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Please join us for our upcoming events:

Winter 2015

Opening Reception for the Winter Exhibitions
Please join us to celebrate the opening of our winter exhibitions. Explore our new shows while enjoying a glass of wine and a bite to eat. This event is free and open to the public.
Friday, February 6, 6:00–8:00 pm

February Vacation Week Family Events
During public school vacation week, we are offering special programs for children of every age group. Registration is not required. All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All events are free and open to the public.

Addison Book Club (ABC) for Infants and Toddlers
Listen to stories and engage with art featuring the bold contrast of black and white. Exploration with sensory based materials to follow.
Tuesday, February 17, 10:30-11:30 am

Mixed Media/Mixed Messages
Explore themes of consumer culture, identity, and beauty through creation of self-portraits with collage, in conjunction with Ellen Gallagher’s DeLuxe. Recommended for children 10 years and older.
Wednesday, February 18, 3:00-5:00 pm

Choose Your Own Adventure
Drop in any time during the day and navigate through the galleries on a scavenger hunt. Prizes will be awarded to those who participate!
Thursday, February 19, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Family Film Festival
Watch black and white short films by Lotte Reiniger and create your own shadow puppets and flipbooks inspired by the exhibition Light/Dark, White/Black.
Friday, February 20, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lecture on Ellen Gallagher's DeLuxe with printmaker David Lasry of Two Palms press, and Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, Museum of Modern Art. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, February 22, 2:00 pm

The Addison in Bloom
Enjoy a preview of spring this winter at the Addison. Members of the Andover Garden Club and local professional floral designers will display arrangements inspired by works of art in our winter shows. Free and open to the public.
March 7-8, during regular museum hours

Friends of the Addison Reception
Addison supporters are invited to join us and members of the Andover Garden Club for a special reception celebrating the opening of The Addison in Bloom. Special short performance by Mistral Music, Julie Scolnik, artistic director, at 6:45 pm. For reservations or to join Friends of the Addison, contact Caroline Pisani at or 978.749.4128.
By reservation: Friday, March 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

The Addison in Bloom Family Program
Join us for Story Time featuring Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney followed by a simple writing activity exploring ways to make the world more beautiful. “Looking Together” conversation starters will also be available throughout the weekend to help families think about and discuss how art can be represented through flowers and other natural materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, March 8, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Black and White Film Series in conjunction with Light/Dark, White/Black, exploring the aesthetics and symbolism of black and white in various genres of short and feature-length films. Meet in the Museum Learning Center. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Family Film Festival
Friday, February 20, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Black-and-White Truth: The Newsreel Phenomenon
Sunday, March 1, 2:00 pm

Classic Hollywood Film Noir
Sunday, March 22, 2:00 pm

"Culture of Light": Early Twentieth-Century Art Film
Sunday, April 12, 2:00 pm

Gallery Talk for Heaven and Earth with Judith F. Dolkart, Addison Director and exhibition curator. Free and open to the public. This event was originally planned for February 15 and was rescheduled due to the weather.
Sunday, March 15, 2:00 pm

Gallery Talk for Light/Dark, White/Black with exhibition curators Allison Kemmerer and Kelley Tialiou. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, March 29, 2:00 pm

For more information about any of our programs, please contact us at 978.749.4015.


  The Addison Gallery’s family programs are supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.