Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 16, 2014

Out & About: Artistic detail at Memorial Hall Library

Wakefield artist Rob Crooker shows off his paintings as this month’s featured, first-floor artist at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover.

While he comes from a family with a long heritage in the arts, Crooker considers himself a self-taught artist. His earlier years were spent collecting vintage Disney collectibles and becoming a world-renowned expert in vintage Disney merchandise. He says this passion propelled him to start painting Disney’s characters, which fueled his love for the arts and helped him refine his skills.

He says his work is an extension of his vision — detailed, meticulous, and yet reflecting his passions and emotions of the everyday life.

Crooker is a member of the Andovers Artists Guild and serves on its board of trustees as well as the Tewksbury Community of Artists and Fort Point Arts Community. He has exhibited his work through the area. For more on his work, visit

Young cellist performing with BYSO

Mari Nagahara, a 14-year-old cellist from Andover, will perform with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras in its semi-staged production of Puccini’s “Tosca” on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University in Cambridge.

Nagahara will be among more than 100 young musicians featured in the performance of the popular opera. The youth orchestras will be accompanied by professional singers in the main roles, the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, Boston Children’s Chorus and Convivium Musicum. BYSO Music Director Federico Cortese will conduct.

This is the seventh consecutive year that BYSO has presented a full, semi-staged opera performance and it is the only U.S. youth orchestra to have done so, according to the organization.

Tickets start at $30 and discounted student and senior tickets are available. Call Sanders Theatre Box Office at 617-496-2222. Free parking is available at the Broadway Garage on Felton Street.

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