, Newburyport, MA

March 7, 2013

Lookout: Young artists named winners in NAA show

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — As part of the Newburyport Art Association’s ArtLink educational outreach program, the works of young artists fill the walls of the Water Street gallery this week.

The Young and Budding Artists show is open to students in grades 1 to 12 and offers a chance to display their creations in a professionally installed show, which is juried.

Students had to create works using oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, drawing, mixed media, photography and sculpture. The show runs from tomorrow through March 23. The public is invited to attend a reception with the youth on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., during which awards will be presented.

Newburyport painter and illustrator Susan Spellman served as this year’s judge. The show is funded by several donors, including The Arbeit Family, Anita Currier, The Walsingham Gallery, Gessner Studio and families, Peg Dalton and the art association.

This year’s winners include:

Ruthanne Arbeit Excellence Award for “Best of Show”: Annie Clayton, grade 9, “Dignity”

Currier Awards for Excellence: Ian Timothy, Genevieve Clark, Jillian Gray and Casey Ross

The Walsingham Gallery Awards for Excellence: Ella Malinowski, Andrew Davis, Katie Mead, Eli Anderson, Kate Keery, Madison Williams

Gessner Studio Awards for Excellence: Devin DiSilva, Madeline Olive Wilson, Gabriel Michalman, Charlotte Donohue, Peter Olds, Coco Haseltine, Mia Shactman, Min Bachrach, Chloe Hammond, Alexa Ronan, Aiden Healy, Angela Cannatelli, Abigail Lacey, Astrid Burnham, Wooree Chae, Cate Johnson

Beverly Mitchell Award for Excellence: Hannah Thibodeau, grade 10, “Tribal Chair,” sculpture

Christine Molitor Johnson Award for Excellence: Christopher Rassias, grade 6, Battis Farm, Amesbury, watercolor

Howard Dalton Memorial Award for Excellence: Natalie Pelletier, grade 10, drawing

Art Association honorable mention awards: Griffin Kellher, Aelic Lynch, Rosemary Beck, Kiley Morrill Downy, Megan Clear, Drew Rosen

Children’s artwork on display at Valerie’s

Valerie’s Gallery in Newburyport is hosting a special kind of art show this month.

The young artists range from kindergarten through third grade at Newburyport Montessori School and Inn Street Montessori School. The shop has about 30 pieces of art on display.

“They worked on specific projects, emulating well-known artists, such as Matisse, pop art and even the cave paintings from Lascaux Cave in France,” owner Valerie Stanton wrote in an email.

Rummage sale at First Religious

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

The sale is set for tomorrow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The public can browse through a selection of gently used garments, purses, shoes, accessories. Donations to the sale will be accepted all next week.

First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Author holds coffee chat in Georgetown

Author Stephen Puleo will host a coffee chat at the Georgetown Peabody Library on Saturday at 10 a.m. as a fundraiser for the American Association of University Women and The Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library.

Proceeds will help to fund a scholarship for a local college student to attend the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders. The Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library will use their share of the profits to buy museum passes and fund community programs.

Puleo will discuss his latest book, “The Caning,” in which he relates the story of the events of May 22, 1856 “when pro-slavery Congressman Preston S. Brooks of South Carolina strode into the United States Senate chamber and began beating anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, with a gold-topped walking cane, rendering him unconscious.”

Admission is $12 per person or $20 per couple. Guests can enjoy homemade baked goods, fruit, coffee, tea and juice. To reserve a seat, call 978-352-8931 or email

Youth orchestra gives community concert

Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will hold a free community concert on Sunday, beginning at 3 p.m. at Free Christian Church, 31 Elm St., Andover.

The members of the orchestra’s 14 chamber ensembles will perform a collection of music by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Stamitz.

The group includes Alissa Heitmann on cello, and Nicholas Heitmann on violin, both of Amesbury; Aidan Kelly on clarinet, and David Shane on cello, both of Georgetown; Claire Werner on violin, of Rowley, and West Newbury’s Peter Cahaly on violin, and Ryan Dymek on bass clarinet.

Auditions at Theatre Workshop

Georgetown Theatre Workshop will be holding auditions for its next production, the comedy, “Greater Tuna,” by Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard.

The show is being directed by Andy Arnott and will feature six performers, including two men. The show dates are May 10-11 and May 16-18.

Open auditions will be held on Sunday and Monday at 7 p.m. at the workshop, 22 Pleasant St., Georgetown. Script will be provided. For more information, check the website at

Photography exhibit at Caffe di Siena

Local photographers Mort and Sandy Gilbert are exhibiting a selection of their works at Newburyport’s Caffe di Siena this month.

The theme of the father-daughter show, “In Just a Moment,” stems from photography’s ability to capture “the briefest of moments” and preserve “the events potentially forever as photographic images.”

Caffe di Siena is located at 33 Pleasant St.

Robinson-Cox shows work at Firehouse

Photographer Judy Robinson-Cox has unveiled a new show, “Lilliputian Landscapes,” at the Firehouse Center for the Arts gallery this month.

Robinson-Cox’s show depicts a chance encounter she had several years ago with miniature figurines.

“As long as I can remember I’ve loved to create my own private worlds with toys and miniature figures,” Robinson-Cox wrote in a statement. “Several years ago, a friend gave me a tiny plastic pig, which I decided to photograph as if it were life size by placing it on a ‘hill’ of broccoli. This quickly evolved to more elaborate scenes.”

In 2004, she took the idea one step farther by adding miniature people to the scenes.

“My discovery of a German company that made miniature figures for model train and architect’s models led to the birth of ‘Lilliputian Landscapes,’” she wrote. “All of the images in this series are photographs of temporary tabletop dioramas that I construct with common objects found around my house. By placing tiny plastic figures in the setting and photographing it with a macro lens, the scene is transformed from an ordinary picture of food or household objects into a miniature world with a life of its own.”

The public will have a chance to see the show and meet with Robinson-Cox on Sunday during a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Angelil holds reading at Senior Center

Amesbury author Muriel Angelil will visit the Amesbury Senior Center to give a reading of her book, “Back to the Past, A Daughter of the Nile,” on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The memoir tells of Angelil’s childhood in Alexandria, Egypt, and her journey to America. Several pieces of Angelil’s artwork will also be on display during her talk.

Woodworth gives talk at First Religious

Newburyport historian Ghlee Woodworth will give a free talk on the Clipper Heritage Trail on Wednesday, March 13, beginning at 1 p.m.

The Clipper Heritage Trail is a series of self-guided history tours of Newburyport. Woodworth will discuss how the concept of the trail came to be and its design. The tours focus on local authors, abolitionists, sea captains, shipbuilders, comb makers and many others.

The First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

A native of Newburyport, Woodworth is a 12th-generation descendant of Robert Adams, one of the first settlers of Newbury.

‘Annie, Jr.’ comes to Firehouse

The student version of the beloved musical, “Annie, Jr.,” is coming to the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

A cast of local student actors will tell the story of the perky red-headed orphan and her quest to find her parents, with the help of her fellow orphan friends.

Directed by Deirdre and John Budzyna, the play is produced by Acting Out Productions through a special arrangement with Music Theater International.

The cast includes Rebecca Adams, Margot Anderson-Song, Kate Anderson-Song, Amelia Aussant, Stella Badalment, Matthew Bazenas, Ella Bernard, Molly Bernard, Eliza Bethman, Maggie Bornstein, Olivia Buckley, Kelsey Buonodono, Ceilgh Cacho-Negrete, Graham Campbell, Sami Cavanaugh,Isabella Costello, Emma Crepeau, Grace Curran, Harry DiTullio, Emma Dollas, Lily Elwood, Lilian Fichera, Caitlin Gagnon, Harleigh Gastman, Kate Gerrish, Talia Goodman, Katie Gootkind, Shannon Harrington, Valerie Heath, Max Howard, Lucy Jones, Megan Kempton, Kat Kjaer, Christian Kjaer, Katie Lowell, Julia Marcheterre, Anna Marcheterre, Emily Marino-Babcock, Li McClure, Grace Montgomery, Anna Moreland, Kate Nickodemus, Erin O’Bannon, Ellie Odoy, Meaghan O’Leary, Julia Olson, Emma O’Rourke, Grace Ostrander, Josie Palma, Berit Palma, Carly Pearlson, Justin Peavey, Emily Phelan, Lily Pilz, Madeleine Reid, Mia Rodriguez, Jessie Rosenthal, Josephine Schofield, Kristen Siebert, Ruby Sliwkowski, Brooke Smith, Maddie Snyder, Megan Stephens, Mackenzie Tatro, Claire Thibeault, Annie Toleos, Julia Tribastone, Sadie Vandenberg, Addison Varay, Augie Vesely, Maddy Vining, Janie Zaniboni and Joy Zaniboni.

Performances are set for Friday and Saturday, March 15 and March 16 at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and March 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. Call the box office at 978-462-7336 or visit online at


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