Monthly Archives: July 2011
Steves photography is up there with the best in G-Town, check out this cool video he made-
and after you’re done watching don’t forget to check out the rest of his blog-
That there were actually leftovers from this Sunday’s Mug Up? Not because there wasn’t a good turnout, or the food wasn’t great (Paul’s smoked bluefish pate is really awesome, my deviled eggs aren’t half bad, and the blueberry coffeecake was delish), but because Ed Collard was among the missing. The comfy chair at the head of the table sat empty, and we really missed not having him and his healthy appetite there. He and his wife were stylin on a brunch cruise around Boston Harbor on the Odessa – a Father’s Day gift from his kids. Some old favorites and some new people came by. Pete Chamberlain arrived by water, now that he’s gotten his boat fixed. Artist, Dixie Clark and her grandson, Tyler joined us. She lives on a boat here in the summer and Tyler was visiting her and really enjoying hanging with cool grams at the marina. Lou was passing by on her bicycle, and we lured her in for some Rocky Neck hospitality. Ben MacAdam, who is exhibiting his paintings at the Madfish Gallery, G5 stopped in with his friend. The Lusters were in the house, and Marty had a brand new very cool looking camera he was trying out for the first time. And of course Paul Morrison was there, without R. Duck – I think she was home with the chicks. Next Mug Up will be Sunday, July 17, 10:00 am. Hopefully Ed will be back, and maybe Joey and Paulie Walnuts can free themselves up and come over for a little Cup-A-Jo and visit too. I’m told that I make very good coffee.
Don’t miss Ben MacAdam’s Opening Reception this evening from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at Madfish Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck #5. Check out what he does with skateboards!
Check out Some of Esther’s Work-
The Riverdale Rockets continue their online signups for the upcoming 2011 Football/Cheering season! Log onto www.Riverdalerockets.com to sign up! Takes just a couple of minutes. Registration is $80 per player with a $140 family cap. Ages 6-14 (no high school students) are able to participate. Must be 6 by August 31st! Practices begin August 15th! Currently our B team is maxed out and we are only taking “wait list” players for B team Football. Plenty of room at all other levels! We look forward to another great season!! Thanks to Goodmorninggloucester.com for getting the word out!!
The Riverdale Rockets
If you have itchy feet and can’t wait until Saturday to see the Bandit Kings. Here is an idea for you. Go for adventure and check them out at The Spring Hill Tavern, 15 Bow St. Portsmouth NH
Sunday night my husband and I tried a new restaurant (new for us, that is), the 7th Wave in Rockport on Tuna Wharf. Our son Alex is cooking there this summer. The hostess was lovely and Talia, one of the owners, greeted us at the front desk. We had made a reservation for 7:00 and were seated immediately on the upper deck, with the stunning view of Rockport Harbor and beyond.
The atmosphere is lively, relaxed, and entirely kid-and family-friendly. The waitstaff was hardworking and alot of fun and our food came along very quickly, no waiting for anything, despite the fact that it was a full house.
Our son was working the grill, so we restricted ourselves to grilled items only. I had the surf (super delicious grilled shrimp) and turf (petite filet, cooked to perfection) and Tom, the fantastic grilled tuna. I am usually more of a chowder and lobster person and can’t wait to go again and try more items on the menu. The lobster rolls and lobster salads passing by our table were heaped high with lobster meat and the chowder looked creamy and hearty. Elaine, mother of Talia, and owner, stopped by our table to say hello and to chat. It’s a family-owned business and the restaurant is named the 7th Wave because of their seven family members. The Kahn family opened their doors in June 2009 and they had their busiest night ever, the Saturday night before we ate dinner there. It was great to hear about their thriving business and we are looking forward to many return visits! The menu and hours of operation are posted on their website. 7th Wave Restaurant, 7 Tuna Wharf, Rockport.
Looking back toward Bearskin Neck from Tuna Wharf.
THE DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER BLOCK PARTY – JULY 16 –FREE!
Block Party Organizer Valerie Marcley writes-
Come downtown for the summer’s best party! Main Street will be closed for entertainment, al fresco dining, art, dancing, vendors and a childrens’ game area. THIS IS YOUR PARTY! It starts at 6 pm and it’s FREE!
Dance to Livin’ on Luck, Willie Alexander, Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester, Alek Razden and the Polygroove Orchestra and be dazzled by the Bones and Roses Circus Sideshow, the Cape Ann Center for Dance. Street performers will stroll Main and entertain: Go Jay Go, Yo Joe Magic Show, Roger Hussey, Giant Puppets interactive for the kids and 50/50 raffle! Shows start at 6 pm.
The series celebrates Gloucester the third Saturday of each month, July through September.
Here are some video clips of the performers-
Here’s a link with Willie Alexander playing with Alek Razden’s other band
Burnham’s Field is the largest green space in central Gloucester. Recently there’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a new 20-plot garden. GoodMorningGloucester is now running a series of video profiles of the Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners. Here are their stories.
By John McElhenny
Burnham’s Field Gardeners – Girl Scout Troop 523 in Gloucester
Members of Girl Scout Troop 523 in Gloucester (left to right) Courtney Ashwell (16), Kelly Biondo (14), Emma Thomas (15) and Sage Frankenstein (15) show how to add personality to a garden plot. (Hint: it involves several cans of brightly colored paint.) The girls, along with Troop Leader Diane Wolff-Thomas and fellow Scouts Emily Moore and Jessi Silva, are learning about gardening firsthand with their own garden plot.
photo by Tom Robinson-Cox
Rocky Neck members recently enjoyed Artist in Residence, Kathy Soles’ closing presentation at the Residency Studio.
July 6 – August 6 : Kathy Minhsin Liao
Open Studio Hours this week
Friday 7/15, 4-8pm and Sunday 7/17, 4-8pm
Concentric, 60"x71", oil on canvas, 2010
Duality is a theme that repeatedly makes its way into my work. Having spent my childhood in Taiwan, I am strongly influenced by my dual Chinese and Japanese heritage. Coming to America, I found my deeply held beliefs being constantly re-evaluated, challenged, and sometimes compromised. My work is a medium for me to revisit and gain new understanding from my immigration experience. My creativity is fueled by direct observation. My work is driven by the fascination with perceptual and visual experience of light and space. I am constantly seeking new ways to create an illusionistic space through an exploration of of lines, shapes, color and through the visceral act of painting, scraping and collaging materials. I draw upon images of the people, objects, and places that I observe and identify with on a personal level. These images and ideas are given substance and transformed through my painting and printmaking practices. I’ve received a BFA in Painting from University of Washington and MFA Painting degree from Boston University.
Simply Looking, Looking Simple: oil paintings
by Claudia Kaufman
Last Day, Tuesday, July 19
Contemporary realist painter Claudia Kaufman’s "Simply Looking: Looking Simple," the third in the Rocky Neck Gallery Summer Artist Series, opens Wednesday, July 6 and runs until Tuesday, July 19. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, July 9, from 5-8 p.m. Kaufman will give a talk at about 7pm where she will show slides that show the steps involved in creating an acurately realistic painting. The public is invited.
Kaufman lives in Marblehead and is a member of the North Shore, Rockport, and Marblehead Art Associations and the Copley Society of Art. Her work has been shown in many Boston area exhibitions. She worked as a commercial artist in New York City followed by a career as marketing executive/creative director of a national healthcare technology company.
She studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine arts in Boston, Mass College of Art and most recently completed a post baccalaureate residency program in painting at Brandeis University.
As a contemporary realist painter, my works are studies in observation — still lifes of familiar objects that are deceptively simple, yet complex. In the studio setting, I challenge myself to translate the perceived three-dimensional world to a 2D field by observing and capturing the conditions of light, form, color and space through the painterly properties of oil paint. Stopping short of photo-realism, I work to keep the signs of my hand and brushstroke in my work and am particularly intrigued by the drama of light, transparency, reflection and shadows.
Through July 22 : Laureen Maher at Khan Studio/Good Morning Gloucester Gallery
Out of Snacks, oil painting by Laureen Mahler
The next guest artist at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery will be painter and stylist, Laureen Maher. Laureen, who lives in East Gloucester and owns and operates the Beauty Bar at 12 Parker Street in Gloucester, will be exhibiting her landscapes, florals and portraits of local rock stars series of oil paintings in a show entitled "Brushworks". Her exhibit runs from July 8-22nd with an Opening Reception on Sunday, July 10th from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Laureen was first inspired to paint 9 years ago after she moved to East Gloucester from Melrose and saw the collection of paintings by Robert Gruppe’ at The Studio. She is working on an ongoing series of paintings of the local rock stars of Cape Ann. Laureen is very excited to be exhibiting on Rocky Neck, as this is where she was first inspired to paint. Come by and welcome Laureen to Rocky Neck and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery.