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A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein


Photo: Paul de Hueck / The Leonard Bernstein Office Inc.

A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein on July 22 at 8 PM shines starlight on this celebrated American composer in a review of Bernstein’s best-loved works. Pianists Beverly and Andrew Soll and vocalists Tiffany Baxter, Angela Jajko, and Mark Morgan cover the far reaches of Bernstein’s brilliant, eclectic career on this 100th anniversary of his birth.  A reception follows.
The Annisquam Village Church is located at the head of Lobster Cove, 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard and Washington Streets, 3 miles from Grant Circle rotary), in Gloucester, MA 01930.

Handicap accessible.  Info. at 978.283.6416.

General admission: $20 at the door or in advance with Brown Paper Tickets:
Students $15. at the door

This Weekend in the Arts


ROCKPORT, MA, July 14, 2018, 8 – 11:00 PM

Come join the Rockport Art Association & Museum for a night of music and dancing with the unique and upbeat folk/roots group – Headlands – with the backdrop of the Second Summer Artist Members Exhibition.


Rhythm & Hues : Music at the Rockport Art Association will host Headlands on July 14, 2018 from 8:00 – 11:00 PM. Tickets are available for purchase prior to the event at and at the RAA&M Art & Sea Gift Shop for $15 or at the door for $20. Headlands features veteran guitarist/vocalist John Rockwell, vocalist Amy Rich, Kevin Levesque on bass, and Eric Wilson on acoustic & electric guitar, as well as vocals.

RAA&M looks forward to welcoming the creative community for the launch of our music series.


It’s our first official event in our new Gloucester store, and we are thrilled to be hosting local North Andover resident Joyce Cooper!

Joyce will be bringing a variety of decoupaged items for sale.  Come meet her, enjoy light fare from our fav across Main Street: The Cav, and learn more about Joyce’s amazing craft!



Save the Date: BLUE WHALE Presentation


Michael Fishbach will give a presentation on the BLUE WHALE and its current survival status at the Windhover Performing Arts Center on Wednesday Aug. 15, 2018

Date: Wednesday. August 15th from 5:30-7:30pm
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served


The blue whale – the world’s true gentle giant
(and why its survival is important to us all)

Michael’s presentation will weave his 26 years of fieldwork on the world’s largest animal, the endangered blue whale, with his work to save this majestic life form at the non-profit- Great Whale Conservancy.

He will introduce the little known blue whale in stunning images, videos and stories.  He will tell of the current status of the blue whales, its critical importance to the oceanic ecosystem, the greatest threat it now faces, and what the Great Whale Conservancy is doing to mitigate human caused deaths to these whales, and how that will finally kickstart their global recovery.


Photos by Michael Fishbach in Baja, Mexico

No charge,  but fully tax deductible contributions are greatly appreciated.

Please RSVP via email.

Contact: Lisa Hahn, Executive Director
Windhover, 257 Rear Granite Street, P.O. Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966

978-546-3611 ~ email:  ~

Call For Entries!!!

Please join us for a new art show in Gloucester at the Paint Factory!
First paid first in status as the wall space is limited. The are no refunds if you choose not to do the show after registration, however we understand emergency’s and will do our best to assist and accommodate you with pickup and delivery.
Hope to see you there!
Melissa Cox
Jessica Biker

There’s More to Sea

Friday, July 27 Opening Reception with Artists 6-9 pm
Saturday July 28 – Sunday July 29, 9-5 pm
Gloucester Paint Factory to Benefit Ocean Alliance

Call for Entry:

  • Receiving: Thursday, July 26 4-7 pm and Friday, July 27 12-2pm
  • Pick up: Sunday July 29 5 – 7 pm
  • Reception: Friday, July 27, 6-9 pm

Entry Fee:

  • $30 for three pieces.
  • Entrants may also submit up to 6 matted and sleeved prints for bin work.
  • Entry will be capped when space is filled.
  • Entry based on first come, first serve of entry fee.
  • Items should be ready to hang.

Entry Fee payable to Jessica Biker at 7 Morton Place, Gloucester MA

Entry Deadline: July 20

  • Please include show tags with entry fee or by email.


  • All items submitted must be for sale.
  • 20% of all sales will go to the Ocean Alliance and Restoration of the Gloucester Paint Factory.


Jessica Biker –, Melissa Cox –





At the Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS)
Performed at Canney’s Pit in Lanesville, Gloucester, MA.

10 Leverett Street, Gloucester, Ma.


Performances are:

Friday, July 27th at 5:30pm

Saturday, July 28th at 11:00am and 5:30pm

Sunday, July 29th at 1:00pm.

Windhover Performing Arts Center has presented dynamic and exciting Quarry Dances at various quarries located throughout the Cape Ann area for the past six years. This year, Windhover teams up with MARS to present Quarry Dance Vll on the grounds of the late renowned American sculptor Paul Manship. This 15 acre site features two pristine quarries, (Canney’s Pit and Butman’s Pit, aka “Manship Quarry”), several studios and a historic 1856 barn.

As in previous years, the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre will create a site-specific modern dance in and around Canney’s Pit, the larger quarry on the site that features ledges, cliffs, and stunning views. Continuing the legacy of working artists on Cape Ann, this event will capture movements derived from Paul Manship’s mythic sculptures, which move and flow like Greek sculpture. Images of Manship’s works will be on view, inspiring the dance. Perhaps his best known work is the Prometheus sculpture at the entrance to Rockefeller Center, located by the skating rink. Quarry Dance Vll will open with a solo performance of a dance choreographed by the late Ina Hahn of the story of Prometheus the fire giver, and based upon Manship’s sculpture.

Performances of Quarry Dance Vll are free and open to the public. Donations are strongly suggested. No reservations are necessary, however all performances are weather dependent. If there is rain, that performance will be cancelled. The duration of each performance is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

Parking has been arranged at the Lanesville Community Center at 8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester for all four performances. It is a short walk from the Lanesville Community Center to the entrance of Canney’s Pit at the Manship (MARS) estate on Washington Street.

There is also parking available at St Paul Lutheran Church at 1123 Washington Street on Friday late afternoon, Saturday late afternoon and Sunday. And the Orthodox Congregational Church at 1120 Washington Street allows parking on Friday late afternoon, Saturday morning and Saturday late afternoon, but not on Sunday.

Volunteers will usher the way for those on foot. Shuttle service will be available 45 minutes before each performance and afterwards for those who do not want to walk, starting and concluding at the Lanesville Community Center.

Seating is on a first-come first-served basis. Chairs will be provided; however you are encouraged to bring blankets and sit on the ground in front of the quarry. Feel free to bring water. Space is limited, and seats cannot be reserved.

For further information, please check the Windhover website at and the MARS website at

Both organizations are non-profit 501©3 and contributions are tax deductible.

Major funding has been made possible for Quarry Dance Vll by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the primary sponsor; plus the Rockport and Gloucester Cultural Councils.

For questions, please contact Windhover’s Executive Director Lisa Hahn at or call 978-546-3611.



George Nick: 75 Years of Painting – Evening Talk & Slide Presentation on July 11

George Nick: 75 Years of Painting

Evening Talk & Slide Presentation with George Nick
Wednesday, July 11th, 6:30 PM at Rockport Art Association & Museu

RAA&M Members: $8.00 / Non-Members: $12.00

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(Images courtesy of Gallery NAGA – photos: Bill Kipp)

George Nick is a nationally recognized realist painter based in Boston. Blurring the line between realism and expressionism, Nick has described his painting style as intuitive and inventive. What we see between the frames is not a moment frozen in time, but a collection of moments that unify in our mind’s eye. Nick’s paintings are complicated, he is constantly running in circles, following ideas that lead to moments of clarification which, in turn, give birth to a new set of problems and intangible thoughts waiting to be chased down and painted. Nick taught painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design for twenty-five years. His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Hirschhorn Museum; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., as well as many others.

The varied subjects in George Nick’s paintings – ranging from vintage automobiles to Back Bay street scenes, from Venetian waterways to Maine landscapes – reflect his appetite for experimentation. “I’m always reaching out for left-field ideas and approaches, trying to understand what I can do and what I can’t do,” says Nick. This freshness is reflected in Nick’s paint handling, which, always lively and luscious, veers from crisply detailed strokes to broad swaths of color, sometimes within the same piece.

In his 2004 essay on the painting of George Nick, John Stomberg, the Deputy Director of the Williams College Museum of Art, coined the term “existential realism” to describe the particular arena in which Nick operates. Yes, he is a realist, a painter in love with the world and its appearances, and, yes, he is, like the first generation abstract expressionists who were his peers in the 1950s, a painter whose work is a document of his moment-by-moment encounter with the art of painting.

“…George paints like a young man just discovering the appearances of things, discoveries that have nothing to do with the ego of the artist but everything to do with the world’s constant overflow of color and form.”   – John Updike


Artists Explore SERIES, Curated by Barbara Moody

Artists Explore SERIES

June 28 – August 12, 2018

Artist Reception: Friday, June 29, from 6 to 8 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12-6 PM


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The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased to present an exhibition of eighteen regional contemporary artists who work in series. These artists oftenstart with an idea and move through a sequence of separate works…exploring the fulfillment of an idea and visual goals. By viewing several closely related works by each artist, audiences can observe and experience the process of art-making. Artists Explore SERIES is on view at RNAC’s Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester from June 28 – August 12, 2018. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Friday, June 29, from 6-8PM. Weekly gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12-6 PM.

RNAC is pleased to introduce Barbara Moody as the Guest Curator of Artists Explore SERIES. Moody has an M. Ed. and Ed.D. from Harvard University. She is currently a professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years. Moody says of her artistic process “I work in series to explore one idea from different perspectives. Keeping the same feeling or mood, I can change the subject and color to examine a range of possibilities.”

Artists Explore SERIES collaborators include Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Joan Bediz, Morgan Dyer, Conny Goelz-Schmitt, Julie Graham, Mark Hoffmann, Nancy Legendre, Kevin Lucey, Maria Malatesta, Barbara Moody, Ruth Mordecai, Rose Olson, Lynda Schlosberg, Deb Schradeick, Martha L Swanson, Len Thomas-Vickory, Helen Tory and Alyssa Watters.


When asked to comment on working in series it was found that the artists have varying ideas about their artistic process. According to artist Morgan Dyer, “This painting series informs ideas of landscape through a lens of personal experience. Color dictates the subject, exploring emotional connections within these experiences and speaking to moments in time similar to a journal.”Kevin Lucey adds, “I work in a series to thoroughly investigate an idea or concept. In most cases, the series ends up being autobiographical, as I am constantly trying to better understand myself, and the people around me.” For Maria Malatesta, “Working in series allows me to explore an idea or direction more deeply. This can lead to unexpected and surprising places. Color, marks and space are all important investigations.” And, Ruth Mordecai sums it up with, “Working in series helps to explore and to simplify.”

This exhibition includes between two and eight works by each artist, for a total of over 80 works of art, representing painting, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, and illustration. This exhibition includes between two and eight works by each artist, for a total of over 80 works of art, representing painting, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, and illustration.


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 painters in US art. Edward Hopper and Emil Gruppe are examples. It has as well been a catalyst for the progressive ideas of Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Theresa Bernstein, Milton Avery and Nell Blaine, among others. Today, Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving, creative community.

2018 Annual Rockport Garden Tour

2018 Annual Rockport Garden Tour

Artists in the Gardens!

Rockport in Bloom will now again be captured on canvas! Similar to our 2017 garden tour, our 2018 tour will see the addition of artists in the gardens!

You will see the garden through the artist’s eyes. Watch as they transform a garden into a lasting image showing what the homeowner and “Mother Nature” have created.

If you are an artist and would like to participate next year, please contact:
Dan Delouise at 978-282-1540 or

All are welcome to FREE exhibit and reception will be held:
from 4:30 – 8:00pm on Saturday, June 30,
Location: at the Rockport Community House 58 Broadway
immediately following the last day of the garden tour.

The Rockport Garden Club invite you to a self-guided tour of 9 private gardens clustered in 3 Rockport neighborhoods. Each garden celebrates the diverse geography of Rockport, from sweeping ocean vistas, to enchanting gardens with water features, to unique granite sculptures and  arches evoking the legacy of the granite industry
in Rockport. additional information, tickets for the tour or questions, please email:

Artists in the Gardens Rockport in Bloom 2018:

  •  Dan DeLouise (DeLouise Studio & Gallery, 53 Main St, Rockport)
  • Holly Anderson Pope
  • Rosemary Sullivan
  • Gary Yonker
  • Janice E. Castellano
  • Sharon M Bahosh
  • Kathleen Miller (Art Nook Gallery, 58 Bearskin Neck, Rockport)
  • Cynthia J Dunaway
  • Kathy Roberts
  • Lynn E Wrona
  • Heidi A Caswell Zander (Tidal Edge Gallery, 3 School St, Rockport)
  • Robert S Diebboll
  • Judith C Abbe (Gallery @ 548 Washington St, Gloucester)
  • Melody A Phaneuf (Gallery @ 3 Centennial Ave, Gloucester)
  • Susan Drennan
  • Eileen T. Mueller


Earth Wind Fire June 28 – July 22 at Flatrocks Gallery

Earth  Wind  Fire

An Opening reception is Sat. June 30th 6-8pm.

The show will opens June 28th and will be up until July 22nd.

The Gallery is open Thur. – Sun. 12:00- 5:00.

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In Flatrocks Gallery’s second guest-curated show Earth  Wind  Fire Joyce Roessler brings us nine renowned artists from Boston and Cape Ann.
Exciting new works in clay by Angela Cunningham, Barbe Ennis and Steve Murphy. Encaustic painting by Linda Cordner. Oils by Vanessa Michalak and Joyce Roessler. Photography by Ben Blanchard. Glass pieces by Matt Cronin and Chris Watts. Jewlery by Joyce Roessler and Sonja Grondstra.


Music at the Annisquam Village Church

JAZZ and BERNSTEIN:  Two “Starry Nights” in Annisquam July Series


The Sun, the Moon, but Mostly the Stars,”  a unique program of jazz standards and original compositions created to celebrate the Japanese Star festival, Tanabata, headlines the first of two concerts at the Annisquam Village Churchin July.  Slated for 7/7 at 8 pm (July 7th is the date of the Tanabata festival), the Billy Novick Trio incorporates the cosmic atmospherics with celestial jazz: Billy Novick on clarinet and keyboards, Swiss-born Gabriela Martina on vocals, and Dave Clark on Bass.

Projections of the summer sky will serve as background with a lively intermission ‘pageant’; a reception follows, with ‘star bites’ and punch for all.

A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” on July 22 at 8 PM shines more starlight on this celebrated American composer in a review of Bernstein’s best-loved works. Pianists Beverly and Andrew Soll back up vocalists Tiffany Baxter, Angel Jajko, and Mark Morgan, covering everything from “West Side Story” to the “Kol Nidre” on this 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth.  A reception follows.

Settled as the Third Parish of Cape Ann, the historic Annisquam Village Church offers ideal acoustics in an intimate, New England setting. The church is located at the head of Lobster Cove, 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard and Washington Streets), in Gloucester 01930.  Handicap accessible.

Performances are at 8 PM.

Admission: $20 at the door or in advance with Brown Paper Tickets

Students $15. at the door

The Sun, the Moon, but Mostly the Stars

Buy advance tickets at:

A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

Buy advance tickets at:


Kathleen Adams, Music Director

Annisquam Village Church

Marion Rayner, New Work in Acrylics – Reception on June 23, 5:30-7:30 pm

Celebrating Flowers


Marion Rayner, a member of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, will be presenting a special show of her new work in acrylics. There will be a wine and cheese reception on June 23, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The show will run from June 23-July 13.

Marion has been creating landscapes, seascapes, and florals in watercolor for the past 25 years. “I love how fluid, vibrant, and unpredictable watercolors can be. I had been thinking recently about creating in another medium. With spring here and all the beautiful flowers blooming on Cape Ann, it seemed natural to want to create something that would celebrate the emergence of all that beauty. I have long admired the work of Georgia O’Keefe. Her large and exaggerated forms bring a sense of importance to each flower she paints.”

Marion’s canvas pieces are large (2”by 4”), bright and appealing. The poppies stand out from a dark background. In fact, the poppies seem to “pop out.” Each piece makes a particular flower the star of the show.

Also during the show work by Donna Amero, a founding member of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, will be Celebrating Dragonflies with dragonfly themed stained glass in the alcove. “Dragonflies signify happiness, speed and purity,” says Donna.

Please join us for this special reception June 23, 5:30-7:30 at
Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester.

The organization is also seeking new members. The group is Cape Ann’s oldest artist cooperative, and is managed and run by the artists who all share an equal status. The reception is an opportunity to meet the artists, see their work and find out about membership benefits.

Windhover Summer News 2018

Windhover Summer News of Performances and Special Events 2018


Spring was late in arriving on Cape Ann, but summer is now upon us and with it, an exciting season of performing arts events including modern dance classes at Windhover.  Please join us in celebrating dance performed outdoors in the natural setting of a pristine quarry, and on our beautiful outdoor stage on Windhover’s grounds. Engage with our master modern dance classes taught by prominent dance companies from New York. A special feature this year is a scientific lecture on the blue whales, (the largest creatures on earth), conducted by a researcher who has spent 23 years studying the blue whales in Baja, Canada and the U.S

Here is our summer schedule so far:

Iyengar and Restorative Yoga Classes, taught by Annie Hoffman who was on the faculty of the Boston Iyengar Center for 14 years and has been teaching in this tradition for over 26 years. Saturday, July 7th from 9:00am-12:00pm is Iyengar. Saturday, July 7th from 4:00-6:00pm is Restorative Yoga. Sunday, July 8th from 9:00am-12:00pm is Iyengar. See Windhover website for fees and details.

Windhover is hosting a week-long Summer Dance Intensive for teenagers (ages 12-18) from Sunday, July 15-Saturday, July 21st, taught by members of the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre based in New York City. This company has a residency at Windhover every summer and performs the Quarry Dance each year. Technique classes in ballet and modern dance are followed by repertory work, choreography, composition and gyro. If you, or those you know, have teens that are interested in dance, please inquire further about our Dance Intensive or check out our website at:

Open adult drop-in modern dance and gyrokinesis classes are being offered by members of Dušan Týnek  Dance Theatre during the week of July 16-20, 2018. Classes are $18.00 per person or $15.00 for students. Schedule: Mon, Wed and Friday at 9:00am-10:30am is modern dance. Tuesday & Thursday at 9:00am-10:50am is gyro. Check out our website for further information.

Quarry Dance Vll comes to life at the Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS) estate in Lanesville in late July. Performance dates are: Friday, July 27th at 5:30pm; Saturday, July 28th at 11:00am and also at 5:30pm; plus Sunday, July 29th at 1:00pm. This site-specific modern dance is performed by the Dušan Týnek  Dance Theatre in and around this spectacular quarry located on the grounds of the late sculptor Paul Manship. The property is now owned by the non-profit organization MARS. Canney’s Pit will be the chosen quarry on the property for this dance performance, and guests will enter through a gate on Washington Street. All performances are free and open to the public. Please check our website for further details and information. (Please take note this event is weather dependent. With rain, the performance is cancelled.)

Blue Whale lecture by Michael Fishbach, Director of the Great Whale Conservancy. Michael is a whale researcher, conservationist and educator who has studied the Blue Whale for 26 years in Mexico, Canada, the U.S and the Azores. Learning about these largest creatures on earth and what is being done in the field to protect them and understand them is the subject of this stimulating visual lecture.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by an hour long presentation at Windhover. Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 5:30pm.

See link to recent tragedy of ship strike on blue whale.

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company returns to Windhover from Wednesday, August 22-Sunday, August 26, 2018. This exciting modern dance company brings athleticism and fresh ideas to bear on choreography. All week, there will be morning master classes of all levels, plus one open rehearsal..  On Friday and Saturday evenings, August 24th and 25th, the entire company will perform Paul Taylor’s choreography at Windhover, on our outdoor stage, weather permitting. Otherwise, the performances will take place in our back dance studio with limited seating. Check out our website for further details or call Windhover at 978-546-3611.


Contact: Lisa Hahn, Executive Director, Windhover, 257 Rear Granite Street, P.O.Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966

CLOSELY RELATED Closing Celebration

Please join us in a Closing Celebration on
Friday June 22 
from  5 to 7


CLOSELY RELATED…an exhibit that attempts to identify and examine artistic elements that appear congruently in works by artists related by friendship or marriage, or by filial kinship, or by the duality of artist and place or…other. (many possibilities).
Is our art influenced by our environment; our politics; the company we keep, and/or by our generic connections? And is what we create truly unique?
Or was Picasso right when he said:
“Every painting already has a mother and a father.”?

Summer Pottery Classes

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Summer Pottery Classes
June 25 – August 18

Mondays with Cynthia 9-12:00
Tuesdays with Scott Tubby 6-9:00
Wednesdays with Cynthia 9-12:-00
Thursdays with Cynthia 6-9:00
Fridays with Anni Melancon 9-12:00

Come Get Muddy!

To register, email:  or call 978-546-6186


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