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March 7, 2014

NECC art exhibit highlights Whittier's Birthplace

Artist Mark Reusch, who is caretaker of John Greenleaf Whittier’s Birthplace, will present a painting and photography exhibit featuring the 326-year-old property of the famed writer and abolitionist through April 5 in Northern Essex Community College’s Bentley Library ArtSpace on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St..

An opening reception and artist talk is March 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. The gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, from 2 to 9 p.m., Friday from 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Reusch, who is a freelance illustrator and instructor at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, has lived at the birthplace of the famed poet on Amesbury Road in Haverhill since 2011. The exhibit will feature photographs as well as illustrations of the property and its various buildings.

A graduate of Haverhill High School, Reusch earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston. He earned the 2013 Best of New England Design Award for “Unbored, The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun,” a children’s book.

Last year he was selected to participate in group exhibits at the FOE Gallery in Northhampton. He previously exhibited at Space 242 in Boston, Fool’s Mansion in Salem, and the Aurora Gallery in Worcester. This exhibit is sponsored by the NECC Art & Design Department. For more information contact pkidney@necc.mass.edu or Marc Mannheimer at mmannheimer@necc.mass.edu.

College for Older Learners showcases spring seminars

Adults 50 and older who are interested in learning for the fun of learning are invited to attend Northern Essex Community College’s College of Older Learners (CoOL) seminar showcase on Tuesday (March 11) from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 103B of the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

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