What a photo! Moment when local veterans services Director celebrates boy’s father who is currently deployed across the oceans

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Gloucester Daily Times front page November 9, 2018 features photograph shot by ©Paul Bilodeau for Ray Lamont article “Cape Ann Celebrates its vets this weekend”

Cape Ann Veterans services helps families and community stay connected to those who  serve. The boy’s father, Jason Rutkauskas, is serving in the Navy. Jason is also a wonderful soccer coach!

Calling all photographers! Capture the beauty of Essex County photo contest…Essex National Heritage 📷

Rules for the 2018 annual photography contest from Essex National Heritage

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Photographers get snapping!

All photographers are invited to submit images to the 2018 Photo Contest. This contest captures the spirit of the Essex National Heritage Area & images that speak to the role of Essex Heritage in preserving the historic, cultural, and natural treasures of Essex County.  All submissions are due by December 15, 2018. Any photograph captured between January 1, 2018 and December 15, 2018, and assigned to one of three contest categories is eligible to win: People of Essex County; Off the Beaten Path; A closer Look

We’re looking for Instagram-worthy pics you have snapped that showcase the beauty and uniqueness of Essex County. The rules are simple: at any point during our Photo Contest period (January 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018) you can tag your best Essex County photos with #EssexHeritagePhotoContest to enter; if your account is private, be sure to direct message us the pic so we can see it. After the cut-off date, Essex National Heritage will compile what we have and our staff will pick the top 9. Then our Instagram community will vote on the best one! Questions? DM us @EssexHeritage

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Meet the artists! Peter Morse and David West reception tomorrow at Jane Deering Gallery

Last weekend! Meet the artists at the closing reception Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 5-7pm. Neither Mustard Nor Teeth, photographs by Peter Morse, drawings by David West, Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

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LAST CHANCE: Peter Morse and David West artist reception at Jane Deering Gallery September 29

art exhibition closing soon! Meet the artists at the closing reception Saturday, September 29 5-7pm. Neither Mustard Nor Teeth, photographs by Peter Morse, drawings by David West, Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Deering September 2018

from the exhibition release:

“Neither Mustard nor Teeth, by artists Peter Morse and David West, is an exploration of the everyday discipline of the artist searching to find the extraordinary and the beautiful among the quotidian rhythms of ordinary life.

Morse’s photos call attention to the overlooked. They catch moments of light, pattern, form and structure that might otherwise be sensed only out of the corner of the eye. What is captured in the frame draws us nearer, asks us to pause. While grounded in the ordinary, they leave the viewer with questions about time and place and the seemingly familiar. West’s drawings feature the townscape of Gloucester as seen by a non-native. They are visual handshakes from a Southern alien coming to terms with a new place for the first time. The quiet empty spaces offer little peace; the architectures crowd each other and jostle for attention as they attempt to stay upright.

Both bodies of work are rooted in the act of stopping and looking, the life blood of the artist. Slowing down. Being present in the moment long enough to pay attention and to record. Whether the action is contained in the fraction of a shutter click, or the longer process of drawing, each is a response to the quiet call of objects and moments at hand. The phrase — neither mustard nor teeth — is from the essay, Of Power and Time, by the Massachusetts poet Mary Oliver. Oliver tells of the tensions between the necessity of living in the world with its demands of time and task and energy, all the while striving to see the inherent beauty of it all, to make sense of it through the creative process:

It is six a.m., and I am working. I am absent-minded, reckless, heedless of social obligations, etc. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written. I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt. My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely. It does not include mustard, or teeth.

Peter Morse lives in Amesbury, and David West is resident here in Gloucester. Both artists are in need of going to the grocery as well as the dentist.

Peter Morse holds a BA Summa Cum Laude from Gordon College and an MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford, CT. Residencies include Berlin, Germany, New York, NY and Portland OR. He teaches at Gordon College where he is also Manager of the Barrington Center for the Arts and the Gallery. He has exhibited in the US, Germany and Cuba. Morse maintains a studio in Amesbury MA.

David West is originally from Mississippi. He holds an MFA from Louisiana State University with a concentration in printmaking. He is Associate Professor of art at Gordon College, Wenham MA where he is Chair of the Art Department. West is also Co-Founder/Curator of ArtSpace 86 Gallery in Jackson MS. He has exhibited widely in the US. West is now living in Gloucester MA

Sun Kissed Harbor

The best light for photographing sunsets is always after a heavy quick moving thunder storm this image I took last year.. image size is 9×20 I will only be printing 10 images at this size please feel free to contact me at (978) 559-1944 or email at marlexop@yahoo.com

AfterGlow

I knew once I saw weather and the quick rain storm was coming through around 5 that the sunset would be amazing.. and it sure was even more then I could have predicted. Once I saw the sky clearing up on the horizon I grabbed gear and off I went to Corliss Landing.

Good Harbor Rainbow

Sunday’s weather was all over the place rain then sun, awesome clouds and light for photography . Then as I approached the footbridge I saw a rainbow just barley forming, snapped a quick photo before it disappeared,, that’s why I always have my camera on me.

Opening Day

Here’s a shot I had been thinking of doing for opening day,, being a huge Sox fan, and baseball fan. The feeling of home opener means a lot to me brings me back to when I was a kid playing baseball in the churchyard and down the fields or hair playing catch in the backyard,I know to some they have lost the passion because of all the big contracts and how expensive it is to spend a day at the ballpark,, all I have to say to those is grab a glove and ball a couple friends and just have a pick up game, I know that feeling will comeback!!

Let’s Go Redsox

Lanescove Shack

Sunset photo from Lanescove, this was a happy accident, walking from one side of the cove to the other I saw the colors behind the shack and trees so I climbed down the rocks since the tide was low I was able to frame this shot. First time I’ve seen this angle. Hope you guys like it, thank you

Please feel free to contact me if interested in purchasing any of my photos, website is in the works. I can be reached at (978) 559-1944

Magnolia Pier

One of my most photographed subjects is the magnolia pier. Seeing it in its current state makes me sad but I know the people involved in the reconstruction will get her back to normal as soon as they can. For those that don’t know the Pier was severely damaged during the last few storms with damaging surf dismantling it making it unsafe .

Red Skies

This was taken last summer after a quick thunder storm rolled through. The intense colors that came after were breath taking the marsh at low tide created these pools that absorbed the colors, Corliss Landing, a spot that never disappoints for sunsets.

Summer Dreaming

Waking up early this morning to go catch sunrise I heard the wind and decided to not go shoot,, yes I’m a fair weather photographer, well only when it’s March and the temperatures in the teens with wind chill.. I hope you enjoy this sunset shot from Colby Farm taken last September

Beacon Sunset

Driving around the back shore in Gloucester there are so many incredible views of our gorgeous town, this scene is no different. As I approached the Beacon Marine the light was changing fast I knew there wasn’t much time so I quickly pulled over and grabbed gear and set up through the railings just in time,

Moon Lit

Sometimes things just line up for you. While watching and waiting for our Snowy Owl to take flight and hunt,, she landed on this telephone pole perfectly aligned with the moon..

Calm Before the Storm

This image was taken last Thursday before the storm came through, Long Beach did not look the same for the next few days.

Also a big thank you to Joey for making me part of the team. Hoping to share a lot more of my images with you all thank you for the support