Scenes from Jason Burroughs ebullient closing talk, Goetemann Artist Residency, Rocky Neck #GloucesterMA

“I’m happy out there, being in nature, spending time looking, painting and having fun.”

Jason Burroughs completed a rewarding month long Goetemann Artist Residency on Rocky Neck and is so appreciative of this generous honor. He enjoyed adjusting to painting with oil, outside, and the challenge of working so quickly to “get all the notes down” chasing light, tide and wind conditions before a moment he was after changed. “Building up marks, being able to paint fast, to do it in that time is an honorable achievement. And a challenge. I’m learning something with each one.” Burroughs went out as much as he could. He admires the speed and mechanics mastery of plein air greats he’s researched, and artists working now that he’s getting to know and pepper with questions or simply paint alongside. He’s riveted when Jeff Weaver talks about the history of a building or scene. During this residency he was grateful to have had the chance to join Stephen LaPierre and Caleb Stone for a couple of plein air outings. He loves having a base in Rocky Neck, the architecture of Gloucester’s waterfront, pilings, boats, masts, popular  scenes & motifs, repetitive forms, and the energy and vibe of being around other artists. He relished solo time in the field, even the time he got a sunburn working on one of the larger paintings: “I was standing out there 7 hours throwing paint down. I got to pick my site, overlooking the waterfront, in nature. (I saw bunnies and bluejays. So peaceful. It was great!) You go through so much white. So much. And trial and error. I’m just hoping to find ways of painting that will bring some of the truth of what I’m seeing.  I need to know if something is wrong and why. Some I leave rugged. Putting in the work is so important.”

photos: Snapshots of Jason Burroughs readying a couple of days before his Goetemann Artist Residency closing talk, and from his presentation and Q&A, standing room only, well received and topped off by several painting sales. His good friend, David Brooks, filmed and beamed throughout. 

SOLD red dots underway

 

A couple of days before the closing talk

 

Kids and family program featuring Barbara McLaughlin TOHP Burnham Library Essex May 31 4pm

 

 

For all those interested in the progress of the Cape Ann Reads Children’s Book Contest story The Best Way Home, written and illustrated by Barbara McLaughlin, McLaughlin will be at the Burnham Library in Essex for a reading with an art demonstration and activities for young artists. 

Friday, May 31 from 4 – 5 PM, art materials will be provided 

Bring children and grandchildren ages 5 and up so they can share their budding talent!

Very best regards,

Barbara McLaughlin

Jason Burroughs closing talk Thursday May 30th 5pm Goetemann Artist Residency #GloucesterMA

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Throughout this Goetemann Artist Residency, Jason Burroughs carved out painting times while working at his full time job which goes with the territory of being an emerging fine artist. So what was different with this special honor on Rocky Neck? To begin with, he timed a full week off from work to coincide with the Residency, to devote his time exclusively to art. Burroughs doesn’t have an artist studio so it has been a luxury to have ample room and walls to surround himself with new works in process and recent series near by, and to spread out books and materials. He set himself a tall task of completing at least 15 new plein air works, all oils rendered in the field. He had new tubes of paint to work with thanks to a recognition award from the Cape Ann Plein Air quick draw. Paint is expensive and Gruppe’s quip about paint like you are a millionaire went through his mind as he struggled to capture what he saw and sought to express. A few times he painted side by side more seasoned artists that have become friends and mentors, which he enjoys. Mostly he adjusted to painting with oil, outside on the waterfront, throwing paint down and “putting in the work spending time looking, truly looking.” Burroughs wishes he had his own studio right here on Rocky Neck. The Goetemann Artist Residency was a dream come true this month. Come hear about all he’s done.

 

Burroughs is looking forward to the next Goetemann talk with Marilu Swett ; Swett was professor for his senior sculpture work at Montserrat College of Art.

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Artist Jason Burroughs has been busy! Reminder please come see his closing talk Thursday May 30th 5pm | Goetemann Artist Residency #GloucesterMA

artist JASON BURROUGHS_invited Goetemann Artist Residency May 2019_Rocky Neck Art Colony_work within the last year on one wall_new work in front_Gloucester MA_20190527_© c ryan (9).jpg

Throughout this Goetemann Artist Residency, Jason Burroughs carved out painting times while working at his full time job which goes with the territory of being an emerging fine artist. So what was different with this special honor on Rocky Neck? To begin with, he timed a full week off from work to coincide with the Residency, to devote his time exclusively to art. Burroughs doesn’t have an artist studio so it has been a luxury to have ample room and walls to surround himself with new works in process and recent series near by, and to spread out books and materials. He set himself a tall task of completing at least 15 new plein air works, all oils rendered in the field. He had new tubes of paint to work with thanks to a recognition award from the Cape Ann Plein Air quick draw. Paint is expensive and Gruppe’s quip about paint like you are a millionaire went through his mind as he struggled to capture what he saw and sought to express. A few times he painted side by side more seasoned artists that have become friends and mentors, which he enjoys. Mostly he adjusted to painting with oil, outside on the waterfront, throwing paint down and “putting in the work spending time looking, truly looking.” Burroughs wishes he had his own studio right here on Rocky Neck. The Goetemann Artist Residency was a dream come true this month.

photos: sneak peek details from new work

 

Burroughs is looking forward to the next Goetemann talk with Marilu Swett ; Swett was professor for his senior sculpture work at Montserrat College of Art.

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Today’s paper: artist Leslie Galacar featured at Historical Museum

Once Upon a Contest is on view through April 26 at the Manchester Historical Museum for the Manchester Public Library leg of this travel exhibit.  Leslie Galacar created a site specific 4 part piece that will be displayed for the length of the Manchester run.

Read Gloucester Daily Times “Manchester illustrator featured at Historical Museum” here 

Leslie Galacar temporary works featured in GDT_20190420_Cape Ann Reads at Manchester Historical Museum

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Motif Monday: Fitz Henry Lane house #GloucesterMA

The stone jug was the historic studio and home of the artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865) located on Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts. The city owns the building. Schooner Adventure, one of the city’s national historic landmarks, and fabulous Sail GHS work from here. Both are willing to share limited space with a cultural residency. I hope one day the Lane house may be recreated as an historic artist home and studio celebrating the artist and Gloucester and as such serve as a mini welcome center. Part of the maintenance and operating costs and helping the two organizations on site might be off set by integrating the Lane use back in some capacity. The Winslow Homer property in Portland has done well and is open for guided tours on specific days and times. It does not have staff on site.

Fitz Henry Lane home March 7, 2019 snow

 

 

Pia Juhl solo art exhibition at Jane Deering Gallery

Rocks Around the Cape — new paintings by Cape Ann artist Pia Juhl — continues through March at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. An opening reception will be held Saturday March 9th from 4-6pm.  A brilliant colorist, Juhl interprets the glacial boulders, marsh land, and the vast interaction of sky and sea along the Cape Ann coast.  Gallery hours: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12noon-5:00pm or by appointment by calling 978-257-6608 or piajuhl@comcast.net.

PJuhl . Cape Ann 2018 . Acrylic on Canvas . 24x24 inches _LJN8965.JPG

Pia Juhl writes: ‘I love to paint landscapes of Cape Ann and presently am concentrating on large-scale subjects.’ Glacial boulders, the marsh land, monolithic stones, the vast interaction of sky and sea — all of this has captured Juhl’s eye.  A brilliant colorist, the artist breaks down a scene into its essential palette and shapes, using the brush to ‘feel’ the painting’s form.

 

Pia Juhl was born in Denmark and after meeting her American husband there, moved to Boston.  Early on, Edward Hopper was a great influence.  Today, her painting is more intuitive and influenced by Milton Avery, Wolf Kahn and Catalan artist Jaume Muxart. Her work has been exhibited widely on Cape Ann at Flatrocks Gallery, Cove Gallery, Annisquam Exchange Art Gallery and Art in the Barn.  She has also shown at Faneuil Hall in Boston and in Harvard MA.  This is the artist’s second show at Jane Deering Gallery.

 

 

Jane Deering Gallery supports regional artists by offering work and exhibition space. Contact the gallery for details. info@janedeeringgallery.com

#GloucesterMA Public Art – last chance to Instagram temporary mural at Cape Ann Museum

 

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Once Upon a Contest – Selections from Cape Ann Reads travel exhibition closes at Cape Ann Museum February 24, 2019. The radiant show has stopped people in their tracks to sit and read awhile. The show celebrates children’s picture books by local authors and artists. A temporary mural by Bonnie L. Sylvester has generated photos and selfies and will be painted over after the show closes.

below: installation and in progress views, Bonnie L. Sylvester painting temporary mural for Once Upon a Contest at Cape Ann Museum Gloucester Ma. 

“As part of the original creative design and concept for the Once Upon a Contest travel exhibition, artist Bonnie L. Sylvester was invited to create a public mural in three parts. After two years steeped in preparing final illustrations for the Cape Ann Reads Medal Book, The Tree in Dock Square written by Jean Woodbury and illustrated by Sylvester, the two week process for this Cape Ann tableau involved sketching key elements and applying layers of custom mixed paint for a walk in installation effect. This temporary wall mural is a first for the artist and the Cape Ann Museum.” 

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Portrait of Bonnie L Sylvester painting temporary mural at Cape Ann Museum Gloucester MA_20181213_© Catherine Ryan.jpg

TODAY – Reminder Cape Ann Museum Crane beach talk 3pm

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photo credit: T. Barrieau/The Trustees

Courtney Richardson at the Cape Ann Museum shares information about an upcoming special event at the museum:

Lecture – Life on the Edge: The Ecology of Crane Beach, Saturday Jan. 19th, 3PM

The Cape Ann Museum, in collaboration with The Trustees, is pleased to present a lecture about the natural history and ecological significance of Crane Beach with ecologist Jeff Denoncour. This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Sky/Horizon/Light: Perspectives on Crane Beach. This program is free for Museum members, Trustees members, Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. Reservations required. For more information visit capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455 x10. 

When one thinks of Crane Beach, the sea, sun, and sand might be the first things that come to mind. But how did the forces of nature create the stunning landscape? What’s special about this incredible barrier beach and marshlands it protects? How do The Trustees protect special places and care for our vulnerable coast? Join Jeff Denoncour, an ecologist with The Trustees, for a dive into the natural history and ecological significance of Crane Beach, how they protect our coastal resources, and examples of success stories resulting from their work.

Jeff Denoncour is the Eastern Region Ecologist with The Trustees where he manages and monitors ecological resources on its properties in Eastern Massachusetts. Jeff grew up on Cape Ann and has spent most of his life living along the coast. He has 11 years of experience managing rare and endangered shorebirds that nest on beaches. For the past eight years, he has been managing the Shorebird Protection Program on Crane Beach, as well as other natural resources that make the Crane Beach such a treasured place.

This program is offered in conjunction with Sky/Horizon/Light: Perspectives on Crane Beach a special exhibition of the paintings of Dorothy “Doffie” Arnold.  The works on view at the Cape Ann Museum offer an ever changing vista of Crane Beach as observed across Ipswich Bay from Arnold’s studio in Bay View (Gloucester). Painted in the 1980s, these acrylics on paper are part of larger series of works by Arnold that take as their subject the intersection of water, land and light viewed from a single vantage point over a period of years. With a low horizon line, a sky that is often turbulent and waters that range from placid to racing, the paintings reflect the strong influence of nature on the artist and her work.

A 1980 graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Dorothy Arnold maintained studios in Cambridge and Gloucester. While much of her work is large scale, the Crane Beach paintings measure just 11×15 inches. Her work, which includes landscapes, still lives, figure studies and abstractions, was the subject of an international retrospective in 2001–2003. It was Arnold’s wish to exhibit her art locally in an effort to strengthen the community’s appreciation of the culture and traditions of the area.

cape ann museum flyer for life on the edge the ecology of crane beach special lecture in collaboration with the trustees_during dorothy arnold exhibition jan 2019

About the Cape Ann Museum Continue reading “TODAY – Reminder Cape Ann Museum Crane beach talk 3pm”

Mary Rhinelander McCarl art exhibition at Matz Gallery

Don’t miss Mary Rhinelander McCarl’s floral still lifes on display January 2019 at the Matz Gallery, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library.

from the printed matter:

“Mary Rhinelander McCarl- Mary, a Gloucester resident, draws her artistic inspiration from the scenery of Cape Ann. In her youth, she studied both sculpture and figure drawing with George Demetrios. She has worked under the guidance of Juni Van Dyke in the Art Room of the Rose Baker Senior Center and studied watercolors with Susie Field. At present Mary uses her training as an archivist to transcribe and edit the papers of Samuel Elwell Sawyer, Gloucester’s great philanthropist and art collector.”

Cape Ann Museum & The Trustees present “Life On the Edge: The Ecology of Crane Beach” Jeff Denoncour lecture

courtesy photo for cape ann museum_0448 © t. barrieau the trustees

photo credit: T. Barrieau/The Trustees

Courtney Richardson at the Cape Ann Museum shares information about an upcoming special event at the museum:

Lecture – Life on the Edge: The Ecology of Crane Beach, Saturday Jan. 19th, 3PM

The Cape Ann Museum, in collaboration with The Trustees, is pleased to present a lecture about the natural history and ecological significance of Crane Beach with ecologist Jeff Denoncour. This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Sky/Horizon/Light: Perspectives on Crane Beach. This program is free for Museum members, Trustees members, Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. Reservations required. For more information visit capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455 x10. 

When one thinks of Crane Beach, the sea, sun, and sand might be the first things that come to mind. But how did the forces of nature create the stunning landscape? What’s special about this incredible barrier beach and marshlands it protects? How do The Trustees protect special places and care for our vulnerable coast? Join Jeff Denoncour, an ecologist with The Trustees, for a dive into the natural history and ecological significance of Crane Beach, how they protect our coastal resources, and examples of success stories resulting from their work.

Jeff Denoncour is the Eastern Region Ecologist with The Trustees where he manages and monitors ecological resources on its properties in Eastern Massachusetts. Jeff grew up on Cape Ann and has spent most of his life living along the coast. He has 11 years of experience managing rare and endangered shorebirds that nest on beaches. For the past eight years, he has been managing the Shorebird Protection Program on Crane Beach, as well as other natural resources that make the Crane Beach such a treasured place.

This program is offered in conjunction with Sky/Horizon/Light: Perspectives on Crane Beach a special exhibition of the paintings of Dorothy “Doffie” Arnold.  The works on view at the Cape Ann Museum offer an ever changing vista of Crane Beach as observed across Ipswich Bay from Arnold’s studio in Bay View (Gloucester). Painted in the 1980s, these acrylics on paper are part of larger series of works by Arnold that take as their subject the intersection of water, land and light viewed from a single vantage point over a period of years. With a low horizon line, a sky that is often turbulent and waters that range from placid to racing, the paintings reflect the strong influence of nature on the artist and her work.

A 1980 graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Dorothy Arnold maintained studios in Cambridge and Gloucester. While much of her work is large scale, the Crane Beach paintings measure just 11×15 inches. Her work, which includes landscapes, still lives, figure studies and abstractions, was the subject of an international retrospective in 2001–2003. It was Arnold’s wish to exhibit her art locally in an effort to strengthen the community’s appreciation of the culture and traditions of the area.

cape ann museum flyer for life on the edge the ecology of crane beach special lecture in collaboration with the trustees_during dorothy arnold exhibition jan 2019

About the Cape Ann Museum Continue reading “Cape Ann Museum & The Trustees present “Life On the Edge: The Ecology of Crane Beach” Jeff Denoncour lecture”

Headlines about pilot sleeping past Australian landing prompts my son to grab Off the Mark and Far Side

News headlines about a pilot sleeping past an Australian destination*  without any disastrous outcome prompted my son to show me several cartoons by Mark Parisi and Gary Larson. (This happens with Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes as well, mostly related to his take on fine art.)

Syndicated cartoonist and author, Mark Parisi, a Gloucester native, Off the Mark published 6/23/18: “…hope it didn’t wake you up like it did to us in the cockpit.” 

 

 

We enjoy an annual holiday tradition of grabbing the latest Off the Mark calendars at the Weathervane store on Main Street.

 

*”A commercial pilot is under investigation after falling asleep in the cockpit of a freight plane and overflying his Australian island destination by 29 miles (46km), officials have said. The pilot, who has not been identified, was the only person aboard the twin-propeller Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain and was flying on autopilot during the early morning flight on 8 November from Devonport, Tasmania, to King Island in Bass Strait, his employer, Vortex Air, said in a statement on Tuesday.” from the Guardian

Nicole Dahlmer pre-holiday pop up

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Nicole Dahlmer, a Gloucester based photographer, announces a pre holiday pop-up:

Please join me for a pre-holiday pop-up hosted at The Dahlmer Household on Sunday, Nov 18th, 5:30-7:30pm. Guests will have a chance to stock up on my greeting cards before the holidays & before any other fall/winter events I am participating in. There will be light refreshments available. 

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Massive and beautiful Ken Gore painting repaired and returned to City Hall

Information labels were applied to City Hall walls with an epoxy that is ill advised near art. In early spring a label for this Ken Gore painting migrated to its surface and pulled away a small patch of paint.  Elizabeth Mehlin, an expert painting restorer in Ipswich, Massachusetts, repaired the accidental damage. She was able to tease out pulverized pieces of the paint stuck to remnant epoxy and match the loss so beautifully the fix is indiscernible. The painting is large and heavy. I suspect that its original custom frame was likely carved by multi media artist and Montserrat teacher, Alfred Czerepak (1928 – 1986). Gloucester’s Department of Public Works are such great stewards of the city’s art and history!

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Before repair – and remnant epoxy

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Mike Hale and Bobby return KEN GORE painting to City Hall after slight repair necessary due to ill choice for wall label_ nasty epoxy migrated to painting surface_20180907_©c ryan.jpg

 

 

 

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To the rescue as usual. Fantastic Deparment of Public Works – Mike Hale, Bobby Gross, Phil Curcuru, Mike Tarantino –  the return of the repaired Gore painting

KENNETH (KEN) GORE
(American, b.Oct 2 1911 Elvira, Illinois -1990 d. Gloucester)
Ken Gore visited Gloucester for the first time in 1948 and settled into a home and studio within a year. Eventually he purchased 186 East Main Street where he resided and maintained a studio and gallery. (Today it’s Lynzariums, aka the Plant Shack, across from Beacon Marine Basin in East Gloucester.)  Gore was a student and art professor at the  Detroit Meisinger Art School. He served as president of both Rockport and North Shore Art Associations and for the Cape Ann Festival of the Arts. He performed regularly with the Cape Ann Symphony. He taught regularly. Apparently his personality was as joyous and musical as his painting: his art students and friends considered him “one of the nicest mans they’d ever met.” I’ve heard that his plein air road trips and truck “studio” were quite a sight.  I would love to see a picture of him on location by his truck. I do love seeing Jeff Weaver and his signature truck around town.

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186 East Main Street, Gloucester, was former home, studio and gallery of artist Ken Gore

Cape Ann Festival of the Arts detail map of artists locations

Mary Rhinelander solo art show at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck through October 14th

Mary Rhinelander’s resonant show, Collective (un) Conscious, at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck continues through October 14, 2018. The exhibition, a power packed installation of 12 x 12 mixed media panels, is as much about visual engagement and observation for the viewer as it’s chronicling an individual, accumulated and reflective life. There are plenty of unexpected juxtapostions, dark narratives, quirk and humor. Rhinelander has a sharp eye.

 

 

Poetry in art: David West – downtown artist downtown drawings | Peter Morse North Shore photographs

A few quiet scenes before the closing reception of the beautiful and thoughtful two person exhibition featuring artists David West and Peter Morse at Jane Deering Gallery. The show closes tomorrow.

Affordable original art by local artists- West’s drawings are $200-$300; Morse’s photos $150

 

“When you go into the Woods” solo art exhibition by Vanessa Michalak opens Oct. 2nd at Jane Deering Gallery

“When you go into the Woods: Dogtown and other treasures of the forest”, a solo exhibition by Vanessa Michalak, opens October 2, 2018 at Jane Deering Gallery Gloucester, Massachusetts. Reception 6-8pm on October 6th.

VANESSA VICHALAK Fallen Tree oil on yupo mounted on panel_40 x 60_ Jane Deering Gallery solo show October 2018 Gloucester Mass
Vaness Michalak, “Fallen Tree,” oil on yupo mounted on panel, 40”x60”

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Read more about the exhibition and the artist from printed matter announcing the show:

“When you go into the Woods,” features oil paintings by Vanessa Michalak highlighting some of Cape Ann’s well known gems. Works depict imagery of a variety of places including Annisquam Village, Lanesville’s Vernon Quarries and Babson’s Dogtown boulders. The exhibition will be on display throughout October at Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA with and opening reception scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6th from 6pm-8pm.

The Exhibition, “When You Go Into The Woods” is a reflection of Michalak’s exploration of Cape Ann and her ongoing investigation of the painting process. The works reflect a fascination with a specific place and its hidden treasures. Many of the works are plein air paintings that brought her to the edges of quarries and sent her trekking through Dogtown’s rocky paths. As much as these works pay tribute to a specific place, they also reflect Michalak’s gestural painting style that at times borders on abstraction. Much like her wanderings in the woods, there is a sense that she doesn’t mind getting a little lost in brushwork, layering and mark before finding her destination. 

Vanessa Michalak grew up in Maine before moving to Boston where she lived and worked for over a decade. While living in Boston she visited Cape Ann often and eventually moved to Gloucester last year. She received an MFA in painting from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2013. Residencies include: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO; Emerging Artist-in-Residence, Penn State, PA;  and Playa, Summer Lake, OR. Michalak’s work was featured in New American Paintings #110 and Fresh Paint Magazine (cover artist 2014). She was selected as a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Painting in 2014.spring woods Annisquam 2018.jpg.png Continue reading ““When you go into the Woods” solo art exhibition by Vanessa Michalak opens Oct. 2nd at Jane Deering Gallery”

Meet the artists! Peter Morse and David West reception tomorrow at Jane Deering Gallery

Last weekend! Meet the artists at the closing reception Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 5-7pm. Neither Mustard Nor Teeth, photographs by Peter Morse, drawings by David West, Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

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LAST CHANCE: Peter Morse and David West artist reception at Jane Deering Gallery September 29

art exhibition closing soon! Meet the artists at the closing reception Saturday, September 29 5-7pm. Neither Mustard Nor Teeth, photographs by Peter Morse, drawings by David West, Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Deering September 2018

from the exhibition release:

“Neither Mustard nor Teeth, by artists Peter Morse and David West, is an exploration of the everyday discipline of the artist searching to find the extraordinary and the beautiful among the quotidian rhythms of ordinary life.

Morse’s photos call attention to the overlooked. They catch moments of light, pattern, form and structure that might otherwise be sensed only out of the corner of the eye. What is captured in the frame draws us nearer, asks us to pause. While grounded in the ordinary, they leave the viewer with questions about time and place and the seemingly familiar. West’s drawings feature the townscape of Gloucester as seen by a non-native. They are visual handshakes from a Southern alien coming to terms with a new place for the first time. The quiet empty spaces offer little peace; the architectures crowd each other and jostle for attention as they attempt to stay upright.

Both bodies of work are rooted in the act of stopping and looking, the life blood of the artist. Slowing down. Being present in the moment long enough to pay attention and to record. Whether the action is contained in the fraction of a shutter click, or the longer process of drawing, each is a response to the quiet call of objects and moments at hand. The phrase — neither mustard nor teeth — is from the essay, Of Power and Time, by the Massachusetts poet Mary Oliver. Oliver tells of the tensions between the necessity of living in the world with its demands of time and task and energy, all the while striving to see the inherent beauty of it all, to make sense of it through the creative process:

It is six a.m., and I am working. I am absent-minded, reckless, heedless of social obligations, etc. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written. I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt. My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely. It does not include mustard, or teeth.

Peter Morse lives in Amesbury, and David West is resident here in Gloucester. Both artists are in need of going to the grocery as well as the dentist.

Peter Morse holds a BA Summa Cum Laude from Gordon College and an MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford, CT. Residencies include Berlin, Germany, New York, NY and Portland OR. He teaches at Gordon College where he is also Manager of the Barrington Center for the Arts and the Gallery. He has exhibited in the US, Germany and Cuba. Morse maintains a studio in Amesbury MA.

David West is originally from Mississippi. He holds an MFA from Louisiana State University with a concentration in printmaking. He is Associate Professor of art at Gordon College, Wenham MA where he is Chair of the Art Department. West is also Co-Founder/Curator of ArtSpace 86 Gallery in Jackson MS. He has exhibited widely in the US. West is now living in Gloucester MA

Ken Riaf’s new play My Station in Life premieres October 12th thru the 28th at Gloucester Stage. Go!

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Great news from multitalented creative Ken Riaf: 

“The premiere of My Station in Life a new play I wrote about Simon Geller, America’s last one-man radio broadcaster. Geller, the radio recluse who brought classical music to a hardscrabble fishing port, fights for survival against powerful forces that want what little he has. Actor Ken Baltin and supporting cast bring Geller’s quirky persona and corkscrew saga to the stage from October 12th through October 28th. ”

Produced by the Gloucester Stage Company and directed by Robert Walsh, Ken Riaf’s My Station in Life tickets are available now at My Station in Life.