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February 12, 2013

Guild hosting oil painting demo

Merrimack Valley in a Minute

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — The Andovers Artists Guild is hosting an oil painting demonstration by Mark Hayden on Sunday at 2 PM at the East Mill Art Space, 21 High St. North Andover.

Guest are welcome for a $5 donation, free to Guild members.

For more information visit andoversartistsguild.org.

City Hall After Hours Feb. 27

LAWRENCE — The next City Hall After Hours will be Feb. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at El Taller, 257 Essex St.

City Hall After Hours is an informal opportunity to bring together people to share ideas, make contacts, and talk about anything and everything the city can do to help your business thrive.

City Hall after hours Lawrence meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. It is always a free event.

Chess club Feb. 20

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence Chess club will meet Feb. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library. The event is free.

Bring a friend and a chess set. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Poet to discuss her artistic passion

LAWRENCE — Acclaimed poet Mayda Del Valle speaks on “The Passion of Poetry and the Power of Artistic Expression” March 7 at 8:45 a.m. at Lawrence High School, 70-72 N. Parish Road.

Del Valle has performed for President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. She was also chosen by Oprah’s O Magazine as one of 20 women on the first “O Power List.”

Other accolades include being the youngest poet and the first Latino to win the National Poetry Slam Individual championship in 2001. She was an original cast member and contributing writer of the Tony award winning production of “Def Poetry Jam” on Broadway and toured internationally with the show. Del Valle has also appeared in several episodes of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.

The lecture is part of the White Fund Enlightenment Series presented by Northern Essex Community College.

Phillips named Methuen artist

of the month

Mayor Stephen Zanni named Tracy Phillips as Methuen’s Artist of the Month for February 2013.

Phillips specializes in photography and in particular portraiture. She tries to “capture the beauty of life in my shots. I want to share my vision and inspire others to see the beauty that is all around us.”

Some of Phillips’ most touching work can be seen in her shoots from “Belly to Baby” which follows a family through maternity to newborn.

Tracy Phillips was born in Methuen, but is now based out of Exeter, N.H. She follows as her mother, Carol Boileau, who was the mayor’s selection for artist of the month in January. Phillips is a member of several artist associations including the Andover Artist Guild, Professional Photographers of America, and the New Hampshire Society for Photographic Arts.

“Tracy has a unique vision for her work and her photographs are incredibly personal for her subjects,” Zanni said. “I encourage people to stop by my office and see her work, I am sure that they will be as touched as I am.”

The Artist of the Month Program was started six years ago in order to give members of Methuen’s art community a forum to display their work and to encourage participation in Methuen’s growing creative economy. Artists interested in being considered for artist of the month should contact Juliette Cormier at 978-983-8505.

Spotlight Playhouse to present cabaret dinner theater

HAVERHILL — Spotlight Playhouse will present “Broadway on Essex,” a Cabaret Dinner Theater, March 23 at 6:15 p.m. The show features a cast from theater houses across the state singing Broadway favorites both old and new including pieces from “Oklahoma,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago,” “Wicked,” “Cabaret” and many others. Tickets, $35 each include dinner, coffee, tea and a homemade dessert buffet during intermission. Tickets are available by calling 978-380-8508, by emailing tickets@spotlightplayhouse.org, or online at eventbrite.com and searching for “Broadway on Essex.” More information is available at www.spotlightplayhouse.org.