Art Auction tonight! 6pm light refreshments & live music then 7pm evening sale

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LIVE AUCTION TONIGHT –Starting at 6 PM PREVIEW PARTY — refreshments, and live music by Jeannine Lynch.7 PM  Live Auction begins. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Join us in this fun event and get the chance to own these incredible original art works while supporting library programs! – Colleen Hogan Lopez, Friends of Sawyer Free Library 

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THE ANNUAL ART AUCTION  — now a big fundraiser for the Friends — is coming!  Check these dates, mark them on your calendars — Support your library by purchasing a painting

LIVE AUCTION TOMORROW :  Wednesday, October 2,  –Starting at 6 PM PREVIEW PARTY — refreshments, and live music by Jeannine Lynch.7 PM  Live Auction begins. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Join us in this fun event and get the chance to own these incredible original art works while supporting library programs! – Colleen Hogan Lopez, Friends of Sawyer Free Library 

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Last few days to preview art and leave silent bids. BID LIVE at the auction on Oct 2nd at Sawyer Free Library

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THE ANNUAL ART AUCTION  — now a big fundraiser for the Friends — is coming!  Check these dates, mark them on your calendars — Support your library by purchasing a painting! 

SILENT AUCTION:   Starting on Tuesday, September 3, in the Matz Gallery you’ll find the beautiful art works of local artists which they’ve so generously donated to the Art Auction.  Clear instructions on how to bid on your favorites included in the attachment!  Visit, enjoy and bid!  Closes on Monday September 30th at 5 PM.

LIVE AUCTION :  Wednesday, October 2,  –Starting at 6 PM PREVIEW PARTY — refreshments, and live music by Jeannine Lynch.7 PM  Live Auction begins. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Join us in this fun event and get the chance to own these incredible original art works while supporting library programs! – Colleen Hogan Lopez, Friends of Sawyer Free Library 

Reposting installation views below:

The preview and silent bidding for the annual art auction is open through September 30th. Come see what work 67 generous artists and supporters have donated this year to help raise money for the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library. The art is hung salon style in groups on the five walls of the Matz Gallery just inside the Gloucester Lyceum Sawyer Free Library entrance.

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Spoiler alert: stop here for those that like to bid blind and/or guess the artist.

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For those who want to know and credit the artists, here’s the checklist I’ve cobbled together from the bid book with more photos of the sixty seven 2019 selections:

1 to 5_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan1. Noreen Hale, The Annisquam, oil

2. Fred Kepler, Eastern Point Light, oil

3. Nancy Alimonsky, View From Nichols Candy, oil

4. Pamela Burke, October Moon Rising, acrylic

5. Juni VanDyke, Untitled, acrylic w/epoxy finish

 

6 to 10 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan

6. Peter Reis Sr., Alexandra’s Bread bakeshop, oil

7. Cindy Asard, Rockport Harbor, watercolor

8. Roy McCauley, L’il Mako, oil

9.  James Formichella, No Room Between Horses, color pencil

10. Anita Beloff, Beach Dunes

 

11 to 15_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan11. Paul George, Thomas Lannon, watercolor

12. James Watson, Lannon and Bluenose, watercolor

13. Dina Gomery, Autumn Field, oil

14. Sandy Scott, Running Buck, etching

15. Susie Field, Rounding the Buoy, acrylic

 

16 to 19_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan16. Phyllis Kaplan, Resting, watercolor

17. Olga Hayes, Motif #2, watercolor

18. Ray Crane, Pinky Schooner “Ardelle” off Ten Pound Island, oil

19. Lorwen Connie Nagle, Old Country Door, oil

 

20 to 23_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan20. Mary L. Crowningshield, Cottage Garden

21. Don Gorvett, Ice Flower Gloucester Harbor, State Fish Pier

22. Michael De Cosimo, HMS Bounty, oil

23. Patricia McCarthy, The Paint Factory, oil

 

24 to 27 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan24. Barbar Kremer, Little River,Gloucester, watercolor

25. Carole Loiacono, Breaking Light over Wonson Cove, oil

26. Bonnie Sylvester, Ten Pound Island, watercolor

27. Phyllis Feld, Quartet, pastel

 

28 to 31_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan28. Ann Mchem Ziergiebel, Art Class, watercolor

29. Marie Sweeney, Universalist Church, oil

30. Alyce Wherren, Toward Annisquam,

31. Shiela Farren Billings, Blue Twilight, acrylic

 

32 to 35_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan32. Lynda Goldberg, New Experiences, oil and mixed media

33. Linda Lea Bertrand, November Light, oil

34. Susan W. Daly, Sailor’s Stan’s, watercolor

35. Laureen Maher, Birdseye Frozen, oil

 

36 to 39_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan36. Marion Hall, Columbia Mayors Race, watercolor

37. Jeff Weaver, Dock Scene, charcoal and pastel

38. Perry McIntosh, Somewhere in Maine, watercolor

39. K.T. Morse, Bass Rocks, oil

 

40 to 43 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan40. David P. Curtis, Winds of Change, oil

41. Patricia Doran, Little River, watercolor

42. Peter Tysver, From Good Harbor, oil

43. Paul George, Paint Factory, oil

 

44 to 47 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan44. Jude Abbe, Essex Shipyard, oil

45. Danny Mears, Cloudy Valley, colored pencil

46. Mary Rhinelander, Twin Light, Drypoint Monoprint

47. Curtis Wilcox, Bruce Lee’s Enemies, mixed

 

48 to 51_ 2Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan48. Marny Williams, Epic Lighthouse, watercolor

49. Marianne Thompson, Gloucester Blue, oil

50. Sandra Herdman, Essex Burnham House, oil

51. Marianne Ghompson, Black Bird’s Song, oil

 

52 to 55_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan (25)52. Grace Frost, Anchor Lane, pastel

53. Daryl Jackson, Emergence, graphite on paper

54. Mary R. McCarl, Rooster Sunflower Pitcher, watercolor

55. Charlotte Roberts, From T. Wharf, gouache watercolor

 

56 to 59_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan56. Lea Donovan Watson, Little Yellow Flowers, collage

57. Jane Wolf, Tall Grass, watercolor

58. Katherine Coakley, Singing Beach, oil

59. Bavaka Robin Berger, Legends of Worlds Locked in Time, mono/mixed media

 

60 to 62_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan60. Jerry Ackerman, Moody Blues, watercolor

61. MaryJane Lane, Entranced, acrylic

62. Karen Fitzgerald, Resting Dories, watercolor

 

63 to 67_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan

63. Coco Berkman

64. Christine Pitman, Mums, acrylic

65. Jess Semeraro, Our Ravens, ink & watercolor

66. Kate Nordstrom, Mom’s Chair, oil

67. Joy Halstead, Cloud 9

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Preview 2019 Sawyer Free Annual Art Auction

The preview and silent bidding for the annual art auction is open through September 30th! Come see what work 67 generous artists and supporters have donated this year to help raise money for the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library. The art is hung salon style in groups on the five walls of the Matz Gallery just inside the Gloucester Lyceum Sawyer Free Library entrance.

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Leave a bid now or LIVE at the auction. Collen Hogan-Lopez shares how on behalf of the friends group: HOW TO BID IN THE SILENT AUCTION (3)

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THE ANNUAL ART AUCTION  — now a big fundraiser for the Friends — is coming!  Check these dates, mark them on your calendars — Support your library by purchasing a painting! 

SILENT AUCTION:   Starting on Tuesday, September 3, in the Matz Gallery you’ll find the beautiful art works of local artists which they’ve so generously donated to the Art Auction.  Clear instructions on how to bid on your favorites included in the attachment!  Visit, enjoy and bid!  Closes on Monday September 30th at 5 PM.

LIVE AUCTION :  Wednesday, October 2,  –Starting at 6 PM PREVIEW PARTY — refreshments, and live music by Jeannine Lynch.7 PM  Live Auction begins. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Join us in this fun event and get the chance to own these incredible original art works while supporting library programs! – Colleen Hogan Lopez, Friends of Sawyer Free Library 

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Spoiler alert: stop here for those that like to bid blind and/or guess the artist.

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For those who want to know and credit the artists, here’s the checklist I’ve cobbled together from the bid book with more photos of the sixty seven 2019 selections:

1 to 5_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan1. Noreen Hale, The Annisquam, oil

2. Fred Kepler, Eastern Point Light, oil

3. Nancy Alimonsky, View From Nichols Candy, oil

4. Pamela Burke, October Moon Rising, acrylic

5. Juni VanDyke, Untitled, acrylic w/epoxy finish

 

6 to 10 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan

6. Peter Reis Sr., Alexandra’s Bread bakeshop, oil

7. Cindy Asard, Rockport Harbor, watercolor

8. Roy McCauley, L’il Mako, oil

9.  James Formichella, No Room Between Horses, color pencil

10. Anita Beloff, Beach Dunes

 

11 to 15_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan11. Paul George, Thomas Lannon, watercolor

12. James Watson, Lannon and Bluenose, watercolor

13. Dina Gomery, Autumn Field, oil

14. Sandy Scott, Running Buck, etching

15. Susie Field, Rounding the Buoy, acrylic

 

16 to 19_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan16. Phyllis Kaplan, Resting, watercolor

17. Olga Hayes, Motif #2, watercolor

18. Ray Crane, Pinky Schooner “Ardelle” off Ten Pound Island, oil

19. Lorwen Connie Nagle, Old Country Door, oil

 

20 to 23_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan20. Mary L. Crowningshield, Cottage Garden

21. Don Gorvett, Ice Flower Gloucester Harbor, State Fish Pier

22. Michael De Cosimo, HMS Bounty, oil

23. Patricia McCarthy, The Paint Factory, oil

 

24 to 27 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan24. Barbar Kremer, Little River,Gloucester, watercolor

25. Carole Loiacono, Breaking Light over Wonson Cove, oil

26. Bonnie Sylvester, Ten Pound Island, watercolor

27. Phyllis Feld, Quartet, pastel

 

28 to 31_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan28. Ann Mchem Ziergiebel, Art Class, watercolor

29. Marie Sweeney, Universalist Church, oil

30. Alyce Wherren, Toward Annisquam,

31. Shiela Farren Billings, Blue Twilight, acrylic

 

32 to 35_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan32. Lynda Goldberg, New Experiences, oil and mixed media

33. Linda Lea Bertrand, November Light, oil

34. Susan W. Daly, Sailor’s Stan’s, watercolor

35. Laureen Maher, Birdseye Frozen, oil

 

36 to 39_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan36. Marion Hall, Columbia Mayors Race, watercolor

37. Jeff Weaver, Dock Scene, charcoal and pastel

38. Perry McIntosh, Somewhere in Maine, watercolor

39. K.T. Morse, Bass Rocks, oil

 

40 to 43 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan40. David P. Curtis, Winds of Change, oil

41. Patricia Doran, Little River, watercolor

42. Peter Tysver, From Good Harbor, oil

43. Paul George, Paint Factory, oil

 

44 to 47 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan44. Jude Abbe, Essex Shipyard, oil

45. Danny Mears, Cloudy Valley, colored pencil

46. Mary Rhinelander, Twin Light, Drypoint Monoprint

47. Curtis Wilcox, Bruce Lee’s Enemies, mixed

 

48 to 51_ 2Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan48. Marny Williams, Epic Lighthouse, watercolor

49. Marianne Thompson, Gloucester Blue, oil

50. Sandra Herdman, Essex Burnham House, oil

51. Marianne Ghompson, Black Bird’s Song, oil

 

52 to 55_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan (25)52. Grace Frost, Anchor Lane, pastel

53. Daryl Jackson, Emergence, graphite on paper

54. Mary R. McCarl, Rooster Sunflower Pitcher, watercolor

55. Charlotte Roberts, From T. Wharf, gouache watercolor

 

56 to 59_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan56. Lea Donovan Watson, Little Yellow Flowers, collage

57. Jane Wolf, Tall Grass, watercolor

58. Katherine Coakley, Singing Beach, oil

59. Bavaka Robin Berger, Legends of Worlds Locked in Time, mono/mixed media

 

60 to 62_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan60. Jerry Ackerman, Moody Blues, watercolor

61. MaryJane Lane, Entranced, acrylic

62. Karen Fitzgerald, Resting Dories, watercolor

 

63 to 67_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan

63. Coco Berkman

64. Christine Pitman, Mums, acrylic

65. Jess Semeraro, Our Ravens, ink & watercolor

66. Kate Nordstrom, Mom’s Chair, oil

67. Joy Halstead, Cloud 9

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Fun Friday May 10 at TOHP Burnham Library Essex with Juni VanDyke and James McKenna children’s picture books

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The TOHP Burnham Library Essex is pleased to present Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads May 4 – June 21, 2019 for the libraries of Cape Ann

Featuring: Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, John Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury, Claire Wyzenbeek

Public Reception: Saturday, May 18 10AM-NOON

Temporary Public Art: Alexia Parker

Fun Fridays: May 10, 17, 31, June 7 at 4PM
Author James McKenna & Illust. Juni VanDyke If I were Series 5/10; Illust. Alexia Parker Bike’s Big Adventure and Pumpkin Carving 5/17; Author & Illust. Barbara McLaughlin The Long Way Home 5/31; Author Diane Polley & Illust. Marion Hall Let’s Go! Tracks in Snow 6/7

TOHP Burnham Library, Essex
30 Martin Street, Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-7410
Days/Hours: M1-7,T1-5,W1-7,Th10-5,F1-5,S10-12
https://essexpubliclibrary.org
https://capeannreads.wixsite.com/picturebooks

PDF print postcard HERE

 

Skipping to storytime! Big little crowd for Once Upon A Contest event featuring artist Juni VanDyke at the museum Manchester-by-the-Sea

Today’s program Seaside Saturdays: Cape Ann Reads Book Fun was enjoyed by all ages and featured the Once Upon a Contest group exhibition, stories and special guest artist, Juni VanDyke, who illustrated the If I Were series by James McKenna. Seaside Saturdays is a joint offering by Early Childhood Partners/CFCE, Manchester Public Library & Manchester Historical Museum. Once Upon a Contest Selections from Cape Ann Reads by the four libraries of Cape Ann is on display at Manchester Historical Museum through April 26th. In addition to the new and original books by local artists and writers, don’t miss Leslie Galacar’s four part public art sequence made just for this venue.

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perfect timing- skipping to Story Time? (I wondered if they were going to the museum. They were!)

 

Bustle of arriving, exploring (nifty new museum display!), visting, settling, and seat selecting

 

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Celebrating collaboration and picture books- photo L to R: Beth Welin, Director Manchester Historical Museum, Carol Bender Librarian (and former Cape Ann Reads jury member) Manchester Public Library, and Melanie Wood with Early Childhood Partners

 

AERIAL Once Upon A Contest program featuring Juni VanDyke at Manchester Historical Museum_20190413_©catherine ryan (20)Busy, busy- Children chose drawings VanDyke created especially for this event and set to work collaging. 

 

detail from public art in four pieces for Once Upon a Contest by Leslie Galacar for the Manchester leg of travel show
detail from site-specific public art in four parts by Leslie Galacar for Once Upon a Contest, Manchester Public Library at Manchester Historical Museum

 

Artist, writer, sommelier- PAIGE FARRELL | RELATIONSHIPS photography exhibit at Jane Deering Gallery #GloucesterMA

Don’t miss evocative pairings Paige Farrell solo exhibition

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The exhibition Paige Farrell | Relationships will be at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester MA through February 27th with a reception on Saturday February 23rd from 4:00-6:30pm. Farrell (writer, sommelier, and wine consultant) reveals the relationship between the world of two arts — the art of photography and the art of the grape. Her monthly wine column appears in Northshore Magazine, and she writes for The SOMM Journal, Boston Wine School, Winestone, and Reservoir and Wollaston Wine & Spirits. Farrell will be traveling to Valencia, Spain in March as the official wine correspondent for the Boston press, then to the Champagne region in France. Farrell holds a BA in French from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with studies at Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris, France and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Presently, she is a Diploma Candidate with the prestigious Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 12noon-5:00pm and by appointment at farrellpaige@gmail.com

Wow! Cape Ann in Kenya! 💖📚

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“This is Adare who just returned from Kenya,” writes Deborah French, Library Director of the TOHP Burnham Library in Essex, Massachusetts. The family captioned the photograph “So here is Cape Ann Reads with a giraffe!” What a super travel photo, and kind shout out to Cape Ann Reads and Cape Ann.

Several captivating and compassionate picture books included in the Once Upon a Contest: Selection from Cape Ann Reads travel exhibition currently on view at Cape Ann Museum focus on animal friends. Stop by to read the new books and see if you can find all the giraffe illustrations.

More Cape Ann Reads and library news: Gloucester Daily Times visits TOHP Burnham Library, Essex, Ma.

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Diane Polley read from her Cape Ann Reads award winning picture book”Let’s Go Animal Tracks in the Snow” Jan. 22, 2019 | photographer Paul Bilodeau captures scenes from the author reading and arts activity 

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.”

TREMENDOUS TURNOUT FOR CATHERINE RYAN’S CAPE ANN MUSEUM OUTSTANDING “ONCE UPON A CONTEST” OPENING EXHIBIT CELEBRATION!

The opening celebration for the beautiful new exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum, “Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads,” was fabulously well-received and well-attended. Artists, writers, Mayor Sefatia, Cape Ann Museum director Rhonda Falloon and staff, Cape Ann librarians, friends, families, and well-wishers were all there to join the celebration.

Congratulations to special exhibition curator Catherine Ryan, the Cape Ann Museum, and Cape Ann Reads Initiative for an outstanding show!

The exhibit highlights local writers and artists of children’s picture books from the Cape Ann Reads initiative. Cape Ann Reads, hosted by the area’s four public libraries (Sawyer Free, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex), was created to encourage literacy in young people through community and creative collaborations.

“ONCE UPON A CONTEST” RUNS FROM DECEMBER 20TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 24TH

Author/illustrators included in the exhibition:
Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, Jim Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury and Claire Wyzenbeek

Exhibit Curated and directed by Catherine Ryan, with support from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.

Deborah Kelsey, director of Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library

Cindy Grove, director of the Rockport Public Library

Sara Collins, director of Manchester’s Public Library

Deborah French, director of Essex’s TOHP Burnham Public Library

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM IS FREE TO CAPE ANN RESIDENTS DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JANUARY!

 

CATHERINE RYAN’S BEAUTIFULLY CURATED EXHIBIT AT THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM – ONCE UPON A CONTEST

Our Catherine Ryan has curated and designed a wonderfully fun and beautiful exhibit, “Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads,” currently on view at the Cape Ann Museum.  The exhibit highlights local writers and artists of children’s picture books from the Cape Ann Reads initiative. Cape Ann Reads, hosted by the area’s four public libraries (Sawyer Free, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex), was created to encourage literacy in young people through community and creative collaborations.

The exhibit is thoughtfully designed for little folks. The paintings are hung at just the right height for pint-sized readers and soon-to-be readers. Mock-ups of the books are placed on shelves within easy reach and petite chairs for little ones make for a cozy storytime feeling.

I took Charlotte to the Museum on Friday and she had a fantastic experience. We’re planning to return again this Friday!

Come join us at the opening celebration from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, this Saturday, January 5th, at the Cape Ann Museum, 2nd floor.

“Once Upon A Contest” runs from December 20th through February 24th.

Thank you to Charlotte and her Mom and Dad for the photos! The watercolor illustration Charlotte is sitting in front of is from my book, “Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly,” which was the original inspiration for the documentary film of the same name. The illustration shows a pair of Monarchs ascending into a maple tree, as they are mating. 

The Cape Ann Museum is free to Cape Ann residents during the entire month of January!

Author/illustrators included in the exhibition:
Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, Jim Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury and Claire Wyzenbeek

Exhibit Curated and Directed by Catherine Ryan, with support from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.

Deborah Kelsey, director of Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library

Cindy Grove, director of the Rockport Public Library

Sara Collins, director of Manchester’s Public Library

Deborah French, director of Essex’s TOHP Burnham Public Library

Countdown to Once Upon a Contest Reception at Cape Ann Museum

SAVE THE DATE! RECEPTION IS ONE WEEK AWAY

Cape Ann Museum reception for the four libraries of Cape Ann Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads travel show, Saturday, January 5th, 2019, 3-5PM

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photo credit: Installation partial view of “Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads” travel show debuted at Cape Ann Museum, December 2018.  © c ryan

Photo shows from left to right: in the foreground illustration by Leslie Galacar for Where in the World is Catherine Abigail written by Michael LaPenna; illustration for “Why does my dog…” written and illustrated by Mary Rhinelander; back wall left hint of temporary public art mural by Bonnie L. Sylvester, a Cape Ann tableau as walk-in installation, by the manuscripts (Sylvester illustrated The Tree in Dock Square by Jean Woodbury); back wall right drawing for Beauty on the Wing written and illustrated by Kim Smith; illustrations by Juni VanDyke for two books from the If I were … series by James McKenna; and a lower left corner from an illustration for  The Best Way Home, written and illustrated by Barbara McLaughlin.

 

Cape Ann Museum launches travel exhibit: Once Upon a Contest – Selections from Cape Ann Reads children’s picture books!

Discover a world of new, original picture books through art! Courtney Richardson shares Cape Ann Museum’s news for the Once Upon a Contest group exhibition  opening next week:

Cape Ann Museum Meredith Anderson designed header for Once Upon a Contest

Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads

A special exhibition celebrating local children’s book authors and illustrators

 GLOUCESTER, Mass. (December 14, 2018) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads, a ground breaking show on view until February 24, 2019, stemming from the country’s first children’s picture book contest hosted by four public libraries. The exhibition brings special attention to award-winning local artists and writers and the art of children’s picture books. There will be an opening celebration on Saturday, January 5 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. This program is free for Museum members, Cape Ann Residents or with Museum admission.  For more information visit capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455 x10. 

Once Upon a Contest was drawn from manuscripts recognized for distinction during the Cape Ann Reads 2017 original picture book competition.  The special group show was organized and circulated by curator, Catherine Ryan, with support from the Bruce J Anderson Foundation | The Boston Fund.  Visitors will find picture books created by traditional author-illustrators (individuals who create both text and illustrations), friends and family pairings, repeat partnerships, volunteer match ups, self-taught and master artists, storytellers, published authors, and educators. 

The exhibit features work by:  Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, Jim Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury, and Claire Wyzenbeek.

For a few, inclusion in this show will mark their debut display at a museum. The works on view range from preliminary mock ups and unfinished pages to final published illustrations for original books. They cover diverse themes and points of view and provide glimpses into stories and methodologies. The exhibition will include a reading nook for visitors of all ages.

Cape Ann Reads came about in 2015 when the four public libraries on Cape Ann –Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Manchester by the Sea Public Library; TOHP Burnham Public Library, Essex; and Rockport Public Library– began to work together to encourage and highlight community creativity, regional collaboration, and family literacy through a focus on children’s picture books. “A passion for writing literature and the arts is one thing that ties all four communities together making Cape Ann Reads a meaningful collaboration between our four libraries and the Cape Ann Museum,” explained Cindy Grove, Director, Rockport Public Library.

During the first year of implementation, the collaborating public libraries and Cape Ann Museum offered innovative monthly programming and free picture book themed workshops for families and adults as a vehicle for family literacy, a work of art and literature, and a form of engagement and recreation. The vibrant endeavor culminated in a public art call, Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads. “What an opportunity for a talented individual or individuals to produce a lasting piece of literature with such special meaning,” exclaimed Deborah French, Director, T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, Essex.

Scores of Cape Ann creatives responded to this open call for a chance to win a first edition printing. In fact, so much interest occurred that a writer’s group led by Gloucester Writers Center was established, and volunteer artists and writers stepped up to help people without a partner. Two jury panels selected Gulliver, Honor and Medal books in the spring of 2017.

The jury panel included librarians, acclaimed children’s book author-illustrators and a rare books dealer: Carol Bender, Pat Lowery Collins, Ann Cowman, Kate Strong Stadt, Giles Laroche, Bob Ritchie, Justine Vitale, Anna Vojtech, and April Wanner. Five children served on the kids panel. A reception and book fair was held in Gloucester’s City Hall in January 2018 thanks to Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken. Original sculpture trophies of the bespectacled Cape Ann Reads mascot, “Gulliver”, by fine artist Jason Burroughs, were presented to the Honor and Medal book recipients. Cape Ann Reads continues to foster connections among the children’s picture book network, and generate business. Six books have been self-published, reviewed, and sold in local stores. Reflecting on this boon, Sara Collins, Director of the Manchester by the Sea Public Library said “Cape Ann Reads has been an innovative incubator for authors and illustrators, with the offspring as marvelous and varied as you can imagine in this creative community.”

“The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to launch this important Cape Ann Reads exhibition just as it was to kick off the first Cape Ann Reads program with the Eric Carle Museum back in January 2016, ” said Ronda Faloon, Director Cape Ann Museum. The Museum scheduled the exhibition to coincide with the major Virginia Lee Burton retrospective, The Little House: Her Story, and the month of January when the Museum is free to area residents. The legacy of Burton is an inspiration for many Cape Ann Reads participants.

Once Upon a Contest opens in December 2018 and continues until February 24, 2019. Following its launch at the Cape Ann Museum, the exhibition will tour the four communities of Cape Ann throughout 2019 as follows: Manchester in April, Essex in May-June, Gloucester in August-September, and Rockport in October-November.

 

 

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In addition to the opening reception on Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Cape Ann Museum will offer weekly story time with Museum staff and guest readers on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. through March 31, 2019. On Saturday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. children and their families are invited to enjoy the special exhibition and participate in hands on art making and writing activities. This program is free and open to the public.  

During February school vacation week, the Museum will host children’s book creation workshops for school age students from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19 through Friday, February 22, featuring Leslie Galacar, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Claire Wyzenbeek, and Alexia Parker. These workshops are $15 for CAM Members or $25 nonmembers. To register contact Sarah Flanagan at 978-283-0455 x16 or email sarahflanagan@capeannmuseum.org.

 

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  • The four Library Directors of Cape Ann announcing “Gulliver,” the public’s name choice for the Cape Ann Reads mascot (left to right: Deb French, TOHP Burnham; Cindy Grove, Rockport; Deborah Kelsey, Gloucester; Sara Collins, Manchester), July 2016.
  • Cape Ann Reads kids jury selection panel (left to right: Josie, Alycia, Eli, Lucas, John). Deliberations were held at Cape Ann Museum, March 2017.
  • Bonnie L. Sylvester, illustrator (left) and Jean Woodbury, author (right) of The Tree in Dock Square, the first Cape Ann Reads Medal book, June 2017.
  • Claire Wyzenbeek (author and illustrator Henrietta’s Moon Egg) at her booth for Cape Ann Reads children’s picture book reception and book fair, January 27, 2018, City Hall Gloucester MA. ©Linda Bosselman.

The lovely, clever header and flyer were designed by Meredith Anderson at Cape Museum. A printable version is available below the break – please print, post and share!

And here is a link to a printable Once Upon a Contest press release

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Last chance! Final exhibition at Flatrocks Gallery closes December 16

Flatrocks Gallery Wrap it Up! 2  is on view through December 16th, 2018. More than eighty works in this closing group exhibition convey the gallery’s impact on contemporary area artists over the past ten years.  Artists include:

Willie Alexander; Bob Anderson; Kurt Ankeny; Peggy Badenhausen-Roma; Joan Benotti; Coco Berkman; Kyle Browne; Debbie Clarke; Pat Lowery Collins; Anne Marie Crotty; Jane Crotty; Pam Courtleigh; Jill Demeri;  Loren Doucette; Barbe Ennis; Billy Evans;  Jack Evans; Nina Fletcher; Brooke Gibson; Paul Cary Goldberg; Joy Halsted; Frances Hamilton; Leslie Heffron;  Andrew Houle; Pia Juhl; Ann Lafferty;  Otto Laske; Victoria Lopez; Erin Luman; Roger Martin; Jay McLauchlin; Shaun McNiff; Ann Melancon; Ruth Mordecai; Lee Nadel;  Mary Lou Nye; Hans Pundt; Mary Rhinelander; Margaret Rack;  Jenny Rangan; Kay Ray; Anne Rearick- Katlin; Katherine Richmond; Judy Robinson-Cox; Joyce Roessler; Gabrielle Rossmer; Lyla Roth; Lynn Sausele; Mary Jane Sawyer; Jill Solomon; Dawn Southworth; Marty Swanson; Karen Tusinski; Juni VanDyke; Anna Vojtech; Rokhaya Waring; Jane Weinshanker;  Mark Williamson; Judy Wright

Here are a few installation views (click to enlarge and view credit)

 

Preview now! LIVE art auction October 3, 2018: local artists annual fundraiser for Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library

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Wall facing entrance numbers 1-16

 

and continued with numbers 17-22

 

Wall on the right as one enters- numbers 23 – 42

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same wall photographed groups of 4

 

Walls to the left upon entering: 43 – 54 and 55 – 63

 

Organized by the Friends of the Library committee including Mary Weissblum Smith and the Art Advisory Committee, the (21st) Annual Art Auction on October 3, 2018, will feature 63 participating artists:

Jerry Ackerman, Deborah Aldrich, Melissa Aliberte, Nancy Alimansky, Anita Beloff, Coco Berkman, Linda Lea Bertrand, Sheila Farren Billings, Carol A. Bistrong, Lois Showalter Blankenship, Roy Blankenship, Isabel Brown, Katherine Coakley, Ray Crane, Mary L Crowningshield, David Curtis, Susan W. Daly, Michael DeCosimo, Patricia Doran, Cynthia Dunaway, Phyllis Feld, Susie Field, James Formichella, Grace Frost, N. Hale, Marion Hall, Joy Halsted, Jeanne Havran, Olga Hayes, Sandra Herdman, Deanie Johnson, Pia Juhl, Phyllis J. Kaplan, Susan Kelley, Fred L. Kepler, Barbara Kremer, Mary Jane Lane, Margaret Laurie, Carol Loiacono, Lauren Maher, Mary McCarl, Patricia McCarthy, Roy McCauley, Perry McIntosh, Danny Mears, David Millar, Kate Nordstrom, Christine Pitman, Mary Rhinelander, Richard Roche, Jess Semerano, Emily Strangman, Peter Tysver, Juni Van Dyke, James Watson, Lea Watson, Jeff Weaver, Alyce Wherren, Curtis Wilcox, Jane Wolf, Heidi Caswell Zander, Ann Mechen Ziergiebel

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BOUSTROPHEDONS group show at Flatrocks Gallery Sunday closing reception to feature performance piece

Last chance to see Boustrophedons (“…every other line is flipped, or reversed or mirrored”) group show at Flatrocks Gallery. Exhibition  features 8 artists: Joan Benotti, Paul Cary Goldberg, Ann McArdle, Valerie Weigand McCaffrey, Nick Neyeloff, Conny Goetz Schmitt, Linda Lagano Sojda, and Juni VanDyke. The closing Reception and special event is Sunday September 16, 2-4pm

(installation views – the natural light and architecture were in sync today with the show’s theme.)

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Last chance! Closely Related at Flatrocks

CloselyRelated closes tomorrow!

Lynne Saubele wall or ‘booth’ display from the group exhibition CloselyRelated at Flatrocks Gallery, curated by Juni VanDyke.

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Closely Related Closing Celebration Flatrocks Gallery

Please join us in a Closing Celebration on Friday June 22 from 5 to 7 at Flatrocks Gallery for the group exhibition Closely Related curated by Juni VanDyke and featuring local artists:

Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Shelly Champion, Loren Doucette, Paige Farrell, Jay McLachlan, Barbara Moody, Hans Pundt, Lynne Sausele, Patti Sullivan, Juni VanDyke

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Cape Ann Reads 2018 inaugural celebration of children’s picture books by local artists and writers

The Cape Ann Reads inaugural reception celebrating original children’s picture books by local artists and writers was held at City Hall in Gloucester, Massachusetts, January 27, 2018. Linda Bosselman of Sawyer Free Library was the official photographer for the packed event and she captured all its positive energy and people. An upcoming group exhibition featuring these participants will travel to the four Cape Ann communities. As you can see from the celebration pictures, the touring exhibition and its related receptions and readings will be worth a visit! Cape Ann Reads is an initiative by the four public libraries of Cape Ann.

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The Cape Ann Reads reception and awards ceremony opened  in style – thanks to the red-ribbon cutting courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Ken Riehl.

Cape Ann Reads childrens picture book reception-local authors & artists Jan 27 2018 City Hall Gloucester MA ©Linda Bosselman (33)

Cape Ann Reads 2018 ribbon cutting courtesy CAPE ANN CHAMBER 20180127_133442-ANIMATION

Portraits of the artists and writers

City Hall is a gorgeous venue for an art fair. Linda photographed all the local artists and writers at their individual picture book display booths. Effort was high. Kind friends manned booths for participants who were unable to attend: Ashley was there for Steven Kennedy and Victoria Petway, and Sinikka Nogelo represented Gail and James Seavey.

Cape Ann Reads childrens picture book reception-local authors & artists Jan 27 2018 City Hall Gloucester MA ©Linda Bosselman (20)
Cape Ann Reads Medal Book- The Tree in Dock Square, written by Jean Woodbury (L) illustrations by Bonnie Sylvester (R)

Welcome

Awards ceremony program began with a warm welcome of support for the arts from Mayor Romeo Theken and opening remarks by the Library Directors and special dignitaries

Jurors

Deliberations were held at Cape Ann Museum and Beauport Hotel.

Cape Ann Reads convened a nine member selection panel that included representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, former Children’s and Teen Librarian,  Rockport Public Library (now at Manchester); Kate Strong Stadt, former Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Ann Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex.  Joining these talented library staff members were three artists and award winning children’s book author-illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech. Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop provided another crucial area of book world expertise. Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process.

Each library and the Cape Ann Museum designated one child representative for the second jury — a thoughtful panel of children: Eli Porter, Alycia Hogan Lopez, John Recroft, Lucas Rodi, and Josie West. They put in tremendous effort to read every entry, prepare notes, and come together for discussion. They were tasked with close reading and instructions to let us know any books that were favorites or that they wanted to compliment. Several came to assist the event as junior staff.

 

Awards presentation – Cape Ann Reads Gulliver, Honor and Medal books

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Closely Related

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CLOSELYRELATED group show curated by Juni VanDyke for Flatrocks Gallery opens May 25, 2018. The opening Reception is Saturday May 26. Participating artists: Kathleen Gerdon ARcher, Shelly Champion, Loren Doucette, Paige Farrell, Jay McLachlan, Barbara Moody, Hans Pundt, Lynne Sausele, Patti Sullivan, Juni VanDyke

from the press release:  CLOSELY RELATED…an exhibit that attempts to identify and examine artistic elements that appear congruently in works by artists related by friendship or marriage, or by filial kinship, or by the duality of artist and place or…other.  (many possibilities)

Is our art influenced by our environment; our politics; the company we keep, and/or by our generic connections?  And is what we create truly unique? Or was Picasso right when he said: “Every painting already has a mother and a father.”?