national figure with whom anyone could identify. While her husband saw value in this humanized imagery, Mrs. Kennedy sought to protect her children from the public eye by focusing her efforts on creating “normal” childhoods for them in the midst of world attention.

The majority of the over 120 objects, images, and ephemera shown are from the Library’s museum collection and archives; most are exhibited for the first time. Included are selections from the gifts sent to the Kennedy children by both heads of state and the public at large; memos that reveal their mother’s efforts to balance media access and privacy; photographs and film footage of the family in both official and private capacities; and games, magazines, comic books, and trading cards created to capitalize on the status of the “First Children” within American celebrity culture.

Among the exhibition highlights are a play house from Charles de Gaulle and a 60” giraffe by Steiff lent by Caroline Kennedy; and an original Grandma Moses painting, July Fourth, on loan from the White House. All were used in Caroline Kennedy’s White House bedroom.

Black Histories, Black Futures

Date: October 1st – January 17th

Time: Various

Location: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

For more information: https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/black-histories-black-futures

Curated by young scholars as part of the MFA’s new partnership with local youth empowerment organizations, “Black Histories, Black Futures” focuses on works by 20th-century artists of color. It represents a major rethinking and reinstallation of a central area in the Museum that stretches between the Huntington Avenue and Fenway entrances. Forming a literal centerpiece of the MFA’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2020, the exhibition carves out a space for stirring exploration and celebration of Black histories, experiences, and self-representations.

The exhibition includes works by well-known artists such as Archibald Motley, Norman Lewis, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and Dawoud Bey and brings fresh attention to artists with connections to Boston, such as SMFA graduate Loïs Mailou Jones and longtime South End resident Allan Rohan Crite. The teens organized the exhibition into four thematic sections: “Ubuntu: I am Because You Are” presents images of community life and leisure activities; “Welcome to the City” focuses on paintings of urban scenes in both figurative and abstract styles; and, with photographs and works on paper depicting intimate moments from everyday life, “Normality Facing Adversity” and “Smile in the Dark” both consider the radicality of simply being oneself.

The teen curators—fellows from youth empowerment organizations Becoming a Man (BAM), The BASE, and the Bloomberg Arts Internship Boston program managed by EdVestors—used skills they developed as paid interns in a pilot internship program at the MFA to research, interpret, and design the exhibition. Their work highlights areas of excellence within the Museum’s collection and lays foundations for the future.

Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes​

Date: October 1st – January 23rd

Time: Various

Location: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

For more information: https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/paper-stories-layered-dreams

A lifelong resident of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, Ekua Holmes (b. 1955) is an artist and community activist whose body of work explores themes of childhood, family bonds, memory, and resilience. This exhibition focuses on her award-winning children’s book illustrations—vibrant collages revealing stories of self-determination, love, and community that reflect the artist’s distinctive vision and commitment to Black imagery and representation.

The more than 40 works on view include original illustrations from Holmes’s published book projects: Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (2015) by Carole Boston Weatherford, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (2017) by Kwame Alexander, and Black Is a Rainbow Color (2020) by Angela Joy. The exhibition also features a selection of Holmes’s luminous illustrations for the recently released book Saving American Beach (2021) by Heidi Tyline King—on view for the first time—as well as a selection of her independent work, including portrait installation pieces. Interpretive materials include a video interview with the artist and a group of wall texts written by teen participants in the MFA’s Curatorial Study Hall program.

In a time of significant diversification of children’s literature, Holmes and her artistic vision are part of the vital change embraced by this generation’s publishing industry. By daring to challenge norms and push boundaries, new literary and visual narratives are being created for all children to explore and see themselves. Influenced by the artist’s life experiences, familial connections, and friendships, Holmes’s artwork is an invitation for all to see the world anew.

New Light: Encounters and Connections

Date: October 1st – February 6th

Time: Various

Location: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

For more information: https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/new-light-encounters-and-connections

Spanning cultures and geographies, and sometimes millennia too, “New Light: Encounters and Connections” presents more than 60 works of art from across the MFA’s collection, many of which are on view for the first time.

The exhibition is organized into 21 “conversations”—in each, a contemporary piece that has recently joined the collection is juxtaposed with one or two rarely seen objects acquired earlier in the Museum’s history. The contemporary pieces include work by emerging as well as local or Boston-born artists—among them Dana C. Chandler Jr., Alison Croney Moses, Eben Haines, Stephen Hamilton, Tomashi Jackson, and Lavaughan Jenkins. The objects in conversation with these recent additions range from an ancient Egyptian carving of a princess to experimental miniature vases made by French ceramicist Auguste Delaherche. Placed in dialogue, these objects, old and new, invite visitors to explore an array of subjects. A portrait by Stephen Hamilton featuring weaving and dyeing techniques learned in Nigeria engages 20th-century textiles from southwestern Nigeria and Gee’s Bend, Alabama, in a meditation on ancestral heritage, while encounters elsewhere address childcare, queer communities, and Native resistance, among other topics.

Together, these conversations reveal the potential of every addition to the collection to spark unexpected connections and new narratives.

Best Buddies Challenge

Date: October 2nd

Time: Various

Location: Hyannis Port, Barnstable, MA

For more information: https://www.bestbuddieschallenge.org/hp/

There’s nothing like a Best Buddies Challenge. Find out for yourself. Sign up as an individual or form a team with friends and together you will help Best Buddies enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

They’re proceeding with event planning with your health and safety being their top priority. They’re continuing to monitor and follow the guidance of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Department and the CDC to adjust their event production strategy as needed. They look forward to celebrating with you on October 2nd!

Join them on Saturday, October 2, 2021, and choose to ride 100, 50, or 20 miles with cyclists of all abilities including celebrities and pro-athletes such as Guy Fieri, George Hincapie & Christian Vande Velde, among others. Each route takes riders along scenic, country roads to the beach in Hyannis Port. All rides are fully supported, with rest stops every 25 miles and support vehicles on the road.

For those that don’t ride, their 5K run/walk takes place at Craigville Beach in Hyannis Port. Enjoy a jog with friends, or go for a new personal best. The walk is the perfect Challenge for families with small children.

Everybody In! Walk/Move for Perkins

Date: October 2nd

Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA

For more information: https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Watertown/5KWalkForPerkins

An inclusive, accessible world is a better world for everyone. Join them on Saturday, October 2nd  at Perkins School for the Blind and help build a world that sees people with disabilities for what they can do, not what they can’t.

Their inaugural walk begins at their historic, picturesque campus and runs alongside the Charles River and through Watertown’s Braille Trail in support of disability inclusion.

At the finish line, enjoy a festival of activities like historical campus tours, children’s activities, musical performances and more.

BeanStock Musical Festival

Date: October 2nd

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: French’s Common, 1 JFK Memorial Drive, Braintree, MA

For more information: http://www.thesunwillrise.org/beanstock-1

Some groups raise money with road races, some groups raise money with golf tournaments, but not them, they went outside the box to raise money with an awesome day of music! Beanstock Music Festival is their largest fundraiser. Please join in the fun. If you aren’t able to attend, please make a donation on their GIVE page to help them with their work.

Lots of other fun stuff too like a Frisbee toss for your chance to win $1,000! The brand new Mike & Lenny’s Bar Pizza style food truck, an Ice Cream truck, and a bounce obstacle course. This is an alcohol and drug free event. This fundraiser benefits The Sun Will Rise Foundation. The Sun Will Rise Foundation exists because Robyn Houston-Bean lost her twenty year old son Nicholas Bean to an accidental overdose in May of 2015. The Foundation, a non-profit charity, is dedicated to providing education, awareness, and prevention regarding substance use issues. The Sun Will Rise offers grief support, with 13 monthly meetings and provides sober living scholarships to those leaving treatment. Help them continue this important work. Let’s stop the stigma and have a great substance free day of music!

A Night at the Museum

Date: October 2nd  

Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA

For more information: https://ecotarium.org/event/a-night-at-the-museum/

The EcoTarium’s signature event for friends and supporters. This stimulating evening among the stars will raise funds to continue to inspire museum guests with a passion for science and nature.

The Ride for Food

Date: October 3rd

Time: Various

Location: Nobles & Greenough School, 10 Campus Drive, Dedham, MA

For more information: https://foodforfree.org/food-for-frees-annual-ride-for-food-team/

The Ride for Food is a super fun charity bike ride organized in partnership with local hunger-relief organizations, hosted by Three Squares New England. For six years and counting, Food For Free has organized a team of dedicated riders who fundraise for them. This year, the Ride for Food is offering both a virtual “off the beaten path” ride, allowing participants to do the physical activity of their choice throughout the summer and fall, as well as an in person ride on Sunday, October 3!

2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Date: October 3rd

Time: 9:00 am

Location: Veteran’s Park Beach, 480 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA

For more information: https://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=14511&pg=entry

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is full of flowers, each carried by someone committed to ending this disease. Because like flowers, their participants don’t stop when something’s in their way. They keep raising funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is happening — and you can join them at your local event or Walk From Home in your neighborhood. No matter where you participate, know that your health and safety are their top priorities. All local events will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. Per CDC guidelines around crowded outdoor settings, they ask that all Walk attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask when in an overcrowded area. Masks will be available on-site.

They will continue to closely monitor CDC, state and local guidelines to ensure Walk events adhere to recommendations and are safe for attendees. If you prefer to Walk From Home, you can still engage in many Walk-day experiences through their mobile app.

Adam J. Bozzuto Memorial Charity Classic

Date: October 4th

Time: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Location: Farmington Polo Club, 152 Town Farm Road, Farmington, CT

For more information: https://hometownfoundation.org/event/adam-j-bozzuto-memorial-charity-classic/#

Join them in celebration of the 44th anniversary of the Adam J. Bozzuto Memorial Charity Classic. For forty four years, Bozzuto’s has helped raise money for the Hometown Foundation, Inc. with the annual Adam J. Bozzuto Charity Classic. Therefore, they are proud to announce that this year’s tournament will take place on Monday, October 4th, 2021. Bozzuto’s & The Hometown Foundation, Inc. takes great pride in the events that they put on, and they are proud that this event is considered one of the finest in the north-east. This year’s tournament will take place on two premier Connecticut courses: The Farmington Country Club in Farmington, CT and The Golf Club of Avon in Avon, CT. A shotgun start will take place on both courses promptly at 10:00 am and will include breakfast & lunch. After the tournament, participants & guests are invited to join them for a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres at the Farmington Polo Club in Farmington, followed by a dinner, live music, and local vendors. Raffles and door prizes will be presented, as well as the awards for the day’s play.

Gala for Prevention

Date: October 5th     

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Charles River Studios, 495 Turnpike Street, Canton, MA

For more information: https://silentspring.org/event/gala-prevention

Join them this year for a two-hour live special event, either in-person or delivered to your home for the most engaging event experience!

Attend in person at Charles River Studios in Canton. Or, host a house party and watch the live-streamed event in a “pod” of your choosing. House parties will receive a specially-delivered “Party in a Box,” including a fully catered dinner for each guest, wine, cocktails, and more!

Friday Farm Workshop: Farm 2 Table @ Home with Katrina

Date: October 8th     

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Land’s Sake Farm, 90 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA

For more information: https://landssake.org/event-directory/events-2/

Farm to Table is trendy, but it doesn’t have to be complicated! Come harvest, taste, and assemble as you learn simple tricks and recipes that will spice up every meal. Everyone is welcome: you will learn from each other and use simple tricks to create incredible flavors.

The 42nd Apple Country Fair

Date: October 9th

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Brookfield Common Historic District, Brookfield, MA

For more information: https://www.applecountryfair.com/index.html

Showcasing the work of more than 70 local crafters, the 42nd Apple Country Fair will be held on the Brookfield Town Common, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm. The Fair also will feature live music, children’s games, baked goods, raffles and an apple pie contest — all to benefit the Brookfield Community Club, a charitable organization that makes grants to enrich community life.

Fairgoers can browse and buy hand-knit sweaters and blankets, carved wooden bowls and décor, beaded jewelry, specialty soaps and lotions, hand-crafted toys, locally-produced honey and more.

Children will enjoy games and prizes, face-painting, sand art and a moon bounce. Various food vendors will offer concessions throughout the day. The bake table will tempt with homemade fudge, candied apples, applesauce, cookies, brownies, and pie.

A raffle will offer chances to win prizes including the community-stitched quilt, family passes to local museums and attractions, and gift certificates to local restaurants and stores. Tickets will be available at the Fair and through the summer at the Merrick Public Library and from Community Club members. Entries for the apple pie contest will be accepted at the Fire Barn next to the Town Hall until 10:00 a.m. the day of the Fair. Judging categories are for children under 12, ages 13-19, and adults ages 20 and older.

Frightful Fridays

Date: October 15th

Time: 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm

Location: Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

For more information: https://goreplace.org/whats-on/frightful-fridays

Their popular Halloween season program Frightful Fridays returns in October!

Enjoy spooky tales, but nothing too scary! The 45-minute program, which features five stories, occurs twice per evening at 6:30 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. Capacity is 60 people per session. This program is for adults and children, ages 6 and up. Please, no younger children.

The event takes place outdoors under the spacious Century Tent. Tables and chairs will be provided. There will be ample free parking. The site is accessible, and modern indoor restrooms will be available. Please, dress for the weather.

Advance tickets required. Their Covid safety and mask policy will be in place at this event. Read their Covid policy. If you or someone in your group needs an accommodation to more fully participate in this event, please contact them before registering.

Boston 10K for Women

Date: October 16th

Time: 9:00 am

Location: Boston Common, Boston, MA

For more information: https://boston10kforwomen.com/

Join thousands of runners, joggers, walkers, and spectators of all ages and athletic abilities as they come together to celebrate health, fitness, and community! The race inspires women to set the bar high, achieve their health and wellness goals, and go for their personal best.

Racing to End Domestic Violence 5k

Date: October 16th

Time: 9:00 am

Location: The Lakeside Inn, 595 North Avenue, Wakefield, MA

For more information: https://waavonline.org/

After last year’s virtual race, The Wakefield Alliance Against Violence’s, (WAAV) Racing to End Domestic Violence 5k run/walk around Lake Quannapowitt is back. This professionally-timed race is on Saturday, October 16th at 9:00 am. Early bird pricing is just $25 if you sign up by Tuesday, August 31st. After that, the price increases to $35. The youth rate is $20 (for anyone 16 and under). People who register by September 25th are guaranteed a race shirt. Packet pickup is the day of the race at The Lakeside Inn, 595 North Ave., from 7:30-8:45 am. A $75 cash prize will be awarded to the top male and female finishers after the race at the Lakeside Inn. All pre-registered 16 and under youth runners will get a Cravings gift card for participating. This year, the race will be professionally timed and bibs will have a timing chip.

All proceeds raised will go towards WAAV’s efforts to combat violence in the community. WAAV coordinates educational programs for students in school and for members in the community. In addition, WAAV connects individuals and families to agencies that offer intervention and direct service to people who are experiencing violence. WAAV also uses proceeds from this race to provide Wakefield Police Department with gift cards, which are given to Domestic Violence survivors in emergency situations.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and they hope you can join them for a fun event to help them raise awareness.

2021 Jack’s Abby United Way 5K

Date: October 16th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Jack Abby Craft Lagers, 100 Clinton Street, Framingham, MA

For more information: https://www.uwotc.org/5K

Funds raised by runner registration fees will support the United Way of-Tri-County’s critical direct service programs.

New for 2021, the race will include cash prizes for the top 3 male and top 3 female winners and all registered participants receive a cozy long-sleeve t-shirt. 

Jack’s Abby will host their after-race celebration in their Beer Hall and Beer Garden at 100 Clinton Street, where all participants 21+ can enjoy a complimentary cold lager. Their gracious hosts at Jack’s Abby are also donating 10% of the afternoon’s food sales back to the United Way, so all are encouraged to celebrate with them and enjoy something delicious from the Jack’s Abby menu.

The fee to participate is $30 and includes the runner’s bib, a long-sleeve t-shirt and an ice-cold Jack’s Abby lager after the race, for those 21+.  Proceeds from each runner’s registration fee goes directly to the United Way program of their choice: feeding the hungry, early literacy, or suicide prevention. 

To ensure a safe and fun event for everyone the race will be capped at 700 runners.  Long sleeve t-shirts will be provided to everyone who registers but sizes can only be guaranteed to those who register by September 8. 

Special awards will be presented to the top individual fundraiser and team fundraisers. There will also be music, a free photo booth, and of course, beer!

UMass Cancer Walk and Run

Date: October 17th

Time: Various

Location: Polar Park, 100 Madison Street, Worcester, MA

For more information: https://umasscancerwalk.org/

Each year, you and thousands of people like you make the UMass Cancer Walk and Run a success, because the money you raise supports adult and pediatric cancer research and care, and clinical trials of new potentially lifesaving therapies taking place right here in Central Massachusetts at UMass Medical School.

Frightful Fridays

Date: October 22nd

Time: 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm

Location: Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

For more information: https://goreplace.org/whats-on/frightful-fridays

Their popular Halloween season program Frightful Fridays returns in October!

Enjoy spooky tales, but nothing too scary! The 45-minute program, which features five stories, occurs twice per evening at 6:30 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. Capacity is 60 people per session. This program is for adults and children, ages 6 and up. Please, no younger children.

The event takes place outdoors under the spacious Century Tent. Tables and chairs will be provided. There will be ample free parking. The site is accessible, and modern indoor restrooms will be available. Please, dress for the weather.

Advance tickets required. Their Covid safety and mask policy will be in place at this event. Read their Covid policy. If you or someone in your group needs an accommodation to more fully participate in this event, please contact them before registering.

Science Tricks & Animal Treats

Date: October 23rd

Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA

For more information: https://ecotarium.org/event/science-tricks-animal-treats/2021-10-23/

Grab your cloak: the EcoTarium is in disguise this Halloween! Why choose between tricks and treats when they’re both so exciting? Join their educators for sneaky science programs about animal camouflage, invisible forces, and secret powers, then join their wildlife keepers to learn about the treats and training that enrich their resident animal’s lives. For maximum fun, test drive your Halloween costume – or come in disguise!

The 2nd Annual Boston Shriners Hospital 2021 Virtual Haunted Walk

Date: October 24th – November 1st

Time: Various

Location: Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA

For more information: https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/event/boston-shriners-virtual-haunted-walk-2021/e334563

Simply register for free and ask friends and family to join or support your team. Walk, jog, or skip anywhere you like and celebrate your impact anytime during the Virtual Haunted Walk week.

Don’t ghost them now, register today!

Help spread the word and support excellence in pediatric specialty care at the Boston Shriners Hospital. All proceeds from the Virtual Haunted Walk will advance world-class pediatric acute burn care, reconstructive plastic surgery and cleft lip and palate care, always regardless of families’ ability to pay.

2021 Shining Star Gala

Date: October 28th

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: The Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA

For more information: https://victimrights.org/gala/

Join them in-person for an impactful evening of networking over drinks and delicious eats, or tune in virtually from home! Their powerful virtual program will honor their 2021 awardees, including Leadership Awardee Chanel Miller.

Friday Farm Workshop: Farm Flower Arranging & Creation with Heather

Date: October 29th

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Land’s Sake Farm, 90 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA

For more information: https://landssake.org/event-directory/events-2/

Enjoy an afternoon in the Garden! Land’s Sake Farm has taken pride in growing a diverse and abundant Pick Your Own Flower Garden for decades. Join their in-house florist to learn about different flower varieties and how to arrange & care for your bouquets. Get Creative while picking your own in season fresh farm flowers to arrange and take home. All cutting supplies, a mason jar & 25 stems are included in class price, (additional stems are available for purchase.)  You may bring a favorite vase from home to practice with & get some tips on how to create & care for your arrangement!

Frightful Fridays

Date: October 29th

Time: 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm

Location: Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

For more information: https://goreplace.org/whats-on/frightful-fridays

Their popular Halloween season program Frightful Fridays returns in October!

Enjoy spooky tales, but nothing too scary! The 45-minute program, which features five stories, occurs twice per evening at 6:30 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. Capacity is 60 people per session. This program is for adults and children, ages 6 and up. Please, no younger children.

The event takes place outdoors under the spacious Century Tent. Tables and chairs will be provided. There will be ample free parking. The site is accessible, and modern indoor restrooms will be available. Please, dress for the weather.

Advance tickets required. Their Covid safety and mask policy will be in place at this event. Read our Covid policy. If you or someone in your group needs an accommodation to more fully participate in this event, please contact them before registering.

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