, Newburyport, MA


December 6, 2012

The Lookout: Soul and blues concert tonight


Author reading at Book Rack

Author Bill Roorbach will visit The Book Rack in Newburyport tomorrow night to read aloud from his newest book, “Life Among Giants.” The reading begins at 7 p.m.

Roorbach, who lives in Maine, has written eight books, both nonfiction and fiction. His novel “Life Among Giants” tells the story of David “Lizard” Hochmeyer. At nearly 7 feet tall, the 17-year-old star quarterback of the high school football team is bound for Princeton, when life suddenly turns upside down. After his parents are shot to death, Lizard and his sister are left to find their ways in the world while full of questions about their family’s secrets.

Collagraph prints hanging at Firehouse gallery

Artist Kathleen Buchanan is displaying a collection of her collagraph prints at the Firehouse Center for the Arts gallery in Market Square this month.

Her exhibit, “Stone, Sea, Sky” will hang in the lobby of the Firehouse through Jan. 2. Buchanan will be at the gallery on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. to meet with visitors. A former biologist, Buchanan became a printmaker in 1999. She is represented by Valerie’s Gallery in Newburyport.

A collagraph print is created by first building up layers of low-relief patterns by combining flat materials, such as paper, into a collage on a plate which is later inked, according to the show’s organizers.

“I am constantly inspired by the area where I live — the coast of Maine always reinvents itself with ever-changing ocean and sky, and seasons which each have grace and character all their own,” Buchanan said in a statement. “My two young children are my constant companions, and fuel the creative process by reminding me to engage the world with a sense of newness and discovery. In addition, music and poetry influence my work and fill my studio at all times. I look to the work of Rockwell Kent, Sabra Field, Christy Moore, and Billy Collins for guidance and energy to keep creating.”

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