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November 29, 2012

Methuen illustrator named Artist of the Month

METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni named Helena Bebirian as Methuen’s Artist of the Month for November.

Bebirian is an American born, first-generation Armenian and she believes that her interest in multiple cultures shows in her work. Bebirian focuses on bright, whimsical colors in her book illustrations to help bring the author’s words to life. Her illustrations can be seen in books including, Good Night God, Love Olivia and Lilly the Littlest Cricket.

Bebirian hopes to connect with the children through her work and encourage them to continue into the arts.

“Helena is a great example of the important role art can play in the community,” said Zanni. “She is clearly passionate about her work and the influence it can have on younger generations. I know people of all ages will enjoy the work Helena has chosen to share when they come by my office.”

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

Twelve Shopping Days of Christmas

HAVERHILL - The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Trinity EMS, is hosting a holiday promotional shopping event called the Twelve Shopping Days of Christmas, beginning Monday to promote their membership and encourage local shopping this holiday season.

During December, the Chamber will host 12 shopping nights at 12 businesses, including Nunans Florist & Greenhouses, Paper Potpourri, Ashley’s Hallmark Shop, Flowers by Steve, Positive Images Gallery, Zorvino Vineyards, New To You Boutique, Reach Fashion, Artist Cafe/Sage Gallery, Le Trouvez, CardSmart, and The Inside View.

Each business will host a different evening, and from 5 to 7 p.m will offer refreshments and incentives to shop. Incentives include raffles, discounts and giveaways. In addition, each shop will provide a promotional coupon valid from Dec. 3 to Dec. 31. To participate, shoppers must stop in to any of these stores to pick up an informational flier. A complete schedule of events is available online at haverhillchamber.com, by calling 978-373-5663 or by emailing beth@haverhillchamber.com.

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