6:00 PM18:00

Maeve Gilchrist "The Harpweaver" Concert

The Harpweaver — Maeve Gilchrist

Tickets: $15

RSVP by calling 508-636-4177 or by emailing monica@dedeeshattuckgallery.com



The harp-weaver is Maeve Gilchrist’s first venture into solo performance since the release of her acclaimed album ‘the Ostinato Project in 2013 (a beguiling suite of solo harp compositions exploring the use of the two hands as separate instruments). The evening length solo concert is inspired by and shaped around the Edna St Vincent Millay poem The Ballad of the Harp Weaver manifesting in rich, textural harp-compositions, playful renditions of traditional tunes and re-imaginings of the text in both verse and song and . Some subtle electronics augment the soundscape and create an atmosphere that is both welcoming as other-worldly as instrument itself.



Described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity”, Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic harp to new levels of performance.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Maeve‘s innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. She is as at home as a soloist with an internationally renowned orchestra as she is playing with a traditional Irish folk group or using electronic augmentation in a more contemporary, improvisatory setting.

She tours internationally as a band leader as well as maintaining a number of collaborations including a duo project with percussive dancer Nic Gareiss, a more electronics based project with Viktor Krauss and as a member of the Irish network commissioned ‘Edges of Light’ quartet: a multidisciplinary group featuring the piper David Power, dancer Colin Dunne and the fiddler Tola Custy. She has appeared at such major music events as Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Tanglewood Jazz festival, the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam and the opening of the Scottish Parliament. She has played with such luminaries asEsperanza Spalding, Tony Trishka, Ambrose Akinmusire, Solas and Darol Anger.

Maeve has released five albums to date, including her most recent recording Vignette, on Adventure Records, with Nashville legend Viktor Krauss while on her own label her solo Ostinato Project is a beguiling exploration of the possibilities of her instrument.

Maeve was the first lever harpist to join the faculty of the iconic Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she taught for five years before switching to a visiting roots department artist this spring. She has written several instructional books published by Hal Leonard Music. Also an in-demand composer and arranger; this year, Maeve premiered her first concerto for lever harp and symphony orchestra and is currently working on a number of commissions including a string quartet for Irish harp and string quartet to be premiered in Scotlandin the spring of 2018.


(Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncC8BRAWkVE

(Solo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xiW72V4S5s

(Solo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKAVlmbRnuA&t=26s

For further information see www.maevegilchristmusic.com

For DuoDuo booking please contact mikeg@mikegreenassociates.com

For all other bookings/inquiries email maevegilchristmusic@gmail.com

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7:30 PM19:30

Movie Night -- Do You Trust This Computer?

Southcoast Film Forum Presents…


MAY 18, 2019

7:30 PM
Presentation will be 1 hr 18 mins in length.

Science fiction has long anticipated the rise of machine intelligence. Today, a new generation of self-learning computers has begun to reshape every aspect of our lives. Incomprehensible amounts of data are being captured and fed back to us in a tsunami of apps, personal assistants, smart devices, and targeted advertisements.

The documentary film DO YOU TRUST THIS COMPUTER? explores the promises and perils of our new era. Will A.I. usher in an age of unprecedented potential, or prove to be our final invention?


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6:00 PM18:00

“Went to the Devil: A Yankee Whaler in the Slave Trade” by Tony Connors


“Went to the Devil: A Yankee Whaler in the Slave Trade” by Tony Connors
6 PM Thursday May 16 at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery
One Partners Lane, Westport MA

Join us for the book launch of WHS President Tony Connors’ new publication casting light on Edward Davoll, a respected Westport whaling captain in an industry at its peak in the 1850s. But mid-career, disillusioned with whaling, desperately lonely at sea, and experiencing financial problems, he turned to the slave trade, with disastrous results. Why would a man of good reputation, in a city known for its racial tolerance and Quaker-inspired abolitionism, risk engagement with this morally repugnant industry?

This riveting biography explores this question by detailing not only the troubled, adventurous life of this man but also the turbulent times in which he lived. Set in an era of social and political fragmentation and impending civil war, when changes in maritime law and the economics of whaling emboldened slaving agents to target captains and their vessels for the illicit trade, Davoll’s story reveals the deadly combination of greed and racial antipathy that encouraged otherwise principled Americans to participate in the African slave trade.
Books will be available for purchase. Suggested donation $5.

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6:00 PM18:00

Taylor Ashton Concert

Tickets $15

RSVP by calling 508-636-4177 or by emailing monica@dedeeshattuckgallery.com

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Born in the last year of the 1980s, Taylor Ashton grew up surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the old growth rainforests of Canada's west coast. His songs are inspired by the crooked primeval rhythms of traditional old-time music, the humor and heartbreak of Randy Newman, the cosmic emotionality of mid-career Joni Mitchell, and the sage vulnerability of Bill Withers. Somehow, he finds a way to make this all work on the clawhammer banjo.

He spent most of late teens and early 20s as the frontman of Vancouver-based five-piece Fish & Bird, releasing four albums of heady progressive folk and gracing stages like the Winnipeg Folk fest, the Vancouver Folk Fest, and Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival. In the past few years he has increasingly spent his days in New York City. His most recent release finds him swapping songs with Grammy-nominated songwriter and guitarist Courtney Hartman, on the pair's 2018 duo album "Been On Your Side". The album is an acoustic, stripped-down affair, which Rolling Stone had to admit, "packs a punch in today's mainstream".  The album was recorded in four windswept winter days on Potomska point in Dartmouth, MA.

Between other projects, Taylor has also written or co-written songs on albums by Boston's Laura Cortese, Brooklyn's Benjamin Lazar Davis, and Nashville's Rachel Baiman. And after well over a decade of varied and fruitful collaborations, Taylor is excited to finally release his debut solo recording in 2019. Keep your ears peeled...

"Taylor Ashton has a rich, compelling voice" - Exclaim! magazine (Canada)

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Guy Fishman -- Johann Sebastian Bach, the complete suites for unaccompanied cello -- Mothers Day Concert Series
12:30 PM12:30

Guy Fishman -- Johann Sebastian Bach, the complete suites for unaccompanied cello -- Mothers Day Concert Series

Johann Sebastian Bach, the complete suites for unaccompanied cello. 

Sunday, May 12

Concert 1 (Suites 4, 5, & 6) at 12:30

Concert 2 (Suites 2, 3, and 1) at 3:00

$25 per concert; $40 for both

RSVP by calling 508-636-4177 or by emailing monica@dedeeshattuckgallery.com

Bach composed his six suites for unaccompanied cello in 1720. Almost entirely forgotten after their composition, these works were first published as mere exercises a century after they were written and not performed in their entirety until the 20th century. Nevertheless, the suites now occupy the top tier of every cellist’s repertoire, and are celebrated in regular performances and dozens of editions and recordings. Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society, returns to the magnificent Dedee Shattuck Gallery to survey all six suites on his baroque cello, built in Rome in 1704, as well as on a five-stringed baroque cello, over two concerts in one day.  Celebrate Mother's Day on May 12, 2019 with the opportunity to hear all six of these masterworks, at 12:30 (Suites 5, 6, and 2) and 3:00 (Suites 4, 3, and 1).

Guy Fishman is Principal Cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, the nation's oldest and longest continuously-running arts organization, founded in 1815.  He performs three of Bach's magnificent suites for unaccompanied cello on a spectacular instrument made by David Tecchler in Rome in 1704.  Boulder's Daily Camera raved of Guy's performance of the suites last summer, saying he "reached transcendence" with his playing.  The Boston Globe has praised the "plangent" quality of his playing, the New York Times has called it "electrifying," and Strad Magazine noted his "impressive..technical dexterity and surety."  Bach's works are masterpieces of Western Art music and are sure to move and delight.  

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5:00 PM17:00

_Code as Medium -- Opening Reception

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Opening Reception
Saturday May 4, 5-7pm

To some, art derived from digital media may conjure the automated, rigid, and impersonal, devoid of expression or depth – but the work of the artists presented here demonstrate that the opposite is true. Dynamic and unpredictable, in many ways the code-driven work shown has more in common with organic systems than traditional art media. In the age of data, algorithms digest and transform information in surprising ways. GANs (Generative Adversarial Networks) and other machine learning systems are “trained” on data that comes from us. As a result, the compelling and often bizarre forms they conjure have much of us in them. The outputs of generative work are different with each iteration, yet they maintain a strong fingerprint of the artist in how they are coded, trained, and rendered.

Anna Ridler trains neural networks on carefully curated inputs which feed back on themselves, iteratively transforming both the GANs processed output and her own handmade source material in the process. Xiaohan Zhang programs sublime abstractions of light, space, and velocity, which respond dynamically to viewer interaction in complex and subtle ways. Jonathan Cherneff’s generative drawings shuffle thousands of lines into crystalline compositions that are more than the sum of their parts, and virtually never repeat. Shawn Towne’s kaleidoscopic compositions appear as organic expansions of light.

If technology represents an ability to engineer the physical world with control and precision, these works invert that attitude and celebrate the surreal, unanticipated, and elusive. But their content is not random or arbitrary -- built from lines of code, each piece is forged in a medium that is intrinsically deliberate. In that in-between space, the artists strike a balance between Boolean logic and organic drift.

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Earth Day Film
8:00 PM20:00

Earth Day Film

Austin Hoyt presents

Multiply and Subdue the Earth

A film which aired 50 years ago and helped launch the first Earth Day.

Austin Hoyt produced documentaries and biographies for PBS at WGBH Boston for 45 years. Among his awards were two Emmys, two Peabodys and a Writers Guild of America award.

 He has been summering in S. Dartmouth since 1976 and retired here with his wife Felicity in 2008.

 Multiply and Subdue was his first major film

Please RSVP by emailing monica@dedeeshattuckgallery.com or calling 508-636-4177

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Camera Obscura, Pinhole Photography -- Opening Reception
5:00 PM17:00

Camera Obscura, Pinhole Photography -- Opening Reception

Camera Obscura, Pinhole Photography
from Marc St. Pierre and Marian Roth

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 5-7pm

The Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present CAMERA OBSCURA: Pinhole Photography from Marc St. Pierre and Marian Roth. Camera obscura (Latin for "dark chamber") is the natural phenomenon of light piercing a small hole and falling on a darkened screen, creating an upside-down and backwards image of whatever scene that hole faces. Recorded by ancient Chinese and the ancient Greeks, the phenomenon is often considered only a historical footnote in the journey to the complexity and riches of modern photography. These two artists, however, continue to explore camera obscure, creating photographs that have the ethereal and painterly quality of something handmade, rather than the machine-made sharpness of realism we associate with modern photography.  Building their own 'pinhole cameras,' the artists show the enduring magic of capturing light with nothing more than photosensitive paper, a pinprick, and a dark chamber. 

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