Resiliency- Claire Wyzenbeek’s inspiring artist talk and exhibition at Sawyer Free

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photo caption: after Claire Wyzenbeek’s artist talk at SFL 9/19/19 ©Linda Bosselman                                        Inspiring, thoughtful and genuine. Don’t miss any upcoming Claire Wyzenbeek artist talks. 

Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads and Wyzenbeek’s solo exhibition at Sawyer Free continue through September 30.

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Tomorrow night! Invited Artist Claire Wyzenbeek kicks off September reception Cape Ann Reads Sawyer Free Library

RECEPTION

Please join us for the September artists and writers Cape Ann Reads reception 6-8pm September 19th, 2019 on the main floor at Sawyer Free Library. The event will feature Claire Wyzenbeek, the Invited Artist for the Gloucester venue. Wyzenbeek will kick off the opening with a brief overview of her work, especially the beautiful and enigmatic Water and Lunar series on view for this exhibition.

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CLAIRE WYZENBEEK

Cape Ann Reads Invited Artist

Selections from Lunar and Water series

New paintings 2018-19

“Water is the wellspring of life. Living near the sea in Gloucester, where the moon calls the tides to rise and fall, where my garden is parched or flooded by the rain, I feel the water is everywhere around and within me.

Our bodies and feelings are fluid. The elation of floating in a calm bay, the release of tears flowing in grief, the vaporous clouds pregnant with rain all appear in my work as symbols of multiple experiences. Rising Tides and Beneath are about climate change, but also about emotions and relationships.  The Rain paintings were responses to the sorrows of loss. My figures and landscapes reflect life’s juxtapositions of love and suffering, awe and anguish, that flow through our internal and external worlds.”- Claire Wyzenbeek

Claire Wyzenbeek is the invited artist for the Gloucester venue of the “Once Upon a Contest” travel exhibition presented by the four libraries of Cape Ann. Wyzenbeek wrote and illustrated an original children’s picture book, Henrietta’s Moon Egg, a distinguished Cape Ann Reads Gulliver book. Wyzenbeek works in a variety of media with a current focus on building up layers of acrylic wash.  She maintains two studios; one at her residence in Gloucester and a second in Beverly where she teaches art classes.

Story time

Next week at the library, Wyznebeek will bring her award-winning children’s book Henrietta’s Moon Egg to a special Story time with Christy, Director of Children’s Services,  September 25, 2019.

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Hazel the dog sang with gusto at Cape Ann Reads library storytime! She inspired Mary Rhinelander’s charming picture book Why Does My Dog…?

 

 

Sawyer Free Library Children’s Services presented a fun family program featuring Mary Rhinelander for a weekly storytime with Christy.  Rhinelander read from her smart and funny new picture book, ‘Why does my dog…?” inspired by her lovable pet, Hazel, and fast facts about dogs. To everyone’s delight, her dog made an appearance and many new friends! 🙂🐾🐶

Hazel was so comfortable amidst all the bustle, she left us with a song when Rhinelander played a tune; a first time the dog shared her endearing talent in such a crowd. (And no treats were involved!) My battery died but there’s enough here to convey the joy:

Fine artist, Mary Rhinelander, works in a variety of media.  “Why does my dog sniff other dogs’ butts? (and other important questions),” is one of several picture books underway by Rhinelander as author & illustrator. Images below of original works and/or design in process © copyright Mary Rhinelander.

 

“Ever wondered “Why Does My Dog…”? Well I have! This picture book answers questions even adult readers ask themselves. Indeed, why DOES my dog chase her own tail? Dig holes in the back yard? Lick me all the time? These questions and many more are simply answered through a combination of words and humorous illustration.” – Mary 

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Library flyer for special event 9/11/19 

 

 

Save the date! Artist Mary Rhinelander reads from her children’s picture book for a special Cape Ann Reads storytime with Christy Rosso at Sawyer Free Library

Sawyer Free Library Children’s Services shares the flyer for this fun family program with special guest, Mary Rhinelander.  A surprise friend may make an appearance 🙂🐾🐶

Mark your calendars for this Wonderful  storytime September 11 2019 10AM

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Reception tonight! 𝘖𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘜𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 authors and artists at Sawyer Free library #GloucesterMA

Once upon a Contest: Selection from Cape Ann Reads 

ON VIEW AUGUST 1 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

TONIGHT! AUGUST 15th RECEPTION, 6:30PM

SEPTEMBER RECEPTION & INVITED ARTIST TALK SEPTEMBER 19, 6PM
GLOUCESTER LYCEUM & SAWYER FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2 DALE AVENUE, GLOUCESTER, MASS. 

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Front page news| Sawyer Free Library features Once Upon A Contest children’s picture books

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Gloucester Daily Times tremendous support for arts and library coverage is a big community builder.

Read Gloucester Daily Times article, “Cape Ann Reads Show Moves to Sawyer Free library”, by Caroline Enos here

 

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Scenes from Essex TOHP Burnham Library Reception

Here are a few scenes from the open house on Saturday May 18, 2019 at TOHP Burnham Library, Essex, for the Once Upon a Contest Cape Ann Reads exhibition. Most of the photos were taken at the beginning and at the end. What a great turn out on what felt like the first sunny Saturday this spring! Library Director Deborah French and librarian April Wanner welcomed the artists and writers and the community to a lovely public reception. The Friends of the Library provided coffee and baked goodies.

You can catch the exhibition at this venue through June 21, 2019. The temporary public art series by Alexia Parker is on view in this hall and look for one work in the library on the main floor. Three special upcoming programs in Essex feature Barbara McLaughlin this Friday May 31st at 4pm; Diane Polley & Marion Hall June 7th, 4pm; and Betty Allenbrook Wiberg. Contact the library for more information. Good to know: two fantastic playgrounds are close by the library and this exhibition: Memorial Park on the grounds surrounding TOHP, and Eagle’s Nest at Essex Elementray on Story Street.

 

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Family fun tomorrow! TOHP Burnham #EssexMA party 10am-noon, and Motif #1 all day #RockportMA

TOHP Burnham Essex Public Reception Saturday, May 18 10AM-NOON

Temporary Public Art: Alexia Parker
Fun Fridays: May 10, 17, 31, June 7 4PM
Author James McKenna & Illust. Juni VanDyke If I were Series 5/10; llust. 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! Animal Tracks in the 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

Essex Bicentennial display also on view.

snapshot scenes from Fun Friday May 10th and today below and TOHP Burnham hall installation views, Alexia Parker paper collage series, Hometown, for Once Upon a Contest group exhibition. 

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Rockport Motif #1 Saturday, May 18 all day

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Essex openings tonight- 4PM Fun Friday & Bicentennial Display at TOHP Burnham | 6PM Essex Art Collective at Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Fresh – Essex Art Collective exhibition

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tonight! Opening Party: Friday, May 10, 2019 at 6pm

Exhibit Hours on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10am – 5pm

Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Waterline Center, 66 Main Street (Rte. 133)

Come see FRESH new works by Essex Art Collective: women artists who collaborate in artistic endeavors and inspire each other to create paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, fiber arts, mixed media works and photography. Group Members Alison Taylor, Jen Grober, Jen Romans, Kristen Wilson, Mallie Pratt, Margaret Sweet, Melissa Glorieux, Naomi Chapman, Rosie Winthrop and Wrenn Bartlett invite you to see the show!

 

CAPE ANN READS EXHIBIT

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Reception: Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10am – 12pm

TONIGHT! Fun Friday featuring James McKenna/Juni Van Dyke books 4pm

Fun Fridays Featuring  Reading/Activity with Award-Winning Authors & Artistsmeet local artists and writers and enjoy free stories and visual arts events perfect for children to create artwork side by side with an older family member – either a parent, grandparent or a sibling May 10th, May 17th, 31st and June 7th at 4pm

Exhibit on View until June 21, 2019

Essex Town Hall, 3rd Floor, 30 Martin Street (an accessible facility)

Once Upon a Contest showcases award-winning children’s books by Cape Ann artists and writers. Congratulations to Essex resident and author, Diane Polley awarded Cape Ann Reads Honor Book for Lets Go! Animal Tracks in the Snow, with illustrations by Marion Hall. Congratulations to Essex resident and author, James MacKenna awarded Cape Ann Reads Gulliver Award for If I Were a Moose and If I were a Lion with illustrations by Juni VanDyke. And congratulations to Essex native and artist, Alexia Parker, for illustrating Cape Ann Reads Gulliver Award books for two authors, Pumpkin Carving and Bike’s Big Adventure. Parker is the Invitational Public Artist for the Essex show. Her series celebrates iconic Essex buildings and places in collage using solely paper and glue. Come meet some of these local authors and illustrators! Light refreshments by the Friends of the T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library will be served.

Side by side Once upon a Contest at TOHP Burnham in Essex:

Fantastic Essex Bicentennial display – don’t miss it!

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Sign up to receive notices from Visit Essex, MA – May is Blooming with Events to Enjoy info@visitessexma.com

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

 

Enjoying children’s picture books with Manchester librarian Carol Bender and artist Leslie Galacar

Scenes from Manchester last week © Beth Welin, Director of Manchester Historical Museum

Librarian, Carol Bender, Head of Youth Services, Manchester Public Library, reading Where in the World is Catherine Abigail by Michael LaPenna and illustrated by Leslie Galacar. The children from Magic Years were visiting Once Upon a Contest at Manchester Historical Museum.

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They met special guest artist Leslie Galacar.

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Last chance to catch Once Upon a Contest in Manchester-by-the-Sea and temporary public art by Leslie Galacar

Tomorrow is the last day to catch the travel exhibition Once Upon a contest in Manchester. Explore fantastic new children’s books by local authors and artists at the lovely Manchester Historical Museum. Friday will also be the last chance to catch Leslie Galacar’s temporary work consisting of a series of intricate illustrations that progress from the entry to the main gallery. Can you find this one on site?

The exhibition changes with each installation as each locale and architecture is unique and special-  as are the programs and public art component. The reading and art exhibit is coming to Essex next, opening on May 4th at TOHP Burnham Library.

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

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

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

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Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store special lecture presented by Manchester Historical Museum (Jordan family had a summer “cottage” Manchester-by-the-Sea)

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photo: Mr. and Mrs. Eben Dyer Jordan II, “The Rocks” or “The Eben Jordan Cottage” was built in 1903 and designed by Edmund Wheelwright* (*Longfellow Bridge), 50 Harbor Road, Black Beach Cove, Manchester by the Sea.

Eben Jordan II was born in boston on Nov. 7, 1857, the son of Eben Dyer Jordan and Julia M. (Clark) Jordan. Jr. founded the Boston Opera House, was president of the New England Conservatory of Music, and director of the Royal Opera in London and the Metropolitan Opera.

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information and visuals from Beth Welin, Director of Manchester Historical Museum:

Anthony Sammarco lecture Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store presented by Manchester Historical Museum at First Parish Chapel (across from the museum) on April 16th. Stop by Manchester Historical Museum to see Once Upon a Contest and head over for refreshements and a great talk!

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Scenes from art opening at the Historical Museum Manchester-by-the-Sea

These photos are mostly installation views BEFORE the lovely reception for Once Upon a Contest at the Manchester Historical Museum. The show continues through April 26th.  There was quite a turn out on that gorgeous sunny Saturday so I fell off duty taking photographs during the party. The Editor of the Manchester Cricket was on site; I will add a link to any story/photos. Please visit the beautiful exhibition, read the books explore the museum and library, and discover Leslie Galacar’s temporary public art installation created just for this site.

photo: Beth Welin Director of the Manchester Historical Museum and Sara Collins Director of the Manchester Public Library 

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Today’s paper- exhibit explores connection between art, literacy opens in Manchester by the Sea

Here’s the link: “Exhibit Explores Connection between art, literacy” Gloucester Daily Times by Gail McCarthy

 

Special February school vacation week family workshops at Cape Ann Museum!

Courtney Richardson shares Cape Ann Museum Once Upon a Contest February 2019 Vacation Fun!

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print out and share the flyer!- Cape Ann Museum February Vacation 2019 Flyer

 

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Once Upon a Contest: February Vacation Fun! Special family workshops with local children’s book illustrators and authors

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (February 8, 2019) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present special February Vacation week programming from Tuesday, February 19 to Friday, February 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum. Each unique session will feature one of the illustrators from the Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads special exhibition. Daily registration is required, $15/member family; $25 nonmember family. To register call Courtney Richardson at 978-283-0455 or email courtneyrichardson@capeannmuseum.org.

Families are invited to sign up for all 4 workshops! Meet the fine artists, read a story, explore media & methodologies, create art & stories and enjoy a light snack! Each day is different:

Tuesday February 19:  Fun with Figures and Find Franklin the Cat: illustration in marker and ink with Leslie Galacar, illustrator of  the award winning “Where in the World is Catherine Abigail,” written by Michael LaPenna

Wednesday February 20:  Make story headbands with “Small Elephant” Cape Ann Reads award winning book illustrator Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, written by Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg

Thursday February 21:  Create nocturnal paintings on colored paper like “Henrietta’s Moon Egg,” a Cape Ann Reads Gulliver award winning book written and illustrated by Claire Wyzenbeek 

Friday February 22: Cape Ann houses of illustration – paper collage with Alexia (“Lexi”) Parker – Bring a picture of your house! Lexi’s illustrated projects include Cape Ann Reads Gulliver Books “Bike’s Big Adventure”  and “Pumpkin Carving”; also Crabs the Lobster, a volume of Poetry, and a historic coloring book for the town of Essex.

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FREE youth and family program at Cape Ann Museum Saturday morning!

 

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Stop by Cape Ann Museum Saturday morning January 12th from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m for a fun reception!  As part of CAM Kids Second Saturday series, explore the inventive worlds of children’s books in the special exhibitions on view this winter: The Little House: Her Story and Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads! Meet some of the writers and artists featured in the exhibit, enjoy light refreshments, draw & color, explore the gallery with a “Seek & Find” and more!

 

 

 

Also look for Story Time in the Gallery each Wednesday through March!

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