Save the Date! This Saturday and Sunday from 12-6 we will be hosting open studios in the Blackburn building, 2 Main Street, Gloucester. Stop on by, say hi, browse our work and have some snacks!
Come through the parking lot to the entrance at the back/side of the building and take the elevator up toe the third floor.
I will have my vintage shop, Madcap Style, open so come and visit me on the 3rd floor! I will be adding lots of new summer clothes and accessories too.
Here’s the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/141926372680349/
I hope to see you there!
Susan Kelly would love to get a special artist sticker, so she could park her car as a resident, to promote our great City in her art.
Yesterday evening there was an art party at The Annie for the opening of a show of beautiful paintings by Sheila Lavelle. The artist was present, as was Henry Allen (founder of The Annie).
Artist Sheila Lavelle (second from right) with Henry Allen (far left) and guests
Her paintings are tranquil and calming, most of them suggestive of beach and sea skylines.
Overview of some of the new art on display
The art was accompanied by dishes of delectable appetizers, presented with artistic flair…
…including faux “candles” glowing in origami boxes!
The art will be on display all month. Several of the paintings sold while I was there, so get down to see them soon if you want to buy one of these beauties!
If you can’t make it, you can also view and buy her art on line.
- Fr. Matthew Green
It’s easy to take it for granted that we live in a city with lots of beauty, so it’s good to be reminded now and then that we are surrounded by works of art and ingenuity. For instance, I like this mural on the side of the Benjamin Moore store on Railroad Ave. – not just because it’s well painted, but because it is somewhat self-referential: a painting (on a paint store) of painters painting the wall they are painted on…
Eventually I plan to get photos of more of our city’s murals…
-Fr. Matthew Green
Tally’s seems to be the main (or only) tow truck business in town. I don’t know much about them, except that they have really cool trucks. Here is one. I like the custom paint job on the side!
Heres a closeup.
You may have seen some of Alice Garder’s work at the Annie last December…
…or at other venues. She also organizes the monthly painter/photographer meeting downtown. The other day I met her just outside her studio, right next to the Cape Ann Museum, and she invited me in to see her work space! Here are a few photos.
This is a shot I took with my camera’s built-in panorama option, so there are some jagged lines, but I liked the overview it gives of the space.
Among her specialties are house portraits, as you can see here:
Thank you for the tour, Alice!
“Show me yours and i’ll show you mine”
From Barry Marshall;
Thank You so much for Good Morning Gloucester.I moved away years ago but once a Gloucester boy always a Gloucester boy.So enjoyed all the pictures and stories and actually will be back there for a couple weeks mid May.This is my palette .Unfortunately It seems the palette gets more attention then the paintings,still working on that.I studied with one of the best Gloucester painters around,David Curtis.With out his help I don’t know where I’d be today.I have a small gallery on the Central Coast of California and paint on location almost daily.
Thank You Again, In Paint, Barry Marshall”
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One of Barry’s Beautiful Paintings from his website;
Last weekend I went for a stroll in Rockport to visit some of the shops and galleries that are starting to open, now that warmer weather is here.
Among the doors that were open was that of Corey Tevan’s gallery on Bearskin Neck.
It’s worth the visit just to meet Corey, who is a very warm and interesting person. He brings a great spiritual and artistic sensitivity to his work.
Many of the paintings on display are ethereal, otherworldly cityscapes with one or two dominant, deeply saturated hues, although examples of other kinds of work are also on display – some with brilliant rainbows of color, as you can see in the background of the last photo in this post. Some of the paintings exhibited are still works in process, at varying stages – from fathomless starry skies waiting to be occupied, to cities still emerging from the blue mist of the canvas.
I ended up buying one of the smaller paintings that really caught my fancy. Maybe someday I’ll save up and buy one of the big ones… I find his work very calming and engrossing to view.
There were a few other people visiting the gallery at that time, one of whom turned out to be a very skilled magician, Dario Pittore. He dazzled us with a few tricks, including making a tree and a ladder appear out of old newspapers.
His gallery is at 60 Bearskin Neck. Stop in and check it out when you get a chance! It’s really worth it.
What interests me most of this mural (in a stairwell at St. Ann’s Church) is not the currently-out-of-fashion but historically correct liturgical garb of the presiding prelate (although, as a priest, I find it interesting), but rather the skyline on the shore. I wonder exactly what view of Gloucester this is supposed to represent? It certainly doesn’t match the current skyline, but obviously things have changed over the decades. The other paintings show that the artist paid attention to detail, so I don’t think he just made it up.
This distinguished, brooding portrait almost seems to depict some Spanish caballero of the type painted by Velázquez or El Greco. However, I met a cheerier version of this same face on Wednesday at the Cape Ann Museum. It belongs to Leon Doucette, who was our docent for the regular 11AM guided tour. He grew up in Gloucester, moved away for a few years (including college), and then moved back recently and started working at the Cape Ann Museum. His local knowledge and love of art was evident in the tour he gave us.
Besides being a really nice person, he is a very talented painter. When he said he is an artist, I looked him up right away on my iPhone and found his blog. My first thought when I saw his painting was, “why is this guy not 24/7 behind an easel?” I guess it’s hard for an artist – especially a young man who is relatively new on the scene – to get enough work painting to do that full-time. At least he has a job in an art museum! But honestly, his work is really good, worth checking out. Here’s another image from his website:
The artist's father
Great, isn’t it? There is a lot more on his blog.
Sadly, he doesn’t have any work on display right now in Gloucester. I am going to follow his blog in the hopes he announces a local show sometime soon.
I wonder how many other talented young artists like Leon are hidden in our midst… They are the future of the art community here on Cape Ann. I hope they get the support and recognition they deserve.
Fortunately, we have initiatives like the The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group, which meets the second Monday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 at the Annie. In general, from what I’ve seen, the Cape Ann art community is very welcoming and encouraging for artists who are new to the area.
Wells Maritime Art recently acquired a large Ken Knowles painting, "East Gloucester from Rocky Neck," 24" x 30". It’s pretty sweet. Very few have seen it. I’ve attached an image.
Also, the e-commerce provider we use for Wells Maritime Art (Volusion) allows us to set up a "Social Store" on Facebook. If you’re logged in to FB, go to
You can actually buy on FB! Pretty cool. We’re offering a 20% discount to those who "like" us.
Not to toot our own horn, but I want to share a couple of photos of the exhibit of photos, painting, pottery, and origami by GoodMorningGloucester contributors! The exhibit started on New Years Day and runs through the month of January.
A panoramic overview of the exhibit
It was hard to take this panorama, because it required a series of photos, and the library is (thankfully) a busy place, with lots of people walking in and out!
Closeup of some of the non-photographic work
Stop in to see the work closer up for yourself! The library is located across the street from City Hall. Directions and hours (and more, of course!) are available on the library website.
The other day I went for a drive to get some photos of Christmas decorations at local shops. I tried Rocky Neck, but everything was closed and dark, so I ended up at Bearskin Neck in Rockport. Most shops and galleries were closed, but some have very nice Christmas decorations (which I’ll share in another post). I had the pleasant surprise of finding East Gloucester resident Eugene Quinn still in his studio with an “open” sign in the window.
Artist and East Gloucester resident Eugene J. Quinn Jr. - click on the photo to see it larger
We had a very nice conversation. Although he and I have never met, it turns out we have met some of the same people in the past because one of his paintings ended up at one of the places where I studied in the seminary. His work is very beautiful:
He seemed to be just finishing this up when I arrived.
Stop by and visit the gallery! His work is worth seeing first-hand. His regular hours from now until Christmas will be 10AM-5PM (although he may be around off-hours at times). His gallery is at 54 Bearskin Neck Rd., Rockport, MA 01966.
This is my newest Gloucester painting, Gloucester Harbor. I think it looks like the sun is just about to go down. A very restful time.
Debra Bretton Robinson
here’s an interview with Deb we did at Alchemy-
Thank you for publishing my painting of the Alice S. Wentworth. I just finished a painting of F/V Superior, a Gloucester Dragger and I thought you might want to see it too.
My mother’s family were commercial fishermen. They emigrated from Charlevoix, MI to in 1910 and helped begin the gillnet fishery in Gloucester with the Lafonds, Widermans, Tysvers, Arnolds, etc. Grandpa was Capt. John A. Dahlmer and he held an commercial license to operate ships in any waters and was a charter member of the Master Mariners Assn.. He operated steamers and fishing boats on the Great Lakes before moving to Gloucester. Over the years, he owned all or a part of a number of Gloucester boats. I have painted two of them. My first painting was of his "Margared D", named for and christened by my mother in Dunkirk, NY in 1909. Attached is another of grandpa’s boats, the "Superior" a 120′ western-rigged dragger launched in 1932. Her keel was the last laid down by Arthur Story in his Essex yard. In 1934 they added a whaleback bow (the first seen in Gloucester) which is evidenced in the painting. That raised fore-section offered better protection when the crew worked on deck in foul weather and it was a feature soon adopted by many Gloucester fishing vessels.
My painting shows "Superior" entering Gloucester Harbor. She has passed Ten Pound Island, Rocky Neck and the Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory and is turning in to dock at her berth at the Gloucester Machine Shop pier-now Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. The idea came from a photo of her taken in 1933 or 1934. She operated our of Gloucester and Cape May, NJ as a seiner at times but, mostly as a western-rigged dragger and was a high-liner many years Redfishing.
She was taken by the U.S. Navy in 1942 shortly after Pearl Harbor and grandfather was given $1 each year for her use. The Navy used her to transport gasoline, oil and supplies to weather stations along the coasts of Newfoundland and Greenland. Returned by the Navy in 1945, she was sold after grandpa’s death. When grandpa was not in the pilot house she was skippered by my uncles; the captains Ronald, Eber, Lawrence, John or George Dahlmer
Bill Dahlmer Hubbard
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Marine Art & Therese’s Sketches
Attachment is my painting of the Alice S. Wentworth for posting on GMG. This is an Acrylic, Pen & Ink on 16X20 stretched canvas. It is one of a series of paintings I am doing on historical coasting schooners. She was built in Norwalk, CT. in 1863. Bought by Capt. Arthur A. Stevens in early 1900s. Completely rebuilt by Stevens and re-documented in 1905 as the A.S.Wentworth.
Regarded as one of the fastest coasting schooners on the coast, she hauled general cargos including lumber, coal, gypsom, salt and merchandise to ports from New York to the canadian maritimes. She often loaded salt directly from the big salt steamers that called atGloucester to fish processors along the coast of Maine.
My painting depicts the Wentworth passing Thatchers I. and setting a course into the Gulf of Maine. Loaded with salt in Gloucester and bound for Boothbay and other down east ports she has just come about and sprung her main and foresail wing-and-wing with the a dry sou’easter pushing her along.
I like to paint historic sailing ships doing what they were built to do. I’ve just started a painting of the just re-built 130′ Sch Western Union of Key West, Florida. She was built as a coaster in 1936 for and sailed as a Marine cable repair ship for Western Union Telegraph Company for 35 years. She has just undergone a $1.24 million restoration and will operate out of Key West as a tour ship.
I’m currently looking for old photos of the Lanesvill and Rockport granite sloops and schooners as subject for another painting. There are plenty of photos of Maine coasters and granits ships, but scant few of the Cape Ann boats.
Thanks for posting this picture, Joe, and a big thanks for Good Morning Cloucester .com – a great way for me to keep in touch with the Cape Ann scene.
The snowdrifts are piled high, but spring is on the way! The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner is right around the corner, and we need help decorating bowls for our annual May event.
The Open Door is hosting a free bowl decorating evening with North Shore 104.9 on Tuesday, February 15, at 28 Emerson Avenue in Gloucester, from 6 to 8 p.m. for anyone interested in trying their hand at painting a bowl design. The event is fun and children are welcome, but we need to know how many are coming. Reservations can be made by calling 978-283-6776 ext. 205 or e-mailing us at email@example.com.
We think it would be wicked cool if GMG came to document the event, and maybe decorated a bowl. What do you think? Attached file has the important info. We would really appreciate it if you could let GMG readers know they can participate.
Julie LaFontaine ,Executive Director
The Open Door
This is a painting I just finished of waves off the rocks at Annisquam Light, after the first little storm last week. As an old surfer, painter, photographer and lifelong lover of the sea, I have long sought to catch/capture that perfect wave. This one is close, but my quest still continues.
Painting by E.J. Lefavour
E.J. Lefavour – Khan Studio
Debbie Clarke’s Art Show and Sale is now Open to the Public at the Random Arts Gallery on Lexington Ave. in Magnolia.
Debbie will also be having an opening Reception On
Sunday December 12, 2010 between 5pm and 8pm
Drop in and say hello, share some cheer. (usual artist offerings: wine and cheese)
Artist in residence Sunday-Monday 1pm-5/6/7pm ish throughout December
For a private viewing or for more information call: 978-652-8273
You can check out more Photos of Debs Art that will be for sale by clicking the Link: http://debbieclarke.blogspot.com/
Good Morning Joey,
Great – this will be fun. Attached is a little info about me, and a painting I did of a turnabout (this painting was donated to the Sawyer Free Library for their annual art auction), info below about it and its history. EJ-
Did you know
That the National 10 class was originally known as the Turnabout class, built in 1953 by Harold R.Turner as a small wooden single or double handed dinghy class at the Parker River Marine. The boats were initially built as a junior training boat, although adults enjoy the boats as well. The class has grown mainly in the New England and Northeastern regions of the U.S. Fleets are located in Northern Lake George, New York, Boston, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New Jersey. This turnabout, located in Annisquam on Lobster Cove, is said to be the first turnabout ever built.
I went by the Art Auction display at the library this morning and leafed through the bid book. there were many gorgeous paintings without any bids.
My suggestion is for you to go to that auction tomorrow night (Wednesday) for the live auction and you might just walk away with a great piece for very little dough.
Annual Art Auction 2010 Rescheduled
The live auction will take place December 8 at 7pm. with a Preview Party at 6pm. Please join the Library for this very special evening.
Wednesday, December 8
Main Floor, 7:00pm
To check out E.J.’s work-
E.J. Lefavour-Khan Studio