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Part 4 Searching for artist Byron Brooks – Grave found and Collectors respond

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BYRON BROOKS (b.1906 – 1978)- WWII veteran, Coast Guard. Artist active 1940s-70s. Gloucester resident. Born in Manchester. Buried Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester, MA ©C Ryan, June 2018

 

Look for New Information about artist Byron Brooks and images of his work added here  https://goo.gl/WPv1XT and on Good Morning Gloucester (GMG). Byron Brooks Homeward Bound, found displayed Addison Gilbert Hospital spring 2018:

HOMEWARD BOUND in memory of Byron L Brooks given by his wife Marjorie_ Addison Gilbert ©c ryan_20180525_111542

 

Good Morning Gloucester readers shared comments and images of Byron Brooks paintings to help rediscover the artist and the man.

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Arist Byron Brooks, untitled painting, ca.1961-65, private collection, New York

 

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Artist Byron Brooks (untitled winter pastoral) oil on canvas, private collection D. Wolcott

Searching for artist! Byron Brooks? Part 1 November 2016

Searching for Artist! Byron Brooks? Part 2

Searching for Artist Byron Brooks Part 3

 

 

David Collins shares vintage photos of Stage Fort Ave homes near Barrett’s Camp #GloucesterMA |searching for artist Byron Brooks Part 3

In response to Searching for artist Byron Brooks (Part 1) and (Part 2), David Collins, a Good Morning Gloucester reader and amateur geneologist, was inspired to act. First he emailed a PDF family tree for artist, Byron Lloyd Brooks, and then shared vivid remembrances and vintage photographs in response to the artist’s timeline in Gloucester, Massachusetts. These are wonderful additions to filling out Brooks story and a peek into Gloucester history. Thanks so much, David!

For a time, Brooks lived in 12 Stage Fort Avenue. Collins’ family lived in 7 Stage Fort Avenue 1940s-1960s. Does anyone know the neighbors Collins mentions or have more photographs of long gone homes and Barrett’s Camp at Stage Fort Park? I’m looking forward to scouting for that boulder.

Part 3 Searching for artist Byron Brooks – David Collins responds:

historic photo courtesy David Collins for artist Bryon Brooks research_shows Stage Fort Park Avenue ca 1940s_his sister with friend_Gloucester MASS

ca. 1950, courtesy photograph to assist with Byron Brooks research from David Collins (his sister with her friend by side entrance 12 Stage Fort Ave, Gloucester, Massachusetts )

“Hello, Catherine, Here is a little more information on the artist Byron L. Brooks, in case you are still interested. I have attached a family tree for him. It does also have some information on his two wives that I know of. I am not a professional genealogist, so don’t take the information as gospel. I grew up at what was then 7 Stage Fort Avenue (no “Park” in the address) in the late 1940s, 50s and early 60s in the house that is now 1 Anchor Lane, I believe. We moved to Connecticut in 1961 the week I turned 16. The house Byron lived in, 12 Stage Fort Avenue, was, back when I lived there, a 2-family house.  Most of the other houses in that part of the neighborhood were, or had been, summer camps. Stage Fort Avenue Y-ed at our house and both parts, one going on to one of the Park’s parking lots and the other going past us to Barrett’s Camps, were named Stage Fort Avenue. The house in front of Byron’s, the address was 10 Stage Fort Avenue back then and is now 7 Stage Fort Avenue, didn’t exist – at least not in the large form it is in now. Sam and Marion (Kerr) Johnson lived there. I think the house burned down in about 1975.

Ralph and Evelyn (DeCoste) Bradstreet lived in the downstairs part of 12 Stage Fort Avenue and several families lived upstairs over the years. Byron must have lived in the neighborhood a while before my family did. I think my folks moved to #7 about 1939 or so. I don’t know when the Bradstreets moved into #12. That said, Byron Brooks was my mother’s 2nd cousin. They share Ephraim Brooks [1818-1905] and Ruth Ward [1816-1892] of Nova Scotia as great-grandparents.

However, I had never heard of Byron until your 2nd GoodMorningGloucester article. I even collect art by people who called Cape Ann home – Charles Movalli was my best friend growing up*. I also have an extensive family tree that I have worked on for many years. Still, I had no idea Byron existed!  Of course, I had his parents in my mother’s part of our tree. I have now added information on him and his many siblings because of your articles. Thank-you! Hope this helps you, in return.” David Brooks 7/1/18

PHOTO COURTESY DAVID COLLINS_ 12 Stage Fort Avenue ca1947_razed_shared for Byron Brooks artist catalogue_Gloucester MA

photo credit: 12 Stage Fort Avenue, Gloucester, MA. ca.1947 photo courtesy David Collins

photo credit below (click to enlarge): 7 Stage Fort Avenue ca.1947-57 (L), and Stage Coach Inn vintage postcard, both images courtesy David Collins

about the photo with the girls on the rock and Stage Fort Avenue homes THEN (now gone):

“This one is of my sister and the girl (and her dog) who lived upstairs at 12 Stage Fort Avenue for several years while we lived on Stage Fort Avenue and then moved to School Street in Manchester. Her father, originally from Rockport, was a 7th cousin of Byron Brooks but I doubt he knew. The girls are sitting on a rock outside the side entrance to downstairs #12, the one the people we called Auntie Evelyn and Uncle Emerson (Ralph Emerson) Bradstreet (both cousins of each of my parents) probably used most often. It led into their kitchen. The doorway at the stairs in front (in the other picture I sent you) led into a hall, with stairs running up to the 2nd floor apartment and also a door at the left into the downstairs apartment.

The building behind the girls and to the left was, at least at one time, a Barrett camp. I think sometimes people bought them and made them more permanent homes even if they didn’t live in them year-round. The family’s name sounded like Brown-eyes but I don’t remember how it was actually spelled. Oh, I do remember: William and Irene (Douglas) Brauneis. Irene Douglas’ brother (a close friend and fishing buddy of my uncle) and his wife and family and his parents lived in the large house at the top of the hill behind the camps that was not a camp. I think the Brauneis family lived in theirs, maybe even full time eventually, long after we had moved.

The next home which looks altogether different was rented out in the summer, too, but I have no idea who lived in it. In the next camp to that one, not in the picture, a Mrs. Morrison spent the summer and her daughter and family, the Kilroys, would join her for a few weeks. Mrs. Kilroy had grown up in Gloucester. I hung around with daughter Carol and brother Robert the part of the summer when they were in town…Henry and Pauline (Osmond) Garvey and family lived in the Barrett camp that abutted our property on (what was then) Stage Fort Avenue. Great family. They would summer there from Tuckahoe, New York, but both had been brought up in Gloucester. ”- David Collins

*author’s note – more on this connection later

Byron Brooks on line catalogue (updated)

 

Late Sunday afternoon

After a very successful There’s More to Sea Art Show at Ocean Alliance, ( The Paint Factory), the sky was so awesome and there was a small cruise ship, I think it is the American Glory, leaving port.  The Beauport was also was cruising Gloucester’s Beautiful Harbor.

Saturday’s Clean up and THERE’S MORE TO SEE ART SHOW


There’s More to Sea Art Show

Hi kids:

Hope everyone is well and enjoying this beautiful weather.

We will be cleaning Horton Street on Saturday for the Art Show at Ocean Alliance.

JULY 27, 2018
Friday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

JULY 28, 2018
SATURDAY, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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JULY 29, 2018
SUNDAY, 9:00 – 5:00 PM

Ocean Alliance
32 Horton St, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

 

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018

Time:  8:00 – 9:00

Where:  Horton Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

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

WELCOMING HARRISON CADY TO CAPE ANN MUSEUM _20180702_©c ryan

 

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

Byron Brooks - Good Morning Gloucester requests for information©c ryan

Byron Brooks_ WWII veteran, Coast Guard_ Artist_Gloucester resident_ born in Manchester_grave Pleasant Grove Cemetery Manchester MA_20180628_072316 ©C Ryan (3)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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