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Artists’ Call for Entries

Artists’ Call for Entries

from combat veterans for the exhibition:

IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans

May 17 – June 24, 2018

The Rocky Neck Art Colony invites combat veterans to submit works of art to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition, “In War and After: The Art of Combat Veterans” a six-week exhibit at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Curator/Juror: Ken Hruby – Combat Veteran, West Point graduate, Sculptor, Author, Faculty at School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston Massachusetts.
Submissions: Online, via Smarter Entry
Deadline for Submissions: Midnight, Friday, March 23, 2018
Exhibition Dates: May 17 – June 24, 2018
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 20, 4-6 p.m.

The Intent of this Exhibition

The exhibition seeks to show the work of artists who are combat veterans working in the visual arts. Artists are urged to submit their best work, showing or interpreting the realities of war or its aftermath —the lives, emotions, tragedies, and actions of those who have lived through theaters of war, civilian and armed forces, and it effects upon them, their loved ones, friends and comrades—perhaps exploring the relationships between military citizens and their civilian counterparts.


Open to all veterans who served in the Combat Artist Program as well as Combat Veterans engaged in the visual arts from all branches of the military.

Details for Submission

All media are welcome: painting, photography, signed and numbered prints, drawings, pastels, assemblage, small sculpture, videos, mixed media and more.

  • Entry fee: In appreciation of the artists who are submitting, all entry fees will be paid by the exhibition sponsors.
  • Include an Artist Statement and a Bio (PDF, Doc, or txt files). Include in the Bio the artist’s Branch, Dates and Theater of service.
  • Artists may submit images for up to three works of art, one image per two-dimensional work and up to three images for each three-dimensional work.
  • Entries must be submitted via the “Smarter Entry” online entry system, see
  • You will need good quality photos of your work in JPEG format, sized no greater than 2MB, maximum 1200 pixels for the longest dimension. Each image must be labeled with the following information: last name, first name initial, title, medium.jpg. Example: Smith_J_SunsetSymphony_acrylic.jpg
  • Smarter Entry will not accept special characters, (e.g. !@#$%^&*+()][{}|/) on jpeg labels.
  • Two-dimensional art should not exceed 48” maximum width.
  • Three-dimensional art should fit on a 16×16” pedestal, be hangable or free-standing.
  • For exceptions to be considered: Please contact the Exhibitions Committee at as soon as possible. Every effort will be made to accommodate your work.
  • Submissions deadline: 11:59 PM, Friday, March 23, 2018.
  • Notification: Works and artists selected for the exhibition will be announced on the RNAC website ( on Friday, March 30, 2018 by 5:00 PM.

Commissions on Sales

  • 40% commission on the sale of non-member work
  • 25% commission on the sale of RNAC member work.

NOTE: Artists must be members at the time of the beginning of the exhibition to take advantage of the reduced commission rate. Membership is $100. For membership information please see:

About the Curator

Ken Hruby is a sculptor, an author, and a faculty member of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston. As a combat veteran who served in Korea and Vietnam, his work has been shown in numerous group and solo shows across the nation and is included in several private and public collections, including the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA. See more about Ken here:


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

We at the Rocky Neck Art Colony look forward to seeing your work!

ROCKY NECK NOW 2018: The Annual Spring Members’ Show

ROCKY NECK NOW 2018: The Annual Spring Members’ Show

March 1 –April 8, 12-4 PM
Opening Reception:  Saturday, March 10, 2-5 PM
Panel Discussion with Artists: Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 2 PM.
Poetry Reading: “Rising Spring” Three poets present, Sunday, March 25 at 3 PM.

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
Galleries open: Thursday through Sunday, Noon-4 PM


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The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) opens the season with the highly anticipated “Rocky Neck Now 2018: The Annual Spring Members’ Show” running for six weeks from Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, April 8, 2018.  The exhibition features recent work by more than 30 of the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s  artists.  This show, in both the upper and lower galleries of the Cultural Center includes a wide range of artistic interpretations with abstract, representational and expressive styles in all media, 2D and 3D. The galleries are open each Thursday through Sunday Noon-4 PM. The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on Saturday, March 10, 2-5 PM. All are invited to receptions and events with refreshments, admission and nearby parking free of charge.


The Artists

Some of the more than 30 RNAC well-known, participating artists include Nubar Alexanian, Kathleen Gerdon Archer, John Bassett, Katherine Coakley, Mary Cole, Yhanna Coffin, Terry Del Percio, Robert Diebboll, Judith Goetemann, , Leslie Heffron, Richard Honan, Jane Keddy, Randolph Kelts, Otto Laske, Brenda Malloy, Ruth Mordecai, Ed Mowrey, Tom Nihan, Regina Piantedosi, David Piemonte, Mary Rhinelander, Martha Swanson, Marilyn Swift, Bonnie Twomey, Connie Vallis, Rokhaya Waring and Karen Watson among many others.


Special Events

The Art Colony presents two special events during the exhibition.  On Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 2 PM, the public is invited to a panel discussion featuring selected participating “Rocky Neck Now” artists.  Audience participation will be encouraged, and the discussion will cover a wide range of topics, many based on questions asked by audience members.

For a lovely afternoon of inspiring words and art, be sure to attend “Rising Spring,” a program of poetry readings by Nadine Boughton, Mary Cole, and Patrick Doud on Sunday, March 25 at 3 PM.


A Celebration

As this is the first exhibition since major renovations to the main gallery of the Cultural Center, “Rocky Neck Now 2018” serves as a grand re-opening celebration. Cultural Center renovations were funded in part by a generous grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts. The work that included the installation of updated lighting, the application of acoustic materials to improve sound quality in the hall, the addition of hangers to allow ceiling mounted installations are in place as are painting and repairs. More information on all Cultural Center events is available by visiting the website at, by email at or telephone 978 515-7004.


The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, please contact:

World Family Puppet Theatre classes resume-Winter term!

World Family Puppet Theatre classes resume-Winter term!


Create, dramatize and perform a Puppet Show!
For children ages 6 through 12.

Saturday mornings, 10:00 to 11:30 am
Winter term: February 3, February 10, March 3, March 10, April 7
Location: Cape Ann Cinema, 21 Main Street, Gloucester

The WORLD FAMILY PUPPET THEATRE offers exciting school year puppetry arts programs. Participants bring alive the folktales of the worlds’ peoples thus learning valuable lessons of getting along. This program model has been refined over 39 years of multicultural arts programs for children. Time travel to a land or time far away, experience world kinship, compassion, lifelong positive problem-solving, while making new friends! COST: $100/child in advance or $20/class drop-in


or call Dora: 978-546-3222

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Workshops, Classes and Coaching with Nadine Boughton

Workshops, Classes and Coaching
with Nadine Boughton

Exploring the Feminine, The Rising

Sunday, March 4, 1-4pm   $70 Gloucester

Untitled-1Many traditions mark the rising of spring in mid-February when a thrumming begins deep in the earth. Feminine archetypes speak of “the Return.” What was buried through the winter now begins to wake and rise up. Shoots of green return, sparks of revelation appear. In this workshop we’ll listen to what is rising in us and how we might engage with this part of the creative cycle. There will be space for writing and voice; poetry and image; and sharing in a supportive circle of women.

Writing from the Body

Wednesdays: Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21; 10am-12pm $200 Gloucester

Words live in the body, rise up from the marrow. Writing is full of physicality, the hand moves across paper with each breath and our voice carries an aliveness whether written or spoken. This is a writing series to foster the unbridled and embodied voice. Through prompts and poetry, silence and sound, we’ll discover what is cooking in the body’s imagination turning toward Spring.

Creativity Coaching for Art and Life

Individual coaching for those seeking support in defining a project or moving forward an existing project, such as art or writing. Support as well for those desiring to move beyond stuck places in their life. Life as collage, bringing resolution and harmony to the pieces we endlessly shuffle. Practical, playful, grounded, transformational.

Spring Rising

Poetry reading with Nadine Boughton, Mary Cole and Patrick Doud, Sunday, March 25, 3pm. Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester

Nadine Boughton, M.A., is a collage artist, writer/poet, coach and teacher.   Her art is represented by the Trident Gallery in Gloucester and is exhibited, collected and published internationally. Her writing has been published in literary journals and trade books. As a creativity coach Nadine’s work draws from her twenty-five plus years as a psychotherapist, birth doula, and her long study of spiritual traditions and the iconography of the Feminine. Nadine holds an M.A. in Expressive Therapy from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

To register or for further information please contact Nadine


February events at Manchester Historical Museum


Saturday, Feb 17, 10:30am at MHM

LECTURE: Grafly and Weems: A Bronze Bond
Explore the Generation-Spanning Friendship Between a
Determined Manchester Sculptor and Her Once-Reluctant Mentor

Tuesday, Feb 20
6:30 reception/7:00 Program at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, School St.
Members Free, Guests $10

Guest speaker Leon Doucette, Curatorial Assistant at the Cape Ann Museum, will share his recent research into the fascinating relationship between esteemed sculptor and teacher Charles Grafly and Katharine Lane Weems, a Manchester summer resident who, over time, would become one of the finest sculptors of animals in the country.

Please RSVP for these programs by calling 978-526-7230 or emailing

Cape Ann Artisans Tour

Cape Ann Artisans Announce Details for 35th Anniversary Open Studios


image004.jpgThe Cape Ann Artisans have set the schedule for 2018.  The Spring Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3.   The Fall Tour will encompass the entire three day Columbus Day Weekend, Oct 6-8 which falls during American Craft Week (Oct 6-15), a national celebration.  The tour time is 10AM-5PM.  The Holiday Show will return during Rockport’s Main Street festivities in early December alongside Shop Rockport night.

Among the new developments for 2018, the Artisans are in discussion with a local tour operator to put a real “tour” option in place.   This would provide a convenient alternative to those that would like to hop on a mini-bus vs. drive their own vehicles.

Also exciting is the expansion of the “Cape Ann Artisans in the Community” event throughout the year.   If you have a regular meeting where your organization would appreciate exposure to this group, the Artisans will create an on-site display and mini-presentation to provide some insight as to role in the community, education, and quality of life that is enhanced by the presence of working artists.  Meet the artists, hear about the CAA history and help share the story with your community.   To request a visit by the artisans, please send a note to Jackie via

The Artisans thank the community for its continued support of its partner program that includes sponsorships on the brochure and online.  Annually, the Artisans print and distribute over 12,000 brochures which are distributed throughout the region.  The annual printed brochure with the Cape Ann map outlining the tour, will be finalized in early February and a few places are still available for local businesses.  Those interested  should contact Sinikka Nogelo [] before January 31 to secure one of the limited spaces.  Online-only sponsorships are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Tour will include 20 studios and 23 Artisans, with several working as husband and wife teams and Ruth Worrall teaming up with Bart Stuyf at his studio.  The Artisans newest member is Andy Matlow, who creates sculptural and functional ceramics and Judith Wright returns from sabbatical.  The 2018 Artisans are:

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

Here’s a re-cap:

What:  The Cape Ann Artisans open studio, self-guided tour of 20 studios

Where: Gloucester and Rockport, MA.

When:   June 2-3 and October 6-8.   All Days: 10-5

Holiday Show:  December 1 & 2nd Rockport

Community Art Discussion, January 13, 2018

Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life

A Discussion at the Cape Ann Museum

image004.jpgThe Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life: A Discussion on Saturday, January 13 at 3:00 p.m.  This program is free for CAM members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. Reservations are not required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 for more information.

Join Martin Ray and several of the artists featured in his new book Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life. Ray’s work explores the artistic talent that local residents have brought to their occupations. Whether one is a writer or woodworker, pastor or painter, mayor or musician, Ray classifies each as an artist, and celebrates the mastery that is exhibited in his/her craft. Panelists include Anne Deneen, pastor; Nan Webber, theater director; Brian King, musician; and Stephen Bates, musician/sculptor.

During the month of January the Museum opens its doors to all Cape Ann residents, in an effort to encourage membership, but also to bring the greater community into closer contact with their art, history and culture. This program will do just that, shedding light on locals who take pride in their craft with unwavering commitment and dedication. Does pursuing one’s vocation make one an artist? You decide.

Image credit: Martin Ray, 2017.

About the Cape Ann Museum

Since the 1870s, the Cape Ann Museum has been 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


Help Windhover Continue to Thrive


Windhover Center for the Performing Arts needs your help and support for 2018. We have exciting plans for this next summer of 2018 which includes a return of the great Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company to Windhover in August. The entire company will be in residence to perform Taylor repertory, teach master classes, and engage in some community based programs such as open rehearsals and exchanges of ideas about dance in today’s world.

The Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre will return to Windhover to teach a week-long dance intensive for teenagers in July. This will be followed by Quarry Dance 7, performed for the public for free at the MANSHIP QUARRY located in the Lanesville section of Gloucester. Paul Manship was a great 19th century American sculptor who settled in Cape Ann and purchased a home and studio on the site of two quarries in Lanesville. This magical 15 acre site is now a non-profit retreat for artists, and Quarry Dance 7 will highlight the terraces and grounds, the historic barn, granite garden and the twin quarries. Parking has been arranged at the Lanesville Community Center nearby, so the Quarry Dance plans are in place quite early this year.

All of these events depend upon the support of this engaged community and of those who love the arts, and dance in particular. Windhover is a non-profit 501© 3 organization. Please consider a year end donation in any amount to help us fulfill our mission and to bring these programs to the public in 2018. You can donate through the website: or by sending a check to: Windhover, P.O Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966

Thank you for your assistance and for your help in continuing the legacy and dream of Windhover Center for the Performing Arts into 2018 and beyond.

With best wishes for the New Year,
Lisa Hahn
Executive Director, Windhover Center for the Performing Arts

P.O. Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966

Phone: 978-546-3611


Christmas Tree Pick-Up Service

Boy Scout Troop 20
Christmas Tree Service

Why get pine needles all over your car?
Do not let dry brittle branches scratch the paint!
We will take your old Christmas Tree and recycle it for use in local gardens.

  • Tree pick up on Saturday December 30, January 6, and January 13
    Between 8 AM and 2 PM.
  • Trees must be free of ornaments, lights, and tree stands.
  • Trees should be put outside prior to our arrival.
  • A $5 donation will go to support local Boy Scout Troop 20.
  • Money will be used to go on Scouting trips, outings, and/or equipment.

If you would like us to pick up your tree please call New Phone # 978-309-9501 with your name, address, telephone number and which day is best to pick up your tree.

Or, E-mail with the same information to New E-mail Address

Rockport and Gloucester only please.



City Responds Heroicly

Breaks out Shovel !

The shovel was handed to “Ed’ as he was being pushed out the door,

he was told to make Gloucester proud…

He set off… Steely eyed into the storm…

Made his first pass on the boulevard…

The shovel broke.

He said “f – – k it !… tossed it into the ocean and went home.

Gloucester sleeps peacefully .

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This Weekend in the Arts




Weekly Figure Sketch Group | 1:00 PM
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Four Freshmen | 8:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Scandinavian Jul Fest | 9:00 AM
Spiran Hall, 19 School Street | Learn more:

Rockport Art Gallery Stroll and Rockport’s Christmas Stroll Weekend | 12:00 PM
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Twilight Holiday Inn & Cookie Tour | 4:00 PM
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Goodnight Moonshine with Emily Mure | 7:30 PM
Old Sloop Coffeehouse | First Congregational Church | 12 School St | Learn more:

Felix Cavalieres Rascals | 8:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Rockport Art Gallery Stroll and Lockport’s Christmas Stroll Weekend | 12:00 PM
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Rockport Legion Band’s Annual Holiday Concert | 2:00 PM
The First Congregational Church, 12 School Street | Learn more:

Cantus | 3:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:

Rising Above: Save Our Steeple Christmas Party | 4:00 PM
The Art of David Arsenault Gallery | 8 Dock Square | Learn more:



Christmas Celtic Sojourn | 4:00 and 8:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Holiday Toy Drive with Senator Bruce Tarr | 4:00 PM
Stalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Flatrocks Gallery presents A Stone’s Throw II for its final show of the year.


It is a big overflowing menagerie of  expression and medium, celebrating the wealth of creative energy on northern most corner of Gloucester. Featured are paintings by Bob Anderson, Leslie Heffron, Shaun McNiff, Pia Nadel, Mary Lou Nye, Mi Robertson, Kay Ray, Lynne Sausele, Mary Jane Sawyer and Karen Tusinski; glass sculpture by Joyce Roessler; mixed media by Meredith Anderson, Hans Pundt, Margaret Rack and Mark Williamson; collage by Anne Marie Crotty and Victoria Lopez; photography by Lyla Roth; pottery by Barbe Ennis, Anni Melanson, Jan Weinshanker and Rebeka Wostrel, encaustics by Deborah Gonet; and jewelry by locals Joyce Roessler, Meredith Anderson, Karen Drazen and Sarah Wonson.

There is something to please everyone, with a wide range of style and price. Come! Support your local creative economy!!

A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, December 9th 6-8pm. The show runs through Dec. 23rd. Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St., Gloucester is open Thursday- Sunday noon to five. or visit us on facebook.


George Martin One-Artist Show


Marsh Clouds, Meadow Paths and Stoned Shores – an exhibition of recent landscape oil paintings by artist George Martin will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, December 9th. This exhibition will be on view Saturday, December 9 – Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Born in Massachusetts in 1951, George Martin is an award-winning painter and graphic designer who resides on the North Shore. A graduate of Vesper George School of Art, Boston, he studied under Robert Douglas Hunter, Robert Cormier, and Charles Cooper among other noted Boston artists and was awarded the Vesper George Scholarship. He went on to earn a reputation as a successful graphic designer at a number of major corporations and design firms such as Polaroid Corporation, IBM/Lotus, Fader, Jones+Zarkades and Giardini/Russell. Since 2005, George has been a professional painter with increasing recognition for his work. He is an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association and the Rockport Art Association & Museum. From 2011-2012, he served on the Board of Trustees as President of the North Shore Arts Association.

Artist Statement –

The partnership between art and nature has been a central theme throughout my life. Influenced by representational and impressionist styles, my landscapes and other subjects are painted from life, memory and personal references.

Plein air painting restores my passion for nature and awakens each of my senses. I am not seeking to duplicate an experience but to choose and design what I think conveys my impression of the story. The visual vocabulary can be challenging and must be boldly distilled to create a believable account of the natural stage.

As witness to the constant movement of light on the landscape and other subjects, I am carried deep into the tapestry of color, value, atmosphere and composition. Each occasion presents its own emotional energy that will influence elements that can move a painting in surprising directions.

– George Martin

RAA&M Fall 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



Movement Arts Gloucester MA (MAGMA), Trident Live Art Series, and choreographers Ali Kenner Brodsky and Betsy Miller are very pleased to present an evening of contemporary dance in the beautiful new MAGMA performance center in downtown Gloucester.

The program features new work and repertory favorites by choreographers Miller and Kenner Brodsky and two new commissioned scores by Rhode Island musician MorganEve Swain. It is the third joint venture of the two choreographers, who presented the first “A + B” concert in 2013 at Providence College‘s Bowab Theater.

This will be a terrific performance by a company of dancers from New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts: Ali Kenner BrodskyBetsy Miller, Meghan CarmichaelAudrey MacLeanSasha Peterson, and Andy Russ.

More information
Please join us!
$15 general admission / $10 students and seniors
Tickets at the door or online (recommended)

Video preview of one of the works:



Trident Gallery is pleased to host a reception in celebration of the release of Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life, by Martin Ray, a full-color 124-page anthology of stories about the creative lives of twenty-eight men and women from Cape Ann, Massachusetts, told in their own voices, based on interviews by the author.

Books are $30 and will become available to the public for the first time at the event. The author will be present and sign copies on request. Most of the persons profiled in the book live on Cape Ann today and have been encouraged to attend and sign copies on request, as well.

The event is free and open to the public. At 4:00pm Martin Ray will give remarks of acknowledgement to the profiled subjects and others involved in the book project.

The publisher is Trident Gallery Editions, which accepts orders and offers a short sample of the book online.

After the launch party, Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life will become available from several local vendors on Cape Ann, as well.

Martin Ray also writes the blog Halibut Point Notes.


Christmas in Rockort 1.jpg“Save Our Steeple Art & Jazz Christmas Party” this Sunday in Rockport

If you like art and jazz, you don’t want to miss the Art of David Arsenault Gallery, “Save Our Steeple Art &Jazz Christmas Party,” a benefit for the First Congregational Church with the dynamic Christian Conti Jazz Trio on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 from 2-5 p.mat 8 Dock Square (across from the Christmas Tree) in Rockport.


 (Arsenault donated the proceeds of his painting of the Steeple, “Rising Above,” which sold earlier this year to the church (photos attached).   Donating 20% of his proceeds from Nov. 1 – Dec. 9, Arsenault is also selling canvas giclees and greeting cards with the steeple image to benefit this fund.

 Costs for the steeple have continued to rise and are now estimated at $820,000.

If you can’t attend but would like to help, Donations can be deposited to The Steeple Fund at Cape Ann Savings Bank or Institution for Savings.  Checks can be made out to The First Congregational Church of Rockport with the notation “Steeple Fund” and sent to 12 School Street, Rockport, MA 01966)

 Contact: David Arsenault – 518-466-9093/


Special Olympics Torch Run

Join the Cape Ann Sharks and athletes of  Special Olympics (CASO) teams by running,  walking or donating.   Your funds help support the programs for all the athletes on Cape Ann, including swimming, soccer, bowling, track and field, basketball and bocce.

Join the fun….Join the Team!

This Sunday, December 3rd, Centennial Park in Peabody for the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics!

RNAC 5th Annual Show and Sale

Rocky Neck Art Colony
th Annual Holiday Show
November 24 – December 10, 2017

Cultural Center Gallery at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Opening Party, November 24, 5-8 PM
Open Friday, 5-8 PM
Open Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM-4 PM

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) hosts the 5th Annual Holiday Show and Sale from November 24, to December 10, 2017 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.   GIVING THE GIFT OF ART features works of art from close to 20 RNAC artist members. For your shopping and viewing pleasure, the Cultural Center gallery is open to the public on Fridays from 5-8 PM and Saturday and Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The holiday show and sale offers a wide selection of works on paper, paintings, prints, photographs, jewelry, seasonally appropriate hand crafted wreaths and cards by artists Lisa Carlson, Matt Cegelis, Jo Demetra, Michael Chamness, Jose Estrela, Jacqueline Ganin-DeFalco, Ellen Harvey, Richard Honan, Nancy Jarvis, Jane Keddy, Mary McCarl, Ruth Modecai, Tom Nihan, Michael Oleksiw, David Piemonte, Karen Pischke, Rev Rejman, and Deb Schradieck. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy some holiday treats and libations at the opening celebration party on Friday, November 24 from 5 to 8 PM.

Please visit the Rocky Neck Art Colony Cultural Center and enjoy the work of all these artists during the, 5th Annual Holiday Show exhibition, November 24 – December 10, 2017.  Be inspired as you browse and consider the varied and unique gifts of art!

 Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, one of the artist’s exhibiting at the holiday show, takes inspiration from both history and antique glass. She creates custom-designed hair accessories, using pieces of sea glass and pottery collected from the shores of Cape Ann. She creates hair accessories and jewelry, which are exhibited in numerous boutiques and galleries.

David Piemonte, whose work is featured in the holiday show, is a fine-art photographer. He is fascinated by what the camera captures, as opposed to what the eye sees. He uses his captivating black-and-white photographic images to create interesting and unique greeting cards and prints.

Ruth Mordecai who is well known for her masterful mixed-media paintings, is also included in the RNAC holiday show.  Her canvases and watercolors make use of a broad range of colors and sculptural references.

José Estrela is an established graphic designer whose art is created upon wood, tile and paper.  José’s mindset and work developed over the years reflect upon the vivid landscapes, colors and music of his native Azores, Portugal and reinforced by early schooling in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Lisa Carlson is a jewelry designer; whose glass beaded jewelry is created with beads from China, Czech Republic, Switzerland, India, and elsewhere. Some beads are pressed, others faceted, and some have a special coating that reflects light in ways that defy description. Many are lined with silver, copper, or gold making the beads sparkle and shimmer. They often take on a harmony of their own that is unexpected. She specializes in sparkle, color, and unusual shapes.

This Weekend in the Arts

What Makes Fitz Henry Lane’s Lithographs So Special?

Curator’s talk at the Cape Ann Museum


Image credit: Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865), View of the Town of Gloucester, Mass., 1836. Colored lithograph on paper. Pendleton’s Lithography, Boston. Bequest of E. Hyde Cox, 1998 [Acc. #1998.36.10].

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an illustrated talk with Georgia Barnhill, the guest curator of Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane, on Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. This program is $10 for Museum members/$20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). For more information or to make a reservation call 978-283-0455 x10 or reserve online at

Drawn from Nature & on Stone is the first ever comprehensive exhibition focusing on 19th century American artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865) as a printmaker. Guest curator, Georgia Barnhill, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts Emerita at the American Antiquarian Society, worked closely with the Cape Ann Museum in organizing this special show. The exhibition offers scholars and lay people alike the opportunity to explore the intersection of Lane’s work as a printmaker and a painter, to learn more about the art of lithography and to consider the enduring effects printing has on American culture from the early 19th century through today. In her presentation, Barnhill will talk about Lane’s career set against work by his contemporaries.

Georgia Barnhill was curator of graphic arts at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester for forty years and established its Center for Historic American Visual Culture several years before retiring in 2012.  She worked with Sally Pierce and Catharina Slautterback on the Athenaeum’s 1997 exhibition, Early American Lithography: Images to 1830. Among her publications are Wild Impressions: The Adirondacks on Paper, Bibliography on American Prints of the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Centuries. She has edited several conference volumes including New Views of New England: Studies in Material and Visual Culture, 1680-1830 with Martha McNamara for the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. She has lectured and published extensively on the Antiquarian Society’s collections of prints, illustrated books, and ephemera. She has served on the boards of the American Historical Print Collectors Society, the Print Council of America, and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. She currently resides in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she is president of the Amherst Historical Society.

About the Cape Ann Museum

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


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