The Dartmouth Cultural Center on Elm Street in South Dartmouth will feature two new art exhibits during the months of June and July, plus informative talks and programs on the environment.

Pauline Santos, President of the Board of Directors for the Dartmouth Cultural Center, and Gallery Director Jill Law joined Townsquare Sunday this week with details on upcoming programs.

One of the exhibits begins this week: paintings by local artist JP Powel. The exhibit is entitled "Seasons," with the paintings depicting various seasons of the year.

"It's a beautiful show," Law said. "JP has been a resident of Dartmouth since 1966, and has been painting since then, and his work is realism with a twist. It's well worth a trip to see."

Powel will also take part in an Artist Talk on June 18 at 2 p.m. at the center.

Also in June and into September, the center will host a series of programs on Thursday nights focusing on climate change. The programs begin on June 23 with a speaker from the Urban Harbor Institute, followed by a speaker from NOAA about hurricanes in our region. You can learn more by visiting or the center's Facebook page.

In July, artist Michael Morris of Dartmouth will display his photographs at the Dartmouth Cultural Center.

"Michael Morris is a fantastic photographer," Law said. "He does a lot of drone images as well as still photography. In his own right, he is an artistic photographer."

The exhibit begins on the weekend of July 1.

More good news at the center, as Pauline Santos said it has received two grants from the Mass. Cultural Council to upgrade the building. Santos said the building's boiler needs to be replaced, and the organization is currently raising matching funds to make sure that work gets done.

The interview with Pauline Santos and Jill Law can be heard here:

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