November Calendar: Upcoming Events and Activities for the Design Minded

November 7, 2014

By Lynda Simonton

In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould 

Photo courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum

Recently discovered documents have unlocked insight into the work of Salem cabinetmaker Nathaniel Gould. The unearthing of daybooks and ledgers have made it possible to further understand the 18th century artisans work, and confirm attribution of these historically significant pieces. In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould launches November 15 at the Peabody Essex Museum. The exhibit presents twenty works of Gould’s beautiful furnishings along with other works of art. This exhibit runs through March 29, 2015, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, (978) 745-9500

The eighteenth annual Boston International Fine Art Show is one of New England’s premier shows of contemporary and traditional fine art, featuring paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, fine prints, and mixed media from galleries across the United States, Europe, and Canada . The show will feature more than 3,000 original works of art. The event will launch with a splash at a Gala Preview on Thursday evening November 13 that will benefit The Friends of The Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit. The gala will feature delicious food, music, fine wine, and the opportunity to be among the first to be able to purchase works from the show.

Step away from the mass produced items from the mall and take the opportunity to purchase hand-crafted objects from over 160 artisans at The Westport Young Women’s League annual CraftWestport show on November 8 to 9 at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut. All net proceeds from the event will be donated to charity. Now is the perfect time to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping while enjoying the show’s lively atmosphere. wywl.com

The Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a true gem. Enjoy it on a a warm winter day walking the grounds and viewing the wonderful sculpture collection. Inside there is always something interesting on exhibit. Now through April 26, 2015 enjoy Walden Revisted. The exhibit features works by contemporary artists inspired by Walden Pond, the enduring book published by Henry David Thoreau in 1854. After you view the exhibit take a short drive over to Walden Pond in Concord and enjoy the beauty of this historic spot first hand. Decordova.org

The Wadsworth House in Portland is used as the prism to illustrate how the city of Portland has developed over the past 230 years. The exhibit Home: The Longfellow House and the Emergence of Portland explores the highs, lows, booms, and busts of this great New England city. Enjoy this unique view of the Portland, Maine.