Category Archives: Art

Inside a Birdhouse ~ Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork!

Patrick Dougherty Stickwork Peabody Essex -5 w ©Kim Smith 2015Today driving along Route 1A I passed the fabulous and fantastic Patrick Dougherty enormous two-story tall birdhouses in the midst of downtown Salem. I did a double take and turned around. They are simply extraordinary. Although a work in progress, it must have been lunch break because the site was empty of people. I would have loved to have met the artist and see the volunteers at work but it was a magical experience to walk through and around the birdhouses with no one present. Especially captivating was peering out from the round windows towards the passersby from inside the structures–evoking the feel of being a bird in its nest. GO SEE!!!!

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Looking up through the skylight.

“Stickwork” by Patrick Dougherty is under construction, with the help of local volunteers, through May 23rd. The finished structures will remain on the grounds of the Crowninshield-Bentley House for one year. The Crowninshield-Bentley House is located at the corner of Essex and Washington Streets and is owned by the Peabody Essex Museum. “Stickwork” is the first environmental art installation under the museum’s Present Tense Initiative. For more information visit pem.org/stickwork.

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The birdhouses are made of saplings from unwanted wood such as Norway maple and buckthorn.

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Printmaker Needed!

Hi Joey,

This is Mary Rhinelander here, of Cape Ann Blue Willow fame. I am not sure if you list things like this, but I am losing one of my print coop. members and must find someone to take their place and help offset the monthly rent.  Located in the Beacon Marine Building, the Shop is a pretty magical place to work, with with tide rising and falling literally underneath you! If there is room in your line-up one of these days, I would most appreciate a post. Image of the press and my contact info. are attached.

Many thanks,

Mary

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The first one sold out in four or five hours…

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The second one sold out on the first day. Marketing and trying to stay current, here’s to a local employee’s initiative.

Kayleigh Bishop, bar manager for Jalapenos had a hunch Paint Nite would be a good fit for Sundays.  She and a couple of friends enjoyed one in Boston. Why not here? She was right. “They have been a huge positive, selling out weeks ahead of time. They’re so much fun to work. And just to be there for it—just to witness!” For Jalapenos, at first it was mainly regulars. Gradually it began to bring different crowds of people, sometimes older, sometimes younger, some from other towns. It energizes the regular business.  Jalapenos jumped in with the new programming January 2015. “People come in early, grab a seat. We’ve tried the back room and the bar area. The instructors are funny and personable, hands on.”  The teacher, Quinn Ramini, Paint Nite artist, is a local; he grew up in Maine and now resides and works in Gloucester. He’s also a trained artist teaching this class a few times a week or month. “Gloucester has an incredibly vibrant history and colorful culture which makes Paint Nite a perfect match,” he says. “The vibe that the town exudes compliments the event…I love hosting events here!”

Jalapeno’s Bishop suggests arriving early to grab a seat and order some food before starting- “the paint area not enough room to eat where you paint.” Then sit down with drinks and music. “Everyone leaves with some fun.” Bishop likes Paint Nite’s community–someone from here– purpose.

Anything else? “Look for groupons!” Maybe they can arrange with UBER, too.

Paint Nite raised 13 million in another round of financing in February and celebrated its 3 year anniversary.

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SELL OUT ALERT: 35 seats left for Art Garfunkel @ Larcom This Sat 5/23

Art Garfunkel

Only 35 seats left for this very special evening with Art Garfunkel, one of popular music’s most revered icons.  Most of the seats are in the Balcony (get them here).  For this show, with only 2 people on stage, the seats at Balcony left and right (that normally offer a partially obstructed view) will be fine.  And they’re a bargain. Get them NOW!

Imagine seeing him and hearing his extraordinary voice in the intimate Larcom Theatre (right down the road in downtown Beverly) with gimmeLIVE’s perfect sound.

This will be Art Garfunkel’s only Boston area appearance on this tour.

It will certainly be an experience you won’t soon forget!  Don’t wait until tickets are gone.  Get them now, right here.

 

Public Conversation on the Arts Hosted By Mayor Romeo Thekan

Thursday nights art’s conversation was well-attended. After the introduction and welcome speeches by Mayor Romeo Thekan, Jack Clark, and Judith Hoglander the audience broke into small groups to answer three questions: 1.) What values or vision informs your thinking about the selection and placement of public art. 2.) What suggestions do you have for reaching out and including the community in the process? 3.) What criteria should we use in the selection and placement of public art? After which the audience reconvened to share the small group’s answers.

There was a shared vision and commonality in many of the responses. A strong desire for transparency throughout the entire process was stated often as was the position that our public art choices tell the story of Gloucester.

In our small group, Gloucester sculptor David Calvo shared the story of Maritime Gloucester’s humble beginnings and how it grew organically, with the full support of the community behind its development. There are a number of reasons why there is such a community-wide viscerally negative reaction to the proposed David Black sculpture and one of the solutions suggested was to put a policy in place which would allow the community to say no to an unwanted gift. Another suggestion was to identify places where we would like to see public art so that the community is not in the position of scrambling to place very large-scale works of art in very small parks.

A suggestion that resonated with many was that we investigate and learn from neighboring communities about their policies toward selecting and placing public art. The meeting was productive and we’ll be hearing more from the Mayor and Committee for the Arts in the coming weeks about Gloucester’s developing public arts plan. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan Melissa Cox Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

Mayor Romeo Thekan and City Councilwoman Melissa Cox

REMINDER: IMPORTANT PUBLIC ARTS CONVERSATION TONIGHT 7pm to 9pm

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken invites interested residents of Gloucester to join with her and the Committee for the Arts to begin a Public Conversation on the Arts on Thursday, May 14th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall. The purpose of this facilitated discussion is to solicit ideas on what a public arts policy should look like. The meeting is not about individual projects, works of art, or location but about what should guide the City as it makes decisions on this important subject. “I am committed to carefully and thoughtfully considering issues related to the selection and siting of public art in the City of Gloucester and the upcoming Public Conversation on the Arts will be an invaluable tool,” said Mayor Romeo Theken.manat the wheel

Fisherman Memorial Painting by Paul Frontiero

Motif No.1 Day 2015 (M1D:15) is Gonna Be Amazing

Five days away from the best M1D in 65 years (really). Film, Dance, Poetry, Music, Art, activities for kids and tons of community events are planned.

FILM: (look for GMG goddess Kim Smith’s clip!) The Red Shed Film Fest at the Rockport Public Library

DANCE: The T-Wharf tent featuring the Rockport Dance Academy and Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre.

MUSIC: The Dock Square tent features the Mari Martin Band, Pesky J. Nixon and Glass Onion. The Shalin Liu features a FREE community concert and an Instrument Petting Zoo.

WORDS: The School Street Tent: Magnetic Poetry Slam, Words Interactive, Words Before Dinner: the Poetry of Cape Ann.

ART: motif 2015 is a show featuring fresh, new work curated by Bob & Jill Armstrong of Iartcolony Gallery in Rockport. Artists from Cape Ann, Boston and beyond have re-imagined the Motif in everything from sculpture to paintings to video installations. A gallery walk will also be part of the festival.

COMMUNITY: Rockport Elementary School 3rd Grade Art Show, the M1D 5k & Fun Run to benefit Rockport Public Schools, Thacher Island Committee, Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport Cub Scouts, Millbrook Meadow Committee, Addison Gilbert, SISU Fitness and more!

FOOD: Top Dog will have a food booth at the School Street Tent, Blue Lobster Grille and That Nutty Redhead will be set up in Dock Square, the New Year’s Rockport Eve Food Booth will be in Harvey Park.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest with prizes sponsored by The Ice Cream Store, painting, sketching, a Story Walk and Make-a-Book craft sponsored by the Rockport Public Library and much more!

Print out this handy Schedule of Events and bring it with you to Motif No.1 Day. The CATA trolley Park ‘n’ Ride will be running all day. Follow us on Twitter @rockportfest to stay up on the festival haps (do people still say that?) #M1D #rockportrocks www.rockportartfestivals.com

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Cape Ann Museum Annual Meeting

Celebrating the accomplishments of 2014

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 8, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Staff reports and Board elections will be followed by Fitz Henry Lane Revealed, a brief discussion of new research based on infrared photography presented by Board member and FHL Online Project Manager, Sam Holdsworth. Refreshments will follow.Annual Mtg

Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865), On the Wharves [detail with infrared photo overlay], 1847. Oil on panel. Gift of Jane Parker Stacy in memory of George O. Stacy, 1948. [1289.1b]

 

North Shore Artist, George Martin’s Work on Display at First Ipswich Bank’s Gloucester Branch

First Ipswich Bank is pleased to announce that

work by local artist, George Martin, is now on display at its

Gloucester branch – 207 Main Street – through July.

IMG_6340George is an award-winning painter and graphic designer who was born in Massachusetts in 1951 and resides on the North Shore. Graduate of Vesper George School of Art, Boston, he studied under Robert Douglas Hunter, Robert Cormier, and Charles Cooper, among other noted Boston artists. He went on to earn a reputation as an outstanding graphic designer at a number of corporations and design firms. Since 2005, George has been as professional painter who has gained increasing recognition for his work. He is an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association and the Rockport Art Association. From 2011-2012, he served on the Board of Trustees as President of the North Shore Arts Association.

As George explains, plein air (open air) painting restores his passion for nature and awakens his senses. Influenced by representational and impressionist styles, his landscapes and other subjects are painted from life, memory and personal references.

“We are so happy to be able to welcome our third local artist exhibit at our Gloucester branch. We hope that everyone will consider stopping in to view this latest display by George Martin.” commented Bank President, Russ Cole.

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About the program:

One artist’s work will be shown every three months; the first installation featured Katherine “Kim” Thayer’s work and Jim Clyde’s work was on display through April. George Martin’s works will be displayed through July 2015.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Sumner, Branch Manager at 978-356-3700, or Beth Taber at 978-356-8120.

First Ipswich Bank has branch offices in Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Newburyport and Rowley, Massachusetts – you can find them at www.firstipswich.com.

Mark My Words- Johnny Depp Gets The Oscar For #BlackMass

I’m not even necessarily a Johnny Depp fan. But his portrayal of Whitey Bulger in Black Mass is chilling.

So next year when he wins you can say your boy Joey called it.  I’ll take Johnny Depp vs the field and I don’t even know who the field is, that’s how strongly I feel about it!

Here’s the trailer, tell me if you agree-

Powerful Artworks Created by Boston’s Homeless and Disabled Artists

ArtLifting Exhibition at Lexicon Gallery

Dates:
Opening Friday, May 8, 2015, 6-8pm. Artist talk.
Show Saturday May 9 – Sunday June 21

Place:
Lexicon Gallery, 15 Lexington Ave., #1, Magnolia, MA 01930

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“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”

Please join us in welcoming ArtLifting to Cape Ann for a celebration of powerful art by homeless and disabled artists. A selection of ArtLifting originals will be hosted by LEXICON GALLERY from May 8 (opening) through June 21. During the opening, one of the artists will be sharing his very powerful story. 

ArtLifting provides artists the opportunity to earn their own income. By earning an income instead of receiving a handout, artists feel empowered which has a domino effect on every aspect of their lives. Artists gain self esteem plus resources which translates into finding housing, gaining employment, and getting out of bed each morning. It creates hope.

Originals, prints, and products such as hand painted cell phone cases will be available.

Don’t miss this inspirational show.

Well, you know we never rest. So To Make GMG Even More Culturally Useful We’re Working On An Arts Calendar

My man James Eves at Cape Ann Giclee is going to be the Admin and master of operations for our Cape Ann Arts Calendar.

It’s been tried a million times by well intentioned people.  Building websites that will get traction on their own are nearly impossible.  An art Calendar on it’s own may sound like a great idea but to start with zero viewers and build it up to 40-80,000 views a day like GMG has involves an insane amount of work and dedication.  GMG has such a diverse subject matter which is what makes it such a monstrous hub of people’s daily media consumption.  Just Food, or Just Industrial Waterfront or Just Music or Just Butterflies and Flowers or Just Art On their own don’t add up to one one hundredth of the sum of the whole.

So leveraging the insane number of viewers we’re going to offer up the Community Arts Calendar which is being developed as we speak by master design guy James Eves.

So if you have an art event coming up, instead of submitting it to me, you’ll be submitting it to James and he will add it to the calendar.  Instead of the way I handle press releases of this type (as I get them I post them), it’s difficult to go back and see the whole calendar picture of what’s happening when.  This way it will all be laid out for you in an easy to read calender with who, when, what, where.

So if you are a museum, individual artist or gallery, submit your press releases to James and he will get you listed.

#Boom GMG Blowin’ Up Baby!

james@capeanngiclee.com

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A. Piatt Andrew Bridge Doors on Display at Cape Ann Museum

A. Piatt Andrew Bridge Doors on Display at Cape Ann Museum

Free admission for Cape Ann residents on April 18

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (April 10, 2015) – Two of four bronze doors from the granite faced pylons on top of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge which brings Route 128 over the Annisquam River and into Gloucester are currently on display at the Cape Ann Museum. The doors were removed from the bridge late last year for much need conservation work and this will be the first time in over half a century that the public will be able to view the doors up-close.

Designed by sculptor John F. Paramino (1889-1956), the doors were cast at the T. F. McGann & Sons foundry in Boston in 1950. One honors the bridge’s namesake, A. Piatt Andrew (1873-1936), founder of the American Field Service, a U.S. Congressman from this district, director of the U.S. Mint and a long-time Gloucester resident. The second door celebrates the history of Cape Ann and in particular the fishing industry. John Paramino was born in Boston in 1889 to immigrant parents and studied modeling at the North Bennet Street School. He continued his studies under Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Bela Pratt and by 1916 had his own studio in Boston. Examples of Paramino’s public sculptures are scattered across Boston and include The Founders Memorial (1930) and the World War II Memorial in the Fenway (1947-1948).

Route 128, officially known as the Yankee Division Highway, was built between 1936 and 1958 on its current alignment as a bypass route around Boston. It was the first circumferential highway around a major U.S. city and now incorporates sections of I-93 and I-95. The A. Piatt Andrew Bridge is the crowning achievement of the decades-long Route 128 construction project and serves as a gateway to Cape Ann.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer Cape Ann residents free admission to the Museum on Saturday, April 18, in order that all may view the doors. In addition, the Museum will offer a narrated walking tour highlighting outdoor public sculptures in downtown Gloucester. The tour will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 10 AM. Tickets are $10 for Museum members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited, reservations are required. Reservations and tickets at (978)283-0455 x10 or info@capeannmuseum.org.

This project is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the City of Gloucester and the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, and the Cape Ann Museum.

Print quality images available on request.

Messy Art Day For Kids At The Lanesville Community Center Saturday

Hello, Joey! Some friends and I are former and current preschool teachers and enthusiastic artists in Lanesville–and we are having a messy art day for kids this Saturday, at the LCC from 10-12.
I am the last minute announcer for this fun thing, but my daughter was also happy to help!  Many thanks for the post in GMG!
Mary Beth Periera

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