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Marblehead artist presents final exhibit and sale

A final area exhibit and sale of works by local artist Em Marquis Brown, who is moving to Oregon, is at the Stetson Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead Friday through June 24.
A final area exhibit and sale of works by local artist Em Marquis Brown, who is moving to Oregon, is at the Stetson Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead Friday through June 24.

NEW FRONTIERS: Artist Em Marquis Brown is bidding farewell to Marblehead after more than four decades.

The final exhibit and sale of her sculptures and paintings is Friday through June 24 at the Stetson Art Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead.

Brown and her husband, Earle, are moving to Oregon to join their daughters and grandsons.


The exhibit reflects the favorite scenes Brown interpreted during her 45 years in the area. It includes oil and watercolor paintings and sculptures in alabaster, marble, and glass inspired by Marblehead and other places on the North Shore, as well as Boston.

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Brown said sculpture has revealed to her a “wonderful, passionate energy.” whatever the medium. “To free what is confined is liberating and exciting,” she said.

Brown studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the deCordova Museum School, Studio Nicoli in Carrara, Italy, and in Paris. She is a member of the Copley Society of Boston, the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester, the Rockport Art Association, and the Marblehead Arts Association, where she served as president.

She teaches clay modeling and watercolor classes in Marblehead, has taught sculpture at the Rockport Art Association, and watercolor at Endicott College in Beverly and Salem State University.

A reception with the artist will be held from noon to 4 p.m. June 10. Call 781-631-0163.


MERIWETHER IN GLOUCESTER: Actress Lee Meriwether presents a benefit performance of “The Women of Spoon River: Their Voices From the Hill” at Gloucester Stage Saturday through next Monday.

Published in 1915, “Spoon River Anthology” is a collection of epitaph poems describing the lives of the inhabitants of the fictional small town of Spoon River, Ill.

In 1962, the anthology – comprising 212 characters — was adapted for the stage and included folk songs. The production premiered in Los Angeles and Meriwether was the understudy for two female roles.

In 2002, a revival of the show was mounted for its 40th anniversary, starring Meriwether. The following year, the show traveled to Broadway and there since have been thousands of productions around the world.

Feeling the anthology gave short shrift to the women of Spoon River, Meriwether adapted the work, extracting nearly all the female characters and presenting them in a one-woman show.


“The Women of Spoon River: Their Voices From the Hill” was recently chosen to be a part of the 2012 Fringe Festival in New York City, starring Meriwether.

Performances at Gloucester Stage are 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; and 8 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $50. Call 978-281-4433 or visit

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Micky Ward, subject of the Academy Award-winning film “The Fighter,” discusses his book, “A Warrior’s Heart: The True Story of Life Before and Beyond The Fighter,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Andover Bookstore. The book tells the story of Ward’s life from the rough streets of Lowell to a career as a pro fighter. . . . Tickets go on sale Friday for an appearance by author Stephen King at the Tsongas Center at University of Massachusetts Lowell on Dec. 7. “A Conversation With Stephen King” will be moderated by author Andre Dubus III. Tickets are $50 for reserved floor seating and $30 for general admission. Call 866-722-8780 or visit

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Summer Views,” featuring the work of Marblehead artist Linda Lea Bertrand, opens at Grosvenor Park Gallery in Salem next Sunday with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 5. Bertrand began painting to alleviate the stress of working as a nurse practitioner with very sick patients. Starting with watercolors, she gradually included pastels and oils. Most of her recent paintings are landscapes done on location. . . . ‘‘Celebrating the Arts,” a three-gallery exhibition featuring the art of students from all 24 of Lynn’s public schools, opens at ­LynnArts Tuesday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Each school is represented by 15 to 20 pieces of student artwork. Visitors also can view the newly completed mosaic mural installed on the LynnArts building by high school students in collaboration with resident artists David Fitcher, Yetti Frankel, and Joshua Winer.

Wendy Killeen can be reached at