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New arts center opens at Endicott College in Beverly

The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, at Endicott College in Beverly, was completed in December. The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, at Endicott College in Beverly, was completed in December. (Endicott college)
By Wendy Killeen
February 1, 2009
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A new Center for Visual and Performing Arts has opened at Endicott College in Beverly.

Construction of the $17 million, 62,000-square-foot building began in the summer of 2007 and was completed in December. Students began attending classes in the building, which overlooks the lakes on the main campus, last week.

"As a hallmark building on campus, the center will further promote the college's roots in and commitment to arts education," said Richard E. Wylie, president of the college. "While the center is a magnificent learning environment for our students, we hope that the community will also attend art exhibits, performances, and programs at the center."

The center includes a 250-seat recital hall; a 100-seat black box theater; an art gallery for exhibits, talks, and community shows; a student art gallery; art studios; computer labs for graphic design and visual communications; a photography studio; faculty and student lounges; and facilities for public receptions.

Inaugural exhibits include "Boston Paints: An Overview of Contemporary Painting From the Boston Metropolis," through Feb. 11; and "20th Century Czech and Slovak Photography," through March 31.

Also in conjunction with the opening of the center is "Celebrate ARTS Endicott 1939-2009," an exhibit of work by nationally recognized artists who are alumni of the college, presented in the Halle Library Archive and Museum Gallery.

Call 978-232-2013 or visit

MUSICAL ODYSSEY: The John Scofield Trio performs in the Salem State College Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Scofield is known as a masterful improviser on guitar, with his music falling somewhere between post-bop, funk-edged jazz, and rhythm and blues.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he spent his early career as a sideman with Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, and Charles Mingus. He began an international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978, including three years of touring with Miles Davis.

He since has led his own groups, which perform internationally, and has recorded more than 30 albums.

The recital hall is on Salem State's central campus. Tickets are $25; $15 for senior citizens and students; free for Salem State students. Call 978-542-7890 or visit

AESOP'S FABLES RETOLD: Stacey April Fix presents a multimedia production, "Into the Act with Aesop's Fables," at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport Friday through next Sunday.

The show features dramatic vignettes, song and dance, humor, and video.

To create the video, Fix visited area schools and filmed students answering questions about Aesop, such as "What does a bird in the hand beats two in the bush mean?" The film clips are shown on an oversized screen, woven throughout live performances.

Fix has produced children's theater for more than 20 years through her company, Theatre Workshop. She also teaches and directs children's theater at Newbury Elementary School.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. next Sunday Tickets are $12, $10 for students. Call 978-462-7336 or visit

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: To celebrate 40 years of painting in Marblehead, Nancy Ferguson presents a retrospective of her work at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park in Salem Saturday through March 6. A public reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. next Sunday. Ferguson is in her ninth year as director of the gallery. A native of Great Britain, she said it was when she moved to Marblehead in 1969 that her career as an artist and arts administrator began to evolve. The exhibit includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, ceramics, and collagraphs, all of Marblehead. . . . Photographs of the landscapes and people of Borneo by Ginger Teal of West Newbury are exhibited at the GAR Memorial Library in her hometown through Feb. 28. Teal shot the photos while in the country as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. . . . "Basque Impressions," an exhibit of watercolors by Barbara Rafferty, opens at the Marblehead Arts Association with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. today. After raising a large family, retiring from an administrative job at Salem State College, and losing her husband of 50 years, Rafferty began devoting her energies to painting. The show includes paintings of the Basque regions of Spain and France, as well as local subjects and abstracts.

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