Monday, May 20, 2013
Studio director Gay Heather Barboza shares the story of AMJ starting with her family.
Gay Heather Barboza said she’s been dancing all her life, which is not exactly an exaggeration. “I started, maybe in the womb?” she said laughing. “It was always a part of my life, I never knew anything different.” Maybe a little bit of an exaggeration. She said her mother and aunts started the AMJ Dance Studio in 1954, and moved all over Attleboro to teach dance. She said AMJ stands for the names of her mother and aunts, April, May and June. Barboza said the studio moved around a lot in those days. “We’ve been everywhere,” she said. “We pretty much rented out church halls and music halls in the 60s. We had a permanent hall above the Lantern Lodge, which is now the Oasis.” She added while they had a space on the second floor, they still …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The existing exhibit at the Attleboro Arts Museum closes Saturday. A new one created by local high school students will open May 21.
The Attleboro Arts Museum is preparing to close its current exhibit and work has begun on the next one. The current exhibit, which will be on display until Saturday, is called "Down to the Wire," and features finely detailed sculptures made of wire. The exhibit was created by artists Larissa King of West Lebanon, N.H., C.W. Roelle of Providence and Adrienne Sloane of Lexington. The next exhibit, "High Art," focuses on contrast. Teams of local high school students are creating the pieces for the show, which opens May 21 and will run through June 5. Participating high schools include: The opening reception for "High Art" will take place May 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Attleboro Arts Museum, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary, is …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Members come together to share and reflect on museum's history.
The Attleboro Arts Museum opened to a packed house Wednesday to celebrate its 90th anniversary in the city. Mim Fawcett, the museum's executive director, spoke to a crowd of trustees, artists and residents as she reflected on the history of the museum and what it brings to the city. "We have many folks we're honoring and many reflections on the past year," she said. "It's pretty remarkable. I have to say we're having several celebrations this year. They seem to be happening every day." To help celebrate the anniversary, Fawcett said the museum is taking a note from the Boston Red Sox and sponsoring 90 Acts of Artful Kindness, which she defined as a thoughtful deed of creative charity the museum receives or shares. "It's so that we can …
Friday, May 3, 2013
A look at the work of Attleboro resident Eric Berghman.
These tattoos were created by Eric Berghman
Monday, March 11, 2013
Recently named "the most fun dad ever," David Laferriere puts his creative mind to good use.
When Attleboro graphic designer David Laferriere's two sons open their daily lunches, they get a visual treat. Now ages 13 and 15, their father has been drawing cartoons on their sandwich bags since they were in second and fourth grades. After creating the designs—which include imaginative monsters, animals, word games and even food—he takes photos and posts them on his Flickr page. "I just started it as a way to jump-start my creativity in the morning and have some fun with my boys," Laferriere told the Wired Magazine blog "Geek Dad" in November. "I am a designer/illustrator, and I've been doodling, drawing, painting and creating since I was a youngster." The sandwich bag art of Laferriere, who is a graphic designer in the communications …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Various students from Bishop Feehan will have work displayed at the State Transportation Building Gallery in Boston.
Bishop Feehan High School announced the recipients of the 2012 annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are administered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc. All Massachusetts teachers teaching in one of the art mediums or writing categories may submit individual art or writing works by students in grades 7 through 12. Individual works and portfolios are judged on the state level with selected Gold Key winners continuing on to national judging. Feehan students received 13 Gold Keys, 16 Silver Keys and 25 honorable mentions. Artwork will be displayed at the State Transportation Building Gallery in Boston through April 20. ART: Rachael Abbott (Norton)/Drawing/Gold Key Hansen …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The deadline to submit artwork to Kennedy's Newton office is April 19.
Do you think your artwork is good enough to hang in the U.S. Capitol? U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, whose district includes Attleboro, announced last week his office is participating in the annual Congressional Art Competition, which is a high school visual arts contest. Now through April 19, high school students in the 4th Congressional District can submit paintings, drawings, collages, computer-generated art, prints, mixed media and photography pieces to Kennedy's office on Crafts Street in Newton. An independent arts panel that includes Attleboro Arts Museum Executive Director Mim Fawcett will select a finalist for each media category. The panel will then choose a "Best in Show" piece from those finalists. The "Best in Show" piece from …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Ugly Dog Books is about more than just books.
Kim Ward Storch had worked in education for more than 15 years before opening Ugly Dog Books in Attleboro. Although she is no longer working at a school, the teaching bug has stayed with her. Last year, Ward opened the book store located at 75 Union St. While big chains like Borders have closed, she's keeping her background in education alive and well at the shop. "I just wanted more to offer for the store," she said. "I wanted to have a place for people to show their creativity and get themselves noticed." Prior to opening Ugly Dog Books, Storch owned Maple Street Learn & Play Preschool & Daycare and worked in a preschool classroom. Now, she leads writing workshops at the shop for people of all ages and does story time with young children…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Trailer hosted a children's television show in the 1950s.
Rex Trailer, a Boston TV icon who had been recovering from pneumonia recently, died on Jan. 9, according to his website. “Rex Trailer left this earth peacefully last night surrounded in love and song by his family. Rex had been in Florida for the holidays when he became ill into the New Year. While everyone’s prayers and support have been of great comfort to Rex, he decided it was time to go home. Rex and family thank all of you and love you,” a statement on his website reads. Trailer hosted “Boomtown” a children’s show with a western theme on WBZ-TV from 1956-1974, according to WBZ-TV. Trailer was 84. A funeral is being planned, but no date has been set yet, according to his website. Share your memories of Trailer and his show in the …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Look to the skies for some stunning light displays this November and December.
Monday, November 12, 2012
For those already getting a head start on holiday shopping and those planning feasts for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, you'll have the chance to cast your eyes upon the universe's natural fireworks. Astronomers anticipate three meteor showers this November and December. Nov. 12: Taurid Meteor Shower Nov. 17: Leonid Meteor Shower Dec. 13: Geminid Meteor Shower Be sure to schedule a night this season to bundle up, lay out some blankets (if it's dry) and enjoy the light show in the sky. Share your tips for photographing the showers. Tell us your favorite places to sneak off to view the skies.