Monthly Archives: August 2016


So many thanks to GMG’s Paul Morrison for the excursion out to photograph the Osprey nest on the Annisquam. And thank you to Paul’s sister Kathy for the suggestion. We were there for only a short time when we began to see movement beneath the adult perched on the nest’s edge. After a few moments, the nestling’s shape became visible, but only for seconds, before it settled back deeper into the nest.

Osprey and fledgling Annisquam Essex County copyright Kim Smith

Some interesting facts about Ospreys:

Their population has rebounded following the ban on the pesticide DDT.

This hawk is easy to identify when flying over head as it has a whiter belly than other raptors.

The male gathers the nesting material while the female builds the nest. Osprey return to the same nesting sight and nest, building and rebuilding the nest up over a period of many generations. The man made nesting platforms that we see in Essex County are relatively new nests. Osprey nests that are built up over decades can reach 10 to 13 feet deep and 3-6 feet in diameter, large enough for an adult to sit in.

The osprey’s diet consists almost exclusively of fish, nearly 80 different species of fish are eaten by osprey. Sounds like a Gloucester sort of raptor!

Follow this link for more information about the Essex County Greenbelt’s exciting and highly successful osprey program.


Osprey nest made over multiple generations

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Heat Emergency Declared in Gloucester, Cooling Center Announced at Rose Baker Senior Center

Cape Ann Community

With temperatures expected to reach or exceed 90 degrees for the next several days, Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken has declared a heat emergency. Seniors and youth are especially cautioned to take precautionary measures.

The Rose Baker Senior Center will be open for use as cooling centers for the public to use starting Thursday. Rose Baker Location: 6 Manuel F Lewis St, Gloucester, MA 01930 / Phone: (978) 281-9765

Mayor Romeo Theken and Health Department Assistant Director Max Schenk issued the following heat safety tips for all members of the public:

  • Adults and children should use sunscreen containing an SPF-15 or higher and wear protective, loose fitting clothing, including long sleeve shirts and hats.
  • The elderly, young children and those with chronic medical conditions, especially respiratory conditions, are more susceptible to the effects of heat.
  • Check in on the elderly and family or neighbors who may be at risk of…

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Jane Deering Gallery presents “GEOFFREY BAYLISS | Prints, Drawings — the rhythmic and lyrical” with an opening reception on Friday August 12th from 6-8pm @ 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester.

0161_August_Lino_18x12_30x22.jpgBayliss is known for the sensitivity and sophistication of his ink drawings and viscosity monotypes, in which every mark is candid and purposeful, avoiding excess. In recent years, the artist has turned his attention to the linocut method of printmaking. The intensity and purity of line that has characterized his previous work is transformed under the imperatives of making the carved line, opening a new field of exploration and complexity. The gallery is pleased to present a portfolio of unique linocut prints, some of which also incorporate monotype processes. A selection of his lyrical ink drawings will be included.

Geoffrey C. Bayliss earned a BA in architecture from Columbia University. He has studied with painter Celia Eldridge, printmaker Coco Berkman and American sculptor John Bozarth with whom he has also collaborated. Bayliss’ work has been included in numerous group shows; his work is held in private collections in the US. Bayliss lives and maintains a studio on Cape Ann in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This is the artist’s second solo show with Jane Deering Gallery.

The gallery is open Thursdays-Sundays 12noon – 5pm, with late night on Saturday til 7pm. And by appointment. 917-902-4359 . .


What is the best way to introduce a new Rocky Neck oil painter to Good Morning Gloucester?

Here is his website…

Also… here is a video from his recent Madfish Alley Opening Reception at 77 Rocky Neck Avenue.. 01930…   with LaPierre on the big bass joining Gary Shane and friends jamming!!!

This current show is a  25 year retrospective of Stephen’s selected plein air oil paintings, along with his evolving studio series.. Clowns with Cell Phones…where we are each and all the clowns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  YIPES!!!!!


The Rocky Neck Art Colony is delighted to welcome sculptor Richard Crangle as the fifth Summer Artist in the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Summer Artist Series at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. His show opens on Wednesday, August 10 and continues to August 30 with the opening reception on Saturday August 13, from 6-8 pm.

Crangle creates refined sculptural forms and furniture that summon a reverence for nature, embracing the wood’s natural character. He incorporates time honored craftsmanship combined with contemporary expression.

Crangle’s inspirations include the coastal setting of his New England quarry studio, architecture, and the influence of Japanese and Arts & Craft Masters. His experience in custom home building, furniture and architectural detail interplay as foundation for his collection. Using local, reclaimed, and exotic woods his vocabulary of abstract and organic themes, repeated patterns and textures evoke the inclusion of visual grace, movement and innovation.

The work of Richard Crangle is in the permanent collection of the Peabody Essex Museum and numerous private collections. He was awarded the judge’s award for sculpture at the Marblehead Arts Association and Best of Show in the 2015 seARTS Wearable Art show with a beautiful dress made up of over 500 individually hand cut, shaped, ebonized cherry and bloodwood mosaic elements that shimmered and turned like bird feathers. Crangle is represented by the Mecox Gallery in East Hampton, NY; Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester, MA; and Piscatagua Fine Art Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.

For more information about the show call Gallery 53 at 978-282-0917.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit


Darren Taylor Show and Opening

Darren_TaylorDarren Taylor, local fine-furniture woodworker, is especially proud of an extraordinary piece that he has just completed – an elegant personal bar with five saddle stools. To build this spectacular piece, Taylor used reclaimed lumber from the historic Birdseye Building water tower. Originally built in 1917, the Birdseye tower was constructed of old-growth cypress. No metal, screws or nails, were used in the making of this tower – only dowels – which are still evident throughout the bar. The bar is made from the last remaining pieces of lumber from this historic site.  Taylor has previously used this reclaimed wood to make five tables for the Cape Ann Brewery in Gloucester.

The bar is 6 1/2 feet wide, 3 feet deep with a base 3 1/2 feet high. Including the rack for glasses storage, the overall height is 7 feet. The base includes adjustable shelves, wine rack and drawers.

Taylor, a fine-furniture woodworker since 1994. set up his own fully-equipped shop, Massachusetts Woodworks, in 2008, where he specializes in quality one-of-a-kind heirloom furniture and built-ins. Taylor’s first experience woodworking was with his grandfather, Charles Babe Melanson, builder of lobster traps at Melanson’s Mill. At age 7, it was Taylor’s job to shovel the sawdust for $1 a bag.

This very special piece of craftsmanship, with such a unique historic background, will be on display from Aug. 6 through Aug. 20 at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main St., Gloucester MA. There will be a reception, with live entertainment by John Jerome, Saturday, Aug. 13th from 6:00-9:00, where you can meet the artist and view this wonderful piece.


Artist Talk with Julie Graham

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present this year’s Goetemann artist-in-residence, Julie Graham, on Sunday August 14 at 2:00p.m. This program marks the 7th year of collaboration with the Rocky Neck Art Colony for the Distinguished Artist/Teacher Goetemann Artist in Residence lecture. The Goetemann Artist Residency program was established in 2005 by long-time Rocky Neck artists Gordon and Judith Goetemann.

 This program is free and open to the public.

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Image: Julie Graham, Adjacent, 2014, mixed media on wood and panel, 15 in. x 24 in.

In this illustrated talk, Graham will addresses the evolution of her work, focusing on the importance of source material and inspiration, as well as how those things may change or stay the same over the course of a career.

Graham is a painter, photographer and sculptor. She is represented by Kingston Gallery in Boston and is on the faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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