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March 7, 2014

NECC art exhibit highlights Whittier's Birthplace

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

CoOL is designed for individuals 50 and over who are interested in attending educational seminars for the joy of learning. At this showcase event, attendees will learn more about the seminars and meet seminar leaders. This event is free and open to the public.

Spring seminar topics include Fun Films, Touring Local Parks and Trails, Middlemarch: A Glimpse of Glory, In Search of Common Ground (comparative religion), Aging as a Spiritual Practice, Robert Frost in Lawrence and in Derry, N.H., From 42nd Street to Avenue Q, The Captivating Culture of China, Music Maestro Please, Personal Essay Writing, A Journey Through Ethnic Music and Dance, Science of the Times, The Golden Age of Television, The Hispanic Caribbean: Between Culture Dictators, and Colonies and Revolutions. All of the seminars meet on a designated weekday for six consecutive weeks, unless otherwise noted, at the Haverhill campus, NECC Riverwalk, or off-campus. The cost is $30 for each seminar. Guests without parking stickers must park in the lot furthest from the entrance; park in the Tech Center lot on the other side of the road. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/cool, email coolnecc@gmail.com or call 978-556-3110 and leave a voicemail message. You can also contact Ted Coughlin at tedcoughlin@verizon.net.

Haverhill Library offers beginner Internet classes

The Haverhill Public Library is offering free beginner Internet classes. The classes are small, with lots of individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours long. You do not have to own a computer to take these classes, but you are welcome to come with your own wireless enabled laptop. Classes require advance sign-up.

For dates, times and to reserve a spot, please stop by the library’s Reference and Information desk or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. The library will begin taking reservations March 18 for classes in April.