DracutArts will hold its second festival of the year this Friday and Saturday. All events take place at Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., and are handicapped-accessible.
On Friday, there will be an art show, with reception from 7 to 9, featuring the works of Amy Roberts and Ken Fiery.
Roberts' paintings have found homes as far away as Japan, Norway and South America. Roberts is about finding the small spaces, hidden places and mercurial skylines, returning at different times of day. The effect of light is of special interest to her. Reflections in water, glass, ice or a polished floor offer the kinds of challenges she wants to master. She works in acrylics on larger canvases, getting bigger all the time.
Painting for Ken Fiery is a deeply emotional and joyful experience. His painting is a record of his experience. He credits the late, prominent New Hampshire artist Calvin Libby as his first great teacher. He later became a student at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. His most recent and greatest teacher of many years, who now remains his mentor and friend, is Maine Coast painter Stan Moeller. He has also had the privilege of studying with Don Stone, one of America's most famous painters. He is an associate member of the Oil Painters of America.
The art show continues Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Later, from 8 to 11:30 p.m., there will be a dance with a DJ; cost is $15, $10 for students.
Also on Saturday, author Jane Brox will read from her fifth book, "Silence," which was published in January. She is also the author of "Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light," which was named one of the top 10 nonfiction books of 2010 by Time magazine, as well as "Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm," "Five Thousand Days Like This One," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction, and "Here and Nowhere Else," which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies, including Best American Essays, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Maine Arts Commission. She lives in Brunswick, Maine.
The reading starts at 4:30 p.m., with a Q&A session to follow; admission is free.
The weekend culminates with a concert Saturday, starting at 7 p.m., featuring classical guitarist Robert Bekkers, who earned a doctorate in musical arts in classical guitar at the New England Conservatory under Eliot Fisk in May 2018. He is conductor of the Boston Guitar Orchestra and a guitar instructor at Gordon College, South Shore Conservatory and Yamaha Music School.
Tickets for the concert are $20, $15 for seniors and students.