Here’s a unique opportunity to share your talent and artwork…….

Hi!  I am sending this along as a member of the Essex PTO and hoping that any of the artists who read this might be able to help out.  There is contact info at the bottom of the post for Jessie Yurwitz, President of the Essex Elementary School PTO who is running the event.

Hello Friends!

I am writing because I am recruiting local artists to participate in the Essex PTO’s Messy Art Night on Friday, Feb 5th and I am hoping that you can help me find enthusiastic volunteers to help make the night a success.  Our goals for the event are:
To inspire both children and adults to make art by offering them opportunities to explore a variety of artistic techniques and mediums
To publicizing the vibrant local art world in and around Cape Ann

The evening is currently scheduled for 5:30 -7:30pm on Feb 5th and will be held in the cafeteria and hallways of Essex Elementary School.  We expect 100 -150 people to attend.  This audience will move around freely from station to station talking with artists and trying out a variety of techniques. The evening will end with a raffle open to anyone who has completed the scavenger hunt that will be handed out at the door.  The price for the evening will be $5 per person, which we expect to just cover our costs.

There are a variety of ways local artists can be involved:

They can volunteer to be an “artist in residence”  by working on their own art while talking to people who come by to watch
They can volunteer to be an “instructor” for the evening by setting up a station to demonstrate how they use a particular art medium or technique and offering kids and parents the chance to try out the technique too.
They can donate art supplies or a raffle item
They can make a poster to publicize art opportunities, lessons or events that are open to Essex families.  We can also distribute flyers and cards, however, a big poster will get more attention and can be put up the week prior to the event to build interest.

Please let me know if you can connect me with local artists who would be willing to help.  If you have any other questions, feel free to email or call me at 978-768-0142 to discuss this exciting event in more detail.  Thanks again for your help!

Jess Yurwitz Essex PTO President

Photoshop Webex Tonight 7pm

Here is the information If you would like to join the 7pm Webex on Photoshop Tips. This is a trial webex account so not sure how it will work. I will be using voice over the internet. If you have speakers and a mic, we should be able to talk and ask questions. If not, there is always a chat window for asking questions. I believe Photoshop Elements Software has most of the same basic tools.

Hello ,

Michael Lindberg invites you to attend this online meeting.

Topic: GMG Photoshop
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Meeting Number: 017 945 965
Meeting Password: gmg1234

To join the online meeting (Now from iPhones too!)

1. Go to
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the meeting password: gmg1234
4. Click “Join Now”.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:

A Simple Formula for Pricing Artwork

Paulie Frontiero sent me a link to this blog post on how this person prices thier artwork-

 Lori Woodward writes-

Pricing artwork is one of the most complex tasks that emerging artists face, especially when they first begin to work with galleries. It’s easy to see by reading articles and books on art marketing that the opinions of the experts vary.

To make it even more complicated, we artists sometimes price with our emotions. Some artists overprice their work in order to impress viewers, hoping to make the artwork look more valuable. Sometimes this works, but usually only when the collector is naive or when the artwork is spectacular and gets the attention of serious collectors. When I price with my emotion, I tend to lower my prices because I feel sorry that the collector has to spend so much. Now, don’t get on me for this … it’s the truth. I’m an empathetic type, but I need to be careful to not price my work based on how I feel about it or collectors. In other words, I need to look at pricing objectively.

Putting emotions aside, let me share a simple formula that many of my professional artist friends have used when first starting to sell their work. I still use this formula. Remember that pricing reflects your position and reputation in the art-selling world more than what your art looks like. If you’re relatively unknown to collectors and don’t have many credentials—such as having placed in competitions, shown with a well-known gallery, or had your work published—you really can’t get the same prices as artists who do have those credentials.

When you’re first starting out, it’s a good idea to make your work as affordable as you can while being able to cover your costs and make a small profit. Don’t charge so little that you don’t break even. Remember that galleries often take a 50 percent commission from sales, so you’ll have to take that into consideration.

click here for the way she formulates her prices

I’m curious if this makes sense to any of you artists out there.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Can a nine year old make a gorgeous roasted chicken dinner? Yes!

After our outdoor adventures with the high tide last weekend, Lily and I decided to make a nice dinner for the two of us and after thinking about it, I decided that she could do it herself.  And here are the results of Lily’s first roast chicken dinner!

Lily and the chicken, ready for action

Grossed out by the innards–but we didn’t throw them away–they are safely in the freezer for the next chicken stock

Onions and garlic, salt and pepper for the cavity

Stuffing the cavity

Rubbing the bird with olive oil

Proper hand washing is vital!

Seasoning up the chicken

Lil used salt, pepper, granulated garlic, dried thyme, rosemary and parsley, about a tablespoon of each and seasoned both sides of the chicken

Time for roasting!

Scrubbing the potatoes for baking

Making the X so the potatoes don’t explode (which she really didn’t want to do–she wanted to see the potatoes blow up in the oven until I told her she would have to clean the oven herself!)

Potatoes in the oven

and about 1 hour and 15 minutes later, dinner is ready!

My favorite part of the whole experience was sitting down to dinner with Lily and seeing the pride in her face when she took that first bite.  We had salad and escarole with the chicken and potatoes and it was just delicious.  Thank you Lily for a wonderful meal!

Music this week-Jan.6 – Jan.10

Pete Lindberg Band


Weds. Night


From Dave Sag-

We’re back! After a two week hiatus we’re hopped up and rarin’ to go, musically speaking, so on with the fun!
At the Rhumb Line this Thursday we’re proud to present Mr. Brad Foucher, gootarist xtroidinaire and phlegmish vogalist. Brad just finished a five year jolt in Cedar Junction for breaking Ohm’s Law and we’re glad to have him back. Lock your car.
Joining in on the fun will also be Rockport’s answer to Ginger Baker: Mr. Greg Dann, loving new husband, on drummbs and symbols.SHHHT! Be quiet…he’s with the Secret Service. Of course, Greg t. will be there with his hat, and me, too, on base. We’ll be doin’ a lot of dancin’!

This Friday sees the monthly return of the GEEZERZ at Elliot’s at the Blackburn. It’s only that systolic superman of sliiide: Dave Brown and his gritty gunsel Dave Mattacks on skins. Fold in one part Greg T. and one ounce of Dave Sag. Beat into a froth and pour into a martini glass.Guaranteed to  put your five o’clock shadow on daylight savings time! Czech it out!


Full Circle hits the Dog Bar for another engagement!

Saturday, January 9 at 9:00pm.


This Week at the Rhumb Line

Wednesday January 6, 2010 – Dinner with Fly Amero (7pm – 10pm)

Thursday January 7, 2010 – Dave Sag’s Blues Party

Friday January 8, 2010 – Local 28

Saturday January 9, 2010 – Garfish

Sunday January 10, 2010 – Dan King and Friends

Remember you can subscribe to GMG Local Music by clicking on the link on the sidebar.There’s lots of good music in Gloucester this week. This post will be updated as info comes in.


Latitude 43

Dog Bar

Rhumb Line

Topside Grill

Watch This- The Deadliest Batch Live On GDT Website Wed Night!

If you have a wort it should be chilled and T.J. Peckham and Tom Ryan will show several different ways to do it at By the way,  a “wort” is the liquid extracted from the mashing process during the brewing of beer.  

“Deadliest Batch Live” is a show for beer lovers. You do not have to make your own beer to watch, you just have to like beer and want to know more about it. As usual, this week they will also be featuring a beer bar that you might like to check out, some interesting beer trivia and tasting a beer you might want to try yourself.  

If you watch the live show every Wed at 7:00 PM you can email in questions about anything to do with beer. The live show and the replay of the shows are available online at  

Here is a short video clip from this week’s show-

Things To Do- Docksiders Benefit-Jan 7th at 7:00PM

From Karen Rembrant-

The Docksiders is a 25-piece stage (jazz) band from Gloucester High School .  They are excellent; you can hear some of their music on a free website [ ].  They play all kinds of music from swing, tv and movie themes, some contemporary, etc.    They’ve been invited to play in Hawaii at the Hard Rock Café, the Polynesian Cultural Center , and aboard the floating museum at Pearl Harbor , the USS Missouri in April.   It’s a chance for educational, and cultural enrichment, as well as an opportunity for band members to learn of the historical significance of Pearl Harbor .  It’s also an opportunity for Gloucester to get some GOOD NEWS publicity.

Please do what you can to help make this a successful event — for the Docksiders!  Attend — Pass the Word Along —  Make a Donation.  There is no suggested donation for this concert:  give what you can afford to give! Although there have been other fundraisers for this trip, they still haven’t reached their goal and they have to pay a large deposit in early February.

Painters of Cape Ann

Dennis Poirier An American Impressionist Painter

 Dennis Poirier grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The colors, sights, and sounds of the busy port and fishing fleet inspired Dennis. His earliest memory is of his father drawing his portrait.   Dennis says his parents always supported his art and that gave him confidence.
Dennis began to paint and soon became a part of the long line of Cape Ann’s contribution to American impressionist painters. He feels proud and fortunate to be part of the Cape Ann legacy. Please Visit Dennis’ Website  to view many of his Paintings and also for; Gallery Information , Workshop and Class Dates and Purchasing Details.