Author Archives: James Eves

Music at the Annisquam Village Church

JAZZ and BERNSTEIN:  Two “Starry Nights” in Annisquam July Series


The Sun, the Moon, but Mostly the Stars,”  a unique program of jazz standards and original compositions created to celebrate the Japanese Star festival, Tanabata, headlines the first of two concerts at the Annisquam Village Churchin July.  Slated for 7/7 at 8 pm (July 7th is the date of the Tanabata festival), the Billy Novick Trio incorporates the cosmic atmospherics with celestial jazz: Billy Novick on clarinet and keyboards, Swiss-born Gabriela Martina on vocals, and Dave Clark on Bass.

Projections of the summer sky will serve as background with a lively intermission ‘pageant’; a reception follows, with ‘star bites’ and punch for all.

A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” on July 22 at 8 PM shines more starlight on this celebrated American composer in a review of Bernstein’s best-loved works. Pianists Beverly and Andrew Soll back up vocalists Tiffany Baxter, Angel Jajko, and Mark Morgan, covering everything from “West Side Story” to the “Kol Nidre” on this 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth.  A reception follows.

Settled as the Third Parish of Cape Ann, the historic Annisquam Village Church offers ideal acoustics in an intimate, New England setting. The church is located at the head of Lobster Cove, 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard and Washington Streets), in Gloucester 01930.  Handicap accessible.

Performances are at 8 PM.

Admission: $20 at the door or in advance with Brown Paper Tickets

Students $15. at the door

The Sun, the Moon, but Mostly the Stars

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A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

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Kathleen Adams, Music Director

Annisquam Village Church

Marion Rayner, New Work in Acrylics – Reception on June 23, 5:30-7:30 pm

Celebrating Flowers


Marion Rayner, a member of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, will be presenting a special show of her new work in acrylics. There will be a wine and cheese reception on June 23, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The show will run from June 23-July 13.

Marion has been creating landscapes, seascapes, and florals in watercolor for the past 25 years. “I love how fluid, vibrant, and unpredictable watercolors can be. I had been thinking recently about creating in another medium. With spring here and all the beautiful flowers blooming on Cape Ann, it seemed natural to want to create something that would celebrate the emergence of all that beauty. I have long admired the work of Georgia O’Keefe. Her large and exaggerated forms bring a sense of importance to each flower she paints.”

Marion’s canvas pieces are large (2”by 4”), bright and appealing. The poppies stand out from a dark background. In fact, the poppies seem to “pop out.” Each piece makes a particular flower the star of the show.

Also during the show work by Donna Amero, a founding member of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, will be Celebrating Dragonflies with dragonfly themed stained glass in the alcove. “Dragonflies signify happiness, speed and purity,” says Donna.

Please join us for this special reception June 23, 5:30-7:30 at
Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester.

The organization is also seeking new members. The group is Cape Ann’s oldest artist cooperative, and is managed and run by the artists who all share an equal status. The reception is an opportunity to meet the artists, see their work and find out about membership benefits.

Windhover Summer News 2018

Windhover Summer News of Performances and Special Events 2018


Spring was late in arriving on Cape Ann, but summer is now upon us and with it, an exciting season of performing arts events including modern dance classes at Windhover.  Please join us in celebrating dance performed outdoors in the natural setting of a pristine quarry, and on our beautiful outdoor stage on Windhover’s grounds. Engage with our master modern dance classes taught by prominent dance companies from New York. A special feature this year is a scientific lecture on the blue whales, (the largest creatures on earth), conducted by a researcher who has spent 23 years studying the blue whales in Baja, Canada and the U.S

Here is our summer schedule so far:

Iyengar and Restorative Yoga Classes, taught by Annie Hoffman who was on the faculty of the Boston Iyengar Center for 14 years and has been teaching in this tradition for over 26 years. Saturday, July 7th from 9:00am-12:00pm is Iyengar. Saturday, July 7th from 4:00-6:00pm is Restorative Yoga. Sunday, July 8th from 9:00am-12:00pm is Iyengar. See Windhover website for fees and details.

Windhover is hosting a week-long Summer Dance Intensive for teenagers (ages 12-18) from Sunday, July 15-Saturday, July 21st, taught by members of the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre based in New York City. This company has a residency at Windhover every summer and performs the Quarry Dance each year. Technique classes in ballet and modern dance are followed by repertory work, choreography, composition and gyro. If you, or those you know, have teens that are interested in dance, please inquire further about our Dance Intensive or check out our website at:

Open adult drop-in modern dance and gyrokinesis classes are being offered by members of Dušan Týnek  Dance Theatre during the week of July 16-20, 2018. Classes are $18.00 per person or $15.00 for students. Schedule: Mon, Wed and Friday at 9:00am-10:30am is modern dance. Tuesday & Thursday at 9:00am-10:50am is gyro. Check out our website for further information.

Quarry Dance Vll comes to life at the Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS) estate in Lanesville in late July. Performance dates are: Friday, July 27th at 5:30pm; Saturday, July 28th at 11:00am and also at 5:30pm; plus Sunday, July 29th at 1:00pm. This site-specific modern dance is performed by the Dušan Týnek  Dance Theatre in and around this spectacular quarry located on the grounds of the late sculptor Paul Manship. The property is now owned by the non-profit organization MARS. Canney’s Pit will be the chosen quarry on the property for this dance performance, and guests will enter through a gate on Washington Street. All performances are free and open to the public. Please check our website for further details and information. (Please take note this event is weather dependent. With rain, the performance is cancelled.)

Blue Whale lecture by Michael Fishbach, Director of the Great Whale Conservancy. Michael is a whale researcher, conservationist and educator who has studied the Blue Whale for 26 years in Mexico, Canada, the U.S and the Azores. Learning about these largest creatures on earth and what is being done in the field to protect them and understand them is the subject of this stimulating visual lecture.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by an hour long presentation at Windhover. Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 5:30pm.

See link to recent tragedy of ship strike on blue whale.

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company returns to Windhover from Wednesday, August 22-Sunday, August 26, 2018. This exciting modern dance company brings athleticism and fresh ideas to bear on choreography. All week, there will be morning master classes of all levels, plus one open rehearsal..  On Friday and Saturday evenings, August 24th and 25th, the entire company will perform Paul Taylor’s choreography at Windhover, on our outdoor stage, weather permitting. Otherwise, the performances will take place in our back dance studio with limited seating. Check out our website for further details or call Windhover at 978-546-3611.


Contact: Lisa Hahn, Executive Director, Windhover, 257 Rear Granite Street, P.O.Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966

CLOSELY RELATED Closing Celebration

Please join us in a Closing Celebration on
Friday June 22 
from  5 to 7


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.”?

Summer Pottery Classes

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Summer Pottery Classes
June 25 – August 18

Mondays with Cynthia 9-12:00
Tuesdays with Scott Tubby 6-9:00
Wednesdays with Cynthia 9-12:-00
Thursdays with Cynthia 6-9:00
Fridays with Anni Melancon 9-12:00

Come Get Muddy!

To register, email:  or call 978-546-6186


Thacher Island Association 2018 Annual Meeting

Thacher Island Association 2018 Annual Meeting Date Set for Monday June 18.

The Thacher Island Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, June 18 at 7 pm at the Rockport Community House on Broadway in Rockport. The public is welcome.

A presentation of the work completed on both Thacher and Straitsmouth Islands in 2017 along with special video presentation on recent activity and plans for 2018 on Straitsmouth Island. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

Artists Explore SERIES, Curated by Barbara Moody

Artists Explore SERIES

June 28 – August 12, 2018

Artist Reception: Friday, June 29, from 6 to 8 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12-6 PM

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The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased to present an exhibition of eighteen regional contemporary artists who work in series. These artists oftenstart with an idea and move through a sequence of separate works…exploring the fulfillment of an idea and visual goals. By viewing several closely related works by each artist, audiences can observe and experience the process of art-making. Artists Explore SERIES is on view at RNAC’s Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester from June 28 – August 12, 2018. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Friday, June 29, from 6-8PM. Weekly gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12-6 PM.

RNAC is pleased to introduce Barbara Moody as the Guest Curator of Artists Explore SERIES. Moody has an M. Ed. and Ed.D. from Harvard University. She is currently a professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years. Moody says of her artistic process “I work in series to explore one idea from different perspectives. Keeping the same feeling or mood, I can change the subject and color to examine a range of possibilities.”

Artists Explore SERIES collaborators include Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Joan Bediz, Morgan Dyer, Conny Goelz-Schmitt, Julie Graham, Mark Hoffmann, Nancy Legendre, Kevin Lucey, Maria Malatesta, Barbara Moody, Ruth Mordecai, Rose Olson, Lynda Schlosberg, Deb Schradeick, Martha L Swanson, Len Thomas-Vickory, Helen Tory and Alyssa Watters.


When asked to comment on working in series it was found that the artists have varying ideas about their artistic process. According to artist Morgan Dyer, “This painting series informs ideas of landscape through a lens of personal experience. Color dictates the subject, exploring emotional connections within these experiences and speaking to moments in time similar to a journal.”Kevin Lucey adds, “I work in a series to thoroughly investigate an idea or concept. In most cases, the series ends up being autobiographical, as I am constantly trying to better understand myself, and the people around me.” For Maria Malatesta, “Working in series allows me to explore an idea or direction more deeply. This can lead to unexpected and surprising places. Color, marks and space are all important investigations.” And, Ruth Mordecai sums it up with, “Working in series helps to explore and to simplify.”

This exhibition includes between two and eight works by each artist, for a total of over 80 works of art, representing painting, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, and illustration. This exhibition includes between two and eight works by each artist, for a total of over 80 works of art, representing painting, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, and illustration.




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 painters in US art. Edward Hopper and Emil Gruppe are examples. It has as well been a catalyst for the progressive ideas of Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Theresa Bernstein, Milton Avery and Nell Blaine, among others. Today, Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving, creative community.




Essex Merchants Group is excited to announce its Best of Essex Online Goods and Services Auction. The auction will go live at 7:00am on Monday, June 4th and run until 10:00pm on Monday, June 18th, 2018.

Participants will have the opportunity to bid on over 100 items donated by Essex businesses, organizations and friends. Items include gift certificates from the town’s restaurants and antique shops, fine art, specialty gift baskets, landscaping services, concert tickets and more. Bid on a clambake for four, cruises and kayak tours on the Essex River, Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallion tickets or a therapeutic massage!

Other highlights items up for bid are a pearl necklace and earrings by N. Larson Jewelry Design, landscape paintings by local artists, Robert and Patricia Hanlon, a Crab Cake and Caesar Salad Dinner for 20 people from Timothy Hopkins Catering and two opportunities to win Red Sox tickets.

The auction opens June 4th at this link:

Cape Ann Museum – Summer Events


Appraisal Day at the White-Ellery House
Saturday, June 2, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The White-Ellery House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester. Parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the House. Find out more about this historic property here.


Circus Parade, Main Street, Gloucester, MA, c. 1890. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives. Photo credit: Walter Gardner.


Hopper’s Houses
Saturday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the June 2 Hopper Walking Tour. Cost is $10 for CAM members / $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or by calling (978) 283-0455 x10.
Guided walking tours are offered on select Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months. Tours start at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum and are held rain or shine. Cost is $10 for CAM members; $20 for  nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; registration required.
Sign up online at Eventbrite or call (978)283-0455 x10.
Hopper’s Houses:
June 2 & 22, July 27, August 4 & 24, September 15
Public Sculpture:
June 23, July 14, August 3, September 8
Patriots & Patrons:
July 6 & 7, August 10
The Evolution of Spiritual Communities:
July 21, August 17
Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester:
June 16, July 13, August 18
(above left) Robert Stephenson (1935-2015), Our Lady of Good Voyage, Gloucester, 1996, oil on canvas. Gift of Richard J. Stephenson and family, 2016. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum [2016.056]; (middle) The Beach/Saunders House (now the Sawyer Free Library) at 88 Middle Street in Gloucester, MA. Corliss & Ryan photograph, 1882. From the collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library and Archives; (right) Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument framed by Gloucester City Hall towers (staff photo).


Cape Ann Residents are Free on the Fifth of the Month!
Tuesday, June 5  |  Thursday, July 5
Sunday, August 5  |  Wednesday, September 5
In conjunction with the special exhibition Unfolding Histories, which includes items loaned from historic societies, museums and archives in all four Cape Ann communities, residents of Essex, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Gloucester get in free on the fifth day of each month from May through September! Please share this with your neighbors … we hope to see you soon!



Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Every June, St. Peter’s Fiesta brightens Gloucester harbor, but how did the tradition begin? Whether it’s your first Fiesta or your 70th, all will love the stories of Laura Ventimiglia, author of the newly published children’s book, Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta? Ventimiglia will host this special Fiesta storytime for CAM Kids and families.

Circle around for storytime, then sharpen your drawing skills in a free mini-class in illustration from the book’s illustrator Maura O’Connor of Montserrat College of Art, inspired by the sights of St. Peter’s Fiesta. All ages are welcome to this free family event. Registration encouraged. Call (978) 283-0455 x16 or email Courtney Richardson.


Harold Rotenberg, Pale Harbor, undated. Oil on canvas. Private collection.
Remembering Rotenberg
Lecture by Judith Curtis

Saturday, June 9, 3:00 p.m.

Author and art historian Judith Curtis presents an illustrated talk exploring Harold Rotenberg’s place in the timeline of American art as a painter, a teacher and active member of the many organizations to which he belonged. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Harold Rotenberg: An American Impressionist.
Free for CAM members or $10 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited, registration  required. Reserve online at Eventbrite or call (978) 283-0455 x10 for more information.


Presence of the Past: Addiction
Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Boston University Public Health Professor and PAARI Board Member David Rosenbloom joins Molly O’Hagan Hardy, CAM Director of Library & Archives and curator of Unfolding Histories, for a conversation about temperance and addiction, past and present. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Unfolding Histories. Free and open to the public. Galleries will be open until 7:00 p.m.
(above) Ales and Liquor Trade Card, ca. 1880. Cape Ann Museum.



Harold Rotenberg: An American Impressionist

On view through June 17, 2018

This exhibition explores the long and much acclaimed career of artist Harold Rotenberg (1905-2011). A native of Attleboro, Massachusetts, a prominent member of the Rockport and Cape Ann Art Colony, and a world-wide traveler, Rotenberg’s work displays a richness in color and vibrancy of brush stroke that evokes the work of the great Impressionists. Harold Rotenberg: An American Impressionist captures the artist’s passion for light and landscape and his love of painting out of doors where the experience was always, in the artist’s own words, spiritual. Find out more …

Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann before 1900

On view through September 9, 2018

In the first major exhibition to bring together historical and archival material from nine Cape Ann institutions, Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann Before 1900 illuminates the area’s wideranging stories from Native American life to the first European settlers in the 1640s, the temperance movement, African American history and civil rights, women’s history, the advent of railroad and mass transportation as well as work, literary, and cultural life during Cape Ann’s early years. Find out more … 


Sandy Bay Yacht Club – Adult Sailing Open House

Sandy Bay Yacht Club
Adult Sailing Open House

Friday, June 8th, 6-7:30pm ~ 5 T- Wharf, Rockport, MA 01966

23455_356195079517_3418449_nLearn to Sail! Refresh your skills or learn about racing. Our sailing program provides basic through advanced training for adults with semi-private lessons on a flexible schedule. Join us for an informal evening of appetizers and drinks at Sandy Bay’s historic clubhouse and meet everyone involved in SBYC’s Adult Sailing Programs. Can’t make it on Friday? Stop by for Sunday Morning Coffee, 9:30-11am every Sunday until Labor Day, and speak to someone from the Membership Committee.

For more information about both the Adult and Junior sailing programs see our website at

Gallery 53 Welcomes Ten Pound Studio as Summer Artists

Movement and Light in Hand-Painted Silk,
an exhibition by Ten Pound Studio members

June 13 to July 17 with a reception on Saturday, June 16, 2018

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

The Rocky Neck Art Colony welcomes Ten Pound Studio as its second Summer Artist Show at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Six members of Ten Pound Studio have put together an exhibition of painted silk wall hangings, scarves and clothing called Movement and Light in Hand-Painted Silk, all of which will be for sale.

The show runs from June 13 to July 17, 2018 at Gallery 53 with and Opening Reception on Saturday, June 16 from 6 to 8pm. Exhibiting artists include Steven Bates, Allyson Christopher, Christine Gauthier-Kelly, Jane Keddy, Sue Niemi, and Joan Wardwell. The show is open Sundays to Thursdays from 10am to 6pm and from 10am to 8pm Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information about Ten Pound Studio call 978-283-0606.  For more information about Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck call 978-290-2639.

Local Colors Meet and Greet

Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative would like to invite you to join us June 2, 5:30-7:30, for a wine and cheese MEET & GREET reception.

Local Colors is always looking for new artist members. This is an opportunity to learn about the gallery and membership for you or for artists you may know. Please join us even if you’re not interested in membership and enjoy some refreshments and chat with the artists! We are looking forward to meeting you June 2, at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main St. Gloucester. 978-283-1876


Celebrate Pride Month at Beauport Museum

Celebrate Pride Month at Beauport Museum

Visitors to Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House hear the story of the celebrated interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper. Sleeper was a gay man living in the early twentieth century and during Pride Month we celebrate and explore LGBTQ history at multiple public programs and tours.

In partnership with North Shore Pride, Historic New England is hosting A Celebration of Pride and History at Beauport Museum on Sunday, June 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Special house tours discuss the challenges of interpreting LGBTQ history at Beauport and share readings from books and letters written by Sleeper and his social circle. Tickets available in advance or at the door for $25 ($20 for Historic New England and North Shore Pride members) by calling Beauport 978-283-0800 or visiting Admission includes a light buffet reception served on the terrace overlooking Gloucester Harbor. Entertainment by local musician, singer, and businessman John Archer. This program is supported in part by Plug-In Cape Ann Tours providing shuttle transportation from overflow parking lots at Saint Anthony’s Chapel on Farrington Avenue and Rocky Neck Art Colony.

On June 28, Tripp Evans, professor of art history at Wheaton College, gives an illustrated talk at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 7:00 p.m. Codman, Sleeper, and the Gay Man Cave explores how Henry Sleeper and other interior designers created spaces that provided sanctuary and reimagined the historical past. Optional Beauport house tours are offered at 5:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are available for $15 ($10 for Historic New England members) by calling Beauport 978-283-0800 or visiting

Guided Beauport house tours are offered all month Tuesdays to Saturdays, every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for students/children, and free for Gloucester residents and Historic New England members.

About Historic New England

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House is one of more than three dozen historic sites owned and operated by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic New England saves and shares New England’s past to engage and inform present and future generations. We engage diverse audiences in developing a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England home life by being the national leader in collecting, preserving, and using significant buildings, landscapes, archives, stories, and objects from the past to today. Visit


About North Shore Pride

The mission of North Shore Pride, Inc is to promote the general welfare and unity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community within the North Shore, and to advocate for the acceptance of the members of the LGBTQ community by the broader North Shore community. The organization engages in activities designed to promote greater understanding of LGBTQ issues by engaging in fundraising activities and partnering with allied individuals and organizations. Visit

Don’t Miss the Cape Ann Studio Tour

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!


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!


The long New England winters provide needed incubation time for each artist on the tour.  Inspiration comes in many forms, from far and away.  Artisans from across the spectrum of media share their inspiration for their current work in the “From the Studio” blog.  Here are highlights from the recent posts:

  • Judith Wright returns from sabbatical and reflects, “Granite is everywhere here: in the quarries, in the ubiquitous stone walls, and in our yards. I love the look and texture of these local stones and enjoy using them in my artwork. I have placed mosaic birds and animals on granite rocks, some small enough to put on a book shelf, and some large enough to adorn your garden.
  • Rob Diebboll has evolved his beach scenes, “Figures tell stories, and a group of figures in the context of the ocean, time of day, season, and the cape’s light offers infinite possibilities.”
  • Terry Del Percio, “Just a few weeks ago my painting “Sacred Words” won an award.  It’s the first of a new series I’m working on that was inspired by an exhibit of Mark Tobey [American artist known for his densely calligraphic paintings]  Along with my painting and as a result of the tumultuous and stressful state of the world, I began a new project called The Mixed Up People Series of note cards”
  • Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, “I was inspired in my winter travels to Italy and Greece by the important connections between cultural icons and the ability of artists to preserve and evolve them through time. My collection of Bottle Neck Beauties preserve hundreds of years of history-in-a-bottle as does every piece of sea glass and pottery”
  • Cynthia Curtis, “Spring always inspires me to make flower vases.  This year I have a large selection of vases in many sizes, shapes and colors, some with beach glass melted into the rim.  I have been fortunate enough to have over 1,200 students in the last 24 years.  I am a big believer in the therapeutic value of working with clay and I see it transform people every day.  Sometimes I wonder if we are making the pots or the pots are making us. 
  • Pam Stratton has immersed herself in teaching over the winter – at the Boston Society of Arts & Crafts, the Somerville Museum, and closer to home, at the Sawyer Free Library.  She has also found a silver lining from the brutal storm that blew through Rockport last summer, “Last June I lost my magnificent 100 year old maple tree. It was struck by lightning in the last gasp of a powerful storm. We decided to leave a large trunk and have it carved into art after which I plan to incorporate mosaic into the design.”
  • Camilla MacFadyen, “Inspired by 19th century German biologist Ernst Haeckel’s technical drawings of single cell sea organisms and other creatures, I am working on expressing, in thread, the luminescence and intricacy that these creatures exhibit in their natural surroundings.I have developed a pattern for a silk organza tunic based on the shape of a traditional Japanese wrap apron.”
  • Beth Williams shares “After a class in January, I started exploring mixing metalwork with my glass again and am happy with the results so far. There will be much more to come as time allows me to lose myself in the work…..”

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.  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

Here’s a re-cap:

What:  The Cape Ann Artisans open studio, self-guided tour of 20 studios
Bus Alternative: See
For more information or to reserve with a group of 6 or more, email

Check Eventbrite for Early Bird Rates expiring mid-May.

Beauport Art Show

Beauport Art Show

Today at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Beauport Hotel Gloucester
55 Commercial St, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930


Join us for this special evening as we celebrate the talent of local artists at Beauport Hotel Gloucester! Artists will be displaying their paintings, drawings and photographs in our Beauport Ballroom which will be available to purchase.

All sales directly support the artists and no admission fee will be charged for the public.

There will be live music entertainment, light refreshments, cash bar, and complimentary valet and self parking. Also, the Beauport Boutique will be holding an all-day 15% off sale on merchandise!

If you’re joining us that evening, consider stopping by our 1606 Restaurant & Bar Music Series afterwards for live music by Brick Park Duo from 6 to 9PM.

Cape Ann Artists – are you interested in being a part of the show? Contact the Beauport Boutique at 978-282-0008 (option 4) between 9am-9pm.

Rocky Neck Art Colony – First Summer Artist Show at Gallery 53

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck Celebrates the Artists and Galleries on Rocky Neck

The Rocky Neck Art Colony kicks off the season with its first Summer Artist Show at Gallery 53 entitled Celebrating Rocky Neck, an exhibition of the artists and galleries on Rocky Neck. The show runs from May 25 until June 12, 2018. Featured are some of the most beloved and esteemed artists in the Rocky Neck Art Colony including Judythe Meagher, Ruth Mordecai, Elynn Kröger, Brenda Malloy, Rokhaya Waring, Regina Piantedosi, Lisa Carlson, Stephen LaPierre, Sallie Strand and many more. The public is invited to attend a grand Opening Party on Saturday, May 26 from 6 to 8 pm that features creative artist-made munchies and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Housed in a historic waterfront building at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gallery 53 is conveniently located between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave in Gloucester, MA. Artists are selected for their creativity, technical skill, and distinctive style. The gallery provides the community with thought-provoking Summer Artist Series (SAS) shows and a place to purchase affordable locally-made art. Paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood, glass, mixed-media, hand-pulled prints, and photography are creatively displayed.  

Gallery 53 artists exhibiting this year include Kristine Arnold*, Katherine Bagley, Trish Conant, Traci Thayne Corbett, Cynthia Curtis, Marci Davis, Rob Diebboll, Phyllis Feld, Ellen Garvey, Elizabeth Gauthier, Kathleen George, Dina Gomery, Eric Hahr, Susan Hershey, Anne Holt*, Richard Honan, Jane Keddy, James Lemieux, Stephanie Mason, Skip Montello, Andy Matlow*, Brian Murphy*, Michael Oleksiw, David Piemonte, Mary Rhinelander, Judy Robinson-Cox, Tom Robinson-Cox, Connie Vallis, Deborah Way and Ruth Worrall. (*new this year)

Gallery 53 is open daily from May 25 to October 14, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information call ‪978-282-0917.

See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook and Instagram.


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 (Attachments for reference only. High Res versions attached to email.)

Coming up at iartcolony

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IMG_7352.jpgJOHN TARRANT is the Founding Director of Pacific Zen Institute — an organization devoted to koans, the arts, and spirituality as a creative act. He has pioneered the development of koans as a method for understanding the mind in Western culture. John has a PhD in psychology, teaches physicians and executives at Duke Integrative Medicine, and for many years had a practice in Jungian psychotherapy. 
John Tarrant:  “I’m interested in Zen as a way that transforms the mind. There’s a dance between innovation and tradition, the way there is in English poetry… A koan is a doorway. Strangely enough these imaginative little poems and stories and dialogues open into something more real than the usual stories the mind makes up.”
In this talk:  “the artists as shaman” – John will talk about how “creativity comes from where the shaman goes…”
Tarrant:  “…Mountains, rivers & the great earth, the sun, the moon & the stars are no other than your own heart and mind…”

Loren Doucette at the flatrocks gallery

Loren Doucette presents a 4-Day Open Studio Event showcasing over 40 paintings.

Open Reception: Saturday May 12th 6-8pm

4-Day Open Studio Event
May 10, 11, 12 and 13 from 12-5pm

Flatrocks Gallery 77 Langsford Street Gloucester, MA

After a prolific winter at Flatrocks Gallery, Doucette invites the public to view over 40 of her drawings and paintings (complete and in process) created in the last 2 years as well as select pottery pieces by Ruth Worell.


Doucette opens Flatrocks Gallery to the public in a unique way showing a transparent look into the process of drawing and painting. On display are over 40 paintings showing a variety of different sized works, multiple media, and various subject matter; an intimate window into the artist’s view of the world around her.  She says, “I work on multiple paintings at once letting the different ideas feed one another. This is how a series is born during my indoor winter studio practice. This show is like an open sketchbook of ideas strewn across the walls in full color.”

Doucette, usually a landscape painter, explores new ways of working intuitively in her latest work. She says, “I move back and forth drawing and painting from the world of form to departing from it all together; the process excites and surprises me. I am a teacher and a painter, so sharing the process is as important to me as sharing the finished product.”

Loren Doucette has shown in solo and group shows since 2007. She attended the School for the Museum of Fine Arts in 1997 and continued her studies at Montserrat College of Art from 2006-2013 where she received her BFA in Painting and Drawing. Doucette studied abroad in Viterbo, Italy for a month in 2011 where her love of landscape painting was recharged. She currently teaches weekly classes in Drawing and Painting at Ten Pound Studio in Gloucester, MA and is also currently represented by the Tusinski Gallery in Rockport, MA,

Doucette’s 4-Day Open Studio Event at Flatrocks Gallery is open to the public May 10, 11, 12 and 13 from 12-5pm each day with an open reception on Saturday evening from 6-8pm. She welcomes private showings by appointment from May 10th to May 18th. Please contact the artist for an appointment at

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