This Weekend in the Arts

Lon Blais’ National tour
documentary one-man show returns to
Gloucester’s Folklore Theatre:

The Boy on the Bureau

5 performances August 18-20 LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

The Folklore Theatre Company presents re-launch of national tour of Lon Blais’ The Boy on the Bureau

Lon Blais’ one-man autobiographical “stage documentary” about his uneasy and unorthodox escape from his family’s dysfunction. It was not easy being the favorite child and “white sheep of the family”. In a world where everyone hid from the truth, Lon made up his own. Blais was born in Salem and grew up in Danvers

In 2004 retired very early from his other beloved career, teaching after his wife’s extended illness and having been too busy, too poor, and too tired – with the encouragement of his wife, he set out on a quest – a bucket list with no end point.

He bicycled across the country… twice, he got a tattoo, he hiked the Grand Canyon, he conducted a drum & bugle corps, he got a dog… And then he wrote a play… in 12 days…. and then he workshopped it…. and it took off….

Lon’s friends who live across the country asked to have copies of the script sent to them because very likely they’d never see it performed.… then they demanded the play tour the country….

His very first tour stop is the stage of the Folklore Theatre Company in Gloucester

In January of 2017, Lon is heading off to drive around the country performing “The Boy on the Bureau”.

5 performances only
Friday, August, 18, 7pm
Saturday, August 19, two shows: 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, August 20, two shows 2pm & 7pm
Audience talkback with Blais after each performance
$20 special event ticket

Tickets at www.FolkloreTheatre.Company/boxoffice
169 Main Street, below Floating Lotus


The Rocky Neck Art Colony Selects Brian Murphy as the Season’s fourth Summer Artist at Gallery 53.

Brian Murphy’s show of delightful wire sculptures, “Drawing a Line in the Sand,” opens on Wednesday, Aug. 16 and runs till Tuesday, Sept. 5.  The GALA OPENING RECEPTION is Saturday, Aug. 19 from 6-8 pm at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, MA. Everyone is invited.

A self-taught artist, Brian started Totally Wired Sculpture in 2002 and has gradually spent more time working creatively, which he says is a nice balance to his serious work as a child therapist and dealing primarily with issues of trauma.

Brian’s work can be seen as lighthearted line drawings in the medium of steel wire.  Often political and humorous themes are incorporated which can challenge or amuse the viewer, leaving them feeling uplifted. The goal of each piece is to create kinetic movement from the tension in the wire so that the figures seem to dance or sway on their own and appear enlivened. Mythological themes and tales of transformation dominate the work, illustrating the power of art to help us change and grow.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in an historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester.  Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday and from 10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday.  For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to

See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Flatrocks Gallery presents

‘Sticks and Stones’ through September 10th

an exhibition in which the elements of line and form so familiar to us on Cape Ann are interpreted by four local artists.

Martha Swanson has enjoyed a lifelong career in the arts, making her reputation here as the artistic director for the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. She is an award-winning painter as well, fueled by the natural beauty and cultural richness of the area. Her works in watercolor, with their precise focus on detail, are meditative studies inspired by the patterns and chaos in nature.

After a twenty-five year career as a food stylist, Mary Jane Sawyer has turned her abundant creative energy toward her painting. Her oils draw from her interest in “inadvertent art, born from weather and industry in this particular place, Cape Ann. Marks on stone, stains left by iron and drill, grout piles and erratic boulders balanced and askew.”

 Pam Courtleigh has an eclectic past including stints as a puppeteer, a farmer, a taxi driver, a pastry chef, and an antiques dealer – and this varied career reflects in her assemblage sculpture. Collecting and combining odd, beautiful bits of life and nature, once meant for other purposes, her creations tell stories of the constant of change. Pam relishes in the journey!

Caroline Bagenal, who has exhibited in Europe and America, is an Associate Professor at Montserrat College of Art, and a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery. She returns to Flatrocks Gallery with her continuing series of sculpture constructed of bamboo or marsh reeds. She describes the work as “drawings in space.” The sculptures are delicate geometric forms, or patterns animating the space they inhabit, and leading the viewer through the exhibition.

Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St.,Gloucester is open Thursday – Sunday noon to 5pm.  Visit our website at and like us on facebook.



August 20, 2017 from 1:00 to 8:00 PM

Finn Festival—Celebrate Finland 100 

Finnish Heritage runs deep in Lanesville.

After a long struggle Finland became and independent state of December 6, 1917. Finns express themselves and their national character with Sisu (willpower, tenacity, persistency).

Experience Finnish History and Culture.

Join us for a family-friendly event as we Celebrate Finland 100!

  • Kalevala—The Finnish Epic at 4:00 PM | Lecture by Tom DuBois, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sisu—The Traveling Sauan from 1:00-8:00 PM
    Fee required for the traveling sauna, to reserve your time, please visit:
  • Molkky and Kubb games
  • Finnish music
  • Finnish souvenirs & more!
  • Bring your favorite Nordic food to share.
  • seperator

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