Category Archives: Art

Boston Globe features Walter McGrath’s work at Gloucester’s Cove Hill Cemetery

Great story by Hattie Bernstein in the Globe today gives a shout out to Walter McGrath in Gloucester.

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“If you go to a cemetery on Memorial Day, you’ll see flowers and flags planted everywhere and a lot more visitors than usual.

What won’t be obvious on this holiday dedicated to military veterans who died fighting in wars are the efforts of Northborough’s Beth Finch McCarthy, 53, Gloucester’s Walter McGrath, 83, and Jordan Hurley, 15, who lives in Middleborough.

The three are among an uncounted battalion of volunteers across the region who share a common pursuit: maintaining their communities and ensuring that those buried there aren’t forgotten.

McGrath, a retired engineer with a long list of interests…

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Motif Monday: Memorial Day, Gordon Parks, Poppies

 

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Donald Sultan Five Reds, Five Whites, Five Blues, 2008 color silkscreen with enamel, flocking and tar like texture

Respectfully thinking about art that helps us celebrate, remember, remind and reflect every family who has suffered a loss in service.

 

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Gordon Parks, Library of Congress, 1943 photograph, Gloucester policemen, Memorial Day Ceremonies

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John McCrae, 18721918

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place, and in the sky,

The larks, still bravely singing, fly,

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 

We are the dead; short days ago

We lived, felt  dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

in Flanders fields.

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe!

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high!

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields. 

Veteran of the Boer War and WWI, a teacher, and doctor, Canadian John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields in the spring of 1915 while still at the bloody battlefront in Ypres, Belgium, in an area known as Flanders. The Germans had already used deadly gas. Dr. McCrae had been tending to hundreds of wounded daily. He described the nightmare slaughter: “behind it all was the constant background of the sights of the dead, the wounded, the maimed.” By this time he had already devoted his life to art and healing. He couldn’t save his friends. How could anyone?  Twenty years prior, he sketched poppies during his medical residency in Maryland. He published poems and stories by the time he was 16.  I’m not surprised he noticed the brilliant fragile petals and horror. He wrote for those who couldn’t speak and those who had to see. Meningitis and pneumonia killed him January 1918 after several months battling asthma and bronchitis. His poem and the emblematic poppy continue to inspire and comfort.

A few poppy images follow. I was thinking about their poetic illumination before and after WW1 and layers of meaning and beauty.

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John McCrea sketchbook, ca.1896, Maryland

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Fun Night at Stage Fort Visitor Center and yes that’s Joey’s photograph

On a cover.

UPDATE: for more images please see Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken’s 40+ photos of the event

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Carol Thistle thanking Joey for the Discover Gloucester cover photo.

Stage Fort Visitor Center is officially open for the season. It was a full house last night.

Speaking of generosity: I recognized many of the returning volunteers who fill the shifts necessary to greet and assist all who walk through the door. Or around the gorgeous wrap around porch. The volunteers are a fun, dedicated group.

The opening always feels optimistic and festive. Local restaurants provided tasty signature appetizers and munchies. Laura Baker, proprietor of Castle Manor Inn, kept the table looking great all night.

Everyone takes a few moments to announce their business and any updates. Last night was no different, for instance: Vista Motel has a new, big pool; Cape Ann Marina will be making it easier for people to rent boats by matching clients with captains and vessels; the upcoming schooner race is not ‘competitive’, right?; the new concierge for Beauport Hotel put up his hand and a hello; and Sarah Oaks is fabulously readying the Maritime Gloucester shop.

I let people know that one HarborWalk marker may not be available for Hunt the HarborWalk tracing. It’s the marker at Norman’s Woe in Solomon Jacobs Park and public landing. The park should be open this weekend– and throughout the summer. Keep in mind it’s only a temporary look and opening. The park will close back up after the busy summer season. They may install that HarborWalk marker for the summer, too.

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MA Film and Television opportunities, State Director Lisa Strout speaks at Woodman’s

The North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (NBCVB) and Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a special visit featuring Lisa Strout, the Director of the Massachusetts State Film Office.

Woodman’s Essex Room served a lovely luncheon– great chef and venue for events. (I wish I had a second raspberry tart.)

Lisa talked about film and media production in the state and how her department works with cities and towns. The crowd was mostly North Shore but I did speak with people who drove from Lowell, the Cape and western Massachusetts.

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Surprising locations are shot here in MA and passed off as elsewhere. Mt. Fuji stood out as one example.

The mostly business crowd reacted favorably upon hearing that Disney engaged more than 1500 MA vendors for one movie production.

Speaking of vendors: Woodmans called out a list of vendors they work with who have generously contributed to their scholarship fund. You can see that on the back of their anniversary clam sign.

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GHS cool Class of 1971: Who did this?

Were you there? Who did you go with? Who organized the line up? Who did the poster?

Do you have photos?

How did I get here? The Gloucester High School gym was named after Albert Bacheler, as in the former Principal and owner of the very special Civil War era coat needing restoration. We’ve heard from Gloucester graduates and former teachers with no recollection of the coat. We’ve also heard from some that remember seeing it. Thanks to Barry Pett and Ken Joyce for adding in details. I’m looking for interior photographs of the old gym, especially those showing the cadet side where we’ve been told the coat was featured. On this poster it’s simply G.H.S. Gym.

Barry Pett’s graduation year made me think of 1970s high school concerts held in gyms, and there you have it: off road research and fun side trips.

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J. Giels Geils Band played Stonehedge in Ipswich twice in 1970  J. Geils Band tour dates 

The haul today at Motif #1 Day in Rockport

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Got the dessert at Cake Ann and some Salsa from Seaview. Stopped by Seaview to pick up some eggs.

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Rubber Duck also did not write down the name of this shop. Bearskin Neck. Soapy bare skin.

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Didn’t catch the name of the store. You have to come to Bearskin Neck to see the pig. “Some Pig”

Help Wanted!

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HIRING SUMMER WORKERS!

Andrew Kostka writes in:

Hi! My name is Andrew Kostka, over the summer I am running a house painting business through a company called ‘Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ This being said I am looking to hire hard working individuals to work for me. If you or anyone you know fits this description please call me at 508-284-2742 or email andrewcollegepainters@gmail.com

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Inbound Call Center/Helpline Counselor/Database Research Associate (Gloucester)

NeedyMeds, a leading online national resource dedicated to increasing public awareness about using healthcare assistance programs, is looking for people who are interested in making a difference in the lives of those who are seeking help managing healthcare expenses. If you are the kind of person who gets a sense of fulfillment in helping others, then you are the kind of person that this national nonprofit is seeking.

NeedyMeds offers information on many programs for people that need help paying for healthcare and prescription medication and runs a Call Center for specific programs and a Helpline for assisting callers looking for resources on NeedyMeds’ website, www.needymeds.org.

The position is for a full-time Call Center/Helpline Counselor/Database Research Associate. The Helpline Counselor position requires assisting our helpline callers in finding and utilizing resources on our website. As Call Center Counselor, the position entails answering questions about specific programs and processing applications. The position also involves daily updating of database(s) and research. The person will also occasionally add support for special projects.

Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus

Required skills are:

Excellent, current computer skills (Mac-based office)

Strong phone skills

Flexibility in switching tasks

Comfort with working on databases

Comfort with repetitive tasks

Accuracy with data entry

Competency with researching on Internet

Accuracy with information

Pleasant demeanor

Mature outlook

Team player

Reliable and dependable transportation

Flexible hours

Excellent benefits

compensation: Starting pay: $13/hr with 60-day review and annual reviews thereafter.

employment type: full-time

non-profit organization

Send resume and cover letter to: robin@needymeds.org with subject line “GMG Center Call Center”

Need a summer job?

HIRING SUMMER WORKERS!

Andrew Kostka writes in:

Hi! My name is Andrew Kostka, over the summer I am running a house painting business through a company called ‘Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ This being said I am looking to hire hard working individuals to work for me. If you or anyone you know fits this description please call me at 508-284-2742 or email andrewcollegepainters@gmail.com

 

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Inbound Call Center/Helpline Counselor/Database Research Associate (Gloucester)

NeedyMeds, a leading online national resource dedicated to increasing public awareness about using healthcare assistance programs, is looking for people who are interested in making a difference in the lives of those who are seeking help managing healthcare expenses. If you are the kind of person who gets a sense of fulfillment in helping others, then you are the kind of person that this national nonprofit is seeking.

NeedyMeds offers information on many programs for people that need help paying for healthcare and prescription medication and runs a Call Center for specific programs and a Helpline for assisting callers looking for resources on NeedyMeds’ website, www.needymeds.org.

The position is for a full-time Call Center/Helpline Counselor/Database Research Associate. The Helpline Counselor position requires assisting our helpline callers in finding and utilizing resources on our website. As Call Center Counselor, the position entails answering questions about specific programs and processing applications. The position also involves daily updating of database(s) and research. The person will also occasionally add support for special projects.

Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus

Required skills are:

Excellent, current computer skills (Mac-based office)

Strong phone skills

Flexibility in switching tasks

Comfort with working on databases

Comfort with repetitive tasks

Accuracy with data entry

Competency with researching on Internet

Accuracy with information

Pleasant demeanor

Mature outlook

Team player

Reliable and dependable transportation

Flexible hours

Excellent benefits

 

compensation: Starting pay: $13/hr with 60-day review and annual reviews thereafter.

employment type: full-time

non-profit organization

Send resume and cover letter to: robin@needymeds.org with subject line “GMG Center Call Center”

Nicole Dahlmer installation is featured at Lesley University College of Art Design this month

Lesley University College of Art and Design group show features Gloucester artist Nicole Dahlmer’s installation Inheritance.  Pauline Bresnahan sent photos from the reception. Congratulations, Nicole!

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2016 Photography Thesis Exhibitions

  • Lesley University College of Art and Design
  • Lunder Arts Center, 1801 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
  • through May 31, 2016 

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Part 3 Manny Carrancho Shares treasured photos Madonna statue carried from the Gil Eannes at State Pier to Our Lady

Our Lady of Good Voyage Madonna cedar-wood statue was created by two artists from Porto, Portugal, and was commissioned by Portuguese-American fishermen of Gloucester for the Our Lady of Good Voyage church. Silva Franca made the Madonna and Ourivesaria Alianca made the crown and vessel. It was brilliantly welcomed to Gloucester in 1948.

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Here’s the timeline thanks to Sawyer Free and Gloucester Daily Times

On Sunday May 23, 1948

350 Portuguese-American fishing skippers and fishermen, their wives and children and friends took part in the third crowning and readied for the upcoming fourth annual blessing of the fleet. “A most colorful procession in the annual coronation ceremonies of the DES club in the Church of Our Lady of Good Voyage when Rev. Stephen E. DeMoura, the pastor, honored 22 with the impressive mass of coronation including the imperator, Capt. John Lopes of Sadler Street.”

Thursday May 27, 1948 

Cutting it close: the Gloucester Daily Times reported that the Portuguese ship Gil Eannes was expected at Fish Pier but didn’t arrive.  The 279 foot, 1048 net tons, fishing fleet hospital vessel, str. Gil-Eannes, “bound here from Lisbon, Portugal, with the estimated 600 pound cedar-wood life size statue of Our Lady of Good Voyage was due in port by 9 o’clock this morning, but up to noon today had not been sighted off Eastern Point Light.”  

It was here, just not at the pier. Take note: there’s a Ten Pound Island detail–Pancake Ground, and homeland security.

It was believed that she was fog bound off the coast and was jogging awaiting clearing before chancing the remaining voyage into port. She will anchor on the Pancake Ground near Ten Pound Island until tomorrow afternoon when she is due to dock at the State Fish pier.” She was escorted off Whistling Buoy by the redfish dragger Carol Ann, Capt. Francis, and brought to anchor on the Pancake Ground for a “three hour inspection to clear her for official entry.” Harbormaster Captain Fred Wise used his own craft. Mayor Friend gave a short speech. Seventy one officers, crew, and ‘relief fishermen’ were on board the Gil Eannes as it made the 11 day crossing.

What an arrival: the fog was so thick no one ashore could catch any glimpse of her! The Princess of Portugal, her Royal Highness Antonia de Braganza, was expected to arrive for the festivities and was booked at the Tavern, as were the ambassadors. Thousands came to town including bus groups from New Bedford, New Jersey, and other states. There were 26 Gloucester fishing boats and the USS Perry destroyer for the blessing of the fleet.

Memorial Day Weekend – Friday May 28, 1948-Sunday May 30, 1948

A thrilling 3-day observance festival began with Bishop John Wright leading a mass and procession Friday morning to the pier, and closed on Sunday with Archbishop Richard Cushing. Reverend DeMoura had a zealous committee. Twelve brawny crew from the Gil Eannes (matching shirts) six at a time alternated carrying the statue to the church. Crowds lined the streets and these guests were stunned at the sheer size of such a welcome. Three thousand people watched the procession and it’s estimated 10,000 were there for the Sunday climax.

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Gil Eannes crew, honor guard for the statue

Over the 3 days, there were special programs along with Memorial Day ceremonies: a carillon concert from the towers Friday night, a plaza-like square was decorated with colored electric lights in front of the church, banquets (at the Tavern), band concerts, and folk dancing*.  Later in the weekend, two men each from 25 different Gloucester draggers were chosen for the honor of bearing the statue on their shoulders to and fro the pier.Poor weather postponed the final day ceremonies. Ambassador Pereiro left with the Gil Eannes to travel to the Grand Banks and visit with the estimated 3000 fellow countrymen, fishing there in some 60 salt cod Portuguese boats at the time.

Of course, while aboard ship (in Gloucester), a bevy of news photographers and movie newsreel gentry took a raft of film of the statue, of the two bishops and monsignor and priests meeting one another…” 

I would like to see a newsreel. Newspapers carried it across the country thanks to the Associated Press pictures. By 1953 National Geographic was in town for a feature story in color. (You can read that article)

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More photographs tomorrow.

(*Rose Sheehan did you know?)

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Part 2 MANNY CARRANCHO SHARES TREASURED PHOTOS MADONNA STATUE CARRIED FROM THE GIL EANNES AT STATE PIER TO OUR LADY

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A couple of years ago, because of research I was doing about Gordon Parks in Gloucester and thankfully Joey posted on Good Morning Gloucester, I was able to interview Manny and Joanna Carrancho. Manny and his family spent considerable time giving me a detailed account of earlier events in their lives. They shared treasured historic photos and first hand knowledge and were a delight.  Part 2 photographs continue with a town procession from the state pier to the church.  

More photographs tomorrow

 Part 1

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Mother’s Day 1892 sheet music by Gloucester composer

From the collection of the Library of Congress, Music Division, you can download sheet music for “That Sweet Picture of My Mother”, an 1892 song by Osborne W. Lane, “author of Sailing Home” reassures the Victorian byline.

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Does anyone know this Gloucester composer? Lane was a  music teacher working out of 99 Main Street. Earlier he composed an 1879 ballad, “In the Starlight Sat I Thinking” with lyrics by Abbie Wheeler and dedicated to Miss Minnie Smith. That sheet music cover is lovely:

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In the same year that Lane wrote “That Sweet Picture of My Mother”, he was the music composer for the 1892 Gloucester Anniversary celebration and was paid or reimbursed $24.50 for his effort. (He’s the young man shown in the upper right oval.) He wrote the music for an original ode by Henry C.L. Haskell, “The Granite Shores of Cape Ann, both men “being of Gloucester birth.”

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I am no judge of the craft of songwriting or determining forgotten gems. I can’t read music. Who knows if the melody and rhythm are there? The title was ‘sweet’. Despite lacking the skill to play the song,  my son gave the right hand of “That Sweet Picture of My Mother” a  try. It’s Mother’s Day after all. The lyrics chased him off.  If anyone wants to give it a go, Read more

6th grade Gloucester Day at O’Maley and community service

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I had a great time at O’Maley this week, presenting to 6th graders for “Gloucester Day”. For the past couple of years, I’ve spoken with classes about the HarborWalk because they study it at some point during the academic year. 6th graders are great and all (they were fantastic), but these O’Maley teachers make it seem effortless. Me? I bought cookies from Cafe Sicilia and Virgilios to hand out!  This year I ran into Tom Balf for Maritime Gloucester on the way in,  heard the teachers delight in seeing their former student, David Brooks for the Hive, back as a mentor, coach and leader. I caught some of Rick Doucette’s presentation because I heard the exclamations over YMCA summer camp and the 24 sleepless hours in a rocking chair fundraiser. Allison Cousins was heading into a class with Little Charlie Goes To Gloucester, a children’s picture book about poet Charles Olson by filmmaker Henri Ferrini and illustrated by Stefan Mallette. (It was also mentioned as it’s one of the links on the Olson marker for the HarborWalk and you can see it with other Cape Ann Reads published books.) This year, Gloucester day fell on National Teacher Appreciation Day. Every day could be National Teacher Appreciation Day.  Here’s the report from 6th grade social studies teacher, Jessica Haskell and her O’Maley colleagues:

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 6th grade students at O’Maley Innovation Middle School participated in “Gloucester Day” as part of an introduction to their end-of-the-year service projects.  Citizens who are active members of the Gloucester community volunteered their time and expertise to come in and teach students about organizations that work to make our community a better place.  Students were also introduced to ways in which they can personally get involved in these efforts through exploring and discovering their hometown, volunteering, participating in summer camps, and coming up with their own ideas.  Community mentors who attended were Catherine Ryan (HarborWalk), Rick Doucette (YMCA, Awesome Gloucester), Meghan Stratton (Backyard Growers), David Brooks (The HIVE), Tom Balf (Maritime Gloucester), Beth Klinefelter (The Open Door), and Allison Cousins (O’Maley Guidance).

Thanks for sending these photos and looking forward to hearing about the students’ projects!

Get better soon, Mr. Davis.

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Caroline Enos writes about the Civil War Coat for The Gillnetter

Everyone in Gloucester should read the  The Gillnetter, the Gloucester High School newspaper. Let’s give the young journalists finding their voice some readers. It’s good.

What’s it like to write for a high school paper nowadays? This one has embraced the digital world so it’s earth-friendly. It’s a beauty with a very easy layout. I dove in for one story but stuck around. There are editorials such as this one about the high school bathrooms needing attention by Rachel Alexander with original art by Rachel Nearis; actionable information; unexpected topics; and lots of local news  likethis inspiring report by Hanna Zuidema or this one  “pizza lovers of Gloucester Have Spoken”  by Corynn Ulrich. Did you know The Gillnetter journalists were invited to the Boston Globe?

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What brought my attention to The Gillnetter was anticipation for a story about the Civil War coat from students at the high school. Caroline Enos interviewed George and Charles before April school vacation. We hoped she’d come to Awesome Gloucester pitch night to support them and hang out. That she did. Thanks to her open notebook and scoop we have a record of a lovely testimonial delivered by Russell Hobbs. You can read Caroline Enos’ article here.

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Photography Workshop!!!

From FOB Barry O’Brien

Those incorrigible old coots are back again to get you taking fabulous photos this Summer. In just 4 hours on June 4th – from 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM, we’ll have you mastering composition, color, light and portraiture, with a visible difference from your starting image to the end of the session.

All you 2014 attendees get first dibs on the 20 open spots. Double the fun and bring a friend!

I have taken this a few times and it is a great way to learn and have fun.

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Gloucester Motif Monday: daybreak moonchase

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On lucky mornings, there’s time enough to chase the sky. This motif has an emotional cue as well as visual. I was thinking of my parents, early risers, and phases of twilight as a dominant pull. I’m no accidental reverencer. Scratch that. I am. I barely check the weather forecast. The closest I came to regularly checking the weather forecast was the dead simple (and defunct) ‘Umbrella Today’, an early iPad download and sweet routine with my kids.

What do you think of this simple planning tool, Suncalc, for tracking the sun’s path at a particular location? It itemizes those twilight phases so it might be useful for plan-ahead types. Artists may find it easier for setting up shots or an easel; organize your garden, layout solar panels, orient a home with windows and trees sited to save energy, design the most comfortable and practical floor plan for an outdoor event, etc.

 

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