Category Archives: Art

Gloucester’s Katy Geraghty part of Broadway’s Tony Award nominated musical Groundhog Day!

How exciting to follow news about this stunning vocalist and actress. Not at all surprised to hear that Katy Geraghty is part of a Broadway musical!

from today’s Gloucester Daily Times:

Katy On Broadway
A Gloucester woman is making her Broadway debut in a show that has racked up a number of Tony Award nominations. Katy Geraghty, a 2012 graduate of Gloucester High School and the daughter of city residents Rick and Martha Geraghty*, plays the role of Debbie in the acclaimed musical “Groundhog Day,” which opened April 17 at the August-Wilson Theater on New York’s 52nd Street…Geraghty, also a 2016 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said she landed the role after being called to audition in March last year. She said she had caught the attention of “Groundhog Day” musical director David Holtzenberg, whose husband, Michael Heitzman, directed Geraghty in North Shore Music Theatre’s 2015 production of “Shrek, the Musical.” “Groundhog Day,” based on the 1993 film that featured Bill Murray, stars Andy Karl, best known for his role in “Legally Blonde,” and has been nominated for a Tony as best musical…

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Groundhog Day perform on TODAY show

Today show groundhog day

http://www.today.com/video/watch-the-cast-of-broadway-musical-groundhog-day-perform-live-on-today-930959939988

Katy on Instagram

*Martha Geraghty is a Cape Ann Reads finalist

Katy stepping up to help Cape Ann Big Band raise money for O’Maley Middle School band (from prior post –2min video snippets including classics Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and ‘S Wonderful with vocalist Katy Geraghty) I think we first saw Katy in Once Upon a Mattress

 

The Bookstore of Gloucester and local artists for Deborah Cramer’s Narrow Edge talk at Sawyer Free Library

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Fans, friends, colleagues, and teachers enjoyed a free public program at Sawyer Free Library to hear more about the making of the Narrow Edge by Deborah Cramer. The talk was sponsored by the library, Kestrel, The Gloucester Writers Center, and Eastern Point Lit House (Deborah will be leading one of the upcoming book discussions at Duckworth’s). It was a treat to hear more about the long friendship and collaboration of Deborah Cramer and Susan Quateman (learn more about Susan’s art here) Patty Hanlon’s Cedar Tree Gallery at Walker Creek Furniture in Essex held the inaugural exhibit for this series.

 

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Cramer read quotes from her book that also inspired Janet Essley’s art; Quateman, Essley and works by Michael DiGiorgio and George Textor were exhibited at the Matz Gallery in the Library.  Martin Ray’s sculpture seen to the right and behind Deborah during her talk is part of the library’s art collection.

 

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“Unbeknownst to most people horseshoe crab blood safeguards human health.”

Avery from The Bookstore of Gloucester helped with the crush at book signing time.

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Heidi Wakeman, a Gloucester O’Maley teacher, was excited to visit with her first grade teacher, and Barbara Kelley who we learned accompanied Cramer on a research trip for The Narrow Edge.

 

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More scenes from this wonderful evening

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Sunday’s Spring Market at the Magnolia Library

Here is a list of participating vendors at this fun event. Hope to see you all there. Thank you.

Sara McDermott Sunniest Side Up- Note Cards
Sharon Lowe Photography
Carolyn Gurrisi- Paparazzi Accessories
Lauren Negron Cape Ann Olive Oil
Jillian Shamberger JBombs Bath Luxuries
John Theo Author
Emma Sanders Hand painted Notecards
Sara Adams Memory Quilts
Amy Plummer Watercolor cards and gifts
Wendy Antrim Trendy Wendy’s Fashions
Haley Allison Bare Cheek Beauty
Donna Ardizzoni Photography
Diana Whitten/
Karen Pischke Gloucester Tease
Dreamtime Wellness
Top Dog Nutrition
Melissa Cox Hand Crafted Soaps
Jessica Biker Knitting and hand made bags
Diane B Saunders Lularoe Rep
Heather O DiFonzo Wine Tasting
Judy Gillis and Betty Cannon Magnolia Historical Society
Susan O’Leary SassyEcoBags
Julie Geary Classic Cooks
Rosandra Olivio PUREhaven
Bob Marshall Marshalls Farmstand
Erin Pequeno Stone Design and Face painting
Lindsay Marshall Angies Alpacas
Lara Jardullo Visual Interest headbands and fascinators
Jen Holmgren City Council Candidate

Stacy Boulevard expanded garden plans Tulip Fest May 6

IMG_20170504_052040Saturday May 6, 2017 is the official ribbon cutting re-opening of Stacy Boulevard by Mayor Romeo Theken. Thanks to the Mayor, Mike Hale and all Gloucester DPW, GZA, Essex County Landscape Assoc, Gloucester Community Preservation Act, Ann Giraldi Johnson, GFWA, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and groups like the Seaport Economic Council and Dir Carolyn Kirk, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Joe Lucido, Ed Parks, Mike Linquata, Donna Ardizzoni and One Hour at a Time Gang, Ringo Tarr, Bobbie Turner, YMCA and summer help, Wolf Hill, Generous Gardeners, and other volunteers!

Tulip Festival and bonnet parade Saturday 10AM

Ribbon Cutting 11:30AM

Party at Mile Marker Restaurant 6-10PM

Enjoy a closer look at the engineering and landscape plans for the expanded gardens and before/after comparisons.

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Stacy expanded gardens

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Donna Ardizzoni photography featured at Paprika Grill

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PAPRIKA GRILL
185 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA
Featured Artist- Inaugural Exhibition
Donna Ardizzoni
Photographs
May-July 2017

Featured in this post

Donna Ardizzoni
Dories Gloucester Harbor
October 2015
Canvas, Cape Ann Giclee
16 x 20

Donna Ardizzoni
Sun reflections on Kayaks
March 2017
Framed
11 x 17

About the artist:
Donna Ardizzoni moved to Gloucester 13 years ago. “I have enjoyed every moment.  After the move to Gloucester my family bought me a camera, which I have with me all the time.  I have become a passionate photographer.  Capturing the beauty of Gloucester and this city’s landscape, ocean and personality has been my desire and love.”  You can see more of her photos on Good Morning Gloucester and at www.ardizzoniphotography.com

Donna is a participating artist in the Spring Market Show at Magnolia Public Library on Sunday May 7.

What’s behind the papered windows: 120 Main Street reveal on May 13th

After major renovations to 120 Main Street, HUDSON GALLERY joins a great strip of businesses downtown. The ambitious inaugural exhibition features MJ Caseldon (sound sculpture) and Donna Caseldon (painting). Scroll down to see images of their art work and here’s a link to the Press release for the two person show.

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Beyond gallery caseldon 2

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senior thesis group art exhibit at Montserrat 301 Gallery | Opens May 10

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301 Gallery | UNORTHODOX 

Jason Burroughs
Anna Nicole Pisani
Giulia Davis-Casale
Lexus Ortiz-Melo
Veronica Palermo
Vincent Esposito

Opening Reception:
Wednesday. May 10. 5-8PM
Montserrat |

301 Gallery
301 Cabot Street. Beverly MA
May 8 –  May 12

No peeking till the show!

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Countdown to Deborah Cramer’s Narrow Edge 7PM talk at Sawyer Free May 4th | Matz Gallery is primed with fine art exhibit

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Fresh from a National Academies of Sciences talk and before taking flight to the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival (hyperlinked because I know you’re going to want to Google it), multi award-winning author Deborah Cramer will give a lecture about the making of the Narrow Edge on Thursday May 4th from 7-8:30PM at Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue, in her hometown, Gloucester, MA. The talk is sponsored by the library, Eastern Point Lit House, Kestrel, and The Gloucester Writers Center.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION

Red knots and horseshoe crabs–and Deborah Cramer— inspired artists Susan Quateman, Michael DiGiorgio, Janet Essley, Patty Hanlon, and George Textor. Their art is featured in a special group exhibit in Sawyer Free’s Matz Gallery alongside photographs from Cramer’s journey. As far as architecture, identity and culture go, a gallery threshold for a library in Gloucester is pretty perfect.

Susan Quateman writes about  her “silk paintings, horseshoe crabs and red knots: Lee Steele, Susan’s 91 year young silk painter friend and former Folly Cove Designer, gave her horseshoe crab shells she’d found on Folly Cove 25 years ago. They’re no longer found there. Susan used them as models to interpret with Jacquard dyes on silk, and painted the red knots from photographs.” Quateman’s  Narrow Edge series premiered at Cedar Tree Gallery in Essex.

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DEBORAH’S TALK THIS THURSDAY 7PM

The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab and an Epic Journey
Order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s | IndieBound

The Narrow Edge
Best Book Award from the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering
Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists
Reed Environmental Writing Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center

2017, participant in PBS American Experience film “Rachel Carson”

Piping plover fans local author Deborah Cramer on sandpipers is a must read and oh and dogs

Deborah Cramer upcoming Talks:

National Academies of Sciences, April 30th
Sawyer Free Library, May 4th
Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, May 6th
Northeast Migration Monitoring, May 17th
Salem Literary Festival, June 25th
Thoreau Society, July 12th

DEBORAH CRAMER BOOKS

Stacy Boulevard construction rounded a big corner and an angle of repose

 

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INVISIBLE DETAILS UNDERFOOT AND RIGHT THERE

Earlier posts outline the engineering. The photograph above details the subgrade that was re-established for irrigation (note ditch alongside walkway), loam and sod. The photo also emphasizes the lengthy short wall on the right which was removed for access during construction. “The excavation was deep enough that the angle of repose was into the old wall.” The wall in the photo is rebuilt.

 

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MEMORIAL BENCHES

Spacing and symmetry were important design considerations for Stacy Boulevard construction. The old benches were surveyed. Most were returned relative to where they were sited before the build out. The memorial benches on the boulevard are full. This one shows a tribute to Al Swelka.

 

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Photos Nov-Dec 2016. Video caption: Stacy Boulevard construction minute – stroll before January, and sod.  Upcoming posts in this Stacy Boulevard series include: disasters, the cultural landscape, and Blynman. 

Series:

Part 4 – Gloucester’s majestic public works construction stats: bringing the plans to life 

Part 3- Gloucester’s boulevard public works construction Part 3: compare high res plans from 1922 and 1923 with today

Part 2: Boulevard Public Works stunner | Gloucester is an early client for the Harvard and Olmsted trained landscape designer, Thomas Warren Sears. His 1908 photos are a must see!

STACY BOULEVARD NEARING THE FINISH LINE Part 1 – 

September 12 2016- Stacy Boulevard construction update: historic Blynman the Cut Bridge project scope plans and engineering details

August 2016 

Opens today: Andrew Manning solo exhibition at The Hive includes this coyote painting

The opening reception for Andrew Manning’s solo exhibition is today from 2-4pm at The Hive, 11 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA. The show features 22 (mostly) recent paintings –like that arresting coyote painting on the exhibition poster– and intaglios. The show will continue through May 6th. Andrew teaches at Art Haven, too.

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ANDREW MANNING
INHABITATIONS|Negotiating the dynamic tensions between spaces

Opening Reception:
Saturday. April 29th. 2-4PM
Falcon’s Nest gallery at The Hive
11 Pleasant Street. Gloucester MA
April 29 – May 6, 2017

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Last chance: Saturday party and performance at Trident Gallery for Political Body exhibit

Saturday, April 29, 5-7pm, with performance event commencing at 7pm

Installation from “The Political Body”, group exhibit at Trident Gallery, 189 Main Street, Gloucester, MA (triptych by Gabrielle Barzaghi: Cephalic Frieze2014, Pastel, Charcoal, and Ink on Paper, 50 x 129 inches overall, Three 50 x 43 inch sheets)

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2017 Call for Applications for Gloucester’s 5th POET LAUREATE is OPEN!

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 9

Links for: 2017 Poet Laureate application (digital format) or 2017 Poet Laureate application (PDF format submit 5 copies).

The City of Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts announces the release of the 2017 Call for Applications for the four year position of Gloucester Poet Laureate. 

The position of Gloucester Poet Laureate is dedicated to building community through poetry and encouraging a love of poetry among people of all ages.  The position was most recently held by the late Peter Todd, appointed in 2014.  During Peter’s time as Poet Laureate, he generously shared his talents with his beloved City of Gloucester. 

Under City Ordinance, the process to select the Poet Laureate is administered by the Committee for the Arts and will involve a Selection Panel including representatives from the local literary community thanks to Eastern Point Lit House and The Gloucester Writers Center.  A recommendation from the Selection Panel will be forwarded to the Committee for the Arts for review and then forwarded on to the Mayor for nomination, subject to confirmation by the City Council.

The Call for Applications is available for download at the Committee for the Arts page on the City website: http://gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=102.  Copies also are available at the Sawyer Free Library, the City of Gloucester Mayor’s Office, Eastern Point Lit House, the Gloucester Writer’s Center, and other locales.  Applications must be submitted by 12 pm on Friday, June 9th , 2017. Contact Judith Hoglander, Committee for the Arts with any questions.

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Of the 226,000 North Shore jobs, how many do you think arts and culture?

In 2014, the Massachusetts labor force was 3,570,000 (vs 3,626,800 in February 2017 ); and the North Shore accounted for 6.3%. Yesterday, the US Dept of Commerce Bureau of Economics announced the state by state breakdown of arts and culture employment –for the first time ever– based on the 2014 national data. MA arts and culture jobs were reported to be 128,350, and 3.6% total MA labor. Various reports overlap categories. Sometimes “Health and education” are packed together or “arts, entertainment, recreation and leisure”. In MA top industries such as Financial services (20%), Technology, Medicine and Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Fishing, and Tourism (125,000) are discussed.

Massachusetts Work Force and Labor Area Review (2015). pp44-45North Shore from MA Workforce and labor area review 2015

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2014 employment by major industry sector

 

US Dept of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis reports the following MA stats: “The states with the highest concentration of arts and cultural jobs, with their location quotients: New York (1.47), Wyoming (1.30), Washington (1.28), California and Utah (both 1.17), Rhode Island and Colorado (1.13), Alaska (1.11), Massachusetts and Oregon (both 1.09)…The Location Quotient (LQ) is a measure of an industry’s concentration in a state or region relative to the industry’s national concentration. • As for compensation, in 2014 Massachusetts and NEFA had an LQ of 1.02 and 0.94 respectively. • In 2014, Massachusetts had a location quotient of 1.09 for ACPSA employment. In Massachusetts, therefore, ACPSA employment was 9 percent above the national average. By comparison, the LQ for arts-and-cultural employment in all states belonging to the U.S. regional arts organization NEFA (of which MA is a member) was 1.03 or 3 percent above the national average.

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1938 no-nonsense classroom film New England Fishermen shows Gloucester, schooner, steam, and diesel trawlers

At the dawn of talkies, ERPI (Electrical Research Products Inc) sought to “bring the world to the classrooms” via 16mm A/V equipment and a catalog of films. ERPI was a subsidiary of AT&T and a forerunner of Encyclopedia Britannica Films.

They produced GLOUCESTER FISHERMEN (under 9 min) in 1938 with backing from Clark University. The film’s narrator was James Brill. There was also a 1938 film titled Shell-Fishing. 

from the A/V Geeks archive youtube channel

1938 ERPI film

Here’s James Brill narrating and before the camera in the 1946 film: FROM DEMOCRACY TO DESPOTISM, 1946, Encyclopedia Britannica Films.

zoetrope sculpture: The Centrifugal Soul by Mat Collishaw

(Video courtesy the artist, MONA Tasmania and Blain|Southern, edited by Ray O’Daly)

Earth day every day- off the mark by Mark Parisi

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Mark Parisi’s off the mark comic panel has been published since 1987. Parisi has been nominated for the National Cartoonists Society Best Newspaper panel 4x and won twice (2009 and 20012). He grew up in Gloucester. We bought the desk calendar at The Weathervane.

Earth Day Volunteer Today– link to Donna Ardizonni’s reminder about the Great Gloucester Cleanup.

Treat yourself tonight to the art of music on Middle Street: Joonho Park’s all-Bach organ double concert. The doors open at 7PM at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church; following intermission and a stroll, the recital continues at St. John’s Episcopal Church!

Next week Cape Ann Sustainability Fair and Gloucester Pride Stride.

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Gloucester recognized as one of America’s top 10 towns for craft lovers | 2017 annual American Craft Week October 6-15

Thanks to Pauline Bresnahan for promoting Gloucester and MA.

Our neighbors in ME have a lot of listings.

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Now in its eighth year, American Craft Week is the country’s largest celebration of handmade American craft. It will take place this October 6 – 15 2017 in galleries, festivals, museums, libraries and artist studios across the country. Learn more at americancraftweek.com

PBS

Craft in America premieres its newest episode, NATURE, this Friday, April 21 on PBS. (Check local listing for time.) One of the featured artists is Iowa City basket maker extraordinaire, Mary Merkel-Hess. Learn more about this new episode and the wonderful craft artists it features: www.craftinamerica.org.

UNDER 30

See the winners of the 2016 Rising Star Competition, naming 30 exceptional craft artists under the age of 30. See them all at www.ACWshowcase.com

Cape Ann Fall art fairs and events 

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