ARTIST DREAMS “Dreamscapes,” a collection of Kathleen Draper-Garner’s paintings and mixed media incorporating acrylic, photo transfer, and printmaking techniques, opens Saturday at The James Library & Center for the Arts. The artist’s works combine painting and collage “to describe fragments of memory that lie just below the surface of recollection,” according to the Norwell center.
Draper-Garner, who lives and works in her studio in Hull, taught art for many years before committing herself full time to her own work. She is a graduate of Mass College of Art, a South Shore Art Center gallery artist, and a member of the North River Arts Society.
“Dreamscapes is a collection of paintings and mixed media exploring underwater energy and memory,” Draper-Garner said in her artist statement for the show. “I am inspired by the stories we tell and how we make sense of the natural world. My intent is for the flow of images to resemble a remembered dream where some vague image is underneath another, in a kind of recall or reminiscence.”
The artist said the imagery in her works is not always recognizable, but will seem “familiar.”
“Gold elements are repeated in my work,” she said. “It is the thread that runs through many pieces and represents, for me, a spiritual connection.”
24 West St., Norwell, free opening reception on Jan. 11, 3 to 5 p.m.; www.jameslibrary, 781-659-7100.
PLYMOUTH ROCKS The New Year’s Eve Midnight Masquerade, a fund-raiser for the programs and events commemorating Plymouth Colony’s 400th anniversary, welcomes in the new year with Hollywood lights, trumpet heralds, live music, fantastic costumes, hors d’oeuvres, and a midnight champagne toast. Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation for Plymouth 400 Inc. offers guests the red-carpet treatment to raise funds for programs celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing in Plymouth.
Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Plymouth, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; $100, www.plymouthrocksnewyearseve.com.
COMEDY NIGHT Laugh in the new year at The Orpheum Theatre in Foxborough’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Night featuring comedians Lamont Price, Alingon Mitra (a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”), and Sean Sullivan (a semifinalist at the Boston Comedy Festival), and host Dan Crohn.
Orpheum Theatre, 1 School St., Wednesday, 9 p.m.; $20 to $40, www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006.
NEW YEAR’S WALK Naturalist Steve Ivas leads the annual New Year’s Day Walk over field, farm, and forest at Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset. The annual family-friendly tradition is sweetened by executive director Cindy Prentice’s hot chocolate.
236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset, Thursday 1 p.m.; $8, $5 members, 781-383-6565, www.hollyhillfarm.org.
BEST BOOKS Teacher Robert Zupperoli will be discussing the “Best Books” for 2014, contenders for the Caldecott and Newbury awards for children’s and young adult literature to be announced this week. Plymouth Public Library invites teachers, librarians, and parents to the program that highlights selected titles and provides copies of an extensive list of recommended books for children.
Plymouth Public Library Otto Fehlow Meeting Room, 132 South St., Monday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; free.
FOLK CLUB Vance Gilbert, a singer-songwriter who has toured with Shawn Colvin, will perform at South Shore Folk Music Club in Kingston, a nonprofit live music program presenting acoustic music on the South Shore for more than 30 years. Gilbert’s three albums of original music have won critical raves.
The Beal House, 222 Main St., Saturday 8 p.m.; $22, $20 members, www.sssfmc.org.
TRAIL WALK The North & South Rivers Watershed Association invites the public to explore the new Iron Mine Brook trails in Hanover, recently completed by the town of Hanover’s Open Space Committee. The meeting place is next to the Hanover Canoe Launch on the Indian Head River. The launch is off Indian Head Drive, which runs off Elm Street.
The New Year’s Day walk is geared for families; light refreshments will be served at its conclusion.
Thursday 1 p.m.; free. For more information or directions, see www.nsrwa.org.
QUINCY UNPLUGGED The Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy will host an “Open Mike Night” on Monday for acoustic music, readings, poetry, dramatic monologues, stand-up comedy, or other performance arts. All ages are welcome. One microphone will be provided.
40 Washington St., Quincy. Sign up between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m.; perform from 6:30 to 8:30; free, www.thomascranelibrary.org.
TAX TALK ON AIR John Topham, a founding partner of Damon, Topham & Co., tax specialists based in Marshfield, will appear as a cohost on attorney Mark Greene’s “So What About That Law!” show on WATD-FM (95.9). Up for discussion are a wide range of tax-related topics such as allowable business expenses.
Broadcasts can be heard at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday and on Jan. 25.
FROZEN 5K The Quincy YMCA kicks off the new year with a Frozen 5K road race through Quincy Center. Runners and their families are invited to a postrace celebration in the Quincy Y field house. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome.
79 Coddington St., Jan. 4, 9 a.m.; $25, $10 age 12 and under; register at www.ssymca.org.
Correction: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect price for the Midnight Masquerade fund-raiser. It is $100 to attend.