66thArts Festival 2021

July 17 - 24

Arts Festival

New Date * New Title * New Concept
Same celebration of and immersion in the visual arts

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July 17-24, 2021


For 66 years, the South Shore Arts Festival has been a mainstay of Summer in Cohasset, attracting 14,000 visitors to the Town Common and commercial district each June. Each year, SSAC kicks off our Arts Festival with a special Preview gala, allowing guests to get a sneak peek of the artwork and festivities to unfold over Festival weekend. Due to lingering concerns and restrictions re: COVID-19, we have restructured our annual Arts Festival as a hybrid event in 2021, combining online and onsite art exhibitions with a series of small, in-person events. We have also delayed festivities by one month to run the week of July 17-24, 2021.


Once we realized that the new Festival schedule overlapped with July's full moon, we couldn't resist rebranding the weeklong celebrations as 'Over the Moon: SSAC is on the Rise.' Despite COVID closures and the challenges of uniting audiences with visual art experiences over the past year, SSAC has kept our portals open, and art in the eyes of all who wished to behold it. We truly are over the moon about our resiliency and about the directions we will take in the coming year.



Festival 2021 activities will include:

Online Juried and Members' exhibitions on SSAC website - July 9-24

Festival Juried Show:
Juried by Joanna Fink, Director, Aplha Gallery

Juried Show Opening - July 22, 6-8 pm

Festival Awards presented at 7 pm
Free & Open to the Public


Sergio Roffo's Solo Show:
Bancroft Gallery, July 17 - August 2

Opening Reception:
Thursday, July 22 at 6-8 pm
Free & Open to the Public


Plein Air Cinema:
Cohasset Town Common: Friday, July 23, 7:00 - 10:30 pm
For information or to purchase tickets to our Plein Air Cinema event:
Click here for Plein Air Cinema Tickets

Online Silent Auction:
Too see auction items or to place a bid:
Click here for online auction page


Installation of 50 large-scale (36" x 60") weather-resistant banners printed with digital images of online exhibition works (Cohasset Town Common, July 19-24)

Virtual gala activated by VIP Parties in private homes and an online auction (July 24)

Pop-up, in-person art events, i.e. music performances, artist demos, plein air painting, children's art activities
(SSAC Courtyard)



SSAC Arts Festival




About South Shore Art Center

A non-profit organization formed in 1954, South Shore Art Center is dedicated to enriching the communities south of Boston by fostering an understanding and appre­ciation of the visual arts through exhibitions and educa­tion. In addition to a nationally-recognized exhibition program, the Art Center offers courses and workshops for adults and children, and enrichment programs to area schools.


Massachusetts Cultural Council

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Funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Councils' Festivals Program



Contact Patrice Maye, Executive Director,