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Northshore home spring issue features coastal design, Bass Rocks mansion and Juni Van Dyke (Mothers and Daughters at Jane Deering closes March 31)


There’s an article in the current Northshore home magazine  featuring interiors of one of the gorgeous homes on Bass Rocks Road and  JUNI VANDYKE  spotlighted in another piece about the impact of Room & Board’s Boston presence and the value of local artists and artisans. Artist Juni Van Dyke was interviewed, and her work is featured.


Last Chance:

to see Mothers and Daughters, a group show curated by Van Dyke at Jane Deering Gallery, 6 pairs of mother/daughter artists. The announcement features work by Paige Farrell. There will be a closing celebration Thursday March 30th from 4-6pm. The first was packed! The show ends March 31.Mothers and daughters.jpg

Room&Board home furnishings retailer featuring Juni Van Dyke art @Jane Deering Gallery


Juni Van Dyke art featured  Room and Board

Room&Board focuses on local and American made modern design and art. They create custom and exclusive pieces with select partners like Lee Industries, Pedleton Woolen Mills, and Pablo Pardo Lighting. Congratulations to Juni and Jane. Founder John Gabbert selected Juni’s work from Jane Deering’s west coast gallery. You can view and visit more work by Juni Van Dyke currently showing in downtown Gloucester, MA.

Juni Van Dyke | Painting is music you can see

Solo exhibition of paintings, drawings, and prints at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA, through December 17th.





The portfolio on the pedestal and some wall pieces are not by Juni Van Dyke, but are deeply connected to her philosophy and art practice. They were created by participants in various art programs at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Gloucester, MA, which Juni Van Dyke has designed and led for decades.  I happened to be visiting the gallery when Juni stopped into her exhibit. She immediately directed my gaze and attention to their work, this shared art and experience.





James will be posting the following information in the arts calendar, but because Juni is such a tremendous force for good in our community, I wanted to give her an extra shout out. Come support Juni at her opening. I’m looking forward to attending on Saturday afternoon and hope to see you there!!screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-3-47-26-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-21-at-3-42-50-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-21-at-12-34-05-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-21-at-3-42-06-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-21-at-12-37-05-pm


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.


Debbie_Clarke_3.jpg.500x310_q85Drawing workshop with Debbie Clarke 9-11am Saturdays beginning March 5th.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Studio Gallery.

Learn how to see as an artist through the basics of observational drawing.

Space is limited, pre-registration encouraged.
$35 per class, pre-paid contact Debbie Clarke via phone 978-652-8273 or email at debbieclarkeart@gmail.com for material list and additional information.


Debbie giving a workshop at the Cape Ann Museum

Images courtesy Google image search


Beautiful, Beautiful Watecolors by Gloucester Artist Marilyn Swift Solo Show!

11150558_1112214238805833_8996139550142108701_nCome see Marilyn Swift’s exquisite solo show at the lovely gallery at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms. The opening is this coming Saturday afternoon, May 9th, from 4 to 6pm. Congratulations Marilyn!11149551_1112214018805855_1959557921795544107_n

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Artist Spotlight Series

This will be a series of artist spotlights, showing the work and giving a little inside look into the artists who create it.  The first spotlight is on lifelong Gloucester artist, Theresa Testaverde.

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Theresa’s art is often a collage of whatever stirs her as interesting and challenging. Some of her work is inspired by loved ones, family and friends.

Theresa is a native of Gloucester, has been drawing since the age of 5, has a BFA with her principle focus in Printmaking, and has worked in the commercial field of Specialty Printing since college.

She is the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Gloucester fishermen. Her maternal grandfather, Joaquin Codinha, was deeply involved in the business side of the Fishing industry. Her paternal grandfather, R. Salve Testaverde wrote, “Memoirs of a Gloucester Fisherman.” And Theresa’s great-grandfather (her mother’s grandfather) was Antonio Santos Cortina, who while on a fishing trip on the Laura Goulart, was lost at sea in 1924. “Passionate followers of the heart; fishers of the sea.”

On Fisherman’s Wharf, her family’s FV, the Linda B, would have schools of fish hauled up in a net and loaded on trucks for market. Her most recent drawings, “Fish Faces, A Series of Drawings’ is dedicated to her young years of growing up – “we had all the fish and more!”

In addition, Theresa’s artwork for her “Daily Fish” Coasters is a salute to the life of a fisherman. “I recognize that a fisherman’s life is a noble and valued life, a dangerous life which requires dedication, heart, strength, intense work during stormy days and an immense respect of the sea from which he earns his daily bread.”

All of this was a way of life for Theresa growing up. In her words, “I embrace all of them, their memory, their stories. The women and men from which I am part. I could not create any of my artwork without these reflections. This life had heart, purpose, was hard working, honest, diligent and had love. To remember us young is to examine the heart of family, in our little town, Gloucester. My family members required the sea to maintain their everyday needs. This “fish” artwork is for them.”

You can see more of Theresa’s work at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, East Gloucester during the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4 PM, November 30 – December 29.

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Our Boy Jon Sarkin On NPR This Week (and more)

Recently Awarded Pulitzer Award Finalist Writer Amy Nutt Wrote Jon’s Biography Which Just Hit The Shelves and Is Killing It On Amazon Hitting As High As The Number 250 Best Selling Book Out Of All The Books Amazon Sells Last Week!

Jon was on NPR With Terry Gross.

Click the picture for the audio-


Amy Nutt who wrote Jon’s biography will be in Gloucester signing copies of her book at The Bookstore of Gloucester

61 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-1548

Jon writes-

i will be discussing my biography (“shadows bright as glass”) at “the bookstore” on main street in gloucester on thursday, may 12 at 7:00 with its author, amy nutt.


photos of Jon’s art piled up in his old Birdseye work space-

You gotta see these videos with Jon in his element-

Simply Edward Hopper!

I stumbled upon a super cool Edward Hopper site that was commissioned by the Julietta House. A screen writer traded a place to stay for finding the Hopper houses in Gloucester.  They now offer a self guided tour available at their front desk. I was surprised that the “now” pictures seemed to fire people up stating “How could they allow this to happen!” Hopper painted 1920’s ordinary scenes and was focused on lighting and space. Ordinary houses get painted, covered in vinyl, torn down and converted into two families.  I do think it would be cool if This Old House would come and restore one of these to as they were when Hopper painted them. It would also make for a great single subject blog, book deal, movie, documentary…

I don’t know much about Art, but I love all things  Hopper. I have ties to his hometown, Nyack NY and always went right to his paintings at the Whitney Museum in NYC. It was great to find out that he found success as a painter  in Gloucester and it was where he met his wife.



Here are some more of Hoppers paintings in Gloucester that are not in the Edward Hopper House Tour. Share anything about Hopper or the locations in the comments. Thanks!

Portuguese Church in Gloucester, 1923

Prospect Street, Gloucester

Italian Quarter, Gloucester

Essex Farm House – Is this the farmhouse across from Candlewood Golf Course?

Gloucester Harbor

Jeff Weaver- Gloucester Artist Interviews Parts I, II and III

Due To A Large Number of Folks Asking To See All Of The Jeff Weaver Video Interviews In One Place I Created This Post To Combine Them-

Part I

Part II

Part III

Hope You Enjoy Listening To Jeff’s Insights Into Gloucester, His Approach To Painting  and Speak About His Influences As Much As I Enjoyed Conducting The Interview

The Jeff Weaver GMG Interview Part II

The Jeff Weaver GMG Interview Part II

One of the best values in Gloucester- in Jeff’s Gallery he has over sized postcards of his work which can be framed and put on your walls.  They are only $3.  I’m planning on going in and buying 4 or five of them as long as the sizes are such that I can buy standard sized frames for them.

Dogtown Book Shop Scarce Book on Jane Peterson

Here’s a very scarce book on artist Jane Peterson who painted in Gloucester in the early 20th century. The book is one of only 500 ever printed and they are each individually numbered inside.


A simple Google Search Of Jane Peterson Turns up many auctions in which her paintings sell for over $500,000 like this one-

From the Christie’s web site-


Lot Description

Jane Peterson (1876-1965)
Gloucester Harbor–Late Afternoon
signed ‘Jane Peterson’ (lower left)
oil on canvas
30¼ x 40 in. (76.8 x 101.6 cm.)

Lot Notes

During the first half of the twentieth century, one of the most socially acceptable venues for women to express their creativity was through participation in the male-dominated world of the fine arts. Jane Peterson, a fixture on the American art scene, had an unwavering devotion to her sense of self as an artist. She subsequently developed an Impressionist-Fauvist style that is uniquely her own. Peterson’s body of work encompasses scenes of gardens and beaches, colored umbrellas, and sun drenched port settings. Among the finest of her career, Gloucester Harbor exemplifies the artist’s frequent depiction of natural beauty using brilliant colors and active brushwork.
Peterson’s determination to be an artist began at a young age. When she was eighteen, she moved from Elgin, Illinois to New York and in 1896, she began her formal training at the Pratt Institute under the instruction of Arthur Wesley Dow. In 1901, Peterson studied with Frank DuMond at the Art Students League. Over the next decade Peterson held various teaching positions that brought her to Boston and Maryland. During this time she continued her studies at the Art Students League as well as with the leading European artists of the period such as Frank Brangwyn, Jacques-Emile Blance and Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida in Paris, Venice and Madrid. She also traveled extensively throughout North Africa visiting exotic locales such as Biskra, Algiers and Cairo.
Upon her return to the United States, Peterson continued her travels. After visiting the pacific Northwest with artist and friend Louis Comfort Tiffany, she frequented the various artist’s colonies that dotted the Massachusetts coast line including Gloucester and Martha’s Vineyard. Drawing inspiration from her travels both domestic and abroad, Peterson produced a diverse body of work that she exhibited at various institutions such as the Société des Artistes Francais, St. Botolph Club in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1915 at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.
In Gloucester Harbor, Peterson employs grand brush strokes and an assertive line, creating a mosaic effect of highly expressive tones of blue, pink and yellow offset by pure whites. Peterson’s style had become very definitive and has been described by Jonathan J. Joseph: "Her linear construction directed a viewer along a definite course and did not allow the viewer’s attention to wander. Her tonal masses dominated lines and defined form, while subtle, thin oscillating lines emphasized form edges to better display the juxtapositioning of dark and light color areas. In some ways, Peterson’s paintings resemble cloisonné, in that color is often surrounded by a thin outlining of charcoal or contrasting paint much like the thin wires of cloisonné surround enamel. However, lines do not encompass or totally contain color areas, but combine in a grand decorative order and show control in carefreeness. The work of Peterson becomes a sensuous place in the commonplace movements of nature." (Jane Peterson: An American Artist, Boston, Massachusetts, 1981, p. 17)
Large canvases such as Gloucester Harbor emphasize Peterson’s bold and unique brushwork and present her skills at their best. The innovative stylistic elements found in Gloucester Harbor are the fundamental characteristics of Peterson’s painting style that achieved critical acclaim. One reviewer in 1917 noted, "Miss Jane Peterson uses strong colors and broad brush to give the facts about docks and fishing craft and harbours in a somewhat knock-you-down fashion." (as quoted in Jane Peterson: An American Artist, p. 32)
Johnathan Joseph has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

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