The James Library & Center for the Arts Presents Spring Entertainment and Events Series

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a spring season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore community at 24 West Street, Norwell.

~  Spring Entertainment and Events Schedule  ~

Spotlight on Johann Sebastian Bach

Friday, March 10, 7 pm

Admission is free, donations support the James’ Steinway piano

Immerse yourself in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach!  Alison Barr and Janna Bruene present a lecture/recital J.S. Bach: Master of Musical Invention on the life and music of the towering giant of western music.  Admission is free, donations at the door to support the Steinway piano are welcome.  Sponsored by Stewards of the Steinway.


Pianist Lois Shapiro

Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations: A World in a Grain of Sand

Sunday, March 26, 3 pm

Tickets:  $25 Adults, $22 Seniors, $10 Students

A limited number of senior tickets are available courtesy of the Cordelia Family Foundation

One of the greatest pieces of all time, the “Goldbergs” – as they are affectionately termed – are not only an irrefutable exemplar of compositional mastery and perfection of every detail, but also one of those pieces that celebrate the joy and wonder of being fully human, and indeed, bring us in touch with our best selves!  Performed by Pianist Lois Shapiro.  Sponsored by the Chilman Fund and Jackson Ltd. Real Estate.


Story Slam: Faux Pas

Friday, April 28, 7:30 pm

Hosted by Andrea Lovett of South Shore Story Slam

Admission:  $18, $10 for students

South Shore Story Slam logoHave a five-minute story about faux pas? Share your true story in front of our audience. Submit your name to tell your story; ten lucky names will be drawn to share their stories and prizes will be awarded. Cash bar. Everyone has a story. What’s yours?  Sponsored by Bob Melone Team at Radius Financial Group and U.S. Wealth Management.


It’s Only a Paper Moon Desserts Party

Friday, May 12, 7:30 pm

Admission $75 per ticket

Celebrate the coming of spring, Mother’s Day, the May Flower Moon, and the successful completion of another successful season at the James with three floors of desserts. This evening will feature an old-fashioned paper moon photo booth, smooth jazz, fine wine, and a variety of sweets from some of the South Shore’s best dessert makers. This event will raise critical funds for arts programming at the James and the maintenance of their historical 1874 Victorian home. Sponsored by Jennifer and Mark McGreenery.


~  Spring Art Gallery Series  ~

The James Library is home to a beautiful community art gallery featuring the works of local and regional artists for monthly gallery openings and exhibits. Visitors are welcome to attend the openings, or view the works on display during business hours.


Wendy Callahan:  Abstractions

Opening reception on Friday, February 3, 6 to 8 pm

On view February 3 through March 1

Wendy’s large scale abstract canvases are about color, light and process, inspired by the coastal landscapes of the South Shore.  Wendy has been painting since she was 3 and owns her own interior design company, Wendy Callahan Interiors. She graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Ball State University after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University. Now that her children are a little older she has been able to paint more regularly again and, along with commissions for her clients, has created the latest series of paintings.


31 Women

Opening benefit reception on March 3, 6 to 9 pm, Light Fare, Tickets $25

On view March 3 through 31

31 Women is modeled after a historic exhibition by Marguerite (Peggy) Guggenheim, who shocked the art world in 1943 with the second exhibit at her newly opened Art of This Century Gallery in New York.  The first of its kind, Guggenheim’s Exhibition by 31 Women devoted her entire gallery space exclusively to a show of modern women artists, some unknown, unheard of in her time.  Guggenheim herself was considered a cultural revolutionary, being one of three women to open a New York gallery in the 1940’s, setting the groundwork to propel the careers of many modern artists. Exhibition by 31 Women was later regarded as important gauge of how integral women were to the art scene as far back as the 1920’s, and continue to be today.


Art Meets Fashion

Opening reception on Friday, April 7, 6 to 8 pm

On view April 5 through May 3


JoAnna Chapin:  The Nature of Things

Opening reception on Friday, May 5, 6 to 8 pm

On view May 5 through 31

“I am compelled to paint, be it the gentle expression of a grateful horse or the good humor in a goofy dog. Sometimes it is the look in the eyes of a fawn as he is trying to decide whether to bolt or stay or a rabbit pretending that I don’t see him. I paint those moments.”  JoAnna Chapin is an artist who has combined two of her greatest loves–animals and making art–into a career. Working primarily in watercolors, Chapin’s work has focused on portraits of the animals around us, and her work has been widely celebrated in the Northeast where she lives. She has won numerous awards.


~  Mondays at the James Schedule  ~

Mondays at the James is a series of informational, educational, and interactional events led by local experts and leaders. All events are held at the James Library & Center for the Arts at 24 West Street in Norwell Center, are free, open to everyone, and speak to the James’ mission of inspiring creativity, learning, and an appreciation of the arts through music, visual, and literary programs.


Kathleen Duggan – Acupuncturist

March 6, 7 pm, Admission is free

Licensed acupuncturist and Norwell resident Kathleen Duggan joins us to discuss and demonstrate the benefits of acupuncture.

Kathleen Duggan has over 10 years of experience as a Licensed Acupuncturist treating adults and children in her Norwell office. She is dedicated to improving her patients’ quality of life by identifying and treating each unique concern. Kathy earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from New England School of Acupuncture in 2005, with a concentration in Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture.


Dan Bawabe – Cheese:  Why It’s Made, How It’s Made, and How To Best Enjoy It

March 27, 7 pm, Admission is free

How did cheese come to be – what are the origins of cheesemaking?  How are different cheeses made and what are curds and whey?  What is the difference between raw milk cheese, pasteurized cheese, goat cheese, sheep cheese, buffalo cheese… the list goes on?  Learn about this amazing food and taste samples of Dan’s favorite cheeses.

Dan Bawabe is a Norwell resident and cheese lover.  Dan began attending cheesemaking classes in 2010. He has two cheese gurus:  Dr. Jim Wallace in Shelburne Falls, Mass., and Dr. Larry Fallaice in Waitsfield, Vermont.  Dan has a flock of milking sheep and plans to one day make sheep’s milk cheese on a regular basis with the milk from his own flock.


Tom Duggan – Rio Olympics & ParaOlympic Sailing

April 3, 7 pm, Admission is free

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were challenges – politically, environmentally, and economically.  Prior to the Games, doomsday predictions were presented nightly on network news shows worldwide. Fortunately those predictions were incorrect. As it turned out, both events were great successes, due to the hard work of the Brazilian people.

Tom Duggan, who grew up in Scituate, was an official at both events. His sport is sailing. His role was as the Race Officer for the Laser and Laser Radial Class at the Olympic Games – and the Principle Race Officer for the Paralympic Games. Tom has collected some video, cool photographs, and some stories – not just about sailing, but about the logistics of such a massive undertaking – and how the Brazilians pulled it off.


Andrea Lovett – How to Tell a Five-Minute Slam Dunk Story

April 10, 7 pm, Admission is free

Come and enjoy a fun and thoughtful workshop to cultivate a story based on personal experience into a performance. Participants learn how storytelling differs from theater, stand up, or twisting balloon animals. You will explore the art of storytelling through guided sense memory, writing, performance, individual and group exercises. Participants will leave with a personal, ready-to-tell story for a stage or in a group, a packet of handouts and a sense of accomplishment.

Andrea Lovett is the co-founder of the award winning non-profit organization Massmouth. She has taught and performed stories nationally and internationally. Lovett is currently a teaching artist for Young Audiences of Massachusetts.  She believes stories and storytelling help create strong, healthy and connected communities.


Glenn Ferguson – Mountain Climbing the Peaks of South America

May 1, 7 pm, Admission is free

Join Norwell’s 2015 Citizen of the Year as he discusses his experiences mountain climbing the peaks of South America.


Joy Kingsbury – Explore the Benefits of Meditation

May 8, 7 pm, Admission is free

Join Joy Kingsbury as she discusses the importance of self care and the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.


Jill Herget – HAMILTON: The Man, The Musical, The Miranda

May 22, 7 pm, Admission is free

Join amateur historian and retired American History Teacher Jill Herget as she tells us how the musical Hamilton came to be, how it is relevant to today’s world, and how anyone who loves poetry, history, theatre and thinking should give it a try – even if you can’t afford the month’s salary ticket.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 1 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Photos:  Courtesy of The James Library  

Top Center:  The James Library & Center for the Arts in Norwell

Top Left:  Pianist Lois Shapiro