Author Archives: E.J.

Sad News


Since she knows much more about birds than I do, I decided to take Jodi from Cape Ann Wildlife’s recommendation to find an eider raft of sitters and young about the same age as the orphan duckling to release him to, in the hopes they would accept and take him in.  I walked all around Rocky Neck with him until I saw a crèche of 4 sitter aunties and a bunch of ducklings near a dock.  I went to the end of the dock and held up the baby who cheeped loudly and the eiders looked up at him while eyeing me suspiciously.  I asked them to please take him and set the duckling into the water.  He started to paddle but then immediately keeled over on his side and died.  I fear the 52 or so degree water was just to much of a shock for his little body which had become accustomed to being in a warm environment.  As I walked away, I looked back and the eiders were heading in his direction, although he was rapidly being pulled away by the current and there was nothing they could do for him.  It was very sad and I feel awful, although I and everyone who got to meet and know him was enriched by the experience.

E.J. Lefavour

Precious Visitor


I saw this little creature running up Freemont Street on Rocky Neck, all alone and scared.  I (with the help of Wanye from Sailor Stan’s) chased him down and caught him.  I knew he would be a cat or other critter’s meal in no time if left to his own devices.  After a bit of research, I found that he is an eider duckling, probably about a week old.  He has an incredible appetite, once I discovered that he loves Mary’s Gone Crackers organic, gluten free crackers crushed up and made into a watery porridge.  He also likes shredded lettuce, and loves being in his water bowl and food dish.  I don’t know what to do with him/her, as he is too tiny to put back in the cold water by himself and I don’t know what eider he belong to.  Their mother’s apparently preen them putting oil onto their down so they can withstand the cold water, so he gets cold and needs to snuggle in my hands or under my armpit after being in the water to warm up.  A precious visitor to Hobbit House who loves being held and is very chatty.  I make the mother eider’s ruck, ruck, ruck, ruck call to him, and he gets so excited.  So great to be back on Rocky Neck, where anything can happen, and the most amazing things do.

E.J. Lefavour

Hobbit House Studio

For Donna, David and All Other GMG Bird Lovers

This is raw video footage taken at a spot I walk to each morning here at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.  It has become my Niles Pond South.  I had to share this amazing explosion of birds that arrived and remained at this spot for about two weeks while they gobbled up all the fish in the place and then moved on.  In the mix of birds were numerous great blue herons, tri-colored herons, little blue herons, green herons, limpkins, snowy egrets, cattle egrets, great egrets, roseate spoonbills, black backed stilts, anhinga, osprey, sandhill cranes, storks, white and glossy ibis, gallinules, grebes and even an alligator and some otters.

Now that they are all well fed, some are probably heading Gloucester way, so be on the lookout for them.  I won’t be far behind them.

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E.J. Lefavour


captured for GMG
Photo by Dianne Schaefer


Suzanne Gilbert Lee

978-515-7004 617 872-7633 cell

Captured: Photography, Sculpture and Fine Crafts by RNAC Members

March 5-29

The Cultural Center Gallery
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM
Meet the Artists Reception Friday, March 6, 5-7 PM

Gloucester MA, February 26, 2015 —The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) with more than 200 members, is pleased to introduce artist members who make photographs, sculpture and fine craft in “CAPTURED,” the first of two consecutive shows devoted exclusively to art colony members. This exhibition will be on view Thursday, March 5 through 29 at the Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. Viewers will have the opportunity to see the new work inspired by streetscapes, quarries, beaches and more, being “captured” by members in 2015. The public is invited enjoy the exhibition accompanied by light refreshments and meet the artists at the reception on Friday, March 6, 5:00-7:00 PM. The Gallery is open each week, Thursday-Sunday, 12:00 -4:00 PM.

Several of the exhibiting RNAC members Judith Monteferrante, Skip Montello, and Dianne Schaefer will be exhibiting their work at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester MA in the exhibition “Photography Atelier 21” also on view from March 5-29.

A second RNAC member exhibition “ It’s Not Furniture” is a juried annual of paintings, prints, and mixed-media 2D work coming to the Cultural Center April 2-26. Be sure to watch for more details.


The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit

Suzanne Gilbert Lee
Executive Director
Rocky Neck Art Colony
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is open Thursday – Sunday year round.
Seasonal Hours are: June through August 12-6pm, September through May 12-4pm

The Gallery 53 at Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Avenue is open seasonally May – October, seven days a week, 11am-6pm, Thurs-Sat until 8pm

Egyptian Geese

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The Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family Anatidae. It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley.

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork. They have been raised for food and extensively bred in parts of Africa since they were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians. Because of their popularity chiefly as ornamental bird, escapes are common and small feral populations have become established in Western Europe.

I knew I had never seen such a bird before up north, but apparently they aren’t indigenous to Florida either, and thought they were cool enough to share.

Something you don’t see in Gloucester

orchid bunch

especially this time of year, except in someone’s home. Aside from the lack of cold and snow, my favorite thing here in Florida are the flowers, especially the orchids coming into bloom all around us now. Hope this brings a little ray of light and warmth to everyone in Gloucester. Spring is right around the corner.

Gloucester is Winner of 2015 Commonwealth Award for Creative Community




(BOSTON, MA)— Today the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) announced the winners of the 2015 Commonwealth Awards. Honoring exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences, the Commonwealth Awards will be presented Tuesday, February 24 at a State House ceremony.

“Once again the MCC is honored to shine a spotlight on the extraordinary institutions and individuals who make the Commonwealth’s cultural life the envy of our nation,” said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker. “Their achievements remind us that expanding the quality and availability of arts and cultural experiences to our citizens doesn’t happen by accident. It takes leadership, generosity, and a commitment to excellence.”

Awardees are listed in the categories below with links to relevant background:

Access – Recognizes exceptional initiatives or programs that make arts and culture accessible and inclusive for older adults, persons with disabilities, and other underserved populations.

  • Boston Conservatory helping students on the autism spectrum develop their creativity and fulfill their potential as artists and learners.
  • Worcester Art Museum for integrating universal design principles into its mission in ways that expand access to its collections and programs.


Achievement – For an individual or cultural organization whose creative achievements have uniquely enriched life in Massachusetts.

  • Malcolm Rogers, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for his extraordinary stewardship of one of the world’s great cultural institutions.
  • Beverly Morgan-Welch, Museum of African American History, Boston, for expanding awareness and appreciation of the remarkable contributions that African-Americans have made to the history of the Commonwealth.

Creative Community – For a city, town, or local organization that has demonstrated the central role of arts and culture in building healthier, more vital, more livable communities.

  • Town of Plymouth for integrating historic preservation, arts, and tourism to create a unique experience for visitors and residents alike.
  • City of Gloucester for providing leadership, funding and infrastructure to the places where art and culture are presented, and where artists live and work.

Creative Youth Development – For an individual, school, or cultural organization that has demonstrated the importance of creative expression to the lives of young people.

  • John Macero, Superintendent, Winthrop Public Schools; & Trudy Macero, Director, Winthrop School of Performing Arts, for working to provide all of their community’s children with opportunities to experience the arts in school and afterschool.
  • Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield for its range of quality programs that introduce children and adolescents to the power and joy of live theater.

Cultural Philanthropy – For an individual, corporation, or foundation that has made lasting contributions to the cultural life of Massachusetts through charitable giving.

Leadership – For the leader of a non-profit cultural organization, school, or community that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to serving the public.

  • Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston for making arts and culture a priority for the city of Boston.
  • Arts Boston for its leadership in helping arts organizations grow their audiences and make deeper connections to their communities through its Audience Initiative and Arts Factor.

Media – For a journalist or a media organization that has demonstrated outstanding support of the cultural community in Massachusetts by telling its stories.

  • WBUR, Boston for expanding quality coverage of arts and culture through the ARTery.
  • WGBY, Springfield for placing arts and culture at the core of its television coverage for audiences in Western Massachusetts and beyond.

STEM to STEAM – For an individual, school, or cultural organization that has successfully fused learning in the arts with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

State government leaders will be on hand to present the Commonwealth Awards Tuesday, February 24 at the Massachusetts State House from 1 to 4 p.m. The ceremony will feature performances by musicians from the Handel and Haydn Society, now celebrating its bicentennial season. It will also feature a recitation by Springfield Central High School student Courtney Stewart, two-time Mass. State Champion of Poetry Out Loud, a national high school poetry recitation competition celebrating its tenth anniversary. Each Commonwealth Award winner receives a medal designed and created by Taunton-based Reed & Barton. The event is free and open to the public, and registration opens today. Register to attend the Commonwealth Awards.

Presented biennially since 1993, the Commonwealth Awards honor the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, humanities, and sciences to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth Awards ceremony also bring leaders from the nonprofit cultural sector together to assert the sector’s value and make the case for public investment in its work. Past winners include leading artists and scholars such as Yo-Yo Ma, Olympia Dukakis, and David McCullough; world-renowned institutions like Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Peabody Essex Museum; and communities like Pittsfield, Barnstable, and Lowell that have made arts and culture central to their revitalization efforts.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC’s total budget for this fiscal year is $13.5 million, which includes a $12 million state appropriation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. MCC also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.

The Most Refreshing Way to Start the New Year – The Rocky Neck Plunge!

rocky neck plunge collage

rocky neck plunge january 2014

These are some shots from January 1, 2012 and 2014 Rocky Neck Plunges. The Rocky Neck Plunge is a great, fun Rocky Neck tradition, whether you take the plunge or just come by to watch and cheer on those bold daring ones who do. The Open Door Food Pantry truck will be there, so please bring along some food stuff to donate (they also accept cash and checks payable to Open Door). The Plunge will take place at noon on New Year’s Day at Oaks Cove Beach (Stevens Lane and Wonson Street) on Rocky Neck. Be there, or be somewhere not quite so fun, crazy and exciting.

E.J. Lefavour

Season’s Best Cookie Competition

cookie competition 2014

Contact Kristie Bernard to enter.
This weekend, join in the second annual ‘Season’s Best Cookie’ competition! Enter your own fanciful cookie creations and cherished family recipes. This will be a FUN contest with first, second and third prize ribbons, and chef related PRIZES too!

To enter (no entry fee) contact Entries will be limited to the first twelve unique cookie entry submissions received (no chocolate chip). Please be prepared to bake at least two dozen.

Be bold. Be creative. Most importantly, have fun!

The cookie competition will be held as part of the Winter Solstice Party at the Second Annual Rocky Neck Art Colony Holiday Art & Craft Show, this Sunday, December 21 from 2 – 4PM at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street.

All are invited to enjoy the pleasures of Holiday cookies, good food and wine as you explore gift ideas from among exquisite wearable and functional art pieces, sparkling jewelry, colorful pottery, exciting photographs and paintings, books, cards, calendars and more. Celebrate the Sun’s return and longer days as you shop locally away from the malls!

High Tea Party – Come all ye Mad Hatters and March Hares

high tea party personal copy

Sunday, 12/14 from 2-4:00 pm come all ye Mad Hatters and March Hares to the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Crafts Showl High Tea Party at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street.  There will be tea (and some harder stuff), finger sandwiches (bring your upturned pinkies), cookies, cakes and more.  There is no high tea like a High Tea Party on Rocky Neck, except maybe in Alice’s Wonderland.

Artists’ inventories have been replenished, so there are lots of new items for your holiday shopping perusal.

Festival Hours:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 4:00PM through December 28.

I wonder if anyone out there can identify the four characters at the tea table.

E.J. Lefavour

Lexicon Gallery Opening in Magnolia!

lexicon gallery

Lexicon Gallery

15 Lexington Avenue

Magnolia, MA 01930

You are cordially invited to the opening of the new Lexicon Gallery on 15 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, (Gloucester) MA during the Lexington Lights celebration on Sunday December 7, 2014 from 4-8pm.

The ceramic artists represented, including several from Cape Ann, include: Diane Chen KW, Cynthia Curtis, Larry Elardo, Jeremy Randall, Thomas Hoadley, Jenny Rangan, Jill Solomon, Irina Okula, Zachary Mickelson, Judith Rosenstein, Pam Gorgone, Joanna Mark, Chris Williams and Seyrel Williams.

Other artists include: Kerry Mullen (ceramics, watercolor, mixed media), Deb Hardy (mixed media), Cindy Beck Goldstein (collagraphs), Mahri (jewelry), Gary Gilbert (wood sculptures), Eleanor Fisher (glass shard-covered oil paintings), Randall Thurston (cut paper silhouettes) and Lenore Hill (India ink, walnut ink, graphite and gouache on paper), Jay Havighurst (sculptures).

We are thrilled to have live music by guitarist, Ken Bonfield and flutist, Christine Routhier.

Come eat, drink and be artsy with us!

Best Wishes,

Seyrel and Chris

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