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    New concert venture at North Shore Music Theatre

    Chelsea Berry of Gloucester opens for Chris Isaak at North Shore Music Theatre June 28.
    Chelsea Berry of Gloucester opens for Chris Isaak at North Shore Music Theatre June 28.

    LIVE IN BEVERLY: Vickie and Peter Van Ness, founders of the Gloucester-based, are presenting a summer concert series featuring local talent on stage with national recording artists at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly , under a new venture called gimmeLIVE.

    “We’ve been looking for a suitable venue to showcase some of the area’s top talent and bring national recording artists close to home,” said Peter Van Ness. “The North Shore Music Theatre is perfect, with about 1,500 seats in the round. The stage revolves slowly, so there are no obstructions. All seats are within 50 feet of the stage, and that makes for an intimate concert experience with excellent sound.”

    The concert series kicks off June 28 with Chris Isaak performing his original hits along with songs from his recent CD, “Beyond the Sun.” The album features songs originally recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Howlin’ Wolf, and Johnny Cash.


    Opening for Isaak is Gloucester singer-songwriter Chelsea Berry with her full band. Born and raised in Alaska, Berry made her way through Montana, Nashville, and Chicago before settling in the Boston area three years ago. Her music is played regularly on radio stations throughout the Northeast. She has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, House of Blues in Boston, and the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport.

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    The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $69 and $79, and there is a VIP package available for $189. Call 978-232-7200, visit, or

    OPEN STUDIOS: For 29 years, Cape Ann artisans have been inviting the public to visit their studios during open studio weekends.

    This year’s spring event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday.

    The self-guided tour along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport presents an opportunity to meet 21 professional artists and see their work in the setting in which it was created.


    The work includes pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mosaics, jewelry, handmade glass beads, and weaving. Several of the artists will be demonstrating their working process during the tour.

    “The members of Cape Ann Artisans, while diverse in our art and expression, share a common sense of place on Cape Ann,” said Marty Morgan, who creates pottery and sculptural tile. “Whether we were born and raised in the area, left and returned from other places, or found Cape Ann later in life, we draw our aesthetics and our inspiration directly from the color, light, and vistas of our environment.”

    Brochures with route maps are available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce in Rockport, the Rockport information booth on Route 127, and at each of the artisans’ studios. A bright magenta banner marks each location. Call 978-281-3347 or visit

    Peabody Institute Library is presenting a four-part discussion series on Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” on July 9, July 23, Aug. 6, and Aug. 14. All sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. at the library’s main branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. The discussions are led by Harvard University professor Theoharis C. Theoharis. For the first meeting, participants should read the preface to “Leaves of Grass.” Books are available at the library.

    Watercolors by Kimberly Meuse are displayed at Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport through July 8.

    IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Watercolors by Kimberly Meuse are on display at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport through July 8. A reception with the artist is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Meuse’s paintings capture the beauty and fragility of the natural world. . . . The Brush Gallery and Artists Studios in Lowell is celebrating its 30th birthday with an exhibit of the work of its 13 member artists through Aug. 4. An opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. . . . ArcWorks Community Art Center in Peabody is hosting an exhibit featuring work by students in the advanced placement art program at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. An opening reception is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and the exhibit runs through July 12. Student artists include Desiree Ferreras, Dom Civiello, Jenessa Bettencourt, Jordan McGonigle, Matt Meserve, Theresa Dennehy, and Vicki Arons. Their art teacher is Sara Steffensmeier.

    Wendy Killeen can be reached at