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Finnish Researcher – Kristi Salmi-Niklander


IMG_4843 (2)Deanie Hancock French showed Kristi our wonderful exhibits and art of the Finnish at the Cape Ann Museum .

Kristi is in the US performing research on the Finnish, she visited Rockport and the Cape Ann Museum. See Video below:IMG_4837

Finnish 001David Cox and I are also in the process of publishing our own research which we will be shared with Kristi on the Finnish People in Gloucester. Frank Cox, David’s father wrote several papers for the WPA (Work Project Administration) in 1938.


Lots of Stuff Happening At Cape Ann Museum

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Photo from an earlier Music in the Courtyard featuring Renee & Joe, 2013.

Friday, July 26

Music in the Courtyard, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Join us in the Museum’s sculpture garden for an afternoon of acoustic music with local performer John Rockwell. This program is free and open to the public.

Saturday, July 27

Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour, 10:00 a.m.

Take a docent-led stroll past select Gloucester houses made famous by painter Edward Hopper. $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Space is limited. Reservations required.

August 5 – August 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Science Explorations Through Art with Maritime Gloucester

For children ages 6-12, Mornings will be spent at Maritime Gloucester exploring wind and energy. Projects will include turbines, windsocks, sails and kites. After lunch, students will travel to the Cape Ann Museum to explore wind in Art, make wind powered kinetic sculptures and other projects. For more information contact Maritime Gloucester at (978) 281-0470 or info@maritimegloucester.org.

Saturday, August 3

Tin — Relics and Remakes by Sinikka Nogelo, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contemporary Art Installation at the White-Ellery House. This program is free and open to the public as part of Escapes North’s 17th Century Saturdays.

Wednesday, August 7

Fitz Henry Lane’s Sunset Harbor Cruise, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A narrated tour of Gloucester Harbor aboard the schooner Ardelle. This program is offered in collaboration with Maritime Gloucester. Members only, $20. Reservations required. For more information call (978) 281-0470 or visitmaritimegloucester.org.

Saturday, August 10

Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester Walking Tour, 10:00 a.m.

Join Museum docents for an informative stroll through this 19th century maritime artist’s Gloucester neighborhood. $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Reservations required.

Having a Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Here:

A Picture Postcard Tour of Cape Ann During the Gilded Age, 3:00 p.m.

An illustrated talk with Manchester Historical Museum Curator John Huss and Cape Ann Museum Archivist Stephanie Buck. This program is free for members or with Museum admission.

ELSIE and BLUENOSE, Start of the First Race

from verso:  "Start of the first race of the Internatonal Race, showing 'Elsie' in the lead with Bluenose in rear."  1921, Halifax Nova Scotia

From the collections of the CAPE ANN MUSEUM, Gloucester, Massachusetts

“Start of the first race of the International Race showing ‘Elsie’ in the lead with Bluenose in the rear” 1921 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Thanks to  Fred Buck for locating this photograph and sharing it with the Gloucester Schooner Festival committee.

From A Race for Real Sailors  The first ELSIE – BLUENOSE RACE.

_________ The two fairly flew across the water, all sails filled in the stiff quartering breeze and hulls rolling heavily in the deep chop.  “The end of Bluenose’s 80-ft. boom was now in the water, now halfway up to the masthead as she gained on her rival.  The Elsie rolled still harder and three times brought her main boom across the Bluenose’s deck, between the fore and main rigging.”  It was a constant battle for the weather berth, with members of both crews either handling lines or working aloft or hugging the windward rails.  Anyone daring to raise his head above the weather rail on Bluenose caught the caught the edge of Walter’s caustic tongue.  __________

A Race for Real Sailors is in stock at the Cape Ann Museum. 

The stirring and poignant tale is illustrated with 51 historical photographs and five maps, and rounded out by a glossary of sailing terms and an appendix of the ever-changing race rules. This is a story that will keep even confirmed landlubbers pegged to their seats, a tale of iron men and wooden ships whose time will never come again.

Al Bezanson

Barbara Moody at the Cape Ann Museum

Barbara Moody at the podium 2
On May 12 at 2PM, Barbara Moody gave a presentation on “Finding Your Unique Voice as an Artist”. She spoke to a fairly large audience about her own experience as an artist, accompanied by a slideshow illustrating her artistic journey through a wide variety of themes and styles in her work. She also showed a sort of time-lapse video of herself doing a charcoal painting; it was fascinating to watch the work evolve and change radically before our eyes!
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Barbara Moody was invited as the Distinguished Artist/Teacher this year for the Goetemann Artist in Residency Program, Rocky Neck Art Colony.  Click here for more details about her career and the Goetemann Artist in Residency Program.

Fr. Matthew Green

Public School Children’s Art at the Cape Ann Museum

As a part of the Gloucester Public Schools Arts Festival, the Cape Ann Museum has embraced an avalanche of visual arts produced by the school children.  The work is displayed all over the museum’s galleries, making an interesting juxtaposition with the work of professional artists.

Here’s a slideshow with more photos:

Fr. Matthew Green

Here’s What’s Up At The Cape Ann Museum

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May 11, 2013

Photo by Joseph H. Clark, 1889. Courtesy of the CAM archives.

Tuesday, May 7 – Sunday, May 19

Lighthouse Days at the Cape Ann Museum

The Museum and Thacher Island Association are welcoming back to Cape Ann the First Order Fresnel lens which stood atop the Island’s south lighthouse for nearly 120 years. Guests are encouraged to visit during this two-week period and observe lampist Jim Woodward’s conservation effort. For more information click here.

Courtesy of the CAM archives.

Thursday, May 9

Lighthouses, Fresnel Lenses and Lens Preservation, 7:00 p.m.

James “Jim” Woodward, one of the few lampists working in America today, will discuss historic lens conservation and his ongoing effort with the Museum’s new First Order Fresnel Lens. For more information click here.

Saturday, May 11

FAMILY FUN FREE DAY — Light Our Way! 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The second Saturday of every month is free for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Children’s Activity Center to participate in art, history and cultural activities, and to explore the Museum using a Seek and Find. This month’s theme is Lighthouses! This program is free and open to the public. 

Anne’s Eyes, The History of the Cape Ann Light, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join Paul St. Germain, President of the Thacher Island Association, for an illustrated lecture on the history of the Island and its twin lights. This program is free and open to the public. 

Gloucester Public Schools Arts Festival, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

See and hear the work of Gloucester elementary, middle and high school students in the Museum’s galleries. For more information and a complete schedule of eventsclick here.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 12

Artist Talk–Barbara Moody, Finding Your Unique Voice as an Artist, 2:00 p.m.

The Cape Ann Museum and Rocky Neck Art Colony are pleased to present an Artist Talk with Barbara Moody–Distinguished Artist/Teacher, Goetemann Artist in Residency Program, Rocky Neck Art Colony–on Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. 

Saturday, May 18

Cape Ann Artisans Demonstration Day, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The third and final session in a series of art demonstrations performed by various artists from the Cape Ann Artisans. For more information click here.

Thursday, May 30

Cape Ann Museum’s Annual Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Ongoing Exhibits

Cape Ann Artisans at 30, March 2 – May 26

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Cape Ann Artisans’ first studio tour, the Museum is holding a retrospective exhibit of work by 70 past and present members. Cape Ann residents visit free on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For more information click here.

Dennis Flavin, Uncommon Vision, April 6 – May 26

Flavin’s work is characterized by a clash of dynamic colors that have the ability to both stimulate and puzzle the senses. It’s a style he simply calls “loose.”

GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

Click to listen- With Host Joey C and Guest Bill O'Connor

GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

Topics Include: North Shore Kid, Schooner Ardelle,Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Flynn Beach or Oakes Cove Beach, Local Gas Prices, Market Basket vs Shaws and Stop and Shop, Seaport Grille, Appleton Farm CSA, Composting,


Catherine Ryan submits-

Thank you again Sibley family! The recent GMG Hopper post of the Sibley family helping to identify the Rockaway Hotel in an Edward Hopper drawing generated more discoveries! For reference, here’s the Hopper Rockaway image and a link to that previous GMG post-

Catherine Ryan confirms Rockaway Hotel as another Gloucester Edward Hopper match with help from the Sibley family

Posted on March 17, 2013 by Joey C



There are several Edward Hopper examples in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston , including this beauty, the 1926 House by ‘ Squam River . Can you name its Gloucester location? There are notes indicating that it’s in the general direction heading into Annisquam.


IT’S NOT. I admit to clinging to this suggested area with some unreasonable hope because of personal bias (my parents lived on Wheeler’s Point for 30 years, and the charm and might of its full panoramic vista). I climbed around friend’s properties, sought views from Pole Hill and multiple high vantage spots. But I could not connect that landscape anywhere to this Hopper image.

All it took was reading one tiny email description from a GMG reader – I didn’t even need to visit the spot—to know immediately how right it was. I’m sure some other readers may know it, too.

Hint #1:

For one thing, many of these Gloucester Hoppers are views seen from a succession of magnificent granite sentinels. They are sites of great natural beauty conditioned geographically by glacial stone. This particular location has a massive sweep of boulder outcroppings.



Hint #2

These two houses in the Hopper drawing are still standing and exact.


Hint #3

If there is one Hopper, chances are there are others within close proximity.  Here’s two other Hopper drawings, all from the same general perch.


Who had the keen eyes? Thank you to Kathy and Jeff Weaver for identifying the sight line for the Gloucester Edward Hopper image, House by ‘ Squam River in the collection of the MFA. It’s no surprise to me that artist Jeff Weaver—who has a history of Gloucester veduta painting himself, and who knows a great thing or two about extraordinary detail, composition, surface and color as bearer of light– would have a tip! You can see more of Jeff’s work here http://www.jeffweaverfineart.com/.  Gloucester creates many optimum sites for plein air study, and artists continue to evolve their work into unmissable interpretations of reality.

And here’s the Answer:

You are looking past Centennial across the landscape of Newell Stadium and Gloucester High School . (Perhaps this might be a possible new funding source for Newell Stadium? This same stadium and field site is the landscape featured in an iconic Gloucester Edward Hopper work of art. )







There’s another famous Gloucester artist with a link to this same location, and a nice connection for Gloucester high school, and our students to know. Thanks to Fred Buck for sharing this Strople photo from the collection of the Cape Ann Museum and their archives for the Gloucester HarborWalk’s  Virginia Lee Burton marker. It’s a contemporaneous photograph of the GHS high school being built. The steam shovel was the model for Virginia Lee Burton’s beloved Mary Ann from Mike Mulligan ©1939. Follow back the plume of smoke- “Mary Ann” is turned away from the viewer.



Meeting artists at the Cape Ann Museum

Last Saturday, the Cape Ann Museum had an event where several local artists demonstrated their work. Due to parish commitments, I arrived late and missed Michael Foley’s demonstration of his stonework. You can find an interview with him here, and see his website here. Michael is both a skilled stoneworker and a talented musician. He will be giving another demonstration towards the end of this month, and I hope not to miss that one!

A few other artists were still doing their demonstrations when I arrived. It was great to talk with them and see their work!

Beth Williams works with glass, and has a studio and gallery practically next door to the museum:

_Beth WilliamsPamela Stratton, whose studio is in Rockport, creates beautiful mosaics:

_Pamela StrattonLeslie Wind makes jewelry, as well as knitting and crocheting (even spinning her own yarn from wool):

_Leslie Wind

Leslie’s demonstration was interactive, helping visitors to make things like jewelry, bookmarks, and coffee stirrers out of thick wire (subsequently beaten flat). I tried my hand at it and came up with this… I’m not sure if it is a drink stirring stick or a bookmark, or something altogether different, but it was fun!

_Wire art with Leslie

- Fr. Matthew Green

Cape Ann Artisans at 30


I stopped in the museum the other day, having heard great things about the art on display. I was not let down!


Click on the panoramas to see them in an immersive viewer:IMG_3783




Smaller items

In conjunction with the Cape Artisans at 30 Exhibit, the Museum is hosting a series of demonstration days. Members of the Artisans will demonstrate their various crafts throughout each scheduled day. This program is free with Museum admission.

Saturday, March 30
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mike Foley, Sculpture
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Leslie Wind, Jewelry-making activity for children.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Beth Williams, Jewelry; Pam Stratton, Mosaics; Judith Wright, Mosaics.

Fr. Matthew Green


Cape Ann Museum After Hours

Last Friday, the Cape Ann Museum had one of its “After Hours” events, featuring custom-made music installations in three galleries, refreshments from The Azorian restaurant, a raffle, and an artistic scavenger hunt! A good crowd showed up for the event.

There were lots of familiar faces in the crowd.

Rev. Bret Hays (left), rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester, was chatting with CAM’s Curatorial Assistant (and talented artist) Leon Doucette (on the right, with the beard, which – alas! – he has since shaved).

Nathan Cohen, who teaches music in Rockport public schools, designed (composed?) the music installation for Gabrielle Barzaghi’s exhibit in one of the galleries.  Gabrielle told me she loved what Nathan had put together, and posed for this photo with him and his magnificent beard:

I also ran into Ken Steiner, who I photographed at the museum before while he was playing the bass as part of a jazz trio in the museum courtyard. Here he is with Sue in front of some work by the Folly Cove Designers:



I only noticed afterwards that all three photos I picked to post had men with beards in them… Perhaps my own facial foliage adds a subconscious bias to my selection process?

Any event at the Cape Ann Museum is bound to be interesting, because of the amazing art collection and friendly staff.  It’s even better because of the great Cape Ann community that meets there to enjoy the art and each other’s company.

“At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry” – Les Miserables (Victor Hugo).  The wine didn’t run dry last Friday night!


I hope someone ate the wine-soaked fruit afterwards…

Fr. Matthew Green


Tons of Stuff Happening At Cape Ann Museum

For more info- http://www.capeannmuseum.org/



2013 Folly Cove Designers Calendar available
while supplies last in the Museum Shop or online!

January is Membership Month! Museum admission is free to all Cape Ann residents during the month of January.

Saturday, January 5

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Members’ Reception

Please join us for light refreshments to celebrate the New Year. This is a complimentary, members only program. To make a reservation email amyfanning@capeannmuseum.org or call (978)283-0455 x35. Thank you for your support!

Saturday, January 12

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Draw-Copy-Paint-Stomp-Repeat!

Family program: Learn about the Folly Cove Designers’ process, then get to work in the Children’s Activity Center. This drop-in program is free for members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. For more info call (978)283-0455 x16.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Gallery Demonstration with Artist Mary Rhinelander

Join Mary Rhinelander in the Folly Cove Designers exhibition for a block printing demonstration. Visitors will have a chance to try their hand at printing. This is a drop-in program that is free for members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission.

Someone you should be following on Twitter- @CapeAnnMuseum



Cape Ann  Museum has started tweeting old photos from its archives.

I know people can’t get enough of the stuff here on GMG that The Infamous Fred Buck sends us so if you’d like to see more of that, then it’s time to follow @CapeAnnMuseum on twitter

Right now they have 177 followers, let’s see what the power of GMG can do within 24 hours to their twitter follower count shall we?

Follow them here- https://twitter.com/CapeAnnMuseum and check out a picture of a huge schooner stuck in the ice in Gloucester Harbor (their latest tweet)

The Infamous One Has The Answers To The Mysteries of The 19th Century Gloucester Windmill and It’s Photographer (Natch)


hey joey – this is the photo al mentions in gordon thomas’ ‘wharf & fleet’, shot by martha harvey (not hovey), one of gloucester’s photographer legends.  she grew up on prospect court as martha rogers, married the artist george harvey and they set up shop in annisquam on river road.  she stood about 4’10" in her socks and wandered all over the cape with a mammoth box camera and a suitcase of unexposed glass plates, some of them 11×14!  she deserves an honorary chair in the lumpers’ lounge.
gordon thomas’ caption for this photo reads:  "Winter Quarters on Five Pound Island, 1893.  This fine Martha Harvey shot shows several schooners hauled up for the winter on the eastern end of Five Pound Island.  Many vessels for various reasons were hauled up during the winter months and as most of the wharves around the harbor were busy, vessels were laid up at the Island until spring.  In this photo, the inner harbor is frozen solid.  The schooner, bow on with flying jib boom, is the beautifully names ‘Herald of the Morning,’ owned by John Pew and built in 1875.  The clipper bowed schooner to the right is the ‘Columbia’, built in 1891 for Parmenter and Co. (not to be confused with the racing ‘Columbia’ of 1923.)"
Cape Ann Museum has a large collection of Harvey plates, as does the Annisquam Historical.  CAM’s brilliant photo archivist has arranged a set of binders with inkjet prints from scans of the Harvey plates, available for browsing during regular library hours.

-infamous (and brilliant) fred buck

The infamous one is responding to yesterday’s post from Al Bezanson-

19th Century Gloucester Windmills From Al Bezanson

Posted on December 5, 2012 by Joey C

This illustration appears in History of the town and city of Gloucester, Cape Ann Massachusetts, 1892, by James R. Pringle, who wrote,

“A sketch of the town in 1817 was drawn by Capt. John Beach, from a point in the harbor opposite Ten Pound island, off Pavilion Beach.  Standing out prominently in the foreground was an eight-sided wooden windmill erected on the site now occupied by the Pavilion Hotel.  This had been built in 1814 by Ignatius Webber, and its long arms, fitted with sails, made it a conspicuous object, and gave the town quite a foreign aspect.  It was subsequently removed to a position on Fort Square, where it became a familiar landmark, being destroyed by fire a few years ago.”

Another windmill, of more modern design, is prominent on Five Pound Island in an 1893 photograph by Martha Hovey, reproduced in Wharf and Fleet, by Gordon W. Thomas.

Al Bezanson

Gloucester Harbor sketch, 1817

Cape Ann Museum Holiday Bazaar

One of our local treasures, the Cape Ann Museum, had their Holiday Bazaar.



The museum’s gift shop was present, of course:


I really liked these “lynzariums“:


“Each lynzarium is a uniquely designed piece of art containing found natural elements. prices start at $20 and a range of different shaped plants and vessels are used.” They actually had some at lower prices too; I bought one! They are living plants, but need minimal care.  And yes, if the name is supposed to be like Latin, the plural would be “lynzaria”, not “lynzariums”. Anyway, they are beautiful, alive, and easy to keep! They have great photos on their website.

Mimi (a gallery in Manchester) also had a table:


Among the other vendors, this display caught my attention:


There were other interesting things too, but a big crowd arrived and it got hard to take photos…

- Fr. Matthew Green

News from the proposed Downtown Gloucester Cultural District coordinating group

Catherine Ryan writes-

Dear Joey,

The November 13, 2012 CITY COUNCIL vote was UNANIMOUS to endorse the establishment of the proposed Downtown Gloucester Cultural District.

The DGCD coordinating group thanks the Councilors, our City Clerk, and the more than 30 partners and stakeholders who sent in letters of support and spoke at the hearing. Have a peek at a few: Cape Ann Museum , the Gloucester Public Schools , and Gorton’s.

Next steps: Send in the application and support materials and wait for word, guidance, and a visit from the Massachusetts Cultural Council!

Visit URL culturaldistrict.zapd.net or email dgcdinfo@gmail.com

Reminder About Greg and Francie Bover’s FREE Concert and Demonstration ~ TONIGHT!

Not to be missed! This evening at 7:00 pm in the Lane Gallery at the Cape Ann Museum Francie and Greg Bover are giving a free concert and presentation celebrating the decades-long project of the building of Francie’s beautiful harpsichord.

To read more about Greg and Francies’ program about The Making of a Harpsichord see GMG posts:

Greg Bover and Francie Fitch from “A Thousand Sunday Mornings” concert at the Shalin Liu photos by Rick Isaacs

Concert invitation from Greg and Francie Bover

Interview and story on NPR

Peter and Vickie’s gimmesound featured Artist of the Week video ~

Cape Ann Museum – Music in the Courtyard

Wonderfully talented Gloucester native Mari Martin was singing jazz in the courtyard of the Cape Ann Museum this past Friday from 4 to 5PM, accompanied by bass and keyboard. Here is a slideshow of the event:

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You can see the photos full-sized on my photostream on Flickr.

Fr. Matthew Green

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