BLOWN AWAY: Outside the world of glass artists, it may not be generally known that Salem State University is home to a state-of-the-art glass-blowing facility.
Since October 2005, the college’s Glassworks Studio in the Enterprise Center has been busy with professional staff, students, members of the community, and professional artists engaged in the specialized work.
Glass-blowing is the art of shaping glass that has been softened by heat by blowing air into it through a tube. The results can range from simple spheres to complex sculptures.
The studio is also open to spectators and has a gallery that sells glass works.
And now, a new program has been launched: the Rosenberg Institute for Passionate and Emerging Artists.
Through the support of Ira and Judy Rosenberg, four glass artists are in residence during the month of July, living on campus, and creating new work in the Glassworks Studio.
The residency provides an opportunity for the artists to explore an idea or a series of ideas in glass, free from economic constraints.
The four artists accepted to the first Rosenberg Institute come from across the country: Danny White of Seattle; Dawson Kellogg of Columbus, Ohio; Chris Watts of Roxbury; and Tyler Kimball of Reno.
The public may watch the artists at work in a series of open demonstrations at 6 p.m. the Mondays of July 8, 15, 22, and 29. Admission is free.
The Glassworks Studio is located in Suite 750 of the Enterprise Center, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Call 978-542-7890 or visit salemstate.edu/arts.
YELLOW BRICK ROAD: “The Wizard of Oz” opens at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly July 16 and has been extended through Aug. 4.
“Our production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will be the perfect way to continue this fantastic family summer we are having at North Shore Music Theatre,” said the theater’s owner and producer Bill Hanney. “Following our acclaimed record-breaking production of ‘The Sound of Music,’ I am happy to say that we are anticipating many sold-out performances for this show as well. I have added many additional performances to accommodate the families who will want to enjoy this show together and make some memories to last a lifetime.”
The show features Danielle Bowan, a rising junior in the musical theater program at Emerson College, as Dorothy.
David Coffee plays Professor Marvel, The Gatekeeper, and The Wizard of Oz. Coffee is known for his role as Scrooge in North Shore’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” which he will perform for the 20th year in December.
Many local children are appearing in the show including Jordyn Barry, 11, of Peabody; Angelina Rose Breda, 7, of Saugus; Maggie Budzyna, 12, of Newburyport; Gabrielle A. Corsino, 14, of Burlington; Will Fafard Jr., 12, of Saugus; Giacomo Favazza, 14, of Gloucester; Caroline LaPlaca, 14, of Georgetown; Andrew Scott Murdock, 14, of Gloucester; Elizabeth Pasquale, 11, of Salem; and Zehava Younger, 13, of Beverly.
Tickets are $45 to $75. For a performance schedule and tickets, call 978- 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office 62 Dunham Rd.
AUTHOR’S CORNER: The Peabody Institute Library in Peabody is adding to its roster of book groups that meet regularly. The Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club kicks off at 7 p.m. July 23. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman will be discussed. Limited copies of the book are available at the library. Later selections for the group will be based on input from members.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “The Art of Summer,” featuring the work of artists from the Saltbox Gallery in Topsfield, is at Plum Island Hall in Newbury Friday through Sunday. More than 150 works of art by 18 artists are on display, including watercolors, oils, and pastels. There is also a fine gift gallery featuring silver and pearl jewelry, woven-bead jewelry, turned-wood artisan’s wares, carved birds, and pottery. The show is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. A reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The hall is air-conditioned. . . . The 10th annual exhibition of the Newburyport Art Association Printmakers Group is in the association’s Sargent Gallery Tuesday through July 22. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The show includes a variety of print-making techniques and styles including monotype and monoprint, linoleum block prints, etching, collagraph, mezzotint, and mixed media.