Music at Eden’s Edge will perform its final concert of the summer season at North Shore Arts Association on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m.
The North Shore’s resident chamber music ensemble will perform Mark Berger’s “Spell,” written for Music at Eden’s Edge virtuoso flutist Orlando Cela. The evening also features the Haydn Flute Quartet in G, and Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9. No. 3.
The concert is held in the second-floor gallery, surrounded by works done by members of the International Society of Experimental Artists, an exhibit that travels throughout the country.
In addition to Cela, the artists are Maria Benotti, violin; Mark Berger, viola and composer; and Lynn Nowels, cello.
Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $15 for students and $55 for a family. They may be purchased at the door or ordered online at www.edensedge.org. For more details and directions, visit www.edensedge.org or call 978-270-4463. The North Shore Arts Association is at 11 Pirates Lane in Gloucester.
Paula Cole and Joan Osborne show
Wellspring House is holding its annual benefit to raise money for the local anti-poverty agency featuring a concert with Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters Joan Osborne and Paula Cole next Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. Earlier this year, Osborne released “Bring it On Home,” which met with critical acclaim and rose to the Top 20 Album chart at Amazon.com. Cole, a Rockport native, is again taking part in the popular gala event. For ticket and event details, visit www.wellspringhouse.org or call 978-281-3558, ext. 302.
Conversations with contemporary artists
Cape Ann Museum presents its continuing series, “Conversations with Contemporary Artists,” featuring painter Elynn Kroger on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. This series highlights the current work of Cape Ann artists within a variety of media. This program is free with admission.
A native of Massachusetts, Kroger has exhibited her work for the past 35 years across the United States, as well as Canada, Israel, Puerto Rico and Germany. Her work is not easily categorized, and has been described as intuitive, abstract, impressionist, textile, gestural, calligraphic, spatial, and organic. Working primarily with water-based media, Kroger’s tools include reed pens, sumi brushes, mops, sponges, spray bottles, wire, found objects, gold leaf, graphite, oil pastel and gemstones. Anywhere from 25 to 50 washes or layers can go into each piece. She was selected a member of the New England Water Color Society, the youngest artist at the time of her induction. Now a Gloucester resident, her work is on view at her year-round gallery on Rocky Neck.
The museum is at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For information, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
Peruvian travelogue tonight
Residents Jackie Ganim-DeFalco and Pat Morss will describe their journeys to Peru with its diverse culture and reveal some of its hidden treasures in a talk tonight at 7. Ganim-DeFalco’s trip last November was planned around a 13-hour train ride on the Ferro Carril Central train, the second highest rail line in the world. Built as a freight line, this rail is open to passengers only once a month, and only half the year. The travelogue also feature the pictures and commentary of Morss, an architect, photographer and experienced world traveler. He will describe experiences which include cliffside shopping, three days on the Amazon, and a day spent cooking with a local chef.
The travelogue will be held in the Friend Room on the lower floor of Sawyer Free Library.
Health hazards of painting
Dr. David Vastola, of Rockport and Florida, will speak on “Hazards Within The Art Community” as a public service lecture for the hundreds of artists who live on Cape Ann on Monday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the North Shore Arts Association. Solvents and paints, both oil and acrylic, commonly used by artists, can pose health dangers. Canvasses may contain preservatives and other toxic elements. A board-certified physician in internal medicine and gastroenterology, Vastola will focus on the toxicology of the materials most artists use. He has researched how changing nutritional and behavioral habits can be beneficial in preventing cancer and other diseases caused by toxic materials. Vastola, who also paints, said the need for precautions extends beyond the artists themselves, and includes the galleries and others. A question and answer session will follow the lecture, along with refreshments. For more information, call 978-283-1857 or visit www.nsarts.org.
Shows open in Rockport
Rockport Art Association is holding a solo show of works by artist member Andrea van Gestel and an exhibition of images by Sylvia Harper and Thomas Philbrook.
The van Gestel show runs through Oct. 11. The Harper and Philbrook show closes Oct. 14. Receptions for both shows are Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Van Gestel received her art training at Cornell University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, studying with Erica Adams. Although watercolor remains her favorite medium, this exhibition will feature several innovative new works on Yupo, a 100 percent recyclable synthetic paper. She has been an artist member of Rockport and North Shore arts associations since 2000.
Harper and Philbrook create images using their cameras, their computer equipment, and their imaginations. Both artists have a deep regard for nature and their pictures reflect this. They are especially fond of zeroing in on -- and sometimes tweaking -- that which goes unnoticed by the casual observer. The computer allows Harper and Philbrook to tinker and play with their pictures, taking the viewer on a walk through a newly imagined world. Philbrook, in particular, enjoys introducing whimsy into his landscapes by incorporating toys and images evocative of childhood.
The Rockport Art Association is located at 12 Main St. in downtown Rockport. For more information, call 978-546-6604 or visit www.rockportartassn.org.
New mystery set in Cape Ann
Sally Goldenbaum, author of the popular Seaside Knitters series, will introduce local readers to her newly published book, “A Fatal Fleece,” next Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester.
Goldenbaum has written for a variety of venues from broadcasting to bioethics journals but, in the last few years, she has been writing novels full-time. She is also the author of the Queen Bee Quilt series.
Goldenbaum will discuss and read from “A Fatal Fleece,” the sixth book from the Seaside Knitters series. The book is set during one summer in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts (aka Cape Ann). While tourists flock to the beautiful cottages by the sea, trouble brews for the Seaside Knitters. One gets tangled up with a precocious relative; another stands accused of casting a local resident off on a permanent vacation.
Goldenbaum visits Gloucester regularly in order to research her books as well as visit family on Cape Ann. This visit marks the beginning of a series of author visits to be held at Sawyer Free Library.
Gala for Hibbard retrospective
Tickets are on sale now for the Aldro Hibbard Retrospective gala just prior to the show opening that features more than 100 of his works. There gala opening celebration is on Friday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and reservations are required. The show runs through Nov. 11. For information, call the Rockport Arts Association at 978-546-6604.
The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (NMYO) will host a free open rehearsal with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra on Monday, Oct. 1, at Masconomet Regional High School auditorium in Topsfield. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. This will be the first collaboration between NMYO and the PSO, led by music directors Gerald Dolan and John Page, respectively. The NMYO Symphony Orchestra will have the opportunity to rehearse alongside the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra while the latter prepares for its concert Nov. 4 concert at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Musical selections include the Dvorak 8th Symphony and Mark’ Connor’s Fiddle Concerto. For more information, visit www.nmyo.org or call 978-309-9833.
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