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jeremy-adams-cape-ann-museum-copyright-kim-smithJeremy Adams at Friday night’s lovely gala opening event at the Cape Ann Museum

The outstanding exhibit of Jeremy Adams instruments and furniture is not to be missed. To accompany the exhibit Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker, the Cape Ann Museum is offering a series of mini concerts and instrument demonstration. The series runs as follows:

Saturday, November 5 at 11:00a.m.  – Kevin Birch

Birch has performed throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa with previous studies at the Sweelinck Conservatory (Amsterdam) and the New England Conservatory (Boston).


Saturday, December 3 at 11:00a.m.  – Jeremy and Kathleen Adams

Kathleen Adams is the organist and choirmaster at the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester, MA. She studied singing at the American Conservatory of Music and organ and conducting at Harvard University. Jeremy Adams, one of the most gifted musical instrument makers in New England, studied at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.


Saturday, January 7 at 11:00a.m.  – Frances Conover Fitch

Fitch is an internationally touring harpsichordist and organist. She is currently on the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, Tufts University and Brandeis University.


Saturday, February 4 at 11:00a.m.  – Carolyn Day Skelton and John Skelton

Carolyn Day Skelton has served as the summer organist at Emmanuel Church in Manchester-by-the-Sea since 1984 and received her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. John Skelton also began his career at the New England Conservatory and has served as music director at the Maple Street Church in Danvers for 28 years.

jeremy-adams-kristina-martin-cape-ann-museum-copyright-kim-smithKristina Martin and Jeremy

This program is free for CAM members or with Museum admission paid upon arrival. Space is limited; reservations required. Reservations can be made by calling 978-283-0455 x10, emailinginfo@capeannmuseum.org or online at Eventbrite.


jeremy-adams-harpsichords-copyright-kim-smith-copyOpening tomorrow at the Cape Ann Museum, “Voicing the Woods” is a very special exhibition of some of the exquisite instruments created by Jeremy Adams. The exhibit is accompanied by Paul Cary Goldberg photographs of the instruments and of the artist at work .

detail-jeremy-adams-harpischord-copyright-kim-smithDetail Jeremy Adams Double Manual Harpsichord, Collection of Sam and JL Foster

A world renowned instrument maker, Jeremy Adams is a Gloucester artist whose extraordinarily beautiful instruments will be treasured for generations to come. To see these works of art displayed in the light filled gallery of the museum’s top floor is a magnificent gift to the community, and one not to missed. Additionally, a selection of Jeremy’s witty and whimsical furniture is displayed in the Museum’s 1804 Captain Elias Davis House.bent-side-form-jeremy-adams-copyright-kim-smith

Jeremy Adams Bent-side Form, used to bend wood that has been steamed to create the curved side of the harpsichord. The process of steaming wood for the planks is similar to the technique used in boat building.

“Voicing the Woods” opens tomorrow, Saturday, October 22nd, at the Cape Ann Museum. Throughout the months of November, December, and January instrument demonstrations and concerts will be held at the Museum and at the Annisquam Village Church. See the schedule of events here.

To see more examples of Jeremy’s beautiful pieces, visit the Jeremy Adams Instruments website here. dscf9910

About Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker, from the Cape Ann Museum exhibit catalogue:

A keyboard player from early childhood, Jeremy Adams took his formal training with Roland Sturgis, Gregory Tucker and Melville Smith at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. In the 1960s, an auspicious time for early music enthusiasts, Adams entered into a six-year apprenticeship at William Dowd’s Cambridge harpsichord shop, where he gained recognition for his skills as a musician and quickly developed his hand as a fine woodworker. (Dowd had established his workshop in the 1950s with harpsichord maker Frank Hubbard, engaging with the international movement to revive historic practices of performance and instrument building.) In the two years following his harpsichord apprenticeship, Adams honed his skills in reed voicing and tonal finishing in an organ building apprenticeship at the Gloucester workshop of Charles Fisk, working on signature instruments at Old West Methodist in Boston and Harvard University, among others. In 1969 Adams opened his own workshop on the North Shore.

Read more here.annisquamAnnisquam Village Church Jeremy Adams Pipe Organ

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east-gloucester-quilt-juni-van-dyke-1-copyright-kim-smithThe East Gloucester neighborhood quilt is so beautiful it will tug at your heart strings, especially if it is your neighborhood, as it is ours. So sweetly capturing the spirit of our neighborhood, the quilt is simply a masterpiece of fun and whimsy. Monday’s unveiling at the Rose Baker center was attended by the quilters, friends, and family and we all just reveled in the beauty of the piece. JUNI VAN DYKE, YOU ARE A GIFT TO THIS COMMUNITY!
The East Gloucester Quilt will be on display at both the Rocky Neck Art Association and the Cape Ann Museum. Check back as we will be posting the dates as soon as we know.east-gloucester-quilt-juni-van-dyke-joy-halsted-1-copyright-kim-smith-copy
Juni and Joy Halsted – the center panel with the woman in the red bathing suit was created by Joy Halsted (and is rumored that it is she). 
A note about the project: “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods” was conceived by Juni Van Dyke and executed by she and her group of fiber artists. Each fabric panel measures approximately five-foot square and illustrates through iconic imagery characteristics unique to Gloucester neighborhoods. The banner’s design in it’s entirety, along with the individual artist’s whimsical designs and choice of fabrics, is utterly captivating and a vibrant visual feast. “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods” quilts has its permanent home at the Cape Ann Museum. 
East Gloucester Quiltmakers 
Many thanks to Juni for providing the list of quiltmakers
Barbara Jobe               sailboat
Mary Weissblum           bicycle
Ed Hanson                   House in top left corner near Cripple Cove and large Crane
Christina Rhodes          Cripple Cove playground
Judy McGee                 Help with stitching
Lois Stillman                 several trees — also beautiful bucolic scene with small crane
Barbara Maddix             butterflies and bluejay
Genevieve McNamara    condo apartments next to North Shore Arts
Mary McCarl                 Red Cottage Artists (John Sloane & friends)
Joy Halsted                  Lady sitting on beach (centerpiece!)
Lois Dench                   Basket of Flowers
Katherine Keith             North Shore Arts Association & water view
Amanda  Cook              Writers Center
Ron Pool                      Sailboat
Jenny Parisi                  Several Fish
Ida Spinola                   Several Fish
Maggie Rosa                 Beacon Marine
Judy Menicocci              Gloucester Stage Company
Kay Carpenter               Last Stop Variety Store
Connie Troisi                 Several flowers
Emily Soule                   Several flowers
Susan Wright                Golfers
Juni VanDyke                Boats along the top of quilt
 Amanda Cook’s Writer’s Center
Click the gallery below to see closeups of the beautiful imagery


Architect Eleanor Raymond: A Pioneer in the Field

The life and accomplishments of Eleanor Raymond (1887–1989), a pioneering woman in the field of architecture during the mid-20th century, will be the subject of a talk presented by documentary filmmaker Lyda Kuth. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Art and Landscape Architecture for Women, Eleanor Raymond was a noted innovator partnering with solar energy researcher Dr. Maria Telkes to design one of the first successful solar-heated buildings in the Northeast. On Cape Ann, Raymond designed homes for artist Natalie Hays Hammond, anthropologist Carlton S. Coon and a summer cottage for herself overlooking Gloucester’s outer harbor. Lyda Kuth is an independent filmmaker and Executive Director of the LEF Foundation, which supports New England independent documentary filmmakers. She has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with the prestigious Commonwealth Award and honored by Women in Film and Video New England with an Image Award.

Member cost is $10 per lecture / $25 for the series; Non-member cost is $15 per lecture / $40 for the series. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets or for more information please call (978)283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org.

Tickets can also be ordered online at Eventbrite.



Last Insights On Site art show for the season at White Ellery House: Leslie Lyman and Karen Battles installation October 1

Meredith Anderson from the Cape Ann Museum reminds us that “the one day exhibits at the White-Ellery House are not only a place to see some interesting local  contemporary art in a historical context…They are also a great chance open house for people who’ve never been to experience this remarkable 17th century home.”

Cape Ann Museum printed matter about the Leslie Lyman and Karen Battles Insights On Site one-day-only exhibit on October 1.


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Super special offers September 24 Holland America Cruise Ship and Trails&Sails

How exciting that  Holland America  and Trails and Sails are coming to Gloucester and Cape Ann this weekend! There are many special offers and events to help welcome visitors. This will be the second of three big cruise ships coming into port this month to Cruiseport Gloucester. It won’t leave Gloucester harbor till 11PM.  Last time I expected sight seeing, museum visits and shopping as reasons passengers disembarked. They did that. If you go by the clicker counter, 844 (give or take another hundred), plus 650 who pre-booked excursions, came ashore.


photo caption: Elizabeth Carey Discover Gloucester greeted and clicked. Peter Webber Cape Ann Chamber photograph.

I was surprised by how many passengers from a seemingly all inclusive cruise opted to take a whale watch trip and dine out. They did that, too. I’ll report back fun facts, but today I wanted to post about the special offers and events.

Working TOGETHER to welcome everyone is a beautiful thing. Thanks to the organizers (with a big shout out to Jeanne Hennessey, Joe Ciolino, Kathie Gilson, Peter Webber, Lorre Anderson, Bob Ryan and Elizabeth Carey):





photo caption: Bob Ryan/CATA, Jeanne Hennessey, Paul Talbot at Cruiseport planning out logistics for Saturday September 24, 2016

CATA created a special map for continuous downtown trolley loops (“frequency is key”) and to Rocky Neck and Rockport. The special pass covers their bus routes. What an incredible deal! They are extending operations until 10PM.  A new addition: Beauport Ambulance Services will be offering a shuttle bus for an Essex/Manchester/Cruiseport route. Kathie Gilson prepared and made hundreds of copies of a lobster roll list (a big common request), special events, and the Gimme Sound music schedule. Kudos to the volunteers, organizations and businesses for their hard work and creativity.

And now for Gloucester downtown Special events and offers. You can click logos to follow links.

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Mel Brooks, Terry Gross, Elaine Pagels, Wynton Marsalis, Jack Whitten and 20 others to receive highest NEA and NEH National Medals Sept 22. New Smithsonian National Museum of American History opens Sept 24!

24 NEA National Medal of Arts and  NEH National Humanities Medals will be awarded to artists from our country in a special ceremony on September 22, 2016. NEA and NEH “serve different constituents”. Right. Anyhow, celebrating 24 exciting nominees rather than 12 is great! The event will be live streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live. Both agencies are celebrating their 50th anniversary and request and receive nearly identical budgets, ie. 146 million FY2015.

Two days after the medal ceremony, the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture,  will open and I’m told it’s a hot ticket.

NEH National Medal (awarding since 1996) recipients

Rudolfo Anaya (author), Jose Andres (chef), Ron Chernow (author), Louise Gluck (poet), Terry Gross (radio host), Wynton Marsalis (composer/musician- he received an NEA one in 2005), James McBride (author), Louis Menand (author), Elaine Pagels (historian), Prison University Project (San Quentin),  Abraham Verghese (Physician/author), Isabel Wilkerson (journalist)

There are past NEH recipients with Massachusetts ties. A direct Gloucester match includes Hilton Kramer (2004 NEH). I bet Israel Horovitz and Deborah Cramer will be announced one year soon!  Louis Menand to be honored next week wrote about TS Eliot. Prior years there are Gloucester connections like Monuments Men Foundation (NEH 2007/ Walker Hancock.) A wider North Shore net pulls out big names like John Updike/Ipswich (NEH 2003). From the NEH press release: “Since 1996, when the first National Humanities Medal was given, 175 individuals have been honored, inclusive of this year’s recipients. Thirteen organizations have also received medals. A complete list of previous honorees is available at this link:  http://www.neh.gov/about/awards/national-humanities-medals” 

Rudolfo Anaya’s novel Bless Me, Ultima, is a part of the NEA Big Read, grants awarded mostly for one town events with a book that’s pre-selected. Our local  Cape Ann Reads effort will target 4 communities and as Deborah French, Director TOHP Burnham Library comments, “ WE will create one book to be read by four communities!”

NEA National Medal (awarding since 1984) recipients

Mel Brooks (cinema/broadway/tv), Sandra Cisneros (author), Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Morgan Freeman (actor), Phillip Glass (composer), Berry Gordy (music producer/Motown), Santiago Jimenez Jr (musician), Moises Kaufman (theater), Ralph Lemon (dance), Audra McDonald (singer/actor), Luis Valdez (playwright/film/tv), and Jack Whitten (painter)

Any U.S. citizen or group who, in the President’s judgment, “…are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.” [U.S.C. Sec. 955b (b) (1)] Have you submitted a nomination? You can- here’s how. And here’s a link to a list of the prior NEA National Medal recipients.



Post storm Hermine: see the sea of seaweed and mosses on Long Beach

During the last days of summer, the sands at Long Beach shift to form a ledge that we affectionately call the ‘August shelf’. The slant is a challenge walking or running and a ramp or jumping platform if the tide is right.  Children engage in all manner of parapet building and collapsing. The ocean remains warm and the waves can seem bigger. These marks –annual gifts from nature– gently nudge us to fall. This year, as a result of tropical storm Hermine, there is a bonus shelf of seaweed brought in by majestic tumultuous waves. Don’t miss a fantastic chance to inspect species common to Gloucester, Cape Ann and the East Coast. Seagulls and clothing pop against a uniform blanket of red.  From a distance, the deep color of the seaweed seems the natural inspiration  for the architectural details of Cape Ann Motor Inn.

Look closely as there are so many species intertwined and clumped together teeming with texture and color! Be inspired to create: the Cape Ann Museum includes volumes of pressed seaweeds and mosses. Learn more: Isabel Natti did the algae plant drawings for The Sea is All About Us, a pioneer book on local marine life and shores by Sara Fraser Robbins and Clarice Yentsch. Visit Maritime Gloucester to learn about life at the shore. Garden: a friend collects some seaweed for her beds. Eat: I haven’t tried making my own seaweed salad but I have eyed Irish moss pudding recipes. Pudding anyone?

Irish Moss pudding:  1 cup (dead, rinsed, cleaned, possibly soaked) moss with a quart of milk in a double boiler for 15 – 30 minutes, strain out the moss. Add sugar to taste, and optional flavoring (citrus, coffee, vanilla, green tea, whatever you like). Pour into mold and refrigerate or blend a health drink. The consistency is thicker relative to time.


a few seaweed examples I teased out from the pile



Nichole’s Picks 9/10 + 9/11

Pick #1:  Ipswich River Wildlife Santuary

Two great events, but act quickly because there are only a few spots left for each!

Map and Compass Treasure Hunt


Join us for a guided map and compass treasure hunt around the sanctuary. Bring your own compass or use one of ours and learn to find north, orient yourself, count paces, and use the map and compass to find your way. After some basics, we’ll hit the trails and use the new skills learned to search for some hidden natural treasures. No experience necessary. This program is a good introduction to orienteering for the whole family.

Instructions and Directions:

Meets in the Nature Center. Please dress for the weather and bring a compass if you have one (we will have some to lend as well.)
Registration is required.

Family Campout: River Camping


Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home, and then come with your family and your tent, and prepare to have fun.

This campout will focus on the Ipswich River. We will start the evening by setting up our tents at the top of the hill, and then head down to the river for an evening canoe trip. We’ll look and listen for otters, beavers, muskrats, and owls. After we return, we’ll cook up s’mores around the fire pit and play games. Then it’s off to bed so we can wake up for an early-morning breakfast (provided). Afterwards, we will paddle downstream to look for turtles, frogs, herons, and creatures that live above and below the water’s surface. Basic canoeing instruction will be provided, along with all equipment.

Instructions and Directions:

The campout begins at 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 10 and ends at 9:00 am on Sunday, September 11. Rain date: Saturday, September 17 to Sunday, September 18. The campout will only be rescheduled in the event of extreme weather. Please note that refunds will not be issued if the campout is rescheduled to the rain date and you are unable to attend. A confirmation with a list of what to bring will be sent.




  • SATURDAY:    NED’s 50th Anniversary Celebration featuring Funny Cars Under the Stars

    8am – 8pm

    Nitro Funny Cars, Nostalgia Funny Cars, Pro Mods, Jet Funny Cars, Pro 7.0, VP Race Fuels ET Series Championship Finale, Iannotti Bros. Select Cars Top Sportsman.

    Spectator $30
    Reserved Seating additional $10

  • SUNDAY:      Outlaw 10.5, NEDX-275, Top Bike, Street Fighter, Iannotti Bros. Select Cars Top Sportsman, & T&T


    Spectator $15


Pick #3:  Second Saturdays at the Cape Ann Museum

Traveling to Cape Ann


Bring the kids! Make a postcard inspired by the Museum’s collection of historic cards written by vacationers telling of their adventures on Cape Ann. The second Saturday of every month is free for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Activity Center to participate in hands-on activities that delve into the art, history and culture of the region. Each Second Saturday focuses on a specific theme based on the Museum’s collection and/or special exhibitions.

Second Saturday Monthly 11am-2pm

Pick #4:  Cape Ann Reads


See the Cape Ann Reads Schedule HERE and learn more!

This Saturday’s Event:  Please register at the link above.

CAPE ANN READS Pirate’s Tea Party in Manchester

When:  Sat, September 10, 11am – 1pm
Where:  Manchester Public Library, 15 Union Street, Manchester, MA (map)
Description:  Ahoy all mateys wishing to attend this fun filled festivity! There will be adventurous activities and refreshments fit for rapscallions.
Co-sponsored, the tea party will be offered on the Manchester Public Library (15 Union St) lawn, activities following at the Manchester Historical Museum (10 Union St).
Please register at kstadt@mvlc.org with Miss Kate, or 978-526-2016.
Cape Ann Reads is a collaboration among the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, Manchester Public Library, Rockport Public Library and TOHP Burnham Library in Essex and regional partners promoting children’s picture books throughout 2016.
Each month there are special free programs. For a complete list of events visit the website or check with your local library. http://www.capeannreads.wix.com

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

special Gloucester offers for 3 ships cruising for fall foliage Sept 9, 24 and 29! See the welcome poster to print and hang for Holland America cruise ship Zuiderdam

Here’s the current list of Gloucester stores, museums, and organizations with special offers for the Zuiderdam passengers coming this Friday September 9th!

Peter Webber and Ken Riehl of the Cape Ann Chamber will be walking down Main Street in Gloucester tomorrow to hand out these festive welcome flyers for Holland America passengers. If you don’t see Peter or Ken, please print them out from the photo and display on doors and windows, or contact them and they can email you a PDF.

Ships arrive Friday September 9, Saturday September 24th–which is also a big Essex Heritage  Trails & Sails day in Gloucester and Cape Ann– and Thursday September 29th as part of fall foliage cruising.

Three Sheets to the Wind will perform from the Cruiseport deck. CATA will be making bus stop locations and selling all day passes for $3. Some passengers remain on ship and 40% have pre-arranged day trips. After processing through security, 1000 remaining passengers or so will be guided to CATA’s special trolley downtown (including one stop at Western Ave and Middle Street for walking over to Stacy Boulevard) and regular routes to Rocky Neck and downtown Rockport. CATA doesn’t loop to Stage Fort. Steve Douglass runs water shuttle service to Rocky Neck. Local taxi and car services have been alerted. Please reach out to Peter@capeannchamber.com for details. Crew come ashore and in the past have numbered in the hundreds.

If you are ever interested in volunteering contact Lorre Anderson at welcomecruisers@gmail.com to sign up for welcome cruisers, the visitor center, and/or the Chamber. Lorre has managed the cruiseship volunteer brigade for the Chamber for years and is fabulous.



10-day fall color route from Holland America

Gloucester’s Downtown Welcomes Holland America Zuiderdam passengers! Enjoy these special offers:

  • DIVA; 161 Main St.: 12% off all purchases. Vintage and curated jewelry


  • Cape Ann Museum; 27 Pleasant St.: $2 discount on our regular admission (currently admission is $10 for adult and $8 for seniors so admission for cruise ships would be $8 and $6 respectively) contemporary exhibits and permanent collection with world class holdings including Marsden Hartley, Fitz Henry Lane, Stuart Davis, Umberto Romano, Paul Manship, John Sloan, Katharine Weems, Viginia Lee Burton, Milton Avery, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and many more.






  • Harbor Loop Gift/ Building Center; 1 Harbor Loop; 10% off all nautical merchandise for the Cruise ship arrivals


  • Kids Unlimited; 123 Main St: Take an additional 10% off all summer & winter clearance, already 50%-80% off



  • The Brass Monkey; 85 Main St.: for a “TASTE OF NEW ENGLAND”.  Sample a wide variety of New England specialty foods and explore our two floors of unique gifts, antiquities, clothing, jewelry and much more.



  • Trident Gallery; 189 Main St.: free exhibition poster ($25 value) to first 50 visitors


  • Weathervane; 153 Main St.: 25% off sweats (excludes Cape Pond Ice)


Please note: Additional specials may be available at other businesses. Passengers are encouraged to ask merchants for details.  City Hall tower tours may be available September 9th and definitely offered on Sept 24th and 29th. 


flashback to 2014 prep

Today’s Wall Street Journal: Stuart Davis and Gloucester – masterpiece art and to this day a fishing port


Bill Agee is an art historian and esteemed professor at Hunter. He completed the acclaimed Davis catalogue raissone (Yale University Press, 1991). His most recent book is Modern Art in America. Here he is on Stuart Davis (1892-1964) and Gloucester in today’s Wall Street Journal.

“Swing Landscape (1938)  is surely one of the greatest paintings of modern American art, a glorious summation of all Davis had been and was still to be. Swing Landscape, one of nine Davis mural projects was commissioned by the WPA. It was intended for the Williamsburg Housing Project in Brooklyn. But for reasons still unclear it was never installed, and in 1942 it was acquired by the Indiana University Art Museum, in Bloomington. Because of its intended location, over the years the mural has been misread as based on views of that bustling borough.

Rather, it depicts the boats, docks, houses and landscape of Gloucester, Mass., to this day a fishing port. Davis had spent summers there since 1915, and the subject was the culmination of a favorite motif that had appeared frequently in his art since at least 1924. Davis could be contrarian–for example suggesting a painting was about one thing when it was really about something else–and  here he turns these picturesque vistas, the subject of so much tourist art, into a serious, complex and ambitious mural. “

I wish this Agee excerpt was published prior to the September 25th closing of the Whitney Museum show, Stuart Davis in Full Swing. Back in June, WSJ published a couple of reviews including one by Karen Wilkin.

From the Whitney exhibit:

Using sketches he made of the waterfront in Gloucester, Massachusetts, he transformed masts, rigging, lobster traps, ladders, and striped poles into a vocabulary of overlapping, brightly colored shapes, all of equal intensity. To Davis, the result portrayed the “new materials, new spaces, new speeds, new time relations, new lights, and new colors” of modern America.

James Wechsler describes Davis subjects as triple distilled.


Recent William Agee book


I am super excited to share that my friend Lyda Kuth will be giving a presentation on architect Eleanor Raymond as part of the lecture series for the Cape Ann Museum’s Design/Build summer exhibit. You may have met Lyda when she gave a screening of her beautiful film Love and Other Anxieties at the Cape Ann Cinema. The lecture will be held on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. I am sure it is going to be a fantastic talk!

About Eleanor Raymond: Eleanor Raymond (1887-1989) was a pioneering woman in the field of architecture during the mid-20th century. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Art and Landscape Architecture for Women, Eleanor Raymond was a noted innovator partnering with solar energy researcher Dr. Mária Telkes to design one of the first successful solar-heated buildings in the Northeast. On Cape Ann, Raymond designed homes for artist Natalie Hays Hammond, anthropologist Carlton S. Coon and a summer cottage for herself overlooking Gloucester’s outer harbor.

About Lyda: She is an independent filmmaker and Executive Director of the LEF Foundation, which supports New England independent documentary filmmakers. She has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with the prestigious Commonwealth Award and honored by Women in Film and Video New England with an Image Award.

kt5b69q3pk_fig018Home designed by Eleanor Raymond, Belmont, Massachusetts, in 1931, seven years before the Gropius House in Lincoln, which was built in 1938.


Eleanor Raymond and Dr. Mária Telkes

Manchester-by-the-Sea Architecture Walking Tour

Explore history outside.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an architectural walking tour through historic Manchester-by-the-Sea in conjunction with its exhibition Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects on view at the Cape Ann Museum through October 9.

Join Manchester Historical Museum curator, John Huss and preservation consultant, Bill Finch as they highlight the diverse architecture forming Manchester’s historic downtown. This tour will begin at the Manchester Historical Museum at 10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1 hour; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time.

image003Image: Constructed in 1885 to house Seaside No. 1, the town’s first horse drawn fire engine, this handsome building on Central Street later became the headquarters for the Manchester Police Department into the 1970s. Today it is serves as a museum and home for the town’s two antique engines.

This program is $10 for CAM and MHM members / $20 for non-members (includes Cape Ann Museum admission). Space is limited; Advance tickets required. 

For more information email us at info@capeannmuseum.org. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Museum at (978) 283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite


Voicing the Woods

An exhibition of Jeremy Adams’s organs and harpsichords

 On View at the Cape Ann Museum

October 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017

The public is invited to an opening reception at the Museum on Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through February 26, 2017.

Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker showcases the prodigious skills and artistry of Jeremy Adams, one of the most gifted musical instrument makers in New England. The exhibition, which will be held in the Cape Ann Museum’s 1,500 square foot special exhibitions gallery, will include a one-stop chamber organ, a demonstration organ and a selection of harpsichords, each built in their entirety by Adams in his workshop in Danvers, Massachusetts. In addition to the instruments that will be shown in the gallery, a selection of Adams’ furniture will be displayed in the Museum’s 1804 Captain Elias Davis House, offering an interesting contrast to the period furniture in the House.


Jeremy Adams started his musical training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then entered into a six-year apprenticeship at the William Dowd harpsichord shop, also in Cambridge. Dowd, working in the 1950s with harpsichord maker Frank Hubbard, had sparked an international renaissance of interest in bringing authentically historic practices into performance and instrument building, and Adams, along with a handful of other young craftsmen, were the beneficiaries of his highly competitive and well regarded apprenticeship program. Adams began his professional career in the early 1960s, an auspicious time for early music enthusiasts, and quickly gained recognition for his skills both as a musician and a woodworker. He trained with C. B. Fisk (pipe organ design and manufacturer) in Gloucester for two years, during which time he honed his skills in reed voicing and tonal finishing, and in 1969 opened his own shop on the North Shore. Adam’s harpsichords, clavichords and pipe organs can be found in public and private collections around the world, including at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston; the Sapporo Episcopal Cathedral in Sapporo, Japan; Kyoto Fukkatu Kyokai in Kyoto, Japan; the Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, MA; the Maple Street Congregational Church in Danvers, MA; and the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester, MA.

The instruments will be complemented by a series of photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg that document Jeremy’s studio and work process, highlight some of the exquisite detail and workmanship on individual pieces and offer a better understanding of the breadth and volume of his work. 


Related Programs

The exhibit will be further enhanced by a robust selection of programs including gallery talks, musical performances and an organ crawl. For a full schedule of programs related to the exhibition please check our website or signup to receive CAM’s weekly e-blast at capeannmuseum.org/eblast.


Folly Cove Designer-Inspired Printmaking Workshop
A four-part adult block printing workshop at The Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a four-part printmaking workshop for adults this coming October, inspired by the Folly Cove Designers and led by artist Mary Rhinelander and Museum staff member Victoria Petway. This workshop will meet at the Museum on Thursdays from 10:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.: October 27 to November 17.

$125 for CAM members / $145 for nonmembers, materials included. Space is limited to 15, reservations required:

To register, please call (978) 283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org.

Mary Rhinelander card detail copyright Kim Smith

Stop into Alexandra’s Bread to see Mary Rhinelander’s wonderful and whimsical prints. This is a detail of one of her cards, which I had sent to Matt and Liv. Sorry I can’t resist–it was simply puuurrrffect for Valentine’s Day!



Photo: L to R: Virginia Demetrios, Aino Clarke, Louise Kenyon, Hetty Beatty Whitney, Ida Bruno.
photo for Life Magazine by Harold Carter, Sept. 19, 1945. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

Art New England magazine at Cape Ann Museum: what a swell party it was

August 11, 2016

This festive summer soiree was a chance to celebrate some of the creative current on Cape Ann and enjoy two impressive exhibitions at the Cape Ann Museum— Design/Build and New Acquisitions.

Art New England’s summer issue includes Cape Ann.  The May issue celebrated Bobbi Gibbs. The upcoming issue previews some of the fall not to miss art events like Cape Ann Plein Air in October. 



In the news: Boston Globe 10 places to paint the town (or the beach, or the mountains) plein air recommendations

Happy to see Cape Ann included–thanks Cape Ann Chamber for putting up the flag.

Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex are listed together under Cape Ann as a destination for plein air painting. I enjoyed reading and comparing. The first town listed, Jeffersonville, VT, has vivid detail. Cape Ann has history and scenery coming together at every turn.

I might have added that Cape Ann has been the home of the world class Cape Ann Museum, two renowned associations devoted to the advancement of art – the North Shore Art Association and the Rockport Art Association-, one of the country’s oldest continuously active and iconic art colonies on Rocky Neck, and scores of artists and galleries, because it is the number 1 place to paint.



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