Spring Marlborough • All Around the Show


With shimmering rings, fabulous furniture, luminescent vases, striking sculptures, sweaters so gorgeous and fuzzy you just want to dive into their display,” The Boston Globe writes, “visitors to Paradise City tend to wander the aisles in awe of the visual banquet before them.”

Metro Boston’s leading show and sale of fine craft, painting and sculpture has been rescheduled for June 12-14. Whether you come for serious collecting, imaginative gifting, or simply refreshing your home and wardrobe with something special, you’ll delight in searching out treasures at Paradise City. Prepare to fall in love with the work of over 170 marvelous exhibitors, with lots of astounding new artists.

In the Sculpture Café

The sunlit Sculpture Café is a meeting place, a gallery exhibition area, and a cozy spot to grab a drink or a sweet bite and rest your feet after your first pass through the show. Every afternoon from noon to 4pm music wafts from the café through the entire exhibition hall. Reconnect with your friends (or make new ones!) at one of the tables in the Sculpture Café for espresso or a glass of wine, a European pastry selection and, best of all, sharing the contents of your shopping bags.

It’s a great place to people-watch and share photos of work by your favorite Paradise City artists on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. If you’re more in the mood for food that’s savory and substantial, look to the Paradise Café in the rear of the hall for overstuffed sandwiches, creative salads, hot soups and yummy daily specials like chicken pot pie.

This spring’s excellent lineup of music in the Sculpture Café: Listen to original music, ballads from the Great American Songbook, upbeat Motown, and swing in three-part harmony.

Roger Salloom and Friends. An acclaimed singer/songwriter. Rolling Stone Magazine calls his music “superb” and IMDb writes, “…The writing talent of Dylan or Guthrie… musical genius…hilarious and tragic, kindhearted and careless, all the complexities of a real human being.”

Leslie Alexandra Trio. Classic Big Band music with fabulous vocals by Leslie Alexandra and keyboards by Don McMahon. The face behind the beat is Chet Pasek on percussion.

O Tones Trio. Infectious renditions of swing and Motown. Soulful singer Mary Witt is accompanied by bass, guitar, keyboards and three-part harmony.

“Ocean View!” Themed Exhibit at Paradise City

There’s something greater about the human pull to the sea, spurring us to travel to the thin line between land and water whenever we get the chance. The ocean calms us, makes us feel at once safe and small. It inspires exploration, both mental and physical: this water is the border between us and somewhere totally different. It is an endless source of power and mystery. It is a place where we do not belong, and yet we find ourselves drawn to it, over and over.

In art and design, the ocean is an endless well of possibilities. Paintings may literally capture the scenes of coastal life or co-opt the patterns and hues of water. Sculptors recreate the lines and curves of a mussel shell or the aggressive spikes of a lionfish. The sea may even literally provide the materials for artistic work: shells, stones, and sea-worn glass can be used to create jewelry or accentuate a mosaic. Everybody wants an ocean view, and this exhibition in the Sculpture Café gives us just what we desire.

How Do They Do It? Mastering the Wood Lathe

New this year at the Marlborough show, Steven Wiseman shares the intricacies of wood turning on the lathe. He’ll demonstrate lathe and spindle turning, creating hardwood bowls and sculptural vessels as you watch. Booth 355

Walking the show, one often comes across an artist sketching out a concept for a commission, fitting a ring, creating an embroidered painting or sizing clothing for a client. This is one of the little pleasures of Paradise City. Not only is the event an opportunity to meet the artists and talk to them about their work, but there is always a glimpse of the technique and thought process behind each piece of art. Listen to their stories!

Free Parking at the Trade Center

Acres of free parking surround the Royal Plaza Trade Center and Hotel, with designated handicap parking right by the show entrance. Did you know there’s also a convenient free shuttle that can pick you up and drop you off at your car, wherever you park in the lots? That perk comes in very handy when you’re carrying out big or heavy packages. The shuttle runs a continuous circle around the parking lots and the entrance from a half-hour before opening to a half-hour after closing each day.

Enter to Win a Shopping Spree

Visitors may stop by the Information Booth at any time during the show to place their entry for a drawing in one of the big baskets. The winner will receive a gift certificate for a $250 shopping spree that may be redeemed at an exhibitor’s booth at any Paradise City Arts Festival over the next year.

Benefit Coat Check

Since 1998, the enthusiastic volunteers from the Marlborough Public Schools Music Association have been operating a coat and package check at the entrance to Paradise City to benefit music in the public schools. It’s so much more comfortable to walk the show without wearing or carrying a heavy coat or umbrella! You can even leave any purchases at the coat check and pick them up on your way out. Donations are voluntary, and much appreciated.

The Marlborough Public Schools Music Association (MPSMA) is a non-profit organization formed specifically to support all music students in the Marlborough school system, with an emphasis on the higher grades. Their financial assistance awards scholarships, sends students to competitions and supports student music programs for vocal and dance groups as well as instrumental. Paradise City has raised over $400,000 over the years to benefit community causes and non-profits, including Hospice, animal rescue shelters, the Food Bank, the International Language Institute, Cancer Connection, the Survival Center and Public Television. The beneficiary organization receives 100% of the donated funds. Paradise City is proud to support the Marlborough Public Schools Music Association.