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The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass., The Lookout column

June 19, 2014

By Ann Reily, The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass.

June 19--Newburyport's second ArtWalk of the season will be held this weekend.

The free, self-guided tour will run from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at more than 20 galleries and partner venues around the city.

Some of the special activities planned this time include:

Chameleon: Exhibits feature pieces by several artists, including Gordon Przybyla and Erica Marquardt.

Connor Summers Gallery: Paintings by Jim Mickelson and Jon Kodwyck will be on display.

Firehouse Center for the Arts: A gallery reception with painter Susan Bailey will be held Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Her exhibit "Color!" is on display through July 13.

Indigo Artist Studio/Alan Bull Studio: Monotypes by Mary Arthur Pollak and Alan Bull will be featured.

Nantucket Stock Exchange: A soiree is planned for Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Works by Eric K. Andersen and Tom Cooke will be on display.

Signature Art Works: Art by Greg Butterworth will be featured.

Sweethaven Studio & Gallery: Landscape paintings by Karen Blackwood will be featured, along with landscape photographs by Greg Nikas.

Valerie's Gallery: A "Meet the Artist" event will be held with Matthew Smith on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. He will have samples of materials that he uses to work in two mediums: woodblock prints and copper etchings of sea life.

The Walsingham Gallery: Artist Jim Inzero will demonstrate encaustic painting from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday with tools such as beeswax, pigments, a blow torch and a hot iron. He is also debuting a new series of paintings built over maritime charts.

Other participating locations include Brass Lyon, Ivy Lane, Lepore Fine Arts, mythoughtlessness Gallery & Fine Art, Newburyport Art Association, Paula Estey Studio & Gallery, RR Traders, Sisters We Three and Somerby's Landing Sculpture Park. Partner businesses are Plum Island Coffee Roasters, Atomic Cafe, 17 State Street Cafe, Middle Street Foods, Chococoa Baking Co. and Essex Street Inn.

Gallery guide brochures and walking maps are available at all venues and at the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, as well as online at

Additional ArtWalk Weekends are scheduled for Aug. 16-17 and Oct. 18-19.

Museum celebrates city's privateer past

Take a step back in time and fete Newburyport's 250th birthday this Saturday at "A Midsummer's Privateer Celebration," the Custom House Maritime Museum's annual Patrons Party.

From 6 to 10 p.m., the cocktail party will mark the summer solstice with a murder mystery, "Appeal to Heaven." Performed throughout the museum's galleries by Theater in the Open, the show unfurls shadowy events and death at sea aboard the legendary Newburyport privateer Shaheen.

In addition, the evening will feature a silent auction and bluegrass and Americana soul music by Three Tall Pines, along with hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer, and tastings of Privateer rum.

Tickets are $75. For reservations, call 978-462-8681 or visit the museum, 25 Water St., Newburyport.

Bocce Bash to benefit cancer center

The Newburyport Bocce Bash promises a day of fun for a good cause, raising money for cancer treatment.

Running from 12:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Cashman Park, the event will feature 64 registered teams competing in the bocce tournament, along with food, drinks, live music and a number of children's activities.

Although the tournament is full, the public is invited to watch the games or enjoy two fields that will be available for open play.

The Bocce Bash is hosted by Newburyport Charitable Causes, a new nonprofit organization composed of volunteers who plan fun and social charitable giving events. Gold sponsors are Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and Matter Communications, with a number of other local businesses serving as silver sponsors.

All proceeds will be given to the Newburyport Cancer Center at Anna Jaques Hospital. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Summer concerts in West Newbury

The annual West Newbury Community Bandstand Concert Series kicks off tonight with "An Evening With Johnny Girouard & Friends."

An informal coffeehouse atmosphere will be created in the Town Annex, where Girouard will perform both solo and with his band.

Girouard was born in Leominster and raised on the sounds of Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Western swing during the 1950s, followed by the British invasion and folk and blues revival in the '60s. He soaked in these genres and created his own style of songwriting. His colorful career history includes jobs as a pearl diver, political cartoonist, portrait artist, brick mason, street singer in Europe and apple orchard worker.

Upcoming shows include the Merrimack Valley Concert Band on June 26 and Aug. 21, The Feel Good Be Bads on July 3, Thomas Machine Works Band on July 10, Nick Goumas Quartet on July 17, The Marquis' on July 24, The SpaceHeaters on July 31, Rock my Soul on Aug. 7, and Plum Island Pans on Aug. 14.

The free concerts run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Starting next week, they will be held outdoors at the bandstand behind 381 Main St. In the case of rain, shows are moved into the Town Annex.

Food and beverages will be available to purchase, and concertgoers should bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, call 978-363-1100 or visit

Vintage Bazaar returns to Salisbury

More than 135 vendors from more than 10 states will visit Pettengill Farm in Salisbury this weekend for The Vintage Bazaar.

Special guests include Cari Cucksey from HGTV's "Cash & Cari" and Joanne Palmisano, an author and a project designer for the DIY Network.

Along with antiques, vintage finds, repurposed goods, crafts and more for sale, the event will feature live music, fine foods and demonstrations.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 16, with early bird tickets available for $7.

Pettengill Farm is located at 45 Ferry Road. For more information, visit

Ayla Brown to perform in Byfield

Award-winning country singer and recording artist Ayla Brown will perform at the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse on Saturday night.

A native of Wrentham, Brown was a contestant on season five of "American Idol" and is the daughter of former Sen. Scott Brown and former WCVB-TV reporter Gail Huff.

Singer-songwriter Whitney Doucet, another Massachusetts native, will open with a mix of country, pop and gospel songs.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door, or $10 with a nonperishable food item. Food donations will be given to area veterans in recognition of Ayla Brown's upcoming USO tour.

Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be available to purchase. For more information, call 978-463-3335 or visit

Author presents new book at Jabberwocky

Sharon Wright of Byfield will celebrate the launch of her first novel, "Running to Stay Upright," with a reading and party at Jabberwocky Bookshop tomorrow night.

The book tells the story of one woman's struggle to hold on to all she holds dear in the face of overwhelming financial crisis. Wright is also the author of "Getting Started in Bonds" and a life coach. She lives with her husband, two sons and two therapy horses.

The event will start at 7 p.m. at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Admission is free.

For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit

OpArt works at art association

An exhibit of work from OpArt artists is on display through Sunday at the Newburyport Art Association.

Put together by Jenna Signore, Rachel Forte and Sara Connor, the show features works completed throughout the year during a weekly class.

OpArt is a partnership between the Newburyport Art Association and Opportunity Works, a Newburyport-based social service agency that helps provide jobs and skills to developmentally challenged adults. The art education outreach program encourages and supports individuals with disabilities to explore the creative process.

The exhibit may be viewed during gallery hours, which are today and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Alan Bull exhibit opens in Amesbury

An exhibit by Newburyport artist Alan Bull opens tonight at Blue Wave Art Gallery in Amesbury.

Bull will discuss his work at 4:30 p.m. at the 52 Main St. gallery, followed by a wine and cheese reception with live music by Ed Justen from 5 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit includes both new and old works by Bull, whose work appears in a number of public and private collections and a variety of publications. He is also the organizer of this year's Newburyport ArtWalk.

Regular gallery hours are Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 405-826-0181.

Open mikes in downtown Port

A weekly open mike called Merrimac Mic is held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters.

Poets, writers and storytellers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for five minutes at the microphone. No experience is necessary.

Tonight's event will feature Jac-Lynn Stark, a published poet who lives in Swampscott and teaches at Bunker Hill Community College. Upcoming speakers include Emily Rudofsky on June 26 and Mark Muzeroll on July 10. On July 3, a "free-for-all" is planned, with everybody asked to talk about freedom of speech.

The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email

Additionally, musician and actor Steve Blackwood is hosting Talent Tuesdays, a weekly open mike at Oregano Pizzeria and Ristorante in Newburyport.

Blackwood, a Newburyport resident who played Bart on "Days of our Lives," will sing jazz standards, blues, Sinatra, selections from the Great American Songbook and Brazilian tunes. Local singers and musicians will then be invited to show off their talents, as well.

The open mikes are held every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the 16 Pleasant St. restaurant.

Documentary looks at education

A free screening of the 2007 film "2 Million Minutes: A Documentary Calculating the Educational Divide" will be held Tuesday in Amesbury.

The documentary follows six students from three countries -- China, India and the United States -- as they navigate life inside and outside the classroom. The title refers to the approximate amount of time from the end of eighth grade to high school graduation.

A discussion will follow the film, which is being hosted by Learning Outpost, which is a new school offering a self-designed curriculum, and New England Dyslexia Solutions.

The screening will take place at 7 p.m. in Building B of the Boston North Technology Park, 110 Haverhill Road (Route 110).

For more information, visit or

Acoustic music featured at pub

A new acoustic music showcase is putting the spotlight on three acts every Wednesday in June at the Hideaway Pub on Salisbury Beach.

Next week's event, which runs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., features a blues-jazz-funk duo from The Tony O Band, acoustic rock and soul duo 2Tone, and acoustic singers-songwriters October Road. Each will perform a 45-minute set.

The showcases are hosted by Ironic Music Booking Agency. The Hideaway Pub is located at 183 North End Blvd., in the 4D+1 Plaza on Route 1A.


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