Area artists Jan Roy of Newburyport and Madeleine Hopkins of southern Maine are teaming up for a joint show of their new works through Wednesday in Laura Coombs Hills Gallery of the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St., Newburyport.
Many of Roy's paintings in the exhibit were inspired by a recent trip abroad. She spent four months traveling to five countries, staying in a range of small villages, farm hamlets, suburbs of industrial cities and seaside resorts off-season. The gouaches were painted on location. When the weather was bad, she worked in makeshift studios at the homes where she was staying, using sketches and notes as rough guided.
Roy designed and printed silk screens for 25 years before turning her attention to painting in 2000. She is represented by two galleries in New England and shows her work at the Newburyport Art Association, where she has received numerous awards. For more on her artwork, visit www.janroy.com.
Hopkins says her paintings are in direct response to the raw beauty of the coastal area of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Drawn to remote, natural places, her paintings are about light, color, composition and texture. She often uses the palette knife to convey the intensity and emotional responses of color, like a third-dimension to her paintings.
Hopkins works in primarily oils, but also acrylic, watercolor and pastel. A 1982 graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a bachelor of fine arts in illustration, she exhibits in southern Maine, New Hampshire and Newburyport. She has received numerous awards for her painting. Visit http://MPHopkinsStudio1.blogspot.com or www.MPHopkinsStudiop.com for more.
An artists' reception for their exhibit takes place tonight from 7 to 9. Call 978-465-8769 or visit www.newburyportart.org.
'Trace' is theme for Outdoor Sculpture
More than 30 sculptures created around the theme "Trace" will fill the fields at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport Sunday for the 12th annual Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay show.
Artists from the North Shore and Merrimack Valley will show off their creativity in the exhibit, which showcases site-specific work inspired by the park, nature, conservation or ecology.
The sculptures will remain on display at the Curzon Mill Road park through Oct. 2. A catalog directing visitors to the sculptures will be available at the main trail head.
An artists' reception and tour takes place Saturday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. For more, contact Bert Snow at 978-462-0423.
N.H. poets crossing border for reading
The Powow River Poets are going across the border for their featured poets for this month's reading tomorrow at Jabberwocky Bookshop in The Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Meg Kearney and Midge Goldberg will share their original verse in the reading, which starts at 3 p.m.
Kearney's most recent collection of poems, "Home By Now," was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year as well as winner of the PEN New England LL Winship Award. Her poetry has been featured on Poetry Daily and has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. A novel in verse for teens, "The Secret of Me," was released in 2005, and a picture book, "Trouper, the Three-Legged Dog," is due out 2012. A native of New York, she is director of the Solstice Low-Residency master's in fine arts in creative writing program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill.
Goldberg's poems have appeared in Measure, First Things, Dogwood, Mezzo Cammin and more as well as a variety of anthologies. Her first book of poetry, "Flume Ride," was published in 2006, and she was a finalist for the 2008 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. She has a master's from the University of New Hampshire, is a member of the Powow River Poets and is a founding member of the Hyla Brook Poets.
An open mike will follow the featured readers. Admission is free. Visit www.powowriverpoets.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gizmo Guys' antics play at Firehouse
The Gizmo Guys bring their comedy juggling act — plus a whole lot more — to Newburyport's Firehouse Center for the Arts tomorrow for two fun-filled, family shows.
The team of Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker will show off their world-class juggling skills, combined with quick wit and humor, in performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. In addition to appearing on TV on Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and HBO, they have won international juggling competitions and have taught at top circus schools.
Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for students. Call the Firehouse Center in Market Square at 978-462-7336 or visit www.firehouse.org.
True tales from letter carriers
Local authors Kate Drury and Lois McNulty highlight their new book, "Carried Away! True Stories from Letter Carriers Across America" Sunday at 3 p.m. at The Book Rack, 52 State St., Newburyport.
The book is filled with true accounts from letter carriers across America. Proceeds from sales benefit the Postal Employees Relief Fund, which aids postal workers in times of natural disasters. Call 978-462-8615 or visit www.bookrackbookstore.com for more.
African Dinner Dance keeps beat for Bura
The Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance, Newburyport's Sister City organization, hosts its annual African Dinner Dance tomorrow from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 25 Low St., Newburyport.
The all-ages event will feature a slide show, photo exhibit and auction. Numerous African dishes will be served throughout the night and Kenyan DJ James Nyette will supply the rhythms of East Africa.
Proceeds will fund the alliance's projects in Bura, Kenya, Newburyport's sister city, including health efforts, school fees and uniforms for HIV/AIDS orphans, an Internet cafe and an agroforestry project. In the past year, two medical clinics have opened in rural areas.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, with a maximum $40 charge per family. Children 12 and under are welcome for free. Call 978-388-3230 for tickets or information.
Port artist in Confetti show spotlight
Newburyport artist Anne Costello is sharing her artwork in the fourth annual Confetti Art Show running through Sunday at the Hall-Haskell House on Route 1A in Ipswich.
Confetti is a group of six women who meet weekly to paint and occasionally travel together, most recently to Wells, Maine, and Star Island in the Isles of Shoals, where they were invited to share their artwork. They work in paint and ink, gelatin prints, mixed media, beading and sculpture, as well as bookmaking, and mosaics.
In addition to Costello, the group includes Susan Guest-McPhail and Judy Schroeter, both of Essex; Jeannette Steele-Esposito of Ipswich, Cynthia George O'Grady of Beverly and Judy Stover of Salem. Contact O'Grady at email@example.com or call 978-921-2184 for more.
Folk art dealer presents portraiture lecture
Joan Brownstein, a noted folk art dealer and artist in her own right with a studio in Newbury, presents a lecture titled "The Origins of American Folk Art Portraiture" for the Piscataqua Decorative Arts Society on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Strawbery Banke Museum's Tyco Visitor Center in Portsmouth, N.H.
Brownstein will draw on her background in art history and painting to discuss folk art's relationship to academic art and provide insights into folk artists themselves. Her lecture will focus on early English and French portraits and their relationship with American academic and folk portraitists, including those who painted in the Piscataqua region.
A dealer since 1980, she specializes in finding, researching and selling early New England folk painting and exhibits at antique shows in the Northeast. Her abstract artwork appears in both public and private collections.
Refreshments will precede next week's lecture at 5 p.m. Visit www.pdasociety.org for more.
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