Shows, musical performances aplenty during ArtWeek

Apr 18, 2018

Not a painter or a maker? No matter! ArtWeek in Marion features a number of opportunities to celebrate the arts by taking in a performance.

ArtWeek takes place from April 27 through May 6. The festival began in Boston in 2013 and was officially designated as a statewide festival in 2017. Marion's event runs parallel to the city's this year, with the Marion Art Center (the MAC) largely organizing the town's festival.

Admission costs vary. Online registration is required at

Hear a New Orleans-style jazz jam session performed by musicians Phil Sanborn, Matt Richard, David Zinno, and Gary Johnson on Friday, April 27, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Play an instrument? Sit in with the band by emailing or calling 508-538-1240. Or... just enjoy the tunes. Tickets cost $12.

Marion Village attracted many well-known artists during the late 19th and 20th centuries -- a time period known as the Romantic Era. On Sunday, April 29, from 2 to 4 p.m., learn about the members of the town's former art colony. A short theatrical sketch to introduce the artists will be followed by tea with the performers in character. Admission is $5.

On Sunday, May 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., musicians Putnam Murdock, Barry Gross, and Colin Bradley present Soundscapes at the MAC. Designed to engage the audience in the creative process, the group will "take you on a musical journey, creating soundscapes laced with lyric and story," organizers said. Admission is $12 per person.

For more information on ArtWeek, including a full list of events and workshops, visit