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This is what Gloucester looks like at the WHITE HOUSE and CITY HALL: it’s all local!

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There’s a magnificent permanent art collection displayed throughout Gloucester’s City Hall, its public buildings and many outdoor locations. In an effort to promote, encourage and share current local art and artists with the public, Mayor Romeo Theken showcases a wide variety of media on temporary loan throughout the Mayor’s office. I took some photos back in February. She requested that buoys painted by our local youth at Art Haven be featured in Kyrouz Auditorium, along with the ‘Downtown Quilt’, the 13th panel from the Gloucester Neighborhood Quilt Project. These quilts are made by residents creating art with Juni Van Dyke, the Art Program Director Gloucester Council on Aging at Rose Baker Senior Center. (Twelve panels were prominently displayed for the 2014 Inauguration for former Mayor, Honorable Carolyn Kirk.)

 

Donna Ardizzoni, business owner, GMG contributor https://ardizzoniphotography.wordpress.com/about-2/

 

Ana Connoli, photograph, Gloucester from Port. Hill

 

Phil Cusumano, painting, http://www.philcusumanoart.com/

 

Tina Greel, statue, https://www.facebook.com/tina.greel

 

Jennifer Johnson, photograph

 

Ken Knowles, painting, http://www.kenknowlesfineart.com/ken_final/home.html

 

Marty Luster, photograph, GMG contributor

 

Bridget Matthews, photograph

 

Sam Nigro, painted oar, http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/local_news/talk-of-the-times-gloucester-man-grows-a-squash-for/article_76b0f29b-1e05-527f-b676-889ee7768aa9.html

 

Shelly Nugent, photograph

 

Eileen Patten Oliver, painting, http://eileenpattenoliver.com/ and here https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/14-works-by-eileen-patten-oliver-at-island-art-and-hobby/

 

Premier Imprints, tea tray, http://www.premier-imprints.com/

 

Louise Welch, photograph City Hall

 

The local art on display had me thinking about the collection at the ‘People’s House’ for our Nation: what’s the best art inside the White House? No matter what is your artistic preference, Gloucester and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could top the charts as the City and state with the best and most art ties featured at the White House. Let’s break down a selection of that Massachusetts list currently on display at the White House room-by-room, shall we?

 

In the Oval Office:

Not one, but two Edward Hopper paintings, lent by the Whitney Museum of American Art, are installed one over the other, Cobb’s Barns, South Truro and Burly Cobb’s House, South Truro.  There are more than 100 Edward Hopper works inspired by Gloucester, MA. The Childe Hassam’s painting, Avenue in the Rain, and Norman Rockwell’s painting, Statue of Liberty, remain on view.

 

In the Blue Room:

Fitz Hugh Lane’s Boston Harbor gifted by Lew Wasserman

 

In the East Room:

Gilbert Stuart’s Washington, John Singer Sargent’s Roosevelt

 

In the Green Room:

Sargent’s Mosquito Net, John Marin’s Circus, George Peter Alexander Healy’s painting of Adams and Polk and Louisa Adams by Stuart

 

In the Red room:

Martin Johnson Heade’s Sunrise, Bricher’s Castle Rock Nahant, more portraits by Stuart and Healy

 

In the State Dining room:

Healy’s portrait of Lincoln

 

In the Ground floor corridor:

Healy’s Millard Fillmore portrait, Thomas Ball Daniel Webster sculpture, a craftsman chair attributed to Samuel MacIntire, and Charles Hopkinson’s portrait of Calvin Coolidge

 

In the private quarters:

William Glackens Pavilion at Gloucester, and two Maurice Prendergast’s paintings, Boston Harbor and Revere Beach

 

More examples in the collection and in storage such as: Augustus Saint-Gaudens bronze bust of Lincoln, John Henry Twachtman’s oil painting, Captain Bickford’s Float; Henry Hobart Nichols painting, Gloucester Dock; and Worthington Whittredge oil painting, Thatcher’s Island off Rockport, MA.

 

Several artists are represented by more than one piece. How does the White House collection work? It is unusual for the White House to accept art by living artists. There are more than 450 works of art in the permanent collection. New art enters the collection after its vetted and is restricted to works created at least 25 years prior to the date of acquisition. For the public rooms, the Office of the Curator works with the White House advisory committee, the First Lady serves as the Honorary Chair, and the White House Historical Association. The private rooms are the domain of the First Family. Works of art from collectors, museums, and galleries can be requested for temporary loans and are returned at the end of the President’s final term. The Obamas have selected contemporary art, including abstract art, from the permanent collection, and borrowed work for their private quarters. Besides the Hopper paintings and John Alston’s Martin Luther King sculpture, they’ve selected art by *Anni Albers, *Josef Albers, Edgar Degas, Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, *Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Ruscha, and *Alma Thomas. * indicates works that have been donated to the permanent collection. The Obama Administration upgraded the website so that anyone unable to visit in person can have open access. I encourage visits to the website https://www.whitehouse.gov/about/inside-white-house/art. I love the diverse rooms and all the interconnected doors such as the splendid Green Room installation with the Marin and the Jacob Lawrence activating the threshold.

 

My gratitude to Chris Pantano, Office of the Mayor, Gloucester, MA,  and the Office of the First Lady and the White House Office of the Curator for various courtesies shown to me while I prepared this entry.

Strip Poker Invitation

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Another word about Rose Baker Senior Center.  They really have some amazing things going on there.  Juni Vandyke does an incredible job with the art program at the Senior Center.  At top are the wonderful portraits some of the seniors have done under her direction.  They have a marvelous singing program, which my mother, who sang in the choir most of her life, really loves because they sing for the joy of it, not under the gun of having to learn a cantata or new music for an upcoming service.  There are also some serious card sharks there, both men and women.  These three gentlemen were just starting their rummie game when I asked if I could take their picture.  One man said they had a seat open and I could join them.  I told them I didn’t know how to play and they would just take all of my money. One replied that they could make it strip poker instead.  Some things never change with age (thank God).

To me the most wonderful program they offer is the Adult Supportive Day program, which my mother is now involved with.  It operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am to 2:30pm and offers a secure, fun, engaging, loving environment where I feel very comfortable leaving my mother, and she enjoys.  If you are a caregiver for a parent or older relative, or are a senior who wants to get out of the house and enjoys being with other really friendly, lovely people, look into the Adult Supportive Day program.  It has given me the respite I really needed to have some time for myself, and has given my mother the opportunity to be with peers, make new friends, and do things she enjoys independent of me.  It is a Godsend.

Also, don’t forget Monday, July 6, The Ole Salty Jazz Band returns to the Senior Center from 1:00-3:00pm.  They are great musicians and play lively music to dance to.  I already have a couple of guys on my dance card, but more are welcome.  All are welcome, and it a great way to break up your Monday with some movement, good music and fun.

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Our History Told Through Scraps ~ Unveiling of the Gloucester “Downtown Quilt” with Juni Van Dyke

Gloucester Dwontown Quilt Unveiling Juni Van Dyke ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Juni Van Dyke ©Kim Smith 2015

Juni Van Dyke Downtown Quilt ©Kim Smith 2015Just Beautiful, and what a beautiful community turnout for today’s unveiling of the Neighborhood Quilt Project’s 13th panel, the “Downtown Quilt.” Congratulations to the amazing Juni Van Dyke and her talented troupe of Gloucester senior quilting artists. It was especially appropriate that the unveiling was conducted by our Mayor Romeo Thekan as growing up on Middle Street, her childhood neighborhood centered around many of the buildings depicted in the quilt. Our deepest thanks of appreciation to Juni and the artists for splendidly illustrating Gloucester’s history, with merely scraps.Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Quilters ©Kim Smith 2015

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Don’t Miss the Unveiling of Juni Van Dyke’s and the Seniors’s “Downtown Quilt” Tuesday with Mayor Sefatia

Juni Van Dyke writes, “Hi Kim, The stunning “Downtown Quilt” is finished and on Tuesday May 26th at 11:00am Mayor Sefatia will unveil the quilt at City Hall (second floor). Come cheer on the creativity of our amazing seniors!

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Maggie Rosa’s Detail of Beauport

 

Sean and Juni Van Dyke ©Kim Smith 2013 copyThe Amazing Juni Van Dyke and Her Son Sean at the Matz GalleryComsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

Some DAVID COX Photographs, HIVE, Harbortown Cultural District.and Fred Bodin In God We Trust

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David Cox took a few photographs at the HIVE during the Harbortown Cultural District second annual meeting earlier this month. He is a founding partner in the downtown district, along with Joey/GMG and Fred Bodin. Kim Smith is a NEW partner!

Art Haven generously offered the HIVE spaces as a host venue and opened up their Window Gallery for a pop up group exhibit. Please remember to support *Art Haven and all its efforts!

Harbortown Cultural District Partners group exhibit featured:

*David Cox, *Fred Bodin, *Joey Ciaramitaro, *Loren Doucette, John Sarkin, represented by Ken Riaf’s Law and Water Gallery, Juni Van Dyke, Ken Riaf, Beth Williams, goodlinens, Belle + Me, and *Ten Pound Studio (artists Susan Quateman, Muriel Lee Steele, Stephen Bates, and Chris Gauthier Kelly). Founding Partner *Island Art & Hobby has rotating art exhibits; they featured a wonderful painting by Eileen Patten Oliver for the Harbortown Cultural District event. Jason Burroughs was one of many artists with work exhibited on site at our host,*Art Haven’s HIVE space. You can find Burroughs at Island Art & Hobby, and see more of his art on display at Pleasant Tea and Latitude 43.  *Founding Partners

12 NEW Harbortown Cultural District Partners:

Designer and start-up Jo-Anne Chirico’s goodlinens

Designers Ann Malvaux’s and Lisa LeVasseur’s Belle + Me

Artist and proprietor Beth Williams

Artist and gallery owner, Ken Riaf, Law and Water Gallery

Artist and art teacher with Rose Baker Senior Center and more Juni Van Dyke

Artist and designer Veronica Morgan

Musician, founder Contra Dance and more Rose Sheehan’s Folk Life Studio

Art dealer Matthew Swift Trident Art Gallery

Business, Cape Ann Brewing Company

Business, Cape Pond Ice

University partner, Endicott College

Artist, filmmaker, author, landscape designer, KIM SMITH

Some DAVID COX Photographs, HIVE, Harbortown Cultural District… and FRED BODIN In God We Trust

Cat Ryan submits-

Hey Joey,

David Cox took a few photographs at the HIVE during the Harbortown Cultural District second annual meeting earlier this month.

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David Cox is a founding partner in the downtown district, along with Joey/GMG and Fred Bodin. Kim Smith is a NEW partner!

12 NEW Harbortown Cultural District Partners:

Designer and start-up Jo-Anne Chirico’s goodlinens

Designers Ann Malvaux’s and Lisa LeVasseur’s Belle + Me

Artist and proprietor Beth Williams

Artist and gallery owner, Ken Riaf, Law and Water Gallery

Artist and art teacher with Rose Baker Senior Center and more Juni Van Dyke

Artist and designer Veronica Morgan

Musician, founder Contra Dance and more Rose Sheehan’s Folk Life Studio

Art dealer Matthew Swift Trident Art Gallery

Business, Cape Ann Brewing Company

Business, Cape Pond Ice

University partner, Endicott College

Artist, filmmaker, author, landscape designer, KIM SMITH

TONIGHT HARBORTOWN CULTURAL DISTRICT PARTNERS CELEBRATION TONIGHT

Reminder Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District

The 2nd Annual Meeting and celebration 

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

At the HIVE 5-7pm

Meet the new partners. Surprises, special performance, and…

2014 Windows Gallery at the HIVE

Featuring Harbortown Cultural District Partner group exhibit

On exhibit November 5, 2014

David Cox, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, photograph

Fred Bodin, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, photograph

Joey Ciaramitaro, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, photograph

Loren Doucette, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, painting

John Sarkin, represented by Ken Riaf’s Law and Water Gallery, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, drawing

Juni Van Dyke, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, painting

Ken Riaf, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, box constructions, mixed media assemblage sculpture

Beth Williams, Harbortown Cultural District new Partner, artist & downtown proprietor, handmade glass beads and jewelry

goodlinens, Harbortown Cultural District new Partner, artist and entrepreneur JoAnne

Chirico  downtown textile business

Belle + Me, Harbortown Cultural District new Partner, designers Anne Malvaux and Lisa LeVasseur, French inspired custom scarves with jewelry

Ten Pound Studio, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, artist and a Ten Pound founder, Susan Quateman, silk painting;  artist Muriel Lee Steele, silk painting scarf

BEYOND THE WINDOW! Art Haven is a Harbortown *Founding Partner

Check out HIVE, TAG, and other artists including Jason Burroughs currently on exhibit within all Art Haven’s amazing artistic community spaces. Sign up for classes! Use TAG services: printing and design, graphics, digital printing, screen printing, and more!

Juni VanDyke ~ Shout Out to a Beautiful Lady!

Juni VanDyke ©Kim Smith 2013Juni VanDyke and Her Son Sean ~ a beautiful lady, in every sense of the word!

The very talented, yet never self-aggrandizing, Juni VanDyke sent a hand written thank you note for a brief recent little post that we did about the Rose Bake Senior Center’s quilt project-in-progress, “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods.” I don’t ever want readers to think that we expect thank you notes, ever, it is just always very sweet and much appreciated when it does happen. Thank you Juni!

To find out more about “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods,” read here:

Simply Stunning Work in Progress

Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods Quilt Project Featured at Inauguration 2014

Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods Quilt Project Featured at Inauguration 2014

A Community of Neighborhoods City Hall -3 ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

Juni Van Dyke and her group of fiber artist’s “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods” quilt project was displayed prominently at Gloucester City Hall for Inauguration 2014. The photos are of just some of the panels on display.

Each fabric panel measures approximately five-foot square and illustrates through iconic imagery characteristics unique to Gloucester neighborhoods. See previous GMG post to read more about “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods” quilt project:

Simply Stunning Work in Progress

Detail of quilt in progress

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Maggie Rosa’s extraordinary interpretation of the archetypical Beauport window. The window’s mullions frame a collection of antique glass in varying shades of lavender to deep grape.

A Community of Neighborhoods City Hall ©Kim Smith 2014

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Semi-finalist Group Exhibit Reception at the Sawyer Free Library

Georges and Charles Ryan ©Kim Smith 2013

George and Charles Ryan, Catherine and Cliff’s twin nine-year old sons, are avid GMG readers. They particularly enjoyed the Steak Bomb Challenge posts!

Mayor Kirk HarborWalk Exhibit ©Kim Smith 2013Friday’s reception for the Semi-finalist Group Exhibit, hosted by the Sawyer Free Library and Carol Gray, was well attended and beautifully organized by Catherine Ryan. The wonderfully appetizing and tasty hors d’ourves, dips, crostini, and fruits and cheeses were provided by Matthew Beach of Beach Gourmet

Carol gray ©Kim Smith 2013 copyCarol Gray, Sawyer Free Library Director

Thank you Mayor Kirk, Carol, Catherine, and the Gloucester Committee for the Arts for the exhibit, which is interesting and very informative to see all the semi-finalists responses to the public call to art. The exhibit is up and running through July 30th at the Matz Gallery of the Sawyer Free Library. Click HERE for the Library’s summer hours.

Bartek Konieczny Family ©Kim Smith 2013Finalist Bartek Konieczny and Family

Catherine Ryan ©Kim Smith 2013Catherine Ryan

Sean and Juni Van Dyke ©Kim Smith 2013 copy

Semi-finalist Juni Van Dyke and Her Son Sean

Justin DeSilva ©Kim Smith 2013 copyFinalist Justin DeSilva

Jame Calderwood ©Kim Smith 2013 copyFinalist James Calderwood

Konieczny daughters ©Kim Smith 2013Bartek Konieczny Daughter’s

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Committee for the Arts (CFTA) announces that 15 semifinalists have been selected for the first ever 2013 Gloucester MA HarborWalk Public Art Challenge

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Hi Joey-

On behalf of the City of Gloucester , the Committee for the Arts (CFTA) announces that 15 semifinalists have been selected for the first ever 2013 Gloucester MA HarborWalk Public Art Challenge. Congratulations all!

  • James Calderwood
  • Tiffany Carbonneau
  • Anna Chirico & Dave Blakney
  • Justin Desilva
  • Andrew Thurlow & Andrew Doyle
  • Gary Duehr
  • Bartek Konieczny
  • Angelina Marino-Heidel & Joel Heidel
  • Michael McNabney & Troy Zaushny
  • Frank Morbillo
  • Laura Piraino & Lise Breen
  • James Sardonis
  • Kim Smith
  • Robert Trumbour, Anthony Sanchez, Jared Steinmark, & Alex Cabral
  • Juni Van Dyke

This national call to artists received an overwhelming response, with over 150 project ideas submitted from artists here and across the country. Judging for round 1 was done anonymously. With only 3 awards available and so many thoughtful submissions, it was necessary that round 1 require further essential review time. Competition was very strong. The CFTA was impressed by the quality and effort of so many proposals. It’s exciting and a privilege to see so many ideas, and all with a focus on Gloucester. Sincere thanks are due to all of the artists who took the time to send in applications, and we appreciate their interest and support of this call.

What stage are we in the overall process?

The semi-finalists entries are in final review by the round 2 selection panel which is tasked with selecting the 3 finalists from the group of 15 semi-finalists. The distinguished 7 member jury panel covers a cross section of expertise and excellence and includes: John Bell, Business, Civic and Political Leader, Gloucester, MA; Andrée Bober, Landmarks Museum Director and Founder, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, http://landmarks.utexas.edu/ ; Phil Cusumano, Artist and Licensed Captain, Gloucester, MAhttp://www.philcusumanoart.com/; Morgan Faulds Pike, Artist, Gloucester, MA, http://morganfauldspike.com/; Trevor Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, http://www.pem.org/; Peter Sollogub/Chris Muskopf, Architects, Cambridge Seven Associates, Cambridge, MA http://www.c7a.com/; and Jeff Weaver, Artist, Gloucester, MA, http://www.jeffweaverfineart.com/. We are grateful for the judges’ participation. We anticipate that the three winners will be announced May 2013. Soon thereafter, the Committee for the Arts will announce a special exhibition featuring all 15 semi-finalist entries and the panel’s selections (date, venue, & details are in the works). Stay tuned!

GLOUCESTER: A COMMUNITY OF NEIGHBORHOODS From Juni Van Dyke

The eight quilts that you see here were created by Senior Citizens in the art program at The Rose Baker Senior Center. It is our goal to create a celebration quilt for each of Gloucester’s sixteen neighborhoods. This is a huge challenge; but it is also very rewarding, and a great deal of collaborative fun. We invite—indeed we are hoping for…additional public participation. All ages, come and work with us! You will have the happy satisfaction of seeing your creative ideas come to life. Can’t draw a straight line? No problem! Have an idea but not sure how to share it? We will help. You shall succeed, and that’s a promise! We welcome your participation!

Almost without exception, the Senior Citizens involved in this project have had little, if any, formal art training or experience. Their remarkable work bears testimony to the truth that the gift of creativity resides within us all.

Juni Van Dyke

Art Program Director at The Rose Baker Senior Center

*Our thanks to the library for affording us this exhibition space, and to the Gloucester Cultural Council for their generous grant which made it possible for us to purchase the linen used in backing each quilt.

Simply Stunning Work in Progress

Juni Van Dyke and Maggie Rosa discuss design elements of the Eastern Point panel.

Yesterday I had the joy to meet Juni Van Dyke and several members of the Rose Baker Senior Center art class. Juni and her students are working on a project titled Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods. Each fabric panel measures approximately five-foot square and illustrates through iconic imagery characteristics unique to Gloucester neighborhoods. The banner’s design in it’s entirety, along with the individual artist’s whimsical designs and choice of fabrics, is utterly captivating and a vibrant visual feast.

Maggie’s extraordinary interpretation of the archetypical Beauport window. The window’s mullions frame a collection of antique glass in varying shades of lavender to deep grape.

This is not the first grand scale project of it’s kind created by Juni and the fiber artists at the Senior Center. The banner titled From Sea to Shining Sea: Celebration of the American Landscape that is currently on view at the Senior Center lunchroom was also exhibited at the Lexington Heritage Center for six months, and it measures nine feet in height by thirty feet in width.

Lois Stillman’s elegant rendition of the birch tree clump at Niles Pond.

Eastern Point panel detail with Mother Ann and butterflies.

I am honored to have been invited to create a butterfly for the Eastern Point panel although I think they have it beautifully covered. The whimsical swirl of butterflies in the upper left corner was created by students at the Eastern Point Day School and the charming and detailed Monarchs fluttering around Beauport by Maggie Rosa.

Lois stands in front of the panel she designed. Note her genius interpretation of the Abram Piatt Andrew Bridge, replete with cars (click photo to see larger version) and including Nichols Candy House. Her deep love of trees is apparent in the exquisitely skilled manner she has stitched and pieced many different species of trees created for the panels.

As the work on Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods unfolds we’ll bring you more stories and detailed photos about this vibrant and captivating work of art in progress–there are simply too many beautiful tales to tell in one post!

Juni and Priscilla ~ Sunlight streams through the large picture windows of the second floor art room at the Rose Baker Senior Center.

Pauline, Juni, and Maggie

Juni and Maggie