The next Dracut Arts Presents is set for Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21. All events take place at Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., Dracut.
The event kicks off with an Art Show on Sept. 20, from 4 to 9 p.m., featuring pen-and-ink artist Ingeborg Seaboyer and teaching artist Judy Krassowski. A reception for the artists will be held that night from 7 to 9, and the art show will continue Sept. 21, from 1 to 6 p.m., and it’s free.
Also on Sept. 21, author Jerry Thornton will read from his works starting at 4:30 p.m., with a free reception following.
The main event is the Boston Arts Consort on Sept. 21, starting at 7 p.m., and featuring mezzo-soprano Clara Sandler and flamenco artist Eve Costarelli, with accompaniment by pianist Linda Papatopoli.
This event costs $20, $15 for students and seniors. (Dracut Arts Presents meetup members get a $5 discount.)
Ingeborg Seaboyer is a lifelong resident of Derry, N.H. Her art education has stretched from Pinkerton Academy to the University of New Hampshire to the Manchester Institute of Arts & Sciences (now the New Hampshire Institute of Art), where she began to explore pen-and-ink drawing in 1993. A forester with the State of New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, her drawing has turned into something of a second career. Her works draw on her lifetime in the fields and forests of New England, truly viewing those rural landscapes from the ground up.
Seaboyer has illustrated three books: “Selecting Trees for Urban Landscape Ecosystems,” and two editions of “Good Forestry in the Granite State.” She provided most of the illustrations for Project Learning Tree’s Focus on New Hampshire Forests. Also, she has completed commissions for the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, the New Hampshire Tree Farm Committee, the Granite State Division of the Society of American Foresters and UNH Cooperative Extension. She often combines watercolor and colored pencil with her pen-and-ink techniques, as well as working solely in watercolor.
She is a founding member of the Derry Area Artists Collaborative, and her work can be viewed at www.derryareaartists.com.
Judy Krassowski is a teaching artist and STEAM facilitator at Trinity High School in Manchester, N.H. As an artist, she can frequently be found along the New Hampshire and Massachusetts seacoast, photographing and painting marine and community life. As an emerging-technologies engineer, Krassowski explores robotics, prosthetics and assistive technology with the goal of increasing quality of life for anyone who wants it. She also provides art-therapy consultations for graduate students in the Greater Boston area as they begin to launch out on their own.
A member of the National Art Education Association Class of 2018 School for Art Leaders, Krassowski feels her best work/life balance is not in leading administratively, but rather in returning to her roots as a working artist, where playing every day makes more headway.Recent projects, including “The Road Not Taken: Artistic Interpretations of the Poetry of Robert Frost” ( www.poeticfrostart.com ), a fine-art collaborative exhibit traveling throughout all of the public libraries of New Hampshire, can be seen on her website, www.judykrassowski.com. She lives in Hooksett, N.H., and can be reached through Ocean Boulevard Studios.
Author Jerry Thornton writes daily for Barstool Sports and created their NFL podcast “Laces Out.” He’s a stand-up comic working clubs all over the northeast and is the author of “Darkness to Dynasty: The First 40 Years of the New England Patriots.” Thornton is the former co-host of WEEI sports radio’s “Dale and Holley with Thornton” and NBC Sports Boston’s Patriots pregame show. He appears in HBO’s Emmy-winning Red Sox documentary “Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino” as well as the upcoming Deflategate film, “Four Games in Fall.”
Clara SandlerMezzo-soprano Clara Sandler, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, feels at home in a wide range of styles, from opera, oratorio and recitals, to zarzuela and tango. She was the featured soloist at the Boston premiere of Gorecki’s “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” with the Boston Chamber Ensemble. With this orchestra, she also performed Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder,” her singing praised by The Boston Globe for its “dark and attractive timbre.” She has appeared in opera and oratorio with many Boston-area music organizations.
An avid researcher of music from Spain and Latin America, Sandler has presented many recitals in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Uruguay and her native Buenos Aires. She has appeared in many concerts with the Boston Arts Consort. Her CD, “Alma Apasionada, Songs from Spain and Argentina,” recorded in Jordan Hall with pianist William Merrill, was released by Newport Classic. She is on the voice faculties at Boston College and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She received her certification as a teacher of the Alexander Technique at the Alexander Technique Center of Cambridge, under master teacher Tommy Thompson. She teaches Alexander Technique classes at NEC as well as privately. She presented the workshop, “Voice & Movement, a Flowing Integration,” at the Freedom to Make Music Alexander Technique Conference 2018 in New York.Sandler will be performing songs and duets from Spain with flamenco artist Eva Costarelli, accompanied by pianist Linda Papatopoli
Through her exploration of flamenco and its connection to the subtle body, Eve Costarelli’s dancing personifies the power and stillness held within the music of Spanish gypsies. Costarelli is the creator of “Always Be Dancing: Yoga and Flamenco for EveryBody.” She brings yoga and flamenco wherever it is needed. Visit her website AlwaysBeDancing.com.
Pianist Linda Papatopoli performs extensively in the Boston area and has performed in Europe, Japan and Carnegie Recital Hall. She performs often in programs that highlight music of various historical eras, particularly the music of the Victorian Era and the turn of the 20th century. Programs have included “Music in the Time of Downton Abby” and “A Walk Through Prague.”
Papatopoli is also active in performances of the music of Boston composers of the Victorian Era. In recent years, her repertoire has expanded to include her passion for the classical music of Spain, and her interest in literature and culture has led her to found the Boston Arts Consort, a successful performing arts and culture group she has directed since 2008, performing standard Spanish classical repertoire as well as programs based on historical and cultural themes. She is on the teaching faculty of Boston College and the accompanying roster of the Jose Mateo Dance Theatre.