PEM/PM: “HOT FUSION: EXPLOSIVE GLOBAL INDIA.” @text1:Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Atrium, East India Square, Salem. Experience street food, chef demonstration and tasting, music, and a fresh serving of the hottest Indian-American writers as PEM’s Atrium is transformed into Cafe Samovar, Bombay’s artistic and intellectual hot spot. Converse about art, books, America and global India with Pulitzer Prize finalist Suketu Mehta, along with authors Rajesh Parameswaran and Rishi Reddi. Cash bar; refreshments available for purchase in the Atrium Cafe. Free/members and Salem residents, $10/nonmembers. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
DALY AND DALY, CROSSROADS.@text1: Mother/daughter exhibit of paintings and sculptures by local artists Elaine and Dianna Daly. Runs until March 9 at the Cloister Gallery, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 136 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Gallery hours, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible. 781-631-4951.
PINGREE EXHIBIT. @text1:“There is art in throwing away paint,” an exhibit of new work by artist and Ipswich resident Richard Erickson, is on display in the Bertolon Family Gallery at Pingree School, 537 Highland Ave., Hamilton, until April 5. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 978-468-4415.
“ART AS A GIFT: THE ARTISTIC VOICE OF STUDIO ART THERAPY.”@text1: Reception, Thursday, Feb. 21, 5 to 7 p.m., Endicott College, Manninen Center for the Arts, Spencer Presentation Gallery, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Exhibit features the work of 10 self-taught, visionary artists who participate in two studio art therapy programs. Selected artworks celebrate the wonder of engaging in art-making as a form of healing and empowerment. Reception features music by Tunefoolery. Free. Also, on Friday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a lecture/presentation by artist and art therapists Geoffrey Thompson and Denise Malis. On view through March 15. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.