Welcome to the Albion Cultural Exchange

"Promoting Art, Culture & Commerce in Downtown Wakefield."

Past Events

Thursday September 7-
Connections - A Public Art Project by One Degree

Thursday August 24th -
Late Summer Flower Workshop with The Sweet Bay Shop

The Albion Cultural Exchange in collaboration with the Sweet Bay Shop are offering a Late Summer Flower Workshop from 6:30pm to 8pm on Thursday August 24th 2017.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Sweet Bay Shop at 391 Main Street in Wakefield.
Tickets are $40 each on a first come first served basis.  The class size is limited.
The class will be held inside the Albion Cultural Exchange in the first floor main gallery.

The Sweet Bay Shop is open:
Monday Thru Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sundays 12 Noon to 5pm

Sorry, tickets are not available online.
The Wakefield High School Visual Arts Department is partnering with the Albion Cultural Exchange to host First Thursday Downtown on June 1 from 6:00-8:00 pm. 

This event will be the last art exhibit for the 2016-2017 school year. It is very exciting to host this event that will feature artwork from juniors, sophomores and freshman art students at WHS.  The seniors have left the building and now it is time for the underclassmen to showcase their talents. The projects for this upcoming show have been created in the past 6 weeks since Arts Night which was in April.

“Art students are constantly creating and it is very exciting to be able to show off their most recent work,” said Joy Schilling WHSVisual Arts Coordinator.  Included in this exhibit will be cardboard sculptures, linoleum prints, paper maché figures and masks, portraits, graphic design work and ceramics. First Thursday is a great opportunity for the public to see the great things that are happening in the Wakefield Arts Community. 

Hope to see you on Thursday night.

Thursday May 25 - 6:30 to 8pm


(Wakefield) - Come join local artists for an evening of art and artisan demonstrations on Thursday, 5/25, at the Albion Cultural Exchange building.  Starting at 6:30pm, artists from the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield (ACW) will be demonstrating different techniques including painting, boot making, weaving, and silver clay.   A variety of artistic items from the artists will also be for sale.  Light refreshments will be available.  The event is free and open to the public.  The Albion Cultural Exchange building is located at 9 Albion Street in downtown Wakefield.   The Arts Collaborative of Wakefield is a local non-profit organization that supports artists and artisans in the area.   The ACW meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm at the Albion Cultural Exchange building.  For more information on the ACW, please see our website.

May 19th & 20th
The ART of Ryan Shaw - A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

May 18th - AP Art Show - Reception


Over the course of the year, the eleven AP students have collectively created 264 works of art. They are excited to exhibit their work for fellow artists at the Albion Cultural Exchange as well as the public during the second annual AP Art Gallery Show.

Most pieces are for sale. Come support our student artists and celebrate their accomplishments. We hope you can join us!

What is AP Art?
Advanced Placement, or A.P., Studio Art is a series of courses that are divided into three paths: Drawing, 2-D and 3-D. Each student chooses one path to follow for the school year. Unlike traditional AP exams, the AP Studio Art Exam is a portfolio that encompasses three different portfolios: Quality, Breadth and Concentration.

The Breadth portfolio consists of 12 different pieces of art. These demonstrate the student's ability to incorporate a multitude of different techniques and subject matters. The Breadth portfolio is meant to show versatility and overall risk-taking and a student voice throughout 12 different, unassociated pieces.

The Concentration portfolio is comprised of 12 different works of art that demonstrate the student's ability to develop original ideas through a variety of pieces that relate to one central idea. The College Board is looking for growth not only in technique but also in the development of the concept that the student has chosen to focus on.

The Quality portfolio consists of five of the best pieces of work that showcase technical and conceptual skill. These can come from either the Breadth or Concentration portfolios or can be completely new pieces. These works are physically sent to the College Board to be judged by experienced artists and art teachers.

Students will be graded by the College Board on each portfolio individually and by different artists who do not see the other portfolios. These three scores are then averaged together to get one final score which is what the students will receive and higher scores will earn college credit for the students.

May 17th - WCC Grant Recipient Reception

Write After Dinner with Lisa Bastoni - Friday April 21, 2017

Write After Dinner Series: 
Writing Music for The Wishing Hour with Singer/Songwriter Lisa Bastoni
Friday, April 21st at 7:00pm in The Albion Cultural Exchange

Wakefield—Join us Friday, April 21st at 7:00pm in The Albion Cultural Exchange located at 9 Albion Street, Wakefield, MA to learn about writing original music and the process of assembling an album. Singer/songwriter Lisa Bastoni will play a few songs from her newly released album

The Wishing Hour and will take us all along on the journey a song travels from its origin, in a singer’s soul, on through to its anticipated destination—our ears.  The Wishing Hour, which was produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter/ producer Felix McTeigue, features performances by Josh Kantor, The Mastersons, Kelly Hogan, Naomi Sommers, Ellie Buckland and more. The UK Maverick declares, "Ten cracking tracks...the songs are Americana of the highest order, think along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin, with high quality musos to match."  

You do not want to miss this up-close and personal look at the musician behind the music. Coffee and tea will be available along with something for your sweet tooth. This is a free event sponsored by The Room to Write and The Albion Cultural Exchange, however, donations of any amount will be collected along with 10% of The Wishing Hour CD purchases to benefit Wakefield Music Boosters who support the performing arts in Wakefield and the future singer/songwriters among us.

For more information contact Colleen Getty at colleen@theroomtowrite.com or visit www.theroomtowrite.com.
Write After Dinner Series: 
Writing Music for The Wishing Hour with Singer/Songwriter Lisa Bastoni
Friday, April 21st at 7:00pm in The Albion Cultural Exchange

Wakefield—Join us Friday, April 21st at 7:00pm in The Albion Cultural Exchange located at 9 Albion Street, Wakefield, MA to learn about writing original music and the process of assembling an album. Singer/songwriter Lisa Bastoni will play a few songs from her newly released album

The Wishing Hour and will take us all along on the journey a song travels from its origin, in a singer’s soul, on through to its anticipated destination—our ears.  The Wishing Hour, which was produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter/ producer Felix McTeigue, features performances by Josh Kantor, The Mastersons, Kelly Hogan, Naomi Sommers, Ellie Buckland and more. The UK Maverick declares, "Ten cracking tracks...the songs are Americana of the highest order, think along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin, with high quality musos to match."  

You do not want to miss this up-close and personal look at the musician behind the music. Coffee and tea will be available along with something for your sweet tooth. This is a free event sponsored by The Room to Write and The Albion Cultural Exchange, however, donations of any amount will be collected along with 10% of The Wishing Hour CD purchases to benefit Wakefield Music Boosters who support the performing arts in Wakefield and the future singer/songwriters among us.

For more information contact Colleen Getty at colleen@theroomtowrite.com or visit www.theroomtowrite.com.

Play 15 - A Music Learning Experience

Thursday April 20th from 6pm to 8:30pm
Tickets available here:
https://squareup.com/store/albion-cultural-exchange/

Play 15, "A Music Learning Experience," is coming to the Albion Cultural Exchange the evening of April 20, 2017 from 6pm to 8:30pm. 

Play 15 will offer participants the opportunity to have an introductory 15 minute music lesson with up to 3 instruments\instructors for $5 each.  Instructors for voice, piano and guitar will be available. 

"Meeting different instructors ensures students start off on the right foot by finding the teacher that meshes best with their personality and learning style." said Lauren Bateman of LB Music School (LBmusicschool.com), a local music school participating in the event.  

Play 15 is open to everyone from children(6 and up for piano, 8 and up for voice or guitar) thru adults.


At the end of the lessons, students will receive the contact info of the school and instructor so that they can contact them in the future if they wish to arrange for more lessons.  This is a no pressure environment for students to try out different instruments and potential instructors.

To participate in Play 15, buy your tickets at the following link:

https://squareup.com/store/albion-cultural-exchange/

Tickets are extremely limited, buy now to ensure your spot at Play 15.

Comedy Show - Paul D'Angelo - Postponed

Art Blooms on Albion! First Thursday April 6th 2017

Create Artisan Studio is thrilled to announce that The Albion Cultural Exchange, 1st Thursday events will host our first annual Art Blooms on Albion, an art show celebrating flowers, the garden, and all things that bloom on Thursday, April 6th from 5-8pm and Saturday, April 8th 10-1pm.  

The show intends to exhibit the spirit and beauty of the plant kingdom and all that spring encompasses and will feature over 20 local artists and artisans including, Nicole Perez, painting; Leslie Scott-Lysan, painting; Rosalie Sadowski, painting; Jessica Andersen, painting; Connie Festo Lafond, painting & collage; Joy Schilling, block print; AnnMarie Gallivan, mixed media; Michelle Sarafian, painting; Tasha Schlake Festel, painting; Elizabeth Wiltshire, collage; Carol Trout, painting; Stephanie Mirabello, photography; Tisha Mark, painting; Kira Armstrong, photography; Christine Woods, photography; Beverly Hinkley, textile art; Louise Musto-Choate, jewelry; Kathy Frey, felting art;  Regina Martine, photography; Eskedal Expressions Photography; Paul Melanson, jewelry; Therese Kay, photography and Merle Gordon, photography.

The show will also feature flower arrangements from The Sweetbay Shop and home decor accessories from Fringe on Main Street; spring time fashion looks from Rada Boutique & Consignment, J'Adore and Florence's Fashions; small bites from Zuzu's Cafe and Early Harvest Diner; info on the spring market with Laurie Hunt, Realtor, North Star Realtors; and visit the Tulip Festival with Holiday Travel.

First Thursdays Downtown returns with a Food Fight

https://www.facebook.com/events/226461754478709/

The Albion Cultural Exchange is happy to announce we will be hosting a movie screening of "Food Fight, Inside the Battle for Market Basket" as the Kick Off Event of the 2017 First Thursday Season and "Local Eats" Week in Wakefield.

Thursday March 2, 2017 - 7pm

Limited Tickets Now Available!
https://squareup.com/store/albion-cultural-exchange

About the Film:
In the summer of 2014, a firestorm within a New England supermarket chain sparked a corporate drama that Esquire Magazine called “the last stand for the middle class”. Food Fight is the inside story of the battle to save Market Basket, and about the power of ordinary, passionate people to rewrite corporate history.

Holiday Acapella with She Major

Friday December 23rd Doors at 6pm, performance at 6:30pm


"Holiday A Cappella" featuring Wakefield's own She Major singing pop and holiday tunes is coming to the Albion Cultural Exchange, Friday, December 23rd for a 6:30pm showtime.  

"We are fortunate and excited to feature this great local group," said Chris J. Carino, Chairman of the Albion Cultural Exchange committee.

She Major is a 16 piece all female a cappella group based out of Wakefield High School. Founded in 2014, She Major has matured in to one of the areas leading a cappella groups.  Student directors and choreographers help keep the group fresh with contemporary and pop music selections. She Major has collaborated with other groups including The Exchange, Ithacapella, WitchPitch, Voices of Steel and the Northern Lights.

"These students are very talented, and we are excited to partner with the Albion Cultural Exchange to bring our group to Downtown Wakefield," said Ana Morel, Choral Director of Wakefield High School.

The group will perform a selection of pop and holiday songs in their first ever concert inside the Albion Cultural Exchange. The performance promises to be intimate and powerful.

Doors of the Albion Cultural Exchange will open at 6pm with the performance scheduled for 6:30pm.  Light refreshments will be available.

This concert is free and open to the public.  In addition to the concert, attendees will be able to view the ever-changing art collection in the first floor main gallery of the ACE center.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to come to Downtown Wakefield to see the performance and enjoy dinner or last minute shopping opportunities.  Many stores will be open extended hours on Friday night for holiday shoppers. 

The Albion Cultural Exchange is located in the heart of downtown Wakefield at 9 Albion Street.  The main floor gallery is open for various art and cultural events.  For more information including event dates and times, please visit www.AlbionCulturalExchange.org

Albion Art Sale December 3+4 (Open During Holiday Stroll)

Albion Arts Corridor - Kick Off Meeting
Galvin Middle School Cafeteria
November 17, 2016 7pm


MAPC, Wakefield partner in creating Cultural Economic Development Strategy for Downtown


Wakefield – If you live, work, shop or own a business in Downtown Wakefield, the Wakefield Board of Selectman want to know your vision for arts and culture downtown and especially along the Albion Street corridor.

Join the Town of Wakefield, the Albion Cultural Exchange Committee and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for a special meeting to kick off the Albion Arts Corridor project, an arts and culture-focused economic development plan for Downtown Wakefield. 

The meeting will take place on Thursday November 17, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Galvin Middle School cafeteria; light refreshments will be served.

After reviewing a recently commissioned “general” market study of the downtown, Stephen P. Maio, the Town Administrator, observed:  “Arts, Culture and Commerce are crucial to the long term viability of Wakefield and The Board of Selectmen hope that you take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the process of positioning the Town of Wakefield for success.”

The goal of the project is to build on the thriving cultural activity along Albion Street, to develop a vision for the future of the cultural community in Downtown Wakefield, and to create a community-supported action plan with strategies to achieve that vision.

The kick-off meeting will offer opportunities to learn more about the project and participate in interactive activities.  There will be a brief presentation about the project right at 7 p.m. followed by breakout sessions to gather feedback. MAPC staff, local artists and members of the Albion Cultural Exchange Committee will lead activities.  There will also be the opportunity to participate in the creation of a piece of lasting public art.

All members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend.

Future opportunities to connect with the project include an online survey (coming soon!) and an interactive public participation activity coming to the Wakefield Holiday Stroll in December.

For questions or comments about the project, contact
MAPC Chief Economic Development Planner
Amanda Chisholm at 617-933-0736 or achisholm@mapc.org.

First Thursday November 3, 2016 - Wreath Making

First Thursday Holiday Wreath Making Event November 3rd

The November edition of First Thursday Downtown will feature a Holiday Wreath Making Event in the style of MacKenzie Childs at The Albion Cultural Exchange from 6 to 9pm on Thursday November 3rd 2016.  The evening will begin with an Open Gallery social hour for the public to browse our current gallery artists followed by the wreath making portion of the event from 7 to 9pm which requires advance purchase of tickets..

The MacKenzie-Child style emphasizes chic designs for holiday and home goods with a signature style of black checkered accents.  The wreath making portion of the event will include instruction and supplies to make your own Holiday Wreath in this style in one night while socializing with your friends.  Participants will learn how to make a bow like the professionals and use various supplied accessories to make their own custom wreath in the spirit of Mackenzie Child design style.

Tickets for this event are limited and can be purchased online for $30 at  www.albionculturalexchange.org

"As usual many downtown shops will also be open late and we encourage attendees to come have dinner downtown and shop local before attending the event" said Chris J. Carino, Chairman of the Albion Cultural Exchange committee.

First Thursday Downtown is a monthly program which features different events each month in the main gallery of the Albion Cultural Exchange at 9 Albion Street in Downtown Wakefield.  The events include both viewing opportunities as well as interactive opportunities engaging local residents and visitors with conversation, culture and camaraderie. 

Additionally, Thursdays in downtown Wakefield feature many local businesses with extended evening hours and specials.

Write After Dinner 

Writing "Seriously From Scratch" with Chef Joe Gatto
Discussion & Cooking Demonstration
Friday, October 21st at 7:30pm at The Albion Cultural Exchange

  
     Join us Friday, October 21st at 7:30pm at The Albion Cultural Exchange located at 9 Albion Street, Wakefield, MA for “Write After Dinner”. Chef Joe Gatto of the cooking show From Scratch and author of the newly released cookbook Seriously From Scratch will talk about how it takes more than just gathering recipes to write a cookbook. Joe will talk about his decision to turn down a ghost writer and write using his own voice, which resulted in an approachable, entertaining and sometimes downright hilarious walk through the kitchen with Joe where his wife, his two kids and his mom are part of the mix.

Joe will demonstrate how to make mozzarella cheese showing just how simple “from scratch” can be. Coffee and tea will be available along with something for your sweet tooth. This is a free event sponsored by The Room to Write and The Albion Cultural Exchange, however, donations of any amount and/or non-perishable food items will be collected along with 10% of Seriously From Scratch cookbook purchases to benefit Wakefield’s Interfaith Food Pantry because everybody should have access to something delicious.

Bring your favorite recipe or have one in mind and we will provide the materials and guidance you need to find your own voice through which you can write the story behind your recipe that can stand alone or be the start of a collection of recipes to give as a gift to loved ones and friends. There is no more personal or treasured gift than a book of family recipes and the stories behind them.

Joe’s new cookbook, Seriously From Scratch, will be available for purchase as well as signing and personalizing. Seriously From Scratch is also at your local Barnes & Noble and you are welcome to bring the book you already own along for Joe to personalize.

For more information contact Colleen Getty: colleen@theroomtowrite.com, visit www.theroomtowrite.com, and www.albionculturalexchange.org.

Art Week Wakefield - September 30 - October 9th

Art Week Wakefield occurs simultaneously with Art Week Boston and other Eastern Massachusetts Art Events.

Visit the following locations to view Art during Art Week Wakefield!

First Thursday Downtown October 6, 2016

Artist Registration & Reception, Gallery Mix & Mingle

Artist Registration During Art Week Wakefield

Art Week Wakefield is coming to Wakefield beginning September 30th and continuing on thru until October 9th.  During Art Week Wakefield there will be art on display all around Wakefield.  A complete list of venues can be found at AlbionCulturalExchange.org website.

Art Week Wakefield runs during the same time frame as Art Week Boston (http://www.artweekboston.org/) which has become a major Art Event serving Boston and most communities in Eastern Massachusetts.  

"We are building a year round Art Schedule with the Albion Cultural Exchange and Art Week Wakefield seemed to be a natural fit" said Chris J. Carino Chairman of the Albion Cultural Exchange Committee.

During Art Week Wakefield, display locations will be featured on the Albion Cultural Exchange Website & Facebook page.  Members of the public are encouraged to visit locations around town to see the Art Work in person and patronize the local businesses hosting the art.

Also during Art Week Wakefield, there will be an Artist Registration & Reception Event at the Albion Cultural Exchange.  The event will take place during the October edition of First Thursday Downtown on October 6th from 6 to 9pm.  Local Artists are encourage to come to the event and meet other artists and get registered with the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield.  Registration is FREE and each artists will be able to provide a bio, website link and up to 5 photos to be included in their online profile in the local artist directory.

"We are excited to get local artists registered with the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield at the Albion Cultural Exchange" said Kathy Frey who is a member of both groups.  "It is really exciting to see the explosive growth of the Wakefield Art Scene" she continued.

Also at the event, there will be art on display from current ACW members in several different styles and there will be light snacks and refreshments. 

Members of the public and local artists are encourage to attend and mix and mingle. at the Albion Cultural Exchange on Thursday October 6th from 5 to 8pm.

Enjoy Art all over town during Art Week Wakefield
Want to see a directory of Wakefield's Local Artists?  Click Here

First Thursday Downtown September 1, 2016

Special Feature: Ride your Bike to Paint Night, we will have FREE Bike Valet

Take home your own custom painting of the Floral Way that night!

The September Edition of First Thursday Downtown will feature an interactive experience in the main gallery of the Albion Cultural Exchange dubbed "Paint Wakefield" on Thursday September 1st.  

"It is really fun and easy to do with no experience required" said Annemarie Gallivan of Create Artisan Studios who will lead the session.  Participants will follow a paint by numbers style method which will result in a personalized painting of the Floral Way a Wakefield Landmark.  It is all done while socializing with your friends and listening to great adult contemporary music on our newly donated sound system.  Refreshments will also be available

Open Gallery viewing hours will begin at 6pm with a social mix and mingle followed by a painting from 7 to 9.  The painting portion of the evening requires a $20 ticket for supplies and every participant will go home with a painting. 

"Bringing residents in to create art as well as see art is an important aspect of the direction we are taking the Albion Cultural Exchange" said Chris J. Carino, Chairman of the Albion Cultural Exchange Committee.

The Albion Cultural Exchange is located in the heart of Downtown Wakefield at 9 Albion Street.  The center promotes Art, Culture and Commerce in Wakefield.  For more information about Paint Wakefield, First Thursday Downtown or any of the other programs at the Albion Cultural Exchange, please see the website AlbionCulturalExchange.org

Tickets for Paint Wakefield on September 1st can be purchased online at AlbionCulturalExchange.org or by e-mailing albionculturalexchange@gmail.com

Albion Art Walk - August 6th 6 to 8pm

The gallery at the Albion Cultural Exchange will be open August 5th (9 Albion Street) along with Create Artisan Studios just steps away at 39 Albion Street for an Art Walk.  The Albion Street Art Walk is from 6 to 8pm.  

Come to Downtown Wakefield for dinner and stroll by the two open galleries on your way.  Both galleries will be featuring amazing photography."We have three great local photographers on display" said Chris J. Carino of the Albion Cultural Exchange.  "In addition to First Thursday Downtown, we have been extending certain exhibits on Friday nights to give the Downtown Dinner crowd a place to go on their way to or from dinner."

The three photographers on exhibit at the Albion Cultural Exchange include Erik Eskedal, 
Jon O'Brien and Chris Gibbs.  

Erik & Jon take over most of the ACE center with nature and outdoor photography.  
Also mixed in will be a few samples of drone photography shots from Chris Gibbs.  

After visiting the Albion Cultural Exchange, walk down the street to Create Artisan Studios for another full room of art featuring more of Chris Gibb's drone photography.  Many of the drone shots are from the Wakefield Common and the Soldiers and Sailors monument.

All artwork is available for sale and supports local artists, if you see something you like, ask about purchasing a copy from the photographers themselves who will be there to answer any questions.

Come down to the Art Walk tonight and experience some great art on display and then grab dinner downtown at one of the many great local restaurants.

First Thursday - August 4, 2016

First Thursday - July 7, 2016

First Thursday - Up and Coming Artists Show - June 2, 2016

AP Art Gallery Opening - May 19th

Wakefield Cultural Council - Awards Reception - May 18th

First Thursdays Downtown returns with a Food Fight