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GloucesterCast 242 With Phil Hayward, Bill Whiting, Kim Smith, Nicole Bogin, Karen Pischke, Sharon St Clair and Host Joey Ciaramitaro
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Catherine Ryan Crushing Her Posts
Ban On Polystyrene Was Passed – Discussed Ban on Single Use Plastic Bags
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Primary Is Tuesday Night
Reminder that there’s a Stage Fort Park presentation and visioning discussion at the Visitors Center this afternoon/early evening. Come to see ideas, listen, and share your thoughts about Stage Fort Park. Nothing is final.
While you’re at it, don’t forget that there’s enough time to plan for essential visits to the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and Harbor Loop concert, too (links and times below)!
While you’re at it stop by Farmer’s Market 3-6:6:30PM
Afterwards, head over to tonight’s Harbor Loop concert 6-9PM
Here’s a super easy and great opportunity to share what you do or help your friend’s work get noticed. Crafters, artisans, makers, retailers, creatives: make sure to sign up before July 1, 2017 when it’s just $25.
Please share. Also, please encourage any under 30 Gloucester to showcase their work. Perhaps they’ll be designated next year’s ‘rising stars’. Participants & Events :: American Craft Week :: HOW TO JOIN and check out their resource page- “PR power packet page”
It’s tough to match Gloucester for the range and depth of fall art fairs and events –including American Craft Week– and Gloucester’s heritage of artists and artisans of yesterday and today (more on the pioneers below.) Pauline Bresnahan participates and drummed up the vote: “Gloucester has always encouraged creativity, individuality and artistic expression. Honored to be able to participate and encourage others to take part in this celebration for everyone who has fallen in love with their art and craft that shows their creativity.”
October is BEAUTIFUL!
I’ve gathered special events and festivals that run annually each October/Fall in Gloucester and on Cape Ann. Make sure to look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants. Mind you this is only the fall (October!) listings:
Founded in 2016- Cape Ann Plein Air Note that Paint Essex annual Plein Air (founded in 2012) moved from a summer slot to the fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016
Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights – “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA”
Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.
Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company
Founded in 2010 /in Gloucester 2014 – Annual American Craft Week held in October Gloucester recognized as one of America’s top 10 towns for craft lovers | 2017 Annual American Craft Week October 6-15 Last year Pauline’s Gifts and Cape Ann Artisans participated. I think we can increase that list a bit!
Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven
Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann
Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008)
Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October, also features artisans and makers.
Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5
Founded in 1984- Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library
Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Look for fall Premiers
Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October
Start with a visit to Cape Ann Museum a world class American art museum with a not to miss fine art and archive collections founded in 1873. Just Go! Outsider art and fine craft maker high lights include Folly Cove designers repository, 1893 Columbian Exposition Chicago World’s Fair harbor diorama, Fiesta oars, and the Community of Neighborhoods quilt cycle.
In each and every decade, printed ephemera and guides capture Gloucester’s long proud cultural history. Guides matter. Here are a couple of pioneer examples with a craft emphasis from the 1960s and 1892. American Craft Week is the digital equivalent of a who’s who in the American craft scene.
“We are told in the print that the American public is hungry for art…untouched by the machine. Cape Ann craft workers can satisfy that hunger…given a chance.” Henry Bollman, 1961
Bollman a ceramicist volunteered to chair the crafts section VIII of the 10th annual Gloucester Arts Festival: Ruth Balch, leather sandals; Henry Bollman, ceramics; Harriet Curtis, weaving and trays; Doris Frankbonner, ceramics and jewelry; Folly Cove Designers, Block Printing; Heather Godfrey, furniture decoration; Max Kuhne, silver leaf; Morris Lubin, Metal work; Reina Martin, silver and gold; Robert Natti, Pottery; Ruth Powers, Rugs
1960 list craft exhibition: John Black (silk screen); Henry Bollman (Ceramics); Greg Burke (Mosaics); Doris Coleman (Rockport Beach Glass jewelry); Edward Coleman (Rockport Beach glass jewelry); Carol Creed (mosaics); Alfred Czerepak (wood sculpture); Otis Dana (old pine furniture); Preston Donn (stained glass); Anne Daukas (woodwork); Folly cove designers (printed fabrics); Hazel Gaudreau (pottery); Heather Godfrey (hand painted trays and furniture); Thelma Karr (fabric designing); Evelyn Krames (enameling); Sol Krames (enameling); Max Kuehne (silver leaf); Gene Lesch (pewter and soft metals); Moris Lubin (art metal work); Ada Maker (ceramic coffee table); Barbara Marshall (cabinetmaker); Reino Martin (gold and silversmith); Sandra Matheson (cermaics)
Detail from one of the maps indicating the “General location of artists residing in same place permanently or each summer.” This one shows Gloucester Bay View, Lanesville, Folly Cove area mainly painters and sculptors among them: Paul Manship, Walker Hancock, Leon Kroll, George Demetrios, Virginia Lee Burton, Folly Cove Designers
The Gloucester Arts Festival scheduled ancillary programming like Cape Ann Festival of the Arts guided hikes and arts and writing exhibitions and contests for Gloucester’s youth.
The Art and Loan Exhibition for The Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Gloucester held August 24-29 featured “a representation collection of the antique and artistic from the many homes on Cape Ann…In connection with the exhibit a souvenir silver scarf pin was sold representing a fishing schooner under full rig with the dates 1642-1892 in raised work, and found ready purchasers…A piece of room paper from the walls of the old Ellery House, the first wall paper used in Gloucester, is exhibited…an interesting bit of fancy work is a frame inscribed in letters worked in silk Hannah Masters her Sampler May 8 1768…Another piece of family work which shows evidence of much labor and painstaking is a Clark family tree worked in silk on canvas in 1832 by Mary B. Clark, mother of Mayor Andrews…” The loan and art committee were reimbursed $1195.81; the souvenir pins inventory was $211.40. Thankfully the city published a “true and detailed account of the 250th anniversary observance and illustrated these Lane and Beach works. The 1817 view of Gloucester by Capt Beach was loaned by Asa G. Andrews, too. JB Foster was the one and only artist on the extensive exhibition checklist (321 detailed items) that listed his work for sale $100 “At the Wharf Gloucester Harbor”. James Pringle wrote the seminal digitized “History of the town and city of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts” 1892.
Mark Parisi’s off the mark comic panel has been published since 1987. Parisi has been nominated for the National Cartoonists Society Best Newspaper panel 4x and won twice (2009 and 20012). He grew up in Gloucester. We bought the desk calendar at The Weathervane.
Treat yourself tonight to the art of music on Middle Street: Joonho Park’s all-Bach organ double concert. The doors open at 7PM at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church; following intermission and a stroll, the recital continues at St. John’s Episcopal Church!
There’s a monumental outdoor mural behind Prince Insurance at 3 Washington Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts, that changes every year. It’s sited on private property.
Thanks to the Greeke family who own Prince Insurance and let him have at it, artist and writer Danny Diamond has expressed his ideas and showcased his can command on this same outside wall annually since 2011.
My favorite sight line is from Middle Street heading to the Captain Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 and the Joan of Arc sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington. It’s in a tight spot, and so is the kid with the green, green eyes staring back from the latest mural.
Diamond is using his talents to bring awareness to homelessness and the economy. Here’s an excerpt from his statement about 21st Century Orphans: “The windfall of green-backs that flies from my letters gives way to dingy news-print and beggars’ placards–this orphaned child’s currency. It’s rarely discussed, in our scenic little fishing town, that the homeless population has increased in Massachusetts by 40% since 2007, even as the national average was in decline. This in part due to the fact that the cost of living here in Mass is among the highest in the country; the cost of housing continues to increase now that the market has come back, and there is no relief in sight… Fifteen percent (over half a million) of our children here in the Bay state live in poverty; of the over seventeen-thousand homeless people here, thirty-eight percent are children.” – Danny Diamond, 2016
A Gloucester native, Diamond is busy with commercial art and commissions on both coasts. I had a chance to ask him more about his art and writing after I did a post about the sea monster fence he painted. He brushed off the street artist description: “I consider myself a graffiti-writer and sometimes a mural-artist, but not a “street-artist” (semantic distinction).” I asked him about Gloucester connections and if he went to the high school. Did any teachers influence him? He wrote back swiftly:
“I studied art under Jackie Underwood, who was “Jackie Kapp” at the time, as well as theatre and set-design with Krista Cowan and Kim Trigilio. I went on to earn a cum laude BA in English Lit and Creative Writing at UMass Boston, class of ’06… I spent a lot of time at Artspace on Center St. as a kid, and so Gloucester’s sub-cultural grandmaster Shep Abbott had a big effect on me by bringing punk rock and mural art into downtown. I was mentored in the world of graffiti art by the late Jed Richardson of Manhattan who was a major figure in the NYC subway-train art movement of the 1980’s; he moved to Gloucester in 2001 or so and remained here until his passing in September of ’09… ”
Diamond created a tribute chalk mural to his mentor at Minglewood Tavern. I worked in New York and saw first hand the 1980 era kings (and not so kings) of subway and club graffiti. I didn’t know Jed Richardson’s work and wondered if Diamond had an image to share for this post.
I also thought about the owners who turned over their wall for Diamond’s art. I learned that the building is owned by Peter Greeke who founded Prince Insurance. Aha! A creative family that understood and allows Danny Diamond the use of a large wall to practice and express his art. The Prince Insurance company is on Washington Street between Middle and Main and directly across from the Legion. It is a second generation family business that has specialized in personal insurance for more than 35 years. It’s now co-owned by sisters, Melissa Moseley and Wendy Prendergast. A third sister, fashion designer Jennifer Greeke, operates Harpy Fashion out of the back office. The Prince Insurance storefront stands out with such original picture window displays.These windows are an entire family affair. Melissa doesn’t remember a time before the windows. Their mother creates them; Jen has made clothing, sculpted papier-mâché creatures and mermaids. “Of course because of the community we live in, over time artistic customers and friends joined in…like Richard Harding and the built boat. They’re just a lot of fun.” Prince Insurance has a beautiful new website.
I hoped Danny Diamond had a record of his devoted wall mural project, which he obliterates and repaints every year. He did. Photographs below are from Diamond or his website, www.skribblefish.com. His Instagram is @pyse117. I added one showing a work in progress he is completing for a new restaurant opening in Salem in February and other local commissions.
Hungry? Pack light. You’ll pass great sandwich shops, locally owned and operated, en route to Gloucester’s magnificent beaches. Jeff’s Variety can set you up for a good lunch to go wherever you’re headed including Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, or the back shore. Jeff says that there are many repeat customers that come back each and every season–for years–on their way to Good Harbor Beach. IF you have a big group, you can order trays with finger sandwiches. Sandwich platters featuring Virgilio’s rolls need at least two days notice to prepare. They’re open Sundays. What else? “Yes!” the answer to my question if they have plenty of call ahead requests from cars caught in traffic. Passengers calling only, please!
Scroll down the post for a one-stop, sub-shopping Gloucester directory with phone numbers and links. I could add in our favorite choices from each place.
on the way to Gloucester’s GOOD HARBOR BEACH
on the way to Gloucester/ Rockport LONG BEACH
on the way downtown headed in any direction to Gloucester beaches: Pavilion, Cressy, Half Moon, Niles, Good Harbor
on the way to Gloucester’s NILES BEACH
on the way to Gloucester’s PLUM COVE BEACH / ANNISQUAM/ LANESVILLE
on the way to Gloucester’s WINGAERSHEEK BEACH
I haven’t forgotten Magnolia–just missing Magnolia’s House of Pizza. ON Mondays there’s Cape Ann Farmer’s market for Magnolia. “M” for Mondays, “M” for Magnolia.
Check out Cape Ann Reads snazzy new website header designed by Ashley Curcuru with the Teen Artist Guild instructors at the Hive, part of the illustrious Cape Ann Art Haven art center. Ashley did the seagull logo for the newly named, Gulliver!
Wednesday July 20: If you’d like help writing your original Cape Ann Reads picture book entry, Amanda Cook from the Writer’s Center leads this monthly workshop.
Thursday July 21st Cape Ann Reads at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. Sawyer Free Library Children’s Department will be hosting a pop up library. Cape Ann Art Haven will be on hand! Breaking news: Cape Ann Art Haven has added middle school Open Studio drop in hours Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5pm ($10 drop in class), enter at the 180 Main Street address. You can see their new screen printed t-shirt and apron PRODUCE ART. Awesome!
Visit Cape Ann Reads programs page to read more about the programs, which are free unless otherwise noted. Cape Ann Reads is on James GMG calendar, too!
GloucesterCast 186 With @KimSmithDesigns and @Joey_C Taped 6/5/16 #GloucesterMA
City Hall going to be recognized by Secretary of State William Galvin is presenting a 2016 Massachusetts Historical Commission Historic Preservation Award.
Silverback Gorilla Taken Down When Baby Falls Into Cincinatti Zoo Pit
Fun doing Lettice and Lovage with my daughters. Thanks To Heidi Dallin amd Lindsay Crouse for being so gracious with their time.
Schooner Challenge This Monday June 6th
Winter Moths Caterpillars
Got the honey bee cough drops
Featuring chefs Niaz Dorry from the Northwest Marine Alliance, Mark Delaney from Common Crow, and David Gauvin from Addison Gilbert hospital.
Sold Out Once Again- It was hilarious. People walking by and get a whiff of the mudiga steaks on the grill and it’s like they were led by their nose to her spot. If you’re cooking on nights like last night when you could go to The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and get grub like this- You Crazy.
Note The Generous Amount Of Work Space The STOK Island Grill Affords Making It Perfect For The Farmer’s Market
Roasted Red Peppers, Sista Felicia’s “Best I Ever Had” Pesto, Italian Sliced Bread
STOK Grills With Their Stock Cast Iron Grates Make For Perfect Hash Marks Every Time!
The Boys Stopped By For Mudiga Steaks For HomieCast Dinner
not forget Thursday, Stage Fort Park, Cape Ann Farmers’ Market
Topics Include: Gloucestercast 144 Taped Live At The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Featuring Nicole Bogin, Donna Ardizzoni, James Eves, Kim Smith, Paul Morrison and Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Troubles At The Cut Bridge, Plan Accordingly For Beach Traffic, Jewell Town Vineyard Wine Samples 😉 , Jan Kline, Melissa Diamond, The Evolution Of The Locations For The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, Autumn Market, Harvest Market, Holiday Fair and Potentially a New Halloween Fair, Lara Lepionka, Backyard Growers, The East End Of Main Street On The Rise, Farmer’s Market Dates Added To The GMG Community Calendar, The Stage Fort Park Visitor’s Center Is A Jewell, Podcasting From The Refinished Yard Sale Table/Desk, Paul Morrison/Carol Channing Hitting The Jewell Town Wine Samples Hard, Paul Morrison Lets The Entire GMG Community Down By Not Participating In The Blackburn Challenge, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger, Starting Out In Small Business Never Starts Out Perfectly.
Niki Bogin’s Recurring Themes From Successful Farmer’s Market Vendors:
Around The Table: Each Podcast Participant Lists Their Must Haves From The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. You Must Ask for the Homemade Yogurt at Markouk Bread Co, Special Shout Out To Marshall’s Farm Stand, Listing Off The Farms That Participate In The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, The Heirloom Tomatoes, Case Pricing On the Jewell Town Wine, 1634 Mead, Donna and James Both Wearing Their GMG Caps, Paulie Walnuts and Izzy The Attack Dog Make Ann Appearance, Charlene Delaney Volunteers At The Visitor’s Center, Charlene Tells Us That On Saturdays Visitors Can Take The Shuttle All Over Town and You Can Park At Stage Fort Park For Free, STAGE FORT PARK Shuttle Park n’ Ride Trolley Has Been In Place All This Time and We Didn’t Even Know About It!, Izzy The Dog Has Ears Pinned Back And Is In Attack Mode, The Shuttle Is My Safe Zone Because They Don’t Let Attack Dogs On Board,
The Weekend Rundown-
Kim Smith took 20 minutes to try to photoshop out the enormous zit on Joey’s face. Finally she gave up and sent in this photo for the podcast notes.
The Official GMG Podcast Desk Is Looking Pretty Sweet I Must Say 🙂
Sista Felicia’s food is finally available for you to purchase and enjoy.
She has happily partnered with Marshall’s Farm Stand to prepare for you, delicious (and healthy) specialty dishes. Marshalls Farm Stand has been family owned and operated, for many generations at 144 Concord Street, Gloucester Ma.
Sista Felicia will be working with Bobby Marshall each week, going to Marshall’s Farm Stand to select the freshest and most seasonal ingredients to prepare dishes to be sold at The Cape Ann Farmers Market. The Cape Ann Farmers Market is held every Thursday at Stage Fort Park from 3:00 to 6:30 PM. Parking is Free. Farm To Table.
Stop by Sista’s Booth Located next to the Bandstand in the Food Court area of today’s Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and take home yummy delights like Lobster Rolls, Shrimp Rolls, Haddock Sandwiches, Lobster Chowder, New Potato Caper Dill Salad, and Mango Radish Slaw. Sista Felicia’s Homemade Sweet Tea will also be available to quench your thirst.
She will be at the Cape Ann Farmers Market beginning today, Thursday, July 23rd and will continue through to the close of the season.