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Thank you to Our Sweet Friend and GMG Contributor Catherine Ryan

I met Catherine initially through my work designing the HarborWalk gardens as she was very much involved with making the wonderful granite story markers placed throughout the HarborWalk (she also had a hand in many aspects of the HarborWalk’s creation). Catherine is a regular contributor to Good Morning Gloucester and her posts most often feature the work of Gloucester artists, along with covering a wide range of art and cultural related events.

I am so appreciative of our friendship, and also want to highlight some of the valuable volunteer pro bono work she does as the Mayor’s Representative on Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts. In that capacity, she works with the steering committee for the Gloucester Harbortown Cultural District,  provides on-going expertise for the Gloucester HarborWalk, and works on countless other statewide and New England regional outreach projects, coordinating with many cultural districts beyond our own.

As you may or may not be aware, Catherine created the interactive Google map with over 100 sites and images by Edward Hopper from his many visits to Gloucester: See Edward Hopper All Around Gloucester here.

image001Gloucester to Berkshires Map by Catherine Ryan. Click to view larger.

I was so touched by Catherine that she made the above map for my participation in the Berkshire Museum’s exhibit “Butterflies” and for my upcoming film screenings there. On Friday I learned that the Museum has scheduled a showing of Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly to air on Sunday, July 13th. We are planning additional activities around the event and I will keep you posted. So many thanks to Catherine for making this helpful map and providing a handy visual for GMG readers planning to make the trek out to Pittsfield and the Berkshires. 

Catherine writes ~

“I am SO HAPPY for you! Here’s a visual map to Western MA and proximity of some of the major Berkshire art & cultural highlights including 5 nearby Cultural Districts.

Gloucester to Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA 169 miles
Berkshire Museum to Mass MoCA 35 miles
Berkshire Museum to newly re-opened Clark 31 miles
Berkshire Museum to Tanglewood 14 minutes
Berkshire Museum to Amherst (many museums in this area, too) approx. 1 hour and twenty minutes

*Gloucester has 2 Cultural Districts and Pittsfield has one also. There are 4 other cultural districts in western MA (3 are within the Amherst vicinity): Springfield, Northampton, Easthampton + Shelburne.”

Happy Birthday Catherine Ryan!!!

Catherine Charles & George Ryan @Kim Smith 2012Catherine, George, and Charles Ryan

Thank you Catherine for all the beautiful work that you do on behalf of Gloucester’s artists, arts, and the  community at large. With two bright and active twin sons, I don’t know how you manage to give all that you do! You are Amazing!!!

If you are at all involved with the arts in Gloucester than you know of Catherine Ryan. For those not aware, Catherine has the special appointment of The Mayor’s Representative on the Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts. In that role, she brings to the fore countless art related projects and endeavors. Additionally, she provides hands on and ongoing expertise to the Gloucester HarborWalk. Catherine is also an actively involved member of the steering committee for the Gloucester Harbortown Cultural District.

©Kim Smith 2012

Regular GMG readers know of Catherine too from her outstanding and informative steady stream of posts that highlight important cultural events and activities taking place in our community.

Catherine Ryan Mufy White ©Kim Smith 2014Catherine and Muffy White at this year’s Art Haven Buoy Auction

Thanks again Catherine and keep up the fantastic job!

Actually, Happy Belated Bday as Catherine’s birthday was two days ago.