Bird’s eye video | crowd joins #Adventureman Jamie McDonald finish in Gloucester Massachusetts March 27, 2019

Congratulations to Jamie McDonald, aka Adventureman, for his momentous, inspiring solo-run achievement across America~ And to his team! Little kids in the crowd sported red capes. GMG photographers are out in full force so great coverage will be coming like it’s St. Peter’s Fiesta.

Aerial no filter straight up phone video from rooftops across Gloucester Harbor. It was heartwarming to hear voices carry — from this height and battling wind–, to see the crowd stream past, pause by the Leonard Craske FisherMan at the Wheel memorial, then off to Pavilion beach by Beauport Hotel (site of former Birdseye factory) so Jamie could touch the water and conclude his generous journey. 

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David Cox in position

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BEAUTIFUL SNOWY EVENING IN GLOUCESTER TOWN- with MAN AT THE WHEEL, DESTINOS, UU CHURCH, OUR LADY OF GOOD VOYAGE, ST. JOHN’S, AND MORE

Beautiful…and slippery… stay safe 🙂

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Snowy evening in Gloucester #manatthewheel #gloucester

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First winter storm of 2019 #GloucesterMA

Scenes from Gloucester, MA, January 20, 2019, about 6:30AM and 35 degrees.

Fisherman at the Wheel memorial, Stacy Boulevard,

 

Three hours till high tide and surf is not placid

 

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Winter storm prep at the High School. It’s easy to see why it’s going to be icy

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Snow if you can still get some is perfect for snow cream!

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A WHALE OF A TAIL AT THE PAINT FACTORY

“Dive Deep Within” – Goetemann artist Deborah Redwood’s sculpture at the Paint Factory

Don’t you love the scale of Deborah’s piece? Much like Gloucester’s most beloved statues, the “Fishermen’s Wives Memorial,” “Man at the Wheel,” and “Joan of Arc,” “Dive Deep Within” is built to a very human scale and blends beautifully with the environment. “Dive Deep Within” is a statement, but does not try to compete with or dominate the surrounding landscape. Read more about Deborah’s piece here:

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and visit her website here: https://www.deborahredwood.com/

When I look at the subtle artistry of “Dive Deep Within,” I am reminded of the humungous abrasive metal sculpture that our community has been highly pressurized to accept, to not only find a suitable location for its installation, but to pay for its fabrication as well. One suggested site was the tiny narrow strip of green grass on the Rocky Neck causeway. When that location was wholeheartedly rejected, the next attempt was to locate the sculpture at the beautiful, but again very small, Solomon Jacob’s Park. This suggestion was especially nonsensical because the Solomon Jacob Park was specifically designed to be an open window to the working waterfront.

Monumentally large sculptures like that perhaps look best when sited in vast open spaces, a midwestern prairie or on a farm field; at a similar place where from the artist has made his home for most of his life, rather than Gloucester’s stunning waterfront.

Greatly appreciating the scale and intention of Deborah Redwood’s “Dive Deep Within”

October 🌈 around Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial

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Big October skies for Gloucester, MA. Yesterday’s afternoon rainbow was radiant, vast and fast

Gloucester’s FisherMan at the Wheel original custom landscape chain design needs repair

The landscape chain design encircling the site of the world famous Leonard Craske Man at the Wheel sculpture is lovely and simple. The repeating rings are an aesthetic choice and practical. There’s an understated wide ‘berth’ that’s respectful yet beckoning; one indelible memorial and thousands of ripples.

Perhaps the broken post was a snow plow? Who knows. Wonder how often a break occurs?

The color photographs were taken this morning. The black and white photographs were by Gordon Parks from his 1940s FSA photographs. The granite cenotaph markers were added in 2000.

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Boys in this Gordon Parks photo remain unidentified. 

This March storm was a Wyeth sort of morning

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VERY EXCELLENT SUGGESTIONS FROM MAYOR SEFATIA IN PREPARING FOR A POWER OUTAGE

From Mayor Sefatia:

Customers with power outages with operable phones should report to NGRID at 1-800-465-1212, if you have trouble and I have not posted! They might not be aware of it.

Thank you.

Preparing for Power Outages.

1. Purchase light producing objects.
Gather all the things that may provide light, such as a flashlight, candles, glowsticks, etc., and place them in an easily accessible area.

Attach iridescent or glow in the dark stickers on flashlights so that they can be easily located in little or no light.
Keep glowsticks in the freezer. The cool temperature in your freezer will slow the rate of reaction in the glowstick and make it last for 4-5 days instead of one or two.

Stick candles in pots that are deeper than the candle is long. That way, the light will reflect off of the side of the pot, creating more light, and will lessen the likelihood of a fire.

2. Keep a first aid kit handy. You never know what emergency might happen during a power outage, so it’s wise to stay prepared with a few days’ worth of medication.
Your first aid kit should include bandages (various sizes), gauze, tape, scissors, antiseptic solution such as hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, and pain medicine. You can buy first aid kits at various drugstores or assemble your own.
Keep a stash of batteries. Make an inventory of the different kinds of batteries your electronics use instead of assuming they all run on double-A or triple-A. Buy batteries in bulk — more than you think you’ll need — so that you’ll have a good amount in case of a prolonged outage.

3. Have your power company’s number stored. If and when the power outage does occurs, inform them (once will do) and they’ll give you an estimate of when you can expect to get electricity back. Knowledge is power.

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Art from Kristen Visbal Fearless Girl and Arturo Di Modica Wall Street Bull to Morgan Faulds Pike, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Judith Sargent Murray, Rusty + Ingrid, and Willow Rest

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Photo by Federica Valabrega. Temporary public art bronze sculptures: Kristen Visbal Fearless Girl installed for International Women’s Day March 8, 2017 faces off  Arturo Di Modica’s Charging Bull installed December 15, 1989. Fearless Girl was commissioned by State Street Global Advisory Stuart Weissman and part of McCann’s creative campaign

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Robert D. McFadden coverage in the New York Times about the Wall Street Bull by Arturo Di Modica the day after it was stealthily installed (and removed then reinstalled, evermore)

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Morgan Faulds Pike, Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial, Gloucester MA

 

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The Fisherman’s Memorial screen print by Rusty + Ingrid Creative Company on the cover and featured in North Shore Magazine’s April 2017 issue– which also includes articles on Cape Ann’s iconic sculptors, plus Manchester by the Sea and filming on Cape Ann

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October 2013 Willow Rest, 1 Holly Street, Gloucester, MA, window filled with Rusty and Ingrid Kinnunen screenprints –the first time I saw their work. I love how so many stores and restaurants feature creative arts. This one is a great case study and success story for creative exposure.

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Sargent House Museum, 49 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA. Judith Sargent Stevens Murray (1751-1820)

 

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Judith Sargent Murray story moment trail marker, Main Street, Gloucester, MA
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Anna Hyatt Huntington Joan of Arc Gloucester MA

wikipedia art feminismLook for Wikipedia-edit-a-thons (especially this week surrounding International Womens Day)  encouraging everyone to add content and push women to be contributors. No previous Wikipedia experience is necessary –training help at the events or editing Instructional videos at your convenience

GLOUCESTER HARBOR SNOWY DAY

Gloucester Harbor snowy day -3 Kim Smith 2016. JPGLooking out my office window its hard to believe this is an afternoon in April, not mid-February. The following is a quote friend Jamy left on my Facebook page today, “Spring, she could not help herself, she fell back into Winter’s cold embrace.”

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Gloucester harbor Greasy pole snowy day Kim Smith

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GLOUCESTER FISHERMEN’S MEMORIAL FUN FACT

After posting the Fishermen’s Memorial with snow flurries video, Facebook friend Susan Rittgers shared that her Grampa, Daniel Edward Cleary, was one of the engravers who carved the lettering at the base of the Leonard Craske statue. From the Bible’s Psalm 107:23, which reads: “They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships 1623-1923.” Daniel Edward’s brother, Timothy, worked in the quarry from where the granite was mined.

Thanks so much to Susan for letting us know that!

Gloucester Fishermens Memoria www.kimsmithdesigns.com