, Newburyport, MA

January 9, 2014

The Lookout: Local artists show off their work

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — The Winter Members Juried Show, Part 1, opens tomorrow and runs through Feb. 1 at the Newburyport Art Association.

The exhibit features acrylic, fine craft, mixed media, pastel and photography. 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 110 entries by 83 artists, include:

Sam Sargent Award for Best of Show: Jeff Ventola, “Winter’s End” (pastel)

Institution for Savings Award for Work in Acrylic: Madeleine Hopkins, “Snow & Pines”

Strem Chemicals Award for Work in Mixed Media: Stephen Martin, “Jack in the Box”

Re/Max on the River Award for Work in Photography: Debra Woodward, “Purple Blanket”

Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank Award for Work in Pastel: Janet Macleod, “Mid-Summer at Cox”

Honorable mentions: Cara Goiner, “Here We Stand,” acrylic; Catherine Davis, “Painted Desert After the Rain,” photography; Lisa Bohnwagner, “Untitled,” acrylic

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.

Explore French culture with Tannery Series

The Tannery Series is kicking off its fifth season next Thursday with “La Vie Boheme: Adam Gopnik on French Life, Light and Love” at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.

Gopnik is an acclaimed writer for The New Yorker and the author of a number of books and essay collections, including “Paris to the Moon.”

The program, part of an evening of French cafe culture to celebrate the new impressionism exhibit, will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the museum, located in East India Square on Essex Street.

Tickets are $10. To reserve a seat, call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information about The Tannery Series, visit or call 617-794-0995.

Newburyport author opens winter series

Mystery writer Joel Brown will be the featured guest at the Emma L. Andrews Library’s first Author Night of the year.

Brown, a Newburyport resident and author of “Essex Coastal Byway Guide,” will read from his latest novel, “Revolution Rock.” It is the third Libertyport Mystery, featuring the adventures of singer-songwriter Baxter McLean. This time, McLean has to solve an old murder, following clues deep into the past and risking a romance three decades in the making.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

The library is located at the corner of Purchase and Marlborough streets in Newburyport. Guests are encouraged to stop by beforehand to reserve seats for the presentation, the first in the Winter Author Series.

Birding presentation at Joppa Flats

A slide program and lecture on “Birding in Minnesota and North Dakota: Boreal Forest to Prairie” will be presented Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Dave Larson, science and education coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats, will take the audience on a virtual tour of his 2013 trip, where he and his group saw 179 species of birds and 14 species of mammals.

Admission is free for members and $4 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call 978-462-9998 or visit

Joppa Flats Education Center is located at 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport.

Liz Frame brings band to Byfield

Popular local band Liz Frame and the Kickers will perform at the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse tomorrow night.

The high-energy American/alternative country group plays original songs with infectious harmonies and sophisticated melodies.

The Barn Burners, a hard-hitting country rock trio, will open the show.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $5 at the door. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be available to purchase.

Visit for more information.

New exhibit opens at Custom House

Prints by artist Blake Hughes are featured in “Illustrated Newburyport,” the Custom House Maritime Museum’s first exhibit of the year.

Hughes has penned and colored a large range of artistic subjects from almost every era in his “Newburyport Through the Years” collection, which will be on display through March 1.

The museum is located at 25 Water St., Newburyport. Winter hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays and holiday Mondays from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 978-462-8681 or email

Theater groups casting new shows

Auditions for Neverland Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz” will be held Monday in Beverly.

The group is planning two productions, a full version and a youth version, with performances set for April. Audition times are 5 p.m. for ages 6-10, 6 p.m. for ages 11-13, 7 p.m. for ages 14-18, and 8 p.m. for ages 18 and older at Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St.

Actors are asked to bring a verse or entire song to sing a cappella and a short monologue to read.

For more information, visit

This Sunday, actors and actresses ages 10 and up have one more chance to audition for Village Theatre Company’s production of “Night at the Wax Museum.”

Auditions are scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Laurel Grange, 21 Garden St., West Newbury. Performances are April 3-6.

Those interested are asked to bring a list of shows they have been in and a head shot, as well as to be prepared to perform a short song and a very short scene or monologue. People will also be required to read/act in groups.

For more information, visit

Coffee shop hosting open mikes

A weekly open mike called Merrimac Mic is held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters.

Poets, writers and storytellers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for five minutes at the microphone. No experience is necessary.

Tonight’s event will feature former Daily News columnist Nancy Crochiere of Amesbury. “The Mother Load” ran for 15 years and has just been published in book form.

The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature Martin England tomorrow and Michael Bernier on Saturday.

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

Bernier has performed throughout the U.S. both as a solo acoustic act and as the front man of roots rock bands Freevolt and The Uprising.

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


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