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This Weekend in the Arts

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
Opens for the Season. 

Gallery 53 officially opens for the season on Friday, May 26 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, May 27 from 6 to 8pm that features creative artist-made munchies and a selection of beverages.

Housed in a historic 19th century building, Gallery 53 is a juried member-run gallery that features an original and distinctive collection of fine arts and crafts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. It is conveniently located on the waterfront between the Studio and Rudder restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave in Gloucester, MA. The gallery hosts Opening and End-of-Seasonparties, showcases work by invited New England artists in seven Summer Artist Series (SAS) shows, and sponsors engaging Artist Demonstrations on Friday evenings. All events are free and open to the public.

Six new artists were juried into Gallery 53 this year: Traci Thayne Corbett, painter; Eric Hahr, silversmith; Richard Honan, found object assemblage artist; Anni Melançon, potter; Connie Vallis, intaglio printmaker and Karen Watson, mixed media collage artist.

Gallery 53 is open daily from May 26 to October 15, from 10am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 10am to 8pm Fridayand Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917.

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

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The Art of David Arsenault Gallery
Ramps Up for Straitsmouth

It’s been eighty years since the public has had safe access to Straitsmouth Island, off the coast of Rockport, MA.

island cruise.jpgThe Thacher Island Association, the non-profit arm of the Town of Rockport for Thacher and Straitsmouth Islands, is raising $300,000 for a new boat launch. Paul St. Germain, President of the Thacher Island Association, notes, “The island will continue to be maintained as a wild life sanctuary by Mass Audubon. We have created a full mile of groomed walking trails. Visitors can view the massive and unusual rock formations and a future visitor center and museum will make this a new and exciting destination for boaters and kayakers in the years to come.”

With $75,000 dollars still needed, The Art of David Arsenault Gallery has stepped up to try and make a difference. “I’ve been inspired to paint Thacher and Straitsmouth Islands a number of times. My wife and I appreciate the tremendous work the Thacher Island Association volunteers have done over the years to care for these Rockport treasures. This is one way we can give back.”

thacher island north to south.jpgOn Saturday, May 27th from 5-9 p.m. the Art of David Arsenault Gallery hosts, “Ramp Up for Straitsmouth,” a benefit with dynamic jazz saxophonist, David Arteaga and a special guest. On Sunday, May 28th from 1-4 p.m. Paul St. Germain will be sharing updates about the Straitsmouth project in a discussion entitled “What’s New at Straitsmouth?.”

Since opening a gallery in Rockport in 2015, Arsenault has created six different paintings connected to Thacher and Straitsmouth Islands: “Island Cruise,” “Straitsmouth at 6 a.m.,” “Thacher: North to South,” “Seeing Double,” “Autumn’s Early Light,” and “Early for Dinner.”

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Twenty percent of sales will be contributed to the Thacher Island Association. Arsenault has created a 12×18 poster to commemorate the event and will be raffling a signed 16” x 40” canvas giclée of “Straitsmouth at 6 a.m.” St. Germain adds, “Arsenault’s art certainly captures the beauty and magnificence of this island as well as many other local sites.”

If you can’t attend but would like to help, donations can be sent c/o the Thacher Island Association, PO Box 73, Rockport, Ma 01966. Or, you can donate at www.thacherisland.org.

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Jane Deering Gallery presents Drawn from Life which opens with a public reception on Saturday May 27th from 3:00-5:00pm at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, next to the Cape Ann Museum.  Drawing never dies.  All artists drew, observed and worked from life at some point, including from the life model, as part of their artistic visual vocabulary and learning.

Drawing is an active, investigative pursuit of things we see and wish to know.  It is, apparently, immortal and brings us into a different, deeper and more fully experienced relation to the object.

Artists in this exhibition include five from Cape Ann —Erma Wheeler, Celia Eldridge, Leon Doucette, Melissa Cooper and David Hruby; and four artists from California — Mary Heebner, Isabelle Greene, Connie Connally, and Linda Jones.

The exhibition continues through June 30th.  Gallery hours:  Friday – Sunday, 12noon – 5pm and by appointment at 917-902-4359 and info@janedeeringgallery.  Works from the exhibition can be viewed on the gallery website janedeeringgallery.com.

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Flatrocks Gallery opens their fifth season
May 25th with ‘In Deep Water’

A group show meant to inspire people to action. With grace, beauty and humor these artists use their gifts to raise consciousness about climate change, sea level rise, and ocean pollution.

Two exciting artists from ‘over the bridge’ anchor the show, both committed to art as activism.

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Resa Blatman, from Somerville brings us her commitment to nature in all its power and vulnerability with work that is at once haunting and lovely. Her artistic process is filled with intention; creating layered paintings and installations using a dynamic mixture of materials. In combining paint, assemblage pieces, and intricately laser-cut mylar forms, she affects deep space and pulls the viewer in. Blatman “seeks to remind us of the precarious nature of our habitat.” Blatman’s work is complex and beautifully rendered, reminiscent of the allegorical and precise painting of the Dutch masters, and inspired by the Baroque, Romanticism, and Victorian decorative art.

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Michelle Lougee is an environmental artist, sculptor, ceramicist, illustrator and teacher from Cambridge. Her work focuses on the delicate balance between nature and human society and technology. The duality of this relationship is explored in both materials and subject matter. Her signature material, post-consumer plastic bags is laboriously transformed into yarn and then crocheted into lifelike interpretations of sea life. The results are playful vibrant sculptures. Their animated details are delightful, yet jarring because of the reference to the dangerous infestation of plastics in our oceans. Lougee states, “In my art, I strive to replicate the animated quality that all living things possess. That is what makes nature beautiful. My job as an environmental artist is to capture that beauty in my work while instilling a message into it.”

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The show is supported with a few offerings each from four artists of Cape Ann. Adin Murray, an extraordinary painter from West Gloucester, shares examples of his most recent series “Horizon” . For  Murray,  “The space where the sky and water meet is powerful, profound, and humbling….and speaks to the universal truth of constant change.” These commanding hyperrealist paintings represent in the context of the show that which we revere and take for granted.  Local lawyer, musician, community organizer, multimedia artist Karen Ristuben describes herself as an environmental advocate at the core. She brings to ‘In Deep Water’ a version of her multimedia work created for the Boston Museum of Science’s show -Ocean Stories, a collaboration of artists and ocean scientists working across disciplines to communicate the state of our oceans.  Ristuben’s contribution is both visually compelling and inspirational. During  Mia Cross’ stint as the 2016 Goetemann Artist in Residence she spent her early mornings walking the beaches of Gloucester. There she found “scavenging for objects and repurposing them exciting, especially when the objects have carelessly been tossed and deemed invaluable.“ From the debris emerged a guardian angel of the waters. Cross offers her cleverly created physical manifestation to to bear witness to our throwaway society. To visit Rockport artist Nina Samoiloff’s studio, there is no doubt she is committed to cleaning up our shores. The mounds of flotsam divided up by color, product, or material  are alarming.  By arranging her collection into pleasing mosaics, she documents our excess and disrespect with a quiet grace.

With ‘In Deep Water’ Flatrocks Gallery’s aim is to stimulate discussion and inspire viewers to action, with a collection of thought provoking, inventive, beautiful artworks.  In Deep Water runs May 25- July 2. A reception for the artists will be held Sunday, May 28th 4-6pm.The gallery will host the ocean advocacy group, Tidal Shift’s workshop crafting jellyfish from used plastic. for all ages Sunday, June 25th 3-5pm.

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This Weekend in the Arts

The Motif No.1 Day Festival celebrates Rockport across the arts.

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M1D honors the fishing shack, artist’s studio, and tourist attraction that started it all: an old building right on one of Rockport’s historic wharves, a building painted so often by artists at the turn of the last century that it was given the nickname Motif No.1.

Featuring film, poetry, dance, music, art-making activities, historical presentations and more, along with the Motif No.1 Day 5k and Fun Run, with proceeds to benefit Rockport Public Schools’ wellness initiatives, M1D is a festival with something for everyone.

Click here for more Information.

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seARTS Uncorked – The Art of Food & Wine Pairing! 2017 Fall Benefit to be Served Up on May 20

Art lovers and foodies to celebrate with wine, food and music at Bass Rocks Golf Club to benefit the Cape Ann arts community

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seARTS will hold its 2017 Spring Benefit on May 20 at the Bass Rocks Golf Club, serving up an evening of wine, food and music to support the organization’s efforts on behalf of the region’s arts community.

Guests of seARTS Uncorked – The Art of Food & Wine Pairing! will be treated to a sampling of food & wine pairings led by Nick DiFazio of M.S. Walker. seARTS is particularly thrilled to welcome DAY JOB, a high energy dance band that has been getting crowds on Cape Ann on their feet for over 10 years. This versatile seven-piece band covers hit songs from every decade from the 1960’s to current day hits. Great combinations of guitars, keyboard, sax and vocal harmonies. Bring your dancing shoes because the energy is infectious and the music will keep you on the dance floor all night long!

 Bass Rocks Golf Club, home of the seARTS Art Loan program since 2008, will host seARTS Uncorked.

 Tickets for seARTS Uncorked are $85. Seating is limited, so seARTS encourages guests to purchase tickets now at Eventbrite. Or visit Eventbrite.com and search for seARTS Uncorked.

About seARTS

seARTS is a coalition focused on cultivating Cape Ann’s position as a world-class center for working artists. Established in 2000, seARTS is working to help to transform the region’s economy by bridging its maritime heritage and a future powered by the arts. For more information on seARTS, visit www.searts.org.

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ROCKPORT MUSIC HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT TO SUPPORT DYNAMIC Rockport Cultural District. SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY CAPE ANN’S OWN Cape Ann Big Band! Sunday, May 21, 7 PM. Tickets may be purchased at rockportmusic.org

Cape-Ann-Big-Band-413.jpgAn exciting mix of jazz, soul, big band and rock n’ roll, this much loved North Shore based 17 piece band will perform swing favorites featuring singing performances by Nathan Seavey, Amy Rich, John Rockwell, Mari Martin and special guest Kiva Trumbour. Cape Ann Big Band entertains to delight and engage audiences with its special fusion of the contemporary and nostalgic.

A portion of the funds raised by this performance will support the marketing and promotion of the Rockport Cultural District.

A quintessentially New England seacoast village, Rockport’s rugged shores, hidden coves, and charming lanes have inspired legendary artists like Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam and Edward Hopper. Taken by the art colony’s culture of kindness and hospitality, they returned year after year. Its burgeoning arts and culture community, combined with the warmth of its townspeople continues to draw artists and art lovers from around the world, reflecting Rockport’s unique place in the cultural history of Cape Ann.

In 2012 the Massachusetts Cultural Council honored Rockport with formal recognition as a State Cultural District. This designation has provided the opportunity for increased partnership between the Town of Rockport, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Rockport Art Colony Galleries, Rockport Music, various festival groups, community volunteers, local businesses and arts advocates to market and promote Rockport as a cultural travel and tourism destination.

When asked why the Rockport Cultural District is important, Tony Beadle, Executive Director of Rockport Music states, “The RCD is well situated to be a facilitator of tourism, promoting cultural events and quality of life.”

Sue Koehler-Arsenault, Chairperson of the Rockport Cultural District shares, “The Cultural District is an important bridge organization building stronger relationships between community stakeholders in an increasingly competitive coastal tourism market. Without the significant budgets of competing destinations, we need to leverage limited resources to be sure that potential visitors find their way to Rockport.”

The RCD publishes a “This Week in Rockport” guide and offers free Cultural District Walking Tours beginning Memorial Day weekend. Working closely with the Rockport Art Colony Galleries, the RCD also manages rockportart colony.com

For more information please contact: Sue Koehler-Arsenault, Chairperson of Rockport Cultural District, rockportculturaldistrict@gmail.com.

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GHS Senior Marcos Trejo Nationally Recognized

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We are pleased to announce that the following student has earned a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2017. Gloucester High School Senior, Marcos Trejo has been recognized for his photographic work titled New Proyect. Marcos has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, more the 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted.  Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level.

Please congratulate Marcos if you see him.

Cape Ann Museum’s Summer Schedule of Outdoor Walking Tours Beginning on June 2nd

Get Outside this Summer on a
Guided Walking Tour

Take in some Gloucester history
through the lens of art, history and culture

The Cape Ann Museum is again offering a series of guided walking tours on Friday and Saturday mornings during the months of June, July and August. Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum, 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester and last about 1½ hours (participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time). Tours are held rain or shine. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Signup online at Eventbrite or call (978) 283-0455 x10 for tickets and information.

Scheduled Tours – 2017 Season


The Bones of Homes

June 17, July 14, August 12 & 25

An architectural overview of Gloucester building styles from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century. On this tour through downtown Gloucester participants will learn about architectural elements and styles that arose out of specific socioeconomic and cultural circumstances during this critical 200-year period in the City’s development.


Edward Hopper’s Houses

June 2, 10 & 30, July 1, August 5, 11 & 26

Explore the area surrounding the Museum on this walk past select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions in the first decades of the 20th century. His paintings from this period capture the local landscape and architecture in a loosely rendered, light filled style and are considered by many to be some of his finest works.


Art for All: Sculpture in the Public Sphere

June 3, July 8 & 21, August 4 & 18

The City of Gloucester is awash in outdoor sculpture and public art commemorating those who went to sea, those who fought in wars and those who changed the artistic landscape of Cape Ann forever. Learn the stories behind these works, including how they came to be and the unique processes of the artists who created them, on this wide ranging tour through the City.


Patriots & Patrons

June 9 & 24, July 7 & 28, August 19

Take a tour through the heart of Gloucester’s Historic District to see the houses and monuments of some of Cape Ann’s most influential residents. Hear stories of war heroes and sea captains, merchants and religious visionaries, artists, community leaders and even a few quirky characters, and find out how their contributions changed Cape Ann both publicly and behind the scenes.


Fitz Henry Lane on Foot and Online

June 16 & 23, July 15

Delve into the 19th century on this tour through the neighborhoods and waterfront areas that inspired the artwork of native son Fitz Henry Lane. Learn how Lane rose from modest beginnings in the pre-Civil War era to worldwide recognition as a marine painter and why, even today, numerous artists journey to Cape Ann to capture its unusual light. Participants are encouraged to bring a smart phone or tablet in order to access the rich sources of information available at Fitz Henry Lane Online and to connect specific locations to the paintings they inspired. 


Churches of Gloucester: The Evolution of Spiritual Communities

July 22 & 29

Learn about the histories and complex relationships among the spiritual communities that evolved in Gloucester over its 400-year history on this tour to eight places of worship (or their former locations). From the time of the earliest English settlers, the church was the center of community life, yet for nearly two hundred years there was only one denomination to choose from: Congregational. In a very short period of time, as immigration patterns shifted in the 19th century, choices blossomed as people of many different religious preferences—among them Universalists, Unitarians, Baptists, Methodists, Catholics and Jews—established themselves on Cape Ann.


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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 capeannmuseum.org 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 $10.00 adults, $8.00 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 www.capeannmuseum.org.

 For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.


This Week in the Arts

Cape Ann Museum Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.

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Image: Charles Olson’s work table. Photo credit: Charles A. Lowe for the Gloucester Daily Times, January 11, 1970. From the collection of the Cape Ann Museum Archives.

The Cape Ann Museum spent the year 2016 connecting with its audiences through engaging programming, exciting special exhibitions and community collaborations.  The Museum welcomes the public, members and friends to join us in celebration of the accomplishments of 2016!

At 7:00 p.m., author Peter Anastas will present Paper Trail Redux: A Stroll through the Archives of the Cape Ann Museum. Anastas will reflect on the experience of cataloging his own papers in the Museum Archives and will share stories about local writers, including Barbara Erkkila, Joe Garland and Vincent Ferrini, who have each donated their papers to the Museum Archives.

The presentation will be followed by brief reports on activities of the past year and an invitation for Museum members to elect a new slate of officers to the Board.

Refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public.

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Stevens Brosnihan awarded Goetemann Residency

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at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street

Closing talk, Wednesday June 14, 2017 7:00 PM
at the Goetemann Residency Studio, Madfish Wharf, end of Rocky Neck Ave

 The committee of the Goetemann Artist Residency, a program of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, is pleased to announce the selection of Stevens Brosnihan as the first resident of the 2017 season. Each year a Gloucester area artist is invited to spend a month at the Goetemann residency studio on Rocky Neck. Brosnihan was selected as a Goetemann Resident and Gloucester Invitational Artist of the year and receives the use of the residency’s live/work studio on the Madfish Wharf on Rocky Neck from mid May to mid June this year.

Brosnihan, a Gloucester resident, received a BFA from New Mexico State University and an MFA in painting and drawing fro the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is also known as a photographer. He describes his artistic life and practice as follows; “Life on our urban farm is a tangle of processes and outcomes, accidents and events, projects, festering mounds, islands of chaos, moments of ecstatic beauty and tireless tedium. Within this domestic framework and within my community, I create art, write, debate, ponder and collaborate. Some works punctuate ideas, others diffuse into the patterns of daily doings. Projects are sometimes fleeting or ongoing eventualities. The dust seldom settles and when it does we use it to write our stories.”

The public will have the opportunity to hear about his life as an artist at a talk at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street at the beginning of his residency on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 7:00 PM. The public is also invited to share Brosnihan’s residency experience at the end of his stay at an informal gathering at the residency studio on the Madfish Wharf at the end of Rocky Neck on Wednesday June 14, 2017, at 7:00 PM. Both events are free to all.

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Call for Entries “Artist Drawings and Paintings”

Call for Entries
“Artist Drawings and Paintings”

An exhibition featuring artists who do both drawings and paintings

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) invites artists to submit work to be considered for inclusion in “Artist Drawings and Paintings”, a five-week exhibition at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Jurors:  Selected members of the RNAC Exhibitions Committee

Submissions:  Online, via http://SmarterEntry.com

Deadline for Submissions:  11:59 PM, Friday, June 2, 2017

Exhibition Dates:  July 7 – August 6, 2017

Gallery Hours:  Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM

Opening Reception:  Saturday, July 8, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Full Prospectus: http://rockyneckartcolony.org/current-call-for-entries/

The intent of this exhibition is to engage viewers in an exciting-ambitious-experimental-traditional-new-materials/traditional-materials exhibition of both paintings and drawings. Many artists do both paintings and drawings but tend to show only one or the other.  We are looking for large works as well as small. We will include one or more of the drawings submitted by each chosen artist AND also one or more of their paintings.  All selected drawings will be exhibited on one floor of the Cultural Center, and all paintings will be exhibited on the other floor, so each artist will have work on both floors.

Each artist may submit up to 3 drawings and up to 3 paintings for one entry fee. The submitted paintings and drawings may be related or they may be completely unrelated. They may be part of a series, or be individual works.

We seek a variety of works from experimental to more traditional in all media. Only original work will be accepted.

The medium does not determine if a work is a painting or a drawing. There could be oil drawings and pencil paintings! It is up to the submitting artist to determine what is a drawing and what is a painting, and to label each work as such by including the word “Drawing” or “Painting” in the title.

Eligibility:
Open to all artists 18 years and older.

For more information:
Email entry@rockyneckartcolony.org

This Weekend in the Arts

Stephen LaPierre, Rocky Neck Artist Offers
All Cape Ann Plein Air Pieces are Half-off Listed Price

Stephen LaPierre,  a master oil painter from the school of Hard Knocks, has settled into his studio, home and gallery at 75 Rocky Neck Ave (2nd floor), near his former digs on Mad Fish Wharf.

All fall and winter, when not capturing the loneliness of The Rudder in Snow,  Ginger’s House, or the barren rocks on Rockport’s Eden Road, the painter has been capturing today’s clowns with cell phones culture within his huge museum-quality pieces. Seeing is believing! (www.paintpaintpaint.org)

Meanwhile, falling in love and choosing an affordable Cape Ann plein air piece, pays the painter’s rent. So step right up those stairs, next door to The Rudder. All Cape Ann plein air pieces are half-off listed price… even The Rudder in Snow!!... through the merry month of May.

For more information email
info@stephenlapierre.com
Open Studio:   Monday- Sunday   noon-10PM 

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Hudson Gallery – Opening Gala and Inaugural Exhibit
Driven by Technology
Fields of the Mind: Images, Spaces and Feelings from the Subconscious Mind
Interactive Sound Sculpture and Experimental Art

May 13 to May 29, 2017, Gala May 13th from 7-10pm
120 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Hudson, Gloucester’s premier contemporary art gallery, announces an opening gala and inaugural exhibit showcasing creative technologist MJ Caselden and experimental artist Donna Caselden. Fields of the Mind is a mother and son synthesis of visual and aural artwork exploring sound, magnetism, self-reflection and contemplation. May 13 to May 29, 2017 with a gala reception on Saturday, May 13th from 7-10pm. A participatory Mother’s Day weekend event.

MJ Caselden’s sound-generating sculptures use varying magnetic fields to induce vibrations in metal and wood. Viewers cast shadows while electromagnets and vibrating metal strings on wooden sculpture create resonance and sound. Participants improvise and interact controlling the sound through motion. “So the vibrations are acoustic, coming from organic materials, but the experience is driven through contemporary technologies,” MJ Caselden said.

Magnetic sound sculptures can provide a fully immersive, transcendent experience. MJ has collaborated with teachers from long-standing healing arts practices such as Asana Yoga, Tibetan Tummo breathwork, acupuncture, and Ch’an meditation. He leads group listening rituals and innovative technology workshops exploring integration of meditative sound into healing arts and lifestyle. His sculptures have been featured in art, meditation, and retreat spaces worldwide, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Times Square.

Donna Caselden is an experimental two-dimensional artist. She works with acrylic, watercolor, encaustic and oil. Sensorial memories and experience render her canvases deeply personal. “The imagery is born of feeling, as my brush marries the canvas I wonder what it will birth,” Donna Caselden said. The featured works engage via layers, depth and color baths. Donna is an active member of Cape Ann’s Experimental Art Group at Rockport Art Association, Society for Encouragement of Arts, Rocky Neck Art Colony, and National Association of Women Artists.

MJ and Donna are natives of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts, respectively, suburbs north of Boston. They both approach art abstractly guided by either irrational actions or emotion. “We both prioritize the feelings that our works inspire over conceptualization or analysis. So, we are both “feelers”, like that, although our mediums are totally different,” MJ Caselden said. A connection exists in that sound meditation is about tapping into oneself, and often involves accessing internal mental visions from subconscious places. “Our creative energies collide in similar realms. Painting abstractly entails drawing imagery from the subconscious and projecting it onto the canvas,” Donna Caselden said.

MJ studied electronics at the University of Southern California and New York University, sound design at Berklee College of Music and signal processing at Tsinghua University in Beijing and at USC’s Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI). His interest in energy exchange through technology led him to prototyping and electronics design. MJ presently directs a team
of engineers and designers creating innovative prototypes, products, and works of art for entities such as Intel, Lexus, and the Microsoft Music x Technology program with Listen.

Donna’s formidable design background includes interior space, experimental painting and wearable art. One wearable design was awarded the Certificate of Excellence by ManneqArt for recycled art. The dress was on public display in the greater D.C. area, and at the Peabody Essex Museum as part of the World of Wearable Art exhibit. Her work is shown in northeast museums and galleries. Donna attended Boston College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Hudson’s mission is to create community through art, education, and social activism. The gallery is part of a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Science Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of technology on artistic practice and discourse.

For more information, contact:
Cynthia Belchou
thehudsongallery@gmail.com
617.755.6672

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2017 Gloucester Public Schools Annual Arts Festival

Gloucester Public School Arts Festival on May 13 to Feature Art and Performances from Every School in the District

The annual Citywide Arts Festival, a collaboration between the Gloucester Public School District and the Gloucester Education Foundation continues to grow with another extensive downtown event. This year’s festival will feature art and performances from children in every school in the Gloucester Public School District.

The Arts Festival takes place on Saturday, May 13 and is a showcase of student visual and performance art, including painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, poetry, theater and music from every school in the district.

All are invited to participate in a collaborative art project that will take place from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Sculpture Park across from the Cape Ann Museum.

A highlight of the festival will be the paintings and drawings by Gloucester’s own rising artists – students from the Gloucester Pre-School, the city’s five elementary schools, O’Maley Innovation Middle School and Gloucester High School – that will be displayed in downtown venues – City Hall, Sawyer Free Library, the Cape Ann Museum, and the Sculpture Park.

To see a video about the Festival, visit https://youtu.be/G1KftLNJeyE

If you go…

What: Citywide Arts Festival – Gloucester, Massachusetts
When: Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (see below for a schedule of events)
Where: Sawyer Free Library, City Hall, Cape Ann Museum.
For more info: www.thinkthebest.org

2017 Gloucester Public Schools Arts Festival Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 13, 2016

11 am to 12 pm            GHS Culinary Arts Reception – Sawyer Free Library
11 am to 11:30              Mad Hot Ball Demonstration – City Hall
11:30 to 12 pm            Recorder Performance – Elementary School Students – City Hall
12 to 12:340 pm            Ukulele Performance – Elementary School Students – City Hall
1 to 1:30 pm                        GHS Interactive Engineering Demonstration – City Hall
1 to 1:30 pm                        Dancing Through the Decades Workshop – City Hall
1 to 3 pm                        Collaborative Art Project – Sculpture Park – Museum
1:30 to 2:00 pm            GHS Theater Performance – City Hall
2 to 2:30 pm                        GHS Chorus Performance – City Hall
2:30 to 3:00 pm            O’Maley Chorus Performance – City Hall
3 to 3:30 pm                        O’Maley Jazz Band Performance – City Hall
3:30 to 4 pm                        GHS Docksiders Performance – City Hall

All Day Visual Art Displays

Elementary Schools – City Hall
O’Maley Innovation- Sawyer Free Library
High School – Sawyer Free Library
Industrial Arts, Engineering, Woodworking – Cape Ann Museum and City Hall

 

CONTACT:

Christina Raimo, Executive Director
or Susan Brewer, Gloucester Education Foundation
978-282-5550 • susan.brewer@thinkthebest.org

This Weekend in the Arts

AMERICAN MASTERWORKS OF THE 20TH CENTURY

OVER 200 MASTERWORKS OF LEGENDARY CAPE ANN ARTISTS OFFERED IN PRESTIGIOUS ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION & MUSEUM’S 32nd ANNUAL
ART AUCTION.

Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 2PM, in RAA&M’s Hibbard Gallery. An essential date in any auction calendar. Bidding is available live, online at http://www.LiveAuctioneers.com, or by absentee bid submission in advance. ALL ARE INVITED. OPEN FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

PREVIEW EXHIBITION: Wednesday, April 26th – Saturday, May 6th. Auction Preview Reception, Friday, May 5th, 5PM – 7PM with light refreshments.

GALLERY TALK AND WALK-THROUGH TOUR OF AUCTION EXHIBITION by noted Cape Ann Art Historian, Judith A. Curtis, as featured in her article “A Nod to Past Painters of Cape Ann” in the April edition of American Art Review magazine. Talk & Walk, Sunday, April 30th, 2PM.

For more auction information or additional promotional images please contact: Margaret Redington, Auction Coordinator, 978 546-6604, margaret@rockportartassn.org.

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The New York Mandolin Ensemble will be performing at Rocky Neck Cultural Center 6 Wonson St, Gloucester, MA on May 6th at at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15.

The ensemble Steven Antonelli, Wayne Fugate, Richard Robinson, Roy Goldberg and Barry Mitterhoff will be joined by Steve Levy, John Ruis and Gino Cichetti. The New York Mandolin Ensemble is an eclectic group of experienced New York based musicians who seek to expand the traditional boundaries of mandolin music through their original compositions and carefully chosen arrangements of works in the classical, jazz, “downtown” and trad/ethnic.

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Annisquam Arts Summer Studio for Kids

Ignite your imagination this summer at Annisquam Arts!

Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts tips off its 23rd season by offering a variety of workshops for young artists. Conducted at Dawn’s open and professional home studio on Goose Cove, we have easy access to Gloucester’s cultural center and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots. The entire program runs for seven weeks, June 26 – August 10, with new courses each week.

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Dawn Southworth is a well-known Boston artist recognized for her mixed media works and installations. Dawn teaches art at Glen Urquhart School, in Beverly, MA, and is a former visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Dawn previously owned Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the US Embassy in Morocco, the Boston Public Library, and Fidelity Management and Research. More information about Dawn and her work can be found at www.dawnsouthworth.com.

Haley Stevens is also a member of the Glen Urquhart School faculty, as the After-Care Associate. Haley has a BFA in art and design from Salem State University, where she focused on education and was awarded a Presidential Creativity Award for printmaking. In 2009 Haley received a Gold Medal from the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. She is also MA certified to teach art and greatly enjoys working with children. It is her goal to inspire young artists to do their best and find their inner voice.

Courtney Kelly is a local North Shore artist and former first grade teacher at Glen Urquhart School. With a one-year-old daughter, she now practices art from her home. Courtney’s passion for art started at a young age, leading her to study Fine Arts at Drew University. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in elementary education from Lesley University. She loves inspiring children through art and learning and looks forward to embarking on her second summer with Annisquam Arts.

REGISTER TODAY!

You may register online at www.annisquamarts.com, by phone (978) 290-2107, or by brochure, which can be requested by calling or emailing Dawn at dawn_southworth@hotmail.com.

While there is no official registration deadline, we encourage you to sign up early as our workshops do fill up quickly!

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS

Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops

Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-1:00pm, Ages 6-14, $250 per week

Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops run Monday through Thursday, 9:00am – 1:00pm for ages 6-14. We’ll have a blast engaging with a wide range of materials and artistic techniques in a multi-sensory studio environment. Small class sizes and individual instruction allow for all levels of ability to be nurtured. All classes are led by Dawn with assistance from Haley Stevens and a few helpers.

CAPE ANN ADVENTURES

Week 1: June 26-29

This week, we’ll be on the go! Sketchbooks in hand, we’ll follow the footsteps of legendary Cape Ann artists such as Stuart Davis, Nell Blaine, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery and Edward Hopper. We’ll make daily excursions to some of the area’s most scenic destinations and inspiring galleries and studios. A Gloucester harbor boat shuttle will bring us to explore the Rocky Neck Art Colony…and to get an ice cream of course ☺ Walking shoes, swimsuit and a towel are encouraged this week!

CRAZY COOL COLLAGE

Week 2: July 3-7 (Class runs Monday-Friday with no class Tuesday July 4)

Clip, cut, collect, compose, construct – this week is all about creative collage! Made with a variety of materials, our creations will include 2D whimsical drawings and 3D found-object sculptures, and a whole lot in between. We’ll experiment with a combination of printmaking, photography, and magazine collage, with inspiration from  the mixed mediums of Robert Rauschenberg, cutting edge pieces by Kurt Schwitters, the Twentieth Century’s greatest master of collage, and the crazy upside-down world of Julian Schnabel.

WOODWORK WONDERS

Week 3: July 10-13

This week, the studio door will open to a woodworking shop!  We’ll be inspired by one of nature’s greatest treasures to create abstract wood sculptures like Louise Nevelson, wacky driftwood portraits, and mobiles with wood scraps, sea glass and buttons à la Alexander Calder  We’ll even build our own personalized step-stools. Together, we’ll safely learn about tools like hammers and various joining and gluing techniques to make our constructions sturdy. From the decorative to the functional, wood is a perfect, versatile material to fire-up our imaginations!

FROM TRASH TO TREASURE

Week 4: July 17-20

From the beach to the recycling bin, our art materials this week will come from unlikely places! We’ll cast the sand beneath our feet into whimsical sculptures, and make funky 3D pieces with driftwood and found objects. Colorful shards of pottery, buttons, marbles, shells, and other collected treasures will help us see that art is truly everywhere. Come with your imaginations revved up as we transform discarded remnants into modern masterpieces!

PLAYING WITH PATTERN

Week 5: July 24-27

Pattern, color, and designs galore! We’ll use a variety of fanciful techniques to flex our creative muscles. From collage to block printing, you’ll have your family and friends mesmerized by your creations! We’ll experiment with a craypas-watercolor resist and try our hands at bold optical illusions. Looking to color experts like Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, and Frank Stella, we’ll turn blank canvases into eye-popping masterpieces.

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Week 6: July 31- August 3

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Come on an artistic safari, guided by the works of Henry Rousseau, Deborah Butterfield, and Franz Marc. Along the way, we’ll use a variety of fun and sophisticated techniques. Make animals spring to life in colorful 3D paper-mache masks and beautifully detailed metal embossings. Channel your spirit animal in an Aboriginal dream drawing and get messy with a big chalk-pastel masterpiece. This week, set free your imagination to run wild!

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!

Week 7: August 7-10

Learning to draw is the goal! Ancient cave paintings, modern-day graffiti, traditional Chinese calligraphy, what do these varying techniques have in common? We’ll spend this week celebrating the humble line, the foundation for every great masterpiece! With tools like ink, charcoal, oil stick, and pastels we’ll draw inspiration from the textured drips of Jackson Pollock, the spirited marks of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the punchy dots of Roy Lichtenstein.

Afternoon Specialty Workshops

Monday-Thursday, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Ages 6-14, $225 per week

For two weeks this summer, Dawn is teaming up with Courtney Kelly to offer Afternoon Specialty Workshops. Together, the morning and afternoon workshops provide an exciting full day option for those students who desire a longer day of artmaking fun!

DRAW IT!                                                                            

Week 4: July 17-20

Are you up for an artistic challenge? Whether an avid drawer or a curious beginner, students will learn advanced techniques using graphite pencil, color pencil, and markers. Each day, students will learn the essentials of drawing by experimenting with new and varied subjects. Students are instructed step by step and encouraged to incorporate their own creative vision and personal flair!

PAINT IT!

Week 5: July 24-27

This week’s class is designed to build on the “Draw It” class, but it can also be taken as a single class. Students will experiment with several unique painting mediums, including watercolor pencil, watercolor paint, oil sticks, and acrylic. From portraits and landscapes to animals and abstract work, we’ll will explore different techniques and tricks to make brilliant masterpieces to hang on our walls!

LOCATION

Dawn Southworth’s studio

63 Bennett Street South  • Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-290-2107 • Email: dawn_southworth@hotmail.com

 

This Weekend in the Arts

ALCHEMY: Three Artists Reassemble the Past

Featuring Art by
Daniel Benayun, Mia Cross, and Lorraine Sullivan
April 27 – May 28, 2017

Opening Artist’s Reception
Saturday, April 29 – 4:00-6:00 PM

Artist Talk
Saturday, May 13 – 4:00-5:30 PM

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

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) hosts “Alchemy: Three Artists Reassemble the Past” an exhibition featuring the work of Boston-area artists Daniel Benayun, Mia Cross, and Lorraine Sullivan at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Gallery from April 29 to May 28, 2017. The gallery is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Each week for the duration of exhibition an exhibiting artist will be present at the gallery on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Alchemy was selected by a RNAC jury to receive the support of a grant awarded to the Art Colony by the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation. The three artists, who work in a wide range of mediums, submitted a proposal to present the works—paintings, works-on-paper, assemblage and life-size figurative sculpture—inspired by the past and now being displayed on both levels of the Cultural Center.

Benayun, Cross, and Sullivan all consider themselves storytellers. To construct their stories, they draw from history, memories, experiences—and even their extensive personal collections of “stuff.” “Alchemy” is defined as “the seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.” Each artist is an alchemist in their own right, borrowing snippets of time, taking bits and pieces to construct a new narrative. Much of the artists’ works evoke a yearning for the past, while still remaining contemporary and relevant. Looking back while also looking ahead, Benayun, Cross, and Sullivan work to reinterpret their experiences in a way that makes sense of their current lives and our constantly changing world. The public is invited to the opening reception for the artists on Saturday, April 29, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM (light refreshments served).

ARTIST TALK

The public is invited to an Artist Talk event, Saturday, May 13, 4:00-5:30 PM. The artists, Daniel Benayun, Mia Cross, and Lorraine Sullivan discuss their process, particular pieces in the show and about their inspiration, work, and practice. Visitors are encouraged to participate by asking questions.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Daniel Benayun graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011 with a BFA in Illustration. He currently lives and works as a full-time designer and painter in Jamaica Plain. Benayun’s artwork has been featured in various publications, including the Boston Globe. To see more of his work please visit www.danielbenayun.com.

Mia Cross graduated with a BFA from the College of Fine Arts of Boston University in 2014, where she double majored in painting and sculpture. In 2016, Mia received the Emerging Artist Award at the Danforth Museum Art Annual, a Juror’s Award for her work in Framework, a show at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, and was honored to receive a Blanche E. Colman Grant. More recently, Cross was selected as a finalist for a Walter Feldman Fellowship and she served as the Goetemann Artist in Residence on Rocky Neck in October of 2016. Her work is featured in the recent Volume 36 of Studio Visit Magazine. Mia has exhibited widely in t New England in juried and invitational exhibitions and is a recent member of the RNAC. One can view her work at www.miacross.com.

Lorraine Sullivan received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and continued her education at Suffolk University and the DeCordova Museum School. She taught Graphic Design and Computer Graphics at Burlington High School and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She also supervised student teachers at Tufts University and for the Education Program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Sullivan was awarded Outstanding Art Teacher by the Massachusetts Alliance for Art Education, the Massachusetts High School Art Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association, and the Distinguished Teacher Award for Excellence in Education by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Sullivan has exhibited her work nationally in juried exhibitions, and extensively in the Boston area in both solo and small group shows. Her work is found in numerous private collections and can be viewed at www.lorrainemsullivan.com.

For more information Email:
info@rockyneckartcolony.org

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Poetry Workshop at the Cape Ann Museum
April is Poetry Month

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome former two term poet laureate of North Andover, Gayle Heney to lead a workshop in celebration of poetry month on Saturday, April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All experience levels welcome.

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In this workshop, Heney will teach participants how to write poetry using the Museum’s collections as inspiration, concentrating on the new exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond. As time allows, participants will be introduced to poetry prompts, stanzas, quatrains, ekphrastic poetry and experimental poetry. Depending on interest, discussion of the editing process and the option to read/perform may also be included.

$10 CAM members/ $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email info@capeannmuseum.org. Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or by calling (978) 283-0455 x10.

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Trident Gallery

189 Main Street / Gloucester MA 01930
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John Tarrant on Koans and Creativity

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Our upcoming event is on Wednesday, April 26 – at 7 PM – at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, Rockport, MA – just a few doors down from our gallery.

John Tarrant will be giving a talk about the dynamics between koan study and the creative process.

John Tarrant is a Western Zen Master, ground breaking author, and Founder/Director of the Pacific Zen Institute in San Francisco — 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.

It is quite an opportunity to bring someone of his caliber – and so involved in the creative process – to Cape Ann.

For our upcoming exhibition on the 13th of May, we have sought out 8 conceptual artists – all Alumni of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts – to explore the philosophy and use of koans — taking inspiration from John Tarrant’s seminal work “bring me the rhinoceros, and other zen koans that will save your life.”

koan is a genre defying exhibition – opening May 13 at iartcolony

with 2 performances:

— Furen Dai unveils her newest video performance, “The Inner Mind of a Translation Machine,” and

invites viewers to her participatory performance – 500 Buddhas.

— Monica Lynn Manoski reads poems from her work, “The Reading Dress.”   — through text, video, performance, sculpture, photography and painting, eight conceptual, Boston-based Alumni from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts examine the dynamics between koan study and the creative process

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Remembering Charlie: Plein Air panel discussion led by Sinikka Nogelo

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome the friends, students and colleagues of Charles Movalli for a panel discussion on Saturday, April 22 at 2:00p.m. This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond.

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Image: Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Marine Railways, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dale Movalli, 2016 [2016.59].

Moderated by Sinikka Nogelo, artist and former host of the Cape Ann Report, the panelists will reflect on the amazing life and career of their friend/teacher Charles Movalli and the art of painting en plein air. Panelists will include T.M. Nicholas, Mike Graves, Dennis Poirier, Charles Shurcliff, Marilyn Swift and Tom Gill.

The cost of this program is $10 for Museum members / $15 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email info@capeannmuseum.org. Register by calling (978) 283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite. This program is accessible.

Exhibition support was generously provided by Judi Rotenberg and Edward Zuker and
Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. & Lucienne M. Bosselman.

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Call for Entries – Cape Ann Museum Photo Contest

At the Water’s Edge

Online Photo Contest

fiss054.jpgIn conjunction with the Cape Ann Museum’s spring exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond, the Museum is hosting an online photography contest. Photographers of all ages and experience levels are invited to submit images based on the theme of “at the water’s edge” that capture the magical place often seen in Movalli’s work where land and sea meet. Photos must be taken in Rockport, Gloucester, Essex or Manchester-by-the-Sea.

For over forty years, Charles Movalli (1945–2016) was a pillar of Cape Ann’s year-round art community, a distinguished landscape and marine painter, a prolific writer and advocate for the arts and a widely respected teacher.

Submission deadline April 30 | Live Facebook voting May 5 through May 19 | Winners announced May 26

A photographer in the pulpit of a sword fishing vessel, Gloucester, MA (possibly Vincent’s Cove). Handcolored slide from the Fishermen’s Institute, c. 1921. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.

Cape Ann Museum staff will select photos for public voting on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in conveying the theme of “at the water’s edge.” Beginning on Friday, May 5, the selected photos will be posted on the Museum’s Facebook page at facebook.com/camuseum. The public will be encouraged to vote for their favorite photo(s) by “liking” them.

For more information please visit: capeannmuseum.org/waters-edge

Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: One year Cape Ann Museum Membership (Contributor or Red Cottage Society Individual level)
  • 2nd Prize: $50 Gift certificate to Museum Shop
  • 3rd Prize: Copy of Kodachrome Memory by photographer Nathan Benn

A selection of photographs, including the top three winning entries, will be displayed on the Cape Ann Museum website.

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The Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing, maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, a library/archives and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

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 $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (18 and under) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

Annisquam Arts Summer Studio for Kids

Ignite your imagination this summer at Annisquam Arts!

Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts tips off its 23rd season by offering a variety of workshops for young artists. Conducted at Dawn’s open and professional home studio on Goose Cove, we have easy access to Gloucester’s cultural center and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots. The entire program runs for seven weeks, June 26 – August 10, with new courses each week.

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Dawn Southworth is a well-known Boston artist recognized for her mixed media works and installations. Dawn teaches art at Glen Urquhart School, in Beverly, MA, and is a former visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Dawn previously owned Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the US Embassy in Morocco, the Boston Public Library, and Fidelity Management and Research. More information about Dawn and her work can be found at www.dawnsouthworth.com.

Haley Stevens is also a member of the Glen Urquhart School faculty, as the After-Care Associate. Haley has a BFA in art and design from Salem State University, where she focused on education and was awarded a Presidential Creativity Award for printmaking. In 2009 Haley received a Gold Medal from the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. She is also MA certified to teach art and greatly enjoys working with children. It is her goal to inspire young artists to do their best and find their inner voice.

Courtney Kelly is a local North Shore artist and former first grade teacher at Glen Urquhart School. With a one-year-old daughter, she now practices art from her home. Courtney’s passion for art started at a young age, leading her to study Fine Arts at Drew University. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in elementary education from Lesley University. She loves inspiring children through art and learning and looks forward to embarking on her second summer with Annisquam Arts.

REGISTER TODAY!

You may register online at www.annisquamarts.com, by phone (978) 290-2107, or by brochure, which can be requested by calling or emailing Dawn at dawn_southworth@hotmail.com.

While there is no official registration deadline, we encourage you to sign up early as our workshops do fill up quickly!

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS

Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops
Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-1:00pm, Ages 6-14, $250 per week


Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops run Monday through Thursday, 9:00am – 1:00pm for ages 6-14. We’ll have a blast engaging with a wide range of materials and artistic techniques in a multi-sensory studio environment. Small class sizes and individual instruction allow for all levels of ability to be nurtured. All classes are led by Dawn with assistance from Haley Stevens and a few helpers.

CAPE ANN ADVENTURES

Week 1: June 26-29

This week, we’ll be on the go! Sketchbooks in hand, we’ll follow the footsteps of legendary Cape Ann artists such as Stuart Davis, Nell Blaine, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery and Edward Hopper. We’ll make daily excursions to some of the area’s most scenic destinations and inspiring galleries and studios. A Gloucester harbor boat shuttle will bring us to explore the Rocky Neck Art Colony…and to get an ice cream of course ☺ Walking shoes, swimsuit and a towel are encouraged this week!

CRAZY COOL COLLAGE

Week 2: July 3-7 (Class runs Monday-Friday with no class Tuesday July 4)

Clip, cut, collect, compose, construct – this week is all about creative collage! Made with a variety of materials, our creations will include 2D whimsical drawings and 3D found-object sculptures, and a whole lot in between. We’ll experiment with a combination of printmaking, photography, and magazine collage, with inspiration from  the mixed mediums of Robert Rauschenberg, cutting edge pieces by Kurt Schwitters, the Twentieth Century’s greatest master of collage, and the crazy upside-down world of Julian Schnabel.

WOODWORK WONDERS

Week 3: July 10-13

This week, the studio door will open to a woodworking shop!  We’ll be inspired by one of nature’s greatest treasures to create abstract wood sculptures like Louise Nevelson, wacky driftwood portraits, and mobiles with wood scraps, sea glass and buttons à la Alexander Calder  We’ll even build our own personalized step-stools. Together, we’ll safely learn about tools like hammers and various joining and gluing techniques to make our constructions sturdy. From the decorative to the functional, wood is a perfect, versatile material to fire-up our imaginations!

FROM TRASH TO TREASURE

Week 4: July 17-20

From the beach to the recycling bin, our art materials this week will come from unlikely places! We’ll cast the sand beneath our feet into whimsical sculptures, and make funky 3D pieces with driftwood and found objects. Colorful shards of pottery, buttons, marbles, shells, and other collected treasures will help us see that art is truly everywhere. Come with your imaginations revved up as we transform discarded remnants into modern masterpieces!

PLAYING WITH PATTERN

Week 5: July 24-27

Pattern, color, and designs galore! We’ll use a variety of fanciful techniques to flex our creative muscles. From collage to block printing, you’ll have your family and friends mesmerized by your creations! We’ll experiment with a craypas-watercolor resist and try our hands at bold optical illusions. Looking to color experts like Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, and Frank Stella, we’ll turn blank canvases into eye-popping masterpieces.

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Week 6: July 31- August 3

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Come on an artistic safari, guided by the works of Henry Rousseau, Deborah Butterfield, and Franz Marc. Along the way, we’ll use a variety of fun and sophisticated techniques. Make animals spring to life in colorful 3D paper-mache masks and beautifully detailed metal embossings. Channel your spirit animal in an Aboriginal dream drawing and get messy with a big chalk-pastel masterpiece. This week, set free your imagination to run wild!

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!

Week 7: August 7-10

Learning to draw is the goal! Ancient cave paintings, modern-day graffiti, traditional Chinese calligraphy, what do these varying techniques have in common? We’ll spend this week celebrating the humble line, the foundation for every great masterpiece! With tools like ink, charcoal, oil stick, and pastels we’ll draw inspiration from the textured drips of Jackson Pollock, the spirited marks of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the punchy dots of Roy Lichtenstein.

Afternoon Specialty Workshops

Monday-Thursday, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Ages 6-14, $225 per week


For two weeks this summer, Dawn is teaming up with Courtney Kelly to offer Afternoon Specialty Workshops. Together, the morning and afternoon workshops provide an exciting full day option for those students who desire a longer day of artmaking fun!

DRAW IT!                                                                            

Week 4: July 17-20

Are you up for an artistic challenge? Whether an avid drawer or a curious beginner, students will learn advanced techniques using graphite pencil, color pencil, and markers. Each day, students will learn the essentials of drawing by experimenting with new and varied subjects. Students are instructed step by step and encouraged to incorporate their own creative vision and personal flair!

PAINT IT!

Week 5: July 24-27

This week’s class is designed to build on the “Draw It” class, but it can also be taken as a single class. Students will experiment with several unique painting mediums, including watercolor pencil, watercolor paint, oil sticks, and acrylic. From portraits and landscapes to animals and abstract work, we’ll will explore different techniques and tricks to make brilliant masterpieces to hang on our walls!

LOCATION

Dawn Southworth’s studio
63 Bennett Street South  • Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-290-2107 • Email: dawn_southworth@hotmail.com

 

Call for Entries – Cape Ann Museum Photo Contest

At the Water’s Edge
Online Photo Contest

fiss054.jpgIn conjunction with the Cape Ann Museum’s spring exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond, the Museum is hosting an online photography contest. Photographers of all ages and experience levels are invited to submit images based on the theme of “at the water’s edge” that capture the magical place often seen in Movalli’s work where land and sea meet. Photos must be taken in Rockport, Gloucester, Essex or Manchester-by-the-Sea.

For over forty years, Charles Movalli (1945–2016) was a pillar of Cape Ann’s year-round art community, a distinguished landscape and marine painter, a prolific writer and advocate for the arts and a widely respected teacher.

Submission deadline April 30 | Live Facebook voting May 5 through May 19 | Winners announced May 26

A photographer in the pulpit of a sword fishing vessel, Gloucester, MA (possibly Vincent’s Cove). Handcolored slide from the Fishermen’s Institute, c. 1921. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.

Cape Ann Museum staff will select photos for public voting on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in conveying the theme of “at the water’s edge.” Beginning on Friday, May 5, the selected photos will be posted on the Museum’s Facebook page at facebook.com/camuseum. The public will be encouraged to vote for their favorite photo(s) by “liking” them.

For more information please visit: capeannmuseum.org/waters-edge

Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: One year Cape Ann Museum Membership (Contributor or Red Cottage Society Individual level)
  • 2nd Prize: $50 Gift certificate to Museum Shop
  • 3rd Prize: Copy of Kodachrome Memory by photographer Nathan Benn

A selection of photographs, including the top three winning entries, will be displayed on the Cape Ann Museum website.

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The Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing, maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, a library/archives and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

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 $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (18 and under) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

This Weekend in the Arts

Cape Ann & Beyond:
Lecture by Judith Curtis

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer an illustrated lecture by author and art historian, Judith Curtis on Saturday April 1 at 2:00 p.m. Curtis will discuss one of the North Shore’s most distinguished landscape and marine painters, the late Charles Movalli. This talk will touch on Movalli’s philosophy and technique as it pertains to works in the current special exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond. Exhibition support generously provided by Judi Rotenberg and Edward Zuker and Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. & Lucienne M. Bosselman.

The cost of this program is $10 Museum members / $15 nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email info@capeannmuseum.org. Register by calling 978-283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.

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Image: Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Marine Railways, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dale Movalli, 2016 [2016.59].

Judith Curtis is a freelance writer specializing in art-related themes and is curator of the Rockport Art Association and Museum’s permanent collection. She lives on Cape Ann and is a regular contributor to the American Art Review. She has also written several books including Anthony Thieme, The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A., W. Lester Stevens, N.A., (1888-1969), Harry A. Vincent and His Contemporaries, Rocky Neck Art Colony (1850—1950) and A. T. Hibbard, American Master.

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Textures and Light: Visualizations in Monochrome – Kirk R. Williamson One-Artist Show

An exhibition of black and white photography titled Textures and Light: Visualizations in Monochrome by local artist Kirk R. Williamson will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, April 1st with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, April 1 – Thursday, April 13.

“This show brings me back to my roots in black and white photography. I was classically trained as a black and white newspaper photographer I tend to see light in those terms. The vital elements of successful black and white work are texture and light.” – Kirk R. Williamson

Mr. Williamson has been a photojournalist for most of his working life. For the past 35 years he has been employed by a variety of newspapers on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Starting in 1978 he began his career as the Director of Photography at North Shore Weeklies in Ipswich where he remained until 1979 when he moved to the Salem Evening News. As the Chief Photographer at the Salem Evening News he spent the next 20 years fulfilling his dream of being a photojournalist for a daily newspaper. While at the “News” he photographed Presidents, celebrities, and major sporting events throughout Essex County and Boston. What he enjoyed most was photographing high school sports throughout the North Shore. During this same period he also had his work published in the New York Times Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Ski and Skiing Magazine and numerous publications around the country. He was also a New England contract photographer for The New York Times, Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Williamson left the Salem Evening News in 2000 and began work at Autobytel an Internet company as the Photo Editor where he was responsible for the digital capture and archiving of over 10,000 images for the automobile library. In 2003 he left Autobytel and started the Cape Ann Photographic Foundation where he is still the Executive Director. In 2007 he came back to the field of photojournalism as the Multimedia Editor for Gatehouse Media’s North group where he was responsible for a staff of photographers and producing the still and video production for this group of 20 newspapers and 24 websites.

In August of 2016 Mr. Williamson retired from the news business and has concentrated on a new career in teaching at the college level and running his own workshops. He is also starting a photo tour company in May of 2017.


RAA&M April Hours:

Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM. For more information on this and other shows, please visit the RAA&M’s website at www.rockportartassn.org

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

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The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its fourth group exhibition, “Un-expected No. Four” at the Rockport Art Association and Museum. This show features artworks of about 80 artists, works of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibi-tion range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture and photography.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to fos-ter self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative free-dom. 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 experimentalgroupraa@gmail.com

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.

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Arts Fest 2017 – Call to Artists

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ARTS FEST APPLICATION FOR NEW EXHIBITORS – DEADLINE APRIL 2
Arts Fest • Saturday, June 17th  • 10am-4pm on Cabot Street (Rain or Shine)

Arts Fest Beverly is a free outdoor festival that’s fun for the whole family – including over 150 juried fine artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids’ activities, art-on-the-spot creations and local fresh food.

Calling all artists! Exhibitors who would like to apply for a 10’x10′ space on Cabot Street must complete the online application by April 2.

All details about the jury review process and space fee are in the online application. All artwork must be original and handcrafted by you. We are looking for new artists to join us at Arts Fest this year!

A limited selection of thoughtfully curated collections of vintage, upcycled, unique and specialty retail items will also be considered.

We encourage everyone who is interested to apply, the online application only takes a few minutes!

More details can be found on the Arts Fest website.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Save the date for our upcoming events!

June 15 – Arts Fest reception at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College

June 17 – Arts Fest on Cabot Street

July 29 – THE BLOCK downtown street party

August 12 – Bacon + Brew Fest at the Raymond J. Bourque Arena at Endicott College

September 16 – THE BLOCK downtown street party

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Manchester Historical Museum presents:

Charlotte Roberts:
A Retrospective 1973-2017

Manchester -by-the-Sea resident Charlotte Roberts is proud to exhibit a Retrospective of her work from 1973-2017 at the Manchester Historical Museum (MHM) located at 10 Union St., Manchester-By-the-Sea, MA, 01944, Telephone 978-526-7230,  www.manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org. The MHM is open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10 AM through 3 PM The Retrospective opened with a reception on March 14th and will remain at the MHM through April 7th 2017.

The Retrospective illustrates the progression and expanse of Roberts’ graphic design and fine art career.  Works include her plain air paintings, studio work, small scale three-dimensional art, bookmaking and collage. Works featured are fine art printmaking, acrylic, watercolors, oil, and gouache paintings from Cape Ann and Cape Cod. The Retrospective includes blown glass vessels, hand-painted by Roberts and hand-blown by her son, John Wiedenman. Wiedenman’s career in glass blowing began at the Pilchuck Glass School in the state of Washington.

The recipient of numerous awards, Roberts has studied with Erma Wheeler, Celia Eldridge,  Betty Lou Schlemm, Paul Ciaramataro, Zigmund Jankowski,  Cynthia Packard, Ron Straka, Timothy Harney and Caleb Stone. Her present memberships include North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association and Cape Ann Painters.

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