Community Stuff 7/25/14


This sweet juvenile tabby cat showed up at my door this evening. (Thursday) He is a sweet, vocal tabby with white boots. He seems to be well cared for and lost, not a stray. Could you please share with your readers and help him find his way home?

Found on Middle St. near the Boulevard.

Vickie Grassman

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FINAL 2014 Essex Wet Paint

Hi Joey,

Everyone had such a good time dancing on the wooden floor at the American Legion that we’ll be back there again this Friday, July 25.  The dancing gets underway promptly at 7:30 PM with live music by the Cape Ann House Contra Band.  As always, we hope new dancers will join us.  Everyone is welcome.  No experience is necessary.  All dances are taught.

A donation of $10 is requested of each dancer. Dancers under 16 are free.

Potluck contributions of non-alcoholic drinks as well as finger snack foods are welcome to be brought and shared during the break. Water bottles are recommended to reduce our use of paper cups.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Cape Ann Contra Dance can be contacted at

Find us on Facebook at


Hi Joey!  Please help us spread the word about this Cruise. 

The Suicide rate among veterans and active duty is double and even triple the rates of civilians at a rate of almost 1 per hour, every day!  

22+ Veterans and 1 Active duty Soldier takes their own life each day. 

In 2012 more soldiers died by their own hand, than in combat.  Suicide was the #1 cause of death within our military that year.

It takes all of us to prevent suicide!  So please, step up and act.  Reach out to a friend, family member, veteran in need. 

Veteran Crisis line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)

Suicide Prevention

Artistry of the Guitar with Ken Bonfield

with Raymond Gonzalez and Adam Miller

Saturday, July 26, 7:30 PM

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

Gloucester MA— Gloucester resident, and master guitarist Ken Bonfield will host an Artistry of the Guitar in-the-round concerts at The Cultural Center in Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, MA on Saturday July 26th with special guests Cape Ann’s own Raymond Gonzalez and all the way from Australia, Adam Miller.  The concert starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $15 at the door. Doors open at 7pm; there will be light refreshments.  Each show will start with a short solo set from each artist followed by a short intermission and then a second set with all three guitarists in-the-round swapping songs and stories and sitting in on each others compositions.


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 60 to 80 people and is fully handicapped accessible. 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

Artistry of Guitar

Upcoming Artist Workshops on Rocky Neck

August and September 2014

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

Gloucester MA— The Rocky Neck Art Colony is proud to provide the Cultural Center for these upcoming workshops by distinguished artists:

August Midsummer Day Art – One-day workshop with artist Lully Schwartz

August 6, 2014 at 9am – 4pm.

Techniques for painting and/or drawing indoors and en plein air in oil, watercolor, acrylic, acrylic and/or charcoal.

Cost: $210 / $185 for RNAC members.

To register contact Lully Schwartz at

Drawing as Process with Gabrielle Barzaghi

Aug 9 & 11, 2014 at 10am – 3pm and Aug 10, 2014 at 12:15-5:15pm

This three-day workshop is about experimentation and the image making process. Students will work on a series of drawings from an object of their choice and move past the obvious into the realm of symbolism and metaphor by experimenting with expressive mark making, simplification, exaggeration, cropping, composition, scale, value and color.

Cost: $325 / $300 for RNAC members.

To register contact Gabrielle Bazaghi at

Revolutionary Painting Techniques with Ekaterina Smirnova

September 3-5, 2014 at 9am  – 12pm

This three-day water media workshop is for students who want to improve their painting techniques by experimenting with familiar media while breaking through traditional norms and loosening their style.

Cost: $200 / $150 for RNAC members.

To register contact Ekaterina Smirnova at

For more information on these workshops please visit and select “Newsletter”


Lully M. Schwartz is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Mount Ida College.  She enjoys her 25+ year career as a working artist and teacher.  Her oil paintings and drawings are award winning, nationally exhibited and collected.   Lully is a studied artist adept in art history, all media painting, printmaking and drawing.   The Mill Pond Gallery, Long Island, Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Gallery, New York City, Armory Art Exhibition, Florida, the Cornell Museum of American Art and Culture,  and  Johnson & Johnson headquarters Gallery, New Jersey, are just a few of the galleries that have exhibited Lully’s art. Her work may be viewed through her  Mis. Schwartz, Vice President of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (MA Chapter).

Artist and educator Gabrielle Barzaghi is a Senior Lecturer at New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University and has taught college level drawing since 1980. She is represented by Trident Gallery. You may see her work at

Ekaterna Smirnova was Goetemann Resident Artist at Rocky Neck in 2012, and has painted and exhibited her way around the globe. Gloucester and Rocky Neck are fortunate to have her return to paint in the area this summer. You can follow her exciting travels and view the resulting work on her blog, .
In 2006 she became a member of the Art Students League of NY where she has been developing her style ever since. In the past 5 years, Ekaterina has received numerous awards in juried shows by the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, and other art organizations.

RAA Events Week of July 18th


Tuesday, July 28th – 7:00 PM

Paul George in Watercolor

RAA Members Free/ Nonmembers $5.00

Wednesday, July 30th – 7:00 PM

Line Tutwiler in Oil Painting

RAA Members Free/Nonmembers $5.00

Classes For Adults:  $30.00/class

Thursday, July 31st – 9:00-1:00

Carole Loiacono Outdoor Watercolor Class

Friday, August 1st – 9:00-1:00

Susan Guest-McPhail Indoor Mixed Media Class

Wayne Morrell Retrospective Continues in the Maddocks Gallery through August 19th

YMCA Camp Spindrift community pool night

Good Morning

It is going to be a hot one today and potentially a busy night at Camp Spindrift!

Every Monday and Wednesday night for the summer the pool is FREE for YMCA members and only $2 per person (with a family maximum of $10) for the community

Great photo opportunity as well!

thank you in advance


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