Annual art exhibit takes to the web
The Band of Brushes has turned its annual show and sale into an “online experience.”
“Creative Persistence” will run from Aug. 24 through Oct. 24 at bandofbrushes.com. Eleven artists from the Newburyport Art Association featured interest group are showing their works: Dorothy Aham, Shelly Champion, Grace Daly, Karen Fitzgerald, Mary Francis, Christine Molitor Johnson, Fran Kaplan, Susan Cole Kelly, Janice Reynolds, Maryann Varoski and Mary Webber.
The artists who paint plein air together — at a social distance now — employ several different mediums, including oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor. They will show both plein air and studio pieces, and there will be a virtual gallery for each individual artist.
‘Porch Sessions’ prove popular in Beverly
The Cabot has started a new outdoor concert series, “The Porch Sessions at Hale Farm.”
While August’s remaining sessions are sold out, new performances have been announced for September, with tickets on sale now.
Chris Smither will perform on Friday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m.; Mark Erelli on Friday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m.; and Stephen Kellogg on Friday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m.
The concerts take place outside at 39 Hale St., Beverly, and are sponsored by the Loring Family, friends of The Cabot and Historic Beverly. Proceeds benefit The Cabot’s reopening and Historic Beverly, which owns and operates Hale Farm.
Social distancing and mask measures will be followed, and tickets are limited to 40 people for each show, with tables spaced over 6 feet apart. Beer from Newburyport’s Riverwalk Brewing co. will be served, along with wine and bottled water, and boxed dinners and appetizers will be available from Root, a North Shore nonprofit.
More performers will be announced in coming weeks. For tickets and more information, visit thecabot.org/porchsessions.
Newburyport artist shows work at Wenham Museum
A Newburyport artist is currently displaying her new exhibit, “My Essentials,” at Wenham Museum.
Tina Rawson paints dynamic acrylic, oil and watercolor pieces inspired by colorful flowers, beaches, travel, nature, horses and even coffee. She said that the show is a product of a surge of creativity that many are experiencing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Moved by the beauty of local forests, Rawson found great solace in painting regional trees and flowers. She also dove into her “bucket list” of places to go once the pandemic is over, while other pieces are inspired by her homesickness for Sweden and her contemplation of how the virus is being handled there.
The museum is located at 132 Main St., Wenham, and is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets to the galleries must be purchased in advance and cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children ages 1-16. There is also currently a COVID-19 fee of $5 per group.
For reservations or more information, visit wenhammuseum.org.
Grant Maloy Smith to give online concert
The Byfield-based Whole Music is presenting a live virtual concert on Monday, Aug. 24.
American roots singer-songwriter Grant Maloy Smith will perform “Tell It in a Song” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The show is a continuation of the Whole Music Virtual Academy course on songwriting, studies and techniques that Smith taught over Zoom for six weeks this summer.
Tickets are $10. For reservations or more information, visit eventbrite.com/e/ejo-whole-music-studios-presents-grant-maloy-smith-tell-it-in-a-song-tickets-115003647004?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch.
Choral society to hold ‘virtual semester’
Online singer registration is open now for the Newburyport Choral Society, which is planning its first “virtual semester.”
The fall session’s theme is “Cultivating Choral Foundations” and is open to singers of all experience levels. There is no audition required.
All rehearsals will be conducted by new music director Ryan Turner via Zoom, so that all members can sing from the privacy and safety of their homes.
Each Tuesday evening, Turner will teach and demonstrate different aspects of musicianship and vocal preparation. Participants will learn in depth about singing techniques, vocal health and music theory.
The group also hopes to hold its spring concert in May 2021 and will be preparing for that, as well as exploring music that could be performed in smaller groups in the community.
Rehearsals will also include lectures and discussions with guest composers and artists.
Online registration is open through Sept. 15. To sign up, visit newburyportchoralsociety.org.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-462-0650.
‘Addams Family’ finds a gothic setting
“The Addams Family: A New Musical” is being staged by Pentucket Players at Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill.
However, due to state restrictions on gatherings, in-person tickets are limited and no longer available. Those interested are asked to purchase streaming tickets at this time. If restrictions are lifted, those with streaming tickets may have the opportunity to convert to live tickets with socially distanced seating.
The performances will take place Sept. 4, 5 and 6 at 7 p.m.
The musical features an original story, following a grown-up Wednesday Addams as she falls in love with a sweet, smart young man and asks her father, Gomez, to keep it a secret from her mother, Morticia.
Streaming tickets are $25 each. To purchase, visit pentucket.booktix.com/view/1/07a81dcee937633a/.
Flying Horse exhibit to open with precautions
The 11th annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will still take flight this year.
With a theme of “Art at a (Social) Distance,” the show will feature 50 pieces of art set amid the 100-acre campus of Pingree School in Hamilton.
The exhibit runs from Sept. 5 through Nov. 30 and will be available to view during daylight hours on weekends and during holidays when school is not in session.
All visitors must wear masks, remain 6 feet apart from others, and refrain from touching sculptures or signs.
Many of the sculptures, created by a variety of artists who mostly reside in New England, will be for sale.
For more information, visit pingree.org/news-events/flying-horse-outdoor-sculpture-exhibit.
Bread and Roses festival goes virtual
Lawrence’s 36th annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival will stream live on Labor Day, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m.
Performers will include Andre Veloz, Ceschi, Oompa, Christopher Paul Stelling, Tom Juraich, Kaovanny, Prateek, Adobo-Fish-Sauce, and Bread and Puppet Theater.
There will also be a Lawrence History Live discussion forum; Virtual Historical Tour; Virtual Kids Zone with story reading, animal presentation and dance tutorial; a tribute at the 1912 Textile Workers’ Strike Monument; and a community forum and panel discussion on the struggle for women’s right to vote.
For more information and streaming links, visit breadandrosesheritage.org.
Guests welcome again at Newburyport gallery
Newburyport’s Sweethaven Gallery has reopened its doors for the first time since March 15.
The 25L Inn St. space is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, only three people will be allowed in at a time, and masks and temperature checks are required.
The featured exhibit is “Presence: Witnessing the Voice of Nature” by Lisa Hoag. The award-winning artist, photographer and designer lives in western Massachusetts and studied fine art at Parsons School of Design in New York and art and design in an arts residency in Paris for two years.
Also on display and for sale are works by Ezra Sesto, Vincent Lemonnier Ferro, Don Williams, gallery owner Greg Nikas, C. Max Schenk, Paul Neverette, Sandra Swan, Chris Sava and Jacques Hnizdovsky.
The gallery also now offers an online shopping cart, available to browse at sweethavengallerystore.com.
Log on for a book club discussion
The Rowley Book Club is currently reading “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai and will have a virtual discussion on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m.
In the book, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, Yale works for an art gallery in 1980s Chicago on the verge of great professional success as the AIDS epidemic wreaks havoc around him, trailing horrific deaths and tragic losses through his personal life. Thirty years later, as Yale’s friend Fiona searches for her estranged daughter, the lasting effects on those left behind become clearly visible.
The library has copies of the book available, so call 978-948-2850 to arrange to pick one up. To sign up for the Zoom discussion, email email@example.com.
The book club meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., and future titles are listed on the website, rowleylibrary.org.
Revisit the past to help the future
The show will go on online for “Walk Back in Time,” the annual fundraising concert for the Music for Music Foundation.
The Reunion Band and John “Shorty” Hill of The Shadows will perform live on Facebook on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m.
The foundation is in its 10th year of raising money for music programs in Newburyport schools. It has helped fund a part-time music teacher at the middle school and paid for lessons for fifth-grade students, equipment at the high and middle schools, and the jazz class at the high school. It also awards scholarships annually to seniors at Newburyport High and Triton Regional High schools.
To make a donation, visit facebook.com/donate/2573662342885324. For more information, see the event page at facebook.com/events/1224559617889555.
Author to discuss work in virtual event
Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill is presenting the Summer 2020 Author Mini-Series, featuring best-selling author Colum McCann virtually via Zoom.
McCann will talk about his newest novel, “Apeirogon,” on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. The book weaves together fiction and nonfiction to tell the stories of Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin, who lost their daughters, Smadar and Abir, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Register at https://bit.ly/TEColumMcCann.
Live music returns to Amesbury’s Millyard
Every Thursday night in August, live bands have been playing in the Al Capp Ampitheater at Amesbury’s Millyard from 6 to 8 p.m.
Presented by the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce with members Jay and Laurie Knapp and Zach Field Drums & Music, the free concert on Aug. 27 will feature Adam Mendonca and The Donket.
The amphitheater will be marked so that guests can enjoy the show while still maintaining an appropriate 6-foot distance from each other.
For more information, visit amesburychamber.com.
Drive in to a performance of ‘Godspell’
The Firehouse Center for the Arts is bringing audience members the enjoyment of live theater from the comfort of their own vehicles with drive-in performances of “Godspell” this weekend.
The show continues Aug. 22-23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury.
Tickets are $35 per vehicle. Space is limited, and reservations must be made in advance.
“Godspell,” presented by the Institution for Savings in partnership with The Wandering Stage, is a musical written by Stephen Schwartz that sees Jesus Christ and a small group of people tell various stories and parables through an eclectic selection of songs.
“We started seeing the drive-in movies pop up, and we thought, ‘Why not drive-in theater?’” said John Moynihan, Firehouse executive director. “I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, and virtual programming is difficult in the summer because people want to be outside.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit firehouse.org/event/godspell-a-drive-in-musical-theater-experience/2020-08-14/.
Outdoor fun and learning at Joppa Flats
The Joppa Flats Education Center has brought back family-friendly outdoor programs, adapted with pandemic-era safe practices in mind.
Education coordinator Lisa Hutchings is inviting children ages 7-11 and their parents to build a nature habitat model, using water, earth and live animals. Each session will include no more than nine participants, all adult-child combinations.
Date-specific focuses are salt marshes on Aug. 25 and 27 and ponds on Sept. 1 and 3. There will be a morning session, at 9:30 a.m., and an afternoon session, at 4 p.m., on each day the program is offered.
Registration is required at massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/joppa-flats. Member prices are $6 per adult and $5 per child; nonmember prices are $8 per adult and $7 per child.
For more information, call 978-462-9998.
Cultural Center presents new virtual show
Although the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck remains closed due to the pandemic, the creativity continues with a new virtual exhibition titled “In the Moment — five artists capture and create,” which runs through Oct. 15.
The online gallery can be viewed at rnacexhibitions.com.
Curator Cynthia Roth, former co-owner of Gloucester’s Flatrocks Gallery, said that she had been thinking a lot about the elusive nature of time and how a moment is defined. She selected five artists whose work she sought to bring together to help define “the part we play in our own chosen moments and those all around us.”
“Each of these photographers ask the observer to look closely at just how long a moment can last. It might be a mother and child sharing a conversation in the street or a rock that teeters forever on the beach. Small wonders are revealed in buttons, the bright blue geometry of an industrial wall, and in paint holding the past in its peels — before it flakes away forever,” according to an exhibition statement.
The featured artists are Tsar Fedorsky, Paul Cary Goldberg, Olivia Parker, Dana Salvo and Rebecca Skinner.
Newburyport gallery presents second show
The new Pleasant Street Gallery is currently displaying its second exhibit of art, up through the end of August at Vintage Chic Anew and Commune Café at 31R Pleasant St., Newburyport.
Twenty-six local award-winning painters, photographers, pastelists and printmakers have come together to show and sell their work in partnership with Kimberley Wilson, owner of Vintage Chic Anew, and Bruce Vogel, owner of Commune.
The artists have also created a virtual gallery on social media at facebook.com/PleasantStreetGallery and instagram.com/pleasantstreetgallery.
Connecting with ‘Song of the Fisher’s Wife’
Cape Ann Museum has launched an online series called “Cape Ann Connects” that explores music in the region and “how this universal and timeless art form is deeply ingrained in every corner of our community.”
The series boasts the talents of museum docents in one virtual program, with pianist Frances Fitch playing “Song of the Fisher’s Wife” while Sarah Wetzel sings along.
“‘Song of the Fisher’s Wife’ was a sentimental composition, a genre popular with American audiences during the years Fitz Henry Lane was most intimately involved in lithography,” according to a press release.
The music was composed by Boston’s George O. Farmer (1809-1875), and the work was dedicated to Phebe L. Lithgow (1826-1911).
The Cape Ann Museum collection includes the sheet music for this song, which features a lithograph drawn by Lane. The illustration depicts a young woman looking out to sea, waiting for her loved one to return. The composition includes objects related to life at sea, including nets, gaff hooks and oars, among other illustrated maritime vignettes.
To see the series, go to capeannmuseum.org.
Take in live music from your car
A new series of concerts, drive-in style, has kicked off at the Manchester Athletic Club, 8 Atwater Ave., Manchester-by-the-Sea.
GimmeLIVE’s MAC Drive-In Summer Concert Series features performers on a big stage in the back parking lot, surrounded by trees and rock cliffs. Attendees can bring lawn chairs to set up next to their vehicles, as well as their own prepared food to enjoy. No alcohol is allowed.
The upcoming lineup includes Popa Chubby on Saturday, Aug. 22; Carbon Leaf on Saturday, Aug. 29; Krewe de Groove Big Band on Sunday, Aug. 30; Lez Zeppelin on Saturday, Sept. 5; and Henri Smith’s New Orleans Revue on Sunday, Sept. 6.
All shows start at 6 p.m., with gates opening at 5:15 p.m. Most tickets are $75 per car, with a limit of six people allowed per vehicle.
For reservations or more information, visit gimmelive.com.
Stage 284 launches Virtual Cabaret Series
Stage 284, the theater program at The Community House in Hamilton, has launched a new Virtual Cabaret Series with one final upcoming online show: Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Hosted by artistic director Katie Clarke and Stage 284 performer Cai Radleigh, the series celebrates a decade-plus of local musical theater showcasing crowd favorites from Stage 284’s most popular productions.
Registration or tickets are not required, but there is a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per household. All proceeds benefit Stage 284’s Scholarship Fund.
For more information, visit stage284.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To check out the previous shows, visit facebook.com/Stage284/videos.
Game show fun at ‘Balderdash Academy’
Newburyport High School’s facade serves as the inspiration for Balderdash Academy, a fictional private boarding school that is the setting for a new online comedy panel game show.
Originally conceived by co-founders Bob LeBlanc of Newburyport and Steve Corning of Maine as a live variety show, “Balderdash Academy” was adapted to an online format in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
New episodes are posted regularly on YouTube and feature a mix of interview, chat, improv and game show with an emphasis on lighthearted comedy. The storyline follows faculty members as they talk to guests and compete for the coveted Balderdash Academy Reigning Champion banner.
To check out the show and for more information, visit balderdashacademy.com.
Rockport Art Association opens its doors
The Rockport Art Association & Museum, at 12 Main St. in downtown Rockport, has reopened and is featuring a number of new exhibits.
On display now are “Collector’s Corner Exhibition II,” through Sept. 6; “Collectable,” a show of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Women Artists, through Sept. 7; and a solo show by photographer John Abisamra, through Sept. 10.
The museum’s current hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors need to wear masks, and there is a rigorous schedule for daily cleaning. For those not comfortable attending shows in person, all major exhibits will also be available for online viewing and sales through the website at rockportartassn.org.
Take in Shalin Liu concerts in your living room
Rockport Music is wrapping up its virtual music series “Concert Window” on Friday, Aug. 28, with a performance by cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han.
The duo will play on the closed Shalin Liu Performance Center stage, with the livestream starting at 7 p.m.
The series is free to view, shared via rockportmusic.org, Facebook and YouTube.
Pentucket students featured in virtual art show
The Pentucket Regional Middle and High School Art Festival is now available to view online.
The virtual exhibit features more than 280 pieces created by students in grades seven through 12 and includes paintings, digital art, photography and sculptures.
The projects are grouped by each grade’s art class and can be explored through guided or self-guided tours at artsteps.com/view/5ecfa4ec119e17560ad5c1c6/3.
Additionally, the Virtual Senior Art Exhibit is also available to view online, either as a slideshow at sites.google.com/prsd.org/prhsvisualarts/home or via YouTube at youtube.com/watch?v=KWpXZQRAQVc.
Seniors designed their own exhibits and chose meaningful pieces from art classes taken throughout their time at Pentucket Regional High School to display. Artists include Groveland residents Lydia Baldini, Samantha Bellville, Nathan Conway, Brooke Daniels, Molly Forget, Katherine Rosa and Mikayla Tilden; West Newbury residents Alexa Berkley and Madeline Conover; Merrimac residents Samuel Bissitt, Sasha Davis, Kayla King and Maggie Peterson; and Haverhill resident Grace McIntyre.
41st annual Garden Tour blooms online
In lieu of its traditional garden tour held each summer, the Museum of Old Newbury is putting together virtual tours featuring four local gardens.
Each segment features a combination of video and photographs of the gardens in peak bloom, with narration by Bill Hallett and images by Bob Watts and Dan Fionte.
The first installment, available now, spotlights a lush garden in Rowley with a particular appreciation for composting. Two segments highlight backyard retreats and are also now available. A final installment on Sept. 15 will take the viewer from garden to table.
The free presentations will be available through newburyhistory.org, as well as on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Popular car show motors on in a new format
The Misselwood Concours d’Elegance is back this year with a new look — or several new looks.
While the main event, typically presented each July on the grounds of Endicott College in Beverly, was canceled due to COVID-19 public health concerns, alternative live and virtual events were planned instead.
The Misselwood Concours Virtual Show, judging cars in 12 classes, wrapped up Sunday, July 26; check it out at facebook.com/MisselwoodConcours.
For those wanting to see the cars in person, the new Misselwood Rally Series will continue on Saturdays, Aug. 22 and Sept. 19. It is open to any pre-1990 classic car or motorcycle, with registration required and space limited to 60 vehicles. The 60-mile routes will be different for each part of the series.
“This is something we’ll plan on doing each summer from now on,” said Darren Stewart, chairman of the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance. “Not only are we able to involve more car owners, but the Endicott students will be on campus for the final tour in the series as we finish by driving through main campus.”
All money raised from events will support the Endicott College Concours Scholarship, which assists current students and has raised close to $200,000 in the last 10 years.
The familiar in-person gathering will return next summer, scheduled for July 16-18, 2021.
For more information, visit misselwoodconcours.com.
Explore the Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem now features a range of digital content at its website that allows visitors to explore its collection remotely.
Podcasts discuss recent exhibits and museum history, while stories reflect on the value and impact of art. There are also suggestions for crafts and activities for the whole family.
Clicking on the “Explore Art” button at pem.org allows viewers to examine highlights from several periods and categories in the museum’s international collection, while postings of art and objects at facebook.com/peabodyessexmuseum respond to each day at hand.
The museum has reopened to the public and is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at pem.org or 978-542-1511.
Music Man keeps entertaining children
Wenham musician Brian Doser performs children’s music live on Facebook every weekday at 10 a.m.
Doser, better known as The Music Man, normally performs a drop-in music program for children three days a week at The Community House in Hamilton.
He is joined by his daughter Hannah, who sings and plays various instruments, for the 45-minute segments.
Doser has also been offering shows geared toward adults on weekends, featuring popular cover songs and some original tunes.
To check out his shows, visit facebook.com/briandosermusic.
Keep up with Maritime Gloucester
Maritime Gloucester is now offering weekly virtual features, including Maritime Mondays, Throwback Thursdays and Front Line Fridays.
Mondays will feature a look at the collections and what’s happening on the waterfront and harbor. Thursdays will celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary with memories from the past two decades. And Fridays will honor Maritime Gloucester members who are working on the front lines during the pandemic, from nurses and doctors to police and firefighters to teachers and delivery people.
To view the features and for more information, visit maritimegloucester.org, where you can also check out live webcam views of the railway and harbor.
A wealth of American art to discover at the Addison
The Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover is said to have one of the most comprehensive collections of American art in the world, including more than 23,000 objects spanning the 18th century to the present.
All of those items can now be viewed at the museum’s website by searching for particular works, artists, themes or periods. There are suggestions at the website for art-related projects and activities that families can do together and a link to virtual tours of 10 great museums around the world.
In addition, the exhibits currently on display at the Addison can be viewed in a virtual tour on the website, where visitors can also watch interviews with museum staff.
Check it out at addison.andover.edu.
Bringing the Beverly library home
Beverly Public Library is continuing to connect with the community through social media.
Offerings include Facebook Live sessions of “Tea Time Children’s Classics,” featuring readings of chapters from classic children’s literature, on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and “Musical Mondays,” with rhymes, songs and special guests, on Mondays at 10 a.m.