Tuesday, May 28, 2024

A rendering shows The Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center as it should look for its official opening in September.

An image created for this weekend’s tours of center construction site show progress during the winter.

As artists open their workspace to the public for Cambridge Open Studios, the Agassiz Baldwin Community is allowing people to look through the construction site for the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center, which is intended to be a work of art itself.

Guided, hard-hat tours will be held at 20 Sacramento St. from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Light refreshments will be served. (Although the center will be fully accessible when it officially opens in September, people with limited mobility may not be able to take the current tour.)

The arts center, designed by Cambridge-based architects Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, is scheduled to open this summer, with the work of local artists incorporated throughout: bronze bug light switch plates and paving inserts by Nancy Webb; an outdoor bench by Mitch Ryerson; a water fountain backsplash by Phyllis Ewen; mosaic design and welcome mat by Gail Boyajian and Rhonda Smith; a paintbrush door pull by John Tagiuri; glass transom entry panels by Linda Lichtman; and a mural by John Devaney.

Nancy Webb designed bronze bug light switch plates and paving inserts for the center, one of eight works artists to have works incorporated in the center.

The works were designed for the center and paid for with a $2,000 grant from the Cambridge Arts Council.

“The art center is named for Maud Morgan, a widely loved and respected leader in the Cambridge art world for four decades,” said Phoebe Sinclair, community liaison with the organization. Programs will include art studios for school-age children and studio/ and exhibition opportunities for practicing artists.

The Agassiz Baldwin Community, formerly known as the Agassiz Neighborhood Council, is a nonprofit corporation providing programs, services and events with a focus on children and the arts. It also serves as a forum for community discussion and participation.

This article is the product of press releases.