Donna Ardizzoni / Circle Consulting Group 978-526-9222
Gorgeous day! Congratulation to the wedding couple at Stage Fort park May 19 2017
L’Atalante Jean Vigo 16mm masterpiece
Poster for next week’s opening
Contact Kathie Gilson to volunteer!
Join American Craft Week Oct 6-15 | Gloucester made the USA Top 10 list and you should be in the guide!
Here’s a super easy and great opportunity to share what you do or help your friend’s work get noticed. Crafters, artisans, makers, retailers, creatives: make sure to sign up before July 1, 2017 when it’s just $25.
Please share. Also, please encourage any under 30 Gloucester to showcase their work. Perhaps they’ll be designated next year’s ‘rising stars’. Participants & Events :: American Craft Week :: HOW TO JOIN and check out their resource page- “PR power packet page”
Here’s why Gloucester won
It’s tough to match Gloucester for the range and depth of fall art fairs and events –including American Craft Week– and Gloucester’s heritage of artists and artisans of yesterday and today (more on the pioneers below.) Pauline Bresnahan participates and drummed up the vote: “Gloucester has always encouraged creativity, individuality and artistic expression. Honored to be able to participate and encourage others to take part in this celebration for everyone who has fallen in love with their art and craft that shows their creativity.”
October is BEAUTIFUL!
I’ve gathered special events and festivals that run annually each October/Fall in Gloucester and on Cape Ann. Make sure to look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants. Mind you this is only the fall (October!) listings:
Just in October
Founded in 2016- Cape Ann Plein Air Note that Paint Essex annual Plein Air (founded in 2012) moved from a summer slot to the fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016
Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights – “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA”
Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.
Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company
Founded in 2010 /in Gloucester 2014 – Annual American Craft Week held in October Gloucester recognized as one of America’s top 10 towns for craft lovers | 2017 Annual American Craft Week October 6-15 Last year Pauline’s Gifts and Cape Ann Artisans participated. I think we can increase that list a bit!
Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven
Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann
Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008)
Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October, also features artisans and makers.
Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5
Founded in 1984- Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library
Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Look for fall Premiers
Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October
VENERABLE ARTS TRADITION
Start with a visit to Cape Ann Museum a world class American art museum with a not to miss fine art and archive collections founded in 1873. Just Go! Outsider art and fine craft maker high lights include Folly Cove designers repository, 1893 Columbian Exposition Chicago World’s Fair harbor diorama, Fiesta oars, and the Community of Neighborhoods quilt cycle.
In each and every decade, printed ephemera and guides capture Gloucester’s long proud cultural history. Guides matter. Here are a couple of pioneer examples with a craft emphasis from the 1960s and 1892. American Craft Week is the digital equivalent of a who’s who in the American craft scene.
“We are told in the print that the American public is hungry for art…untouched by the machine. Cape Ann craft workers can satisfy that hunger…given a chance.” Henry Bollman, 1961
Bollman a ceramicist volunteered to chair the crafts section VIII of the 10th annual Gloucester Arts Festival: Ruth Balch, leather sandals; Henry Bollman, ceramics; Harriet Curtis, weaving and trays; Doris Frankbonner, ceramics and jewelry; Folly Cove Designers, Block Printing; Heather Godfrey, furniture decoration; Max Kuhne, silver leaf; Morris Lubin, Metal work; Reina Martin, silver and gold; Robert Natti, Pottery; Ruth Powers, Rugs
1961 craft exhibition
Detail from one of the maps indicating the “General location of artists residing in same place permanently or each summer.” This one shows Gloucester Bay View, Lanesville, Folly Cove area mainly painters and sculptors among them: Paul Manship, Walker Hancock, Leon Kroll, George Demetrios, Virginia Lee Burton, Folly Cove Designers
The Gloucester Arts Festival scheduled ancillary programming like Cape Ann Festival of the Arts guided hikes and arts and writing exhibitions and contests for Gloucester’s youth.
The Art and Loan Exhibition for The Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Gloucester held August 24-29 featured “a representation collection of the antique and artistic from the many homes on Cape Ann…In connection with the exhibit a souvenir silver scarf pin was sold representing a fishing schooner under full rig with the dates 1642-1892 in raised work, and found ready purchasers…A piece of room paper from the walls of the old Ellery House, the first wall paper used in Gloucester, is exhibited…an interesting bit of fancy work is a frame inscribed in letters worked in silk Hannah Masters her Sampler May 8 1768…Another piece of family work which shows evidence of much labor and painstaking is a Clark family tree worked in silk on canvas in 1832 by Mary B. Clark, mother of Mayor Andrews…” The loan and art committee were reimbursed $1195.81; the souvenir pins inventory was $211.40. Thankfully the city published a “true and detailed account of the 250th anniversary observance and illustrated these Lane and Beech paintings. James Pringle wrote the seminal digitized “History of the town and city of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts” 1892.
Check out the latest on Muffy White’s organizing and styling blog-
How did Gloucester stack up? $375,500
From the release (May 18, 2017 – New Bedford, MA) –
“The Baker-Polito Administration and Massachusetts Cultural Council today announced $9.3 million in new awards from Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF), celebrating over $100 million in total cultural sector investments since the fund was established ten years ago. An additional $10 million in funding was included in the Baker-Polito Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Budget Plan released last week…Over $100 million in CFF awards since 2007 have supported 772 building projects in the nonprofit arts, sciences and humanities, with total development costs of $2.6 billion, driving cultural tourism, job growth, and community vitality in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Over ten years CFF-funded projects have supported 8,512 full time jobs and $492 million in wages, employed 23,778 architects, engineers, contractors, and construction workers, and created 2,092 new permanent jobs…The new round of awards today includes 61 capital grants totaling about $8.9 million and another 18 planning grants totaling nearly $400,000. Grants range from $7,000 to $300,000, and must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other public sources. Learn more about the CFF.”
Scroll on to see the state’s Cultural Facilities Funding (CFF) totaling $367,000 plus Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) totaling $8500 breakdown for Gloucester. Along with the categories below and others, make sure and think about next year’s application categories including the new festival grant category OPEN NOW.
MCC ARTIST FELLOWSHIP -$0
MCC BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUS – $400
O’Maley and Veterans $200 each for an educational field trip
CULTURAL FACILITIES FUND (CFF) – $367,000
Driven by the Boston Foundation, MA Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities (MAASH), the MCC and others after many years, this big pot that funds so many projects was part of legislation passed back in July of 2006. Complete list of the winners announced May 18, 2017. Gloucester received 3 awards:
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, Gloucester
Project: Fire Safety and Detection Systems
About the Facility: The Federal Style edifice, completed in 1806, is the largest, oldest and last remaining historic Meetinghouse in Gloucester. It serves as a welcoming civic center, distinguished concert hall and hub for community events. About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation $130,000 for the installation of a comprehensive fire-sprinkler system, fire-proof insulation and new detection systems.
Manship Artist and Residence Studios (MARS)Gloucester
Project: Acquisition and Establishment of New Artist Residency
About the Facility: Manship Artist and Residence Studios will preserve a local treasure with national significance and continue the legacy of Cape Ann’s historic community of artists by establishing an artist residency program at the renovated 15+ acre property of sculptor Paul Manship. About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Manship Artist and Residence Studios $207,000 to purchase the Manship property in Gloucester, which will be transformed into an artist educational facility and gallery place. In 2016, MARS received $30,000 to conduct a feasibility study for the renovation of the Manship property as an arts and culture center with an artist residency program.
Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester
Grant: $30,000 Feasibility & Technical Assistance Grants
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Cape Ann Museum $30,000 for architectural studies and strategic planning assistance to explore expansion and facility improvements, informed by programmatic need and a 2016 Systems Replacement Plan.
MCC CULTURAL INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO- $0
MCC JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS ART PROGRAM – $0
FESTIVALS PROGRAM– $500
St Peter’s Fiesta
–NEW GRANT OPEN–Festivals Taking Place September 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
Online application available: June 2017
Preliminary funding decisions begin: September 1, 2017
Application deadline: September 15, 2017 at 5 PM (ET)
Grants announced: October 2017
MCC LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL (LCC)- $7600
Allocation Gloucester $7,600 Thanks LCC volunteers on the committee for processing the applications every year
|Alicia Quintano, Lucille LePage and||
2017 / 2016
$911 / $450
|Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe||$295 / $348|
|Cape Ann Symphony||$200|
|Community Band, Cape Ann||$500|
|DiPrima, Jay||$300 / $250|
|East Gloucester Elementary School PTO||$500 / $300|
|Ethnic Arts Center||$400 / $400|
|Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library||$500 (1 grant) / $964 (2 grants)|
|Gloucester Writers Center||$300|
|Mark Chester Diversity Project and MIRA Coalition, a 501(c)3||$300|
|Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary||$200|
|Northeast MA Youth Orchestras, Inc.||$500|
|Rockport Music||$250 / $400|
|Sarah Slifer Swift||$400 / $400|
|Sheehan, Rose||$960 / $500|
|Sheehan, Rose||$800 / $450|
|Summer Concert Series, Antonio Gentile Bandstand||$500|
|Wendy Manninen, Vicki Marsh &||$400 / $300|
|Windhover Foundation||$500 / $700|
LAST YEAR’S GMG POST: 2016 THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE! NEARLY $310,000 GLOUCESTER PIECE OF MA’S ART FUNDING PIE *some of the grants announced in 2016 span more than one year (if they were listed last year I did not repeat them into this year)
GMG Post- Gloucester at the MET Paul Manship Three Bears, Anna Hyatt Huntington…
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has launched a New Member Drive, and is offering a special discounted rate of $295 for businesses that join the Chamber by May 31, 2017. Businesses joining during the New Member Drive will also receive a package of advertising and promotional incentives valued at over $3,500, including free incentives worth a total of $1,500.
Scores of volunteers from among the Chamber’s more than 800 member businesses have been reaching out to prospective members during the past several weeks. They will be getting together in the coming days to call Cape Ann business owners and share their insights about the value of being a member of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.
Dozens of new and prospective members recently attended a reception and information meeting hosted by the Chamber at Cruiseport. Representatives from the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Ambassadors Committee, together with Chamber staff…
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Hope all is well.
Beeman school is having a plant sale on sat 5/27 at the St. Peter’s square from 9-1
50% of proceeds go to the Beeman Graduating Class 2018
Hoping we can get a plug
The new seawall at Solomon Jacobs Park is nearing completion. These workers are true artists.
On Wednesday you could see the boulevard full of people walking, swimming and of course the beautiful flowers.
Julie Rhodes and her band are back at Katrina’s tonight. Killer blues and more new songs (sometimes mixed with some Etta James and Janis) are what you are in for tonight. Most of Julie Rhodes’ songs have stories to tell of life’s happenings and then some.
spme of favorite originals
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Julie is bringing Andrew Hammond to open up the evening in the first set. You do not want to miss this show. Andrew is like a modern day Guthrie and Dylan combined. His songs are so moving …I could listen to him for hours…his music and vocals make your heart melt. Please do, come out and hear for yourself.
14 Rogers St
Call (978) 515-7817