Great Woods Center for the Arts

Great Woods Center for the Arts

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Jointed bunny dolls, leprechaun gnomes, and brooches for the spring holidays, handmade from upcycled wools and felts. Available at An Unlikely Story Bookstore in Plainville, or PM me!😊
It might be 19° outside right now, but spring is coming to the Great Woods Center for the Arts!:-)
Made it through the first big snow of the season!:-)
The annual winter infestation of ladybugs has begun at Greatwoods Center for the Arts. I feel terrible for these poor animals that for some reason come out of my walls and haunt my windows at the coldest times of the year…😔
Snow flies just in time…Merry Christmas everyone!:-). From all of us at the Great Woods Center for the Arts❤️🌲
One of a kind fleece-lined mittens made from recycled wool sweaters. A perfect holiday gift! Sizes range from men’s, women’s, and kids’ ages 7-12. PM me for more!:-)
We are ready for the winter holidays here at the Great Woods Center for the Arts!🌲🙂
Hi friends of Crystal Spring Center for the Arts!:-) We have changed our name to reflect our new home in Norton to the Great Woods Center for the Arts. Same great artists, just a new location!:-) Stay tuned as we turn these two magnificent old ladies into a vibrant community center for the arts. And thank you for following us!:-)
Our new Norton digs for the art center has some glorious grand old trees, Including this stunning Japanese maple that looks absolutely gorgeous against the golden backdrop of a maple❤️
Dear friends of Crystal Spring Center for the Arts,

My apologies that this post has been so long in coming. In April of the past year we learned that the state attorney general would not approve of our attempt to purchase Crystal Spring in Plainville, which we had hoped would become the home of a New England community center for the arts. We love Crystal Spring dearly, and wish all the best for her and her new owners.

On the plus side we have purchased these two lovely old ladies in downtown Norton. The older of the two was built in 1710, and was the rectory house for the church that allowed Norton to finally be incorporated as a town. The younger of the two ladies was built in 1830 and was the home of a Taunton sea captain named Dauphine King. It has been our great joy and our great challenge to work to bring these two ladies back to their original glory. And also to make them suitable as the new site on which to realize our arts center dreams.

The 1710 rectory house will be the new home of Matt’s painting studio and of the online fine arts academy that he is running along with his business partner Reena Bates (to learn more, visit www.epiphanyfinearts.com).  The 1830s house will be our home and also my fabric arts studio. The grounds are being developed for use by our community arts center as it evolves. We certainly hope to see you there as we plan for a kick off event sometime in the summer or spring of 2022! :-). In the meantime, we thank all of you for your patience and good wishes, and hope that you will stay tuned for updates on our progress🙂

Located on 2.3 acres in Norton MA, we are the home for the instruction and creation of a broad range of arts, including but not limited to visual arts, fabric arts, horticulture, and much more.

Photos from Great Woods Center for the Arts's post 03/06/2022

Jointed bunny dolls, leprechaun gnomes, and brooches for the spring holidays, handmade from upcycled wools and felts. Available at An Unlikely Story Bookstore in Plainville, or PM me!😊

03/04/2022

It might be 19° outside right now, but spring is coming to the Great Woods Center for the Arts!:-)

Photos from Great Woods Center for the Arts's post 01/31/2022

Made it through the first big snow of the season!:-)

Photos from Great Woods Center for the Arts's post 01/14/2022

The annual winter infestation of ladybugs has begun at Greatwoods Center for the Arts. I feel terrible for these poor animals that for some reason come out of my walls and haunt my windows at the coldest times of the year…😔

12/24/2021

Snow flies just in time…Merry Christmas everyone!:-). From all of us at the Great Woods Center for the Arts❤️🌲

12/08/2021

One of a kind fleece-lined mittens made from recycled wool sweaters. A perfect holiday gift! Sizes range from men’s, women’s, and kids’ ages 7-12. PM me for more!:-)

12/03/2021

We are ready for the winter holidays here at the Great Woods Center for the Arts!🌲🙂

11/28/2021

Hi friends of Crystal Spring Center for the Arts!:-) We have changed our name to reflect our new home in Norton to the Great Woods Center for the Arts. Same great artists, just a new location!:-) Stay tuned as we turn these two magnificent old ladies into a vibrant community center for the arts. And thank you for following us!:-)

11/18/2021

Our new Norton digs for the art center has some glorious grand old trees, Including this stunning Japanese maple that looks absolutely gorgeous against the golden backdrop of a maple❤️

11/18/2021

Dear friends of Crystal Spring Center for the Arts,

My apologies that this post has been so long in coming. In April of the past year we learned that the state attorney general would not approve of our attempt to purchase Crystal Spring in Plainville, which we had hoped would become the home of a New England community center for the arts. We love Crystal Spring dearly, and wish all the best for her and her new owners.

On the plus side we have purchased these two lovely old ladies in downtown Norton. The older of the two was built in 1710, and was the rectory house for the church that allowed Norton to finally be incorporated as a town. The younger of the two ladies was built in 1830 and was the home of a Taunton sea captain named Dauphine King. It has been our great joy and our great challenge to work to bring these two ladies back to their original glory. And also to make them suitable as the new site on which to realize our arts center dreams.

The 1710 rectory house will be the new home of Matt’s painting studio and of the online fine arts academy that he is running along with his business partner Reena Bates (to learn more, visit www.epiphanyfinearts.com).  The 1830s house will be our home and also my fabric arts studio. The grounds are being developed for use by our community arts center as it evolves. We certainly hope to see you there as we plan for a kick off event sometime in the summer or spring of 2022! :-). In the meantime, we thank all of you for your patience and good wishes, and hope that you will stay tuned for updates on our progress🙂

07/28/2021

Finally managed to capture the surviving (so far!🤞) turkey poult on film. So cute!:-). This pair of hens travels together all the time.

Photos from Great Woods Center for the Arts's post 06/05/2021

A perfect day for plain air painting at Crystal Spring…

05/29/2021

Looks like the Crystal Spring asparagus patch is coming up turkeys!;-)

05/19/2021

The turkeys have been taking over the place this spring!❤️

05/09/2021

A few of the Robin’s eggs have hatched. Looks like there is still at least one more peeping out from between its sleeping siblings🙂

05/03/2021

The robin eggs have multiplied!❤️

05/02/2021

This crazy Spring weather🤪. Dandelions and violets in bloom on the lawn...

04/22/2021

Two turkey hens of late have been visiting the bird feeder. Tonight they were accompanied by a rather ardent tom. He wooed them quite passionately throughout a pretty substantive thunderstorm. Alas, they remained singularly unimpressed 🤷‍♂️

04/20/2021

More spring at Crystal Spring...a robin’s first egg in a yew...

04/04/2021

Happy spring holidays from Crystal Spring!:-)

03/25/2021

A gift of some beautiful snow drops from my favorite garden expert Prof. Ed Tong. Thank you Ed! We hope that you will be able to share your expertise in the near future with patrons of Crystal Spring Center for the Arts!:-)

Photos from Great Woods Center for the Arts's post 03/21/2021

Spring comes to Crystal Spring....crocuses at last! And a big bullfrog in the pool by the spring (if you look in the dead center of this photo, you can find him!;-))

03/09/2021

With the break in the weather, Smokey and I finally had a chance to check out the status of the conservation Woodland that abuts Crystal Spring Center for the Arts. Still a bit of snow back there under the trees but we could see princess pine and other greenery beginning to poke itself up out of the frozen ground. Sprouts of daffodils and crocuses near the buildings. According to Smokey, there was a lot of good sniffing to be done😊

02/25/2021

Slowly but surely, spring is on its way. Daffodils sprouting at the base of the Center’s sign😊

02/17/2021

Once again, like a burrowing animal digging out, the CSCA Buddha re-emerges from the snow....

02/14/2021

Happy Valentine’s Day from Crystal Spring Center for the Arts!❤️. The culinary arts will be among those we hope to celebrate, when we can all be together again. In the meantime, here is some culinary eye candy in the form or cranberry orange scones with an orange glaze, ready for our sweet neighbors!:-)

02/14/2021

Several snowstorms over the past few weeks left enough snow and ice on the flat roof of the old classroom building, causing some ice damming and resulting water in the walls. A trip to the roof to shovel fixed that. But what a view!:-)❤️

01/31/2021

Thinking of the coming spring on this cold day before a forecasted nor’easter....and remembering the great peach harvest we had this past summer...mmm, I can almost smell their sweet earthy goodness!:-)

01/28/2021

The massive old maple that the Sisters call “the Queen of the Campus,” and, of course, St. Dominic, in the snow. At dusk there is something unique about this location that bathes it for just a few minutes in a soft pink light...already waning as I took this photo.

01/27/2021

There is a spring at Crystal Spring, although it runs only intermittently these days. It has been running all winter though—even during the dry weeks we had before today’s snow. It is nature’s secret where all that water comes from when there is none to see at the surface...

01/22/2021

Well look who just stopped by Crystal Spring Center for the Arts?!😊

Photos from Great Woods Center for the Arts's post 01/18/2021

Community has always been a part of Crystal Spring, and we hope that will continue in the future. Here the wonderful Rowan family of Taunton (Chris, Bill, and Will) are helping Sister Barbara Harrington and me this past fall tuck the asparagus in for the winter..thank you, Rowans, for your generosity!:-)

Photos from Great Woods Center for the Arts's post 01/14/2021

Students of Matt Miller (Epiphany Fine Arts at Crystal Spring Center for the Arts) doing some plein aire work in the late summer.

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