The latest news from the Parish Center for the Arts....

Hello Friends, 

Hope you are all enjoying the May flowers!

Please join us In The Gallery this Saturday, May 5th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. for an Art Reception featuring three talented local artists: John Forcucci, Gerry McGaunn, and Beth Smith, who bring us their exhibit of Watercolors: Transparency, Unpredictability, 
Spontaneity. To John, art is a joy as well as a meditation. Gerry is drawn to subjects that feature a juxtaposition of things made by man and things made by God- such as an abandoned piece of machinery seemingly being overtaken by ivy. Beth's paintings are inspired by light, shadows, and shapes which transform ordinary scenes and objects into special images. Learn more about their work at Saturday's reception, or during Gallery Hours on Sundays in May from noon until 2:00 p.m. - both free and open to the public! 

Our final concert of the season takes place on Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 p.m. and features Sonatas for Cello and Piano. Cellist and Classical Series Artistic Director, Shay Rudolph and Pianist and Piano Heritage Series Artistic Director, Bonnie Anderson blend their talents perfectly as they perform works of Beethoven and Chopin. 

Nashoba Players presents the Tony Award-winning and ground-breaking musical, In The Heights on May 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30). All shows are sold out.

We round out the month with Open Mic Nights on May 13th and 27th at 6:30 p.m.

Keep reading below for details on these and other upcoming events! And, remember to visit for the latest in PCA news. 

Best Regards,

Sandy Wright
PCA Manager


At a Glance...
May 2018:-----------------------------------------------------------
Fri May 4 - Nashoba Players, "In The Heights"
Sat May 5 - Nashoba Players, "In The Heights"
Sat May 5 - Art Reception, featuring Beth Smith, Gerry McGaunn, and John Forcucci
Sun May 6 - Gallery Hours,  featuring Beth Smith, Gerry McGaunn, and John Forcucci 
Fri May 11 - Nashoba Players, "In The Heights"
Sat May 12 - Nashoba Players, "In The Heights"
Sun May 13 - Gallery Hours, featuring Beth Smith, Gerry McGaunn, and John Forcucci
Sun May 13 - Open Mic Night
Sun May 20 - Gallery Hours, featuring Beth Smith, Gerry McGaunn, and John Forcucci
Sun May 20 - Classical Concert, featuring Beethoven and Chopin
Sun May 27 - Gallery Hours, featuring Beth Smith, Gerry McGaunn, and John Forcucci
Sun May 27 - Open Mic Night
Ongoing Events:
Creative Motivation
Nashoba Players
Westford Chorus
Music Together


In The Gallery
Art Reception  Saturday, May 5th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Free and Open to the Public
"Watercolor: Transparency, Unpredictability, Spontaneity"
    featuring John Forcucci, Gerry McGaunn, and Beth Smith

To John Forcucci, art is a joy as well as a meditation. The beauty of watercolor—the motion and energy of the medium—continues to fuel his artistic journey. John loves to paint the portraits of the fascinating characters that he meets along the way, whether human or otherwise. Old, weathered objects with patinas that are both revealing and mysterious are another passion. Everything has a story to tell.

Gerry McGaunn began working in watercolor almost 20 years ago when a friend from church offered to teach a class, and he has been enjoying it ever since. He is drawn to subjects that feature a juxtaposition of things made by man and things made by God- such as an abandoned piece of machinery, seemingly being overtaken by ivy; flowering weeds in front of an old mill building or a pile of shiny eggplants, reflecting colors rarely seen in Nature. Gerry enjoys exploring new subjects to paint and ways to improve his skills, especially working with color, using various methods of mingling and layering paints to achieve the effect he seeks for each work. 

Beth Smith‘s paintings are inspired by light, shadows, and shapes which transform ordinary scenes and objects into special images. She is drawn to nature and the feelings that it brings out and enjoys the play of nature against architectural elements; the shape of boats against the fluidity of water, the lines of houses, barns, and buildings against the soft edger of the sky and trees. For Beth, it’s not about what she sees but how her subject makes her feel. She finds watercolor exciting because of the different techniques that can be used to create loose to realistic paintings. Beth’s art is a process that is always changing and growing. 

Sonatas for Cello and Piano
Sunday, May 20th, 4:00 p.m. – Bonnie Anderson, Piano, and Shay Rudolph, cello 

Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 in A Major
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65


Westford native and Piano Heritage Series Artistic Director Bonnie Anderson will collaborate with Chelmsford resident Shay Rudolph for a concert celebrating the magnificent sonorities of piano and cello. Ludwig van Beethoven’s A Major Cello Sonata was written at the same time as his famous Fifth Symphony. Although this piece is full of spontaneity, light, and beauty, early editions included Beethoven’s inscription, “Between Tears and Sorrow,” which imparts a bittersweet quality. This glorious sonata is the first to treat the cello as much more than just accompaniment. Frederic Chopin’s Cello Sonata was one of only 9 works written for instruments other than the piano. A novice at writing for the cello, Chopin abandoned many versions of this sonata before settling on this one. This music was more mature than his previous compositions and was ahead of its time. The work was said by many to be “un-Chopin-like” and polarized his fans accordingly.

Tickets: $15 Non-members; $12 PCA Members/Seniors/College Students; $5 Under 18.

Because of the quiet music, the classical series is not recommended for children under age 5.

Nashoba Players present In The Heights
Fridays, May 4th and 11th, Saturdays, May 5th and 12th, 8:00 p.m. (doors open 7:30) SOLD OUT!

Over the course of the 2008 Tony award-winning musical, we encounter the colorful residents of Washington Heights -- a New York City neighborhood on the brink of change. Usnavi, a first-generation Dominican-American corner bodega owner, and his friends and family are dealing with the pressures of rising rents and closing neighborhood businesses. As one family struggles to figure out how to pay for an Ivy League tuition for their brilliant and hard-working daughter, a young woman is trying to put a down payment on a new apartment, and Usnavi himself is trying to get back to the Dominican Republic to reconnect with his roots after the death of his parents.

In Washington Heights, community is everything, and we see how each of these individuals struggles to survive and comes together as a community to mourn their losses and rejoice in their triumphs. This revolutionary musical combines Latin rhythms and dance with hip-hop lyrics to tell a captivating story about what it means to chase your dreams as you cling to your roots and celebrate the community from which you grew.

Open Mic Night
Sundays, May 13th and May 27nd, 6:30 p.m.

The 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month throughout the season, come to the PCA and share a song, tune or poem with a roomful of supportive listeners.  If you have never played in front of an audience before, this is a great place to start. If you are an old hand at performing this is a great place to meet other performers and share your talents with new performers.  We also have a professional or semi-professional featured act each week that plays for about a half hour at 8 p.m. Stop by to try the 
Open Mic! $5 cover charge.

Bell Tower Restoration Fund

Thank you to all who have contributed to the Bell Tower Restoration Fund. To date, we have raised $11,660 toward our goal.

Since the inception of the PCA over 15 years ago, the Board of Directors and staff have been dedicated to our dual mission of continuously offering a diverse array of artistic programs for the entire community, while maintaining a beautiful, historic building on the town common. In keeping with those goals, we strive each year to update and improve our building. This includes standard restoration and maintenance as well as more memorable projects, such as the restoration of our chandelier to its former glory in the main hall. 

We are excited to announce that in 2018 our focus will be on an important architectural element of the PCA –
the bell tower which houses the original bell from the 1800’s. This project will require significant structural restoration with initial cost estimates at approximately $50,000. To help fund this important endeavor we are instituting a PCA Bell Tower Restoration Fund!

Please consider a contribution to keep our bell ringing for years to come!  

Your donation is tax-deductible and can be made either by a check payable to the PCA and mailed to P.O. Box 411, Westford, MA 01886, or with a credit card by clicking here. (When sending a check, please designate “bell tower fund” in the memo line.) 

We are grateful for your continued support and generosity!



A Look Ahead at the 2017-18 Season

Click here to see a complete list of upcoming events through June 2018.  

PCA General Information
The Parish Center for the Arts is located at 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, MA at the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street.

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