DRACUT -- Dracut Arts, a nonprofit agency, presents visual, performing and written arts to the greater Dracut community on a bimonthly basis. Over the weekend of Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, the group has an eclectic group of visual and performing artists and poets coming to Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St.
The event opens with an exhibit of work by two visual artists -- Nashua, N.H.-based fiber artist and potter Tanya Prather, and Dracut's own award-winning acrylic painter Claire Gagnon.
The exhibit will be open Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a reception for the artists Friday, from 7 to 8.
On Friday, from 8 to 11:30 p.m., Dracut Arts hosts Dance the Night Away!, with a DJ and refreshments. Tickets are $15, students $10.
On Saturday, starting at 4:30 p.m., several poets will be on hand to speak about the works. They are:
n Kate Hanson Foster of Groton, whose first book of poems, "Mid Drift," was a finalist for the Massachusetts Center for the Book Award in 2011. Visit www.katehansonfoster.com.
n Matt W. Miller, a Lowell native and author of the poetry books "The Wounded for the Water," "Club Icarus" and "Cameo Diner: Poems." "Club Icarus" was selected by Major Jackson as the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize winner. He received the 2015 River Styx Micro-Beer, Micro-fiction Prize and Iron Horse Review's 2015 Trifecta Poetry Prize.
n Cindy Veach, author of "Gloved Against Blood," which was named a 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize finalist. Her sonnet crown, "Witch Kitsch," was selected by Marilyn Nelson for the 2018 Samuel Washington Allen Prize by the (New England Poetry Club. Visit www.cindyveach.com.
The Dracut Arts weekend concludes with a concert featuring Dracut native and lyric soprano Jessica Toupin, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, students and seniors $15.
Toupin is a recent graduate of UMass Amherst with dual degrees in vocal performance and mathematics. She spent this past summer as a resident artist with Opera North, covering the role of Antonia in "Tales of Hoffmann." In 2018 at UMass Amherst, she made her debut in the role of Gretel in "Hansel and Gretel" and won the Concerto Competition. She also recently debuted the role of Hester Prynne in the world premiere of Eric Sawyer's "The Scarlet Professor" with 5 College Opera. In 2016, Jessica made her international debut with the AIMS Orchestra under the baton of Lukas Beikircher in Graz, Austria. Also, Jessica has sung as the soprano soloist in Fauré's "Requiem" (Mount Holyoke College), Brahms' "Requiem" (Pioneer Valley Symphony) and Schubert's "Mass in G" (UMass Amherst).
She will be joining Opera Saratoga this summer as a festival artist.