WEST NEWBURY — The Pentucket Arts Foundation welcomes the season of giving with two special offerings for the community.
The 16th annual A Cappella Night provides an evening of song on the weekend before Thanksgiving, while the first of what is hoped to be the annual Maker’s Market is a chance to shop for local, sustainable artwork and other handmade gifts less than two weeks before Hanukkah and Christmas.
Always an anchor of the nonprofit organization’s season, A Capella Night on Saturday features a few new elements.
For the first time on the Pentucket stage, the award-winning Nor’Easters of Northeastern University appear as headliners. The Nor’Easters are the national champions of collegiate a cappella in 2019.
Each November, the Arts Foundation invites high school a cappella groups to a free singing workshop led by a collegiate group in the afternoon, with a community performance that night.
With support from the Institution for Savings, the student groups will open the concert Saturday using their voices to present a wide range of songs from Billy Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over” to John Denver’s “Country Roads,”, and exploring a variety of artists from Stevie Wonder to Dan + Shay.
The five student groups are Amesbury Rhythmics, Hamilton-Wenham’s Kings of the Beach and Dell Belles, Pentucket Harmonix, and St. John’s Prep’s SwingTown.
The Nor’Easters then take the stage for a one-hour set.
“It’s just an outstanding musical event for the entire family,” said Arts Foundation co-Chair Sue Stasiuk, who organizes the annual celebration of song.
Tickets are $10 and available at www.pentucketarts.org until noon Saturday. Remaining tickets will be sold that evening in the Pentucket Regional High School auditorium, 24 Main St. The show starts at 7 p.m.
Another new feature this year takes place at intermission when the Arts Foundation raffles a framed silk screen printing of artist Igor Medvedev’s “Emerald Gate.”
One in a series of the native-born Ukrainian artist’s serigraphs donated to the Arts Foundation by a collector from Plum Island, the piece — which highlights Medvedev’s signature focus on deep colors, structure, light and shadow — was appraised for $1,250.
Medvedev’s family left their home town of Kharkov in 1943, reportedly walking for a month to avoid the Russian army and reaching Germany’s American-occupied zone just as World War II was ending. He eventually earned arts degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of California at Berkeley, moving to San Francisco in 1977.
Maker’s Market, organized for the Arts Foundation by Anna Saraceno of Bridge Street and Melissa Montello of Groveland, is a venue for local artists and artisans to sell art, handmade goods, and upcycled and vintage items.
Maker’s Market will be held at Vessey Memorial Park in Groveland on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes students from Pentucket’s Fashion and Fiber Club selling quality secondhand clothing at a pop-up thrift shop; a maker’s area for children; live local music and local treats served on eco-friendly paper goods. Vendor spaces sold out quickly with 30 artists, artisans and local small businesses signing on to sell at the market.
Vendors interested in adding their names to a waitlist should contact Montello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I’m so excited about this event and I hope our community will come out to join us in support of the many incredibly talented makers who live among us,” Saraceno said.
The Arts Foundation, founded in 2003, is an all-volunteer group dedicated to “using the transformative power of the arts to make the communities of the regional district more vibrant and creative places in which to live, work, learn, and be inspired.”