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You Still Have Time to Get to The Studio

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In case you didn’t know, the Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck is still open. Starting this week, they will be open Friday-Sunday 11:30am-11:30pm and may only be open for a couple more weeks, so if you didn’t have an opportunity to go this summer, or it was too crowded and you couldn’t get in, now is your chance.

E.J. Lefavour

Save the Date! Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt Unveiling

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Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt Unveiling

Sunday, October 26, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is pleased to host the unveiling of The Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4pm.

The Rocky Neck Quilt is one of twelve finished quilts created for the project:

“Gloucester… A Community of Neighborhoods.” The quilts were created with community participation led by Gloucester Senior Citizens in The Art Program at The Rose Baker Senior Center. The collaboration bears testimony to the truth that the gift of creativity resides within us all. The unveiling reception is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, contact the coordinator at rnac.director@gmail.com

Summer is Over, But the Studio is Still Open!

I was a huge fan of late afternoons on the deck of the Studio this summer.  If you ask me, there was nothing better than sitting outside with some friends, having a yummy cocktail, eating sushi, and taking in the beautiful view of Rocky Neck.  Especially if you weren’t in a rush.

Summer is behind us, but when given a 3 hour window to go play this past weekend, we readily headed straight towards the Studio anyway.

The fall menu is out and we ordered some obscene chili and cheese fries, chicken dumplings, and….of course…sushi.  The Kiss the Fish and Red Dragon rolls to be exact.  Pair those with a pumpkin beer with a cinnamon sugar rim and I’m a goner.

True that the deck is gorgeous, but I’m equally as happy hunkering down at the inside bar.  The high ceiling, massive paned window, and wood finishings are totally cozy and comfortable.

They won’t be open much longer, towards the end of November is what I’ve heard rumored, so check out the fall menu soon.  And….maybe give me a call first ;)

The Studio

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Last Hurrah for Madfish Wharf Galleries This Weekend

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Columbus Day Weekend is the final open weekend for the galleries at Madfish Wharf. If you haven’t had a chance to come by and visit this season, this will be your last chance. If you haven’t experienced Regina Piantedosi’s YUPO Gallery and her amazing non representational mixed media paintings, you really should, and if you prefer paintings of things you recognize, don’t miss her magical new series of “Obligatory Boat” paintings. Sue Handman has come up with a wonderful lightweight plaid wool scarf with her trademark vintage fabric collage and clever sayings that are just adorable. Diana Pasquariello at Diana’s Gallery has done a whimsical “Wicked Tuna” painting which has been sold, but she has prints of available. Hobbit House Studio II has works by Joey C., Donna Ardizzoni, Len Burgess, Tom Nihan, Linda Sojda, Theresa Testaverde, Judy Wilburn, Kathy Chapman, Marty Morgan Pottery, Belle & Me scarves, and books, painting, photos and montages by E.J. Also, the Hobbit House Bargain Loft is chock full of paintings and prints available at “make an offer so I don’t have to move them again” bargain prices. Galleries will be open Thursday through Columbus Day Monday, with pack up and close down starting on Monday.

Also, if you haven’t seen the Spontaneous Collaboration series of painting by the collaborative team of Sue Handman, E.J. Lefavour, Brenda Malloy, Diana Pasquariello and brainchild Regina Piantedosi, one of each of the five pieces is on exhibit at Imagine Gallery, Sue Handman Gallery, Diana’s Gallery, YUPO Gallery and Hobbit House Studio II through Columbus Day weekend.

Hard Merchandise

Hard Merchandise at rest.

Lately it’s hard to avoid The Hard Merchandise around the harbor working and with multiple cameras pointed at the crew unloading Bluefin Tuna.

I caught the Hard Merchandise at rest where it’s been docked for years. Behind the Madfish Galleries on Rocky Neck.

My camera was the only one there.

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Live Sunset View From Flat Cove Landing Rocky Neck

The colors of the sky from our kitchen window were so gorgeous BJ & I jump in the car and quickly drove down the street to capture the end of the sunset… The colors in the sky changed so fast it was amazing!

Dinners Downtown and on Rocky Neck – Favorite Views and Chews

Saturday treat after working the gallery all day: We sat on the outdoor deck at the Seaport Grille. Since my appetite ain't what is used to be, Janet and I split a Wedge Salad. It's always a meal deal – "Wedge of Iceberg, topped with homemade bleu cheese dressing, smoked bacon, bleu cheese and grape tomatoes $11."

Saturday treat after working the gallery all day: We sat on the outdoor deck at the Seaport Grille. Since my appetite ain’t what is used to be, Janet and I split a Wedge Salad. It’s always a meal deal – “Wedge of Iceberg, topped with homemade bleu cheese dressing, smoked bacon, bleu cheese and grape tomatoes $11.”

Sunday on the deck at the Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck: We met our friends Sheila and Malva for a meal and drinks. Homie, one huge seagull, checked out the fare on the customers' plates. He left a big tip on the way out!

Sunday on the deck at the Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck: We met our friends Sheila and Malva for a meal and drinks. Homie, one huge seagull, checked out the fare on the customers’ plates. He left a big tip on the way out!

We’re so lucky to live here.

Music at Madfish Grille

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Tuesday nights Trivia and Hookahs 8:30-11:30 (bar only open)

Every Thursday – Mike Forgette and Friends

Friday, 8/22 Megan McKenzie (pop/rock)

Saturday, 8/23 Allstonians (ska/reggae)

Wednesday, 8/27 Divas of the Waterfront Dragshow at 8:30 $10

Friday, 8/29 Richard James and the Name Changers

Saturday, 8/30 MSF (classic rock)

E.J. Lefavour
http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

GMG Mug Up Food Competition – Call to all you Great Foodies Out There

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Now that we have re-established the GMG Mug Up tradition on Saturday mornings at 9:30 on Madfish Wharf (so our fearless leader Joey can be there!), it is time for one of our famous and fun GMG Food Competitions. Over the years, we have had many different types food competitions, and we want to come up with something that the awesome cooks / bakers out there in GMG land will clamor to be a part of. Joey wants it to be a cupcake competition (he is going to be one of the judges with his girls as assistants, along with James Eves and Richard Rosenfeld). Cupcakes are great, but we wanted to let those of you who would like to enter and have the chance of winning a coveted GMG food competition winner ribbon, and go down in annals of GMG history as the best at whatever it is you make really well, tell us what you would like the competition to be.

Please reply by commenting on this post if you are interested in being a contender, and what food you would like the competition to be. Majority will rule. There is no real prep area, so it has to be something you can bring in prepared and ready to go to the judges (with a little extra for Mug Up attendees to try). Don’t include a beverage. If Bob Ryan is game to sponsor another Bloody Mary or other beverage competition made with a Ryan & Wood Distilleries spirit, we’ll do that later in the season.

Madfish Wharf is hopping this summer. Saturday morning 9:30am come for GMG Mug Up and food competition at YUPO Gallery / Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery. Come hang with your favorite GMG peeps, fobs and Rocky Neck artists and neighbors on beautiful Madfish Wharf. Saturday, August 23rd will be our first GMG Food Competition of the season. Let’s get some rockin GMG peep/fob summer fun going while we still can.

E.J. Lefavour
http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Join Julie Cleveland “Pianist” for brunch this Sunday @ The Studio from 12:00pm to 2:00pm 7.6.201

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Julie plays an eclectic mix of solo piano originals, as well as jazz standards, in a style that’s been described by drummer Nelson Bragg as “new age with teeth.”

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Cape Ann Piano Studio, Julie Cleveland, Pianist/Instructor
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Fringetree on Rocky Neck ~ American Native Beauty in Our Midst

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Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), the American native small tree, is so rarely planted today. Trees and plants trend at nurseries and, unfortunately, Fringetree has become one of those beauties that we need reminding of its great merits. The above specimen can be seen today in full glorious bloom on Rocky Neck, across the street from Judith and Gordon Goetmann’s Gallery. The botanical name translates lossely as snow flower, aptly describing the fluffy panicles covering the Fringetree when in bloom.

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The sweetly scented airy blossoms are attractive to bees and butterflies and the ripened fruits are a wonderful food source for songbirds and small mammals. In autumn, the foliage turns a brilliant clear golden yellow. Fringetree grows from Canada to the Gulf Coast, and famously tolerates air pollution, making it ideal for urban landscapes. Grow Fringetree in sun to part sun, in moist fertile soil. At maturity, the tree tops out at twelve to twenty feet high and equally as wide.

The one negative is that Fringetree is slow to leaf out in spring, with a tendency to look dry and woody. Don’t plant it with your spring ephemerals and you won’t notice!

Fringetree Chionanthus virginicus  Gloucester MA -2 ©Kim Smith 2014Fringetrees are dioecious, which means they have separate male and female plants, similar to hollies. Some flowers are “perfect,” meaning they have male and female parts. The male’s flowers are showier than the females, and the female and perfect flowers give way to blackish-blue fruit in late summer. Chionanthus virginicus is a member of the Oleaceae, or Olive Family, and the fruits of Fringetree are similar looking to that of Olea eruopea, the olive tree cultivated throughout the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia for its edible fruit.

I ran into Anne Malvaux while photographing the Rocky Neck Fringetree and she reports that she doesn’t recall seeing any fruit, which means it is most likely a male of the species, or that the fruit is so delicious it is quickly devoured by wildlife (often the case with native trees and shrubs). Or if it is a female and doesn’t bear fruit, it may because there is no males growing nearby. We’ll have a another look in late summer.Fringetree Chionanthus virginicus Rocky Neck Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2014

Fodor’s names Gloucester one of New England’s Most Picturesque Towns

Check out last Friday’s Fodor’s article listing Gloucester in their 15 of New England’s Most Picturesque Towns.  Here’s what they say about Gloucester

About an hour north of Boston on Cape Ann, Gloucester is the country’s oldest seaport and predates Boston and Salem. It was established as an English settlement in 1623, and today you can visit historic houses like the Cape Ann Historical Association. Gloucester’s scenic beauty has attracted many artists, including Winslow Homer, William Morris Hunt, Mark Rothko, Maurice Prendergast, and Edward Hopper. The Rocky Neck Art Colony—the first settled artist colony in the U.S.—has many contemporary artist studios and galleries.

The NEWS From Rocky Neck

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Dear Members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony,
Five pieces of important news:
1. Artist Member of the Board: The survey results are in by a quorum of the Art Colony members, and Ruth Mordecai is officially an Artist Member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony Board of Trustees, to finish out Gordon Goetemann’s term until November 2014.  We will have an election at that time for the two Artist members of the Board, as Kathy Archer’s two-year term will also expire (or be renewed).  Congratulations Ruth, and welcome to the Board of Trustees!
2. Mortgage Burning: As we have succeeded in raising all the funds necessary to pay off the Cultural Center building, the mortgage burning will commence in true Rocky Neck fashion at a party next Friday, May 23, from 7-10 at the Center.  Music, food, spirits – a bit of a ceremony at8PM – all members are invited — you made it happen, don’t miss it!!
3. Cape Ann Cultural Districts Mobile Phone app has launched!  You can now download the Cape Ann Cultural District mobile phone app from your Apple or Android App Store.  This is an excellent marketing and way-finding device developed in partnership with the four Cape Ann Cultural Districts and with funding from the City of Gloucester and Massachusetts Cultural Council.  We will be featured in the Globe & other outlets this week. Check out the press release below and download the free app from the App Store!
4. Personnel: Our first part-time aid staffer, the new RNAC/Cultural Center coordinator is Suzanne Gilbert Lee.  Please welcome her when you see her around the Neck.  And the fabulous, multi-talented, spreadsheet-loving Pat Conant is now our part-time paid bookkeeper, yay!
5.  Openings! The Cultural Center Gallery’s Pixel Revolution, curated by Otto Laske, opens this Saturday, May 18, 3-6PM.  The Rocky Neck Gallery with featured artist Ken Beck  is opening on May 24, 6-8PM.  And the Center renovations are cranking along – we should have bathrooms by June 1…fingers crossed!
Yours,
Karen

For Immediate Release

May 15th, 2014

Four Cape Ann Cultural Districts Launch Mobile Application

App Helps Visitors, Residents Pinpoint Destinations within Essex, Gloucester and Rockport

Cape Ann, MA – The four Cape Ann Cultural Districts, seARTS and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce today announced the launch of a mobile application that will enable Cape Ann visitors and residents to use their mobile devices to explore the area’s four cultural districts.  

The new “Cape Ann Cultural Districts” mobile app is now available in the Apple and Android apps stores and can be downloaded free on these sites. The QR code for mobile app is at the bottom of the page for scanning.

The project seeks to increase awareness of Cape Ann’s creative communities, individual artists, museums, recreational attractions, historic sites, restaurants, lodgings and businesses. The mobile app provides a free, consolidated, flexible platform to access information and way-finding for each of the four state-designated Cape Ann cultural districts – Essex River, Gloucester’s Harbor town, Gloucester’s Rocky Neck and Rockport. 

Each cultural district has its own page and directory listing of cultural offerings and businesses that will include a description, location, phone number, directions and links to web sites and other associated social media sites.    

With the help of the project partners the mobile app is expected to open up new opportunities for tourists and residents to discover and experience the beauty and vibrant cultural scene across Cape Ann.

The mobile app project is funded in part through an Adams Art Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Matching funds were provided by the City of Gloucester, the Essex Merchants Group, the Town of Rockport Economic Development Committee and the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS).  Additional support was provided by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and the Rocky Neck Art Colony. The application was created in cooperation with TapWalk, a Boston-based mobile app developer. 

Lion’s Tooth – Beauty or Beast

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The lowly dandelion (meaning lion’s tooth because their leaves resemble the teeth of lions), a bright sign of spring to some, a beastly invasive weed to those trying to maintain manicured green lawns or clear walkways.  I love dandelions myself, and how can you not respect the tenacity, strength and determination of a plant that makes its way through concrete!

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

belle + me Spring Show at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center!

REMINDER- IT’S TOMORROW- FRIDAY MAY 2, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center!

What kind of new scarf will you discover at belle+me’s spring show at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

Rich fabrics, vibrant colors, and subtle sophistication with a little touch of hipster describe our 2014 spring/summer collection to a tee. Or as we like to say; gypsy meets preppy. Imagine a combination of these two unique styles and you have the latest offerings from belle+me.

We can not wait to see you!

Anne Malvaux-Ouellette and Lisa LeVasseur

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