On Sunday Charlotte and I took a trip in her little red wagon over to visit Kathy Archer’s and Barbara Moody’s beautiful new gallery, Float, on Rocky Neck. The gallery is located at 77 Rocky Neck Avenue, #3, on Madfish Wharf. On exhibit are Barbara’s gorgeous paintings and Kathy’s stunning photos, and the two make for a wonderful nature inspired pairing.

Currently the gallery is open on weekends from 12 to 6pm. As of June 15th, Float will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 6pm.

See more works by Barbara here.

See more works by Kathy here.

Shana Garr and Barbara Moody

While at Float, Barbara introduced me to Shana Garr, curator at Fruitlands Museum. Fruitlands is located in Harvard, Massachusetts, and fairly recently joined the Trustees group of properties (2016). Shana and Barbara thought our readers would like to know of an upcoming exhibit featuring milkweed and hummingbird feeders by artist Esther Solondz titled “Floating Between Two Worlds.”

Esther Solondz: Floating Between Two Worlds

June 1, 2019 to November 3, 2019

Esther Solondz, Milkweed Towers, 2019

Esther Solondz’s new art installation is an open, translucent structure filled with fragile milkweed sculptures and crystalline hummingbird feeders that create a give and take between what is outside and what is inside. The sculpture is situated in the field beside the Fruitlands Farmhouse, and the artist is inspired by its Transcendentalist associations. This work explores the overlapping relationship between the natural world and the art world.

Saturday on Rocky Neck – Party Lineup

moolongz book launchand spontaneous collaboration

The Moolongz love a good party and hope you do too. The I See Moolongz backer rewards and book launch party is happening this Saturday, September 27th from 4-6:00pm at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street. Everyone is welcome. The party will also include a unique exhibit of five works by five artists in five weeks, called Spontaneous Collaboration. The I See Moolongz party will immediately be followed by a Colors party at the Rocky Neck Gallery (come as a color), 53 Rocky Neck Ave. starting at 6:00 and a Madfish Wharf Galleries Season Wine Down party starting at 7:00 at 77 Rocky Neck Ave.

A bunch of good, fun reasons to get yourself to Rocky Neck this Saturday.

Great Line Up Of Events on Rocky Neck

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Thurs Sept 4: Nights on the Neck!

Friday, Sept. 5: Gordon Goetemann: Extending Boundaries Opening Reception 4-6PM at the Cultural Center

Saturday, Sept 6: Tricia Nadeau Conant Opening Reception at Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Cooperative 6-8PM

Sunday, Sept 7: Richard Rosenfeld and Bob Crandall in the first Rocky Neck Conversations series talks on Air Wars, 7PM at the Cultural Center

Tuesday, Sept 9: African Drumming 6-7PM at the Cultural Center

Wednesday, Sept 10: third Goetemann Residency opening talk at the Cultural Center 7PM

beaux arts ball

Friday, Sept 12: ****ANNUAL BEAUX ARTS BALL**** at the Studio Restaurant, 7:30, costume parade from the Center at 6:30 (you do not have to wear a costume, but it is fun if you do). Ball Tickets $35 for RNAC members/$50 for non members/$100 gets you a RNAC membership and a free ticket, and Wicked Tuna Raffle tickets can be purchased online at http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org/events.php

Summer Artist Series at the Rocky Neck Gallery

Apply for a one person or small group show
in Rocky Neck this summer


Summer Artist Series

One-person or small group shows on Rocky Neck
Six 3-week shows beginning June 10 to October 14
Submission fee only $20 for five images

Open to all Rocky Neck Art Colony artist members (if you’re not a member you can join online here).

All media including painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, collage, clay, jewelry, glass,
wood, fiber and sculpture. (No video or installations.)

Online entires only, submission dates : April 1 to April 22, 2014.


Juried by selected members of the Cultural Center
and Rocky Neck Gallery exhibitions committees.

See www.rockyneckartcolony.org/summer.php for more info and to apply

Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series: Family Trees

Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series: Family Trees
Mixed media assemblages by Stephen Thomas Martin
Wednesday, September 25 – Sunday, October 13, 2013
Artist’s reception on Friday, September 27, 6-8 PM

family tree

Rocky Neck Gallery is pleased to announce the next Summer Artists Series show: Family Trees, featuring the mixed media assemblages of Stephen Thomas Martin. This is the last exhibit in this series for the gallery’s 2013 season. And the first time Rocky Neck Gallery is exhibiting the fascinating and mysterious assemblages by Martin of Amesbury, MA. This new show opens Wednesday, September 25 and runs until Sunday, October 13, 2013.

Martin’s art is both literally and figuratively about reclamation. While the literal incorporates found objects to form the “ground” of the pieces, of more importance, is the figurative element. The search for unique “found objects” he uses in his pieces is a big part of his creative process. In many of his works he incorporates old photos of individuals he discovers at antique shops and flea markets.

As Martin states, “Using these photographs I am giving new life to people long forgotten by family, friends and society. They have not only been reclaimed but are indeed reclaiming a place in the existing world, not to be forgotten again.”

Martin is a self-taught artist now working full time to meet the demand for his assemblages. Prior to this new career, he owned and operated an antique and retail furniture business for twenty years in Newburyport, MA. Martin is the founder and owner of Gallery 206, a pop-up experimental gallery in Amesbury, MA. He is also represented by Galatea Gallery in Boston, MA and is a juried member of the Cambridge Art Association, of Cambridge, MA and Newburyport Art Association in Newburyport, MA. His award winning work is juried into many prestigious shows along with residing in several private art collections throughout the USA. The corporate collections that currently own his assemblages are Growth Coach Management Consultants, Kodiac Venture Partners, and the Italian movie production company, Blue Suede Shoots.

Please join us on Friday, September 27, from 6-8 PM for an artist’s reception. Meet Stephen Thomas Martin and learn about his process reclaiming and reinventing new lives for discarded objects.

Rocky Neck Gallery is located on 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester. The hours are: Sunday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 6 PM, Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 8 PM. Free parking is available.

Rocky Neck Gallery
53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Image: “Family Tree” by Stephen Thomas Martin, Mixed Media Assemblage, 12 x 12

Ice Cold: Natural Extracts at Rocky Neck Gallery

Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series: Ice Cold: Natural Extracts New photography by Skip Montello and Tom Robinson-Cox Wednesday, August 14 – Tuesday, September 4, 2013 Artists’ reception this Friday, 8/16 @ 6-8 PM

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Marsh as Metaphor

Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series: Marsh as Metaphor –

New paintings by Brenda Cirioni.

Wednesday, July 24 – Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Marsh: Pool

mixed media on panel

24 x 24


Rocky Neck Gallery is pleased to announce the fourth show of the Summer Artist Series featuring artist Brenda Cirioni and her exhibit Marsh as Metaphor.  This dramatic new show opens Wednesday, July 24 and runs for three weeks until August 13.  Meet Brenda Cirioni and learn about her intriguing creative process at an artist’s reception on Saturday, July 27 from 5-7 PM.  

Cirioni’s paintings, consisting of mixed media on panel, are energetic, thought provoking and beautiful depictions of nature.  This new series is inspired by her family home burning to the ground when she was sixteen.  While touching upon utter destruction, her paintings are celebratory, bursting with color and regeneration. 

In this series she explores the tension between nature and the elements.  Her work is about the power of transformation within nature and within us.  Cirioni paints the background composition, then draws, splatters and drips with acrylic ink and paint creating a surface rich with texture, color and movement.  She enlarges on the composition with torn paper scraps, feathers, fiber and other debris.  Her method of layering and juxtaposing disparate materials draws attention to the multiplicities and mysteries of nature and life.

Please join us and meet Brenda Cirioni on Saturday, July 27th from 5-7 PM for a reception.  Hear her talk about her work and process around 6 PM.  Delicious refreshments will be served.  Rocky Neck Gallery is located on 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester.  The hours are: Sunday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 6 PM, Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 8 PM.  Free parking is available.


Not to Miss Openings this Weekend

The Rocky Neck Gallery is looking incredible this year.  Don’t miss the Opening Reception on Saturday, May 25th from 6:00 – 8:00.  The same night, Carol McKenna will be having her Opening Reception from 5:00 – 8:00 in the red barn on Madfish Wharf.  Rocky Neck as a whole is looking amazingly good this year.  All the galleries have amped it up and are totally professional and look great.   So put Rocky Neck on your schedule of places to go and things to do this Memorial Day weekend. 

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Starting off the weekend, make sure you check out the new kids on the block at Madfish Wharf.  Liz Sullivan and Jamie O’Neill (and their little 2 year old Owen) will be having their Opening Reception at ZBY Gallery tonight (Friday) from 5:00-10:00pm at Gallery 6 (Joe Weiler’s old gallery and where Aquatro was last year).  They have some really fresh and exciting work that you don’t want to miss.  Come by and welcome them to Rocky Neck and Madfish Wharf.  Afterwards, pop into Madfish Grille and get your groove on with Groove Therapy who have a groovy sound, that will get you movin’ – a great way to warm yourself on a bleaky Friday night.  Yes, I said groovy, man.

Also, don’t forget Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Grand Opening Mug Up Sunday, May 26th from 9:00am until . . .

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carol mckenna opening

Mug Up

E.J. Lefavour

Judy Robinson Cox Blue Docks On Translucent Film At The Rocky Neck Gallery




Judy Robinson Cox is hands down the most creative photographer in Gloucester based on the materials and the way she presents her photographs.   Between the books, the Lilliputian series, the distressed paint photos, the translucent photos that you hang in windows, there is no-one getting as creative as she is with the materials and how her unique art is presented.  Any gallery that hosts her work should be genuinely honored to have her because she continually pushes the boundaries of traditional photographic fine art.

Not only that, she tirelessly collaborates the N E W S   F R O M   R O C K Y   N E C K newsletter which an aggregation of Rocky Neck Art Colony Members news, for nothing, because she is one of those people who give and like to help others. 

Check out her website here-




Rocky Neck Gallery’s Opening Reception on Saturday, June 11

Waiting by Martha Wakefield

Image #1 Martha Wakefield

Meet new and returning artists at Rocky Neck Gallery’s opening reception on Saturday, June 11, from 5-8 p.m. Joining 22 other North Shore and regional artists at the cooperative gallery in Gloucester are John Cameron, fine furniture maker and engraver, Deborah Geurtze, printmaker; David Piemonte, traditional black and white photographer; and Deborah Worrall, potter.

East Gloucester is the setting for John Cameron’s workshop where he designs and builds furniture on commission. He believes that “furniture should be quietly pleasing, humming softly rather than loudly proclaiming its presence … fitting into a room for many years to come.” John studied with James Krenov in California and has shown his work in galleries in New York State, California and numerous venues on the East Coast.

A deep connection to nature is reflected in the etchings and monotypes of Deborah Geurtze. She writes, “Wilderness – its patterns and complexity – are a continual source of my inspiration.” Deborah studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and printmaking with Robert Bero. She has recently moved to Rocky Neck from upstate New York.

Six months in Venice, Italy, was a pivotal point in David Piemonte’s career. There he discovered the beauty and solitude of night photography. Working exclusively with black and white film, Piemonte makes traditional prints using archival processing techniques. He has exhibited his award-winning work in numerous venues and has lived on Cape Ann since 1980.

Now living in Gloucester, but originally from Ecuador, Ruth Worrall came to the United States at age 16. After taking a pottery class in Maine in her mid- twenties, she was briefly excited about becoming a potter. Fifteen years later, she went back to college and took more pottery classes. It was then that she realized “clay was what I was meant to do!” Ruth makes traditional, functional pottery and loves knowing her work will bring art into the day-to-day lives of those who own her pots.

Returning Rocky Neck Gallery members include oil painters, watercolorists, potters, printmakers, mixed media artists, photographers and jewelers.

Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930 Hours, June to October, are: Sunday – Wednesday 11-6; Thursday – Saturday 11–8. See our Facebook page and Twitter for up-to-date information and visit our website atrockyneckgallery.com

Telephone: 978-282-0917

Sticks and Stones by David Piemonte

Image #3 Piemonte Sticks and Stones

Rocky Neck Gallery Seeks New Members and Summer Artist Series : Call for Proposals


Rocky Neck Gallery Seeks New Members

The Rocky Neck Gallery, located at 53 Rocky Neck Ave. in Gloucester, is a co-operative gallery run by members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony. A limited amount of space is available for new artists in 2011 for the 19-week summer season (June 7 to October 15). All media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed-media, collage, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and other fine craft will be considered. For more information and to download an application go to www.rockyneckartcolony.org/RNG2011application.pdf or call 978-546-2191. Deadline to apply: April 1, 2011.

Summer Artist Series : Call for Proposals
Deadline to Apply: April 18, 2011
The Rocky Neck Gallery is accepting proposals for nine two-week shows to be held this summer in the Rocky Neck Gallery from June 8 to October 12, 2011. The exhibit space is a 12′ x 6′ corner section of the gallery. Any artist, group of artists, or authorized representative of a deceased artist may apply in any medium. The Rocky Neck Gallery will provide publicity, signage, gallery sitting, help with hanging and receptions, and will handle sales. In return, the gallery will charge a fee to cover costs. For more information and to download an application, go to www.rockyneckartcolony.org/Summer_Artist_Series_application.pdf or call 978-283-3598.

Rocky Neck Gallery Seeks New Members

Rocky Neck Gallery Seeks New Members

The Rocky Neck Gallery, located at 53 Rocky Neck Ave. in Gloucester, is a co-operative gallery run by members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony. A limited amount of space is available for new artists in 2011 for the 19-week summer season (June 7 to October 15). All media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed-media, collage, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and other fine craft will be considered. For more information and to download an application go to www.rockyneckartcolony.org/RNG2011application.pdf or call 978-546-2191. Deadline to apply: April 1, 2011.

Summer Artist Series : Call for Proposals
Deadline to Apply: April 18, 2011
The Rocky Neck Gallery is accepting proposals for nine two-week shows to be held this summer in the Rocky Neck Gallery from June 8 to October 12, 2011. The exhibit space is a 12′ x 6′ corner section of the gallery. Any artist, group of artists, or authorized representative of a deceased artist may apply in any medium. The Rocky Neck Gallery will provide publicity, signage, gallery sitting, help with hanging and receptions, and will handle sales. In return, the gallery will charge a fee to cover costs. For more information and to download an application, go towww.rockyneckartcolony.org/Summer_Artist_Series_application.pdf or call 978-283-3598.

Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Talks Tonight

Two artists from the Rocky Neck Gallery will talk about and demonstrate processes they use to create their fine art craft work on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30 pm at the Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester.

Jeweler, Mary Healy will talk about working with metal and stone and demonstrate a variety of procedures including: forming with metal and treating it like clay, including synclastic and anticlastic forging and form folding; doming; texturing; patination; and reticulation.  She will demonstrate the process for using the Byzantine weave starting with a spool of wire and ending in a finished bracelet.  In addition, she will briefly discuss the lapidary process in stone work from beach pebbles to fine gems. She will also discuss the types of tools or machines used for the different processes and talk about safety issues.

Ceramic artist Susan Hershey will talk about creating a piece of wood fired pottery, including selecting the clay, making the pot, and applying the glaze. She will outline the entire process from a lump of clay to a finished piece. Firing a kiln that is powered by heat from fire includes wood selection, wood splitting, loading the kiln, stoking the fire and unloading the kiln. Most often this requires at least two, preferably four people to get the job done.

Things to do this weekend!

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy- Gloucester Daily Times

“Spring Fling” Dance Party

New Year’s Rockport Eve 2008 Recovery Benefit will hold a “Spring Fling” Dance Party for all ages Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Rockport Congregational Church’s function hall. The Fundamentals will perform classic and oldies rock ‘n’ roll from the ’60s through the ’80s. Admission is $10. Or, one can bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Cape Ann Food Pantry, for a $5 admission. Light refreshments will be available. For advance tickets, call 978-546-9038. Tickets also on sale at the door.

Roland Merullo, noted writer will speak

Rockport Public Library will host best-selling author Roland Merullo at the next session of its Meet the Author series on Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. He will discuss his writing career and his latest work, “The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como.” The book captures a summer spent with his family enjoying the golf courses and cuisine of the Italian countryside. Merullo combines his two great passions, travel and golf, in a humorous and poignant look at Mediterranean life. Merullo grew up in Revere. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Brown University, where he earned a Master’s in Russian language and literature. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Outside, Yankee, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Travel and Leisure Golf and Links. Merullo also worked for the U.S. Information Agency in the former Soviet Union, served in the Peace Corps in Micronesia, has done carpentry, and taught creative writing and literature.

One-man Shakespeare show

To celebrate William Shakespeare’s 445th birthday, actor J.T. Turner brings his critically acclaimed one-man show, “Shakespeare’s Ghost” to the Ipswich Performing Arts Center tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

“The premise is this: What if Shakespeare has been haunting theaters for the last few hundred years? What might he say to a modern audience about his life, his work and the different ways his plays have been treated over the centuries?” said Turner. Using factual information and 18 pieces from various Shakespearean plays, he will take the audience on a tour of Shakespeare’s world and works.

“Even people who don’t like Shakespeare love this show. It is loaded with theater stories and behind-the-scenes tales from Elizabethan times right up to the present,” he said.

The event will benefit the Tiger Tots Daycare Program. For reservations and information, call 508-942-9938.

Eco film festival

Essex County Greenbelt and the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market are partnering with Cape Ann Community Cinema to present a week-long eco film festival to commemorate Earth Day. The “Green Day” series will feature thought-provoking films — some startling — about the environment and people working to create a sustainable future. The series culminates on Earth Day, April 22, with an evening gathering, appetizers and the film “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” at 7:15 p.m.

The films and show times are:

Tonight, “Burning the Future: Coal in America” at 7:15 p.m.

Tomorrow, “The Garden” at 7:15 p.m..

On Saturday, April 18, “Being Green” starring Elmo at 10:30 a.m., a free show for children; “Scarred Lands” at 12:30 p.m.; “Mama Earth/Crude Impact” at 2:45 p.m.; “Tapped” at 5 p.m.; and “The Garden” at 7:15 p.m.

Sunday, April 19, “No Wonder to Compare: The Marvel of Cetaceans” at 1:30 p.m., plus the bonus short “Disneyland Dream,” a 1956 home movie entered into the Library of Congress in 2008. Filmmaker Robbins Barstow, co-founder of the Connecticut Cetacean Society, will present both. The festival also will present a rare promotional film of Pleasure Island, Wakefield’s own “Disneyland Of The East.”

On Monday, April 20, “The Garden” at 7:15 p.m..

Tuesday is “Burning the Future: Coal in America” at 7:15 p.m.

The finale is next Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.

‘The Chalk Garden’ in the Pines

Theater in the Pines presents “The Chalk Garden” by Enid Bagnold from Thursday, April 23, through Sunday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Spiran Hall on Broadway in Rockport. The piece is a comedy, mystery and drama about a mysterious governess who turns an eccentric English household upside down by her insistence on truth.  The actors include  Jonathan Arnold, Lori Hahn, Allie Lees, Justine Curley, Martin Ray, Barbara Brewer, Bernadette Cruz, Anne Parsons, and Sarah Clark.

Stardust returns

“The Way It Used to Be,” the monthly night of dinner and dancing hosted by the musical group Stardust, is on tap for the Gloucester House on Friday, April 24. The evening features a classic night of dining and dancing. Ed Carfano and Stardust host the event, featuring music from the 1930s to the 1950s. The band’s initial goal was to bring this musical era back to life for the seniors of Gloucester, and the first events drew rave reviews.

The event once again will feature instruction in salsa dancing by Tina’s School of Dance from 6 to 7 p.m. Stardust will play from 7 to 10 p.m., and a buffet dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The Gloucester House restaurant is located off Rogers Street at Seven Seas Wharf. To reserve tickets, call 978-283-1812.

LyricFlutes in Concert

LyricFlutes will performn Sunday at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St. The program will include works from the flute repertoire by Vivaldi, Kuhlau, Pleyel, Tcherepnin, Moyse and Saito. Admission is $10. Reception to follow. LyricFlutes is a newly formed group dedicated to performing music composed for the flute in solo, duet, trio and quartet forms as well as in partnership with piano and organ. Since the group’s recent debut, audiences have responded enthusiastically to rarely heard virtuoso compositions from the baroque through modern periods. Members of the group include Jean Antrim, Fran Pierce, Joanne O’Connor, Valerie Roche and Jeanette Tausanovitch. Jocelyn Chaparro will assist on the piano and organ.

Hospital displays watercolors

Eight of Joan Jarmin’s floral watercolors are on display at the Pat Maynard Memorial Gallery in the lobby of Addison Gilbert Hospital during April. Jarmin studied at the DeCordova Museum School and the Montserrat School of Art in Beverly. She is an original member of the Cape Ann Watercolor Painters.

Spring Poetry Fest

In observance of National Poetry Month, the Rockport Public Library will hold a Spring Poetry Reading event with seven Cape Ann poets on Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. Ten members of the public will have an opportunity to join the local writers in reading their work.Poets Ray Bentley, Amy Dengler, Dodie Gibbons, Ruth Maassen, Gloria Masterson Richardson, Carol Seitchik, and Suellen Wedmore will each read three or four of their poems. Time will be allotted for ten other “open mike” poets to read a one-page poem on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is free and open to the public. The library is handicapped accessible.

Museum presents more Lowe slides

In conjunction with the exhibition “Charles A. Lowe Photos: Gloucester 1975,” Cape Ann Museum is presenting a second slide show, with commentary by Peter Watson, former editor of the Gloucester Daily Times, on Saturday at 11 a.m. To reserve a space, call 978-283-0455, ext. 11. This program is free. Many images in the show are ones that Lowe considered his favorites. The slide show also features images not included in the slide show program on March 21. The Lowe exhibit will be on view through May 31. A catalogue of Lowe images accompanies the exhibition. Reproductions of photos from the Charles A. Lowe archives are also available for purchase. The museum offers free admission every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon through the end of May. Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. The museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information call 978-283-0455.

RAA Spring Photo Show

The Rockport Art Association is holding it annual Spring Photo show, which runs through May 5. There is a public reception Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free to the public. The $100 Gerald R. O’Brien Memorial Award of excellence in photography, went to Eoin Vincent for his work “Early Morning Light.” Honorable mentions went to Jeff Trubisz for “Fog Banks and Seastorks,” Richard Seeley for “Moose Shake” and Pegg Harold O’Brien for “Colors” Rockport Art Association is at 12 Main St. For information, call 978-546-6604.

Talk about nesting water birds

A talk about nesting water birds of the Essex County Islands takes place April 22 featuring the field ornithologist of the Essex County Ornithological Club, Jim Berry. Berry’s favorite activity is the study of birds, other wildlife, and plant communities in the context of their ecological relationships. He has been active in the Nest Record Program of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology for 30 years, has participated on breeding-bird-atlas projects in seven states, and has led field trips for various groups most of his adult life. The event takes place at 7 p.m. downstairs at Cruiseport Gloucester at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester. Free admission. For more information call, 978-281-8079.

Marut returns to Cape Ann

The paths of Jesus and Buddha meet through the teachings of world renowned Buddhist monk, the Venerable Sumati Marut, who will give community talks in Essex from April 28 to 30. The event, “The Spiritual Teachings of Jesus and the Buddha” takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Essex Room at 27R Main St. (behind Woodman’s and on up the hill.) in Essex. Marut will lead this unique series of three interfaith teachings that will focus on the three primary components of these two spiritual traditions: renunciation, compassion and wisdom. For more information, visit http://www.aci-capeann.org.

Pioneer poetry

An evening of poetry, photography and song inspired by a collection of poems that record the voices of 19th century pioneer women as they and their families homesteaded the Okanogan Valley of Washington state will be the subject of a Gloucester Lyceum program tonight at 7 at Sawyer Free Library. The free event, “Oh How Can I Keep On Singing: Voices of Pioneer Women,” celebrates National Poetry Month. The program will be performed by Kathleen Adams, Barbara Braver, Geraldine Herbert and Kristina Martin and introduced by Jill Carter. Photographs of the Okanogan Valley taken by noted, local photographer Susan Oleksiw during her visit to the area last summer will be on display in the Matz Gallery.

Rocky Neck Gallery accepting new work

The Rocky Neck Gallery (formerly the Bryan Gallery) at 53 Rocky Neck Ave. is seeking new artists in all media for the summer season. Located on the water in the center of America’s oldest working art colony, the airy gallery is one of the most visible spots on Rocky Neck. It is run as a co-operative. A gift shop featuring cards, shrink-wrapped art and Giclées, crafts, and smaller affordable art pieces will be added this year. Artists’ work will be juried prior to acceptance. Anyone interested must submit an application by May 1. For information and application form, see http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org or call Susan Hershey at 978-546-9549.

Museum program for students during vacation

Cape Ann Museum invites students, ages 6 to 10, to a special vacation week program. Visit the museum April 21 to learn more about Gloucester’s ties to the Azores. Visit the museum April 23 to learn more about life in and around the salt marshes of Cape Ann. Each session will include an examination of art, artifacts and photographs from our collection, as well as an art activity. This is a drop off program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per child. To register, call 978-283-0455, ext. 12, or e-mail courtneyrichardson@capeannmuseum.org.

Museum announces guided tours

Cape Ann Museum will provide weekly guided tours led by docents trained in teaching the public about the museum’s art and history collections this month. The tours are “Highlights of the Collection,” the Captain Elias Davis House, and the Fitz Henry Lane Collection. Tours are free with the price of admission. Tours for April and May are as follows:

Highlights of the Collection: Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Captain Elias Davis House: Saturdays April 18 and May 2, 16, 30 at 2 p.m.

Fitz Henry Lane Collection: Saturdays April 25 and May 9, 23 at 2 p.m.

Visit http://www.capeannmuseum.org for further details. The museum also provides tours to private groups through advance reservation. To book a private tour, contact Jeanette Smith at 978-283-0455, ext. 11.

Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-283-7000, ext. 3445 or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

Beginner Spring Birding at Halibut Point April 19

Rockport – Beginner Spring Birding will be held Sunday, April 19, from 8-10 a.m. at Halibut Point State Park, sponsored by The Trustees of Reservations and The Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Stroll around Halibut Point, learn the basics of birding, history, and hear the symphony of some of our area’s spring birds. Meet at Halibut Point parking area. Admission is free.

For more information, call Halibut Point State Park 978-546-2997 or The Trustees at 978-921-1944 ext. 4013.

Activities for kids abound during vacation week-

Looking for something to do with the kids while they are out of school next week? Wellspring Cape Ann Families is offering a number of free events.And there plenty going on at the YMCA, the Cape Ann Museum, and Art Haven. Check out the schedule here