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Bring it home! Rockefeller Edward Hopper #GloucesterMA Dogtown painting @ChristiesInc

EDWARD HOPPER Cape Ann Granite oc 29 x 40 1928 est 6 to 9 mil private collection Rockefeller

Christies, the New York auction power house is currently marketing the Peggy and David Rockefeller art collection across the (art)world–Hong Kong, London, and Los Angeles– before the spring 2018 live sale back in New York. The collection includes a painting by American artist, Edward Hopper (1882-1967), that was inspired by Gloucester: Cape Ann Granite is one of the rare Hopper paintings remaining that’s not currently held in a museum. There are more than 110 Gloucester houses and vistas depicted by Edward Hopper.

Advance promotion of Christie’s upcoming Rockefeller auction have yet to illustrate the painting, although the artist’s recognizable name is mentioned in every press release and the painting is included in the world tour highlights exhibit. The catalogue for the sale is not ready.

Former owners of Cape Ann Granite have in common connections to Harvard, banking and art collecting

Billionaire and philanthropist, David Rockefeller (1915-2017), was a Harvard graduate and longtime CEO of Chase Manhattan bank (later JP Morgan Chase). His art appreciation began early,  influenced by both parents and the Rockefeller family collections. His father was the only son of  John D. Rockefeller, a co-founder of Standard Oil Corp. His mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (1874-1948), helped establish the Museum of Modern Art, and the fund in her name helped secure Hopper’s Corner Saloon for the permanent collection. Several family members were Trustees. After his mother’s death, David took her Trustee seat.

Like David Rockefeller, the first owner to acquire Cape Ann Granite was a Harvard graduate, art collector and financier, about the same age as Rockefeller’s parents, and Hopper. Benjamin Harrison Dibblee (1876 – 1945) was the scion of  California businessman, Albert Dibblee. The family estate “Fernhill” was built in 1870 in Ross, California (later the Katharine Branson School). Benjamin H Dibblee was a Harvard graduate (1895-1899), an All-American Crimson football player (halfback and Team Captain), and head coach (1899-1900). W.H. Lewis, a famous center rush, was the Assistant Coach. (Harvard football dominated under this coaching team. See the standings below the “read more’ break.) In 1909, Dibblee donated his father’s historic papers concerning California’s secret Civil War group “The Home Guard of 1861” including its muster roll and pledge of loyalty to Lincoln and the Union cause. Dibblee was an alternate delegate from California to the Republican National Convention in 1912. As a  Lt. Col. he was listed as one of five California committee members for the American Legion in 1919. He was a big wheel investment banker at EH Rollins & Sons, a firm impacted by the Wall Street crash of 1929.

Benjamin Harrison Dibblee Harvard Football all american then Captain Wikipedia photo first purchaser of Edward Hopper Cape Ann Granite Gloucester MA Dogtown painting later owned by Rock
Wikipedia photo of Dibblee  from The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association football guide, 1899

It’s fun to think about Dibblee possibly visiting Gloucester during his time at Harvard, like so many students and faculty; then, decades later, acquiring a major Hopper because it was both a modern masterpiece, and a Gloucester landscape.

The Hopper Cape Ann Granite painting has me itching to research all Crimson team photos– not simply varsity nor football circa 1895-97– because of the (remote) chance of another Gloucester-Harvard and athletic connection. In 1895 Dibblee was involved with sports at Harvard at the same time as author and Olympian, James Connolly.  In 1899 both were involved with football; Dibblee as the Harvard coach and Connolly as Gloucester’s athletic director and football player**. Maybe they scrimmaged. Maybe they scrimmaged in Gloucester.

Hopper’s artist inventory log pages for ‘1928 oils’ itemizes Cape Ann Granite as follows: “Sent on from Gloucester September 27, 1928, 3 canvases. Cape Ann Granite, 29 x 40, Green picture on hill with rocks. Fresh green in foreground. Slanting shadows cast by rocks and boulders. Sky blue with clouds. Small tree on R. BH Mr. Dibblee 49 Wall Streeet of San Francisco (Lived near 14 miles from San Francisco. Knows Alex Baldwin in Calif. (SanFrancisco) 1500 -1/3. 1000 on June 5, 194 ” 

EDWARD HOPPER diary page includes Gloucester entries

From Hopper’s Artist’s ledger -Book, ink graphite on paper, Whitney Museum of American Art, Gift of Lloyd Goodrich

 

The pencil annotation “Modern Masters EH 1933” accompanying the thumbnail sketch for the painting on the right of this entry may be mixed up. There was a  “Modern Masters” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) held in 1940 but it did not include this painting on the checklist. There was an Edward Hopper Retrospective held at MoMA October 30–December 8 in 1933 that did list this Gloucester painting, and the lender, Dibblee. (Incidentally, two other 1928 oils catalogued on that same inventory page, Manhattan Bridge Loop and Freightcars Gloucester, would both end up in the Addison Gallery collection at Phillips Academy.)

The Pure Landscapes

Excerpts from the 1933 MoMa Hopper retrospective exhibition catalogue:

“…When Hopper went to art school the swagger brushstroke of such painters as Duveneck, Henri, and Chase was much admired. Perhaps as a reaction against this his own brushwork has grown more and more modest until it is scarcely noticeable. He shuns all richness of surface save where it helps him to express a particular sensation…in spite of his matter-of-factness, Hopper is a master of pictorial drama. But his actors are rarely human: the houses and thoroughfares of humanity are there, but they are peopled more often by fire hydrants, lamp posts, barber poles and telegraph poles than by human beings. When he does introduce figures among his buildings they often seem merely incidental. Perhaps during his long years as an illustrator he grew tired drawing obviously dramatic figures for magazines. Hopper has painted a few pictures in which there are neither men nor houses. The pure landscapes Cape Ann Granite (9), Hills, South Truro (16), Camel’s Hump (22) occupy a place apart in his work. they reveal a power which is diconcertingly hard to analyze. Cezanne and Courbet and John Crome convey sometimes a similar depth of feeling towards the earth and nature…” Alfred Barr, 1933

“In its most limited sense, modern art would seem to concern itself only with the technical innovations of the period. In its larger and to me irrevocable sense it is the art of all time; of definite personalites that remain forever modern by the fundamental truth that is in them. It makes Moliere at his greatest as new as Ibsen, or Giotto as modern as Cezanne.” Edward Hopper, 1933 

Yale owns a related watercolor by Edward Hopper, Cape Ann Pasture

EDWARD HOPPER, oil on canvas, Yale University collection, Edward Hopper All Around Gloucester by Catherine Ryan

 

Catherine Ryan art image design Edward Hopper all around Gloucester MAProceeds from the sale of the Peggy and David Rockefeller art collection at Christies next spring will benefit 10 selected charities. Perhaps a magnanimous collector might consider this Hopper Dogtown purchase for the Cape Ann Museum, a philanthropic twofer in this case, and needed. Cape Ann Museum does not possess a Hopper Gloucester painting and if any musuem should, it’s CAM. We need to eventually guide back the Hopper painting Gloucester Street, too.

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To date Christie’s auction house has promoted primarily a Picasso and Matisse as the star lots from this collection of masterpieces because of their hefty valuation. The presale estimate for the Matisse Odalisque couchée aux magnolias (1923) is 50 million.  The Picasso painting, Fillette à la corbeille fleurie (1905), a “Rose period Masterwork”, is estimated to top 70 million. The presale estimate for the Hopper is 6 million to 8 million.

Christies highlight page for Rockefeller does not show the Hopper yet Dec 12 2017

Christies first press roll out features the Pciasso and Matisse

 

The Picasso was diplayed in the  libary of  the Rockefeller Upper East Side mansion at 146 East 65th Street.   Its first owners were Gertrude and Leo Stein. Gertrude Stein hated it though her brother bought it anyway. After Alice B. Toklas (Stein’s partner) died in 1965,  MoMa trustees drew lots and were offered first pass on the legendary Stein collection. David Rockefeller won first pick, and selected the Picasso. I wonder how it will fare in this #metoo awakening. At the time of her death, Toklas had long been evicted from their Paris home as she had no legal standing nor benefit from any estate sales.

Gertrude and Leo Stein Rockefeller Picasso provenance

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Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas collection at home

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LIVE: Go, just go! City Hall #GloucesterMA, Stephanie Benenson Harbor Voices

What a celebration of pubic art and community! And such a stunning experience in City Hall. Don’t miss Stephanie Benenson’s Harbor Voices public art installation happening now at City Hall, Gloucester, MA. Open until 8pm tonight. Tomorrow 4-8pm. Participate remotely anytime. Read more about Stephanie Benenson and Harbor Voices.

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photos – We went back twice and saw all ages visiting and myriad reactions and interactions. Julie was there from Open Doors, one of the non-profit partners in the project.

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MCC Cultural Districts convened at IDEO Cambridge & coming to Gloucester!

SAVE THE DATE

November 8, 2017  North of Boston Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony will honor
Mayor Romeo Theken and Jeanne Hennessey, Beauport Hotel

November 11, 2017 2-6PM – Gloucester Meeting House Foundation Preservation & Architectural  Sustainability SYMPOSIUM  TownGreen|2025  Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church 

Monday, Nov. 27, 10 am, JOIN MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL POWER OF CONNECTION TOUR at Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Art Colony, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, with Mayor Romeo Theken, Senator Bruce Tarr & Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante of Gloucester.  RSVP here.

November 29, 2017 Dogtown Public Presentation and Meeting- archaeological survey and pursuit of National Historic district designation  

December 17, 2017 Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Oscar winner Chris Cooper will personally host a screening of the role that won him the Gold for Best Supporting Actor…horticulturist John Laroche in Spike Jonze’s superb, darkly comic 2002 drama, “Adaptation.” The evening benefits The Jesse Cooper Foundation.

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Anita Walker, director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, welcome address October 2017 MCC cultural district convening held at IDEO Cambridge headquarters.

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Congrtulations to the original cultural districts– all renewed designation

Message from Anita Walker the Power of Culture- MCC has a new logo for its 50th year

Anita Walker message fall 2017

 

 

Does the #MBTA new design for the #Annisquam River bridge look like a prison tower to you?

MBTA Gloucester bridge sim

The tower and the scale of the concrete column brought to mind the opening scenes of Dr. Zhivago with Alec Guinness looking for his niece. Here’s a TCM film clip to give you some idea of what I mean despite cutting off right before the pan up to the guard tower.

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Here’s how the Annisquam bridge looks today.

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Mostly great gorgeous marsh.

Its scale suits the site and often disappears. American artist Edward Hopper painted a close up in 1923.

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There are four significant Edward Hopper artworks that are related to the commuter train he took from NYC to Gloucester, MA. I sent the images to Fay Spofford & Thorndike for their reference as in my professional experience any architects and engineers that I’ve worked with were keen on historic links. They couldn’t have known this one. Until I corrected the records in 2011, the Hopper watercolor was misattributed as an unidentified landscape, likely Maine or Massachusetts. It’s definitely Massachusetts–the Annisquam River train bridge in Gloucester, MA, to be precise. If you live here, you know that scene by heart. Hopper captured most every gateway to Gloucester. A 2012 photograph by Allegra Boverman reporting on bridge damage for the Gloucester Daily Times, zoomed in just so, helped me illustrate the match.

Catherine Ryan identifying Edward Hopper Annisquam River Bridge

I also shared the exciting Hopper news and connections with then Mayor Kirk, community development, Senator Tarr, the Gloucester Daily Times, and the Boston Globe. I wasn’t speaking to them about the design as I felt the state and the architects and engineers would be on that.

I have no idea when that distinct yellow shack–a mini me Cape Ann motif– was no longer there: perhaps it could be recreated, or a nod to the A Piatt Andrew bridge could be referenced with some planning? Maybe some of the diagonals of the old structure, or some other New England elements at the abutment sides could be incorporated into the design?

A couple of years later, I found an old Good Morning Gloucester post by Fredrik D. Bodin. There’s no mistaking that two level shack! I wish I could have spoken with him about the Curtis photograph.

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I don’t suggest that the treacherous bridge needs to be “preserved” or want to impede progress.  However, if there is a small way that the design can tip its hat to Hopper, Gloucester, New England…why not? It is a landmark, a beacon for Cape Ann.  It’s very exciting that the project is going out to bid. I hope the winning firm mitigates the design to temper any possible prison comparison. Leave the pier-column design but adjust the tower? Can it be both structurally sound and inspiring?

Can major Gloucester paintings by Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer come back home? Appealing to Bill Gates and private collectors: please remember Gloucester!

Legions of fans visit local, national and international museums to see icons of American 20th century art by Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer. Some of this art was inspired by Gloucester, MA. One more Hopper or Homer Gloucester scene in any collection would be welcome, but in Gloucester it would be transformative.

The City of Gloucester boasts a world class museum that would be the ideal repository for a major Hopper and Homer of Gloucester. It hasn’t happened, yet. It should! I feel not enough of a case has been made for having originals right here in the city that inspired some of their most famous works and changed their art for the better.

Edward Hopper Captain’s House (Parkhurst House), one of the few original Hopper works remaining in private hands, is slated as a promised gift to Arkansas’s Crystal Bridges Museum of  American Art. Crystal Bridges opened in 2011 and will have acquired 4 examples of Hopper’s art — 2 paintings, 1 drawing and 1 print–with this gift. (I think Arkansas would have been ok with 3.)

Edward Hopper Parkhurst's House Captain's House 1924 watercolor private collection 100+ Gloucester homes and vistas inspired Hopper

 

The only known Winslow Homer seascape painting still in private hands is a great one inspired by Gloucester. Bill and Melinda Gates own Lost on the Grand Banks, 1885.  I saw it at the auction house back in 1998 just before the sale.  What a fit for Gloucester and Homer if it found its way back here!

 

Winslow Homer Lost on the Grand Banks 1885

 

Edward Hopper’s Gloucester Street also went to the west coast, purchased by Robert Daly. I’d love to see this one in person! The corner hasn’t changed much since 1928 when Hopper painted the street scene.

 

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Hopper’s downtown Gloucester scene, Railroad Gates, is not on public display.

Edward Hopper Railroad Gates Gloucester MA

I’m surprised and hopeful that there are paintings of Gloucester by Hopper that could be secured. There are tens of drawings including major works on paper. I saw this Gloucester drawing, Circus Wagon, by Edward Hopper at the ADAA art Fair back in March 2016.

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Davis House (25 Middle Street) was sold at auction in 1996.

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I’m keeping tabs on most of them. The only way they’re going into any museum is through largesse. Why not Gloucester?

Homer and Hopper watercolors in private collections can’t be on permanent view due to the medium’s fragility. (Exciting developments in glazing and displays are being developed that go beyond the protective lift.) The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA, cares for works of art as well as any institution.

 

 

GloucesterCast 225 With Andrew Brousseau, Jess Biker, Melissa Cox, Paul Morrison, Bridgette Mathews, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/21/17

GloucesterCast 225 With Andrew Brousseau, Jess Biker, Melissa Cox, Paul Morrison, Bridgette Mathews, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/21/17

Topics Include:

Curbside Collection Of Food Scraps
Essex River Race Paul Morrison Sabotaged Melissa Cox
Shirts Illustrated Did The Shirts For The Essex River Race
Melissa Cox Running For Councilor At Large
Proposed Ordinance To Ban Single Use Plastic Bags and Polystyrene
Jocko Willnick Former Seal motivational podcast and Good Video vs Tony Robbins
Temperature Complainers.   Not The Same Thing As Snow/Rain Complainers.
May Magical Migration Through Massachusetts

Full sail save the dates #SailBoston #schoonerfestival #sailghs

Gloucester 33rd Annual Labor Day Schooner Festival Sept 1 – 3 2017

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June 17 – June 22, 2017 – SailBoston17 Participating Ships

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SailGHS race schedule from Hilary Frye

April 12 Swampscott at Gloucester
April 13 Beverly at Gloucester
April 25 Winthrop at Gloucester
April 27 Landmark at Gloucester
May 5 Concord at Gloucester
May 10 Pingree at Gloucester

Look for local summer camp sailing options SailGHS, YMCA, Eastern Point Yacht Club, Rockport and Annisquam!

David Cox racing photos Main Street Art and Antiques

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Breakwater Cox Photo 2011 (2)

It’s baaaack! Announcing the 2016 Massachusetts Mayors’ Arts Challenge. How would you showcase Gloucester art chops in 1 minute video?

So the 2016 Mayors Arts Challenge to tape a video submission highlighting art and culture  was announced September 26th.

The deadline is October 14th.

What’s a city to do?

#MaMayorsArtsChallenge #GloucesterMA

The last Mayors’ Arts Challenge was in 2010. You can view various past submissions on the Massachusetts Cultural Council YouTube channel including Peabody (600 views), Pittsfield (3710 views), and Gloucester (24,877 views). Pittsfield won in 2010.

Guidelines for 2016:

  • The Gloucester 1-3 minute video needs to be sent to the State by October 14, 2016
  • October 17 – videos across the state go LIVE and voting commences
  • November 1 – voting stops
  • After November 1st – videos from 3 cities with the most “thumbs-up” are sent to the MCC selection panel. Winner announced soon thereafter and will be showcased at the State House February 17, 2017 as part of the Commonwealth Awards, the state’s highest honors in arts and culture. In 2015 Gloucester and Plymouth received Commonwealth Awards as creative communities “that demonstrated the central role of arts and culture in building healthier, more vital, more livable communities.” Gloucester was honored specifically “for providing leadership, funding and infrastructure to places where art and culture are presented.”

Gloucester is huge on enjoying, boosting and celebrating creative folks working here. Everyone has a phone. Help your artist-friend,  business, restaurant, or organization that’s big into the arts.

Snap a photo, shoot some video. Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. No matter what tag it #MaMayorsArtsChallenge #GloucesterMA then share, share, share before October 7th, one week prior to the State’s final deadline. Those tags –or one of them– could be a video.

VIDEO: GIANT KING SALMON @ PASSPORTS #gloucesterma

Eric has something HUGE cooking up tonight!! If you want a taste of these huge fish, Passports is running a special tonight, the secret is in the video!

GloucesterCast 175 with @NAlexanian Susan Kelly @KimSmithDesigns, @DonnaArd and @Joey_C Taped 3/25/16 #GloucesterMA

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GloucesterCast 175 with Nubar Alexanian, Susan Kelly, Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/25/16

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Topics Include:

Nubar Alexanian’s “Gloucester When The Fish Came First” www.walkercreekmedia.com/gloucester
Starting today through May 5th $125 until
May 5th Launch Party at Rocky Neck Cultural Center
After The Rocky Neck Launch Party the price goes to $295
To get pre-publication price click here http://www.whenthefishcamefirst.com/
Science All Around Us Update- http://scienceallaroundus.com/
Susan Kelly From Generous Gardeners Talking about the new expansion of the Stacy Boulevard gardens as part of the Seawall reconstruction project. to see the plan-
Clean City Meeting-
Saturday
Cigarette Butlers On Main Street
Bag Thing
Ten Pound Island Meeting At City Hall- Hot Topics Once a Month
whenthefishcamefirst
stacyboulevardplan
 GMG 175 podcast Joe Ciaramitaro, Nubar Alexanian, Donna Ardizonni, Susan Kelly

 

#Beef #Ribs Hit The Freshly Refurbished 2008 @webergrills One Touch Gold Kettle at 5:20AM @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA #BBQ #foodporn #manmeatbbq #bbqporn #beef #ilovegrilling #grilling

Follow the live smoking session at www.northeastbbq.com this morning.

VIDEO: SISTER FELICIA SHARES HER LIMONCELLO RECIPE STEP-BY-STEP!

Join Sister Felicia in her kitchen with friends and family as they have a blast while showing you how to make limoncello at home. She has 2 recipes for you in this video, the classic and the creamy styles of limoncello!

(click the little gear at the bottom right for full HD video)

GloucesterCast 163 With @DinnerDealer, @DonnaArd, @KimSmithDesigns,Leslie Heffron and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/13/15

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GloucesterCast 163 Taped 12/13/15 With Jess and Dennis Alves, Leslie Heffron, Donna Ardizzoni, Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics include:

buy dinner dealer decks here no brainer xmas gift
holiday delights Talia- Ruby McElhenny Stole The Show, kudos to heidi dallin
Lobster trap tree that you can walk under is absolutely bananas. and beautiful and must visit.  whole nother level.  donna and kim did a great job with the middle street walk coverage
Listening to the Alisha Unleashed podcast brought me back to my daughters making fun of me for being a Belieber
Glosta Joe’s Coffee available- Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens or online here
 There’s an announcement that there will be a suburban wildlife education lecture at City Hall on January 11 with the snow date of February 1 at 7 PM. Speakers will include Chief Campanello, Mayor Romeo Theken, representatives from fisheries and wildlife, and environmental police officers. The forum will focus on coyotes and other animals that we live with on Cape Ann.
cigarette ordinance

A Council Order was submitted by Greg Verga and Melissa Cox on November 17 to begin the DISCUSSION regarding banning ‘checkout’ bags. After a less than warm reception at the first such discussion at the December 7 meeting of the Ordinance and Administration Committee and the email sent to all City Councilors by a bag industry lobbyist this page has been created to help spread the word.

You are encouraged to share your thoughts about a ban and also to share your photos that help illustrate the need for such a ban. You are also encouraged to reach out to the City Council members and let them know how you feel.

discover gloucester honoring three of our favorite people Mayor Sefathia, Kay Ellis and Bobby Ryan

art rundown with leslie:
 1.   GOMA   Gallery of Modern Art, Main Street, Gloucester between The Cave and Cafe Sicilia
   2.    Trident Gallery,  Main St., Gloucester Dec. 5-Jan.    3 Diane Ayott “Love in December”     http://tridentgallery.com/
   3.    Shalin Liu,  Celtic Christmas Sojourn,  Tuesday, December 15  4:30 and 8:00.  Show is sold out, but some tickets may 
          become available.  Call the box office.   www.rockportmusic.com
   4.     Lexicon Gallery, 15 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia   “Leading Ladies” – potters Cynthia Curtis, Anni Melancon and Marty
           Morgan,  Eleanor Fisher- glass shard paintings   http://www.lexicongallery.com/
   5.     Truth North Gallery, “Lighting and Ringing the Winter Night: Artisan Bells and Lanterns” now through December 23

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RAVENSWOOD IN THE FALL- Get it while you can!

Yes, it’s 76 degrees and sunny on this fine fall day in November! Hannah, Ruby, and myself took to the trails to catch up on some last minute fall colors. Can you find Ruby?

 

 

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