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December 6, 2007

Former nurse, Peace Corps volunteer shows her art

Cape Ann artist Nina Fletcher will hold an open house in her third-floor studio at the Blackburn building in Gloucester this weekend to share her somewhat nontraditional art, which may be created of almost anything ranging from women's footwear to roofing lead. The hours are from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.



Fletcher, raised in the Boston area, brings to her art a varied background. After a liberal arts education, she lived in Senegal in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years. She returned to the United States where she settled in Berkeley, Calif., working as a nurse practitioner. She returned to New England to take up a lifelong passion for art, and attended the Massachusetts College of Art, where she majored in painting. She studied under the late Rob Moore.



She undertook several endeavors, which included work as an art critic for the alternative weekly newspaper Worcester Magazine. She owned and operated a small neon sign business. She continued her own artistic work using both two and three dimensions in a variety of media, including old clothes, shoes, aluminum screening, wire, bones, nails, pins, buttons, Kleenex and more.



"Much of her art draws on the human body and its many layers. Her background in medicine remains an important reference for her inquiries into the body and beyond - namely, into that which makes us human," according to an artist biography. For more information, visit www.ninafletcher.com.



Open house in Rockport this weekend



On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., there will be free hayrides along Bearskin Neck. The hay wagon, pulled by Belgian draft horses, departs from Dock Square.



Both Saturday and Sunday feature the Seaside Village Open House where shops provide refreshments as well as gift ideas. This takes place throughout the downtown area.



On Sunday, Rockport inns host their popular open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Those participating include the Yuletide Inn; the Addison Choate Inn, which will feature the decoupage of Shelley Vincent; the Beach & King Street Inn; the Beech Tree Bed & Breakfast, the Old Farm Inn, which will showcase local artwork and sports memorabilia; the Sally Webster Inn; and the Seven South Street Inn, which will feature floral arrangements by Blue Gate Gardens. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 978-546-6575.

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