Cape Ann Museum launches travel exhibit: Once Upon a Contest – Selections from Cape Ann Reads children’s picture books!

Discover a world of new, original picture books through art! Courtney Richardson shares Cape Ann Museum’s news for the Once Upon a Contest group exhibition  opening next week:

Cape Ann Museum Meredith Anderson designed header for Once Upon a Contest

Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads

A special exhibition celebrating local children’s book authors and illustrators

 GLOUCESTER, Mass. (December 14, 2018) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads, a ground breaking show on view until February 24, 2019, stemming from the country’s first children’s picture book contest hosted by four public libraries. The exhibition brings special attention to award-winning local artists and writers and the art of children’s picture books. There will be an opening celebration on Saturday, January 5 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. This program is free for Museum members, Cape Ann Residents or with Museum admission.  For more information visit capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455 x10. 

Once Upon a Contest was drawn from manuscripts recognized for distinction during the Cape Ann Reads 2017 original picture book competition.  The special group show was organized and circulated by curator, Catherine Ryan, with support from the Bruce J Anderson Foundation | The Boston Fund.  Visitors will find picture books created by traditional author-illustrators (individuals who create both text and illustrations), friends and family pairings, repeat partnerships, volunteer match ups, self-taught and master artists, storytellers, published authors, and educators. 

The exhibit features work by:  Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, Jim Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury, and Claire Wyzenbeek.

For a few, inclusion in this show will mark their debut display at a museum. The works on view range from preliminary mock ups and unfinished pages to final published illustrations for original books. They cover diverse themes and points of view and provide glimpses into stories and methodologies. The exhibition will include a reading nook for visitors of all ages.

Cape Ann Reads came about in 2015 when the four public libraries on Cape Ann –Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Manchester by the Sea Public Library; TOHP Burnham Public Library, Essex; and Rockport Public Library– began to work together to encourage and highlight community creativity, regional collaboration, and family literacy through a focus on children’s picture books. “A passion for writing literature and the arts is one thing that ties all four communities together making Cape Ann Reads a meaningful collaboration between our four libraries and the Cape Ann Museum,” explained Cindy Grove, Director, Rockport Public Library.

During the first year of implementation, the collaborating public libraries and Cape Ann Museum offered innovative monthly programming and free picture book themed workshops for families and adults as a vehicle for family literacy, a work of art and literature, and a form of engagement and recreation. The vibrant endeavor culminated in a public art call, Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads. “What an opportunity for a talented individual or individuals to produce a lasting piece of literature with such special meaning,” exclaimed Deborah French, Director, T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, Essex.

Scores of Cape Ann creatives responded to this open call for a chance to win a first edition printing. In fact, so much interest occurred that a writer’s group led by Gloucester Writers Center was established, and volunteer artists and writers stepped up to help people without a partner. Two jury panels selected Gulliver, Honor and Medal books in the spring of 2017.

The jury panel included librarians, acclaimed children’s book author-illustrators and a rare books dealer: Carol Bender, Pat Lowery Collins, Ann Cowman, Kate Strong Stadt, Giles Laroche, Bob Ritchie, Justine Vitale, Anna Vojtech, and April Wanner. Five children served on the kids panel. A reception and book fair was held in Gloucester’s City Hall in January 2018 thanks to Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken. Original sculpture trophies of the bespectacled Cape Ann Reads mascot, “Gulliver”, by fine artist Jason Burroughs, were presented to the Honor and Medal book recipients. Cape Ann Reads continues to foster connections among the children’s picture book network, and generate business. Six books have been self-published, reviewed, and sold in local stores. Reflecting on this boon, Sara Collins, Director of the Manchester by the Sea Public Library said “Cape Ann Reads has been an innovative incubator for authors and illustrators, with the offspring as marvelous and varied as you can imagine in this creative community.”

“The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to launch this important Cape Ann Reads exhibition just as it was to kick off the first Cape Ann Reads program with the Eric Carle Museum back in January 2016, ” said Ronda Faloon, Director Cape Ann Museum. The Museum scheduled the exhibition to coincide with the major Virginia Lee Burton retrospective, The Little House: Her Story, and the month of January when the Museum is free to area residents. The legacy of Burton is an inspiration for many Cape Ann Reads participants.

Once Upon a Contest opens in December 2018 and continues until February 24, 2019. Following its launch at the Cape Ann Museum, the exhibition will tour the four communities of Cape Ann throughout 2019 as follows: Manchester in April, Essex in May-June, Gloucester in August-September, and Rockport in October-November.

 

 

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In addition to the opening reception on Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Cape Ann Museum will offer weekly story time with Museum staff and guest readers on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. through March 31, 2019. On Saturday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. children and their families are invited to enjoy the special exhibition and participate in hands on art making and writing activities. This program is free and open to the public.  

During February school vacation week, the Museum will host children’s book creation workshops for school age students from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19 through Friday, February 22, featuring Leslie Galacar, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Claire Wyzenbeek, Alexia Parker, and Bonnie L. Sylvester. These workshops are $15 for CAM Members or $25 nonmembers. To register contact Sarah Flanagan at 978-283-0455 x16 or email sarahflanagan@capeannmuseum.org.

 

Cape Ann Museum Once Upon a Contest montage.jpg Image credits: A Community Effort

  • The four Library Directors of Cape Ann announcing “Gulliver,” the public’s name choice for the Cape Ann Reads mascot (left to right: Deb French, TOHP Burnham; Cindy Grove, Rockport; Deborah Kelsey, Gloucester; Sara Collins, Manchester), July 2016.
  • Cape Ann Reads kids jury selection panel (left to right: Josie, Alycia, Eli, Lucas, John). Deliberations were held at Cape Ann Museum, March 2017.
  • Bonnie L. Sylvester, illustrator (left) and Jean Woodbury, author (right) of The Tree in Dock Square, the first Cape Ann Reads Medal book, June 2017.
  • Claire Wyzenbeek (author and illustrator Henrietta’s Moon Egg) at her booth for Cape Ann Reads children’s picture book reception and book fair, January 27, 2018, City Hall Gloucester MA. ©Linda Bosselman.

The lovely, clever header and flyer were designed by Meredith Anderson at Cape Museum. A printable version is available below the break – please print, post and share!

And here is a link to a printable Once Upon a Contest press release

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TWELVE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN

It’s hard to believe Christmas is only twelve days away. One of my favorite lines in the Tom Petty song “It’s Christmas All over Again” is “I hope Mama gets her shopping done.” Me, too, I hope I get all my shopping, and cooking, and making done, and I hope you do, too!

Taking requests for our Christmas Carol Countdown. Leave your suggestion in the comments or email me at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com. Thank you!

Super Christmas gift idea for your Tom Petty fan or guitar playing honey–
An American Treasure is a 2018 compilation album and box set of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released by Reprise Records on September 28, 2018. The set includes several rare and unreleased songs alongside more obscure album tracks that showcase Petty’s songwriting.

Jeffrey Marshall opens at Jane Deering Gallery

Jane Deering Gallery opening reception of Jeffrey Marshall | Working the Waterfront Saturday, December 15th, 4:00 — 6:30 pm @ 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA

 

from the release:

“Jeff Marshall’s studio sits above the tide on Smith Cove and overlooks a truck corral down at the Morse Sibley Wharf. It’s where fisherman hitch their workhorses for however long it takes to get the fish from out there to back here. The ancient pilings driven deep into clay centuries ago and sistered to newer stringers form a solid structure. …. Pickup trucks rest on a scrapple of broken asphalt penned-in by rusting cargo containers and dredges laced with Tansy gone to seed. … Decomposing memories of fisheries past – a Gillnet dries on a wooden spool and a stone-age winch is ready to start a new life as a mooring stone. Future fishers will shelter in the lee of their steeds to talk weather, the price of fish and about that new electric pick-up truck, they’re gonna get someday. So now comes Marshall to set himself, easel, paints and tools at the hub of this sometimes milling sometimes solitary station where fishers hitch their warhorses, cast the lines and slip to the fog. He knows the situation and the terrain down the old pier and his subjects know how to hold a pose.”- Ken Riaf 2018 from the catalogue essay of the exhibition Gone …..Fishing
“The contested landscape has been my subject for over a decade, from the post-Katrina neighborhoods of New Orleans to the coastline of Massachusetts. I look for imagery that echoes the complex social and environmental issues of specific places that I love. The subjects I choose are often overlooked, revealed as thematic possibilities only after intense visual research of a site. When I moved into my studio at Morse-Sibley Wharf in East Gloucester in 2016, I spent months drawing as a way of taking inventory of my surroundings, much of which I was lucky enough to view from my windows. This long process of drawing and painting from observation has allowed me to focus on what seems to drive the work, friendships, family, and struggles of the fishermen and lobstermen who show up to this place every day.” — Jeffrey Marshall 2018

image of artist Jeffrey Marshall working at Morse-Sibley Wharf on Monster Truck #3_Gloucester MA_ courtesy photo.jpg

About the artist

Jeffrey Marshall has a BFA from Cornell University and and MFA in painting and printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art. He is a lifelong educator, most recently an Associate Professor of Art Foundation at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. Previously he was Associate Professor of Graphic Design at The New England Institute of Art. His teaching career started with Teach for America in New Orleans, where he taught elementary school. His drawings and paintings have been shown in many national venues, including the Cape Ann Museum, Aspen Museum of Art, The University of Rhode Island, The Boston Center for the Arts, and Endicott College among many others. His New Orleans Drawing Project, a 10-year document of the city’s post-Katrina Recovery, was featured in The New York Times, Art New England and Artscope Magazine. The artist lives/works in Gloucester MA; he maintains a studio on Morse-Sibley Wharf.

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From our friend and talented artist Amy Kerr

Thanks to Lisa Smith and 1623 Studios, I Am More has a video and it was released the other day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-QAkvNqoEo&feature=youtu.be

Lisa is apparently a genius because I was a nervous wreck and you really can’t tell! She did an amazing job of capturing the spirit of the project, so feel free to share!

 

 

Amy Kerr

Hope everyone is resting up for a busy shopping weekend. Shop Local, Shop Small

Time to get out and shop local for the holidays.  We have Downtown, Middle Street Walk, Sip N Shop welcoming our Veterans Home, The Magnolia Library and Maritime Gloucester.  Should be fun.

Sunday, December 9 from 11 -3 at the Back Shore Elks

Deck the Docks Maritime Gloucester

 

Some of the art work

Deck The Docks – Opening Night

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 5:00 pm

Registration : Up to 20% off in our fabulous shop

Audience: Members, Friends, Everyone!

Don’t be a Scrooge…come on down to Maritime Gloucester for our first annual Deck the Docks: A Holiday Open House!
Opening night is Thursday December 6, from 5 to 9 pm. We are previewing a fantastic Deck Your Halls Art Show featuring local Cape Ann artists.  seArts is partnering with us and we will have over 90 works of art for sale in our Gorton’s Schooner Gallery.  Christmas Trees and Wreaths will be sold on The Dory Shop Deck.  Come early, they will not last.  There will be food and beverages as well as 20%* off most of our items.
Take some time to get caught up with old friends and learn what is going on at Maritime Gloucester.

*For one day only! 20% discount for MG members (and for teachers); 10% off for non-members (and non-teachers

Deck the Docks – ARTist reception

Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm through Friday, December 7, 2018

Audience: Everyone

Deck the Docks day 2!

Our Deck Your Halls Art Show is holding its artist reception.  Over 90 works from local artists will be on sale during the show.  Get that fantastic gift for that special someone in our Maritime Museum Shop. Fill your night with holiday cheer while buying your Christmas Tree or Holiday wreath at our Dory Shop Deck.  Grab a cup of hot cider or cocoa while we help you choose and load your tree!

A little of everything to brighten the days and lighten the holiday stress!

Deck the Docks – A Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Audience: Everyone

Deck the Docks!  A full day of Holiday cheer and surprises awaits.

DIY Pop-Up Crafts Shop:  the Icehouse becomes a gift-making workshop as we rollout so many fun DIY gift ideas.  Bring your creative hat as we offer up paint your own buoy ornament keepsake, fish printing a signature MG bag, bead earings, paper sailor hats, decorate your purchased wreath and more! This is a fun way to make your own special gifts and have some hot cider or cocoa while you work.

Cape-Ann Crafts Pop-Shop:  Local Cape Ann vendors are bringing their wares so that you can select that perfect little gift.  Our small pop-up shop is chock full of great goodies for stockings and under the tree.

Santa In A Dory Picture Stop:  That’s right!  Santa is rowing his dory to the pier and setting up so that you can get that perfect christmas card moment!

Christmas Trees and Wreaths Sale:  The Dory Shop opens its doors for Christmas Tree and wreaths.  Come get your hands on a hot cider or cocoa while our staff helps you pick out your tree and load it on your car.

The Maritime Museum Shop:  Still not finding enough for your gift-giving needs?  Well look no further than our fantastic Museum Gift Shop, loaded with so many good toys, books, gifts and treasures.  Your hardest decision will be which to buy first!

Deck your Walls Art Show: The final day of the art show in the Gorton’s Schooner Gallery.  Our partner, seARTs, is having over 90 works installed and for sale.  Come gift the gift of art!

 

We are More Markeplace, Sip N’ Shop

Looking forward to this great event. Hope to see all on Friday from 5 -8 at the Magnolia Library, Gloucester, Magnolia, MA.
1 Lexington Avenue
Magnolia, Gloucester, MA 01930

Deck the Docks

Don’t be a Scrooge…come on down to Maritime Gloucester for our first annual Deck the Docks: A Holiday Open House!
Opening night is Thursday December 6, from 5 to 9 pm. We are previewing a fantastic Deck Your Halls Art Show featuring local Cape Ann artists.  seArts is partnering with us and we will have over 90 works of art for sale in our Gorton’s Schooner Gallery.  Christmas Trees and Wreaths will be sold on The Dory Shop Deck.  Come early, they will not last.  There will be food and beverages as well as 20%* off most of our items.
Take some time to get caught up with old friends and learn what is going on at Maritime Gloucester.

*For one day only! 20% discount for MG members (and for teachers); 10% off for non-members (and non-teachers).


Deck the Docks day 2!

Our Deck Your Halls Art Show is holding its artist reception. Over 90 works from local artists will be on sale during the show. Get that fantastic gift for that special someone in our Maritime Museum Shop. Fill your night with holiday cheer while buying your Christmas Tree or Holiday wreath at our Dory Shop Deck. Grab a cup of hot cider or cocoa while we help you choose and load your tree!
A little of everything to brighten the days and lighten the holiday stress!

Day 3
Deck the Docks – A Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Deck the Docks! A full day of Holiday cheer and surprises awaits.
DIY Pop-Up Crafts Shop: the Icehouse becomes a gift-making workshop as we rollout so many fun DIY gift ideas. Bring your creative hat as we offer up paint your own buoy ornament keepsake, fish printing a signature MG bag, bead earings, paper sailor hats, decorate your purchased wreath and more! This is a fun way to make your own special gifts and have some hot cider or cocoa while you work.
Cape-Ann Crafts Pop-Shop: Local Cape Ann vendors are bringing their wares so that you can select that perfect little gift. Our small pop-up shop is chock full of great goodies for stockings and under the tree.
Santa In A Dory Picture Stop: That’s right! Santa is rowing his dory to the pier and setting up so that you can get that perfect christmas card moment!
Christmas Trees and Wreaths Sale: The Dory Shop opens its doors for Christmas Tree and wreaths. Come get your hands on a hot cider or cocoa while our staff helps you pick out your tree and load it on your car.
The Maritime Museum Shop: Still not finding enough for your gift-giving needs? Well look no further than our fantastic Museum Gift Shop, loaded with so many good toys, books, gifts and treasures. Your hardest decision will be which to buy first!
Deck your Walls Art Show: The final day of the art show in the Gorton’s Schooner Gallery. Our partner, seARTs, is having over 90 works installed and for sale. Come gift the gift of art!

A WHALE OF A TAIL AT THE PAINT FACTORY

“Dive Deep Within” – Goetemann artist Deborah Redwood’s sculpture at the Paint Factory

Don’t you love the scale of Deborah’s piece? Much like Gloucester’s most beloved statues, the “Fishermen’s Wives Memorial,” “Man at the Wheel,” and “Joan of Arc,” “Dive Deep Within” is built to a very human scale and blends beautifully with the environment. “Dive Deep Within” is a statement, but does not try to compete with or dominate the surrounding landscape. Read more about Deborah’s piece here:

Deborah Redwood

and visit her website here: https://www.deborahredwood.com/

When I look at the subtle artistry of “Dive Deep Within,” I am reminded of the humungous abrasive metal sculpture that our community has been highly pressurized to accept, to not only find a suitable location for its installation, but to pay for its fabrication as well. One suggested site was the tiny narrow strip of green grass on the Rocky Neck causeway. When that location was wholeheartedly rejected, the next attempt was to locate the sculpture at the beautiful, but again very small, Solomon Jacob’s Park. This suggestion was especially nonsensical because the Solomon Jacob Park was specifically designed to be an open window to the working waterfront.

Monumentally large sculptures like that perhaps look best when sited in vast open spaces, a midwestern prairie or on a farm field; at a similar place where from the artist has made his home for most of his life, rather than Gloucester’s stunning waterfront.

Greatly appreciating the scale and intention of Deborah Redwood’s “Dive Deep Within”

Last chance! Final exhibition at Flatrocks Gallery closes December 16

Flatrocks Gallery Wrap it Up! 2  is on view through December 16th, 2018. More than eighty works in this closing group exhibition convey the gallery’s impact on contemporary area artists over the past ten years.  Artists include:

Willie Alexander; Bob Anderson; Kurt Ankeny; Peggy Badenhausen-Roma; Joan Benotti; Coco Berkman; Kyle Browne; Debbie Clarke; Pat Lowery Collins; Anne Marie Crotty; Jane Crotty; Pam Courtleigh; Jill Demeri;  Loren Doucette; Barbe Ennis; Billy Evans;  Jack Evans; Nina Fletcher; Brooke Gibson; Paul Cary Goldberg; Joy Halsted; Frances Hamilton; Leslie Heffron;  Andrew Houle; Pia Juhl; Ann Lafferty;  Otto Laske; Victoria Lopez; Erin Luman; Roger Martin; Jay McLauchlin; Shaun McNiff; Ann Melancon; Ruth Mordecai; Lee Nadel;  Mary Lou Nye; Hans Pundt; Mary Rhinelander; Margaret Rack;  Jenny Rangan; Kay Ray; Anne Rearick- Katlin; Katherine Richmond; Judy Robinson-Cox; Joyce Roessler; Gabrielle Rossmer; Lyla Roth; Lynn Sausele; Mary Jane Sawyer; Jill Solomon; Dawn Southworth; Marty Swanson; Karen Tusinski; Juni VanDyke; Anna Vojtech; Rokhaya Waring; Jane Weinshanker;  Mark Williamson; Judy Wright

Here are a few installation views (click to enlarge and view credit)

 

Hundreds of riveted readers | Patricia and Donald Oresman renowned art collection selling at Doyle’s Auction 11/20/18

I’ve been an arts adviser, curator and gallerist  for more than three decades. Patricia and Donald Oresman were clients and friends– curious, erudite, generous and kind. The Doyle auction on Tuesday November 20, 2018 features 567 works from their renowned collection. Have some fun viewing – they loved to share it– here’s a link to the complete catalogue on line: https://doyle.com/sites/default/files/pdf/catalogue/2018-11-15/18OR01-catalogue_0.pdf 

Patricia and Donald Oresman sale at Doyles Tuesday November 20 2018 _
Cover art- I sold “Special Edition“, a 1936 color linocut masterwork, by Australian artist, Ethel Spowers (1890-1947) acclaimed Grosvenor School of Modern Artist 

 

photos of the Oresman collection illustrated in the Doyle auction catalogue (for Cape Ann locals- there is one work inspired by Gloucester, and some artists with connection here, e.g. Louis Lozowick, John and a Helen Farr Sloan, and a couple of works by Sally Avery, etc.)

 

Throwback photos at the Oresman library. I suppose a more accurate photo of Donald would show him sporting his favorite hat. He took it off when he met my kids 🙂 

 

Installation views of Geoffrey Bayliss Harvest series- art show opens Nov 17 Jane Deering Gallery

The Art of Geoffrey Bayliss OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17th FROM 1-4PM

Fun Saturday downtown- The artist’s Harvest series opens at Jane Deering Gallery at Pleasant Street and Middle Street, on the same day as CAFM’s Harvest market and the Sargent House’s 2018 Middle Street Harvest Festival.

from Jane Deering Gallery-

Jane Deering Gallery is pleased to present The Art of Geoffrey Bayliss, November 10-December 10 with an Open Reception Saturday November 17th from 1:00-4:00pm at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester. The artist’s latest work — two suites of unique linocut prints — will be on view in the exhibition titled Harvest.  Blue Harvest, a series of 13 prints in beautiful color, and the companion series, Red Harvest, achieve a range of complexity emblematic of the reductive technique. Accompanying the new prints is a flock of highly inventive papier-mâché birds, fresh from the studio and ready for new destinations. These delightful objects are the result of explorations in papier-mâché by Bayliss and artist/printmaker Coco Berkman with whom Bayliss continues to study. The artist has generously offered to donate his proceeds from the sale of these works-in-progress to The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry.

Bayliss, a native of Gloucester, holds a BA in architecture from Columbia University. He has studied with artist Celia Eldridge, sculptor John Bozarth, printmaker Coco Berkman, and artist Charlotte Roberts.  His work is held in numerous private collections in the US.  This is the artist’s 3rd solo show with Jane Deering Gallery. The gallery will be open Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm, November 10 – December 10, and by chance or appointment at 917-902-4359, info@janedeeringgallery.com, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA. 01930.

 

Nicole Dahlmer pre-holiday pop up

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Nicole Dahlmer, a Gloucester based photographer, announces a pre holiday pop-up:

Please join me for a pre-holiday pop-up hosted at The Dahlmer Household on Sunday, Nov 18th, 5:30-7:30pm. Guests will have a chance to stock up on my greeting cards before the holidays & before any other fall/winter events I am participating in. There will be light refreshments available. 

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Sold 91+ million! Edward Hopper crushes world auction records at Christie’s American sale

The 1929 painting, Chop Suey, by Edward Hopper, sold for $91,875,000 (including auction and buyer premiums) on November 13, 2018. It was the premiere lot at Christie’s November sale of American art, and provided quite a return for the heirs dispensing the Barney A. Ebsworth marquee collection. A native of St. Louis, Ebsworth made his fortune in the travel industry (Royal Cruise Lines). He maintained ties with museums across the country because of his stellar collection. Reportedly, Ebsworth promised to gift the painting to the Seattle Art Museum about 2007 and contradicted those statements in later years. Even if it’s spelled out directly, wills and contracts can be broken.

The hammer price for Chop Suey was 85 million net which fell squarely within its presale auction estimate range of 70 million to 100 million. The buyer is unknown. There was a bidding war, and initial rumors suggest it was acquired for a public collection.

Hopper’s prices have raced since 2000. Hopper’s former record at auction was 40.5 million- also at Christie’s– for East Wind Over Weehawken, a 1934 oil painting sold  on November 26, 2013. That sale toppled Hopper’s prior record of $26.9 million (for Hotel Window). Just ten years ago, the Cincinnati art museum purchased one of Hopper’s masterpieces, Prospect Street Gloucester, 1929, for 2 million from yet another Christie’s sale. That selection was one of the countless smart acquisitions led by a superb curator, Jane Glaubinger. Hopper’s 1934 oil painting of Sun on Prospect Street had been part of the museum’s collection as a result of the Edwin and Virginia Irwin Memorial since 1959. (At 8.4 million, Cape Ann Granite was a savvy purchase from the sales last spring.)

c EDWARD HOPPER _Chop Suey_32 x 38_ 1929 oc_Christies presale estimate 70 mil to 100 million

Edward Hopper_Sun on Prospect Street _Cincinnati Art Museum collection

Holiday Fair at the Magnolia Library Center

The Women’s Community Club of Magnolia always has a great Holiday Fair. Hope to see you there. There will be many great talented artists there. Come on by.

 

1 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester, MA