Category Archives: Art

LIKE BREATH ON GLASS, or Living in a Whistler Moment

gloucester-harbor-nocturne-copyright-kim-smithJames McNeill Whistler once said “Paint should not be applied thick. It should be like breath on the surface of a pane of glass.” My question is, which came first, the “soft paintings” of the later half of the 19th and early 20th century or soft focus photos? Knowing that Edward Steichen transitioned from painting to photography, its not hard to imagine that Whistler and Innes were also using photography as a tool.


jeremy-adams-harpsichords-copyright-kim-smith-copyOpening tomorrow at the Cape Ann Museum, “Voicing the Woods” is a very special exhibition of some of the exquisite instruments created by Jeremy Adams. The exhibit is accompanied by Paul Cary Goldberg photographs of the instruments and of the artist at work .

detail-jeremy-adams-harpischord-copyright-kim-smithDetail Jeremy Adams Double Manual Harpsichord, Collection of Sam and JL Foster

A world renowned instrument maker, Jeremy Adams is a Gloucester artist whose extraordinarily beautiful instruments will be treasured for generations to come. To see these works of art displayed in the light filled gallery of the museum’s top floor is a magnificent gift to the community, and one not to missed. Additionally, a selection of Jeremy’s witty and whimsical furniture is displayed in the Museum’s 1804 Captain Elias Davis House.bent-side-form-jeremy-adams-copyright-kim-smith

Jeremy Adams Bent-side Form, used to bend wood that has been steamed to create the curved side of the harpsichord. The process of steaming wood for the planks is similar to the technique used in boat building.

“Voicing the Woods” opens tomorrow, Saturday, October 22nd, at the Cape Ann Museum. Throughout the months of November, December, and January instrument demonstrations and concerts will be held at the Museum and at the Annisquam Village Church. See the schedule of events here.

To see more examples of Jeremy’s beautiful pieces, visit the Jeremy Adams Instruments website here. dscf9910

About Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker, from the Cape Ann Museum exhibit catalogue:

A keyboard player from early childhood, Jeremy Adams took his formal training with Roland Sturgis, Gregory Tucker and Melville Smith at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. In the 1960s, an auspicious time for early music enthusiasts, Adams entered into a six-year apprenticeship at William Dowd’s Cambridge harpsichord shop, where he gained recognition for his skills as a musician and quickly developed his hand as a fine woodworker. (Dowd had established his workshop in the 1950s with harpsichord maker Frank Hubbard, engaging with the international movement to revive historic practices of performance and instrument building.) In the two years following his harpsichord apprenticeship, Adams honed his skills in reed voicing and tonal finishing in an organ building apprenticeship at the Gloucester workshop of Charles Fisk, working on signature instruments at Old West Methodist in Boston and Harvard University, among others. In 1969 Adams opened his own workshop on the North Shore.

Read more here.annisquamAnnisquam Village Church Jeremy Adams Pipe Organ

mission_church_tubaMission Church Boston


east-gloucester-quilt-juni-van-dyke-1-copyright-kim-smithThe East Gloucester neighborhood quilt is so beautiful it will tug at your heart strings, especially if it is your neighborhood, as it is ours. So sweetly capturing the spirit of our neighborhood, the quilt is simply a masterpiece of fun and whimsy. Monday’s unveiling at the Rose Baker center was attended by the quilters, friends, and family and we all just reveled in the beauty of the piece. JUNI VAN DYKE, YOU ARE A GIFT TO THIS COMMUNITY!
The East Gloucester Quilt will be on display at both the Rocky Neck Art Association and the Cape Ann Museum. Check back as we will be posting the dates as soon as we know.east-gloucester-quilt-juni-van-dyke-joy-halsted-1-copyright-kim-smith-copy
Juni and Joy Halsted – the center panel with the woman in the red bathing suit was created by Joy Halsted (and is rumored that it is she). 
A note about the project: “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods” was conceived by Juni Van Dyke and executed by she and her group of fiber artists. Each fabric panel measures approximately five-foot square and illustrates through iconic imagery characteristics unique to Gloucester neighborhoods. The banner’s design in it’s entirety, along with the individual artist’s whimsical designs and choice of fabrics, is utterly captivating and a vibrant visual feast. “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods” quilts has its permanent home at the Cape Ann Museum. 
East Gloucester Quiltmakers 
Many thanks to Juni for providing the list of quiltmakers
Barbara Jobe               sailboat
Mary Weissblum           bicycle
Ed Hanson                   House in top left corner near Cripple Cove and large Crane
Christina Rhodes          Cripple Cove playground
Judy McGee                 Help with stitching
Lois Stillman                 several trees — also beautiful bucolic scene with small crane
Barbara Maddix             butterflies and bluejay
Genevieve McNamara    condo apartments next to North Shore Arts
Mary McCarl                 Red Cottage Artists (John Sloane & friends)
Joy Halsted                  Lady sitting on beach (centerpiece!)
Lois Dench                   Basket of Flowers
Katherine Keith             North Shore Arts Association & water view
Amanda  Cook              Writers Center
Ron Pool                      Sailboat
Jenny Parisi                  Several Fish
Ida Spinola                   Several Fish
Maggie Rosa                 Beacon Marine
Judy Menicocci              Gloucester Stage Company
Kay Carpenter               Last Stop Variety Store
Connie Troisi                 Several flowers
Emily Soule                   Several flowers
Susan Wright                Golfers
Juni VanDyke                Boats along the top of quilt
 Amanda Cook’s Writer’s Center
Click the gallery below to see closeups of the beautiful imagery

Join Us

From our friends at Lexicon Gallery & Studios 15 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester MA 01930

Saturday October 15, 6-10PM
Mix, mingle and meet our juried artists
from around the country at the Rockport Art Association and Museum, 12 Main Street Rockport, MA.
Over 400 on-location paintings, by 40 award winning artists, will be available for purchase
Celebratory drink upon arrival
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres from  Best of Boston award winning, Vinwood Caterers
Ticket cost $60.00 in advance and $75.00 at the door and 100% of the fee can be applied to the purchase of CAPA paintings. Gala to be held at the Rockport Art Association & Museum
12 Main Street, Rockport MA 01966
Lexicon Gallery is thrilled to welcome the CAPA artists to Cape Ann.
Yesterday at Magnolia Beach met Chuck from Cincinnati.

Scenes from Ray Hassard’s Cape Ann Plein Air painting event at Rocky Neck

Last night Ray Hassard gave a painting demonstration and talk at Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Hassard is the 2016 Cape Ann Plein Air Awards Judge.

You may recognize some of the artwork on display. Montserrat College of Art Presents: Plein Air – Here and Abroad is installed upstairs at RNCC through November 13th. Artists include faculty, alumni and students. The large painting seen directly behind Ray Hassard’s live demo staging is by Maria Malatesta, Fields #31. Also scheduled through November 13th is Beyond Plein Air, an RNAC member group show installed downstairs in the Studio Gallery. Mary Rhinelander’s Patience beckons.




Karen Berger

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cape-ann-plein-air-painter-andre-lucero-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithAndre Lucero

Last night after sundown I took our sweet pooch Rosie for a walk down Pirate’s Lane. There were not one, nor several, but five Cape Ann Plein Air painters stationed around the docks and all facing towards Rocky Neck and the Inner Harbor. I didn’t want to disturb them too much as they appeared to be racing against the fading light but if you click on the captions, you can learn more about each of these master painters and see galleries of their work. Read more about the Cape Ann Plein Air event here.

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-eric-jacobsen-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithEric Jacobsen

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-patrick-lee-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithPatrick Lee

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-neal-hughes-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithNeal Hughes

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-mitch-baird-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithMitch Baird



Cape Ann Reads 2016 Children’s Picture Book Contest is now open! Grand prize valued up to $10,000

One new book. Four communities. Everyone reads!


Find out more about this public call for entry: your book could be the one published by the 4 Cape Ann Libraries  SUBMIT YOUR BOOK

NEFA at New England Libraries Conference and in Ipswich: meet up Oct 17 calling all artists, creative orgs and biz


Representatives from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) will be in Massachusetts on the North Shore from Oct 16 – 18 participating and presenting at the annual New England Libraries Conference which will be held in Danvers.

NEFA developed an indexed website for the creative economy called Creative Ground. You may have seen it; there are a couple of Gloucester entries in there.

The directory is free and simple and is for all New England artists, cultural non-profits, and creative businesses.

During this upcoming MA road trip, NEFA offered to give another presentation in our area about CreativeGround. Kerrie Bates in Ipswich stepped up and invited Gloucester and Essex National Heritage to help spread the word to the North Shore. The directory is free. The event is free. Learn more:

Details & registration: NEFA Creative Ground | Mon. Oct.17 @ 7pm Ipswich Town Hall

Speaking of directories–I love the look and talent in the Young Artists Directory at the Hive for artists all media ages 18 up and under 30. they could be in both directories 


Busy day in Magnolia on Saturday October 15th.

Indoor Farmers’ Market at the Magnolia Library from 10-2 and

Calling all vendors!!! October 15, 10-2 the MLCC we’ll be hosting an INDOOR farmers market in our Jones Hall! If you’ve been to our Magnolia Farmers Markets on Lexington Ave, picture that, but at tables in our hall. So far we only have a handful of committed tables and we’d love to fill the room with local foods, flavors, arts, crafts, gifts, and offerings of all kinds! Message us here to inquire about space, we’d love to welcome you to Magnolia!

Full Moon Auction at the Magnolia Historical Society 46 Magnolia Avenue.


Gloucester Cape Ann: history of fall art fairs and events


October is gorgeous!  And it’s teeming with parallel exhibitions and cultural events. What an exciting environment to view and buy vital work from living artists and artisans– emerging, mid-career and established.

Founded in 2016-  Cape Ann Plein Air October 10-16– beginning next week!

Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.


Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven, October 29, 2016

Founded in 2012- Paint Essex annual Plein Air moved from summer to fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016

Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008) runs Oct 14-20. Busy schedule includes  3D Flight of the Monarch Butterflies co-hosted with Kestrel Educational Adventures and Screenagers co-hosted with Sawyer Free and evenings with filmmakers.



Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5



Founded in 1984-  Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, held October 5, 2016. October book reading with Anna Solomon October 13, 2016




Founded in 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest in the country)- Oct 8 and 9th featured as part of Artweek Boston Sept 30-Oct 9


Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Premiering this month- Man in Snow, the newest play by Israel Horovitz through October 23rd. GMG Podcast


Founded in 1873- Cape Ann Museum is a top notch American art museum. The must see exhibit Design/Build closes October 9th. Voicing the Woods- Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker opens October 20. Recent Acquisitions continues into December.



More scenes from October 2016 Annisquam Arts&Crafts fair, Annisquam Exchange, and Brace Cove Art Market


Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October.

Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company

Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October 22 (rain date Oct 23)

Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights –  “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA” October 7th was the last one.

Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann October 4th. Look for this fun event next year!

The list above gathers special events and festivals that run annually each October.  At the same time, look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants. 

Live Blogging: Scaling Up conservation conference at Peabody Essex Museum

Annie Harris Essex National Heritage opens Scaling Up conference



Artists Leslie Bartlett and Susan Quateman on the program–their exhibit at the NPS Salem visitor center through the end of November). Local attendees include Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Patti Amaral Clean  City and Gloucester Cape Ann Trail Stewards.

More to come!



About the conference

Fall ocean evening sky – Agnes Martin






The next stop of the Agnes Martin retrospective will be the Guggenheim Museum, NYC, opening this week Oct 7- January 11, 2017. It’s the same show that was organized by and exhibited at Tate Modern, and just coming from Los Angeles- LACMA.


Save the date and thanks Sawyer Free and Cape Ann Cinema & Stage for bringing Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age to Gloucester

October 20th, 7:30PM at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage

This nighttime screening is a great chance to review and determine if it’s a good fit for an enrichment daytime screening at O’Maley. Andrew Sullivan’s New York Magazine article, Technology Almost Killed Me, includes “the first one to use the phone pays for lunch” strategy that I first saw in the trailer for this Screenagers documentary. I enjoyed the illustrations for the article–cell phone riffs into famous paintings–and am thankful I read it if only because it reminded me that I still haven’t seen Screenagers. Now I can!


Prior GMG Post Mobile Phones! Gaming! Social Media! Oh, My Screenagers

CNN 2015 report sussing 150,000 social media messages Being 13 on Social Media

It’s baaaack! Announcing the 2016 Massachusetts Mayors’ Arts Challenge. How would you showcase Gloucester art chops in 1 minute video?

So the 2016 Mayors Arts Challenge to tape a video submission highlighting art and culture  was announced September 26th.

The deadline is October 14th.

What’s a city to do?

#MaMayorsArtsChallenge #GloucesterMA

The last Mayors’ Arts Challenge was in 2010. You can view various past submissions on the Massachusetts Cultural Council YouTube channel including Peabody (600 views), Pittsfield (3710 views), and Gloucester (24,877 views). Pittsfield won in 2010.

Guidelines for 2016:

  • The Gloucester 1-3 minute video needs to be sent to the State by October 14, 2016
  • October 17 – videos across the state go LIVE and voting commences
  • November 1 – voting stops
  • After November 1st – videos from 3 cities with the most “thumbs-up” are sent to the MCC selection panel. Winner announced soon thereafter and will be showcased at the State House February 17, 2017 as part of the Commonwealth Awards, the state’s highest honors in arts and culture. In 2015 Gloucester and Plymouth received Commonwealth Awards as creative communities “that demonstrated the central role of arts and culture in building healthier, more vital, more livable communities.” Gloucester was honored specifically “for providing leadership, funding and infrastructure to places where art and culture are presented.”

Gloucester is huge on enjoying, boosting and celebrating creative folks working here. Everyone has a phone. Help your artist-friend,  business, restaurant, or organization that’s big into the arts.

Snap a photo, shoot some video. Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. No matter what tag it #MaMayorsArtsChallenge #GloucesterMA then share, share, share before October 7th, one week prior to the State’s final deadline. Those tags –or one of them– could be a video.

Rockport Public Library: 2 bookbinding illustration journal workshops with Jeannie Hunt on Saturday

Rockport Public Library Cape Ann Reads programming:


10AM Saturday October 1 Adult workshop

1:30PM Saturday October 1 Teen Workshop

Space is limited. Please call Rockport Library 978-546-6934 to register


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