, Newburyport, MA

April 18, 2013

Lookout: ArtWalk set for this weekend

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — The city’s first ArtWalk of the season will be held this weekend.

The free program will run from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at 13 different galleries around the city. This is the 11th season of ArtWalk, a self-guided walking tour.

Participating galleries and studios participating are:

Valerie’s Gallery, 26 State St., is hosting four gallery artists. Meet the artists, ask questions and learn more about their creations.

Indigo Artist Studio, 53 Middle St., features an interactive monotype demo on Sunday with Mary Arthur Pollak from 2 to 3 p.m. Indigo’s gallery features monotype, mixed media and oils by the studio artists.

Firehouse Gallery, Market Square, in the Firehouse Center for the Arts, presents “Dancers,” a solo exhibit of Susan Spellman’s gorgeous oil paintings in the gallery on the street level of the arts center. Upstairs at the Firehouse, the “April and Art” exhibit features works by seven different Newburyport artists.

Somerby’s Landing Sculpture Park on the waterfront is a year-long exhibit of large, outdoor, contemporary sculptures from New England artists.

Sweethaven Studio & Gallery, at 25 Inn St. Local fiddle player Ann Federowicz will be playing Bluegrass and Irish music from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The artists include Greg Nikas’ landscape photographed, local weaver Phyllis Sher of Phliss Designs and Alan Bull and his paintings for the weekend.

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

Music at State Street restaurant

Newburyport’s 17 State Street Cafe will host musician Lynne Taylor tomorrow night and The Chuck Walker Quartet on Saturday. The music will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

Cat in the Cradle coffeehouse

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse will offer a night of entertainment at the Byfield Community Arts Center on Saturday, with a performance by singer Michelle Lewis.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. The Cat Café will serve beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks throughout the evening.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center and sponsored in part by the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank.

Healing Arts and Crafts Market

This month’s session of the Newburyport Healing Arts and Crafts Market is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. Open to the public, the market is free to attend.

Visitors can receive a foot massage, get a tarot reading and browse a collection of healing crystals, handmade jewelry and other products.

Home and garden expo in Newburyport

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host a Home, Garden and Business Expo on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Newburyport High School.

Numerous local businesses will be on hand to exhibit products and services for the home and garden.

Wally the Green Monster, the Boston Red Sox mascot, will visit from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Music will be provided by WNBP Radio.

Benefit concert Saturday

Local radio station 92.5 The River Radio and Blue Ocean Music Hall are joining together to present a benefit concert on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation.

The show, featuring New England bands deSol and Entrain, is part of daylong celebration in recognition of Earth Day. The festivities include a Beach Clean-Up at 11 a.m. at Salisbury Beach Center. Also, from 6 to 8 p.m., the public is invited to attend the opening of a new martime art show by acclaimed national artist Matthew Smith.

Smith’s wood and copper block paintings of marine life will be on exhibit at The Pavilion and Seaglass Restaurant on Salisbury Beach. He will donate 25 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his artwork to the Blue Ocean Society. The show will run for three months.

Breakfast at the Moose Lodge

The Women of the Moose Lodge will host a breakfast buffet for the public on Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. Attendees can enjoy a menu of scrambled, fried or omelet eggs, pancakes, French toast and side dishes. Admission is $6 per person. The Moose Lodge is located at 34 Broad St., Merrimac.

Photography exhibit of wildlife at Joppa

Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center will host a wildlife photography exhibit by Andover naturalist Mark Brown, beginning Sunday.

The show, “Still of the Moment: Images of the Natural World,” will be up in the center’s Juliet Kellogg French room through June 2. The public can visit with Brown and hear more about his work on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. A portion from sales of Brown’s work will be used to support the education center.

Brown developed an interest in photography in 1995 while studying mountain lions as a research volunteer in Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest. He has exhibited and published his photographs across the country.

Bartlett Museum dinner this month

The Bartlett Museum will host their annual dinner on Thursday, April 25, at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Amesbury.

The evening will include a short business meeting to elect new officers and board members. A social time will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Reserve a seat by today.

Tickets are $15. Call Carol at 978-388-6591 or Tony at 978-462-6110 to reserve a seat. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support Union Congregational Church. A 50/50 raffle will be held, with profits being used for the maintenance and upkeep of the museum.

Historical Society ‘Bury Treasures auction

The Historical Society of Old Newbury is holding their popular ‘Bury Treasures auction on April 26 and April 27 at the Masonic Center in Newburyport.

“The range of items is astounding,” museum curator Jay Williamson said in a statement. “From antique prints and broadsides including a (rare) portrait of ‘Lord’ Timothy Dexter and Dexter’s last will and testament, to paintings by Margaret S. Pearson, George Hathaway featuring Plum Island and Newburyport views. There is truly something for every budget.”

Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple to Friday’s Gala Auction Party. Call 978-462-2681 to reserve a spot (space is limited).

Admission to Saturday’s auction is free. A preview runs from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The auction begins at 11 a.m.

For more information, call 978-462-2681 or visit

Wine tasting at Georgetown Library

The Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library are hosting a wine tasting on Saturday, April 27.

The benefit at the library from 6:30 to 9 p.m. will feature 40 different wine varieties as attendees listen to jazz drummer Keith Augeri and his band. The final half hour of the evening will include coffee and dessert.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the library or at Georgetown Liquors. Proceeds will be used to fund programs at the library. The evening is sponsored by Georgetown Liquors.

Final session of art salon April 28

The Actors Studio of Newburyport will hold the final session of its “Art Changes Everything” salon series, featuring local photographers, on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m.

Respected artist and photographer Jeremy Barnard of Georgetown will present three collections of photographs that represent different stages of his 45-year photography career.

Barnard refers to his early work as “street photography,” while the photographs from his mid-career reflect his passion for abandoned places. In his latest work, Barnard has moved to infrared photography.

The Actors Studio is located at 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport. Admission is $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. To reserve a seat, call 978-465-1229 or visit online,

Crafters wanted

Organizers of the 41st annual North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival are seeking crafters. This year’s festival is set for May 19 on the Old North Andover Common from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Joan at 978-685-5320 or Jeff at 978-682-5212.


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