Monthly Archives: October 2018

Come Join Us! Good Morning Gloucester 300th Podcast Taping At The Crow’s Nest This Saturday!


Come Join The Fun And Regale Us With Your Favorite GMG Stories While Drinking Greg Souza’s World Famous Bloody Marys.
We will be taping the 300th GloucesterCast Podcast
Everyone is invited, especially FOB’s (friends of the blog) you know who you are!

For More Info Click Here


Our fall pollinator gardens are a rich tapestry of expiring stalks, fresh blossoms of asters and goldenrods, fading blossoms of garden favorites, and vibrant annuals getting a second wind after the intense heat of summer. Blooming in a medley of of rose and dusty pink hues, violet, purple, crimson, rusty red, yellowed greens, Spanish orange, golden yellow–the colors are made more vivid in the atmospheric glow of autumn’s light.

Monarchs, Sulphurs, Painted Ladies, American Ladies, Swallowtails, and Buckeyes are just some of the butterflies on the wing, hungrily seeking nectar to sustain their journeys. Not to be forgotten are a host of songbirds, and too, honey bees and native bees, all also in need of sustenance.

Tips for early fall maintenance, with pollinators in mind.

1) Tidy-up anything that looks really raggedy, but leave the tall dry stalks of plants such as sunflowers, Joe-pye, Echinacea, and Rudbeckia. The stalks provide winter shelter for many species of bees.

2) Dead head plants such as Butterfly Bushes and Mexican Sunflowers (Tithonia), which encourages continued bloom.

3) No need to bother deadheading Zinnias and Cosmos as they will flower whether or not the expired blooms are removed. The seed heads provide food for Goldfinches, Nuthatches, and many species of resident and migrating songbirds.

4) Don’t forget to provide blossoms and sugar water for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Our annually returning female and her 2018 brood of two has departed for the season, but we have been daily visited by southward migrating RTHummers.

Even on a cloudy October day our front dooryard garden at the Mary Prentiss Inn is abuzz with blossoms and pollinators. The Monarch nectaring at the Tithonia was the first to greet me while checking on the garden.

This Weekend in the Arts 10/4/18

Salon 2018| The Transformative Power of Wearable Art

An evening presented by seARTS Wearable Art Group at the Cape Ann Museum

seARTS and the Cape Ann Museum are pleased to present the 2018 Wearable Art Salon on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum. Guests will enjoy a panel discussion, book signing and a selection of 2017 CWA runway looks. Panelists include former professor of fashion and design Barbara Broudo, editor and curator Suzanne Ramljak, author Anne Lee and artist Christine Gauthier-Kelley. The panel will be moderated by Petra Slinkard, The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Peabody Essex Museum.  This program is $12 for seARTS and CAM members, or $15 nonmembers. Space is limited, reservations are required. Tickets available online at Eventbrite or call (978)283-0455 x10. Please email for more information.

Time: 6:30 PM Doors Open, Wearable Art books for sale, & looks on display, program follows at 7:15PM

Place: Cape Ann Museum 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA

Tickets: $12 Museum and seARTS Member; $15 Guests via Eventbrite

Email: Tel:  978-283-0455

Additional Information:  or


“When you go into the Woods”

An Art Exhibition by Vanessa Michalak

Opens Oct. 2nd at Jane Deering Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct. 6th from 6pm-8pm.

“When You go into the Woods,” features oil paintings by Vanessa Michalak highlighting some of Cape Ann’s well known gems. Works depict imagery of a variety of places including Annisquam Village, Lanesville’s Vernon Quarries and Babson’s Dogtown boulders. The exhibition will be on display throughout October at Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA with and opening reception scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6th from 6pm-8pm.

Fallen Tree

“Fallen Tree,” oil on yupo mounted on panel, 40”x60”

The Exhibition, “When You Go Into The Woods” is a reflection of Michalak’s exploration of Cape Ann and her ongoing investigation of the painting process. The works reflect a fascination with a specific place and its hidden treasures. Many of the works are plein air paintings that brought her to the edges of quarries and sent her trekking through Dogtown’s rocky paths. As much as these works pay tribute to a specific place, they also reflect Michalak’s gestural painting style that at times borders on abstraction. Much like her wanderings in the woods, there is a sense that she doesn’t mind getting a little lost in brushwork, layering and mark before finding her destination.

Nelsons Pitt

“Nelson’s Pitt,” oil on canvas, 20”x16”

Michalak grew up in Maine before moving to Boston where she lived and worked for over a decade. While living in Boston she visited Cape Ann often and eventually moved to Gloucester last year. She earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2013 and has attended many notably residencies including Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO and Playa, Summer Lake, OR. Her work was featured in New American Paintings#110 and she was selected as a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Painting in 2014.


“Early Spring,” oil on canvas, 20”x16”

Vanessa Michalak

Studio Address: Charles Fine Arts, 196 Main Street Gloucester, MA


Phone: 207-233-0467





Season’s End Party at
Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck


The Rocky Neck Art Colony invites Cape Ann residents and visitors to attend Gallery 53’s Season’s End Party on Saturday, October 6 from 6 to 8pm at 53 Rocky Neck Ave (between the Studio and the Rudder restaurants). The festive party features delectable appetizers, seasonal libations and an array of creative artist-made door prizes all offered at no charge to the public. This yearly event is in celebration of a successful season for Gallery 53, which closes for the year on Sunday, October 14. Parking is available in the Rocky Neck parking lot at the beginning of Rocky Neck Ave and the Marine Railways at the end of Rocky Neck. Street parking is also available on Rocky Neck Ave., Clarendon and Wonson Streets.



RECEPTION: Saturday, Oct. 6th, 5-7 p.m.

Please join us at

121 Main St., Gloucester, MA

Meet the artists
and enjoy some light refreshments.
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