Tag Archives: Paint Factory

Paint Factory–Ocean Alliance Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Supporters

IMG_2486 (2)Many Supporters attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Recognition  Citation from the State of Massachusetts presented by State Senator Bruce Tarr , and State Rep Ann-Margaret Ferrante to Iain Kerr.





The great great grandson of Augustus Henry Wonson, founder of the Tarr & Wonson paint factory  also attended in support with his wife.



Joey C Kickstarter Project Number One- GMG Vajazzling Studio Project

With the number of Kickstarter campaigns spiraling into the stratosphere I’ve decided to launch my own Kickstarter campaign for the very first dedicated Vajazzling Studio In Gloucester.


Let’s be honest, if Short and Main can raise $22K to pay for a Pizza Oven, my drumming up the dough for a Vajzzling Studio should be a no-brainer.

If Duckworth Bistrot can enter a contest for a new door, if EJ can pull off a Kickstarter for her Owl and The Pussycat book, if some crazy cat lady can get a felt costumes for kitty cats project funded, then there’s no way in hell we would fail in our quest to raise enough dough for a fancy local  Vajazzling studio.


It’s all the rage. Screw this lobster business crap.  Stinky bait, angry lobstermen, early morning start time and long hours vs Vajazzling coochies for a living.  Hmmm this is not a very difficult decision.

I’ll just need a back up man to take care of the not-so-attractive patrons.  Paulie Walnuts is looking for work.  Bingo!  Paulie Walnuts and me Vajazzling coochies all over the North Shore.

Help me make my Vajazzling dream a reality.  Look for my upcoming Gloucester based Vajazzling Kickstarter campaign which will be forthcoming.  I will offer many levels of pledges starting with base level backers and working our way up to more comprehensive “rewards” for more substantial backers. 

Short and Main offered a $100 option for-

Receive a signed copy of Food & Wine’s latest cookbook, “America’s Greatest New Cooks” featuring Nico and Amelia Monday. You’ll also receive a menu from opening night and a thank you video from Matt in his lobster suit.

Hell I’ll toss in a signed GMG DVD, a couple Homie Stickas and a video of me in a monkey suit singing the start spangled banner for a hundred bones.

Disclaimer: woman I live with and may or may not be related to through marriage will not be pledging.

If Jennifer Love Hewitt is all in for Vajazzling it’s good enough for me.

If this works out (and obviously it’s money in the bank) we’ll get Kim Smith in there to penizzle up dude’s man-parts.

We could take over the world Vajazzling and Penizzling women and men all over the North Shore.

Editor’s note:

Over/Under on the amount of time before we see a Kickstarter project for the Paint Factory project offering people the right to come in and paint or landscape the joint for a mere $100,000? 

I’m saying within six months and I’m taking the under.

Video- Gloucester MA Waterfront , Rockport, Bearskin Neck, 1959-1967 Part 1

Old reels of tape converted to digital files.  Ciaramitaro and Curcuru families.  Benny Curcuru, Auntie Annie, Captain Joe and Felicia Ciaramitaro.  Stage Fort Park, Gloucester Harbor, the Paint Factory, The Dragger Fleet, Downtown, Rogers Street, The Gloucester House, Bearskin Neck, Rockport.  I don’t recognize a lot of the older Italian women and men, feel free to leave a comment with the names you recognize and the time displayed when you see them in the comments on this video.  Thank you

Gloucester MA Waterfront , Rockport, Bearskin Neck, 1959-1967 from Joey on Vimeo.

Paint Factory Restoration – Progress on “E” Building

IMG_0285  Ian Kerr from Ocean Alliance takes notes on progress at the Paint Factory.

They have come a long way. Removed all the paint pasted to the floors, installed radiate heat in the floors, all new walls inside, carpeting, plumbing, yet maintaining as much of the original wood as possible.

See GMG Video on the beginning.

The “E” Building is becoming a love of hard work and dedication.

This will be one of Gloucester’s Pride Land Mark.

GMG will keep you posted on this project.

Below are some photos of the Progress:



However Much More has to be done.


Paint Factory Update From Amy Kerr

Hey Joey!
Iain’s busy trying to get Ocean Alliance into the Paint Factory, so I
thought I would give you a quick update on what’s happening this fall,
because we’re close! As you can see in the photos, R.B. Strong Excavating
and Sewage Co. have put in a new septic line (the original drained into the
harbor!). The water main was broken, so that had to be dug up and fixed.
Building E, the smaller brick building, has a new roof made of recycled
plastic shingles, new triple glazed windows at a huge discount from Marvin
Windows, new gutters, skylights, wiring, and soon-to-be finished new
plumbing. We also have a new fence donated by Boston Fencing and a new
mailbox, meaning 32 Horton Street will be receiving mail for probably the
first time since the 1980’s. This is all after over a million dollars spent
on toxic cleanup of the site, which is ongoing. Geoffrey H. Richon, Co. has
done an amazing job, as always, overseeing the project. Many thanks to those
who have offered their support, and if you want to get involved and help us
reach our goal of moving in this fall you can go to our website
Happy Fall!
Amy Kerr and everyone at Ocean Alliance

Only $12,000,000 To Go




Ocean Alliance, based on figures provided by the lead architect, has a goal of raising approximately $12 million to restore the ~ 20,000 Sq.ft buildings in a way that mediates existing contamination, maintains their historic exterior appearance while modeling the interior as a practical, accessible research, education and historic center.

Only $12,000,000?  Hopefully the architect throws in a blowjob to sweeten the deal.

Ray & Linda Furniss Love Gloucester and Plan To Return

Good Morning,

My wife and I traveled to Gloucester a couple of years back for vacation and for a whale watch. We absolutely fell in love with Gloucester and plan on returning. I thought I would send along just one of the outstanding views I was able to capture. I hope you enjoy it.


Ray & Linda Furniss Oswego, NY.

Gloucester Trip 10-11-09 31 - Version 2

Zoomed In

Zoomed In from the State Fish Pier


A Closer Look At The Paint Factory

A Closer Look At The Paint Factory


Rockport Sculptor Jenna Powell to Exhibit Work Based on the Paint Factory!

A piece by Jenna Powell based on the Paint Factory in Gloucester.

Rockport sculptor Jenna Powell is showing at Lesley University from February 16th to April 16th. The work in her show is based on the castings from the iconic Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory in Gloucester, with results both aesthetically and historically important. From Jenna:

I began the Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory project in Gloucester Massachusetts with the assumption that the remaining historic structures would be of primary interest, not the story of paint discovered within. Inside, multi-colored traces of history are frozen in varying stages of liquidity: flowing, dripping, oozing, splattering, lumping and layering. The paint evokes the memory of mass production recorded throughout and between multiple stories, floorboards, ceilings, and walls.

Check out her website: 
The show is located at:
Gallery @ University Hall


1815 Massachusetts Ave 
Cambridge, Ma
Atrium Gallery 2nd floor 9am – 9pm


« Older Entries Recent Entries »