The Art Complex Museum

The Art Complex Museum The museum is a center for the arts and for the collections of the Carl Weyerhaeuser family known for Shaker furniture, prints, American and Asia art. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Entrance to exhibits is always free of charge.

The Four Hand Band will perform at the museum on Sunday, August 4, at 4:00 p.m. Pianists Sasha Papernik and Alexander Wu...
07/19/2019

The Four Hand Band will perform at the museum on Sunday, August 4, at 4:00 p.m. Pianists Sasha Papernik and Alexander Wu, husband and wife Americana duo, perform a crossover range of music with a special centennial tribute to women composers from Broadway and Classical to Jazz and Tango. Their program will include music by Leonard Bernstein, Carol King, Fanny Hensel, George Gershwin, Florence Price, Francis Poulenc, Dana Suesse, Duke Ellington and more.
Caption: Pianists Sasha Papernik and Alexander Wu will perform at The Art Complex Museum

The second in its series of traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies will be presented by the museum on Sunday, July 28, at 2...
07/11/2019

The second in its series of traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies will be presented by the museum on Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. The presentation will be given by Tea Master Glenn Sorei Pereira who was trained by the Urasenke School of Tea. He will explain the ceremony and answer questions.
The ceremony is presented in a tea hut designed by the Japanese artist Sano Gofu and built in Kyoto for the Weyerhaeuser family. Known as Wind in the Pines Hut, it is authentic except that two sides are left open for viewing. Surrounded by a Japanese garden, it is one of only a few such tea huts open to the public in New England. Folding canvas chairs are provided, or visitors are invited to bring their own.
Admission to the public tea ceremony is free but seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. Guests are advised to dress with weather conditions in mind since this outside event is closely connected with nature. Arrangements have been made to hold the event inside the museum in case of inclement weather.
Allow time to visit the museum’s current exhibitions: the “Printmakers of Cape Cod: Floating Worlds;” “Some Assembly Required;” and “Rotations: Working the Land,” art from the museum’s collection.
Caption: Teamaster Glenn Sorei Pereira with guestst

Last Saturday's Liberty Pole Day at the Alden House provided a wonderful opportunity to sample life as a soldier during ...
07/03/2019

Last Saturday's Liberty Pole Day at the Alden House provided a wonderful opportunity to sample life as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. There were military drills and living history demonstrations with Colonel Bailey's 2nd Regiment, the Yarmouth Minuteman and Old Colony Militia. A highlight for the event was meeting Captain Judah Alden on whose land, the museum is built and whose home now houses gallery and workshop space. A committee is researching Alden and his property for our 50th anniversary celebration.

Several exciting summer programs are now being offered at the museum. On Wednesdays, July 10 through 31, from 6:00 until...
06/20/2019

Several exciting summer programs are now being offered at the museum. On Wednesdays, July 10 through 31, from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m., the Alden Studio Print Lab with Kyle Turner will be offered. This provides an opportunity to learn new skills or reignite an old passion for printmaking. The cost is $125 for a four-week session.
A Summer Family Fun Day is planned for July 20 from 1:30 until 4:00 p.m. This free program is for all ages with children accompanied by an adult. Participants will view the “Some Assembly Required” exhibit and then walk to the studio to assemble their own creations from found objects. Glue guns and lots of materials will be provided.
Learn the art of mosaics by creating a colorful mosaic on a rock using glass and cement. It can be put in your garden or be used with house numbers for your home. All materials provided. You bring a rock no bigger than a football. This activity is planned for Friday, August 2, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Bring your own lunch. The cost is $60.
A Soy-Wax Batik Tee Shirt Workshop is scheduled for Friday, August 16, 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Using the ancient art of batiks, a colorful shirt will be created. The cost is $60.
To register, call (781) 934-6634, extension 10 or email [email protected]

In preparation for the museum’s fiftieth anniversary, an unusual printmaking project has been scheduled. Staff will cr...
06/20/2019

In preparation for the museum’s fiftieth anniversary, an unusual printmaking project has been scheduled. Staff will create a 24 by 24 inch linoleum print based on the museum’s permanent collection. Small sections of nine different prints will be used. On selected weekends, visitors are invited to observe the process of transferring and carving into the linoleum block. Different cutting techniques will be explored. When the block is complete, a limited edition of prints will be hand printed. A FREE demonstration is planned for Saturday, June 22,and Saturday, July 13, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

It's always special when third grade students from Duxbury's Alden School visit the museum! As a part of their writing H...
06/13/2019

It's always special when third grade students from Duxbury's Alden School visit the museum! As a part of their writing Haiku and artwork, they are introduced to the current exhibits, discuss the project, brainstorm and get to work in groups. It is amazing what they are able to create on such subjects as Spring, the weather, the beach, trees and even a monkey. Their work will be on exhibit through June.

A recent gallery talk with Craig Bloodgood, curator for "Some Assembly Required," provided fascinating insight into that...
06/12/2019

A recent gallery talk with Craig Bloodgood, curator for "Some Assembly Required," provided fascinating insight into that very popular exhibit.

Correction: This Sunday's ceremony will be conducted by Clayton and Angela Myers, students's of Glenn's at the Uranenke ...
06/05/2019

Correction: This Sunday's ceremony will be conducted by Clayton and Angela Myers, students's of Glenn's at the Uranenke School of Tea. On Sunday, June 30, the first Japanese Tea Ceremony Presentation of the season will be held by the museum in Duxbury at 2 pm. Tea Master Glenn Sorei Pereira is Chief of Administration at the Boston Chapter of the Uransenke School of Tea and an instructor Pereira has spent years of study in both the United States and Japan. He will explain the presentation and answer questions. The utensils used for the tea are exquisite and span four centuries. The ceremony, itself, is a quiet, simple ritual based on hospitality.
The program will be conducted in one of the very few tea huts in New England, called Shofan, Wind-in-the-Pines Hut. Designed by the Japanese artist Sano Gofu, it was built in Kyoto and reassembled at the museum in 1975. It is authentic except that two sides are open for viewing. Because museum founders Carl and Edith Weyerhaeuser were so impressed with the importance of the tea ceremony, they wanted to include a tea hut in the museum’s collection of Asian art.
Additional tea ceremony presentations are scheduled for July 28 and September 29. Admission is free but seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. Guests are advised to dress for the weather. In case of rain, the presentation will take place inside the museum which is located off Rte 3A at 189 Alden Street. Museum programs are supported primarily by the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Family Charitable Trusts, by gifts from friends of the museum and, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

CAPTION: Tea Master Glenn Sorei Pereira and guest at the ceremony

Thursday, May 16, was the first meeting of the museum’s committee to research and publish information on the historic ...
05/29/2019

Thursday, May 16, was the first meeting of the museum’s committee to research and publish information on the historic Major Judah Alden house and everyone agreed that much of the historical material about the house and the family will result in a fascinating publication. The museum, studio and the barn which shelters the Japanese tea hut are located on land formerly owned by Aldens and this publication is planned for the museum’s fiftieth anniversary in 2021.
Major Alden, (1750 – 1845) a descendent of John Alden, was a hero of the Revolutionary war. He served in the Continental Army at Valley Forge and often spoke fondly of his association with George Washington. Duxbury’s very first retail store was started by Alden on his property at the corner of Tremont and Alden Streets. Committee members were excited to view a ledger from that store, which not only provides information about the kind of merchandise sold but also, every now and then, shows the lively decorations of a child who somehow managed to insert his or her own creations into it. The store eventually was moved across Tremont Street and is now a private residence.
The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society’s date board for Alden’s home is 1790. It is possible that as many as twelve children were raised there. It was inherited by Mary Ann, Judah Alden’s daughter. One of her samplers is owned by the Alden House Society.
Some of the questions members of the committee hope to answer are the kinds of merchandise sold at the store – molasses, ginger, tea, cotton are some of the items. locating an aerial photograph of the property which could show more information about past dwellings and uses, information on the decorative tiles used on many of the fireplaces and the decorative, carved woodwork and the uses for the building, one of which was purportedly as a dance hall.
Committee members met at the Drew Archival Library, the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society and were assisted in their work by Carolyn Ravenscroft, archivist and historian. Members are Chairman, Dottie Collins, Patricia Flaherty, Doreen Grigaitis, Kathy Pike, Barbara Taylor, Olga Rothschild and Toni Shoham-Fields.
Captions: Major Judah Alden; Committee members meet with Carolyn Ravenscroft; the Alden store ledger; Toni Shoham-Fields researches information.

Visitors have been intrigued by the amazing sculptures in “Some Assembly Required” now on view at The Art Complex Mu...
05/29/2019

Visitors have been intrigued by the amazing sculptures in “Some Assembly Required” now on view at The Art Complex Museum. On Thursday, June 6, Craig Bloodgood, curator for the exhibit, will give a gallery talk beginning at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and open to all.
Caption: Leo Sewell, “Seated Lady”

Museum visitors, at this Sunday's reception, were very excited about all four exhibits they had come to see.Captions: Rh...
05/19/2019

Museum visitors, at this Sunday's reception, were very excited about all four exhibits they had come to see.
Captions: Rhiannon Walraven of Plymouth studies one of the artworks with her bunny: Group photo of Printmakers of Cape Cod; Wood sculptor, Trevor LaRoche, standing with fellow Massachusetts College of Art students Gary Parzych, Melissa Walsh, Sophia DiLlibero and Emily Keller who were sitting on his bench; Hannah Clark with her installation, "The Dinner Table Project"; Michael Ulman with his work, "Golden Goose"; Martin Ulman with his work, "Starship"; Dorothy Walsh Haviland and Bill Haviland in front of some of their work in the Printmaking Exhibit

05/17/2019

Don't forget the reception for Massachusetts College of Art students' new outdoor exhibition, “Root of Nine,” this Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Their work is impressive! And, there will be receptions for three other exhibitions at that time - Some Assembly Required; Printmakers of Cape Cod; and Dorothy Walsh Haviland and Bill Haviland Printmaking Exhibit.

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE!Registration is now taking place at The Art Complex Museum for several different programs. Plans f...
05/08/2019

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE!

Registration is now taking place at The Art Complex Museum for several different programs. Plans for the museum’s fiftieth anniversary in 2021 include a twenty-four by twenty-four inch linoleum print based on the permanent collection. On Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, visitors will be invited to observe the process of transferring and carving into the linoleum block. Different techniques will be explored. Once the block is complete, a limited edition of prints will be hand-printed. The program is planned between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Staff member Kyle Turner will offer a Studio Print Lab on Wednesdays from June 5 until June 26 from 6:00 until 8::30 p.m. This offers a chance to learn new skills in printmaking or reignite an old passion for the art form. The cost for this four-week session is $125.
In a Soy-Wax Batik Tee Shirt Workshop, participants will use that ancient art for their colorful creation. All materials will be provided. Register two weeks prior to the course in order to order the tee shirts. Classes are scheduled on Friday, June 21, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The cost is $60.
Registration is required either at 781-934-6634 or email [email protected].

Massachusetts College of Art students from all over New England and beyond have been installing their new outdoor exhibi...
05/08/2019

Massachusetts College of Art students from all over New England and beyond have been installing their new outdoor exhibition, “Root of Nine,” at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, this week. The title of their exhibit is based on the nine student participants and the local trees which were either storm damaged, fallen or blown down during last winter’s snow that were gifted to them by South Shore residents.
Sculptor Rick Brown, had offered his Art and Design students an opportunity to work off-campus at his Handshouse Studio in Norwell. Brown views the trees that were donated as an excellent example of community generousity and a chance to access a sustainable material in large quantities at no cost. He collected the trunks in twelve foot lenghts with his farm tractor and drove them through the forest to his studio where they were piled next to his sawmill.
His course focused on a conbination of additive and subractive methods of working with wood on a large scale. Students had access to his bandsaw mill to provide a process where they could generate large timbers to their own specifications. They ware also encouraged to introduce aditional materials such as iron casting, steel fabrications, fibers, glass, ceramics and found objects. Brown views this project as an opportunity for students to “think big” and to “present their works in a professional exhibition venue.”
Students were encouraged to work on large monolithic carvings, assemblage or environmental installations. They were allowed to attempt works that pushed the boundaries of design and to develop their own personal visions while utilizing wood as their medium.
Included is a list of participating students: Ethan Fielder, Gary Parzych, Will Danz, Hannah Clark, Emily Keller, Melissa Walsh, Trevor LaRochelle, Jacob Daniels, Sophia DiLibero. A reception is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. The exhibit is installed through this summer.
Captions: Students Ethan Fielder and Sophia DiLibero assist Gary Pazych, right, in installing his piece, “From Within.”
Sophia DiLibero completes her piece, “Splinter.”
Ethan Fielder titled his piece, “Improbable Equilibrium.”
“Bench” by Trevor LaRochelle

On Sunday, May 19, receptions for two very diverse exhibitions will be held at the museum.      The Printmakers of Cape ...
05/07/2019

On Sunday, May 19, receptions for two very diverse exhibitions will be held at the museum.
The Printmakers of Cape Cod have chosen “Floating Worlds” as both the title and the theme for their exhibition. In their exhibit, members use a variety of printmaking techniques to express their theme. They focus on a range of subjects such as water, air, emotion or other elements of nature or the imagination. The exhibit is scheduled to run through August 11.
In “Some Assembly Required,” the artist as an assembler is the theme. The artists all assemble three dimensional work by putting together a variety of smaller parts, often, a large number. Some use found materials, others create their own.
In the art world, unless you are chipping away at a slab of limestone, or throwing a pot on a wheel you are most likely an assembler. Painters assemble brush strokes, quilters assemble pieces of fabric, woodworkers assemble wood. The exhibit will run through September 1.
The receptions will be held from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. All are invited to attend and to meet the artists.
Also on May 19, an artists’ reception will be offered for Dorothy Walsh Haviland and Bill Haviland’s Printmaking Exhibit at the Alden Studio Gallery. This exhibit continues Wednesday through Sunday, May 22 – 26, 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.

Dorothy Walsh Haviland, print
Bill Haviland, print
Tom Deininger, Cock, found objects on box
Leslie Kramer, The Red Canoe, 2017, collagraph/linocut monoprint

The next six week session for Laura Tryon Jenning’s popular oil painting classes is scheduled for Wednesdays, May 22 t...
05/03/2019

The next six week session for Laura Tryon Jenning’s popular oil painting classes is scheduled for Wednesdays, May 22 through June 26. The classes are held 9:00 a.m. until noon except for the class on June 26 which will be held from 8:30-11:30 a..m.
Each student is taught individually, at their own level. Members paint a subject (landscape, still life, portrait, abstract, interior, from life and/or from a photograph) befitting their skills and needs. Each session focuses on learning the basics of oil painting materials, foundations of color theory, color mixing, composition, and critique. The cost is $198 (plus $28 supply fee) for each six week session. You may reach Laura at 781-837-7982 or email [email protected].
Caption: Laura Tryon Jennings, Point of View, oil

Leslie Kramer, The Red Canoe, 2017, collagraph/linocut monoprint     ”Floating Worlds,” is both the title and the th...
05/03/2019

Leslie Kramer, The Red Canoe, 2017, collagraph/linocut monoprint

”Floating Worlds,” is both the title and the theme for a new exhibit by the Printmakers of Cape Cod which will open on May 19 at the museum in Duxbury. In their work, members express this theme by focusing on a variety of subjects - water, air, emotion or other elements of nature or the imagination.
The Printmakers of Cape Cod was founded in 1976. Membership has grown to more than fifty artists whose purpose is to foster and expand knowledge of printmaking in its members as well as in the general public. Current members practice traditional printmaking techniques, such as relief printing, intaglio, lithography and silkscreen. Many also incorporate innovative digital and photographic processes into their original prints and create unique prints, known as monotypes and monoprints. Their exhibit will run through August 11.

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