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Artist Spotlight Series

This will be a series of artist spotlights, showing the work and giving a little inside look into the artists who create it.  The first spotlight is on lifelong Gloucester artist, Theresa Testaverde.

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Theresa’s art is often a collage of whatever stirs her as interesting and challenging. Some of her work is inspired by loved ones, family and friends.

Theresa is a native of Gloucester, has been drawing since the age of 5, has a BFA with her principle focus in Printmaking, and has worked in the commercial field of Specialty Printing since college.

She is the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Gloucester fishermen. Her maternal grandfather, Joaquin Codinha, was deeply involved in the business side of the Fishing industry. Her paternal grandfather, R. Salve Testaverde wrote, “Memoirs of a Gloucester Fisherman.” And Theresa’s great-grandfather (her mother’s grandfather) was Antonio Santos Cortina, who while on a fishing trip on the Laura Goulart, was lost at sea in 1924. “Passionate followers of the heart; fishers of the sea.”

On Fisherman’s Wharf, her family’s FV, the Linda B, would have schools of fish hauled up in a net and loaded on trucks for market. Her most recent drawings, “Fish Faces, A Series of Drawings’ is dedicated to her young years of growing up – “we had all the fish and more!”

In addition, Theresa’s artwork for her “Daily Fish” Coasters is a salute to the life of a fisherman. “I recognize that a fisherman’s life is a noble and valued life, a dangerous life which requires dedication, heart, strength, intense work during stormy days and an immense respect of the sea from which he earns his daily bread.”

All of this was a way of life for Theresa growing up. In her words, “I embrace all of them, their memory, their stories. The women and men from which I am part. I could not create any of my artwork without these reflections. This life had heart, purpose, was hard working, honest, diligent and had love. To remember us young is to examine the heart of family, in our little town, Gloucester. My family members required the sea to maintain their everyday needs. This “fish” artwork is for them.”

You can see more of Theresa’s work at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, East Gloucester during the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4 PM, November 30 – December 29.

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Our Boy Jon Sarkin On NPR This Week (and more)

Recently Awarded Pulitzer Award Finalist Writer Amy Nutt Wrote Jon’s Biography Which Just Hit The Shelves and Is Killing It On Amazon Hitting As High As The Number 250 Best Selling Book Out Of All The Books Amazon Sells Last Week!

Jon was on NPR With Terry Gross.

Click the picture for the audio-

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Amy Nutt who wrote Jon’s biography will be in Gloucester signing copies of her book at The Bookstore of Gloucester

61 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-1548

Jon writes-

i will be discussing my biography (“shadows bright as glass”) at “the bookstore” on main street in gloucester on thursday, may 12 at 7:00 with its author, amy nutt.

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photos of Jon’s art piled up in his old Birdseye work space-

You gotta see these videos with Jon in his element-

Simply Edward Hopper!

I stumbled upon a super cool Edward Hopper site that was commissioned by the Julietta House. A screen writer traded a place to stay for finding the Hopper houses in Gloucester.  They now offer a self guided tour available at their front desk. I was surprised that the “now” pictures seemed to fire people up stating “How could they allow this to happen!” Hopper painted 1920′s ordinary scenes and was focused on lighting and space. Ordinary houses get painted, covered in vinyl, torn down and converted into two families.  I do think it would be cool if This Old House would come and restore one of these to as they were when Hopper painted them. It would also make for a great single subject blog, book deal, movie, documentary…

I don’t know much about Art, but I love all things  Hopper. I have ties to his hometown, Nyack NY and always went right to his paintings at the Whitney Museum in NYC. It was great to find out that he found success as a painter  in Gloucester and it was where he met his wife.

 

 

Here are some more of Hoppers paintings in Gloucester that are not in the Edward Hopper House Tour. Share anything about Hopper or the locations in the comments. Thanks!

Portuguese Church in Gloucester, 1923

Prospect Street, Gloucester
1928

Italian Quarter, Gloucester


Essex Farm House – Is this the farmhouse across from Candlewood Golf Course?

Gloucester Harbor

Jeff Weaver- Gloucester Artist Interviews Parts I, II and III

Due To A Large Number of Folks Asking To See All Of The Jeff Weaver Video Interviews In One Place I Created This Post To Combine Them-

Part I

Part II

Part III

Hope You Enjoy Listening To Jeff’s Insights Into Gloucester, His Approach To Painting  and Speak About His Influences As Much As I Enjoyed Conducting The Interview

The Jeff Weaver GMG Interview Part II

The Jeff Weaver GMG Interview Part II

One of the best values in Gloucester- in Jeff’s Gallery he has over sized postcards of his work which can be framed and put on your walls.  They are only $3.  I’m planning on going in and buying 4 or five of them as long as the sizes are such that I can buy standard sized frames for them.

Dogtown Book Shop Scarce Book on Jane Peterson

Here’s a very scarce book on artist Jane Peterson who painted in Gloucester in the early 20th century. The book is one of only 500 ever printed and they are each individually numbered inside.

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A simple Google Search Of Jane Peterson Turns up many auctions in which her paintings sell for over $500,000 like this one-

From the Christie’s web site-

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Lot Description

Jane Peterson (1876-1965)
Gloucester Harbor–Late Afternoon
signed ‘Jane Peterson’ (lower left)
oil on canvas
30¼ x 40 in. (76.8 x 101.6 cm.)

Lot Notes

During the first half of the twentieth century, one of the most socially acceptable venues for women to express their creativity was through participation in the male-dominated world of the fine arts. Jane Peterson, a fixture on the American art scene, had an unwavering devotion to her sense of self as an artist. She subsequently developed an Impressionist-Fauvist style that is uniquely her own. Peterson’s body of work encompasses scenes of gardens and beaches, colored umbrellas, and sun drenched port settings. Among the finest of her career, Gloucester Harbor exemplifies the artist’s frequent depiction of natural beauty using brilliant colors and active brushwork.
Peterson’s determination to be an artist began at a young age. When she was eighteen, she moved from Elgin, Illinois to New York and in 1896, she began her formal training at the Pratt Institute under the instruction of Arthur Wesley Dow. In 1901, Peterson studied with Frank DuMond at the Art Students League. Over the next decade Peterson held various teaching positions that brought her to Boston and Maryland. During this time she continued her studies at the Art Students League as well as with the leading European artists of the period such as Frank Brangwyn, Jacques-Emile Blance and Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida in Paris, Venice and Madrid. She also traveled extensively throughout North Africa visiting exotic locales such as Biskra, Algiers and Cairo.
Upon her return to the United States, Peterson continued her travels. After visiting the pacific Northwest with artist and friend Louis Comfort Tiffany, she frequented the various artist’s colonies that dotted the Massachusetts coast line including Gloucester and Martha’s Vineyard. Drawing inspiration from her travels both domestic and abroad, Peterson produced a diverse body of work that she exhibited at various institutions such as the Société des Artistes Francais, St. Botolph Club in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1915 at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.
In Gloucester Harbor, Peterson employs grand brush strokes and an assertive line, creating a mosaic effect of highly expressive tones of blue, pink and yellow offset by pure whites. Peterson’s style had become very definitive and has been described by Jonathan J. Joseph: "Her linear construction directed a viewer along a definite course and did not allow the viewer’s attention to wander. Her tonal masses dominated lines and defined form, while subtle, thin oscillating lines emphasized form edges to better display the juxtapositioning of dark and light color areas. In some ways, Peterson’s paintings resemble cloisonné, in that color is often surrounded by a thin outlining of charcoal or contrasting paint much like the thin wires of cloisonné surround enamel. However, lines do not encompass or totally contain color areas, but combine in a grand decorative order and show control in carefreeness. The work of Peterson becomes a sensuous place in the commonplace movements of nature." (Jane Peterson: An American Artist, Boston, Massachusetts, 1981, p. 17)
Large canvases such as Gloucester Harbor emphasize Peterson’s bold and unique brushwork and present her skills at their best. The innovative stylistic elements found in Gloucester Harbor are the fundamental characteristics of Peterson’s painting style that achieved critical acclaim. One reviewer in 1917 noted, "Miss Jane Peterson uses strong colors and broad brush to give the facts about docks and fishing craft and harbours in a somewhat knock-you-down fashion." (as quoted in Jane Peterson: An American Artist, p. 32)
Johnathan Joseph has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

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Franklyn Hamilton- Gloucester Artist 1918-2008

When I took a picture of the mural of Mother Hubbard at the Cupboard I made sure to snap one of the name of the artist.- “Franklyn Hamilton” spelled with a y
Last night I googled Franklyn Hamilton and found his obituary on the Gloucester Daily  Times website-

Franklyn E. Hamilton

Gloucester Daily Times
GLOUCESTER – The family of Franklyn E. Hamilton are saddened by the passing of their father after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008.

Franklyn was born in Gloucester on June 10, 1918, the son of Frank and Esther (Wilkie) Hamilton.

It was a simple 316 word obituary with no mention of any of his artistic achievements. I wonder just how many people have enjoyed his work or have that same image  of Mother Hubbard etched into their memories like I did.  So then after a little more digging I discovered that Franklyn was revered as an acclaimed Pulp Fiction artist who drew many covers including this one-
click picture for a list of Franklyns Other Pulp Fiction Work

click picture for a list of Franklyn's Other Pulp Fiction Work

This came up in a deeper search about the man-
Pulp fandom lost its greatest artist Monday, the incomparable Frank Hamilton. I talked to Frank just before Christmas, after he had just moved into a nursing home and though his situation was critical at that point he was still very positive, though resigned. His talent was truly a thing of wonder and I am lucky enough to own one of his originals. I know Golden Perils personally owes a great debt to him. Some of the early covers he did for the magazine, most notably The Green Hornet, Dark Shadows, Doc Savage and The Phantom, were masterpieces of fan art and GP was so much richer for his contributions. I am saddened and heart heavy, and my sympathies go out to his family and legion of fans. The pulp community owes him a great deal and he will be missed.
— Howard
Self Portrait Of Frank Hamilton

Self Portrait Of Frank Hamilton-Done in 1982

Debara Hafemann Seaglass and Watercolors At Local Colors

Debara uses bits of Sea Glass that she finds on the Shores of Gloucester and combines them with her watercolors to create unique pieces that always have a little bit of Gloucester in them no matter where you may hang them.

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