Talent Show

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If the medium is the message, there’s a lot of conversation happening in Johnny Appleseed Country.

Oils, watercolors, sculpture and photography — art is alive, well, and blossoming throughout the region. And if you’d like to see what’s on the minds of the painters, photographers, sculptors, potters and other artists who live and work here, a great one-stop opportunity arrives in June.

It’s the eighty-second annual Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Yes, this juried show has been running for more than eight decades, filling the museum galleries from late June to Labor Day with the works of local artists.

talent showMany of the artists represented in the annual exhibition are members of local artists’ circles or clubs, and some of the works in the galleries may exude definite New England flavor. But you never know what to expect from this diverse exhibition, making every year’s show a new adventure to explore.

If you’re in town on June 23, you’ll want to stop by the museum for the opening reception — which affords not just an opportunity to view more than 100 works, but also to meet many of the artists who call Johnny Appleseed Country home.

While you’re touring the exhibition galleries, don’t forget to vote for your favorite piece; there’s a special award for the artist whose work receives the most votes.

The regional exhibition is designed to offer a museum environment to artists who live or work within about a 25-mile radius of Fitchburg. At the same time, it affords them an opportunity to connect with other artists, as well as arts patrons and other museum visitors.

See something in the show that you just love? Many of the works on exhibit are also for sale —providing museum-goers with an opportunity to purchase original works, and even chat with the artist!

The 82nd Regional Exhibition runs through September 4th at the museum, located at 185 Elm Street — just a block off Main Street — in Fitchburg.

Learn more about the exhibition and the museum at fitchburgartmuseum.org.