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Gloucester portraits: Good Harbor Beach piping plover and David Rimmer Essex County Greenbelt with an Edward Hopper house. And Leon Kroll double bridge.

There are more than 110 portraits of the City of Gloucester by the American artist Edward Hopper. There are a few 1923 Good Harbor Beach scenes including one with Jo Nivison seated sketching, and in the distance Bass Rocks and a ‘Hopper’ house. That vista was already a Gloucester motif.

Copy of Edward Hopper all around Gloucester MA (more than 90 works) (73)

piping plover with Hopper house

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Dave with Hopper house

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Dave with Hopper house                                                                                                                                  David Rimmer, Director of Land Stewardship, Essex County Greenbelt monitoring piping plovers 2016, Good Harbor Beach.

 

 

Eleven years before the image of Jo sketching, Hopper painted the other side of Good Harbor (Brier Neck) when he first came to New England. Leon Kroll painted two pedestrian bridges on the Bass Rocks side of the beach that same year.

Copy of Edward Hopper all around Gloucester MA (more than 90 works) (75)

Note the double bridges on Good Harbor.

Leon Kroll 1912 double bride 26 x 32 oil on

Leon Kroll, 1912, oil on canvas, (Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester) 26 x 32

 

Leon Kroll 1912 oil on canvas 26 x 32  sold at Sothebys 2011 bridge at bass rocks informal title 170,500

Leon Kroll 1911, 26 x 32 oil on canvas (Bridge at Bass Rocks) sold at Sotheby’s auction in 2011 for $115,700

8 point 5 by 10 three quarters 1912 leon kroll

Leon Kroll, 1912 oil on panel, 8.5 x 11-3/4

 

Knoll also painted Niles and Pavilion. He kept returning to Gloucester; eventually his family purchased a home in Folly Cove in 1932. Learn more at Cape Ann Museum and see Kroll works of art on display (including rece.

Leon Kroll Niles Beach 26 x 32

Leon Kroll, Niles Beach 1913

Copy of Edward Hopper all around Gloucester MA (more than 90 works) (74)

Copy of Edward Hopper all around Gloucester MA (more than 90 works) (71)

“Don’t Put Your Stupid Hat On”

While getting ready for a medical appointment yesterday morning, I watched the weather forecast. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said "Don't put your stupid hat on," warning the public about the shoreline hazards coming up the coast with Tropical Storm Arthur. In the waiting room at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, the TV was tuned in to The Steve Harvey Show, and entertainment and talk show I wouldn't ordinarily watch. Steve's special guest was a woman from Michigan named Vicki, whose son was drowned in a a rip current on Lake Michigan. Ever since that day, she’s made it her mission to educate other kids about water safety. I've made a point of warning my Facebook and Good Morning Gloucester friends to beware of waves on our rocky shores and breakwaters. Two friends were washed into the harbor, and two acquaintances drowned off the rocks. Rip currents can be just as dangerous. Even on warm sunny days, with the storm hundreds of miles away, these currents put beach goers at risk when they enter the water. My best advice: "Don't go in the water."

While getting ready for a medical appointment yesterday morning, I watched the weather forecast. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said “Don’t put your stupid hat on,” warning the public about the shoreline hazards coming up the coast with Tropical Storm Arthur. In the waiting room at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, the TV was tuned in to The Steve Harvey Show, and entertainment and talk show I wouldn’t ordinarily watch. Steve’s special guest was a woman from Michigan named Vicki, whose son was drowned in a a rip current on Lake Michigan. Ever since that day, she’s made it her mission to educate other kids about water safety.
I’ve made a point of warning my Facebook and Good Morning Gloucester friends to beware of waves on our rocky shores and breakwaters. Two friends were washed into the harbor, and two acquaintances drowned off the rocks. Rip currents can be just as dangerous. Even on warm sunny days, with the storm hundreds of miles away, these currents put beach goers at risk when they enter the water. My best advice: “Don’t go in the water.”

Bass Rocks Golf Club in the Lifting Fog

Bass Rocks Golf Club ©Kim Smith 2013Shrouded in fog–

Bass Rocks Golf Club -1 ©Kim Smith 2013a few moments later–it didn’t take long for the fog to lift in the rising sun. Click image to view larger.

Bass Rocks Golf Club Cat-tails ©Kim Smith 2013. copyCat-tail

Bass Rocks Golf Club -2 ©Kim Smith 2013.

Thanks to Heidi Dallin for the tip to go see how pretty the Golf Course looked. I often see Heidi out running and exercising when filming at daybreak.

In searching for their website link, I learned that the Bass Rocks Golf Cub is the BONS (Best of North Shore) recipient of the 2013 award for the “Best Private Golf Course North Shore!”

Well Lookey Here- Our EJ Is seARTS Artist of The Week!

seARTS Bass Rocks Art Loan Program

An interview with our Artist of the Week, E.J. Lefavour

How do you feel about being chosen for the Bass Rocks Art Loan Program?
Very excited.  This opportunity is allowing me to exhibit my work in a venue and to a segment of our population that I may not have been able to reach otherwise (unless they are regulars to Rocky Neck).  It is an honor to be in such great creative company, and I am grateful for the opportunity.

Pebble Beach through the Rearview Mirror, Mixed Media Photo Collage,
16" x 20". Click to enlarge.

What is your medium or area of creativity?  I am a painter, photographer, writer, illustrator.  Most recently I have been working with the over abundance of wonderful photos I have taken over the past few years and incorporating them into unique, three dimentional photo montages, which people are really enjoying.  I created about 50 of them over the winter, and the series is called "Gloucester: The Grit and the Glory", since most encompass images of rope, chains, rusted hulls of boats, nets and other images from the working seaport aspect of Gloucester, combined with the glory of that industry and of the natural beauty that surrounds us here, as well as the history.
How long have you been an artist?  I have been a working artist since 1991 after leaving the corporate world and making the decision to pursue my art full time.
Where do you get your inspiration?  Anywhere and everywhere around me.
Other than the  Bass Rocks Golf Club, where can we find your works? At my galler(ies) on Rocky Neck. Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3 from May 15 to October 15, and at my winter gallery, up the stairs at 1 Wonson Street (behind Sailor Stan’s) from October to April.
What else would you like us to know?  I passionately love Cape Ann, Rocky Neck where I now reside year round, Annisquam were I lived in the winter for three seasons, East Gloucester and the Backshore, Eastern Point, paddleboarding, Good Morning Gloucester and all the people associated with it, and all the wonderful people I meet and have met since moving here.  I feel very blessed to be here.

Cape Ann going’s on and opportunities for the week…

Call to Artists, Designers & Creatives

seARTS Wearable Arts Group invites you to submit ideas

for this fall’s "Celebrate Wearable Art II!" runway show.

Click here for an application. Deadline is now June 1, 2013.

Opening Reception of Visitors’ Center, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, May 23


Opening Reception of Rocky Neck Gallery, May 25

Cape Ann TV Annual Meeting, May 28

Cape Ann Artisans 30th Annual Studio Tour, June 22-23

“HOLE IN ONE” x 2

“HOLE IN ONE” x 2

Kathi Turner writes-

James M. Turner, 14, of Gloucester hit a “Hole in One” at Bass Rocks on the 17th hole, 230+ yard par 3 on a Saturday in May, 2012…….then HE DID IT AGAIN, Sunday June 24, 2012 on the same hole, with the same driver, a demo Titlelist 910D2.

James has been golfing for about 3 years and carries a 6 handicap.  He was born and raised in Gloucester, just graduated 8th grade from Eastern Point Day School, and hopes to play golf next year at St. John’s Prep.

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The Trestle Across Little Good Harbor Beach Gloucester

I found this postcard at a little shop in Beverly Farms. The Community Heritage Map, published in 1889, shows the trestle, but not a later map from the 1930’s. I wonder what it was used to transport–people, granite, fish? On the antique map, the trestle is labeled: Gloucester Street Railway on Trestle. It appears as though the trestle ran through what is now the Good Harbor Beach parking lot.

Community Heritage Map #11

Video- Back Shore Waves Gloucester MA 04/24/12

Right toward the end a rogue wave came and I snatched my camera and tripod just before it would have been completely submerged by the wave.

See the black silhouette in the left hand frame of the video?  That’s my buddy Steve Hollinger, the genius inventor who created the Kayalu n clamp and RAM mount’s that I use to stabilize my video camera when we are going to be out in salty conditions.

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Steve took this picture of me as I was scouting the scene to video tape-

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41" striped bass fishing Gloucester MA rare top water for 2011 fall run big fish catch & release video from Brianmoc

Brian writes-

Fishing has been slow and big fish are rare to come by in the 2011 fall run. There have not been to many big fish taken from this fall run but they are around? Its still is a slow fall run but if you put your self in the right place at the right time big fish can be had in this sad fall run. the added fun was i had my friend Porter standing in my back why i was bring this fish in! yes skip its a 41 inch fish!

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