This Weekend in the Arts

RESIST: The Art of Protest exhibition and related events, all at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

June 1-July 2, 2017

  • Opening Reception, Saturday, June 3, 4-6 pm

  • Kids Resist: Art-making activities for young people, Sunday, June 4, 2-4 pm

  • We Resist: Readings in collaboration with the Gloucester Writer’s Center, Sunday, June 18, beginning at 5 pm

  • Farmer’s Market in collaboration with the Gloucester’s Farmer’s Market, Saturday, July 1, opening at 5 pm

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) hosts a new exhibition, RESIST: The Art of Protest, featuring works of art from artists motivated by the current political climate. This five-week exhibition, made possible by a grant from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, takes place from June 1, to July 2, 2017 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. The gallery is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Over twenty artists from the local community present art inspired by the theme of resistance. More than an exhibit, RESIST gathers together images, writing, music, and other modes of art and activism. RESIST empowers the community and encourages the public to be active participants in democracy. RESIST focuses on involvement, catharsis and fun.

Artists in this show draw from a wealth of experience, materials and modes. Work includes photography, sculptures, installations, collage, paintings, prints and technology. In addition to the traditional gallery opening and exhibit, a series of events—from prose and poetry readings and art activities for children to a Farmer’s Market—featuring local musicians, writers, and community organizers. Please join the artists at the opening reception for RESIST: The Art of Protest on Saturday, June 3, for light refreshments, music by Renee Dupuis and Joe Cardoza, and fun.

Co-curated by Stevens Brosnihan and Amanda Cook, RESIST brings together twenty or more well-known artists from the local community. In addition to Brosnihan and Cook, contributing artists and community activists include Willie “Loco” Alexander, Nicole Bogin, Willa Brosnihan, Joe Cardoza, Greg Cook, Michele Del Vecchio, Renee Dupuis, Susan Erony, Derek Fenner, Hope Fishburn, Ryan Gallagher, Joe Gallo, Paul Cary Goldberg, George Hall, Jay Jaroslav, Lara Lepionka, Camilla MacFadyen, Somer O’Brien, Adam Orcutt, Jess Semeraro, Joshua Scott-Fishburn, Rosemary Scott-Fishburn, Mark Tiewes, and others. Additional work by artists and artist statements can be found at

Gotta give us what we need
Our freedom of speech is freedom or death
We got to fight the powers that be

Lemme hear you say
Fight the power.”

Public Enemy 

For More Information: Email:


Rock Bound: Painting the American Scene on Cape Ann and Along the Shore

A special exhibition opening this summer at the Cape Ann Museum

On view June 3 – October 29, 2017


Gifford Beal (1879–1956), Northeaster #2, Bass Rocks, 1930. Oil on board. Private collection.

In the years immediately following the Civil War, Cape Ann set out on a path that would make it one of New England’s most vibrant and influential art colonies of the early 20th century. As the foundation on which this growth took place was broad, with countless artists working in a myriad of media, no one trend or style would come to dominate the emerging colony. There did arise, however, a fascination with capturing the “American Scene” as embodied on Cape Ann and in the surrounding areas.

With paintings drawn from private collections and the Museum’s own holdings, Rock Bound will explore the ways in which an array of artists of the early 20th century sought to capture the natural beauty of the region, the power of the ocean and the hardscrabble way of life that was quickly disappearing in other places. The exhibit will also consider how artists placed local populations and traditions in their context, whether it was carpenters working in the shipyards of Essex, women and children relaxing on wide sandy beaches, or fishermen and quarrymen pursuing their timeless and dangerous ways of life. Artists featured in Rock Bound will include Jane Peterson, Martha Walter, Gifford Beal, Leon Kroll, Marsden Hartley and Stuart Davis among others.

Media contact: Meredith Anderson   (978)283-0455 x15


David Rogers, Classical crossover guitar
Folklore Theater

 cb_002Solo guitarist David Rogers performs Saturday, June 3rd at 7:00pm at Folklore Theater Company 169 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 (978) 704-1269

Admission: $15.00

Termed, ‘a prominent guitarist,’ by the New York Times and praised by The Washington Post for his ‘astonishingly florid’ improvisations, David Rogers presents an evening of solo guitar music with strong leanings towards jazz, world, folk and classical music.

An endorsing artist for GHS Strings, his music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre, in Germany. His solo and ensemble performances have been broadcast on American National Public Radio and Bayrische Rundfunk.

David will play a program based around Spanish, Flamenco, Up-Tempo Latin, original settings of Leonard Cohen, Rolling Stones’, Roxy Music songs, as well as music by the Beatles, J.S. Bach and original compositions. He will also be premiering an original setting of Tim Buckley’s stunning Song to the Siren.


Insights On Site

A series of one-day contemporary art installations at the Historic White-Ellery House

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Reading the Past: A Calligraphic Installation by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord on Saturday, June 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the White-Ellery House in Gloucester. Using excerpts from the 1848 journal of a 13-year-old Gloucester girl, Gaylord’s installation will bring the rhythms of everyday life alive through her subject’s observations of school and home. This program is free and open to the public.

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Images courtesy of the artist.

Gaylord studied English literature at Boston University and since the late 1970s has been working with words, letterforms, design and expressive mark making. In 1992 she began an ongoing series of sculptural works called “Spirit Books.” As Gaylord says of this work, “These books connect my experience of the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief.”

The White-Ellery House (1710), owned and operated by the Cape Ann Museum, has served as the backdrop for a series of one-day contemporary art installations since 2010. The House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester and is free and open to the public on select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays.

Insights On Site – 2017 Season

June 3
Reading the Past: A Calligraphic Installation — Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

Using excerpts from the 1848 journal of a 13-year-old Gloucester girl, Gaylord’s installation will bring the rhythms of everyday life alive through her subject’s observations of school and home.

July 1
Surf’s Up!
Cameron Ahearn, Kerry Sullivan and Jamie Hosker

A rare chance to see a collection of surfboards ranging from the mid 20th century through the present day. The collection was compiled by Ahearn’s father, and once adorned the walls of The Studio Restaurant on Gloucester’s Rocky Neck.

August 5
— Sarah Slifer Swift

In this durational performance, Swift and company explore women’s social and political power through the lens of the historic White-Ellery House. Using movement, film and sound, the performers will examine the complexities of labor, value and respect, as they have been gained, lost or changed over time.

October 7
Taking Care — Alyssa Pittman

In this installation Pittman explores the universal ritual of sweeping and investigates the act and practice of “taking care” of the spaces and places around us. Her work is inspired by the craft of broom making, by the broom as a powerful icon and by sweeping as a symbolic act.

Support for these programs was provided by The Umberto Romano and Clorinda Romano Foundation which celebrates Umberto Romano’s (1906–1982) legacy on Cape Ann through arts education and appreciation and by fostering the work of emerging and/or working artists.


Judy Cook’s Songs of the Sea

A musical performance celebrating women and the sea

Judy Cook - photo credit Joseph Tecza

Judy Cook – photo credit Joseph Tecza

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome author and folk singer Judy Cook on Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m. for a musical performance devoted to (wo)men’s relationship with the sea. This program is free for CAM members or with Museum admission. Registration required; please call (978) 283-0455 x10 or register online at Eventbrite. For more information email

Fascinating stories of women and the sea have been passed down in ballad form through the centuries. Add to these a few of the great songs about ships, men and ghosts and the result is a wonderfully entertaining program. The songs and poems in this program range from funny to serious, from chorus to narrative, and from well-known favorites to more obscure gems.

Judy Cook performs each year throughout the United States and Britain. She is recognized for her depth of understanding and storytelling ability in ballad form, her musical talent and her dedication to historical research. Judy’s programs are enthusiastically received at universities, museums, historical societies, festivals, and lecture and concert series.


Last Chance to see this show

Summer Love Fest in Gloucester
Photo Show at the Essen


‘Husband and wife photographers Michael Chamness and Karen Pischke of Gloucester have their photographs on display in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea at the Essen Restaurant, 4C Summer Street (Route 127) through June 11.

Photos feature landscapes and bird life of Cape Ann. Drop in for a cup of coffee and a sandwich and enjoy!’


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  • Thanks James! This is my husband and my 1st art show together.

    ‘Love Fest’ is an interactive community art project traveling throughout the city all summer long, in the form of a giant easel on which positive messages are written on banner paper, promoting ‘Love and Positivity.’ The vision: Messages of Love and Positivity ‘Rippling Out’ like a wave throughout the city of Gloucester, and hopefully beyond. At the end, the ‘love banners ‘will be on display at City Hall.

    More ‘Love Fests’ will be announced throughout the summer. Stop by ‘any and all’ Love Fest. They’re Free and Fun, with a Focus on Love.


  • Great and needed messages and Alvin Bishop, Dusty Springfield and so many other’s have found the key to life (Love)!! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

    Seems to me the 1960’s is coming back full circle! 🙂 Dave


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