Monday, November 12, 2012
Mike Higgins makes art with a chainsaw and other unusual items. He also talks to students about life lessons.
Kevin Hurley Middle School recently hosted its first school assembly. The special guest was artist Mike Higgins, whose work is certainly not routine. Using several chainsaws of different sizes, a blowtorch, a sander and paints (blue and white to be exact), Higgins created a Warrior out of a giant pine log. To watch this transpire in front of me, and the rest of the audience was quite a sight. Fortunately, I could see him fairly close up and could clearly see he was totally into what he was doing. "How many times are you going to see this in your life?" Higgins asked the amazed students in the audience. In addition to doing performance art, Higgins talked about his school days and earlier career in a corporate setting that led up to …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Discussed this week: The notion of how the traditional book will be used and seen in the future, and how Bradbury's novel relates.
These days, when some readers consider the form of the traditional book on its way to becoming obsolete, it's hard not to look to back to a certain novel in which the book is not only aging . . . it's illegal to read. That book, of course, is the late Ray Bradbury's acclaimed novel, "Fahrenheit 451". Originally published in 1953, the novel, which indicates "the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns . . . ", reveals a world in which books are deemed to be a threat to the greater public, and as such, homes containing books are doused in kerosene and burned. The burnings are caused by the hands of different forms of firefighters - those brave individuals we know as saviors of our homes and livelihoods and lives when fires …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Discussed this week: The first of the trilogy by E.L. James which became a reading phenomenon over the summer.
We're big readers here at Patch, and in that light, we thought it would be a good idea to get a discussion going on what books we editors and our readers are reading lately. But the discussion only begins with us. If you've read this week's highlighted book, let us know what you thought of it, and suggest other books for future discussion. This week, we take a look at a book that has caused quite a stir this summer, both in the U.S. and worldwide—"Fifty Shades of Grey" by British author E.L. James. First, a little information on the publishing phenomenon that is "Fifty Shades": The erotic novels of the "Fifty Shades" trilogy currently occupy the top three spots on The New York Times' list of best-selling print and e-book fiction, and …
Monday, July 30, 2012
John Avakian's 'Family Bio 30' was named 'Best of Show' at an Attleboro Arts Museum exhibit in June.
The first in a monoprint series by artist John Avakian dates back about three years. And two generations, who both experienced the Armenian Genocide of 1915. And "Family Bio 30," one of the newer pieces, was named "Best of Show" during "Remembering," an exhibit the Attleboro Arts Museum hosted from June 16 to June 30. Avakian says the series was inspired by his desire to leave "something behind of me and my family that will live on beyond my lifetime." Each monoprint includes family photos, as well as images from books, magazines and other sources, Avakian says. "It's hard to say when that'll be over," Avakian says of this series, from which he submitted three pieces to the show. "It's the past and the present coming together as memory." …
Sunday, July 29, 2012
This is poetry that can fly.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
The following article is from Amy Rhilinger, young adult services coordinator at the Attleboro Public Library: The Birds of Poetry, after many long months, have arrived at the Attleboro Public Library. Funded by the Attleboro Cultural Council, this installation is a collaborative project designed to bring art and literature together and to invite the community into the library. The installation is made up of paper birds hung on string throughout the library's atrium. The collaged birds were created in art galleries and classrooms. At the Expo For the Senses in downtown Attleboro, participants were asked to share an original poem, a favorite poem, song lyrics or simply inspiring words on a paper wing, and those wings were transformed …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Expo for the Senses includes food, music, art and jewelry.
The weather cooled down Saturday just in time so that residents and visitors could enjoy the fourth annual Expo for the Senses. The downtown Attleboro event included plenty of interesting features to the delight of the many attendees.
Monday, April 30, 2012
The May 9 meeting will include an awards presentation and dedication of the museum exterior renovations.
This year's Annual Meeting of the Attleboro Arts Museum will take place next week on Wednesday at the museum, which is located at 86 Park Street. The museum's website states the session, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. and include: Also, the annual Museum Awards will be presented to: Those who plan to attend are asked to contact the museum by Friday. People can RSVP by calling 508-222-2644 ext. 10 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Attleboro resident Ben Macomber leads a program in that brings out the artist in the residents of a Norton nursing home.
An Attleboro resident and former art teacher has helped launch a program at a nursing home in Norton that allows the residents to exercise their motor skills and artistic talents. The program was launched earlier this year at Daggett-Crandall Newcomb Home by Attleboro's Ben Macomber and activities director Sue Talavera. The participants have proven they have not lost the ability to create beautiful works of art. Residents in their 80s and 90s thrive during the program. "When they're painting, they can do whatever they want," Talavera said. "They haven't lost their independence." With each session, Macomber gives the class a theme. He shows an example of his art, and gives the residents simple instructions on how to recreate the painting …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The high school artists emulate the work of marine life specialist Wyland.
Attendees at last week's 200th anniversary town celebration at Seekonk High School got to see eye-catching student artwork. The marine life art complemented the Wyland Teacher Discovery Traveling Exhibition. "Wyland is known as 'The Marine Michelangelo,' and his theme of conservation is prevalent in his work," Seekonk High art teacher Nancy Corrigan Wilbert wrote in an email to Attleboro-Seekonk Patch. Funding for the exhibition came from the Seekonk Arts Council and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts.
Monday, April 16, 2012
The Seekonk High School Symphonic Band performs a piece written for the town's bicentennial.
A three day-celebration of Seekonk's bicentennial at the public schools concluded on Wednesday with the Seekonk High School Symphonic Band's concert at the high school. The band performed various pieces, including "Coming Home," which was written by composer Andrew Boysen Jr. for the bicentennial.