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Cape Ann Plein Air update

Supporters Line Up as Cape Ann Prepares to Welcome Artists and Art Lovers to Next Month’s National Painting Competition

Cape Ann Plein Air 2017 to kick off week of events, activities on October 8 — Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available


When the 2017 Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA) outdoor painting competition kicks off on October 8, it will mark the beginning of a week of activities for artists and art-lovers. Next month’s competition follows a highly successful CAPA 2016, and this year, organizers have planned more events and activities, made possible by a growing number of sponsors and supporters.

The 40 artists selected to participate in the competition will be painting throughout the week across the four Cape Ann communities, and each evening there will be special events for the artists, visiting art enthusiasts and local residents. One of the highlights is the Grand Awards Exhibit and Sale on the evening of October 14, from 6-10pm at the Rockport Art Association and Museum (RAAM), where the competition’s winners will be announced and the artists’ work will be available for sale. The CAPA artists’ works will be on display at RAAM until Monday, October 16, marking the close of CAPA 2017.

To purchase tickets for this event – or the Collectors Preview which will he held just prior to the gala – visit the CAPA website at

www.capeannpleinair.comOther events and activities throughout the week include a Meet the Artists Opening Reception at the North Shore Arts Association on Sunday evening, October 8, and a Cape Ann Quick-Draw Competition – open to artists of all ages and skill levels — at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Sunday, October 15, from 10am-3pm.

This year’s group of CAPA artists come from 20 states – from Florida to Oregon — and the province of Quebec, Canada. There are nine Massachusetts-based artists participating in the competition, including five from Cape Ann — John Caggiano and Ken Knowles from Rockport, and Stephen LaPierre, Rokhaya Waring and Paul George from Gloucester. Five alternates were also chosen, including Cape Ann artists David Curtis and Charles Shurcliff. 

CAPA 2017 Sponsors and Supporters

CAPA 2107 is made possible thanks to the generosity of sponsors that include Applied Materials, By The Sea Sotheby’s International, Linzee and Beth Coolidge, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Executive Director Jason M. Traino, Lynne Comb, William and Anne Kneisel/Kneisel Foundation, and Judi Rotenberg Zuker and Ed Zuker.

 The selected artists will be competing for over $20,000 in prizes made possible by award sponsors.  In addition to these sponsors, dozens of other businesses and individuals have signed on to lend their support.

 There are still opportunities available for others who are interested in supporting CAPA 2017 as event or award sponsors. CAPA organizers are also offering Affiliate Partnerships to Cape Ann galleries, studios and other businesses.

 Those interested in learning more about sponsorship and partnership opportunities should contact CAPA via email at

About Cape Ann Plein Air

Organized by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, seARTS and Cape Ann’s leading arts and culture groups, CAPA 2017 will provide a backdrop for regional and national artists, many of whom participate in other national plein air events around the U.S.

CAPA 2017 builds on the success of the region’s inaugural plein air event – held in October of 2106 – which attracted painters, collectors and art enthusiasts from around the U.S. Widely considered to be the birthplace of plein air painting, Cape Ann today remains the showcase for a vibrant and growing group of artists spread throughout the North Shore communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Visit for a schedule of activities, background on sponsorship opportunities and additional information on Cape Ann Plein Air 2017


This Weekend in the Arts

LOOK AGAIN: Four Painters Interpret the Landscape of Cape Ann

September 14, 2017 – October 15, 2017
Opening Reception:
Friday, September 15, 2017, 4-6 pm

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12-4 pm
Free of charge

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased to present the exhibition, Look Again: Four Painters Interpret the Landscape of Cape Ann at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street in Gloucester. The public is invited to view the work during the gallery hours, Thursday through Sunday, 4-6 PM. The Cultural Center is wheelchair accessible.

In Look Again, Katherine Coakley, Karen Koch-Weser, Nancy LeGendre and Leigh Slingluff explore intention, vision, structure and beauty while painting en plein air out-and-about on Cape Ann. The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, September 15, 2017, 4-6 pm. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

When asked why they are motivated to paint landscapes of Cape Ann, Nancy LeGendre offered, “The rocks, cliffs, sea and sky are timeless. We are responding to the beauty that surrounds us and we expect the work to mirror a part of that beauty back to the viewer.” Each artist has a unique way of seeing and working, and this is evident in the individual work.  She adds, “The elements of a scene that attract our attention differ, as well as how we manipulate line, space, color, and brush work to express emotion. Each painting is a unique recreation of light, pattern and form”.  Happily, there’s always more than one way to see. Look Again at these painted surfaces to rediscover beauty and joy in our familiar landscape.

Look Again invites you to reconnect with your surroundings. Rocks, sky and sea dissolve and reappear in light, pattern and form; looking anew leads to rediscovery.

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Leading Thoreau Scholar Comes To Gloucester
Jeffrey S. Cramer to speak at the Cape Ann Museum 


Image credit: Tom Hersey, 2017.

The Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Museum and Gloucester Writers Center are proud to present a public lecture celebrating the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth (July 12, 1817) on Saturday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum( 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester).  Jeffrey S. Cramer, Thoreau scholar and author of The Portable Thoreau, presents Thoreau’s Resistance. This program has a suggested donation of $10; reservations are appreciated and can be made at

In Thoreau’s Resistance, Cramer claims that Henry David Thoreau’s arrest for non-payment of his poll tax in July 1846 is one of the most famous instances of individual resistance to government. The essay Thoreau wrote from his experience is the central text for all discussions that there are higher laws and moral principles to which every citizen of the world is obligated. Thoreau was long an advocate for individual resistance to deal with political issues, but it would be a mistake to treat Thoreau’s stance as self-involved or even strictly self-serving, because it is through observing the self that we can observe society, it is through the “me” that we can understand the “not me,” and it is by way of the individual the world can be changed. As Emerson wrote in “History”: “Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind, and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to that era. Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age.”  Thoreau wrote to and about his contemporaries, and we are his contemporaries as long as we continue to think as his neighbors did. Thoreau’s writings are, and will remain, contemporary texts as long as we read but fail to comprehend, study but fail to learn.

Jeffrey S. Cramer is one of the world’s leading Thoreau scholars, about whom Jim Flemming, of Wisconsin Public Radio, said, “Jeffrey Cramer lives and breathes Thoreau.  He may know more about the bard at Walden Pond than anyone else alive.”  He is the editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition (Yale University Press, 2004), The Portable Thoreau (Penguin, 2012), The Quotable Thoreau (Princeton University Press, 2011), Essays by Henry D. Thoreau: A Fully Annotated Edition (Yale University Press, 2013) and other works. He has appeared on various radio and television programs, including “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” WUMB-Boston’s Commonwealth Journal, Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” and C-SPAN’s Book-TV. He is also the Curator of Collections at the Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute Library.

For a full list of other citywide events celebrating Henry David Thoreau please visit


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Flatrocks Gallery is honored to present

Roger Martin:
Woodcuts and Unseen Works

September 14th – October 15th.
Opening Reception :Saturday, September 16th 6-8pm.

Roger-Martin-HIRES.jpgBorn in Gloucester in 1925, and raised in Rockport, Roger Martin’s roots run deep in granite and the sea. His paternal ancestors came from the Azores, and his mother’s from Finland at the beginning of the 20th century. After a stint in the Coast Guard, Roger returned to his home town in 1953, vowing never to leave. He kept that promise. Over his lifetime he served his community as a public school teacher, volunteer fireman, deputy forest warden, and as a member of Rockport’s Planning Board and Board of Appeals. He wrote three books about the history of Rockport and two books of poetry devoted to his town. He was the first poet laureate of Rockport. After graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston he began his artistic career as an illustrator, contributing work to publications such as The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Atlantic Monthly. Over the course of his career, he aligned himself with other artists looking for new modes of artistic expression and, in 1970, was one of seven North Shore artists to establish the Monserrat School of Art. He went on to teach there for twenty years,  leaving an indelible legacy of encouragment and support.

This Flatrocks Gallery exhibit, the first after his passing,  focuses on Martin’s woodblock prints. The medium brought him back to his roots as an illustrator. The solid strong forms, the lively, active line, and rich flat colors are quick to engage the viewer. His work reflects a reverence for the Cape Ann landscape, and evokes a simpler time, a small-town life, surrounded by granite and salt water. Roger Martin will be remembered as one of Cape Ann’s most distinguished and  creative artists.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, September 16th 6-8pm. Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St., Gloucester. Visit for more information.


National Book Tour Comes to Cape Ann

Meet the author and illustrator of BIG MACHINES: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton

“From the start of my becoming an author, I dreamed of paying homage to Virginia Burton’s vision, talent, and enduring characters, and hoped to introduce her work to a new generation of readers. Truly, the release of BIG MACHINES will be a dream come true.”

– Sherri Rinker, author



Image courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome BIG MACHINES: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton author Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrator John Rocco on Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m.. Rinker and Rocco will talk about the inspiration and artistic process behind their tribute to Virginia Lee Burton. Books will be available for sale in the Museum Shop and a book signing will follow the presentation. This program, geared towards adults, is free and open to the public. Space is limited. First come; first served. For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x10.

Two of today’s best-selling picture book creators collaborated in a loving tribute to the woman behind some of the world’s most iconic children’s books. In BIG MACHINES: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton(Pub date: 9/5/2017; HMH), Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco celebrate Jinnee, as she was known in her Folly Cove neighborhood, and her classic books, including The Little House and the beloved Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.  Burton has a unique role in contemporary culture – not everyone knows her name, but most know her books. For generations, her stories about big machines with friendly names like Mary Ann, Maybelle, and Katy have delighted readers. Her books have sold over 4 million copies in 15 languages worldwide, and a documentary of her life, Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place aired on PBS stations nationwide.

Rinker’s breezy, child-centric language chronicles the spark of Jinnee’s creativity that led to each character and story, while at the same time highlighting her love of her own, most special creations: her sons. Rocco’s innovative illustrations depict Burton working on her art in a whirl of activity, almost as if dancing through the process with her trademark grace; with his own distinctive style, he has captured the timeless look and energy of Burton’s books. The impeccable design of BIG MACHINES is an elegant homage to Burton, as well, with an abundance of white space and room for artfully placed text.

Sherri Rinker, a former graphic designer, is the author of the number one best-selling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site; Mighty, Mighty Construction Site; and Steam Train, Dream Train, among others. Her own childhood love of The Little House, along with her sons’ obsessions with Mary Anne, Maybelle, Choo Choo and Katy, led her to writing children’s books, so it is fitting that she has now written this biography. Rinker does numerous school visits around the country each year to show children the power that books can have. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, a professional photographer, and sons. Find more at

John Rocco is a New York Times best-selling author of many acclaimed books, including Blackout, a Caldecott Honor recipient, Wolf! Wolf!, and the young adult novel Swim That Rock, which was a New England Book Award finalist. He is the illustrator of the covers for Rick Riordan’s internationally bestselling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. A former art director in the entertainment industry, Rocco has worked with and done projects for Dreamworks, Walt Disney Imagineering, the Newsroom in Washington, D.C., and Paul Allen’s Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington. Find more at


Colonial Wrestling Alliance debut show at Mile Marker One

Yianni and I heard about the Colonial Wrestling Alliance debut show at Mile Marker 1 at the last minute. Being avid wrestling fans we decided to check it out. 

We were astounded and amazed at the skill of the wrestlers and all involved in bringing the kind of entertainment that Gloucester deserves. 

I “liked” The Facebook page today so I won’t miss future events. Here’s what it advertised about last night’s show,

Gloucester’s own Mr Chad Epik of Colonial Wrestling Alliance presents: Fish Town Beat Down on Friday, Sept 8, 7:30pm under the tent at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort & Mile Marker One. Titles matches, tag team bouts, a battle royal & much more! Tix are only $12 at the door & proceeds benefit Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team. 

Appearing: Josh Briggs, Ace Romero, Middlesex Express, The Era of Violence, Foxx Vinyer, Theodore J. Liftington, Crispin Coles, Remy Blackheart, Delilah Hayden, ElkMania Promotions, Derrick Conway, Beau Douglas, “The Maniacal” Jack Krueger, & more 🙂

Check out these videos we took last night…

This Weekend in the Arts

Wearable Art: Exploring Expressions on the Human Form

Panel discussion sponsored by seARTS and the Cape Ann Museum

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Image: Left to right. “Biker Chick” by Donna Caselden; “Mexican Sunset” by Selina Narovlansky (Judges Choice Award in 2015); RISD Student Redat Davison’s winning “Untitled” (Best Runway Fashion Design CWAIII). Image credit Linehan Photography.

The Cape Ann Museum and Society for the Encouragement of the Arts on Cape Ann (seARTS) are proud to present an evening of conversation with the Celebrate Wearable Arts(CWA) curators and artists on Thursday, September 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.. Guest will enjoy a panel discussion exploring expression on the human form and view video clips from the CWAIII 2015 fashion show. Space is limited; reservations required. Cost is $10 for CAM and seARTS members / $15 non-members. Tickets available online at Eventbrite or call (978)283-0455 x10. Please email for more information.

Panelists are: Jay Calderin, Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week; Rick Crangle, CWAIII Best of Show Award Winner for 2015; Jennifer Varekamp, Mass Arts Fashion Design Professor; and Nell McKeon, AP Studio Art student at Manchester-Essex Regional High School. The panel will be moderated by Paula Richter, Curator for Exhibitions and Research, at the Peabody Essex Museum.

The Folly Cove Designers (1938 – 1969) – whose work is displayed at the Cape Ann Museum — led the way in “wearable art” on Cape Ann many years ago. Now the seARTS Wearable Arts group is an integral part of the contemporary art scene. CWA is an event that was created by the seARTS Wearable Arts group as an opportunity for creative “makers” to find new ways to showcase their artistry and for patrons of hand-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and accessories to experience the art in full living color. The CWAIV runway event occurs biennially and will be held on October 1, 2017 ( The panel discussion at the Cape Ann Museum on September 7 will continue the discussion of the many forms and expressions of wearable art and will explore the work of some of the participating runway artists.

Panel moderator Paula Bradstreet Richter is Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), Salem, Massachusetts. As part of the exhibition planning team at PEM she has participated in over 30 changing exhibitions and special projects, including national and international traveling exhibitions, historic and contemporary art installations, collection gallery installations and rotations. Paula was part of the exhibition team that brought the traveling exhibition, WOW® World of WearableArtTM, featuring 32 award winning designs from the National WOW® Museum in Nelson, New Zealand to the Peabody Essex Museum in spring 2017 for the enjoyment of audiences in the Boston area and beyond.

Panelist Jay Calderin has been described as “a budding designer’s best friend” by The Boston Globe, and the LA Times called his first book “a new fashion bible for designers, aspirers and the just plain curious.” He authored The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book and Fashion Design Essentials and is the Founder/Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week. He is an instructor and Director of Creative Marketing at the School of Fashion Design, Boston. His new book What They Didn’t Teach You in Fashion School will be released at the end of the year.

Panelist Richard Crangle creates refined sculptural forms and furniture that summon a reverence for nature, embracing the wood’s natural character.  He incorporates time honored craftsmanship combined with contemporary expression.  Richard’s inspirations include the coastal setting of his New England quarry studio, architecture and Japanese and Arts & Craft Masters.  Richard’s experience in custom home building, furniture and architectural detail interplays as the foundation for his collection.  Using local, reclaimed, and exotic wood his vocabulary of abstract and organic themes and repeated patterns and textures evoke the inclusion of visual grace, movement and innovation.

Panelist Jennifer Varekamp is a Professor in the Fashion Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a Costume and Clothing Designer committed to sustainability. Recently, she designed the costumes for HoverDive, a collaborative dance project that focused on fluid dynamics and ocean science, including the impact of climate change on ocean life. Jennifer received her ED.M from Harvard University and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has also studied at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and at the London College of Fashion.

Panelist Nell McKeon is a senior at Manchester Essex High School and an AP Studio Art student. She works toward bringing art into her local community through governing the Manchester Essex Arts Honors Society. She has been working in 2D and 3D media throughout her high school career and used her first piece of wearable art as part of an application for Art Allstate, a highly competitive art installation program, which she participated in this year.


Charles Family Artist in Residence Announced

Copley Society Artist Member Laureen Hylka to spend September painting on Cape Ann

The Copley Society of Art and Cape Ann Museum are pleased to announce that Laureen Hylka has been chosen as the 2017 Charles Family Artist in Residence. Ms. Hylka will be spending the month of September on Cape Ann. On Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. she will give a gallery talk at the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, with a reception to follow at the Charles Fine Arts Gallery, 196 Main Street, Gloucester. This program is free and open to the public.

Laureen Hylka attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the New York Art Students League. Both of these institutions have inspired Laureen and strengthened her mastery of color, composition, drawing, and value. She is a member of the American Artist Professional League (NYC), Lyme Art Association, Academic Artists Association, an Elected Member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society as well as the Copley Society of Artists, Boston. She is a full time plein air and studio painter

preferring oil on linen or soft pastel medium. Through participation in juried national exhibitions, gallery shows and invitational paint outs, Laureen’s paintings have become desired among collectors. Her works are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, England, Germany and Japan.

The Cape Ann Residency was created in 2014 by the Charles Family Foundation as a dedication to and promotion of the North Shore and Boston art communities. Ms. Hylka is the fourth Copley Society Artist Member to be awarded this position. She will be in studio at 196 Main Street, Gloucester. For more information visit


The Rocky Neck Art Colony Selects Katia Hale Mason as the Season’s Sixth Summer Artist

Katia Hale Mason’s show of innovative mixed media constructions, “Beneath the Surface,” opens Wednesday, September 6 and runs until Tuesday, September 26. The public is invited to meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Saturday, September 9 from 6-8 pm at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA.

Mason is drawn to details discovered when observing objects closely and finding unexpected layers and patterns.  Looking deeply beneath the surface reveals beauty and possibilities.

Mason adds, deletes and builds up, using a variety of media to create depth and movement.  Each layer adds something new, while other elements become hidden or obstructed.  Light and shadow continuously provide new perspectives.

Mason’s current work, “Beneath the Surface,” is heavily influenced by the ocean.  Living on the coast, she sits in awe of what is revealed, hidden and carried by the ebb and flow of the tidal cycle. This series provides snapshots of the remarkable richness and complexity she observes.

As an emerging artist, Mason is gaining attention, most recently by Maine Home + Design Magazine as featured in “Ones to Watch” artist listing. She is currently represented by The Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, ME.  Her work is in many private collections throughout the United States.

Mason is a graduate of The College of New Rochelle, where she received a B.A. in Communications.  She has spent her career working in consulting and now enjoys discovering the world around her in great detail and expressing it in her art work.  She resides and works in Gloucester, MA.  For more information about Katia Mason, see

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from10 am to 8 pm Fridayand Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to


Judy Robinson-Cox Demonstration on Rocky Neck

Friday, September 9, 6-8pm

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

Gallery hours, Sun – Thurs 10 AM-6 PM,
Fri and Sat 10AM – 8 PM

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Judy Robinson Cox – Copper Paint

On Friday, September 8th, photographer Judy Robinson-Cox demonstrates the art of mixed media photomontage, as part of a Rocky Neck Art Colony demonstration series at Gallery 53. Judy’s photomontages memorialize an iconic building or neighborhood by blending a photograph of a structure with a close-up view of the surrounding texture. After adhering the image to a wood substrate, she often collages additional pieces of the montaged photograph. Texture and other elements are added to fully capture the essence of place.

Judy Robinson-Cox is a Cape Ann photographer and mixed media artist. After attending NYU and then earning a BFA from the University of Connecticut, Judy became professionally involved in the arts, beginning with a fine arts craft business in Woodstock, NY in the 70s. This transitioned to a corporate marketing and graphic design career in the 80s and 90s. Today she is primarily involved with fine art photography and is active in various Massachusetts arts organizations, including the Rocky Neck Art Colony and the Cambridge and Rockport Art Associations. She has taken a number of workshops and classes to further her career including those at Winchester’s Griffin Museum of Photography, Montserrat College of Art and the Rockport, North Shore and Newburyport Art Associations. She shows her work at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck and is represented by the Square Circle Gallery in Rockport, MA.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to  See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


CAM Kids presents Susanna Natti

Meet the illustrator of the Cam Jansen mysteries series and more!
Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m.


The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present CAM Kids on Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. Meet children’s book illustrator Susanna Natti, known for the Cam Jansen mysteries series, Lionel Series, Louise Series, Beany Series and others. Listen to stories, learn about her artistic process and create your own children’s book illustrations. This program is free and open to the public and is generously sponsored by David and Lisa Rich. For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x12.

Gloucester native Susanna Natti is a retired children’s book illustrator. A graduate of Gloucester High School, Smith College and the Rhode Island School of Design, she has illustrated more than 80 books for children over the course of her career, including two with her mother, Folly Cove Designer and author Lee Kingman Natti. Ms. Natti raised her family in Bedford, MA, where she served on the Board of the Bedford Center for the Arts and where she founded Art-Link, a non-profit organization supporting the arts in the Bedford public school system. She returned to Gloucester to live in 2014. She is on the Board of Directors of the Cape Ann Museum.

image003.jpgAt the Cape Ann Museum, the second Saturday of every month is free from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Activity Center to participate in hands-on activities that delve into the art, history and culture of the region. Each Second Saturday focuses on a specific theme based on the Museum’s collection and/or special exhibitions.


Appraisal Day at the Cape Ann Museum’s White Ellery House

Blackwood/March Fine Art & Antique Auctioneers come to Gloucester
Saturday, September 9 from 11:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Image courtesy of Blackwood/March Fine Art & Antique Auctioneers.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome appraiser Michael March, of Blackwood/March Auctioneers for an Appraisal Day on Saturday, September 9 from 11:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This program will be held at the Museum’s historic White-Ellery House (1710) located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester. Visitors are welcome to tour the house free of charge.  Appraisals are $5 per item or $10 per three items. All proceeds will go toward the preservation of the White-Ellery House.   For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x10.

For two generations Blackwood March Fine Art & Antique Auctioneers of Essex have appraised and sold at auction fine art and antiques for trusts, estates, attorneys and individuals. In the art market, they have established auction records for such artists as: Aldro Thompson Hibbard, Emile A. Gruppe and Frederick Mulhaupt, while selling antiques and accessories for strong prices for their clients. As estate auctioneers Blackwood/March offers expertise in the sale and appraisal of: American paintings from New England, especially the Cape Ann school; early American and Victorian furniture; silver; nautical antiques; Chinese items; pottery; Oriental carpets; quilts; textiles; glass; china; and diverse accessories. Blackwood March will be unable to offer appraisals on coins, jewelry, stamps, baseball cards and possibly some other items at the White-Ellery House.

The White-Ellery House, located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary, was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. Unlike other structures of this period, the largely unfurnished house has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago. Parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the house.


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Diner En Couleur

Our Annual Summer fundraiser

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Featuring mini dance performances by NYC based dancer & choreographer Beth Soll and Forty Steps Dance.

Come and enjoy this sumptuous event on the idyllic grounds of Windhover, 

257R Granite Street, Rockport, MA, 01966

Bring your own picnic dinner (with settings) and join us at our extravagant white-clothed tables arrayed with flowers. Toast the enchanted performances happening on the outdoor stage with a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries!

Admission donation is $28.00 per person. Dress is colorful festive.

Please make a reservation, by sending a check to:
Windhover, P.O Box 2249, Rockport, MA, 01966

or online (through PayPal) at  (a 501(c)3 non-profit)

For more information, contact:
Lisa Hahn, or (978) 546-3611


Jane Deering Gallery exhibition

Photographer Paul Cary Goldberg’s
most recent series, Here Still


Photographs by Gloucester artist Paul Cary Goldberg continue at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street.  Images are from Goldberg’s most recent series, Here Still, and evoke delicate drawings of nature. Works are accompanied by small paintings by emerging California artist Leslie Lewis Sigler.  Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 5:00pm.  The exhibition can be viewed on the gallery website

Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street.


New Rocky Neck Art Colony Executive Director

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Catherine S. Amidon as the new Executive Director.

Amidon.jpgAmidon comes to RNAC with a deep background in art history and non-profit arts management, most recently serving as the Founding Director of the Museum of the White Mountains (MWM) at Plymouth State University in NH which, much like the RNAC, was established to introduce people to and “showcase the story, culture, and legacy of the region.” While at the MWM she was responsible for the majority of the fundraising, donor relations, grant writing, organizing exhibitions, publications, and programing, skills and experience that will well serve the RNAC in the next phase of growth.

While working on her ‘Doctorat’ from University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Amidon worked at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris. She was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Grant for Comparative Cultural Diversity in Transition in the Baltic States and Russia. In 2008, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Kingston, Jamaica where she worked at the National Gallery of Art.

Prior to the MWM she was the director of exhibitions in spaces across the PSU campus, a position that evolved from her 1999 appointment as Gallery Director. She has worked in a variety of galleries, museums, and universities in the US and abroad and now brings these experiences back to her North Shore roots.

With strong family ties to the area, she is delighted to be working in Gloucester. Amidon plans to “hit the ground running” (with her two Siamese cats in tow) as she joins the Art Colony in mid-September. She will be a welcome addition to the RNAC team and looks forward to transitioning with Interim Director, Patricia Conant, whose deep knowledge of the organization and community has assured a smooth transition.


Rockport Gets Jazzy

Rockport Music brings jazz this fall with Tamir Hendelman, Regina Carter, Michael Feinstein, and much more 

This Fall, Rockport Music features the best in jazz, soul and the American Songbook featuring the Tamir Hendelman Trio, soul queen Bettye LaVette, jazz violinist Regina Carter in a program entitled Simply Ella, as well as the incomparable Michael Feinstein.

Friday, September 8, 8 PM
Tamir Hendelman Trio

With his hard-swinging approach and feather light touch, pianist Tamir Hendelman has emerged as one of the most intriguing jazz talents to arrive on the scene in quite some time. On top of his own trio outings as a leader, the Israeli-born artist is best known for his outstanding work with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.  With the CHJO, Tamir has recorded for John Pizzarelli, Gladys Knight and Diana Krall. He is the pianist/arranger on Jackie Ryan’s “You and the Night and the Music” and Janis Mann’s “A Perfect Time.” He is also featured on Natalie Cole’s “Still Unforgettable” and Barbara Streisand’s Love is the Answer.  Tickets:  $29, $24 

Sunday, September 17, 5 PM
Lizz Wright

A vocalist of uncommon talent and spirit who slides effortlessly between jazz, R&B, gospel, blues and folk, Lizz Wright has a smoky, supple voice that has beguiled fans and critics alike for over a decade.  Her most recent effort, 2015’s Freedom & Surrender, featured a set almost entirely made up of originals.  Tickets: $59, $55, $45

An Intimate Evening with Bettye LaVette
Featuring Alan Hill on Keyboards

A soul queen with a commanding voice and a hugely charismatic stage presence, Bettye LaVette comes to Rockport in the midst of a long-deserved career renaissance.  The Grammy-nominated singer was recently given the Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Female Singer of the Year. Tickets: $46, $40, $29

Sunday, October 8, 5 PM
Regina Carter: Simply Ella

The foremost jazz violinist of her generation and recipient of the prestigious “genius grant” from the MacARthur Foundation, Regina Carter is touring off her recent release, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, marking the 100th birthday of a musical legend. The program celebrates the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald – the source of Regina’s musical inspiration. Tickets: $55, $49, $39

Friday, October 20, 8 PM
Michael Feinstein

Over the last three decades, Michael Feinstein has brought the music of the Great American songbook to the world.  A five-time Grammy nominee, Feinstein has also received tremendous TV success with his Emmy nominated special Michael Feinstein-The Sinatra Legacy, the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook, as well as hosting an acclaimed NPR series. Hailed as “the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Feinstein is one of the most important musical forces of our time. Tickets: $125, $105, $85

Saturday, December 2, 3 & 8 PM
Cape Ann Big Band Holiday

Enjoy the holidays with Cape Ann’s own 17-piece big band performing holiday favorites, old and new, infused with a bit of jazz, swing, and rock n’ roll.   Tickets:  $36, $29, $19

Sunday, December 3, 5 PM
An Evening with George Winston

One of the most successful and recognized solo pianists in the world, George Winston brings his remarkably enduring and highly imitated piano style to Rockport for the first time in a concert just in time for the holiday season.  This concert will feature George’s Winter Show, which will include melodic fall  and winter type songs, some of Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts pieces, pieces inspired  by the New Orleans piano & the stride piano traditions, and songs from his  upcoming albums.  Tickets: $52, $45, $38

Wednesday, February 7, 7 PM
Beantown Swing Orchestra

The 18-piece big band performs music of the swing era with its characteristic and infectious swing beat, as well as Sinatra classics. The Orchestra’s mission is to bring big band music back into the mainstream for future generations to enjoy. The orchestra features many young and notable vocalists, including American Idol finalists and other rising stars. The concert will include a local student quintet and vocalist in the program.  Tickets: $20, $15


Friday, November 3, 7 PM
Rockport Folk Summit: Pickers & Fiddlers
Session Americana & Lonely Heartstring Band

Two of New England’s most celebrated roots music bands—Session Americana and the Lonely Heartstring Band–team up for a truly special night celebrating the great Americana tradition. These acclaimed bands will each perform a set before joining forces in an exciting hootenanny collaboration. Tickets: $26, $20

Saturday, November 18, 8 PM
Justin Townes Earle
Opening Act: Joshua Hedley

Justin Townes Earle has emerged as a genre-busting acclaimed singer-songwriter, infusing country, blues, folk and indie rock into his vintage Americana sound. The son of beloved country folk musician Steve Earle, Justin is touring off his newly released album Kids in the Street.  Tickets: $39, $35, $29

Sunday, March 4, 5 PM
Sweet Honey In The Rock

Globally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock continues to cultivate, evolve and add memorable moments to their indelible legacy as activists and artists. They have stayed true to their mission to educate, entertain, and empower their audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation. Tickets: $72, $66, $50



All concerts and events are held at Rockport Music’s stunning, seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center at 37 Main Street, Rockport, Massachusetts. Visit or call the Box Office at 978-546-7391 for more details on upcoming concerts.  Rockport Music is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.



This Weekend in the Arts

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Howard Sherman Exhibition

August 27 – Sept 2, 2017

Opening Reception at 6:30 PM,
Artist Talk at 7 PM Thurs. Aug 31, 2017,

Open to the public

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck – Studio Gallery
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930


ROCKY NECK ART COLONY welcomes 2016 Goetemann Artist-in-Residence Howard Sherman back to Rocky Neck with Instigators, showing at the Cultural Center Studio Gallery beginning August 27, 2017.

Sherman is known for large, bombastic images and human-scale canvases, but Instigators sheds light on his smaller works on paper. By delving into this medium, the artist reveals his intuitive use of material in a distilled yet assertive manner. Sherman received his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in 2006. Soon after, he was featured in a solo traveling exhibition originating at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. His work is part of several museum collections and is on permanent display at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. The artist has been profiled numerous times in New American Paintings, appears in the 2010 book Texas Artists Today, and was chosen for the cover of the recently-released art history book Texas Abstract: Modern/Contemporary by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards. Rice University is now collecting his personal artifacts for its research center.

Sherman continues to further his craft and studies. Along with the Goetemann residency, the artist has also been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, School of Visual Arts, the McColl Center for Visual Art, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Artist Residency Program and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Sherman has been in a number of solo exhibitions across the United States, and his work has been featured in group exhibitions in Texas, California, New York, Florida, Spain, India and Peru.

Instigators will be on display at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck – Studio Gallery from August 27 to September 2. A reception honoring the artist will be held on Thursday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. with an artist talk starting at 7:00 p.m.

 Howard Sherman, artist

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. The Cultural Center is becoming known as a new listening room for eclectic musical programming. Concerts are scheduled throughout the year.


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Tickets available at: s/edge-gala-benefit-party- performance




This Weekend in the Arts



Artist, Susan W Daly Open House

 Hi folks at good morning Gloucester.  I am Susan W Daly and am having an open house to show my art works this weekend.  Marilyn Swift(met her at the farmer’s market) said that you were great about getting information out to the public.  My show will be this Sat and Sun (Aug26 and 27) at my home at 20 Rear Bungalow Road in Gloucester. I paint landscapes, abstracts and monotypes in watermedia only.  I use watercolor, water based oils and acrylics.  I am a member of North Shore Art Association, Rockport Art Association and the New England Watercolor Association.  Thank you very much if you can get this info out as I have had no luck with the Gloucester Times.


This Weekend in the Arts

Lon Blais’ National tour
documentary one-man show returns to
Gloucester’s Folklore Theatre:

The Boy on the Bureau

5 performances August 18-20 LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

The Folklore Theatre Company presents re-launch of national tour of Lon Blais’ The Boy on the Bureau

Lon Blais’ one-man autobiographical “stage documentary” about his uneasy and unorthodox escape from his family’s dysfunction. It was not easy being the favorite child and “white sheep of the family”. In a world where everyone hid from the truth, Lon made up his own. Blais was born in Salem and grew up in Danvers

In 2004 retired very early from his other beloved career, teaching after his wife’s extended illness and having been too busy, too poor, and too tired – with the encouragement of his wife, he set out on a quest – a bucket list with no end point.

He bicycled across the country… twice, he got a tattoo, he hiked the Grand Canyon, he conducted a drum & bugle corps, he got a dog… And then he wrote a play… in 12 days…. and then he workshopped it…. and it took off….

Lon’s friends who live across the country asked to have copies of the script sent to them because very likely they’d never see it performed.… then they demanded the play tour the country….

His very first tour stop is the stage of the Folklore Theatre Company in Gloucester

In January of 2017, Lon is heading off to drive around the country performing “The Boy on the Bureau”.

5 performances only
Friday, August, 18, 7pm
Saturday, August 19, two shows: 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, August 20, two shows 2pm & 7pm
Audience talkback with Blais after each performance
$20 special event ticket

Tickets at www.FolkloreTheatre.Company/boxoffice
169 Main Street, below Floating Lotus


The Rocky Neck Art Colony Selects Brian Murphy as the Season’s fourth Summer Artist at Gallery 53.

Brian Murphy’s show of delightful wire sculptures, “Drawing a Line in the Sand,” opens on Wednesday, Aug. 16 and runs till Tuesday, Sept. 5.  The GALA OPENING RECEPTION is Saturday, Aug. 19 from 6-8 pm at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, MA. Everyone is invited.

A self-taught artist, Brian started Totally Wired Sculpture in 2002 and has gradually spent more time working creatively, which he says is a nice balance to his serious work as a child therapist and dealing primarily with issues of trauma.

Brian’s work can be seen as lighthearted line drawings in the medium of steel wire.  Often political and humorous themes are incorporated which can challenge or amuse the viewer, leaving them feeling uplifted. The goal of each piece is to create kinetic movement from the tension in the wire so that the figures seem to dance or sway on their own and appear enlivened. Mythological themes and tales of transformation dominate the work, illustrating the power of art to help us change and grow.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in an historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester.  Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday and from 10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday.  For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to

See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Flatrocks Gallery presents

‘Sticks and Stones’ through September 10th

an exhibition in which the elements of line and form so familiar to us on Cape Ann are interpreted by four local artists.

Martha Swanson has enjoyed a lifelong career in the arts, making her reputation here as the artistic director for the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. She is an award-winning painter as well, fueled by the natural beauty and cultural richness of the area. Her works in watercolor, with their precise focus on detail, are meditative studies inspired by the patterns and chaos in nature.

After a twenty-five year career as a food stylist, Mary Jane Sawyer has turned her abundant creative energy toward her painting. Her oils draw from her interest in “inadvertent art, born from weather and industry in this particular place, Cape Ann. Marks on stone, stains left by iron and drill, grout piles and erratic boulders balanced and askew.”

 Pam Courtleigh has an eclectic past including stints as a puppeteer, a farmer, a taxi driver, a pastry chef, and an antiques dealer – and this varied career reflects in her assemblage sculpture. Collecting and combining odd, beautiful bits of life and nature, once meant for other purposes, her creations tell stories of the constant of change. Pam relishes in the journey!

Caroline Bagenal, who has exhibited in Europe and America, is an Associate Professor at Montserrat College of Art, and a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery. She returns to Flatrocks Gallery with her continuing series of sculpture constructed of bamboo or marsh reeds. She describes the work as “drawings in space.” The sculptures are delicate geometric forms, or patterns animating the space they inhabit, and leading the viewer through the exhibition.

Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St.,Gloucester is open Thursday – Sunday noon to 5pm.  Visit our website at and like us on facebook.



August 20, 2017 from 1:00 to 8:00 PM

Finn Festival—Celebrate Finland 100 

Finnish Heritage runs deep in Lanesville.

After a long struggle Finland became and independent state of December 6, 1917. Finns express themselves and their national character with Sisu (willpower, tenacity, persistency).

Experience Finnish History and Culture.

Join us for a family-friendly event as we Celebrate Finland 100!

  • Kalevala—The Finnish Epic at 4:00 PM | Lecture by Tom DuBois, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sisu—The Traveling Sauan from 1:00-8:00 PM
    Fee required for the traveling sauna, to reserve your time, please visit:
  • Molkky and Kubb games
  • Finnish music
  • Finnish souvenirs & more!
  • Bring your favorite Nordic food to share.
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Manchester Summer Chamber Music at Rocky Neck Aug 17, 2017

Manchester Summer Chamber Music Concert
August 17, 2017, Doors at 6:30 PM Concert Starts 7 PM

Tickets $25, sold online and at the door ~ Buy Now:

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

ROCKY NECK ART COLONY presents the Manchester Summer Chamber Music Concert at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Thursday August 17. Doors at 6:30 PM, music begins at 7 PM.

Manchester Summer Chamber Music (MSCM) celebrates its ninth season this August. Combining the magic of warm summer nights with dynamic interpretations of both chamber music gems and vibrant new music, MSCM offers an exciting performance that welcome audiences of all backgrounds and ages. MSCM is dedicated to sharing classical music of the highest caliber with the communities of the North Shore. Twenty-one musicians from around the world will come together to create a joyful, engaging concert, as audiences have come to expect from MSCM.

MSCM was founded in 2009 by Manchester native Sage Cole and Andover native Lorna Tsai.The childhood friends spent their summers exploring the North Shore’s beaches and playing music festivals across the country. The pair decided to combine these beloved activities to create MSCM: a music festival on the North Shore where musicians and appreciators can share in the beauty of the music, region, and community.

This season will be the first time MSCM performs in Gloucester. MSCM at Rocky Neck is a joint presentation between MSCM and the Rocky Neck Art Colony and will be held at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck (6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA). MSCM musicians, including renowned contralto Emily Marvosh, will perform a selection of pieces by American composers, such as Pulitzer-award-winner Caroline Shaw’s “Cant voi l’aube” and Antonin Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, “American.”

“A Manchester Music Festival concert is what chamber music is all about — intimate and joyful performances of great music.”
– Jim Lowe, Southern Vermont Arts Center

“Manchester Summer Chamber Music has established its own identity after eight seasons.” – Keith Powers, Metrowest Daily News

Manchester Summer Chamber Music

Sage Cole, co-director
(978) 704-1041

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. The Cultural Center is becoming known as a new listening room for eclectic musical programming. Concerts are scheduled throughout the year.

This Weekend in the Arts

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Cynthia Curtis Demonstration
at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Friday, August 11, 6-8pm

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

Gallery hours:
Sun – Thurs 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Fri and Sat 10:00AM – 8:00 PM

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is sponsoring a series of artist demonstrations for the 2017 season. On Friday, August 11, potter Cynthia Curtis will demonstrate the art of making pots on the pottery wheel. She will cover basic forms such as cylinders, plates and bowls while discussing the many ways to alter and decorate wheel thrown pots. Cynthia began working with clay in 1977.  A North Shore native, she has always been drawn to the ocean as is evident in her selection of glazes.  Inspired by nature, Cynthia integrates beach glass, shells, and coral as well as environmental motifs into her work.  Her stoneware pottery consists of a variety of functional and ornamental pieces. She has taught over 1,200 students of all ages and abilities for the last 20 years.

For more information call 978-282-091.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to  See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.



Exploring the grey scale through
print, paint, sculpture and photography.

August 10 – September 10

Artists’ Reception
Saturday, August 12, 4-6 PM

Photo Forum Artists’ Talk
Sunday, August 20, 4-6 PM

Paint and Print Artists’ Talk
Sunday, August 27, 4-6 PM

The Rocky Neck Art Colony hosts a curated exhibition, GREY MATTER: Exploring the grey scale through print, paint, sculpture and photography. The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 6 PM. This month-long exhibition takes place from August 10 through September 10 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. Gallery hours are 12-6 PM, Thursdays through Sundays each week.

This exhibit offers a place to dwell, quieting the drama of color barriers to essential messages, explored through the diversity of singular voices. Words of color are part of our everyday language. Political states are described as colors. Today’s consumers associate national brands by their branding color: red stands for Coca Cola and Target; orange for Home Depot; green equals Starbucks; brown for UPS; and blue for Facebook and Twitter. We can be oversaturated by visual color messages and creative messages often get buried in our Technicolor world.

The show is curated by Martha Wakefield and features invited artists: Coco Berkman, Christiane Corcelle, Linda Packard, Judy Robinson-Cox, Michael Seif, Pip Shepley, Martha Wakefield, Ruth Worrall and Wendy Young.

Artists in this show believe that a lack of color does not mean the absence of visual excitement. Grey Matter highlights meaning through light, texture, form and imagery. The work of the nine local and regional artists covers a wide range of disciplines including painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography. This exhibit celebrates the differences and boldness and the expressive intentions of each artist working within a limited palette. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, August 12 at 4-6 PM. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Works by these artists are divided up and paired with novel partners—encouraging a freeform yet cerebral exploration of the show’s theme. Though each artist’s work is very different, this group shares an essential connection in how they approach process and design. The exhibit illuminates not just the work, but also the reasons these artists make what they make. Each medium possesses unique qualities and by juxtaposing this diversity, Grey Matter, offers visual abundance and engages community conversations. The public is invited to join the conversation at two lively, illuminating and free events—a Photo Forum Artists’ Talk, on Sunday, August 20, 4-6 PM and the Paint and Print Artists’ Talk, on Sunday, August 27, 4-6 PM.

For More Information: Email:


Rockport Illumination Weekend

August 12 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come to Rockport on August 12th and enjoy a day and night of fun. Lanterns go up Thursday night and remain up throughout the weekend. Come and see shop windows decorated with lanterns. Start your day at the Farmers Market at Harvey Park. Head over to Firehouse Trust for free children’s activities. Join the Institution for Savings and the Fireworks committee to paint your own lantern, and have your face painted. There will be free popcorn and giveaways, supported by a Rockport Cultural grant. After you’ve made your lantern, head to dock square and enjoy live music from 2-9 PM. Spend the day shopping, eating and enjoying the wonderful town of Rockport. Like “Rockport Fireworks” on Facebook or follow them on Instagram for important updates. The Fireworks show will shoot off at 9:00 PM off Granite Pier. Rain date is August 13.


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Clara Lieu: Artist Talk at the
Cape Ann Museum

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) welcomes artist Clara Lieu as the Goetemann Artist Residency (GAR)  2017 Distinguished Artist/Teacher, a program initiated in 2007 by former GAR Director, Ruth Mordecai. This program brings an artist of national reputation to Cape Ann each year.

Clara-Lieu_Headshot.jpgClara Lieu begins her week-long stay with an opening talk at the Cape Ann Museum on Sunday, August 13, at 2 pm, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester.  This lecture is free to the public and is followed by a three to four-day workshop for area artists interested in exploring personal stories as an inroad to art. Please note that space in the workshop is limited. For complete details please contact the GAR at

Clara Lieu is a professor, writer, and visual artist. Lieu’s practice uses drawing, printmaking, and sculpture as a means to explore the extremes of human emotion. Professor Lieu currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Professor Lieu has received grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Puffin Foundation and is a partner in Art Prof: a free, online educational platform for visual arts, embracing people of all ages and means. The mission behind Art Prof is to give the global community equal access to a free visual arts education. For more information on Art Prof, please go to the website For additional information about Professor Lieu in general, please visit

For more information about RNAC programs email



Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Sixth Show

The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its sixth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Six” at the Marblehead Arts Association, The Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA. This show features artworks of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture and photography. The exhibition runs from August 12 through September 24, with an Artist Reception on Sunday, August 13 from 2-4 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday & Sunday, noon-5 pm and Saturday, 10-5 pm. Closed Monday.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 96 years



This Weekend in the Arts


Boston Artist Heather Buechler will be exhibiting in Gloucester during the Sidewalk Bazaar.  The pop up gallery will be open August 3-5th from 11am to 5pm at 137 Main St. Gloucester, MA.

Heather Buechler is a Boston based artist focusing specifically on the intersection between spirituality and the state of one’s mind and presence.  Trained in Figurative Drawing and Fibers, Heather began to experiment with varied materials including resin, acrylics, cattle markers, and recycled house paints. At first glance her art appears to be merely abstract, but upon careful visual interaction with it one cannot help but feel the soothing peacefulness that emanates from the canvas. This feeling isn’t coincidental – it is intentionally crafted and it is the force behind her work. This visual interpretation of universal connectivity allows the viewer to lose themselves within the borders of the canvas.

Heather has been in solo and group shows and her work is held in private collections. Her art can be described as vibrant and expressive and her diverse body of work demonstrates a broad range of talent across mediums. Don’t miss your chance to see her work while it’s in Gloucester.  Make sure to stop by 137 Main St.during the Sidewalk Bazaar to see the exhibit of this talented artist with unique artistic vision and love for color.


Ruth Worrall Demonstration
at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Friday, August 4, 6-8pm

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

Gallery hours, Sun – Thurs 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, Fri and Sat 10:00AM – 8:00 PM


Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is sponsoring a series of artist demonstrations for the 2017 season. On Friday, August 4, potter Ruth Worrall will demonstrate the art of making saggarware pots. Ruth was born in Ecuador, where she first played with “mud” in her mother’s back yard. When she was sixteen, she moved to the USA.  Ruth attended Salem State College, where she became mesmerized by clay. She continued to use the studio in exchange for helping as a part-time assistant after graduation.  Although she is mostly self-taught, Ruth had one professor who emphasized the use of LESS clay to make lighter, taller pots.  This lesson has stuck.  When you pick up one of Ruth’s pieces, it is usually distinguished by a balance of solidity and delicacy.

Ruth has taught pottery to both children and adults, most recently at The Hive in Gloucester.  In her own work, the focus is on utilitarian objects, mugs, bowls and vases. She makes stoneware, fired in an electric kiln, as well as saggarware, a firing technique that allows her to use found objects like crab claws, seaweed, oxides, and grasses, to make marks on her pots.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to  See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.


A performance/installation

Directed and choreographed by Sarah Slifer Swift


Image courtesy of Sarah Slifer Swift

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Sphere, a 4-hour performance/installation, at the Cape Ann Museum’s White-Ellery House on Saturday, August 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The creative team for this piece is Sarah Slifer Swift, Director/Choreographer; Kristen Miller, Composer; Andrea Minicozzi, Filmmaker; and several dancers/performers. In this performance, Swift explores women’s social and political power through the lens of the historic White-Ellery House. Using movement, film and sound, the performers will examine the complexities of labor, value and respect, as they have been gained, lost or changed over time. The performance will be ongoing and visitors are invited to come and go as they please. Museum staff and volunteers will be available throughout the day to answer questions about the House.

The historic White-Ellery House (1710) has served as the backdrop for Insights on Site – a series of one-day contemporary art installations for seven years running. The House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester just off the Grant Circle Rotary and is free and open to the public on select Saturdays from May through October. Parking is available in the field behind the house.

Sarah Slifer Swift is a dance artist and educator based in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her work spans choreography, site-specific work, improvisation, performance installations and conceptual work. She has been a director, curator and advisor to many arts events and initiatives.

Insights On Site – 2017 Season – Upcoming

October 7           Taking Care — Alyssa Pittman

In this installation Pittman explores the universal ritual of sweeping and investigates the act and practice of “taking care” of the spaces and places around us. Her work is inspired by the craft of broom making, by the broom as a powerful icon and by sweeping as a symbolic act.

Support for these programs was provided by The Umberto Romano and Clorinda Romano Foundation which celebrates Umberto Romano’s (1906–1982) legacy on Cape Ann through arts education and appreciation and by fostering the work of emerging and/or working artists.


The Hunters and the Hunted

Early Mariners of Cape Ann illustrated talk

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer an illustrated talk on the early mariners of Cape Ann by CAM Librarian/Archivist Stephanie Buck and past president of the Manchester Historical Museum, John Huss on August 5 at 3:00 p.m.

This program is free with Museum admission. Space is limited; registration is required. Please call (978)283-0455 x10 or register online at Eventbrite. For more information email


Image: George Steele, Photograph: J. W. Moulton. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.

The early mariners of Cape Ann were not only hardy fishermen, boat builders and prosperous merchant sea captains, but also cunning and courageous defenders of a new nation during both the War of Independence and the War of 1812. Join Stephanie Buck and John Huss as they share a wealth of fascinating stories about the gallant seamen of Gloucester and Manchester as they battled the supposedly invincible British Navy!

John Huss is the Manchester Historical Museum’s Curator and Program Coordinator. John is also a docent at the Cape Ann Museum and serves on the Museum’s Education Committee.

Stephanie Buck is the Librarian/Archivist at the Cape Ann Museum.  She was educated in England and was awarded a degree from Bedford College, London University, before coming to this country.


The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, two historic homes and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Visit for details.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at

For a detailed media fact sheet please visit


This Weekend in the Arts

At Flat Ledge Quarry in Rockport

Access via Granite Pier at 16 Wharf Road, Rockport, MA. 01966

Performances are:
FRIDAY, July 28th at 5:30PM
SATURDAY, July 29th at 11:00AM & 5:30PM
SUNDAY, July 30st at 1:00PM


Windhover Performing Arts Center has presented electrifying Quarry Dances for the past five years on Cape Ann. The New York Citybased

dance company, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, returns again this summer for a residency at Windhover Performing Arts Center to create and choreograph a site-specific quarry dance for the public. The audience for the quarry dance performances continues to expand with people of all ages coming to enjoy them from Boston, its surrounding areas and the local community of Cape Ann.

For Quarry Dance 6, the Dušan Týnek dancers will use the architecture, cliffs, ledges, and paths surrounding the quarry as the backdrop for the quarry dance. No contact with the water is permitted, due to the nature of this particular quarry being a reservoir for the town of Rockport water supply. The uniqueness and beauty of the quarry will be embraced and honored as in previous dances. The dramatic and echo-inspiring spaces underneath the Keystone Bridge will be enhanced by the dance.

Russ Gershon, a Boston based saxophonist, arranger, composer and the leader of the globe-trotting ten-piece Either/Orchestra will improvise an accompaniment for the Quarry Dance. This will be his fourth time participating, and he will utilize saxophones, flutes, and percussion instruments. He draws his ideas from jazz and other American popular music traditions, along with Ethiopian and Latin music.

Performances of Quarry Dance 6 are free and open to the public, however, donations are strongly suggested. No reservations are required, but please note that the performances are all weather dependent. In case of rain, the performance is cancelled. The performance will last just over one hour.

Parking is permitted at Granite Pier, however only Rockport residents with resident stickers will be admitted to park for free. Others will need to pay the $6.00 fee for non-resident parking, a requirement of the Granite Pier Association. The other option is to park for free at Windhover, located about 1.5 miles away at 257 Rear Granite Street. There will be a shuttle continuously transporting guests from Windhover to Granite Pier starting 30 minutes before the show and then 30 minutes afterwards. Windhover’s address: 257 rear Granite Street.  Be sure to watch for the Windhover sign which designates parking.  Shuttles will be provided by “Ride on Transportation,” “Beauport Ambulance Service,” and the new “Fishermen’s Taxi,” all of which are kindly donating their services.

Note: Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis and a number of chairs will be provided.  In addition, people are welcome to bring blankets to sit on, as well as bring their own water, snacks and soft drinks. Please do be advised that space is limited. For further information, please check the Windhover website: You may also call Windhover at 978-546-3611, or email Executive Director Lisa Hahn at (Windhover is a non-profit 501©3 organization.)

Major funding has been made possible by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. This program is also supported in part by grants from both the Rockport and Gloucester Cultural Councils, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Donations from individuals also help support the Quarry Dances for the future.

Please come and enjoy this performance in the unspoiled natural beauty of a Cape Ann Quarry, and please spread the word.


The Rocky Neck Art Colony Selects Susan Guest-McPhail as the Season’s fourth Summer Artist.

Currents, Susan Guest-McPhail’s show of mixed media paintings, opens on Wednesday, July 26 and runs through Tuesday, August 15. The opening reception is Saturday, July 29 from 6-8 pm at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, MA. The public is invited to the reception to meet the artist and partake of delicious food and refreshing drinks.

Like so many other artists living on Cape Ann, Guest-McPhail’s work is influenced by living near water, beach and marsh. This special seaside atmosphere lives in her work and, according to Guest-McPhail, needs to be embraced, especially in these turbulent times.

“Making art is like breathing, you need to just do it,” says Guest-McPhail.

She paints with acrylics, oils, encaustics and mixed media. The papers that are used in her collages are mostly hand-printed with some found items added. “Experimenting with new ideas, such as using curly, dried grasses tied to sticks for brushes, or a night of printing in a special color makes me smile and feel energized,” says Guest-McPhail.

Most of the time she paints in a contemporary realist or totally non- objective style, but there is always a string of movement flowing through that keeps her brush, her brayer, and herself moving like the tides.

According to Guest-McPhail, “starting a non-objective painting is an interesting mystery. You don’t know where it will take you. It’s like making a puzzle without the picture on the box and the finish is the surprise. My collage papers are hand-printed in acrylics or oil and the making is as much fun as cutting them up,”

Guest-McPhail agrees with mindfulness expert and painter Ellen Langer, who is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. Langer says, “Make art for fun. Make art for a richer life.”

Susan Guest-McPhail’s art has been shown in New York at the National Arts Club, the Salmagundi Club, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and several museums and galleries. She was the featured artist in Making Monotypes Using a Gelatin Plate: Printmaking Without a Press by Nancy Marculewicz (2002)  Her awards include the cover of Arts Around Boston magazine and the American Artists magazine award at the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York City.

Guest-McPhail is an alumna of Montserrat College of Art and the Vermont Studio School. Her artist memberships include: National Society of Women Artists; Rockport Art Association and Museum; North Shore Arts Association; Monotype Guild of New England; The Pastel Society of America; and The Copley Society of Boston.

Guest-McPhail teaches workshops for the Rockport Art Association and Museum and the North Shore Arts Association.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open May  to October from10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from 10 am to 8 pmFriday and Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to

See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.




This Weekend in the Arts

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Peter Souza and 3 Sheets to the Wind
to benefit Schooner Adventure

July 14, 6:00 – 8.30 PM

Lawn in front of the Gloucester Meetinghouse,
corner of Church and Middle Street.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to announce the second of our free outdoor concerts, part of the series of ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’. Tonight’s concert on July 14, 2017, features Three Sheets to the Wind, a Gloucester sea chantey and sea music group. Goodwill offerings will be made to benefit the Schooner Adventure. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, a check or cash, and a picnic dinner. The Causeway Restaurant is also offering food to purchase. In case of inclement weather the event will be held inside the historic 1806 Meetinghouse.

For more information:




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Flatrocks Gallery presents The Manships through August 6th.

Featuring work by Paul, John and Margaret Manship.

A portion of the proceeds of sales will benefit the Manship Artists Residency and Studios (MARS), an initiative to preserve the artists’ home.

Paul Manship (1885 – 1966) is a major American artist responsible for many of our iconic public sculptures and whose work is considered to be a precursor to the Art Deco movement. There is a gallery dedicated to Manship’s work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and in 2004 they held a retrospective of his career. Having gained fame and fortune by mid century, Paul Manship looked for a home for his wife Isabel and their four children. They found a 15 acre lot owned by the defunct Rockport Granite Company in Lanesville.  With two large quarries and surrounding woods , it was an ideal spot. Being wartime, building supplies were scarce. A house from Pigeon Cove was moved to a perch over Butman’s Pit and the family moved in, in the spring of 1945. Soon after a large oxen barn was purchased and reassembled on site to use as a studio. The family home blossomed into an idyllic retreat, a showcase for Paul’s sculpture, with fabulous gardens,  a welcoming place for villagers, a gathering place for the artists of Lanesville and beyond,  offering swimming and skating on the quarries and lots of parties ! The legacy of fine art and community was carried on by son John and his wife Margaret, both devoted artists, until Margaret’s death in 2012.

Flatrocks is honored to host an exhibit of Paul, John and Margaret Manship’s work and to contribute to the initiative to save this historically significant site and the legacy it represents.

The Manships touched many peoples’ lives, Fireside Stories will be told Saturday July 15th from 7-9pm. All are welcome and storytellers encouraged!

Saturday, August 5th there will be a Gallery Talk from 4-6pm. Please join us !

Flatrocks Gallery is open Thursday-Sunday noon to 5pm, and by appointment, located at 77 Langsford Street.


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