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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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Howard Liberman FSA OWI Gloucester Photos

Catherine Ryan Submits-

CROSS-COUNTRY CHRONICLE

Gloucester, MA in landmark FSA/OWI documentary photographs

Part 3

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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

Cat Ryan submits-

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..

Adam Bolonsky submits-

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

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.

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Barbara Moody at the Cape Ann Museum

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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,

EDWARD HOPPER GLOUCESTER MATCH WITH HELP FROM GMG TIP???

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

 

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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.

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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.

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Hint #2

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

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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.

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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. )

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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.

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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):

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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!

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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!

 

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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

 

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