Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea fills with tents and displays Saturday featuring the work of about 100 juried artists and artisans.
Manchester Arts Festival 2011 participants include painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, and makers of clothing and accessories.
“I am always amazed at the quality of the submissions that come to us each year,’’ said Chuck Hayback, festival founder and co-chairman. “As we open up the applications, it is like opening presents because every artist is like a gift to the event. I’m impressed by the work of all these fine artists.’’
Hand-painted sign makers Dean and Jennifer DiMarzo of Lucky Fish Studios return with their hand-painted signs featuring fish, crabs, cows, and lighthouses.
Also returning are local painter Lynne Comb, jeweler Deb MacFail, and watercolorist Paul McMahon, to name just a few.
The festival is on the lawn in front of Town Hall, throughout the streets of the village, down to Reed Park and into Harbor’s Point plaza. Local art galleries, such as Beach Street Studios and Central Street Gallery, bring their works outside and hold open houses.
Downtown retailers offer sidewalk sales. Food is available from local restaurants and Manchester firefighters present a traditional seaside grill, with proceeds benefiting the Seaside Firemen’s Scholarship Fund.
Music is provided throughout the day by roving musicians, as well as from the steps of Town Hall. A program of free children’s activities includes a watercolor workshop and T-shirt painting.
The event runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rain date is next Sunday. Call 978-283-1601 or visit www.capeannvacations.com.
SALUTING THE BARD: Each summer, Winter Island in Salem is transformed by the Rebel Shakespeare Company into an outdoor stage for the learning and performance of the works of William Shakespeare.
The company of young and teen actors also takes the show on the road.
Rebel Shakespeare performs “Macbeth’’ at Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Founded in 1990 by Keri Cahill, the company has given thousands of students a glimpse at the works of Shakespeare, both as actors and audience. The company tours during summers, and the rest of the year it holds workshops in schools across the state.
Programs are designed for performers ages 5 to 19. “We are committed to offering theater as a vehicle for self-understanding,’’ said Cahill. “Our mission is to create a space where children and teens can truly experience being themselves.’’
The students are the creative force behind productions, designing sets, stitching costumes, acting, and directing scenes.
Thursday’s outdoor performance in Haverhill is free. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments are available. In the event of showers, the show will be performed in Winnekenni Castle.
AUTHOR’S CORNER: Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth has won first place in the 2011 New England Museum Association’s publication competition for “Good Morning, Strawbery Banke,’’ a 40-page full-color book aimed at readers ages 4 to 8. The book, written and illustrated by Wickie Rowland, features J.D., a black cat who roams the living history museum passing through different perspectives and ways of life from historic to modern times.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES: An exhibit of paintings by Tom Gill is at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell through Aug. 4. An artist talk and demonstration is 7-9 p.m. Thursday and a reception is 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Gill, a Lowell native, paints in acrylics on canvas using long brush strokes to suggest movement and resulting in harmonious colors that interplay with light. He works fast and paints figures in their own environments, finishing spontaneously with what he calls “slap, dashes, and dots.’’ Also at the Whistler House Museum is “Summer Scenes,’’ featuring the work of landscape artists Stan Moeller, Gail E. Sauter, Valerie Borgal, and Dottye Yakovakis. Artist James Kubiatowicz demonstrates how he develops a new work using oils on canvas at The Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport at 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Kubiatowicz works from every day observation, memory, and sketches he makes while out walking. He concentrates on figures, environments, and the telling of small stories.
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