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Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival

Saturday, June 17, 2023
Rain Date: Sunday, June 18

The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Gosnold Cultural Council to present the 2023 Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival. The CPAF is limited to 60 artists, and the cost to participate is $90 per person. This fee covers registration, ferry travel with cargo transport via M/V Cuttyhunk Ferry, and a box lunch. The cost to Cuttyhunk residents, or those who do not need a day-of ferry ticket, is $40. On the day of the festival, artists will travel from State Pier 3 in New Bedford, where registration packets and ferry tickets are distributed (9am departure), to Cuttyhunk (10am arrival). There they will check in and collect their box lunches, and volunteer “island ambassadors” will greet painters and deliver them to various locations across the island. Artists will wrap up around 2:30pm to be ready for pickup (or can walk back), and they may submit paintings for jurying by 2:45pm. Artists will enjoy a brief “_ARTY!” reception after jurors have had a chance to select 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and purchase prizes. Islanders and visitors may also purchase art directly from the artists. The “_ARTY!” is open to all and free to attend. Finally, artists will depart on the Cuttyhunk Ferry at 4:00pm to return to New Bedford. Learn more HERE.

Art in Bloom at the MAC

Thursday, June 22 - Saturday, June 24, 2023
Reception: Thursday, June 22, 5:00-7:00pm

Art in Bloom features inventive floral arrangements on display in the  galleries for two to three days in June. The arrangements, created by members of the Marion Garden Group and other local designers, are inspired by artworks in the MAC exhibition currently on view. Participants, working individually or in pairs, create floral interpretations of a specific piece of their choosing. The MAC also offers various flower-related workshops during Art in Bloom, such as floral arranging or watercolor painting. 

Art in Bloom also coincides with the Marion Garden Group’s Secret Gardens of Marion event scheduled on Friday, June 23 from 10am-3pm. Two gardens will feature a MAC member artist (Jay Ryan and Barbara Healy) who will be plein air painting on site. Tickets to the garden tour can be purchased on the MGG website HERE beginning May 1.


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Tue-Wed: Please call ahead
Thurs-Sat: 10:00am-2:00pm


Tue-Fri: 10:00am-5:00pm


Jodi Stevens


Elizabeth Howland
Alice Shire

Veronique Bale
Sarah Brown
Kate Corkum
Andrea Green
Harriet Ingerslev

Sarah Mitchell
Philip Tifft

Art in Bloom Events

Call for Entries!
Saturday, May 13 through Wednesday, June 21
Pick your Piece of Art

All are invited to participate! Visit the MAC galleries to view our exhibition featuring works by Anne Carrozza Remick and Stephen Remick (show dates May 12-June 24). Choose one of the works on display to inspire your artistic floral creation. There will be only one designer or design team per artwork - be sure to check with MAC staff when selecting your inspirational artwork. Designers may use any available MAC pedestals for displaying arrangements but are encouraged to bring their own unique stand of appropriate size and height. All arrangements should be delivered to the Marion Art Center on Thursday, June 22 by 12:00pm.

Floral Watercolor Workshop with Peggy Call-Conley
Thursday, June 22, 9:30am-12:30pm

In the MAC Studio
$50 for MAC members, $60 for nonmembers

Join a watercolor painting workshop in the MAC Studio with artist Peggy Call-Conley. After the workshop, participants can view the unique arrangements on display in the MAC galleries after the workshop.

Art for Your Mind: Landscapes Old and New
Presentation by Art Historian Jill Sanford
Thursday, June 22, 1:00am-2:00pm

In the MAC's Anne Braitmayer Webb Theater
MAC Members: $5, Nonmembers: $8, Register for both lectures to receive $1 off each event!

Develop your awareness of the many decisions artists face when constructing a landscape painting. Interpretations of nature from America, Europe and beyond become surprising and interesting when close observation is combined with insight into the artists and their goals.

Opening Night Reception
Thursday, June 22, 5:00-7:00pm

Visit the Marion Art Center for the opening night viewing for Art in Bloom. See creative floral arrangements inspired by the works by Anne Carrozza Remick & Stephen Remick, on display in the MAC galleries. Anyone can contribute an artful arrangement to Art in Bloom at the MAC.

Artful Flower Pressing Workshop with Instructor Meagan Souza
Saturday, June 24, 10:00am-12:30pm

In the MAC Studio, Ages 14 and up, Limit 8 students
Cost: $30 for MAC members, $35 for nonmembers

Flower pressing is a slow and timeless art form. Materials are easily accessible and perfect for anyone who wants to extend the life of beautiful flowers and botanicals. Students will learn the basics of flower pressing, working with pre-pressed floral and foraged materials. Participants will learn how to press their own fresh flowers and findings from the home garden and create their own travel press kits to keep on the go. Turn petals and leaves into a beautiful piece of art that can hang on your wall!
All materials will be provided, but students may wish to bring their own scissors.

Arts in the Park

Saturday, July 8, 2023, 10:00am-4:00pm
Rain Date: Sunday, July 9

Arts in the Park is the Marion Art Center’s signature outdoor artisan market and occurs annually in July on the Saturday after Independence Day. Arts in the Park features a select group of local artists and artisans, vetted by the Exhibitions Committee. Goods include baskets, ceramics, clothing, collage, fiber, glass, jewelry, woodworking, painted, and hand-crafted furniture, paintings, photography, and more. The MAC, with grant support from the Marion Cultural Council, Rochester Cultural Council, and Mattapoisett Cultural Council, sponsors this family-friendly event featuring live music, a food truck, raffle, and free games and arts activities for kids. Click HERE to learn more!

Cocktails by the Sea + Silent Auction
Friday, July 28, 5:30-8:30pm at 183 Front Street, Marion

Tickets $95
On sale to MAC Members on May 1, on sale to general public on May 15

Don't miss our premier summer fundraiser, Cocktails by the Sea! Join us at 183 Front Street in Marion to show your support for the arts in our community! This fabulous party will take place under a beautiful Sperry tent on the lawn of the Marion waterfront home of our generous hosts, Trevor and Anne Hatton. The event will include an open bar, live music, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction with raffle. This year's auction will include original artworks, gift baskets, experience packages, and more!

Members’ Show drop off

  • January 6, 2024
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • January 9, 2024
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

MAC members are invited to submit work to our Winter Members’ Show. Drop off on January 6 or 9, 2024.