Art and Culture Abound in Boston


If art and culture is what you enjoy, you will find no shortage of opportunities available in Boston. Here is a look at just a few things that you might want to check out this month.

Art and Architecture Tour

The Boston Athenæum offers free hour-long tours at various times throughout the month. These tours focus on the architectural history of the Athenæum’s building as well as its fine arts collection. Opened in 1849, the Athenæum’s building has been expanded and renovated twice. Meanwhile, the art collection is one of the most significant to have been formed in the country in the first half of the nineteenth century. Tours are limited in size and frequently sell out. Therefore, it is recommended to make reservations a month in advance. The Boston Athenæum is  located at 10 ½ Beacon Street in Boston.

Figure Sculpture Class

Stonybrook Fine Arts is offering a figure sculpting class that will include studying the anatomy and gestures of a live model in a variety of poses. The class will provide participants with the opportunity to practice short studies while exploring themes of abstraction and interpretation. The same model will be present for two weeks in the same pose. Other workshops, including stone carving, metal casting, jewelry making, welding and mold making, are also available. Contract Stonybrook, which is located at 24 Porter Street in Jamaica Plain, for more information regarding class schedules.

Photography Exhibit

Piano Craft Gallery will have a special exhibit available throughout most of January entitled “Building a Lineage: Exploring Connections Through Photography.” The works of Tara Butler, Jodie Mim Goodnough, Allison, Cekala, Molly Lamb, Defne Kirmizi, Sarah Pollman and Sadie Wechsler will be on display. Piano Craft Gallery is located at 793 Tremont Street in Boston.

History in the Stitches

The Edgell Memorial Library will continue to display its exhibit “History in the Stitches: Framingham Fashion through the Centuries” throughout the month of January. The exhibit features fashions that are pleasing to the eye while also illuminating the lives of some Framingham women. Each piece of purposely chosen for the way it reflects the social mores, personalities and economic status of the women represented. The exhibit is housed at the Edgell Memorial Building located at 3 Oak Street in Farmingham. Street parking is available on 3 Oak Street with additional parking available in the Village Hall lot a 2 Oak Street. The exhibit is open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday and will be available through April 29, 2017. Admission is $5 for non-members and free for members.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer will join Spanish conductor Juano Mena in January as the Boston Symphony Orchestra performs the works of Polish-born Soviet composer Moisey Weinberg. Weinberg, whose works will be performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the first time this month, moved to the Soviet Union at the start of World War II,

Upcoming performance dates include:

  • Thursday, January 19
  • Friday, January 20
  • Saturday, January 21
  • Tuesday, January 24

Boston Symphony Hall is located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston.


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