Five museum shows to enrich your summer excursions, from Connecticut to Maine

Murray Whyte for Boston Globe

GIO SWABY: FRESH UP A quiltmaker with a thoroughly contemporary vision for the medium, Swaby, who is in her early 30s, makes portraits of the women in her immediate social circle with needle, thread, and fabric. A gesture of tenderness and care, Swaby is also subverting the perception of the medium as utilitarian craft as she imbues it with deeply personal, emotional value and a desire to be seen on her own terms. Aug. 12 to Nov. 26. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-9500,

July 14, 2023