, Newburyport, MA

January 3, 2013

Lookout: Cohen brings 'Venice in Winter' to Port

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — Amesbury's Joel Cohen has taken several trips to Venice, Italy.

All of his visits in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012, were during the so-called "bad weather" months in the Italian city. Yet, Cohen, the former director of the Boston Camerata, brought his digital cameras and kept snapping away.

The result is about 50 photos now hanging in a unique exhibit, "Venice in Winter" at Newburyport's Caffe di Siena on Pleasant Street. Some photos were later digitized/posterized through computer technology, while others are 'straight' images, Cohen said in a statement.

This is his first exhibit as a solo visual artist. It will hang throughout the month.

Cohen has been a photographer since the 1970s and his work has appeared in numerous print publications, including Le Monde, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. He is currently the artistic director of Camerata Mediterranea, a nonprofit musical foundation in both the United States and France.

First Religious choir looking for singers

The First Religious Society in Newburyport is beginning its new season of music shortly, and is looking for new singers to join the group.

The choir sings in a variety of styles and pieces from numerous faith traditions. Rehearsals are held every Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. The Choir Room is upstairs in the sanctuary behind the organ.

For more information, email the church's music director Jay Lane at

Puppet show on Saturday

Maine puppeteer Nicola McEldowney will visit The Reading Room for Kids on Saturday.

McEldowney will perform the fable "Frederick" by Leo Lionni at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the shop in Rye, N.H. Admission is free. The shop is located at 1247 Washington Road, Suite 5, Rye, N.H. For more information, call 603-379-2875 or e-mail

Farrier hangs poster exhibit at Firehouse

Newburyport artist Sandy Farrier has created a new exhibit of theater posters for the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Market Square. Farrier has combined some of his favorite passions -- theater, art and design -- but with a twist. His posters are for plays that have not yet been written.

The show, "Posters for Plays Not Yet Written," will run from Jan. 9 through Feb. 10 in the Firehouse's gallery. Free to attend, the gallery is open from Wednesday through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

A frequent performer on the Firehouse stage, Farrier is familiar with the theater world.

Alan Huisman, development editor at Heinemann Educational Books in Portsmouth, N.H. discussed Farrier's exhibit in a press release. “There are theatre posters, and then there are theatre posters. The worst examples are utilitarian handbills, providing the ‘who-what-when-where’ and perhaps an innocuous, almost always arbitrary, illustration," he wrote. "They’re passed by, ignored; don’t get people in the seats who wouldn’t have been sitting in them anyway. The best are pieces of art in and of themselves, delivering an arresting visual manifestation of the essence of the play while also conveying the logistical information clearly but simply and unobtrusively. Sandy’s are decidedly in the latter category, deserving of permanent display, suitable for framing...His posters make you want to see this play, find your way to that theatre, get there on time, and take your seat.”

“This work bridges three interests of mine: design, photography and theater," Farrier said in a statement. "A poster concept, or, as creative types refer to it, 'the way in,' can come from any of those starting points, and often the final design is informed by all three. Shown here are a few of the over 50 different posters from this series. One of these days I need to write the plays to go with them.”

Maudslay State Park calendars for sale

The Maudslay State Park Association is selling 2013 wall calendars that showcase the passive and active recreation elements of the park. Funds raised from the sales will be used to restore the park’s pond. Calendars are $15.

The calendars are being sold at Yankee Runner, 49 Pleasant St., Newburyport; Greater Boston Running Company, 27 Water St., Newburyport; The Natural Dog, 155 State St., Newburyport; Riverside Cycle, 50 Water St., Newburyport, and The Book Rack, 52 State St., Newburyport. They are also available at Maudslay headquarters at 74 Curzon Mill Road.

Photography exhibit at Joppa Flats Education Center

The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Joppa Flats Education Center will host an exhibit of nature photographs by Newburyport Art Association members Linda Dahlberg and Beth Reiter Blanchard. The show, “Take Another Look,” will run in the center’s Juliet Kellogg French Room from Jan. 6 through Feb. 24.

The public is invited to meet the two artists during a free opening reception at the center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A portion of all sales made during the exhibit are given to Joppa Flats.

The natural history education center is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 978-462-9998 for more information.

Pyche’s photos hang at Merrimac cafe

Local artist Mary Pyche is hanging a new exhibit of her paintings of Merrimac called “Our Towne.” The free show features several of Pyche’s oil paintings of local landmarks and scenery. It runs through Feb. 11 and will hang at Rhythm Cafe, 12 School St., Merrimac. The public can meet with Pyche during a reception on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m.

To create the show, Pyche used a collection of photos taken during her morning walks on Bear Hill Road.

‘Flow State’ to air at Firehouse

Skiers get ready: Warren Miller Entertainment’s “Flow State” will be shown at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Saturday.

Hosted by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, the ski film brings viewers “to the top of the world’s most striking peaks, taking you on an exhilarating journey across the globe to Norway, Austria, California, Switzerland and beyond. The powder in Japan will send you scrambling to tune-up your gear, the gravity in Telluride will have you scheduling an avalanche refresher course, and the steeps in Alaska will drive you to push a little harder during your next preseason workout.”

Among the skiers making appearances in the film are Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, Colby West, Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan and David Wise.

There will be two showings of the film at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors. To purchase, visit the box office or go online to

Baseball in January

The Seacoast Mavericks are holding the Inaugural Seacoast Mavericks' Hot Stove Baseball Dinner and Silent Auction later this month.

The Jan. 25 event will be headlined by Boston Red Sox’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Durham, N.H. native and Tampa Bay outfielder Sam Fuld at the Residence Inn’s Harbor Events Center in Portsmouth, N.H. The evening begins at 6 p.m. Proceeds will help offset the costs of operations for the not-for profit Seacoast Mavericks collegiate baseball team.

Tickets are $80. For more information, visit


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