Belleville Roots Music hosts Mardi Gras

KICK UP YOUR HEELS: Belleville Roots Music presents a Mardi Gras celebration and dance with Jeffery Broussard (below) and the Creole

Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys perform for a Mardi Gras celebration and dance at the Belleville Congregational Church in Newburyport Friday.

Cowboys  at the Belleville Congregational Church in Newburyport on Friday.

The show features front man Broussard on accordion and vocals. The band delivers renditions of Creole classics, as well as its own brand of contemporary zydeco.  


The Roots Music Series, founded in December 2010, has three missions: First, to bring a variety of high-quality roots music concerts to Newburyport. Second, to raise funds to restore and maintain the historic 1867 Belleville Meetinghouse and adjacent Fiske Chapel complex at 300 High St. And third, to build community through music.

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Friday’s event begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 day of the show; $10 for children age 12 or younger. For more information, e-mail bellevilleconcerts
 or visit

ART ON THE BLOCK: A collection of paintings by Cape Ann artists was auctioned last Wednesday during the first of James D. Julia’s three-day Winter Antiques, Fine Art & Asian Auction in Fairfield, Maine.

The collection was owned by the late John F. Gale  of Cambridge, a real estate entrepreneur. Over the years, his collection grew to 120 paintings, all but 16 of them by Cape Ann artists.

Included are works by Aldro Thompson Hibbard, Frederick Mulhaupt, W. Lester Stevens, T.M. Nicholas, and Emile Gruppe


The paintings are estimated to range in value from $25,000 to $80,000. 

The results of the auction will be available Monday, according to the auction house. Call 207-453-7125 or visit

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Andre Dubus III  discusses his work at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Wiggin Auditorium at Peabody City Hall. Dubus is the author of five books, including “House of Sand and Fog” and his memoir, “Townie.” He has received many awards and was a 2012 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books have been published in more than 25 languages.

Dubus, of Newbury, teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

The evening is sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. For more information and to register, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit  


IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Coastlines and Canines,” an exhibit of paintings by Joanna Doyle, is at the Firehouse Center for the

"Nobility" "Coastlines and Canines" an exhibit of paintings by Joanna Doyle, is atthe Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport beginning Wednesday.

Arts in Newburyport Wednesday through March 3. A reception with the artist is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Doyle’s oil, acrylic, and mixed-media pieces are focused on landscapes, seascapes, and dogs. She is inspired by the joy and beauty found in all kinds of dogs and sees each one as unique and special. Clients have said that her commissioned portraits truly capture the dogs’ personalities. She enjoys collaborating with clients to create a piece that will reflect their feelings. . . . An exhibit of recent works by Thomas M. Fleming  is at The Whistler House Museum of Art/Lowell Art Association in Lowell through Feb. 23. His first one-man show was at the Whistler House more than 50 years ago. His art career has expanded into a variety of endeavors. This collection of paintings, started in April 2011, is a personal reflection and artistic expression of living with breast and pancreatic cancer since 2006.  Fleming is a member of Art in Giving, a group of artists raising funds for pediatric cancer research, and New England Art Reach. Six of his works will be displayed from Feb. 24 through May at St Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, raising funds for cancer programs.

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