Category Archives: Art

Can major Gloucester paintings by Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer come back home? Appealing to Bill Gates and private collectors: please remember Gloucester!

Legions of fans visit local, national and international museums to see icons of American 20th century art by Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer. Some of this art was inspired by Gloucester, MA. One more Hopper or Homer Gloucester scene in any collection would be welcome, but in Gloucester it would be transformative.

The City of Gloucester boasts a world class museum that would be the ideal repository for a major Hopper and Homer of Gloucester. It hasn’t happened, yet. It should! I feel not enough of a case has been made for having originals right here in the city that inspired some of their most famous works and changed their art for the better.

Edward Hopper Captain’s House (Parkhurst House), one of the few original Hopper works remaining in private hands, is slated as a promised gift to Arkansas’s Crystal Bridges Museum of  American Art. Crystal Bridges opened in 2011 and will have acquired 4 examples of Hopper’s art — 2 paintings, 1 drawing and 1 print–with this gift. (I think Arkansas would have been ok with 3.)

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The only known Winslow Homer seascape painting still in private hands is a great one inspired by Gloucester. Bill and Melinda Gates own Lost on the Grand Banks, 1885.  I saw it at the auction house back in 1998 just before the sale.  What a fit for Gloucester and Homer if it found its way back here!

 

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Edward Hopper’s Gloucester Street also went to the west coast, purchased by Robert Daly. I’d love to see this one in person! The corner hasn’t changed much since 1928 when Hopper painted the street scene.

 

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Hopper’s downtown Gloucester scene, Railroad Gates, is not on public display.

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I’m surprised and hopeful that there are paintings of Gloucester by Hopper that could be secured. There are tens of drawings including major works on paper. I saw this Gloucester drawing, Circus Wagon, by Edward Hopper at the ADAA art Fair back in March 2016.

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Davis House (25 Middle Street) was sold at auction in 1996.

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I’m keeping tabs on most of them. The only way they’re going into any museum is through largesse. Why not Gloucester?

Homer and Hopper watercolors in private collections can’t be on permanent view due to the medium’s fragility. (Exciting developments in glazing and displays are being developed that go beyond the protective lift.) The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA, cares for works of art as well as any institution.

 

 

Boston Globe on T.S. Eliot family home in Gloucester MA at last a writers retreat

“…UK-based T.S. Eliot Foundation purchased the home for $1.3 million, announcing its plan to transform the residence into a writers retreat. Two years of planning and construction later, the foundation has made good on its promise, quietly welcoming its first cohort of poets, writers, and editors this summer…”

Link to Malcolm Gay article

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2017/08/24/gloucester-eliot-finally-comes-home/9sSycB8jYOMKCRtGxm1QzO/story.html

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Great idea and beautiful new trail map! Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Route 133/1A

One for All and All for One !

Local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley met early last spring about working together to market their businesses.  These street level shops represent 4 cities and towns, and share a regional ‘Main Street’ – Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. The new Woman Owned Businesses Along The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway brochure will be in stores before Labor Day. I’ll re-post with higher resolution images and final copy when it’s unveiled. While you’re exploring this contemporary woman owned businesses trail, don’t miss the fantastic historic exhibition The Women of Essex – Stories to Share show sponsored by the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, on display on the 3rd Floor of the Essex Town Hall and Library, 30 Martin Street (Route 22), Essex.

Fun route is easy to follow

#1 Pauline’s Gifts, Gloucester

#2 Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply, Essex

#3 Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Essex

#4 The Essex Exchange, Essex

#5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich*

#6 AnnTiques, Ipswich

#7 Be Modern, Ipsiwch

#8 Lost Treasures, Rowley

#9 Serendipity at Todd’s Farm, Rowley

*Johanne Cassia, who owns Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery –#5 on the new map–painted the illustration of their businesses featured on the brochure.

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Woman Owned Business on the Essex coastal byway

I’ve included a few scenes from The Women of Essex – Stories to Share exhibition at Essex Town Hall and the renovated bright space on the top floor, accessible for all.

photo- Women of Essex: Restauranteurs (detail from installation Essex Town Hall)

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Coral Reef Man–Artist

DSC07301I met the “Coral Reef Man”, operates Coral Reef Art Studio in Essex MA, Brooklin ME and Key West FL.  He was docked at St Peter’s Landing, stopping by to pick up some ice.  He was kind enough to give me a Glenny’s Caribbean Fish magnets.    Glenny has been hand-painting eclectic colorful fish for 15 years.

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Coral Reef Art

Participating artists Cape Ann Art Show Beauport Hotel Gloucester

Here is a digital who’s who catalogue with portraits of the participating artists and scenes from the inaugural Cape Ann Art Show at the Beauport Hotel Gloucester, MA. The art fair and the hotel were jumping on this gorgeous evening. Original works of art (not reproductions) were priced under $100 and up from there. The artists and the hotel were so well prepared and joyous, I was compelled to record their effort. Apologies if I missed anyone. I jotted down contact information and linked to artists when possible.

 

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Suzanne Brailey 

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Donna Caselden (978) 381-3576

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Katherine Coakley (781)789-3696

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Dan DeLouise Studio 53 (978) 282-1540

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Terry Delpercio-Piemonte (978)290-1726

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Kevin Ellis 

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Jeannette Steele Esposito  ljespo@juno.com

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Read more continues to participating artists (F-Z)

They’re in alphabetical order. Please let me know if you or your contact information was missed. I tried to capture the complete installation. Congratulations to the artists and Beauport Hotel! It was a great fair.

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LIVE from Beauport Hotel Art Show

It’s a scene! This affordable art fair is open till 8:30 Local art from dozens of Cape Ann artists! More photos of artists by their booths coming in a follow up post.

What a fabulous idea and venue for this fair. Congratulations to Cathy at Beauport

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Fish here now

Someone’s been carving more – now there’s fish schooling up, “Sacred Cod”, is chain saw carving commission by Doug out of Lynn. Find the tree stump carved into public art between Walgreens and Orange Leaf, roughly 102 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA. There’s a ‘cap’ atop the column which fostered various descriptions and predictions (suggestion of street lamp or light, quotas, more to come…) 

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GIF public art tree sculpture fish schooling up Gloucester MA

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Someone’s carving where were we – earlier post work in progress

There are extensive examples of fish and public art in Gloucester. For a quick mini FISH SCULPTURE TRAIL …Head down the street for another intricate wood carving of fish in Latitude 43 arts collection

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and close by  Aristides Demetrios swirling Sea Harvest sculpture fountain (click here for more about that one)  at Sawyer Free Library.

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Kate and the Nouveau Groove at Mile Marker One Monday 6-9PM

Stunning local musicians, Kate and the Nouveau Groove, a 7 piece funk/pop/soul band playing covers and originals, will be soaring at Mile Marker One Monday, from 6-9pm.

Boy can Kate Barry sing! And fantastic musicians!

Zach Gorrell – Keys
Tug Boat – Bass
David Andrew Moore – Drums
Jon Persson – Trumpet
Carlos Menezes Jr. – Tenor Sax
Jason Miele – Bari Sax

Facebook page for the event at Mile Marker One

You tube video from the band with selection of audio clips

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Gloucester in the Boston Globe: Israel Horovitz’s new play at Gloucester Stage

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Israel Horovitz play opening tonight at Gloucester Stage is a Boston Globe TOP PICK

Here’s the link for theater fans who like to read ahead of time (I read after):

A showcase in Gloucester for a quartet of acclaimed actresses: Israel Horovitz’s Out of the Mouth of Babes by Terry Byrne, Boston Globe, Friday August 11, 2017

He’s back!

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The Gloucester Stage New England premiere of Israel Horovitz’s Out of the Mouth of Babes opens tonight. Don’t miss buying tickets now while there are still seats available.  Acclaimed playwright and director. Check. Captivating acting from distinguished cast. Check. Memorable bon mots, good time. Check. Another pinch yourself this is real and right here in Gloucester (but these runs are for short, short times!) Check.

Reminder– Cape Ann night tonight

  • Preview – The first three performances in the first week of each run are designated as previews and will be priced at $32 for adults, $29 for seniors 65 and older, and $20 for those 25 years of age and under. The first preview performance is also “Cape Ann Night.” Residents of Cape Ann with valid ID can purchase general admission tickets for $20 on a first come first served basis. Reserved tickets can also be purchased in advance for Cape Ann Night at regular preview prices.)

Gloucester art and breakfast | Zeke’s Place

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On the walls at Zeke’s place, summer 2017:

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Nancy Alimansky from Newton and Phyllis Paster from Wellesley are showing drawings in the main room. Both watercolor artists have painted Cape Ann scenes, many from Gloucester and Rockport.

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Nancy Alimansky #1

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Phyllis Paster #2

David Kielier resides and works in Gloucester.

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The first business to respond to the Mayor’s arts hotline was Zeke’s Place.

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Scenes from Princess Bride HarborWalk Summer Cinema

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pre party HarborWalk Summer Cinema Gloucester MA August 2017

GIF above pre movie fun. GIF below at the Westley and Inigo sword fight atop the Cliffs of Insanity point.  The night’s biggest clap came late in the movie, after Inigo’s confront’s his father’s murderer. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” 

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Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema is presented by the City, Cape Ann Community Cinema and North Shore 104. 9. The Green carpet sponsor is Cape Ann Savings Bank. Series sponsors are Doyon’s, Foster’s Grill Store, and North Shore Navigators.  Next week’s SING! is presented with support from Atlantic Vacation Homes. Last night’s Princess Bride was sponsored by Toodeloos! — and they were there enjoying the show!

Next up:

Aug 16 Sing!

Aug 23 (rain date make up) Jaws

Aug 30 (rain date make up) Lego Batman movie

Soul Rebel Project Concert Castle Hill tomorrow & Zach joins in!

Soul Rebel Project will be playing tomorrow at the Thursday Night Picnic Concert at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. It’s the 21st year for this summer concert series at Cranes, a Trustees property, 290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA. Concerts are 7pm – 9pm and gates open at 5pm for the tailgate picnic part. Tickets are available for sale at the gate only: Members: $20/car; Nonmembers: $30/car; Walk-in, bicycle, & motorcycle: $10. 

I’m psyched to hear that Zach Gorrell will be joining in. You may know Zach from his work at Sound Harbor Cape Ann Art Haven or Cape Ann Big Band. They just played Fiesta. He’s awesome! Of course, Gloucester knows Soul Rebel Project, too. And they just played during Fiesta at Minglewood.

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The Thursday Night picnic concerts at Harbor Loop in Gloucester are free and held from 6-9pm. Tony Frontiero and John Rockwell & the Headlands are playing Harbor Loop tomorrow.

Enjoy some sights and sounds from Soul Rebel project

 

Throwback 2011 from Walt

Here are pictures from from the Soul Rebel Project band from last year’s concert at Cranes. Thanks for sharing these great pictures! Good luck tomorrow!

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Perfect! Toodeloos! is perfect sponsor for The Princess Bride HarborWalk summer cinema tonight

Toodeloos! and Island Art and Hobby at 142 Main Street is year round fun. They’ve consolidated two long standing creative and well curated independent local stores together into one space: both a fabulous local toy store and a professional art supply shop.

 

Toodeloos! is between the Birdseye and Winslow Homer HarborWalk story moment markers, and a short jaunt to the summer cinema at I4C2.

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gentleman reading the Winslow Homer plaque on the HarborWalk trail today, Gloucester MA

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James Owen Calderwood and Cape Ann Art Haven murals are such a great pass through on Parsons between Main and Rogers (across the street from Toodeloos!)

And from the HarborWalk marker at St. Peter’s park, it’s easy to check out the new murals by Danny Diamond at Cape Ann Brewery 11 Rogers Street!

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HarborWalk Summer Cinema 2017 poster

 

Cape Ann SUPahBowl! Aug 12 plus Local Art Show Aug 22 at Beauport Hotel Gloucester

Two great upcoming events to attend or be part of! Beauport Hotel will also be announcing the winners to their customer photo contest (deadline was yesterday) celebrating 10,000 likes on Facebook, an accomplishment reached in their first year!

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Read more about the CAPE ANN SUP Cape Ann SUPahBowl! August 12 special endurance sport event!

 

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Call to Local artists: The deadline to apply for the Beauport Art Show is August 15th

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ARTISTS: If you’re an artist from the Cape Ann looking to sell your paintings, this is a great opportunity to showcase your work! Interested? Pre-register by the end of day on August 15 by calling the Beauport Boutique at 978.282.0008 ext. 4. Up to five paintings may be submitted, and artists must bring their own easels.

This is a great opportunity to mingle, browse, and directly support your local artists. We look forward to hosting what we hope will become a regular event!

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Diamond in the rough…

but not for long! Danny Diamond is completing the monumental Cape Ann Brewery mural wrap on the Rogers Street side today.

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Cape Ann Brewery is located at 11 Rogers Street on the water by St. Peter’s park. If you’re in town it’s a gorgeous day for a harbor walk to check the painting out LIVE! I’ll post more info and photographs of the mural in progress.

If you miss seeing him in action today, you’ll have another chance as he’s signed on to paint LIVE again at the Harvest Festival. You can follow Danny on Instagram @pyse117 and http://www.skribblefish.com

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Danny Diamond in action mural Cape Ann Brewery

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Top notch GPS O’Maley & Veterans teachers engage Cape Ann Museum, Backyard Growers, and Black Earth Composting thanks to Essex Heritage | North Shore Magazine spotlight

Gloucester Public School teachers shine through the North Shore Magazine September 2017 issue with exemplary projects helped in part by one of Essex Heritage grant programs: “A Park for Every Classroom”.  Essex Heritage supports local initiatives in a big way.

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Congratulations to Gloucester Public Schools dynamite O’Maley Innovation Middle School 6th Grade teachers: Pat Hand, Mary Beth Quinn, and Jessica Haskell!

O’Maley 6th grade students collaborated with the Cape Ann Museum and a local cartographer to create maps of their diverse Gloucester neighborhoods. Part of an effort to get the entire 6th grade community to come together as they experience their first year of Middle School, the project aligned with the curricular focus on geography.  A collection of the students’ maps, called “Gloucester Through My Eyes,” is on display at the Cape Ann Museum.” 

Congratulations to Veterans Memorial Elementary School teachers Laura Smith and Mary Housman!  Their “students worked with Backyard Growers and Black Earth Composting to understand the benefits of composting, created posters and presentations to share their knowledge, implemented and monitored lunch-time cafeteria composting, and used the compost they created to enrich the soil in their school garden.” We were lucky to hear about this project during a pitch night at Awesome Gloucester.

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Boston Globe on Cape Ann Museum Gloucester MA Rockbound art exhibition!

Here’s the link (plus some installation photos) to the Boston Globe Cate McQuaid review of Cape Ann Museum’s wonderful exhibition “Rockbound: Painting the American Scene on Cape Ann and Along the Shore” (on view through October 29) and “The Importance of Place: A Sketchbook of Drawings by Stuart Davis”. 

I’ve included some installation shots of the show that I took in June, and will write more about this must see exhibition. The paintings are superbly displayed and most were generously lent from private collections else we wouldn’t have a chance to see them!

Boston Globe Cate McQuaid review Cape Ann Museum Rock Bound 2017

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