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October 18, 2012

Big Band tops bill for seARTS benefit

By Gail McCarthy Staff Writer
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — A celebration of emerging artists of all genres is the theme for this year’s annual fall benefit for Cape Ann’s arts and culture consortium, the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts.

The event takes place at the Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester on Saturday, Oct. 27, and features a performance by the popular Cape Ann Big Band, which had sold-out performances at the Shalin Liu concert hall in Rockport this summer.

The opening act will be the Beverly High School Jazz Sextet. Tickets for the music and art event are on sale until Monday.

This is seARTS’ primary fund-raiser for the year and organizers hope residents will support this event that is aimed to entertain those attending with the diverse artistic talent on Cape Ann.

“We hope people will come out to support the arts of all genres on Cape Ann and join us for an evening of great music,” said Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, one of the organizers and seARTS chairwoman.

The Cape Ann Big Band represents generations of musicians among its members.

“Music is a worldwide language that connects people with community and penetrates the soul of both listener and performer,” said Carlos Menenez, who leads the Cape Ann Big Band. “This is the very experience that the band strives to deliver through its powerhouse performances.”

Organizers were wowed by the emerging artists who applied for the juried selection process.

“This is an exciting event because it represents the infusion of new talent into our arts community,” said Ganim-DeFalco, who noted the these new artists range from high school students to a retired airline pilot.

The 16 emerging artists selected for this event are Lydia Anderson, sculptor; Jill Armstrong, painter; Liz Bish, painter; Jason Burroughs, painter; Jack Carney, sculptor; Liam Carney, guitarist; Loren Doucette, painter; Eleanor Fisher, painter; Nina Goodick, ceramics; John T. Grant, photographer; Spencer Kirk-Jackson, glass; Patricia Reed, sculptor; Gabriella Rodriguez, painter; Robert Smith, painter; Ali Steer, painter; and Tom Martin, photographer and painter.

The work of these artists will be exhibited and for sale, while a raffle and silent auction featuring everything from a Skype guitar lesson with Larry Coryell, an American jazz fusion guitarist, to a $2,400 painting from Janis Sanders. For those unable to attend, raffle tickets can be purchased online at the seARTS website.

Jo-Anne Crawford, an organizer, said she is especially thrilled to work with the teenage emerging artists.

“So many young people rallied and their work is amazing,” she said.

Adam Costa, the new head of the Beverly High School band, is now a Gloucester resident.

“I’m thrilled that some of the members of our jazz program will have this opportunity to perform at an event that highlights the importance of the arts and the talents of burgeoning musicians,” Costa said. “I feel fortunate that we’ve been asked to take part in an evening that shines a light on the rich musical culture of the North Shore.”

Tickets are $95 and may be purchased online at http://celebrateemergingstars.eventbrite.com or through www.searts.org.

To purchase tickets by mail send payment to: seARTS 2012 c/o Eliason Law Offices, 63 Middle St. in Gloucester, or call JoAnne at 978-281-1222. There may be limited places available after Oct. 22; call JoAnne for more information.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or at gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

seARTS benefit What and who: Fall Art and Music benefit for the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts When: Saturday, Oct. 27. Where: Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester How much: $95. Deadline for tickets is Monday, Oct. 22. To purchase tickets online visit: http://celebrateemergingstars.eventbrite.com or access the link through the seARTS website at www.searts.org. To purchase tickets by mail send payment to: seARTS 2012 c/o Eliason Law Offices, 63 Middle St. in Gloucester, or call JoAnne at 978-281-1222. There may be limited places available after Oct. 22; call JoAnne for more information.