DCA to reopen with John Barth exhibit

Books by Cambridge native John Barth are pictured.

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester Center for the Arts will reopen its downstairs galleries from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 6, with a new exhibit curated by John Lewis titled “Art from the South Bank: Works Inspired by John Barth’s Vision of the Eastern Shore.”

Author and Cambridge native John Barth celebrated his 90th birthday on May 27.

“Barth, who grew up on Aurora Street in Cambridge and went on to win the National Book Award, was fond of stating that ‘the real Eastern Shore began on the south bank of the Choptank River,’ and from his first novel (“The Floating Opera”) onwards, his books have been infused with a love and appreciation for the region,” Lewis said.

With this in mind, area artists were asked to produce work inspired by Barth’s writing and “the real Eastern Shore” at the heart of it. From photography to drawing and various other media, this show interprets the Eastern Shore through Barth’s lens.

The exhibit will run through June 27. Starting June 11, gallery hours will be noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Join the “virtual” Second Saturday reception from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Saturday, June 13, as DCA live streams on Facebook with a tour of the exhibit and a talk by Lewis.

For more information on the Dorchester Center for the Arts, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, visit www.dorchesterarts.org.

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