Community Stuff 8/12/14

Dory Race Elimination Finals Results from Last Night courtesy Damon Cummings-

Dylan and Clayton Morrissey , are going to Canada. Time 10:11
Mike Mitchell and Vito Giacalone were close behind at 10:13
There was a cross wind and both had to make serious course corrections toward the Finish.



The Essex Merchants Group and Eventide Gallery at Periwinkles of Essex, Massachusetts is announcing its Third Annual Paint Essex Day and Wet Paint Auction. This year it will be a two day event held at the Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation at 82 Eastern Ave. in Essex. Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, 2014 rain or shine.

On Saturday, from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, scores of artists from near and far will be arriving in Essex to artistically capture the Town’s limitless variety of local scenes and its magnificent landscape.

On Sunday, the previous day’s paintings will be auctioned off under the tent and in the barn at the Cox reservation.

There will also be a FREE demonstrations by two local artists, Larry Pumfrey from 11:00 to 12:00 and Marion Hall from 12:15 to1:15 PM followed by a FREE preview of all the weekend’s paintings from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. All will take place at the Essex County’s Cox Reservation in Essex.

This year’s event is open to a limited number of photographers and sculptors as well.

Beginning at 5:30 PM on Sunday, there will be a wine reception for the Wet Paint Silent and Live Auction, with hors d’oeuvres and live music. There will be a few changes this year that the Essex Merchant’s Group feel will greatly benefit auction attendees. The live auction will take place in a tent next to the barn, paintings will be hung on new displays for the silent auction which will allow for better viewing, and the Essex Merchant’s Group purchased a new software program that will allow for speedier purchases and check-out.

Painters of all levels are welcome to paint at various outdoor locations including the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Cogswell’s Grant, the Cox Reservation and along Main Street, as well as the interiors of participating local antique shops and other businesses (one painter per interior, must sign-up in advance).

Bob Coviello, Chair of the Essex Merchants Group, says “Essex is a perfect fit for this event. There are innumerable natural views, historical settings and enough quirky locations and artifacts to fill a thousand canvases. The Merchants Group is excited to bring this event to Essex”.

Coviello also adds his thanks to the growing list of sponsors for this year’s event: Bank Gloucester, First Ipswich Bank, Claire and David Lane, Wheelworks Pottery, Woodman’s of Essex, Chebacco Market, Essex County Greenbelt, Eventide Gallery of Essex and Michael Bider Antiques. He notes that additional sponsors can be added at any time.

Advance registration is suggested at the cost of $10 per painter. This price includes the artist’s entrance to the auction as well. Registration the morning of the event will be at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Main Street beginning at 8:00 AM. Cost is $15 per painter if not registered in advance.

Tickets for the public for the Wet Paint Auction and Reception are $25 per person. Tickets to the Auction and Reception will be available for purchase from various merchants throughout Essex including Main Street Antiques, Bider’s Antiques, the First Bank of Ipswich and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.

Proceeds from this event will be utilized by the Essex Merchants Group to promote the Town of Essex as a destination for shopping, dining, recreation and appreciation of its historic, open space and natural beauty. In addition, an art scholarship has been established to be awarded in 2015.

Paint Essex poster:

For information and advance registration, please contact Teri Canelle Eramo of Eventide Gallery at Periwinkles, 74 Main Street, Essex, MA at 978-880-8043 or . In addition, visit the EssexMerchant Group website at to learn more about what to see and do in Essex.

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