Inspired by Nelson’s fairly recent coat of blue, downtown Gloucester caught between the blues and the deep blue sea
“And up to 2 more screenings if we raise the dough!” – Rob Newton (love your new logo by the way!) Email Rob CapeAnnCinema@gmail.com with any sponsor questions.
Love that Gloucester’s out the gate and announcing their free summer movies. Mark your calendars! And no balloons noted–will pass that feedback along.
Thanks for adding the motivation behind your window design. Oh, yes! I see Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015), too. And your comment pushed me to think about other visual artists such as Anni Albers, Edward Landon, Sol Lewitt, Al Held– and Matisse and Calder (who Kelly looked to.) Plus your Kelly comment relates to the architecture at O’Maley and Kelly’s years in Paris at the time of Le Corbusier’s influence. O’Maley is a bit red-brick bauhaus and other architectural styles. Does anyone know the architect?
Ellsworth Kelly’s Sculpture for a Large Wall, 1957, installation shot at Matthew Marks Gallery (now in MoMa)
Happy Earth Day! If you missed Patti Amaral’s every day is Earth Day letter to the editor it’s a great way to begin your morning. Her letter made me think about this street art in Gloucester. Does anyone know who painted it and how it came about? Is it unique?
The mural is located out of sight behind Dunkin’ Donuts. I am a Dunkin regular. Admittedly a drive-thru is not a promising Earth Day post. There’s a reward with this one: a sun dappled park scene where everyone and their dog are enjoying the open air, lunch, the sun, the moment–and they pick up after themselves!
Patti, Donna, Amy– in this world Everyone is pitching in, all lyrical limbs. There’s even a bit of perspective.Ten years ago, the mural wrapped so you might not catch the whole story with just one queue. You’d need to drive through again and it wouldn’t bother you a bit. Over time, low and lush hydrangea beneath the mural were broken up and dispersed among planters. Small billboards with local advertising sprouted; it’s hard to find fault with that business effort. We hoped it was only a trial. It wasn’t. My young sons felt badly for the painting when ads were pasted right up to the mural’s edge and (eek!) atop. The day came when they said no way to that drive through. (We may have wrote the owners please move the signs a little more to the left and can you fix it?)
It’s been years and I forgot about the painting. The billboard clutter was drastically reduced. Unfortunately there’s no harmony in 104.9 smack dab in the middle of the painting. And is it churlish on Earth Day to wish that the 2 evergreen somethings that have grown too tall for that site could be cropped, instead of the image? If that sign (sorry 104.9) was scooched over and off…cue the Earth Day music.
Fifth Dimension’s 1969 chart topping Age of Aquarius – Let the Sunshine In. The clip includes scenes from Hair. My dear friend blasts this song first thing Earth Day morning. What’s on your Earth Day playlist?
It’s a beauty for a poem day. What poem would you share? Along with an original poem from each kid, it’s tradition for us to read and carry Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T S Eliot. You can grab it below the GMG post fold (otherwise known as read more.) The T S Eliot Foundation bought his family’s Gloucester summer home in 2014 and I’m looking forward to hearing more about their plans. You can read more about Eliot in Gloucester on the HarborWalk and TS Eliot on GMG. Gloucester kids can try out their original poem as they ready for Sawyer Free Poetry Without Paper deadline.
When we visited Portland, ME, we walked by the house Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew up in and that his grandfather built in 1785. You can’t help but walk by it several times as it’s on the beaten path. It was winter and the garden was closed else we would have stepped inside. Pretty sure my kids wouldn’t pick a Longfellow poem for today. For Longfellow in Gloucester.
WGBH story on Eliot in Gloucester
What poem will you select to carry and share tomorrow for National Poem in Your Pocket Day April 21, 2016?
Mayor Theken selected Little Child, a poem by Peter Todd, Gloucester Poet Laureate 2014-15.
Mayor Romeo-Theken encourages Gloucester students to send their original poem to the Office of the Mayor, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA, 01930 at any time throughout the year. She promises to read them! Students should include their name, which Gloucester school, their grade and teacher’s name.
For arts and culture, add your name to sign up sheets that are happening NOW or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I admit it. I watched the trailer for Screenagers when it came my way. I sent it to Joey back in February as a maybe post. Leaving aside the merits of the title (Gesundheit!) I was curious about the audience factor.
From their press release: “Get more insight into one of the biggest and unexplored issues of our time…Physician (Stanford trained we are told) and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make SCREENAGERS when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time.”
It’s not in theaters. Communities pay to book the documentary for school, public library, church, synagogue, company, and community center; it can be a fundraiser as well. I thought it might be a good fit for the middle school. A future streaming option could work.
In 1998, I saw Kathleen Chalfant in the play WIT. Multiple times. In this play, we witness a university professor as she lay dying. When the curtain dropped, the audience stayed. Eventually the theater planned facilitated discussions with the cast and audience. I don’t recall them. I kept returning and learning because whoever I went with had a wildly different take. Four stood out: my mother (background in psychology), a friend (a young medical director of a busy NYC hospital), another friend (an older artist), and another friend (social worker).
I think the audience component for this documentary might be like that.
From where I was standing the same viewpoint on 11/21/16 was all sky and water, morning breaking and taking an easy minute to breathe.
Ever since I was quite young, my eyesight required assistance from optics. On my first day wearing glasses I discerned individual leaves on tall chestnut trees. I was thunderstruck by the revelation that others could observe such a vivid world with bare eyesight. Ever after ‘yet do I marvel’. I’m no artist, obviously. Snapshots are a reference tool or record for research and writing. On this day I was overjoyed observing the fleeting moment, snapping off to my side without looking through the phone. Later a bit of my thoughts were about iconography and series guiding unaided eyes–and no splitting hairs (poetry, photography, impressionism, music.) What series guide you? I’d be happy to share another motif Monday.
I love it.
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Since National Poem in Your Pocket Day falls on April 21 this year–during school vacation–here are a couple local reminders from two libraries:
From Valerie Marino at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library: “Attached is a photo of our poetry display: “Take a poem, leave a poem”. There are copies of poems in the basket, most by local poets (Lisa Manning, Tom Revson, Gwen Carr, Vincent Ferrini and Charles Olson); everyone is encouraged to take a poem or leave one – (an original or one special to them). We will gladly make copies so many people can enjoy them!”
At TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex you can pick a poem from the library’s poem tree to read to friends and family. On the 21st they have planned a special evening of poetry for all including local poets Kent Bowker, Karin Gertsch, and former Gloucester Poet Laureate, Rufus Collinson. Reminder: the library has temporarily moved out of the Town Hall and is open at 245 Western Avenue.
Poem in Your Pocket Day is everyday for some people, like my friend’s quiet poem tucking at Duckworths. I bet an FOB found one.
email subject line: artist studio space Fitz Henry Lane
Per Mayor Theken initiative to help with requests from city residents that need studio space– the City of Gloucester will be offering FREE shared space at the Fitz Henry Lane House during the day in month blocks.
email subject line: Public art
Residents- We are keeping a list of residents who have a project idea for the city or have questions such as available sites and locations or funding.
Organizations/Places of Worship/Business- Please let us know if you have available free space such as interior or exterior walls, windows, parking lots. We have requests for: displays, street art, pop up movie nights, artisan markets, performances, studio space, programming. Maybe we can make a match.
Send or text an image! Do you have a favorite corner, steps, view, from your Ward or any spot in Gloucester that you think would be a good one for creative arts project (temporary or permanent)– or maybe it’s one that should be left alone.
email subject line: hot topic St. Peter’s Square LOCAL MARKET one day a month
Mayor Theken is talking about putting the town square back into St. Peter’s Square to go with the block parties. The idea is a local market by residents for residents. There’ll be tables and chairs to hang out. Pick up some local fish & lobster, crafts, flowers and vegetables during the day. At night sit and relax, have some coffee, listen to soft music. Email if you want to join the planning or have questions.
Awesome Gloucester for supporting so much art and culture.
She is really excited to welcome and is looking forward to working closely with Martha Wood, Project Manager, Gloucester Arts and Cultural Initiative.
Ward 2 and 3 April 19th @ Sawyer Free
Ward 1 April 20 @ Gloucester Stage
Ward 5 April 21 @ Magnolia Library
Ward 4 April 25 @ Lanesville Community Center
April 15-22 join Art Haven and Life is Good Drawing What Makes Life Good? national t-shirt design competition for kids
National Poetry month celebrates a milestone this year: 20 years. If you haven’t heard of this commemorative theme, a generation of children has grown up with this awareness from a parent, teacher, librarian or friend. Please let us know of local events and programs honoring poetry this April so we can collect them in one spot (write in comments below and add to James Eves calendar). I am toying with ‘Terse Verse Thursdays’ as a possible theme for a series, because I’d love to share your poems on GMG. They don’t have to be strictly ‘terse verse’ where a two word rhyme response solves a question or statement.
In the meantime, you have two weeks till National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Although the date skips around annually, this year it falls on April 21 as it did in 2002 the year it was established. PIYP Day (not sure this acronym will ever have legs) was inspired by the Favorite Poem Project founded by Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States in 1997. Write your own or carry a favorite to share with others throughout the day. What will you choose?
Gloucester children can submit their original poems to Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library’s Poetry without Paper competition thanks to Christy Russo, John Ronan and volunteers who step up to serve on that jury panel. Gloucester students can send their original poems to the Office of the Mayor, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA, any month. Mayor Theken promises to read them! Students should include their name, which Gloucester school, and their grade. Mention a teacher if they’ve helped.
From “Cape Ann Plein Air”;
“We’re launching the First Annual Cape Ann Plein Air Festival!
Please join us for wine, cheese and information on Thursday April 21, 2016 to learn about this new exciting event that will “float all boats” on Cape Ann during the shoulder season. From Oct 10-16, 2016 Cape Ann’s plein air tradition will be the centerpiece as up to forty professional plein air artists compete for cash prizes during a week-long paint-out. This is a chance for ALL of Cape Ann’s arts, culture, and community organizations to collaborate and raise Cape Ann’s reputation as a destination for artists, serious art collectors, and art lovers.
Organized in partnership with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, seARTS, North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Essex Merchants Group, and you!”
Thursday April 21, 6-8pm
Rocky Neck Cultural Center
6 Wonson St.
Call 978-758-1210 for info
Keep up to date on what’s happening on Cape Ann Plein Air’s Facebook Page
En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in full) air”. It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, also called French: peinture sur le motif (“painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees”), where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules; those might create a predetermined look. En plein air can also be used to describe other activities where a person partakes in an outdoor environment.[
Today is the first day of track and field at O’Maley Innovation Middle School. On this 120th anniversary of the first day of the modern Olympics (thanks Google Doodle), may our student athletes be inspired by James Brendan Connolly. Before he was a Harvard spurner, a Veteran, a Gloucester Master Mariner, a sea tales chronicler and beloved writer, James Connolly was one of 14 American athletes (5 were Bostonians) to compete in the international Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece, 1896.Twenty percent of the international competitors were from the United States.
Connolly medalled. Twice. On the first final of the opening day, Connolly won what is now the triple jump and came in 2nd in the high jump. He sailed home a champion, the first Olympic medal winner in 1500 years. This recognition no doubt helped his byline and he rapidly gained a reputation as a fantastic writer. The Boston Globe published his first war correspondence, “Letters from the Front in Cuba” where he served with the Irish 9th Infantry of Massachusetts. His career soars after writing about Gloucestermen from his days working in Gloucester. I’ll let Connolly take it from here, it’s so good:
The seagull with spectacles is a logo designed by Ashley Curcuru, member of the Teen Artist Guild (TAG) at The Hive Cape Ann Art Haven in downtown Gloucester. The bird needs a name! Have some fun, jot down a suggestion and give it to your local librarian. And please ask your kids to drop off their ideas, too. I see Paul Morrison has tossed in an entry on the Sawyer Free Facebook page…
Kudos to Valerie Marino for the library’s social media and that cute desk display.
Cape Ann Reads is a dynamite year of FREE programs designed around the world of children’s books. There’s something happening every month,thanks to the four public libraries and community partners. Upcoming for Cape Ann Reads is a major double-header on Saturday, April 16th, with Anita Silvey, a big force in the world of children’s publishing and promotion. Make your reservations soon as the programs are popular!