Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” This statement remains true today. Life is stressful, especially in a post-pandemic world, so it’s important to get out and be reminded of the beauty and creativity mankind is capable of creating.
The Greater Merrimack Valley has no shortage of art destinations, from art studios to galleries to museums. Even the parks aren’t short on creative art you can view as you walk your dog or go on a picnic. It’s an art-lover’s dream destination.
deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
When the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than a walk in the park. But what’s even better than that? Being able to appreciate art while doing so. For this winning combination, go to deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. With 30 acres of beautifully maintained landscape and an ever changing collection of large-scale, outdoor sculptures, it is the largest park of its kind in New England. Hosting more than 50 works at any given time, many of which are on loan to the museum, these modern and contemporary art pieces are striking and thought-provoking.
If the weather starts to turn, go inside to visit the museum, which features a robust selection of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming. See the hottest new temporary exhibit or view some of the 3,500 artworks featured in their permanent collection.
Addison Gallery of American Art
If you’re looking for a world-class collection of some of the United States’ best artworks, Addison Gallery of American Art is the place for you. One of the most comprehensive collections in the world, this gallery includes nearly 25,000 objects spanning from the 18th century to today.
You’ll see works of all mediums – paintings, sculptures, photography, drawings, textiles, and other decorative arts – from some of the greatest American artists. You’ll see pieces done by Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, James McNeill Whistler, and more.
Not all art is visual – some is audible, as proven by the Lexington Symphony. Listen to a professional orchestra of dedicated concert musicians and a renowned conductor who all share a passion for classical music. And unlike some other symphony orchestras, tickets are affordable in an effort to make classical music accessible to the community, not just the elite. Because of this, they draw an ever-growing audience that fills Cary Hall for the six programs they present each year.
They don’t just play music, however; the Lexington Symphony presents workshops and concerts for children as well as the educational outreach program Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™. This furthers their mission to make music accessible to people from all walks of life.
Pottery Mill Clay Studio
Want to get more hands-on during your art pilgrimage? Then come to Pottery Mill Clay Studio. This ceramic studio is a communal space where anyone can shape your skills with clay. They offer hand-building and pottery wheel classes and workshops ranging from one-time workshops to seven week-long classes.
Aren’t in town long enough to commit to a multi-week workshop? No worries! They also offer take-home clay kits so that you can watch pre-recorded lessons and mold your masterpiece from the comfort of your own home. Or if you’re not feeling like getting your hands dirty, you can still enjoy the ceramic arts by picking up something in the shop.
Your art adventure awaits in the Greater Merrimack Valley, so grab your jaunty beret, bring your sketchbooks, and join in the creative fun!