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Gloucester Daily Times update on Cape Ann Reads

Look for special group exhibits and readings to be announced later in 2018- “Cape Ann Reads to Hit the Road” by Gail McCarthy, Gloucester Daily Times

This month: come to Gloucester’s City Hall on January 27 for a Cape Ann Reads celebration. Explore early drafts & drawings as well as published children’s picture art and books–all by Cape Ann artists and writers. The Book Store of Gloucester will have a satellite book shop devoted to published picture books right on site.

Gail McCarthy Gloucester Daily Times announcing Bruce J Anderson grant award for Cape Ann Reads January 8 2017

Little houseboat in the great frozen salt marsh #Gloucester MA

A photo journal after the storm documenting and comparing a few iconic and sweeping Gloucester vistas on January 7, 2018, when all was white ice frozen, and again after the Great Thaw on January 13 2018.

Gloucester Motif- the house boat in view just before the turn off at Nichols

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The Little House boat in the great frozen salt marsh reminded me of a mash up of two of Virginia Lee Burton’s children’s picture books inspired by Gloucester — Little House and Katy and the Big Snow. Here’s the little floating houseboat after the thaw at low tide January 13, 2018.

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At high tide earlier in the day, January 13

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Good Harbor Beach drive by three days after the storm

 

Good Harbor Beach salt marsh drive by one week after the storm and great thaw

 

Below the read more break: additional winter comparison photos (icebergs on the marsh by Lobster Land, Good Harbor Beach parking lot, Good Harbor Beach salt marsh, Stoney Cove pier at Little River & Annisquam River)

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New York Times features Edward Hopper #GloucesterMA painting

 

“What was an important early personal acquisition?

“The Hopper painting. It’s called “Hodgkin’s House.” I was really nervous about it. It was at the time certainly the most expensive thing by far I had ever bought. It belonged to David Geffen. It’s one of the things that’s skyrocketed in value. There are just so few in private hands.”

EDWARD HOPPER all around Gloucester Hodgkin's House 505 Washington Street GLOUCESTER MA© c ryan

New York Times Jan 8 2018 Laurie Tisch Edward Hopper Hodgkins House prior owner was David Geffen

Hodgkin’s House was one of nine Gloucester paintings included in the 1933 Museum of Modern Art Edward Hopper retrospective. The eight other paintings were: Cape Ann Granite,  Houses of Squam Light, Haskell’s House, Marty Welch’s House, Adams’s House,  Freight Cars at Gloucester, Italian Quarter, and Box Factory Gloucester

 Christie’s auction house has released more information about one of the upcoming Rockefeller sales. It includes a good reproduction of Cape Ann Granite.

Edward hopper Cape Ann Pasture ©Christies photograph 2017

Ready set sled…almost! TOHP Burnham Library Essex MA

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TOHP BURNHAM LIBRARY, ESSEX, MA is sited upon another breathtaking Cape Ann landscape with an easy family slope for winter fun.

Great effort! Sweet son gave a proper push to mom, intending to hop aboard, while his older sister raced on.

running to catch up. Almost! Great push though sledding Essex MA

Boy, if this was a Two-Alarm Fire…Long Beach Road the morning after

Reports were that two houses in Gloucester were on fire which is understandable as there was a beautiful attached in-law suite for this local family. Last evening’s sights, crunching sounds and smells were ferocious. The homeowners are safe. Firefighters and emergency personnel faced that challenging inferno and are ok. The house was deemed a total loss. Cape Ann Motor Inn at Long Beach provided shelter.

Here’s the link to Arianna MacNeill’s swift and fine reporting for the Gloucester Daily Times  Two-Alarm Fire Ravages Gloucester home.

Photos in the cold light of day. Want to help? https://www.gofundme.com/cx6wy-mann-house-fire 

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Firefighters battling house fire on Long Beach Road, Gloucester MA ROAD CLOSURE

Rockport Road to the right of Long Beach Dairy Maid is closed – no access in or out to Long Beach Motor Inn (call first). Several fire trucks and emergency personnel are engaged and working on a cold, windy night. Safe wishes for all involved.

*Driving into Rockport via Thatcher Road was still open.

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CATV Cape Ann TV Gloucester Inauguration 2018 video is ready

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Cape Ann TV has great news: the Gloucester Inauguration 2018 video is ready for viewing. Erich Archer and Becky Tober remind viewers that the Cape Ann TV “camera system at city hall is still in standard definition and the quality is an issue because of the old equipment. Also, an electrical issue interrupted coverage an hour or so into the recording.” There’s more exciting news from Cape Ann TV: they’re replacing and upgrading all of the City Hall equipment soon.

Besides viewing it on Youtube, you can look for it on Cape Ann TV. It will be playing on CAPE ANN TV Channel 20
Monday January 8 at 6 PM
Tuesday January 9 at 9 AM
Thursday January 11 at 5 PM
Sunday January 14 at 9 PM

gmg post with short video snippets from the first floor

storm clean up | Gloucester Stacy Boulevard promendade paths are ready for you!

The sidewalk path is plowed, and the oceanside parallel path is nearly completed.  Gloucester DPW says they’ll “have 6-8 Bobcats with snowplows running all weekend–city’s and city contractors.” I’m sure there’s still much to happen and clear. Still, isn’t it amazing how many roads are spic and span, and that trash pick up was just one day held off?

CLEAN UP AFTER STORM Stacy Boulevard sidewalk snow plow on ocean path-dogwalker out and about didnt miss a beat GLOUCESTER MA IMG_20180106_105912

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Gloucester UK article about Gloucester MA “bomb cylcone” storm

Bomb cyclone: If you thought snow in Gloucester, UK, was bad, think about Gloucester, Massachusetts. They’ve got floods AND snow by Ed Stilliard http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk

“…Homes evacuated and without power, motorists abandoning cars in the snow and temperatures well below freezing. That Armageddon-sounding tone might sound like Gloucestershire under snow last week, but that is just a snap-shot of life in Gloucester, Massachusetts, right now…”

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Rose Bowl parade photos floats plus UMASS band

Warm up with some photographs of the Rose Bowl parade specific to Massachusetts taken by Pauline Bresnahan. She made sure to find the Rose Bowl Float featured in the Gloucester Daily Times.  Pauline writes,

“Here are some of my favorite pictures from the Rose Bowl parade. The City of Burbank float is the one that was featured in the Gloucester Daily Times article. I love the flyover photo. It always gives me chills. I did not know until I got there that the UMASS band was in the parade. Their first appearance and they had the largest band in the parade with over 400 members…The Rose Bowl parade Theme this year was Making a Difference. Even a heart on the Poster. I think I was meant to go! The Grand Marshal was Gary Sinise, who played Sgt. Dan in Forrest Gump movie with Tom Hanks. He was just in Afghanastan with Gen. Milley, one of the Generals I met this year. Small world.” – Pauline Bresnahan

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STORM video and the morning after #GloucesterMA Good Harbor Beach and Long Beach

Thinking of those dealing with no power, evacuation and such destructive, icy flooding. 

January 5, 2018  vs Storm January 4, 2018

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Today  here come the surfers

 

Rocks have clear icy layers and crunch pack, some pockets of drift

 

 

I’m following up on yesterday’s post, which was stopped midstream as we lost power. Scroll below for quick snaps and videos from my walk to Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, and side streets.

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About 2PM January 4, 2017 (high tide was several hours earlier)

Good Harbor Beach on sand looking out to Salt Island (from Good Harbor Beach Inn side of beach) Yes, the waves were rolling over the wall up to the homes but infrequently at this time. I don’t know what it was like at high tide.

 

(more Good Harbor Beach and Long beach below the break)

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Bomb cyclone winter storm: Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, Witham Street #GloucesterMA North of Boston

UPDATED- link to post2 January 5th with video

2:15PM slush pond roads and closed by Witham and Thacher and Good Harbor Beach parking lot. Power outages this way.

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GOOD HARBOR BEACH

Ocean is up on the deck outside the Good Harbor Beach Inn snack bar, though not to the street

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LONG BEACH

There go the staircases

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**Video coming when power-wifi back**

GHS boys soccer banquet at the Elks at Bass Rocks and booster raffle winners

Beautiful event January 3 sponsored by the GHS boys soccer boosters, with delicious food from the Causeway and great soccer swag! Graduating seniors acknowledged their amazing play off and final soccer year as bittersweet. Congratulations to the players and coaches and thanks to the parent volunteers, especially Chris Mac. Coaches for three teams are: Armando Marnoto, Drew Sidell, Marcus Trejo, and Jason Rutkauskus.

From Nick Curcuru Nov 6 article in the Gloucester Daily Times:  “Gloucester finishes up the season at 12-5-2, its highest win total and deepest postseason run since 2007, when the team advanced to the Division 1 North Quarterfinals with an identical 12 wins. Despite the tough ending, Marnoto had nothing but positive things to say about his squad. “This is a special group, one of my favorites and they were a pleasure to coach,” he said. “I’m really happy with the season these boys put out. These seniors took their lumps when they were freshmen and kept improving to end up as one of the final eight teams in the bracket.- Gloucester Daily Times]

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2017 raffle ticket winners CHRIS MAC GHS BOYS SOCCER BOOSTER PHOTO phone scratched

Captain Joe Kibango’s Gillnetter article

Elks at Bass Rocks, Gloucester, MA

The Causeway Restaurant, Gloucester, MA

David Cox photographs of the GHS varsity team  https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/ghs-boys-soccer-playoffs/

 

Reminder! Cape Ann Narratives of Art and other special museum events this January

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From the Cape Ann Museum – Entrance to the museum is free in January for Cape Ann residents. Some programs require registering and tickets.

3PM Saturday, January 6 Quick Steps & Ballads prior GMG post

10AM- 12PM Saturday, January 13  CAM KIDS LEGO STUDIO. See prior GMG post

3PM Saturday, January 13, 2017 Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life- A Discussion at the Cape Ann Museum

“The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life: A Discussion on Saturday, January 13 at 3:00 p.m.  This program is free for CAM members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. Reservations are not required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 for more information.

Join Martin Ray and several of the artists featured in his new book Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life. Ray’s work explores the artistic talent that local residents have brought to their occupations. Whether one is a writer or woodworker, pastor or painter, mayor or musician, Ray classifies each as an artist, and celebrates the mastery that is exhibited in his/her craft. Panelists include Anne Deneen, pastor; Nan Webber, theater director; Brian King, musician; and Stephen Bates, musician/sculptor.

During the month of January the Cape Ann Museum opens its doors to all Cape Ann residents, in an effort to encourage membership, but also to bring the greater community into closer contact with their art, history and culture. This program will do just that, shedding light on locals who take pride in their craft with unwavering commitment and dedication. Does pursuing one’s vocation make one an artist? You decide.” Image credit (book cover): Martin Ray, 2017.

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10AM -12:15PM, Wednesdays, January 17-February 7, three Wednesdays– print workshop with Mary Rhinelander

Visit the museum event’s page to see the plentiful programming

Down the lane: Fitz Henry Lane art shuffled from Gloucester Sawyer Free library to Cape Ann Museum

You may have noticed that the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library is sporting noticebly thinned out collections, and it’s not just the books. Three Fitz Henry Lane paintings were moved across the street to the Cape Ann Museum: Gloucester Harbor (gifted to the Library by Judith M Todd); Sawyer Homestead Freshwater Cove, Gloucester; and Coasting Schooner off Boon Harbor, ME. Additionally, a portrait of Sawyer and a Bertha Menzler Payton painting are no longer on view.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library installation views- BEFORE (Lanes installed) / AFTER (Lanes removed)

Installation view two FITZ HENRY LANE paintings GLOUCESTER HARBOR left and SAWYER HOMESTEAD right at Sawyer Free Public Library ©C Ryan IMG_183127

Past the crowd, on the far walls installation view showing pair of Fitz Henry Lane paintings (Gloucester Harbor on the left and Sawyer Homestead Freshwater Cove on the right). A Carlton T Chapman painting is under the clock. Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library

Installation view two Gruppe paintings former site of two Fitz Henry Lane paintings at Sawyer Free Public Library ©C Ryan_111423

Gloucester, MA. Gloucester Lycecum & Sawyer Free Public Library December 2017 pair of Emile A Gruppe paintings installed (formerly site of two Fitz Henry Lane paintings)

 

You can click on the photos to read captions. The photo pair below show Lane Coasting Schooner replaced with a painting from the Addision Gilbert Hospital collection, a portrait of Sawyer and his wife

 

Library vs Museum

Lane painting installation views comparing Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library vs Cape Ann Museum

More photos from both collections

 

Cape Ann Museum is just across the street and it’s the world’s most vital Lane collection. Still, I wish the paintings could remain at the library. I lament my industry’s inability, all of us, actually– to find a way to make stewardship affordable for repositories just like this one. I’ve been thinking about the pros and cons of making copies for the library. When access to originals is difficult or impossible, copies can be a boon. For example the Madonna atop Our Lady of Good Voyage is a replica. The original is held at the Cape Ann Museum and affords close observation that was impossible from the street. The copy preserves the impact of the site. Two dimensional  poster reproductions and painted copies are rarely more. Mostly, I advocate for originals. Here, original art was replaced with original art.

The gifts were for the library and Gloucester, in varying degrees of partnership with the library since Sawyer’s private endowment upon his death in 1889. The provenance paperwork for the Lanes can be deciphered differently depending upon context.

The Lanes leaving the library made me think about the James Prendergast Library collection deaccession, for operating funds and a new vision, rather than a relocation just across a city square. That library is located in Jamestown New York. The board consigned 44 paintings to two auction houses for November 2017 sales. The update is that several works did not find purchasers, failing to meet presale estimates. The board rejected lowball offers following the public sales, and the art remains with the auction houses to be sold in future to-be-determined sales. The New York Attorney General office denied a purchase offer that would have held the art in Jamestown, ruling instead for public auction.  A makerspace was crafted from three extant rooms where a children’s computer coding Scratch class was offered at the time of the sales. Jamestown had cut annual funding for its library by $300,000. (see prior GMG posts November 20 2017 and auction results)

I was hoping the Lanes might be featured prominently and safely with any interior buildout proposals at Sawyer Free library, like this installation at the Currier (which was a temporary build out for a museum exhibition), and the library’s other works. The Matz gallery is pretty perfect for changing exhibits of local artists.

Installation view ALBERT BIERSTADT The Emerald Pool Currier Museum of Art Mount Washington exhibit January 2017 © c ryan.jpg

 

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