2 hours ago

One thing’s for sure: Sargent was a master at...

One thing’s for sure: Sargent was a master at gestural brushstrokes! This towering Spanish Madonna wears a shimmering halo and robes that cascade gold. Her outfit is completed not by meticulous details, but in the viewer’s imagination. Image: John Singer Sargent, A Spanish Madonna, about 1879, oil on panel.


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Saturday, May 5, 9:30 am – 11:00 am – How to Create a Small & Productive Cutting Garden

Cutting gardens are lovely to view, provide fresh-cut flowers and keep your perennial borders from being raided for indoor display. On Saturday May 5 at 9:30 am at Hollister House Garden, learn how to grow a small, highly productive cutting garden as an addition to the vegetable patch or as a stand-alone garden. This talk by Elisabeth Cary will consider all aspects of growing cut flowers including garden design and the selection of flower varieties that hold up best as cut flowers. You will hear tips on sowing, planting, transplanting, cultivating and preparing flowers for indoor use. Elisabeth Cary was formerly the Director of Education at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and has been gardening for over 30 years. She is currently developing Cooper Hill Flower Farm, a micro flower farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

    Saturday, May 5, 9:30 am - 11:00 am - How to Create a Small & Productive Cutting Garden
    Cutting gardens are lovely to view, provide fresh-cut flowers and keep your perennial borders from being raided for indoor display. On Saturday May 5 at 9:30 am at Hollister House Garden, learn how to grow a small, highly productive cutting garden as an addition to the vegetable patch or as a stand-alone garden.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, & Sunday, April 29, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – African Violet Show

Bask in hundreds of blooming African violets in a variety of displays, including many unusual African violets available for sale, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, on April 28 and 29. Presented by the Bay State African Violet Society. Enjoy demonstrations on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 1–2pm. Free with admission to the garden.

    Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, & Sunday, April 29, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - African Violet Show
    Bask in hundreds of blooming African violets in a variety of displays, including many unusual African violets available for sale, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, on April 28 and 29. Presented by the Bay State African Violet Society. Enjoy demonstrations on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 1-2pm.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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19 hours ago

To complement the nasturtium’s vibrant orange...

To complement the nasturtium’s vibrant orange color, these lollipop plants add a touch of sunny glow to our lush Courtyard. 🧡 What’s your favorite plant at the Gardner Museum?


25 hours ago

On April 28, join us for “From Saints to Cele...

On April 28, join us for “From Saints to Celebrities,” a conversation exploring relic collecting from the Renaissance to the Gilded Age. Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/2EMBomY


26 hours ago

"The BCA Ball & Disco Under the Dome brings u...

"The BCA Ball & Disco Under the Dome brings us together to celebrate, support and experience the vibrant arts & culture community that the Boston Center for the Arts supports. The Cyclorama is transformed into a place for your imagination to run where it wants to, and to share in it with a great group of people." —Disco Under the Dome Co-Chair Grant Simpson, Founder, Doors Residential Brokerage & Advisory Sophisticated. Innovative. Kinetic. The BCA Ball is unlike any fundraiser you've attended before. Learn more: http://www.bcaonline.org/bcaball.html


30 hours ago

Saturday, May 5, 12:45 pm – Celebrate Public Art during ArtWeek Boston

The Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway extends a special invitation to Celebrate Public Art! during ArtWeek Boston on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

    Saturday, May 5, 12:45 pm - Celebrate Public Art during ArtWeek Boston
    The Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway extends a special invitation to Celebrate Public Art! during ArtWeek Boston on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Armenian Heritage Park is located between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

30 hours ago

Friday, May 4 – Sunday, July 22, Opening Reception Saturday, May 19, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – The Spirit Books

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s Spirit Books will be displayed in the Arnold Arboretum’s Hunnewell Building’s Visitor Center May 4 – July 22. These art books reveal Gaylord’s connection between the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. She gathers twigs, branches, vines, and roots, then uses them to cradle her stitched, wordless books. Incorporating beads and seeds with handmade papers from around the world, she constructs sculptural altars; the supports of natural materials as integral to the art as the beautiful books they cradle. From a distance, these books do evoke sculptures; however, their essential “bookness” becomes apparent upon closer observation. Gaylord encourages “reading” the books as a contemplative experience, one that will take the viewer out of the everyday world. Gaylord is best known for her Spirit Books. Since she created her first one in 1992 and coined the name, the Spirit Books have been exhibited throughout the US, Canada, and in Korea. She has exhibited at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the University of Indiana Art Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the Seungnam Book Fair in Seungnam, Korea. Spirit Books are in the book arts collections at Bowdoin College and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton county, and many private collections. They are also well-represented in print.

    Friday, May 4 - Sunday, July 22, Opening Reception Saturday, May 19, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - The Spirit Books
    Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord's Spirit Books will be displayed in the Arnold Arboretum's Hunnewell Building's Visitor Center May 4 - July 22. These art books reveal Gaylord's connection between the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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43 hours ago

Relics in the Renaissance had a morbid twist ...

Relics in the Renaissance had a morbid twist (ie bits of deceased saints 😱), but the relics of today can come in several forms. We want to know #WhatsYourRelic. Let us know in the comment section what items you hold dear and be sure to visit our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition to see the reliquaries that inspired the hashtag: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE


44 hours ago

Thank you to Dance Informa Magazine for the w...

Thank you to Dance Informa Magazine for the wonderful review of Conference of the Birds! Anikaya Dance Theater will be bringing this stunning production on tour, so please keep an eye on the flock!

    Dissolving into one: ANIKAYA Dance Theater's 'Conference of the Birds'
    Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. April 7, 2018. Strictly speaking, there is unity and there is division. What if there could be unity even with difference, if difference didn't have to mean division? Dance can probe such questions through use of oppositional and unison timing, as well as other choreographic tools and movement [...]
    http://www.danceinforma.com

45 hours ago

#TBT This photo of the Courtyard dates back t...

#TBT This photo of the Courtyard dates back to 1900. #NoFilter In keeping with Isabella’s vision, we strive to keep the Courtyard as she intended, which includes using cuttings and seedlings that date back to Isabella herself!


2 days ago

Did you know members get in for free to ALL T...

Did you know members get in for free to ALL Third Thursdays? Now through May 17, get two free guest passes and savings on a year-long membership when you use Promo Code FUN2018! Join now: http://bit.ly/2qjPO8C


2 days ago

Getting antsy for the weekend? We can’t blame...

Getting antsy for the weekend? We can’t blame you—our Saturday Open Studio: Objects of Power makes for an amazing day! Drop by this Saturday for an afternoon of art-making. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2EJHUut


2 days ago

Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Evoking Nature: Form and Function on the High Line

The High Line in Manhattan was born of a city that is constantly reinventing itself. Built on a mile-and-a-half long elevated railroad, this dynamic landscape was inspired by the tenacity of plants in its industrial setting, and it uses a matrix of perennial and woody plants to evoke a natural landscape. Wildly successful and overwhelmingly popular, caring for this garden in the sky poses unique challenges. Andi will describe how her team uses traditional and innovative horticultural techniques, how they work to promote the park’s biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and how they foster an emotional connection to nature in this challenging urban environment.

    Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Evoking Nature: Form and Function on the High Line
    The High Line in Manhattan was born of a city that is constantly reinventing itself. Built on a mile-and-a-half long elevated railroad, this dynamic landscape was inspired by the tenacity of plants in its industrial setting, and it uses a matrix of perennial and woody plants to evoke a natural landscape.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

2 days ago

Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Nibbling on Natives in Your Backyard

There’s an increasing interest among homeowners, property managers, and others in utilizing more native species in their landscaping to attract and sustain beneficial insects and pollinators as well as to provide food and shelter for birds and other animals. Yet, for some people, these reasons alone may be insufficient motivation to “go native.” Perhaps knowing that many native species can be eaten by people will provide the additional incentive you need to add native species to your yard. Join Russ Cohen on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 pm at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, Massachusetts for a 90-minute slide show featuring at least two dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for your own landscape, or for nibbling as you encounter them in other locales. Russ will supply helpful handouts and bring along samples of goodies made from foraged edible native species for participants to taste. Cosponsored by New England Wild Life Society and the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the lecture is $20 for members of sponsoring organizations, $24 for nonmembers. Register at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/nibbling-on-natives-in-your-backyard-and-beyond

    Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Nibbling on Natives in Your Backyard
    There's an increasing interest among homeowners, property managers, and others in utilizing more native species in their landscaping to attract and sustain beneficial insects and pollinators as well as to provide food and shelter for birds and other animals. Yet, for some people, these reasons alone may be insufficient motivation to "go native."
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

2 days ago

2 days ago

It’s a yellow kind of day! 💛 The artist, Dewi...

It’s a yellow kind of day! 💛 The artist, Dewing, created a striking contrast between the precisely modeled face and arms, and the feathery brushstrokes of the dress. Isabella hung the painting in the Yellow Room, a setting perfectly attuned to the hue of the woman’s dress. Image: Thomas Wilmer Dewing, A Lady in Yellow, 1888, oil on panel.


2 days ago

Join us April 26 in Calderwood Hall for RISE ...

Join us April 26 in Calderwood Hall for RISE featuring award winning jazz and world music vocalist and Grammy award nominee, Gretchen Parlato! Score tickets to this inspiring event: http://bit.ly/2GIYxbG


2 days ago

New England Conservatory added 7 new photos —...

Scenes from rehearsals for NEC Philharmonia at Symphony Hall. Hugh Wolff conducts an exciting program featuring works by Leonard Bernstein, Claude Debussy, and the world premiere of an #NEC150 commission piece by Aaron Jay Kernis. Tonight! Have you gotten your tickets yet? necmusic.edu/symphonyhall #NEC150commissions


2 days ago

Experience the awesome beauty of Fra Angelico...

Experience the awesome beauty of Fra Angelico’s masterpieces. For the first time in over 200 years, all four of Fra Angelico’s reliquaries are reunited. Don’t miss out on this heavenly experience! Learn more: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE


3 days ago

Office Envy: Inside Hall in Back Bay, a Lifestyle Space That Feels Like Home

Hall, which opened in Back Bay last fall, is what founder and CEO Albert Nichols defines as “a lifestyle space.” Located on the fourth floor of 44 Gloucester Street, the first location of the soon-to-be chain, Hall is meant to be a mix of a social and working space.

    Inside Hall in Back Bay, a Lifestyle Space That Feels Like Home
    There's a new co-working space in town - apart from the fact that it's not, technically, a co-working space. Hall is what founder and CEO Albert Nichols defines as "a lifestyle space." The first location of the soon-to-be chain, Hall opened in Back Bay last fall.
    https://www.americaninno.com

3 days ago

April Vacation Week is finally here! 🌷 Join u...

April Vacation Week is finally here! 🌷 Join us today from 11 - 4:30 pm for a day full of art making and musical performances. Bring the fam: http://bit.ly/2EH2z2d


3 days ago

Mondays, April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 4, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Early Season

Discover numerous native perennials suitable for New England gardens in this four session New England Wild Flower Society course on Mondays, April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 4 from 1 – 3:30 at Garden in the Woods, taught by Leslie Duthie. We’ll look at native herbaceous plants that bloom in spring and early summer, focusing on their characteristics and environmental preferences as well as their uses in landscapes and gardens. Be prepared to walk in the Garden each day. This class is appropriate for landscape professionals and avid home gardeners. It is a companion to Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Late Season, but can be taken separately. NEWFS members $154, nonmembers $182. Register online at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/native-herbaceous-plant-materials-early-season

    Mondays, April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 4, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Early Season
    Discover numerous native perennials suitable for New England gardens in this four session New England Wild Flower Society course on Mondays, April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 4 from 1 - 3:30 at Garden in the Woods, taught by Leslie Duthie.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

3 days ago

Friday, May 4, 6:45 pm – Patterns and Changes in the Flora of Franklin County, Massachusetts

Dr. Robert Bertin, Anthony and Renee Marlon Professor in the Sciences, Biology Department, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, will speak to the New England Botanical Club on Friday May 4 at 6:45 pm on Patterns and Changes in the Flora of Franklin County, Massachusetts. In a departure from the usual venue, the meeting will take place at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Street, Framingham. For complete information visit http://rhodora.org.

    Friday, May 4, 6:45 pm - Patterns and Changes in the Flora of Franklin County, Massachusetts
    Dr. Robert Bertin, Anthony and Renee Marlon Professor in the Sciences, Biology Department, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, will speak to the New England Botanical Club on Friday May 4 at 6:45 pm on Patterns and Changes in the Flora of Franklin County, Massachusetts.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

3 days ago

3 days ago

New England Conservatory is at Symphony Hall ...

It's an #NEC150 world premiere! Composer Aaron Jay Kernis wrote Symphony No. 4 “Chromelodeon” in honor of NEC's 150th, and he and conductor Hugh Wolff think you'll leave feeling satisfied 😌🍽️🍧 Join us in Symphony Hall Boston Wednesday, April 18 for this Kernis #worldpremiere followed by a program of Leonard Bernstein and Debussy. Don't miss out: necmusic.edu/symphonyhall 🎟️ #NEC150commissions

    New England Conservatory
    It's an #NEC150 world premiere! Composer Aaron Jay Kernis wrote Symphony No. 4 "Chromelodeon" in honor of NEC's 150th, and he and conductor Hugh Wolff think you'll leave feeling satisfied 😌🍽️🍧 Join...
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