ArtWalk 2016


If you like walking through art galleries, but don’t have the time … or if you are looking for some artwork for your home or work, we have what you need!

Well over 30 artists, and over 20 shop windows will be offering  a chance to see what our Town’s artists are working on.  You won’t be disappointed.

There will also be guided tours as part of Gallery Night, and a reception to meet the artists, and see who the town art award goes to this year!


  • COST:  Free
  • EVENT:  8 November – 28 November, in Lexington Center along Mass. Ave.
  • GALLERY NIGHT RECEPTION:  Thurs. 10 Nov. from 6-8
    • Guided tours at 6:30 & 7:30
    • Welcome remarks, and award at 7:15
    • Brookline Bank
  • SCAVENGER HUNT:  Pick up forms at the Visitors’ Center, or Cary Library, or click here.  Instructions on the form, and winners will be chosen 29 November.

Summer Updates

IMG_1332Just a quick update because there seems to be so much happening (at a time when things should be on vacation!).

As ever – there are PLENTY of opportunities to get involved, and all you need to do is send an email to to find out more about what is going on, or to get involved!


  • The gallery at the Community Center is soon to go online – this includes a hallway for 2D, and display cases for 3D.  more information can be found on the cary library site via Art@Cary for anyone who wants to display, or see who is exhibiting
  • Folks are beginning to think about the next Center ArtWalk for November – and hoping to get more retailers to display things in windows, and to consider an “affordable art” theme (e.g., perhaps smaller sizes?)
  • ArtsOffroad organizers are already thinking about next year (believe it or not),  with a focus on the bike path and inviting our neighbors from Bedford and Arlington and Cambridge to join in the fun
  • The lark of having a “Wearable Art” gala (and fundraiser) has actually taken hold with some interested folks who are looking at having this event in September of 2017
  • No one has actually bumped heads about what arts might find their way into the 2017 Patriots’ Day Parade- perhaps some early entries for ArtsOffroad & Wearable Art?  Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring local dancers and musicians in too??
  • And lastly, the Council for the Arts will be spearheading discussions about a Strategic Plan for the Arts & Culture this coming autumn.  please send your thoughts about what you think Lexington’s arts & culture mean – what we should maintain and what we should build.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED (some ideas for summer activities & musings):
  • Create some art for the ArtWalk 2016
  • Gather up some music for the reception night of ArtWalk 2016
  • Google “art bike” and craft a plan for what you would like to do for ArtsOffroad in May 2017
  • Log on to to see what previous ArtsOffroad’s were like, and muse how you might bring your music there in May 2017
  • Create some Wearable Art for the parade in April 2017, and for the gala in September!
  • Talk to your friends about what the arts & culture scene should look like in a few years time, and get back to the arts council with your thoughts

Letter to the Editor

Sent to the Boston Globe this morning (to do likewise, visit our Facebook page for details)

Dear Mr. McGregory and Ms. Ostriker,

It is my understanding that the arts coverage in the Globe is decreasing.

I am writing to you from suburban Lexington’s Council for the Arts with some concern.  We are a town committee seeking to promote the arts.  We have been working very hard to bring art to residents and to make them aware of all that is happening around them.
The arts bring to us inspiration – both as artists creating, and patrons enjoying.  Likewise it helps bring our youth opportunities in so many areas of growth, the least of which is developing their creativity.  And it is creativity that helps us grow our society in ways beyond the arts as well, such as through the sciences and humanities.
Prior to being part of this group two years ago, I was unaware of this Council and all the arts happening in Lexington and beyond.  While this is in part my own doing, it also speaks to how we promote the arts.  And doing less, is just a depressing trajectory.
At a time when there is so much fear in our world, I would hope that your coverage of the arts builds rather than decreases and that you help reset the balance of our news coverage.
With kind regards,
Cristina Burwell,
Chairperson, Lexington Council for the Arts

The Giving Tree

Remember that big tree recently cut down on the Visitors’ Center lawn?  
Anyone interested in acquiring wood from the large tree recently cut down from outside the Lexington Visitors’ Center can do so.  The tree was between 100 and 200 years old. The tree came to Lexington from Boston as a small sapling in a bucket. It grew unnoticed on the Merriam Estate surrounded by other magnificent tress such as the American Chestnut. Over the years the tree survived hurricanes, ice storms and bug infestations to outlast the other trees and become the grand tree to stand before our Visitors Center.
Alas, it eventually took a turn for the worse itself, but like the Giving Tree, it can live on.
The tree is beech wood, and was cut on April 11th.
Interested individuals can contact June Baer, Tourism Advisor with the Town of Lexington Visitors Center: 
In your email, please note:
How much would you are interested in
What you plan to do with the wood (generally)
When you can pick it up
If you are willing to share some of your work with this wood with the Visitors’ Center (proceeds will be used to help fund needed upgrades to the building)

Lexington Artist Emily Passman exhibiting on Newbury St. at Trident Cafe

Stop in to Trident between now and December 28th to view a selection of Emily Passman’s beautiful work.


Emily is an expressive painter with works that exude an immediacy and freshness in brushstroke. She works from observation, both in the studio and “en plein air,” and says this: “I am less inspired by a ‘pretty picture,’ and more with making a statement with paint, preferring a mundane or grungy scene as a vehicle to get paint onto a canvas.”  Her work is in galleries in New England and in private collections internationally.  After earning a fine arts degree and an M.ED, she had a successful career as a teacher and graphic designer. She teaches individuals and small groups in her barn-studio, and at various venues including Concord Art. Her memberships include Rockport Art Association as an artist member, and Lexington Council for the Arts, where she is working to create a vibrant arts community.  Emily is also exhibiting reproductions of ink drawings from pages of her sketchbooks.


reposted from FluxBoston

“Artist To Release Extravagant Calendar – This January something with a little more glitter will be adorning office cubicles and kitchen nooks- a stunning calendar, produced by a team of 16 artists. Coorain, a video and performance artist who is portrayed in every image, views the project as a collaboration of the finest art. Each artist was given creative control, “although I gave them plenty of ideas, I chose strong, interesting artists with their own vision.” This collaborative process is a thread that runs through much of Coorain’s work- they host a talk show on local community cable stations and the internet that features artists, musicians, and other cultural producers. “I think I freaked some people out by making a television show as artwork, but it’s been successful in ways I never expected.”

The roster of included artists includes Boston-based heavyweights, like Sandrine Schaefer, who just completed a summer-long exhibition at the ICA and current Brother Thomas Fellow, Caleb Cole, a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow and Zoe Perry-Wood, an internationally exhibited contemporary art from Lexington, MA., along with a few relatively unknown artists, like Risa Horn and Joyce Taihei, a recent MassArt graduate whose lush images are dark, yet colorful. “Taihei is so great,” says Coorain, “She uses long-exposures to capture rainbows that the human eye can’t see.” Revealing what can’t or isn’t typically seen is also a big reason Coorain is making this calendar. As much as a few of these artists have begun to make a name for themselves, most are working second or third jobs to support themselves. Any profits Coorain receives will be shared equally with all the artists, many of which land on the LGBT spectrum. “We’re in a cultural moment where people talk big about tolerance and acceptance, but when I look at mainstream culture, gender is heavily policed. I want people to see there are more options.”

The calendar, which is available for pre-order UNTIL DEC. 7 AT 5PM here, is both a political and aesthetic object. “It isn’t often that queer individuals are able to control their own image and I’m so excited to see myself, as someone with an atypical gender, reflected in something so everyday, so normal as a calendar.” Sharing earnings isn’t the only way Coorain is trying to make this a socially-responsible project- it’s also being printed locally, at a print house that specializes in environmentally friendly materials.”


Caleb Cole

Robert L. Chamberlin


Matt Gamber

Brian Christopher Glaser

Risa Horn

Amiko Li 

Geena Matuson

Zoe Perry-Wood

Laura Beth Reese

Dayna Rochell

Sandrine Schaefer

Joyce Taihei

Nabeela Vega

Xtina Wang



We have until 5PM EST, on Monday December 7th (aka tomorrow) to kick it!

So, be sure to pick up a 2016 Coorain Calendar HERE.