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June 20, 2013

The Lookout: Stroll through downtown Newburyport’s art scene

The city’s second ArtWalk of the season will be held this weekend.

The free, self-guided tour will run from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at 12 galleries around the city.

Special activities planned this time include:

Plein air demonstrations: Artist Alan Bull will paint in the vicinity of the Sweethaven Gallery, on Inn Street and possibly on State Street, traffic permitting.

Firehouse Art Gallery: “A Year of Fresh Turns” by painter Miranda Updike will be on display. The exhibit marks a major shift in the artist’s style.

Sweethaven Gallery: New landscape images of Newburyport and Plum Island by local photographer Greg Nikas have been added. Local weaver Phyllis Sher will show her spring scarves.

Valerie’s Gallery: Meet artist Paul Beauregard on Saturday. He is a third-generation woodworker who creates bird carvings. One of his wooden chickadees will also be raffled off.

Walsingham Gallery: Dennis Poirier will demonstrate his painting process and introduce a new series of maritime paintings featuring scenes of the local fishing industry.

Other participating galleries include Chameleon, Connor Summers Gallery, Indigo Artist Studio, Lepore Fine Arts, Nantucket Stock Exchange, Newburyport Art Association, Sisters We Three and Somerby’s Landing Sculpture Park.

The Artwalk brochure with a map is available at galleries, the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, many restaurants and inns, the middle passageway between State Street and Inn Street, and online at

Strawberry festivities in Merrimac and Georgetown

Strawberry lovers can indulge at two upcoming events celebrating the summer fruit.

On Saturday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., the Merrimacport United Methodist Church is hosting its Strawberry Fair. Lobster rolls and strawberry shortcake will be among the food offerings. There will also be face-painting, children’s crafts and games.

The church is at 39 High St., Merrimac. Ample on-street parking is available along River Road and High Street. For more information, call 978-346-8818 or visit

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