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Closely Related

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CLOSELYRELATED group show curated by Juni VanDyke for Flatrocks Gallery opens May 25, 2018. The opening Reception is Saturday May 26. Participating artists: Kathleen Gerdon ARcher, Shelly Champion, Loren Doucette, Paige Farrell, Jay McLachlan, Barbara Moody, Hans Pundt, Lynne Sausele, Patti Sullivan, Juni VanDyke

from the press release:  CLOSELY RELATED…an exhibit that attempts to identify and examine artistic elements that appear congruently in works by artists related by friendship or marriage, or by filial kinship, or by the duality of artist and place or…other.  (many possibilities)

Is our art influenced by our environment; our politics; the company we keep, and/or by our generic connections?  And is what we create truly unique? Or was Picasso right when he said: “Every painting already has a mother and a father.”?

Mayor Romeo Theken shares reminder for MCC regional meeting in Ipswich

Dow detail view in ipswich color woodblock printFrom the MCC:

“We wanted to remind you that the Essex County Power of Culture Regional Meeting will take place next Wednesday, May 23rd, 6-8pm in Ipswich. Please join us for a conversation on arts and culture initiatives in the County, and take part in developing your Power of Culture message for your communities and region.”

Where?
Collins Meeting Room
Ipswich Public Library
25 North Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938-2287

REGISTER here 

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Motif Monday- how about monumental murals at O’Maley by art school grads that were former alumni

The O’Maley Innovation Middle School campus setting is rather bucolic. There’s a line of apple trees that still bear fruit and suggest the original farm, playing fields are stepped down surrounded by marsh and pond, Dogtown stretches along one edge, and Pole Hill rises up across the way. Community volunteers and students have created lovely decorative gardens. Yes, the track needs work and the playing field could be upgraded to turf like Gloucester High School’s New Balance-Newell Stadium. But it’s a beautiful spot to walk or catch a game. Ed Tedesco designed O’Maley in 1971. Although I believe the architect was quite sensitive to the setting, I understand how people criticize the exterior as harsh, or worse. “It feels like a prison!” exclaim some (and others joke. It is a middle school afterall.) You know what I see on the exterior when I come to O’Maley? Beautiful walls. Interesting shapes. Expansive public space ready for art and ideas.

O’Maley walls, photos from 2015

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You can’t judge a book by its cover. OR can you? O’Maley has the potential for its shell to match the creative arts and legacy at its core. There are stunning historic murals from the 1930s and 40s in the Commons. The arts curriculum is valued and celebrated. The arts teachers are amazing. If there is any school in Massachusetts that sings out arts and legacy, let it be here. Monumental public art and street art abound in Gloucester.

Parsons Street before, after, and after

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public art in Gloucester, MA and context collages

 

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Py$eMoNeY117 21st Century Orphans, Gloucester, MA, Skribble Fish – graffiti art – not street art

And not just for flat surfaces. Artists have suggested creative responses to Americord’s striated surface like a piano keys mural along the wall (a motif you may have seen elsewhere); others proposed a changing light installation when the cultural district designation was underway. 

Stephanie Benenson’s temporary installation Harbor Voices at City Hall

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Street art has become big business. Cities and towns around the world vie for renowned muralists in a competitive commercialized market with varying degrees of success.

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I vote Former Alumni

O’Maley Innovation Middle School has the perfect walls for showcasing creative voices of former alumni who are art school grads (or currently enrolled)– professionally trained and inspired to leave a mark. Ever since the dynamite 18UP and Under 30 exhibition, supporters hoped to catalyze possibilities for these emerging artists. Murals taken to this scale warrant investments of $15,000 per artist per wall.

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Jason Burroughs https://www.jasonburroughsgallery.com/

just a few of the grads…Chris Budrow | Kate BresnahanJason Burroughs | Lexi Chipperini |Jon Cooney | Jeff Cluett | James Curcuru | Nicole Dahlmer | Leon Doucette | Alessia LoGrasso | Avery McNiff | Micah O’Conner| Mary Sullivan

Before I saw walls of possibility. I still see that, but now I imagine specific artists and I hope you do, too. There are plenty of walls to go around at O’Maley.

 

 

a few more international street art mural examples

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Deborah Cramer’s book The Narrow Edge galvanizes action to push biomedical rescue for horseshoe crabs and red knots! Revive and Restore convenes Eli Lilly to announce environmental breakthrough

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Biomedical Breakthrough is win-win for shorebirds and horseshoe crabs:  Deborah Cramer of The Narrow Edge spreads the word

“Jay Bolden, a senior biologist with pharma giant Eli Lilly, has spent the last five years proving a synthetic molecule works as well as horseshoe crab blood in a life-saving medical testIt took a dedicated birder to convince pharma giant Eli Lilly to use a synthetic compound instead of horseshoe crab blood in a mandatory medical test. Now, he hopes the rest of industry will follow…” – from National Audubon article published this March 11 2018  Inside the Biomedical Revolution to Save Horseshoe Crabs and the Shorebirds That Need Them, by Deborah Cramer with photographs by Timothy Fadek

Cramer explained that Ryan Phelan, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Revive and Restore contacted her “to see how this organization might help accelerate institutional and government exploration, acceptance of the synthetic endotoxin test to replace the use of horseshoe crabs…In the book, I’d portrayed how essential the energy rich horseshoe crab eggs are to shorebird migration, and how their numbers decline when they leave for the Arctic, hungry.  I’d described how every human family, and their pets, depend on the horseshoe crab blood test to detect potentially life-threatening endotoxin in vaccines, joint replacements, PET scans, heart stents, IV lines, etc.  And went on to tell the story of the development of the genetically engineered substitute, and the– at the time decade long–that had elapsed without it being accepted or adopted by regulators or the pharmaceutical industry.”  

Revive and Restore’s announcement in the NJ Audubon news this week has more information about these dedicated scientists and exciting news. Deborah Cramer is too modest to spell it out, so I will. Revive and Restore was inspired in part by Cramer’s book, The Narrow Edge, an award-winning read that’s smart and lyrical, and an environmental game changer. Have you read it yet?

 

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Here was a substitute test that could leave hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs in the water every year, no one was using it.

 

 

The Narrow Edge reveals more unexpected alliances and consequences. Readers learn that hunters have done much to protect wildlife at the edge of the sea through the tax on guns and ammunition. The Federal Duck Stamp that’s required on hunting licenses  provides millions of dollars to support national wildlife refuges (and supports contemporary fine art). Memberships to organizations like National Audubon and donations from wildlife fans, photographers, and birders make a difference.

Cramer had to be trained how to handle a gun for necessary wild and remote travel research.  Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore readers: she took the course for her license to carry at Cape Ann Sportsman Club found along Dogtown’s edge where it’s been for over a century. (I’m not certain how Cramer rated there, but a president’s daughter was a good shot. In 1912, Helen Taft, qualified as an “Expert with a Rifle” when she visited the range with her Gloucester friend, Elizbeth Hammond.)

1912 Government rifle range in Dogtown Common

prior gmg post, June 2016Piping Plover Fans: Local author Deborah Cramer on sandpipers is a must read. Oh, and dogs vs.

To learn more about Deborah Cramer, go to www.deborahcramer.com

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Gloucester Public Schools 10th Annual Arts Festival TODAY! See the first student prints from Folly Cove Acorn press, GHS Cabinet Design celebrating 50 years, and more #greatartteachers #GloucesterMA

Gloucester Public School 10th Annual citywide arts festival held at City Hall, Sawyer Free and Cape Ann Museum May 12, 2018. Thanks to the fantastic teachers, all the parent and community volunteers that pull this beautiful event together, and the special host venues. The Arts Festival is strongly supported by the Gloucester Education Foundation.

A full program of performance and music is underway as well.

O’Maley & GHS students at City Hall | elementary schools at Cape Ann Museum | Gloucester High and elementary school at Sawyer Free

Here are some scenes from City Hall starting with  linocuts created by the first 8th grade printmaking classes to use the historic Acorn press on temporary loan from generous supporters of the Manship estate and thanks to Mayor Romeo Theken and O’Maley’s art teacher Brett Dunton. The invited special guest instructor was Mary Rhinelander.

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Fantastic display from Gloucester High School cabinet design and innovation– Celebrating 50 years!

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More children’s art from O’Maley classes displayed at City Hall

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Red,White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop artisan fair Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 to benefit Cape Ann Veterans

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charming little dresses including Boston sports team

Red, White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop and benefit

Local vendors showcased a variety of wares –including patriotic items, fine art, original designs,  artisan crafts, and services– and for a good cause: raising awareness for Cape Ann Veterans Services Welcome Home Initiative. This award winning model program  helps local veterans adjust to life back home. The event was hosted by the Elks, The Bridge and Pauline’s Gifts. Partipating vendors included  

  • Haley Allision, Bare Cheek Beauty
  • Ariana Barron, Lampshades & stickers
  • Kate Bresnahan, graphic illustrations
  • Pauline Bresnahan, Pauline’s Gifts
  • Joie Busby, Joie Art
  • Johanne Cassia – Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery
  • Vionette Vee Chipperini, flowers, bags, t-shirts
  • Nicole Dahlmer, Nicole M. Dahlmer Photography
  • Kathy Guardino Fernandes, photography
  • Dave Fernandes, photography
  • Meghan Frontiero, Style Street Boutique
  • Lisa Bella-harvey, Bella & Harvey sweets
  • Nicole Johnson, custom handbags
  • Lara Snackzilla Jardullo, hair pieces and headbands
  • Bethany Hurst, Bethany Hurst Photography and whale drawings for t-shirts
  • Brooke MacComisky Sanidas, Avon Rising Stars
  • Jodie Malatzky – Tupperware US & Canada
  • Jayne Morse, Gloucester Mass. Elks Lodge #892
  • Phil Peterson, License Plate & American Flag art
  • Karen Pischke, GloucesterTEASE
  • Fran Simon, Simply Simon Soap & Skin Care
  • Melissa Tarr, Design of Mine
  • Kathryn Roberts Wall, BankGloucester

 

O’Maley Innovation Middle School performance May 10th | O’Maley Academy presents A SPRING SHOWCASE

News from O’Maley Innovation Middle School: 

O’Maley Academy Proudly Presents

A Spring Showcase

*A benefit for The O’Maley Academy after school program which consists of 18 free clubs for students

Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:30 PM

FEATURING: Song & Dance Club performing 10 musical numbers & Drama-Rama Club performing 14 More Ways To Screw Up Your College Interview by Ian McWethy Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com

Tickets: $5 (with a $20 family cap). O’Maley Auditorium

 

GO! Whale sightings NOW off the shores of Magnolia #GloucesterMA

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MAY 4th- Right Whales visible to the naked eye from shore near Gloucester MA end of Long Beach. May 6th and 7th they’re still off shore. Go- see them!

David Vanderhooft writes about his whale sightings May 6 & 7,  2018

He’s counted five total today.

“The whales are around this morning; I saw the spouts around 9:00, relatively farther offshore. Yesterday they were in the vicinity all day, with one cruising between Magnolia and Kettle Island around noon, and all within view of the naked eye. Lots of people with binoculars, telescopes, cameras. As I mentioned in my post, at least one whale has a dorsal fin, which right whales apparently do not.”

Keep to shore!

“Please do remind everyone that it’s a stiff fine if one approaches them. Yesterday there were several kayakers and at least one paddle boarder who went out, and one sailboat too. The lobstermen seem to be observing the rule with care, as I haven’t seen very many.”

I look forward to seeing the Magnolia photographs and hearing more spectator reactions. What a gift this spring. Thanks so much for writing, David.

 

Sarah Chayes at City Hall | Cape Ann Forum featured speaker

On the agenda just before the headliner, Gloucester High School senior, Caroline Enos, was recognized by Cape Ann Forum!

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Featured speaker Sarah Chayes underway on money and corruption. Cape Ann Forum is filming tonight’s event for Cape Ann TV. Chayes lived in Gloucester at the time of Perfect Storm.

 

Gourmet Gala at Acura of Peabody benefit for North Shore cancer walk

2018 Gourmet Gala North Shore Medical Center benefit for North Shore Cancer Walk held at Acura of Peabody. Great food, worthy cause, quite a crowd. Live auction featured Gloucester’s Beauport Hotel Getaway. Auctioneer was Kiss 108FM Billy Costa.

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(scenes from the Gala – click to enlarge, and again for full size)

Gloucester in the news: Leon Doucette wins global art contest

Leon Doucette’s work was recognized in the American Portrait Society‘s 20th annual International Portrait Competition. A group show for the finalists was held  April 2018.

Beautiful news! Gloucester Daily Times, May 4, 2018 “Local Artist Wins Global Contest: Portrait of Girlfriend Takes Drawing Category”

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20th anniversary International Portrait Competition
2018 Finalists The Art of the Portrait Conference
April 19-22, 2018 – Washington, DC area
It has been a record setting year for the Portrait Society of America. February 1st marked the beginning of our 20th year sharing a passion for the portrait, as of today we have almost 1,000 people registered for the annual conference, and at midnight on February 22, we surpassed our previous number of entries by over 400 – with 2,733 entries submitted to the International Portrait Competition.  Portraiture is alive and well! Thank you to all the artists that submitted work and were part of such a historic time in our organization. Congratulations to the 24 selected finalists

photos (click to enlarge): (1)2016 private commission stemming from 18 Up and Under 30 exhibition at the Hive (2)Nov 2015 portrait of Leon (3) 2015 artist page

People watching whales from Cape Ann Motor Inn, Long Beach, Rocks

Cape Ann Marina guests can see whales from their rooms! Back home from work and spotted three whales immediately which means that some of the six right whales have been feeding more than ten hours HERE. It’s thrilling! I even saw one head to Salt Island and back. They check in and circle together. Two are lingering off Long Beach on the Gloucester side. When two and three are gliding along, stepped back one by one nearly together in a line, and moving fast, the legendary sea serpent stories did come to mind.

Nearly as much fun are the clusters of whale watchers at the waters edge like schooner race photos of yore. I added a short video with Long Beach cottages and the stretch of sand in the background to give another relational vantage.

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Long Beach video to show relation to sand and seawall–they’re further out now with tide coming in

early morning post began 6:30am

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What a show! Whales so close you can hear the blows Gloucester, MA

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They’re making a bunch of noise!

2 min video below *apologies for the hand held zoom–trying to share some of this natural wonder

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Prior post– WHALES 5+ feeding between Salt Island & Long Beach visible from shore now! #GloucesterMA

WHALES 5+ feeding between Salt Island & Long Beach visible from shore now! #GloucesterMA

Update: we spotted five or six right whales at 6:30AM just off the shore between Salt Island and Thacher. They remained feeding in the area for 11+ hours. Two crossed past the Rockport side of Long Beach, and back again. They were surprisingly fast at times! Post was updated during the day with more photos and videos. I hope some photogs with professional lens will be sharing soon.

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30 seconds 4 right whales out of 6 off Gloucester Ma, Long Beach, Twin Lights in backgrounds

 

 

1 min video tracking 1 of 6 right whales

 

 

 

 

How close? This close: here’s another image from an FOB whales out her window!

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Is this Atlantic right whale detection app active?

Second post- close up

Third post after work– 3 whales still feeding here 11+ hours later!

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Massachusetts Whale Trail #whaletrailMA and more in Gloucester

The Massachusetts Whale Trail “is a special collection of museums and attractions, whale watching, and historic sites and tours with a connection to whales.” Capt Bill & Sons, 7 Seas Whale Watch, and Cape Ann Whale Watch are included.

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Naturally, Gloucester had created a version on the HarborWalk which you can find on line or on the trail at marker #36 right by Tonno Restaurant, Gloucester, MA.  Whale watching is beloved here in town. The Gloucester HarborWalk has whale watch information, points of interest and a tab to all the local whale watching  companies.”Most offer daily whale watching trips from April through October.”

SEVEN SEAS WHALE WATCH +1 (888) 283-1776
CAPE ANN WHALE WATCH +1 (800) 877-5110
CAPT BILL & SONS +1 (800) 339-4253
YANKEE FLEET +1 (978) 283-0313

When O’Maley 6th graders study Gloucester and visit the HarborWalk, the student thank you drawings featured whale tails and spouting whales. It’s common for local kids to be invited to birthday parties on whale watch trips.  Donna Ardizzoni photographed and wrote about her Right Whale sightings from shore spring 2018, and more whale sightings around town. Parsons Street wall Mural (by the Fish Net HarborWalk street mural) was painted by local kids under the direction of Cape Ann Art Haven and features a great whale.

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Ocean Alliance headquarters is located in Gloucester. Kim Smith posted the announcement for its most recent National Geographic special. 

Maritime Museum (opening May 26) and Cape Ann Museum are included on the new Whale Trail map. Cape Ann Museum collection includes Hartley’s study for Whales Jaw Dogtown

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Stores along Main Street and throughout Gloucester’s neighborhoods have art and goods inspired by whales. Look for hand carved wood sculptures at Willow Rest. Savour Wine & Cheese, Gloucester, MA

 

 

 

Cape Ann Artisans Celebrate 35 Years of Open Studios – spring tours June 2,3

Details and dates from Cape Ann Artisans:

“Cape Ann Artisans Celebrate 35 Years of Open Studios & Gloucester’s Designation as a
Top Ten Crafts Destination! See the Studios in style with a new private bus tour offering!

There’s nothing like seeing the artists and their spaces in the intimate studio settings. Enjoy 20 studios and 23 Artisans in the upcoming 35th Anniversary Spring Tour, June 2-3 and Oct 7-9.  The 2018 Artisans are:

  1. David Archibald
  2. Cynthia Curtis
  3. Rob Diebboll
  4. Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco
  5. Deborah Gonet
  6. Elizabeth Harty
  7. Camilla MacFadyen
  8. Andy Matlow
  9. Anni Melançon
  10. Sinikka Nogelo
  11. Bond Street Studio: Terry DelPercio-Piemonte & David Piemonte
  12. Marcie Rae
  13. Margaret Rack
  14. Mi Robertson
  15. Pam Stratton
  16. Bart Stuyf *
  17. Twin Lights Studio: Erin O’Sullivan & Scott Place
  18. Beth Williams
  19. Ruth Worrall*
  20. Judith Wright
  21. Sara Wright

*Note this is one location

The Cape Ann Artisans Spring Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3.   There’s much to celebrate in 2018.  Just announced, Gloucester is ranked in the Top Ten destinations for Craft Lovers by American Craft Week.   The tour is primarily self-guided by car, but for the first time ever, the Cape Ann Artisans have partnered with a local arts and cultural tour operator to offer a new touring option.  Cape Ann Plug-In Tours will provide a 14 passenger bus alternative to meet tour-goers and navigate the neighborhoods of Gloucester and Rockport.  In total, there are three bus tours – Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning in order to cover all the studios in two days.  For Boston visitors there will be a convenient train station pick up.  The bus will also have a guide to introduce the artisans and local history and on-board goodies including a Shopping credit from the Artisans!

Cape Ann Artisan press release continues:

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Gloucester makes the list again! America’s Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers

Results from American Craft Week “Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers- 2018” are tallied. Gloucester, Massachusetts, made it again!  view alphabetized list of American Craft Week 2018 Top 10 winners- see photo of a Cape Ann Artisans stop.

And save the dates- annual American Craft Week will be Oct 5-14 in 2018

See my 2017 post “Gloucester Made the USA Top 10 List and you should be in the guide!…Here’s why Gloucester won. It’s tough to match Gloucester for the range and depth of fall art fairs and events –including American Craft Week– and Gloucester’s heritage of artists and artisans of yesterday and today (read more about the pioneers) ” 

Pauline’s Gifts is ready for ACW 2018!

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Gloucester Public School 10th Anniversary ARTS festival

Beautiful colorful banners on Dale Avenue announce GPS 10th anniversary annual ARTS festival, Saturday May 12th 11-4pm, at City Hall, Cape Ann Museum, and Sawyer Free Library! Sponsored by Gloucester Education Foundation; what a milestone!

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