Category Archives: Art

2016 Fishermen’s Memorial Service

There was a respectful area set aside for the participants and families and incredible music. The poignant service made many cry.


Convening by the Legion and Anna Hyatt Huntington WW1 memorial, Joan of Arc, prior to the 2016 Fishermen’s Memorial Service procession.



Dad describing the procession


Large crowd up ahead at the Man at the Wheel, awaiting the procession


Distinguished master of ceremonies Barry Pett


©Pauline Bresnahan

20160827_171904Mayor Romeo-Theken sweeping gesture to the Fort, a heartfelt and knowing welcome


©Pauline Brenahan



Dignitaries including: Councilors Lundberg and Cox, Senator Tarr, Representative Ferrante


committee, family


family- sisters




Rapt crowd thinking of so many families then and now. (Councilor Lundberg’s beautiful family had me thinking about art –Homer, Dorothea Lange, and Morgan Faulds Pike Fishermens Wives)


And by sea


what a voice and talented musician. angels






©Pauline Bresnahan


©Pauline Bresnahan




I folded some of Pauline Bresnahan’s great photographs into my photos for this post. Thanks for sharing, Pauline, they’re beautiful! I may add in excerpts from Linda Greenlaw’s beautiful tribute – optimism and the program details.

You can search prior year GMG coverage like this David Cox one and many more.

Marty Luster’s 2016 video and audio brings you there.

The 2016 announcement and Gordon Parks 1943 photograph  from that year’s memorial service

Today’s Wall Street Journal: Stuart Davis and Gloucester – masterpiece art and to this day a fishing port


Bill Agee is an art historian and esteemed professor at Hunter. He completed the acclaimed Davis catalogue raissone (Yale University Press, 1991). His most recent book is Modern Art in America. Here he is on Stuart Davis (1892-1964) and Gloucester in today’s Wall Street Journal.

“Swing Landscape (1938)  is surely one of the greatest paintings of modern American art, a glorious summation of all Davis had been and was still to be. Swing Landscape, one of nine Davis mural projects was commissioned by the WPA. It was intended for the Williamsburg Housing Project in Brooklyn. But for reasons still unclear it was never installed, and in 1942 it was acquired by the Indiana University Art Museum, in Bloomington. Because of its intended location, over the years the mural has been misread as based on views of that bustling borough.

Rather, it depicts the boats, docks, houses and landscape of Gloucester, Mass., to this day a fishing port. Davis had spent summers there since 1915, and the subject was the culmination of a favorite motif that had appeared frequently in his art since at least 1924. Davis could be contrarian–for example suggesting a painting was about one thing when it was really about something else–and  here he turns these picturesque vistas, the subject of so much tourist art, into a serious, complex and ambitious mural. “

I wish this Agee excerpt was published prior to the September 25th closing of the Whitney Museum show, Stuart Davis in Full Swing. Back in June, WSJ published a couple of reviews including one by Karen Wilkin.

From the Whitney exhibit:

Using sketches he made of the waterfront in Gloucester, Massachusetts, he transformed masts, rigging, lobster traps, ladders, and striped poles into a vocabulary of overlapping, brightly colored shapes, all of equal intensity. To Davis, the result portrayed the “new materials, new spaces, new speeds, new time relations, new lights, and new colors” of modern America.

James Wechsler describes Davis subjects as triple distilled.


Recent William Agee book


THE FIREWORKS ARE A GO!!! Hold onto your hats, we’re going to be treated to an extra fantabulous spectacular display!

Barry Pett shares that the response for requests for assistance with the Schooner Festival/Labor Day Weekend fireworks show has been tremendous. He gives a heartfelt thanks to everyone for their contributions. He’d also like folks to be aware that the City contributes greatly, with support from Mayor Romeo Theken’s administration, the Police and Fire Departments, and the DPW.

Barry provided some history about the fireworks, which have been annually displayed from Stage Fort Park since at least 1880. This beautifully poetic Winslow Homer watercolor titled Sailboat and Fourth of July Fireworks, dated July 4th, 1880, was painted during the year that Homer lived on Ten Pound Island. Unfortunately, the painting is currently hidden away in storage at the Fogg Art Museum. It is Barry’s hope that for Gloucester’s quadricentennial the painting will travel to Gloucester and be displayed at the Cape Ann Museum.

Barry Pett has been creating Gloucester’s fireworks shows for over twenty five years.


Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea

Today! Ed Emberley @CapeAnnCinema 2PM is in good company as a Gloucester Daily Times weekend pick along with

Gloucester Stage Saturday morning live theater for tots, Our Lady of Good Voyage  Carillon Bells tonight 5pm, and North Shore Arts Association Sunday pot luck reception for its annual members’ Small Works Exhibition!


Ed Emberley is “drawing” them in today for Cape Ann Reads. Plus he’s part of the 8th Annual Cape Ann Cinema film festival running August 25-September 1st.  Other luminaries on site for special screenings during the film festival include:




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!

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.



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

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


Lexicon Gallery

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

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Lexicon Gallery And Studios
15 Lexington Ave
Magnolia, MA 01930

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Lexicon Gallery & Studios

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

Shore lunge photoShore Lunge


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


Phil Cusumano – paintings


Christopher R. Fleming – ink line drawings


Sue Memhard (1949-2011) – paintings


Eoin Vincent – photographs


Sam Parisi – paintings


Peter Vincent (1946-2012)–  paintings and prints





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