This Weekend in the Arts
The Motif No.1 Day Festival celebrates Rockport across the arts.
M1D honors the fishing shack, artist’s studio, and tourist attraction that started it all: an old building right on one of Rockport’s historic wharves, a building painted so often by artists at the turn of the last century that it was given the nickname Motif No.1.
Featuring film, poetry, dance, music, art-making activities, historical presentations and more, along with the Motif No.1 Day 5k and Fun Run, with proceeds to benefit Rockport Public Schools’ wellness initiatives, M1D is a festival with something for everyone.
seARTS Uncorked – The Art of Food & Wine Pairing! 2017 Fall Benefit to be Served Up on May 20
Art lovers and foodies to celebrate with wine, food and music at Bass Rocks Golf Club to benefit the Cape Ann arts community
seARTS will hold its 2017 Spring Benefit on May 20 at the Bass Rocks Golf Club, serving up an evening of wine, food and music to support the organization’s efforts on behalf of the region’s arts community.
Guests of seARTS Uncorked – The Art of Food & Wine Pairing! will be treated to a sampling of food & wine pairings led by Nick DiFazio of M.S. Walker. seARTS is particularly thrilled to welcome DAY JOB, a high energy dance band that has been getting crowds on Cape Ann on their feet for over 10 years. This versatile seven-piece band covers hit songs from every decade from the 1960’s to current day hits. Great combinations of guitars, keyboard, sax and vocal harmonies. Bring your dancing shoes because the energy is infectious and the music will keep you on the dance floor all night long!
Bass Rocks Golf Club, home of the seARTS Art Loan program since 2008, will host seARTS Uncorked.
Tickets for seARTS Uncorked are $85. Seating is limited, so seARTS encourages guests to purchase tickets now at Eventbrite. Or visit Eventbrite.com and search for seARTS Uncorked.
seARTS is a coalition focused on cultivating Cape Ann’s position as a world-class center for working artists. Established in 2000, seARTS is working to help to transform the region’s economy by bridging its maritime heritage and a future powered by the arts. For more information on seARTS, visit www.searts.org.
ROCKPORT MUSIC HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT TO SUPPORT DYNAMIC Rockport Cultural District. SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY CAPE ANN’S OWN Cape Ann Big Band! Sunday, May 21, 7 PM. Tickets may be purchased at rockportmusic.org
An exciting mix of jazz, soul, big band and rock n’ roll, this much loved North Shore based 17 piece band will perform swing favorites featuring singing performances by Nathan Seavey, Amy Rich, John Rockwell, Mari Martin and special guest Kiva Trumbour. Cape Ann Big Band entertains to delight and engage audiences with its special fusion of the contemporary and nostalgic.
A portion of the funds raised by this performance will support the marketing and promotion of the Rockport Cultural District.
A quintessentially New England seacoast village, Rockport’s rugged shores, hidden coves, and charming lanes have inspired legendary artists like Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam and Edward Hopper. Taken by the art colony’s culture of kindness and hospitality, they returned year after year. Its burgeoning arts and culture community, combined with the warmth of its townspeople continues to draw artists and art lovers from around the world, reflecting Rockport’s unique place in the cultural history of Cape Ann.
In 2012 the Massachusetts Cultural Council honored Rockport with formal recognition as a State Cultural District. This designation has provided the opportunity for increased partnership between the Town of Rockport, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Rockport Art Colony Galleries, Rockport Music, various festival groups, community volunteers, local businesses and arts advocates to market and promote Rockport as a cultural travel and tourism destination.
When asked why the Rockport Cultural District is important, Tony Beadle, Executive Director of Rockport Music states, “The RCD is well situated to be a facilitator of tourism, promoting cultural events and quality of life.”
Sue Koehler-Arsenault, Chairperson of the Rockport Cultural District shares, “The Cultural District is an important bridge organization building stronger relationships between community stakeholders in an increasingly competitive coastal tourism market. Without the significant budgets of competing destinations, we need to leverage limited resources to be sure that potential visitors find their way to Rockport.”
The RCD publishes a “This Week in Rockport” guide and offers free Cultural District Walking Tours beginning Memorial Day weekend. Working closely with the Rockport Art Colony Galleries, the RCD also manages rockportart colony.com
For more information please contact: Sue Koehler-Arsenault, Chairperson of Rockport Cultural District, firstname.lastname@example.org.