New exhibition at the Marion Art Center

MARION – The Marion Art Center has announced the presentation of its new exhibit “Exploring Native American Culture: Art, Crafts, and Inspiration,” featuring works by Max Brown-Garcia, Makerjake, and Vincent Mancini. The exhibit features three unique experiences of Native American culture. Brown-Garcia’s craftsmanship, including an eagle feather bustle, baton and regalia, offers a first-hand glimpse of his Indigenous male perspective. Makerjake (pseudonym of artist/educator Jacob Ginga), from a large Native American family filled with native craftsmen, finds himself “filling the cultural space between his native ancestry and his traditional middle-class upbringing.” His paintings, prints and drawings, which he considers studies in visual culture, are also vehicles for exploring the “emotionally complicated space” in which he exists. Finally, Mancini, who is not native, creates works inspired by Native American culture and spirituality, through a process called feather lineation. The process involves delineating an image by arranging segments of cut feathers in a geometric pattern. Mancini is “particularly interested in challenging perceptions, stereotypes and expectations of Native American culture”. Mancini, along with New Bedford resident, artist and curator Jess Bregoli, have been instrumental in bringing these artists and their works to the MAC.

The exhibition runs from February 18 to March 25, with a reception scheduled for Friday, February 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marion Art Center. Patrons should check the MAC website for updates on in-person events, which are subject to change during local spikes in COVID cases. All visitors must wear a mask inside the Marion Art Center. Current gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or other times during office hours (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) by calling advance. Visit marionartcenter.org/-on-exhibit to learn more.

New piece at the Marion Art Center

The MAC Theater has announced its first play of the season, “The Puzzle with the Piazza”, written by Mark Dunn and directed by Pippa Asker. The cast includes Oliver Asker, Cynthia Latham, Stephanie Lawrence, Susan Salveson and Susan Sullivan, with Donn Tyler serving as stage manager, sound and lighting by Steven McManus and radio characterization by Tristan McCann.

Show dates are March 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20, with shows Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for MAC members and $20 for non-members. Tickets will go on sale for MAC members on Friday, February 18 and for non-members on Friday, February 25 at marionartcenter.org/events. All guests must provide proof of full vaccination to be permitted entry into the MAC Theater. Negative tests will no longer be accepted in lieu of vaccination. Each guest must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times inside the Marion Art Center.

Synopsis: “The Puzzle with the Piazza”, a new comedy-drama from Mark Dunn, author of “Belles”, “Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain” and “The Glitter Girls”, tells the story of septuagenarian Althea Witlin, who has a puzzle among her large collection that she has never worked on. It contains 3,000 pieces and she has less than a day to finish it, as poor health has forced her to move in with her little sister… without her puzzles. “The Puzzle with the Piazza” is a sweet, bittersweet comedy/drama about the fragility of family ties and the often much stronger bonds of friendship that trellis the last years of our lives.