Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Princeton Arts Society Portrait Group “FACES” Exhibit

The Gallery at Briarwood Is “Something Special for the Community”
Princeton Arts Society Portrait Group “FACES” Exhibit 

from L to R: at exhibit opening
Susan Tripp, Linda Johnson, Diane Moore, Tom Moore, Jean Murphy

Worcester, Massachusetts Briarwood Retirement Community hosted a private opening reception for artists of the Princeton Arts Society Portrait Group on Sunday, January 5. The exhibit entitled “FACES” was the first of six to be scheduled in The Gallery at Briarwood in the coming year. The next exhibit will be presented in March by a member of Briarwood’s Board of Directors, Sharon Smith-Viles and the Silk Road Art Guild of Central Massachusetts. A complete schedule for the year will be released at a later date.

The Gallery at Briarwood was the brainchild of the weekly “Art with Merry” class held at Briarwood. “One day the class suggested they have an exhibit. We walked down the hall and kept walking,” laughs Briarwood resident and class instructor Marilyn “Merry” Pratt. “The light bulb went off. We realized it was the perfect space for an art gallery. Residents from the entire campus exhibited their works October through December 2013. It was then we realized we had something very special for the community.”

“FACES” was presented to showcase the caliber of work that is produced from weekly portrait sittings at the Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Ave. in Princeton. The mission of the Princeton Arts Society is to foster interest in the arts and to promote the talents and skills of its members.

The Portrait Group meets year round on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and has a live model who sits for twenty-minute segments during that time. The group has a long history of portrait making. It is led by founding members Merry Pratt and Jean Murphy. 

Artists may apply to exhibit at the Gallery at Briarwood and groups can schedule a tour by contacting Anita Thomas, Public Relations and Community Outreach Director at 508-852-9007 or 

Briarwood is a non-profit senior living community that includes Independent Living cottages & apartments, Assistance in Living services, and Knollwood Nursing Center for skilled nursing & rehabilitation services. 

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