Category Archives: Art

LIVE: Go, just go! City Hall #GloucesterMA, Stephanie Benenson Harbor Voices

What a celebration of pubic art and community! And such a stunning experience in City Hall. Don’t miss Stephanie Benenson’s Harbor Voices public art installation happening now at City Hall, Gloucester, MA. Open until 8pm tonight. Tomorrow 4-8pm. Participate remotely anytime. Read more about Stephanie Benenson and Harbor Voices.

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photos – We went back twice and saw all ages visiting and myriad reactions and interactions. Julie was there from Open Doors, one of the non-profit partners in the project.

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Sista Felicia’s awesome Gingerbread House

For our grandchildren, this Gingerbread House is amazing. The photo only shows a little of how wonderful the Gingerbread House is. It is amazing with the candy, gingerbread, directions, etc. My grandchildren will love this.

Cape Ann Museum Tenth Annual Women’s Luncheon rolls out the @GrosvenorWilton carpet

December 6, 2017 – more photos to come!

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Hundreds of guests streaming in to enjoy the 10th Annual Women’s Luncheon, Cape Ann Museum’s wonderful annual benefit to help raise funds for a unique collections-related project.

Ahead of the lunch, happy guests  are viewing the stunning wallpaper in the Davis house,l– acquired with support from last year’s luncheon–, current exhibitions, and holiday shopping in the museum’s boutique shop.

New to the gift shop- custom sampler

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The 2017 luncheon campaign will support “the purchase and installation of historically accurate carpeting in the Captain Elias Davis House, a Federal style structure built in 1804…Carpet for this project will be made by the Grosvenor Wilton Company Ltd. founded in 1790.” 

Photo – Davis House before carpet

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The 10th Annual Women’s Luncheon welcomes Melissa Geisler Trafton, an art historian specializing in 19th century landscape painting, as the special speaker. Trafton was the Adjunct Curator and Managing Editor for the museum’s momentous Fitz Henry Lane Online and wrote one of the essays in the exhibition catalog for the current exhibition: Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane.

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Lindsay Crouse, Peter Krasinski soar | Peter Pan silent film screening at Cape Ann Cinema

Another unforgettable Cape Ann Cinema & UU Gloucester Meetinghouse collaboration was held on Sunday, December 3, 2017–a special screening of the silent film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as a benefit for Pathways for Children. Ellen Sibley was there for Pathways, welcoming guests and opening the evening.

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photo caption: Sound check (Peter Krasinski and Lindsay Crouse readying their accompanying live performances for silent film Peter Pan screening at Gloucester Cinema & Stage, a Gloucester Meetinghouse benefit for Pathways for Children)

Renowned organist Peter Krasinski explained that star Lindsay Crouse would use her artistry to accompany this silent screening like a Benshi, a Japanese word for performers who provided live narration for silent films in order to translate the intertitles. Though Krasinski has collaborated with benshi in Japan for some of his live performances, yesterday’s event was the first time he’s done so in the United States. I went to film school and was fortunate to take master classes in cinema studies with Bill Everson, a film historian and major collector. He’d invite Lillian Gish and other silent screen stars and producers to lecture, and always there were amazing accompanists. Not once though have I experienced a narration, too. I’ve heard Krasinski play before and seen Crouse act in film, tv and Gloucester Stage. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it would be like nothing else I’d ever experienced.  Krasinski has seen Peter Pan numerous times and his confident music was subtle and charming, cueing the music to the action on the screen and improvising along with Crouse. Crouse’s narration was pitch perfect. Crouse spoke of her affection for the story and related seeing it 17 times as a child (yes, with Mary Martin) and how it’s among the defining and formative theatrical pulls of her youth.Who knew Nana’s whimpering and such subtle variations of so many characters crying throughout Peter Pan was possible? I googled Lindsay Crouse audiobooks right when I got home. Lindsay Crouse audiobooks

What amazing effort and art for a good cause.

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#GloucesterMA national news | Delaware Art Museum John Sloan retrospective

Gloucester, MA is one of four featured walls –and the backdrop for this interview– in the major retrospective exhibition,  AN AMERICAN JOURNEY THE ART OF JOHN SLOAN at the Delaware Art Museum through January 28, 2018. “The exhibition includes nearly 100 works–drawings, prints, and paintings–produced between 1890 and 1946. The Delaware Art Museum holds the largest collection of work by the American artist and illustrator John Sloan, as well as a rich trove of archival materials. This exhibition draws from and celebrates this extraordinary collection, made possible by the artist’s widow Helen Farr Sloan.” The Cape Ann Museum has five Sloan paintings and featured dozens of Sloan’s Gloucester paintings in a major 2015 exhibition.

2017 Video and excerpt from the Brian Drouin WHYY report and interview with Heather Campbell Coyle, Chief Curator at the Delaware Art Museum, on the occassion of the Delaware Art Museum major John Sloan Retrospective.

“His brightest colors are probably when he is working outdoors in Gloucester, Massachusetts from 1914-1918.” By this time Sloan would have been exposed to European painters. “The work of Cézanne, the work of Matisse, the work of Vincent van Gogh, and all of those artists are influencing his work as well,” Coyle said.

Curator Coyle interviewed Delaware Art Museum in front of Gloucester wall of John Sloan retrospective

Martin Ray’s new book! Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life

Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life, by Martin Ray

December 4, 2017 at Trident Gallery

“The book will be offered for sale at $30.00 during a SIGNING PARTY at Trident Gallery, 189 Main Street, Gloucester, 3:00-5:00 Sunday afternoon December 10. At 4:00 I will give remarks of acknowledgement to the profilees and to the team which coalesced to grace the printed book with elegance. I hope to see you there.” – Martin Ray

January 13, 2018 Cape Ann Museum reception and panel

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8 local artists, The Aqua Divas, upcoming exhibition in Marblehead

“Reflections: A Group Show by the Aqua Divas” is an upcoming exhibition opening December 4 at the Carten Gallery, Marblehead’s Abbott Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA. The show features 8 artists from Gloucester, Manchester, Marblehead, and Sudbury.

Monday, December 4 –  Saturday, December 30
Public Reception: Saturday, December 9, 2:00 – 4:00PM

From their printed matter:

“The Aqua Divas are a group of eight like-minded ladies who love to experiment with water media. We are all individuals with our own styles and palettes and like to think our paintings reflect who we are. We paint together once a week and help each other achieve our own artistic goals. Any subject is fair game as our motto is “give it a try”. We use a wide range of techniques, as we help each other become better painters. We hail from Marblehead, Manchester, Gloucester and Sudbury.”

The Aqua Divas participating artists: Pat Flaherty, Marion Hall, Jeannie McIntyre, Brenda Lee Rangel, Charlotte Roberts, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Ginny von Rueden, Jean Yeaple

Boston Globe on Cape Ann Museum Fitz Henry Lane

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The wonderful Cape Ann Museum exhibition Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane was in the news two more times this week: reviewed by Cate McQuid in the Boston Globe, and Rick Russack in Antiques and Arts Weekly.

Click the link to read the Boston Globe article:  “Honoring an artistic native son in Gloucester” by Cate McQuaid 

Click the link to read the Antiques and Arts Weekly article: Drawn From Nature & On Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane

This comprehensive exhibition focusing on Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865) as a printmaker runs through March 2018. Georgia Barnhill, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts Emerita at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, served as guest curator and worked closely with the Museum to organize this special show.

Barnhill will be giving another curator gallery talk Saturday, December 2, 9:30AM.

More photos from the exhibition

Stephanie Benenson HARBOR VOICES light show #GloucesterMA | immigration, conversation & acts of generosity manifest as public art

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You can join in Stephanie Benenson’s fascinating big vision, Harbor Voices, a public art and cultural piece that’s made from light, sound and community participation. Part of the project is a  large-scale and temporary LIVE light & sound installation which will happen on ten minute loops from 4-8pm on Friday December 8th, and Saturday December 9th, one of many featured events for the 2017 Middle Street Walk. Harbor Voices will be held inside the Kyrouz Auditorium in City Hall , 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA.

Come experience a sweeping ocean of sound, stories and light, drawn by the voices and acts of generosity of neighbors and friends.

Benenson, a Rockport native and North Shore based fine artist, received a prestigious and competitive RISD grant to create Harbor Voices. Benenson collected over 100 stories in eight languages of recent and ancestral immigration to Cape Ann. For the past year she led (and continues to lead) practical and creative storytelling sessions and workshops at area schools like Veteran’s Memorial and Gloucester High School,  as well as community organizations and centers such as Sandy Bay Historical Society. Students talked with Benenson about “their ancestors* and families bringing cultural heritage to Cape Ann.” She said that kids mentioned “family members that started businesses here (like Jalapenos, Sclafanis, and other cultural destinations on Cape Ann)…and how meangingful that was to them…and people that they had deep respect and admiration for…” They discussed “family recipes, music, food and how immigration historically has made American art and culture come alive.”  Mayor Romeo Theken was the first story collected. Other Cape Ann storytellers outside of the schools and non profit partners include: Jean Testaverde (Portuguese fishing ancestry), Ingrid Swan (Swedith quarrying ancestry), Heather Lovett (descendent of Roger Babson), Sal Zerilli (Awesome Gloucester and Rockport), Jan Bell, Buddy Woods, Susannah Natti (Finnish and descendent of Folly Cove designer), Rich Francis (GHS teacher), and Celestino Basille (GHS teacher).

Depending upon age and preference, stories were written, recorded, or drawn. All were mixed into materials and audio that will choreograph connections directly into the light installation, and an enlarging community. At first, Benenson thought the light might guide any audio. Instead voices continue to guide the light.

Every story and act of generosity is linked to the installation and transformed into light.

Blurring the lines between public art and social sculpture, LIVE happening and virtual action, Harbor Voices emblematically presents stories, shared connections and actions. Participants of all ages are encouraged to interact with the project www.harborvoices.com and its installation– to bathe so to speak in a community of vibrancy and waves of interconnectedness and support.  Benenson adds that from 4-6PM during the two days of this installation iteration, “children will be offered a small flashlight to engage with this artwork, allowing them a tangible moment to consider their part in this interconnected network of community and local history by creating their own beam of light.” Also, before the installation opens to the public, one hundred Gloucester High School students –including some who have already added into the piece– will come to City Hall to experience Harbor Voices.

Benenson’s promotion for Harbor Voices launched in September. Leveraging attention for this remarkably ambitious project is an essential component as more involvement means more impact. Straight away it fostered community and brought opportunities. For example, Benenson spoke about the project and shared audio of the stories with Rose Baker seniors, Gloucester Rotary and the Cape Ann Museum’s Red Cottage Society. Someone from Beverly has already underwrittten  support for a class at Veteran’s Memorial Elementary School. She spoke about the project with Joey as part of GMG podcast #253

As a third generation Cape Ann artist, Benenson is especially excited to “create art and conversations around our cultural heritage and our contributions to the vibrant mix of people that live on Cape Ann.”

See more pictures and read more about the artist

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Holiday markets and fairs |Annisquam Sewing Circle, Rocky Neck, Cape Ann Artisans, Rockport Art Association

save the date Reminders:

  • Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair, Satuday Dec 2 ONLY 8am-noon
  • Rockport Art Association – Cape Ann Artisans Dec 1 (4-9) & Dec 2 (10-5)
  • Rocky Neck 2017 Annual Holiday Show at the Cultural Center weekends through December 10th

Rocky Neck 2017 Holiday Show

“December in November–Giving the Gift of Art” Rocky Neck Art Colony members’ fine art and crafts sale, through December 10th, OPEN Fridays 5-8pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10AM-4PM. Downstairs is a beautiful John Nesta tribute.

photo caption: Orginal watercolor painting, Birch on the Neck, by Deb Schradieck, booth at the Rocky Neck Art Colony 2017 Annual Holiday members show

 

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Rockport Art Association

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TWO DAYS ONLY Cape Ann Artisans at the Rockport Art Association Friday December 1 and Saturday December 2nd (10-5). Cape Ann Artisans has also announced their special 2018 Cape Ann Artisan tour dates- June 2nd and 3rd and Oct 6-8

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Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair

Sat Dec 2nd 8am-noon, 34 Leonard Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

  • Beautiful Wreaths to decorate your Home
  • Potted plants and bulbs to Give or to Keep
  • Elegant Table Arrangements
  • Gourmet Foods for your Guests and Family
  • Exquisite Hand-crafted Gift Items
  • $3 Grabs for Mom, Dad and your Favorite Pets wrapped and ready to go!

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Cape Ann Big Band holiday concerts at Shalin Liu are sold out, but…

SOLD OUT- on line and in person. You can still buy tickets to the 5th Annual Cape Ann Big Band Swing www.capeannbigband.org concert at O’Maley on December 20, 6:30PM

Here’s the link to other upcoming shows at Rockport Music Shalin Liu Performance Center.

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Cape Ann Big Band Swing

7PM tonight | Dogtown National Heritage project kicks off at Gloucester city hall

Reminder-  Dogtown could be eligible for the National Register. A team of archaeologists began surveying and reviewing Dogtown the week of November 13. Come to a special public presentation TONIGHT – November 29th in Kyrouz Auditorium, Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, at 7pm.

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 Artistic practice inspired by Dogtown takes on many forms across generations and centuries. I’ve shown examples of 20th century artists and writers connected to Dogtown. Here’s a 21st century one to note: Deborah Guertze, Babson Boulders # (Courage), original small and lovely hand colored etching, ed.50. This particular impression is currently for sale at Rockport Art Association.

Oct 28 GMG post announcing tonight’s public meeting: Before Dogtown was Dogtown: archaeological survey project to be presented at City Hall November 29! Maybe hello blueberries bye bye lyme disease

“Presenters at City Hall on Nov 29th will include Betsy Friedberg from the Massachusetts Historical Commission, who will explain how the National Register program works and what it does and does not do, and Kristen Heitert from the PAL, who will present an initial plan for defining the boundaries of Dogtown as a National Register District. People attending the meeting will be asked to respond to that plan and to express their views about what makes Dogtown special. What should be the boundaries of the proposed National Register District, and what cultural features should be included in it? What would be the benefits of National Register status, and are there any drawbacks?”

Massachusetts Cultural Council Power of Connection Tour in #GloucesterMA | Cultural Center @RockyNeckArt

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA, was one of the few cultural districts selected as a host venue for the MCC Power of Connection Tour launch. Today’s gathering includes city and state officials: Mayor Romeo Theken, Senator Bruce Tarr & Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante of Gloucester.

Guests are just arriving for the welcome reception. I will post all we glean from MCC new grants and updates. Gloucester has two districts: Rocky Neck and downtown Harbortown. On the walls at Rocky Neck center–the holiday group show is installed upstairs and a John Nesta tribute downstairs. I am looking forward to the upcoming poetry night featuring Jay Featherstone, Suzanne and others.

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North Shore Magazine on superb Cape Ann Museum #GloucesterMA Lane art exhibit

Gloucester, MA:  Cape Ann Museum has generated more good news. Check out the article in North Shore Magazine’s current issue“Collaborative & Commercial: Cape Ann Museum’s latest exhibit focuses on the printmaking skills of Gloucester artists Fitz Henry Lane” , by Robert G. Pushkar

North Shore Magazine holiday gift guide highlighted specialty items from the Cape Ann Museum gift shop like Michael Updike slates and Sarah Eliz pillows. Another article about Sweetgum Textiles Co and its new magazine, PLACE, mentions Gloucester woodworkers Alyssa Pitman and Winston Daddario of Spire Woodshop.

Beyond Gloucester and Cape Ann articles: Who knew The Stories Podcast was produced in Haverhill, the Gambino Prosecco co-founders (and couple) live in Swampscott and grew up in Lynn, and that an Amazon store opened at Lynnfield Market?

CAM Lane exhibition featured in Dec 2017 North Shore Magazine

The must see Cape Ann Museum exhibition Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane- opened  October 7, 2017 and continues through March 4, 2018. Drawn from Nature & on Stone is the FIRST comprehensive exhibition focusing on Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865) as a printmaker. Georgia Barnhill, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts Emerita at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, served as guest curator and worked closely with the Museum to organize this special show. Barnhill will be giving another curator gallery talk Saturday, December 2, 9:30AM.

TV coverage about the Lane print exhibition includes a WGBH story.

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Sawyer Free announces 2018 Matz Gallery exhibitions | Michael Oleksiw now

photos: Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library Adolph I Matz Gallery, 2017 November exhibition- Michael Oleksiw, Digital Photography, Hale Street Studios

upcoming in 2018: 

Linda Bourke (January); Kirk Williamson (Februrary); Alice Gardner (March); Bradley Dickinson (April); Gloucester High School Students (May); Where is it photography contest (June); Andrew Manning (July); Jurek Schreiner (August); annual Art Auction (September); Willam Travis (October); David Lyman (November); Delpine Zohn (December)

Looking forward to Andrew Manning, and all the shows! There are Manning paintings at Pleasant Tea and here are photos of 2017 work from his solo exhibition at the Hive.

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#GloucesterMA on WGBH TV & Morning Edition radio: Jared Bowen Open Studio covers Cape Ann Museum Fitz Henry Lane exhibition

In case you missed the tv and radio coverage:

The Cape Ann Museum was featured on the WGBH TV program, Open Studio with Jared Bowen on November 10 and 11. Bowen interviewed Cape Ann Museum staff Martha Oaks and Georgia Barnhill about the fabulous new Fitz Henry Lane exhibition.  “They also toured the Lane House, so there are some good outside shots of Gloucester!”  Click the picture below or follow the link.

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WGBH Open Studio with Jared Bowen espisode 2162 aired Nov 10th and 11th 

VIDEO LINK FOR THE WGBH REPORT timestamp 1:08- 5:18min

Bowen was interviewed on WGBH radio Morning Edition, and high lighted this special Lane exhibition (begins at the 4:47 mark)

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The Cape Ann Museum Drawn From Nature and Stone: Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane exhibition opened October 4th and will continue through March 4, 2018. Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester, MA. Look for special programming inspired by the exhibition. Next up: Emerald Rae concert at the Cape Ann Museum
Saturday, November 25 at 3:00 p.m
a concert inspired by Fitz Henry Lane’s Sheet Music covers

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Exhibition Sponsors include John Rando| Jerry and Margaretta Hausman  |  Linzee and Beth Coolidge  |  Jay Last | J.J. and Jackie Bell  |  Bill and Anne Kneisel  |  Arthur Ryan | International Fine Print Dealers Association  |  American Historical Print Collectors Society, Inc. | Beauport Hospitality Group

Seacoast Holiday Fair

Location:

Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
282 Washington Street (behind Addison Gilbert Hospital)
Gloucester, MA 01930

Date/Time Information:

November 25, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

Alison Cox 978-283-0300 x124

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Fees/Admission:

Free admission but many things you may want to purchase. Vendor space is available for $25

LIVE: James Prendergast Library only sold 3 at Sotheby’s! Rockwell fetches 6.2 million

Christie’s and Sotheby’s held dueling LIVE auctions on November 21, 2017. Christie’s American sale offered 93 lots resulting in $34,131,500 total sales, nearly 7x the total sales of Sotheby’s which featured less than 67 lots because the Berkshire Museum lots were pulled from the sale. Sotheby’s* failed to sell more than 1/2 of the first 45 lots. I’ll update after the sales have ended. *Sotheby’s sale is now closed. The auction house sold just 34 of 67 lots, total sales  (including Buyer’s Premium) were $5,858,250. Christie’s sold 72 of 91 lots today.

It turns out that the James Prendergast Library deaccession (see prior GMG post) would have made more money and kept the art in Jamestown if they had not brought the art to market at Sotheby’s. Here are the three of  nine paintings to find collectors; two went under estimate.

 

One of Sotheby’s best lots today was a Dame Laura Knight which sold for $560,000, right within its estimate range.

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Hammer prices unless otherwise indicated:

Christie’s Lot 15 Norman Rockwell What Makes it Tick, a 1948 oil on canvas, sold for 6.2million  (just above its pre sale high estimate, 4 million to 6 million) which came to $7,287,500 after buyer’s premiums were factored. Rockwell’s Returning from Camp fetched 1.9 million. A Winslow Homer Tynemouth watercolor fetched a hammer price of $170,000, above its presale estimate range of 100,000-150,000. The Martin Johnson Heade failed to sell; the Milton Avery self portrait went for $45,000 at the gavel drop; and the Paul Manship sculpture was unsold, bidding failing to climb past $240,000 (pre sale estimate was $300,000 to $500,000.)

 

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