Lone Gull Coffeeshop 146 Main Street, Gloucester, MA, stands out with local art. Two dynamite mini solo shows are currently on view:
One exhibit features 20 oil paintings, acrylic paintings and gouache drawings by fine artist, Leigh Slingluff. Slingluff works on Cape Ann and resides in Rockport. You may have seen her award-winning painting on exhibit during Cape Ann Plein Air or in the seArts Art Loan @Bass Rocks annual exhibit.
Paintings by William (‘Bill’) A. Travis are also on view www.watravis.com along the brick gallery wall.
Lone Gull maintains a sign up sheet for 2 featured art exhibits monthly. They have begun booking into 2018 (although scattered months with 1 wall may still be available)
Bob Stephenson’s painting is on permanent display.
Lone Gull gives space to various art books and an entry peppered with local current notices, too.
Fish City Studios, 39 Main Street, Gloucester
Thanks to the Holiday Delights Youth Acting Program at Gloucester Stage, I had the lucky chance to spend some time with artist Carol Kriekis. I thought her home and studio were a perfect reflection of her warmth and style, elegant and layered like an Aesthetic Movement interior. Kriekis works in different media, mostly grounded in representation. I saw series inspired by nature and renderings of flowers.
Recently she’s transformed her classic ‘Glosta’ and other Gloucester designs into oval stickers, each with some hand flourish. The potential for art everywhere around us — stickers, hand painted– that had me thinking about aestheticism, too.
Commission design for clients:
Photograph below shows some new branding design. There’s something coming this spring for Caffe Sicilia…No reveals, yet.
by Dennis Flavin at Trident Gallery, 189 Main Street Gloucester
Dennis Flavin, Broken Heart, 2010, 30″ x 22″, drawing (pastel, ink, acrylic on paper) at Trident Gallery, Gloucester, MA
The snow was so pretty while it lasted.
“I like to live in the now.”
David Hockney’s exhibit opens at the Tate on February 9th as the fastest selling show in Tate exhibition history. It will come to the Metropolitan Museum of Art November 2017-February 2018.
In 2013 I wrote about “A major retrospective of David Hockney’s work completed over the last decade, A Bigger Exhibition (San Francisco, de Young Museum), has generated voluminous press and praise, mostly for his legacy of embracing new technology. Oh, and how old he is now, somehow compelling him to create before time runs out…(See a good overview of the de Young exhibit on Newshour but listen at 4:24 dispensing this cliché while introducing another. When hasn’t Hockney investigated any series, media or pursuit without daunting and constant focus?)”
Marsden Hartley’s Maine will open at the The Met Breuer (former Whitney) March–June 2017. It will be at Colby (partnered with the Met) this summer. Cape Ann Museum has fantastic Hartleys.
The first Whitney Biennial presented at the new Whitney opens March 17 – June 11, 2017. Although there are no working artists residing in MA that are on the checklist, two artist filmmakers born in Massachusetts were selected: Robert Beavers and James N. Kienitz Wilkins.
Save the date: Sunday, February 12, 2017.
Come on over to the Magnolia Library for a fun time.
MFA highlight Thomas Sully (American (born in England), 1783–1872) The Passage of the Delaware, 1819
MFA John Singleton Copley (American, 1738–1815) Mrs James Warren (aka Mercy Otis-Patriot, writer), ca.1763
High Museum collection: Richard Misrach (American, born 1949) Untitled #892-03 photograph, 2003
Check out the museums’ twitter accounts @mfaboston vs @HighMuseumofArt. For more fine art and football see
Super Bowl weekend super fundraiser: Smocks & Jocks
The National Football League Player’s Association (NFLPA) held the 12th annual ‘Smocks and Jocks’ Fine Art Auction and Jazz Brunch featuring art created by active and former NFL players (and others). The benefit raises money for the Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Fund.
“Our players are so many different things…The original thought was to create an opportunity for former players to come to the Super Bowl in a more relaxed atmosphere and to show a different side of the professional athlete by them being able to display their art.”
video below caption: Super Bowl XLVII (2013) Washington Redskins Andre Collins interview- time stamp at 2:20 pans through 2013 auction items
Ceramic art patterned after Minnesota Lakes by hall of fame Carl Eller–former defensive end Minnesota Viking star– was commissioned for the new Vikings US Bank Stadium.
“Carl Eller provides artwork for new Vikings Stadium” youtube clip below
And for Craig Kimberly – Baron Batch (Bansky of the NFL) and fellow former Steeler teammate John Malecki founded Studio A.M. Gallery in Pittsburgh
Flashback: visiting Clark Museum to see Bierstadt’s Puget Sound on loan from the Seattle Art Museum thanks to the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX win. (If Seattle Seahawks won, Homer’s West Point Prout’s Neck in the Clark would have gone west.)
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!!
We will provide adult beverages and snacks
I saw Jeff in his gallery on Saturday on my walk so I went in to say hello. As usual I was very impressed with the work hanging on the walls so I hurriedly took photos of what I could while he was busy talking “ skies in the different seasons in Gloucester” with a group of people. If you look at the photos please realize his work is much better than the photos of his work. His gallery is at 16 Rogers Street in Gloucester . Email is jweaverart@hot mail.com and website http://www.jeffweaverfineart.com
Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren used the best cameras and actual film to shoot La La Land. Simply Dazzling ❤
Read more about how La La land was shot here.
Beautiful scene dancing in the stars at the Griffith Observatory
How cool is that? Thank you Beauport Hotel for this community support. What a gorgeous venue and fitting locale for this work! Cape Ann Reads is led by the 4 public libraries of Cape Ann. Deliberations for the first ever Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads Picture Book Contest are in process and underway!
After a year of monthly programming by the libraries and community partners, the Cape Ann Reads contest is in full swing. Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann, and people who work on Cape Ann were invited to create part or all of a picture book for consideration to be published. A first edition printing of one of these submissions will be published in 2017, timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of a Caldecott award for the children’s book, Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton, eminent Gloucester artist, author and illustrator.
To read more about the jurors, please follow this link
Here is the link to the Cape Ann Reads website.
Opportunities to contribute or sponsor the Cape Ann Reads contest are available.
Sponsors and contributions can boost awards that the jury panels may suggest as they complete their evaluations and determine recognition options. Sponsor contribution opportunities could include prizes to artists and writers, underwriting the publishing, and any exhibitions and readings to be held after publication in all the communities.
- Various sponsorship, naming and friend levels
- Juried award sponsor (2 prizes $500 each and up to 8 $100 each)
- honorable mentions, awards, certificates and prizes (varies)
- Exhibitions/Readings (at least one at each library)
Thank you, Beauport Hotel!
~DRAWING instruction with a LIVE MODEL:
Finding the Marriage between Structure and Feeling
Every THURSDAY 9:30am – 12pm
WATERCOLOR and ACRYLIC
Fundamentals and Expression with Still Life
Every Monday 9:30am – 12pm
@ Ten Pound Studio:1 Center Street 3rd Floor
$160/ every four classes plus shared model free
Art Haven Buoy Auction Tonight at Cruisport
Congratulations to the 2016 (round 7) awardees! Their final presentations were at City Council on Tuesday.
Cape Ann Amateur Radio Assoc. Wheeler School House & GFD Riverdale House
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Civil War Monument
Generous Gardeners volunteers
Steve Winslow, Stage Fort Park beautification
Stage Fort Welcome Center Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee
City Clerk’s Office, ARchives, initial storage project phase I
Oak Grove Cemetery, restoration, note Chris Williams ornamentation element
Historic New England Beauport
Gloucester Writers Center, Maud/Olson Library
Maritime Gloucester. Schooner Adventure in support
Friends of Burnham’s Field
Bill Dugan, Co-Chair CPC
Deb Laurie, CPC, Henry McCarl, CPC
Barbara Silberman, CPC
Dana transcribes long night
report on beach and traffic
Harbormaster fields questions
Since Gloucester voted to approve the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in 2008, the city has administered 7 rounds of funded projects throughout our community. Have a look at who you helped fund in 2016
- North Shore CDC and Action, Harbor Village *missing this photo but great presentation!
- Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association, Wheeler School House & GFD Riverdale Hose, No 2
- Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Civil War Monument
- Generous Gardeners, Stacy Boulevard Gardens
- Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee, Welcome Center Renovations
- Community Development Dept., Stage Fort Park Beautification Project
- City Clerk’s Office, Archives Initial Storage Project, Phase I
- Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Grove Cemetery continued restoration
- Gloucester Committee for the Arts, “Out of the Shadows: Gloucester’s historic Depression Era Mural” preserve & restore murals with refined project scope,discovery and schedule of work
- Historic New England, Beauport Museum, outer building roof replacement
- Sargent Museum, Preservation of porch, granite steps & retaining wall
- Gloucester Writers Center, Preservation of Maud/Olsen Library & GWC Archives
- Maritime Gloucester, Rehab & Restoration of the railway
- Friends of Burnham’s Field, Continued rehab of Phase I of Burnham’s Field Restoration
Safe bet you might know someone assisting one of these projects. Who else helps? The volunteers on the Community Preservation Committee are fantastic: Catherine Bill Dugan, Catherine Schlichte, Henry McCarl, David Rhinelander, John Feener, Barbara Silberman, Heide Wakeman, Ellen Preston, and Scott Smith. There’s no break for this committee. From start to finish the process from an applicant’s perspective takes nearly a year. Depending upon the project, it will involve assistance from the Community Preservation Committee, City staff and various departments, City Council, City Council sub committees, and the administration. Just as one round winds down, the next year’s process and round of applicants gears up. Visit the Community Preservation Committee page on the City website to learn more about the CPA and to see prior projects.
Save the date:The Community Preservation Committee will be hosting an information meeting for prospective 2017 applicants at Sawyer Free on February 8, 2017 at 6pm. Applications are due April 17, 2017.
Debbie Laurie, a Senior Project Manager in the Community Development Department who manages Grants and CPA for the City writes about the info meeting: “We want to help guide applicants through the process and answer any questions you may have before filling out an application. We can also determine if your project is actually eligible or not. Please pass the word around if you know of anyone that may be interested. “
Here is a list of vendors who will be participating at this show:
Melissa Cox Soaps
Sand to City Style
Erin Pequeno Stone Designer
Diane Saunders, Represent Lularoe
Criadh Morrison – Roberts, Edible Art Cookie Creations
Paula and Emma Sanders, hand painted greeting cards
Lisa Ann Schraff, India Hicks styling and jewelry
Amy Hunt, Watercolors
Cape Ann Animal Aid
Donna Ardizzoni – Photography
Lizzi Harrington, Rodan and Field’s Skincare
Stephanie Vanderbilt, coastal and window and exteriors
City Adams, Memory Quilt
Scott from the new Restaurant Press
Pauline Bresnahan, Pauline’s Gifts
Kylee Foote, Herbalist
This event will be covered in a live feed broadcast by Kory Curcuru for The Magnolia Library’s Bridge Page
I have meaning to get over to Magnolia to visit the studio of Rusty & Ingrid Creative Company since purchasing some of their artwork at City Hall Plaza’s “Boston Winter” back in December. I have yet to do so, but wanted to give a shout out to their amazing work now anyway. If I’m being honest, I didn’t realize when I first started to look through their shop for some holiday gifts that Rusty & Ingrid actually calls Gloucester/Magnolia home. I was poking around and picking out some prints when I overheard someone mention that their studio was located on Cape Ann. How have I missed that? Their artwork is gorgeous! Of course, and I should have know, upon conducting some research, both Donna and Joey have done numerous posts here on GMG about the phenomenal art that this talented duo creates…and their super cute kids.
While the boys were skating at #BostonWinter that afternoon I quickly purchased a print of Brant Point, Nantucket for my own home (that’s where we got engaged) and a print of Martha’s Vineyard for my mom…who visits there often. I really wanted, however, to also buy the print of Fenway’s Green Monster and at least ten of the prints depicting many of my favorite haunts of both Gloucester and Rockport…including, of course, Thacher’s Island for Thatcher. I also texted photos of a print of Lake Winnipesaukee to a friend who owns a home up there….and several of their ski destination prints to friends who frequent various mountains. I would totally decorate a beach cottage or ski lodge with a large series of these….if I had one to decorate.
If you haven’t seen their work, take a peek at their website in the link below. I’m in love with their work…but also that they are local and make magic happen as a small, family run business.
Visit their website HERE
Mary Sullivan and Brett Dunton, fine artists and visual arts teachers at O’Maley Innovation Middle School, Gloucester, MA, act like art is the best subject anyone could dream of teaching. It’s evident that they’ve established an inspiring collaborative approach; they work together seamlessly and dazzle the students. Their art rooms are just the way you’d dream they should look–ample rooms that look like art work is done there in a big way.
They are super resourceful and adept at re-purposing and re-inventing materials. They adhere to the ‘your trash is our treasure’ school of thought. Any donated supplies can be dropped off at room 130 before or after school.
Art Room Wish List
– Yogurt cups (clean)
– Cardboard (clean)
– Wood (untreated by chemicals)
– Large paper grocery bags
– Hardcover books
– Yarn or string
– Any art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, paint, brushes, etc)
– Any kind of paint (tempera, acrylic, watercolor, latex house paint . . .)
– Posters of artwork
– Hardware (hammers, nails, screwdrivers, clamps, saws, sandpaper . . .)
– Other building supplies such as carpet, tiles, and linoleum
– Doo-dads and whatcha-ma-call-its
– Anything that could possibly be turned into art
contact: email@example.com mcsullivan.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
drop off outside this door
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