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November 1, 2012

Lookout: Motes' motifs hanging at Hills gallery

Newburyport artist Skip Motes is hanging a new exhibit in the Laura Coombs Hills Gallery at the Newburyport Art Association. The show, which opens on Sunday, runs through Nov. 10.

The public can attend a reception with Motes on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gallery, 65 Water St., Newburyport.

In a statement to the media, Motes said he views his art as “tone poems that interpret the color and texture of the Great Marsh and seacoast landscape of the region.”

“I work in pastel and build up texture with printing inks and dry color pigments,” he said. “The images are in a small format, usually 10 inches square or so; I want the art to be affordable.”

Motes attended the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Conn., where he won the Shanley Prize for pastels.

Rummage sale at

First Religious

The First Religious Society in Newburyport will host a rummage sale this weekend.

The sale, featuring gently used garments and accessories, will run tomorrow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Salisbury author releases novel

Salisbury resident Douglas Wynne released his first novel last week — and it’s a perfect fit for Halloween.

A launch party for the rock-’n’-roll ghost story, “The Devil of Echo Lake” will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop in the Tannery Marketplace, Newburyport. Wynne will sign copies of the book during the festivities.

“The Devil of Echo Lake” was recently named the winner of Journalstone’s Horror Fiction award.

TTS Players present ‘Night of the Bully’

The TTS Players production, “Night of the Bully” will be staged on Saturday at the Byfield Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield.

The comedy by Jack Neary tells the story of Richard Feather, “a mild-mannered candy salesman from Winooski, Vermont who discovers, much to his chagrin, that national talk show host, Forrest James, has been challenged on camera to prove that he has a family,” notes organizers.

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