The James Library & Center for the Arts Presents Fall Entertainment and Event Series

Artist Joan Drescher’s “Eye of the Beholder” painting will appear in The James’ art exhibit series, courtesy image – The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a fall season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore community at 24 West Street, Norwell. 

~  Fall Entertainment and Events Schedule  ~

Jazz Pianist Laszlo Gardony

Saturday, October 23, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $30 Adults, $25 Seniors 65+, $15 Students
Tickets on sale at on September 6, 2021

Space is limited due to Covid-19 safety protocols.

Acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, and James Library favorite Laszlo Gardony returns to celebrate his live solo album La Marseillaise (Sunnyside Records) with a solo piano concert. Hailed by JazzTimes as “one of contemporary music’s truly original voices,” Laszlo’s performances convey the joy of inspired creation, audience connection, and moving spontaneous improvisations. Gardony’s concerts are one-of-a-kind performances drawing from deep feeling, prodigious technique, and a playful curiosity that thrives on interpreting each unique moment. He will perform new compositions, his own arrangements of standards, a classic Italian song, a re-imagination of an iconic French revolutionary song and spontaneously created pieces. Gardony has said, “Music has a direct effect on our emotions and also on our well-being.” Not to be missed!

Weekend Classics Concert: Argus Quartet

Sunday, November 7, 3:00 pm

The Argus Quartet, courtesy image

Tickets: $35 Adults, $30 Seniors 65+, $20 Students
Tickets on sale at on September 6, 2021

Space is limited due to Covid-19 safety protocols.

Praised for playing with “supreme melodic control and total authority” and “decided dramatic impact” (Calgary Herald), Argus Quartet has quickly emerged as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile ensembles, winning First Prize at both the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. The Argus Quartet is dedicated to encouraging the joys of human connection, community, and discovery by bringing a wide-ranging repertoire to life through bold and meaningful programming and a vibrant commitment to collaboration and education.

Author Stephen Puleo: Voyage of Mercy

Sunday, November 21, 2:00 pm
Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Students
Tickets on sale at on September 6, 2021

Space is limited due to Covid-19 safety protocols.

The remarkable story of the mission that inspired America to donate massive relief to Ireland during the potato famine, which sparked America’s tradition of providing humanitarian aid around the world. Voyage of Mercy tells the incredible story of the famine, the Jamestown voyage, and the commitment of thousands of ordinary Americans to offer relief to Ireland, a groundswell that provided the collaborative blueprint for future relief efforts and established the United States as the leader in international aid.

For more information about the James Library & Center for the Arts or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 781-659-7100.

~  Fall Art Gallery Schedule ~

Donna Ingemanson’s piece “Untitled” will appear in a James Library art exhibit this fall by Coastal Printmakers, courtesy image

UnPRESSedented: Coastal Printmakers

Open House Art Gallery Opening Friday, October 8, 1-7 pm

On view October 8 to November 13, 2021

Free and open to the public

Featuring work from over 13 of the South Shore’s most accomplished artists, this exhibition will show a variety of printmaking techniques and will include etchings, solarplates and monoprints.

Pastel Gems: Small Works for the Holidays

Open House Art Gallery Opening Friday, November 19, 1-7 pm

On view November 19, 2021 to January 8, 2022

Free and open to the public

This exhibit will feature small but exceptional pieces of art perfect for holiday gift giving. All pieces are original works created by well-recognized and accomplished local pastel artists who have been painting and exhibiting together for years. Small Works shows are a popular event due to the small scale and affordability, and with the holidays right around the corner, you will not want to miss this show!

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, Instagram and Twitter.

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 and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm, and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.