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Scenes from Ray Hassard’s Cape Ann Plein Air painting event at Rocky Neck

Last night Ray Hassard gave a painting demonstration and talk at Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Hassard is the 2016 Cape Ann Plein Air Awards Judge.

You may recognize some of the artwork on display. Montserrat College of Art Presents: Plein Air – Here and Abroad is installed upstairs at RNCC through November 13th. Artists include faculty, alumni and students. The large painting seen directly behind Ray Hassard’s live demo staging is by Maria Malatesta, Fields #31. Also scheduled through November 13th is Beyond Plein Air, an RNAC member group show installed downstairs in the Studio Gallery. Mary Rhinelander’s Patience beckons.




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GloucesterCast 202 with Jonathan Pope, Joel Favazza from The School Committee, Sean Stellato an NFL Agent, Karen Ristuben, Kerry McKenna and Ken Riehl, Kim Smith and Joey Taped 10/2/16


GloucesterCast 202 with Jonathan Pope, Joel Favazza from The School Committee, Sean Stellato an NFL Agent, Karen Ristuben, Kerry McKenna and Ken Reihl, Kim Smith and Joey Taped 10/2/16

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Topics Include:

Jonathan Pope and Joel Favazza Dispel Rumors About The Current State Of Gloucester Elementary Schools Including Talk About Fuller and East Gloucester/Vets
Sean Stellato-No Backing Down a book about the true life situation in which the Salem Teachers Union Went On Strike But the football team banded together during a showdown in which the school administrators tried to fire the coach.  Being made into a movie

Represents- 49ers Shaun Draughn, Cowboys RB Alfred Morris and Patriots:

Nate Ebner/Olympian, Ryan Allen and Brandon King
Can you describe for someone that doesn’t know, what are the types of things you do as an agent other than the obvious- negotiating contracts?
I’d say there are like a million kids that go to college and they want to be sports agents.  Glamorous, right?  So there has to be a tremendous amount of competition as an agent getting athletes to sign with you.  How do you reach out and let players know that you are available and convince them they should sign with you?
I can’t imagine the amount of pressure you would feel negotiating a contract for an athlete when you come to a crossroad with a team and try to push the line but not lose the deal.  Your stress level must be completely out of control.
Cape Ann Chamber-
Upcoming Fall events For More Info- http://capeannchamber.com/
Schooner Adventure
25,000 Game
Businesswoman’s Fall Luncheon With Adriannne Haslet-Davis October 13
Cape Ann Plein Air Event October 10-16
Mile Marker Fall Fest
Angies Alpacas At Marshalls
Lyda Kuth Lecture
Fall Fest At Mile Marker- Ryan and Wood Whiskey Barrel wood Chunks For Smoking

seARTS art loan @ Bass Rocks 2016 and Cape Ann Plein Air panel


seARTS 9th and biggest art loan installation at Bass Rocks Golf Club opened last night. Visitors to Bass Rocks Golf Club will be able to see the art of 14 artists selected for this year’s seARTS art loan, and it’s all for sale. As if the art, food and party weren’t enough, the reception included brief panel talks about the national Cape Ann Plein Air festival that will kick off this October 11-16, 2016. 

Artists interested in competing in Cape Ann Plein Air make sure to apply by the July 14th deadline.



Leslie Heffron above, and below her painting in the distance and painting in the foreground is by Joan Bediz



Above, first time in the art loan @ Bass Rocks, Leigh with her husband Betts. Look for Leigh Slingluff’s painting hanging near prints by Rusty and Ingrid.


First prize went to Deb Schradieck. Head to seARTS for a complete list of all the participants and winners and to Bass Rocks to see all the artists (I didn’t get to take pictures of every work)  Congratulations to all!



A work by Ron Diebboll, also a Cape Ann Artisans participating artist.



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American Goldfinch -1 ©Kim Smith 2015

The Rocky Neck Art Colony kicks off the 2016 exhibition season with an extraordinary six-week exhibition and fundraising event at the RNAC’s Cultural Center at Rocky Neck. Juried by Amy Montague, the Director of the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, in Canton MA, the exhibition “For The Birds” features multi-media avian art. The public is invited to a reception on Sunday, January 31 at 2-4 PM. Save the dates for a talk on the life and art of John J. Audubon by noted local author Chris Leahy, Bertrand Chair of Field Ornithology at Mass Audubon, at the Cultural Center on Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 PM, a talk about the Birds of Cape Ann by local photographer and filmmaker Kim Smith, and “The Artful Birdhouse,” an auction of original, artist-created birdhouses on Sunday February 21, beginning at 1:00 PM. A raffle of a basket full of birding-related items concludes the events with a drawing of the winning ticket on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 PM. A portion of all events proceeds will support Mass Audubon’s mission to protect the flora and fauna of Massachusetts.

Concurrent with RNAC’s “For The Birds” exhibition, The Trident Gallery, Director Matthew Swift, presents “Nest” its third annual exhibition in partnership with Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art offering artworks from the Museum’s collection. Exhibition dates: January 30 – March 6, 2016.

The songs, vivid colors and enormous variety of bird species attracted to Cape Ann’s coastal waters, marshes, and waterways often bring with them both birding enthusiasts and artists, each drawn by their vibrant visual appeal. Come to The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck to view the aesthetic heights their wildly patterned beauty has inspired in the work of New England artists’ multi-media offerings in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, assemblage, and more.

This spectacular melding of the avian and the artistic is juried by Amy Montague, Director of the Museum of Bird Art at Mass Audubon, the only museum dedicated to art inspired by the beauty, science and wonder of birds. In her 23 years at Mass Audubon, Ms. Montague has stewarded and grown the organization’s broad and eclectic art collection that embraces fine art, folk art, sporting art, illustration, and more. She has curated more than thirty exhibitions exploring the intersection of art and nature focusing on artists as varied as John James Audubon and Andy Warhol. She has twice been a juror for the internationally renowned “Birds in Art” exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin.

The Artful Birdhouse Auction: Sunday, February 21. Preview 1-2PM, Live Auction at 2:15 PM. The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA. Engaging the charm and appeal of birdhouses as a foundation, the imagination of friends and members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony will soar in creating whimsical, modern, traditional, fantasy and completely unexpected “artful” birdhouses. The following artists have donated their time and talents for an auction of their birdhouse creations in support of Mass Audubon and in conjunction with the “For The Birds” art exhibit at The Cultural Center. Promoting the Auction, early bird creators will have the opportunity to display their works at several venues in and around Gloucester.

Artists participating in the auction event are Kathy Gerdon Archer, Deborah Barnwell, Carol Mansur Benesh, Lisa Carlson, Joy Dai Buell, Elizabeth Gauthier, Rachel Gauthier, Joy Halsted, Jane Keddy, Mindy Lind-terk, Ron MacNeill, Tom Nihan, Sinikka Nogello, Christy Park, Hans Pundt, Kenny Riaf, Karen Ristuben, Sally Seamans, Pam Stratton, Karen Tibbetts, and Karen Tusinski among others.

“For the Birds” A Juried Exhibition of Avian Related Art, January 28 to March 6, 2016, Opening Reception: Sunday, January 31, 2–4 PM.

John J. Audubon: The Man and His Art, A talk by Chris Leahy, Bertrand Chair of Field Ornithology at Mass Audubon, Thursday, February 11, 7 PM.

Birds of Cape Ann, Talk,photos, and short films by local filmmaker and photographer Kim Smith, Thursday, February 18th, at 7PM.

The Artful Birdhouse: An auction of artist-created birdhouses, Sunday, February 21, Preview: 1-2 PM, Live Auction at 2:15 PM.

Raffle Drawing for a basket of birding related items, Sunday, March 6 at 2 PM

The Cultural Center Gallery

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 Gallery hours: Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM

Bonapartes Gulls Preening -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

Bonaparte’s Gulls Preening Lighthouse Beach

2015 Rocky Neck Polar Plunge

2015 Rocky Neck PlungeSarah Grow for the Open Door Food Pantry

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge ©Kim Smith 2015With below average temperature and wicked wind, the 2015 Rocky Neck Polar Plunge Open Door Food Pantry Fundraiser was a plunge to remember. Dru, pictured above and below, reports that it wasn’t too bad running towards, or even diving in. The worst was running back to the beach against the bitter biting blast that had picked up during the event, and the fact that he couldn’t feel his feet!

Hats Off and Congratulations to All You Brave Polar-Plunging Souls!

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge  Dru Anne Malveaux©Kim Smith 2015

Dru and Anne Malvaux

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge -3©Kim Smith 2015

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Emma Duckworht ©Kim Smith 2015Emma Duckworth

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Meadow Michelle Anderson ©Kim Smith 2015Michelle and Meadow Getting Ready to Plunge

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Emma Nicole Jude Duckworth ©Kim Smith 2015Emma, Nicole, and Jude

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Michelle, Chris, Atticus, Meadow ©Kim Smith 2015Michelle, Chris, Atticus, and Meadow

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Donna Ardizonni Pete Lovasco ©Kim Smith 2015Donna and Pete

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Nicole Jude Emma Ben ©Kim Smith 2015Emma, Nicole, Ben, Jude, and David Calvo

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Nicole aand Jude©Kim Smith 2015Nicole and Jude

2015 Rocky Neck Plunge Catherine Paul McGeary Karen Ristuben©Kim Smith 2015Karen Ristuben and Catherine and Paul McGeary back at the Cultural Center for hot cocoa and cookies.

charting the paths for plastic soup patches of our oceans

Catherine Ryan submits

Hi Joey,

It’s not beach balls and rubber duckies. Great time lapse visualizations of how garbage moves around our oceans to the 6 largest patches (they used surface drifter buoys with GPS sensors).

“What we found is patches are international problem…It’s not that plastic from one country ends up in one particular patch; quite the contrary, all of the plastic ends up in all the patches and all are interconnected in a way we didn’t know before”. One big evolve take away: invent plastic that disintegrates. Less intimidating do it yourself adjustments: easy stuff at home here http://www.plasticfreeguide.com/




More garbage patch info and docs worth a look: Look for this artful, full on feeling, elegiac nature doc from photographer Chris Jordan  http://www.midwayfilm.com/index.html image004


Or Angela Sun’s (still in progress) chatty, more entertainment tonight-like still unflinching delivery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pRy88R-4BI




In Gloucester all things eco green visit Maritime Gloucester and Oceans Alliance for their efforts, and the Farmer’s Market. Tons of GMG contributors and other local media. Plenty of volunteer clean up orgs. And see local artists’ work such as Karen Ristuben’s art (9 videos are here http://vimeo.com/user2947114/videos including:

Trash Calendar

Deposition of the Ocean as Witness

North Pacific Gyre Voyage

In Gloucester all things eco green visit Maritime Gloucester and Oceans Alliance for their efforts, and the Farmer’s Market. And see local artists’ work such as Karen Ristuben’s art (9 videos are here http://vimeo.com/user2947114/videos )


Look right here, too, GMG is stewardship—business, arts, nature, beauty, community! See Joey’s photography and posts: it’s not just Good Morning Gloucester, but Wake UP Gloucester! Look at the wide range of MA Green stories from lobsters to rosa rugosa https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/the-rosa-rugosa-is-starting-o-come-alive/ to solar powered lobster pot haul https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/video-next-generation-lobstermen-brett-and-jake-donovan-and-their-solar-powered-lobster-pot-hauler/. Then go right down the GMG mast head.

Kim Smith’s naturalist take whether how NOT to approach a seal or the indelible imprint on all butterfly musings evermore https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/wow-and-wondeful-150-milkweed-plants-ordered/

EJ’s sensitivity to our surroundings is there often—and she spreads awareness, most recently her OA posts –Jane Goodall! https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/ocean-alliance-and-jane-goodall/

Donna’s photography, too, and volunteer dedication  https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/what-community-is-all-about-burnhams-field-clean-up/, https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/one-hour-at-a-time-gang-city-clean-up-saturday/
And Fred, Marty, Kathy, Felicia, I mean ALL GMG. Reverent.

JoeAnn Hart’s Book Launch Party at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center

JoeAnn Hart Float party ©Kim Smith 2013

JoeAnn Hart’s book release party at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center was a whopping success. So many congratulations JoeAnn!!!  There are few things more monumental than publishing a book with a publishing house, especially in light of the ease in which books are self-published today. I purchased my copy of Float Friday night and haven’t put it down.  See GMG tomorrow for an excerpt from Float.

JoeAnn Hart Float party -1 ©Kim Smith 2013

JoeAnn Hart Karen Ristuben Float party ©Kim Smith 2013

Cover Artist Karen Ristuben and Author JoeAnn Hart

JoeAnn Hart Jen Fahey Christie Powell Float party ©Kim Smith 2013JPG

Jen Fahey, Christie Powell, JoeAnn Hart

Tom Hauck Lois Philip Budrose JoeAnn Hart Float party ©Kim Smith 2013

Tom Hauck, Lois and Philip Budrose

Greg bover JoeAnn Hart Float party ©Kim Smith 2013

Greg Bover

JoeAnn Hart Karen Ristuben-2 Float party ©Kim Smith 2013

Karen Ristuben

Visit JoeAnn’s website to purchase your copy of Float.

“Much Needed Medicine” – First 2012-13 Berklee in Gloucester review by Karen Ristuben

Local artist, musician and President of Rocky Neck Art Colony, Karen Ristuben attended the Berklee in Gloucester show at The Gloucester House on Thursday (10/25).  Here’s what she had to say about it:

Jazz as much needed medicine, my table-mates and I agreed.  On Thursday Oct. 25, The Jim Odgren Quintet energized the Gloucester House with two fabulous jazz sets.  On smoking alto sax, Odgren led the band through a tasty array of be-bop, ballads and straight-aheads from Evans to Coltrane.  Young guitarist Lucian Gray defied finger speed records as he sailed over the fret-board  relaxed, cross-legged, confident, superb.  On keys, Davis Whitfields’ understated, elegant renderings and his composed countenance belied his young age.  And rhythm section, student Roberto Giaquinto on drums and Berklee professor and bassist Dave Santoro were unflappable and inspired.

It was an evening all too rare in Gloucester these days, with the Latitude 43 jazz nights gone and no other Cape Ann jazz venue in sight apart from the Franklin Cape Ann’s excellent regulars.

This Berklee series, a worthy benefit for young Gloucester music students, gives us great players, a listening room where you can actually listen, and the welcome chance to get inside the healing relief of live  jazz.

NOTE: After the storm we’ll announce the next show.  You won’t want to miss it.  There’s some cool Halloween entertainment happening this week.  Check out the live music schedule for Gloucester and Cape Ann here.

HAT Party Pics From Karen Ristuben

Karen Ristuben submits-

Hi Joey,
A few pics from our HAT Gala last Friday Aug.17 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck…what a place we live in, what an amazing community project we’re building, and what a blast we had!!  Thank to so many friends, neighbors, and newcomers who came to celebrate Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District designation and generously contributed to the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Building Fund.  Thanks to all, and stay tuned as this community-wide project takes flight!!  Check out the Calendar at www.rockyneckartcolony.org and sign up for our weekly newsletter to keep up with The Center’s events..
Best to you,

Karen Ristuben Presenting Monday March 5th at Endicott

imageKaren Ristuben Writes-

Hello all,
Just a note to tell you that I’ll be presenting "Just, one word…" at Endicott College’s Rose Performance Center on
Monday, March 5, 7:30 pm.  This presentation is being co-sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch (http://www.salemsound.org) and The Environmental Society of Endicott College.
Please come, and spread the word about this event: a multimedia performance/lecture on the issue of marine plastic pollution, plastics toxicity and public health viewed through the lenses of marine science, economics, politics, and public policy.  Hope to see you there!!
Directions:  (http://www.endicott.edu/Academics/ArtDesign-Academics/CenterForTheArtsDirections.aspx)
Karen Ristuben

presentation pic

Cynthia Capone Photo

Karen Ristuben Interviewed about Last Night’s City Council Approved East Gloucester Cultural District

Patty Knaggs has a great informative interview with Karen Ristuben about the East Gloucester Cultural District on her blog. Click the link below to check it out.

Patty Knaggs Blog


The Center at Rocky Neck COMMUNITY-WIDE MEETING Wednesday Nov. 16, 7 pm


Karen Ristuben writes-

Hello friends and supporters of The Center at Rocky Neck (our new working title for the former Christian Science Church):
This is a friendly reminder that we will meet at The Center next Wednesday, November 16, at 7 pm.
  Since our first community-wide meeting on September 15:
* the Rocky Neck Art Colony voted 55-3 to move forward with next steps toward the building’s purchase, specifically, to conduct a Feasibility Study (est. $10,000) and to pay for the option to purchase the building ($1,000/month for the 2012 calendar year).  We are in the process of our initial fundraising drive to collect donations toward those efforts.  A convenient Paypal system is now in place at www.rockyneckartcolony.org
* Jay Paget, the lead administrator for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Grant visited the building and offered support and  encouragement through our application process in the upcoming 2012 funding cycle.
* Mayor Kirk conducted her State of the City address at The Center last weekend (photo attached) and again offered her support for the building project, indicating that Community Preservation funding may be available.
* At her fundraiser luncheon yesterday, Rep. Ann Margaret Ferrante enthusiastically discussed the building project as a beacon of cultural economic development for East Gloucester.
* Necessary building improvements are underway by present owners Steve and Kathy Archer.
At Wednesday’s meeting, we’ll discuss:
1.  planning and development to date;
2.  The Center’s mission and vision;
3.  the role of the RNAC and the broader community in The Center’s programming;
4.  The Center’s governance and management.
If you have any concerns or questions before the meeting, please feel free to call me or contact any of the other officers of RNAC. 
PLEASE come and show your support – we hope to see you there!
Karen Ristuben
Rocky Neck Art Colony

Karen Ristuben "Beneath the Blue" Installation/Presentation September 3 At The White Ellery House


Hello all,
Wanted to let you know that I’m doing an installation and presentation at Cape Ann Museum’s White Ellery House on Sat. Sept. 3, from 11-3 pm.  I’ll be presenting my 45-minute performance/lecture at 11:30 and 1:30 called "Just, one word…"
The project deals generally with our use, over-use, and disposal of plastics, and their toxicity and effect on our public health.  The presentation specifically highlights the issue of marine plastic pollution and its impact on ocean ecosystems including the marine food chain.  The project is based on a whole lot of research I’ve done in the past year or so, including my voyage last month across the North Pacific with leading marine scientists who study the issue of marine plastic pollution.
Addressing this issue as an artist, I’m offering a different kind of communication of the hard scientific data that is currently on the minds of many marine scientists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and policy-makers.  I hope you will join me at the White Ellery House on September 3! 

Voting Begins for The GIMMESOUND.COM GiveBack Live Music Series

From Vickie Van Ness-

Time to Vote!

For Fans Choice
For the GIMMESOUND.COM GiveBack Live Music Series

You can vote for your favorite artist NOW!
Save these dates: September 30, 2009 at T.T. the Bear’s Place in Cambridge, MA and October 7, 2009 at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. Details & sample tracks from our featured performers here.
Just to bring anyone up to speed- on GIMMESOUND.COM you can download any of these artists songs which are hosted at the site for free and they will get paid through advertisements.  It’s a win for the artist, a win for the consumer(you) and their music gets heard by a wider audience.  Good Stuff!
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