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EDWARD HOPPER GLOUCESTER MATCH WITH HELP FROM GMG TIP???

Catherine Ryan submits-

Thank you again Sibley family! The recent GMG Hopper post of the Sibley family helping to identify the Rockaway Hotel in an Edward Hopper drawing generated more discoveries! For reference, here’s the Hopper Rockaway image and a link to that previous GMG post-

Catherine Ryan confirms Rockaway Hotel as another Gloucester Edward Hopper match with help from the Sibley family

Posted on March 17, 2013 by Joey C

 

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There are several Edward Hopper examples in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston , including this beauty, the 1926 House by ‘ Squam River . Can you name its Gloucester location? There are notes indicating that it’s in the general direction heading into Annisquam.

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IT’S NOT. I admit to clinging to this suggested area with some unreasonable hope because of personal bias (my parents lived on Wheeler’s Point for 30 years, and the charm and might of its full panoramic vista). I climbed around friend’s properties, sought views from Pole Hill and multiple high vantage spots. But I could not connect that landscape anywhere to this Hopper image.

All it took was reading one tiny email description from a GMG reader – I didn’t even need to visit the spot—to know immediately how right it was. I’m sure some other readers may know it, too.

Hint #1:

For one thing, many of these Gloucester Hoppers are views seen from a succession of magnificent granite sentinels. They are sites of great natural beauty conditioned geographically by glacial stone. This particular location has a massive sweep of boulder outcroppings.

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Hint #2

These two houses in the Hopper drawing are still standing and exact.

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Hint #3

If there is one Hopper, chances are there are others within close proximity.  Here’s two other Hopper drawings, all from the same general perch.

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Who had the keen eyes? Thank you to Kathy and Jeff Weaver for identifying the sight line for the Gloucester Edward Hopper image, House by ‘ Squam River in the collection of the MFA. It’s no surprise to me that artist Jeff Weaver—who has a history of Gloucester veduta painting himself, and who knows a great thing or two about extraordinary detail, composition, surface and color as bearer of light– would have a tip! You can see more of Jeff’s work here http://www.jeffweaverfineart.com/.  Gloucester creates many optimum sites for plein air study, and artists continue to evolve their work into unmissable interpretations of reality.

And here’s the Answer:

You are looking past Centennial across the landscape of Newell Stadium and Gloucester High School . (Perhaps this might be a possible new funding source for Newell Stadium? This same stadium and field site is the landscape featured in an iconic Gloucester Edward Hopper work of art. )

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There’s another famous Gloucester artist with a link to this same location, and a nice connection for Gloucester high school, and our students to know. Thanks to Fred Buck for sharing this Strople photo from the collection of the Cape Ann Museum and their archives for the Gloucester HarborWalk’s  Virginia Lee Burton marker. It’s a contemporaneous photograph of the GHS high school being built. The steam shovel was the model for Virginia Lee Burton’s beloved Mary Ann from Mike Mulligan ©1939. Follow back the plume of smoke- “Mary Ann” is turned away from the viewer.

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Meeting artists at the Cape Ann Museum

Last Saturday, the Cape Ann Museum had an event where several local artists demonstrated their work. Due to parish commitments, I arrived late and missed Michael Foley’s demonstration of his stonework. You can find an interview with him here, and see his website here. Michael is both a skilled stoneworker and a talented musician. He will be giving another demonstration towards the end of this month, and I hope not to miss that one!

A few other artists were still doing their demonstrations when I arrived. It was great to talk with them and see their work!

Beth Williams works with glass, and has a studio and gallery practically next door to the museum:

_Beth WilliamsPamela Stratton, whose studio is in Rockport, creates beautiful mosaics:

_Pamela StrattonLeslie Wind makes jewelry, as well as knitting and crocheting (even spinning her own yarn from wool):

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Leslie’s demonstration was interactive, helping visitors to make things like jewelry, bookmarks, and coffee stirrers out of thick wire (subsequently beaten flat). I tried my hand at it and came up with this… I’m not sure if it is a drink stirring stick or a bookmark, or something altogether different, but it was fun!

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- Fr. Matthew Green

Cape Ann Artisans at 30

 

I stopped in the museum the other day, having heard great things about the art on display. I was not let down!

 

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Smaller items

In conjunction with the Cape Artisans at 30 Exhibit, the Museum is hosting a series of demonstration days. Members of the Artisans will demonstrate their various crafts throughout each scheduled day. This program is free with Museum admission.

Saturday, March 30
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mike Foley, Sculpture
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Leslie Wind, Jewelry-making activity for children.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Beth Williams, Jewelry; Pam Stratton, Mosaics; Judith Wright, Mosaics.

- Fr. Matthew Green

 

Cape Ann Museum After Hours

Last Friday, the Cape Ann Museum had one of its “After Hours” events, featuring custom-made music installations in three galleries, refreshments from The Azorian restaurant, a raffle, and an artistic scavenger hunt! A good crowd showed up for the event.

There were lots of familiar faces in the crowd.

Rev. Bret Hays (left), rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester, was chatting with CAM’s Curatorial Assistant (and talented artist) Leon Doucette (on the right, with the beard, which – alas! – he has since shaved).

Nathan Cohen, who teaches music in Rockport public schools, designed (composed?) the music installation for Gabrielle Barzaghi’s exhibit in one of the galleries.  Gabrielle told me she loved what Nathan had put together, and posed for this photo with him and his magnificent beard:

I also ran into Ken Steiner, who I photographed at the museum before while he was playing the bass as part of a jazz trio in the museum courtyard. Here he is with Sue in front of some work by the Folly Cove Designers:

 

 

I only noticed afterwards that all three photos I picked to post had men with beards in them… Perhaps my own facial foliage adds a subconscious bias to my selection process?

Any event at the Cape Ann Museum is bound to be interesting, because of the amazing art collection and friendly staff.  It’s even better because of the great Cape Ann community that meets there to enjoy the art and each other’s company.

“At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry” – Les Miserables (Victor Hugo).  The wine didn’t run dry last Friday night!

 

I hope someone ate the wine-soaked fruit afterwards…

- Fr. Matthew Green

 

Tons of Stuff Happening At Cape Ann Museum

For more info- http://www.capeannmuseum.org/

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2013 Folly Cove Designers Calendar available
while supplies last in the Museum Shop or online!

January is Membership Month! Museum admission is free to all Cape Ann residents during the month of January.

Saturday, January 5

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Members’ Reception

Please join us for light refreshments to celebrate the New Year. This is a complimentary, members only program. To make a reservation email amyfanning@capeannmuseum.org or call (978)283-0455 x35. Thank you for your support!

Saturday, January 12

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Draw-Copy-Paint-Stomp-Repeat!

Family program: Learn about the Folly Cove Designers’ process, then get to work in the Children’s Activity Center. This drop-in program is free for members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. For more info call (978)283-0455 x16.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Gallery Demonstration with Artist Mary Rhinelander

Join Mary Rhinelander in the Folly Cove Designers exhibition for a block printing demonstration. Visitors will have a chance to try their hand at printing. This is a drop-in program that is free for members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission.

Someone you should be following on Twitter- @CapeAnnMuseum

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https://twitter.com/CapeAnnMuseum

Cape Ann  Museum has started tweeting old photos from its archives.

I know people can’t get enough of the stuff here on GMG that The Infamous Fred Buck sends us so if you’d like to see more of that, then it’s time to follow @CapeAnnMuseum on twitter

Right now they have 177 followers, let’s see what the power of GMG can do within 24 hours to their twitter follower count shall we?

Follow them here- https://twitter.com/CapeAnnMuseum and check out a picture of a huge schooner stuck in the ice in Gloucester Harbor (their latest tweet)

The Infamous One Has The Answers To The Mysteries of The 19th Century Gloucester Windmill and It’s Photographer (Natch)

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hey joey – this is the photo al mentions in gordon thomas’ ‘wharf & fleet’, shot by martha harvey (not hovey), one of gloucester’s photographer legends.  she grew up on prospect court as martha rogers, married the artist george harvey and they set up shop in annisquam on river road.  she stood about 4’10" in her socks and wandered all over the cape with a mammoth box camera and a suitcase of unexposed glass plates, some of them 11×14!  she deserves an honorary chair in the lumpers’ lounge.
gordon thomas’ caption for this photo reads:  "Winter Quarters on Five Pound Island, 1893.  This fine Martha Harvey shot shows several schooners hauled up for the winter on the eastern end of Five Pound Island.  Many vessels for various reasons were hauled up during the winter months and as most of the wharves around the harbor were busy, vessels were laid up at the Island until spring.  In this photo, the inner harbor is frozen solid.  The schooner, bow on with flying jib boom, is the beautifully names ‘Herald of the Morning,’ owned by John Pew and built in 1875.  The clipper bowed schooner to the right is the ‘Columbia’, built in 1891 for Parmenter and Co. (not to be confused with the racing ‘Columbia’ of 1923.)"
Cape Ann Museum has a large collection of Harvey plates, as does the Annisquam Historical.  CAM’s brilliant photo archivist has arranged a set of binders with inkjet prints from scans of the Harvey plates, available for browsing during regular library hours.

-infamous (and brilliant) fred buck


The infamous one is responding to yesterday’s post from Al Bezanson-

19th Century Gloucester Windmills From Al Bezanson

Posted on December 5, 2012 by Joey C

This illustration appears in History of the town and city of Gloucester, Cape Ann Massachusetts, 1892, by James R. Pringle, who wrote,

“A sketch of the town in 1817 was drawn by Capt. John Beach, from a point in the harbor opposite Ten Pound island, off Pavilion Beach.  Standing out prominently in the foreground was an eight-sided wooden windmill erected on the site now occupied by the Pavilion Hotel.  This had been built in 1814 by Ignatius Webber, and its long arms, fitted with sails, made it a conspicuous object, and gave the town quite a foreign aspect.  It was subsequently removed to a position on Fort Square, where it became a familiar landmark, being destroyed by fire a few years ago.”

Another windmill, of more modern design, is prominent on Five Pound Island in an 1893 photograph by Martha Hovey, reproduced in Wharf and Fleet, by Gordon W. Thomas.

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Gloucester Harbor sketch, 1817

Cape Ann Museum Holiday Bazaar

One of our local treasures, the Cape Ann Museum, had their Holiday Bazaar.

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The museum’s gift shop was present, of course:

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I really liked these “lynzariums“:

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“Each lynzarium is a uniquely designed piece of art containing found natural elements. prices start at $20 and a range of different shaped plants and vessels are used.” They actually had some at lower prices too; I bought one! They are living plants, but need minimal care.  And yes, if the name is supposed to be like Latin, the plural would be “lynzaria”, not “lynzariums”. Anyway, they are beautiful, alive, and easy to keep! They have great photos on their website.

Mimi (a gallery in Manchester) also had a table:

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Among the other vendors, this display caught my attention:

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There were other interesting things too, but a big crowd arrived and it got hard to take photos…

- Fr. Matthew Green

News from the proposed Downtown Gloucester Cultural District coordinating group

Catherine Ryan writes-

Dear Joey,

The November 13, 2012 CITY COUNCIL vote was UNANIMOUS to endorse the establishment of the proposed Downtown Gloucester Cultural District.

The DGCD coordinating group thanks the Councilors, our City Clerk, and the more than 30 partners and stakeholders who sent in letters of support and spoke at the hearing. Have a peek at a few: Cape Ann Museum , the Gloucester Public Schools , and Gorton’s.

Next steps: Send in the application and support materials and wait for word, guidance, and a visit from the Massachusetts Cultural Council!

Visit URL culturaldistrict.zapd.net or email dgcdinfo@gmail.com

Reminder About Greg and Francie Bover’s FREE Concert and Demonstration ~ TONIGHT!

Not to be missed! This evening at 7:00 pm in the Lane Gallery at the Cape Ann Museum Francie and Greg Bover are giving a free concert and presentation celebrating the decades-long project of the building of Francie’s beautiful harpsichord.

To read more about Greg and Francies’ program about The Making of a Harpsichord see GMG posts:

Greg Bover and Francie Fitch from “A Thousand Sunday Mornings” concert at the Shalin Liu photos by Rick Isaacs

Concert invitation from Greg and Francie Bover

Interview and story on NPR

Peter and Vickie’s gimmesound featured Artist of the Week video ~

Cape Ann Museum – Music in the Courtyard

Wonderfully talented Gloucester native Mari Martin was singing jazz in the courtyard of the Cape Ann Museum this past Friday from 4 to 5PM, accompanied by bass and keyboard. Here is a slideshow of the event:

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You can see the photos full-sized on my photostream on Flickr.

- Fr. Matthew Green

City Hall Weathervane in 1989 before She Was First Hoisted Atop City Hall From The Infamous Fred Buck

photo courtesy Cape Ann Museum

Fred writes-

joey – here’s the schooner with a broken mast on top of city hall.  the copper model was created by washburn on rt. 114 in 1989 and donated to the city by the cape ann savings bank.  this pic was taken just before she was hoisted up to her place of honor.  it is, of course, the elsie, built in 1910 by a.d. story in essex.  gordon thomas, in fast and able, called her "one of the greatest."  if anyone can help bring her down for repairs, step forward!  a model of the elsie by cape ann master craftsman erik ronnberg is on display at the cape ann museum.  it’s a beautiful thing…
infamous fred

copper model of sch. elsie made by washburn, rt. 114 as weathervane for city hall.  donated by cape ann savings bank.  1989.

This post is in response to our August 16th photos from David Cox showing the Elsie weathervane in serious peril below-

Sail on City Hall Schooner needs help–David B. Cox Photos

Posted on August 16, 2012 by Manuel Simoes

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After Hours at the Cape Ann Museum

If you were not at the Cape Ann Museum Summer “After Hours” event last Thursday, August 16, you really missed out!  This museum is one of the under-recognized jewels in Cape Ann’s cultural crown.

There was great music, great food from Alchemy,  live music/dance pieces featuring Sara Slifer, Kristen Miller, and 3rian King… and the personable staff and breathtaking art that you can always find at the Cape Ann Museum. Here are some photos.

Their next event is today at 3PM:

Elyssa East, author of Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, will discuss Hartley’s sixteen-year relationship with Cape Ann and how it changed his life and work. $10 Museum members; $15 nonmembers. Reservations are required; to make a reservation please call (978)283-0455 x16 or email info@capeannmuseum.orgDogtown Lecture series generously sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank.

- Fr. Matthew Green

Allen Estes at the Cape Ann Museum

This was a free concert at the Cape Ann Museum, last Friday at 4PM. It was originally planned to be outdoors, but due to the threat of rain, it was held indoors. It was great! At the end I bought one of the CDs he was selling: “Live Souls”. His CDs can be bought on his website or at stores, such as Gloucester Music on eastern Main Street.

-Fr. Matthew Green

Chickity Check It! Cape Ann Museum’s Got A Brand New Designed website

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Melissa Garabedian writes-

Hey Joey!

Congrats on being named BONS Best Blog Editors Choice and Best Blog Readers Choice – well deserved!

I’m sure you’ve probably already saw it, but Cape Ann Museum launched a new website which we are officially announcing today. The site was designed by Plein Air Interactive from Portland Maine. Plein Air specializes in creating websites for museums and cultural organizations.

The new website extends the unique and engaging Cape Ann Museum experience onto the web and social media channels. It allows people to easily be in contact with all aspects of the Museum such as how to visit, exhibitions, events, programs, research and more!

FYI – you don’t want to miss the next Music in the Courtyard series next Friday, July 27 from 4-5pm featuring Allen Estes! Allen Estes brings his unique blend of country, rock ‘n’ roll and folk to the Cape Ann Museum’s summer music series. An opening act for Bonnie Raitt, J Geils, Tim McGraw, America, Jose Feliciano, Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Chesney, Tricia Yearwood and more, Allen Estes is a performer you don’t want to miss! This program is free and open to the public. In case of rain this program will be held inside the Museum.

Thanks again for your continued support and interest in the Cape Ann Museum! Talk to you soon!

Best,

Melissa

Well Looky Which Local Museum Just Stepped Into The 21st Century With A Twitter Account- Cape Ann Museum- Follow ‘Em Suckas

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times- if you have a local business or organization and you aren’t doing the social media thing- you are neglecting your business or organization.  Twitter is 140 characters for post.  Can you really not type 140 characters and hit the send button each day?  Don’t be a dope.  Get with the program.

 

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Follow them here-

https://twitter.com/#!/CapeAnnMuseum

Thanks for the heads up Johnnycakes.

Let the follows roll in.

Public School Students’ Art at the Cape Ann Museum

Here are some photos of the elementary school childrens’ art on display at the Cape Ann Museum as a part of the “Gloucester Public School District Arts Festival” on Saturday, May 12.  The museum put a lot of work into hanging all these creations!

(To get these big shots, I had to take several photos and use panorama software, which led to a bit of distortion and broken lines here and there… I need to get one of those special panorama tripods that eliminate parallax!)

I am not sure if any of this is still up.  The brightness, simplicity, and freshness of it all created a real ambience of upbeat enthusiasm!

Photos of the Cape Ann Museum Park and Sculpture Garden opening

Yesterday, we had perfect weather for the opening ceremony for the Cape Ann Museum Park and Sculpture Garden – here are some photos!

-Fr. Matthew Green

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