2024 Arts on the Common
Posted on 05/15/2024
2024 Arts on the Common

The Wrentham Cultural Council’s annual Arts on the Common event is back in the center of town. The juried art show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, rain or shine.
Located on the Wrentham town common at the intersection of Routes 140 and 1A, the outdoor festival boasts hand-crafted goods from dozens of artisans. Chair of the Cultural Council, Evelyn Zepf, ensures that Arts on the Common is designed to appeal to all age groups, with demonstrations, performances, and interactive activities. The free, family-friendly festival will also include performances by local dance troupes, live music and a "Yarn Bomb” installation. Part-time and full-time artists are encouraged to use Arts on the Common as a venue for displaying and selling their work. Some artists also take the opportunity to demonstrate their creative processes. The last call for artists is May 24th; artists can register for a booth on the Cultural Council page of the town's website at wrentham.gov.

The Wrentham Cultural Council is a local branch of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, responsible for reviewing and awarding grants for cultural programs in the town. The Council is committed to enhancing the vitality of the Wrentham community through engagement in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

The Arts on the Common event is just one way the Wrentham Cultural Council achieves this. Arts on the Common is a celebration that unites buyers, admirers, and artists in a more personal manner all happening on Wrentham's beautiful
town common.

The Cultural Council tries to select a wide variety of artists to participate, with considerations like price point and originality factoring into the council’s selections. “We are fortunate to welcome talented artists and performers that come from all over New England. There will be
paintings, fine arts and other handmade crafts. All pieces have to show some artistry and be handmade.”

The performance schedule is as follows:
10:00 to 10:30 Sri Kuchipudi Natyala- traditional Indian Dancers
10:30 to 11:00 Showcase Dancers
12:00 to 1:00 Ryan Loud steel band
1:00 to 2:00 TBD
2:00 to 3:00 Nina Ott Band- world class Jazz Band
3:00 to 4:00 Mike and Louie

In addition to the usual festivities, an exhibit entitled “Living in a Material World: The Fabric of Wrentham Lives ” will open at Wrentham’s historic Fiske Museum, 55 East St., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Curated by Wrentham’s Cultural Council and Historical Commission, this exhibit investigates how people living in Wrentham obtained materials and created fabrics and clothing.
It highlights fashion trends and what people in Wrentham wore, and how and where they wore it. From uniforms to wedding gowns to accessories, this collection tells the story of daily life in
Wrentham.

In addition to annual events like Arts on the Common and quarterly poetry readings, the Cultural Council also awards grants addressing cultural needs specific to the community, following state guidelines. The state provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which then allocates funds to each community.

For more information about the Wrentham Cultural Council, email [email protected].