August 29, 2013
Doryman left fishing to pursue painting
By Gail McCarthyStaff Writer
The son of a Gloucester fisherman, the late Paul Francis Frontiero Sr., began fishing with his father at the age of 12.
He did not know then that this would become his way of life for many years. He never finished Gloucester High School because his father was injured while fishing and he had to leave his studies. As a result, he spent many years laboring in jobs at sea.
Frontiero, born in 1925, even worked as a doryman, an avocation that became extinct; with the innovation of the motorized trawler, the dory fishing industry began to wither in the late 1930s. However, he remained in demand on the port’s fishing vessels because of his skills as an engineer and cook.
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Last Saturday was the official opening of the “Community and Identity” show at the Rocky Neck Cultural center. It’s quite a nice show, and well worth the visit!
The opening was very well attended, and the food – provided by curator Rocky Delforge’s mother – was absolutely amazing. She could take up catering professionally, in my opinion.
But, back to the show itself. A variety of artists are showing works related to the theme of the show, with a wide variety of approaches and media. Give yourself time to contemplate them! Community participation is also encouraged: there is a wooden lattice cube in the center of the room with cards inviting visitors to write or draw reactions to the exhibit or to questions and ideas on the front of the card.
Many of the artists were present, so I snapped photos of them with their work:
Curator/artist Rocky Delforge
John Sarkin. (I had autofocus on, and the camera went crazy trying to decide which face to focus on…)
The most beautiful thing at the show, though, was this little baby. She was looking around at the art with the expression of a connoisseur as her mother carried her from place to place:
The Rocky Neck Cultural Center is easy to locate. It’s at 6 Wonson Street, and is quite distinctive:
It is in easy walking distance from the parking lot at the beginning of Rocky Neck – from which vantage point I took this panorama:
- Fr. Matthew Green
check out his speed painting video-
Friday July 29
6 to 8 pm
28 + 30 Main Street in Rockport
Stop by on a beautiful July evening and preview the summer collection of artist Renata Fryshara’s necklaces and paintings. You can sip sangria and visit with friends on the patio between the Renata’s two galleries: one featuring her jewelry and the other featuring her paintings & drawings.
Renata Fryshara is an international artist whose work has been featured in shows around the world and whose necklaces have been sold at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and in various galleries.