This Weekend in the Arts

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Peter Souza and 3 Sheets to the Wind
to benefit Schooner Adventure

July 14, 6:00 – 8.30 PM

Lawn in front of the Gloucester Meetinghouse,
corner of Church and Middle Street.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to announce the second of our free outdoor concerts, part of the series of ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’. Tonight’s concert on July 14, 2017, features Three Sheets to the Wind, a Gloucester sea chantey and sea music group. Goodwill offerings will be made to benefit the Schooner Adventure. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, a check or cash, and a picnic dinner. The Causeway Restaurant is also offering food to purchase. In case of inclement weather the event will be held inside the historic 1806 Meetinghouse.

For more information:   http://gloucestermeetinghouse.org/

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Flatrocks Gallery presents The Manships through August 6th.

Featuring work by Paul, John and Margaret Manship.

A portion of the proceeds of sales will benefit the Manship Artists Residency and Studios (MARS), an initiative to preserve the artists’ home.

Paul Manship (1885 – 1966) is a major American artist responsible for many of our iconic public sculptures and whose work is considered to be a precursor to the Art Deco movement. There is a gallery dedicated to Manship’s work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and in 2004 they held a retrospective of his career. Having gained fame and fortune by mid century, Paul Manship looked for a home for his wife Isabel and their four children. They found a 15 acre lot owned by the defunct Rockport Granite Company in Lanesville.  With two large quarries and surrounding woods , it was an ideal spot. Being wartime, building supplies were scarce. A house from Pigeon Cove was moved to a perch over Butman’s Pit and the family moved in, in the spring of 1945. Soon after a large oxen barn was purchased and reassembled on site to use as a studio. The family home blossomed into an idyllic retreat, a showcase for Paul’s sculpture, with fabulous gardens,  a welcoming place for villagers, a gathering place for the artists of Lanesville and beyond,  offering swimming and skating on the quarries and lots of parties ! The legacy of fine art and community was carried on by son John and his wife Margaret, both devoted artists, until Margaret’s death in 2012.

Flatrocks is honored to host an exhibit of Paul, John and Margaret Manship’s work and to contribute to the initiative to save this historically significant site and the legacy it represents.

The Manships touched many peoples’ lives, Fireside Stories will be told Saturday July 15th from 7-9pm. All are welcome and storytellers encouraged!

Saturday, August 5th there will be a Gallery Talk from 4-6pm. Please join us !

Flatrocks Gallery is open Thursday-Sunday noon to 5pm, and by appointment, located at 77 Langsford Street.

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