DRAWING TOGETHER Though they have been close friends and colleagues for years, Scout Austin and Kellie Weeks have always deployed very different styles and techniques as artists.
“I work in a very intuitive way and Scout more typically approaches a project with the image of a landscape or dreamscape already in mind,” Weeks said.
They put their heads — and talents — together to create “1+1=1: Collaborative Dreamscapes,” a series of pastel and charcoal drawings on exhibit at the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery in Framingham.
Inspiration for the project came during a joint excursion to Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art last year. “We were looking at a series of drawings by the South African artist William Kentridge,” recalled Austin, who works from a studio in her Framingham home. “They were very large pieces, and I started thinking that it would be cool to try making really big drawings, but I don’t have the studio space.”
Weeks, who lives in Fitchburg but rents a studio in West Concord, had the wall space needed to work on large-scale pieces, and the two agreed to try creating art together.
“Starting out, we were both wondering how we would feel about someone else working on our drawing,” Austin recalled. “And we were worried about each other’s feelings.”
Nonetheless, they worked out a system. “We would each begin a drawing and then after a set amount of time, maybe five or ten minutes, we would switch and work on the opposite piece,” Weeks said. “We kept switching until we felt the drawing was finished.”
The exhibition runs through April 3 at the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery, 59 Fountain St., Framingham. For hours and more information, call 508-879-4200 or go to www.fsfaboston.com.
EMERALD SHOWCASE The Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston presents its ever-popular “A Little Bit of Ireland” — a melange of Irish music, step dancing, and light-hearted comedy performed by a cast of 100 and a live orchestra — Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and next Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St. in Waltham. The Reagle’s annual extravaganza in honor of St. Patrick’s Day is one of the largest Irish-themed shows in New England. Tickets are $35-$63 for adults, $32-$60 for seniors, and $25 for ages 5 to 18. For tickets or for more details, call 781-891-5600 or go to www.reaglemusictheatre.com.
WORDS FROM THE SOURCE Playwright and actor Charles Busch will take part in a discussion at Wellesley College at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Busch is not only the author of numerous well-received plays, but also appeared regularly on the HBO series “Oz,” has written a semiautobiographical novel, is a film director, and is the subject of the documentary, “The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch.” Admission is free for the event, to be held in Alumnae Hall’s Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre on the college’s campus, 106 Central St., with a reception to follow. For more information, call the box office at 781-283-2000.
NORTHERN LIGHTS Room 83 Spring presents “Idea of North,” an exhibition of sculpture, photography, painting, and sound featuring artists Marja Lianko, Nancy Winship Milliken, Lowry Pei, and Vaughn Sills. Sharing a northern sensibility, each artist’s work is rooted to a boreal place of origin, residence, and affection. The exhibit runs through April 16 in the gallery, at 83 Spring St. in Watertown. For hours and more information, call 781-894-3308 or go to www.room83spring.com.
CHASING THE BLUES Larry Kramer and Andy Spencer of Medfield host their seventh annual Winter Blues Charity Concert, a fund-raiser for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and the Pediatric IBD Foundation at 8 p.m. Saturday. The program includes Route 109, a cover band in which both Kramer and Spencer perform, as well as She & Three, a group of Medfield middle school students who perform music ranging from classic to contemporary pop and rock; Enabler, a four-member band that plays classic and modern tunes; and a capella group Trills ’n’ Chills. The show will be held at American Legion Hall on Peter Kristof Way in Medfield. Appetizers, snacks, and desserts will be provided, along with a cash bar. Tax-deductible tickets are $20, and are available in advance by e-mailing email@example.com.
FESTIVE PREVIEW The Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston will hold a free dance party Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Congregation Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard St., Brook-line. It will feature open dancing and requests as well as make-your-own ice cream sundaes. For more details, visit www.bostonfestival.org.Send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.