In the abstract

The work of 17 artists is featured in the Abstract Artists Group of New England’s 18th annual show, open through July 21 at the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St.

On display are oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, collages, fiber art, vinegar paintings and sculptures.

An artists reception will be held this Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

History on display

The Museum of Old Newbury is celebrating the opening of two new exhibits with a reception tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Cushing House, 98 High St., Newburyport.

“A Call to Arms: Newburyport Defends the Nation” focuses on the city’s role in the American Revolution and Civil War, while “Space, Light, and Ornament: Early Meetinghouses of Old Newbury” looks at how meetinghouses were essential to the community in the 17th to 19th centuries.

To RSVP, call 978-462-2681 or email

Getting together

An old-fashioned evening of s’mores, singing and socializing is on tap for “Fire Night” on Monday at Main Street Congregational Church in Amesbury.

Starting around 5:30 p.m., anyone interested is welcome to swing by the lawn at 145 Main St., next to the library, to roast marshmallows over the fire pit. The festivities will run until 7.

Songbooks will be provided, but guests may want to bring their own chairs.

For more information, call 978-388-0982 or email