BEAUTIFUL SNOWY DAY IN GLOUCESTER TOWN -By Kim Smith

How the day began

 

ADDISON GILBERT HOSPITAL’S MICHAEL ARSENIAN, MD, TO RECEIVE AWARD!

Addison Gilbert Hospital’s Michael Arsenian, MD, to Receive Rev. J.J. Healy Award

Michael Arsenian, M.D. will receive the Rev. J.J. Healy Award on February 14, 2018 at the “Hearts for Health Women’s Valentine’s Luncheon,” an annual fundraiser benefiting the Addison Gilbert Society.

Dr. Michael Arsenian, a cardiologist and intensivist at Addison Gilbert Hospital, has provided lifesaving care to Cape Ann residents and visitors for since 1989. His service has saved many lives. He is known to go above and beyond the care and interest that he takes in his patients and their recoveries.

In 2017, State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) established the Rev. J.J. Healy Service Award in honor of Reverend Jeremiah J. Healy, P.R., to the individual who best epitomizes the social Gospel of Matthew:

When I was hungry did you feed me; thirsty, did you give me drink; naked, did you clothe me; homeless, did you give me shelter; imprisoned, did you visit me; and dead, did you mourn me? (Paraphrase of Matthew 25: 34-35).

Rev. Healy was a highly regarded priest at St. Ann’s Church in Gloucester, Massachusetts, from his arrival in 1871 until his death in 1910. During his life, Healy served the Cape Ann community by living the social gospel. Healy built St. Ann’s church, school, rectory and convent. By undertaking these construction projects, he offered employment to the Irish, who found “they need not apply” for other employment. He also established a fund at City Hall for the Poor, and constructed and dedicated the non-sectarian, non-denominational Gloucester Free Library. Finally, he remains one of the single largest contributors to the Addison Gilbert Hospital in inflation-adjusted dollars for the free care of the poor.

“I know that many on Cape Ann credit the talented staff at Addison Gilbert for treating them and ultimately, saving their lives,” said Frances Ferrante, Co-chair of the Hearts for Health Luncheon. “Like many others, I know that without the attention of Dr. Arsenian and the Emergency staff, I would not be here today. I am happy to see that Dr. Arsenian will be honored at this event.”

The Hearts for Health Fundraiser is an annual event co-hosted by Frances Ferrante and Jane Fonzo. Ferrante and Fonzo started the event last year to benefit services provided by Addison Gilbert Hospital. All contributions from the luncheon are made to the Addison Gilbert Society, founded by Robert and Jan Crandall to benefit Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Proceeds from the “Hearts for Health Women’s Valentine’s Day Luncheon” will help the hospital meet the generous $200,000 challenge offered by the Crandalls, which seeks 20 supporters who will commit to an annual gift of $10,000 or more for five years. Last year’s event contributed over $20,000 to the Addison Gilbert Society. Ferrante and Fonzo hope that the annual event will raise over $20,000 in each of the next five years.

Jane Fonzo said, “’The Hearts for Health Fundraiser’ is a way that everyone can contribute to the generous match challenge issued by Robert and Jan Crandall. It’s a way for women and ‘honorary men’ to attend and to make a smaller contribution to a larger goal.”

The Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Gloucester House. For more information about the luncheon and to RSVP, please call Frances Ferrante at (978) 281-2104 or Deb Sacco at Addison Gilbert Hospital at (978)283-4000. Attendance for the luncheon is $100.

For those who are unable to attend and would still like to contribute, contributions can be made to the Addison Gilbert Society, c/o Hearts for Health, 11 ½ Proctor Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. All contributions in any amount will be accepted in honor of Dr. Michael Arsenian.

Our own Sinikka Nogelo has been inducted into the NAWA

Wonderful article on Sinikka Nogelo in the Gloucester Daily Times

Among the many mediums Gloucester artist Sinikka Nogelo has worked in is television. As director of Cape Ann TV for 29 years, she pioneered early local public access programming (CATV) with one camera, a tiny budget, a lot of ingenuity and some “terrific teamwork.” Until retiring from that post back in 2011, her first love — art — went on hold. Except, that is, for weekends, when she was what she calls a “beach chair artist.”

Nogelo, who last spring was inducted in a ceremony in New York City into the prestigious National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) is still a beach chair artist when she wants to be.

One of her most ambitious recent works, “All Wired” — a 5-by-8-by-4-foot environmental conceptual sculpture made from no fewer than 3,000 colored wire hangers — was constructed for a 2017 exhibition in Newburyport’s Maudslay Park while Nogelo basked in “a collection of beach chairs” that stretched from Gloucester (Good Harbor and Magnolia) to New Hampshire (New Found Lake).

 But for the most part, the artist may nowadays be found in her studio at Gloucester’s Cripple Cove, where there is no saying what medium she’ll be working in on any given moment. Although painting has been her primary medium, as an ever more passionate environmentalist, she has in recent years found herself increasingly drawn to working with found objects, as a way to conceptualize environmental statements.

Metallic materials, cans washed up on beaches, trash — litter of all kinds, contours and colors — have in her hands been transformed into sculptural installations and wall pieces. One of those pieces, “Washed Up” — a wall piece protesting beach litter — has been chosen by the Massachusetts chapter of NAWA for exhibit at RADAR, an environmentally focused show opening Sunday, Feb. 11, at Boston’s @artlery160 gallery.

This is the first time Nogelo’s work has been juried into a NAWA show, but it is not her only work in the show. “Tundra Melt,” an intricate acrylic that suggests glacier fragmenting to address global warming, will also be nearby.

One of several Cape Ann artists who are members of NAWA — including Cynthia Journey and Donna Caselden whose works will be in the show as well — Nogelo still seems to be more than a little awed to find herself in the august company of NAWA’s “awesome” artists.

Founded in 1889, “to create greater opportunity for professional women artists in a male-dominated art world,” NAWA has counted among its members no less than the great 20th century Impressionist Mary Cassat and sculptural iconclast Louise Nevelson, as well as Gertrude Whitney, founder of New York’s newly relocated Whitney Museum of American Art. But it was the trail-blazing 21st century contemporary feminist Judy Chicago who seemed to most impress the Gloucester artist.

“I was awestruck,” says Nogelo. She could not believe that she’d ever see the day she’s see her name on the membership roster with Chicago’s. “I thought, Judy Chicago! I guess I felt sort of intimidated.” But like Chicago, experimentation is the hallmark of Sinikka Nogelo’s work. She has, she says, been influenced by everything from her Scandinavian background (she was born in Finland, but raised in America) to her years teaching university in Africa, to her years of video production at CATV, to her love of waves and weaving.

A founding member of Gloucester’s now defunct women’s art cooperative and gallery, Center and Main, she has always been supportive of and inspired by fellow women artists. “We have so many good ones on Cape Ann,” she says.

One of them, Donna Caseldon, was with her last spring when she traveled to New York City’s Rubin Museum for NAWA’s formal induction ceremony. Caseldon, president of the Annisquam Sewing Circle, whose talents took her to Washington last holiday season to join a contingent of designers chosen to transform the White House for Christmas, is, like Nogelo, primarily known for her oils and acrylics. But at the RADAR exhibit, she will be showing a conceptual environmental piece.

Likewise Manchester artist, Cynthia Journey, will make her RADAR debut with a wall installation, “Breaking Through,” one of several conceptual sculptures she has produced this past year to protest current disregard for ethical management of the planet. With a newly opened gallery on Rockport’s Bearskin Neck, Journey joins Nogelo and Caseldon on Cape Ann’s growing roster of rising women artists to be counted among the “awesome” greats of NAWA.

 IF YOU GO

What: “RADAR” an environmental art show juried by David Thomson and Tameka Eastman-Coburn (Gallery Director) of @artlery160 gallery.

When: Sunday, Feb. 11, to May 4. Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb. 17, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: @artlery160 gallery, 160 Federal St., Boston. Phone: 617-699-2713

For more information, visit: www.nawama.org and www artlery.com/artlery160

Bill Gleason Tonight ~ Wednesdays with Fly Amero 7pm @ The Rhumb Line 2.7.2018

rhumbline

 

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, February 7th – 7pm
My Musical Guest: BILL GLEASON!

I like to call him “Howlin’ Bill Gleason” because he’s every
bit as real and genuine as any of the howlin’ blues legends of
American pop culture history we all grew up listening to. He
sits on a low chair and delivers 12-string blues with a raspy,
soulful growl. We are all students in his presence. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Next week…
2/14 – Inge Berge (everybody’s Valentine)

2/21 – Liz Frame

2/28 – Strungout Playboys

3/7 – Toni Ann

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, February 7th – 7pm
My Musical Guest: BILL GLEASON!

I like to call him “Howlin’ Bill Gleason” because he’s every
bit as real and genuine as any of the howlin’ blues legends of
American pop culture history we all grew up listening to. He
sits on a low chair and delivers 12-string blues with a raspy,
soulful growl. We are all students in his presence. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Next week…
2/14 – Inge Berge (everybody’s Valentine)

2/21 – Liz Frame

2/28 – Strungout Playboys

3/7 – Toni Ann

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

They Were Indeed “Freezin’ for a Reason”

This past Saturday was the Rotary Club of Gloucester‘s 8th Annual Polar Plunge.

I arrived at the Cape Ann Motor Inn just past 10:00 am and was immediately surprised by the large number of people already in the midst of gathering.  Shuttle busses from Good Harbor Beach continued to arrive, swimmers got ready, and after a welcome from both Senator Bruce Tarr and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken the quick countdown began and the fearless plungers ran to the water.

Congratulations to all.  A great turnout for a greater cause!

The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime. Several hundred people are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann this year. Last year, over 300 people braved the icy waters, raising more than $120,000. Since the first Rotary Polar Plunge in 2011, Massachusetts Rotarians have raised over a half-million dollars with this event.

Since 1985, Polio has been the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and UNICEF. Since that time, more than a billion dollars have been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary International took on the battle against this disease, more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were suffering from polio. Today, there are three countries awaiting eradication – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2016, there were 37 wild polio cases reported; in 2017, there were 20 cases reported. More information on Rotary’s #EndPolioNow campaign can be found at www.EndPolio.org.

This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has again pledged a 2:1 match for every dollar Rotarians and friends raise toward eradication efforts. A 60-cents donation can make the difference in changing a person’s life. Please support Gloucester Rotarians as they brave the icy waters to help eradicate polio in our lifetime. The goal for the plunge is $125,000. Help Rotarians lead the way to eradicate this dreaded disease!  Make a donation now!