Category Archives: Art

Thanksgiving Break Pop Up Art Fair UPDATE Gloucester’s inaugural younger artist fair

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Since the first announcement, we now have 10 younger Gloucester artists signed up for the inaugural Thanksgiving Break POP UP ART FAIR on November 28, 2015 at the Hive from 4-8pm.

So far that’s representation from GHS alumni years 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, and 2015. Pretty good so far!

We hope more artists will sign up and can’t wait to see what they do. Spread the word! Contact Pauline at to add your name to the growing list of exhibitors. We are looking for artists working with any media and/or creative service. Writers, musicians, documentarians, performers, printmakers—who is out there?

Friends and family: please share the fair and save the date. And thanks Joey for the first post—it truly helped to get the news out and encourage sign ups.

Click here for the first announcement on GMG

POP UP fair update Oct 11 2015

Cape Ann Artisans Tour 2015

Wish I could visit all Artisans, there is another chance on Monday, October 12, 2015.  It is a great take in.

Get the 2015 Cape ann Artisans Tour Today! Brochure & Map Here October 10, 11 & 12 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

October 10, 11 & 12
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily


Cape Ann Artisans are part of a vibrant arts community, located along the scenic North Shore of Massachusetts that includes three important cultural districts. For the past two years Gloucester has been named one of the country’s top ten Art Destinations by American Style Magazine. Come visit us, explore our exquisite natural surroundings and see the fine art and craft that they inspire. Many Artisans are open year round; during nontour times please call for an appointment to view our work.

Get the 2015 Brochure & Map – enter raffle to win a gift certificate!


Where the Sidewalk Begins- Walk this way again Railroad Ave

Hi Joey,

A sidewalk returns to Railroad Avenue. Some call it place making or Smart Growth. I say sometimes it’s nice to turn back time. Look at the old postcard image. We are lucky to have some of the same wide streets. Clean sidewalks – they’re great for residents. Great for commuters. Easier for families. Thank you DPW! It looks beautiful. I hope it inspires Shaws to match it up on the other side.

Bonus: It’s easier than ever to #strideby the Jeff Weaver mural at Ben’s Wallpaper and Paint and have a closer look. That mural changes now and again.

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Opening Reception For artist, Deb Schradieck at Cape Ann Giclee

Please join us in viewing the works of artist Deb Schradieck

Opening Reception: Friday, October 9, 2015 ~ 5 to 8pm

at the Cape Ann Giclée, Fine Art Printing and Gallery

“Oil and Water”

A collection of original oil paintings and water colors, with giclées available.

Show Dates: October 5th through 30th, 2015

20 Maplewood Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930 • 978-546-7070 •

Gallery Hours: Monday thru Friday ~ 10am-5pm • Saturday ~ by appointment



2015 Tour image

October 10-12, 2015
Cape Ann, Massachusetts (north of Boston)

This self-guided tour along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport presents a unique opportunity to meet 26 professional artists in 23 studios and see their work in the setting in which it was created. The work represented includes: pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mosaics, fiber art and jewelry. Several of the artists will be demonstrating their working process during the tours. Brochures with route maps will be available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte. 127, on the Cape Ann Artisans web site and at each of the artisans — or download from   A bright magenta Studio Tour banner will mark each location. Many studios are open year round.

Thanks to James @eves3 and Anna @CapeAnnGiclee My Latest Work Is Hung @SeaportGrille

From the Cape Ann Giclee website:

 To order any of the prints hanging or others in various sizes on paper, metal or canvas please visit  and look for Joey’s artist page under photography.  Use the discount code “Seaport” in the shopping cart for an exclusive Seaport Grille 25% discount on Joey’s work. If you have any questions about ordering please call or email Cape Ann Giclee 978-546-7070 /




Does anyone know anything about old model boats?

Terry Weber submits-

Does anyone know anything about old model boats?

This thing is practically a fossil, covered in dust, with no identifying marks on it that I can find except a possible faded British flag. 

Someone told me that it was not worth much, it was just a decorative piece, but I want to make sure before it goes in the yard sale bin. 

Thank you!

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HarborWalk update few new signs replaced and repaired

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey

News from the Gloucester HarborWalk. Over the last couple of days, you may have noticed that some of the permanent granite markers for the HarborWalk trail were shrouded. Replacement signs were required for some of the plaques. As with the original installation back in July 2012, new signs need a day or so to cure before they’re securely installed, hence the black plastic wrap. Sometime this morning they’ll all be unwrapped.

For the longest time there was really just one damaged sign, the map atop the Birdseye marker. It’s likely that one was yanked off, vandalized. The only one! I think that’s remarkable. Also, none of the signs were damaged by weather or general wear and tear. A couple had dramatic demises- backed into by a semi-truck, things like that. The rest suffered accidents similar to fences and curbs this past winter: snow removal required getting to places off the beaten track. A couple of signs we updated at the same time as the damaged ones. For instance the whale marker by Washington and Main had an illustration that was printed in reverse. We note changes over time. The raised symbols that people can trace and collect were installed two ways, both accepted practice and tested before. The one that seemed on paper to be the best process turned out not to be.

We’re pleased the signs are ready for Trails and Sails this weekend, Cyclocross and student field trips this fall. And for all the walkers. Currently there is one sign with some damage, the marker for Fitz Hugh Lane. If you notice other problems along the HarborWalk anytime, please email friends of the HarborWalk


Today is the 123rd anniversary of James Merry’s unfortunate encounter with a neighbor’s bull, Jack. It is recounted in Charles Olson’s renowned poem and is permanently memorialized in Dogtown, where it all occurred.

Thanks to Paul Morrison for the reminder.


Charles Olson

Originally posted October 18, 2010

PUBLIC ART and more: mark your calendars! ESSEX HERITAGE TRAILS AND SAILS 2015 this weekend!

Cat Ryan submits-

PUBLIC ART and more: mark your calendars! ESSEX HERITAGE TRAILS AND SAILS 2015 this weekend!


It’s coming! Here’s your annual chance to check out two weekends of 150+ FREE events throughout Essex County, September 18-20 and 25-27.

The schedule can change with new and wonderful additions, but as of today here are some public art and other highlights in Gloucester.


Climb up City Hall Tower hosted by City Hall Restoration

Gloucester HarborWalk: three self-guided walking tours including some new selfie postcard fun for the mini trail mobile tour. Also new for 2015, the HarborWalk historic exhibit along Fisherman’s Wharf by Latitude 43.

City Hall murals Talking Walls guided talk and tour 1:15  on 9/19  and open 1-3 on Sunday 9/20 hosted by the Committee for the Arts

FISH NET and peek at Art Haven/Hive mural in progress on Parsons Street’s private building

Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour, Cape Ann Museum      

Historic Art Trail Walk, Rocky Neck

Historic Ice House Tours, Cape Pond Ice

Maritime Gloucester and Schooner Adventure Family Games and Fun

Magnolia Library & Community Center’s

“It’s not a weed: food, medicine and magic of wild plants”

Tour of Babson Boulders in Dogtown

REI Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing

My Monarch Butterfly Film at the Leonardo Museum in Utah!

As part of a revolving exhibit titled “Spark!,” the short film that I created for the Berkshire Museum, A Flight of Monarchs, will be playing continuously from now through November at the Leonardo in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am super excited about this–the exhibit sounds wonderful–

“What is “spark?” Is it that feeling you get when you know you’re on to something big? Is it that irresistible flow of an idea that’s just about to burst into reality? What happens when your creativity is ignited?  What becomes possible?

We get it– which is why we created this brand new (and really big) exhibition.

Imagine, explore and interact with over 700 pieces of original 2D and 3D art, live performances, original writings, and more.”  Read more about it here: SPARK!

Thank you for watching! More about Monarchs and the potential for a spike in this year’s southward migration tomorrow. 

New public art: LOOK UP downtown! Ken Riaf’s Pleasant & Main ARTISPHERE sign, last chance to see group show at Trident, wall mural on Parsons HarborWalk

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Look up downtown if you haven’t yet seen the wonderful Pleasant & Main ARTISPHERE sign designed and project-boosted by artist and dealer, Ken Riaf. Then head on into his Jeffrey Marshall exhibit Law & Water Gallery.

I bet you’ve seen that Ed Touchette painting catching your eye through Trident’s window—last days to see the group exhibit at Trident Gallery. Just one week away from Ed Touchette’s solo exhibit at Trident. East Gloucester and Veterans School parents please get ready to bring your kids to see his exhibit. East Gloucester kids can find an Mr. Touchette throwback tucked away on East Main. Here’s a snapshot – try and find it.

Pass through Parsons down to Rogers or up to Main to see the progress of the artists of Art Haven/Hive. Their wall mural along a private building of Parsons Street is coming along and their depiction of Man at the Wheel is filling in…check it out! We have cleaned and scrubbed out graffiti on many walls, more than once, and are happy to see new public art added alongside the temporary FISH NET street mural and Dress Code’s.

I’m not sure what artist, Bob Stephenson, would have thought of the latest mural, but I wish he could have seen it. I do know he liked the Calderwood Fish Net mural and was grateful to have the graffiti painted out, the lights installed and anytime we swept and weeded.

Special thanks this week to the folks with Dan Leaman Landscaping and Maintenance Corp for extra clean up and weeding along Parsons Street.

At first sight #proud of my Dad: HarborWalk Fisherman’s Wharf public art exhibition



















Catherine Ryan submits-

At first sight, Leo Vitale finds the panel where his Dad’s boat is featured in a gorgeous Paul Frontiero photograph. His cousin and sisters join in.

Joey Ciaramitaro, Vito Giacalone, Mark McDonough, and Peter Prybot were the original authors of this outdoor display, before it was expanded and updated.  The exhibit was restored because the original faded.  Artists generously granted reproduction permission of their work. Go see their art! Look for Joey Ciaramitaro, Paul Frontiero, Martin Luster and Brenda Guiled. Individuals and organizations were generous too. More on this later…


Unveiling of Ken Knowles’ “Schooner Race”

Pictures from last nights’ reception at Bank Gloucester for the unveiling of renowned artist Ken Knowles painting “Schooner Race” commissioned by Bank Gloucester. A smaller version of the painting was auctioned off by auctioneer Senator Tarr (clearly his second calling!) with proceeds donated to Wellspring.


Jenn Cullen Super FOB! Thank You!!

Jenn Cullen is a Super FOB of GMG.

We like to give her a hard time when she says she will be at the next GMG event. Sometimes she would show up, some times she would have to work or fill in for somebody at a couple of local businesses. Always an excuse :).

She’s a hard worker who can take a beating from the GMG Authors. Also she has commented on a lot of posts.

Commenting on our posts on GMG helps give us a clue on what the readers like and not like.

Don’t be afraid to comment. No one will think less of you if you leave a critical comment. Except me. :)

Thanks for being there Jenn for all your support through good times and Bad.

From Jenn Cullen;

“I’m now the proud owner of three original Paul Frontiero Sr. Oil Paintings! And his son Paul, also a great artist in his own right (I have a few of his pieces, too), came to my house to show me the collection for sale and also made me my own special Art, Rocks! mug which I will treasure always! So excited to get these framed and hung.”

In my opinion Jenn got the best that was left of the small paintings.

so representative of “Old Gloucester”


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