Jane Deering Gallery presents PART II of A Turning Point | the contemporary landscape showcasing new works at an opening reception Saturday May 18th from 4:00-6:00pm. The exhibition addresses the timely question Beautiful world, where are you going? and explores our fragile relationship with the natural world. The exhibition will run through mid-June and includes regional and international artists whose works are held in museum, corporate and private collections: Gabrielle Barzaghi, Deborah Brown, Tom Fels, Paul Cary Goldberg, Jacob Hessler, Jeff Marshall, Adin Murray, Esther Pullman, Steve Rosenthal and Erma Wheeler from New England; Nell Campbell, Gail Pine and Youngsuk Suh from California; Gail Barker, Neeta Madahar and Michael Porter from the United Kingdom. The gallery is located at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester MA. Gallery hours: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 1:00-5:00pm and by appointment at 917-902-4359 or email@example.com.
The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its eleventh group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Eleven” at Charles Fine Art Gallery, 196 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, 978.559.7762. This juried show features artworks of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography. The exhibition runs from May 11 through May 31, with an Artist Reception on Saturday, May 11th from 5-7 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-6 pm, or by appointment. Closed Monday.
The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.
If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 96 years.
The Cape Ann Artisans are preparing to welcome hundreds of visitors and community members to their studios for the Spring Open Studios Tour – Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2 during the hours 10AM-5PM. There will be 15 unique studios locations and 17 artists sharing works from across the fine art and craft spectrum – pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, mosaics, prints, textiles, and jewelry, and accessories created in diverse materials – clay, glass, silk, metals, fibers, yarns, sea glass and more.
The Artisans, who have been juried into this tour over time, are among the most established makers on Cape Ann and are active throughout the arts community. But this is a unique opportunity to go directly into the artists’ sphere, see the tools of their artistic genre, and hear their stories. The tour is self-guided and takes place in Gloucester and Rockport and all studio locations and details are found on the printed brochures available in April and online throughout the year at www.capeannartisans.com.
The members of this group maintain high standards for themselves and taking a look at the activities of some of the members – just in this past year – demonstrates how each is continually raising the bar for their work and their recognition outside of Cape Ann. Cynthia Curtis, Rob Diebboll, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, Pamela Stratton, and Beth Williams have raised the bar for themselves and the group at large with their activities regionally and nationally as detailed in their “From the Studio” blogs. The Artisans are also pleased to welcome its newest member, Deb Schradieck, a watercolor and oil painter, who now makes Rockport her full time home base. In Deb’s recent blog post, she highlights the newest lineup of work inspired by the beautiful “front doors” of Rockport homes.
Cynthia Curtis, ceramic artist, hit all the big numbers this year! It’s her 25th year in business, and 15th year on the Cape Ann Artisans Tour – after starting in Beverly at the Barn Workshop and Ocumulgee Pottery – Rockport has been her home base. Quite appropriately, she was invited to be part of the Museum of Fine Arts “Art in Bloom” exhibit and sale – a highly coveted spot – just one of twelve invited artists in an event that attracts and audience of over 20,000 visitors each Spring.
Pamela Stratton, mosaic artist, has taken her mosaics to new levels – all the way down to the smallest output, she is now making exquisite mosaic jewelry. At the same time, she has raised the bar entering and being juried into the American Mosaic Society’s Annual Conference with her piece “Concentric” which was celebrated in Nashville, TN this past April. Pam has also added 3D mosaics to her next wave of work – having hosted a class at her studio over the winter.
Rob Diebboll, oil painter, has added Cambridge Art Association, a solo show at the Sawyer Free Library, and an invitation to show at the Jessica Hagen Fine Art Gallery in Newport, RI to his list of game changers in the past year. These showings have generated many new commissions and exposure throughout the region.
Beth Williams, glass and bead maker, was accepted as one of a select group of presenters at the prestigious International Society of Glass Beadmakers annual conference in Las Vegas this past March. Beth took on an entirely new technique using colored pencils combined with a rekindling of her metalwork in order to fully engage the more senior members and newer members of the society in raising the bar for their work. She had 90% of the attendees at her talk and received overwhelming feedback about how she inspired the other artists at the show.
Together with the Wearable Art Group she founded in 2006, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, sea glass jeweler, designed and hosted a Spring Wearable Art Fashion Marketplace event as part of Massachusetts Art Week this past April. Fellow Artisans Marcie Rae and Beth Williams were among the exhibitors. Jacqueline continually refers back to her interest in fashion and “accessorizing” as her inspiration to move her creativity from the closet to the studio making her one-of-a-kind sea glass hair accessories and jewelry.
Both individually and as a group, the Artisans have worked hard to maintain a prestigious spot on the artistic map on Cape Ann. The Tour itself becomes a motivator to re-think, re-tool, and reach out to share the process and the work with the community that has inspired it! As an organization, the Artisans are members of the Cape Ann Chamber, seARTS, the North of Boston CVB, American Craft Week, and Discover Gloucester. CAA has also enjoyed sponsorship from many local business partners who can be found on the brochure.
Twin Lights Studio: Erin O’Sullivan & Scott Place
*Sinikka Nogelo is temporarily sharing space at Rob Diebboll’s studio.
What: The Cape Ann Artisans open studio, self-guided tour of 15 studios
Where: Gloucester and Rockport, MA.
When: June 1-2 . Save the date – Fall Tour: October 12-14. All Days: 10-5
Special Events: Check website for updates or join email list at www.capeannartisans.com
Stephen LaPierre…. the only year-round working oil painter in Gloucester’s historic Rocky Neck Art Colony, is a Visiting Artist at Montserrat College of Art this semester. A sampling of Stephen’s recent “Clowns with Cellphones” oil paintings, depicting this present-day circus, that some call ‘Circa 2019’ …are on exhibit at Montserrat this semester at the invitation of the college’s new president, Kurt Steinberg.
Dr. Steinberg is opening the LaPierre Exhibit to the public, with a reception honoring the artist, on Thursday, May 2nd from 5:00 to 7pm, President’s Suites, 248 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA.
Stephen will also give a critique of the “clowns” for students and faculty at 11:30 that day, with the public also invited to attend. The lecture takes place in Room H-201 at 23 Essex Street in Beverly.
23 Essex Street, Room: H-201
248 Cabot Street
This summer, the Cape Ann Museum will exhibit some 50 original works by renowned American artist Winslow Homer. The exhibition, Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880, will be the first close examination of the formation of this great artist as a marine painter. The exhibition will include loans from some 40 public and private collections and will be on view from August 3 to December 1, 2019. The Cape Ann Museum will be its sole venue.
27 Pleasant Street • Gloucester, MA 01930
phone: (978) 283-0455 • www.capeannmuseum.org/
Over 200 Lots Featuring Masterworks by Historic Cape Ann Artists Offered in Rockport Art Association & Museum’s 34th Annual Art Auction on Saturday, May 4th, 2 PM (EST) in RAA&M’s Hibbard Gallery.
Auction Preview Exhibition: Wednesday, April 24th – Saturday, May 4th.
Evening Preview Reception: Friday, May 3rd, 5–7 PM with light refreshments.
Auction Preview Gallery Talk with Judith A. Curtis: Sunday, April 28th, 2 PM.
Join noted Cape Ann Art Historian and author Judith A. Curtis for a gallery talk and walk-through tour of the auction artists, as featured in her article from the April issue of American Art Review magazine titled “The Cape Ann School – A Voyage of Discovery.”
An online photo catalog of all auction lots is posted on the RAA&M’s website: rockportartassn.org/auction
Over the years, the Annual Art Auction, a major fundraiser for the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M), has become a highly anticipated event. As a prestigious art auction, it attracts serious collectors throughout the country, as well as those just starting a collection.
Held in the RAA&M’s Hibbard Gallery, the auction features works by master Cape Ann artists of the past including Aldro T. Hibbard, Anthony Thieme, Emile Gruppé, W. Lester Stevens, Harry A. Vincent, Antonio Cirino, Paul Strisik, Emma Fordyce MacRae, Philip Little, Hayley Lever, Marguerite Pearson, Carl Peters, Al Czerepak, Bernard Corey, and Charles Movalli, among many others. The auction specializes in Cape Ann art, but is not limited to this region and also includes works by numerous other prominent historic American artists.
The auction, now in its 34th year, began with a bequest by founding RAA&M member Antonio Cirino (1888-1983). Cirino left his artwork to the Association with the stipulation that the art be auctioned to help support the organization. The auction quickly evolved to include other historic Cape Ann artists, and has been the Association’s major annual fundraising event ever since.
Bidding is available live at the auction on May 4th, online via www.LiveAuctioneers.com (with advanced registration), or by submitting an absentee bid with the RAA&M in advance.
If you would like more information about the auction or need additional promotional images please contact: Margaret Redington, Program Manager & Auction Coordinator, 978.546.6604 or via email email@example.com.
Cynthia Curtis Pottery is proud to announce she has been invited to show and sell her work at the Museum of Fine Arts! She and 11 other artists from across the region will be at the Art in Bloom Market in the Shapiro Family Atrium Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12-5.
Save the dates for upcoming shows!
– Art in Bloom Market at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
April 27-29, 10-5:00
– Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour
June 1-2 and Oct. 12-14, 10-5:00
On June 6 from 6PM – 9PM. there will be a special raffle drawing to support the restoration work for Gloucester ‘s oldest resident fishing vessel, The Phyllis A. This restoration project has been the passion of The Phyllis A. Marine Association and the many devoted community volunteers that have been passionate about this preservation project for twelve years. Future plans once restored include a children’s hands-on museum teaching about ocean to table, a makers space and a place to tell the story of the Gloucester fishing heritage to Cape Ann visitors and schools.
Gruppe’s painting, Shoares Wharf, shows the location on East Street where Morse Sibley Wharf now stands. This painting was completed in the early 1930s and shows a Gillnetter Fishing Boat like the Phyllis A tied to the dock along with a smaller fishing vessel. Never seen by the public, this recent piece has been donated and measures 20 x 24, and has been recently restored and framed. The value of this significant piece is appraised at $14,000.
Raffle tickets are $200 each and available now by contacting Roger at The State of the Art Gallery on Rocky Neck at 978/395.1783 or Doug Parsons at 978/283-9292. The Preview Party and Raffle Drawing will take place on June 6th at The Gloucester House Restaurant.
To view the painting please contact Roger at the State of the Art Gallery directly for an appointment.
Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts has been a summer haven for creativity and fun for over 20 years! All workshops are taught in Dawn’s professional home studio on Goose Cove, with access to Gloucester’s many cultural offerings and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots. Excursions, beach days, and group activities give students plenty of time to socialize and be outdoors. Projects are designed to encourage imagination and to support individual creative expression––students have a blast learning a range of artistic techniques with the highest quality materials. Small class sizes and individual instruction serve and nurture all levels of ability. At the end of each week, students go home with an impressive portfolio and a memory bank full of fun experiences to share with their families!
Location: 63 Bennett Street South, Gloucester, MA
9:00 AM Drop off at Annisquam Arts, students gather together to learn about the day’s artist/thematic and associated project
9:00 AM Set up in small groups and work on their projects
10:30 AM Snack-time & take a break
10:45 AM Continue working on project, or transition to another project or activity
12:00 PM Lunch-time in or outdoors with supervised play
12:30 PM Wrap up the day’s work and hang their work to dry or archive in their developing portfolio
1:00 PM Pick up
*Tuesday or Wednesday is beach day! This is weather dependent. We leave the studio at 11:00 AM and eat lunch at Lighthouse Beach. We are back at the studio by 12:45 PM. Thursday is ice-cream day! We have sweet treats at the studio after lunch.
All classes are taught by professional artist and educator Dawn Southworth in her professional home studio on Goose Cove, with assistance of 2-3 additional helpers each week.
Dawn Southworth is a well-known Boston artist recognized for her mixed media works and installations. Dawn teaches art at Glen Urquhart School, in Beverly, MA, and is a former visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Dawn previously owned Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the US Embassy in Morocco, the Boston Public Library, and Fidelity Management and Research. www.dawnsouthworth.com.
Each week is designed as a separate enriching program. Young artists may sign up for one week or all seven! Classes run Monday–Thursday, 9:00 AM–1:00 PM.
Week 1: June 24- July 27
With sketchbooks in hand, we’ll make daily excursions to some of the area’s most iconic spots. Hop aboard a boat shuttle through the Gloucester harbor; explore the galleries and studios of the Rocky Neck Art Colony; and follow the same scenic paths as legendary Cape Ann artists Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, and Edward Hopper. Walking shoes, swimsuit, and a towel are encouraged this week––as well as an appetite for ice cream☺
Week 2: July 1- July 5 (no class July 4, Thursday)
This week, we’ll make our selfies by hand! Using ink, charcoal, collage, and pastels, we’ll explore a range of portraiture techniques. From Picasso to Frida Kahlo, we’ll find inspiration from the traditions of cubism, surrealism, pop art, and graffiti. Your reflection will never look the same!
Week 3: July 8- July 11
Journey to Japan
Take inspiration this week from the time honored traditions of Japanese art. We’ll explore textile design, bookmaking, and ink painting; try our hand at manga comics; and create our own big waves inspired by Hokusai’s iconic painting. Students will bring a piece of Japan home in hand-dyed Shibori silk, hand-bound journals, and Sumi-e ink paintings.
Week 4: July 15- July 18
Sew Much Fun
Delve into the art of textiles, where form meets function through a variety of colors, textures, and prints. Crafting decorative pillows, embroidering designs, and learning a variety of basic stitches, you’ll bring your own expressive flare to time-honored traditions. Gain handy skills, like how to sew a button, while creating pieces you can wear and decorations for your home!
Week 5: July 22 –July 25
Nature’s Art Box
Artists have always turned to their surroundings for inspiration. We’ll do the same this week, making works from found and natural materials. Forage and sculpt in the spirit of Andy Goldsworthy, capture the shapes and colors of the landscape before you like Georgia O’Keeffe. We’ll make whimsical fairy houses, funky block prints, and intricate observational sketches of shells and sea creatures!
Week 6: July 29 –August 1
Someone’s trash is another’s treasure! Artists like Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Julian Schnabel are known for making masterpieces from the recycling bin. This week you’ll learn how to make something from nothing and everything from anything, turning broken plates into mosaic collages, forming driftwood into sculptures, and using cereal boxes to make handmade books.
Week 7: August 5- August 8
Oodles of Doodles
A line is a dot that went for a walk. This week, we’ll be running in all directions with ink, charcoal, and pastels to bring our own imaginative doodles to life. From ancient cave painting to modern day graffiti, we’ll explore how drawing techniques have evolved over time. Practice observational drawing on Cape Ann’s docks in the tradition of Stuart Davis and compose a dynamic comic-book painting in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. You’ll find there are endless possibilities for making your mark!
The first-ever surfing competition to be held in Gloucester will feature some of New England’s most enthusiastic surfers. Registration is $10. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts Surf Club. To sign up or ask questions, email UMassSurfClub@gmail.com.
Link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/276615903285025/
On Saturday, March 23rd, Glousester’s very own Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will be hosting a one-evening-only, roaring 20’s themed murder mystery benefit you won’t want to miss!
Come donned in your 1920s best, ready for an evening of intrigue and amusement. As you enter Cape Ann Brewing Company, you will be transported back to the jazz-age where socialites, artists, flappers, and musicians mingle at the swankiest event of the year. You will receive your role in the play and join in the festivities. The party is full of laughter and flirtatious fun… until someone is murdered. Don’t trust anyone – you must figure out who the murderer is before you’re next.
But don’t let a little blood spoil your evening! As you solve the murder, take a moment to savor the four small plates crafted by celebrity chef Wheeler del Torro, paired with four delicious Cape Ann craft brews you know and love.
Tickets are a steal at $75, a portion of which will be donated to our local branch of Crush Cancer and Alzheimer’s. The tickets include includes 4 beers paired with each food tasting, a role in the murder mystery game, and a chance to win the grand prize. There’s a limited number of tickets available, so book your spot today!
PLEASE NOTE: In order for chef to provide the most exciting and fulfilling experience possible to his guests, it is important that everyone in attendance has no food allergy or restriction. If you have a food limitation, please refrain from purchasing a ticket to this event.
Join Chef Wheeler for Murder Mystery on the Orient Express!
Solarization – An exhibition of photographs by Gloucester artist Steve Howard will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, March 16th with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, March 16 – Thursday, March 28.
For more information on this and other exhibitions, please visit the RAA&M’s website at www.rockportartassn.org
12 Main Street, Rockport MA 01966
RAA&M March Hours: Open Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 PM.