50 years ago today…the art of the first moon landing and Gloucester Daily Times front page

Today is the anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969. When I think about this momentous day, I mostly remember the artist Robert Rauschenberg, one of the established artists paid a tiny honorarium to travel to see space launches first hand. NASA gave artists total freedom to create any visual response if so awed. They were. Decades later, Rauschenberg agreed to loan rare works of art inspired by the space program for a solo exhibit that I co-curated. It was a big surprise when he scheduled a visit. He spent a morning at the show with me, closely observing each and every piece, some he hadn’t seen since he made them.  Many were created long after his residency. He was flooded; it’s very emotional.

Where were you on this day? I was in Plymouth, MA.

As i’m in a wishing and reflective mode, may I add that I look forward to the day when all Massachusetts newspapers are scanned and searchable. In the meantime, the Gloucester Daily Times coverage of that inspiring moon walk is on microfilm at the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library. Enjoy the headlines and some local quotes from 1969.

“Older folks take moon in stride–They’ve seen a lot, but this one…” by Henry Meyer, Gloucester Daily Times

article excerpts including quotes from Arthur Jones, Mrs. Bertha Silva, and John Bordreau (91)

20160720_112012

 

20160720_112302

This moon shot business: Can you dig it?  Arthur W. Jones, 67, who lives at the Huntress Public Medical Institution can. Jones and some of his fellow residents on Emerson Avenue have seen the entire panorama of the development of aircraft… “This is one of the greatest things that has happened to our country.” The moon shot had helped to “unite people together,” he said…“When this country gets together, they do things right. No matter what they start, they finish it.”

Mrs. Bertha Silva said that Lindbergh’s flight was exciting back then. However she agreed with Jones that the landing of the first man on the moon really outdid all other flying feats…

John Bordreau, 91, also a resident of the institution was delighted by the whole affair. Boudreau predicted that astronauts soon will be flying all over the solar system…”We’ll just have to wait and see where they’re headed.” Both Jones and Boudreau said they had heard there was oil and gas on the moon. Boudreau remarked, “That’s kind of a long drive for just a couple of gallons of gas. Jones predicted that within 10 years men will be living on the moon. Some scientists said over the radio that there were eaves on the moon where people might live. He said there was oil up there and that they might be able to extract water from rocks.”…One person said that at her age she tended to be leery of these things…Others expressed confusion at the speed at which this generation seems to be moving…

excerpts from Our men on the moon: ‘A long day’…a hazardous return, by Edward K. Delong, Space Center, Houston, UPI article ran in the Gloucester Daily Times.

Mrs. Stephen Armstrong, Neil’s mother who watched her son on television from her home in Wapakoneta, Ohio, noticed this: “I could tell he was pleased and tickled and thrilled,” she said.

“Magnificent desolation,” commented Aldrin. “It has a stark beauty all of its own. It’s much like the desert of the United States.”

“It’s different, but it’s very pretty out here,” said Armstrong, who lived in California’s Mojave Desert when he was flying the X15 rocket plane. Armstrong and Aldrin, both about 5’11” cast 35 foot shadows…Zint said he was surprised by the emotion in Armstrong’s voice when he stepped onto the moon. “That was more emotion than I’ve ever heard him express before. Even when he talked about things he was excited about like space travel he always had a calm voice.”

20160720_111635

 

Jason Burroughs canvas before…Cape Ann Plein Air Quick Draw at Rockport Art Association TODAY, 1-5pm

 

JASON BURROUGHS before Cape Ann plein Air Quick Draw 2018 sho.jpg
Jason Burroughs before Cape Ann Plein Air 2018 quick draw competition. More than one hundred artists participated and they had two hours to complete. See the results at Rockport Art Association today. North Shore Art Assocation Cape Ann Plein Air exhibition is today as well. 

 

 

Sunday, October 14:

Quick Draw paintings exhibit & sale at Rockport Art Association and Museum from 1-5 pm. Music, food and art. Prizes will be awarded.
OPEN and FREE to the PUBLIC.

Sunday, from 10 am-5 pm, CAPA art exhibit and sale continues at North Shore Arts Association
OPEN and FREE to the PUBLIC

Gloucestercast 297 With Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Kim Smith ,John Bell, Nubar Alexanian, Susan Coviello, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/16/18

GloucesterCastSquare

Gloucestercast 297 With Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Kim Smith ,John Bell, Nubar Alexanian, Susan Coviello, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/16/18

 

podcasticon1

When you subscribe you need to verify your email address so they know we’re not sending you spam and that you want to receive the podcast. So once you subscribe check your email for that verification. If you don’t see it, check your spam folder in your email acct so you can verify that you’d like to get the GloucesterCast Podcast sent to you for listening at your convenience..

subscribebutton

Topics Include:

Cape Ann Community Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

Green Crabs in The Great Marsh Film By Nubar Alexanian Links

www.greencrabrand.org

Last Stop shop on East Main Street is for sale. Jim spoke with owner and could share her thoughts
Visitors Center at Stage Fort Park worth a stop even for residents.
Kim Is Editing Like Crazy
Tony Gross Lined Seahorses
Columbia Gas Home Explosions and Fires- Link To
Congratulations Elise and Tucker Smith From Cedar Rock Gardens
Sorry To Hear About The Passing Of Vinnie Cafasso
GMGI Ribbon Cutting

Leigh Slingluff plein air

De-Installation of the group show: LOOK AGAIN: FOUR LOCAL ARTISTS NANCY LeGENDRE, KAREN KOCH-WESER, KATHERINE COAKLEY, AND LEIGH SLINGLUFF  at Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Endicott faculty and student exhibition is coming next. The center is open all year.

Photos: Paintings by Leigh Slingluff coming down from Rocky Neck Cultural Center 2017 group exhibition. This show pulled from a colony of 4 artists that meet to paint en plein air, for years. They are not exclusively plein air artists, but they are when they meet up. Slingluff was awarded second place at the Cape Ann Plein Air Quick Draw for the second year in a row.

IMG_20171016_104625

beautiful By the Sea Sotheby’s Cape Ann Plein Air commercial video by Tom Curry

Tom Curry video By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty  Cape Ann Plein Air

and here’s Curry’s Beauty of  Rockport

 

See more about the event in Kim Smith’s  post, with Mayor Romeo Theken’s photos

There’s another By the Sea Sotheby’s TV spot I’ve seen that is beautiful and features Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore landmarks.

Gloucestercast 243 With Ken Hecht, Karen Ristuben, Ken Hecht, James Caviston, Chuck Haybeck, Karen Pischke, Kim Smith, Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/24/17

Gloucestercast 243 With Ken Hecht, Karen Ristuben, Ken Hecht, James Caviston, Chuck Haybeck, Karen Pischke, Kim Smith, Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/24/17

 

podcasticon1

When you subscribe you need to verify your email address so they know we’re not sending you spam and that you want to receive the podcast. So once you subscribe check your email for that verification. If you don’t see it, check your spam folder in your email acct so you can verify that you’d like to get the GloucesterCast Podcast sent to you for listening at your convenience..

subscribebutton

Topics Include:

Ken Hecht Running For City Council. Why?

Cape Ann Plein Air Facebook Page

FEATHER & WEDGE · SUNDAY BRUNCH- Make your own Bloody Mary Bar

FREE TRAILS & SAILS EVENTS TODAY THROUGHOUT GLOUCESTER, CAPE ANN, ALL OF ESSEX COUNTY

Mural On Parsons St

HAPPY FALL! THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX HERE IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE FROM THOMAS PHILBROOK

CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Solo Italiano In Portland Chef Paolo Laboa Video Tour From Karen Pischke

MARS Manship Artist Residency and Studio raised $650,000 to purchase the Manship Estate- Starfield

Toad Hall Closing October 1st

Backyard Growers Grow Down Tuesday At Short and Main Fried Chicken Thursdays

Aria McElhenny is a monster grant writer.

Dan Allen- Peace Love and Honey

Monarch Migration Heating Up

Kestral Naturalist Meet-Up

Kim Smith Is Now An Essex Heritage Commissioner

 

 

 

CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR EVENT HOSTED BY KAREN HANSON AND FEATURING A GALLERY OF PHOTOS BY MAYOR SEFATIA

Cape Ann Plein Air sponsors, supporters, and participating artists were treated to a fabulous party Thursday evening. The event was hosted by the the lovely and generous Karen Hanson, By the Sea Sotheby’s owner, and proud sponsor of Cape Ann Plein Air, at the stunning home of Warren Waugh.

Warren’s home overlooks Eastern Point Lighthouse, Gloucester’s outer harbor, and the great Atlantic beyond. On the rocky outcroppings surrounding the home, participating Cape Ann Plein Air painters were perched with their easels, painting scenic vistas, which could be seen from every angle from this outstanding landscape. Guests at the party had a delightful time speaking with and observing the visiting artists.

For more information about the 2017 Cape Ann Plein Air festival, visit their website here.

Thank you to Mayor Sefatia for providing the terrific gallery of photos!!

Warren Waugh and Karen Hanson


ALL PHOTOS BY MAYOR SEFATIA

Karen Ristuben and Karen Hanson giving words of welcome and thanks to sponsors and artists.

ABOUT CAPE ANN PELIN AIR

To all the Artists, Collectors, Organizers, Sponsors and Visitors,

We are thrilled to inform you that we are already well into planning Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA) – 2017! The overall timeframe and elements of the event will be similar to 2016, occurring the week of Columbus Day and featuring a Gala Art Celebration and Sale at Rockport Art Association and Museum, community Quick Draw event, and many other associated exhibits and cultural activities.

Here is a re-cap of CAPA-2106.
Just over a year ago, the idea of Cape Ann Plein Air had been just that, an idea, a great concept aspiring to bring renowned painters to this culturally historic and stunningly beautiful place. Plein Air events, where artists travel from all corners of North America to compete for significant prize money, occur dozens of times or more every year in the United States. Yet there has never been a national level event here in Cape Ann where some of the most famous artists in US history have painted en plein air. No single region is more famously recognized than Cape Ann, which provided the creative inspiration over the last two hundred years and hosted our history’s giants like Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper, and N.C. Wyeth, just to name a few.
The crucial first step to launching a Plein Air Event requires raising significant prize money. Following a meeting with Applied Materials management back in January, the Applied Material Foundation agreed to provide the underwriting necessary to take Cape Ann Plein Air from a great concept to reality. Without the support of the Applied Materials Foundation, we would not be enjoying this incredible experience right now . . . and neither would you!
With that key financial backing in place early in the year, the small group of individuals informally organized as Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 (CAPA2016) went out into the community and raised funds allowing us to sponsor 25 more awards beyond the top three prizes. The additional funding provided by Stephen and Jill Bell, Linzee and Beth Coolidge, By-The-Sea Sotheby’s International Realty and the law firm of Glovsky and Glovsky, all have given CAPA 2016 national standing among all other Plein Air competitions.
Thanks to the help of local individuals and businesses, additional sponsors and Friends of CAPA 2016, we have been provided the resources to make CAPA 2016 more appealing to artists, collectors, visitors and local businesses, much more than we originally thought possible.
There are too many to name in this letter, so please read page four in the 2016 program book for the entire list of those for whose generosity we are incredibly grateful.
Finally, we would like to offer a special thanks for those who have met once and often twice a week for the last year, and spent hundreds of hours taking care of each and every part of the design and implementation of CAPA 2016. They include but are not limited to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce (CACC), the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS), Rockport Art Association and Museum, North Shore Art Association, Essex Merchants Group, Rockport Cultural District, and Rocky Neck Art Colony.
We also would like to thank the City of Gloucester and the Towns of Essex, Rockport and Manchester-by-the-Sea for all of the logistical support required to manage such a broadreaching geographical event. Without having to ask, we were provided marketing and hospitality to reach out to a broader group of visitors from Discover Gloucester, the Manchester Historical Society and the Copley Society in Boston. Most importantly, we owe a big thanks to project leader Karen Ristuben who stayed on top of each and every detail along the way. And there have been many.
This undertaking represents a major collaboration among the arts, business and the community throughout Cape Ann, the first of its kind. As a result the Cape Ann Community Foundation is both excited and overwhelmed by the inspirational work so many have contributed. Thank you again for your participation on every level and tireless effort to make this the first of many future successful Cape Ann Plein Air events.
Sincerely,
Ken Riehl, CEO
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
James Caviston, President, Society for the Encouragement of the Arts
(seARTS)

Join American Craft Week Oct 6-15 | Gloucester made the USA Top 10 list and you should be in the guide!

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”

Here’s why Gloucester won

gloucester is top 10 town in USA for craft lovers winner 2017

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!

20161029_075411.jpg

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:

Just in October

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 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest continuous in the country) featured as part of Artweek Boston 2016

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

VENERABLE ARTS  TRADITION

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.

1960s

“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

1961 Gloucester MA artisans

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)

1960 craft exhibition

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

1961 folly cove designers leon paul walker.jpg

IMG_20170520_071524

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.

1892

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.

1892 art and loan on exhibit for Gloucester MA 250th

American Craft Week

Trio of white caps and the squinting gaze

Gorgeous Feb 23, 2017. Foreground capped with light layer of snow, artist adorned with snappy white fedora, and white caps on the water.

IMG_20170223_135227

IMG_20170223_135224

IMG_20170223_135150

Who is this artist? The colors and texture of the landscape, that white hat, and straining eyes (mine and the artist)…well, it had me thinking Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  ” Who are those guys?” and “white straw skimmer” (minus the “beginning to get on my nerves”)

IMG_20170322_110327-ANIMATIONIMG_20170322_110623

Scenes from seArts 2017 Annual meeting at Gloucester Stage featured Bosoma dance company which may relocate to Cape Ann

img_20170302_202917

img_20170302_211702
BoSoma Dance may move to Cape Ann 

Gloucester Stage new season opens May 19 2017. Heidi Dallin also revealed a Gloucester Stage world exclusive premiere announcement!

EX LOVERS, a festival of 10 minute plays is coming on April 28th!
Founding director Israel Horovitz asked 8 dramatists to contribute an original 10 minute play

img_20170302_205650
Heidi Dallin (Gloucester Stage)  Tony Sapienza (Cape Ann Plein Air committee)
img_20170302_205604
Ken Reihl Cape Ann Chamber and Karen Ristuben Rocky Neck (Cape Ann Plein Air committee)

 

Caroline Enos Don’t Tread On Us article about the WRITERS RESIST event coordinated by JoeAnn Hart at Rocky Neck Cultural Center 

Artist opportunities:

seArts Art Loan @ Bass Rocks 2017
seArts Wearable Arts updates http://wearableart.org/
Cape Ann Plein Air II is scheduled Oct 8-16, 2017- artist  applications  are due by April 30, 2017
Marty Morgan Empty Bowl Open Door seeking volunteer artists to help guide painters

 

Leigh Slingluff show at Lone Gull Coffeehouse until February 28th

Lone Gull Coffeeshop 146 Main Street, Gloucester, MA, stands out with local art. Two dynamite mini solo shows are currently on view:

One exhibit features 20 oil paintings, acrylic paintings and gouache drawings by fine artist, Leigh Slingluff. Slingluff works on Cape Ann and resides in Rockport. You may have seen her award-winning painting on exhibit during Cape Ann Plein Air or in the seArts Art Loan @Bass Rocks annual exhibit.

img_20170222_172534img_20170222_172546img_20170222_172613

img_20170222_172619

img_20170222_172610

Paintings by William (‘Bill’) A. Travis are also on view www.watravis.com along the brick gallery wall.

img_20170222_172732

Lone Gull maintains a sign up sheet for 2 featured art exhibits monthly. They have begun booking into 2018 (although scattered months with 1 wall may still be available)

Bob Stephenson’s painting is on permanent display.

img_20170222_172717

Lone Gull gives space to various art books and an entry peppered with local current notices, too.

img_20170222_172638

img_20170222_172819img_20170222_172802img_20170222_172430

CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR VIDEO FROM CAPE ANN TV

Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith writes, “Ted Reed produced this video on the Cape Ann Plein Air Painting Competition and Festival. It focuses on the Paint Essex day of the competition. It includes great interviews from some of the fabulous artists from all over the country who came here to paint, with some local artists too! In this video you experience “Paint Essex” as you hear what the artists have to say, and see the beautiful scenery they painted and how they painted it.”

GloucesterCast 204 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/16/16

gloucestercastsquare

GloucesterCast 204 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/16/16

podcasticon1-copy

subscribebutton

GMG Podcast 204 Joey Ciaramitaro Pat jim Dalpiaz.JPG

Topics Include:

Jim and Pat
Magnolia Farmers Market
Tall Ship Lynx and Liberty Star sister ship to the Liberty Clipper
GHS Football 2016 Coupons
Halibut Point and Topside Grill
Day Trip to NYC
Cape Ann Plein Air Gala at Rockport Art Association
Picked up my first redhead affectionately named “Ginger” by Kate
Fosters
Elise Jilson and Tucker Smith From Cedar Rock Gardens Harvest Party
Full Hunter Moon
Halloween
Daylight Savings Time November 6th

Scenes from Cape Ann Plein Air Gala

Photographs from last night’s gala. The exhibition continues today from 10-5 and straight to Paint Essex from 4-8PM.

20161015_192130

20161015_192438

20161015_192419

Jeff Weaver

Marjorie Hicks

20161015_204110

Continue reading “Scenes from Cape Ann Plein Air Gala”

Scenes from Ray Hassard’s Cape Ann Plein Air painting event at Rocky Neck

Last night Ray Hassard gave a painting demonstration and talk at Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Hassard is the 2016 Cape Ann Plein Air Awards Judge.

You may recognize some of the artwork on display. Montserrat College of Art Presents: Plein Air – Here and Abroad is installed upstairs at RNCC through November 13th. Artists include faculty, alumni and students. The large painting seen directly behind Ray Hassard’s live demo staging is by Maria Malatesta, Fields #31. Also scheduled through November 13th is Beyond Plein Air, an RNAC member group show installed downstairs in the Studio Gallery. Mary Rhinelander’s Patience beckons.

20161013_181032-1

20161013_180358

20161013_181616
Karen Berger

Continue reading “Scenes from Ray Hassard’s Cape Ann Plein Air painting event at Rocky Neck”

NIGHT PAINTERS

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-andre-lucero-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithAndre Lucero

Last night after sundown I took our sweet pooch Rosie for a walk down Pirate’s Lane. There were not one, nor several, but five Cape Ann Plein Air painters stationed around the docks and all facing towards Rocky Neck and the Inner Harbor. I didn’t want to disturb them too much as they appeared to be racing against the fading light but if you click on the captions, you can learn more about each of these master painters and see galleries of their work. Read more about the Cape Ann Plein Air event here.

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-eric-jacobsen-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithEric Jacobsen

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-patrick-lee-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithPatrick Lee

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-neal-hughes-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithNeal Hughes

cape-ann-plein-air-painter-mitch-baird-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithMitch Baird

 

 

MEET CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR VISITING ARTIST TONY CONNER

tony-conner-cape-ann-plein-air-copyright-kim-smith

From a post on Tony’s website:

drydockafterhours-1000x675Painting of a Boat in Drydock

It’s funny, but I’m not sure whether to consider this a landscape, seascape or “nautical”.  Certainly the theme is nautical. There are no sea or land elements in the painting, but there is a boat – so I guess it’s a nautical!
I was able to enjoy four days of painting in the Cape Ann area of Massachusetts recently.  Cape Ann includes the picturesque shore towns of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Annisquam.  It’s one of my favorite places and one of my favorite places to paint.  One evening, my friend and fellow painter John Caggiano and I set out for the Gloucester Marine Railways. It’s an odd name for a ship repair and drydock company, which is what it really is.  But whatever it is named, it is a great place to paint since there are always a variety of boats up for repair.

The Phyllis A

One boat in particular is the “Phyllis A“.  It is Gloucester’s oldest fishing vessel and has been preserved to promote the history of gill-net fishing in Gloucester. Visit the website for the Phyllis A here – and donate to the cause if you have a mind. I’ve seen it a number of times while visiting the shipyard.  Although it actually spends a great deal of time in the water, I happen to have seen it out of the water, in drydock, three times in the last three years. This sketch was done in July 2012, up in the very same drydock as the painting shown above. The sketch was actually done in the morning, while this latest painting was done in the evening.

As an old boat, it is in constant need of repair, and is also in the process of restoration, so it spends a lot of time in drydock, I suppose.

The latest painting

We visited the yard one evening and set up with the light disappearing rapidly – more rapidly than we had anticipated.  The Phyllis A was up in drydock and in the exact same place as I found her in July 2012.  There was another boat – a modern fishing boat – up in the dock next door.

The sun was sinking in the sky but still shining on most of the yard.  I set up in the shadow of a crane so that I had a good view of the Phyllis A and it’s mate in the next dock, but on their shady sides. The sun was just catching the front edge of the cabin and the roof over hang cast a shadow across the side. Most of the rest of the boat was in shade, as was the stern of the fishing boat which can be seen on the left in the painting.  With slanting light from the low sun, and my vantage point, it was possible to sense the color temperature differences between shady areas and areas lit directly and indirectly by late evening sun. In the painting, the contrasts were enhanced by pushing temperature differences.  The lit areas were painted in warm colors, and shade areas in cool, enhancing the sense of late evening light.7_11_12_thephyllisaindrydock_gloucesterma

To learn more about Tony and his paintings, visit his website here.

If you see one of our visiting artists painting in a public location, say hello and welcome them to Cape Ann. The artists will be here through Sunday. Listen to Sunday’s podcast to learn more about Cape Ann Plein Air event and visit their facebook page here for the most up to date information as well as information about all the fantastic events associated with the festival. Today, Tony Connor and Carol Arnold were both painting in our neighborhood!

MEET CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR VISITING ARTIST CAROL ARNOLD

carol-arnold-cape-ann-plein-air-copyright-kim-smithIf you see one of our visiting artists painting in a public location, say hello and welcome them to Cape Ann. The artists will be here through Sunday. Listen to Sunday’s podcast to learn more about Cape Ann Plein Air event and visit their facebook page here for the most up to date information as well as information about all the fantastic events associated with the festival. Today, Carol Arnold and Tony Connor were both painting in our neighborhood!

About Carol

Carol was first inspired to become a painter when as a child she became fascinated by the plein air painters her family encountered on vacations in seaside Gloucester, Massachusetts. After graduating from Vesper George School of art in Boston, Arnold spent several years working in the commercial art field before turning her attention fully to fine art painting. She is currently a member of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik’s Putney Painters located in Putney, Vermont. Arnold’s work, executed primarily from life, has been steadily winning recognition, including taking the First Honor award at the Inspiring Figures Exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in October of 2010. She won an Honorable Mention at the Portrait Society of America’s Members only competition in December of 2010, in April of 2011 she was awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition and another Certificate of Excellence award in May of 2012. To see more of Carol’s work, visit her website at www.carolarnoldfineart.com

Recent achievements:

2016   First prize at the Laumeister Fine Art competition at the Bennington Center for the Arts.

2013    Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence at the American Women Artists National Juried Competition

13232_1443833w850