Pastels by Newburyport landscape artist Skip Motes will be featured in the first show of the year at the gallery in the Firehouse Center for the Arts.
“Motes Motifs: New Year, New Show, New Art” features a large body of new works, which Motes describes as “tone poems that interpret the color, texture, beauty and fragility of the Great Marsh and seacoast landscape of the region.” He often makes his own pastels and builds up the texture with printing inks and dry color pigments.
A free opening reception will be held Sunday, Jan. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. and will feature music by guitarist John Tavano. The show runs from Jan. 2-26.
The gallery at the Firehouse, located in Newburyport’s Market Square, is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., later on performance days. “Works in Slate” by Michael Updike is currently on display.
Ring in the new year with Entrain
Entrain will once again play a New Year’s Eve bash at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury.
The Martha’s Vineyard-based, six-piece band was formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993 and offers a range of sounds from rock, blues and calypso to ska, zydeco, jazz and funk. The band includes Sam Holmstock on conga/djembe/trombone, lead singer/guitarist Brian Alex, bassist M’Talewa, saxophonist/percussionist Phillip Young and keyboardist Tony Falcetti.
The celebration will include a buffet and party favors, as well as a countdown to midnight and balloon drop to ring in 2013.
Tickets are $25 for the show only and $55 for the show and buffet. Dinner starts at 7 p.m., and the concert runs from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.blueoceanmusichall.com.
Theater groups casting new shows
Actors and actresses ages 10 and up are invited to audition for Village Theatre Company’s production of “Night at the Wax Museum.”