Monthly Archives: March 2017

MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION

Last night’s wild and windy March sky over Rocky Neck.windy-rocky-neck-sunset-copyright-kim-smith

Followed by this morning’s whitecaps in the Harbor. gloucester-harbor-cape-pond-ice-unitarian-church-copyright-kim-smithCape Pond Ice and UU Church

Hats Off to Spring: A Celebration of Grace Murray

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce that the extraordinary hats made by longtime Annisquam resident, friend of the Museum and avid knitter, Grace Murray, will be on display throughout the day on Saturday, March 18 in the CAM Auditorium and the Folly Cove Designer Gallery. At 1:00 p.m.owners of Grace’s beloved hats will have the opportunity to share their thoughts during “Story Time” in the auditorium. A selection of hats will remain on view in the Folly Cove Designer Gallery through April 2.

The Museum will be free and open to the public from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for this program; reservations are not required.image001-1

Each of Grace’s hats is an original. She was inspired to create her well-known style of hat by the patterns in “Andean Folk Knitting: Traditions and Techniques from Peru and Bolivia”, by Cynthia Gravelle Lecount. By the time Grace had purchased the book in 1992, she had already been knitting for 60 years; however, the colorful motifs kept her attention, and she created over 300 hats, all lovingly tagged “From the Knitting Needles of Grace Murray”.

This Weekend in the Arts

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PUPPETRY CLASSES
at the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage!

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CHILDREN’ PUPPETRY WORKSHOPS
(ages 6-12)
Teaching puppetry skills of puppet & script creation, dramatization, performance. Each of 5 weekly sessions focus on one style of puppetry (hand puppet, mask, shadow, clay/toy theatre, & marionette) and one world region. The last day of each block offers a free performance to the community by the children and the master.

Saturday mornings, 10:00am to 11:30am,
next session begins March 4

COST: $60/child in advance or $15/class drop-in
(if space is available).

PRESCHOOL PUPPET PLAYTIME
(ages 2-6)
In 5 weekly one-hour sessions, children will be engaged by various dazzling tales from around the world as they come alive through participatory puppetry and theme-expressive arts activities such as finger plays, craft, games, folkdance and percussion. (All children must be accompanied by a caregiver.)

Wednesday mornings, 10:30am to 11:30 am,
next session begins March 1

COST: $42/child in advance or $10/class drop-in
(if space is available).

THE WORLD FAMILY PUPPET THEATRE offers exciting school year puppetry arts programs. Participants bring alive the folktales of the worlds’ peoples thus learning valuable lessons of getting along. This program model has been refined from 38 years of multicultural arts programs for children. Time travel to a land or time far away, experience world kinship, compassion, lifelong positive problem-solving, while making new friends!

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Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond
New exhibition opening at the Cape Ann Museum

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4
On view through May 21, 2017

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Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Marine Railways, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dale Movalli, 2016 [2016.59].

 The Cape Ann Museum will host a special exhibition of paintings by Charles Movalli, opening on Saturday March 4 and remaining on display through May 21, 2017. Cape Ann & Beyond will be drawn from private collections throughout the region and will be complemented by gallery talks and lectures exploring Movalli’s career and the Cape Ann School of painters.

For over forty years, Charles Movalli was a pillar of Cape Ann’s year-round art community, a distinguished landscape and marine painter, a prolific writer and advocate for the arts, and a widely respected teacher.  His paintings have been showcased in solo and group exhibitions throughout the region and showered with awards; his writings on art and artists have been published widely and his editorial skills earned him a 25 year stint as contributing editor of American Artist magazine. Often referring to himself as “the luckiest man in the world,” during his long and successful career Charles Movalli created a body of work which continues to inspire and delight viewers.

Programs offered in conjunction with this exhibition are as follows:

  • Saturday, March 4: Opening reception – free and open to the public
  • Saturday, March 11: Gallery Talk with Dale Movalli, artist and wife of Charles Movalli
  • Saturday, April 1: Photography Walking Tour with Eoin Vincent
  • Saturday, April 1: Cape Ann & Beyond — Lecture by Judith Curtis, author and art historian
  • Saturday, April 8: Gallery Talk with artists Tom Nicholas and T. M. Nicholas
  • Saturday, April 22: Remembering Charlie — Plein air panel discussion led by artist and former host of CATV’s Cape Ann Report, Sinikka Nogelo
  • Saturday, May 20: Gallery Talk with Judi Rotenberg, artist and gallery owner

 For more information on these programs please visit capeannmuseum.org/events.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Judi Rotenberg and Edward Zuker.

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A Forum on the
Landscapes of Cape Ann

 The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce a collaboration celebrating the landscapes of Cape Ann on Saturday, March 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This program of presentations and conversations is offered in partnership with Essex County Greenbelt, Friends of Dogtown, Lanesville Community Center and Mass Audubon.

This program is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 978-283-0455 x10, emailing info@capeannmuseum.org or online at Eventbrite.

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Image: John Sloan (1871-1951), Dogtown, Ruined Blue Fences, oil on canvas, 1916. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Hollon W. Farr, 1991. [2736]

The once open landscape of Cape Ann, a mosaic of glacial boulders, pastures and moors, has given way over the past century to a uniform forest cover. Through short presentations and public engagement, this forum examines the issues, methods and benefits of restoring this formerly diverse and productive landscape. Can Cape Ann once again include the open, scenic terrain that inspired painters, writers, walkers, bird watchers and foragers of wild blueberries? Come and lend your voice to this exciting and important conversation moderated by Ed Becker, President of the Essex County Greenbelt Association.

This program is accessible.

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Mothers and Daughters
Exhibition curated by Juni Van Dyke

Saturday March 4th ~ Opening Reception from 3-6pm.
at the Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

The exhibition will include six mother/daughter pairings: Jane Crotty | Anne-Marie Crotty, Esther Moss Proctor | Eliza Proctor, Constance Rhinelander | Mary McCarl, Mathilde Iervolino | Bobbi Kovner, Juni Van Dyke | Paige Farrell, and Helen Burgess | Valerie Sadler.  In addition to the artworks, the participants’ written statements relative to the exhibit’s theme will be on view.

Mothers and Daughters suggests many possibilities associated with ‘nature versus nurture,’ as well as more obvious associations having to do with gender.  Here, however, a table is set with gratitude for what we were able to give and receive: mother to daughter, daughter to mother.  Support. Example. Affirmation. Encouragement. Exchanges, quiet and resounding.  Maternal instincts. Filial love.

The exhibit will continue through March 31st.  Gallery hours: Friday – Sunday 12noon-5pm and by appointment at 978-526-7248.  Public Reception: Saturday March 4th from 3-6pm.

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And on Tuesday Next Week

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What if…a section of Dogtown brush was cleared away? If you missed Chris Leahy at Sawyer Free Library last week come to a summit by Essex County Greenbelt & Mass Audubon at Cape Ann Museum March 4

“This Saturday morning forum is offered in collaboration with Essex County Greenbelt, Friends of Dogtown, Lanesville Community Center and Mass Audubon and held at Cape Ann Museum. The forum will be moderated by Ed Becker, President of the Essex County Greenbelt Association.”

Register here

UPDATE: Cape Ann TV is scheduled to film the event!

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Edward Hopper Cape Ann Pasture watercolor drawing (ca.1928) was gifted to Yale University in 1930

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East Gloucester Atwood’s Gallery on the Moors as seen on the left in 1921–open vistas at that time

 

Chris Leahy gave a presentation at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library on February 23, 2017: Dogtown- the Biography of a Landscape: 750 Million Years Ago to the Present
A photographic history through slides presented by the Gloucester Lyceum and the Friends of the Library. Mary Weissblum opened the program.

Chris broadly covered the history of the local landscape from an ecological bent with a bias to birds and blueberry picking, naturally. New England is a patchwork of forested landscapes. He stressed the evolution of bio diversity and succession phenomenon when the earth and climate change. “Nature takes a lot of courses.” He focused on Dogtown, “a very special place”, and possible merits of land stewardship geared at fostering greater biodiversity. Perhaps some of the core acres could be coaxed to grasslands as when parts of Gloucester were described as moors? Characteristic wildlife, butterflies, and birds no longer present may swing back.  There were many philosophical takeaways and tips: he recommends visiting the dioramas “Changes in New England Landscape” display at Harvard Forest HQ in Petersham.

“Isolation of islands is a main driver of evolution”

“Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester has the highest concentration* of native butterflies in all of Massachusetts because of secondary habitats.”  *of Mass Audubon’s c.40,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries statewide. “The fact that Brook Meadow Brook is in greater Worcester, rather than a forested wilderness, underscores the value of secondary habitats.”

“1830– roughly the time of Thoreau (1817-1862)– was the maximum period of clearing thus the heyday for grasslands…As farmsteads were abandoned, stages of forests return.”

Below are photos from February 23, 2017. I added some images of art inspired by Dogtown. I also pulled out a photograph by Frank L Cox, David Cox’s father, of Gallery on the Moors  (then) compared with a photo of mine from 2011 to illustrate how the picturesque description wasn’t isolated to Dogtown.

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Edward Hopper, Cape Ann Granite, 1928, oil on canvas can we get this painting into the Cape Ann Museum collection?

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Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight, with Jon Ross and Mr. Rick Russo 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 3.2.2017

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Thursday at the Rhummb Line, Mr. Jon Ross blows into town from Mew Hampshire along with Mr. Rick Russo. These cats are old friends and incredible musicians. You will be licking your ear drums in pain.

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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

http://www.therhumbline.com/

Jay Brancaleone art exhibit at Cape Ann Coffees

Many Gloucester area businesses rotate exhibitions which can benefit local artists tremendously. The independent coffee stop nearest Good Harbor Beach Cape Ann Coffees at 86 Bass Avenue, Gloucester, MA, features art, stretching out show dates with 3-4 art exhibitions annually. There is also designated wall space set aside for business cards and community news.

Cape Ann Coffees has indoor and outdoor breakfast | lunch seating, and bakery goodies made fresh on the premises.

Currently on view: a solo exhibit of 10 paintings by Jay Brancaleone. There are also two works by Lynda Hyry Figurido .

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Nichole’s Picks 3/4 + 3/5

Pick #1:  Cultural Festival at Harborlight in Beverly

I am pretty excited about this event.  First of all, it is free.  A suggested donation of $10 per family would be appreciated, but is not necessary.

Children will be given a “passport” to go on tour through several different countries (classrooms).  Along the way, they will make crafts and be introduced to a bit of the cultural that makes each country special.  At 11:15 all guests will be invited upstairs to watch the live entertainment.  There will be a Lion Dance troupe and a group named Ballet Folklorico Colombiano Bajucol who will perform three separate cultural dances.  Harborlight students will also sing some songs that they have learned in Mandarin and Spanish…along with American Sign Language.   Baked goods will also be available for purchase.

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #2: Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms

Saturdays, March 4, 2017 10am-11:30am & 1:30-3pm

Spring is coming and the sap is running! Experience the time-honored tradition of maple sugaring with Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms. Spend the morning with us and see how we turn sap into sweet syrup. Start by getting creative with some maple themed crafts in the Appleton Old House then get outside and explore our very own sugar shack! Learn how we tap our trees every spring, see the evaporator in action, and taste the freshly made syrup.  We will end back inside with a farm snack, including Appleton Farms cheese, apple slices, and homemade maple ice cream while we read a story about maple sugaring!

Recommended for ages 8 and under but everyone is welcome! Space is limited. Registration is by the family- if you have 5 or more in your family, please register 2 families.  Crafts and snacks included and we want to have enough for all.

PLEASE VISIT HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER!

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Pick #3: Lego Batman Movie Days at the LegoLand Discovery Center

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Every weekend in March!

Super hero. Crime-fighter. Master Builder. LEGO® Batman is all of those and so much more. Come meet Gotham City’s Caped Crusader during this celebration of the Warner Bros. feature film, which will include photo ops with the scene-stealing star, a themed scavenger hunt and a LEGO® Batman-inspired LEGO build activity including:

  • LEGO® Batman Meet & Greets!
    Hi, kids. This is LEGO Batman, the star of his own brand new big adventure, The LEGO Batman Movie. Come meet the coolest, strongest, smartest and best-looking Super Hero of them all.
    Meet & Greets schedule TBD. Schedule of appearances subject to change.
  • Mystery Mosaic LEGO® Build
  • MINILAND Scavenger Hunt: The Villians have escaped

To avoid disappointment, please pre-book your tickets online to guarantee entry. BUY TICKETS NOW

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Prepping space for new art exhibit “Mothers and Daughters” curated by Juni Van Dyke opening March 4 at Jane Deering Gallery

Jane Deering Gallery
hosts
Mothers and Daughters
curated by Juni Van Dyke

Featuring
Juni Van Dyke | Paige Farrell
Mathilde Iervolino | Bobbi Iervolino Kovner
Jane Crotty | Anne Marie Crotty
Esther Moss Proctor | Eliza Proctor
Constance Rhinelander | Mary Rhinelander McCarl
Helen Burgess | Valerie Sadler

Opening Reception:
Saturday. March 4th. 3-6PM
19 Pleasant Street . Gloucester MA
March – 31, 2017

from the gallery printed matter:

“Mothers and Daughters suggests many possibilities associated with ‘nature versus nurture,’ as well as more obvious associations having to do with gender. Here, however, a table is set with gratitude for what we were able to give and receive…”

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Save money on YOGA + BARRE classes this month at Treetop!

Cape Ann Wellness

march-madnessVisit our website for the most up to date schedule and class descriptions.

http://www.treetopyoga.com

3A Pond Road Gloucester, MA 01930

Every BODY Welcome – Come as you are, we’ll meet you there!

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