Cape Ann Artist, Karen Pischke Expanding her horizons

Dreamtime Wellness photography is showing in two art centers in February and March.  ‘Meditation Rock in a Storm’ is in the open juried show ‘Opposites Attract’ at the Cape Cod Art Center, February 12 – March 17. Opening Reception is tonight from 5 – 7 pm. Her ‘Red Sky at Night’ is at Rocky Neck Art Colony’s ‘Rocky Neck Now 2019, Looking All Around’ show, starting today at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center through March 24th. Open Reception is Saturday. February 16th from 2 – 4 pm at 6 Wonson Street in Gloucester MA. Photos also available in various sizes, framed and unframed. PhotoArt note cards for ‘inspiration and meditation’ are for sale at the Bookstore in Gloucester MA.
‘Thank You’ to Anna James Eves at Cape Ann Giclee and Chuck Hayback and his team at Nor’East Frameworks for their great work and expediting the process to help get ready in time for these shows! ~ Karen Pischke, BSN, RN
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This Weekend in the Arts 12/14-17/18

New Exhibition at Jane Deering Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 15th 4:00-6:30pm

JMarshall . Comings and Goings #1 2018 . Conté, pastel, and ink on paper 32x48 inches
Artist: Jeffrey Marshall Title: Comings and Goings #1 Date: 2018 Medium: Conté, pastel, and ink on paper Dimensions: 32×48 inches

Jane Deering Gallery presents Jeffrey Marshall | Working the Waterfront with an opening reception for the public on Saturday December 15th from 4:00-6:30pm @ 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester. Marshall moved into his studio on Gloucester’s Morse-Sibley Wharf in 2016 and began months of observing, drawing and painting the life and rhythms at the wharf, most often watching the fishermen’s pick-up trucks that filled the area under his studio.  In Marshall’s words “ …. trucks pull up cab to cab to talk, or haul gear, and might stay for hours, days, or minutes.” These works soon became a visual document  — a reflection — respecting the movements and surroundings, the friendships and struggles of fishermen and lobstermen, at work at a specific place; and, too, connecting Marshall more strongly to the city he now calls home. The gallery will be open Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-4:00pm and by appointment through January 27, 2019.  Works in the exhibition can be viewed at . 917-902-4359


This Weekend in the Arts 12/7-10/18

Thursday December 6th
Gloucester’s 45th Annual Ladies Night!

Ladies come on down to High Tide and enjoy complimentary beverages, snacks and more!

Killer deals on all of your favorite smoking necessities and accessories!
Crazy discounts up to 50% off

Reception: December 8, 2-4 pm
at the RAA&M, 12 Main St., Rockport

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Melodies and Tea Reception at the Rocky Neck Winter Wonders Holiday Show

Come have a cuppa tea and hear Lantern Light perform seasonal melodies on December 8, 2-4 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center!


The acoustic quartet, “Lantern Light” performs a blend of folk, bluegrass, Celtic, Americana, roots and original music. Their relaxed style, varied instrumentation, and beautiful harmonies showcase their obvious love for the music they play. They draw from a deep well of songs from the familiar to unique and lesser known treasures. Lantern Light has performed at coffeehouses, house concerts, benefits, farmer’s markets, church services, and more!  Combining many years of performance, Lantern Light includes Marie Duprey (whistles, vocals) Michael Ross (guitar, vocals) Gail Wiegner (guitar, mandolin, vocals) Allen Wiegner (bass, vocals).

For more information contact

Patricia Conant

Rocky Neck Art Colony Executive Director


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Christmas in Rockport

Holiday Shopping Night

November 30 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Christmas in Rockport

Enjoy a festive Friday shopping evening with many shops and galleries staying open for extended hours and offering exclusive promotions and giveaways. Stroll throughout Rockport’s historic downtown to the sounds of carols and songs of the season, and get into the holiday spirit. A hundred lighted Christmas trees will guide you to beautifully decorated shops and galleries along Main Street, Mt. Pleasant Street, Dock Square and Bearskin Neck.

Alexander’s Pottery – serving refreshments, offering gift wrap, sales on select jewelry items
The Art Nook – serving refreshments and offer 10% off framed prints.
B. Johnson Ltd. Gallery – Holiday Gifts and original watercolors. Enjoy refreshments. Located aside of Art Association.
Bean & Leaf Cafe
Bearskin Neck Leathers
Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop
Bruce Turner Gallery
Cape Ann Artisans – for every $20 you spend you get a ticket to enter into a basket and each basket will be drawn for a gift certificate to one of the artisans. You also get a ticket when you walk in the door, just for showing up!
Carol Lee’s Cottage
Cedar Chest Rockport
Christmas Dove Rockport
Coast & Country Boutique
Earth’s Treasures & The Starboard Collective
Fallon Art Scapes – Planning on picking a number out of a hat at 8:00 pm to win a free 8”x8” framed reproduction of an original painting.
Good Dog Gallery – *20% off most everything! *Treats for people and the dogs they love *Meet Scooby Doo! He will be collecting donations for Cape Ann Animal Aid
Happy Whale /House of Glass
J Russell Goldsmiths
John Tarr Store
Katie’s Gift Shop
La Provence
Lula’s Pantry
My Place by the Sea
Nauti Pearl Rockport
One Ocean One Love Shop – open Noon-7 PM, 20% Off swim, sandals, and sunglasses + Free tote with purchases over $35 (Wine Samples & light snacks for shoppers over 21)
One of a kind – Offering wine, cheese, hot cider and cupcakes. 15% discount on all purchases above $10
Original Beach Dog
Red Tractor Trading Company – holiday discounts available
Rockport Art Association & Museum
Rockport Candle Company – Refreshments and free mini-tin candle with $75+ purchase.
Roy Moore’s Fish Shack
Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company
The Fudgery
Sand Castles
Scott Tubby Fine Art – serving refreshments
Sea Again
Seaside Boutique and Beads – offering chai tea and other goodies, simple jewelry projects, and discount
Shore Thing Rockport
The Square Circle Gallery
The Art of David Arsenault
The Last Resort – serving refreshments
The Paper Mermaid – Open until 9PM, Offering 20% off and refreshments
The Pewter Shop – Free handmade pewter ornament with every $40 purchase
Tuck’s Candy & Gifts
Tuck’s Candy Factory – Rockport
Shalin Liu-Center – offering wine and holiday cookies to customers. Rockport Music gift certificates and merchandise will be available for sale.



Santa’s Arrival, Photos with Santa and Tree Lighting

December 1 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM, following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed along T-Wharf and Broadway to Spiran Hall (at the corner of Broadway and School Street) led by Rockport cub scouts. This year Santa will be able to linger a while to visit and have photos taken with the children at Spiran Hall until the Tree Lighting Ceremony begins. Then Santa will head over to Dock Square to greet the crowd and kick off the Tree Lighting festivities, before climbing back onto the fire truck to begin his long return journey to the North Pole.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will get underway at 4 PM welcoming Santa and the public to Dock Square with carols and a stirring rendition of “Christmas in Rockport” performed by the Dock Square Carolers.

The Chairperson of the Board of Selectmen will offer official greetings from the Town and will conclude the ceremony by pulling the switch to light this year’s Rockport Christmas tree.


This Weekend in the Arts 11/30-12/3/18

Juried Cape Ann Artisans Holiday Show/Sale In Rockport

Find that perfect hand-crafted gift item, locally made right here on Cape Ann

November 30th, 4 – 9pm
December 1st, 10am – 5pm

The Cape Ann Artisans (CAA) invite the community to meet them Under One Roof at the Rockport Art Association (12 Main Street) on November 30 and December 1 for their 5th annual holiday show timed to coincide with Rockport’s “Holiday Shopping Night” festivities and Santa’s arrival in Rockport.

Shop for jewelry, clothing, pottery, mosaics, and more, crafted by noted juried artisans Cynthia Curtis, Anni Melancon, Marcie Rae, Beth Williams, Pam Stratton, Jackie Ganim-DelFalco, Camilla MacFayden, Ruth Worrall, Sara Wright, and Patricia Welch.


Give yourself the gift of Calming Creativity this Holiday Season

At Rivers and Roads, 57 Eastern Ave, Essex

Saturday, December 1st


A great opportunity to try artisan led crafts, and browse for unique giftsin the shop at Rivers & Roads Store open 10am – 4pm with projects open 11am – 3pm.

Printmaking in the cottage:

Join Essex Art Collective members Alison Taylor, Jen Groeber and Kristen Wilson in the Cottage for printmaking. Tea Towels and Holiday cards will be your unique creation as they teach you how to do woodblock, monotype and nature printing.

Holiday Decor in the lower barn

Using many elements of nature with Leslie Burns and Kristin Larson

Making Keepsake Accordion Books

In the “hayloft” with Artist Barb Parker

Children’s Craft

With Colonial Craftsperson Robin Lawrenz, also in the “Hayloft”


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This Weekend in the Arts 11/23-26/18

Rockport Art Association & Museum presents

Olga Gernovski One-Artist Show –
Color Transitions

November 24 – December 6, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 24th, 2 – 4 PM

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Color Transitions – An exhibition of oil paintings by artist Olga Gernovski will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, November 24th with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, November 24 – Thursday, December 6.

Olga’s paintings show the celebration of sunlight through the leaves, through the flowers, and the inspiration of what nature is generously giving us every day. This exhibition represents fall, Olga’s favorite time of year – the most colorful season, and opens Thanksgiving weekend when people are grateful for many things in life.

“I wish for the people looking at my paintings to feel the acuteness of a red blossom, transparency of glass, rushing forces of nature and the thrill of human emotions. At those moments, lines flow as music and every artwork is a confession.”

– Olga Gernovski

Rockport Art Association & Museum

12 Main Street, Rockport MA 01966


This Weekend in the Arts 11/16-19/18

OPEN STUDIOS at 34 Mount Pleasant Ave.

Saturday, November 17, 3:00 to 6:00 pm


Participating Artists
John Cameron
Ann Conneman
Karl Frank
Elizabeth Gauthier
Brenda Malloy
Mary Rhinelander
Judy Robinson-Cox
Refreshments, Demonstrations, Artwork for sale

This Weekend in the Arts 11/9-12/18

Paul Ciaramitaro One-Artist Show

November 10 – 21, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10th, 2 – 4 PM

Wild Flora and Fauna of Cape Ann in Cubes – An exhibition of oil paintings by Gloucester artist Paul Ciaramitaro will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, November 10th with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, November 10 – Wednesday, November 21. Paul Ciaramitaro is primarily a realist painter, however, he occasionally enjoys painting in a Cubist style and his creative explorations in Cubism are featured in this exhibit.

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Paul Ciaramitaro, a lifelong resident of Cape Ann, began his love of art as a child. Over the years, he has been influenced by the Renaissance artists, as well as Aldro Hibbard, Emile Gruppe and especially Charles Movalli. In the 1970’s, Paul became a student of Movalli’s and was deeply inspired by him. He told Paul, “If you learn something from every painting you do, you will become an artist.”

In between his grueling hours as a commercial fisherman and dockworker, Paul sketched and painted in his spare time and worked hard to glean all that he could from his mentors. His commitment and talent led him to become a well-established and accomplished Cape Ann artist. His paintings have won many awards and his work can be found in both private and corporate collections, as well as in prestigious galleries and museums such as the Cape Ann Museum.

Over the past several decades, Paul has taught numerous classes and workshops, which have been widely attended, and he has served as a juror for many exhibitions. He is a juried artist member of both the North Shore Arts Association and the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

When asked about being an artist Paul says, “I’m serious about it. I’m passionate about it and I love it!”

RAA&M Fall Hours:

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM. For more information on this and other shows, please visit the RAA&M’s website at


Flatrocks Gallery’s show

Wrap It Up! #2

November 10 – December 16

An Opening Party will be held:
Saturday, November 10th from 5-7pm.

All are welcome!

Flatrocks Gallery’s show, Wrap It Up! #2, celebrates 10 years in business and their final show, with an invitation to all their past artists to participate. It is a packed house! Committed to community artists, Flatrock’s final exhibition displays the wealth of talent among us here on Cape Anne, featuring:

Willie Alexander, Kurt Ankeny, Bob Anderson, Peggy Badenhausen, Stephen Bates, Joan Benotti, Coco Berkman, Kyle Browne, Paul Cary Goldberg, Debbie Clarke, Pat Lowery Collins, Pamela Courtleigh, Anne Marie Crotty, Jill Demeri, Loren Doucette, Barbe Ennis, Billy Evans, Jack Evans, Brooks Gibson, Frances Hamilton, Alisa Harding-Stein, Ilana Krepchin, Slim Larsen, Ann Lafferty, Otto Laske, Joy Halsted, Leslie Heffron,  Victoria Lopez, Erin Luman, Andrew Houle, Nina Fletcher, Roger Martin, Shaun McNiff, Anni Melancon, Hiroshi Minato, Ruth Mordecai, Marty Morgan, Adin Murray, Pia Juhl Nadel, Lee Nadel, Mary Lou Nye, Hans Pundt, Margaret Rack, Jenny Rangan, Judy Robinson-Cox, Joyce Roessler, Lyla Roth, Lynne Sausele, Margaret Rack, Kay Ray, Anne Rearick, Mary Rhinelander, Katherine Richmond, Gabrielle Rossmer, Mary Jane Sawyer, Dawn Southworth, Marty Swanson, Jill Solomon, Karen Tusinski, Juni Van Dyke, Anna Vojtech, Rokhaya Waring, Jan Weinshanker, Mark Williamson, Rebekah Wostrel, Judy Wright

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Flatrocks Gallery 77 Langford St. Gloucester.
Open Saturday and Sunday noon to 5pm or by appointment. 978-353-9111.
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North Shore Artist’s Work on Display at First Ipswich Bank’s Ipswich Branch Ipswich

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First Ipswich Bank is pleased to announce that work by local artist, Susan H. Ingram, is on display at its Ipswich branch, 31 Market Street, through January 2019.
Susan has been painting in watercolors and teaching its techniques for the past 30 years. She has studied with many well‐known artists, and spent several years learning from the late Martin Ahern.
Susan recently moved from Ipswich, where she has an established reputation as a popular local landscape artist and teacher. She presently resides in Gloucester, where she taught for many years in the public schools. Susan continues to teach watercolor techniques to workshop groups and private individuals. She continues to participate in local art shows and she accepts private commissions, as well.
“We are surrounded by an enormous wealth of talent in Ipswich, as well as the entire North Shore and Cape Ann area, and we are fortunate that we have the opportunity to highlight, at least a small bit of it, in our branches,” noted First Ipswich Bank President, Jim McCarthy.
About the program:
A different local artist’s work is displayed every three months in the Bank’s Gloucester and Ipswich branches.
Susan’s work will be on display in Ipswich through January. A new artist will then be featured from February ‐ April 2019.
For more information, please contact Beth Taber at 978‐356‐8120

This Weekend in the Arts 11/2-5/18

Closing Reception for Leon Doucette & Peter Herbert

If you missed our very successful Grand Opening Reception October 13th for this Exhibit, now is your last chance!— Please join us for our upcoming Closing Artists’ Reception for Leon Doucette & Peter Herbert at ART@the IceHouse, Cape Pond Ice Company, this Saturday afternoon, November 3, from 3 pm – 6 pm.


Saturday, November 3, Closing Artists’ Reception, from 3-6 pm,
ART@the IceHouse, 104 Commercial Street, Fort Wharf, Gloucester

Please join us to view these lovely portraits, and land and sea-scapes by two talented local artists!

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This Weekend in the Arts – 10/26-29/18

Barbara Donnelly One-Artist Show

October 27 – November 8, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 27th, 2 – 4 PM

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Medley – An exhibition of paintings by Barbara Donnelly will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, October 27th with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, October 27 – Thursday, November 8.

“A New England native, I have a natural love of the seacoast. Wherever I am in the world, the water, boats, nearby villages and the local people have a spirit that engages me. To saturate my paintings with the color, light and life that embrace their true “essence” is my desire. To ‘capture the moment’ en plein air is pure pleasure.”  – Barbara Donnelly

Donnelly, painting her whole life and an art graduate of Boston University, had an art studio/gallery on the working waterfront on Harbor Loop, Gloucester for twenty-two years until 2015. Previously she had a working studio in the Gloucester Academy for fifteen years. Currently she paints in a studio in downtown Beverly and in her lake house studio in NH.

As well as painting New England, she has enjoyed painting abroad, studying the varying light, landscape and architecture in France, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Puerto Rico, Portugal and China. Her work has found collectors in each of these countries.

“A life-defining moment was winning an international award of an Artist-in-Residency to paint in France. Living alone for two months in a small cottage by a canal, I made friends, became fluent in the language and have returned to different regions of France frequently to paint. Being invited to have a six week long One Artist Exhibition of the French paintings at l’Ambassade de France (French Embassy) in Washington, D.C. was an exciting experience and a singular honor for an American artist.”
– Barbara Donnelly

An award winning artist and popular teacher, Barbara has conducted painting workshops and painting demonstrations from her studios and for art associations and other organizations.

Academic Artists, American Artists Professional League, Copley Society of Art, New England Watercolor Society, North Shore Arts Association and Rockport Art Association and Museum.

National Shows:
Salmagundi Club, NY; Hudson Valley Art Association, NY; Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, NY; Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, PA; Hilton Head Art League National Open, NC; North American Watercolor Opens, MA; Whistler Museum National Show, MA, among others.

RAA&M Fall Hours:

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM. For more information on this and other shows, please visit the RAA&M’s website at


This Weekend in the Arts 10/26-29/18

Iranian artist Azita Moradkhani, Goetemann Artist in Residence at the Rocky Neck Art Colony 

Closing Talk October 26, 7pm

At the Goetemann Residency Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave, Unit 10, Gloucester

Body Cast, by Azita Moradkhani
Azita Moradkhani was born in Tehran where she was exposed to Persian art and culture as well as Iranian politics, and that double exposure increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she explores in her work and art-making process. She received her BFA from Tehran University of Art and both her MA in Art Education and her MFA in drawing, painting & sculpture from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University. The female body, and its exposure to different social norms, is central to Moradkhani’s work. Through her drawings and body castings, she is examining displacement as an unnatural state we experience when we find ourselves insecure in our own body.
She was a recipient of both the Young Masters Art Prize and the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize in London in 2017 and also received the Saint Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artists Grant that same year. She was juried into the prestigious Medal Award Gala auction at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2015.




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