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.
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Registration is now taking place at The Art Complex Museum for several different programs. Plans for the museum’s fift...
05/08/2019

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.

Ensemble Aubade will perform at the museum in Duxbury on Sunday, May 5, at 4:00 p.m. Members are Peter H. Bloom, flute; ...
04/26/2019

Ensemble Aubade will perform at the museum in Duxbury on Sunday, May 5, at 4:00 p.m. Members are Peter H. Bloom, flute; Francis Grimes, viola; Mary Jane Rupert, harp. They will perform Claude Debussy’s magnificent Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, one of the great works of the 20th century. Other selections will include the exuberant Sonatine en Trio by Maurice Ravel, the delightful Suite Brêve by Ladislas de Rohozinski, and the evocative Elegiac Trio by Arnold Bax. Ensemble Aubade concertizes across the United States, winning praise for stellar musicianship and vibrant performances. ). Their music has been called “dynamic, expressive, richly colored and affecting”
Peter H. Bloom, flute, is featured on 45 recordings. His career spans chamber music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. He is a noted jazz artist, a veteran of the internationally acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (46th season).
Mary Jane Rupert, harp has performed throughout the world from Carnegie Recital Hall to the Beijing Concert Hall. She serves on the faculties of Boston College and Tufts University and taught previously at Western Michigan University, MIT, and Wellesley College, where she taught harp for 20 years.
Francis Grimes, viola, has performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Opera, Boston Ballet, Masterworks Chorale, Sinfonova, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and other distinguished ensembles, and regularly serves in the orchestras of the Colonial and Schubert Theatres. He toured nationally with the Star Wars Orchestra and has performed with choral groups in England, Italy and the Czech Republic.
As with all of the museum concerts, the performance is free and open to everyone.

04/26/2019
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“Some Assembly Required,” a new exhibition opening this Sunday at the museum, presents the masterful work of several...
04/25/2019

“Some Assembly Required,” a new exhibition opening this Sunday at the museum, presents the masterful work of several different artists who have assembled their three dimensional installations by putting together a variety of smaller parts in amazingly creative ways. Many of the artists have shown at the museum before including Tom Deininger, who created his marvelous cock for the exhibit even though he no longer produces this type of artwork.
Father and son, Martin and Michael Ulman, focus on flying machines and motorcycles using discarded pieces from recognizable sources such as vacuum cleaners, bicycles and wood stoves. Michael notes that he looks for objects that were destined for some mundane existence and gives them new purpose. “Remnants of the Industrial Age are reincarnated,” he says.
Leo Sewell’s works, on loan from the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts, are so tightly executed that they never cease to amaze. Sewell grew up near a dump, has played with junk for fifty years and developed his own assemblage technique. He estimates that his Philadelphia workshop holds close to one hundred thousand discarded objects organized in two thousand categories.
Michael Stasiuk works with a child-like sensibility. He has spent years of collaborating with children and adults around the world during his theater and art residencies. This has enabled him to bring characters of all sizes and materials to life.
The jewelry of Yuri Tozuka is stunning. In her marionette necklaces, “Boy” and “Girl,” she uses sterling silver, fine silver, twenty-two carat gold, coral and cloth.
In his unusual birch bark on panel, John Mc Queen presents an intricately executed piece showing many clusters of humanity. Donna Rhae Marder has been using domestic themes, materials and methods to create artwork for over twenty years. All of her work uses a sewing machine as a sculptural tool and the debris of daily life as the material of art.
Other participating artists include: Lisa Kokin, Aaron Kramer and Jee Hye Kwon. A special thank you goes to Libby and Jo Anne Cooper of Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts for their invaluable help in the assembly of this show. The exhibit is scheduled until September 1 with a reception planned for May 19, 1:30 until 3:30 p.m.

Captions: Tom Deininger, “Cock”; Michael Ulman, “Nerveux”; Leo Sewell, “Seated Lady”; Michael Stasiuk, “View from the Apple Tree”; Yuri Tozuka, “Boy” and “Girl”; John McQueen, “Hum of Bodies”; and Donna Rhae Marder, “Three Sisters”

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Gamblin Artist Colors presentation with Kristina Carroll onUnderstanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials was a big s...
04/05/2019

Gamblin Artist Colors presentation with Kristina Carroll on
Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials was a big success.

On Saturday, April 13, at 1:30 p.m., the museum and the North and South River Watershed Association will collaborate on ...
03/31/2019

On Saturday, April 13, at 1:30 p.m., the museum and the North and South River Watershed Association will collaborate on a special springtime presentation. This event will provide a chance to view and contribute to the museum’s Herring Run Mosaic Wall Project being created for the Plymouth 2020 celebration. For those planning to attend, they may bring a small rock to be included in the mosaic. (it should be no thicker than half an inch and no bigger than one and one half inch in diameter).
There will also be an opportunity to learn more about river herring migrations on the South Shore and how local groups are working to restore their populations. This program is free and open to all. To register call (781) 934-6634, extension 10.

Registration is now taking place at the museum for the next session with well-known area artist Laura Tyron Jennings. Je...
03/21/2019

Registration is now taking place at the museum for the next session with well-known area artist Laura Tyron Jennings. Jennings approaches each student individually, so they can paint freely, at their own level.
Participants may paint a subject (landscape, still life, portrait, abstract, interior, from life and/or from a photograph) befitting their skills and needs. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. until noon, from April 10 through May 15. The cost is $198 (plus $28 supply fee.) You may reach Laura at 781-837-7982 or email [email protected].

03/20/2019

Presenter Kristina Carroll will offer a ninety minute lecture/demonstration by Gamblin Artist Colors on understanding contemporary oil painting materials on Thursday, April 4, at 2:00 p.m. Gamblin will provide class with FREE Gamblin Product & Literature Samples.

Remember - Basic Watercolor Simplified with Duxbury Artist Jack Haran has been scheduled for Thursday mornings, from 9:0...
03/20/2019

Remember - Basic Watercolor Simplified with Duxbury Artist Jack Haran has been scheduled for Thursday mornings, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, beginning on April 4 until May 16. No class will be held on April 18. The goal of Haran’s class is to demystify watercolors – from planning materials, composition, washes, shapes, perspective, values and anything else. A supply list will be sent at time of registration. The cost is $198.

Prometheus Duo, a saxophone/piano duo, will perform at the museum on Sunday, April 7, at 4:00 p.m. The duo, based betwee...
03/20/2019

Prometheus Duo, a saxophone/piano duo, will perform at the museum on Sunday, April 7, at 4:00 p.m. The duo, based between Hartford and New York City, specializes in the masterpieces of baroque music, classical literature and commissioned contemporary music.
As their mythical name implies, they strive to socially impact communities by cultivating audiences and giving a percentage of their proceeds to local charitable organizations. Members Marko Stuparevic and Joseph Abad have successfully performed both nationally and internationally in tremendously varied musical capacities. The program for this free concert includes music by Bela Bartok and George Gershwin.

Today's gallery talk with artists whose work is on display in the Duxbury Art Association Winter Juried Show provided mu...
03/14/2019

Today's gallery talk with artists whose work is on display in the Duxbury Art Association Winter Juried Show provided much information on how they work and what their goals are: Suzanne Stumf, Ceramic Artist; Linda Hefner, Fine Artist who won Best in Show; and Caryl Hull Leavitt, ,Artist

Caption: Duxbury Community Garden Club Designer Lisa Pattison displayed her colorful arrangement which she created for a...
03/06/2019

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Duxbury Community Garden Club Designer Lisa Pattison displayed her colorful arrangement which she created for a previous year’s Blooms at the Complex.

Signs of Spring are about to unfold at The Art Complex Museum in its very popular Blooms at the Complex which this year will be offered on two additional days from March 28 until March 31. Come and see the amazing ways Duxbury Community Garden Club members interpret the artwork exhibited in the Duxbury Art Association Winter Juried Show with their individual floral designs. The event is open to the public, free of charge, from 1:00 until 4:00 pm.

Visitors inspired by Marcia Ballou's very colorful exhibit, BLOOMS, are invited to try their own creativity.
02/27/2019

Visitors inspired by Marcia Ballou's very colorful exhibit, BLOOMS, are invited to try their own creativity.

02/14/2019
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The museum has scheduled several gallery talks and workshops for March.     On Thursday, March 14, beginning with coffee...
02/14/2019

The museum has scheduled several gallery talks and workshops for March.
On Thursday, March 14, beginning with coffee at 10:30 a.m., three artists selected from the Duxbury Art Association Winter Juried Show will present a gallery talk in which they will discuss their work.
A chance to command the Alden Studio’s printing press with museum staff member, Kyle Turner, is offered on Wednesdays, March 6 through 27, from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. The cost is $125 for a block of four classes. Printmaking techniques, including linocut and drypoint, will be covered.
On Saturday, March 23, at 2:00 p.m., Marcia Ballou whose exhibit “Bloom: Collage Painting” runs from February 24 through May 12, will give a gallery talk about her work, in which her goal is to evoke a sense of joy.
Both gallery talks are free and open to all. To register for the printmaking class, call (781) 934-6634, extension 10.
Caption: Linda Hefner, Best in Show, one of the artists in the Duxbury Art Association gallery talk

This is the last weekend for "ArtSynergies Presents: Fusion" which ends Sunday at 4:00 p.m. If you haven't already, come...
02/13/2019

This is the last weekend for "ArtSynergies Presents: Fusion" which ends Sunday at 4:00 p.m. If you haven't already, come and see the diverse artwork by these talented artists!

Artwork enlivened by unexpected combinations of materials, patterns and hidden whimsical creatures is featured in a new ...
02/08/2019

Artwork enlivened by unexpected combinations of materials, patterns and hidden whimsical creatures is featured in a new exhibit to open at the museum on February 24. In “Bloom: Collage paintings by Marcia Ballou,” the goal was to create paintings that evoke a sense of joy.
The colors of nature have always been both the subject and inspiration for Bloom. For this exhibit, she is portraying a pictorial essay featuring impressions of her own little garden. She describes how she works as a painter using collage as her medium. In her work she uses both deliberate and spontaneous appliqués of painted papers, cloth, acrylic paint and a selection of chalks, pastels and pens. She starts with a simple drawing which becomes a pattern to follow. When the composition comes together, “it feels like it takes on a rhythm and the pieces fall together like a jigsaw puzzle from my imagination,” she says
Ballou lives and paints in Marshfield, Massachusetts. She has popular summer workshops in her studio and under a pink and white striped tent that she calls the “Tent of Creativity.”
Her exhibit is scheduled through May 12. An opening reception will be held on February 24 from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m.

Marcia Ballou, 100 Butterflies, 2018, mixed media on two panels

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