Category Archives: Art

Art of reading: announcing monthly lunchtime book club at Cape Ann Museum

Screenshot_2016-08-25-11-10-41Nice new program idea! Starts October 18th with Wendy Warren’s, New England Bound.

While you’re there have a look at the 2015 awesome acquisition, Charles Allen Winter’s 1898 Woman Reading (with funds from Arthur Ryan)– and other favorites!

Read more from CAM:

Cape Ann Museum Book Club

For literary-minded Cape Ann residents

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (August 25, 2016) –The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer a monthly book club for year-round residents of Cape Ann. Beginning this October and running through April, the Museum will host book club meetings on the third Tuesday of the month in its auditorium from 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.

Space is limited to 15; reservations are required and will be for the entirety of the October to April program length. Due to the afternoon meeting time participants are invited to bring their boxed lunches. Free for Museum members or included with general admission. Not a member? Join prior to registration and save at least $15! Contact Program Coordinator, Kate LaChance to book your spot now!katelachance@capeannmuseum.org

A Museum docent and staff member will be present to facilitate each book group discussion to allow for a flow of ideas, provide connections to the collections and history of Cape Ann, and to suggest talking points if needed. The selection of books can be seen below along with the meeting date at which it will be discussed.  Non-book group members are encouraged to read along with the recommended books on their own time even if they do not meet the registration deadline to join the book club.

Throwback Thursday: Founder of Farnham’s Restaurant grew up in Gloucester

Matilda “Tillie” Farnham was born and raised in Gloucester, before moving to Main Street in Essex where her husband Joseph ran a clam shucking business in the backyard. Twenty years later they opened their business on the gorgeous site overlooking the marsh and Hog Island. That year was 1938.

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Call out for artists

The Phyllis A is holding an art show on October 22, 2016 inside the Gloucester Marine Railways Building.  Great venue.  If you are interested in this great show for a great cause, please contact me either through Good Morning Gloucester by commenting or donna@ardizzoniphotography.com

Thank you and look forward to hearing from all.

Phyllis A flyer

Boston Globe good read: Gloucester’s Enduring Rocky Neck Art Colony

Where artists still live and work. Article mentions Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail, Elynn Kroger, Robert Gruppe,  John Nesta, open air painters,  and more. By Patricia Harris and David Lyons

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Lexicon Gallery

When
Saturday September 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM EDT
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Sunday September 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Where

Lexicon Gallery And Studios
15 Lexington Ave
#6
Magnolia, MA 01930


Driving Directions

Contact

Seyrel Williams
Lexicon Gallery & Studios
978-525-2111
seyrel@lexicongallery.com

Martha Grover Two Day Hands-On Workshop 

 Sept 24 – 25, 10am – 4pm

Lexicon is very excited to have Martha Grover coming to our neck of the woods to teach this two day, hands-on workshop.

Participants will work with bottomless wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages. Martha will demonstrate various altering techniques and the addition of slabs, handles, and spouts to create an assortment of functional forms. These will include her signature cups, bowls, vases, pitchers, lidded forms, and baskets. Each new form will be demonstrated by Martha then practiced by participants, moving from simpler to more complex construction over the course of the two days.

Martha will also address a range of topics of interest to working and aspiring potters, including crack repair and mending, the use of the spray gun for glaze application, successful studio practices, any special topics requested by the class, and her sources of inspiration and philosophy of making. Participants will gain both technical knowledge and insights into Martha’s development of a successful body of work.    

Register Now!

 

Sat Sept 24 10am – 4pm and Sun Sept 25 10am – 4pm

Class size 20 maximum

Gloucester whale research in Alaska: report from the field

15 blow samples, 1 delivery  by plane Northern Exposure-like (Alaska! ), and one eagle, not in distress:

“We were out on the water by 7:30 am yesterday, but it was still cloudy and raining so we were a bit down. We don’t like to collect Snot in the rain; droplets of rain in the dish could be Snot so we have to process every dish which is a lot of work for us and even more for the analysis lab.

By 10:00 am the skies cleared the seas started to calm down and the team worked like a well-oiled machine (albeit in a very small boat).  We collected 6 samples in the next 3 hours and then changed location close to Turnabout Island about 10 miles away.  The first thing we saw here was a bird in distress just off the shoreline, we sent up a drone and realized that it was not in distress but it was a bald eagle swimming shore with a fish so big that it could not fly.  It swam amazingly well and reached the shore successfully (with dinner).

The water around us seemed to be boiling with life and soon 4 whales turned up and were swimming less than one body length from the shoreline side lunging.  The footage we recorded is absolutely spectacular and we collected 2 more samples.

The day was saved by the fact we could charge our flight batteries all day from the boat batteries.  The previous day our inverted failed and we had a new one flown in (the same day) from Juneau (for $11) from Alaska Industrial Hardware & Alaska Seaplanes.  Only in Alaska!!

We had a chance to have 2 drone’s in the air, one recording the other collecting Snot. Our Inspire 1 drone’s worked flawlessly.

We finally pulled into the dock last night at 8:00 pm exhausted but elated with a total of 15 samples, stunning video footage of whale behavior and memories that will last a life time. Foggy this morning – but we are sure that it will soon burn off so we are heading out.”

Ian Kerr Ocean Alliance

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ART @the IceHouse: Phil Cusumano, Christopher Fleming, Sue Memhard, Sam Parisi, Eoin Vincent, Peter Vincent

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Phil Cusumano – paintings

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Christopher R. Fleming – ink line drawings

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Sue Memhard (1949-2011) – paintings

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Eoin Vincent – photographs

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Sam Parisi – paintings

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Peter Vincent (1946-2012)–  paintings and prints

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Arts Update from Mayor Romeo Theken

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  • So grateful for the calls and emails  related to the arts hotline: sefatia4arts@gloucester-ma.gov.

  • The first business to respond to arts hotline was ZEKE’S.

  • FREE shared studio spaces are available downtown within the historic Fitz Henry Lane house:

    • on the second floor; approx 6 feet by 10 feet; carved out space within landmark Schooner Adventure headquarters
    • on the first floor; approx 6 x 10 feet; carved out shared space within Sail GHS office
    • email sefatia4arts@gloucester-ma-gov if you’re interested in signing up for one of the shared studio spaces
    • Sail GHS has also extended a generous offer to bring artists sailing who may want to be out on the water for their plein air work

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Art New England magazine at Cape Ann Museum: what a swell party it was

August 11, 2016

This festive summer soiree was a chance to celebrate some of the creative current on Cape Ann and enjoy two impressive exhibitions at the Cape Ann Museum— Design/Build and New Acquisitions.

Art New England’s summer issue includes Cape Ann.  The May issue celebrated Bobbi Gibbs. The upcoming issue previews some of the fall not to miss art events like Cape Ann Plein Air in October. 

 

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Grab your family or a group for a super fun custom tour at Cape Ann Museum: #CAMoffthewall

Kate LaChance of the Cape Ann Museum sent in a few photos from new options for touring the collection.

Do you have summer guests who may not be regular museum-goers? Do you love museum tours, but would like to connect with the collections at a different level? This new tour may be for you. Designed for groups of 6 to 14 people, ages 10 and beyond, the CAM Off the Wall Tour challenges its participants to problem solve, to act out, to use their imaginations, and even to photograph works in the Museum. Similar to a standard tour, a trained guide will lead participants to particular works of art and artifacts, but unlike the standard tour, participants will be assigned an activity at each stop. This is not so much a guided tour as a personal adventure through the Museum. Call ahead to organize an Off the Wall Tour for your family or group. Remember to bring a smart phone or digital camera, and of course, a sense of humor! For more information email katelachance@capeannmuseum.org or call (978)283-0455 x12.

 

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Northshore Magazine: August 2016 issue Best of North Shore includes so much on Gloucester and Cape Ann!

20160815_100527Before we dive into Northshore Magazine’s Fall Favorites September issue, let’s take a moment to acknowledge its Best of North Shore August issue. Although votes did not come in all Cape Ann for categories you thought might be a shoe-in: best beach, bakery, breakfast, burger, clam chowder, farmer’s market, art gallery, art anything (!), museum, or attraction — Gloucester and all of Cape Ann businesses receive a lot of deserved attention! Signing in to vote may be a barrier to entry for some. Still, 150,000+ votes were cast. You can check out what won in many additional categories in the 300pp monster issue.

Congratulations to Cape Ann 2016 Best of awardees!

DINE ALFRESCO – The Market Restaurant, Gloucester

FRIED CLAMS- Seaport Grill, Gloucester and Top Dog (seasonal), Rockport; reader’s choice: Woodman’s

LOBSTER DINNER- Roy Moore Lobster, Rockport; reader’s choice Woodman’s of Essex

LOBSTER ROLL- Seaport Grille, Gloucester

PIZZA- Short and Main, Gloucester in a three way tie

ROMANTIC- Duckworth’s, Gloucester

SANDWICHES- Willow Rest, Gloucester

WATERVIEW RESTAURANT- The Market Restaurant, Gloucester

HOTEL BAR- Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

CHOCOLATE- Rockport Fudgery, Rockport (seasonal)

HOTEL- Beauport Hotel

CHARTER BOAT- Schooner Thomas E Lannon

COMMUNITY WALK RUN BIKE BY SEASON – summer Twin Lobster Half Marathon & 1 mile Race, Gloucester; winter Happy Holidays Half Merrython, Gloucester;  reader’s choice, Motif #1 Day 5K, Rockport

FESTIVAL (FALL)- Essex Clamfest, Essex

GOLF COURSE- reader’s choice Bass Rocks Golf Club, Gloucester

MARINA- Cape Ann Marina, Gloucester

NATURE TRAILS- Ravenswood Park, Gloucester

BOOKS-The Bookstore of Gloucester

MATERNITY CLOTHING- The Urchin Exchange, Gloucester

CONCIERGE- reader’s choice Tending the Sweet Life, Gloucester

DANCING- Minglewood Tavern, Gloucester

LIVE MUSIC VENUE INDOORS- Shalin Liu, Rockport

 

 

 

Gloucester Motif Monday: conservation inspiration. Roger Babson, Sarah Fraser Robbins, Sarah Evans, Philip Weld JR

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 Babson

Reservoir

and Sanctuary

[Eleven hundred and fifty acres]

THIS RESERVOIR, WATERSHED, AND

RESERVATION ARE FOR THE PEOPLE

OF GLOUCESTER, THE LAND HAVING

BEEN GIVEN IN MEMORY OF MY

FATHER AND MY GRANDFATHER WHO

ROAMED OVER THESE ROCKY HILLS–

THEY HAD THE VISION THAT SOME

DAY IT SHOULD BE CONSERVED FOR

THE USES OF THE CITY AND AS

AN INSPIRATION TO ALL LOVERS

OF GOD AND NATURE

-ROGER W BABSON, 1931

There are examples of land preservation, but featuring a watershed in 1931? Isn’t it wonderful! If you haven’t seen it in a while, it’s worth a close look. I believe that it has definitely inspired many in Gloucester. 

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DPW HQ on Poplar

 

THE FIRST CLEAN HARBOR SWIM

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Thank you to Deborah Cramer and Dan Greenbaum for sharing this memory and finding this Gloucester Daily Times article! This trio’s swim inspired Cape Ann’s Year of the Coast led by MassAudubon the following summer.

Related posts:

8/13/16, race above same day: And they’re back

8/13/16, Celebrate Clean Harbor Swim, and they’re off

8/12/16 Gloucester’s Clean Harbor: H2O No No’s are in the past – some history of the swim

8/10/16 Accclaimed writer, Gloucester resident, and one of the trio that inspired the Clean Harbor Swim Sarah Fraser Robbins excerpt ( the title of her classic book The Sea is All About Us was a nod to Gloucester summer resident TS Eliot’ Four Quartets)

8/6/16 litter 1978 Crackdown at the quarries 

8/4/16 history of the swim and news about 2016 Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim

RIO WATERS CAN GET BETTER! THANKS TO DOGGED NATURALISTS, WE CAN PUT OUR HEADS UNDER WATER IN GLOUCESTER. REGISTER NOW FOR THE AUGUST 13 CLEAN HARBOR SWIM

August Cape Ann Reads: Picture book on Rockport’s Illumination Night dazzles

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This captivating story walk installation within the gentle park outside the Rockport Public Library was enchanting on Rockport’s Illumination night.  Along with countdowns to kindergarten and story time, celebrate children’s picture books this month with Cape Ann Reads events!

Gloucester: August 17th (WED) 1:00-2:00 PM CAPE ANN READS writers workshop for all ages led by Amanda Cook of the Gloucester Writers Center (free)

Essex:  August 18th (THURS) 1:00PM. Does your boat float? (free)

Essex: Teen Activity August 22nd (MON) 6:00PM (free)

Gloucester: August 27 2:30pm (SAT) Mark your live event calendar! Just 12 more days until  legendary children’s book creator Ed Emberley will be at Cape Ann Community Cinema & Stage! Caldecott winner! Published more than 100 books! North Shore artist! 

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