In the Bedford Library Gallery through July 12: New England Simplified, work by Philip Kelsey

Submitted by the Art Steering Committee of the Bedford Free Public Library

Work by Philip Kelsey is on display in the Bedford Free Public Library through Wednesday, July 12.

According to his artist’s statement, Kelsey seeks, “to capture in paint the essence of a scene that I have in my mind’s eye. When I encounter a motif that appeals to me, I make a number of sketches and photographs. The objective is to record a full and accurate representation of what I see.”

Astrid Reischwitz: ‘Stories From the Kitchen Table’ at Providence Center for Photographic Arts

Submitted by Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group

Astrid Reischwitz stitches the past, present, and future together in her series of photographs titled Stories From the Kitchen Table.The solo show is will be on display from May 18 through June 10 at the Providence Center for Photographic Arts in Providence, Rhode Island. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 9 pm on May 18.

Celebrating Diversity at the Bedford Multicultural Festival on Sunday, May 21

Submitted by Bedford Embraces Diversity

The third annual Bedford Multicultural Festival on Sunday afternoon, May 21, promises to be an extravaganza of experiences from a range of performing artists, as well as activity tables and foods.

But there’s a much deeper message inherent in the festivities.

“The festival is meant to symbolize the celebratory aspect of bringing together people in Bedford with different heritages, ethnicities, religious beliefs and sexual orientations,” said Marilou Barsam, president of the sponsoring organization Bedford Embraces Diversity and a driver of its three annual festivals. “And while we’re at it, we have a lot of fun with a full array of dancers, musicians, and food from around the world!”

K-12 Art Show: Colorful, Creative and Clever

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Editor’s Note: All artwork shown in this article is (c) the student who created it, and all rights are reserved

A piece of artwork by every student in Bedford is the ongoing vision of ArtLink, and Judy Turner who has kept the wheels on this particular bus for a lot of years. In collaboration with Sean Hagan and the art teachers in each of Bedford’s schools, the K-12 Art Show opened on Friday night.

Hitting the Boards This Weekend: St. Paul’s Tonight!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

St. Paul’s Tonight! opens its two-performance run with an evening performance at 7 pm on Saturday, and a 3 pm matinee on Sunday, April 30. Both performances will take place in the auditorium at the John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road. Available at the door, tickets are $10 each.

Begun a dozen years ago by then-Rector Frank Fornaro, St. Paul’s Tonight has delighted audiences every other year. The 2017 edition, produced and directed by Emily Mitchell, promises more of the same.

Bedford Garden Club: Art In Bloom at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts

By Julie McCay Turner

The Bedford Garden Club will be handsomely represented during the Museum of Fine Art’s annual extravaganza, Art in Bloom, opening this weekend.

Bedford’s striking design complements a Western Han dynasty tomb lintel and pediment that have been in the museum’s collection since 1925. A gift of C.T. Loo, the work was excavated 10 years earlier in the village of Balitai and can be found in the Paul and Helen Bernat Galleries (Gallery 270).

23rd Annual K-12 Art Show Opens Friday, May 5

Submitted by the Art Department of the Bedford Schools

The Bedford Public Schools are proud to announce the 23rd Annual K-12 Art Show, opening Friday, May 5, from 6pm-9pm at Bedford High School, 9 Mudge Way in Bedford.

Hundreds of pieces of artwork from Bedford students in kindergarten through twelfth grade will be represented, ranging from drawing and painting to ceramics, digital art, and photography.

Hidden Treasures in Bedford

Submitted by Bedford Town Historian Sharon Lawrence McDonald

May is “Hidden Treasures Month” in Massachusetts. The organization Freedom’s Way, in partnership with the National Park Service, is sponsoring a celebration of the wonderful historic places located all across Eastern Massachusetts.

Bedford is joining in to proudly show off three of its own historical treasures: the Bedford Flag, the historic meetinghouse on Bedford Common, and the Job Lane Farm Museum.

Flying Kites!

By Jeff JHO Hoyland

Job Lane House opened the barn for families to fly kites on Saturday April 15. Children were able to both purchase and decorate kites before they flew them.

St. Paul’s Tonight: Absolutely ‘Not’ the ’80s ~ April 29 and 30

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is delighted to present ST. PAUL’S TONIGHT: ABSOLUTELY NOT THE ‘80S, a musical revue for all ages, on April 29 and 30 at the John Glenn Middle School auditorium.

It’s the sixth incarnation of ST. PAUL’S TONIGHT, and this time the cast faces a dilemma: what happens when the director is out of ideas? Cast members offer several possibilities, with a strong emphasis on the songs and stylings of that most radical of decades, the 1980s. Will the show be totally tubular? Or will the director put the kibosh on their dreams of Valley Girl glory?

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