Category Archives: Art

Motif Monday: The quotable Christmas Mrs. Miniver

Inspired by Joey’s and Kim Smith’s countdowns and Greg Bover’s posts, I was thinking about a GMG countdown of favorite quotable Christmas and holiday excerpts, with an extra bonus for passages with Gloucester ties. Please add or send quotes, passages, and poems that we can delight in and share.

I’ll start with a description of jubilant awakening — children bursting through doors early Christmas morning — from a 1939 book by Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver, which for me is also a sweet reminder about my folks as they followed a similar “stocking first-presents after” routine and were beloved.

A little background: Struther’s book stemmed from her popular fiction column begun in 1937 and published every two weeks in The Times. Following the book’s smash reception, the classic William Wyler movie, Mrs. Miniver, starring Greer Garson was released in 1942. The movie is based on the book but its own story. The movie was nominated for 12 Oscars and garnered 6 including best picture. The music is by Herbert Stothart who won an Oscar for his work on the Wizard of Oz.

Mrs. Miniver on embracing positive enthusiasm:

“It began in the same way every year: the handle of her bedroom door being turned just loudly enough to wake her up, but softly enough not to count as waking her up on purpose; (her child) Toby glimmering like a moth in the dark doorway, clutching a nobbly Christmas stocking in one hand and holding up his pyjama trousers with the other. (He insisted upon pyjamas, but he had not yet outgrown his sleeping-suit figure.)

‘Toby! It’s only just after six. I did say not till seven.’ ‘But, Mummy, I can’t tell the time.’ He was barefoot and shivering, and his eyes were like stars.

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LEXICON GALLERY

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An Interactive Workshop with Jo Demetra at Lexicon Gallery
Preview Show: Friday Dec 2, 5-7pm
Workshop: Saturday Dec 3, 11:30am-1pm
Trunk Show: Saturday Dec 3, 11am-4pm
• Have you ever wondered why some people look so fabulous all the time?
• When you put on the same thing it just doesn’t work?
• It is not because you are not tall enough, thin enough or young enough
• It is because it is not RIGHT for YOU, but there is a lot that is!
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Jo Demetra has spent her life making things beautiful, working 40 years in the fashion industry as a designer, merchandiser, product developer, personal stylist, contract negotiator, interior decorator, spatial designer and planner. Now she focuses on designing and making jewelry, as a personal stylist and product based business consultant. She was awarded the Isobe Sinesi Lifetime Achievement Award in Fashion from The School of Fashion Design in Boston.

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This 1-1/2 hour workshop will address:

Why do you buy jewelry?

Metals and their finishes – gold, silver, copper, antique gold & antique silver.

How these metal colors work with your ‘CORE’ colors – hair, skin and eyes.

Tricks of the trade – creating illusions!

And my favorite, the companion that we all have – The Inner Critic

For your shopping pleasure, mimosas and nibbles will be served.

Complimentary personal shopping.

Your $20 registration fee will be credited towards your purchase of $80 or more.

Here’s to you looking your best!
Jo & Seyrel

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ENJOY 10% OFF
All ceramics and paintings at Lexicon Gallery, December 2-3, 2016. Jewelry excluded.

Seyrel Williams
Lexicon Gallery & Studios
seyrel@lexicongallery.com
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Lane and the Crane

Fitz Henry Lane house, Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA. For more information on Lane visit Cape Ann Museum’s amazing digital catalog raisonne   http://www.fitzhenrylaneonline.org or the museum at 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester, MA. Maritime Gloucester discovery museum is just around the loop from the Fitz Henry Lane house. The crane is part of the National Grid remediation work by Solomon Jacobs Park.

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My Super Talented Friend

Anyone who follows GMG knows how much we love our friends at Cape Ann Giclee, James and Anna Eves. Not only do they do amazing work, but they are incredibly kind and generous.

So, how happy was I to see that one of my favorite peeps in the world now has reproductions of her gorgeous paintings available at Cape Ann Giclee. One of the coolest things about Paula Morgan?  Well, she’s actually Mrs. Morgan.  As in West Parrish’s very own art teacher.  How great for your child to own a piece of their teacher’s amazing artwork.  However, even if you don’t have a child in one of Paula’s classes, you’d be lucky to have one of these pieces in your home.

Check out Paula Morgan’s work here!  Hopefully more coming soon!

Here is a screen shot of the two paintings that are available now.  Obviously check out other work while visiting the site…including GMG’s, Joey Ciaramitaro. Be sure to visit the link above to see these close up…as this photo absolutely does not do them justice.  So much vibrant color and detail!

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Coffins Beach by Paula Morgan

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By Cranes Beach by Paula Morgan

Room&Board home furnishings retailer featuring Juni Van Dyke art @Jane Deering Gallery

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Juni Van Dyke art featured  Room and Board

Room&Board focuses on local and American made modern design and art. They create custom and exclusive pieces with select partners like Lee Industries, Pedleton Woolen Mills, and Pablo Pardo Lighting. Congratulations to Juni and Jane. Founder John Gabbert selected Juni’s work from Jane Deering’s west coast gallery. You can view and visit more work by Juni Van Dyke currently showing in downtown Gloucester, MA.

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Solo exhibition of paintings, drawings, and prints at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA, through December 17th.

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The portfolio on the pedestal and some wall pieces are not by Juni Van Dyke, but are deeply connected to her philosophy and art practice. They were created by participants in various art programs at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Gloucester, MA, which Juni Van Dyke has designed and led for decades.  I happened to be visiting the gallery when Juni stopped into her exhibit. She immediately directed my gaze and attention to their work, this shared art and experience.

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Fine artist and award winning children’s book illustrator and author ANNA VOJTECH @Sawyer Free November 26

Don’t miss Anna Vojtech‘s special program for Cape Ann Reads from Sawyer Free children’s services. “Informative and casual master class about how to work with publishers and what do to for preparing and sending your children’s books to publishers.”

 

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Happiness is art for Naomi Lee ~ See her work at Cape Ann Coffees through the end of December 2016

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Artist Naomi Lee, of Gloucester Massachusetts, found a new way of
self expression, taking nature’s gifts and turning them into art.
Naomi, usually, tries for perfection by taking many photos of natural subjects she sees, whether landscapes, seascapes, sun and moon rises and sets, over land or sea and, of course, sea gulls. Naomi studies the ever changing light and shadows and when she’s ready, puts the image on canvas.
Naomi’s inspiration of self expression does indeed come from nature’s gifts.

Naomi says, “It is all in the eyes of an artist.”

Driftwood, fishing line, gill net, fishermen’s knotted ropes, shells, sea glass or anything else she finds on a beach or rocky coast is what she turns into art.
Naomi has created art with branches, bark and twigs from her own backyard. Some of these elements are added to existing paintings to further express the feeling of the work.

 

Contact: text Naomi at 781-710-1080

Come see for yourself Naomi’s concepts of nature’s beauty a through the end of December 2016 at:cc

Don’t miss a chance to publish: still 1 week to register for Cape Ann Reads picture book contest! Plus a shout out to artist volunteers!

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Entry forms are rolling in! 

Applicants have until December 15th to upload a book submission,

but they need to register by November 15th or they won’t be eligible for the contest.

Shout out to local artists John Bassett, Bonnie Sylvester and Alexia Parker. Last week we reached out to local media including the Gloucester Daily Times, Cape Ann Beacon, Cape Ann Chamber newsletter, This Week on Rocky Neck and Good Morning Gloucester to help us broadcast the contest and/or seeking volunteer artists. Artists (and writers!) generously stepped forward with intriguing and generous offers! Scroll down to read more about three of the artist volunteers that responded to this recent public appeal. At this time we have more volunteers than requests. Amazing and inspiring!

Glass sculptor, artist John Bassett www.basglas.com, was the first to reach out with a generous and flexible offer. His website links to pages of glorious works.

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His offer was quickly followed by Bonnie Sylvester’s thoughtful reasoning: “As an artist and early childhood educator, I would love to add my name to the mix of local volunteer artists that writers may consider. I think it will be a lot of fun to work this way.”  Sylvester works in a wide range of material including mixed media, acrylic, and watercolor. “I believe exceptional picture books are a marriage of story and picture. It’s so important to see the creativity in the author’s vision.”  She has a master’s degree in early education and is a docent at Cape Ann Museum.

Alexia Parker wanted to volunteer after she was urged by a couple of her friends and fans: “I had couple of friends and coworkers who saw it in the Gloucester Daily Times and contacted me. I grew up in Essex…I also work…in Essex. As far as my art goes, I have just recently been exploring avenues to get my name out there a little. Illustrating childrens’ books has been a dream of mine since I was a child, so I thought this could be a fun way to try it out.” She included this stunning collage as an example.

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Stay tuned for more exciting news:

The Jury panel will be announced this week!

There will be a second jury panel made up of children. If you know a Cape Ann K-5th grader who likes to read or be read to, and would be excited to be part of the kids jury panel, let your library know! Names will be pulled out of a hat. For more information contact Capeannreads2016@gmail.com.

Cape Ann Reads children’s picture book contest is open to Cape Ann residents of ALL ages, students attending school on Cape Ann and people who work on Cape Ann. One winning book will be published by Cape Ann Reads in 2017, a first-edition printing prize valued up to $10,000. Additional honors will be announced.

Sponsor opportunities:

The 4 Cape Ann libraries and many regional partners have coordinated a calendar of wonderful events throughout 2016. Additional sponsors and support are sought and welcome! After the registration deadline, the contest organizers will announce additional specific prize categories.

 

 

Another fun Sand to City Class

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Have you wanted to learn how to paint your own piece of furniture and learn the basic techniques of chalk paint? Join this workshop to help you get it done.
Students learn the basic techniques of one-two color distressed finish with chalk type paint. and waxing and distressing techniques. Bring your own small piece of furniture and we will help you transform it into a beautiful, vintage piece.

Students will leave confident to tackle any project at home.

We supply all of the materials and professional guidance to teach you all you need to know to create a fabulous finish!!

Bring your own adult beverage

Snacks and soft drinks complimentary

Art at Peabody Essex Museum: Hasten to Hassam! Last day

American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isle of Shoals at the Peabody Essex Museum closes today. It’s one of the best exhibitions I saw this year. Go  — there’s still time today. You will come nearly as close as any observer can to feeling the rapturous meeting of an artist’s take with the shimmering world.

Hassam’s paintings don’t reproduce well in books, or photography. They need to be addressed– sized up, walked towards. Inhaled.

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This approach is beneficial even if you study just one. But my, what luxury seeing so many in one place at one time.  Again and again, the show brought forth connections and insight.”Funny, I hadn’t seen that before,” I found myself thinking. Artists Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud came to mind.

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The exhibition features more than 40 Hassam oil paintings and watercolors of the eastern seaboard dating from the late 1880s to 1912–an Isle of Shoals painting reunion, with secrets revealed. The Peabody Essex Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art co-organized and partnered with marine scientists at Shoals Marine Laboratory, Cornell University, and the University of New Hampshire. Their new research examined all the sites on the island, and Hassam’s painting process. I liked the research, the pacing of the installation, and the thoughtful viewshed. Besides the two museums, loans came from near and mostly far such as: private collections from coast to coast (which I’d never see);  the Portland Museum of Art; Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis; Yale (Sinclair Lewis gifted that one to Yale!); Wichita Art Museum; Toledo Museum of Art; Smith; Smithsonian; and the National Gallery of Art. Basically all painting is abstraction: I relished the chance to study so many in one spot.

I was not a fan of the piped in sound, nor all the wall paint choices as my senses were already acutely challenged by observation. My disdain for the canned ambient sound was so distracting, I had to leave. On my second visit, the scent of coconut wafted out the entrance. My goodness, have they piped in fake scent like a boutique hotel or experiential attraction, too? They hadn’t. It was my overreaction in the wake of another visitor’s adornment, a lingering fragrance, perhaps sunscreen on a summer day.

Tucked away within the Hassam exhibit was a good photo installation of Alexandra de Steiguer’s work as the Isles winter keeper– for 19 years! For anyone who wondered more about life as a keeper after reading The Light Between Oceans, de Steiguer wrote about her real experiences here, http://connected.pem.org/alone-on-an-island/. It’s beautiful!

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Joe Higgins www.fishedimpressions.com placemats are a no-brainer at $12 each

I’m partial to the Blue Tuna Tail

Buy them on his website here- http://www.fishedimpressions.com/collections/fish-print-place-mats

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3 films with Cape Ann news building Oscar buzz: Coming Through the Rye (tomorrow in Gloucester!); Loving; and Manchester by the Sea

November 4th, 2016, 7:00PM ::: COMING THROUGH THE RYE will premier at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street, Gloucester. Salinger anything. And Chris Cooper?! Wait…WITH OSCAR WINNER CHRIS COOPER IN PERSON! Gail McCarthy’s Gloucester Daily Times article shares Rob Newton’s story about Cooper’s first visit to Cape Ann Cinema. These special guest screenings are incredible.

 

Catch the movie that lives up to its name opening here in Gloucester before its Boston premiere! Next week:::Thursday, November 10th, 7:00PM ::: LOVING (WITH PRODUCER SARAH GREEN Q&A), a BENEFIT FOR GLOUCESTER EDUCATION FOUNDATION at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street, Gloucester

 

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“Manchester by the Sea” is set for release November 18th– at the mall.  Not sure when it’s coming to Cape Ann Cinema or Gloucester Cinema, 34 Essex Ave, Gloucester.

“Manchester by the Sea burrows into the mind of a man who experiences a trauma that neither kills him nor makes him stronger. Rather, it leaves him maimed.” 

-quote from Rebecca Mead’s New Yorker articleTHE CINEMATIC TRAUMAS OF KENNETH LONERGAN: After a bitter fight with Hollywood producers, the filmmaker returns with the shattering “Manchester by the Sea.” Lonergan has said he used local actors and Massachusetts crew for the shoot.

Queen of Katwe is playing at Cape Ann Cinema now. No Cape Ann ties but buzz worthy all the same.

There will be a new screening room open at Cape Ann Cinema with help from the Dusky Foundation and named with a tribute to Cape Ann Cinema fan, legendary actress and director, Liv Ullmann. Yes, that Liv Ullmann!

Searching for artist! Byron Brooks?

This jumbo bloom still-life with small flamingo reminded me that it’s the season for forcing indoor bulbs. More than that I do not know. Owners of the painting want to track down information and work by the artist. Their daughter reached out to her friend, Katelyn Foley. Here’s what we do know:

Yes, (Bryon Brooks) had a gallery in his house where he sold paintings. We have one of the first ones he did dated ’61. He was married. Not sure about kids. Not exactly sure how he was related to Grammy, she called him a cousin. Maybe there’s a Lundberg or Bergman connection. I remember watching him paint at the ocean and most of his were seascapes.”

Hmmm. You’d think tracking down an artist with such a name would be easy. Maybe not a known artist, as in Byron Brown. Still. ‘Byron Brooks’. Brooks- that’s a common name in this Cape Ann neck of the woods; several leads can be followed. Alfred Mansfield Brooks! David Brooks! Brooks in Essex. Brooks in Ipswich. Ditto Lundberg. And Berman. Byron? Not so much, and often supplanted with that wrench in research, the nickname.

Cursory searches pull up speculation only. The name doesn’t appear in artist association memberships. “Byron L and Gladys Brooks” are listed residing at 12 Millett in 1942; retired at 2 Davis Street in 1971. Those dates may not gel with the year 1961, described as ‘early’ for the artist’s works–unless creating art was a later pursuit, or hobby. Perhaps he advertised in local papers.

Dear readers, do you know more about the man, his art, his gallery? Please share.

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Live Blogging: Incredible portfolio night for high school art students at the HIVE

Students lined up at the booths for 14 colleges and universities to share their portfolios. What an invaluable experience–great job @ The Hive! We are so lucky to have such an amazing downtown Gloucester regional arts center.

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managed by Zach O’Brien- artist, Rockport High School art teacher, and Hive gallery curator

LOREN DOUCETTE STUDIO: Classes and Offerings for FALL & WINTER

DRAWING: Finding the Marriage between Structure and Feeling

All Levels

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In this ongoing weekly class, students will work from observation of a still life with occasional clothed models. Through instruction, students will learn how to see and draw relationships instead of drawing one thing at a time. They will learn to draw form from the inside out in a structured yet empathetic way. We refer to art history to learn how artists express these drawing concepts. Suggested media include medium/soft vine charcoal sticks (both thin and thick), an eraser, bulldog clips to hold paper to drawing boards and an 18” x 24” smooth surface drawing pad. Upright easels are helpful yet optional. Drawing boards are provided. This class offers a supportive environment where each student is assisted in deepening their skills and expressive voice.

Class size limited to 10.

“Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer, and clearer still. The image is passing through you in a physiological way, into your brain, into your memory – where it stays – it’s transmitted by your hands.”

Martin Gayford, A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney

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DRAWING: THURSDAYS   9:00am – 11:30am   Ongoing

Starting dates: Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22, Dec. 29

(No class Nov. 24)

@ Ten Pound Studio:1 Center Street 3rd Floor

$160/ every four classes

***These classes run continuously except on holidays and during inclement weather.  Students pay ahead for a group of four sessions and may go to drawing and/or painting class. Although consecutive attendance and practice brings about the best results, weekly attendance is not required.

CONTACT:

lorenadoucette@gmail.com

978-879-6588

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