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Arts Collaborative of Wakefield News & Announcements

ACW meeting 1/18/23 7:00PM

To all Arts Collaborative of Wakefield members and friends,

The next Arts Collaborative of Wakefield (ACW) meeting is this coming Wednesday night at 7pm at the Albion Cultural Exchange building at 9 Albion Street, Wakefield. Please come join us as we recap 2022 and plan ACW events for 2023.


Recent ACW events


Stoneham Library exhibit space

Holiday Winter Sale: 1st weekend in December – Friday, 12/2, and Saturday, 12/3.

Small Works Fundraiser: Over 300$ raised in donations for the Wakefield Food Pantry

Holiday gathering – no formal December meeting

Upcoming ACW events – See more details further below

February: Beebe Library – Blake Gallery exhibit space - a one month duration.

March 26th: ACW Artisans Sale as part of the Reading Symphony Orchestra Concert – ACW Members Sale

ACW Retrospective: What is the group doing well, what are challenges, what could be different?

2023 Planning

See 2023 list below

Call for Hosts for ACE Art Show in February – See request further below

Call for Artists for March – Submittal date ends 1/27/2023 – See request further below

Website and Instagram updates/reminders

Update your ACW Website content – send any updates to Joy joy.schilling@gmail.comJamie is always happy to receive artwork to post on the ACW Instagram account; pls send to her at:

ACW Kitty:

Starting balance 732.00

October show expenses: 167.00

New Ending balance: 565.00

October show expense receipts:

AnnMarie Gallivan: 125.00 for balance of Curious Creatures 375$ invoice (bank donation to cover 250.00)

Andrea Willey: 42.00 for miscellaneous show expenses

Any new or outstanding reimbursements?

Other Topics?

Round the Room News to Share – who’s exhibiting where? Upcoming art events? Etc...


February: Beebe Library – Blake Gallery exhibit space - a one month duration.

Kathy / Andrea are coordinating

General info: The Blake Gallery is on the main floor of the Beebe library near the reference desk. It is a small gallery space that accommodates between 12- 18 pieces with exhibits running for the month. In the past we’ve ranged from a handful of artists who exhibit a couple of pieces each to single pieces for 12 or so all depends on how many artists express interest. The space is not designed for large pieces. The exhibit will run the whole month of February.

Drop off Date/ Time: TBD – Could be 1/31 or 2/1. Time will likely be around 5:30pm

Drop off location: Beebe library

Pick Up Time / Date: Tuesday, 2/28

Confirm member interest / participation

March: ACW Artisans Sale as part of the Reading Symphony Orchestra Concert – ACW Members Sale

March 26, 2023 afternoon (exact set up and open times are TBD)

The ACW has been asked again to be the before/after concert and during intermission ‘event experience’ for the Reading Symphony Orchestra’s March concert at the Galvin Middle School. We did this event right before the Covid 19 shutdown in 2020 and it was very successful sale for the members who participated. Exact times for the 3/26 event are TBD but could be set up starting at 1:30 and then take down after the concert. Please let me know if you have interest in participating. More details are to come on this one!

Kathy and ? are coordinating

Set Up Date/ Time: TBD

Break Down Time: TBD

Promotion will be key and will be in coordination with the RSO

Confirm member interest / participation

ACW Calendar:


  • February: ACW had 8 members exhibiting at the Blake Gallery at the Beebe library for the month

  • March: Many ACW members participated in the Arts & Edibles art show at the ACE building. Members were exhibiting artists and event hosts

  • Summer/Fall: the ACW was a guest vendor once a month at the Wakefield Farmers Market on North Ave.

  • October: ACW hosted the Creatures and Critter Art Show for the month of October.

  • November: ACW had 7 members exhibiting at the Blake Gallery in the Beebe library for the month.

  • December: Stoneham Library exhibit space - a one month duration. About a dozen ACW artists exhibited

  • Annual Winter Artisan Sale: 1st weekend in December. Over 20 local ACW and other artisans participated in the annual ACW Winter Sale


  • February: ACW member exhibit at the Blake Gallery at the Beebe library for the month. It’s a small space – room for 12 to 16 small to medium sized works.

  • March 26: ACW Artisans Sale as part of the Reading Symphony Orchestra Concert – ACW Members Sale

  • Spring ACW Show: Dates and Theme are TBD – Could be April or May.

  • June: ACW exhibit at the Beebe Estate in Melrose – starting planning in March

  • October - Fall Show: Theme is TBD

  • December: Winter Artisan Sale

Call for Hosts for ACE Art Show in February:

During the month of February on Friday nights will be the "New England Near & Far '' art show featuring local artists Carin MacNamara, Joyce Wood, and Lennie Malvone.

We are looking for 4 volunteers each night to help us staff the event. Two doorway greeters and two gallery hosts to welcome and greet people.

The dates are Friday nights in February. Hours are from 5:30 to 7:30 each night.

  • Friday February 3rd (Opening Reception)

  • February 10th

  • February 17th.

Please email Chris Carino ( ) if you are available and willing to help. Please send me what dates you can do and your mobile phone number. Thanks in advance and we really appreciate your support. Chris Carino & Tracy Shea

Call for Artists for March from the Coffee Shop Artists – Submittal date ends 1/27/2023

From Jamie: Attached is a call for art for an exhibition in March. If you haven't shown with the Coffee Shop Artists, they're a great group! The piece I hung in their exhibition in this location last year sold, and I was contacted by a second person asking if I could paint them another one. If you have work that fits the theme, I hope you'll submit it!

CALL for the March Show at 350 Main Street, Malden. We hope many of you can participate. (See the CSA Call attachment.)


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