David Kuehn and the Cotuit Center for the Arts

May 30, 2010

David Kuehn, the new executive director of the Cotuit Center for the Arts, has a vision for the center, one in which, “the parking lot is always full,” and there are interesting, entertaining, and educational activities going on throughout the day and evening, in all the center’s facilities: the art workshop, where classes and demonstrations are held; the gallery, with its changing exhibits, gala openings, and informal gatherings; and the theater, where you will find plays, concerts, and special events, like the July 10 Rhythm and Roots Festival.

He tells us about his plans in the video, below, and I will have more of our interview in an article in the Enterprise on Friday.

In the video, Kuehn mentions Sandwich artist Mary Moquin, whose work is on display at the center through June 27.  Her exhibit, “Remembered Encounters,” is well worth a trip to the center. Her paintings are vivid, multi-layered depictions of simple buildings on Sandy Neck, trees and forests, and some figure paintings. The colors are intense and the images powerful.

Mary Moquin in front of one of her paintings, “We Stand Together.”

And, Moquin is an artist in residence at the center for the month of May, which means she will be painting on site Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Visitors may drop by to watch her paint and talk about her work.

She will also be conducting workshops on materials and methods Wednesdays through June. Workshops run from 10 AM to 1 PM and are intended for intermediate to advanced painters. The fee is $50 per workshop, and reservations may be made by calling 508-428-0669.

“Bleacher Bums” is the next theatrical show at the center. It opens June 10 and runs through June 27, with shows at 8 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 4 PM on Sundays. Kuehn promises a very funny show about die-hard fans loyally cheering on the Chicago Cubs. There will be peanuts and popcorn and Cracker Jacks, which should appeal to both baseball and comedy lovers.

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