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.

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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

Patricia Wellenkamp trunk show at goodlinens studio #GloucesterMA

Patricia Wellenkamp jewelry trunk show at goodlinens studio 130 Main Street, Gloucester Saturday, February 9th 12 – 2 pm

Stamping, etching, engraving, hammering and rolling in order to create a variety of textures on mixed metal (silver, copper, brass, gold fill and gold leaf), metal-smith Patricia Wellenkamp strives for elegance and wearability in all of her designs. Her cuffs, rings, earrings, necklaces, pins and cuff links will be on display and for sale in goodlinens’ workshop, with Patricia there to answer questions.

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American Craft Week begins in 2 days: special events at Pauline’s Gifts, goodlinens, and Cape Ann Artisans

 American Craft Week Ocober 5th – 14th, 2018 

Pauline Bresnahan is featured on American Craft Week national site: “Proud to kick off American Craft Week in Gloucester MA. which was VOTED a Top 10 City for Crafters in USA. Thanks for sharing and please watch as I demonstrate Decorative painting on a Lobster Buoy.”

Gloucester listings:

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514 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA • Visit website • Jump to events page

Join us for our decorative painting in a LlVE event on @PaulinesGifts Facebook page at 4pm on Oct. 5th. And Oct. 6th. 2018 in Celebration of American Craft Week in Gloucester MA which was VoTed one of the Top 10 Cities this year.

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130 Main Street, Gloucester, MA • Visit website

The work of 8 artisans will be on display throughout the week. Please check the website in October for demonstration schedule. TELL A STORY WITH JEWELRY: Join us for a jewelry making workshop hosted by Ellen Szaboon Saturday, October 13th from 1pm-3pm. Space is limited. Contact Ellen at stories@ellenszabo.com to register. Registration closes on October 8th. The workshop is $35.00. The fee includes materials to make a necklace (chain, charms, and beads). If you like, bring special or sentimental beads or charms to enhance the meaning and unique style of your creation.

 

Cape Ann Artisans

63 Langford Street, Gloucester, MA • Visit website

Cape Ann Artisans are part of a vibrant arts community along scenic North Shore of Massachusetts. Open Studio Tours are self-guided of artists’ studios in Gloucester and Rockport, important Massachusetts designated Cultural Districts. Tours are 1st weekend in June and Columbus Day Weekend.

 

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Pia Juhl & Peter Herbert at Jane Deering Gallery, reception February 10th

Two person February exhibition at Jane Deering Gallery is one to see! See below for more information about the exhibition and the artists fromt the gallery’s press release:

Pia Juhl . After the Storm 2015 . Acrylic on canvas . 20x30 inches .jpgNew Work: Peter Herbert & Pia Juhl opens February 2nd at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street in Gloucester with a reception on Saturday February 10th from 4-6pm.  Peter Herbert’s series of land and seascapes examines the play of light and color above and below the horizon line.  Also included are images inspired by Degas’ visit to Saint-Valery-sur-Sommes in the South of France and small works that focus on the glare of early morning light in Annisquam.  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 her eye.  She breaks down a scene into its essential colors and shapes, using the brush to ‘feel’ the painting’s form.  Both artists live and work on Cape Ann.  This is their first exhibition showing together.  Gallery hours: Friday-Sunday 12noon-5:00pm or by appointment by calling 978-283-2263 or 978-257-6608.

Peter Herbert studied at the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Students League of New York, with Brooklyn realist Andrew Reiss, master painter David Levine, and under the mentorship of Gloucester painters Erma Wheeler and Gordon Goetemann. His work has been exhibited at The Crosby Gallery, New York, NY, The Century Association of New York City, the Wenniger Gallery, the North Shore Arts Association, The Sawyer Free Library and in solo and group exhibitions at The Annisquam Exchange Art Gallery and the Annisquam Village Art Show.

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. 

Jane Deering Gallery supports regional artists by offering work and exhibition space during the months January, February, March, April & May

Peter Herbert . Sky and Sea No.1 . 2017 Oil on canvas . 24x30 inches

Small Business Saturday local specials

Small Business Saturday 2017 specials

Joey asked Pauline’s Gifts for information about the 6th annual Small Business Saturday and a list of specials. She was an early adapter. Here it is, and thanks Pauline!

“In 2011 the Senate unanimously supported Small Business Saturday, and in 2012 all 50 states had participants. This one day event is bringing awareness of the importance in supporting your Local Small Businesses and giving many small businesses a way to promote at no cost to them. If you are an American Express merchant you are able to use the tools made available to you by AMEX. Many of us receive banners, balloons, postcards, reusable bags, and lots of other swag to use for our businesses. Even those who do not take AMEX are able to utilize the promotion working with a Neighborhood Champion. These champions obtain the materials and are able to share with other businesses in their neighborhood. In 2016 there were over 6,700 Neighborhood Champions in the country. Small business owners embrace the day. Through their own promotional efforts small business owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion dollars on Small Business Saturday in 2016.” GMG search pulls up posts about Small Business Saturday in 2012. Some of the 2017 GMG posts: Bridgette’s post, Donna’s post, Kim’s post about PRESENT, and GMG podcast (timestamped!)

*GC = gift certificate

Call your other favorite shops to find out what specials they may be having!

7 Seas Whale Watch: Adult GCs $29 & Season Pass Discounts
Cake Ann: 10% off Next in-store Purchase When You Buy a GC
Cape Ann Olive Oil: Buy 6 Same Size Bottles, Get 1 Free
Design of Mine: 20% off Total Purchase
DIVA : 12-20% off
Dogtown Books unique gifts, rare & used books, work by local artists
Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply
, 121 Eastern Ave, Essex: 20% off Treats, Toys, & Accessories
goodlinens – Gloucester buy-two-get-the-third-50%-off special on all of our linen on Friday and through December
Hair & Color Studio, The: Buy $50 GC get $10 GC free
LifeBloom Massage & Spa: Refer a Friend & Both Get 10% off Any Treatment (no limit)
Magic Scarf Company: Wholesale Prices, Wine/Snacks
Manchester Athletic Club: $50 Join Fee thru 11/30, 1/2 Donated to The Open Door
Maplewood Car Wash: 25% off Book of 5 Washes, 10% off GCs
O’Neil Fitness: 20% off Package of 12 Personal Training Sessions
Pauline’s Gifts: 512 Essex Ave, Gloucester: 20% off Entire Purchase (Excludes Pauline’s Painted Items)
Pop Gallery 
Premier Imprints: Gloucester: 20% off Premier Imprints gifts
Present: Celebrate Small Business Saturday as we release our holiday ornaments!
R & B Carpet Cleaning Services: 10% off
Sand to City Style: 20% off
Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, 7 Main St, Essex: Up to 40% Off
The Urchin Exchange: 20% off

Washington Post review for new novel A Catalog of Birds

goodlinens shares a Washington Post review for Laura Harrington’s second book of fiction, A Catalog of Birds

“It’s 1970 in Laura Harrington’s brilliant new novel, “A Catalog of Birds,” and Nell Flynn is about to graduate from high school. A young scientist on…” 

Laura Harrington’s novel is available locally at The Bookstore of Gloucester and Toad Hall Rockport.

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Read the review : http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwlIf9vjU by Charlotte Gordon, a professor of humanities at Endicott College, author most recently, of “Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley.”

 

Laura Harrington’s new novel A Catalog of Birds to be released in 2 days |Gloucester book launches at The Bookstore and goodlinens

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Laura Harrington’s New Novel, A Catalog of Birds, will be released on July 11 by Europa Editions.  Two back to back special book launches in Gloucester:

book launch Thursday July 13th @ 7PM The Bookstore of Gloucester – 61 Main Street

“Harrington’s ‘Alice Bliss’ was a big hit, and you won’t want to miss out on this one either!”

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book launch Friday July 14th @ 7PM  at goodlinens / studio 133 Main Street UPDATE goodlinens RSVP at capacity

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Laura Harrington Book Tour Dates for A Catalog of Birds

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Laura Harrington is an award-winning playwright, lyricist, librettist and author.  She teaches at MIT and lives in Gloucester, MA.  And she sings! Alice Bliss, her first novel, grew out of Harrington’s one-woman musical Alice Unwrapped, which ran off-Broadway in New York and in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival in 2009. Her novel Alice Bliss (Viking/Penguin) won the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction.  Playwrights Horizons has commissioned her to create Alice Bliss the musical which is in production 2017. 

Read the great press release issued by MIT

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!

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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

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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

What’s behind the papered windows: 120 Main Street reveal on May 13th

After major renovations to 120 Main Street, HUDSON GALLERY joins a great strip of businesses downtown. The ambitious inaugural exhibition features MJ Caseldon (sound sculpture) and Donna Caseldon (painting). Scroll down to see images of their art work and here’s a link to the Press release for the two person show.

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A new store: Adrift on Main at 284 Main St, plus a (mostly) vintage store guide

Plus a current Gloucester vintage store guide below the photographs

ADRIFT ON MAIN, 284 Main Street, Gloucester, MA (978) 515-7888

Adrift on Main, a new second-hand and collectibles destination, opened December 2016 on the east end of Main Street. Owners Ryan and Sarah Goyette reside in Byfield and chose Gloucester over their home town, Essex, and other north shore communities for their new store. Coaster sets are made by Sarah. Welcome to the neighborhood!

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Gloucester MA vintage shopping guide

2016-17. Most are a mix of then and now objects, clothing, and collectibles; some with work by contemporary artists and artisans. Three mainstays:

BANANAS 78 Main Street

MAIN STREET ART AND ANTIQUES 124 Main Street

VINTAGE 211 East Main Street

 

–and —
Adrift on Main 284 Main Street

Alexandra’s Bakery and shop 265 Main Street, (978)281-0364

Alma’s Art and Antiques, 214 Eastern Avenue (formerly on Rocky Neck) now located in “The Commons Gloucester” marketplace

Annisquam Exchange (for the the historic buildings of the village, open seasonally) 32 Leonard Street

Cape Ann Auction 82 Main Street (formerly Fred Bodin’s Historic Photo)

Cape Ann Thrift Shop Trinity Congregational Church 70 Middle Street

DIVA 161 Main Street

Dogtown Book Shop 132 Main Street

The Dress Code 159 Main Street

Eastern Point Lit House 261 Main Street

Fireflies Boutique  100 Main Street

Gloucester estate buyers, 45 Main Street

goodlinens, 130 Main Street (featuring some reissued classics)

Lynzariums  flowers and … 186 East Main Street

Mystery Train Records 21 Main Street

Past Present Shoppe,  30 Railroad Avenue

Pop Shop 67 Main Street (vintage nod and inspiration)

RAD estate Jewelers, 45 Main Street

Second Glance (thrift shop of the Open Door) 2 Pond Road

St. John’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop 48 Middle Street

St.Vincent de Paul Society of Gloucester and Cape Ann (donations for charity ‘Clothes Closet’ and food pantry at St. Anne’s)

The Urchin Exchange 214 Eastern Avenue, Unit 8, located in “The Commons Glocuester” just after Pond Road

 

Three festive Thursdays in December: you can’t beat Gloucester’s Main Street for the holidays

Scenes from Ladies Night — which kicked off big at Topside Grill!

Their wrap-around bar and surrounding tables at capacity with gals gathered round and special appetizers and drinks.

 

If you missed Ladies Night, still to come:

  • Friends and Family Night this Thursday Dec 8, 5-10pm

  • Middle Street Walk Saturday Dec 10 capped off by Cape Ann Art Haven buoy Lobster Trap tree ceremony 4pm

  • Men’s Night Thursday Dec 15

 

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Crane on Main. Charles Fine Arts @196 Main Street now open. Downtown artist and artisan rental options.

Updates on Main Street:

The roof replacement is underway at the Gloucester police station. The crane is lifting supplies.

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196 Main Street went from this

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to this

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Charles Fine Arts at 196 Main Street opens with ‘The Friends and Family Show’, a group exhibit displayed until September 24th, by appointment. Artists studios are available to rent. http://www.charlesfinearts.com

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Artist and artisan studio and gallery spaces:

For over 25 years, artists have pooled together to rent gallery space at Local Colors 121 Main Street. Established in 1978, the gallery operates as a co-op, sharing resources and all operations and administrative duties. They are the staff so there is always an artist on hand! The monthly rent split among the invited artists is modest as Cape Ann Savings (109 Main Street) owns the building and is a stalwart community and arts supporter. The roster is full right now.

Gallery display of another sort is part of goodlinens plans for 130 Main Street and will be installed along the right wall as you enter (photo below was looking left). A curated small selection of artisans will be invited to rent on a monthly basis for a modest fee. Owner Jo Anne Chirico designed special matrices currently in stages of fabrication. Look for three artisans in focus by October.

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goodlinens on Main Street any day now!

goodlinens is ready enough for its soft launch opening! More finishing and architectural details will continue through the summer and into the fall. Featured artisan panels and more inventory and stock will be added. Yet you just might have the chance to step inside if not today then any day soon! Jo Anne is a blur of activity.

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What’s coming to Main Street?

East end, middle, west end: there are phases of construction all along Main Street in Gloucester.

The goodlinens soft opening was pushed back;  hopefully the doors will be ready to open July 15th. The space required lots of love.

 

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And a couple of doors down?

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The gallery and artist studios moving into the old Green Life space at 196 Main St and wrapping along Elm could be ready in August. The framing for the artist studios matches up with the windows.

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What will go here, in the location by Short and Main and Cafe Sicilia?

 

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And here on the East end?

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Boston Globe on Beauport, Biotech, Windover

“Fishing is going to be our heritage and first priority,” Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said. But she added, “We’re moving forward.”

Kathleen Conti describes Gloucester Biotechnology Academy and Beauport Hotel as meaningful catalysts. In addition to the Mayor’s quote, there are comments  and points of view shared by several: Sherri Zizik; Vito Giacalone; Gregory Verdine; Ken Riehl, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce (nice quote); Lee Dellicker, Winhover Construction (Beauport); George Marsh (architect Gloucester Biotechnology). Oh, and the former Mayor of New Bedford, John Bullard. chimes in.

Other new businesses downtown beyond this article include goodlinens opening July 1, Jane Deering Gallery on Pleasant Street, the new bicycle rental shop, and Tonno restaurant. And there’s a new gallery coming to Rocky Neck. More on that later!

 

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Main St. Gloucester: goodlinens rolls into their new space and rolls out Better Towels Across America xcountry tour

goodlinens officially moves into 130 Main Street on June 1, 2016 to begin the fit-out. “We’re looking forward to finishing work by July 1 for a soft opening!” says goodlinens owner Jo Anne Chirico.

Apparently setting up a new brick-and-mortar headquarters downtown isn’t ambitious enough. While Jo Anne is focused on building out her new space, ripping down the ceiling and tearing up a glued down rug, goodlinens is rolling out across the country with the goodlinens Better Towels Across America campaign.  Anna Chirico, Jo Anne’s daughter, is driving through 48 states with goodlinens towels, gathering fans and stores state-by-state, lining them up for linen.

 

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Anna says: “Just left Savannah today and headed to Jacksonville, down the A1A highway, camping, and on to Key West tomorrow, then Miami, Tampa, Destin Beach and New Orleans. The route was planned for the most part before I left. I’ll be going to all 48 states (as well as the southern, northern, western and eastern most part, and the geographical center.) I’ll also be dipping into Canada a few times…It may change a bit, here and there. No particular highway/route.”  

We can track Anna’s goodlinens progress as she scouts buyers,  lifestyle stores, and boutiques. This local small business is putting up the flag for Gloucester on this road trip the minute they give their address. Let’s make sure to follow goodlinens on Instagram and root for Anna’s route (see itinerary* below). Is there a store you are a fan of in a town she’s heading to? Let her know. 

Instagram @goodlinens (updated the most) also Twitter @goodlinens

#bettertowelsacrossamerica

 

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Who: goodlinens studio of Gloucester, MA, Better Towels Across America 48 state tour

What: gathering fans and stores state-by-state for goodlinens, everyone’s better towel. Beautiful. Functional. 100% linen. goodlinens towels are a simple elegance and beautiful design. They are soft, light as air, compact and natural. (Use a better towel. Your kitchen deserves goodlinens. Your bathroom deserves goodlinens. Your beach towels deserve goodlinens. got it?) http://www.goodlinens.com

When: departed Gloucester, Ma, on the night of April 25, 2016. Expected return date Mid-September.

Itinerary completed so far (what a busy month!): 

– Boston, MA

– New Bedford, MA

– Providence, MA

– Mystic, CT

– New Haven, CT

– New York, NY

– Queens, NY

– Brooklyn, NY

– Neptune, NJ

– Philadelphia, PA

– Baltimore, MD

– Washington DC

– Rehoboth, DE

– Chincoteague Island, DE

– Richmond, VA

– Charlottesville, VA

– all along Blue Ridge Parkway

– Chattanooga, TN

– Nashville, TN

– Memphis, TN

– Little Rock, AK

– Tulsa, OK

– Oklahoma City, OK

– Dallas, TX

– Jackson, MS

– Birmingham, AL

– Atlanta, GA

– Charlotte, NC

– Raleigh, NC

– Charleston, SC

– Savannah, GA

Upcoming destinations after FLA:

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BREAKING BUSINESS DISPATCH: Say thanks and goodbye G33K and welcome goodlinens on 130 Main St

G33K (‘geek’) a small business that was big in game will be closing its location in Gloucester, MA.

G33K is located in 130 Main Street between Dogtown Books and Main Street Art and Antiques. Make sure to stop by to say thanks and good luck! We were light customers–Pokémon packs and random t-shirt gifts—but always treated large. There is a store-wide closing sale on now.

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When one door closes another opens. Welcome goodlinens opening July 1

Gloucester resident, business owner, designer and artisan JoAnne Chirico has been on the lookout for a ‘just right’ Main Street goodlinens headquarters for years, and boy has she found it! 130 Main Street is the one she’s been dreaming about as a retail work space, craft and creative show room. It is within an historic building and district, boasts 13 foot ceilings and has ample room for her vision and requirements. Did I mention great neighbors and the sunny side of the street?

As G33K moves out and goodlinens moves in to 130 Main Street, the space will be temporarily closed as it’s transformed in time for a July 1 soft summer launch and grand opening in September.

goodlinens new flagship store and open studio on Main Street will feature JoAnne’s handmade beautiful and functional designs along with selected hand made crafts from other artisans, local and beyond. The retail will include kitchen and housewares goods, unique and special objects, finds, and lighting. She embraces an open work studio concept in such an original and thoughtful way. This space will be a place for people making things. I expect it to be inspiring, playful, unexpected and comfortable. She has a lot in store for this store. She can’t wait to finally move boxes, case-goods and tables out of her home, her friends’ barns and other storage sites. Look for new Facebook and updates coming soon.

In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of JoAnne quickly sketching a layout with high points, and one of goodlinens videos shot by Gloucester cinematographers’ Yellow Hook Productions.

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Some DAVID COX Photographs, HIVE, Harbortown Cultural District.and Fred Bodin In God We Trust

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David Cox took a few photographs at the HIVE during the Harbortown Cultural District second annual meeting earlier this month. He is a founding partner in the downtown district, along with Joey/GMG and Fred Bodin. Kim Smith is a NEW partner!

Art Haven generously offered the HIVE spaces as a host venue and opened up their Window Gallery for a pop up group exhibit. Please remember to support *Art Haven and all its efforts!

Harbortown Cultural District Partners group exhibit featured:

*David Cox, *Fred Bodin, *Joey Ciaramitaro, *Loren Doucette, John Sarkin, represented by Ken Riaf’s Law and Water Gallery, Juni Van Dyke, Ken Riaf, Beth Williams, goodlinens, Belle + Me, and *Ten Pound Studio (artists Susan Quateman, Muriel Lee Steele, Stephen Bates, and Chris Gauthier Kelly). Founding Partner *Island Art & Hobby has rotating art exhibits; they featured a wonderful painting by Eileen Patten Oliver for the Harbortown Cultural District event. Jason Burroughs was one of many artists with work exhibited on site at our host,*Art Haven’s HIVE space. You can find Burroughs at Island Art & Hobby, and see more of his art on display at Pleasant Tea and Latitude 43.  *Founding Partners

12 NEW Harbortown Cultural District Partners:

Designer and start-up Jo-Anne Chirico’s goodlinens

Designers Ann Malvaux’s and Lisa LeVasseur’s Belle + Me

Artist and proprietor Beth Williams

Artist and gallery owner, Ken Riaf, Law and Water Gallery

Artist and art teacher with Rose Baker Senior Center and more Juni Van Dyke

Artist and designer Veronica Morgan

Musician, founder Contra Dance and more Rose Sheehan’s Folk Life Studio

Art dealer Matthew Swift Trident Art Gallery

Business, Cape Ann Brewing Company

Business, Cape Pond Ice

University partner, Endicott College

Artist, filmmaker, author, landscape designer, KIM SMITH