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Origami Fish from Out of State

The other day I got an envelope in the mail from someone in Pennsylvania named Ali Thome, who read my blog posts about the origami Christmas/Fishmas tree, and decided to chip in!

Thanks for the beautiful origami, Ali!

She draws caricatures for a living. Check out her blog!

Fr. Matthew Green

 

Fishmas tree progress report

Fishmas treeMary Ann and David are getting the fish onto the tree!  Today I received a whole school of more than 200 wonderful origami fish folded by the students of St. Ann School (huge thanks to Gemma Amero Flavin, their art teacher!). I don’t have an exact total count yet, but with these new additions and those folded throughout the week, we probably have close to 700!  Keep folding fish to help us reach our goal of 1000!

I’ll be folding a star for the top sometime in the next few days.

Fr. Matthew Green

Fish folding!

We had fun folding fish for the Gloucester Origami Fishmash/Christmas tree on Saturday! We got more than a third of the way to our 1000 fish goal in just a few hours, thanks to lots of visitors, including a few who folded fish fast and furious!

We still need more fish, though, so if you know how to fold origami fish (no cutting, fish preferably no more than 3″ or 4″ long when folded), please fold some and bring them to The Hive during its open hours.  Any origami sea life, from simple (anyone can do it!) to complex (Dr. Carbone, I’m talking to you!) are welcome!

_Fish folding 1In the back you can see the origami tree, which ended up a good size!

Here I am folding fish with friend, GMG contributor, and FOB Rick Isaacs:

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We hope to start hanging the fish on the tree soon (maybe by the time this post hits the web)!

- Fr. Matthew Green

Fish Folding, and Candles in St. Sulpice in Paris

Hope to see you today for fish folding at The Hive! (Buoy painting is going on at Art Haven, so we’re keeping the paper and the paint separate.)  The origami tree is practically ready! David, Mary Ann, and I added more layers last night to get it to a good height. We’d go further but we ran out of the right kind of paper…

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So, now it’s fish time! Although we’re recommending the “twist fish” by Gay Merrill Gross because it’s quick and easy, any origami fish folded from one uncut piece of paper will be accepted.

I am working little by little through my photos from vacation in France… This one is appropriate for today, Dec. 8, on which Catholics celebrate a Marian feast day, the Immaculate Conception.

A beautiful church!

Fr. Matthew Green

Christmas, 1000 Origami Fish, and You!

Help us decorate Gloucester’s first (annual?) origami Christmas (or “Fishmas”) tree with 1000 origami fish!

The origami Christmas tree at the Museum of Natural History in New York – much more grandiose than what we are planning!

For years, people have been decorating Christmas trees with origami for public display in cities around the world. For example, New York City has two famous origami-decorated trees every year: one in the American Museum of Natural History, and another in the Japan Airlines offices on 5th Avenue.  I met with David Brooks of Art Haven and The Hive, and he loved the idea of doing one here in Gloucester!  The current plan is to display it in the front window of The Hive on Pleasant Street.

Our project has two special characteristics. First, we are making the whole thing – tree included – out of origami.  It’s not the first time it’s been done, but it’s not so common! Secondly, we want it to be Gloucester-themed, so it will be decorated with origami fish.  This honors both Gloucester’s spirit and history as a fishing port, and the ancient Christian tradition in which the fish is a symbol of Christ, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas.

We want to get as many people involved as possible.  In the spirit of the Japanese tradition of folding 1000 origami cranes, we are aiming for 1000 fish, so, we need a lot of help! Come to The Hive on Saturday, starting at 10AM, to help us fold origami

This is the fish we are going to make - in many sizes and colors!

This is the fish we are going to make – in many sizes and colors!

fish! We are folding a specific origami fish model – the “Twist Fish” by Gay Merrill Gross (from her book Minigami).  It’s very easy to fold.  I will be there teaching for a few hours, and I will teach a few other people so they can teach others when I’m not there.  We will have plain paper at The Hive that you can use, but you can bring your own paper too if you want to use fancier origami paper.  (You can get paper at Island Art and Hobby on Main Street, or at other art and craft stores.) Also, you can decorate the fish after you fold it – draw a face or scales, paint it bright colors, or whatever!

The tree itself is already in production. I spent several hours yesterday folding with David Brooks and Mary Ann DeLouise to get our origami conifer off the ground:

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Plus, next week I will be teaching two classes on origami holiday decorations! We will fold Christmas and Hanukkah themed models and geometric decorations (the variety of models depends on how we do for time). Folding materials will be supplied.

    Here are the dates:

  • Friday Dec. 14, 6:30-8PM at the Hive, for teens and adults ($15)
  • Tuesday Dec. 18, 6:30-8PM at Art Haven, for children ($10)

I will try to post a more detailed menu of models I hope we can fold.

Fr. Matthew Green

Buoy Painting To Adorn The Worlds Most Beautiful Lobster Trap Tree Has Begun at Art Haven!

For more info go to one of the greatest organizations GTown has to offer-

Buoys Days at Art Haven

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Buoys Days at Art Haven

Drop in at Art Haven to paint a buoy for our Community Lobster Trap tree. Each day is geared to an elementary  school so friends can paint together. Parents can carpool and get some shopping done.

All days are 3pm-6pm, cost is free.

Mon.-Beeman and Plum Cove

Tues.-Veterans and East Gloucester

Wed.-West Parish

Thurs.-Eastern Point,St.Ann’s,Faith Christian,Charter school

Fri.-open to the public

Sat.10am-4pm open to the public

Then the buoys will be auctioned off  on Saturday, January 19th at our annual buoy auction!

Cape Ann Art Haven 180B Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

The Buoys Are All Primed And Waiting For You To Decorate

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Now That The Lobster Trap Tree Has Been erected It’s Buoy Painting Time!!!! Starts the week of Dec.3rd

Buoys Days at Art Haven

Drop in at Art Haven to paint a buoy for our Community Lobster Trap tree. Each day is geared to an elementary  school so friends can paint together. Parents can carpool and get some shopping done.

All days are 3pm-6pm, cost is free.

Mon.-Beeman and Plum Cove

Tues.-Veterans and East Gloucester

Wed.-West Parish

Thurs.-Eastern Point,St.Ann’s,Faith Christian,Charter school

Fri.-open to the public

Sat.10am-4pm open to the public

Then the buoys will be auctioned off  on Saturday, January 19th at our annual buoy auction!

Cape Ann Art Haven 180B Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

The Buoys Are All Primed And Waiting For You To Decorate

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Click Pic Below for  Slide Show Of Last Years Lobster Trap Tree Buoys

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Grand Opening of The Hive

Art Haven held the grand opening of it’s community center, The Hive, on Saturday, July 28th.  There was a good turn-out with a lot of local artists and familiar faces from Gloucester’s cultural community – plus, delicious food from Giuseppe’s!  They have done a great job preparing this space.

“Cape Ann Art Haven is a community space where artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop creativity and confidence through hands on learning and collaboration.”

Here are some photos from the event.  For a slideshow, click on the mosaic below – or scroll down to see some highlights!

- Fr. Matthew Green

Save the date and come celebrate!

What better way is there to celebrate Art Haven’s four year anniversary than the GRAND OPENING of THE HIVE, their new adult and high school community center on Pleasant Street!?! So… Save the date – July 28th! Free event with food from Classic Cooks, dessert from Giuseppe’s and drinks from Pleasant Street Tea Company… It’s gonna be A LOT of fun. Come celebrate with us!

More info at Art Haven’s web site and the Facebook event page – hope you can make it!

GHS DECA Plans To Sell Gloucester Soda–We Do A Taste Test With Former GHS DECA Student David Brooks

DECA advisor and business teacher at GHS Ann Grassetti contacted me yesterday to help get the word out about Gloucester Soda.  So I met with the future business leaders of Gloucester at Art Haven, we had a conversation and taste test.

Click here for the video-

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And the build-out continues!

Just wanted to update everyone that we had a great day on Monday at Art Haven’s new space, finishing building out some walls, getting the art materials thrift store cleaned out, and Sal Russo coming through HUGE by finishing repointing the back wall of our function room!

Here’s the awesome crew from Chris Fogarty Carpentry who generously volunteered their time to put up most of the walls in the space:

And the RAYS kids helping to get the thrift store ready!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And even a couple of the TAG kids stopping by to check out the awesome new space they’ll get to use! (Can you tell their excited?)

 

Great volunteers on Saturday!

Just wanted to thank the tremendous group of volunteer contractors that came and helped to start putting walls up at 11 Pleasant Street with us on Saturday! Check out the slideshow to see pictures of Kevin Hansery, Ron Nilsson, Aaron Noble, Tad Cunningham, and Patti Seitz doing some tremendous work. Interior walls up and ready for plumbing!

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Also, thanks to Dunkin Donuts and Braga Management for some delicious donuts and coffee that made the day even more enjoyable and to Building Center for the beautiful lumber!

Cape Ann TimeBank paints some bowls for the Empty Bowl

Some great folks from the Cape Ann TimeBank came down to Art Haven yesterday to paint some beautiful bowls for Open Door’s Empty Bowl fundraiser coming up on May 10th!

Wanna show off your construction skills this Saturday?

Art Haven can use some help this Saturday framing out their new space on Pleasant Street! If you’ve got construction experience and some free time, grab your tools and come on down – it’s sure to be a good time. Work will start at 9am, but feel free to come down whenever you can and help out.  For more info about what’s going on, check out this interview with Dave Brooks, founder and visionary :)

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