South Shore Art Center is a non-profit organization based in the coastal area south of Boston. Our facility in Cohasset features appealing galleries and teaching studios. We offer exhibitions and gallery programs, sales of fine arts and studio crafts, courses and workshops, outreach to schools, and special events. We invite your membership and participation. MISSION To enrich the communities south of Boston by fostering an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions and education. South Shore Art Center History by Mary Sheppard The South Shore Art Center was organized some fifty-five years ago by artists wanting to share their work and provide art education through classes. Although located in Cohasset, the South Shore Art Center exists for the artists and communities encompasing the entire South Shore. Our mission statement reads: The mission of the South Shore Art Center is to enrich the communities south of Boston by fostering an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions and education. In the 1950s, the artist community on the South Shore of Boston was a small, rural world, comprised of artists who lived in a paradise of coastal countryside and gathered to paint and exchange ideas in barns, homes, and library basements. According to Isobel Grassie, a former director, Tom Lucas and MacIvor Reddie had their paintings propped against trees or on easels on Cohasset Common to sell when Helen Howe Vosoff appeared and expressed interest in their work. Tom Lucas was teaching art classes at Cohasset High School and MacIvor Reddie was a local landscaper and painter. Helen Vosoff, Cohasset born, was the first president of the new South Shore Playhouse Associates, organized in the early 1950s as a financial sponsor of the South Shore Music Circus and the Melody Tent on Cape Cod. A long discussion among the three ensued and they decided to form an art center in Cohasset, which would be sponsored by the Playhouse Associates. By the fall of 1955, a definite group of interested people began to form plans and committees. The initial three, Lucas, Reddie, and Vosoff, were at the helm and as others joined the association, job categories were assigned. On October 14, 1955, the Art Center settled into its first home at 15 Brook Street. The fee for an active membership of the South Shore Art Center was $2 and class fees ranged between $15 and $20. Fifteen people were registered for classes and one person had signed up to become an active member. One year later, there would be 110 students and 100 active members. festivals with an uncommon attention to detail and commitment to presenting quality art and handmade craft.” South Shore Art Center Arts Festival celebrates its 57th year and showcases craft and fine artists from New England and beyond. In addition to almost one hundred juried exhibitor booths, the Arts Festival features a juried art exhibition and members’ show, live music performances, artist demonstrations, children’s art activities and a young artist exhibition. The Arts Festival draws over 9,000 visitors from the Greater Boston region to historic, oceanside Cohasset Common. 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.