GEDNEY HOUSE TOURS FOR 17TH-CENTURY SATURDAYS. Saturday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gedney House Museum, 21 High St., Salem. Tours leave on the hour for an architectural masterpiece that spans four centuries of construction and social history. Free for Historic New England members and Salem residents, $5/adults. Space is limited. 978-744-0440 or www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
PASTEL WORKSHOP. Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Greg Maichack presents “Paint the Starry Skies in Pastel,” a hands-on pastel workshop for teens and adults (inter-generational) with all materials included. Registration is required; space is limited. www.hwlibrary.org.
“I’VE JUST BEGUN TO TELL YOU” OPENING RECEPTION AND READING. Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m., 17 Cox Gallery, 17 Cox Court, Beverly. A reading by writer Gerald Shea from his book “Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway Through Life.” The exhibit features work by Randy Garber and Trimpin and explores how people relate to sound both internally and externally. For details, visit www.17cox.com.
TEXTILES ON DISPLAY. On view through Sunday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hall Haskell House, 36 S. Main St., Ipswich. Therese Armstrong’s collection of embroidery, block-prints, batik, and weaving from India, Pakistan, Indonesia and South Africa are on view. Free admission. Therese Armstrong, 978-312-1990.
WATERCOLOR AND MIXED MEDIA EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION. Public reception on Sunday, Aug. 4, 3 to 5 p.m., at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park, Grosvenor Park Nursing Center and Rehab, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Vinnin Square, Salem. Watercolor and mixed media paintings by Barbara Rafferty are on view through Thursday, Sept. 5. Public invited to meet Rafferty and see her work. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. 978-741-5700.