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Pictures from last nights’ reception at Bank Gloucester for the unveiling of renowned artist Ken Knowles painting “Schooner Race” commissioned by Bank Gloucester. A smaller version of the painting was auctioned off by auctioneer Senator Tarr (clearly his second calling!) with proceeds donated to Wellspring.
Here is my Painting, “Meeting On Rum-Row”
It’s 1932, Prohibition and two former Gloucester fishing schooners meet up with the US Coast Guard’s 75’ patrol boat, CG-100 which was then based in Gloucester. They are on Rum-Row, 3 miles off the coast of New York and New Jersey. The coast guard is charged with patrolling the 3 Mile Territorial Limit to protect against the illegal entry of liquor into the US.
On the left is the 100 ft. Sch. H.L. Marshall and on the right is the 110 ft. Sch. Arethusa. Both were Essex-built and had been high-liners among the Gloucester fishing fleet. They were purchased by the legendary bootlegger, Bill “The Real” McCoy of Florida. Both were rebuilt, strengthened and had their twin auxiliary engines replaced. The Arethusa had a new ten ft. bowsprit added to accommodate a flying jib and increase her carrying capacity to 16,000 cases of liquor. The Marshall carried 15,000 cases They were operating out of the Bahamas under British registry. At that time the Arethusa’s name was changed to Tomoka after McCoy’s home port in Florida. They were fast under sail or power and the nemises of the US Coast Guard. At the height of his career, McCoy operated six former fishing schooners, hauling illegal booze from the Bahamas, Cuba, Bermuda, Jamaica and St. Pierre & Miquellen Islands off Newfoundland. Those cases, offloaded on Rum-Row to fast small boats and landed in the US earned McCoy $10/case. The Marshall carried 1,500 cases and the Arethusa 1,600 and would earn him $31,000 cash
Rum-row was the 3 mile territorial limit of US legal jurisdiction off our coastline at the time. The federal boats had no jurisdiction outside the limit and the smart rum-runners stayed outside to avoid capture. McCoy operated one and hired young, seasoned fishing captains to skipper his other boats. His boats were mounted with Bofors and Colt Machine guns – not to battle the Coast Guard but, as protection against mob-owned hi-speed boats that cruised the “row” and hi-jacked unprotected ships. McCoy earned the nickname, The Real McCoy because he refused to buy his liquor from the mobsters and guaranteed it was not watered down.
Eventually, McCoy was captured by what he and many others claimed to be a very unscrupulous trick by the Coast Guard. My next painting in this series will be the show-down between his Schooner Tomoka/Arethusa and the cutter Seneca.
Our Lobsterman Tommy Burns named his boat The Arethusa after Bill “The Real” McCoy’s Schooner Arethusa.
Paul Frontiero Photo-
Check out Paulie Walnuts Post Here-
Definition: Arethusa was a nymph, possibly the daughter of an Arcadian river god, and a follower of the virgin goddess Artemis. One day as she was bathing, she discovered the river god Alpheus desired her, so she fled. She ran as far as the island of Syracuse, but he kept up. In desperation, Arethusa called on Artemis to defend her. Artemis did what she could. She transformed Arethusa into a spring, but according to Pausanias, the nymph didn’t remain pure even in her transformed state. Alpheus had himself transformed into a river running under the spring so that the waters of river and spring might mingle. AND KNOW YOU KNOW.
There are also these videos from Ben who came up and had a short stint aboard the Tommy’s Arethusa-
You may remember Ben from his brief stint as a lobsterman aboard Tommy Burns’ Arethusa and the Cartoon That Was Made About His Experience-
I happened upon Peter painting a few weeks back near the lily pond on Eastern Avenue, and I just had to stop and see what he was working on. I was stunned at the beauty of his work. This is one of many pieces you can find at the TRIBUTE EXHIBITION at the North Shore Arts Association going on July 30th through August 10th. The big reception is tonight from 6-8pm!! Peter was as kind, and as talented, as you would imagine. There will be amazing work from many other artists as well. For more info go to http://www.nsarts.org NOW GO SUPPORT AND CELEBRATE OUR LOCAL ART STARS!!!!
Save the Date! This Saturday and Sunday from 12-6 we will be hosting open studios in the Blackburn building, 2 Main Street, Gloucester. Stop on by, say hi, browse our work and have some snacks!
Come through the parking lot to the entrance at the back/side of the building and take the elevator up toe the third floor.
I will have my vintage shop, Madcap Style, open so come and visit me on the 3rd floor! I will be adding lots of new summer clothes and accessories too.
Here’s the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/141926372680349/
I hope to see you there!
Susan Kelly would love to get a special artist sticker, so she could park her car as a resident, to promote our great City in her art.
Yesterday evening there was an art party at The Annie for the opening of a show of beautiful paintings by Sheila Lavelle. The artist was present, as was Henry Allen (founder of The Annie).
Her paintings are tranquil and calming, most of them suggestive of beach and sea skylines.
The art was accompanied by dishes of delectable appetizers, presented with artistic flair…
…including faux “candles” glowing in origami boxes!
If you can’t make it, you can also view and buy her art on line.
It’s easy to take it for granted that we live in a city with lots of beauty, so it’s good to be reminded now and then that we are surrounded by works of art and ingenuity. For instance, I like this mural on the side of the Benjamin Moore store on Railroad Ave. – not just because it’s well painted, but because it is somewhat self-referential: a painting (on a paint store) of painters painting the wall they are painted on…
Eventually I plan to get photos of more of our city’s murals…
-Fr. Matthew Green
Tally’s seems to be the main (or only) tow truck business in town. I don’t know much about them, except that they have really cool trucks. Here is one. I like the custom paint job on the side!
You may have seen some of Alice Garder’s work at the Annie last December…
…or at other venues. She also organizes the monthly painter/photographer meeting downtown. The other day I met her just outside her studio, right next to the Cape Ann Museum, and she invited me in to see her work space! Here are a few photos.
This is a shot I took with my camera’s built-in panorama option, so there are some jagged lines, but I liked the overview it gives of the space.
Among her specialties are house portraits, as you can see here:
Thank you for the tour, Alice!
“Show me yours and i’ll show you mine”
From Barry Marshall;
Thank You so much for Good Morning Gloucester.I moved away years ago but once a Gloucester boy always a Gloucester boy.So enjoyed all the pictures and stories and actually will be back there for a couple weeks mid May.This is my palette .Unfortunately It seems the palette gets more attention then the paintings,still working on that.I studied with one of the best Gloucester painters around,David Curtis.With out his help I don’t know where I’d be today.I have a small gallery on the Central Coast of California and paint on location almost daily.
Thank You Again, In Paint, Barry Marshall”
Last weekend I went for a stroll in Rockport to visit some of the shops and galleries that are starting to open, now that warmer weather is here.
Among the doors that were open was that of Corey Tevan’s gallery on Bearskin Neck.
It’s worth the visit just to meet Corey, who is a very warm and interesting person. He brings a great spiritual and artistic sensitivity to his work.
Many of the paintings on display are ethereal, otherworldly cityscapes with one or two dominant, deeply saturated hues, although examples of other kinds of work are also on display – some with brilliant rainbows of color, as you can see in the background of the last photo in this post. Some of the paintings exhibited are still works in process, at varying stages – from fathomless starry skies waiting to be occupied, to cities still emerging from the blue mist of the canvas.
I ended up buying one of the smaller paintings that really caught my fancy. Maybe someday I’ll save up and buy one of the big ones… I find his work very calming and engrossing to view.
There were a few other people visiting the gallery at that time, one of whom turned out to be a very skilled magician, Dario Pittore. He dazzled us with a few tricks, including making a tree and a ladder appear out of old newspapers.
His gallery is at 60 Bearskin Neck. Stop in and check it out when you get a chance! It’s really worth it.
What interests me most of this mural (in a stairwell at St. Ann’s Church) is not the currently-out-of-fashion but historically correct liturgical garb of the presiding prelate (although, as a priest, I find it interesting), but rather the skyline on the shore. I wonder exactly what view of Gloucester this is supposed to represent? It certainly doesn’t match the current skyline, but obviously things have changed over the decades. The other paintings show that the artist paid attention to detail, so I don’t think he just made it up.
This distinguished, brooding portrait almost seems to depict some Spanish caballero of the type painted by Velázquez or El Greco. However, I met a cheerier version of this same face on Wednesday at the Cape Ann Museum. It belongs to Leon Doucette, who was our docent for the regular 11AM guided tour. He grew up in Gloucester, moved away for a few years (including college), and then moved back recently and started working at the Cape Ann Museum. His local knowledge and love of art was evident in the tour he gave us.
Besides being a really nice person, he is a very talented painter. When he said he is an artist, I looked him up right away on my iPhone and found his blog. My first thought when I saw his painting was, “why is this guy not 24/7 behind an easel?” I guess it’s hard for an artist – especially a young man who is relatively new on the scene – to get enough work painting to do that full-time. At least he has a job in an art museum! But honestly, his work is really good, worth checking out. Here’s another image from his website:
Great, isn’t it? There is a lot more on his blog.
Sadly, he doesn’t have any work on display right now in Gloucester. I am going to follow his blog in the hopes he announces a local show sometime soon.
I wonder how many other talented young artists like Leon are hidden in our midst… They are the future of the art community here on Cape Ann. I hope they get the support and recognition they deserve.
Fortunately, we have initiatives like the The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group, which meets the second Monday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 at the Annie. In general, from what I’ve seen, the Cape Ann art community is very welcoming and encouraging for artists who are new to the area.
Wells Maritime Art recently acquired a large Ken Knowles painting, "East Gloucester from Rocky Neck," 24" x 30". It’s pretty sweet. Very few have seen it. I’ve attached an image.
Also, the e-commerce provider we use for Wells Maritime Art (Volusion) allows us to set up a "Social Store" on Facebook. If you’re logged in to FB, go to
You can actually buy on FB! Pretty cool. We’re offering a 20% discount to those who "like" us.
Not to toot our own horn, but I want to share a couple of photos of the exhibit of photos, painting, pottery, and origami by GoodMorningGloucester contributors! The exhibit started on New Years Day and runs through the month of January.
It was hard to take this panorama, because it required a series of photos, and the library is (thankfully) a busy place, with lots of people walking in and out!
Stop in to see the work closer up for yourself! The library is located across the street from City Hall. Directions and hours (and more, of course!) are available on the library website.
The other day I went for a drive to get some photos of Christmas decorations at local shops. I tried Rocky Neck, but everything was closed and dark, so I ended up at Bearskin Neck in Rockport. Most shops and galleries were closed, but some have very nice Christmas decorations (which I’ll share in another post). I had the pleasant surprise of finding East Gloucester resident Eugene Quinn still in his studio with an “open” sign in the window.
We had a very nice conversation. Although he and I have never met, it turns out we have met some of the same people in the past because one of his paintings ended up at one of the places where I studied in the seminary. His work is very beautiful:
Stop by and visit the gallery! His work is worth seeing first-hand. His regular hours from now until Christmas will be 10AM-5PM (although he may be around off-hours at times). His gallery is at 54 Bearskin Neck Rd., Rockport, MA 01966.
This is my newest Gloucester painting, Gloucester Harbor. I think it looks like the sun is just about to go down. A very restful time.
Debra Bretton Robinson
here’s an interview with Deb we did at Alchemy-
Thank you for publishing my painting of the Alice S. Wentworth. I just finished a painting of F/V Superior, a Gloucester Dragger and I thought you might want to see it too.
My mother’s family were commercial fishermen. They emigrated from Charlevoix, MI to in 1910 and helped begin the gillnet fishery in Gloucester with the Lafonds, Widermans, Tysvers, Arnolds, etc. Grandpa was Capt. John A. Dahlmer and he held an commercial license to operate ships in any waters and was a charter member of the Master Mariners Assn.. He operated steamers and fishing boats on the Great Lakes before moving to Gloucester. Over the years, he owned all or a part of a number of Gloucester boats. I have painted two of them. My first painting was of his "Margared D", named for and christened by my mother in Dunkirk, NY in 1909. Attached is another of grandpa’s boats, the "Superior" a 120′ western-rigged dragger launched in 1932. Her keel was the last laid down by Arthur Story in his Essex yard. In 1934 they added a whaleback bow (the first seen in Gloucester) which is evidenced in the painting. That raised fore-section offered better protection when the crew worked on deck in foul weather and it was a feature soon adopted by many Gloucester fishing vessels.
My painting shows "Superior" entering Gloucester Harbor. She has passed Ten Pound Island, Rocky Neck and the Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory and is turning in to dock at her berth at the Gloucester Machine Shop pier-now Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. The idea came from a photo of her taken in 1933 or 1934. She operated our of Gloucester and Cape May, NJ as a seiner at times but, mostly as a western-rigged dragger and was a high-liner many years Redfishing.
She was taken by the U.S. Navy in 1942 shortly after Pearl Harbor and grandfather was given $1 each year for her use. The Navy used her to transport gasoline, oil and supplies to weather stations along the coasts of Newfoundland and Greenland. Returned by the Navy in 1945, she was sold after grandpa’s death. When grandpa was not in the pilot house she was skippered by my uncles; the captains Ronald, Eber, Lawrence, John or George Dahlmer
Bill Dahlmer Hubbard
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