Monthly Archives: May 2011

Did You Know? (GMG T’s)

Good Morning Gloucester t-shirts - only at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck

That Paul Frontiero does a really great job at T-shirt printing?  See Paul and Joey here in front of Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery holding up two of the fresh off the press GMG Tees.  These Hanes Beefy T-shirts come in stone washed blue, pale pink and dark gray and can only be found at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck, G3, so come on down and help promote the blog which does so much to help promote Gloucester and greater Cape Ann.  While supply lasts, only $20.

E.J. Lefavour

Did You Know? (Saturday on Rocky Neck)

That there is so much going on around Rocky Neck this Saturday, that you should plan to pack a bag and stay over?  Aside from all the great galleries, restaurants, music and general funky coolness that are going full swing this Memorial Day weekend, there are some special added attractions. 

Amy’s Coffee & Cones will be featuring reggae with Soul Rebel Project from 3:00 to 6:30.  If you missed them Thursday night at Madfish Grill, make sure you catch them at Amy’s, or even if you were at Madfish, you’ll probably want to hear them again, they’re that good.  Then there is always cool, fun, funky and positive Brenda Malloy’s Imagine Gallery – stop in and see what’s new.  Then there are three opening parties going on, so pace yourself.  Rocky Neck Art Gallery will be holding Receptions for both the 2011 Members’ Exhibition and the Break Out Student Exhibit from 5:00 to 8:00pm at 53 Rocky Neck.  Then at 75 Rocky Neck, Kathy Archer of White Bird Gallery and Sigrid Olsen of ISLA at 75 Rocky Neck are collaborating on an opening party, also from 5:00 to 8:00pm – a must do.  And stop by Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck G3, just for the adventure of it, and check out Chris Murray’s new exhibit of 3d photography of Mexico (everyone who has seen it says the same thing: “WOW”), as well as work by the man behind GMG, Joey C. and contributors “Art Rocks” Paul Frontiero, photographer extrodinaire, Sharon Lowe and “Did You Know?” EJ Lefavour.  Then check out Wendy Demuth Photography’s soft opening at 77 Rocky Neck, G5 (next door to Khan Studio and across from ISLA). 

At 8:00pm, Madfish Grill will feature Young Guns Jamboree with Joe & Renee, Charlee Bianchini, Pete Lindberg Band and Jake Parde Band.  I think Rocky Neck is just about the most happening place in the Universe this weekend – so be here, or be somewhere not quite as cool.

Laura Harrington Discusses Her New Novel- Alice Bliss

Laura Writes-

Hi, Joey,
Thank you! for the most fun and most unique interview of my life.
My only regret is that I didn’t get to ask you any questions and so missed an opportunity to learn more about you.
Many, many thanks for your support and your interest.
All best, Laura


Laura Harrington is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and librettist.  She teaches playwriting at MIT and lives in Gloucester, MA.  ALICE BLISS, her first novel, grew out of Harrington’s one-woman musical Alice Unwrapped, which ran off-Broadway in New York and in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival in 2009.

Set in upstate New York, ALICE BLISS is about a 15-year-old girl in 10th grade, named Alice Bliss. She is deeply connected to her dad who is serving in Iraq with his Reserve unit. It’s a transforming coming of age novel about a small town looking after its own in times of loss; the love between an absent father and his daughter; the complicated love between Alice and her mother, Angie; and first love between Alice and the boy next door. It’s a universal story and yet touches upon something very personal: these characters’ struggles amid uncertain times echo our own, lending ALICE BLISS an immediacy and poignancy that are both relevant and real.


Cambridge, MA Harvard Bookstore / 7:00 pm June 8

Peabody, MA                  Barnes & Noble / 7:00 pm                               June 9

Newburyport, MA            Jabberwocky Bookstore @ the Tannery / 7:00 pm       June 10

Concord, MA                  Concord Bookshop / 3:00 pm                            June 12

Northampton, MA            Broadside Bookshop / 7:00 pm                    June 14

Rockport, MA     Toad Hall Books @ Rockport Library / 7:00 pm June 15

Boston, MA                  Boston Public Library / 6:00 pm                     July 12

Portland, ME    Longfellow Books/ 7:00 pm
July 27

Peak’s Island, ME  Friends of Peak’s Island Library/ 7:00 pm
July 28

Did You Know? (Soul Rebel Project)

That I love Reggae?  I have to say that for a bunch of white boys, Soul Rebel Project is good.  Their covers and originals come with the right lick and moves (the Reggae King, Peter Tosh and Sizzla influences are definitely apparent and they would take no offense).  Their lyrics are positive, with an irie Rasta vibe that you can’t help but move to. If you overstand and appreciate Rasta culture and Reggae music, you will love Soul Rebel Project.  Wharf Girl, Alma McLaughlin danced up a storm and had a great time.  My dance card for Thursday night is filled for the summer with Soul Rebel Project at Madfish Grill.

E.J. Lefavour

Nina Samoiloff -Catch


Our Sarah kelley wrote-

Catch features the work of artist Nina Samoiloff, as she collects and collates the pieces she finds on the beaches of Rockport (documented on her blog, also called Catch) before creating sculptures and photographs of her finds. But the artist’s beach finds aren’t the usual gallery suspects, the carefully edited and crafted work involving natural driftwood, shells, or even beach glass. Catch features items of a different sort, all of them man-made — the artist even uses cut lumber, washed up on the beach, instead of naturally-occurring driftwood in her pieces. The show is a sobering and impressive collaboration between man and nature, truly an expression of the time we live in, for better or for worse. A time in which we make permanent stuff to use for a very temporary moment — like water bottles, for instance — before throwing this same stuff away, much of which ends up in the eternal ocean before rolling back onto the shore — and back into our lives.

My sculpture and my obsessive morning ritual of picking up of plastic on the beach (which I document and post on my blog Catch) are symbiotic, without the one the other would not exist. Both are discarded products of a consumer society, and both are a challenge to me as to how to present these items artfully to the viewer. The beach lumber sculptures are a combination of my industrial design education and my desire to recycle. Each piece of lumber speaks to me, it’s shape, texture, color or the nails protruding from it have the potential to become part of a bigger finished sculpture.

– Nina Samoiloff

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