Behind the Scenes

Artists find an outlet in annual Plymouth show

Images from past installments of the “Art on the Green” exhibition at the Pinehills in Plymouth suggest the offerings that will be featured on Saturday.
Photos by Dan Cutrona/The Pinehills/file
Images from past installments of the “Art on the Green” exhibition at the Pinehills in Plymouth suggest the offerings that will be featured on Saturday.

The participants in the ninth annual “Art on the Green” exhibition at the Pinehills development in Plymouth range from first-timers to veterans of the inaugural show.

Pat Viella, a potter who works and teaches at her home in Plymouth, volunteered to help out at the first show when she lived in the nature-friendly Pinehills planned community. Now living nearby in a house with a studio shop on White Horse Road, she looks forward to selling her work there again.

“It’s one of the best shows,” she said.


According to the event planners at the Pinehills, off Route 3’s Exit 3, “Plymouth is fast becoming an arts mecca, and the proof is in this annual event.”

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Altogether more than 80 artists will participate, offering the products of their skill and imagination in paint, wood, glass art, photography, sculpture, fashionable antique jewelry, wearable art, ceramics, recycled metal works, and other media. About one-quarter of the artists are from Plymouth.

The Kids Corner will give children a chance to get crafty and decorate a tie, described as “a wearable work of art,” as a gift for Father’s Day. They get a white tie and the use of some magic markers for a donation of $5 to support the Plymouth campus of the Home for Little Wanderers. A steel drum band and food vendors will also be on hand.

Donna Tefft, the upscale housing development’s director of sales and marketing, said the outdoor art event originated from a conjunction of the interests of Pinehills residents and regional artists. The show drew a big response from artists and crafters from New York City to Cape Cod, and has grown every year, she said. Organizers set up four large tents that cover all the exhibitors, provide room for browsing visitors, and have roll-down walls in case of inclement weather.

Last year about 2,500 people visited in the course of the day, Tefft said. Parking is nearby within the development; a shuttle bus takes visitors to the fair on the community’s green. An informational handout tells people about food options in the shops on the Village Green, including the Market, Cafe Olio, and a new ice cream shop.


Viella, who has lived in Plymouth since 1973, said Pinehills residents have provided a boost to the local art scene. “They come, they help out, they volunteer at the Plymouth Center for the Arts downtown.”

Tanya Rustigian, 23, participating in her first Art on the Green, creates jewelry from vintage keys, drawing on experience in her family’s antiques business. “I’ve been handling old keys and buttons all my life,” she said.

She will be offering pendants made of keys strung on a brass or copper chain.

“I hang some horizontally,” Rustigian said. “I was working in fashion so I knew the horizontal look was in fashion. But now the longer necklaces are in style and selling well. I also use antique buttons for earring studs. I have the old bright-colored plastic ones from the ’50s and metal buttons from Navy jackets. I just collected them from everywhere.”

Prices on her pieces range from $20 to $40. Her business, Trust, also sells through a store on Boston’s Newbury Street, and fills custom orders through her website (


Marc Bouvier of Plymouth, also a first-timer, creates his art out of repurposed metal. He makes flowers from old outdoor water spigots, and animal figures such as turtles and crabs out of old tools and frying pans.

“What I’m doing is little floral arrangements,” Bouvier said. He calls his style “junk-art home decor.”

Kim Cetrone, who lives at the Pinehills, will offer her nature photography, in sizes from greeting cards to large prints (prices ranging from $3 to $75). She takes photos of birds and beaches, flowers from her own garden, ocean shots, golf courses, and landmarks “like the Lobster Pot in P-town,” almost all from relatively close to home, she said.

“I seriously believe that people have to stop and smell the roses,” Cetrone said.

She also has a “great fog picture” of a boat, and a strong image of a classic American flag.

Just being there at Art on the Green makes her day, Cetrone said.

“It really is a privilege to be part of this and be surrounded by really incredible artists.”

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