, Newburyport, MA

February 6, 2014

The Lookout: New exhibit celebrates old-fashioned romance

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — A “Downton Abbey”-inspired art exhibit opens this weekend at The Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport.

Long before the British drama won fans across the pond with its glamour and romance, artist James Kubiatowicz was painting his own scenes of dinner jackets and evening gowns.

“Gestures of Romance: New Paintings From James Kubiatowicz” captures the little moments that define relationships, like a man buckling a woman’s shoe or a waiter arriving with a birthday cake.

The public is invited to meet Kubiatowicz at a free artist’s reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the 47 Merrimac St. gallery. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will run through Feb. 22. For more information, call 978-499-4411 or visit

Gala to help orchestras’ programs

The second annual “Warm Music for a Winter’s Night,” a gala benefit for the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, will be held Saturday in Rockport.

Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St. Organizers say the 15-piece orchestra has been selling out concert halls since its inception in 1995, when Oliver was a student at Berklee College of Music.

The NMYO serves northeast Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, with student musicians from more than 40 towns, including Amesbury, Georgetown, Newburyport, Rowley and West Newbury.

Proceeds benefit the NMYO’s special programs for young musicians, community outreach efforts and scholarship fund.

Tickets are $25 and $50 for general admission; $75 for patron, which includes premium seating and inclusion in the concert program; and $150 for benefactor, which includes premium seating, a pre-concert reception with hors d’oeuvres and acknowledgment in the program. For benefactor tickets or more information, contact NMYO at or 978-309-9833. For all other tickets, contact Rockport Music at or 978-546-7391.

NAA artists show work, receive awards

The Winter Members Juried Show, Part 2, opens tomorrow and runs through March 1 at the Newburyport Art Association.

The exhibit includes digital art, drawing, oil, printmaking, sculpture and watercolor. A free opening reception and awards presentation will be held Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Award winners for the show, which was juried by Mary Harding of the George Marshall Store Gallery in Maine and features 150 works, include:

Sam Sargent Award for Best of Show: Noriko Fox, “Consumption #2” (oil)

Institution for Savings Award for Work in Oil: Don Reed, “Breakfast on Kelly Street”

H. Patterson Hale Jr. Charitable Foundation Award for Work in Watercolor: Michael Doran, “Old Harbor Bonfleur — West”

Re/Max on the River Award for Work in Digital Art: Lisa Reinke, “Pinterest Doodle #1”

Matter Communications Inc. Award for Work in Drawing: Skip Motes, “Plum Island Marsh, Tidal Pool”

Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank Award for Work in Printmaking: Muriel Angelil, “The Man”

Newburyport Development Award for Work in Sculpture: Pete Spampinato, “Forever Free”

Honorable mentions: Jan Roy, “Still Life 3,” oil; Madeleine Hopkins, “Moody Point,” oil; Gail Wright, “Vermont Winter,” watercolor; Barbara Kremer, “Snow on the Marsh,” watercolor; Robert Stefani, “Sheena,” sculpture

The association is located at 65 Water St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Nonprofit’s annual oyster fundraiser

Pennies for Poverty is hosting “Bucks for Shucks,” its third annual Oyster-Fest Fundraiser, on Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Starboard Galley in Newburyport.

The event features oyster selection and shucking by Richard Rush, editor-in-chief of the Oyster Information Newsletter. Admission is a recommended donation of $10, with proceeds going toward the nonprofit’s mission of alleviating poverty in the Greater Newburyport area.

This year’s fundraiser is being held in conjunction with the Newburyport Art Association’s opening reception for its Winter Members Juried Show, Part 2.

The restaurant is located at 55 Water St., a couple of doors down from the association.

Comedy and romance at the Firehouse

Laughter is on the menu at the Firehouse Center for the Arts this weekend, when Boston comedians Mark Scalia and Joe Yannetty will take the stage.

Scalia is a regular at the top Boston comedy clubs and has performed in Las Vegas and New York and on Comedy Central. Yannetty has headlined around the world and been a guest on dozens of TV shows.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday and also features Abhishek Shah, who has performed at the top clubs in New England. Tickets are $20.

Next weekend, love will be in the air when the Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio performs on Valentine’s Day.

Pascual is a virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and improviser. He will be joined by percussionist Tupac Mantilla and bassist Brad Barrett.

Flamenco dancer Auxi Fernandez will perform during the concert, which starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $24.

For reservations or more information on either show, call the box office at 978-462-7336 or visit

Newburyport artist the focus of lecture

Famed Newburyport artist Laura Coombs Hills is the subject of a lecture on Tuesday at the Historical Society of Old Newbury.

Sandy Lepore, a noted Hills scholar, and Jay Williamson, the society’s curator, will lead an in-depth discussion of Hills’ biography, influences and life in Newburyport.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture starts at 7 at 98 High St., Newburyport.

The society is home to a number of Hill’s paintings and other memorabilia. The lecture is part of a series celebrating the city’s 250th anniversary.

Mystery writer at Jabberwocky

Author Elizabeth Brink will discuss her new mystery, “North of Boston,” tomorrow night at 7 at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport.

Published under the pen name Elizabeth Elo, the suspense novel is the story of Pirio Kasparaov, a Boston-bred, tough-talking woman with an acerbic wit and a moral compass that points due north.

Brink grew up in Boston and lived in Newburyport for a number of years. She holds a doctorate in American literature from Brandeis University and has taught writing in the region. She now resides in Brookline.

Jabberwocky is located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St.

New exhibit open at Firehouse gallery

“Recent Landscapes” by Jonathan MacAdam are on display through Feb. 23 at the gallery in the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

MacAdam works in oil on canvas and board, and his style is reminiscent of the 19th-century Hudson River School. The paintings range in locations, from his birthplace of England to Italy to the local salt marshes. He is a graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, where he studied painting and sculpture.

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.

Choral groups looking for new members

Cantemus is seeking a few good men — experienced tenors, baritones and basses — to join its chamber chorus.

Auditions will be held Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. at Miles River Middle School, Route 1A, Hamilton, during the chorus’s normal rehearsal.

Singers should be prepared to sing something like “America.” Short prepared solos are also welcome, though not required.

Cantemus’ spring concerts are on April 26 and 27 in Hamilton and Newburyport. Titled “Sing We Merrily: Part Songs, Catches & Glees,” they will feature works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Ken Neufeld and others.

To make an audition appointment, contact For more information, visit

The First Religious Society in Newburyport is also welcoming new singers, especially tenors, to its choir.

Rehearsals are held at the 26 Pleasant St. church on Sundays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., and the choir performs at the 10:30 a.m. service every Sunday.

No auditions are necessary, but singers should be comfortable with learning new music quickly. For more information, contact Jay Lane at or 978-465-0602, ext. 410.

Local photographers display their work

A dozen local photographers are currently showing their work in an exhibit running through Feb. 27 at Lawrence Heritage State Park.

“Capturing the Beauty” is a varied collection of scenic, nature and artistically interpreted images by the members of The Merrimac Valley Group.

An artists’ reception with light refreshments will be held Sunday, Feb. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. Storm date is Feb. 23. The park is located at 1 Jackson St., Lawrence, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Give the gift of song to your valentine

Looking for a unique way to surprise your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? Both the Merrimack Valley Townsmen and the Beverly Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus are offering Singing Valentines.

Barbershop quartets will travel to offices, homes, schools and other venues throughout Essex County to sing for unsuspecting recipients. They will also present cards and roses.

To order a valentine or for more information, call the Merrimack Valley Townsmen at 978-373-3208 or 603-329-5687 or the Northshoremen at 978-744-3592 or 866-727-4988.

Photography exhibit at Port cafe

Mort and Sandy Gilbert are the featured artists this month at Carry Out Cafe in Newburyport.

The father and daughter from Copper Beech Studio take pictures of local landscapes and are passionate about chasing natural light.

The cafe is located at 155 State St.

Musical entertainment on tap in city

17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature Martin England tomorrow and The Bean Pickers Union on Saturday.

England writes and performs emotionally charged folk rock in the tradition of Johnny Cash and Ray LaMontagne.

Fronted by Chuck Melchin, The Bean Pickers Union is a loose collective of musicians from the Boston area. The band plays bluegrass-influenced Americana and twangy rock.

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Newburyport restaurant.

A few doors down at Loretta, the Bob Kramer Band will take the stage Saturday from 9:45 to 11:30 p.m. The rock/blues/folk trio features multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Bob Kramer, vocalist Cynthia Keefe, and bassist and vocalist Alan Foucault.

On Sunday, Parker Wheeler & Friends will welcome guitarist, vocalist and composer Murali Coryell for the weekly Blues Party at the Grog in Newburyport. They will also be joined by Coryell’s bassist, Vince Leggiere, and drummer, Dorian Randolph, along with saxophonist Amadee Castenell and special guest guitarists John Harrington and Bob Wolfman.

Upcoming performances will feature Willie J. Laws on Feb. 16 and Castenell, Tom West, Maureen Medeiros, Tony Carle, Steve Monahan and Steve Bankuti on Feb. 23.

Admission is $7, and shows run from 6 to 11 p.m. at the 13 Middle St. restaurant.

Local photographer featured at library

Photographs by Merrimac resident Kayte Ministeri are on display through February at the Merrimac Public Library.

Ministeri, 18, is a student at Northern Essex Community College. The exhibit focuses on the genres of candid, macro and portrait photography.

The library is located at 86 W. Main St. For more information, visit


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