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When the sun starts to go down the sky turns such a beautiful color. Love going to Magnolia Landing to take some photos. The photo below took from Shore Road.
Congratulations to Ross Burton and many volunteers who rescued and repurposed Virginia Lee Burton artist studio into a most fitting new chapter
Come on inside the Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage which was the acclaimed artist’s former studio! Virginia Lee Burton’s studio was rescued and nestled into the Lanesville Community Center property. The center’s clubhouse and grounds, established in 1954, seem to be the ideal spot for a summer rec program, even more so now. As one enters the cottage through the custom built door, there’s a brand new window straight ahead where the stove and chimney – and asbestos– had been. Virginia Lee Burton needed a wood stove. Today’s visitors won’t. New materials and insulation make the cottage cozy and warm.
At the celebration presentation on October 21, 2018, Mike Burton recounted some history. Virginia Lee Burton purchased her studio from the Building Center in 1963. It was a pre fab home that she repurposed for her needs. He explained that the volunteers leveraged outreach. The Building Center responded with “anything you need,” and was so supportive of the cottage regeneration that they offered the volunteers a $5000 credit towards building materials. It takes an inspiring and talented village. Other area businesses stepped up: Timberline donated shingles; Argentino handled plastering; spray foam so the cottage was winterized; door and window from Dore and Whittier custom built by Chris Rowe from Bayview; KML Electric; plants and flowers from Generous Gardeners; and cut sunflowers for the reception from Shaws. How inspiring to learn that Camilla MacFadyen, artist and textile extraordinaire, had a hand in this studio-raising. Character, warmth, and charm were added to the new exterior wood work. Volunteers salvaged what they could of the studio and rebuilt a gem. Work is still underway. When Burton exited her studio, she faced the ocean. Now it’s an ocean of love. Plans for future community programs and events are underway and volunteers welcome.
Support for the cottage renewal came from residents of Gloucester via CPA funding and donations, various city staff departments (e.g. conservation and community development), and a slew of committed volunteers. Like Russell Hobbs! Here’s the modest presentation listing some key volunteers:
The poignant celebration was held inside the Lanesville Community Center and concluded with an apt recitation from a Little House passage.
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flatrocks gallery WRAP IT UP! 1 & 2
“Come celebrate the artists who have shown with us over the last 10 years (2008-2018) in our final two shows: #1 thru November 4 and #2 Nov 10 – December 16. SUPPORT LOCAL ART!”
Visitors at Eastern Point Lighthouse from Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, and even Germany (Father Mother and Son). Also a Group of people that came to Boston for a wedding, and decide to enjoy Cape Ann before heading back home to California and Wisconsin.