A ceramics exhibit by Nancy Cahan opens Tuesday at the Newburyport Art Association.
“Raku: Vessels and Sculpture” features a range of work inspired by the beauty and edges of nature. Cahan’s pieces capture the earthy to abstract with torn and ruptured vessels and female torsos.
Raku is a firing process that involves extreme heat, fire and smoke, resulting in black, metallic and crackled glazes.
An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, March 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will run through March 16.
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.
Mardi Gras celebration in Byfield this weekend
Ring in Mardi Gras a little late with a performance by the Squeezebox Stompers tomorrow night in Byfield.
The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse will host the band’s annual celebration, featuring a mix of Cajun, zydeco, country, blues and jazz music. The Cat Cafe will serve authentic Cajun gumbo and New Orleans beer in addition to its regular fare.
The celebration was originally scheduled for Feb. 15 but was postponed due to the snowstorm that day.
The coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St. Doors open at 7:30, and the music starts at 8. Admission is $15 at the door.
Free theater use in Newburyport
Applications are available now for the Firehouse Center for the Arts’ Community Use Grant Program.
Six nonprofit organizations from Greater Newburyport will receive complimentary midweek access to the lobby and theater in Newburyport’s Market Square, along with marketing assistance for their public events.
Submissions are due by March 14, and winners will be chosen by lottery. The program is open to nonprofits in Amesbury, Salisbury, Seabrook, Newbury, Newburyport, West Newbury, Byfield, Groveland, Merrimac, Georgetown and Rowley.
For an application and more information, visit www.firehouse.org/Firehouse_community_use_grant_program_2014.pdf.