Hollis Arts Society Spring Events

Featured Photo: “Backyard Greening” by Nancy Frey

Hollis Arts Society Celebrates National Poetry Month

The Hollis Arts Society will host brief art-themed poetry readings by ten local authors at 6:30 pm Wednesday, April 13, at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis. The event is in recognition of April as National Poetry Month. Light refreshments will be served; a small selection of new and used books by various published poets will also be available at small prices. The public is invited to attend at no charge.

‘Spring Is in the Air’ Art Exhibit Debuts

A new exhibit of paintings, photographs, and jewelry with the theme “Spring Is in the Air” is open at the Gallery on West Pearl, located in the Community Council Building, 100 West Pearl St., Nashua. The exhibit runs through June 19 at the Gallery, which is maintained by the Hollis Arts Society. For exact weekday hours, call the reception desk, 603-889-6147, ext 3203.

More information about the Hollis Arts Society is available at http://www.hollisartssocietynh.com/

Merrimack Valley Artisans to Exhibit Works in Various Media at The Bull Run in Shirley

SHIRLEY, Mass. — A team of artists can accomplish a lot by supporting each other with their own organization. Such is the case with the adventurous group, Merrimack Valley Artisans, whose works will be exhibited during April, beginning with a reception at The Bull Run in Shirley on April 10.

Fiber artist Tarja Cockell, a native of Finland, notes that her work has “that Scandinavian style of simplicity,” developed in her early work as a weaver but expanded into other “textile media such as quilting, appliqué and dyeing” in a variety of art forms, “from still life and nature to abstract coloration.”

Photographer Meredith Powers Ferreira excels in capturing images from the natural world that involve “unusual perspectives, vivid colors and intriguing textures,” as well as images from the outrageous poses her two young daughters always seem to be striking.

Photographer Julie Marin Grant is an “accidental equine artist” who combines her love of her art with her love of the seven horses she and her husband and three children tend to on their small family farm, creating photos from many “living history” reenactments of famous American battles.

Fine artist Janet Clingerman Hsiao works in oils and acrylic, interpreting the beauty she finds in the New England countryside and seashore, and draws on experience as a graphic designer in the commercial art field and from teaching art in private lessons and in middle and high school classrooms.

Biomedical scientist/photographer Ku-chuan Hsiao began his adventure photographing birds when shooting reference shots for his wife and fellow Artisan, Janet, and later capturing birds in flight and in close-ups that display their “faces” and individuality.

Jewelry Designer Betsy Keeney, an adjunct faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, works with metals by “twisting, weaving and shaping wire.” She also likes to forge and form silver and gold.

Mixed media artist Sue Landsman finds herself to be much too restless and creative to work in only one medium, delving into ephemera and color, paper, metal and wood, photography and image transfer, all in the service of “telling a story and bringing beauty into the world.”

Fine artist Linda Malone is an artist and teacher, producing many paintings that capture “the energy of water,” especially in waterfalls and in crashing surf at the seashore. She teaches painting to adults at Fitchburg Art Museum in Central Mass. and also teaches at the Wild Salamander in Hollis.

Fine artist and metalsmith Janice Toth has painted landscapes in settings all over New England as well as in Britain and Italy. She also designs sterling and gold jewelry embellished with gemstones and beads.

This exciting event will take place at The Bull Run, 215 Great Road in Shirley, Mass., on Sunday, April 10, 1 ̶ 3 p.m. Visit sitkacreations.com and merrimackvalleyartisans.org for more information about Merrimack Valley Artisans.

Town Wide Cleanups in Groton & Ayer, MA

April 17 – Groton
Celebrate Earth Day with Groton Grange at the annual Town Wide Litter Clean Up (TLC).

This year’s TLC will take place on Saturday, April 16, 9:00-4:00 and Sunday, April 17, 11:00-4:00


Stop by the booth at Prescott School for trash bags and road assignments then return and deposit your trash in the dumpsters provided by Roy MacGregor Trash Service and the Town of Groton Highway Department.

We are pleased to announce the organization Bikes not Bombs will be at the TLC on Saturday, April 16 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM ONLY)! If you have any bikes collecting dust in your garage or basement, please bring them along,(ONLY SATURDAY IS BIKE DAY), with a suggested $10 donation. For more information about this terrific organization, https://bikesnotbombs.org/bike-drive/1058

Friends of the Trees will be handing out tree seedlings.

Please tell your friends and bring your bikes to the Groton Grange Annual TLC! More info at www.grotongrange.com

April 30 – Ayer

Join your friends and neighbors to Keep Ayer Beautiful! This year’s cleanup weekend will be held on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, from 9am-1pm. Stop by Depot Square to register and to pick up trash bags and gloves.

If you would like to place a yard sign at your house, let us know.

Students will receive community service hours for volunteering. We also welcome scout groups, houses of worship and local businesses to get involved. Contact ayerrecycles@gmail.com or call 978 496 4839 for more information.

Coming up at Beaver Brook

Coming up at Beaver Brook Nature Center, Hollis NH

117 Ridge Road, Hollis NH 03409

For more info call 603-465-7787 or visit www.beaverbrook.org

and check out the Calendar of Events.

April Vacation Camp
Guided Wildflower Walks
Meditation & Mindfulness in Nature
Intro to Birdwatching
Nature Journaling
Earth Day Barn Sale
Organic Home Gardening Workshops

Nashoba Tech to host St. Baldrick’s Event to Support Cancer Research

WESTFORD Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s in-school hair salon, Cosmo Cuts, will host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation “Brave the Shave” head-shaving event on Thursday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a national volunteer organization, the goal of which is raising money for research into finding cures for childhood cancer.

Nashoba Tech’s event will be one of nearly 12,000 held this year. In 2015, St. Baldrick’s raised just under $37 million for research and this year nearly $15 million has already been raised.

At a “Brave the Shave” event, people volunteer to have their heads shaved, and get sponsors to donate money. The St. Baldrick’s event at Nashoba Tech is the brainchild of Natasha Suero of Pepperell, a senior in the Cosmetology program at Nashoba Tech.

To become a “shavee,” as the foundation calls them, at Nashoba Tech’s event, call 978-692-4711, ext. 6142.

Nashoba Tech is at 100 Littleton Road (Route 110), in Westford.

Groton MA COA Building Feasibility Study

The Groton Council on Aging will have an Article on the Spring Town meeting warrant for a Building Feasibility Study. Statistics, facts and figures were gathered through extensive research including: focus groups, needs assessment, population analysis, professional consulting and senior center site visits. The outcome of this research; sub-standard building accessibility and program space, compelled the committee to request the COA Building Feasibility Study to support a professional, equitable and financially sound resolution to the current senior center building challenges. To learn more about how we got here and where we’d like to go please join us at one of our informational meeting opportunities: Wednesday, March 30, 6pm or Friday, April 1, 10am at the senior center or Sunday April 17, 2pm at the library. Please feel free to call the COA Director, Kathy Shelp with any questions or concerns at 978-448-1170.

Regional Student & Adult Artwork on Exhibit During ArtsNashoba’s Annual ArtNight – 4/5/16

DEVENS, MA: After the success of their previous regional art exhibits, SpringHill Suites has partnered once again with ArtsNashoba to present their annual ArtNight, a family-friendly arts presentation including works from Artists throughout the Nashoba Valley Region and beyond. ArtNight will be held April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at both the SpringHill Suites and Devens Common Center on Andrews Parkway. For more information, call (978) 772-2545 or visit www.artsnashoba.org.
Says event coordinator JulieAnn Govang, “The Nashoba Valley enjoys such a wealth of artistic talent in our schools, and both SpringHill and ArtsNashoba are excited to be able to offer up this exhibiting opportunity to shine a spotlight on as many artists as we can!” Added Visual Arts Director for ArtsNashoba Donna Dawson, “The kids’ work is always so creative and imaginative, and I never tire of seeing how talented young people can be.”
Normally an event that focuses on artwork by youth, ArtNight has expanded its scope to also include adult works for their 2016 show. Added Dawson, “It’s great that SpringHill is welcoming adults from our region to participate in this event, too – craftspeople, photographers – it’s going to be amazing.” While students works will remain on display in the main lobby and amenity areas of the Andrews Parkway hotel, there will also be an additional adult exhibit underway simultaneously in the Devens Common Center immediately adjacent to the hotel
Currently scheduled to be exhibiting are artists from Acton, Ayer, Grotoin, Harvard, Lowell, Shirley, Townsend, Westford and more. Additional student and adult artists and artisans working in all visual art media are welcome to exhibit at this even as long as space permits. There is no fee to participate – only effort and enthusiasm! Artists can participate as a school group, through studios and arts agencies, or independently as long as space permits. For more information, call (978) 772-2545 or email julieann@artsnashoba.org.
To further enhance the evening, there will be live music played by regional artists, as well as demonstrations, activities, live ice-cream making, and refreshments provided by SpringHill’s talented chefs. Surely, there’ll be something for everyone artistic, musical, sensory – of all ages, all very family-friendly.
Established by ArtsNashoba, ArtNight is part of Marriott’s ‘Save Art Campaign,’ meant to corporately support and encourage school art programs at the community level, and it is SpringHill Suites hope to encourage and build the arts in the Nashoba Valley region. All students, schools, academies and/or organizations who teach art are welcome, and all participants will be considered to receive grants of art supplies donated by Marriott Hotels.
ArtNight’16 is free of charge and the public is invited from 6-8pm on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott and the Devens Common Center – both on Andrews Parkway in Devens. For more information, call (978) 772-2545 or visit www.artsnashoba.org.

Applewild Events

The Applewild school will host the annual Spring Open House on Saturday April 2nd at 10:00AM. This is an opportunity for families to learn about the Preschool – grade 8 programs and learn more about Applewild’s visual / performing arts and math collaboration. Registration can be made online at www.applewild.org/open.
Families interested in summer camp options for their children can register at Summer Camp at Applewild. Registration is online and can be found at www.applewild.org/summer.
About Applewild School: Applewild School is a coeducational, independent day school for Preschool through 8 serving families in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Summer camp, transportation, scholarships and financial aid are available.
Applewild Preschool at Devens is a year-round curriculum-based Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Child Care facility offering Applewild families before and after-school care and transportation to the main campus in Fitchburg.

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