Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 12, 2013

Out & About

The Andover Townsman

---- — Conversation with Addison Gallery artist-in-residence

Artist James Prosek, the focus of a new exhibit at Phillips Academy’s Addison Gallery of American Art, will discuss the sources of inspiration for his work as an artist, naturalist and author on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium in the Elson Art Center adjacent to the gallery. The program is open free to the public.

“James Prosek: The Spaces in Between” was unveiled this month at Addison. The exhibit takes its inspiration from the long tradition of natural history painting. Questioning accepted notions of how people understand and interpret the natural world, the exhibition includes paintings, watercolors and specimens, many referencing Prosek’s extensive travels and biological expeditions to places as distant and diverse as Suriname and Kyrgyzstan.

In conjunction with Addison exhibition, which is on display through Jan. 1, Prosek is Addison’s Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence for the fall. His show has been supported by a gift from 1963 Phillips alumnus Edward P. Bass, on the occasion of his 50th reunion.

Next month, Prosek will be leading story hour at Memorial Hall Library on North Main Street, reading from his own children’s books, “A Good Day’s Fishing” and “Bird, Butterfly, Eel,” on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. Then on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m., Prosek will be on hand for a Drop-In Family Day at Addison, when children will be encouraged to experiment with materials to create their own bird silhouettes, imaginary hybrid animals and stamp paintings.

For more on Prosek’s presentations or the exhibition, call the gallery 978-749-4015 or visit


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Search on for next Merrimack Valley Idol

Quota International of Andover is making plans to host Merrimack Valley Idol on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Wyndham Andover Hotel. The singing competition will pit 10 talented local singers chosen from an audition later this month. Dinner with cash bar, silent and live auctions and a raffle will round out the evening.

The auditions for Idol contestants take place Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts on Shawsheen Road at Andover High School. The auditions are open to vocalists ages 14 and up who live in the Merrimack Valley. Singers at local high schools and colleges along with the general public are encouraged to try out. Judges will be from the local music community.

The finalists will then compete for the $500 cash prize in November.

Proceeds from the event will assist the nonprofit Quota in its efforts to provide financial support to local women and children in need, including victims of domestic abuse, as well as the deaf and hard of hearing. In each of the past four years, Quota has donated between $20,000 and $30,000 to local organizations supporting its causes.

Anyone interested in auditioning should contact Elaine Pescatore, event chairwoman, at or 978-470-3515.