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STUDIO INSITU ARCHITECTS INC. Presents: Making Maynard 2030; The Common Problem

A conversation and installation about creating a new Common for the Town of Maynard.

In partnership: Zannah Noe, Cultural Planner, Artist and Programmer of The Cube
ArtSpace Inc., use of the 3D screen, The Cube
Grants from Mass Cultural Council & Mass Development placemaking grant

The award-winning design firm Studio InSitu Architects, Inc. will host an exhibition and discussion about Placemaking at their storefront Crit Room in Maynard’s Cultural District. While many of New England’s historic farm towns radiate outward from public commons, historic mill towns like Maynard developed around private factories, with little or no cohesive public space for civic pedestrian culture, commerce, and community. Over the course of the past decade, the effort of numerous governmental studies and private initiatives has created a consensus that one blighted parking lot known as The Basin at Maynard’s center possesses a unique and powerful potential to become such a cohesive central destination. Studio InSitu has developed a model to embody this idea in a single cohesive diagram of this common vision applied in context.

In addition to the talk, the artist and cultural planner Zannah Noe will create an installation using three projectors to cast InSitu’s fly-over and walk-through animations of the reimagined park onto three sides of a seven-foot cube, forming an immersive threshold for the viewer to walk into the experience as a form of demonstrative placemaking. The duration of the exhibit will be one evening, with the Architect and Artist giving a talk about the challenges of creating public space and the uses of public art, along with a surprise guest speaker. The evening will close with a Q & A from the audience. This first of many sessions aim to bring local stakeholders together to spark their imagination of what can be possible to create a more regenerative culture that activates community place downtown.

The design firm Studio InSitu Architects is headed by Maynard resident Tim Hess, and has a storefront called Crit Room on Maynard’s Main Street.
In academic settings, crit rooms host rigorous collaborative critique sessions, which form the backbone of a designers’ education. InSitu’s Crit Room will function as a hybrid space for the interactive multi-disciplined presentation of work – a kind of edutainment as it informs, entertains, and facilitates a discussion on public commons as placemaking.

These events seek to engage the growing interest of civic-minded individuals who care about the sustainable and innovative use of public spaces and new ideas about placemaking. The absence of polish and grooming at Maynard’s urban core makes it possible to get the act of grooming right with a new sensitivity to the social and ecological pressures that factor into creating a public Commons. The goal is to find a way to develop regenerative public spaces; that can flex, morph and be the community’s stage for the imaginations of generations to come.

Art Talk: Women Impressionist Painters

Roosevelt Room & Online

This program is presented in partnership with the Acton Memorial Library with options to attend in person at the Maynard Library or via Zoom.

Registration is required for this event.  Click here to register. 


We’ll explore women Impressionist painters beginning with the only three women who exhibited with the French Impressionists in the late 19th century, Berthe Morisot, Marie Bracquemond, and Mary Cassatt, the only American to exhibit with the French Impressionists. We’ll also study the paintings of Eva Gonzalès, a student of Edouard Manet. American women “Impressionists” will be represented in the paintings by Lilla Cabot Perry, Cecilia Beaux, and Matilda Browne.

About our presenter

Martha Chiarchiaro has brought history to life through the art of the times for more than 30 years. She received her Masters’ degree in the History of Art from Williams College and provides a variety of art history presentations at the Worcester Art Museum, for WISE (the Worcester Institute for Senior Education), garden clubs, libraries, senior centers, and other organizations. As noted on her Seeing History website, Martha’s specialty presentations related to specific periods, artists, and activities provide an in-depth look at the life and times of people through their art.

Reine Lefebvre Holding a Nude Baby (Mother and Child) by Mary Cassatt

CAPACITY: 34 of 35 spaces available.

NOTE: Registering more attendees than spaces available will automatically place your attendees on this event’s wait list.

Artist James Mullen Pilgrimage: Exploring Destination Landscapes

Artist James Mullen
Pilgrimage: Exploring Destination Landscapes

Saturday, May 30th, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM:

Join us on Saturday, May 30th for the FINAL of our regularly scheduled ArtSpace Maynard Online talks. Artist James Mullen will present work from an upcoming exhibition of his landscape paintings at ArtSpace titled, “Pilgrimage: Exploring Destination Landscapes.”

Since ArtSpace is now in the process of reopening, we will also do a quick (2-3 minutes each) series of reflections on what the past few months has been like, what we’ve learned, and what we hope for the future.

When: May 30, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: ArtSpace Maynard Online Talk with James Mullen

Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This online gathering is FREE and open to the public. It will be recorded and posted to the Maynard ArtSpace Facebook page.

We are thrilled to share that ArtSpace Maynard is in the process of carefully re-opening to ArtSpace studio artists! Until further notice, our galleries will remain closed to the public. We look forward to sharing more opportunities to engage in the arts from a distance soon!


Register to attend this virtual meeting

Join painters Diane Novetsky and Marjorie Kaye as they discuss their work, art practice, and ideas with Artscope Magazine publisher Kaveh Mojtabai. During this meeting, they’ll discuss their recent exhibition, “Strange Circuitry” at ArtSpace Maynard which was closed last month. This webinar will provide a virtual meeting space for artists, curators and all those interested in the arts.

Kaye and Novetsky’s work features organic forms pulsating in a universe of bold color, high energy and vibrant sensuality. Kaye crafts dense paintings on small, shaped plywood and Novetsky works on large canvases. Their paintings explore a centrifugal movement of elements that form a central core. The use of color is visceral, saturated and hypnotic; swirling with an energy that is both harmonic and disturbing.