Author Archives: Kim Smith

Trident Live Art Series: Invisible Cities in Performance

12141696_955564557836919_4195143480324585120_nThe Trident Live Art Series is pleased to present Invisible Cities in Performance, an exploration of Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cites involving spoken text, music, visual art, projected images, and dance, produced by Gallery Director Matthew Swift, Trident Live Art Series Director Sarah Slifer Swift, and artist Ed Touchette. Members of the community

Admission is free. Voluntary donations ($10 suggested) compensate the artists. The free experience of art at Trident Gallery is made possible by those guests who support the arts through purchases of fine art and donations to performing artists. Read more


Photo_1_6334L to R: (Latham) Robert Walsh; (Stumpy) Francisco Solorzano


 The New England Premiere of Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue ends its run at Gloucester Stage on Sunday, October 11. Directed by Mr. Horovitz, Gloucester Blue takes place in the attic loft of an old industrial building in The Fort section of Gloucester owned by the upscale Bradford Ellis IV also known as Bummy and his wife Lexi. Working class housepainter Stumpy has been contracted to refurbish the building and he has hired Latham, friend-of-a-friend, to help him complete the job. As the play opens, Stumpy and Latham are hard at work, spackling damaged walls and applying fresh plaster and primer. Out of work for the last six months Latham is grateful for the job. When Lexi shows up with paint color samples, a story of intrigue, seduction, betrayal and money is set into motion in this dark comedy. The New England premiere of Horovitz’s newest Gloucester play has received unanimous rave reviews during its run at Gloucester Stage.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pmTicket prices are $28 for all performances. Tickets are $1 for ages 25 Years Old and under for all performances. All performances are held at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit


Photos by Gary Ng



Local Northshore guy and friend to many Nick Frews needs heart surgery ~ Read Nick’s Story here on his Go Fund Me page.

Nick’s Family writes, “…So I’m asking from deep inside my healthy heart, can you help Nick repair his big, beautiful, not so perfect heart? How wonderful you will feel knowing you are part of his story that will undoubtedly be told for many years to come. Any amount will help to relieve his stresses and make his recovery easier at home. Thank you.”



Kendall Hotel Dalmation -2 ©Kim Smith 2015.jpgKendall Hotel -4 ©Kim Smith 2015.jpgLocated adjacent to MIT and with Google offices across the street, the Kendall Hotel is one of the few remaining historical buildings in technology-driven Kendall Square. Built in 1874, The Engine 7 Firehouse has been renovated with modern conveniences while beautifully preserving its authenticity and is replete with 19th-century inspired furnishings, American folk art, and complimentary breakfast “fit for a fireman.”

Thursday at the Kendall Hotel we installed custom-made planters with treillage to create a partially enclosed courtyard. We planted gorgeous mums in an array of fall colors; next to come is holiday decor (with lights!); and in the spring we’ll really make it sing. Stop by the whimsical and welcoming Kendall Hotel and have a look!

Kendall Hotel ©Kim Smith 2015

Or better even, plan to have lunch at the Hotel’s restaurant, the Black Sheep, where you’ll find delicious home-style classic American cuisine (with choices for meat-eaters and vegetarians) and all made from fresh, locally sourced organic ingredients.Kendall Hotel -3 ©Kim Smith 2015

Kendall Hotel -2 ©Kim Smith 2015Kendall Hotel -6 ©Kim Smith 2015The Art at the Kendall

“The artwork found throughout the hotel was carefully curated by owner Charlotte Forsythe, and includes some pieces by local artists commissioned specifically for The Kendall. Many items on display are an example of form and function, including a clock by Concord, MA artist Richard Dunbrack, which is comprised of “significant period artifacts and found objects.” A textile appliqué by Chris Roberts-Antieau, called “Circus,” is draped over the couch in the upper lobby where ceramic work by artist and owner, Charlotte, is also on display.

Pieces by American artists Richard Merkin and John Whipple hang in the upper lobby; Whipple’s technique of layering collage elements with charcoal and paint, yet letting the wood beneath show through, is reflective of the care and creativity that has helped revive the firehouse. Prints by Leonard Baskin and John Imber, both celebrated New England artists, can be found in the guest rooms. JJ Fandetti, the son of owners Charlotte and Gerald, also contributed several collage pieces, including his aptly named “Firehouse Machine.”

Kendall Hotel dalmation Kim Smith 2015Black Sheep Restaurant ©Kim Smith 2015

Dogtown Days

Join the Friends of Dogtown to kick off a weekend celebrating Dogtown!

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present, in collaboration with the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library, a day dedicated to all things Dogtown on Saturday, October 17 from 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. Hear from expert panelists on topics ranging from artists inspired by Dogtown to the geology of Dogtown and everything in between. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please email or call (978) 283-0455 x10.

unnamed-1Whale’s Jaw, Dogtown. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.

Dogtown Days is a celebration of the art, history, archaeology, geology, ecology and mystery of Dogtown, from the remains of its colonial settlement to its treasures along the trails through the watershed land and glacial heaths that lie at the heart of Cape Ann. Its 3,000 acres serve as the inspiration for Saturday’s panelists: Mark Carlotto, Mary Ellen Lepionka, Ed Becker, Chris Leahy, Ted Tarr, Noel Mann, Shep Abbott and Tom Halsted. Join these Friends of Dogtown as they explore the cellars of Dogtown, the Native Americans who lived there and the many insects and birds that call the habitats of Dogtown their home.

Following the Dogtown expert panel discussion, the Friends of Dogtown invite all audience members to join them for a reception with cake and ale in the Friend Room at the Sawyer Free Library nearby.



RobertWalsh.212Gloucester Stage is pleased to announce that Robert Walsh has been named Artistic Director of the 36-year old non-profit professional theatre, effective immediately. Walsh’s appointment as Artistic Director continues a 20-year relationship with Gloucester Stage as both an actor and director as well as serving as Interim Artistic Director since December, 2014. During Gloucester Stage’s 2015 season Walsh directed Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom and currently appears in the New England premiere of Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue, which has extended it run through October 11.

According to the President of Gloucester Stage’s Board of DirectorsRobert Boulrice, “This summer we conducted an exhaustive national search that generated 86 applicants. I am delighted to say that after a whole lot of work, all we had to do was remove the “Interim” tag from Bob Walsh’s Artistic Director title! The cream rose to the top, and it was locally churned.” Reflecting on the Walsh’s accomplishments as Interim Artistic Director, Boulrice continues, “Bob has been at the artistic helm for the entire 2015 season. Many patrons have commented that this has been our best season ever. He is already at work finding plays for our next season, news of which we want to tease our audiences with before the 2015 season ends. As an actor/director, Bob Walsh has graced the Gloucester Stage for many years. As our Artistic Director, it will be great having him program the plays that will appear on it.”

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Furtive creatures that peer at you, while you are filming and photographing them!

White-tailed deer -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

While recording audio for my Monarch film at the same field over a several week period, occasionally I came upon a deer family. Not quick enough to get more than a fleeting snapshot however, these two deer were spotted peering at me while I waited in vain for their return, so that I could peer back at them!

Wild Turkey ©Kim Smith 2015 copySurprise Turkey-in-a-Tree Encounter

Rabbit ©Kim Smith 2015Ubiquitous bunny, abundantly present on every film shoot. 

Chipmunk ©Kim Smith 2015Chipmunk

White-tailed Deer ©Kim Smith 2015The wrong end of the deer I’m most likely to capture.



Mayor Romeo Thekan and Committee for the Arts Public Meeting with Arts Advisor Elizabeth Keithline

Last night, the first of three meetings to engage community members in determining a public art policy was held at City Hall. Consultant Elizabeth Keithline of Wheel Arts Administration has been hired to gather information and make recommendations. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – I urge everyone to attend these meetings at this critical crossroad in our changing public art policy! 

Keithline asked to hear from Gloucester residents about the following questions:

  • What is your vision for public art in Gloucester? What would you like to see happen here?
  • Do you have any recommendations on how that vision can become a reality?
  • Name and/or describe public art in Gloucester that you like or don’t like.
  • Do you have any recommendations on how Gloucester can improve its public art processes?
  • Do you have any specific recommendations on what a public art policy for Gloucester should contain?

Email your responses, or any information you care to share, to All comments are unattributed. Keithline will be conducting a public meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 pm. She will present a second meeting for City Council on October 13th. A third meeting will be held on November 10 to present a draft of the new policy.

Elizabeth Keithline ©Kim Smith 2015

About the Gloucester Committee for the Arts (CFTA)

Made up of citizen volunteers appointed by the Mayor and City Council, the Committee for the Arts (CFTA) was established by City ordinance in 2000 to promote and celebrate Gloucester’s cultural heritage and to foster an appreciation of arts and artists in the local community. The Committee works to preserve and increase awareness of Gloucester’s WPA-era murals and other city-owned art. Additionally, the Committee develops and promotes educational programs and establishes awards and honors to recognize local artists. The committee works with other city departments to shape and implement a city-wide public art policy. The Committee advises City officials on the value of a diverse, cultural life as well as encourages art programs within public schools.  (From the City of Gloucester website). 


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