Monthly Archives: December 2017

Sista Felicia’s Christmas Tree Sugar Cookie Decorating Kit On Sale Now!

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Mr. Swan is also know as Papa Swan and Buddy to his human friends, and The Boss-of-the-Pond to all avian creatures, from Rockport Harbor to Gloucester Harbor. He will be turning at the very least 28-years-old in 2018. We know this because a gentleman named Skip has been keeping watch over Mr. Swan, along with his first mate, second mate, and cygnets, beginning in the year 1992. A male Mute Swan cannot mate until he is a minimum of two years old and even that age would be considered unusually young.

When Mr. Swan lifts out of the water to stretch his wings as he is doing in the photo below, he reminds me of the story of the Phoenix in Greek mythology. Not only because he has lived a very long life of at least 28 years, which is extraordinary for a wild swan, but because he has an incredible ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment, and to rise from the depths of sorrow. He has survived near capture, physical injuries, boats in the harbors, coyotes, snapping turtles, and the loss of not one, but two mates. He was so deeply distraught after his second mate was killed by a coyote, many of us worried whether or not he would survive. But he has, and magnificently so.

The Phoenix Rises 

LIVE: Go, just go! City Hall #GloucesterMA, Stephanie Benenson Harbor Voices

What a celebration of pubic art and community! And such a stunning experience in City Hall. Don’t miss Stephanie Benenson’s Harbor Voices public art installation happening now at City Hall, Gloucester, MA. Open until 8pm tonight. Tomorrow 4-8pm. Participate remotely anytime. Read more about Stephanie Benenson and Harbor Voices.

Stephanie Benenson HARBOR VOICES Dec 8 2017 City Hall Gloucester MA ©C Ryan 20171208_163630.jpg

photos – We went back twice and saw all ages visiting and myriad reactions and interactions. Julie was there from Open Doors, one of the non-profit partners in the project.
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Facebook @harborvoicescapeann


This Weekend in the Arts




Weekly Figure Sketch Group | 1:00 PM
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Four Freshmen | 8:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Scandinavian Jul Fest | 9:00 AM
Spiran Hall, 19 School Street | Learn more:

Rockport Art Gallery Stroll and Rockport’s Christmas Stroll Weekend | 12:00 PM
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Twilight Holiday Inn & Cookie Tour | 4:00 PM
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Goodnight Moonshine with Emily Mure | 7:30 PM
Old Sloop Coffeehouse | First Congregational Church | 12 School St | Learn more:

Felix Cavalieres Rascals | 8:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Rockport Art Gallery Stroll and Lockport’s Christmas Stroll Weekend | 12:00 PM
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Rockport Legion Band’s Annual Holiday Concert | 2:00 PM
The First Congregational Church, 12 School Street | Learn more:

Cantus | 3:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:

Rising Above: Save Our Steeple Christmas Party | 4:00 PM
The Art of David Arsenault Gallery | 8 Dock Square | Learn more:



Christmas Celtic Sojourn | 4:00 and 8:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Holiday Toy Drive with Senator Bruce Tarr | 4:00 PM
Stalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Flatrocks Gallery presents A Stone’s Throw II for its final show of the year.


It is a big overflowing menagerie of  expression and medium, celebrating the wealth of creative energy on northern most corner of Gloucester. Featured are paintings by Bob Anderson, Leslie Heffron, Shaun McNiff, Pia Nadel, Mary Lou Nye, Mi Robertson, Kay Ray, Lynne Sausele, Mary Jane Sawyer and Karen Tusinski; glass sculpture by Joyce Roessler; mixed media by Meredith Anderson, Hans Pundt, Margaret Rack and Mark Williamson; collage by Anne Marie Crotty and Victoria Lopez; photography by Lyla Roth; pottery by Barbe Ennis, Anni Melanson, Jan Weinshanker and Rebeka Wostrel, encaustics by Deborah Gonet; and jewelry by locals Joyce Roessler, Meredith Anderson, Karen Drazen and Sarah Wonson.

There is something to please everyone, with a wide range of style and price. Come! Support your local creative economy!!

A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, December 9th 6-8pm. The show runs through Dec. 23rd. Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St., Gloucester is open Thursday- Sunday noon to five. or visit us on facebook.


George Martin One-Artist Show


Marsh Clouds, Meadow Paths and Stoned Shores – an exhibition of recent landscape oil paintings by artist George Martin will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, December 9th. This exhibition will be on view Saturday, December 9 – Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Born in Massachusetts in 1951, George Martin is an award-winning painter and graphic designer who resides on the North Shore. A graduate of Vesper George School of Art, Boston, he studied under Robert Douglas Hunter, Robert Cormier, and Charles Cooper among other noted Boston artists and was awarded the Vesper George Scholarship. He went on to earn a reputation as a successful graphic designer at a number of major corporations and design firms such as Polaroid Corporation, IBM/Lotus, Fader, Jones+Zarkades and Giardini/Russell. Since 2005, George has been a professional painter with increasing recognition for his work. He is an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association and the Rockport Art Association & Museum. From 2011-2012, he served on the Board of Trustees as President of the North Shore Arts Association.

Artist Statement –

The partnership between art and nature has been a central theme throughout my life. Influenced by representational and impressionist styles, my landscapes and other subjects are painted from life, memory and personal references.

Plein air painting restores my passion for nature and awakens each of my senses. I am not seeking to duplicate an experience but to choose and design what I think conveys my impression of the story. The visual vocabulary can be challenging and must be boldly distilled to create a believable account of the natural stage.

As witness to the constant movement of light on the landscape and other subjects, I am carried deep into the tapestry of color, value, atmosphere and composition. Each occasion presents its own emotional energy that will influence elements that can move a painting in surprising directions.

– George Martin

RAA&M Fall Hours:

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM.  For more information on this and other shows, please visit the RAA&M’s website at



Movement Arts Gloucester MA (MAGMA), Trident Live Art Series, and choreographers Ali Kenner Brodsky and Betsy Miller are very pleased to present an evening of contemporary dance in the beautiful new MAGMA performance center in downtown Gloucester.

The program features new work and repertory favorites by choreographers Miller and Kenner Brodsky and two new commissioned scores by Rhode Island musician MorganEve Swain. It is the third joint venture of the two choreographers, who presented the first “A + B” concert in 2013 at Providence College‘s Bowab Theater.

This will be a terrific performance by a company of dancers from New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts: Ali Kenner BrodskyBetsy Miller, Meghan CarmichaelAudrey MacLeanSasha Peterson, and Andy Russ.

More information
Please join us!
$15 general admission / $10 students and seniors
Tickets at the door or online (recommended)

Video preview of one of the works:



Trident Gallery is pleased to host a reception in celebration of the release of Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life, by Martin Ray, a full-color 124-page anthology of stories about the creative lives of twenty-eight men and women from Cape Ann, Massachusetts, told in their own voices, based on interviews by the author.

Books are $30 and will become available to the public for the first time at the event. The author will be present and sign copies on request. Most of the persons profiled in the book live on Cape Ann today and have been encouraged to attend and sign copies on request, as well.

The event is free and open to the public. At 4:00pm Martin Ray will give remarks of acknowledgement to the profiled subjects and others involved in the book project.

The publisher is Trident Gallery Editions, which accepts orders and offers a short sample of the book online.

After the launch party, Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life will become available from several local vendors on Cape Ann, as well.

Martin Ray also writes the blog Halibut Point Notes.


Christmas in Rockort 1.jpg“Save Our Steeple Art & Jazz Christmas Party” this Sunday in Rockport

If you like art and jazz, you don’t want to miss the Art of David Arsenault Gallery, “Save Our Steeple Art &Jazz Christmas Party,” a benefit for the First Congregational Church with the dynamic Christian Conti Jazz Trio on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 from 2-5 p.mat 8 Dock Square (across from the Christmas Tree) in Rockport.


 (Arsenault donated the proceeds of his painting of the Steeple, “Rising Above,” which sold earlier this year to the church (photos attached).   Donating 20% of his proceeds from Nov. 1 – Dec. 9, Arsenault is also selling canvas giclees and greeting cards with the steeple image to benefit this fund.

 Costs for the steeple have continued to rise and are now estimated at $820,000.

If you can’t attend but would like to help, Donations can be deposited to The Steeple Fund at Cape Ann Savings Bank or Institution for Savings.  Checks can be made out to The First Congregational Church of Rockport with the notation “Steeple Fund” and sent to 12 School Street, Rockport, MA 01966)

 Contact: David Arsenault – 518-466-9093/


Topside Grill | Lemon Crush- do yourself a favor

LEMON CRUSH and a great dinner at Topside Grill last night for Gloucester’s downtown shopping Ladies Night. We had a ball! Thanks to Joe Ciolino, Weathervane–one of our first stops so we can meet Mark Parisi and grab the next Off the Mark calendar which he kindly signs– and all involved for such a festive Gloucester tradition. Our second annual stop is across the street– we make sure to buy a couple of new toys from Toodeloos for the stuff a bus toy drive parked right there.




Video WCVB #Chronicle5: Along #MAshoreline scenic byway, a sisterhood of shops invites browsing

Katrina Haskell Essex Exchange CHRONICLE 2

STILL FROM CHRONICLE VIDEO, meet the women of the Byway, trail #4 The Essex Exchange, Essex (owner Katrina Haskell with client)

In case you missed the wonderful tv special about these local businesses, here’s the link to watch the video (it’s not on YouTube, yet or downloadable or I’d upload it here in the post): CHRONICLE WCVB Channel 5: Business Meeting: The Women of the Byway,plus stills from the Chronicle video (all images in this post are from the Chronicle story shot by Carl Vieira), and some of the transcription excerpt from the show:

CHRONICLE Business Meeting the Women of the Byway, Ipswich

STILL FROM CHRONICLE VIDEO, meet the women of the Byway, trail #5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich

“THIS IS CHRONICLE ON WCVB CHANNEL 5. One, two, three…”We have a little bit of everything”…seven, eight, nine…”And we specialize in mid-century Danish modern furnishings…” Along this Massaschusetts shoreline, a sisterhood of shops invites browsing…”There’s room enough in this business for everyone”…


host Anthony Everett- “Good evening. Working Women are our focus tonight. Opening night of the 13th Annual Massachusetts Conference For Women at the Boston Convention Center (Boston). And Shanya Seymour is there now.

host Shayna Seymour– “Hi, Anthony! Well, thousands of women have gathered here to hear Gloria Steinem, and I just got off the stage with Bethanny Frankel and she’s going to join us a little bit later in this show. Now, the conference also features professional networking. Best selling authors are here to talk, as well as products from many different female entrepreneurs…NOW, many of those entreprenurs are women that (narrator) may have met on a very scenic north shore shopping trail!”

[cue to story produced by Clint Conley and vidographer Carl Vieira, and narrated by _____]

“(Narrator) The Essex Scenic Coastal Byway. Ninety miles of salt marsh and working waterfronts, dotted with famous clam shacks, antique stores, and open coastal dreamscapes, stretching from Lynn to Salisbury. The (Essex) Coastal (Scenic) Byway is ONE OF THE PRETTIEST, MOST INTERESTING and DISTINCTIVE DRIVES IN THE STATE. Now you can approach it from a distinctly feminine point of view. “It’s ten woman owned businesses in a ten mile stretch along the coastal byway.” A group of women have joined forces to market themeselves with a brochure, a sort of coastal byway treasure map. “It’s all in a straight line on our map and we call ourselves by number. I am number one on the map, so I’ll say, go [she points], number two is a mile up the street.”  

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It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas…at the Beauport

Christmas at the Beauport is beautiful.  I stopped by for an hour the other day while they were still in the midst of decorating.  I struggled with wanting to take photos …and wanting to stay out of their way.  So, this is all I left with…but, you get the gist.  I look forward to going back for a holiday cocktail and to enjoy the holiday ambience again soon.

Recent Adventures of CB

Some of CB’s Adventures in November around town:  At the Breakwater



At Good Harbor Beach:


And at Rafe’s Chasm.  She likes to be by the water………


It’s very interesting looking at the world through CB. The perspective gives you pause to contemplate the beauty of nature from an angle that confuses the brain at first but then brings joy to the eye.