Schedule and Artists for 30th Anniversary Greenbelt’s Art in the Barn, Cox Reservation, #EssexMA June 7 – 9, 2019

SAVE THE DATE! Essex County Greenbelt submits press release and photo


30th Anniversary of Greenbelt’s Art in the Barn, June 7 – 9, 2019

Essex County’s Land Trust celebrates its 30th Anniversary of Art in the Barn on June 7 – 9, 2019 at the Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex.  One of the North Shore’s premier, juried art shows, Art in the Barn hosts more than 150 local artists.  Throughout the Cox Reservation, the barns are filled with paintings, ceramics, jewelry and more. The artists generously donate 50% of their proceeds to Greenbelt to support their land conservation work. 

Back by popular demand, the fabulous public opening party from 5 – 8:30 pm on Friday night June 7th will feature live music by EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy. Melt Truck will sell chipotle BBQ and Cubano sandwiches, and Ipswich Ale and Mill River Winery will sell beer and wine.

In celebration of Art in the Barn’s 30th Anniversary, there will be exciting new features on Saturday including: a landscape painters’ program with instructions provided by artist Carol Benally (pre-registration required); local author Bill Sargent will read from his children’s book Lilly & Minot Go to the Beach; and Saturday morning music will be provided Paul Harty.

Admission and parking are FREE. Learn more about Art in the Barn and the participating artists at

Friday, June 7th 2019:
        10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Art Exhibit Open to the Public
          5:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Public Opening Night Reception
                       EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy, food truck, beer & wine

Saturday, June 8th 2019:  
        10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Art Exhibit Open to the Public
           9:00 am – Carol Benally instruction (pre-registration required)
         10:00 am – 1:00 pm – live music with Paul Harty  
         11:00 am – 11:30 am – children’s read aloud with Bill Sargent

 Sunday, June 9th 2019: 

         10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Art Exhibit Open to the Public

About Greenbelt:

 Greenbelt – Essex County’s Land Trust works with local individuals, families, farmers and communities to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic vistas of Essex County, and to create an environment more resilient to climate change.  Since 1961, Greenbelt has protected more than 17,500 acres of local land. For more information, visit or call 978-768-7241.

3rd Annual Bicycle Tour de Greenbelt September 16th

Cycle 25 mile or 50 mile (not timed) circuits for land conservation on the 3rd annual Tour de Greenbelt. Pass through and by North Shore towns and sites — Essex, Rowley, Newburyport, Topsfield, plus more than 50 Greenbelt properties

Tour de Greenbelt cyclists

Date and Time:
Saturday, September 16th, 2017 – 3rd annual ride!
9:00am start for the 50-mile ride
9:45am start for the 25-mile ride
BBQ and post-ride festivities to enjoy when you finish! Ends at 3:00 p.m.
*Packet Pick Up: Wednesday, Sept. 13th & Thursday, Sept. 14th @Cox Reservation 4:00-7:00 PM

Great Day at the Cox Reservation

The boys and I explored the Cox Reservation the other day and attended the Intro to Geocaching class that I mentioned in my “Picks” post.  While the fun of hunting for geocaches isn’t really new to us, we had a great time joining a small group of other attendees and hunting for some hidden boxes with some “professionals.”

The Essex County Greenbelt boasts tons of great properties that are always offering a large variety of fun and educational activities.

Check them out HERE

Nichole’s Picks 6/4 + 6/5

Pick #1: Audubon Nature Festival at Ipswich River

Sunday, June 5th 10:00-4:00 rain or shine @ the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

$15 per car…member and non-member

Join us on Sunday, June 5 for a day of nature and fun. Featuring Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls.An unforgettable natural history experience for the whole family!

Among the many activities:

  • Live owl presentations throughout the day
  • Insect Zoo
  • Face-painting & Henna
  • Children’s games and activities
  • Craft demonstrations & sales
  • Butterfly Plant Sale
  • Food! Whoopie Wagon! Captain Dusty’s ice cream!
  • Raffle with lots of great items to choose from
  • Naturalist-guided walks & pond explorations
  • Guided tours of our butterfly & bird habitat gardens
  • Exhibits and activities on solar power, sustainability, & being green
  • Native reptiles & amphibians exhibit
  • Live music all day


Pick #2: Intro to Geocaching at the Cox Reservation

My boys and I love using our hand-held GPS to look for geocache boxes in our area.  I’ve been meaning…and will eventually…do a blog post it.  For now, I bet this event will be lots of fun!

SIGN UP HERE…SPOTS WON’T LAST for this cool event!

Saturday, June 4th 1:00-2:30

Come experience the fun new sport of Geocaching, the web-based hide-and-seek game that is growing by leaps and bounds across the country!


Instructors will share how to use a GPS unit and astute powers of observation to find hidden caches at the Cox Reservation.
Learn strategies for locating cleverly hidden caches and Geocaching etiquette.
Along the way, we will also teach basic GPS skills,  including creating waypoints and plotting a course. One GPS unit will be provided to be shared per family.

RSVP.  Capacity limited.

We will be walking on woodland paths. Proper footwear and insect repellent are recommended.


Pick #3: Cape Ann Harbor Tours Water Shuttle

According to their schedule they should be operating 12:00-4:00 on the weekends now.


We love hopping on the Lady Jillian, going for a cruise around the harbor, listening to the informative tour, and maybe jumping off for a bite to eat, an ice cream, or a stroll through Rocky Neck before getting back on to head home.

Not only a great mode of transportation, but also an inexpensive way to spend some time on the water with the kids.


As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

‘FLIGHT’ Exhibit at Cox Reservation in Essex From Bill O’Connor


Hi Joey,

We visited the ‘FLIGHT’ Exhibit  at Cox Reservation in Essex Tuesday and had a lot of fun! The exhibit was designed by Haverhill artist Dale Rogers and will be on display until the end of September. The installation is playful & interactive, and stirs the mind with its contrasting media and its placement in the setting.  The giant steel birds should seem out of place in the setting, but the scope and layout of the installation make it as if it always belonged there.  Make the effort to stop on your way through Essex because it is definitely worth a visit!

Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid
Where North Shore Parents and Resources Connect

Flight Installation at Cox Reservation Opening Wednesday 9/11/13

The Flight sculpture was installed at the Cox Reservation today. We’d greatly appreciate your assistance in promoting its opening effective Wednesday, 9/11.


Flight, by Dale Rogers at Cox Reservation September 11-30

Greenbelt hosts East Coast Debut of Large-Scale Sculpture Exhibit

Greenbelt, Essex County’s land trust, is thrilled to host the East coast debut of “Flight” at its Cox Reservation headquarters in Essex, MA, September 11-30. “Flight” is the stunning exhibit of nine large-scale stainless steel birds, each with a wingspan of 12 feet, supported on metal frames 12 to 16 feet high. “Flight” made its award-winning debut at ArtPrize, the country’s largest art exhibition held in Michigan, in 2012. “Flight” is the third large-scale public exhibit designed by Haverhill native Dale Rogers. A full time metal sculptor since 2003, Rogers’ passion for public art led to his first exhibit, “The Big Dog Show,” in 2009, followed by “Monkey Mania” in 2011.

“The flock will be arranged in a serpentine pattern in a waterside pasture, and brought to life by the reflections of sky, sun and water of the Cox Reservation landscape,” said Greenbelt’s Executive Director, Ed Becker. Visually interesting both up close and from a distance, the installation invites interaction. “We welcome the public to visit the Cox Reservation to stroll the grounds and marvel at the scale and artistry of Dale’s creation,” Becker added.

Dale Rogers visited Greenbelt’s headquarters in 2012 as a participating artist in the organization’s annual Art In the Barn benefit. At that time, “Flight” had just won the ArtPrize, and he was looking for a suitable location to reach new audiences for his work. “The Cox Reservation is an ideal site for “Flight,” offering many ways for people to enjoy the sculpture as an additional aspect of the landscape,” said Rogers. “I can envision families and children imitating the act of flying underneath the enormous birds, and others photographing the birds, –playing with the reflections to get the perfect shot,” he added.

Meet the Artist: Sunday September 29, 1-3pm. Dale Rogers will discuss the design, creation and installation of “Flight”, in Greenbelt’s free Monthly Walk Series. This event is also part of the Trails & Sails Weekend of Walks & Water, presented by the Essex National Heritage Commission.
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2012 Paint Essex Day and Wet Paint Auction Photos From Alice Gardner

Hi Joey,

Here are some pictures from the Paint Essex Day and Wet Paint Auction tonight at the Cox Reservation. We painted in the rain and had a great time.

The auction of paintings and party was enjoyed by all .  Alice

Art in the Barn

This weekend the grounds at the Cox Reservation will be transformed into a sculpture park and the barn overflowing with paintings, pottery, prints, and jewelry. I stopped in last Friday to photograph sculptor Kim Radochia’s works that had earlier that day been installed along the trails and fields overlooking the Essex River.

Listen Up ~ Aluminum 7′ x 5′ x 3′

Listen Up is a delightful form, and without knowing its name, all at once reminded me of my grandfather’s victrola and a futuristic sensory receptor.

Listen Up detail

“Some are able to support Greenbelt with large gifts of land or funds, others give their artistic talent and enthusiastically volunteer their time and energy,” said Committee Chairperson, Nathalie Meyfarth.

Branching Out 

“Sculpture in any environment gives those of us participating in that experience a different perspective.  After seeing and connecting to something new your viewpoint will forever change and as an artist this is my ultimate goal,” said Kim Radoccia.

J-Birds Nest

Schedule for Art in the Barn 2012

Friday, June 15, 9:30 am to 4 pm

Wine & Cheese Reception: Friday, June 15, 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Saturday, June 16, 9:30 am to 6 pm

Sunday, June 17, 10 am to 4 pm

J-Bird’s Nest

Proceeds from the sale of all items directly support Greenbelt’s land conservation effort.

Art in the Barn June 15th – June 17th

Last year at this time Mary wrote the following request:

Hi Joey,

So many Greenbelt employees connected with Gloucester say you are THE news source on Cape Ann. We hope you can assist in publishing information about Greenbelt’s annual blockbuster – Art in the Barn…

Mary Williamson

Director of Community Engagement

See below for this year’s schedule of events:


   Artisan Showcase and Sale June –15-17 benefits Greenbelt land conservation efforts
Essex, MA, June 5, 2012: Essex County Greenbelt, the region’s premier member-supported land conservation organization will present the 23rd Annual Art in Barn artisan showcase and sale, June 15-17, at its Cox Reservation Headquarters in Essex. New to the lineup of art and jewelry exhibited this year is an outdoor sculpture walk featuring large-scale works installed along the walking trails and in the scenic fields overlooking the Essex River. “We are excited about the addition of the sculpture walk to Art in the Barn,” said Greenbelt Executive Director, Ed Becker. “Our visitors can plan to spend more time on this magnificent protected property, and gain a better understanding of Greenbelt’s land conservation work, as they stroll by or picnic near various pieces,” he continued.
For one weekend every June, the barns and grounds at the magnificent Cox Reservation are transformed with color and form as paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, monoprints, ceramics and pottery, jewelry and sculpture in wood and iron decorate the surfaces and surroundings of this iconic property. Even the conference room within the LEED certified, “green” headquarters will be transformed into creative jewelry display space, inviting all to discover the work of over 150 participating local artisans. Proceeds from the sale of all items on exhibition directly support Greenbelt’s land conservation efforts.
The outdoor sculpture walk, featuring large-scale works by area artists such as Dale Rogers and Kim Radoccia, will offer visitors the opportunity to connect with the land that often inspires the artist. “Sculpture in any environment gives those of us participating in that experience a different perspective.  After seeing and connecting to something new your viewpoint will forever change and as an artist this is my ultimate goal,” offered regional sculptor Kim Radoccia.  Kim wanted to team up with a local environmental organization to create solutions and/or interventions in the landscape that would both educate the public and communicate a better vision towards environmental stewardship.  “I am blessed to have a deep and abiding relationship to nature and because of that connection I am able to draw endless amounts of inspiration and creativity from it.   I think it is very important to pass this on to others and build this in others” she continued.
Greenbelt welcomes the public to Art in the Barn to see and purchase the diverse work of talented artists from throughout the region, inspired by the natural landscapes and light that have drawn artists to Cape Ann and Essex County for decades. In fact, it is not unusual to see painters set up, palette in hand, on the many Greenbelt public reservations throughout the region. Often those canvases are submitted for the Art in the Barn Exhibition and Sale. “Some are able to support Greenbelt with large gifts of land or funds, others give their artistic talent and enthusiastically volunteer their time and energy,” said Committee Chairperson, Nathalie Meyfarth. “I look forward to helping Greenbelt with the Art in the Barn event because it allows me to support their important work of conserving open space and the gorgeous landscapes of Essex County in a way that involves my lifelong interest in art. It’s a lively and happy few days that brings art lovers and conservation-minded people together in a scenic location.  People thoroughly enjoy indulging themselves by buying an original piece of art while supporting a good cause,” she added.
Given its long-running popularity, Art in the Barn draws artists in every medium, and at every experience level and price point. The participating artists submit to a rigorous application and jury process for admission. The event continues to draw strong audience, with crowds often numbering 4,000 attendees over three days.  “Art in the Barn offers the public a marvelous opportunity to see and purchase the work of fine regional artists, while supporting Greenbelt’s important land conservation work,” said Beth Cooper, a long-time Art in the Barn volunteer “It’s one of many ways Greenbelt can connect people to the land and local landscapes we cherish, and one way we can take a small piece of its beauty home with us!”
The opening reception on Friday, June 15th will feature the music of Crazy Maggie, the famous Ipswich Tapmobile and delicious food from Gloucester-based caterer,  Beach Gourmet. Visitors are encouraged to allow the time to soak in the scenery, enjoy the trails and refreshments available.
Sidebar: The schedule for the Art in the Barn 2012 event is as follows:
Public Exhibit:  Friday, June 15, 9:30 am to 4 pm;
Wine & Cheese Reception: Friday, June 15, 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Public Exhibit: Saturday, June 16, 9:30 am to 6 pm
Public Exhibit: Sunday, June 17, 10 am to 4 pm
Since 1961, Greenbelt has been working with local individuals, families, farmers and communities to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic vistas of Essex County. Greenbelt has protected over 15,000 acres of local land and has had a direct role in 75% of all land conserved in the last decade.  For more information about Greenbelt programs visit or call 978-768-7241

Art in the Barn- Today through Sunday

The Essex County Greenbelt is hosting Art in the Barn Today through Sunday at the Cox Reservation in Essex.  Over 150 artists displayed in three of their buildings.  This morning already was a great turn out. Beautiful pieces of jewelry, pottery, sculpture and paintings are on display.  The artists donate 50% of sales to the greenbelt.

Open Today 9:30am-4pm
Saturday  9:30am-6pm
Sunday 10:00am-4pm

Here are some pics from this morning:

Free tour, Fall Festival at Greenbelt planned for Sept. 26

From the Beacon

essex greenbelt


The Essex County Greenbelt Association will host two free events on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Cox Reservation, Greenbelt’s headquarters, 82 Eastern Ave., Essex.

From 9-10:30 a.m., join Greenbelt’s Executive Director Ed Becker as he tours the meadows and marshland of the Cox Reservation. Becker will describe some of the extensive natural and human history of the reservation and will culminate the walk with a tour of the new “green” headquarters. This event is part of the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails & Sails: A Weekend of Walks and Water.

From noon to 4 p.m., Greenbelt will host the annual Fall Festival. This day of free traditional family fun features pumpkin decorating, apple cider pressing, pony rides, hayrides, face painting, farm animals, an interactive snake show, chowder tasting by Woodman’s of Essex and more.

For more information, call the Essex County Greenbelt Association at 978-768-7241.