Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 16, 2014

Out & About: Artistic detail at Memorial Hall Library

The Andover Townsman

---- — 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.

Faith Lutheran rolling out Movie Club

Faith Lutheran Church is inviting the community to join its new monthly Movie Club, which kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 21, with a screening of “The Heiress,” described as a masterpiece of love, deception and betrayal starring Olivia De Havilland, Montgomery Clift and Ralph Richardson. Directed by William Wyler, the movie won four Academy Awards in 1949, including Best Actress.

It will be shown at the church, 360 South Main St., from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with an intermission for discussion. For more information about the Movie Club or to sign up, visit, email, or call 978-475-4059.

Friends of Library Winter Book Sale

The Friends of Memorial Hall Library in Andover hosts its Winter Book Sale next week at the library, 2 North Main St.

The sale opens with a Preview Night on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $20, but free for current Friends members.

The sale then opens to the general public on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the general sale days is free. A large selection of coffee table books will be featured in this sale.

For more information, call the library at 978-623-8400 or visit

Virtual tour with Gravestone Girls

Join the Gravestone Girls on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. for a virtual tour of Andover’s local cemeteries, including photographs of special and interesting burying places around town. The program takes place at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.

Through their interactive slide show, they will chart the evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the Colonial era to modern times and bring to light “the art, symbolism and history of these living history museums located on everyone’s main streets and in their backyards.”

For more information, call the library at 978-623-8400 or visit


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