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Your Guide to MetroWest

You don’t have to travel into the city to get a taste of the action during ArtWeek. These towns throughout MetroWest have enough events to keep you covered all week long. Here’s a sampling- see how many you can make it to!


Roots Art Studio is celebrating their opening by celebrating you! Artists of all ages are encouraged to come join in this Self Esteem Booster Art Night. Parents and children can enjoy spending time together as they work on these craft offerings that promote positive self-expression.


Head to Framingham for some great events before the week closes out. For a fun Friday night, join Inebriart at a drop-in mug painting session at Springdale Brewery. The next day, Community Kiln is hosting a free time to play with clay. Familiarize yourself with the medium, no strings attached. On the same morning, the Mural Mile Road Race will be held. Even if you aren’t a runner, you’ll have plenty to do at the Mural Market- shop around, join a wellness workout, or just take in live music and enjoy the day!


Hudson is offering their second annual ArtsFest. There will be plenty of chances to meet with and support local artists, and you won’t go far without running into a hands-on craft station. The whole family will enjoy this day out!


This great event provides background to works on display in Milford’s public library. Hear from the artists represented in Migrating Colors, an exhibit presented by the Haitan Arts Assembly of Massachusetts. Enjoy the reception and make sure to view the pieces installed around the space.


Natick has brought together a selection of events that impressively spans genres. For the musically minded, there’s Allegro Music School’s showcase of classical pieces that gives the audience the chance to learn about each song from the performers. There’s also a joint concert by the Golden Tones senior chorus and singers from Natick High School, which will give you a chance to join in. If you like audience participation, you might enjoy hands-on workshops, like this set piece crafting session. In a similar vein, Lemon Tree Goods is hosting a design session for vintage jewelry pieces. If your interest is in expanding your horizons, do just that by learning crafts from the experts. A master of silk crafting and embroidering will display her work and share the artistic traditions of Uzbekistan at Natick’s Earth Day celebration. Learn about the culinary arts while doing your food shopping at Natick’s Wegmans, where an instuctor will discuss the process of making and pairing wine and cheese. If you’d like to stick to traditional mediums but combining art and food sounds good to you, stop by this paint night held by two local artists, snack on meditarranean bites, and work on your technique. Let a pro do the work instead at Agostino’s restaurant. Jason Cheeseman-Meyer will be creating portraits of guests while talking about his process.


There’s plenty of offerings throughout Franklin as well. The town has a remarkable number of performances to attend. Between the Franklin Performing Arts Company, the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, and Franklin High School, you could spend nearly every night at a show- be sure to look through their listings. There’s even more happening elsewhere: Dean College’s multi-style dance showcase, Chestnut Street Revue’s open rehearsal, and NotAble Blend’s two concerts, for starters. For younger audiences, BFCCPS is holding percussion workshops and Theater in the Open is presenting a program on puppetry. Kids will also love crafts planned just for them. They can work on a sticky note collage, make a 3-D flower, or create their own pinwheels to celebrate spring. There’s a version of that craft for seniors across town as well as a floral arrangement lesson catered to older crowds.

In addition to all this, there’s plenty to discover around town. Sip on wine while working on an expressionist-inspired journal. Learn about canning and preservation at the Agway. Study the finer points of tabletop game design with experts. Be sure you don’t miss a Taste of Franklin ArtWeek, packed with food, entertainment, crafts, and vendors. Whatever your interests, you certainly won’t be wanting for options while you’re in the area!

Written by Mateo Caballero. Read more blog posts here.