Did You Know? (Mugs Up!)

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

This morning ushered in the start of a new Rocky Neck Sunday morning tradition – GMG Mugs Up!  At 10:00 am on Sunday mornings, Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery will host Mugs Up! – coffee and whatever with your favorite GMG leader, Joey C. and the team, FOB’s, visitors and stragglers by that we lure in with the boisterous fun and frivolity that ensues.  Today’s Mugs Up was great fun, and offered an amazing outlay of awesome foodstuff provided by FOB, and recent video’d GMG personality finding her Paul Frontiero Art Rocks! Rock at Capt. Joe & Sons – Patti Keenan.  Thank you so much Patti for the incredibly generous spread you brought.  Paul Frontiero also brought a coffeecake, which was delicious.  You can see Joey scoffing a piece of it here.  See R. Duck laying claim to the spread before Ed Collard had a chance to move in.  We experienced a sweet gesture of generosity on the part of Paul Frontiero, who gave an art rock to visiting FOB’s Anita Dziedzic and Jim Gularte from CT.  You may remember Anita and her story from a Paul post in August of 2010

 https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/art-rocks-looks-like-it-found-a-great-home/ .  Imagine’s Brenda Malloy came down to join us for some GMG and Madfish Wharf fun.  Sharon Lowe was in the house, as was Paul Morrison and of course R. Duck, as well as Marty, Ed, Joanne, Donna A. and more.  Bob rode over from Squam to get a new GMG sticka and represent.  Mark your calendars for Sunday mornings at 10:00 am at Madfish Wharf for GMG Mugs Up!

E.J. Lefavour


Did You Know? (Record Breaking Striped Bass Caught)

Photo by E.J. Lefavour

That Tony Gonzalez caught a record breaking striped bass this morning off the rocks behind the paint factory on Rocky Neck.  Tony said he’s been fishing this spot for 32 years trying to catch the elusive monster striped bass, and he finally caught it this morning, and Good Morning Gloucester was on the scene to capture this amazing catch.  See photo of Tony with his 54” striper.   (Well maybe it was really only 28”, but it is still really big! And that’s no fish tale.)

E.J. Lefavour


Master Chef Season 2 Featuring Gloucester’s Christian Collins Premieres Monday Night On Fox


At the 36 second mark of the video judge Joe Bastianich says of Christian’s dish- “That’s the kind of dish that wins competitions like this one.”

Click here for the video

Catch the Season Premiere of MasterChef, MON 6/6 at 8/7c, on FOX

Gloucester MA- Home of The Stars-

The show premieres on June 6 at 8 p.m.

MasterChef’ judges from left, Gordon Ramsey, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.

He is featured in the promo here (stay at home dad)-

We have pictures and video from his Seafood Throwdown at The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Facing off vs Passports

Rocky Neck Gallery’s Opening Reception on Saturday, June 11

Waiting by Martha Wakefield

Image #1 Martha Wakefield

Meet new and returning artists at Rocky Neck Gallery’s opening reception on Saturday, June 11, from 5-8 p.m. Joining 22 other North Shore and regional artists at the cooperative gallery in Gloucester are John Cameron, fine furniture maker and engraver, Deborah Geurtze, printmaker; David Piemonte, traditional black and white photographer; and Deborah Worrall, potter.

East Gloucester is the setting for John Cameron’s workshop where he designs and builds furniture on commission. He believes that “furniture should be quietly pleasing, humming softly rather than loudly proclaiming its presence … fitting into a room for many years to come.” John studied with James Krenov in California and has shown his work in galleries in New York State, California and numerous venues on the East Coast.

A deep connection to nature is reflected in the etchings and monotypes of Deborah Geurtze. She writes, “Wilderness – its patterns and complexity – are a continual source of my inspiration.” Deborah studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and printmaking with Robert Bero. She has recently moved to Rocky Neck from upstate New York.

Six months in Venice, Italy, was a pivotal point in David Piemonte’s career. There he discovered the beauty and solitude of night photography. Working exclusively with black and white film, Piemonte makes traditional prints using archival processing techniques. He has exhibited his award-winning work in numerous venues and has lived on Cape Ann since 1980.

Now living in Gloucester, but originally from Ecuador, Ruth Worrall came to the United States at age 16. After taking a pottery class in Maine in her mid- twenties, she was briefly excited about becoming a potter. Fifteen years later, she went back to college and took more pottery classes. It was then that she realized “clay was what I was meant to do!” Ruth makes traditional, functional pottery and loves knowing her work will bring art into the day-to-day lives of those who own her pots.

Returning Rocky Neck Gallery members include oil painters, watercolorists, potters, printmakers, mixed media artists, photographers and jewelers.

Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930 Hours, June to October, are: Sunday – Wednesday 11-6; Thursday – Saturday 11–8. See our Facebook page and Twitter for up-to-date information and visit our website atrockyneckgallery.com

Telephone: 978-282-0917

Sticks and Stones by David Piemonte

Image #3 Piemonte Sticks and Stones

Breaking News!!! Here’s the Official Scoop On The Birdseye Property From Sheree DeLorenzo

Where do you hear it first?  GMG, Natch!

Beach Front Gloucester Commercial LLC, a limited liability corporation formed for the purpose of acquiring the Bird’s Eye property located at 47-61 Commercial Street along with 10 Beach Court in Gloucester, Massachusetts, has entered into a Purchase and Sales agreement to acquire these properties. Sheree DeLorenzo, owner-operator of Cruiseport Gloucester LLC is the lead project manager for the Bird’s Eye project.

“Our intentions for the property are in keeping with mixed use along Gloucester’s working waterfront. We have no intentions of condos at this site. However, this location is ideal for a hotel, restaurant and conference / function facility,” said DeLorenzo.

“We have shown with Cruiseport that it is possible to have successful mixed use projects that contribute jobs and revenue to the city,” continued DeLorenzo.

Cruiseport Gloucester LLC currently consists of a function hall, restaurant, commercial marina, and is homeport to national and international cruise ships. Cruiseport currently employs approximately 150 people. Nine commercial fishing vessels regularly utilize the Cruiseport commercial docks along with the LNG service tugboat.

“We want to work with the neighborhood and the city of Gloucester to bring about the positive change that we know is possible for the beautiful city of Gloucester,” said DeLorenzo.

Mayor Carolyn Kirk has been briefed by DeLorenzo and expressed optimism about this latest news regarding Bird’s Eye. Said Kirk, “these plans are in keeping with the long-standing goal of the city to attract a downtown hotel, expand the tax base, generate revenue, and bring about additional vitality to Gloucester.”

Additional comment will be forthcoming after the closing date which is approximately 30 days from now.

Rainer Maria Rilke Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow"
Rainer Maria Rilke  (1875-1926)

Rilke is often regarded as the most significant poet in the German language. Born in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Rilke was sent to military school, but rebelled and studied the humanities at university. He became the protégé, and some say lover, of Lou Andreas-Salome, an older intellectual woman, and traveled extensively with her including a visit to Tolstoy. He settled in Paris after the turn of the century, writing much of his best work there including his Requiem poems.  He later lived in Trieste and then Zurich where he continued his deep examination of the nature of life and death. In 1922 he finished his best known work, the Duino Elegies. He died of leukemia at 51.

Greg Bover

click picture for the wikipedia page


Join Us For Coffee At The Khan Studio Good Morning Gloucester Gallery Sunday Morning June 5th at 10AM

We will have an unveiling of the new colors on the GMG Sticka version 5.0, free coffee, your favorite GMG personalities and more.   If you are a FOB or a vacationer who is visiting from out of town this is a great way for us to meet you.

Bring your cameras if you have them and if people want we can go on a photo safari afterwards.  There aren’t many more photographic opportunities than right outside the doors of the GMG Gallery on historic Rocky Neck.  Industrial waterfront meets the oldest working art colony in the United States and we’re right smack dab in the middle of it!

Come say hey!!!!

77 Rocky Neck Ave at Madfish Wharf 10:00AM Sunday June 5th

click the map for directions-


Chickity Check It! Deb Bretton Robinson’s Latest Gloucester Harbor Painting

Hi Joey.
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
Fine Artist

gloucester retake2

here’s an interview with Deb we did at Alchemy-