Visiting East Gloucester galleries in the summer is like attending an art fair outdoors. Walk gorgeous surroundings and enjoy the great thrill and fun of seeing and purchasing works by established and emerging artists. Here’s a mini gallery guide for July, and a reminder that it doesn’t list every exhibit. Just a sampling. Also note special events happening today and tomorrow: TODAY at Gallery 53, 1-3pm: Working with precious metal clay Trish Conant artist demonstration. TONIGHT Grand Fatilla concert at the Cultural Center. TOMORROW evening, Sunday, artist talk by Hilary Harrison about her exhibition on view at the Cultural Center.
North Shore Arts Association
150 works from Artists Members through July 30th, the second exhibition in 2016, fill the first and second floors. Two more exhibits are on view. On the first floor, past the reception desk, many many generous artists donated their art–each painting on the same size slate matrix, recovered from the Paint Factory. They comprise a special silent auction closing July 30, 2016. “100% of the proceeds from the Paint Factory Painted Slate Fundraising Silent Auction will benefit the restoration efforts of both North Shore Arts Association and Ocean Alliance of Gloucester.” Visit the NSAA gallery to enjoy them and to place your bid. You can also contact NSAA directly at 978.283.1857.
Art by new NSAA members, like a Lanes Cove print by James Oliver, are in the farthest room and not to be missed.
The current exhibit at Gallery 53 features prints by Coco Berkman. Some of Mary Rhinelander’s prints are on view, various media. (I bought an impression of Mary’s blueberries for a gift, but I kept it!) It’s a great chance to see different mediums in action. I worked with a couple of artists that created reduction linocuts, Coco’s method. They called it ‘suicide block’ due to its risk. She makes it look easy. (You can see a reduction linocut by Don Gorvett in the collection at Cape Ann Museum.)
ROCKY NECK CULTURAL CENTER
Hilary Harrison: Sacred Nature. Reflection and reverie in her installation of sculpture and ink jet photography (printed by the artist on nice matte Hahnemule paper.) I’d recommend ending with this exhibit if you are seeing several in one day.
Survey from several decades and bodies of work –a retrospective expression of the life around him, wherever he’s lived. There are 200+ paintings on view (as much as the entire NSAA two floor building!) Versatile and original painter. Read Gail McCarthy’s story in the Gloucester Daily Times
SIDE STREET GALLERY
Dominic Nesta and his unmistakeable fishing boat ‘Tide Skipper’ coming home Friday night, with the Fort in the background. I think the pilot house on the small book gives it a very interesting, unique look, making it always easy to identify whenever seen in the Harbor.
Hey Joey, I found these today, my Great Great Great Grandfather is Augusts Story Wonson, you know 24 Wonson Street Rocky neck first home built and the famous “Paint Factory” Enjoy and feel free to share… Best Regards. Wm Keniston
Now housing Sailor Stans!
So many thanks to everyone who came out for my talk at the Cultural Center last night. Thank you to old friends who were there and thank you to my new friends; it was a pleasure to meet you! We had a wonderful turnout. The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck and the Rocky Neck Art Colony did a tremendous job hosting. With special thanks and gratitude to Martha Swanson, Suzanne Gilbert Lee, Jane Keddy, Karen Ristuben, Tom Nihan, and Mary Lou. The Beautiful Birds of Cape Ann thank you to!
Mr. Swan and Mallards Rocky Neck Gloucester
Roz Gold of Rocky Neck made the front page of the paper in Bradenton, FL while on a vacation on Anna Marie Island in Florida checking out the stone crab mac & cheese at a benefit for Filling Young Stomachs. Roz volunteers at Gloucester’s Food Bank. Rick Gold
Tonight’s sunset panorama from Rocky Neck’s Wonson’s Cove, with a pretty rainbow-like arch over the Harbor.
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Susan Nilsson of Rockport is described as white, 5’5″ tall, 130 pounds, and with green eyes. She was walking on Rocky Neck Friday night. Police found personal items belonging to her on a dock and in the water. Anyone with information about her disappearance is encouraged to call Gloucester Police at (978) 283-1212.
I’m surprised that when the Rudder was renovated they didn’t keep that puke green color and instead went with a deep Gloucester cranberry
Notice the windows in this photo EJ took way back then on the postcard? No awning nowadays though. I suppose delivery trucks would rip those awnings down on a daily basis if they were still on the front of the building.
Two Sisters from China Visiting Gloucester
Surfer from Rocky Neck with a Gloucester Smile
Laurelin with the 1968 Cardinal trailer that serves as the Mobile Museum of American Artifact’s home.
The Mobile Museum of American Artifacts curator Laurelin Kruse is looking for donations from Gloucester residents. She is most interested in objects of a personal nature that tell a story about the owner. Stop in tonight at the Lanesville Community where the museum will be open and Laurelin will be accepting donations.
Laeurelin writes, I’ll be at the Lanesville Community Center tonight during the Mayoral Debates and Thursday at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. Otherwise I can usually be found at the Rocky neck parking lot [on the causeway to Rocky Neck] or check my Instagram (name: theMMoAA ) for my whereabouts.
On the 24th at 7pm I will have an on open studio in the Rocky Neck parking lot where I’ll show all the artifacts I’ve collected from Gloucester in a final exhibit inside the Mobile Museum and will discuss my process and experience here.
Until then, I’m looking for objects from people in Gloucester with personal stories behind them. People can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment to donate their artifact. Or they can come find me during one of my scheduled outings.
This is all thanks to the Goetemann Artist Residency at the Rocky Neck Art Colony.
For more information about the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts, see E.J.’s previous post here: MMoAA.
and visit their website here: MMoAA
“The Mobile Museum of American Artifacts (MMoAA) is a touring museum of personal objects and their histories. Housed in a small vintage trailer, MMoAA travels from town to town, conducting an “archeology of the present” that uncovers objects of significant (and insignificant) connection to everyday American life. MMoAA’s presence in a city sparks a sense of local pride and inspires people to look into their communities for what gives them and their hometown a sense of place.
MMoAA is an exploration in the everyday, the local—the lives we live and the places we inhabit—and sees the present tense on its way to becoming a story, a thing regarded, the rough draft of memory.”
Surfboard Wax Balls
Arrowheads from Seine Field
Edwin from Ontario Canada, was strolling the Harbor Walk, while his wife was shopping downtown. Edwin indicated he was an avid sailor of 50 years, and loved being near the water. Edwin and his wife were staying in Rocky Neck