Monthly Archives: November 2017

Long Beach November: At the back of Cape Ann Motor Inn

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How close is the Cape Ann Motor Inn to Long beach? On it! So close most days they need to sweep sand out of the parking lot. They told me that they have been busier all seasons, especially since they renovated the rooms a couple of years ago.

 

LIVE: James Prendergast Library only sold 3 at Sotheby’s! Rockwell fetches 6.2 million

Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s are dueling with LIVE auctions in process. Christie’s American sale offers 93 lots. Sotheby’s European sale features less than 67 because the Berkshire Museum lots were pulled from the sale. Christies sale has reached lot 25; so far the auction house hasn’t found buyers for 3 lots. Sotheby’s* has failed to sell more than 1/2 of the first 45 lots. I’ll update after the sales have ended. *Sotheby’s sale is now closed. The auction house sold just 34 lots. Sale Total (Including Buyer’s Premium) was 5,858,250 USD. Christie’s sale is still in process.

It turns out that the James Prendergast Library deaccession (see prior GMG post) would have made more money and kept the art in Jamestown if they had not brought the art to market at Sotheby’s. Here are the three of  nine paintings to find collectors; two went under estimate.

 

One of Sotheby’s best lots today was a Dame Laura Knight which sold for $560,000, right within its estimate range.

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Hammer prices:

Christie’s Lot 15 Norman Rockwell What Makes it Tick, a 1948 oil on canvas, sold for 6.2million  (just above its pre sale high estimate, 4 million to 6 million). Returning from Camp fetched 1.9 million. A Winslow Homer Tynemouth watercolor fetched a hammer price of $170,000, above its presale estimate range of 100,000-150,000. The Martin Johnson Heade failed to sell; the Milton Avery self portrait went for $45,000 at the gavel drop; and the Paul Manship sculpture was unsold, bidding failing to climb past $240,000 (pre sale estimate was $300,000 to $500,000.)

 

DECA the Halls is coming on December 3, 2017 Sponsored by Rockport High School

DECA the halls

DECA the Halls is coming on December 3, 2017

Sponsored by Rockport High School 

12-5 PM 

Tour starts at Rockport Inn and Suites and is self guided 

Our FB address and web site address is below—check out facebook for updates and information and visit our website to buy tickets online 

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http:// seashellsandjinglebellsrkpt. blogspot.com/

Chappy Ferry

I am beyond intrigued by what it must be like to live on Chappaquiddick.  While on Martha’s Vineyard this past weekend, I stood and watched the ferry load up on the mainland side, steam across the channel, allow the vehicles to disembark, load the first three vehicles in line on the Chappy side, and return.  It took 5 1/2 minutes.  Fascinating.

I tried to imagine what it must be like for residents living on Chappaquiddick to get accustomed to a lifestyle that involves that daily commute…possibly several times a day.  While the ride across is mere minutes…I can imagine that some days the time spent sitting in line waiting to board is monumental. The car ferry can only take two or three cars at one time so wait times can easily add up.

Then I started thinking about the school children who need to get across the channel to attend school…assuming Chappy doesn’t have its own school.  I’m sure there are many people who know no other way…

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Sale For GMG 2018 Calendars Will Start Now and Run Through Midnight Friday.

There will not be another sale on the Calendars so if you want the best holiday gift you can possibly get for that Gloucester Lover/GMG fan in your life- the time to act is RIGHT NOW.  People loved them last year as they are so easy to buy to have on hand to pass out as teachers gifts, stocking stuffers, secret Santa gifts and more.  It’s the perfect price point and the more you buy the more you save.

Sale For GMG Calendars Will Start Now and Run through Midnight On Friday.

Link to Purchase- Link To GMG Store


Here’s The Deal and It Will Not Repeat After Friday-
Buy Three Calendars and I automatically add a Lg, XL or Sm New Logo GMG T Shirt To your Order. Buy Four Calendars and Get a Free Calendar. Buy Five Calendar and Get a Sixth Calendar Free and A GMG T Shirt.

 

Deal Site Kinja Says The Best Sous-Vide Is On Sale For A Better Than Black Friday Price And I’m All In!

These Anova Sous-Vide Discounts Are Better Than We Expect on Black Friday

My boy Ken Lawler swears by his sous-vide cooker and I’ve been waiting for just this kinda sale.  The idea is that the meat you put in slow cooks to just the right temp and then you take it out and sear it for Steak-House like results.

Here’s the deal they’re talking about-

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Bluetooth, Immersion Circulator, 800 Watts, Black

List Price: $149.00

Deal of the Day:
$94.95 Free Shipping for Prime Members

You Save:
$54.05 (36%)

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SAFE TRAVELS MARIPOSA MONARCA! AND MONARCH FILM ONLINE FUNDRAISING UPDATE

The Monarch last to eclose departed on Wednesday, November 15th. Although the air temperature was only in the low 40s when I left for work, the sun was shining. Our front porch faces southwest so it wasn’t long before his wings were warmed by the sun’s rays and away he flew. The forecast for parts further south along the east coast, the next leg of his journey–Westport, Long Island, and the New Jersey shore– looked promisingly mild. Thank you to my friend Patti Papows for the gift of this last little trooper.

We in the Northeast aren’t alone; I am reading reports about late comers from all around the United States, and even as far north as Toronto, Canada. So few Atlantic coast Monarchs were seen last year, do the great numbers this year portend of a permanent population increase? Bare in mind that the Monarchs were formerly counted in the billions when first discovered in the late 1970s, and now, forty years later, only millions.

A cold New England spring was offset by an unseasonably warm fall and that certainly helped the Monarchs (and myriad species of Lepidoptera). In response to the vast areas of farm acreage that no longer supports butterflies and bees, due to the use of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically modified seeds of corn, soybean, and sorghum, people all across the U.S. are planting milkweed, creating pollinator habitats, and finding alternatives to pesticides and herbicides. 

Monarchs Eastern Point Lighthouse Daybreak

With Thanksgiving only a few days away I am writing with the deepest appreciation and gratitude to my community for your tremendous contributions to Beauty on the Wing. From donations of $5.00 to $10,000.00, from over 70 donors, to date we have raised $24,710.00. We are well on our way to reaching our goal! Your kind words, contributions, and friendships mean the world. We are going to make an outstanding, thoughtful and thought-provoking film about the Monarchs that along the way, through storytelling and cinematography, shines a beautiful light on Cape Ann.

MY DEEPEST THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO LAUREN MERCADANTE (PRODUCER), SUSAN FREY (PRODUCER), NEW ENGLAND BIOLABS FOUNDATION, BOB AND JAN CRANDALL, MARY WEISSBLUM, SHERMAN MORSS, PETE AND BOBBI KOVNER (ANNISQUAM AND LEXINGTON), JAY FEATHERSTONE, MIA NEHME (BEVERLY), CHICKI HOLLET, JUNI VANDYKE, ERIC HUTCHINSE, KAREN MASLOW, MARION F., ELAINE M., KIMBERLY MCGOVERN, MEGAN HOUSER (PRIDES CROSSING), JIM VANBUSKIRK (PITTSBURGH) NANCY MATTERN (ALBUQUERQUE), DONNA STOMAN, PEGGY O’MALLEY, JOEY C., CATHERINE RYAN, JOEANN HART, JANE PAZNIK BONDARIN (NEW YORK), ROBERT REDIS (NEW YORK), NUBAR ALEXANIAN, PETER VAN DEMARK, PATRICIA VAN DERPOOL, FRED FREDERICKS (CHELMSFORD), LESLIE HEFFRON, JIM MASCIARELLI, DAVE MOORE (KOREA), LILIAN AND CRAIG OLMSTEAD, JOHN STEIGER, PAT DALPIAZ, AMY KERR, BARBARA T. (JEWETT, NY), ROBERTA C. ((NY), MARIANNE G. (WINDHAM, NY), PAULA RYAN O’BRIEN (WALTON, NY), MARTHA SWANSON, KIM TEIGER, JUDITH FOLEY (WOBURN), PATTI SULLIVAN, RONN FARREN, SUSAN NADWORNY (MELROSE), DIANE LINDQUIST (MANCHESTER), HEIDI SHRIVER (PENNSYLVANIA), JENNIFER CULLEN, TOM HAUCK, AND ANONYMOUS PERSONS FOR THEIR GENEROUS HELP.

 

Pauline’s Gift

Pauline’s Gifts located at 512 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930, had Chronical interviewing with regards to the Woman Owned Businesses Along The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. As always a fun time when shopping in Pauline’s and chatting with Pauline and her wonderful customers.

Red Cross Blood Drive


Join us for our November 29th, 2pm-7pm

Benefits of Donating

  • It feels great to donate!
  • You get free juice and delicious cookies.
  • It’s something you can spare – most people have blood to spare… yet, there is still not enough to go around.
  • You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do.

You will be someone’s hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.

Berkshire Museum on hold, but James Prendergast Library a go

On November 21, 2017, Sotheby’s (New York) will be holding a European sale and Christie’s (New York) will be holding an American sale. Both auctions feature works by artists with ties to Gloucester and neighboring shores, among them:

Christies Martin Johnson Heade 1819 to 1904 Haystacks oc 1878-1892 est 120 to 180000

Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) Haystacks, 1878-1892, oil on canvas, (Christie’s presale estimate $120,000-$180,000)

Paul Howard manship 1885-1966 Lying Doe cas 1932 est 300 to 500000

PAUL MANSHIP (1885-1966), Lying Doe, ca. 1932 (Christie’s presale auction estimate $300,000-$500,000)

There are a few Norman Rockwell works, including the classic What Makes it Tick (The Watchman), a 1948 commission for the watchmakers of Switzerland, oil on canvas. Christie’s presale estimate is 4 million – 6 million. Christie’s is offering a Cecilia Beaux 1916 portrait in its American online auction, ending tomorrow as well. It’s titled Mrs. Albert J Beveridge (Catherine Eddy/Lady Primrose) and measures 57 x 38. Bids open at $12,000 on this Beaux.

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Sotheby’s Nov 21 Auction a tale of two AGOs

The Berkshire Museum story has several updates. As a reminder, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled last week that the Berkshire Museum could not sell its artworks on consignment with Sotheby’s until the courts settle. The Berkshire Museum is pushing for an accelerated court case. They have issued a press release which I’ve posted below the break. One trustee has quit in protest of the Museum’s intent to sell. The Massachusetts Attorney General office filed responses. It’s been reported that the AG is repeating unanswered requests for archives, financial papers and other material as well as questions related to museum contruction projects completed by another board member (speculating unconfirmed reports of conflict of interest.) Official filings and documents from both sides have been shared with media outlets. The injunction decision impacted Sotheby’s American and Impressionism & Modern art sales last week, and its European sale tomorrow only in that there are fewer lots for sale. The cover of tomorrow’s European sale catalogue featured a Berkshire Museum painting, Lot 18 now unavailable.

x LOT 18 Berkshire Museum Bouguereau featured on the cover of the Sotheby's catalogue 70 lots Nov 21 sale L'Agneau Nouveau-Ne THE NEWBORN LAMB oc 65 x 34 est 1500000 to 2mil.jpg

Sotheby’s lists Lot 18 as “upcoming” sale. Bouguereau L’Agneau Nouveau (The Newborn Lamb) oil on canvas, 65 in x 34 in (Sotheby’s presale estimate 1.5million to 2 million)

 

Additional Sotheby’s Berkshire Museum lots described as “upcoming”, on hold till the courts decide:

 

Sotheby’s European sale features fine art consigned from another public repository: the James Prendergast Library, Jamestown, NY. Unlike the Berkshire Museum, the library attempted to maintain its collection, but was unsuccessful. It did not receive as much press as the Berkshire Museum brouhaha. The New York Times ran a story this weekend, too little too late for any with aims to hold on. According to the article, the library had even lined up angel collectors willing to buy the great works to ensure they remained in Jamestown, NY.

Some critics of the sale are particularly upset that the library rejected a plan by two art patrons, Cathy and Jesse Marion of Houston who had proposed keeping the collection in Jamestown by buying about 40 of the works for $1.2 million and finding a new home for them in the city.” 

The New York State Attorney General’s office declined this proposal, instead requiring that the library sell at public auction.

“Mr. Rankin said the library had to pass on that offer because the New York State attorney general’s office, which oversees nonprofit organizations, had objected to a private sale without testing whether the paintings might actually bring in more if sold through public auction.”

The library founders made careful selections amounting to an encyclopedic world tour of artists and contemplative, dreamy scenes to enrich the experience of patrons of all ages. They are fascinating together. I love this beguiling and chatty magpie narrative!

James Prendergast Library Jehan Georges Vibert Le Nouveau commis oil on panel est 30 to 40000

James Prendergast Library collection: Jehan Georges Vibert Le Nouveau commis oil on panel. Sotheby’s Eurpean pre sale estimate is $30,000- $40,000

 

More works to be sold at Sotheby’s to benefit and from the James Prendergast Library collection

 

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Joey Asked, We Got Inspired: SAT NOV 25 Christmas Show that’s as much fun for Adults as it is for Kids

Bryson Lang & Santa (can you guess which one is Bryson?)

A few weeks ago, Joey called me asking if we were planning to have any shows for kids — and we got inspired.

We wanted to produce a show is as much fun for adults as it is for kids.

So… we’re bringing International star Bryson Lang‘s Cure for the Common Show to 9 Wallis (right down the road in Beverly) this Saturday at 2pm.

Comedy, Juggling, Music, Audience Participation, Lots of Fun!

And because it’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we invited Santa to make a magical appearance, hand out some gifts and pose on our stage with your child (or grandchild) for a perfectly lit photo op.

All for only 15 bucks! GET TICKETS HERE.

Snacks and beverages for adults and kids will be available for purchase.  All you have to do is bring the kids, relax and enjoy the show!

Sale For GMG 2018 Calendars Will Start Now and Run Through Midnight Friday.

There will not be another sale on the Calendars so if you want the best holiday gift you can possibly get for that Gloucester Lover/GMG fan in your life- the time to act is RIGHT NOW.  People loved them last year as they are so easy to buy to have on hand to pass out as teachers gifts, stocking stuffers, secret Santa gifts and more.  It’s the perfect price point and the more you buy the more you save.

Sale For GMG Calendars Will Start Now and Run through Midnight On Friday.

Link to Purchase- Link To GMG Store


Here’s The Deal and It Will Not Repeat After Friday-
Buy Three Calendars and I automatically add a Lg, XL or Sm New Logo GMG T Shirt To your Order. Buy Four Calendars and Get a Free Calendar. Buy Five Calendar and Get a Sixth Calendar Free and A GMG T Shirt.

 

Quick Trip to the Vineyard

With a whopping 36 hour window to sneak away, my husband and I took off for Martha’s Vineyard.  We arrived on the island at 8:15 Friday night and headed home on the 8:15 ferry Sunday morning.  The Vineyard is definitely quiet this time of year, but we had a great time walking around, doing some shopping, stopping for bites to eat, enjoying local craft beer and the occasional cocktail, and listening to some great live music.

We made it home just in time for back-to-back hockey games…..which then got us back home again just in time for the Patriots game.  Feeling lucky for the opportunity to sneak away for sure!

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