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Artrageous 29! With the Always Beautiful Kathy Archer, Matthew Swift, and Tom Hauck

Kathy Archer Tom Hauck Artrageous 29 ©Kim Smith

Gloucester Author and Artist Tom Hauck and Rocky Neck Artist Kathy Archer

Both Kathy and Tom (my husband) donated works of art to the Montserrat Artrageous! 29. Artrageous is an annual auction party that supports Montserrat College of Art students. Last year’s event raised $432,00.00 in financial aid for deserving students.

Tom Hauck Matthew Swift Trident Gallery ©Kim Smith 2015

Tom and Matthew Swift, Owner of Gloucester’s Trident Gallery


Artrageous installation and behind the scenes look ~

Typewriter project Montserrat College of Art ©Kim Smith 2015

The Typewriter Project

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Milkweed Seedpod ©Kim Smith 2014Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.


Community Stuff 3/26/15


IF INTERESTED CALL 978-283-0231 FOR MORE INFORMATION. ($20 off April Five-Day Class)


Date Night!!!!  AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 32 is hosting Country Western Line Dance Lessons this Saturday from 7-9pm.  Lessons are being given by Eric Lilienthal.  By supporting this event, you will help us support our Veterans, Active Miliatry, Community and our Youth! 

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post #32
14 Prospect St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
Visit our website for more information:

CWLDance Lessons

This porcelain wall piece by Marty Morgan is on display at The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton , MA as part of the State of Clay : Pushing Boundaries exhibit. The show runs until May 24th. For hours and directions contact




Wellspring’s Adult Learning Initiative (ALI) is seeking volunteer tutors to help in our Computer Skills and Career Development classes.  You don’t need to be an expert, just bring your enthusiasm!  These classes meet Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings during each of our eight week sessions during the year.  Our current session runs until May 14th.  Classes meet at 302 Essex Ave, Gloucester.  Please contact Mary to learn more about these volunteer opportunities at (978) 281-3221 x300.

Get Your Dixie Funk Boogie On


Beverly, MA.  M.E. Productions is excited to present The New Orleans Suspects with Little Feat’s Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett at the Larcom Theatre on Saturday, April 11th at 8pm.  The Suspects are known as a NOLA supergroup, and Barrere & Tackett as multi instrumental jam pioneers.    The night will culminate with a full set of the music of Little Feat.   Tickets for this concert start at $35.

Music of the Big Easy.  It’s as American as apple pie–and rock ‘n roll itself.  It transcends boundaries, a freewheeling fusion of California rock, Dixie-inflected roots, and country-fried funk and boogie.  For one night only, New Orleans Suspects will join forces with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat. Don’t miss a rare and intimate show with the men who continue to bring you Little Feat(on an ‘ indefinite hiatus’), and a NOLA superband.   Yep, we said it…superband.

The New Orleans Suspects formed in summer of 2011 in the wake of the breakup of The Radiators after 34 years. The band comprises some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleans, including: Reggie Scanlan on bass (Radiators, Professor Longhair Band); Mean Willie Green on drums (Neville Bros. current drummer since 1981); Jeff Watkins (James Brown Band, Joss Stone Band) on saxophone; Jake Eckert on guitar/vocals (current member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band); and CR Gruver on keyboards and vocals (Polytoxic, Outformation).

Paul Barrere plays a mean slide guitar, and sings lead and background vocals for Little Feat. He joined Little Feat for the band’s third album Dixie Chicken, and the rest is history with his guitar, vocals, and songwriting becoming an important part of the Little Feat sound.  Fred Tackett plays guitar, trumpet, and mandolin for Little Feat. Hailing from Arkansas, Fred Tackett worked as a side man on many Little Feat albums before becoming a full member of the band for Let It Roll. Along with his fine guitar work, Fred’s mandolin and trumpet have become a featured part of the Little Feat sound. The duo first played together on the album ”Dixie Chicken” some thirty-five years ago.

The night will begin with a set from Barrere & Tackett, then The New Orleans Suspects will perform a full set of their own material. If that wasn’t enough, the two groups will join forces at the end of the night for a crowd pleasing set of Little Feat tunes.

“We have so many great shows on the North Shore…but we’re pretty excited about this one.  It’s going to be FUN,” say Seth McNally of M.E. Productions.  “If you like New Orleans music, or Little Feat, mark your calendar.”

Tickets to see NOLA Suspects with Barrere and Tackett are $30, $35, and $40 for premier seating.  For tickets and more information visit or call 978-525-9093.

Cape Ann Giclee Month Of March 20% Off Custom Print Special

Hi Joey,
We are running a special for the rest of the month of March we are offering 20% off custom prints for orders placed ONLINE thru our website – photo paper, canvas, fine art paper – all of it is on sale online only – use our easy upload feature with cropping and custom sizing, we even have a wall preview feature! Spruce up your walls for Spring or get ready for an upcoming show. In store or phone orders are NOT eligible for the discount. Coupon code is march15 go to to upload your photo and place your order!
This is for anybody who has an image they want printed whether they are a pro with a show coming up or a person with family photos they want printed.
Anna Baglaneas Eves
Cape Ann Giclee
20 Maplewood Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930
Check out the how-to video-

“Out with the Old, and In with the Old!”

OutWithOld5712wmI’ve been busy moving my Middle Street Office into my Main Street Gallery. Surplus furnishings be given away. This includes steel and wood shelving, work tables, chairs, and who knows what else. First come, first serve. I’ll be open after 12 noon this Friday 3/27/15 and Saturday 3/28/15. Best contact: or simply walk in to take away what you want. Bodin Historic Photo, 82 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Community Stuff 3/24/15

Good Evening Joey,

Could you please include the following brochure in the Good Morning Gloucester website before March 31st. I will have a power point presentation, and will do a few book readings. I will also have autographed copies of my book for sale on hand. I will share some sea stories of my career at sea, as well as my experiences growing up on Cape Ann.

Could you confirm this when you do it?

Thank you very much.

George Grimes


Please join us at the Shipbuilding Museum on March 31 at 7:30 PM as Master Mariner, Captain George Grimes of Rockport shares stories of a life working at sea. Remember, this program is free for museum members!

Hi Joey-

We are gearing up for CAFM’s 7th annual Dinner and Movie Fundraiser on April 6th-

Great film, great food and great company!!!

Hoping you can post this for us when you have a chance-

Thank you!



Maritime Gloucester April Vacation Programs


Sign up today for our PreK – 1st grade April vacation programs!  Make your own creature crafts, and hear ocean stories.  Our popular February vacation programs sold out completely this year, so be sure to register today.  We’ll be announcing additional April vacation programs for ages 6 – 10 soon, so stay tuned.    

10am – 11:30am, parents/guardians required. $10 per session for non-members, $5 for Maritime Gloucester members

April 21 – For the Birds

April 22 – Something Fishy

April 23 – Jiggly Jellies

Captured: Photography, Sculpture and Fine Crafts by RNAC Members

March 5-29

The Cultural Center Gallery

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM

Closing Celebration Reception Sunday, March 29, 2-4 PM / Viewers Choice Award at 3 PM.

RN Hopper - Dianne Schaefer


Gloucester MA, Mar 21, 2015 —The public will have a last chance to view the photos and craft pieces ”captured” by members of the Rock Neck Art Colony in this first member’s exhibition of 2015. The public is invited enjoy the exhibition accompanied by light refreshments with the artists at the Closing Celebration of CAPTURED on Sunday, March 29, 2-4 PM. Cast a vote for your favorite work by 2:30 PM Sunday for the Viewers Choice award to be presented at 3 PM. The Gallery is open each week, Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM.

Be sure not to miss the work of exhibiting artists, jeweler Katherine Bagley, mosaic magicians Mary Boles and Pam Stratton and photographers Matt Cegelis, Leslie Heffron, Skip Montello, Judith Monteferrante, Tom Nihan, Michael Oleksiw, David Piemonte, Katherine Richmond, Judy Robinson-Cox and Dianne Schaefer.

Next up at the Cultural Center is “It’s Not Furniture” a juried annual of paintings and mixed-media 2D work April 2-26.

Stuff Happening at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

It’s Not Furniture: Paintings and drawings by RNAC Members

April 2-26, 2015

The Cultural Center Gallery

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM

Meet the Artists Reception Sunday, April 12, 2-4 PM

Closing Celebration and award ceremony, Sunday, April 26, 2-4 PM


Gloucester MA, Mar 23, 2015— On April 2, 2015, the Cultural Center Gallery on Wonson Street in Gloucester opens the second of two RNAC member shows—a juried Spring exhibition of paintings and drawings by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Provocatively titled “It’s Not Furniture,” the exhibition features 35 works by 23 member artists exhibiting 2D works in oil, acrylic, watercolor mixed media, encaustic, collage and color pencil. Juror Carol Pelletier, Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Art at Endicott College, selected the work.

“It’s Not Furniture” is on view April 2-26, 2015 during gallery hours Thursday-Sunday from 12-4 PM. The public is invited to a reception for artists and friends on Sunday, April 12, 2-4 PM at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. 

According to the exhibition organizer Martha Swanson, the slightly odd title for this painting show is meant to provoke a discussion about the function of art from both artist’s point of view and intention, to the non-utilitarian function of wall art. To express one of the myriad of reasons for collecting art, a member of the Cultural Center’s exhibition committee succinctly stated, “a painting need not match the décor.”

“It’s Not Furniture” looks at the landscape, seascape, cityscape, still-life study and more in styles ranging from realistic to abstract through the diverse styles of artists Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Kristie Bernard, Katherine Coakley, Mary D. Cole, Robin Colodzin, Maura Cronin, Terry DelPercio-Piemonte, Loren Doucette, Gail Gang, Leslie Heffron, Michele Kenna, Kat Masella, Mary Rhinelander McCarl, Sinikka Nogelo, Gerry O’Leary, Sue Ann Pearson, Regina Piantedosi, Ronald Pruett, Deb Schradieck, Lully Schwartz, Kate Somers, Anna Vojtech, and  Rokhaya Waring.

Photo credits:

“Poppies” by Katherine Coakley

“Stairway“ by Mary D. Cole

“Thinking of Hartley” by Loren Doucette

“Halibut Point, Winter Color” by Deb Schradieck

“Apple Trees and Boulders in the Snow” Rokhaya Waring


Looking and Drawing: 6-week workshop with Gabrielle Barzaghi

April 13, 20, 27 & May 4, 11, 18, 2015, 1-4 PM

Cost for the workshop: $330, $300 for RNAC members

Email to Register: Gabrielle Barzaghi,

The Cultural Center Gallery

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930


Gloucester MA, Mar 23, 2015 – This class is designed to help you draw with accuracy, confidence and enthusiasm. Drawing basics such as mapping, structural line and composition will be covered. You will learn to observe very carefully and to create volume  and space with both line and value. Lively and nuanced mark making will be explored. There will be demos, critiques and lots of one on one attention. The class will be flexible to allow for a variety of skill levels and experienced participants may choose to work in a self-directed manner. A supply list will be provided.

Artist and educator Gabrielle Barzaghi is a Senior Lecturer at New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University and has taught college level drawing since 1980. Visit her website at

Alice in Wonderland Jr. at the O’Maley Innovation Middle School

Martin DelVecchio submits-

The O’Maley Acadamy Drama Club is putting on another fabulous show.  This year it’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. 

Four shows remain:
Sunday, March 22nd at 1:00p (Cast X)

Friday, March 27th at 7:00p (Cast Y)

Saturday, March 28th at 1:00p (Cast X)

Sunday, March 29th at 1:00p (Cast Y)

Here are some more photos:
Cast X:

Cast Y:

News from Cape ann Giclee- Ron Pruett’s show “Au Naturel” this Sunday March 22nd from 2 – 4 pm


Also, The Photoshop for Photographers classes were so popular and the winter is almost over we have added two new dates for classes – April 14th and May15th – class runs 3 hours 6pm-9pm in our studio and covers file and color management, shooting in RAW vs jpg etc cost is $60 and sign ups are online at

For more information-

RNAC Members: purchase Beaux Arts Ball discounted tickets – ONLY ONLINE!

Dear RNAC Artist and Community Members,
Please join in the Beaux Arts Ball 2015 on April 17th at 7:30PM. The Studio Restaurant, 51 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, will graciously open its doors prior to its season only for our unique event.
RNAC Members may purchase tickets in advance, online only, for a discounted price. For more information and to purchase tickets:
The Beaux Arts Ball is a glorious tradition on Rocky Neck. So, share in the history, and experience the fun as you strike a pose, bring chaos to couture, hustle your bustle and dance like a dervish at the Beaux Arts Ball!!   


For all of you folks that have never witnessed THE MOVIE for 2013, please take the time to do so. You will be entertained.

(for ease of playback on a video of this length, click the play button, then pause it for a few seconds, it speeds up the loading process)

And please come out and support this years event, it’a for the NEXT STEP, they change lives…you could, too!

Community Stuff 3/5/15

‘Spring Awakening’ Exhibit by Ten Pound Studio silk artists at Flatrocks Gallery, Gloucester, MA


‘Spring Awakening’, an exhibit by seven silk artists from Gloucester’s Ten Pound Studio will be on display at Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester, MA March 13 to March 15 2015. Opening Public Reception Friday March 13, 5.30 pm to 9 pm. Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

Ten Pound Studio’s silk artists have created the show ‘Spring Awakening’ inspired by the idea that the vivid, brilliant colors and luxuriant warmth of their silk creations could help overcome the dull hues and biting cold of our Cape Ann winter.

Ten Pound Studio has been a teaching studio for silk painters for the past four years, at One Center Street, Gloucester. Silk painter teacher and musician Stephen Bates, who recently retired from the Kennedy Center’s Opera Orchestra, teaches both experienced and novice artists the magic of painting on silk. The seven silk artists and fellow visual artist in this show ‘Spring Awakening’ will be exhibiting a vibrant and eclectic collection of hand-painted wearable silk scarves, shawls, tops, ties, cushions, silk sculpture, silk paintings, as well as an exhibit of Cape Ann quarry-inspired silk banners and photography by Leslie Bartlett.

Silk painting teacher Stephen Bates said of the Studio, “Ten Pound Studio is a unique silk painting teaching Studio. As far as we know, there is no other such teaching Studio in the United States. It is made up of a group of individual artists with a great variety of artistic and professional backgrounds. It is exciting to me that the students are on different journeys.  Some are treating the work as part of their on-going careers; some do it for the experience of painting on silk to add to their artistic repertoire, and some enjoy silk painting for the pure pleasure it gives.”  Musicality and artistry are intertwined at Ten Pound Studio. “I bring musical ideas and images into the silk work at the Studio,” says Bates. Classical music during classes permeates the large white-washed Studio with it’s 20’ high ceilings and views of the ocean.

Ten Pound Studio is a place where silk artists can experiment with different techniques, materials and artistic approaches, in an atmosphere of support and cameraderie. Each silk artist offers a reservoir of artistic and life experience for the others. Images range from glimpses of the Universe as seen from the Hubble telescope; to the problems of climate change; to fanciful abstractions, and imagery from nature. Another unique element of the Studio!

Silk artist Christine Gauthier-Kelley explained the possible source of this synergy between artists, “There is a supposed energy vortex off Halibut Point, Gloucester said to attract to Cape Ann the most creative souls around.  It’s energy can be the only explanation for the creative force which inspires the production of vibrant hand-painted silks by this talented artist group at Ten Pound Studio.”

The opportunity to show at Flatrocks Gallery, one of the premier new Galleries in this area, is a big step forward for Ten Pound Studio after four years. “This collaboration with Flatrocks represents an important step for us to share our work with Cape Ann community residents and visitors, ” said Stephen Bates.

Ten Pound Studio Artists:    Stephen Bates, Allyson Christopher, Christine Gauthier-Kelley, Sue Niemi, Susan Quateman and Leslie Bartlett (photographer), Joan Wardwell, and Candace Wheeler

Contact: Susan Quateman, Ten Pound Studio, 978. 430. 9534,

14 works by Eileen Patten Oliver at Island Art and Hobby

“We are pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit of 14 works by our own Eileen Patten Oliver here at Island Art and Hobby, now through the month of March. Please come in and see her paintings, and while you’re here, see what else the store has to offer and ask about our Artist discount card program.”

A Half Milestone


Today all systems were go: 33°F, daylight, dry pavement, and a craving to walk some distance without my cane. Janet took the cane at the front door and we walked at a medium pace to my favorite animal sculpture park. After stopping to take a few photos, we walked back home. Total distance: One half mile using no cane or other walking aid.

As the journey started thirteen months ago, I couldn’t roll onto my side in a hospital bed. I graduated to a wheelchair, then a walker, followed by a cane, and now two legs. I’m currently scouting around for a longer full–milestone trail. (Photo by Janet).

I tried to help Fred Bodin visit the State House. Here’s what happened


Cat Ryan submits-

He doesn’t need help.

Fred with Peter Webber, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and Ronda Faloon, Cape Ann Museum.

Since 1993, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards have been given every two years and celebrate achievement in arts and culture. Specifically,

“The Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, sciences, and humanities to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state.”

See the full list here. Yo-Yo Ma (1997) and David McCullough (1999) are two notable past recipients. Prior city or town wins include:

Somerville (1993)

Northampton (1995, same year as Aerosmith)

Boston via Clara Wainwright (1999 First Night, Quilts—including Gloucester)

Springfield (1999 Library and Museums)

Cambridge (2003)

Worcester (2009, same year as Peabody Essex Museum)

Haverhill (2011)

Barnstable (2013)

Gloucester (2015) and Plymouth (2015)

Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Art Haven, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester Stage, Cape Ann Cinema, HarborWalk, the City Archives, the partners of the two Cultural Districts, and more all mentioned this special day.

Joey and guests summed up the honor on Podcast 120: “Without having the narrow blinders of us living in this community, can you really think of another community (other than Boston and one that’s our size)…Where else would have as vibrant an arts community?” Well, nearly that quote. Hmmm. Nominate GMG for 2016 in media?

Congratulations to the other 2015 winners:

Malcolm Rogers, Beverly Morgan Welch, Town of Plymouth, Pittsfield Barrington Stage Co, Highland Street Foundation (see Free Fun Fridays GMG post), Barr Foundation, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Artsboston, WBUR, WGBY, Holyoke Enchanted Circle Theater, Amherst Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Cambridge Science Festival, Boston Conservatory, and the Worcester Art Museum







Army of Nurses

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