BELTED KINGFISHER

Look for this amazing bird at our local ponds and streams–amazing I think, for the way she hunts. The Kingfisher can hover mid-air, high above still water and then plunge straight down, plucking frog or fish from the depths of the pond. This one is always on the other side of the pond and I only become aware of her presence by her telltale crickley song. One of these days I hope she’ll come a little closer so we can have a much better look.Female Belted Kingfisher

Goetemann Artist DEBORAH REDWOOD to Construct a Large Whale’s Fluke at Ocean Alliance

News from Rocky Neck:

Goetemann Artist to Construct a Large Whale’s Fluke
Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 PM
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
Public Construction Dates: September 10 ­ 28
On the Grounds of Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, Gloucester, MA
Closing Talk: Friday, September 28, 6:00 PM
On the Grounds of Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street Gloucester, MA

Gloucester Ma—The Goetemann Artist Residency—a program of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Inc. that provides artists from around the world a live/work space for a month at a time—is pleased to introduce its 2018 Environmental/Installation Artist, Australian Deborah Redwood.

To be considered for the 2018 month-long residency, artists submitted a proposal responding to the mission of Ocean Alliance, RNAC’s non-profit partner, which states in part: “Ocean Alliance strives to increase public awareness of the importance of whale and ocean health through research and public education.”

Redwood is the second Goetemann resident to work at the site following last year’s installation of a seven-foot tall Great Auk by Nathan Thomas Wilson. Redwood’s practice encompasses sculpture and installation that evokes a sense of play and comments on society’s waste. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts (Sydney) in 2006 and was awarded a one-year exchange program at Alfred University, in New York.

Beginning September 10 and continuing through September 28, visitors are invited to stroll down Horton Street to observe the artist while she constructs a large whale’s fluke (part of a whale’s tail) on the grounds of Ocean Alliance, site of the former Tarr and Wonson Paint Factory at 32 Horton Street, Gloucester. Using equipment donated by J&L Welding in Gloucester, Redwood will collect scrap metal and weld it into a sculpture rising about ten feet above the water’s edge. This is a wonderful opportunity to share an artistic experience with children while making them aware of the fragility of life in our oceans. Printed information about the artist and her process will be available on site.

Deborah Redwood is the latest artist at the Goetemann Residency and the public is invited to learn more about her work when she presents an Artist Talk on Tuesday, September 4, at 7:00 PM at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

For the past decade Redwood has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas, including; Japan, China, India and the USA.  She has also attended several artist-in-residence programs, in New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont, Jaipur (India), Wellington (NZ), Sydney and now, Gloucester, MA. This challenging month-long project wraps up with a Closing Talk by the artist for the public at the Ocean Alliance site (weather permitting) on Friday, September 28 at 6:00 PM.

Images:

Deborah Redwood – Spiraling Shell

Deborah Redwood – Starfish at Killalea

Deborah Redwood – At Work

 

 

 

Then and Now: where Middle Street meets Riggs Street Gloucester, Mass.

Photographic History of Gloucester Mass Volume 3 published 1978 from photographic collections of Caroline Benham_Gaspar J Lafata_Martin J Horgan Jr_ photo collection James B. Behnam

photo above: “Here is the second of the three gambrel roof houses in this section of Middle Street. Riggs Street is on the left and in the rear of the first gambrel roof house is Babson’s Field which was used as sites for some of the houses moved from Western Avenue in 1922-23′-’24 when Stacy Blvd. was constructed.” from  History of Gloucester Vol. 3, published 1978, featuring photographs from James B. Benham collection and from Gaspar J. Lafata and Martin J. Horgan Jr. 

Riggs Street at Middle Street Gloucester Mass _20180820_©c ryan

 

 

Smoky Full Moonrise 7:19 PM Saturday (TODAY!)

California and Canada are currently on fire. How can you tell? By watching the full moon rise tonight at 7:19 PM. It will be an orange ball because the smoke has drifted east all the way to New England.

Where should I go at 7:19 PM you ask?  A view east over the water will be impressive. If you want that awesome shot, walk out the Dog Bar Breakwater. The moon will rise behind the the Eastern Point Lighthouse. (Sunset is ten minutes later over Boston from there.)  Rockport also has decent line ups. Just go to the map and move the pin to your location.

Check out Photographer’s Ephemeris (Click here for changeable map.)

I put the pin in the water so the moonrise line would not cover up the breakwater.

Bloomin’ Sunflowers

Sunflowers are showing off at Colby Farm in Newbury. This is a tremendous photo op: perfect setting for Christmas card photos, friends, engaged couples……or two sisters with cameras and crystal balls.

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There is a $10 charge to park your car and an easy walk to the stars of the show in the field.  It’s an impressive sight. You just have to smile when  you see them!