Community Stuff 8/1/14

Ferrante Successfully Advocates for Inclusion of $1.5M for Cape Ann Cultural Assets

State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) effectively advocated for the inclusion of $1.5 million for historic restoration projects on Cape Ann, including Gloucester City Hall, the historic fishing vessel Phyllis A. and the Gloucester Stage Company Theater.   All three projects are important in maintaining the area’s culture, heritage and in stimulating the local tourism economy.  The capital bond bill allocates funds to be used for capital facility repairs and improvements for the Commonwealth.
“Cape Ann has long been known for its storied history.  I am pleased that my colleagues understand how valuable these assets are to Cape Ann and to the Commonwealth.  In doing so, we grow the creative economy of Cape Ann and maintain our status as an historic and cultural leader.  Every dollar invested in tourism yields seven dollars in economic development; not only is the passing of the capital bond bill great for the arts and culture of Cape Ann, but it is also a great economic driver for our community.”
Representative Ferrante successfully lobbied her colleagues in the House of Representatives to include the historic restoration money in the final conference committee version of the bill. The Conference Committee bill passed the House on July 26 on a voice vote. The bill now moves to the Senate and the Governor for final approval.

Guided Walking Tours Offered by Cape Ann Museum

Hopper’s Houses: Gloucester homes made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper
Saturday, August 2 – tour begins at 10:00 a.m.

Gloucester, MA – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a guided tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Saturday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. Tours last about 1 1/2 hours and are held rain or shine. Participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 nonmembers. Space is limited and reservations are required. Email or call (978) 283-0455, x16 for more information or to reserve a space. Tour will meet in the sculpture park at the corner of Pleasant and Warren Streets opposite the Cape Ann Museum. The Hopper’s Houses tour will also be offered on August 9 and on August 23.


American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months in the years 1912, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928. His earliest visit in 1912 was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. During his second visit to Cape Ann in 1923, Hopper courted the young artist Josephine Nivison. He also began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. In 1924, Hopper and Nivison who were newly married returned to Gloucester on an extended honeymoon and continued to explore the area by foot and streetcar. During his final two visits to the area, in 1926 and 1928, Hopper produced some of his finest paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings. 

Image credit: Edward Hopper, American, 1882-1967. Universalist Church, 1926. Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper, 35.6 x 50.8 cm. (14 x 20 in.). Princeton University Art Museum. Laura P. Hall Memorial Collection, bequest of Professor Clifton R. Hall x1946-268. Photo: Bruce M. White.

Hi Everyone,
The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group will meet on Friday, August 8 form 9-10:30 AM. The meeting will be held at Cape Ann Giclee on 20 Maplewood Avenue in Gloucester.
Please bring anything you have been working on to share with the group. We will also continue our discussion on marketing and goal setting.
Hope to see you. New members are always welcome.
Sincerely,Alice Gardner

Rockport Senior Center Daytrip

New Reservation Procedure at the Rockport Senior Center

We will be taking reservations for day trips and activities at the Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:00PM and on Thursdays from 9:30-1100AM. Payment is required when registering.

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA on Wednesday, August 13th. Bus and entrance fee are $25.00. Lunch will be on your own.

Schooner Lannon Movie

Captain Tom Ellis from the Schooner Lannon will be at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesday, August 5th at 1:00PM for a free presentation of the Building of theSchooner Lannon . Everyone is welcome to attend.

Ice Cream Social Wednesday, August 6th at 1PM. Join in the fun and make your own ice cream sundae with all the toppings for only $2.00

The Power of Positive Thinking

Tuesday, August 19th at 10AM. This seminar will show you the importance of positive thinking, how it can reduce stress, improve your health and the research behind it. This free seminar is sponsored by the Elder Insider.

Needlework, quilting and any kind of hand work on Thursday from 1-3:30PM. Everyone is welcome.


Here are some photos taken by Marty DelVecchio of the Gloucester Education Foundation’s Cruise for Schools last Sunday.  We had about 200 people aboard the Beauport Princess and raised $25,000 for GEF programs in the Gloucester Public School District!

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Hi Joey, please post this notice so we don’t have a bunch of people stopping by expecting to see us on August 8 — thanks. You’re invited to HPSP on 9/5, at dusk, to see some really wonderful stuff. It’s always free; all you have to do is look.


GAAC will not meet during August. Our next regular meeting will be Friday September 12. 

There will still be a lot of astronomy going on! We will host our final star party of the season at Halibut Point State Park on September 5, with the 6th as the cloud date. There will be a first-quarter moon to see at this one, so mark your calendars!

The club will also be around town with telescopes for everyone to look through during August, at Bearskin Neck or on the Gloucester Boulevard, so we hope we’ll see you there. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates if you’re not on the club listserve. If you want access to the GAAC email listserve, just visit the website Contact page.

And keep an eye out for the Perseid meteor shower between Sunday August 10 and Wednesday the 13th. @gaactweet

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“Artists and The Cape Ann Experience”


“Artists and The Cape Ann Experience,” Museum Quality Exhibition of  over 150 works
from some of our most recognized and beloved American Impressionists of The Cape Ann School.
August 21 through September 27.  Gala Reception Saturday, August 30th,
6 -8 pm.  OPEN FREE TO THE PUBLICFrederick Judd Waugh, Freshening Breeze, 30 x 40, oc, John S. Newberry, Newberry Fine Art

     “This exhibit, “Artists and The Cape Ann Experience”, says Linda Cote, Gallery Manager for NSAA, “will offer to our Cape Ann community a unique opportunity to view important pieces from the personal collections of major art collectors from around
the country.  Many works from the Exhibit will be available to those who would like to  add to or begin their own personal collections.”
     Ken Knowles, NSAA President, says, ” I think I can speak for the other committee members, T.M. Nicholas, who curated the works, David and Judith Curtis, Michael Graves, T.A. Charron, Linda Cote, and Dolores Reid when I say that we are honored to offer the work of great American artists who lived and painted in the glorious northern light of Cape Ann:  Frederick Judd Waugh, N.A., Frederick J. Mulhaupt, A.N.A., Theresa Bernstein., Jane Peterson, sculptor Walter Hancock, and W. Lester Stevens, N.A., to name a few.  Certainly, this is the largest and most diverse group of masterworks presented at NSAA in decades and we are proud to offer them.
    Gallery Manager Cote states,  “This is an example of NSAA’s way of giving back
to the community that supports us so well.  There is no admission charge to view
this or any of our exhibits, and receptions, lectures, and gallery walks are also free to the
public.  With much gratitude we invite everyone to come experience historic Cape Ann’s contribution to our local and national artistic heritage.”

Frederick Mulhaupt, Winter In Gloucester, 36 x 30, oc Newcomb catalog front

One comment

  • We at the Phyllis A. Marine Association have been informed by Bruce Tarr’s office, that the bill is on the governor’s desk for signature!!! We are thrilled and thank Bruce and Ann Margaret for their work to get it this far!!!


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