South Coast Spring Arts festival comes to Dartmouth

May 4, 2021

The statewide ArtWeek festival won’t be happening this year, but that hasn’t stopped South Coast stalwarts like the Dartmouth Cultural Center from bringing artsy activities to the region. 

The Padanaram-based cultural center is collaborating with Marion Arts Center and over two dozen other local organizations to put on South Coast Spring Arts — a 10-day arts festival.

Spring Arts activities will run from May 7-16, and feature virtual, in-person and hybrid events, including the following in Dartmouth:


Acrylic Dirty Pour Workshop

To kick off the festival on Friday, May 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., there will be an Acrylic Dirty Pour Workshop at the cultural center’s Olde Southworth Library at 404 Elm St.

Center President Jill Law will help participants create a four-cup acrylic dirty pour painting on a 12"x12" canvas.

The workshop is two parts, with the second part taking place on Friday, May 14 from 5 to 6 p.m. for participants to clean and preserve their creations.

The cost is $15. All materials will be provided.

Registration is required. Register at


Our Sisters’ School Duo Exhibition

Through May 15, the Dartmouth Cultural Center is hosting an exhibition of work by two students from Our Sisters' School, Arieanah Lopes and Rayn Raposa.

Both artists tied for the People's Choice First Place Award at the “Amplifying Voice: Youth Perspective” virtual exhibit.

The work of these two emerging seventh grade artists will share space in the Olde Southworth’s Reading Room Gallery at 404 Elm St.

Visit for more information. 


Nantucket Basket Weaving Bracelets

On Saturday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, renowned weaver Trisha Brown-Medeiros of D.E.L.S. Nantuckets will offer a Nantucket bracelet-weaving workshop.

Learn the traditional New England time-tested method of weaving in the Nantucket style.

The cost is $50. All materials are provided in the three hour workshop.

Online registration is required. Click here to register.


Talk on Oyster Farming

On Thursday, May 13 at 5 p.m. at the cultural center Seth Garfield of Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms will talk about his experiences starting an oyster farm in 1981.

He will explain the environmental benefits of oyster farming in Buzzards Bay, discuss how seeding, maintaining and harvesting takes place, and demonstrate how to shuck an oyster.

This event is free, but registration is required and a $10.00 donation is suggested.

Fresh Cuttyhunk oysters will be available for purchase. A small insulated bag or cooler is recommended for transporting the shellfish.

To register, visit


To find out more or to register for other Dartmouth Cultural Center events, head to the center’s website at

For more information, call the center at (508) 991-0484 or email

More info on South Coast Spring Arts can also be found at