Cape Ann Art Exhibit at the State House curated by Karen Tibbetts | Reception May 8 reserve a seat on the bus!

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Cape Ann Art Exhibit
The State House and Senator Tarr will Honor Art and Artists of Cape Ann in a reception to be held at The State House in Senate Hall on May
8, 2019 at 10:00am -11:00 am.

The Cape Ann Art Exhibit portrays extraordinary talent and diversity in both media and vision. Each Artist has displayed a life of dedication to community, preserving, promoting and representing the Value of ART to our lives. This show is happening because of Karen Tibbetts. Featured artists of today and in tribute include 

Kathy Archer

Jill Armstrong

Jason Burroughs

Phil Cusumano

Barb Duggan

Gordon Goetemann*

Judith Goetemann*

Ken Knowles

Gayle Macklem

John Nesta* (who we will be honoring)

TM Nicholas

Eileen Patten Oliver

Marty Swanson

Jeff Weaver

*for more information about these artists See Rocky Neck and Cape Ann Museum

Mayor Romeo Theken adds: “If anyone wants a ride to Boston we will have a bus leaving Gloucester at 8am.” To reserve a spot text 1 (617) 293-1295

courtesy photo L – R  – State House kind help, Ken, Karen

This is what Gloucester looks like at the WHITE HOUSE and CITY HALL: it’s all local!

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There’s a magnificent permanent art collection displayed throughout Gloucester’s City Hall, its public buildings and many outdoor locations. In an effort to promote, encourage and share current local art and artists with the public, Mayor Romeo Theken showcases a wide variety of media on temporary loan throughout the Mayor’s office. I took some photos back in February. She requested that buoys painted by our local youth at Art Haven be featured in Kyrouz Auditorium, along with the ‘Downtown Quilt’, the 13th panel from the Gloucester Neighborhood Quilt Project. These quilts are made by residents creating art with Juni Van Dyke, the Art Program Director Gloucester Council on Aging at Rose Baker Senior Center. (Twelve panels were prominently displayed for the 2014 Inauguration for former Mayor, Honorable Carolyn Kirk.)


Donna Ardizzoni, business owner, GMG contributor


Ana Connoli, photograph, Gloucester from Port. Hill


Phil Cusumano, painting,


Tina Greel, statue,


Jennifer Johnson, photograph


Ken Knowles, painting,


Marty Luster, photograph, GMG contributor


Bridget Matthews, photograph


Sam Nigro, painted oar,


Shelly Nugent, photograph


Eileen Patten Oliver, painting, and here


Premier Imprints, tea tray,


Louise Welch, photograph City Hall


The local art on display had me thinking about the collection at the ‘People’s House’ for our Nation: what’s the best art inside the White House? No matter what is your artistic preference, Gloucester and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could top the charts as the City and state with the best and most art ties featured at the White House. Let’s break down a selection of that Massachusetts list currently on display at the White House room-by-room, shall we?


In the Oval Office:

Not one, but two Edward Hopper paintings, lent by the Whitney Museum of American Art, are installed one over the other, Cobb’s Barns, South Truro and Burly Cobb’s House, South Truro.  There are more than 100 Edward Hopper works inspired by Gloucester, MA. The Childe Hassam’s painting, Avenue in the Rain, and Norman Rockwell’s painting, Statue of Liberty, remain on view.


In the Blue Room:

Fitz Hugh Lane’s Boston Harbor gifted by Lew Wasserman


In the East Room:

Gilbert Stuart’s Washington, John Singer Sargent’s Roosevelt


In the Green Room:

Sargent’s Mosquito Net, John Marin’s Circus, George Peter Alexander Healy’s painting of Adams and Polk and Louisa Adams by Stuart


In the Red room:

Martin Johnson Heade’s Sunrise, Bricher’s Castle Rock Nahant, more portraits by Stuart and Healy


In the State Dining room:

Healy’s portrait of Lincoln


In the Ground floor corridor:

Healy’s Millard Fillmore portrait, Thomas Ball Daniel Webster sculpture, a craftsman chair attributed to Samuel MacIntire, and Charles Hopkinson’s portrait of Calvin Coolidge


In the private quarters:

William Glackens Pavilion at Gloucester, and two Maurice Prendergast’s paintings, Boston Harbor and Revere Beach


More examples in the collection and in storage such as: Augustus Saint-Gaudens bronze bust of Lincoln, John Henry Twachtman’s oil painting, Captain Bickford’s Float; Henry Hobart Nichols painting, Gloucester Dock; and Worthington Whittredge oil painting, Thatcher’s Island off Rockport, MA.


Several artists are represented by more than one piece. How does the White House collection work? It is unusual for the White House to accept art by living artists. There are more than 450 works of art in the permanent collection. New art enters the collection after its vetted and is restricted to works created at least 25 years prior to the date of acquisition. For the public rooms, the Office of the Curator works with the White House advisory committee, the First Lady serves as the Honorary Chair, and the White House Historical Association. The private rooms are the domain of the First Family. Works of art from collectors, museums, and galleries can be requested for temporary loans and are returned at the end of the President’s final term. The Obamas have selected contemporary art, including abstract art, from the permanent collection, and borrowed work for their private quarters. Besides the Hopper paintings and John Alston’s Martin Luther King sculpture, they’ve selected art by *Anni Albers, *Josef Albers, Edgar Degas, Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, *Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Ruscha, and *Alma Thomas. * indicates works that have been donated to the permanent collection. The Obama Administration upgraded the website so that anyone unable to visit in person can have open access. I encourage visits to the website I love the diverse rooms and all the interconnected doors such as the splendid Green Room installation with the Marin and the Jacob Lawrence activating the threshold.


My gratitude to Chris Pantano, Office of the Mayor, Gloucester, MA,  and the Office of the First Lady and the White House Office of the Curator for various courtesies shown to me while I prepared this entry.

Artist Spotlight Series – Eileen Patten Oliver

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Spotlight on Eileen Patten Oliver

Eileen, a relative newcomer to Cape Ann, was born and lived her first 40 years in Waltham, MA. After a few years in the Plymouth area, caring for her mother, she and her family moved in 1998 to Lubec, Maine (the quintessential coastal Maine fishing village and home of West Quoddy Head Light). Eileen loved Maine and planned to live there for the rest of her life, even after her marriage ended. Fate however intervened! The first time the man who would become her new husband brought her to his home on Cape Ann, she instantly fell in love. Although she wasn’t too sure about him yet, she was totally smitten with this place. She remembers saying to him as they drove past Folly Cove that she wished she could just wrap the whole place up in a box and take it home with her. Their relationship blossomed over the following months with places like Rocky Neck, Lanes Cove, Flat Rocks, Halibut Point, and Bearskin Neck as the backdrop. Finally they decided that the long distance aspect of their romance was too hard and she left Maine behind, starting her new life in a place that prior to meeting him she barely knew.

At that point she wasn’t painting much, but found herself so inspired by the atmosphere, the galleries, and other wonderful Cape Ann artists that she picked it up again. In the three years since moving here, she hasn’t stopped for more than a few days at a time. The fact that her husband, James Oliver, is also an artist, gives her a kindred spirit to share the process with, and he encourages and inspires her every single day.

You can see more of Eileen’s work at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, East Gloucester during the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival

Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4 PM

November 30 – December 29

and look for her during one of the fun parties:

Friday, November 29, 5-7 PM Gala First Choice Preview Party

Saturday, December 7, 2-4 PM High Tea

Sunday, December 15, 3-5 PM Happy Hour

Saturday, December 21, 2-4 PM Winter Solstice Party

Sunday, December 29, 2-4 PM Pre New Year’s Party

E.J. Lefavour

Visions, Memories & Other Stuff Opening June 15th

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An excellent exhibit of art by James and Eileen Patten Oliver from June 15-28th with an opening reception on  Saturday, June 15th from 6:00-8:00 at Khan Studio & the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3.  Not to be missed.

E.J. Lefavour

Eileen Patten Oliver Shows Hers!

Eileen Patten Oliver Shows Hers!

2nd Submission in the series: “I’ll Show You Mine If you Show Me Yours”

From Eileen;

“I posted pictures on my Facebook page a while back of the little corner of the world where I do my painting. I was always posting pictures of the finished pieces and thought it would be fun for people to see where I actually do the work. This is my paint box and brushes. I use heavy bodied acrylic paint as it has a very similar quality and texture as oils but are faster and easier to work with. My palette is just an old, cracked plate. I like the way I can move the paint around to blend on the smooth surface and it’s easy to clean up.

I love having this opportunity to peek into the paint boxes of other artist to see the tools of their trade!”
Eileen Patten Oliver

To see more beautiful paintings from Eileen of Cape Ann click the Links Below.

Click here to see how you can share your painting set up with GMG