Dracut Arts has painter, mystery writer, saxophonist on tap

Cindy Loranger

DRACUT — Dracut Arts’ next celebration of art is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 25. All of the events take place at Christ United Church, 10 Arlington St., Dracut.

The weekend kicks off with a free art show featuring painter Cindy Loranger, on Jan. 24, from 4 to 9 p.m., and Jan. 25., from 1 to 4 p.m.; and will also include a free reading and book-signing by mystery writer Bruce Robert Coffin on Jan. 25, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception with the author; and a concert by saxophonist Peter da Silva on Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $20, or $15 for students and seniors; bring a donation for the Dracut Food Pantry and get $5 off your ticket.

For more information on the two-day event, visit DracutArts.com or facebook.com/DracutArts.

Cindy Loranger

Loranger is known for always thinking outside of the box and for being a creator of new ideas, motivator and inspirer. As an abstract artist, she has evolved from realism to abstract expressionism, primarily inspired by music, mostly jazz and street music. The infusion of two contradictory styles inspired by music cultivated her JazzArt and UrbanArt series, which are vibrant pieces of jazz scenes, musicians and music abstractions.Loranger’s work radiates positive energy with visually appealing brilliant color and emotion that attract all age groups. She is often told that her work is “different, vibrant, exploding with color.” She Cindy paints in her home study, always with music playing.

She has a graduate certificate in health-care policy and has multiple fitness certifications. Her experience and education in health, fitness and nutrition spans across years of helping adults and teens get fit and eat healthy. Cindy has been a 30-year volunteer at the YMCA as a fitness instructor and more recently working for neglected and abused children as a guardian ad lidem.

Her art has been donated for charitable events in health-care and community-service organizations. She donates a painting a month with all proceeds going to CASA NH.

Loranger has conducted adult and youth art workshops to help individuals unleash their creative spirits. Her work has been displayed at multiple venues and galleries in New Hampshire and North Carolina. She is exhibited at Gallery 42 in Amherst, N.H., and 2 Broad Street Gallery in Nashua, N.H. Her work is mostly mixed-media abstract.

Bruce Robert Coffin

Bruce Robert Coffin

Bruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series. A former detective sergeant with more than 25 years in law enforcement, he supervised all homicide and violent-crime investigations for Maine’s largest city.

Following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Coffin spent four years investigating counterterrorism cases for the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest award a non-agent can receive.

His most recent novel, “Beyond the Truth,” is an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel and a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Best Crime Fiction. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, including “Best American Mystery Stories 2016.” He is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular contributor to Maine Crime Writers and Murder Books blogs.

He lives and writes in Maine.

Peter da Silva

Peter da Silva

Peter da Silva was born and raised in the Boston area and holds a Bachelor’s degree in jazz and African American music studies from the UMass Amherst. Through his studies, he is comfortable in both conventional jazz and classical aesthetics, from interpreting the works of Bach to early swing music to contemporary chamber music, funk and free jazz.

Da Silva has performed with Quartet West in the Eastern Regional Division of the Music Teacher’s National Association. He was also selected to perform in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival as part of the Collegiate All-Stars Big Band led by Warren Wolf. As part of that event, he was also selected to perform in the Collegiate All-Stars Combo that performed at the Kennedy Center.

In addition, he has performed with musicians from Des Moines, Iowa, as part of the Brian Martin Big Band, where da Silva premiered a feature for alto saxophone and big band at Noce Jazz Club. He appeared on the only full recording ever of Frank Martin’s “Concert Suite From Ein Totentanz Zu Basel Im Jahre 1943” with the Massachusetts Chamber Players. His work as a doubler has also led him to many theater companies and programs, among them the Barrington Theatre Company, where he was part of the team premiering The Royal Family of Broadway.