Past Exhibitions and Events | 2022

December 9 - 10, 2022

MAC Center for the Arts Holiday Sale

 MAC Center for the Arts is holding its annual 20% off store-wide Holiday Sale on Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery, located at 158 Main Street, Newport, features fiber art, jewelry, woodworking, fine furniture, pottery, glass, basketry, fine art, photography and more. This annual Holiday Sale, featuring 20% off store-wide, is MAC’s biggest sale of the year, making it a customer favorite. Please note that gift certificate sales are excluded.

 In addition, the current exhibit, “Winter Lights”, runs through Saturday, January 7th, 2023 in MAC’s downstairs gallery, and the popular “Evergreen Centerpiece Family Workshop” is being held on Saturday, Dec 3rd, at 10am. Please check MAC’s website at for more information on these events, and much more.

 MAC Center for the Arts is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Founded in 2007, the organization’s mission is to nurture the community’s understanding, appreciation and support of the arts, cultural heritage and humanities.

 For more information:, 158 Main Street, Newport, Vermont, 802-334-1966

December 3, 2022

Evergreen Centerpiece Family Workshop

Thinking about decorating for the holidays? Wondering how to make new memories and Fun-lore to pass down to generations?  We have the perfect unique experience to satisfy both!  On Saturday, December 3, from 10:00-11:00 a.m., MAC Center for the Arts welcomes you to celebrate the holidays by creating a beautiful seasonal centerpiece made of local evergreens and festive materials.  This is an activity for family members, friends and neighbors, so come with a parent or uncle, child or best friend.

Instructor, Nancy Nash, will conduct the workshop in the MAC lower gallery. This annual event is usually a sell out, so early registration is suggested.  Workshop is limited to 25 participants and has a nominal fee of $5.00 per participant to cover supplies; ages 9-99 years welcome.

After you have finished creating your masterpiece, take time to browse through our upstairs gallery and select from an astonishing array of extraordinary pieces of arts and crafts, music and books, jewelry and furniture; the distinctive collection is matchless and supports shopping local. Or spend more time enjoying our current show – “Winter Lights” – which will be gracing the walls of the downstairs gallery.

For more information, visit, call 802-334-1966, stop by the MAC and pick up a registration form, or email  MAC Center for the Arts, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization and supports Vermont’s Creative Economy.


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November 19, 2022 - January 7, 2023

Winter Light – Traditions, Interpretations

With the holidays approaching and the shortening of our days ever apparent, this time of year makes us continually grateful for light: streetlights after work, moonlight on snow, fire in the woodstove, lights of holiday cheer, the warm glow from a kitchen window, candles in the evening, a lantern in the woodshed.

MAC Center for the Arts is celebrating the gift of light with the new gallery exhibition entitled “Winter Light – Traditions, Interpretations”, running Saturday November 19  through Saturday January 7 in the downstairs gallery at MAC 158 Main Street, Newport. We cordially invite the public to take a respite from this busy time of year, come in from the cold and enjoy this festival of light in art.


September 3 - October 9, 2022

Caspian Arts at MAC!

New invitational at MAC Gallery featuring works of Vermont artists from Caspian Arts, based in Greensboro, Vt.
Bronze, wood and stone sculpture, bird and animal carving, multi-media painting and collage, fibre arts: quilting, traditional rug hooking and weaving, printmaking and photography, silver jewelry…We are delighted to have their work in Newport for September and October 2022!
Where: MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport (802) 334-1966,
When: Saturday, September 3 – Saturday, October 29, 2022
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-4, closed Mondays
Artist Reception will be announced for late September.



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June 26, 2022

MAC Member Mixer at Eastside Restaurant

A MAC Member Social was held at the Eastside Restaurant in the Dancing Sails Room on June 26th, 2022. It was a welcome chance to get together with old and new friends, as it had been a couple of years due to the pandemic. Members and their guests enjoyed each other’s company, and many were meeting for the first time. It was a good time for all!

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May 27 - August 27, 2022

Waters of Our Lakes, Our Lives

In the aftermath of Covid and with much unsettled in our world, we wanted to imagine an exhibit of relevance to time and place, to here and now, and to appreciate some of the ways we work as artists and crafters by thinking about ‘Waters of our Lakes, our Lives’ here in the Northeast Kingdom, where water influences our lives, not only in what we do, but in how others return here year after year to enjoy the lakes, rivers and streams so abundant in the Northeast Kingdom.

Environmental concerns for both the aquatic plant and animal lives of our waters exist allows free interpretation by makers, ranging from realism to abstraction in painting and photography, fiber arts, print making and pottery, representing only part of what MAC members do.

We are grateful to the Memphremagog Watershed Association for their support in this exhibition.

Dates – Friday May 27 to Saturday August 27. Downstairs Gallery.

MAC Summer Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5, Sunday 10-4, Closed Mondays

MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport, Vermont.  802 334-1966



April 10, 2022

Celebrating Poetry Month at MAC Center for the Arts!

MAC Center for the Arts is excited to host a live poetry reading event on Sunday afternoon, April 10th from 1-3.  This free event will take place at the MAC, 158 Main Street Newport, in the downstairs gallery.  The readings feature all original works by both MAC members and the general public.

If you would like to present your own original work, we welcome you to select up to 3 poems, with a total time limit of 5 minutes – please email Dianne Laplante at to reserve a time slot.  Refreshments will be served and we invite all, from the lover of poetry to the curious, to attend this fun event!

“A poem begins with a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.”  – Robert Frost


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February 26 and March 26, 2022

Abstract Art Workshops with Mercy Manning

MAC member, artist Mercy Manning, will present free hands-on abstract painting workshops on Sat, February 26 and Sat, March 26, from 1:00-3:00, at MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main St, Newport, as part of Newport Downtown Development’s Hot Cocoa Saturdays.

Mercy will show you how to create your own abstract art, using items found around the house, such as spatulas, expired credit cards, and your fingers!

These workshops are free to attend and are open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult. Canvas boards, acrylic paints, and tools will all be supplied. There will be a maximum of 10 people per hour, first come, first served.

Come prepared for a messy art experience – bring your imagination, and leave with your new work of art!

January 29, 2022

20% off Sale at MAC Center for the Arts

The Newport Downtown Development group is planning a series of ‘Hot Cocoa Saturdays’ on the last weekend of each month January – March.

The first ‘Hot Cocoa Saturday’ will be this Saturday, January 29th. MAC will participate by having a one-day 20% off everything sale as our special event!

The MAC Center is located at 158 Main Street in downtown Newport. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Sat 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; closed Monday. For more information, phone (802) 334-1966.