Taking flight

The wildlife paintings of a prominent nature illustrator will go on display this weekend at the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.

Barry Van Dusen will introduce his exhibit, “In a Natural State,” during a free reception on Sunday from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

His work has appeared in a wide variety of nature books and pocket guides, many the result of his long association with the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

The paintings will be on display through Nov. 30 in the Juliet Kellogg French Room, 1 Plum Island Turnpike. A portion of proceeds from sales helps support Joppa Flats.

Rival revelry

The Amesbury police and fire departments will square off in the second annual Red vs. Blue Softball Game this Saturday at noon at Town Park on Highland Street.

The players will be aiming for a $1,000 donation from Amesbury Chevrolet to the charity of the winning team’s choice. State Rep. Jim Kelcourse will serve as umpire, and auctioneer Steve Deorocki will announce.

Food trucks and ice cream will be available, and there will also be a 50-50 raffle. Parking is available at the high school.

Thinking ink

A Newburyport artist is going back to her roots with her new book, “Calligraphy: How I Fell In, Out, and In Love Again.”

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord will talk about her 40-year relationship with the handwriting art and sign copies of her illustrated memoir during a launch this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St.

Gaylord, who is best known for her sculptural Spirit Books, but her focus when she moved to Newburyport 34 years ago was calligraphy, and her interest was reawakened thanks in part to a Chinese brush painting class at the art association.

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