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I tried to help Fred Bodin visit the State House. Here’s what happened

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Cat Ryan submits-

He doesn’t need help.

Fred with Peter Webber, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and Ronda Faloon, Cape Ann Museum.

Since 1993, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards have been given every two years and celebrate achievement in arts and culture. Specifically,

“The Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, sciences, and humanities to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state.”

See the full list here. Yo-Yo Ma (1997) and David McCullough (1999) are two notable past recipients. Prior city or town wins include:

Somerville (1993)

Northampton (1995, same year as Aerosmith)

Boston via Clara Wainwright (1999 First Night, Quilts—including Gloucester)

Springfield (1999 Library and Museums)

Cambridge (2003)

Worcester (2009, same year as Peabody Essex Museum)

Haverhill (2011)

Barnstable (2013)

Gloucester (2015) and Plymouth (2015)

Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Art Haven, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester Stage, Cape Ann Cinema, HarborWalk, the City Archives, the partners of the two Cultural Districts, and more all mentioned this special day.

Joey and guests summed up the honor on Podcast 120: “Without having the narrow blinders of us living in this community, can you really think of another community (other than Boston and one that’s our size)…Where else would have as vibrant an arts community?” Well, nearly that quote. Hmmm. Nominate GMG for 2016 in media?

Congratulations to the other 2015 winners:

Malcolm Rogers, Beverly Morgan Welch, Town of Plymouth, Pittsfield Barrington Stage Co, Highland Street Foundation (see Free Fun Fridays GMG post), Barr Foundation, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Artsboston, WBUR, WGBY, Holyoke Enchanted Circle Theater, Amherst Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Cambridge Science Festival, Boston Conservatory, and the Worcester Art Museum

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GloucesterCast 113 #GloucesterMA Podcast Taped 1/18/15 The Super Cheery Podcast

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GloucesterCast 113 #GloucesterMA Podcast Taped 1/18/15

Topics Include: Guests Melissa Cox, Donna Ardizzoni, Nichole Schrafft, Bill Cox, Mr Effervescent Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro, Cape Ann Museum Favorite Parts, Mark Ring, Lobstermen Are Fishermen Too Dammit!, GMG Electricity Series, Poop In Burnham Field, Who Picks Up Poop?, RIP BINGO, Upcoming Political Season Means You Need To Subscribe To The Gloucester Daily Times, Good Luck To Sefathia, Getting Behind Whoever Is In The Mayor’s Seat, Chamber Cape Ann Chamber License Plate, Congratulations To Catherine Schlichte New Chamber Board of Directors President, Nichole’s Experience At The Car Show, No Shame In Driving A Minivan, David Black Sculpture, Controversey Over Public Art Installations, Phyllis A Annual Meeting, 525 Now Delivering, Walt Kolenda, Donna’s TBT Post Hat, Passports, Gloucester Breakfasts, Sugar Mag’s, Willow Rest, Fort Square Cafe, George’s, Two Sisters, Charlie’s Place, Foriegn Affairs, Doug Pappows to Come In, Tacos Lupita, Jalepenos, Melissa Cox Loses the Vegan Vote, Regina Razabonni Ardizzoni, Donna Is Going To Take Elocution Lessons, The Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tourney, Art Haven Buoy Auction , Winner of Last Week’s Podcast Subscriber Contest Who Won A Fish City Gloucester T Shirt From Fred Bodin and A Copy Of Carol Perry’s Book “Caught Dead Handed” Is Chuck Cook -Prize Must be Picked Up At The Dock

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Ready, Get Centered Street, go! 1 Center Street is open for Middle Street Walk

Hi Joey,

Get centered during Gloucester’s Middle Street Walk this Saturday. One Center Street is open and filled with friends, social imagination, wellness and artistry! Glance at the list of tenants at Kate Seidman’s building—many GMG readers are already big fans and customers. 

1 Center Street, 3rd floor:
Ten Pound Studio silk painting studio with classes every Tuesday

Bradley Royds music recording studio

Jennifer Lee Levitz Studio and Reikki practice

1 Center Street, 2nd floor:

Loren Doucette, Art Showroom, Studio and Teaching Lab ( beginning Artist Way course to discovering recovering your creative self in 2015 along with private art lessons) 978-879-6588, Lorenadoucette@gmail.com Loren Doucette adds: “We are looking for teachers and students to be a part of this great creative cooperative space! Our goal and mission is to practice, teach and share creative well-being!”

Jeffrey Marshall, Art Studio. Jeffrey was invited to have a January show at the Cape Ann Museum and will be the First Cape Ann Artist of Distinction in Residency 2015 – for the Rocky Neck Art Colony

Goetemann Residency Program

Stephen Baglioni, LMT, clothed sports massage office, http://www.massagetherapyunlimited.com/

Bob Tobin, weekly Kempo Karate classes (Wed & Sat)

Sarah Slifer Swift, rehearsal space, AND she runs Monday Morning Dance Rave 8:30-10am each week. Very fun!

Yoga with Peter Martin starting in January 2015.

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Kate Seidman’s Art Room Boutique

IF YOU GO

What: OPEN HOUSE at ONE CENTER STREET

Where: 1 Center Street (between Main and Middle)

When: Middle Street Walk 2014, 10AM-4PM

Who: Loren Doucette, Stephen Baglioni and Peter Martin are hosting an OPEN HOUSE as part of the Middle Street Walk. Stop by!

Kate has owned 1 Center Street since the early 1990s. Challenge for GMG readers: Do you know the prior occupant(s) and story of this historic building? Write in your comments if you know!

Cape Ann Museum MAXED out tonight for WALKER HANCOCK and other updates for tribute weekend- Sunday Schedule…

Cat Ryan submits-

Sunday! 1:30, 2:30 (space limited) Cape Ann Museum guided tour

Sunday! 1:30 Cape Ann Cinema showing The Monuments Men film

Sunday! 3pm City Hall special panel

Look for the wonderful series of articles and excellent coverage by Gail McCarthy and others in the Gloucester Daily Times!

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/local_news/article_556b7c3b-fbd4-5038-ba97-b2c499d6df8d.html

Contact Judith Hoglander hancockweekend@gmail.com

visit www.walkerhancockweekend.com (designed by Rob Newton)

 

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FIRST PRIZE September 2014: Artist Brian Fay won the 2014 UK’s Derwent Art Prize just this month for this pencil drawing, Looted Salt Mine 1945 Manet in the Winter Garden. You can find his work as part of Pierogi’s famous online flatfiles. http://www.brianfayartist.com/

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This Week At The Cape Ann Museum

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Directed by Sal Zerilli and Keith Palazzola

Maritime Capsules tells the story of the Grand Banks dory from the heyday of high-lining schooners to the current group of locals who sustain the ancient rowboat as a symbolically important part of Gloucester’s maritime culture.  

Directors Sal Zerilli and Keith Palazzola will be present at the screening, which kicks off the CACC’s 6th Annual Doctober Fest. Tickets are $10.50 for adults, $9.00 for students and seniors, or $7.50 for members of the Cape Ann Museum and Cape Ann Community Cinema. The Cape Ann Community Cinema is located at 21 Main Street in Gloucester; more at capeanncinema.com.   


Discover for the first time or enjoy a chance to revisit this unique historic home. The White-Ellery House (1710) is open to the public at no charge on the first Saturday of the month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays.  

Saturday’s Open House, the last of the season, will feature a screening of local filmmaker Shep Abbott’s film More Precious Than Gold at 1:00 p.m.

More Precious Than Gold is a lively and gripping epic of the first Massachusetts Bay settlement in the New World. The one-hour documentary tells the story of how the city of Gloucester developed through the Indian wars, smallpox epidemics and tragic losses at sea into the country’s premiere fishing port. The film combines live action re-enactments with little known stills, beautiful landscapes and seascapes of the area, interviews with experts and a gripping narration by well known NPR Radio Producer Sandy Tolan. An entertaining and detailed description of life and death in the early years of what became the first constitutional democracy the world had known. Written and Directed by Shep Abbott. Designed for adult viewers and Middle and High School history and humanities students. Shep Abbott is a local filmmaker best known for his cinematography on the academy award winning documentary Broken Rainbow.


A Chosen Place: Walker Hancock and Friends

On view through February 1, 2015 – A selection of works by Walker Hancock along with other Cape Ann sculptors including George Demetrios, Paul Manship, Katharine Lane Weems, Anna Hyatt Huntington, James McClellan and Daniel Altshuler. 

The Importance of Place:A Sketchbook of Drawings by Stuart Davis

On view through February 1, 2015 – A series of sketches exploring the shapes and rhythms of the harbor, the upland moors and the densely populated neighborhoods of central Gloucester – all of which served Davis as artistic inspiration for the rest of his life.

Portraits of a Working Waterfront

Opening October 11, 2014 – This exhibit, presented in partnership with the Northeast Seafood Coalition, is made up of 75 photographs of men and women who make their livings working today in one of this country’s oldest seaports, Gloucester, Massachusetts. The images were made by Jim Hooper over an 18-month period and include photos of a wide range of individuals involved in the in-shore and off-shore ground fish fishery and in the shore side businesses which support them. 

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Sept 26 27 28 Gloucester to Honor its Own Monuments Man: Sculptor Walker Hancock

Hi Joey,

During the weekend of September 26-28, the City of Gloucester will celebrate the life and work of Sculptor Walker Hancock. The celebration, sponsored by the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, will feature events in several venues, including The Cape Ann Museum, The Cape Ann Community Cinema, and Gloucester City Hall. Other partners include Essex National Heritage Area and Cape Ann TV.

“It’s a three part celebration,” said Judith Hoglander, Event Chair.  “We want to showcase not only Hancock’s great talent as sculptor and his contribution to great art as we know it today as a Monuments Man, but to show his private side as well.”

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The Cape Ann Museum showcases Hancock’s art with an exhibit titled A Chosen Place-Walker Hancock and His Friends.  This exhibit features works by Hancock and by other nationally known artists who lived and worked on Cape Ann during the period from the 1940s until the 1980s. One of the better-known artists in this group is Hancock’s friend, and colleague, sculptor Paul Manship. Manship is best known for his towering golden Prometheus in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.  Manship called Hancock, “The last American Master Craftsman in Sculpture.  [He is] equally at home in every branch of the art from medals to monuments.”

On Friday evening (9/26) the Cape Ann Museum will host a Conversation With Deanie Hancock French, Walker Hancock’s daughter, and Jonathan Fairbanks, Director of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton. This event is free to Cape Ann Museum members with a $10 charge for non-members.

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On Saturday (9/27) from 10:30 AM until 2:30 PM, the Cape Ann Museum will conduct private tours of the Hancock exhibit.  Space on the tour is limited to 25 persons and is on a first-come first-served basis.

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On Saturday afternoon (9/27) at 2:30 PM, the Cape Ann Community Cinema, in downtown Gloucester, will show the film Monuments Men with George Clooney, Matt Damon and John Goodman. Hancock was one of the first to be called to join the now famous Monuments Men. As one of the Monuments Men, Hancock was a key player in the rescue of works of art and priceless relics (including the coffin of Frederick the Great), from the mines at Bernterode in Southern Germany. The mines were packed with an enormous cache of dynamite. The Monuments Men arrived just in time to stop their destruction by order of the Nazis. This event and others during the weekend are part of the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails weekend and are free to the public.

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On Saturday evening (9/27) at Gloucester City Hall at 7PM there will be a special event featuring –ROBERT EDSEL– the author of the book Monuments Men- on which the film was based – will talk about the book and the great importance of the work these men and women did to preserve many of the priceless art treasures we have today. Mr. Edsel is founder of the Monuments Men Foundation, created to “raise public awareness of the importance of protecting and safeguarding civilization’s most important artistic and cultural treasures from armed conflict.”  A “Meet and Greet” and book signing by Mr. Edsel will follow the talk.  This event is free to the public with donations accepted to defray costs.

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On Sunday (9/28) at 1PM, the Cape Ann Community Cinema will have another showing of Monuments Men

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On Sunday (9/28) at 3PM in Gloucester City Hall there will be a panel discussion featuring friends and neighbors of Hancock’s in Lanesville, The panel will be moderated by local artist and former Cable TV host, Sinikka Nogelo.  Panelists will share memories of Hancock as friend and neighbor.  Among the panelists will be Hancock’s daughter, Deanie Hancock French and Gloria Parsons, Hancock’s long time cook.  The audience will also be invited to contribute their memories. © Matthew Green photo

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Segments of the weekend’s events will be filmed in order to preserve memories of Hancock’s life and work for the future.

Sponsored by:      the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, its Partners and Friends

GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14

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GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14

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Topics Include: Peter and Vickie Van Ness, www.gimmesound.com ,Seafood Throwdown at The Farmer’s Market, Mercedes Flavin vs Rosalie From Rosalie’s, Niaz Dorry, NAMA, Fisherman’s Wives, Robin Williams, Everybody’s Life Is Hard For Them, Celebrate Gloucester Series, Cape Ann Marina Waterfront Pavillion, Kudos To Tobin Dominick and Joe Liacono, Gloucester UU, Top 4-10 Must Do Things In Gloucester, John Sebastian, Block Party This Weekend, Kudos To The Current Block Party Committee, Henry Smith, Schooner Festival, Maritime Gloucester, Tracy Arabian, Props To Tom Ellis and Harold Blackburn, Sea Shanty Crazies, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann Whale Watch, Seven Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester Restaurants, The Atlantis for Breakfast, Duckworth Bistro, Passports, The Studio, GMG Mug Up Saturday This Week, EJ LeFavour, Lady Jillian Harbor Shuttle, The Other Cape, Peter Paul and Mary, Shout Out To Aurelia Nelson from 104.9, Curtain Up with Aurelia Nelson, Cape Ann TV, Being a Perfectionist With Online Media vs Creating Content Naturally, Realism vs Perfectionism, Putting The Content Before Advertising, GMG On Facebook, The Need To Respond To People’s Requests, An Idea For The Holistic People, Cape Ann SUP, Cape Ann Harbor Tours, All the Ways To Get Out On Gloucester Harbor.

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You have to come see these works: Illuminating the world’s largest collection of America’s master luminist Fitz Henry Lane

Click for video with Cape Ann Museum Director Ronda Faloon-

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Cat Ryan writes-

RE-OPENING THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM with Director RONDA FALOON

Part 2 of 3: illuminating the world’s largest collection of America’s master luminist Fitz Henry Lane

 

 

In part 2 of touring the Cape Ann Museum, Director Ronda Faloon shares some of the NEW as we follow along with her. GET READY TO SEE THINGS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.

The Cape Ann Museum’s focus on art and artists is everywhere.

The dramatically redesigned welcome area and exhibition galleries enhance access and connections. There are new windows bringing the outside in. New amenities (welcome desk! coat room! lockers! bathroom!) on the ground floor orient and encourage us to get ready to take a breath, stop and look.

Hundreds of legacy pottery shards with transferred text from the museum’s archives are tucked along four new walls in Diane KW’s new installation, At World’s End- The Story of a Shipwreck.

When the Cape Ann Museum re-opens in August, the world’s largest repository of Gloucester’s very own Fitz Henry Lane collection will be 10x brighter thanks to new installation and lighting design. There’s more to Lane still to be revealed. Thanks to higher resolution images and powerful new media, the museum is producing a state of the art catalogue raissone and research tool, The Complete Works of Fitz Henry Lane, that will glow with close ups, archives, artifacts and stories. Nothing though can take the place of standing close and viewing these beauties in person. As Joey insists, “You have to come see these!”

It’s a GMG mission to make sure everyone understands how amazing this museum is and how fortunate it’s here in Gloucester.

SAVE THE DATES

August 16 – Cape Ann Museum Reopening Gala

August 19- Museum reopens to the public

August 20 – Director’s Tour

August 21 – Members’ Reception

August 27 – Curator’s Tour

 

Cape Ann Museum website: www.capeannmuseum.org

 

More on Diane Chen http://www.dianekw.com/ and here Cape Ann Ceramics Festival’s 2nd ambitious promotion of the medium is coming up August 7 –September 1 www.capeannceramicsfestival.org

Part 1 Director of the Cape Ann Museum, Ronda Faloon, digs deep and shares what we need to know about its dazzling transformation, maps it out and starts us at the enticing ground floor

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Cat Ryan writes-

With a world class collection and legacy, its ongoing support of contemporary arts, and robust exhibition schedule the Cape Ann Museum has no problem keeping the experience of art alive and present, and compelling.

It’s where you can come experience something that is not part of everyday life.

Ronda Faloon, Director of the Cape Ann Museum, discusses the museum’s transformation over the past 10 months and gives GMG exclusive access leading up to the grand re-opening. Getting there required long hours and difficult conditions, a 5 million dollar capital campaign and a ten month closure.  This stellar collection is shown in even better conditions.

There will be a week of celebratory and special events beginning with the kick-off gala of August 16, 2014, and open to the public Tuesday August 19th. Visit www.capeannmuseum.org for all the details, and sign up for progress updates.

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GloucesterCast With Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/13/14

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Topics Include: Gloucester, Massachusetts, Kim Smith Designs, Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co, Gloucester HarborWalk Cleanup, Catherine Ryan, Beth Chiancola, Susan Kelly, Jessie Carini, Earth Day April 22, Gloucester Strong With Art Haven and The Hive, The Hive Screen Printing, Killer Gloucester Strong Logo, Cape Ann Trail Stewards, Send In Your Earth Day Community Activity Information So We Can Post Them, Patti Amaral, Kim Smith’s Photos Featured In Sunday Boston Globe, Samson GoMic vs The Mutumbo Mic, Portable Podcasting Equipment, Cape Ann Media Group, Carry In Carry Out vs Trash Cans On The Beach, Proper Way To Send A Press Release, Tina Ketchopolos, GMG PR Person Of The Year, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Alison The Owner Of Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co Is Going With Dreadlocks, The Origin Of FOB, “American Blogger Documentary” A Spoof or Not?,  Frances Bouchie Asks Does Anyone Do Gloucester Geneology, Cape Ann Museum, Ann Kennedy, Call In Question, Google Hangouts Just Too Wonky, Planning The Podcasts, Washington St Sidewalks Looking Good, Email Subscription Service Is Broken, Webmasters Need To Understand Just How Many People Do Not Know How To Use A Search Engine To Find A Website Even If They Know The Name Of The Web Page, People Not Understanding How To Find And Bookmark The Blog, Please Explain To People That Aren’t Getting Their Email Subscription To The Blog That They Can Go Directly at www.goodmorninggloucester.com , Katrina’s, The Rudder, The Studio Opening Date!, Madfish,Gloucester MA, 01930

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Kim Smith Is A Regular Contributor On Good Morning Gloucester Here is Her Profile:

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester’s Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor.
Author/illustrator “Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden”

Turner, Monet, Whistler, Dow…Lane? Wall Street Journal focus on Fitz Henry Lane

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Hi Joey

Turner, Monet, Whistler, Dow…Lane?

Check out John Wilmerding’s review of Fitz Henry Lane’s half-dozen foggy views such as Ship Starlight in the Fog (c.1860) which is in the collection of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH.

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For more hazy light and atmosphere, rivers and tides, and artists born in MA: the WSJ  has covered the James Abbott McNeill Whistler biography by Sutherland

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and current Whistler exhibitions which you can check out if you hustle. An American in London: Whistler and the Thames at Addison Gallery of American Art is closing April 13, 2014. Go!

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No deadlines:

Make time to visit Ipswich and seek out work by Arthur Wesley Dow.

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And when it re-opens, Cape Ann Museum for all things Lane.

GloucesterCast With Guest Linn Parisi From Discover Gloucester and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/24/14

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GloucesterCast With Guest Linn Parisi From Discover Gloucester and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/24/14

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Topics Include: Discover Gloucester, Social Media and Wholesale Travel, Travel Trade Shows, Gloucester Land Transportation Opportunities, Newport Rhode Island Bus Transfer Station, Tourism Complementing The Fishing Industry and Vice Verse, Steve Douglass Water Taxi- A Great Take,  King Eider, Bev, The Studio, Downtown Parking, The Amount Of People Who Thought That Rogers Street Was Gloucester’s Main Street, Lighting The Side Streets To Main Street, Life Is Good, Toodeloos, Hours On Main Street, Seafood Trail, Mass Office Of Travel and Tourism, Farm To Table…Really? , North Of Boston Tourism Bureau, Linn Uses Google, Nothing Like Fresh Fish, Cape Ann Museum Closed Through Mid August, Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide, Waterfronts In Newport Vs Gloucester, Oldest Working Fishing Port, Death Row Sub- Destinos Bomb With Pickles and Tomatoes, Seaport Grille Beet Salad,   Seaport Grille Desserts, Chococoa, Newburyport Farmer’s Market, Gloucester’s Restaurant Community, St Joseph’s and St Patrick’s Day, St Joseph’s Pasta, linn@seaportgloucester.org

Howard Liberman FSA OWI Gloucester Photos

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CROSS-COUNTRY CHRONICLE

Gloucester, MA in landmark FSA/OWI documentary photographs

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American Photographer HOWARD LIBERMAN

150 FSA/OWI photos in Gloucester, MA, September 1942

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Hey, Joey,

Here is Part 3 in a series about Gloucester photographs in the legendary Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information (FSA/OWI) collection within the Library of Congress.

You can go back to Part 1 about artist Gordon Parks, and for some background about the program (1935-42).

Part 2 is about photographer Arthur Rothstein with a timeline and quick facts.

In 1942, the Farm Security Administration Historic Photographic section program was winding down as it transitioned and prioritized for WWII. It was temporarily folded into the Office of War Information before shutting down completely. (Gordon Parks was brought on board during this transition.) Director Roy Stryker was occupied with many directives including securing a safe haven for the FSA archives. He was also maintaining a network of contacts in the publishing world and private sectors, and writing. He contributed a chapter for Caroline Ware’s influential book, The Cultural Approach to History. There was magazine work such as the 1942 issue of The Complete Photographer which published articles by both Arthur Rothstein (“Direction in the Picture Story”) and Roy Stryker (“Documentary Photography”.)

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Rothstein had already left the FSA. In 1940, Peter E. Smith Publishers, Gloucester, MA, produced his photo book, Depression Years as Photographed by Arthur Rothstein. This compilation of photographs included the best known Gloucester image from his 1937 visit; was it one of the publisher’s, too.

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In 1941, Elmer Davis was appointed as the Director of the newly created Office of War Information (OWI). In 1942, Davis hired Francis Edwin Brennan from FORTUNE magazine to head the Graphics Department of the OWI.

As Art Director of Fortune (1938-1942), Brennan commissioned famous covers by artists such as Otto Hagel and Fernand Leger. He was known in the industry as a serious art and publishing expert and was a favorite of Henry Luce.

It’s likely that Brennan was one contact for Howard Liberman’s engagement at OWI. In August of 1941 Brennan featured a FORTUNE magazine special portfolio of sample posters to showcase the development and potential of this media. Howard Liberman was one of the artists he commissioned; here’s his contribution for that issue:

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And here is a poster Liberman created for the OWI.

1943 --- United We Win Poster by Howard Liberman --- Image by © CORBIS

Liberman worked with color photography, too, which is a sub-collection at the Library of Congress, less known than the black and white. Color photography was available, but more expensive to process and for media publishers to print.

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Howard Liberman was dispatched to Gloucester in September of 1942. His photographs show a clear emphasis on WWII dominant coverage, sometimes with an FSA take.  The titles on Liberman’s OWI photos often lead with a heading. For Gloucester, many images have caption leads that begin with the patriotic category: VICTORY FOOD FROM AMERICAN WATERS.

In Gloucester, Howard Liberman spent a time on the docks and out with the crew of the OLD GLORY.

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His captions seldom include surnames of the portrait subjects. They do have lengthy– sometimes general, sometimes quite specific– descriptions to support the category heading.

There are action and portrait shots of the crew catching rosefish during an Old Glory voyage.

“Victory food from American waters. At the docks in Gloucester, Massachusetts, crew members prepare their trawler for a week’s voyage. Most of the fishermen in the city come from a line of fishermen that dates back for centuries.”

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“Victory food from American waters. Immediately after being caught rosefish are shoveled into the hold for packing the ice. Once called “goldfish” because of their brilliant color, the fish are finding a ready market because of their manifold uses–as food for humans, as fish meal and fish oil.”

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“Crew members throw overboard excess ice from Old Glory’s hold. Fishmen allow a proportion of one ton of ice to three tons of fish. When the catch is unusually large as on this trip, some ice is removed to make room for the fish.”

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“Victory food from American waters. Decks are covered with tons of rosefish as the Old Glory reaches its capacity load. After two and one half days of fishing, a catch of 85,000 pounds has been hauled in”

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“Tomorrow’s fishermen–young Gloucester boys push wagons of rosefish from the unloading pier to the processing plant where the fish are filleted and frozen…Many of the boys will follow their forefathers and fishermen in New England waters”

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Look for ‘scenes’ such as Captain John Ribiera (surname spelled a couple of ways in the archive) at work and with his wife at home. 1942 census indicates “Oscar (Irene) fishermn Riberio” at 18 Perkins Street.

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Note the picture of “the Pilot at the Wheel” above the stove

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Another reminder to look for exhibits to see vintage prints in person, rather than the low resolution files I’m showing here. Various resolution options are available at the Library of Congress. Besides the formal details, check out the Captain’s eyes!

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Binnacle blinded.

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The “Mother of Good Voyages” statue in Captain John Riberia’s quarters on the fishing trawler “Old Glory”

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There are a couple of Gloucester interiors (deteriorated negatives) of the Gloucester Mariners’ Association; they infer “captains welcome only.” One shows a gentleman playing cribbage; another shows Captain Ben Pine, the man who raced the schooner Gertrud Thebud.

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Joey, beautiful dangerous industry: shoveling fish into the rotary scaler at a fish packing plant.

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For assignments in other towns, typical headings for Liberman categories include:

Americans All; Subcontracting; School Boys in Training; Industrial Safety; Office Equipment Used by WPB; Women at War; Fuel Oil Consumption; Women Workers (see below making flags); Airports (ditto other industries); Military (e.g. Fort Belvoir); African American Aircraft Propeller Workers (ditto other jobs); Shipyard Workers; Bomber Plant Workers; Price Control; Production; Submarine Chasers; and Conversions (from this to look here it is now was a useful WWII product)

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There are more than 50 additional Gloucester photos in the Library of Congress collection, and one Royden Dixon image from 1940. 

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We are fortunate that so many talented artists worked on the FSA/OWI project, that a few visited Gloucester, and that so many folks across the county were willing to participate as subjects (easier during the War)

The municipal employees and the curators and staff who have worked on these collections (over decades) are superstars. Beverly Brannan is the curator of 20th C documentary photography at the Library of Congress.

For the FSA/OWI program, Director Roy Stryker proselytized that photography was perhaps the best tool for analyzing living history. He felt that photography as a fine art form and its gains in technical ease and advances coincided ideally with the timing of the FSA/OWI historical photographic section. He forecast rapid and constant increase in photography use and adapters. He was inspired by individual and private pioneering antecedents (Brady/Civil War, Hines/Russell Sage), and public ones such as the documentary photographs by William Jackson for the Department of the Interior.

Sometimes I think of Stryker’s Section work along a continuum of government spending on exploration that produced great contemporaneous historical records. The journals of Lewis & Clark. The work created by artists who participated in the NASA Art Program. These FSA photographs.

Stryker realized that there were collections of photography building up in municipalities big and small; how they were catalogued and assessed were critical to their use.  Here in Gloucester, the Cape Ann Museum maintains a Historic Photo Collection containing over 100,000 images from 1840s through now. Photography is included among its permanent and temporary exhibits and what’s not on view can be researched at their archives.

GLOUCESTER PHOTOGRAPHY PRE, DURING AND POST FSA/OWI

There were many independent artists as well as staff photographers (local newspapers, businesses such as Gorton’s, etc.) working in photography here in Gloucester. Every decade has wonderful examples such as Herbert Turner, Alice Curtis (and other photographers that Fred Bodin features), and David Cox’s father, Frank L. Cox.

There were numerous visits from staff photographers of major publications like Life, Vogue, National Geographic, and more. Gordon Parks came back at least two more times; a few other celebrated staff photographers that came through include Luis Marden, Eliot Elisofon, Yale Joel, Co Rentmeester and Arthur Schatz.

No- photographic artists who also worked in photography is another long list, and would include Leonard Craske, Emil Gruppe, Philip Reisman, and many others.

Good Morning Gloucester features photography, that’s for sure.

-Catherine Ryan / all photos Library of Congress, FSA/OWI black and white photography collection

It’s easy being green: architectural character downtown Gloucester

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19th, 20th and 21st Century green in the mix

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From the distinguished Cape Ann Museum’s fresh coat of paint and ongoing preservation

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To many weathered, copper-clad architectural details like these rare repeat oriel windows

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Elegant oriels along Parsons’ pedestrian street, too, though no pressed metal. But look up for the green tiled roof!

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Creating a nice umbra mix alongside the newish-ish green exterior for the Jeff Weaver/Restoration Works, 16 Rogers Street –  the newcomer (former Old Timers/Catch 22/Fiesta Pub) joins the green in Gloucester. Check out its distinct porthole window on the door.

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Then and then: 16 Rogers before photos (green middle elements against textured and well acclimated exterior).

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If you’re cleaning out your old Gloucester house or the one you grew up in..

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If you’re cleaning out your old Gloucester house or the one you grew up in..

Be sure to give the Cape Ann Museum a call.
When I cleaned out my dad’s basement in East Gloucester this summer, I
came across tons of Gloucester memorabilia from the 1960’s, 70’s and
80’s.
..old programs from the Cape Ann Symphony when it used to play at the
Fuller School…
…theater programs from the Gloucester Stage Company when it staged
its plays at the BlackburnTavern…
…GHS graduation programs…
…Gloucester postcards from the 1950’s…
…announcements from the Rockport Art Association containing min bios
of members from the 1940’s…
All sorts of stuff, valuable and not, ephemeral and permanent, that
captured eras of not-recent Gloucester history.
Anyhow, I stuffed all of the paper and books and Gloucester
knickknacks into a box, and the archivist from the museum came over to
pick through it. She took a lot  for the museum archives, sent a deed
of gift later in the mail, and mentioned that she wished more
Gloucester residents would call the museum come time to clean  out
their parent’s homes.

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Harbortown Cultural District Update From Cat Ryan

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Harbortown Cultural District will be included in an upcoming AAA publication featuring 10 cultural districts! Also look for some breaking tech news. Our Harbortown cultural district joined forces with the 3 other Cape Ann Cultural Districts (Harbortown, Rocky Neck, Rockport and Essex) to apply for a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant to help us towards some exciting shared marketing. We found out that YES we were awarded a grant, and are looking forward to creating a new mobile APP.

We’re also crossing our fingers this week, waiting to see if an amendment to the state’s supplemental budget happens or not. The MCC is asking for an amendment that will include $500,000 to market the state’s cultural districts through advertising on commuter rail lines, the subway and on busses in the Boston area.

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GMG contributor and the ever affable Main Street proprietor Fred Bodin is one of our many talented founding partners. During our August event at the Cape Ann Museum, he multi-tasked. The good photos from the event are his! Visit http://www.gloucesterharbortown.org

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Cape Ann Museum Director, Ronda Faloon, outlined the museum’s impressive next steps and guided us on a mini tour. Cape Ann TV –also a founding partner—was filming.  The Fresnel lens is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see it in its new location when the museum re-opens. Look at the scale of this thing (see photo with Bob Whitmarsh, Co-Chair, to get an idea of size—)!

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We followed up with a discussion of our district goals led by Bex Borden.

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We are so grateful to Cape Ann Museum for hosting and the lovely appetizer spread and beverages. They also set up and readied for our visit and meeting. Harbortown founding partner, Lise Breen, and other members also helped set and clean up for this double billing. What a spot to have it. Check out the large Gordon Goetemann oil on canvas From a High Place Nice!

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More party photos

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Harbortown Cultural District next big event Tues August 27th, 6PM at the Cape Ann Museum

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Don’t forget

CAPE ANN MUSEUM * IS THE NEXT BIG HARBORTOWN CULTURAL DISTRICT EVENT

Date:   August 27, 2013

Time: 6PM

Please RSVP for the head count party prep

Let’s support our GHCD partner! The Cape Ann Museum, a Harbortown founding partner, has generously offered an exclusive after hours treat.

Come wander the hallways, rooms, expansive permanent collection and not one, but TWO well-thought and expertly curated, rotating exhibits, all the while sipping a beverage and enjoying your fellow GHCD cohorts. Museum Director Ronda Faloon will lead a tour of the Museum’ s renovation plans, with the most up to date and exciting reveal and news. Let’s put it this way…their campaign is inspiring! Take your own mental “before” snapshots and be ready for the Museum’s “after” plans:  aiming for an even better visual, intellectual and cultural classic for downtownGloucester.

Along with socializing, having a bit of wine, cheese and fruit (compliments of the Museum), we’ll also mesh this event seamlessly with a partners meeting. We’ll do some GHCD business while we’re hobnobbing and doing business!

Questions, please contact

Judith Hoglander, Co-Chair, judith@nii.net

Bob Whitmarsh, Co-Chair, since2013@comcast.net

Visit www.gloucesterharbortown.org      general email: harbortowninfo@gmail.com

*Gloucester Harbortown Cultural District founding partner institution

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