Closing Artists Reception for Leon Doucette & Peter Herbert ART@the Icehouse Gallery

Closing Reception for Leon Doucette & Peter Herbert

If you missed our very successful Grand Opening Reception October 13th for this Exhibit, now is your last chance!— Please join us for our upcoming Closing Artists’ Reception for Leon Doucette & Peter Herbert at ART@the IceHouse, Cape Pond Ice Company, this Saturday afternoon, November 3, from 3 pm – 6 pm.
Saturday, November 3, Closing Artists’ Reception, from 3-6 pm,
ART@the IceHouse, 104 Commercial Street, Fort Wharf, Gloucester

Please join us to view these lovely portraits, and land and sea-scapes by two talented local artists!

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ART@the Icehouse reception for Leon Doucette & Peter Herbert

Scott Memhard reflects on ART@The Icehouse reception for Peter Herbert and Leon Doucette Recent Works: “Good, appreciative crowd, in spite of all going on in Gloucester last night!” I heard it was packed and gorgeous.

courtesy photos from Cape Pond Ice and Pauline Bresnahan

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Motif Monday- how about monumental murals at O’Maley by art school grads that were former alumni

The O’Maley Innovation Middle School campus setting is rather bucolic. There’s a line of apple trees that still bear fruit and suggest the original farm, playing fields are stepped down surrounded by marsh and pond, Dogtown stretches along one edge, and Pole Hill rises up across the way. Community volunteers and students have created lovely decorative gardens. Yes, the track needs work and the playing field could be upgraded to turf like Gloucester High School’s New Balance-Newell Stadium. But it’s a beautiful spot to walk or catch a game. Ed Tedesco designed O’Maley in 1971. Although I believe the architect was quite sensitive to the setting, I understand how people criticize the exterior as harsh, or worse. “It feels like a prison!” exclaim some (and others joke. It is a middle school afterall.) You know what I see on the exterior when I come to O’Maley? Beautiful walls. Interesting shapes. Expansive public space ready for art and ideas.

O’Maley walls, photos from 2015

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You can’t judge a book by its cover. OR can you? O’Maley has the potential for its shell to match the creative arts and legacy at its core. There are stunning historic murals from the 1930s and 40s in the Commons. The arts curriculum is valued and celebrated. The arts teachers are amazing. If there is any school in Massachusetts that sings out arts and legacy, let it be here. Monumental public art and street art abound in Gloucester.

Parsons Street before, after, and after

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public art in Gloucester, MA and context collages

 

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And not just for flat surfaces. Artists have suggested creative responses to Americord’s striated surface like a piano keys mural along the wall (a motif you may have seen elsewhere); others proposed a changing light installation when the cultural district designation was underway. 

Stephanie Benenson’s temporary installation Harbor Voices at City Hall

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Street art has become big business. Cities and towns around the world vie for renowned muralists in a competitive commercialized market with varying degrees of success.

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I vote Former Alumni

O’Maley Innovation Middle School has the perfect walls for showcasing creative voices of former alumni who are art school grads (or currently enrolled)– professionally trained and inspired to leave a mark. Ever since the dynamite 18UP and Under 30 exhibition, supporters hoped to catalyze possibilities for these emerging artists. Murals taken to this scale warrant investments of $15,000 per artist per wall.

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just a few of the grads…Chris Budrow | Kate BresnahanJason Burroughs | Lexi Chipperini |Jon Cooney | Jeff Cluett | James Curcuru | Nicole Dahlmer | Leon Doucette | Alessia LoGrasso | Avery McNiff | Micah O’Conner| Mary Sullivan

Before I saw walls of possibility. I still see that, but now I imagine specific artists and I hope you do, too. There are plenty of walls to go around at O’Maley.

 

 

a few more international street art mural examples

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Gloucester in the news: Leon Doucette wins global art contest

Leon Doucette’s work was recognized in the American Portrait Society‘s 20th annual International Portrait Competition. A group show for the finalists was held  April 2018.

Beautiful news! Gloucester Daily Times, May 4, 2018 “Local Artist Wins Global Contest: Portrait of Girlfriend Takes Drawing Category”

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20th anniversary International Portrait Competition
2018 Finalists The Art of the Portrait Conference
April 19-22, 2018 – Washington, DC area
It has been a record setting year for the Portrait Society of America. February 1st marked the beginning of our 20th year sharing a passion for the portrait, as of today we have almost 1,000 people registered for the annual conference, and at midnight on February 22, we surpassed our previous number of entries by over 400 – with 2,733 entries submitted to the International Portrait Competition.  Portraiture is alive and well! Thank you to all the artists that submitted work and were part of such a historic time in our organization. Congratulations to the 24 selected finalists

photos (click to enlarge): (1)2016 private commission stemming from 18 Up and Under 30 exhibition at the Hive (2)Nov 2015 portrait of Leon (3) 2015 artist page

Annisquam Arts & Crafts Fair | Fall art shows

Arts events are still going strong tomorrow October 8 AND Monday, Columbus Day weekend.
Annisquam Arts & Craft Show Sunday only Oct 8

Cape Ann Artisans trail Sunday and Monday

Peabody Essex Museum Ocean Liners  Sunday and Monday  CLOSING OCT 9TH

American Craft Week Oct 6-15 goodlinens event, Local Colors, Pauline’s gifts, DIVa, and more

Cape Ann Plein Air Oct 8-16

Cyclocross is Oct 14 & 15 2017

Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Doctobrefest Documentary Film Festival Oct 13-19
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Scary Movies all October Why should Salem have all the fun?
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage with UU Church SILENT horror movies- Hunchback of Notre Dame Oct 17, 7:30PM featuring world famous pipe organ maestro Peter Krasinski

FANTASTIC Rockbound at Cape Ann Museum CLOSING oct 29

Photos: Some of the booths and participating artists from today at the Annisquam Arts & Craft fair which is open two days only: Saturday Oct 7 & Sunday October 8, from 10-5. Many of the artists are part of the Cape Ann Artisans trail this weekend and/or have shops/stores!

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Sue Niemi, Ten Pound Studio various textile artists- Sue Niemi wearing and touching some of her scarves in the group booth, Annisquam Arts & Craft Fair 2017
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Jane Keddy clothing, sachets, original prints mostly Gloucester scenes

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Scenes from Jane Deering Gallery reception

Photographs sent to GMG from Jane Deering Gallery

‘Drawn from Life’ @ Jane Deering Gallery . 19 Pleasant Street . Gloucester  .  through June 30th . Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays 12-5:00PM.

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 Drawn from Life group show installation May-June 2017 Jane Deering Gallery. Works by artists Mary Heebner (California); Leon Doucette (Cape Ann); Celia Eldridge (Cape Ann)

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Charles Fine Arts: Form–Face-Figure Exhibit

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IMG_3296On Exhibit at the Charles Fine Arts located at 196 Main Street Gloucester.

FORM  FACE FIGURE  starting Saturday March 18th – April 9th

Includes Live Portrait Sessions by Geoffrey Chalmers, Eli Cedrone, and Leon Doucette

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Last Chance: Fresh art exhibit at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

Open today and tomorrow 12-4 including Sunday Closing Reception, Raffle event 2-4pm

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LIVE FROM THE FUN AND FABULOUS FRESH SHOW AT THE ROCKY NECK CULTURAL CENTER!

dscf6262Your antidote to February ~ don’t miss the beautiful FRESH show at the RNCC!

The gallery exhibit runs from February 2nd to March 12th. For the full schedule of events and workshops held in conjunction with the exhibit visit Backyard Growers Events here.dscf6296

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Gloucester Cape Ann: history of fall art fairs and events

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October is gorgeous!  And it’s teeming with parallel exhibitions and cultural events. What an exciting environment to view and buy vital work from living artists and artisans– emerging, mid-career and established.

Founded in 2016-  Cape Ann Plein Air October 10-16– beginning next week!

Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.

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Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven, October 29, 2016

Founded in 2012- Paint Essex annual Plein Air moved from summer to fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016

Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008) runs Oct 14-20. Busy schedule includes  3D Flight of the Monarch Butterflies co-hosted with Kestrel Educational Adventures and Screenagers co-hosted with Sawyer Free and evenings with filmmakers.

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Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5

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Founded in 1984-  Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, held October 5, 2016. October book reading with Anna Solomon October 13, 2016

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Founded in 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest in the country)- Oct 8 and 9th featured as part of Artweek Boston Sept 30-Oct 9

 

Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Premiering this month- Man in Snow, the newest play by Israel Horovitz through October 23rd. GMG Podcast

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Founded in 1873- Cape Ann Museum is a top notch American art museum. The must see exhibit Design/Build closes October 9th. Voicing the Woods- Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker opens October 20. Recent Acquisitions continues into December.

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More scenes from October 2016 Annisquam Arts&Crafts fair, Annisquam Exchange, and Brace Cove Art Market and links to other fall happenings!

 

Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October.

Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company

Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October 22 (rain date Oct 23)

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” October 7th was the last one.

Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann October 4th. Look for this fun event next year!

Annual American Craft Week held in October

The list above gathers special events and festivals that run annually each October.  At the same time, 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. 

Art of fatherhood: Gloucester artists and writers

A small selection of images and words about and by fathers, with Gloucester ties. What would you add? Happy Father’s Day!

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Edward Hopper, portrait of artist’s father, Whitney Museum

 

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They took my father’s father from the mines

and laid him, broken, on the kitchen table,

the wake singers lifting their lines

above the water heater he had often mended.

 

My father always dreamed of him alive,

able to whittle an oak peg for every split thing.

all my father lost at the age of nine

enclosed his life, his air.

 

In my flood dream, I carry my father

piggyback–easier than a kid’s coffin–

to safety from the Susquehanna River

as light as a dollhouse, now, or violin.

Joseph Featherstone, from his book of poems, Brace’s Cove

 

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Gordon Parks, “Gloucester, Massachusetts. Anthony Parisi, an Italian fisherman’s son.” Library of Congress, FSA collection

 

Caitlin

To be seven when a brother dies–

to have shared a room.

Her silence frightened us.

 

One night she rose from the table

and climbed to the top of the stairs.

We heard the small voice

 

singing each of the songs

from the funeral service.

The next morning in school

 

she announced to her class,

“I am ready for questions now.”

by Joseph Featherstone, from Brace’s Cove

 

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Gordon Parks, “Gloucester, MA. Frank Domingos kissing a vessel representing remains of a saint, during ceremonies at his father’s home…” Library of Congress

full title for the Gordon Parks photograph above: “Frank Domingos kissing a vessel representing remains of a saint, during ceremonies at his father’s home, part of the tri-annual fiesta of Pentacost. The celebration–including the chosing of an Imperator, and visiting, eating, drinking, and worship in the home, culminates in a parade and blessing by the priest–originated with ancient Portugeese fisherman, drought-stricken, who prayed for assistance and received it.”

 

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John Hays Hammond with daughter, Natalie Hays Hammond. collection Library of Congress

Captain’s Courageous was published in 1897. “During the winter of 1897-98 I made another trip to South Africa, and on the same boat with me were Rudyard Kipling (Rudyard was named after a place where his father and mother first met), his wife, and his father, Lockwood Kipling, the artist. They proved excellent traveling companions and we have maintained our friendly contact ever sense.” – John Hays Hammond 

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John Lockwood Kipling and Rudyard Kipling

The Kiplings collaborated: the artist John Lockwood Kipling illustrated many of his sons’ books.

John Lockwood Kipling Jungle Book

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John Lockwood Kipling, The White Seal

 

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Cecilia Beaux, portrait sketch of William Foster Biddle, Pennsylvania Academy Fine Art, gift of Sandwith Drinker  (Biddle like a father to Cecilia)

 

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William Morris Hunt, Prodigal Son, Brattleboro Library

Hunt purchased a former barn and adjoining carpenter’s shop in Magnolia. “…in three weeks the old, unsightly buildings were converted into a picturesque structure with galleries on the outside, one of them ending in a seat in an old willow-tree. The carpenter shop was turned into a studio, the chief light coming from the wide-open door…The barn was two stories in height, the lower portion being occupied by the van, a phaeton and a dog-cart, as well as by stalls for two or three horses. The upper room was known as the “barracks”, and half a dozen cot-beds were arranged around the sides, as seats by day and beds by night…In a single afternoon his celebrated Gloucester Harbor was painted, and he returned to Magnolia aglow with enthusiasm. “I believe,” he exclaimed, “that I have painted a picture with light in it!…Go out into the sunshine, and try to get some of its color and light. Then come back here, and see how black we are all painting!”

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William Morris Hunt, Gloucester Harbor, 1877, MFA Boston

 

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John Singer Sargent portrait of the artist’s father, Sargent House Museum

 

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Family portrait: Isabel Manship, Sara Janet, Elizabeth, Pauline, John Paul, Paul Manship

 

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Lee Kingman, Peter’s Pony, 1963, with illustrations by Fen Lasell

 

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Leon Doucette, portrait of the artist’s father

 

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Milton Avery 1933 drypoint (March, his daughter)

 

Winslow Homer captures the waiting and watching experienced by so many families in Gloucester. Homer’s father, Charles Savage Homer, left for extended start-ups: to California for gold, to Europe.  Winslow Homer’s mother was a professional and gifted artist who raised three stellar boys solo, a lot. The Homer family remained tight knit.

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Winslow Homer, Dad’s Coming, 1873,  National Gallery of Art

 

Friday Nights at the A&P

By Ruthanne “Rufus”  Collinson

When I was a kid

there were Friday nights to get lost in.

There was Mama

to take me shopping,

the smell of outdoors on her wool coat.

There was the A&P on Main Street,

the long spread out time

to wander the rolling floors

and smell the oranges and the coffee grinding.

There was no talking with Mama and me

She chose the food and I thought,

the long time of thinking away from Mama

in the A&P.

I watched the women

with heavy faces and deep frowns

weighing out their fruits

I thought about how bad they looked,

but I knew they didn’t want to die

because of the way they cared

about stacking the apples.

Sometimes I lost Mama and her sadness

but she would find me and take me

to the check out

where I picked up Daddy’s Pall Malls

and then stayed close to her wide sleeve

as we carried our lumpy brown bags

past Paul T. Reddy’s Dancing School.

I heard people dancing upstairs

Shadows in the window suggested music

and the end of time laid out like that.

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Thanksgiving Break Pop-Up Sale & Exhibit to support young, local artists At The HIVE

Thanksgiving Break Pop-Up Sale & Exhibit to support young, local artists

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Hi Joey

ONE NIGHT ONLY: mark your calendars, November 28th is just 11 days away. Here is the latest roster poster for the 1st Thanksgiving Break POP UP fair at the HIVE, Gloucester’s amazing downtown arts center.  Can’t wait to see what these young local artists do!

Love the local all that day. Saturday, November 28th, is ‘Small Business Saturday’ – marketing, yes, but as opposed to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, why not? Support our businesses. SHOP SMALL downtown, stop by the Hive to see and shop more from 4-8, and then head out to eat or restaurant hop.  

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micah o'connor

nicole dahlmer

Alexis chipperini

david fanning

Avery McNiff

Jon Cooney

betsey janus

mary sullivan

james curcuru

Sam Orlando

jason burroughs

Kate Bresnahan

Allessia Lograsso

Tyler Devlin

Leon Doucette

Jennifer Ziller

Jennifer Ziller

The Hive is hosting Gloucester’s Young Artist Pop-Up Show on November 28th. Check out the artist directory below.

Young Artist Directory

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@simonebodmerturner glazing her footed planters for the kiln. #ceramics #gloucesterma

@simonebodmerturner glazing her footed planters for the kiln. #ceramics #gloucesterma

Cathy Kelley getting ready to teach her sketchbook and drawing class. #creativity #gloucesterma #artclass

So excited to be making self boxes! #creativity #highschoolart #reflectiontime

Tuesday watercolor class starts tonight! Join us next week 6-8pm

TAG design for the 18up and under 30 yolo artists and Thanksgiving Break pop up art fair

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Hi Joey,

Here’s the TAG prototype design for the yolo artists. What an awesome downtown arts center!

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The art of Leon Doucette

This distinguished, brooding portrait almost seems to depict some Spanish caballero of the type painted by Velázquez or El Greco. However, I met a cheerier version of this same face on Wednesday at the Cape Ann Museum.  It belongs to Leon Doucette, who was our docent for the regular 11AM guided tour.  He grew up in Gloucester, moved away for a few years (including college), and then moved back recently and started working at the Cape Ann Museum.  His local knowledge and love of art was evident in the tour he gave us.

Besides being a really nice person, he is a very talented painter. When he said he is an artist, I looked him up right away on my iPhone and found his blog.  My first thought when I saw his painting was, “why is this guy not 24/7 behind an easel?”  I guess it’s hard for an artist – especially a young man who is relatively new on the scene – to get enough work painting to do that full-time.  At least he has a job in an art museum!  But honestly, his work is really good, worth checking out. Here’s another image from his website:

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The artist's father

Great, isn’t it?  There is a lot more on his blog.

Sadly, he doesn’t have any work on display right now in Gloucester. I am going to follow his blog in the hopes he announces a local show sometime soon.

I wonder how many other talented young artists like Leon are hidden in our midst…  They are the future of the art community here on Cape Ann.  I hope they get the support and recognition they deserve.

Fortunately, we have initiatives like the The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group, which meets the second Monday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 at the Annie.  In general, from what I’ve seen, the Cape Ann art community is very welcoming and encouraging for artists who are new to the area.