Did You Know? (Cape Ann and GMG Rock the Art World!)

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That Cape Ann and Good Morning Gloucester now rule the Contemporary Art and Culture world – in New England anyway?  We all know that Gloucester has a long and prestigious arts reputation and history, but this summer Cape Ann is being heavily promoted (12 pages worth) in the July/August 2011 issue of Art New England.  The cover featured artwork is John Sarkin’s I am what I am, and the lead photo on the Focus On Cape Ann is Joey Ciaramitaro’s, as well as feature photos by Wendie Demuth www.wendiedemuthphotos.com Focus on Rocky Neck, and David Piedmonte www.newmoongreetings.com and Angela Cook www.oasisrockport.com on Rockport.  There is great coverage on Rockport Art Association and the Outside In exhibit of works by Gloucester artists Gordon Goetemann, Ruth Mordecai and John Sarkin.  Rocky Neck Art Colony, Cape Ann Museum, North Shore Arts Association, seARTS, Gloucester Stage Company and a plethora of galleries around Cape Ann, including Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, with special focus on Joey C. and Good Morning Gloucester are included.  Art New England will be available on newsstands soon, so make sure to get yourself a copy so you can see the whole shebang, or you can save 20% off the newsstand price by subscribing at orders_neweng@fulcoinc.com ($28/year vs $35.70/year newsstand price).

E.J. Lefavour


Greg Cook From The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research Gets The GMG Interview Treatment Tomorrow

Check out Greg’s Blog Here

Read his recent articles in the Pheonix here


Greg is an art critic for The Boston Pheonix and will exhibit his photos of  St. Peter’s Fiesta in the front window of Mystery Train, 21 Main St., Gloucester, Massachusetts, from June 23 to July 3, 2011.

Look for our interview tomorrow

Bitsy Pet of the Week

Bitsy – Pet of the Week

Bitsy (1)

Hi!  My name is Bitsy (right), I am an adorable black-and-white girl kitten.  My sister is next to me trying to get in the photo too.  Stop down to the Cape Ann Animal Aid, 260 Main Street, Gloucester and visit us. 

The Sunset Dessert Cruise is on Saturday, July 9 at 7 p.m. from Capt. Bill’s Whale Watch at Harbor Loop! Tickets are $25. and on sale at the CAAA!  Music, raffle prizes, delicious desserts and a beautiful cruise of Cape Ann.  I will not be going –

I don’t want to be mistaken for a dessert and I don’t think they have a life jacket small enough to fit me!

Friday Night’s Bash at the RAA

The Rockport Art Association continued the celebration of its 90th year with the opening of the show “Outside In”, featuring the work of contemporary Cape Ann artists Gordon Goetemann, Ruth Mordecai and Jon Sarkin. An exhibit of exclusively contemporary works is unusual for the RAA, and the place was buzzing at Friday night’s opening. Here are just a few shots of a great night: (For more info on the show, click here.)

One of Gordon Goetemann's lyrical pieces.
The crowds parted for a Ruth Mordecai diptych
Curved interior walls created by Treetop Designs
Inside the circular installation of Jon Sarkin's work.

Did You Know? (Strawberry Rhubarb Pie)

Sunday morning Mug Up at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Madfish Wharf in historic Rocky Neck Art Colony
Photos by E.J.

We had a great  Mug Up on Sunday.  “Quote of the Week”, Greg Bover, baked an amazing strawberry rhubarb pie – yes, he can bake too, on top of coming up with great quotes to share with us each week and installing spectacular pipe organs for C.B. Fisk.  Greg is preparing to take the long journey to Cambridge, where he will be working for seven weeks installing the new organ at Harvard’s Memorial Church.   Ed Collard must have known there would be pie, as he arrived early and installed himself in the comfy chair right by the table.  Alice Walker can be seen sporting her new Good Morning Gloucester t-shirt (doesn’t she look lovely in pink?).  Rocky Neck neighbor Sharron Clift joined us for the first time, as did Wendie Demuth (Wendie Demuth Photography, next to Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery), Pete and Joyce Chamberlain (Pete’s exhibit is great but comes down Wednesday evening, so check it out soon if you haven’t), Alma, Adam, Ernie and other FOB’s. 

E.J. Lefavour


Did You Know? (Sterling Hayden)

That Sterling Hayden (1916-1986) was a famous actor from the 1940’s-1970’s, who stayed on Rocky Neck for a time and liked to eat at Sailor Stan’s, where he sat in the middle booth?  Rocky Neck artist, L.A. Dahlmer, recalls sitting across from Hayden at the popular Rocky Neck breakfast spot. Hayden returned to Gloucester in 1983 for the release of Joseph Garland’s book Down to the Sea: The Fishing Schooners of Gloucester, the introduction of which he had written.  

I just love this quote from Sterling Hayden’s book: Wanderer:

To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… cruising it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

‘I’ve always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can’t afford it.’  What these men can’t afford is not to go.  They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, and preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?”

He dropped out of school at 16 to go to sea and ended up in Gloucester, where he worked as a Grand Banks fisherman and learned the art of sailing. He was mate on Irving Johnson’s Yankee on its noted circumnavigation in 1937. He was navigator on the Essex-built schooner Gertrude L. Thebaud under Captain Ben Pine in the 1938 Fisherman’s Cup races v. the Canadian schooner Bluenose. Partly due to the intense media coverage of those races, he was discovered by the press: his photo in the Boston Post captioned “Thebaud Sailor Like Movie Idol” led to modeling opportunities in New York and a call from Paramount Pictures. After captaining a voyage to Tahiti, he signed with Paramount in 1941. The blonde, 6-foot, 5-inch actor thrilled audiences in some 60 films. Dubbed the “Beautiful Blond Viking God” by Paramount Pictures, he is best known for his roles as General Jack D. Ripper in “Dr. Strangelove” (1964), for which he was nominated by BAFTA as “Best Foreign Actor”. Other noted roles were a corrupt cop in “The Godfather” (1972), Roger Wade in “The Long Goodbye” (1973), Leo Dalco in Bertolucci’s “Novecento” (1976), and a comedic turn as the CEO in “Nine to Five” (1980). He often expressed his dislike for acting, stating that he only acted to pay for his sailing. Utilizing his love for the sea and knowledge of sailing, he also authored the best-selling 1976 work “Voyage: A Novel of 1896”. He was married three times with six children, and died of prostate cancer.  Hayden was a genuine adventurer and man of action, not dissimilar from many of his movie parts.

E.J. Lefavour



BREAKING NEWS 2:30 PM:  SUP the Coast just south of Magnolia.  They will be south of Kettle Island in just a few minutes. By checking the Real Time position we will know if they head for Pavilion Beach likely getting there at 3PM or do they pull into Magnolia. Could someone get a GMG sticka down to the beach? Joey is threatening to fire all the reporters if SUP does not Represent.

2:49PM: they have not triggered the GPS device since 2:20PM off Kettle Island. They could be off Hammond Castle right now.

2:50PM GPS triggered at 2:41 and they were even with Rafe’s Chasm! They should be visible from the Boulevard in just moments as they pull even with the Dog Bar Breakwater.

3:03 PM. The GPS has an eight minute delay so the could be off Stage Fort Park by now. Alana says Will is heading in for a Destino’s sub so their pace may quicken. Get to Pavilion Beach now.

3:25PM Do we have a GMG reporter at the beach?  Anyone? Bueller?

3:31PM GPS update: should be off Stage Fort Park.

ETA 3:45 PM. Now.

Photos of the landing at Pavilion Beach.
SUP the Coast website

SUP the Coast on Facebook

Their position in Real Time.

The epic adventure continues, Will Rich (grew up in Bayview) and Mike Simpson are now paddleboarding from Key West, Florida, to Portland, Maine to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project and SUP Cleanup

Look for the exclusive interview with The Boss tomorrow.

La Dolce Vita June 24th At The Harbor Room


Come celebrate the sweet life and support a working writers center in a working town. Enjoy a harbor sunset, music, dance, wine, deserts and a toast to writers everywhere on Vincent Ferrini’s birthday.

The Gloucester Writers Center  serves as a gathering place and resource for writers, readers, and involved citizens. We are devoted to the exploration, development and celebration of our diverse voices through dialogue and the artistic process. We host literary readings, workshops, youth programs, writers talks and a writers residency program. 

For More Info-Click here

Annisquam Village Church Online Auction

Adobe Photoshop PDF

Hello, Joey,
Our Annisquam Village Church Online Auction will be opening for bidding on July 4th. Am attaching an image of this year’s poster in hopes you would be able to post the information close to the opening date.
The AVC Church web address: http://www.annisquamvillagechurch.com/ where there is a link to the Auction site.
Our contact email: Annisquam Village Church Online Auction Team: AVCOnlineAuction@gmail.com
Thanks in advance!
For now, Suzanne Brown
Annisquam Village Church Online Auction Team

Dave Sag’s Blues Party And More

Dave Sag’s Blues Party At The Rhumb Line

Photo by Sharon Lowe


Dave Says,

The fur flies this Thursday as we welcome back that cyclonic blues behemoth, Mr. Larry Sortwell, to the Rhumb Line Stage. Ably backed by that legendary drumbulationist, Mr. Johnny Loud. These two cats played together for years in the Grapevine Road band and I’m really happy to have them with us. Greg T and myself will be struggling to fill the black hole with Spackle all night long. Sounds like a plan!
  And for those who might wish to reach escape velocity away from the grease-soaked Fiesta, why not come on over to Stone Soup in Ipswich this Sunday. From 5 to 8 , they’ll be featuring the dulcet tones of Mark Earley and his Flames of Jive, featuring such luminaries as Tom Palance, Jack’s brother, on Trumpet, John Hyde, keyboard inflammationist, on ivories, Some unsub drummer, myself, on upright, and of course, Mark Earley, on tenor and barium sax. Last time we did this ,we had the house rockin’. Look for many sit-ins and a few spit-ups. highly recommended. We’ll see you there!

Deb Clarke’s Daughter EB Playind Violin and Harp For Indie Band FAX HOLIDAY

This From Shhh, Listen…

Fax Holiday is the recording/performing name of Eric Schermerhorn (formerly of Mutt and Margin Walker), and it is also the name of a Boston-based indie/folk band containing Schermerhorn (vocals, guitars, autoharp), Ian Macleod (bass, vocals), Elizabeth Bollenberg (violin, harp), and Dana Diplacido (percussion).  Importantly, it is also the name of one of my favorite bands of the last few months.  Their new album – Rope & Wine – is a solid musical effort – combining indie-rock numbers like “Dropping Out” with more introspective, folk-inspired tunes like “Salt.”  Regardless of presentation, each song feels as if it is rooted in something that is deeply personal – coming to the listener as if from a diary entry.  It’s a combination that comes up a lot in these parts (you might be familiar with a similar formula as seen in the work of Galaxie 500), and produces an amazingly vibrant emotional tapestry.

Also, it rocks.  Did I mention that it rocks?

For the rest of the entry and to hear some of the songs check Shh,Listen…

You may remember EB’s entries from the Sketchbook Project

This Coming Sunday at The Seaward Inn. Rockport MA

The SEAWARD INN proudly presents Daniel Chauvin, an acoustic folk rock, country singer-songwriter Sunday Morning Live June 26th. from 9:00 A.M. till NOON.
He will sing traditional and contemporary folk rock and originals from his CD’s. “Small Town Life”, “Unresolved” and
“Better Places” during a Breakfast by the Sea.
  Visit: blog.seawardinn.com for more on the artist or call 978-546-3471.

Happy Birthday To The Schooner Lannon

The Family was honored to sail on the 14th Birthday Sail aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon last night on her 14th Birthday.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- There is no more beautiful boat in Gloucester Harbor and going on an afternoon sail is a MUST DO activity for anyone- tourist or resident alike. 

Do yourself a favor and book a sail here- Schooner.org

This will be a family collaboration post as The Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad both helped take pictures for the entry-







SUP the Coast: Wed Morning off Boston Harbor Islands

The epic adventure continues, Will Rich (grew up in Bayview) and Mike Simpson are now paddleboarding from Key West, Florida, to Portland, Maine to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project and SUP Cleanup.

UPDATE Wednesday 9:30AM, Will and Rich left Scituate this morning and three hours later  are paddling past the mouth of Boston Harbor. That is 13 miles down and 23 miles on a “normal” float plan to Gloucester Harbor. My guess would be they stop somewhere south for the night and hit Pavillion Beach on Thursday before noon. But check as they might go for it with one long paddle. (A bee-line from current position to Pavillion is 20 miles.)  Their position in Real Time here.

SUP the Coast website

SUP the Coast on Facebook

Their position in Real Time.