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Richard Kattman's Pop

HARVARD -- With summer on the horizon, plan to spend a few hours, a day or an evening at Fruitlands Museum this year.

The pristine place on Prospect Hill Road celebrates its centennial in 2014 and remains as idyllic as it was when Clara Endicott Sears founded it in 1914 on the site of Fruitlands, an experimental utopian community lead by Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane in 1843.

Current exhibits include The Changing Landscape: Fruitlands Living Collection, through June 8, and The Ehrenkranz Basket Collection, through Aug. 10.

The Concord Band performs outdoors at Fruitlands Museum this summer.
The Concord Band performs outdoors at Fruitlands Museum this summer.

From June 14 through Aug. 10, Transcendental Abstractions by Richard Kattman will be on view. Kattman, an award-winning abstract artist, professional landscape artist and contemporary photographer, is Fruitlands 2014 artist-in-residence. He has concentrated his efforts during his residency on large-scale plein-air (painted outside, on site) paintings inspired by Fruitlands' 210-acre property. A reception takes place on Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m.

Kattman will give an artist's talk and demonstration on Sunday, June 29, at 2 p.m. Free with admission. He will teach a plein-air workshop on Wednesday, July 9, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., on replicating Fruitlands landscape in acrylics on canvas. All skill levels welcome. $100, members; $110, non-members. Supply list provided at registration.


Saturday, June 21, is Centennial Saturday, a celebration of the museum turning 100. Admission is free from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Live music, crafts, artist demonstrations, games, trail walks and more will be available.

Fruitlands celebrates the Summer Solstice on Sunday, June 22, with a Farm to Fork Dinner at 5 p.m. Cocktails and private tours of the museum's gallery buildings followed by a locally-sourced dinner provided by Fireside Catering of Gibbett Hill Grill. $150 at or call 978-456-3924, ext. 289, for info.

Finally, the museum presents its popular Summer Concert Series each Thursday, June 19 through Aug. 7, featuring The Concord Band, The Love Dogs, a jazz blues group, and Black Marmot, a folk rock band. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the concerts start at 7:15 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Food is available to purchase or bring a picnic. Alcohol is permitted. $10/car for museum members; $15/car non-members. Season discount passes available. Visit or call 978-456-3924, ext. 292, for info.

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  • SHARING SKILLS: Lowell is full of talented folks who do many things well. More than two dozen of them share their skills in the citywide Mill City Shares on Saturday, May 31, in venues around the city. Everything from bike maintenance, song writing, composting and container gardening, to meditation, soap making, yoga, flower arranging and silk-screening will be taught. Participating venues include Lowell Makes, 119 Gallery, Lowell Telecommunications Corp., Sangha Yoga Studio, Mill 5, Pollard Memorial Library and unchARTed. Organizers Merrimack Valley Time Exchange at Coalition for a Better Acre and 119 Gallery. Visit http://millcityskillshare.wordpress.
    Concord Museum’s Garden Tour peeks into seven private gardens on June 6-7.
    Concord Museum's Garden Tour peeks into seven private gardens on June 6-7.
    com/ for workshops, locations and registration info.
  • LOWELL SCENE: Zeitgeist Gallery, 167 Market St., offers drawing sessions with live models on Tuesday nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Chairs and small tables available, but please bring your own easels. $15 per session. Call 617-285-1610 for info or to reserve a space... Friday, May 30 at 8 p.m., 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St., comes alive with the collaborative performance art and electric and new music performances by Claudia Robles Angel, Liz Roncka, Nick Neuberg, Ethan Parcell, Angela Sawyer, Chill City Icon and Bats from Pogo. Visit for info.
  • CONCORD MUSEUM NEWS: June gets off to a busy start at the Concord Museum. On Sunday, June 1, members of the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, America's oldest continuously performing arts organization, present a chamber concert of early American a cappella songs at 2 p.m. at the museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike. The performance is in conjunction with the exhibition The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775, now on view and is also part of the society's bicentennial this fall. $20, museum members; $25, non-members, by reservation at or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216... On Friday-Saturday, June 6-7, the museum's popular garden tour celebrates its 25th anniversary with visits to seven beautiful, historic Concord-area gardens. Proceeds support museum education programs. The self-guided, self-paced tour runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Visitors pick up maps at the museum before starting. Tickets are good either or both days, but each garden may be visited only once. Rain or shine. No refunds or photography. Advance tickets through May 30, $30, members; $35 non-members at or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216. After May 30 or at the door, $35, members; $45, non-members.

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