Interactive, Deep-Sea Exploration: Biology And Archaeology in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary – Free Event

 

Join us at Hammond Castle Museum for a very special live feed and interactive program with scientists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine SanctuariesWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Imaging Technologieswho have been exploring the shipwreck SS Portland, which sank in a gale in 1898 in waters now part of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Explore the shipwrecks lying on the seafloor of NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts Bay. This live interaction will connect you to the expedition scientists who study the communities of marine life that make shipwrecks their home. Additionally, you will learn the stories behind the Frank A. Palmer and Louise B. Crary shipwrecks by visiting them on the seafloor. This program will focus on the biological and archaeological significance of shipwrecks in one of America’s underwater treasures.

Joining us on-site for the interactive discussion will be Martin Klein. Known as “The Father of Side Scan Sonar,” Klein’s sonars have been used around the world to help find many famous shipwrecks including the Titanic.  In conjunction with this program, Hammond Castle Museumwill have on display Hammond’s early work on echo guided torpedoes and Seleno, Hammond’s robotic dog. Hammond’s development of applications for sound technology for the US Navy earned him the title of the “Father of Radio Control.”

Maritime Gloucester is host to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Northern Gateway and hosts a permanent exhibit which is open to the public at 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester. For more information, please visit www.maritimegloucester.org.  

Doors open at 6:30. Live feed begins promptly at 7p.m.

This is a free event.

This Weekend in the Arts: 9/13-16/2019

 

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Local pediatrician, Brian Orr, and his daughter, Theresa, are displaying paper art works this month at the North Shore Unitarian Church in Danvers. Their art captures sea scenes and animals, as well as Boston cityscapes. Color, color and more color define their work as they use various papers and metal foils to illustrate their subjects. They often use recycled materials in the works such as old windows or wood planks.

Prints of their work are available at Cape Ann Giclee in Gloucester. They will have an open house for viewing their work this Sunday at NSUU from 12-2. All are welcome.

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This Weekend in the Arts 9/5-9-19/2019

Recycled Robots Invade Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

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

Exhibition Dates: September 4 to October 15, 2019

Gallery open: Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; until 8:00 PM Friday to Saturday until Labor Day.  FREE

On September 4 a band of life-sized robots, made from recycled materials, will invade Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Built by local artists Elizabeth Gauthier, Richard Honan, Deb Kracht, Brian Murphy, Hans Pundt and Chris Williams, these robots will be at your service around the gallery along with smaller pieces by each artist. Come join the fun at the reception on Saturday, September 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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About Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
Housed in a historic waterfront building at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gallery 53 is conveniently located between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants. 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, fabric arts, pottery, wood, glass, mixed-media, hand-pulled prints, sculpture, and photography are creatively displayed.  

Gallery 53 is open daily from May 25 to October 14, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday until Labor Day. For more information call ‪978-282-0917.

See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook and Instagram.

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SHOW UP ! Join the conversation between makers and materials

September 5 – October 13, 2019

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Artist Talk: Show Down / Continuing the conversation:
Sunday, October 13, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

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Encompassing two floors of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to offer SHOW UP! SHOW DOWN: A visual conversation between makers and materials. Featuring work by eight artists, this exhibition runs for six weeks beginning Thursday, September 5 and continues through Sunday, October 13, 2019.  The pubic is invited to enjoy the art and conversation at the opening reception at the Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA on Sunday, September 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Light refreshemnts and libations will be served. Street parking is free and the facility is handicapped accessible.

In this provocative exhibition, eight artists explore the opposition of order by deconstructing and reconstructing across media. For artists Susan Alport, Joan Benotti, Paul Cary Goldberg, Tim Hansen, Erica Licea-Kane, Conny Goelz Schmitt, Rebecca Schnopp and Daniel Zeese the act of turning a page becomes a performance, organic and inorganic objects contemplate life and death, the boundaries between paint and fiber fuse. Images and forms are reconsidered, altered and remade as narratives of self and materials collage and converse in paint, paper, fiber, flora, photography and metal.

The public is encouraged to attend the revealing Artist’s Talk, SHOW DOWN: Continuing The Conversation on Sunday, October 13, 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

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The public is invited to receptions and events throughout the year with refreshments, admission and nearby parking free of charge. More information for all Cultural Center events is available by visiting the website at www.rockyneckartcolony.org, by email at director@rockyneckartcolony.org or telephone 978 515-7004.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, please contact: director@rockyneckartcolony.org

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Hammond Castle Museum is hosting an opening reception on Friday, September 6th at 7pm for our very special Mariano Fortuny exhibit.

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Fortuny at The Castle:
It’s not every day one discovers vintage couture tucked away in a closet! Two gowns  were neatly folded on a shelf in Irene’s closet for decades. Both garments, dating between 1920 and 1930, are velvet tabard gowns in Fortuny’s “Eleonora” Renaissance style and feature the famous pleating. These couture gowns will be on display from September 6th to the 27th.  Nowhere else in the United States are any Fortuny gowns on public display.  
Tickets to the opening reception are $15 each and can be purchased at: https://www.hammondcastle.org/event/fortuny-at-hammond-castle-museum-exhibit-opening/ The reception begins at 7pm and will end by 9pm. on the 6th of September.
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Open Studio and Art Sale
GRAND OPENING: SEPTEMBER 14TH AND 15TH

DEMONSTRTIONS AND SPEAKING EVENTS SEPTEMBER 21ST AND 22ND
FINAL SALES SEPTEMBER 28TH AND 29th.

Hello all,

I hope you have been out enjoying your summers and the absolutely spectacular weather we have been given.

I wanted to make you aware of a new project I am involved in, and invite you to attend an Open Studio and Art Sale event I will be putting on all of next month – September 1st – 30th.

The event will showcase my sculptural works and latest explorations in abstract art and mixed media forms.  The event will take place in the “Loft Area” of the Cape Pond Ice Company located at 104 Commercial Street in Gloucester (Cool place, yes?).

To give you an idea of the type of work I will showcase during my event, I am forwarding a link to my new CloudBoard Channel below ( instructions as to how to best view the Channel follow the link).

Please call, text or email me to make a special appointment at any time to join the fun at my

Bobbi Gibb 978-273-1552
bobbigibb@aol.com

I hope to see you there!
Warmest Regards,

Bobbi

To view a brief preview of some of my artworks click on:
https://app.cloudboardnews.com/api/v1/broadcast/FAZEDG

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Starts this week: Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company at WINDHOVER in Rockport, MA.

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PAUL TAYLOR 2 DANCE COMPANY RETURNS TO WINDHOVER FOR THE CONCLUSION OF OUR SUMMER SEASON starting Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  This engagement is part of “The Celebration Tour” honoring Paul Taylor’s life and work, since his death at age 88 in August 2018.

You are invited to join in the excitement of experiencing this company in one of three ways: Three Master Classes, Two Open Rehearsals and Two Dance Performances of Paul Taylor repertory. Here are the details:

Windhover Performing Arts Center hosts the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company starting Wednesday, September 4–Saturday, September 7, 2019. This week explodes with three Master Classes in modern dance for all ages and levels. Master classes offered on Wednesday, September 4 from 6:00-7:30pm; Thursday, September 5 from 9:30am-11:00am; and Saturday, September 7 from 9:30-11:00am. Please come. No fee, but donations are encouraged.

Open rehearsals for the public are Thursday, September 5 from 4:00-5:30pm and Friday, September 6 from 4:00-5:30pm. The works being rehearsed will be different from the works being performed in the evening performances, so come and see more of Taylor’s works.

Evening Dance Performances are Friday, September 6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, September 7 at 7:30pm. Performances include three works by Paul Taylor: “Images” (1977) to music by Debussy; “Funny Papers” (1994) to novelty tunes, and “Airs” (1978) to music by Handel. Performances will be held on Windhover’s outdoor stage in the back garden (weather permitting) or in case of rain, in the back dance studio.

There are no advance tickets and all seating is first come first served. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please come and experience this masterful company in the bucolic natural setting of Windhover.

Windhover is a non-profit 501© 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations are critical to the continuation of these programs to the public, so please donate any amount either through paypal on our website:www.windhover.org or you can send checks made payable to Windhover at: P.O Box 2249, Rockport, Ma. 01966. Thank you.

Lisa Hahn, Executive Director
Windhover Performing Arts Center
257 Rear Granite Street, Rockport, Ma. 01966
978-546-3611 •  windhover@verizon.net

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Goetemann Environmental/Installation Artist, Matthew Trueman, Begins Project at Ocean Alliance, September 3

Opening Talk: Tuesday, September 3, 7:00 PM at the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck


Closing Talk: Thursday, September 26, 6:00 PM at Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, Gloucester


FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Detail of kinetic sound sculpture by Matthew Truemann.
 

Canadian sculpture and video artist, Matthew Trueman, was chosen as the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s 2019 Goetemann Environmental/Installation Artist.  Truman is currently building on a series called Instruments for Landscapes that utilizes musical and clockwork technology powered by found sources of energy to create autonomous instruments tuned to specific landscapes.  He plans to create a similar piece for his Goetemann Residency project at Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, in Rocky Neck. 

Truemann will give an opening talk at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 3 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. He will show and talk about his completed project at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 26 at Ocean Alliance. The public is also invited to watch Truemann at work anytime by walking up Horton Street to Ocean Alliance anytime from September 4 to 22.

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Instrument for Inquiry installation by Matthew Trueman

A central theme of Truemann’s work is an exploration of space using our ears, as opposed to our eyes, as the primary source of information. This shift of sense is especially relevant for understanding marine animals that rely far more on acoustics that humans.

The Instruments for the Landscapes series aims to allow us to listen closer by making sound. To do this the sculpture, and ultimately the listener, must absorb, respond and harmonize with the elemental and ecological sounds of the coastline.

The sculpture powers itself using energy from the wind, water or the sun to create an output that works like a telescope, allowing listeners access into the depth of the soundscape around them.

About Matthew Truemann
 
A Canadian sculpture and video artist who completed his MFA at Western University in 2018, Truemann is a resident of London, Ontario. He employed his woodworking background to found an environmentally responsible furniture business called Joined Habitat.  See http://www.matthewtrueman.com/#/instrument-for-inquiry-into-the-melody-of-the-landscape/ to see and hear examples of Truemann’s prior constructions. Matthew Truemann’s residency is sponsored by Karen Ristuben.
About the Goetemann Artist Residency

Named in honor of its founder, artist Gordon Goetemann, the Residency fosters innovation and courageous artistic experimentation within a nurturing community that supports cultural tolerance and the exchange of new ideas.


About the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the RNAC, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, please contact: director@rockyneckartcolony.org.
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Celebrate Next Week with Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company at WINDHOVER

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PAUL TAYLOR 2 DANCE COMPANY RETURNS TO WINDHOVER FOR THE CONCLUSION OF OUR SUMMER SEASON next week.  This engagement is part of “TheCelebration Tour” honoring Paul’s life and work, since his death at age 88 in August 2018.

You are invited to join in the fun of experiencing this company in one of three ways: Three Master Classes, Two Open Rehearsals and Two Dance Performances of Paul Taylor repertory. Here are the details:

Windhover Performing Arts Center hosts the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company starting Wednesday, September 4–Saturday, September 7, 2019. The week explodes with three Master Classes in modern dance for all ages and levels. Master classes offered on Wednesday, September 4 from 6:00-7:30pm; Thursday, September 5 from 9:30am-11:00am; and Saturday, September 7 from 9:30-11:00am. Please come. No fee, but donations are encouraged.

Open rehearsals for the public are Thursday, September 5 from 4:00-5:30pm and Friday, September 6 from 4:00-5:30pm. The works being rehearsed will be different from the works being performed in the evening performances, so come and see more of Taylor’s works.

Evening Dance Performances are Friday, September 6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, September 7at 7:30pm. Performances include three works by Paul Taylor: “Images” (1977) to music by Debussy; “Funny Papers” (1994) to novelty tunes, and “Airs” (1978) to music by Handel. Performances will be held on Windhover’s outdoor stage in the back garden (weather permitting) or in case of rain, in the back dance studio.

There are no advance tickets and all seating is first come first served. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please come and experience this masterful company in the bucolic natural setting of Windhover.

Windhover is a non-profit 501© 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations are critical to the continuation of these programs to the public, so please donate any amount either through paypal on our website: www.windhover.org or you can send checks made payable to Windhover at: P.O Box 2249, Rockport, Ma. 01966. Thank you.

Lisa Hahn, Executive Director

Windhover Performing Arts Center, 257 Rear Granite Street, Rockport, Ma. 01966    978-546-3611 ~ windhover@verizon.net

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This Weekend in the Arts 8/16-19/2019

Winslow Homer and Women’s Bathing Practices

Saturday, August 17, 10:00 a.m.

Coolidge Point: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 9 Coolidge Point, Manchester, Mass.

$15 Historic New England and Cape Ann Museum, $20 nonmembers

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The Cape Ann Museum and Historic New England invite you to take a fresh look at Winslow Homer’s seaside paintings. Join Elizabeth Block, PhD, senior editor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for a discussion of Homer’s paintings within the context of women’s bathing, dress, and hair practices of the early 1870s and as an extension of the artist’s early magazine illustrations. Following the lecture, enjoy the waterfront Coolidge Point grounds. Light refreshments provided.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869 – 1880, on view at the Cape Ann Museum from August 3 to December 1, 2019.

Coolidge Point is open to the public for events and special programs in 2019.

For more information visit HistoricNewEngland.org or call 978-522-5540.

Reserve tickets and information about a partner lecture with the Cape Ann Museum
https://my.historicnewengland.org/2774/4768

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Joan Snyder Lecture at the Cape Ann Museum
“A Conversation with Joan Snyder and Molly Snyder-Fink”

A collaboration between the Goetemann Artist Residency of the Rocky Neck Art Colony and the Cape Ann Museum

Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA

Reception following the talk

Free and open to the public. Reservations suggested:
On line at camuseum.eventbrite.com or by calling 978 283-0455, ext. 10

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“Proserpina”, 2013. Oil, acrylic, paper mache, poppies, rice paper, dirt, charcoal on linen. 48 x 120 in. Joan Snyder

The Goetemann Artist Residency of the Rocky Neck Art Colony and the Cape Ann Museum are collaborating to present “A Conversation with Joan Snyder and Molly Snyder-Fink” at the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM.  Joan Snyder and her daughter Molly Snyder-Fink will be in conversation about her work and accompanied by images. The event is free and open to the public with a reception following the talk. Registration for seating is suggested on line at camuseum.eventbrite.com or by calling 978 283-0455 ext.10. 

This special program inaugurated in 2008 invites a nationally known artist to speak at the Cape Ann Museum followed by a four-day workshop.  This year the workshop is being held at the Montserrat College of Art studios.

Joan Snyder is a national treasure.  She has without question stood her creative, inventive, personal ground with the great painters of the last 50 years.  Her work is very much about her lived experience and being accessible to the viewer. Snyder, well known to the art world, has been honored as a Guggenheim Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and MacArthur Fellow. Her work is currently on view in an exhibition “Epic Abstraction” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  Snyder first gained public attention in the early 1970s with her gestural and elegant “stroke paintings,” which used the grid to deconstruct and retell the story of abstract painting. By the late seventies, Snyder had abandoned the formality of the grid. She began more explicitly incorporating symbols and text, as the paintings took on a more complex materiality. These early works were included in the 1973 and 1981 Whitney Biennials and the 1975 Corcoran Biennial.

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“Take 5” , 2017, Acrylic, clay, dried flowers on panels, 10 x 19.75 inches. Joan Snyder



“The functions of Ms. Snyder’s art, first and foremost, are to further the tradition of painting and to explore the most serious aspects of the human condition; to connect us not only to one another and to nature but to ancient rites and myths. She reminds us that no matter how modern and civilized we are, art can still be raw, primitive and talismanic. Without apologies or decorum, Ms. Snyder’s work awakens all of the things still wild within us.”Lance Esplund. “Lady of the Wild Things”. The Wall Street Journal, April 27,2011, p. d6

About the Goetemann Artist Residency and the Distinguished/Artist Teacher Program

Founded in 2005 by Gordon Goetemann, the Goetemann Artist Residency fulfills his vision to bring artists both to be inspired by and to enrich the community. This program brings artists from around the world to spend one month in a live-work studio at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA.

Inaugurated in 2008, the Distinguished Artist/Teacher (DAT) is one of several programs of the Goetemann Artist Residency, all are part of the Rocky Neck Art Colony. RNAC has welcomed many distinguished artists to this program to give a talk at the Cape Ann Museum and then to lead a four-day workshop. This is the second year that the workshop will be at the Montserrat College of Art.

The DAT workshop is sponsored by the Geoffrey H. Richon Co.

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Multiple opportunities to hear the spiritual, healing and soulful music of Jonah Littlesunday.

Offering live concerts for the first time in New England at multiple venues:

♥ August 16 at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA

♥ August 15 and 17 at the Manchester Community Center Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

♥ August 18 the Saltonstall Mansion in Peabody MA

Discounted Advance Tickets are on Sale Now, while supplies last. Tickets can be purchased on-line at Eventbrite. For off-line tickets, contact Karen at 978.283.4258 or email: dreamtimewellness@gmail.com

Here is some of Jonah’s special interest story – 
  • In one interview – “Jonah Littlesunday uses his flute as a healing tool. He uses it to pray for children, elders, hospital patients and injured animals.”
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Quarry Dance Vlll Recap and More Dance

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Halibut Point Quarry was transformed in late July by the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre who bedazzled the landscape in saffron and mustard yellow costumes and took center stage for a moment in time. Perched like birds on the quarry cliffs, first hovering, then gliding and cascading, the dancers interfaced with the seagulls in brilliant choreographic tandem! Windhover Performing Arts Center has produced eight quarry dances so far, and each one is unique and site-specific, utilizing the characteristics of each particular quarry landscape. All of us who were present at a performance witnessed the art of dance and music enlivened by nature… a perfect trio!

Those who missed it this year, stay tuned for more live dance happenings this summer when Windhover Performing Arts Center hosts the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company starting Wednesday, September 4–Saturday, September 7, 2019. The week explodes with three Master Classes in modern dance for all ages and levels, two open rehearsals, plus two evening dance performances of Paul Taylor’s works. The schedule is as follows: Master classes offered on Wednesday, September 4 from 6:00-7:30pm; Thursday, September 5 from 9:30am-11:00am; and Saturday, September 7 from 9:30-11:00am. Please come. No fee, but donations are encouraged. Open rehearsals for the public are Thursday, September 5 from 4:00-6:00pm and Friday, September 6 from 4:00-5:30pm. Evening Dance Performances are Friday, September 6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, September 7 at 7:30pm. Performances include three works by Paul Taylor: Images (1977) to music by Debussy; Funny Papers (1994) to novelty tunes, and Airs (1978) to music by Handel. Performances will be held on Windhover’s outdoor stage (weather permitting) or in case of rain, in the back dance studio.

There are no advance tickets and all seating is first come first served. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please come and experience this masterful company in the bucolic natural setting of Windhover.

Windhover is a non-profit 501© 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations are critical to the continuation of these programs to the public, so please donate any amount either through paypal on our website: www.windhover.org or you can send checks made payable to Windhover at: P.O Box 2249, Rockport, Ma. 01966. Please check our website for upcoming yoga classes and this week’s performance by students from the José Mateo Ballet Theatre 2019 Summer Performance Program, Friday, August 9 at 10:30am at Windhover. Please come.

Lisa Hahn, Executive Director, Windhover Performing Arts Center, 257 rear Granite Street, Rockport, Ma. 01966

Phone: 978-546-3611      windhover@verizon.net       www.windhover.org

This Weekend in the Arts 8/9-12/2019

Glass Artist Ingrid Pichler Selected as Third Summer Artist at Gallery 53

Opening Reception: Saturday August 10, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

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

Exhibition Dates: August 7 to September 2, 2019

Gallery Open: Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Friday to Saturday, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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Composition in Green, 14 ½” x 14 ½” fused glass by Ingrid Pichler

The Rocky Neck Art Colony welcomes glass artist Ingrid Pichler, Painting with Light, as Gallery 53’s third Summer Artist this season. The show is open from August 7 to September 3 with the Opening Reception on Saturday, August 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, located at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, is open daily from May 25 to October 14, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sunday through Thursday, and until 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday. For more information visit rockyneckartcolony.org/gallery-53-on-rocky-neck/ or call 978-282-0917. 

In her exhibition, Painting With Light, Ingrid Pichler manipulates reflected and transmitted light. She captures everyday moments and applies them onto glass using traditional techniques such as glass painting, staining and fusing.

Pichler has worked in architectural glass for almost thirty years. Her hands-on approach has enabled her to develop a keen understanding of the transformative potential of light in the context of architectural glass. Most of her works have been commissioned, location-specific installations, utilizing a wide range of techniques from traditional painting and staining, to new innovation for fusing and casting in contemporary glass technology.

Originally from northern Italy, Pichler studied art and design, and architectural glass in the UK before moving to the United States where she now lives with her family in Massachusetts. She works from her studio in Swampscott, and guest lectures in stained glass at Salem State University.

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Rockport Gallery Celebrates Five Years: Illuminations Weekend

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When Rockport artist David Arsenault and his wife, Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, opened a gallery in March 2015, they felt like they were in an ideal place to share his light-filled, colorful work. Now in their fifth year and at a location just 200 yards away from the first, it appears as if they were right.

In the half-decade since Arsenault sold his first Cape Ann oil painting, the Old Garden Road-inspired “Swaying in Time”, he and his wife have not only sold over 1100 works of art, but they have become active contributors to the Cape Ann community.

“It was important to us when we opened the gallery to do two things: to be able to help support local non-profits and to make David’s work accessible to people across many income levels,” says his wife, Sue. “We both feel so fortunate to live here on Cape Ann. Every day we are aware of the beauty that surrounds us and feel grateful to be part of such a supportive art community. We have made so many friends here and have been delighted to meet people who come to Rockport from all over the world.”

To celebrate their success since opening, the Arsenaults will host a 5th Anniversary Party over Illuminations Weekend on Friday, Aug. 9th from 5-8 p.m. at their 8 Dock Square gallery in Rockport.  Local favorites Jace Mason and Rhiannon Hurst will entertain guests with jazz guitar and vocals. And a 24” x 18” canvas giclee print of Arsenault’s latest Motif painting, “Mirror Motif” will be raffled in support of the Open Door, the same non-profit they supported during their Grand Opening Celebration in 2014. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the gallery or online at artofdavid.com/more-art.

The gallery has supported dozens of non-profits, ranging from the Open Door to Rockport Illuminations to the First Congregational Church of Rockport’s Steeple Fund to the Thacher Island Association to Senior Care, raising thousands of dollars.

After working 20 years in his private upstate New York studio, Arsenault shares “When we first opened the doors, I wondered what it would be like to try to paint while also welcoming guests. Now I sit right in the front window! What I learned is that when people see some of their favorite Rockport and Gloucester places depicted in my artwork, they come in and open up to share favorite memories and thoughts and feelings about themselves and Cape Ann. It’s a privilege to experience people reflecting on their lives simply because they connect with something they see or feel in my art. Since opening the gallery, I’ve met thousands of fascinating people and had some of the most interesting conversations of my life here. It’s been more fun than I ever imagined.”

Like many artists who have called Cape Ann home or visited, Arsenault ultimately felt compelled to try his hand at painting the iconic Motif No.1.  “It is has been painted so often and by so many of the greats. I wondered how I could approach it in a way that I had not seen done before.” His first Motif painting, entitled “Center of Attention” achieved his goal.  The oil painting was acquired by local collectors, and Arsenault has now sold over two hundred canvas giclée prints of the image as well. When Rockport innkeepers decided to publish a cookbook, “Center of Attention” was chosen for the cover.

Since that first Motif painting, Arsenault has decided to paint a different view of the Motif each year. His second Motif painting, “Taking the Other Side” (2016) was featured on the poster for the 2017 Motif No.1 Day Festival. Other Motif paintings have included “SuperMoon and Motif” (2017), “Christmas Motif” (2018) and his most recent, “Mirror Motif” (2019). Why keep painting it? “What I intend to do is continue to discover meaning and beauty in something so familiar—and beloved—by so many. It will keep me growing as a human being who’s also an artist and observer of the world I live in and love. The truth is, if an artist can’t find inspiration on Cape Ann, even in the ordinary, then you won’t see it anywhere.”

Looking back over the last five years, Arsenault notes a number of  highlights: “Being juried into the Rockport Art Association the first year I applied…A visit from (and art sold to) Grammy-winning singer Sam Smith…Watching the Christmas Tree lighting and Declaration of Independence reading outside my gallery…Meeting and making friends with so many quality people. More than anything, the joy of knowing that an individual has come in to see my work, made a personal connection to something I created, and is willing to invest their money—whether twenty dollars or ten thousand dollars—to bring it home is a feeling I can’t quite explain. It’s a blessing I hope to experience for the rest of my life.”

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This Weekend in the Arts 8/2-5/2019

Hammond Castle Museum Shop
Featured Artist: Bonnie Jeanne (B.J.) Faulkner

August 1st – 31st

Artist reception: August 5th from 5:30 – 7pm
Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

80 Hesperus Ave
Gloucester MA 01930

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Visit Hammond Castle Museum during the month of August for our featured artist. Artist and illustrator, Bonnie Jeanne (B.J.) Faulkner has been a professional artist for the past 50 years. Her artistic talent was identified early in life when she was selected to attend art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio. In 1969 Faulkner visited a solo exhibit of Matisse’s huge canvases at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. The experience left an indelible impression on Faulkner whose style is reminiscent of Duffy and Matisse. Her Art evokes a sense of elegance through her charming and colorful interpretations of the world’s most loved and traveled cities and villages. Also, a singer, her career as a singer is a strong influence on her art.
In 1996, Faulkner established her own artist-run gallery, the B.J. Faulkner Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts in the Berkshires as a flagship location to showcase her work. That same year, Faulkner was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to design the Tanglewood music festival poster. Faulkner’s illustrations have appeared on a range of products from note cards, to book covers for Prentice-Hall and others, as well as the United Airlines European destination poster. Her illustrations focus on travel, leisure, luxury, lifestyle, children, and theatrical projects. Influenced by travel, her paintings depict romantic townscapes, serene landscapes, and beautiful seaside motifs.

In 2007 Faulkner was honored to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for her artistic talent from her alma mater Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio. She has participated in numerous shows and fundraising events throughout her career.

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Special Performances by Jonah Littlesunday on Cape Ann

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Multiple opportunities to hear the spiritual, healing and soulful music of Jonah Littlesunday.

Offering live concerts for the first time in New England at multiple venues:

♥ August 16 at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA

♥ August 15 and 17 at the Manchester Community Center Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

♥ August 18 the Saltonstall Mansion in Peabody MA

Discounted Advance Tickets are on Sale Now, while supplies last. Tickets can be purchased on-line at Eventbrite. For off-line tickets, contact Karen at 978.283.4258 or email: dreamtimewellness@gmail.com

Here is some of Jonah’s special interest story – 
  • In one interview – “Jonah Littlesunday uses his flute as a healing tool. He uses it to pray for children, elders, hospital patients and injured animals.”
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Closing Reception for Vanessa Michalak at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Closing Reception: Friday August 2, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

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

Exhibition Dates: August 7 to September 2, 2019

Gallery Open: Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Friday to Saturday, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Due to heavy rain and thunder storms during Summer Artist, Vanessa Michalak’s Opening Reception, many people were unable to attend. The public now has a second chance to meet Vanessa at a closing reception on Friday, August 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Light refreshments will be served. Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, located at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, is open daily from  10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sunday through Thursday, and until 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday. For more information visit rockyneckartcolony.org/gallery-53-on-rocky-neck/ or call 978-282-0917. 

Vanessa Michalak explores ideas about escapism, adventure and humanity’s relationship with nature in her expressionistic paintings of Cape Ann, created in plein air. Inspired by local Cape Ann landscapes, Michalak’s figures move through forests forcing viewers to make their way through overgrown paths. Structures within the landscape allude to impermanence or interactions with the environment. By allowing herself to get a “little lost in the woods” she teeters on the edge between abstraction and representation, which she calls an “adventure on new paths”. Each painting becomes a unique journey that ultimately becomes, not only a reflection of her inner restlessness, but her longing to reconnect with nature while fulfilling her incessant investigation of the painting process.
A Maine native, Vanessa Michalak earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting in 2013. She was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Painting in 2014 and her work was included in New American Paintings issue #110. Her work has been included in several exhibitions including the MFA National Competition, juried by Asya Geisberg, First Street Gallery, New York, NY. She has also participated in numerous residencies, most notably, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO and PLAYA, in Summer Lake, Oregon. In 2016 she was the emerging artist in residence at Penn State, Altoona for Spring semester. She currently lives and works in Gloucester, MA.
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We are America the Beautiful

We Are America the Beautiful is a non-partisan initiative engaging citizens to learn about the status of national events, the impact of local action and the importance of voting thoughtfully.

If you look at our facebook page: weareamericathebeautiful you will see the many subjects that we have addressed over the past couple of years.

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Winslow Homer and Women’s Bathing Practices

Saturday, August 17, 10:00 a.m.

Coolidge Point: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 9 Coolidge Point, Manchester, Mass.

$15 Historic New England and Cape Ann Museum, $20 nonmembers

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The Cape Ann Museum and Historic New England invite you to take a fresh look at Winslow Homer’s seaside paintings. Join Elizabeth Block, PhD, senior editor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for a discussion of Homer’s paintings within the context of women’s bathing, dress, and hair practices of the early 1870s and as an extension of the artist’s early magazine illustrations. Following the lecture, enjoy the waterfront Coolidge Point grounds. Light refreshments provided.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869 – 1880, on view at the Cape Ann Museum from August 3 to December 1, 2019.

Coolidge Point is open to the public for events and special programs in 2019.

For more information visit HistoricNewEngland.org or call 978-522-5540.

Reserve tickets and information about a partner lecture with the Cape Ann Museum
https://my.historicnewengland.org/2774/4768

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seARTS Art on the Rocks Announces New On-Line Catalog

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Autumn Brilliance by Andrew Anderson-Bell – First Place Jury Award Winner – Pastels, 25.75 x31.5″

The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS) is pleased to announce an exciting new feature in one of our signature programs, Art on the Rocks: an on-line catalog of juried art works available for sale.

For those who couldn’t attend our Opening Reception back in June, this is a terrific opportunity. Now you can get a close-up look at fresh and bold works by new and returning artists. Just visit this link for a downloadable PDF: bit.ly/artcatalog

You’ll see masterful landscapes, seascapes, nocturnes and still lifes in a variety of media, including watercolor, oils, pastels, digital drawing and photography, by Andrew Anderson-Bell, Joan Bediz, Ted Bidwell, Matt Cegelis, Michele Champion, Kathleen Chrzanowski, Katherine Coakley, Melissa Cox, Jeff Crawford, Rob Diebboll, Kristine Fisher, Anita Freeman, Larry Grob, Marion Hall, Olga Hayes, Clare Higgins, Kirk Larsen, Nancy LeGendre, Patricia McCarthy, Jim Murphy, Karen Nastuk, Mary Rose O’Connell, Michael Oleksiw, David Piemonte, Mary Rhinelander, Judy Robinson-Cox, Deb Schradieck, Debbie Shirley, Debbie Shirley, and Marny Williams,

 

All works are for sale at Bass Rocks Golf Club, 34 Beach Road, Gloucester, MA through June 12, 2020. To see any work in person and discuss a purchase, just call Club Manager Peter Hood, for an appointment: 978-283-1866, ext. 7.

This Weekend in the Arts 07/26-29/19

TONIGHT
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ANNOUNCES
“QUARRY DANCE VllI”  2019

At HALIBUT POINT STATE PARK around Babson Farm Quarry

Performances are:
Friday, July 26th at 5:30pm
Saturday, July 27th at 11:00am and 4:30pm new time!
Sunday, July 28th at 1:00pm.

image003.jpgWindhover Performing Arts Center has presented dynamic and exciting Quarry Dances at various quarries located throughout the Cape Ann area for the past seven years. This year, Windhover returns to the pristine site where the first quarry dance was performed 8 years ago. Situated in front of the ocean as the backdrop, Babson Farm Quarry was once an active granite quarry which was abandoned in 1929, thus opening the way to its life as a site of natural beauty.

As in previous years, the remarkable Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre will create a site-specific modern dance around the quarry that features ledges, cliffs and stunning views. 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 Vlll are free and open to the public. 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.

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Parking will take place at Windhover Performing Arts Center in the field by the Windhover sign, located close to 247 Granite Street as your GPS guide. Parking at Windhover is for all four performances.There are shuttles from there, provided by Beauport Ambulance Service and Ride on Transportation starting one hour before the performances which will transfer people to the site, and then return shuttles after the performances for 30-40 minutes.  It is a short walk from Windhover to Halibut Point State Park, for those who wish to walk… about ten minutes.

Volunteers will usher the way for those on foot. (Please note that parking will not be available at Halibut Point State Park, since the lot fills up fast, plus there is a mandatory fee for parking.)

Seating is on a first-come first-served basis. Chairs will be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own. You are encouraged to bring blankets and sit on the ground in front of the quarry if you like. 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

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Closing Talk for Eviction | Destruction | Renewal: An Exhibition About Resiliency

Three Artists: Susan Greer Emmerson, Tatiana Flis and Rebecca Skinner – Closing Talk: Sunday, July 28, 4:00-5:00 PM

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA

Gallery open: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM

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On Sunday, July 28, 2019, the public is invited to join artists Susan Greer Emmerson, Tatiana Flis, and Rebecca Skinner for an informal tour and Q+A session about their exhibition, Eviction | Destruction | Renewal: An Exhibition About Resiliency.. The artists will address major themes of the exhibition and offer details and anecdotes on how the show came together and their individual processes. Visitors are welcome to ask questions along the way.
Countless forms of destruction are seen throughout our world. Natural disasters tear up the landscape, pushing buildings into the sea and boats to the mountains. The economy fluctuates from financial security into debt and poverty. Addiction leads to neglect and loss, and eviction plagues most social classes. It is when the light shines through the devastation that humanity expresses its deepest secrets, needs, and resilience. The Rocky Neck Art Colony explores the notions of destruction, natural disasters, financial insecurity, addiction and eviction through the creative eyes of the three artists featured in Eviction | Destruction | Renewal: An Exhibition About Resiliency.
In this exhibition, artists Susan Greer Emmerson, Tatiana Flis, and Rebecca Skinner share their perspectives on darkness, loss, and renewal of the human condition. By combining photography, sculpture, drawing and mixed-media installations each artists takes their personal reflections and shares unique stories about the worlds we create. The imagery ranges across abandoned buildings, demolished homes, and stoic figures to create a dynamic visual experience.
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