Spring kicks off this weekend when 170 jured artists from 16 states gather at the Paradise City Arts Festival, as this “jewel of craft shows” returns to Marlborough March 18-20 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center.
Since 1988, MetroWest’s premier craft, painting and sculpture exhibit and sale has been a great way to kick off the first weekend of spring. Whether it’s a destination for a serious collection, an imaginative gift, or simply to freshen up their home and wardrobe with something special, everyone enjoys searching for treasures among artist stands. in Paradise City. Each stall is a small gallery or boutique, featuring unique and limited-edition works from some of the country’s top artists and designers. Paradise City welcomes dozens of wonderful new artists from near and far to this year’s show.
Directors Linda and Geoffrey Post say, “Our passion for art, sculpture and collecting crafts has exposed us to a world of interesting ideas, fascinating and talented people and extraordinary experiences. Our travels have taken us to galleries in big cities and remote places, art museums, alternative spaces, sculpture parks and artists’ studios. We are elated by what we see and inspired to do even more. It is difficult for us to imagine a world dominated by mass-produced goods. The one-of-a-kind world of Paradise City is filled with a community of like-minded individuals. It’s about living an extraordinary life.
Special thematic exhibition: “Gift of nature”
Aristotle wrote: “In all things of nature there is something wonderful”. Gift of Nature, the special exhibit mounted through the tall windows of the Sculpture Café in Paradise City, is an invitation to open your eyes to the wonders of nature’s gifts. Whether it represents the earth or the sea, animal, vegetable or mineral, the work of the artists of Paradise City recalls how impressive nature can be.
The artists and creators of Paradise City show us the generosity of their inspiration, bringing a cornucopia of imagination and, often, humor. Channeling birds and bees, a canopy of trees, curious creatures, distant views and flowery close-ups – they gave us a garden of artistic delights!
Theme shows within a show at Paradise City Arts Festivals have always delighted and educated audiences, while providing artists with the opportunity to be more creative and think outside the box – and in this case, show us that creating beauty is part of the nature of being an artist.
At the Sculpture Cafe
The Sculpture Café is a meeting place, a gallery exhibition space and a cozy place to have a drink or a sweet bite and take a break after your first visit to the exhibition. Friends who come to the fair together often reconnect at one of the Sculpture Café tables for a coffee or glass of wine, a sweet treat, and to share the contents of their shopping bags. For savory, more substantial cuisine, head to Paradise Café at the back of the lobby for sandwiches, salads, hot soups, and tasty daily specials.
Daily from 12pm to 4pm, live music blasts from the cafe throughout the showroom. From Motown and swing to classic jazz and original music, these crafty, lively musicians enhance the Paradise City experience. The Café is also the venue for “Gift of Nature” and a great place to people watch and share selfies and photos from the show on social media.
The annual door locker station benefits the Marlborough Public Schools Music Association through voluntary donations. The Association supports instrumental, vocal and dance groups in local schools and after-school programs. Members are parents of music students, the students themselves, music teachers and community supporters who strongly believe in the importance of music education. Paradise City Arts Festivals have raised over $500,000 over the years for community causes.
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test may be required for entry. Check the Paradise City website for updates on safety guidelines.