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This Week in the Arts

North Shore Arts Association Annual Fine Art Benefit Auction

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Saturday – August 11 – Doors Open 5pm

Mark your calendars! Enjoy a fun, lively evening! A perfect opportunity to add to or start your collection.

Save $! This is tax free weekend ($2,500 and under) in Massachusetts. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets are available online, by phone or at the gallery for $25 each.

Enjoy a cash bar and sumptuous appetizers. Auctioneer Extraordinaire Rick Doucette will be Master of Ceremonies. Visit http://www.nsarts.org to purchase tickets online AND to view all available lots.

North Shore Arts Association
11 Pirates Lane Gloucester, MA
978.283.1857 – http://www.nsarts.org

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Artist Talk at
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Some of the artists in the current Flatrocks Exhibit, Interpretations of Form, will discuss their work and answer questions on Sunday Aug. 12 at 2:00 p.m.  Exhibiting artists are Joreen White, Barbara Moody, Joyce Audy Zarins, Joy Halsted, and Pat Lowery Collins.  The show will continue through Aug. 19. Flatrocks Gallery is located at 77 Langsford St., Gloucester, MA.

77 Langsford St./Rt127
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-879-4683
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On This Day in History – 
August 8, 1775

Patriots Win the Battle of Gloucester

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Stage Fort across Gloucester Harbor by Fitz Henry Lane. ~ Shows Gloucester Harbor, the site of the Battle of Gloucester, around 1862.

On this day in history, August 8, 1775, Patriots win the Battle of Gloucester, an early battle of the American Revolution fought in Gloucester Harbor, Massachusetts. After the war broke out on April 19, patriots from around the colonies surrounded the British in Boston, trapping them inside the city. This made the British soldiers dependent on supplies brought in from the sea.

capt-john-linzee-r-n-1743-1798-alt.jpgBritish General Thomas Gage and Admiral Samuel Graves began sending raiding parties along the coast to take supplies from seaside communities and farms. One such raid was attempted by Captain John Linzee, aboard the HMS Falcon, on August 5, when he sent a raiding party to shore near Ipswich Bay. This particular raid failed when local farmers drove off the sailors with their shotguns.

Linzee cruised along the coast of Cape Ann for a few days, until he saw two American merchant ships, newly arrived from the West Indies, on the morning of August 8th. Linzee pursued the ships, quickly capturing one of them without a fight and posting his own men to captain the ship. The second ship, however, was captained by a more experienced seaman who knew the area well. He sailed into Gloucester Bay and grounded the ship to prevent the British from capturing it.

Linzee anchored the Falcon and the captured ship in the bay, then sent out 3 small boats of sailors to capture the grounded ship. By this time, the people of Gloucester had called out the militia, who began firing on the small boats as they approached the ship. The sailors reached the ship, but were trapped on board by continuous gunfire from the shore.

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Boston to Cape Ann 1775

Captain Linzee fired his cannons on the town and sent a landing party to burn the town down as a distraction. The landing party was not able to reach the town, however, and the sailors remained trapped on the ship. Late in the afternoon, Linzee’s first lieutenant, in charge of the boarding party on the ship and now injured from gunfire, managed to get away on a small boat with a few other sailors, but the rest remained trapped on the ship.

The grounded ship was eventually boarded by the citizens and the remaining soldiers were taken captive. Linzee, realizing things were falling apart, sent the captured schooner to shore to retrieve the captured soldiers. The schooner’s native sailors mutinied against Linzee’s men, took them captive and reclaimed the ship. At this point, Linzee realized resistance was futile and he sailed off.

The British loss at the Battle of Gloucester was listed as one of the reasons for an October expedition under British Captain Henry Mowat to punish Massachusetts coastal towns. Captain Mowat’s orders specifically included Gloucester as a target, but Mowat decided to forego bombarding the town because its buildings were too far apart and he didn’t think his ships’ guns would have much effect.

This expedition culminated in the Burning of Falmouth (present-day Portland, Maine), the first American town completely destroyed by the British. The burning of Falmouth led many Americans who were previously neutral or undecided to come down squarely against the British and led the Continental Congress to create the Continental Navy.

This article was originally posted on Revolutionary War and Beyond

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Windhover AUGUST News of Performances and Special Events 2018

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Windhover AUGUST News of Performances and Special Events 2018

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Quarry Dance Vll drew record crowds at the MARS estate last weekend. It was one of those magical performances that seemed to transcend time, with the beauty of the landscape and the pristine quarry matched by the athleticism and stunning talent of the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre dancers.

Blue Whale lecture: With our goal of celebrating and learning more about the natural world and the preservation of the creatures that inhabit it, please join us for a lecture on the Blue Whale. Coming up on Wednesday, August 15th from 5:30-7:30pm, researcher/scientist Michael Fishbach of the Great Whale Conservancy will present a power point talk with video about what we know of this largest creature on earth and what we are doing to protect them. RSVP required to Lisa Hahn at Windhover@verizon.net  Donations appreciated. Wine and cheese served.

Better Balance & Brain Movement Workshop for teachers that teach seniors. Stay physically stable and mentally able. This workshop explores balance, cognitive impairment and movement by understanding issues related to aging. Taught by Lynn Simonson, creator of Simonson Technique, an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware. Friday. August 10- Saturday, August 11, 2018. Inquires can be addressed to Lynn Simonson at: simonsondance@gmail.com

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. Open classes for all ages and levels are scheduled for you to drop in at the following times: Wednesday, August 22 from 9:30-1:00am; Thursday, August 23 from 6:00-7:30pm; Friday, August 24th from 9:30-11:00am; and finally on Saturday, August 25th from 9:30-11:00am. One open rehearsal of the Paul Taylor 2 Company will be a treat for viewers to see on Thursday, August 23rd from 4:00-6:00pm.

PERFORMANCES: On Friday and Saturday evenings, August 24th and 25th at 7:30pm, the entire PT2 dance 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. Dances performed include: Party Mix; 3 Epitaphs; Runes and Aureole, all works choreographed by Paul Taylor. Check out our website for further details or call Windhover at 978-546-3611.

No tickets or fees, but tax deductible contributions are greatly appreciated for classes and performances. Contact: Lisa Hahn, Executive Director, Windhover, 257 Rear Granite Street, P.O.Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966

Email: Windhover@verizon.net     www.windhover.org

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This Weekend in the Arts

Group Art Exhibit Interprets Form

Flatrocks Gallery at 77 Langsford St., Gloucester, MA, will be hosting “Interpretations of Form”, from July 26 to Aug. 19. Curated by Pat Lowery Collins and Joreen White, it features the work of Barbara Moody, Joy Halsted, Joyce Audy Zarins, Pat Lowery Collins, and Joreen White. The opening is Saturday, July 28 from 4-6 p.m. Gallery Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12-5 p.m.  Tel. 978-879-4685

The artists in this exhibit have chosen to interpret form – human form, animal form, form in the landscape – with the use of such diverse mediums as oil, acrylic, pastel, and bronze and by using a variety of approaches. While one artist may choose to deliver a message, another may seek to elicit an emotion and another to suggest the sublime. All have honed their skills over many years, and a selection of each one’s work will be on display.

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“Dance like no one is Whale Watching”

July 28 8pm to 12am and Sunday July 29 5pm
MAGMA 11 Pleasant St Gloucester Ma.

Dance performance by artist in residence Emily Beattie and Dance  party by Mercury House DJ ‘s Kissinger +Oceanize www.magma.center
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WINDHOVER ANNOUNCES “QUARRY DANCE Vll”

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2018

WINDHOVER ANNOUNCES
“QUARRY DANCE Vll”

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

10 Leverett Street, Gloucester, Ma.

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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 unforgettable 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.  As in previous years, Russ Gershon, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and leader of the bands Either/Orchestra and Lookie Lookie in the Boston area will accompany all four performances.

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 at 10 Leverett Street, close to the corner of 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.

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Quarry Dance Vl at Flat Ledge Quarry 2017

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  www.windhover.org and the MARS website at www.manshipartists.org

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  windhover@verizon.net or call 978-546-3611.

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This Week in the Arts

Underwater Photography from New England and around the World

July 19 to August 13 with a reception on Saturday, July 21, 2018

Undersea Divers Photo Society members: Andrea Dec, Steven Coffill, Ellen Garvey, Mike Garvey, Andrew Martinez, Alan Presser, and Stephen Setzer

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to present “Underwater Photography from New England and Around the World” as its third Summer Artist Show at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Eight members of Undersea Divers Photo Society are exhibiting photographs taken at dive locations on Cape Ann and around the worldall of which will be for sale. The show runs from July 19 to August 13, 2018 at Gallery 53 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, July 21 from 6 to 8pm. Exhibiting artists include Andrea Dec, Steven Coffill, Ellen Garvey, Mike Garvey, Andrew Martinez, Alan Presser, and Stephen Setzer. The show is open Sundays to Thursdays, 10am to 6pm and 10am to 8pm Fridays and Saturdays.

The Undersea Photo Society is a group of scuba divers with a passion for photographing things most people never get to see.  Led by undersea writer, tour guide and photographer, Andrew Martinez, the group meets monthly at Undersea Divers in Danvers where they share their photos and experiences. Martinez has written several books about undersea diving, illustrated with his own photographs. Some of his books will be for sale at the show, which he will sign during the Reception on July 21.  The Society has 20-30 members who participate in the meetings.  For more information about Undersea Photo Society or about scuba diving please visit www.underseadivers.com.

Housed in a historic waterfront building at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gallery 53 is conveniently located between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave in Gloucester, MA. Artists are selected for their creativity, technical skill, and distinctive style. The gallery provides the community with thought-provoking Summer Artist Series (SAS) shows and a place to purchase affordable locally-made art. Paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood, glass, mixed-media, hand-pulled prints, and photography are creatively displayed.  For more information about Gallery 53 call 978-282-0917.

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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 paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit rockyneckartcolony.org.

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Rocky Neck Art Workshop: Figure and Abstraction

August 6-9, 2018 10am – 3pm

Montserrat College of Art, Hardie Building, 23 Essex St, Beverly, Ma 01915

The Workshop will be led by art instructor Kathy Liao, as part of Rocky Neck Art Colony’s 11-year-old Goetemann Distinguished Artist/Teacher program. New this year: Liao’s workshop takes place at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly (Hardie Building, 23 Essex Street), offering a large studio for up to 15 students. All levels welcome. We will be working from a model for half the workshop, studying gestures and utilizing collage. We’ll then move onto figurative narratives, color and composition.

The Goetemann Distinguished Artist/Teacher program, initiated in 2007, brings to Cape Ann an artist with a national reputation. Liao, who has an MFA in Painting from Boston University, currently teaches painting and printmaking at Missouri Western State University.

Register by July 29. $400 for RNAC members; $500 for non-members.

Send a check for full tuition made out to RNAC (please add GAR Workshop in memo line) to Pat Conant, Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, Ma 01930. Include your email or mailing address.

For more details on the workshop, visit GAResidency.art

A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

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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: https://tributetoleonardbernstein.brownpapertickets.com
Students $15. at the door

This Weekend in the Arts

RHYTHM & HUES

MUSIC AT THE ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION
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.

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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 rockportartassn.org 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.

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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!

Cheers,
Kellee

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Save the Date: BLUE WHALE Presentation

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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

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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.

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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: windhover@verizon.net  ~ www.windhover.org

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.

Sales:

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

Questions:

Jessica Biker – jessicaabiker@gmail.com, Melissa Cox – mcoxward2@gmail.com

WINDHOVER ANNOUNCES “QUARRY DANCE Vll”

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2018

WINDHOVER ANNOUNCES
“QUARRY DANCE Vll”

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

10 Leverett Street, Gloucester, Ma.

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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  www.windhover.org and the MARS website at www.manshipartists.org

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  windhover@verizon.net or call 978-546-3611.

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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

 

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