Category Archives: Art

MCC Cultural Districts convened at IDEO Cambridge & coming to Gloucester!

SAVE THE DATE

November 8, 2017  North of Boston Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony will honor
Mayor Romeo Theken and Jeanne Hennessey, Beauport Hotel

November 11, 2017 2-6PM – Gloucester Meeting House Foundation Preservation & Architectural  Sustainability SYMPOSIUM  TownGreen|2025  Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church 

Monday, Nov. 27, 10 am, JOIN MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL POWER OF CONNECTION TOUR at Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Art Colony, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, with Mayor Romeo Theken, Senator Bruce Tarr & Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante of Gloucester.  RSVP here.

November 29, 2017 Dogtown Public Presentation and Meeting- archaeological survey and pursuit of National Historic district designation  

December 17, 2017 Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Oscar winner Chris Cooper will personally host a screening of the role that won him the Gold for Best Supporting Actor…horticulturist John Laroche in Spike Jonze’s superb, darkly comic 2002 drama, “Adaptation.” The evening benefits The Jesse Cooper Foundation.

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Anita Walker, director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, welcome address October 2017 MCC cultural district convening held at IDEO Cambridge headquarters.

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Congrtulations to the original cultural districts– all renewed designation

Message from Anita Walker the Power of Culture- MCC has a new logo for its 50th year

Anita Walker message fall 2017

 

 

Rare Edward Hopper print The Lonely House fetched record auction price @SwannGalleries

The Edward Hopper etching The Lonely House was the star lot going into the sale and in the live auction last night. The print sold for $310,000 vaulting past its pre auction estimate of $150,000-$200,000.

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Hopper’s Les Poilus circa 1915 surpassed its $15000-$20,000 pre-sale estimate as well, selling for $42,500. I’ve sold an impression of the Lonely House before but I’ve only scene Les Poilus in the Whitney collection.

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The sale featured Old Master through Modern prints by American and European artists.

Here’s a link to the Swann Galleries catalogue for the November 4th 2017 sale 2460 and the Swann Galleries auction results. Images in this post are from Swann Galleries.

Besides Edward Hopper, there were prints by artists with Gloucester connections (or topics of interest such as a 1680 engraving of a beached whale).

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Willem Van Gouwen after matham A Beached Whale between Scheveningen and Katwijk 1680 engraving sold for 1875

Records were achieved for other prints like Martin Lewis, Relics, $55,000

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a rare Odilon Redon 1892 lithograph sold for $47,500

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and a Rembrandt 1631 etching, Self portrait with Cap Pulled Forward, that sold for $65,000.

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See more highlights below the “read more” break from the nearly 500 prints that were sold at the November Swann Galleries auction.

Head to the Cape Ann museum Fitz Henry Lane exhibition Drawn from Nature and on Stone: The lithgraphs of Fitz Henry Lane to experience a great print show in person. Read more

Jason Grow photo portraits of WWII Veterans at Cape Ann Museum

Jason Grow’s World War II Veterans Photographs

On view October 27 through November 26 at the Cape Ann Museum

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Portraits by Jason Grow from a 2015 series of WWII veterans. Left to right: Joseph Mesquita III, Arnold Knauth, Adele Ervin

Don’t miss the show, one month only

Reminder from the museum:

“The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce WWII Veterans: Portrait Photographs by Jason Grow, a special exhibition on view from October 27 – November 26, 2017. First shown at Gloucester City Hall in 2015, Grow’s portrait photographs of Cape Ann’s World War II veterans were enthusiastically received by audiences of all ages and walks of life. The exhibit makes an encore appearance at the Museum this autumn, offering visitors another opportunity to view these remarkable images as a group.

Admission is free throughout the exhibition run for veterans and all active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

On Saturday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day, the Museum will be free and open to the public and Jason Grow will present a talk about the exhibit at 2:00 p.m. in the Museum’s auditorium.

The Cape Ann Museum is proud to participate in the national Blue Star Museum program. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information please visit the Blue Star Museums’ website: arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Jason Grow is a Boston-based photographer and Gloucester resident. He specializes in photographing exceptionally accomplished, busy people with real time constraints in real environments. With a background based in photojournalism his experience has ranged from refugee camps to conference rooms.”

Meet CHRIS VAN DUSEN and see Virginia Lee Burton drawings for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel @WenhamMuseum

Wenham Museum Dig This..and Build That! Opens This Weekend

Opening Party – Sunday, November 5, 2017 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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Opening Party – Sunday, November 5, 2017 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Free with Museum Admission
Meet Author Chris Van Dusen, take part in a community build, and create your own road!  

Wenham Museum Press Release: “See and touch everything from architecture and autos to books and blocks in our latest exhibit! 

Featuring original illustrations from Virginia Lee Burton’s classic 1939 book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and antique toys from the museum’s collection, we have it all when it comes to construction: vehicles, building blocks, Erector Sets, puzzles, LEGOs, and more! There are also original illustrations by two current artists: Chris Van Dusen’s books If I Built a House and If I Built a Car, and Brian Lovelock’s books Roadwork, Construction, and Demolition.

Plus, dig out some toys and materials to create your own constructions right in the gallery! Get on a digger and move stones in the pit, put together amazing creations from Lincoln Logs, building blocks, LEGOs, and more, and try your hand at building a book to take home with you!

On Sunday, join us for our exhibit opening party where there will be lots of hands-on construction opportunities including creating your own road and working on our community building project. We are also so excited to welcome children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen who will be here to to sign his books, If I Built a House and If I Built a Car. “

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Virginia Lee Burton, children’s book author/illustrator, Folly Cove textile designer and founder, resided and worked in Gloucester, MA, where she created some of America’s most popular and classic children’s picture books. Burton’s characters and stories have been enjoyed by children of all ages all over the world. She received the Caldecott medal in 1943 for The Little House. Other books include Katy and the Big Snow and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.

Emergency Motion! Berkshire Museum dramatic courtroom hearing

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WWII poster, Loose Lips might Sink Ships  Seymour R Goff (“essargee“) From 1934-43, milions of New Deal and Works Progress Administration (WPA) posters (original silkscreens, woodcuts and lithos) were created from nearly 35, 000 designs for various government agencies. All the poster divisions were transferred to the War Department by 1942. Seagram sponsored this one.

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, there was a hearing in Berkshire Superior Court concerning efforts to block the upcoming Sotheby’s sale of Berkshire Museum art. Judge John Agostini presided over the hearing. Apparently the plaintiff cases were not enough; the Attorney General’s office filed an emergency motion DURING yesterday’s two hour hearing. There was a large audience. More than one observer felt that the courtroom scene looked like a Norman Rockwell painting. Judge Agostini said he will make his decision soon.
Here’s the conclusion from The Berkshire Eagle article by Larry Parnass (they’ll be getting awards for their coverage):
Trustees acted unreasonably, she said, by treating the art collection as “fungible.”
The term refers to a commodity that can be traded for something else, such as cash.
Instead, Aladro said, the board turned away from its “core legacy” as a museum and took steps that will sever its connection to cultural institutions it needs to hold future exhibitions. “You ask what the museum did wrong,” Keating said to the judge. “They violated their own written policies.”  Briefs filed in the case show that trustees voted to sign a contract with Sotheby’s weeks before removing provisions from policies that prohibited selling art in the way it intends. Keating also accused trustees of secrecy. “They knew there would be pushback. They didn’t want to face this.” He pointed to an email sent last May by the trustees president, Elizabeth McGraw, that asked fellow trustees to keep quiet. The subject line of the email read, “Loose lips sink ships.” “They didn’t want this ship sunk,” Keating said. 
Save the Art Save the Museum Facebook https://www.facebook.com/savetheartsavethemuseum/
See prior posts on GMG
 A few more examples of WPA era posters

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Berkshire Museum Nailbiter- Healy halts Sotheby’s…some

shuffleton-s-barbershop-1950The Berkshire Eagle has done a great job covering the Berkshire Museum’s puzzling year of undoing.  The museum has consigned 40 of its most recognized and regarded works of art to finance an expansion and rebrand. Sotheby’s Berkshire Museum sales commence Nov 13th.

Read the Attorney General’s complete filing here:

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/attorney-general-calls-on-berkshire-museum-to-halt-sale-of-artworks,523205?

Norman Rockwell’s sons lobbied hard for the art to stay in Pittsfield, per the artist’s intent. One granddaughter penned a different opinion, a plea to George Lucas–a major Rockwell collector– hoping he’d acquire them for his future illustration museum. Sotheby’s has unveiled billboards. The museum is firm on selling.  Next steps?

it’s up to the Berkshire Superior Court judge to hear both sides tomorrow morning.

 

 

Beeman Memorial Elementary School Art Show at Cape Ann Museum

Reminder just a few days left to see amazing Rockbound exhibition! Upcoming collaboration among the museum, GPS,  and teachers at the Cape Ann Museum:

“The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present the November 2017 Student Art Gallery exhibit. Projects by Beeman Memorial Elementary School (Gloucester) students will be on view in the CAM Activity Center throughout the month. The  show is curated by Art Specialist Anne Pieterse BFA/MAT and student teacher Lindsay Smith who is earning her BFA in Art Education at Montserrat.

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PROJECTS

Grade 5:     Drawings inspired by their sail on          the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon

Grades 3-5: Pastel pumpkins

Grades 3-4: Positive and negative designs

Grade 3:      Paper tree sculptures

Grade 2:     Totem poles

Grade 1:     Walk with a Line painting 

Kindergarten:       Line Explosions sculptures

The second Saturday of every month is free for families with school-age children and special youth programs take place from 10:00AM to 12:00PM. Join us Saturday November 11th to view a new exhibit of WWII Veterans portraits by photographer Jason Grow. In the CAM Activity Center create a self-portrait and make a kind craft for a veteran. Drop into the Activity Center anytime for hands on play and art activities, updated monthly.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester.”

 

Oct 29th come CELEBRATE the new Reredos Altarpiece by renowned artist Morgan Faulds Pike!

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Festive Evensong Service celebrating the new Reredos Altarpiece, sculpted by artist Morgan Faulds Pike, commissioned by St. Mary’s Espiscopal Church, 24 Broadway, Rockport, MA. Music for this special celebration includes a new, gorgeous choral anthem. Reception to follow

Festive Evensong Service celebrating the new Reredos Altarpiece Morgan Faulds Pike

Morgan Faulds Pike will feature 3 sculptures November 3rd (ticketed gala*), 4th (open to the public), and 5th (open to the public) at the annual Crane Estate Show and Sale: “Aurora,” “Poseidon” (edition of 3), and “Parthenon Horse.”

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*Here’s the link to reserve a ticket for Crane Estate Soirée/Preview on Friday 3 November: http://bit.ly/2xlbiZl

 

Will Pittsfield museum be the pits? Last ditch attempts to keep the art in MA

Will Pittsfield’s Berskshire Museum earn a derisive eponymous nickname?
The Berkshire Museum wants to sell its core collection, 40 works including two Norman Rockwells, a lovely John LaFarge Magnolia, a Vuillard, Calder’s first public commissions, and other high lights* for an expansion and redirection. The deaccession has been denounced in art news headlines for the past year, and defended by its museum board. Various alternatives have been batted about including merging with Williams College or moving the art to other MA institutions. Two of the works to be sold were given by the artist, Norman Rockwell. Three sons of the artist are suing to keep the art at the museum. The barbershop depicted in Rockwell’s April 29, 1950 Saturday Evening Post cover was located in East Arlington, Vermont. The Rockwells moved from VT to Stockbridge in 1953. If it’s sold and leaves MA completely, I hope it ends up in a museum near East Arlington, VT.
The auction sale dates are closing in. Crowdfunding for legal costs ramped up, but only recently. Visit the trending gofundme campaign Save the Art Save the Museum https://www.gofundme.com/savetheartsavethemuseum
The Rose Art Museum and Detroit art sales were thwarted. However, full court PR campaigns weren’t launched for an auction sale, which is now the case with the Berkshire Museum upcoming sales at Sotheby’s.
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PITTSFIELD — Three sons of artist Norman Rockwell went to court Friday to stop the auction of 40 works owned by the Berkshire Museum, including two donated by their father. Their action represents the clearest challenge to date of the museum’s plan, announced in July, to sell art to improve its balance sheet and to renovate its South Street facility. – By Larry Parnass

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In addition to the Berkshire Museum pieces, the upcoming Sotheby’s sale on the 13th includes artists with connections to Gloucester such as Anna Hyatt Huntington, Paul Manship and Milton Avery:

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Cape Ann Cinema #Doctoberfest opened with Boston Typewriter Orchestra and closes with Tab Hunter TONIGHT

Crazy good and ambitious programming at Cape Ann Cinema. The 8th Annual documentary film festival opened with California Typewriter, featuring a LIVE performance from the Boston Typewriter Orchestra; the festival closes tonight with Tab Hunter in the house for the 7:30 special screening of Tab Hunter Confidential.

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Boston Typewriter Orchestra peforming at Cape Ann Cinema, Gloucester, MA, October 2017 following the screening of California Typewriter during the Cape Ann Cinema 8th Annual Documentary Film Festival, Doctoberfest

You have Til Tuesday to register for major Lane symposium at Cape Ann Museum

REGISTER BY OCTOBER 24, 2017 for “Laid down on Paper: Printmaking in America 1800-1865” symposium to be held at Cape Ann Museum October 28 10-4pm

offered in conjunction with the major exhibition DRAWN FROM NATURE: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane (through March 8, 2018) and Fitz Henry Lane Online

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Rocky Neck: Big Fun, Big Crowd for Big Tiny Art

Scenes from the inaugural Big Tiny Art fundraiser for Rocky Neck at the Rudder, October 18, 2017. Inspired by the format and scale, scores of originals were created by local artists for this festive and beautifully orchestrated benefit. Congratulations to artist Kathleen Archer and all the volunteers who put this togther. I’m told they’ll do another. If I receive a list of participating artists, I’ll add the names back in. Some of the artists signed verso; some were a mystery. The lively venue, The Rudder, served a delicious, memorable and generous dinner!

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Rocky Neck – Jeanne Greenleaf Gallery

The Jeanne Greenleaf Gallery on Rocky Neck is open through the end of October. Greenleaf features figurative series that are as much about perception: large floating swimmer oil paintings and smaller pastels of fish or the human form. She renders the luminosity of the natural world in watercolor. Greenleaf resides in northern Florida, and is a former New England resident, with family still here. While in Gloucester she lives by Coffins Beach.  http://www.jeannegreenleaf.com/

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Jeanne Greenleaf, Jeanne Greenleaf gallery, Rocky Neck, October 2017 (monumental figurative oil paintings from swimmers series)

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Jeanne Greenleaf, Jeanne Greenleaf Gallery, Rocky Neck, October 2017

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Jeanne Greenleaf, Sandpipers, watercolor

Greenleaf’s gallery is in the same building as artist, Stephen Lapierre whose website url is www.paintpaintpaint.org. Both galleries are around the corner from The Rudder. Other nearby galleries include Gallery 53, Sallie Schacht StrandRegina Piantedosi and Ian Everard, the 5th and final Goetemann Artist in Residency for 2017 (from October 1 to October 31st).

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