Category Archives: Art

Heidi L Johnson solo exhibition opens tomorrow at Jane Deering Gallery

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Heidi L Johnson holds a BFA from Tufts University and a Diploma from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she was awarded the Traveling Scholar prize in 1990, after which she lived and worked in Italy. Johnson is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including two Pollock Krasner Grants, the Elizabeth Foundation Artist Grant, the Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Award in Painting. Fellowships include the Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale, Norway; the Bronx Museum Artist in the Market Place, New York; and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Residencies include Byrdcliffe Foundation for the Arts, New York; Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, Maine; Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program, New York; and ARTOMI International Residency Program, New York, among others. She has exhibited widely in the US and internationally in Sweden, Norway, Australia and Canada. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections. Johnson maintains a studio in the Bronx, New York City.

 

The exhibition will continue thru July 31st. Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 – 4:00pm and by appointment 917-902-4359 19 Pleasant Street Gloucester MA 01930 info@janedeeringgallery.com  http://www.janedeeringgallery.com

Sunday Rocky Neck Oil Painting, Stephen LaPierre Fine Art

Stephen LaPierre, an oil painter, is currently a member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA.  LaPierre’s dayscapes and nightscapes follow  the tradition of ashcan school artists,  John Sloan, Everette Shinn and Edward Hopper.  Meanwhile, LaPierre, a Haverhill, MA native, always  adds his personal “colorificus” to each piece he creates, which he likes to call “approximationism.

Event Dates:
Location: Rocky Neck Art Colony/Stephen LaPierre’s Studio
Phone Number: 321-537-7762
Address: 75 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
 

Sunday Morning Rocky Neck Oil Painting with Stephen LaPierre throughout July, beginning July 8th on Rocky Neck in East Gloucester  7AM-9:30 AM  Learn to paint from life. Classes will be held outdoors…except on rainy Sundays when classes held in Stephen’s studio at 75 Rocky Neck Ave 2nd floor… auditors welcome  Free tuition…but students need to bring an 11″ x 14″ min size canvas (canvas or linen) a field or French easel with palette, small cup,turpentine, drinking water ,small mirror,  paper towels or rags, specific brushes and tones.

Brushes:

rounds 0,2,6

filberts 2,4,6

flats 8,10,12

Tones:

permalba white {combo of zinc and titanium white}

lemon yellow

cadmium yellow light

yellow ochre

cadmium orange

cadmium red light

alizarin crimson

french ultramarine blue

cobalt blue

phthalocyanine blue

please register at 321-537-7762  0r  st.lapierre@gmail.com

Cape Ann Museum special exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Harrison Cady opens Saturday July 7

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From the museum’s press release:

Cape Ann Museum’s special exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Harrison Cady (1877–1970)

Affectionately known to many as the bug painter, Harrison Cady (1877–1970) was a much loved member of Cape Ann’s summer art colony throughout the 20th century. A prolific illustrator, a printmaker and a painter, Cady was one of the last links to our nation’s Golden Age of Illustration, a distinction he earned through his long collaboration with writer Thornton Burgess. View from the Headlands, a special exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Harrison Cady (1877-1970) will open at the Cape Ann Museum on July 7, 2018, and remain on display through October 28, 2018.

Cady began his 70-year career as an illustrator with the Brooklyn Eagle and later worked for numerous popular American publications, including Life magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, the Saturday Evening Post, and Good Housekeeping. His syndicated comic strip “Peter Rabbit” ran in the New York Herald Tribune for 28 years.

A frequent visitor to Rockport, Massachusetts, Cady made it his permanent summer home in 1920, purchasing a seafront property known as “The Headlands.” With his studio “the Silo” located nearby, Cady shifted his focus to painting landscapes and harbor scenes. Cady was an early member of the Rockport Art Association, founded in 1921.

View from the Headlands draws on public and private collections throughout the region with examples of Cady’s early magazine illustrations, his work with writer Thornton W. Burgess, and his later landscape paintings. The exhibition reflects the Cape Ann Museum’s commitment to preserving and presenting work that celebrates the area’s culture and history.

Harrison Cady (1877–1970). Lane’s Cove, c.1930s. Oil on board. The James Collection, promised gift to the Cape Ann Museum.Cady_Harrison_©CAPE ANN MUSEUM.jpg

Walter Harrison Cady was born and raised in Gardner, Massachusetts, and headed to New York City at eighteen. The successful artist eventually had an eight room studio in the Sixty Seventh Studios building at 27 West 67, NYC. The Cadys purchased a summer house and studio on Atlantic Avenue in Rockport (see photos above). In addition to this exciting and rare chance to see original work by Cady at Cape Ann Museum, there is a new book celebrating Cady’s art currently in production: Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady. Cady had long ties with the Rockport Art Association and local artists. Cady’s work is in the collection of the Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and various private collections and institutions. The Archives of American Art has a gifted collection of Harrison Cady (sketchbooks, correspondence, estate papers digitized. How fantastic that work will be acquired by the Cape Ann Museum.

photos below: Harrison Cady sketchbook, ca. 1943. Harrison Cady papers, 1902-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Library of Congress

 

 

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Life Magazine, Volume 62, number 1616, page 658 (1913-10-16) Savannah College of Art and Design

 

 

Searching for Artist! Byron Brooks? Part 2

Searching for artist! Byron Brooks? query from Kate Foley posted November 2016 on Good Morning Gloucester generated comments about the artist and his work. I was inspired to piece together some of my primary research and the comments into an informal online catalogue. It’s very much a loose work in progress! Hope it helps people searching for information about the artist, and compels collectors to share additional images of his art.  Just this week (6/27/18) another GMG reader commented that they acquired a Brooks painting in Tucson, AZ.

Byron Brooks online catalogue

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Byron Brooks gravesite, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester, Mass.

Byron Brooks is not listed in any artist biographical compilations. The index card sketch below mimics the format as IF he were listed in Who Was Who in American Art:

BROOKS, Byron [Painter] b. 1906, Manchester, Mass | d. 1978, Gloucester, MA.
Addresses: 12 Stage Fort Park Avenue and 2 Davis St in Gloucester, MA (Willet Street during the war)

Studied: not known

Member:
Manchester Art Association

Exhibited: 1961, Tenth Annual Cape Ann Festival of the Arts, Visual Arts Exhibition, Section VIII, Balcony Show. Painting, “Rock Clipper Ship”. Emily Anderson chairman (curator) 1957, Sixth Annual Cape Ann Festival of the Arts, “Cottage by the Sea”, Group SP (Sunday Painters section), curated by Emily Anderson
*Brooks ran a gallery from his home

Work: collection of Addison Gilbert Hospital
Employment: Driver-Delivery; employed by City of Gloucester Highway Dept

Veteran:  WWII veteran, served in the Coast Guard

Stephen LaPierre

Stephen LaPierre and his upcoming gallery shows, his free classes, etc. 

 This week Dawn Southworth is bringing her Annisquam Art Class to visit Stephen’s amazing Rocky Neck studio… filled with images of Cape Ann, Key West and clowns with cell phones. They are sure to have a blast! 

This week and thru the weekend, master oil painter, Stephen LaPierrre, is featuring his Key West Collection,, plein air oil paintings  of the architecture, foliage and fun of the southernmost city.

 

Enjoy these forever images of America’s  tropical playground… with much of the pleasure happening when that sun goes down!!

 Free beer while it lasts, to those over 21 years old, who are still able to climb those stairs at 75 Rocky Neck Ave... next to The Rudder… with their half-price menu most of the week & weekend…   Don’t miss the fun this week, at the end of the Neck!!!

 Summer Gallery Hours: Every day   11AM-9PM    

 Stephen LaPierre Studio and Gallery

75 Rocky Neck Ave    up the stairs!!!

www.paintpaintpaint.org

info@stephenlapierre.com

321 537 7762

Here is an example of some of the works.

 

 

 

 

 

I Am More Project

If you missed the I Am More Project by wonderful artist Amy Kerr, this show has been extended.  It is an amazing show.

This is just to let you know that due to popular demand, the opening exhibit of the portraits at the Paint Factory has been extended:

 The I Am More Opening at the Paint Factory (32 Horton St) has been extended to this afternoon (Wed) from 1-5, Thursday from 9-5 and Friday 9-5.

 If you have family or friends who wanted to see all the portraits in one place, this is their chance. This does not include the work from the additional artists.

 

 

Warms the heart! Beloved Stage Fort Park play sculpture rebuilt in Gloucester MA

Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park playground and glorious natural setting spark imagination and exciting adventures. The gigantic truck play sculpture was re-built and resited and it’s been tricked out with a slide and an official Cape Ann license plate. Hoping a sea serpent returns with a few Virginia Lee Burton icons one day soon.

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Painting with Pauline LIVE at Trio Restaurant and Bar

Check out Painting with Pauline LIVE at Trio Restaurant and Bar, Thursday 6:30-7:30pm, 64 Main Street, hosted by Bridge Cape Ann and Pauline’s Gifts. The weather forecast looks perfect for a fun event at that pretty outside deck.

Italiano’s has evolved into Trio: “Owners Deo and Paula Braga are creating a legacy of high quality family dining here on Cape Ann.  The acclaimed Azorean celebrates the classic cuisine of the Azores… and now they present the Trio Restaurant, Portuguese, American and Italian cuisine. Trio celebrates Italian American and Portuguese dishes, the ones we all know and love, crafted from the best ingredients, with the professional flair of chef Manny Lapa.  From salad to dessert, the menu is familiar, comforting, and always delicious.”

Nice touch that high geranium on Trio’s building.

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I Am More Opening Exhibit

I Am More Opening Exhibit

 I Am More is a project that began in Gloucester to help people remember that they are more than their mental suffering. The opening exhibit will be held this weekend at the Paint Factory, hosted by Ocean Alliance, featuring 16 portraits in pastel and colored pencil by Amy Kerr, accompanied by essays written by the portrait subjects about all the ways they are more than their struggles. The exhibit will also feature work by artists Loren Doucette, Susan B. Field, Brenda Malloy, Rebecca Siswick Graham, Donna Ardizzoni, Katherine Richmond, Ramani Rangan, Joan Keefe, Anita Pandolfe Ruchman, Sophie Trumbour, and Gloucester High School students Gianna Cabral and Kyla Snell. The event will feature the original music of portrait subject and composer, Chris Cho. On Friday evening at sunset there will be live acoustic music on the Paint Factory patio provided by Kitt Cox and Susan Wood. Come join us Friday from 7-10 pm for the opening reception, and Saturday and Sunday from 9-5 pm, and see all of the new work that has been done on the inside of the Paint Factory under the leadership of Geoffrey H. Richon Co., Inc.

 

Save the Date- June 15th

Save the date, the unveiling of the I Am More opening exhibit is just 15 days away!

Come down to Ocean Alliance at the Paint Factory on Friday June 15th from 7-10pm for the opening reception. Gallery hours will be June 16th & 17th 9-5pm

Learn more about the I Am More portraits at Amy Kerr’s website: https://amykerrdrawsportraits.wordpress.com

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New exhibition about the cottages of Long Beach opens this Saturday

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This is one of the paintings in Erin Luman’s upcoming show. It’s called “Thirty Six.”

The Jane Deering Gallery will host a month-long exhibition of the work of Gloucester artist Erin Luman, whose new paintings focus on the cottages of Long Beach in Gloucester. Luman’s previous work explored the power lines, buildings and rooftops of downtown Gloucester (You prolly read about that one on Good Morning Gloucester here), and now she’s turned her view toward the beach to make sure the cottages that have served as the backdrop of generations of family vacations are remembered. The opening reception will be held this Saturday June 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. The Jane Deering Gallery is at 19 Pleasant Street in Gloucester.

Boston Commons public art: Robert Gould Shaw – Mass. 54th Regiment by Saint-Gaudens | POW MIA Freedom Tree | Boston Massacre by Robert Kraus

Three memorial monuments along a small corner of the Boston Commons by the State House  remind us of those who gave their lives for freedom.

modest Freedom Tree POW-MIA tribute

 

“The Freedom Tree: With the vision of universal freedom for mankind this tree is dedicated to Joseph Dunn and all  prisoners of war and missing in action. 1976.”

Read more about Maureen Dunn’s advocacy on behalf of her husband, Lt. Joseph Dunn, Vietnam War. Find the book, The Search for Canasta.

Boston Massacre Crispus Attucks patriots memorial by sculptor Robert Kraus

“In the Granary Burial Ground, in Boston, rest the remains of Crispus Attucks, Samuel  Gray, Jonas Caldwell, and Samuel Maverick, who, together with Patrick Carr, led by Crispus Attucks, were the first Martyrs in the cause of Amerian Liberty, having been shot by the British soldiers on the night of the fifth of March, AD 1770, known as the Boston Massacre.” 

Crispus Attucks was a longshoreman and whaler regarded as the first casualty in the Boston Massacre (‘the first to defy, the first to die’). In 1888, the state appropriated $10,000 for the commission. Robert Kraus was the sculptor and he worked with the foundry, Henry Bonnard Company of New York. The base and obelisk are Concord granite.

“The monument is of Concord granite, twenty five feet six inches high, and measures ten feet six inches at the base. The pedestal, which is round, except where a rectangular projection is made tosupport the statue and receive the relief is eight feet two inches high. The bas-releif on the face of the pedestal represents the Boston Massacre in King street. In the foreground lies Crispus Attucks, the first victim of British bullets; the centre of the scene is the old State House, behind which may be seen the steeple of the old brick or First church, which stood on Cornhill, now Washington Street. In the Upper left-hand corner is the following inscription: “From the moment we may date the Severance of the British Empire. Daniel Webster;” and in the upper right hand corner, “On that Night the Foundation of American Independenc was laid. John Adams.” Under the relief on the base appears the date “March 5, 1770.” Above the bas releif stands “Free America.” With her left hand she clasps a flag about to be unfurled, while she holds aloft in her ‘right hand the broken chain of oppression, which, twisted and torn, is falling off the plinth. At her left side, clinging to the edge of the plinth, is an eagle. Its wings are raised, its beak is open, and it has apparently just lit. Its pose is in unison with the fiery spirit of its mistrees, shown in the serious, determined, and heroic gaze of her upturned face.”

( And crushing the crown under her ‘Spirit of America’ foot.)

Read the archived 1889 dedication program which includes a letter from Frederick Douglass 

Robert Gould Shaw Massachusetts 54th Regiment memorial

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Robert Gould Shaw – Massachusetts 54th Regiment memorial, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, dedicated 1897, Boston Commons. (photo shows one of the eagles– and in the background  quite nearby you can find the POW MIA Freedom Tree and the resited Boston Massacre memorial.)

Joshua Benton Smith pushed for a memorial beginning in 1865.  It took another 20 years for a sculptor to be commissioned. A dedicated committee selected sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The tribute was unveiled and dedicated on Memorial Day May 31, 1897 (called Decoration Day at the time). Frederick Douglass was in attendance; two of his sons were in the 54th regiment. The memorial was cast by the Gorham Company foundry in Providence, R. I., at a cost of $7,000. The Gorham Company was contracted for Gloucester’s Fisherman at the Wheel memorial by Leonard Craske, and the Joan of Arc WW1 memorial by Anna Hyatt Huntington.

from the National Parks:

“Saint-Gaudens always strove for perfection regarding realism. In this relief he wanted to show a range in facial features and age, as found among the men of the regiment. This was the first time a monument depicted blacks realistically, and not as stereotypes. He hired African American men to pose, and modeled about 40 different heads to use as studies. His concern for accuracy also extended to the clothing and accoutrements.

“Saint-Gaudens, however, worked slowly. A committee member complained in 1894, “. . . that bronze is wanted pretty damned quick! People are grumbling for it, the city howling for it, and most of the committee have become toothless waiting for it!” It would still be three more years until the unveiling. In answer to criticism, Saint-Gaudens wrote:

“My own delay I excuse on the ground that a sculptor’s work endures for so long that it is next to a crime for him to neglect to do everything that lies in his power to execute a result that will not be a disgrace. There is something extraordinarily irritating, when it is not ludicrous, in a bad statue. It is plastered up before the world to stick and stick for centuries, while man and nations pass away. A poor picture goes into the garret, books are forgotten, but the bronze remains to accuse or shame the populace and perpetuate one of our various idiocies.”– Augustus Saint-Gaudens

“Many of them were bent and crippled, many with white heads, some with bouquets… The impression of those old soldiers, passing the very spot where they left for the war so many years before, thrills me even as I write these words. They faced and saluted the relief, with the music playing ‘John Brown’s Body’…. They seemed as if returning from the war, the troops of bronze marching in the opposite direction, the direction in which they had left for the front, and the young men there represented now showing these veterans the vigor and hope of youth. It was a consecration.” – Augustus Saint Gaudens

 

From FOB and artist Kathy Roberts

MAY29 – June 6

Art Show “ Familiar Places, Special Memories”

May 29 – June 6
May 29 at 8:30 AM to Jun 6 at 4:00 PM EDT
Only 8 days left to see my new art show in Manchester at Santander Bank on Union St.
Any FB friends who see this event will receive a 5% discount on any painting. Enjoy the show.

Cape Ann Reads 2018 inaugural celebration of children’s picture books by local artists and writers

The Cape Ann Reads inaugural reception celebrating original children’s picture books by local artists and writers was held at City Hall in Gloucester, Massachusetts, January 27, 2018. Linda Bosselman of Sawyer Free Library was the official photographer for the packed event and she captured all its positive energy and people. An upcoming group exhibition featuring these participants will travel to the four Cape Ann communities. As you can see from the celebration pictures, the touring exhibition and its related receptions and readings will be worth a visit! Cape Ann Reads is an initiative by the four public libraries of Cape Ann.

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The Cape Ann Reads reception and awards ceremony opened  in style – thanks to the red-ribbon cutting courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Ken Riehl.

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Portraits of the artists and writers

City Hall is a gorgeous venue for an art fair. Linda photographed all the local artists and writers at their individual picture book display booths. Effort was high. Kind friends manned booths for participants who were unable to attend: Ashley was there for Steven Kennedy and Victoria Petway, and Sinikka Nogelo represented Gail and James Seavey.

Cape Ann Reads childrens picture book reception-local authors & artists Jan 27 2018 City Hall Gloucester MA ©Linda Bosselman (20)

Cape Ann Reads Medal Book- The Tree in Dock Square, written by Jean Woodbury (L) illustrations by Bonnie Sylvester (R)

Welcome

Awards ceremony program began with a warm welcome of support for the arts from Mayor Romeo Theken and opening remarks by the Library Directors and special dignitaries

Jurors

Deliberations were held at Cape Ann Museum and Beauport Hotel.

Cape Ann Reads convened a nine member selection panel that included representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, former Children’s and Teen Librarian,  Rockport Public Library (now at Manchester); Kate Strong Stadt, former Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Ann Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex.  Joining these talented library staff members were three artists and award winning children’s book author-illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech. Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop provided another crucial area of book world expertise. Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process.

Each library and the Cape Ann Museum designated one child representative for the second jury — a thoughtful panel of children: Eli Porter, Alycia Hogan Lopez, John Recroft, Lucas Rodi, and Josie West. They put in tremendous effort to read every entry, prepare notes, and come together for discussion. They were tasked with close reading and instructions to let us know any books that were favorites or that they wanted to compliment. Several came to assist the event as junior staff.

 

Awards presentation – Cape Ann Reads Gulliver, Honor and Medal books

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Closely Related

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CLOSELYRELATED group show curated by Juni VanDyke for Flatrocks Gallery opens May 25, 2018. The opening Reception is Saturday May 26. Participating artists: Kathleen Gerdon ARcher, Shelly Champion, Loren Doucette, Paige Farrell, Jay McLachlan, Barbara Moody, Hans Pundt, Lynne Sausele, Patti Sullivan, Juni VanDyke

from the press release:  CLOSELY RELATED…an exhibit that attempts to identify and examine artistic elements that appear congruently in works by artists related by friendship or marriage, or by filial kinship, or by the duality of artist and place or…other.  (many possibilities)

Is our art influenced by our environment; our politics; the company we keep, and/or by our generic connections?  And is what we create truly unique? Or was Picasso right when he said: “Every painting already has a mother and a father.”?

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