, Newburyport, MA

June 20, 2013

The Lookout: Stroll through downtown Newburyport’s art scene

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — 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

On Monday from 6 to 8 p.m., a Strawberry Social & Band Concert is planned at the First Congregational Church in Georgetown.

Enjoy strawberry shortcake, strawberries and ice cream and a chocolate fountain. In the case of rain, the event will move from the church lawn to the Fellowship Hall.

Admission is $5. For more information, call 978-273-2999.

Laughs on the menu at comedy celebration

An Anniversary Comedy Show at the Winner’s Circle on Tuesday will celebrate four years of weekly shows.

Starting at 8 p.m., the free event will be hosted by Tony Moschetto and feature a mix of stand-up comedians from throughout New England, giveaways and surprises.

The Winner’s Circle is located at 35 Elm St. (Route 110), Salisbury. For more information, call 978-828-9532.

Tour the Plum Island lighthouse this weekend

The Newburyport Harbor Light at Plum Island will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, weather permitting.

Sneakers are required, and there is a short ladder to climb. Children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall.

Admission and parking are free, though donations will be accepted.

For more information, call the Friends of Plum Island Light at 978-463-2867, email or visit

Geiger center feting its 30th birthday

A Dance Party Celebration tomorrow night will mark the 30th anniversary of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport.

The party will take place from 7 to midnight at the Mission Oak Grill’s Steeple Hall, 26 Green St., Newburyport. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and there will be a limited live auction and raffle. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at or by contacting 978-465-0999 or

The center has evolved from a handful of volunteers in the basement of a church in 1982 to a $2 million nonprofit agency staffed by 24 professionals and dozens of trained volunteers who serve more than 1,400 clients a year.

‘Seize the Moment’ auction at St. James

St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will hold its annual “Seize the Moment” auction on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The live and silent auctions will include a range of options up for bid, including artwork, gift certificates, and handmade items by the church’s youngest parishioners.

The church is located at 119 Washington St., Groveland.

Vintage advertisements part of new exhibit

A new exhibit at the Portsmouth Athenaeum features advertising materials from the mid-1800s to the present day.

“Ephemera: The Art of Everyday Printed Matter” runs through Sept. 15 and includes trade cards, greeting cards, calendars, menus, bookmarks, dance cards, business cards and posters from a number of Portsmouth, N.H., businesses.

Tonight at 7, Thomas Mickey, author of “America’s Romance With the English Garden,” will speak on “The Effect of Chromolithography on the Gardening Industry.” Chromolithography is a method of making multicolor prints developed in the 19th century. Mickey will emphasize the impact of brightly colored seed catalogs and packets.

On July 11 at 7, Lorna Condon, senior curator of library and archives for Historic New England, will give an illustrated talk, “Ephemera Defined: Featuring Treasures From the Collection of Historic New England.”

The exhibit is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Athenaeum’s Randall Gallery, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth.

Both the exhibit and lectures are free, though reservations are required for the latter. Call 603-431-2538.

Tea party/hat contest for cancer research

The second annual Mad Hatter Tea Party will be held Sunday at Glenn’s Restaurant & Cool Bar in Newburyport.

Hosted from 1 to 3 p.m. by Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness, the event will include tea sandwiches, scones and pastries along with a cash bar.

Attendees are encouraged to wear creatively decorated hats, and prizes will be awarded for the best ones.

Proceeds will benefit Ovations for the Cure, a nonprofit that supports ovarian cancer research and offers support and services to women in treatment and recovery.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at Greetings by Design, 4A Winter St. They will also be available at the door.

Glenn’s is located at 44 Merrimac St. For more information, call 978-225-6700.

Historic Amesbury home open for tours

The Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Amesbury is open for tours through the end of October.

Eddy, the founder of Christian science, was the first American woman to found a worldwide religion. The Amesbury home of Sarah Bagley is where she did some of her earliest writing on the religion. The house’s furnishings have remained substantially unchanged since the mid-1800s.

The home will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 27 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29, Aug. 31, and Sept. 21 and 22. It is also open by appointment. Admission is a suggestion donation of $5.

To schedule a tour or for more information, call 800-277-8943, ext. 100.

Georgetown fair seeking crafters

The First Congregational Church in Georgetown is looking for craft vendors for its annual fall fair, set for Oct. 18 and 19.

For information on renting a table, call Michelle at 978-361-5646.

Ipswich artist’s work on display at Joppa Flats

Pastel paintings of coastal landscapes are on display through July 28 at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

“Treetops, Flat Lands and Sand Dunes” features work by Ipswich artist Katherine O’Brien. O’Brien’s painting of Plum Island’s salt pannes is on permanent display at Joppa Flats, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

A portion of proceeds from purchases made during the exhibit will help support Joppa Flats. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

View oil paintings at Rowley gallery

“Interpreting the Moment,” an exhibit of oils by Priscilla Serafin, is on display through June 30 at Time & Tide Gallery in Rowley.

Time & Tide is located at Post Road Framers in the Rowley Marketplace on Route 1. The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 978-238-8848 or email

Local photographer’s work exhibited

Photography by Edward Gerrish Mair of Plum Island is on display through the month of June at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

Mair’s award-winning photographs have been featured at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, the Amesbury Art Festival, the British Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, the Lynn Historical Museum and local phone books. He prefers to capture places instead of people.

The exhibit will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower meetinghouse, 26 Pleasant St. Admission is free. For more information, call 978-465-0602 or visit

OpArt works featured at association

An exhibit of work from OpArt artists is on display through Monday at the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St.

A reception will be held tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m.

OpArt is Opportunity Works’ art program, which aims to encourage and support individuals with disabilities to explore the creative process. Opportunity Works is a Newburyport-based social service agency that helps provide jobs and skills to developmentally challenged adults.

For more information about the exhibit, call 978-465-8769.

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Josef Nocera tomorrow and Wild Maple on Saturday.

Nocera is a Newburyport singer and songwriter who plays original music along with tunes from the 1950s and ’60s.

Wild Maple is an acoustic duo that plays roots-influenced songs, traditional American and Celtic music, and contemporary tunes.

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.

Jazz on tap at Ten Center

Wednesday’s “Jazz at Ten Center” presents Danny Harrington on baritone saxophone, Jack Senier on piano, Mark Carlsen on bass and Phil McGowan on drums.

The show takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the restaurant, 10 Center St., Newburyport. For more information, visit


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