Category Archives: Good Morning Gloucester

Surf and Turf

There were so many surfers and paddleboarders out on the water at Good Harbor Beach the other day that it looked like a gathering of ducks.  I guess they aren’t that much different in some ways.  Floating out there waiting for the perfect food or wave.  Rising and sinking with the waves.


It sure looked like fun! One of these days, you’ll see me out there!

Not sure if Crossfit is right for you?

Cape Ann Wellness


Not sure if CFCA is right for you? We offer a 14 day trial membership for $65 so you can test the waters before fully committing to improving your health/fitness and life!  Trial memberships start with a private intro session with one of our coaches. The intro will give you an opportunity to check out our facility, learn more about our program, watch an actual class in progress and learn some of the basic movements that we use on a regular basis. More importantly, it’s a chance for us to get to know you… (your goals, athletic background, previous injuries) and address any questions or concerns that you may have. This session generally lasts 40-60 mins. Once you have completed your intro… come to class as much as you want for the next 14 days! Get a feel for our workouts, our coaches and our supportive community. When the 14 days are…

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Rocky Neck Cultural Center – Impromptu Reception Sunday 12/1

Cape Ann Wellness

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Rocky Neck Cultural Center  “December in November—Giving the Gift of Art!” 
Rocky Neck Art Colony Members’ Fine Art and Crafts Sale

Last Chance to Visit the Holiday Art Show at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center!

 Sunday. December 10. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 6 Wonson Street. Gloucester MA. Offerings of Fine Art, Jewelry, Photography, Blown Glass, Calendars, Cards and More.

Impromptu ‘Closing Reception’ from 2 – 4 pm. Sunday, December 10. Join in celebrating the end of the 2017 Season! We are looking forward to future exhibits on Rocky Neck, American’s Oldest Art Colony. Renovations begin soon at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Looking forward to the 2018 season at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center and Gallery 53! 

Art is Good MedicineCreative activities can relieve stress, aid communication, and help arrest cognitive decline. (Harvard Health Publishing, July 2017)

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Despite the soggy wet snow and freezing temperatures, the Lobster Trap Tree lighting is taking place right on schedule. Caroling begins at 4:30.


Ward One City Councilor Scott Memhard shares from Main Street:

“David Brooks from Art Haven resurrects the Christmas Ice Castle on Main Street for today’s Gloucester Middle Street Walk and Lobster Trap Christmas Tree lighting, with help from Larry and Dylan at Cape Pond Ice.

A few photos from this morning’s ice delivery, before the kid’s ice sculpting begins, and the predicted snow dresses it all up.”

City hall

Middle street walk

Donna Ardizzoni / Circle Consulting Group 978-526-9222

City hall

Middle street walk

Donna Ardizzoni / Circle Consulting Group 978-526-9222

Sista Felicia’s Christmas Tree Sugar Cookie Decorating Kit On Sale Now!

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Sista Felicia’s Kitchen is not responsible for any type of injury

LIVE: Go, just go! City Hall #GloucesterMA, Stephanie Benenson Harbor Voices

What a celebration of pubic art and community! And such a stunning experience in City Hall. Don’t miss Stephanie Benenson’s Harbor Voices public art installation happening now at City Hall, Gloucester, MA. Open until 8pm tonight. Tomorrow 4-8pm. Participate remotely anytime. Read more about Stephanie Benenson and Harbor Voices.

Stephanie Benenson HARBOR VOICES Dec 8 2017 City Hall Gloucester MA ©C Ryan 20171208_163630.jpg

photos – We went back twice and saw all ages visiting and myriad reactions and interactions. Julie was there from Open Doors, one of the non-profit partners in the project.
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Facebook @harborvoicescapeann


This Weekend in the Arts




Weekly Figure Sketch Group | 1:00 PM
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Four Freshmen | 8:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Scandinavian Jul Fest | 9:00 AM
Spiran Hall, 19 School Street | Learn more:

Rockport Art Gallery Stroll and Rockport’s Christmas Stroll Weekend | 12:00 PM
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Twilight Holiday Inn & Cookie Tour | 4:00 PM
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Goodnight Moonshine with Emily Mure | 7:30 PM
Old Sloop Coffeehouse | First Congregational Church | 12 School St | Learn more:

Felix Cavalieres Rascals | 8:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Rockport Art Gallery Stroll and Lockport’s Christmas Stroll Weekend | 12:00 PM
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Rockport Legion Band’s Annual Holiday Concert | 2:00 PM
The First Congregational Church, 12 School Street | Learn more:

Cantus | 3:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:

Rising Above: Save Our Steeple Christmas Party | 4:00 PM
The Art of David Arsenault Gallery | 8 Dock Square | Learn more:



Christmas Celtic Sojourn | 4:00 and 8:00 PM
Shalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Holiday Toy Drive with Senator Bruce Tarr | 4:00 PM
Stalin Liu, 37 Main St | Learn more:


Flatrocks Gallery presents A Stone’s Throw II for its final show of the year.


It is a big overflowing menagerie of  expression and medium, celebrating the wealth of creative energy on northern most corner of Gloucester. Featured are paintings by Bob Anderson, Leslie Heffron, Shaun McNiff, Pia Nadel, Mary Lou Nye, Mi Robertson, Kay Ray, Lynne Sausele, Mary Jane Sawyer and Karen Tusinski; glass sculpture by Joyce Roessler; mixed media by Meredith Anderson, Hans Pundt, Margaret Rack and Mark Williamson; collage by Anne Marie Crotty and Victoria Lopez; photography by Lyla Roth; pottery by Barbe Ennis, Anni Melanson, Jan Weinshanker and Rebeka Wostrel, encaustics by Deborah Gonet; and jewelry by locals Joyce Roessler, Meredith Anderson, Karen Drazen and Sarah Wonson.

There is something to please everyone, with a wide range of style and price. Come! Support your local creative economy!!

A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, December 9th 6-8pm. The show runs through Dec. 23rd. Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St., Gloucester is open Thursday- Sunday noon to five. or visit us on facebook.


George Martin One-Artist Show


Marsh Clouds, Meadow Paths and Stoned Shores – an exhibition of recent landscape oil paintings by artist George Martin will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, December 9th. This exhibition will be on view Saturday, December 9 – Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Born in Massachusetts in 1951, George Martin is an award-winning painter and graphic designer who resides on the North Shore. A graduate of Vesper George School of Art, Boston, he studied under Robert Douglas Hunter, Robert Cormier, and Charles Cooper among other noted Boston artists and was awarded the Vesper George Scholarship. He went on to earn a reputation as a successful graphic designer at a number of major corporations and design firms such as Polaroid Corporation, IBM/Lotus, Fader, Jones+Zarkades and Giardini/Russell. Since 2005, George has been a professional painter with increasing recognition for his work. He is an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association and the Rockport Art Association & Museum. From 2011-2012, he served on the Board of Trustees as President of the North Shore Arts Association.

Artist Statement –

The partnership between art and nature has been a central theme throughout my life. Influenced by representational and impressionist styles, my landscapes and other subjects are painted from life, memory and personal references.

Plein air painting restores my passion for nature and awakens each of my senses. I am not seeking to duplicate an experience but to choose and design what I think conveys my impression of the story. The visual vocabulary can be challenging and must be boldly distilled to create a believable account of the natural stage.

As witness to the constant movement of light on the landscape and other subjects, I am carried deep into the tapestry of color, value, atmosphere and composition. Each occasion presents its own emotional energy that will influence elements that can move a painting in surprising directions.

– George Martin

RAA&M Fall Hours:

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM.  For more information on this and other shows, please visit the RAA&M’s website at



Movement Arts Gloucester MA (MAGMA), Trident Live Art Series, and choreographers Ali Kenner Brodsky and Betsy Miller are very pleased to present an evening of contemporary dance in the beautiful new MAGMA performance center in downtown Gloucester.

The program features new work and repertory favorites by choreographers Miller and Kenner Brodsky and two new commissioned scores by Rhode Island musician MorganEve Swain. It is the third joint venture of the two choreographers, who presented the first “A + B” concert in 2013 at Providence College‘s Bowab Theater.

This will be a terrific performance by a company of dancers from New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts: Ali Kenner BrodskyBetsy Miller, Meghan CarmichaelAudrey MacLeanSasha Peterson, and Andy Russ.

More information
Please join us!
$15 general admission / $10 students and seniors
Tickets at the door or online (recommended)

Video preview of one of the works:



Trident Gallery is pleased to host a reception in celebration of the release of Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life, by Martin Ray, a full-color 124-page anthology of stories about the creative lives of twenty-eight men and women from Cape Ann, Massachusetts, told in their own voices, based on interviews by the author.

Books are $30 and will become available to the public for the first time at the event. The author will be present and sign copies on request. Most of the persons profiled in the book live on Cape Ann today and have been encouraged to attend and sign copies on request, as well.

The event is free and open to the public. At 4:00pm Martin Ray will give remarks of acknowledgement to the profiled subjects and others involved in the book project.

The publisher is Trident Gallery Editions, which accepts orders and offers a short sample of the book online.

After the launch party, Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life will become available from several local vendors on Cape Ann, as well.

Martin Ray also writes the blog Halibut Point Notes.


Christmas in Rockort 1.jpg“Save Our Steeple Art & Jazz Christmas Party” this Sunday in Rockport

If you like art and jazz, you don’t want to miss the Art of David Arsenault Gallery, “Save Our Steeple Art &Jazz Christmas Party,” a benefit for the First Congregational Church with the dynamic Christian Conti Jazz Trio on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 from 2-5 p.mat 8 Dock Square (across from the Christmas Tree) in Rockport.


 (Arsenault donated the proceeds of his painting of the Steeple, “Rising Above,” which sold earlier this year to the church (photos attached).   Donating 20% of his proceeds from Nov. 1 – Dec. 9, Arsenault is also selling canvas giclees and greeting cards with the steeple image to benefit this fund.

 Costs for the steeple have continued to rise and are now estimated at $820,000.

If you can’t attend but would like to help, Donations can be deposited to The Steeple Fund at Cape Ann Savings Bank or Institution for Savings.  Checks can be made out to The First Congregational Church of Rockport with the notation “Steeple Fund” and sent to 12 School Street, Rockport, MA 01966)

 Contact: David Arsenault – 518-466-9093/


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