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September 21, 2012

Lookout: Robinson exhibits at Governor’s Academy

Local artist Chris Robinson will display a new show, “Let Me Tell You About the Birds and the Bees,” at the Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield.

Running through Oct. 19, the show includes watercolors, drawings and prints.

“My show is from the last 5 years or so,” Robinson wrote in an email. “Originally, my kids and I started art club on Sunday mornings where we would all draw together.”

“My work is about the ordinary,” she added. “Sparrows, flowers and bugs — simple things that are really quite beautiful if you stop and examine them. I no longer try to hit the viewer with the deep meanings — I just try to draw what I see. Maybe this show will just make people smile.”

Amesbury author holds book launch

Amesbury’s Tace Baker (aka Edith Maxwell) is holding a release party for her first fiction novel, “Speaking of Murder,” next Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at The Book Rack, 52 State St.

Maxwell will read aloud from her book, which tells the tale of a murder at a small New England college and the quest for the killer by a linguistics professor.

“Her investigation exposes small-town intrigues, academic blackmail and a clandestine drug cartel that now has its sights set on her,” notes the author in a press release. “Convinced that the key to the crime lies hidden in her dead student’s thesis, Lauren races to solve the mystery while an escalating trail of misfortune circles ever closer.”

A discussion will follow Maxwell’s reading. Audience members can enter a raffle to win a gift basket featuring items mentioned in the book. A Quaker and linguist, Maxwell has been a writer for decades, but only began writing mystery novels four years ago.

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