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Two Great Openings

MHS spring art show opening

The Opening Reception for the Magnolia Historical Society Spring Art Show and Sale last evening was a great event with a tremendous turnout, amazing art, great food, in a wonderful space.  If you didn’t get there last night or today, you can still make it over tomorrow from noon to 4:00 – 46 Magnolia Ave.

sailor stans opening

Another great opening was this morning’s opening of Sailor Stan’s Restaurant at 1 Wonson Street on Rocky Neck.  Stan’s will be open weekend from 7:30 until noon, with more open days as weather and season dictates.  Stop by for breakfast tomorrow – let Sue serve you with a smile after Karen and Wayne create something great for you – and then head over to Magnolia to see the Spring Art Show.

E.J. Lefavour

How to Recognize Artists

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Now you can learn to recognize the 27 Cape Ann Artists and Photographers exhibiting at the Magnolia Historical Society Spring Art Show by coming to the show, seeing their work and maybe buying a piece to grace your home.  A great way to recognize and support local artists and the Magnolia Historical Society.

Thanks to FOB David Simmons for submitting the How to Recognize Artists of Paintings, Magnolia Historical Society for hosting and to Thom Falzarano for organizing the show.

E.J. Lefavour

Spring Art Show

Only 15 days til Spring…

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After that, there are only 21 more days until the Spring Art Show at the Magnolia Historical Society.  From the icy grip of winter emerges a fresh new body of work by some of your favorite Cape Ann artists.  While it may not be the first Art Show of Spring 2014, it is lining up to the best.  Mark your calendars now, and pray we won’t have snow.

E.J. Lefavour

She Always Returns

better late than never

Normally winter is my time to be creative.  My life’s path took me on some unexpected twists and turns this fall and winter, which made it impossible for me to get into my creative space.  As I’m sure all creative people can attest, sometimes the muse goes away for a time.  I used to fret, believing she might never return; but in her own time, she always does.  She unexpectedly re-emerged a couple of weeks ago, and took me, as she always does, in a new direction.  These are a few new pieces I have completed.  This series is old and new.  It is a mixed media combination of my abstract photos of last year, coupled with the glass painting of the prior year.  While sorting things at my mother’s house, I came across a container of unused glass slides, which have and will make their way into many of these pieces.  I have never worked in a square format before, which I am really enjoying, having been inspired by my artist friend, Tom Nihan’s work.  All pieces are 8×8 multi-layered photos and glass paintings, and are whimsical and fun – just what I need now.  In addition to brushes, I am using rubber ducks and ear plugs to paint with.   Yes Paul, RD was instrumental in getting me going, although she has gotten a little messy with paint all over her bottom.

You can see some of my new work at the Spring Art Show at the Magnolia Historical Society Friday, April 11 from 6 till 9pm Opening, Saturday, April 12 2pm till 8pm and Sunday, April 13 Noon till 4pm.  More details coming soon.

E.J. Lefavour

Final Weekend for Art in the Schoolhouse

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If you haven’t had a chance to stop by yet, this weekend will be your last chance to see the Art in the Schoolhouse holiday show at Magnolia Historical Society, 46 Magnolia Ave.  There is a great collection of over 90 pieces of work, as well as a great selection of affordable holiday gift items.  A great opportunity to check out the new home of the Magnolia Historical Society Museum and Cultural Center.  Free admission and plenty of free parking.

E.J. Lefavour

Artist Spotlight Series – Sinikka Nogelo

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Spotlight on Sinikka Nogelo

Gloucester painter Sinikka Nogelo considers herself lucky to work in a studio overlooking Joey C.’s business, Capt. Joe and Sons. “The view is just lovely. I enjoy seeing the activity on the working waterfront, knowing my friendly neighbors are doing so much for the community with Good Morning Gloucester, while supplying us with the freshest lobster, and also supporting the arts. A few years back at Joey’s, one of my favorite art installations featured larger than life, black and white photos of faces of the waterfront. “

Though Sinikka has been most well known locally for her work in community television, art has always played a major part in her life. After graduating from Tufts, she studied at Montserrat with Oliver Balf, Barbara Moody, George Gabin, Roger Martin and Ethan Berry. She also took classes at Silvermine Guild in Connecticut and at the BFA’s Museum School in Boston. As a young artist, she was a founding member of the women’s cooperative “Center and Main Gallery,” located in what is now Passports Restaurant. Sinikka returned to painting full time upon her retirement from Cape Ann TV in 2010.

A member of Rocky Neck Art Colony and the Cape Ann Artisans Studio tour, Sinikka paints contemporary pieces inspired by thoughts and feelings, sea and sky. “I just love color and composition. I get a great deal of satisfaction from the process of making art, just seeing where things will go, experimenting and building on what I’ve made.” In recent years Sinikka has also been creating wall pieces from recyclables and found objects, some of which were on display last summer at the Cape Ann Museum’s White-Ellery House in Sinikka’s installation, “Tin – Relics and Remakes.”

At the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Holiday Art Festival Sinikka is offering miniature paintings on easels to grace spots such as desks, book shelves and counters, as well as miniature paintings to hang as ornaments. Her paintings have long been influenced by the sea and sky which she uses as subjects and as metaphors. Sinikka loves color and composition and putting that first stroke on a canvas.

You can see more of Sinikka’s work at the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival (Sat. & Sun. noon – 4:00pm through 12/29) and at the Magnolia Historical Society’s Art in the Schoolhouse Show (Sat. & Sun. 10:00am – 2:00pm through 12/22).

E.J. Lefavour

Invasion of the Winter Moths at Magnolia Historical Society

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I’m sure you’ve noticed them everywhere the last couple of days.  Driving over to Magnolia last night for the Magnolia Historical Society opening of Art in the Schoolhouse with Charlie Carroll, it was like driving in a brown blizzard.  They are pictured here all over the front door of the place at 46 Magnolia Ave.  Also pictured are some of the partygoers at the opening.  If you missed the opening, stop by Saturday and Sunday (12/7&8, 14&15 or 21&22) from 10:00 – 2:00.  The moths may or may not still be there but the great artwork, cards, prints, calendars, books and more still will be (whatever hasn’t been sold anyway).

art in the schoolhouse opening

Now more about the Winter Moth.

The Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata) is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is an abundant species of Europe and the Near Eastand one of very few Lepidoptera of temperate regions in which the adults are active in the depth of winter.

The female of this species is virtually wingless and cannot fly, but the male is fully winged and flies strongly.

Winter Moths are considered an invasive species in North America; Nova Scotia experienced the first confirmed infestations in the 1930s. The moth is now found in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine.[1] In Massachusetts, the moths have attracted the attention of several media outlets due to the severity of the infestation.[2] In northern Rhode Island, damage to fruit orchards has been attributed to winter moth, and it is now reported in mid-southern Rhode Island (Bristol/Barrington area and Warwick). Efforts at biological control are underway.[3] There have been unconfirmed reports of infestations in southern New Hampshire.

Wikipedia

Here’s a link to an article Kim Smith wrote about the relationship between songbirds
and the Winter Moth, back in 2010.  http://kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/white-throated-sparrow-zonotrichia-albicolli/

E.J. Lefavour

Art in the Schoolhouse Preview Opening Party

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Friday, 12/6 5-8:00PM at the new Magnolia Historical Society’s Museum and Cultural Center building (in the old Blynman School), 46 Magnolia Ave.  A great collection of artists and photographers, plus a large selection of affordable holiday gift items -cards, books, prints, mini paintings, calendars and more.  Refreshments, live music and free admission.  Come see, shop and find out what Magnolia Historical Society is up to – exciting developments for Magnolia and the Gloucester historical, arts and cultural scenes.  Hope to see you there.

E.J. Lefavour

Magnolia Historical Society Presents Art in the Schoolhouse

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The Magnolia Historical Society, 46 Magnolia Ave. in Magnolia is presenting Art in the Schoolhouse a holiday art show and sale in the lovely old Blynman Schoolhouse, with proceeds to benefit the Magnolia Historical Society’s restoration of the Blynman School into the Magnolia Historical Museum and Cultural Center.   It will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm daily.  There will be a Preview Opening Reception Party on Friday, December 6 from 5-8:00 pm with Refreshments and Live Music.  Free admission.  The show will feature works by Donna Ardizzoni, Lauren Asaro, Charlie Carroll, Joey Ciaramitaro, Terry DelPercio, Thom Falzarano, Marion Hall, Audi Lane, EJ Lefavour, Laureen Maher, Carol McKenna, John Nesta, Sinikka Nogelo, David Piedmonte and Deb Schradieck.

E.J. Lefavour

Blynman schoolhouse/ Magnolia Historical Society

The Blynman School is coming along for the Magnolia Historical Society. It is looking good. Fun cookout also on Saturday.

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AT THIS MEETING!!!!!!!!!!!

From Lisa Ramos-

Over the past year, the Magnolia Historical Society has been working with the City of Gloucester to format a bid proposal for the disposition of the Blynman Schoolhouse for the Magnolia Historical Museum and a cultural center for our community members.
The final vote from City Council will be Tuesday April 10th at 7pm at City Hall.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AT THIS MEETING!!!!!!!!!!!
Nobody will need to speak at this meeting, we will all be there to show our support for the Magnolia Community. Any of you who are interested in supporting the Magnolia Historical Society in our persuit of a larger/handicapp accessible facility where we can house our precious Magnolia artifacts, allow for community meetings, fundraisers, artist space, etc…..  (The possibilities are endless.) Please, please attend this meeting.
Also, don’t forget, our annual scrap metal drive starts Saturday April 7th -21st.  The scrap metal dumpster will be at the Blynman Schoolhouse on Magnolia Avenue, or if you need a pick up, please call Lisa Ramos at 978-290-3005.  Anything that is 70% metal is acceptable.
“Together we can make a difference on whether and how Magnolia’s history is preserved and made known”.
Thank you for your continued support

Magnolia lovers – check out Oceanside Evening, October 10!

The Magnolia Historical Society
invites you back to the Days of the Magnolia Grand Hotels for an
“Oceanside Evening”

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Reminisce with old and new Friends; Enjoy History, Wine, Desserts, Coffee, Tea and Laughter! Casino Wheel of Fortune and 50/50 Raffle!
Learn about Magnolia, our homes, our former grand hotels and more!

Step into this portal of Magnolia history:
“Oceanside Evening”
Saturday October 10th
7 to 10 pm
Magnolia Library Center, Magnolia
Come help us celebrate what makes Magnolia great!!

Lisa Ramos, author of “Magnolia: A Brief History”, will present an informative program along with her panel of Magnolia experts, James Cook and Fran Hines.

SAVE $10 WHEN YOU BUY TWO TICKETS!
Reservation tickets are $15 for members,
or save and purchase two tickets for just $2O!
Non-member tickets are $20, or buy two for just $35.
Join the Magnolia Historical Society today and save!
All tickets purchases are tax deductible!
VINTAGE HATS ENCOURAGED!

Reserved Tickets Availableat Magnolia Library Center,
Magnolia Historical Society, from any board member
or by calling: 978-525-3603
Or you may mail check to P.O Box 5551, Magnolia, MA 01930.

We’ll have your reserved tickets at the door. Walk up tickets also available.
Hope to see you all there!