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    ‘Ants at a Picknic’ on display at Davis Museum

    A mandala by Eddie Martinez at the Davis Museum.

    SOLO SHOW The Davis Museum is presenting “Eddie Martinez: Ants at a Picknic,” the contemporary abstract artist’s first solo museum exhibition. The installation includes a suite of seven new large-scale mandala paintings, accompanied by a group of 17 tabletop painted bronze sculptures and large framed drawings on paper. The exhibition runs now through Dec. 17. The museum is located on the Wellesley College campus at 106 Central St., Wellesley. For hours and more information, call 781-283-2051 or go to www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum/.

    BROWSE ANTIQUES The 50th Annual Golden Ball Tavern Antiques Show and Sale takes place Saturday, Sept. 30, on the grounds of the historic 1768 Golden Ball Tavern Museum at 662 Boston Post Rd., Weston. Up to 95 dealers from New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania participate. In addition, a perennial favorite is The Barn Sale, featuring vintage furniture and decorative items donated by area residents. All proceeds support the museum and its educational programs. A Dixieland band will provide entertainment and tours of the museum will be offered throughout the day. Tickets for Saturday admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be sold at the gate on the day of the show for $7 (children under 12 are free). Tickets for the Friday evening Preview Party held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 29, which includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, priority access to the offerings in The Barn, admission to Saturday’s show, Saturday luncheon and a year’s membership to the museum, are $100 and must be purchased in advance by calling 781-894-1751, emailing gbtmuseum@gmail.com, or going to www.goldenballtavern.org.

    WORD AND SONG The Expresso Yourself Coffeehouse, a monthly series in which spoken word artists to share their poetry, stories, and songs, takes place Saturday, Sept. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 26 North St., Medfield. This month’s theme is “...and where are YOU from,” featuring story-teller Barbara Aliprantis. Join in the fun either as an audience member or to participate. Open mic readers have five minutes to share. Teens and adults welcome.


    PAINTING DEMO Watercolor artist Sally Meding shares her creative process in a painting demonstration titled “Realism through Abstraction” sponsored by the Wellesley Society of Artists Inc. The free event takes place at the Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Wellesley Food Pantry. For more information, go to www.wellesleysocietyofartists.org.

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    ART ON VIEW Gallery 93 at the Brookline Senior Center presents “Fruits, Flowers and Old Streets,” an exhibit by artist Miriam Aaronson. The exhibit runs now through Oct. 31. Gallery 93, located at 93 Winchester Street, Brookline, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    THOROUGHLY THOREAU The Concord Museum’s celebration of the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth continues with “This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal,” opening Friday, Sept. 29, and running through Jan. 21. The exhibition brings together journals, manuscripts, letters, books, and field notes from the Morgan Library & Museum in New York with the personal items of the Concord Museum’s collections, which include the simple green desk on which Thoreau wrote “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience.” The Concord Museum is located at 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. For hours, admission fees and more information, call 978-369-9763 or go to www.concordmuseum.org.

    BEARISH SECRETS The Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge present William Fournier, a renowned nature photographer and speaker who has spent much of his time wandering the hills, valleys and swamps of New England, in a talk titled “The Secret World of the Black Bear.” Fournier will explore the fact that in recent years, black bears have been returning to some of their former range, including the woods, fields and even neighborhoods of the Boston suburbs. What do you do when confronted by one? The event takes place Sunday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bill Ashe Facility, Oxbow Refuge, 80 Hospital Road, Devens. Admission is free.

    DISCUSS ‘HAMILTON’ Join Historic Newton’s book club on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. for a discussion of “Hamilton” by Ron Chernow – the biography that inspired the Broadway musical. The free discussion takes place at the Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington St., Newton. For more information, call 617-796-1450


    HOUSEHOLD GOODS Since 1990, Household Goods, Inc. has been providing donated furniture to people in need throughout 130 cities and towns in Massachusetts. The public is invited to a dedication ceremony celebrating the nonprofit’s many successes and honoring its founders, Barbara and Ira Smith, at which the headquarters will be renamed The Barbara and Ira Smith Center. The dedication takes place Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. at 530 Main St., Acton. For more information, go to www. householdgoods.org.

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