Walking the Dog

While going through some photos last night I found this pic that I snapped one evening at the end of the Merrimack River near Salisbury Beach.  I have no idea who the couple is, but I love that they’re out walking their four-legged friend.  Maybe they’ll see this… I’d love for them to have it.


Thank The Gloucester MA DPW and Gloucester Cleran Beach Team For new Spotlights On Niles Beach


Joe Lucido writes-


Hope all is well. Just wanted to report, that “finally” the spot lights are installed and functioning!!!

Joe Lucido

Operations Manager, Public Services

Department of Public Works

Our Hearts and Prayers are with Judy, the Goetemann Family, and Rocky Neck Friends


1138821847-1Gordon Goetmann Obituary

Gordon Goetemann, 83, Educator, Painter, Rocky Neck Art Colony Community Activist, passed away peacefully at home on September 29.
To all who wander throughout the Rocky Neck Art Colony, the courtyard with yellow-cushioned wooden benches in front of Gordon and Judith Goetemann’s art gallery is a warm, welcoming place–a colorful thread in the tight-knit neighborhood, an inviting space for locals, tourists and art patrons from near and far to share low-key banter or debate the meaning of life.
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO., Gordon earned his BFA at Notre Dame and his MFA at the University of Iowa. During the summer of 1953, following his junior year at Notre Dame, he found his way to Gloucester where he studied under Umberto Romano, a formative experience which influenced his future works. It was also where he fell in love, with the dramatic light, the shoreline, the culture of Cape Ann, and with Judy Steele, a fellow Romano student who later became his wife and partner of 58 years. Together they raised 4 children.
In1977, Gordon and Judy opened the doors to their gallery at 37 Rocky Neck Ave, put the yellow cushioned chairs out, and joined one of America’s oldest working artist colonies.
Aware that the colony’s strength ebbed and flowed, Gordon became active in its steerage committee and dedicated himself to making the community strong and able to resist East Gloucester’s gentrification pressures.
He helped inspire key players to get involved in the creation of SeArts (Society of the Encouragement of the Arts on Cape Ann), the Rocky Neck Cultural Center and the Artist Residency Program at RNAC, renamed in 2010 in his honor. Thanks to their joint efforts, the Colony’s strength is flowing again.
Summers on Rocky Neck were the treat that followed 9 months of hard work teaching, painting until 3 a.m. and shoveling chest-deep snow drifts in St. Joseph, MN, where Gordon taught art history and studio courses at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
He was most fulfilled by his 40 year teaching career, working within a culture steeped in Benedictine values alongside many dear friends and colleagues. Former students would often recall that they had signed up for an easy course titled “painting”, then got bowled over by “the toughest class they ever loved”.
Gordon taught by example, challenging his students to live an “examined life”, to question and define their values, often within the context of their religious precepts, then create their artwork based upon what they had learned.Gordon’s studio contained as many papers filled with longhand notes on his philosophical queries as it did tubes of oil paint. He thought long and hard before he’d pick up the paint brush. Transfiguration of form and spiritual resurrection were common themes of study, examples being his Celestial Islands series and his magna opus on Gustav Mahler’s Symphonie II (Resurrection).
Though raised in a devout Catholic home, he was, at heart, a humanist, a moralist and a seeker of truth. Knowledge was a tool used to facilitate the examination process. And knowledge was a commodity Gordon rarely lacked — except when it came to the fate of his hallowed Notre Dame football team’s end-of-season scorecard, or the answer to the twelve letter word on 23 across, third and seventh letters being Q… (He loved his puzzles!)

Students who traveled with him to the Louvre, the Uffizi or the Prado would often try to stump him on the names of the most obscure paintings, to no avail. He’d name it, then study the work silently for a long minute and expound on the work’s uniqueness, origins and influence on movements to follow. He possessed encyclopedic knowledge and total recall, a pristine mind, even while his body was failing him.

Of his art, he told Art New England in an interview two years ago: “I always see myself as a synthesizer of the past, working to keep it vital in terms of contemporary culture,” he explained. “My expertise is in the history of the visual form. “There is no experience anywhere else that is like it. Love would be the closest comparison…it gives me a reason for living.”
Judy Goetemann and the neighbors invite all readers to come visit the galleries on Rocky Neck, have dinner, take in an event at the Cultural Center. While there, please come have a seat on the yellow cushioned benches and celebrate the spirit of the neighborhood, the Colony, and Gordon.
In addition to his wife, Judith Steele Goetemann, he is survived by his four children, Elizabeth Scholes and husband Garrett of Kittery Point, ME., David Goetemann of Gloucester, Mark Goetemann of Lincoln, Chris Goetemann of Gloucester; grandchildren Ava and William Scholes, Owen Goetemann, Theo and Adelle Goetemann; and his brother Gerald Goetemann of Parkersburg, W.V.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, October 7, from 4 to 7 pm at the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
A private family service will follow at the Greely Funeral Home on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.
A celebration of Gordon’s life gathering will take place at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center at a future date.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Rocky Neck Cultural Center to support the Goetemann Artist Residency Program.
For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.

Golden Age of Fishing – R. Gilson video at the Sawyer Free Library, 10/29, Sat., @ 2 p.m

Hi Joey:

We are on for a showing of my video at the Sawyer Free Library, 10/29, Sat., @ 2 p.m.

Below is a brief description,  but the second piece (The Golden Age of Fishing) is the actual opening statement to my video,  Part 1 (of two parts). 

This video has been 6 months in the making; we are quite excited about the factual content of the material and hope for wide dissemination  in our Cape Ann community (including GMG).

Thanks, Ron

GLOUCESTER’S GOLDEN AGE OF FISHING – Part 1   (Sat., 10/29/16, SFL)told by Ron Gilson

A film by Jim LaBelle

…..traces Gloucester’s fishing industry from the age of sail to diesel power.

From the 1920s and the International Fishermen’s Races to the life and times of Ben Pine and his early influence on Gloucester’s fishing industry. The end of dory fishing and the 1930 beginnings of the great fleet buildup of the 1940s and ‘50s, ….“Gloucester’s Golden Age of Fishing”.

Ron Gilson

second more detailed description:


The film you are about to witness depicts a “window moment” in a much larger history of Gloucester’s 400-year fishing saga dating back to 1623.

For a brief 15-year, 1940 – 1955 period, “The Golden Age of Fishing”, Gloucester’s fishing fleet supplied our domestic market, fed armies, and subsequently provided the much needed protein to a recovering WW II Europe.

This (not-for-profit) historical account focusing on “The Golden Age of Fishing” is presented by Ron Gilson, who actually worked the wharfs, fished the vessels, and insured the fleet. Gilson documented this era as he lived it. His intention here is to reflect accurately on the industry as it processed hundreds of millions of pounds of edible seafood products annually, employing over 2,000 unionized seafood workers. This record production was accomplished on a fraction of our post depression waterfront.

Gloucester has been blessed with many notable historians, all too often they have presented embellished storytelling accounts that have not factually reflected the actual happenings as they went down. For decades, politicians, lobbying associations, and local activists have frequently advanced false narratives, misinformation, and proposed restrictive zoning that prohibited mixed-use growth on our harbor front.

This “Golden Age of Fishing” was a phenomenal period, it was pivotal. Times have changed, and for 100 different reasons, our fishery of the ‘40s and ‘50s will never repeat itself.  Years later, this one era would prove to be a turning point in Gloucester’s way of life.

Ron Gilson, 7/31/16


sonicsea-w528On Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Maritime Gloucester is hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary Sonic Sea at Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance Center. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Leila Hatch, marine ecologist at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and cast member and panelists Dr. Scott Kraus, Vice President and Senior Advisor, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, New England Aquarium and Dr. Kathleen Vigness Raposa, Director of Environmental Services, Marine Acoustics, Inc.

Sonic Sea delves into the issues of ocean noise and its effects on the marine environment. Experience this film surrounded by the stunning acoustics at the Shalin Liu and become part of the conversation as we explore noise pollution in the marine environment and the cutting edge field research. Tickets are $15 for Maritime Gloucester members and students; $20 general admission and can be purchased HERE.


Cape Ann TV

Lunch & Learn Series:

“The Canon FX-105 Camcorder–Beyond Automatic”


Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 12pm with “”The Canon FX-105 Camcorder–Beyond Automatic”” presented by Professional Video Producer, Ted Reed.

Cape Ann TV has several Canon FX-105 HD camcorders available to its members for shooting projects outside our studio. They’re light, easy to run around with for action shooting, and produce great pictures and sound as a “point and shoot” video camera.

But this camera can do a whole lot more once you take the settings off automatic. Join us for our next “Lunch and Learn” at Cape Ann TV and see how to take this remarkable tool to the next level in picture control, audio and much more. Ted Reed, Emmy-award-winning TV director and cinematographer and Cape Ann resident, will lead this session.


Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to reserve your spot. 

Friendship, Fellowship and Welcome Back Ed Mug Up

Hi Joey,

I hope you can come this time, and would appreciate if you would let people know. Love, EJ

Friendship, Fellowship and Welcome Back Ed Mug Up

No one loves a good Mug Up like Ed Collard, so to welcome him back from his journey, EJ and Jean will be hosting a friendship, fellowship and welcome back Ed Mug Up on Saturday, October 8, at 9:30 am at 4 Kent Circle. Coffee, Tea and deviled eggs will be served. Feel free to bring along some kind of Mug Up fare to share.

This photo of Ed was taken at the GMG Mug Up held on May 20, 2012 at the gallery on Madfish Wharf.

Check Out Mark Ring In The New Issue of Scandanavian Traveler Out October 1


Here’s Mark at our dock, Captain Joe and Sons

Mayor Sefatia forwards this-

#proudmayor Mark Ring is an asset to Gloucester and the Fisheries Commission! 

Please find enclosed the article on lobster fishing/eating in the coming issue of Scandinavian Traveler, which will be out October 1. Hope you like it!

There will also be a film available on www.scandinaviantraveler.com

Check out the entire article here-






On Tuesday morning, October 4th, I’ll be at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead to give my lecture on “The Pollinator Garden,” at 9:30am. I hope to see you there!


No, That is Not a Monarch Caterpillar on Your Carrot Plant

By far the most popular post on my Kim Smith Designs website is titled “No, That is Not a Monarch Caterpillar on Your Parsley Plant.” It has been the most trafficked post for several years, if you can believe it, and here is why.

Last fall, almost exactly to the day, through my office window I heard the sound of sweet voices on our front porch, well after dark, and wondered what our neighborhood dog walkers were doing out so late. It wasn’t dog walkers, but our neighbor Sharon and her son Treely, wondering what to do with what they thought was a Monarch caterpillar they had found in their garden. I sent them on their way with one of our terrariums and instructions on how to care for their little Black Swallowtail caterpillar.

Treely’s Black Swallowtail caterpillar turned into a chrysalis (in other words, pupated), spent the winter in the terrarium in a sheltered spot outdoors, and then emerged right on schedule this past spring. The Dowds returned the terrarium as it was needed later in the summer for our Cecropia Moth caterpillars.

Imagine how sweetly funny to get a call from my friend Michelle, wondering what to do with their newly discovered Monarch caterpillar. My first question to Michelle was did she find the caterpillar on her milkweed. No, she reported, it was found on carrot foliage. Michelle and her children, Meadow and Atticus, along with friend Sabine, stopped by this afternoon to learn about how to take care of their tiny little Black Swallowtail caterpillar and I sent them on their way with the ‘traveling terrarium.’

If you find a caterpillar in your garden, the first clue to identifying is to see on what food plant they are munching. Caterpillars that are actively feeding are usually only found on their larval host plant(s), the plant they have developed a distinctive coevolutionary relationship with over millennia. For example, female Monarch butterfly caterpillars deposit their eggs only on members of the milkweed family. Black Swallowtail caterpillars eat the foliage only from plants in the carrot family, which includes carrots, parsley, dill, fennel, parsnips, and Queen Anne’s lace. You may have noticed if ever weeding Queen Anne’s lace that the root looks identical in shape to a carrot, only it is white.

Chances are, you will never find a Black Swallowtail caterpillar on you milkweed plants and conversely, you will never find a Monarch caterpillar on your carrot plant (or parsley, dill, or fennel).

I am excited to hear from Michelle and the kids how their little caterpillar is developing over the next few weeks!


Edgar Winter reveals the first instrument he & his big brother Johnny played together in a wonderfully personal interview with Salem’s Blake Maddux

Every once in a while a reporter is able to get a rock icon to open up and share personal stories.  Local writer, Blake Maddux, is one of those rare few as you’ll be able to see in his interview with Edgar Winter in the Beverly Citizen.  Read it here!

Weaved through several fascinating stories about Woodstock, his brother Johnny, his father, mother and grandfather, Edgar says, “music is a lot more than just my internalized private world. It has the power to transcend boundaries and reach out and bring people together.”

You can experience what Edgar is talking about this Saturday, right down the road in Beverly at The Larcom, the most intimate, acoustically stellar listening room north of Boston!  Good seats still available starting at $29.00.  Get them here!


Here’s an Edgar Winter quote from the article:

So Johnny and I started out playing ukulele, singing Everly Brothers songs like “Wake Up Little Susie” and those kind of songs.

A Sad Day For Gloucester- Whatever The Outcome

Artists are so generous. Here’s the list of local artists for Sawyer Free. Don’t miss the lively auction Wednesday!

Reminder: silent bids close TONIGHT! Just 4 hours left for write in and absentee bids!


And donors are generous, too.  Don’t worry. There are two full days left to visit the exhibit. Come to the preview party Wednesday night at 6PM and get ready to bid in person!



Thanks to Sawyer Free for sharing the checklist featuring 70 local artists participating in the 2016 annual Sawyer Free auction.






John Bassett glass at Rockport Art Association

I’ve a couple pieces in an interesting and big group show
at the Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St.


Hibbard & Maddocks Galleries
Experimental Group Exhibition – Unexpected #3

Sep 30 – Oct 12, 2016

John Bassett  www.basglas.com

Magnolia Sip & Stroll

Come enjoy a lovely evening out in beautiful Magnolia and stroll historic Lexington Avenue for our monthly “Sip and Stroll” Magnolia shopping spree event.

Shoppers will also enjoy free adult beverages, snacks and a street side BBQ that will serve up some delicious hors d’oeuvres. There will also be local musicians filling the avenue with song at this fun local event.

Shoppers can recall the glory days of Magnolia as our lovely village is making an important comeback with new merchants opening their doors offering exciting artwork, gifts and services. There is plenty of free parking available.

Save 10% at all participating merchants – get a head start on your holiday shopping

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