MARION – After finding out how to schedule an arts festival to act as a substitute for ArtWeek, Marion Arts Center CEO Jodi Stevens hopes the weather will stay nice.
“I hope we don’t have to use our rain dates,” she laughs.
The art center is hosting eight events for South Coast Spring Arts, a local festival with events across the region to replace the state’s ArtWeek festival.
The Spring Arts events at the MAC will take place May 7-16, with a mix of in-person, remote and hybrid events.
“I’m just happy that we can offer programs,” Stevens said.
Since Stevens became the general manager of the art center, she has not attended any events at the Island Wharf booth. But, during Spring Arts, she will be able to attend a reading of the play by John Heavey, professor at Tabor Academy, “LZ Bravo: A Vietnam Tour of Duty” and a performance by the local jazz group the MonteiroBots.
“We’re really excited about our two bandstand events,” Stevens said.
But, the director noted that she was excited about all the events presented in the festival.
Specifically, she mentioned an art class with wine tasting organized by Barbara Healy, a felted art workshop by Anna Kristina Goransson and “Postcards From Buzzards Bay”, a virtual concert by the Tri-County symphony group, with photos and artwork from Buzzards Bay Area.
“Sounds really awesome,” Stevens said of the concert, after seeing a preview. “So we’re very excited about it.”
Still, Stevens said it was difficult to organize the festival, noting that “the weather is always a challenge” when planning outdoor events.
Because all festival events will be either open-air or virtual, Stevens said some programs planned for ArtWeek last year could not be transferred to Spring Arts.
A line dance class with beer tasting and a desert sculpture class will be missed.
But, Stevens said, these programs could come back in the future.
“I’m really, really excited to try and do this at a later date,” she said of the line dancing and beer tasting event.
However, the reading “LZ Bravo” – the only event with a ticket not yet sold out – and the Felt Art Workshop were events that were planned for last year’s Art Week and may have been postponed. at Spring Arts.
Stevens said that despite fewer events than ArtWeek, the goal was never quantity.
“I think our goal was to make sure we could pull them out,” she said.
For doing this, Stevens shares the credit with Jennifer Wolfe Webb, Jack Boesen, Philip Sanborn, Maura Stewart, and Ellen Bruzelius, who all helped organize Spring Arts.
“It was great to have a team to work with,” said Stevens.