Author Archives: E.J.

Live Music and Lebanese Dinner Night at Sailor Stan’s

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We know you love Sailor Stan’s for breakfast, but this Thursday night, June 19 at 7:00pm, Sailor Stan’s Restaurant will be hosting a Lebanese Dinner with music by Allan and Dylan Estes.  $30/person (includes tax and gratuity).  Very Limited Seating.  Call 978-281-4470 to make a reservation, or stop by Sailor Stan’s to purchase your ticket in advance to guarantee your spot.

Dinner will include:

“Laura’s Garlic Sauce” with Syrian Bread

Taboule Salad

Chicken Shawarma

Roasted Potatoes

Lubee (Lebanese Green Beans)

Stuffed Grape Leaves

Baklava

Coffee, tea or cold beverage

B.Y.O.B. 

Have You Always Wanted to Learn Photoshop?

photoshop classes

Are you an artist who feels challenged when you have to resize an image for a show submission, or someone who has wanted to learn image editing, photo montage or digital art? Do you want to be able to design your own business card, postcard, flier or other image document? Have you always wanted to learn Photoshop but were daunted by the overwhelming scope of the program, so gave up?

E.J. is now offering Photoshop class for beginners to intermediate users who want to learn and be able to do more with Photoshop. I have been working with Photoshop for over 15 years, and although I do not consider myself a “Master”, I know a lot and use Photoshop as my go to program for everything from imagine editing to creating unique digital artwork and other image and text focused documents.

If you are interested in taking a class, call me at 857-891-9054 or email

 - Classes will be small and intimate (no more than 3 people at a time) and will run for one hour at a cost of $20/class. You can take as many or as few classes as you like, which will be tailored to accomplish your individual goal(s).  I have three PC’s with Photoshop installed available for people to work on, or you can bring your own laptop if you have Photoshop installed on it.

Photoshop is an amazing tool that offers so much creative freedom.  If you are not using Photoshop, you are missing out on an important piece of today’s creative technology.  I’ll make learning Photoshop fun and exciting for you.

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Art in the Barn

art in the barn

Opening Reception Friday, June 13 from 6-8:30pm

Exibit Times

June 13, Friday        10-4:00 and 6-8:30

June 14, Saturday    10-6:00

June 15, Sunday      10-4:00

This is the 25th Annual Benefit Art Exhibit and Sale to benefit Greenbelt’s local land conservation efforts.

Look for some of my new work there, along with the work of many wonderful artists who support the endeavors of Essex County Greenbelt in “conserving local farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes since 1961″.

http://www.ecga.org

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Announcing the 31st Cape Ann Artisan Studio Tour

cape ann artisans tour

SAVE THE DATE!
ANNOUNCING THE 31st CAPE ANN ARTISAN STUDIO TOUR!
26 artisans will be welcoming visitors into their studios during the tour on June 21-22
from 10-5 pm. Those of you who have followed the tour before will be treated to new
work by veteran artisans and become acquainted with the work of artisans who have
joined in recent years. The work comes in many shapes, sizes, and media including:
• Fiber Arts – Camilla MacFadyen & Sarah Wright
• Glass Beadmaking – Beth Williams
• Jewelry/Wearable Art – Meredith Anderson, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, & Judy
Wright
• Mosaic – Pam Stratton & Judith Wright
• Painting, Printmaking & Drawings – Pat Lowery Collins, Rob Diebboll, Julia
Garrison, Elizabeth Harty, David Montgomery, Pia Juhl Nadel, Sinikka Nogelo, Terry
Del Percio-Piemonte, Mace and Mary Ann Wenniger, & Judith Wright
• Photography – David Piemonte
• Pottery and Ceramic Arts – Cynthia Curtis, Anni Melancon, Scott and Erin Place, &
Ruth Worrell
• Sculpture – Mike Foley, Pia Juhl Nadel, Margaret Rack & Bart Stuyf
This best way to follow the tour is by obtaining an artisan brochure map, found in key
tourism kiosks, restaurants, most inns and other businesses around Cape Ann. For the
web-savvy, the map is downloadable as a PDA at http://www.capeannartisans.com
To learn more, please visit http://www.capeannartisans.com

A Sister

happy birthday judy

A Sister is a Gift to the Heart,

A Friend to the Spirit,

A Golden Thread

To the Meaning of Life…

My sister, Judy Wilburn, is all those things and more.  She is a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, awesome sister and dear friend to many, she is beautiful in every way, incredibly smart, generous, talented and a gifted artist.  She was the driving force in my move to Gloucester, she introduced me to Good Morning Gloucester, Rocky Neck Art Colony, is a great friend of the blog and lover of Cape Ann.  Happy Birthday Judy – you are a gift, friend and golden thread to many.  It might be your birthday, but we get the gift of having you in our lives.  Love, Ellen

E.J. Lefavour

Happy Birthday Richard

happy birthday richard

Richard Rosenfeld is a great and generous friend and neighbor to all on Rocky Neck – an author, historian, benefactor of the Cultural Center and patron of the arts, fun loving Mug Up competition judge and winner, and all around good guy.

Happy Birthday Richard from all of us here on Rocky Neck and beyond who know and love you.  We hope your day is filled with wonderful surprises and well wishes.

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Who Remembers The Catnip Man?

catnip man update

I did a post about a year ago on the Catnip Man

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/who-remembers-the-catnip-man/.  I received an email today from Ann Flood of Florence, Oregon with this picture.  She and her husband operate a collectibles shop there called Treasures by the Dunes.

In 2005, they purchased this painting of the Catnip Man at an auction in New Hampshire.  She came across my GMG post while searching for information about the man in the painting, who they both initially thought was a sea captain, and so had purchased the painting because they live on the coast in Oregon.  There is no identification as to the artist, who may have been from Beverly because of his note on the back about The Catnip Man standing in front of Salem 5 Cent Savings Bank (presumably the one on Cabot Street in Beverly where Catnip Bill spent a good deal of time during the last years of his life) selling bags of fresh green catnip.

I think it is pretty cool that Catnip Bill has been gone for over 50 years, but he still keeps popping up in unexpected ways.

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Swallows, Swans, Cygnets and a Muskrat

swans swallows cygnets

It is wonderful to see the swans with their cygnets on Niles Pond again.  I really hope these little ones make it, as last year none survived.  I love to see swallows swooping, but these two made a pretty pair on the wire.  The muskrat was just cruising as normal along the shoreline.  You gotta love Niles Pond, there is always something to see.

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Digital Art Debate

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Recent visits to the Pixel Revolution digital art exhibit at the Cultural Center have inspired me to experiment with some digital art paintings of my own.  These are a few samples of recent creations.  If you would like to see more of my digital paintings, visit http://hobbithousestudio.com/gallery.htm or stop by Hobbit House Studio at 1 Wonson Street (behind Sailor Stan’s).  If you haven’t yet seen Pixel Revolution, you can still stop by the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck and see it through June 1.

There is debate within the art world as to the validity of digital art as a fine art form, not unlike the debate that raged until not that long ago over the validity of photography as a fine art form.

“As we become a society increasingly engulfed in computer technology, there seem to be changes in the art world, specifically in regards to digitalization.  Since the 1970s, art produced digitally has risen into the fine arts realm.  For example, as opposed to manual photography which catches chemical changes on film, digital photography uses electronic sensors that record the desired image as electronic data.  A major advantage of digital photography is the ability to manipulate the image using computer programs and software.  Many different effects can be utilized, increasing the tools the artist has to express their vision.  Aside from digital photography, digital art contains multiple other forms, such as photo painting, digital collage, integrated digital art, virtual reality, hologram, fractals, and more.

Should these computerized and mechanical processes be considered art? A painter must learn to control the brush with paint, and a digital artist must master the technology needed to produce an image. Technology is used by the artist to show emotion and intent to the viewer rather than just data processing. It seems strange that there are debates about digital art’s validity as an art form when there are so many similarities between using a paintbrush as a tool and a computer.

To get some insight, let’s look at another art form that was criticized when it first emerged.

Photography as an art form has long been debated.  Like digital art, many thought that photography was a purely mechanical process. Along the way, photographers came together to fight for respect in the art world.  In 1902 Alfred Stieglitz formed a group known as the PhotoSecession, which hosted exhibitons, created publications, and advocated for photography to be recognized as a fine art.  Its magazine, Camera Works, was extremely influential in showing how photography could be used to create artworks of quality artistic vision.

It was not until 1910 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York that the first photography collection was put on show in a museum.  Even after, photography was constantly subjected to criticism.  In 1955 the MoMA displayed an important photography exhibit which allegedly proved photography as a form of fine art. The first major exhibition of photography, The Fmaily of Man exhibited over 500 photographs by 273 artists from around the world. After this exhibit, photography began to flourish in the art world. Just as photography had a difficult time as a new art form, digital art is now being challenged.”  http://nbmaa.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/digital-art-the-skeptics-and-the-supporters/

I personally believe digital tools give artists more freedom to express themselves, and that the time and effort required to master these tools and techniques is as great as it is to master traditional art tools and techniques.  I have spent 15 years learning to master Photoshop, and I still don’t consider myself a master at it.  I also believe that had the great painting masters of bygone days had access to the technological tools available to artists today, they most certainly would have used them.  Just imagine what Leonardo da Vinci would have created with Photoshop!

The debate still rages over Johannes Vermeer’s use of the camera obscura (the cutting edge technology of his time) in the creation of his works.

“Certain aspects of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings which are seldom if ever seen in the work of other artists of the time have puzzled art historians ever since the artist’s rediscovery in the mid-1860s. Even before the turn of the century, one critic suspected that such anomalies were not merely stylistic quirks, but evidence that Vermeer had used some sort of mechanical device fitted with lens or mirrors. After decades of protracted debate, the art history community has come to believe that the device was the camera obscura.

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From an optical standpoint, the camera obscura is a simple device which requires only a converging lens and a viewing screen at opposite ends of a darkened chamber or box. It is essentially a photographic camera without the light-sensitive film or plate. Only in size and decoration has it changed since the 16th century.” http://www.essentialvermeer.com/camera_obscura/co_one.html#.U4Xyb_ldXDU

I am curious to know what people out there think about digital art and its validity as a fine art form.  What say ye -  yea or nay?

Thanks Otto Laske for sending me off on this creative journey and Charlie Carroll for tipping me off to Vermeer’s use of technology.

Visit http://museumofdigitalfinearts.wordpress.com/ to see collections of digital works of some of the most brilliant new artists of the modern age.

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Pixel Revolution – Visual Music Animations at Cape Ann Community Cinema

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
The animators and composers, Dennis Miller, Jean Detheux, Sylvia Pengilly, and Otto Laske will be featured in a special presentation of their “visual music” films at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Sunday May 25 at 4:00 PM and will benefit the Rocky Necky Art Colony in support of the exhibition.

Pixel Revolution: Animated Films

Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street, Gloucester MA

Sunday, May 25, 4:00 PMPixel Revolution: Animated Films

Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street, Gloucester MA
Sunday, May 25, 4:00 PM

pixel revolution

This is a very exciting exhibit, which you owe it to yourself to see.  I was totally blown away and inspired by it.  Stop by the Center Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm, through June 1.  The program at Cape Ann Community Cinema on May 25th also promises to be quite exciting, when you will be able to see the animations created by these very talented digital artists that the exhibited digital art was derived from.

E.J. Lefavour

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