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Artists and Mother and Daughter: Pauline and Kate Bresnahan design the new emblem for Cape Ann Veterans Services

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The new emblem came out of Pauline’s original ‘we left the light on for you’ drawing for the Welcome Home Initiative for returning veterans. Kate completed the graphic design work. You can see her fine art and design work here http://katebrezzy.com

Cape Ann Veterans Services in Gloucester always has something going on! Every early Friday morning, there’s a coffee crowd visiting. Friends drive from near and far. On this day a guy came up from Providence.

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Northshore home spring issue features coastal design, Bass Rocks mansion and Juni Van Dyke (Mothers and Daughters at Jane Deering closes March 31)

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There’s an article in the current Northshore home magazine  featuring interiors of one of the gorgeous homes on Bass Rocks Road and  JUNI VANDYKE  spotlighted in another piece about the impact of Room & Board’s Boston presence and the value of local artists and artisans. Artist Juni Van Dyke was interviewed, and her work is featured.

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Last Chance:

to see Mothers and Daughters, a group show curated by Van Dyke at Jane Deering Gallery, 6 pairs of mother/daughter artists. The announcement features work by Paige Farrell. There will be a closing celebration Thursday March 30th from 4-6pm. The first was packed! The show ends March 31.Mothers and daughters.jpg

Cape Ann Museum on busy Saturday: art by Nell Blaine, Juni Van Dyke, Pat Lowery Collins, Margarett Sargent, Eric Hudson, Charles Movalli

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Cape Ann Museum docent Margaret Bernier spoke about Honor Moore’s biography of Margarett Sargent, Moore’s Grandmother. The Cape Ann Museum Book Group is reading  The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent. Sargent’s painting Women and Mirror was acquired by the museum in 2002 and is on current temporary display to coincide with the book group and women’s history month. A beautiful Nell Blaine, a diptych by Pat Lowery Collins and two works by Juni VanDyke are also featured. Contact Kate Bibeau to learn more about the book group and other special events like the museum’s second recent on line photo competition, At the Water’s Edge, deadline April 30.

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installation March 2017 Cape Ann Museum. Looking at Margarett Sargent (1892-1978) Women and Mirror (Self Portrait with Model) 1933-1936, oil on canvas. Gift of Alvin and Estella Hochberg, 2002.

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Margarett Sargent and Vivian Pickman

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Pat Lowery Collins 2006 diptych

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Mini ERIC HUDSON exhibition (1864-1932) Cape Ann Museum March 2017

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Eric Hudson, Manana Monhegan Island, c.1920s

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Also CHARLES MOVALLI EXHIBITION

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Scenes and sounds from Cape Ann Symphony 65th Anniversary season Romantic Masters concert

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We were told that yesterday’s Cape Ann Symphony’s 65th Anniversary Season concert “Romantic Masters” was the orchestra’s most sold out March concert, ever. Great job, Heidi Dallin, on promotion!

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My son spotted Heidi’s name in the playbill and Yellow Sub, along with many other local names and arts supporters. It takes a village.

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By the way– kids tickets are $5 at these concerts. Area schools benefit from Cape Ann Symphony performance outreach.

Cape Ann Symphony’s next concert is: SCANDINAVIAN SPECTACULAR Saturday, March 20, 2017 8PM

Before setting off into the next piece, Musical Director & Conductor Yoichi Udagawa breaks down a mini music lesson excerpt with the orchestra. He has a signature foot lift when he conducts.

 

Here’s a snippet of glorious music. Can you name that tune?

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Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema 2017: the dates and titles for the free outdoor movies are…

Rob Newton, Cape Ann Community Cinema and Stage, announces the 2017 summer line up:

Save the dates! Six free movie nights begin Wednesday July 12th!

July 12 ::: Jaws
July 19 ::: Disney Moana
July 26 ::: Rogue One Star Wars Movie
August 2 ::: Lego Batman Movie
August 9 ::: The Princess Bride
August 16 ::: Sing!

July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16. Rain dates  August 23, 30.

Over 5000 Cape Ann residents attended the HarborWalk Summer Cinema series in 2016.

Awesome North Shore 104.9 amps the pre-show festivities!

Contact Rob for 2017 partnership options.

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Gloucester’s FisherMan at the Wheel original custom landscape chain design needs repair

The landscape chain design encircling the site of the world famous Leonard Craske Man at the Wheel sculpture is lovely and simple. The repeating rings are an aesthetic choice and practical. There’s an understated wide ‘berth’ that’s respectful yet beckoning; one indelible memorial and thousands of ripples.

Perhaps the broken post was a snow plow? Who knows. Wonder how often a break occurs?

The color photographs were taken this morning. The black and white photographs were by Gordon Parks from his 1940s FSA photographs. The granite cenotaph markers were added in 2000.

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Boys in this Gordon Parks photo remain unidentified. 

Sneak peek inside the Braga’s new Italiano Restaurant and Bar opening soon in Gloucester’s Little Italy…and they’re hiring

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Hugo, Marcus, and Richard (owner R S Construction)

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The Bragas’s highly anticipated second stand alone restaurant, the new Italiano Restaurant and Bar, will be opening at 64 Main Street well before people flock to our coast this summer. The former space of La Trattoria is being transformed by RS Construction which also built the Dunkin Donuts in Magnolia and the Azorean’s gorgeous bar expansion and function addition. The new restaurant has been under major construction for months because the build out is much more than a revamp.  The small kitchen is GONE. The entire former function space in the back is a brand spanking new kitchen.
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In a city of incredibly good eats how do you make yours stand out?

An excellent reputation helps: the Bragas opened Azorean in 2007 which quickly established a legion of loyal customers with its unique and exceptional cuisine. Besides quality, hard work and experience how about that awesome historic West End location. Italiano Restaurant joins a tipping point where Gloucester’s West End meets Boston’s North End. Italy Magazine I propose your next article in the series, Where to find Italy in America?- Gloucester’s West End! Come visit!
Tonno. 2 Main Street
Virgilios Italian Bakery. 29 Main Street
Short and Main. 36 Main Street
Pastaio via Corta. 11 Center Street
Caffe Sicilia. (978) 283-7345 40 Main Street
the Cave 44 Main Street
Cape Ann Olive Oil 57 Main Street
Cafe Dolce, 3 Main Street
Plus Sclafanis Italian Bakery is quite nearby, two book stores and Pop Gallery 🙂
The Braga’s new Italiano Restaurant team is hiring. Contact:
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ITALIANO RESTAURANT AND BAR 64 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
c/o Braga Management
132 Washington St
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Call (978) 283-4339
dbraga7827@aol.com
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Trio of white caps and the squinting gaze

Gorgeous Feb 23, 2017. Foreground capped with light layer of snow, artist adorned with snappy white fedora, and white caps on the water.

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Who is this artist? The colors and texture of the landscape, that white hat, and straining eyes (mine and the artist)…well, it had me thinking Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  ” Who are those guys?” and “white straw skimmer” (minus the “beginning to get on my nerves”)

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Job posting: Gloucester Downtown Assoc seeks 2017 Sidewalk Bazaar Coordinator

news from Joe Ciolino:

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Business Owners comprising the Gloucester Downtown Association are looking to hire a new paid coordinator for the 2017 Sidewalk Bazaar.  John Orlando who has done a great job for many years  is now stepping down to concentrate on his own business, The Harbor View Inn . If anyone is interested  in the job, which does pay, please contact  Joe Ciolino (The Weathervane 978-281-1227)  or Patty Gates (Premier Imprints 978-282-3227)to learn more and to meet to discuss the job description.

Thanks,
Joe Ciolino GDA Director

Gail McCarthy at Sawyer Free to cover Cape Ann Reads picture book contest results !

Scenes from the Cape Ann Reads live reveal in the Byers Davidson Room of the Saunders House at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library. This March Madness snapshot just about sums up the feeling!

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That’s Kate Bibeau, Programs Coordinator at the Cape Ann Museum, and Liza Browning, Museum Educator at the Cape Ann Museum, jumping up as another contestant identity is revealed to be…a colleague! Also smiling and enjoying the moment, Sawyer Free librarians Justine Vitale and Linda Bosselman, and author and artist Pat Lowery Collins. Kate and the Library Directors had not seen any entries so everything was a surprise. Jurors knew the books but did not know the names of the authors or illustrators as part of the process.

 

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(L-R) Kate Bibeau, Pat Lowery Collins, Bob Ritchie Dogtown Book Shop, and Gail McCarthy, Gloucester Daily Times.

Kate Bibeau has been fantastic on the Cape Ann Reads steering committee. (She was Kate LaChance when the planning began…two years ago!) I took photographs as people were assembling.  Even better: we’ll soon see Linda Bosselman photographs of the unfolding countdown. They’ll be the real deal!IMG_20170318_081217 (1)

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Anna Vojtech arriving

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Before the reveal: 4 Cape Ann Library Directors, jurors, and steering committee members assembling at Sawyer Free Library. Public reception and ceremony, readings, and stunning group exhibit to be announced.

 

Beverly hosts a regional Massachusetts Cultural Council cultural districts gathering at The Cabot

The City of Beverly and The Cabot hosted a Massachusetts Cultural Council north shore cultural district meeting today. The theater was getting ready for tonight’s sold out Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan and they still made time for the districts. Mayor Cahill welcomed the group. The current exhibition installed in this sunny space is a solo show by fine artist and commercial sign maker, Andrew Bablo.

Cultural districts and organizations coming together for this meeting included the following: Beverly Main Streets and the BAD district; Montserrat College of Art; Chris Sicuranza, Gloucester’s Director of Communications & Constituent Services,Office of the Mayor; the two Gloucester cultural districts, and local cultural council; Rockport’s cultural district; Essex Historic Society and Shipbuilding Museum  and district; Historic New England and Cogswell’s Grant; Lynn’s district; Haverhill’s; and Concord’s. Concord will be hosting their regional meeting tomorrow. Currently there are 35 cultural districts across Massachusetts with 40 possible by the end of June. Salem may come on next year.  Interactive MA cultural districts as Google map.

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OUR HOSTS photo L-R: Kevin Harutunian, Chief of Staff, Beverly; Aaron Clausen, City Planning Director, Community Development, City of Beverly; Gin Wallace, Director Beverly Main Streets; Meri Jenkins, MCC; J Casey Soward, The Cabot, Beverly; Steve Immerman Montserrat College of Art, Beverly; Annie Houston, MCC

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Women of Essex exhibit at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum opens this weekend

Slated to run in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, Women of Essex Stories to Share, will be on display most weekends from March 18-April 29. The show is hosted by Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum. Lee adds:

“The motivation for this exhibit was the recognition that, while our emphasis at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum has been on shipbuilding and the men involved with it, there were many significant roles of women in the community. Hence the exhibit Women of Essex – Stories to Share. This exhibit features about a dozen women that we are featuring individually in this first phase of the project. To help scope this effort, we are focusing this phase on women who are no longer with us. These include the women that were instrumental in building the first meeting house, one of the first woman auctioneers in the country, a female professional baseball player, a woman who was a motivator behind several town projects, several individuals active in the arts, and even an enslaved woman. There will be collections of several other groups of women, namely teachers and restaurateurs, an Essex mainstay.”

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New book based on a lifetime of guidance: local writer Jane Edwards shares her compelling take on elder care

Congratulations, Jane!

See Joann Mackenzie’s article in the Gloucester Daily Times about Jane Edwards new book  “Caring for Caring: An Enriching, Kindhearted, Ethical Journey with Our Elders”. 

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