Bake Sale Saturday For A Great Cause

Hey there,

Remember me with the bake sale that got cancelled in May? Well, it’s > back > on. It’s a chance for you and The Bean, Snoop Maddie and your Mrs. To  indulge those sweet teeth I know you have! Joey, could you please > share with > your cult-like following in GMG? MANY THANKS. I’ll leave a  complimentary bag  of my amazing macaroons for you at the sale…

Come indulge your sweet tooth on Saturday at a community bake sale  from 9-3,  31 Eastern Point Road (the peach/dusty rose house before Niles  Beach). 100%  of the proceeds will go to Grace Moceri and Grace Shrafft, long-time Cape  Ann residents who have given so much to our community. Grace M is  being  treated for cancer in Boston. The money raised will help defray some of their costs. Contributions of goodies are welcomed! Drop by and  drop off,  but don’t expect to drop any pounds! Gina Fettig (978)290-3259 is  coordinating the bake sale and donations.

Thank you, Joey!

Life Is Good At Harbor Goods

Life is Good at Harbor Goods

Father’s Day – June 20th

Harbor Goods is loaded with great ideas for Dad. Whether he is a golfer, fisherman, beach guy, sports fanatic, loves the outdoors or just enjoys watching life pass him by on his Adirondack chair, we have the perfect gift for any Dad.

Stop by to check out this season’s assortment of tees, shorts, polos, workout gear, hats, beach bags, towels, toys, mugs and golf accessories. There are even special limited edition Father’s Day items to add to Dad’s collection. Our friendly team can help you with ideas and will happily wrap your gifts.

Harbor Goods, 33 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 978-282-1550
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10-6, Friday and Saturday 10-8.

Art in the Barn- Today through Sunday

The Essex County Greenbelt is hosting Art in the Barn Today through Sunday at the Cox Reservation in Essex.  Over 150 artists displayed in three of their buildings.  This morning already was a great turn out. Beautiful pieces of jewelry, pottery, sculpture and paintings are on display.  The artists donate 50% of sales to the greenbelt.

Open Today 9:30am-4pm
Saturday  9:30am-6pm
Sunday 10:00am-4pm

Here are some pics from this morning:

The News From Rocky Neck via Judy Robinson-Cox

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On the Neck

Through June 16: Passions by Ed Touchette


Passions, three large canvases by Ed Touchette are currently on exhibit in the Ann Fisk Room
at the Rocky Neck Gallery through June 17.


6:30pm, Wednesday, June 16: Paint Factory Community Meeting

Hear it from the Horse’s Mouth! Join Ocean Alliance’s Iain Kerr and Patrick Woods for an informal discussion on schedule, status and plans for Ocean Alliance’s ongoing restoration of the historic Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory at 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 16 at the Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave.
Since acquisition of the Paint Manufactory, the Ocean Alliance team has been working diligently to conduct all necessary background work in preparation for the restoration—cleanup and remediation, site visits, inspections, initial permitting, design, etc.
As of June 1st, on-site work has begun—come join the gang to learn more about short-term and long-term goals and share your thoughts on the project. We look forward to seeing you and discussing the exciting restoration!

June 1 – 30: Ekua Holmes, First Goetemann Artist in Residence

Golden, Collage on paper by Ekua Holmes

Collage artist Ekua Holmes will have open studio hours over the weekend. Hours will be posted outside the Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave. She will give a Gallery Talk about the work she did during her residency at 7pm on Tuesday, June 29 at the Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave.

Weiler Photo Gallery : A Paris Portfolio

Weiler Photo Gallery
Paris Metro, photograph by Joseph Flack Weiler

The Weiler Photo Gallery Exhibiting “A Paris Portfolio” through August.

Please visit us on weekends or by appointment or check out “A Paris Portfolio” on our website.

77 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-6443  e-mail:

Sigrid Olsen Art

Wedding Season
at the
SIGRID OLSEN art gallery


Personalized Wedding Alphabet : Insert specially chosen words for your bride and groom for a very special gift. Hand-painted and signed by Sigrid Olsen. 8×10 framed artwork $200

Kissing Fish Handle Platter $90


Kissing Fish Matching Mugs 2/$60


Kissing Fish tall latte mugs 2/$70


North Shore Arts Association

The North Shore Arts Association is currently showing its second Members’ Exhibition of the season June 5th through August 1st.

Charles Shurcliff

In addition to the Members’ Exhibition, there is a solo exhibition of paintings by Charles Shurcliff from June 5th through June 23rd.


Also from June 5th through June 23rd a solo exhibition of small paintings by Claudia Kaufman is on display.

Upcoming Events

Two new Featured Artist Exhibitions will be on display from June 23 until July 11. Mark Shasha’s paintings will be exhibited in the Gordon Grant Room. The Artist Reception will be held Sunday, June 27 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Pamela Giarratana will display Small Works.

Rockport Drydock by Pam Giarratana

Rockport Drydock by Pam Giarrantana

North Shore Arts Association has a thriving artist membership of over 350 contemporary artists recognized nationally and worldwide. They come not only from Cape Ann, but throughout North America. In addition to the exhibitions, NSAA offers a diverse schedule of workshops and demonstrations, which are listed in the Opportunities/Class section below.


Orleans in Concert by Marilyn Swift
Orleans in Concert by Marilyn Swift

Marilyn Swift was recently awarded the Aldro Hibbard Award for her painting Orleans in Concert
in the Exhibition II exhibit at the North Shore Arts Association.

Nesting by Dale Blank

Dale Blank‘s photograph Nesting was accepted into the "Bird…watching" show
at Gallery Della-Piana, Wenham May 20-July 24.

Opportunities / Classes

Summer Pottery Classes

Cynthia Curtis

Cynthia Curtis Potter, 80 Pigeon Hill Street, Rockport (978) 546-6186

CURRENT OPENINGS FOR THE NEXT SESSION: July 5 – August 21, Sign up now!
  • Monday kid’s class with Margie Malley and Sami Steer: 9:00 – 10:30
  • Wednesday a.m. adult class with Cynthia Curtis: 9:00 – 12:00
  • Thursday p.m. adult class with Cynthia Curtis: 6:00 – 9:00              
  • Friday a.m. adult class with Anni Melancon: 9:00 – 12:00

Classes are available to all levels of experience.  Each session covers throwing pots on the wheel, handbuilding, and glazing.  Students work at their own pace supported by individualized instruction.

Private lessons * Independent Study Program * Retail Gallery.

Please call (978) 546-6186 for more information or visit website,

Shore Arts Association

North Shore Arts Summer Workshops

Laurie Bryce – June 3 – “One-Day Website”  *10:00am-3:00pm Do you wish you had your own website so you could easily showcase your artwork for galleries, exhibitors, and clients? Come to this hands-on demonstration and workshop to learn how to put your artwork online. See how creating a website is inexpensive, easy and fun! No technical or web skills needed. Limit 10.

Member $75 Non-Member $85

Elizabeth Harty – June 5, 6 – “Acrylics with Mixed Media” Ths class will focus on the exploration of personal vision in a series. Using color, collage, mark making techniques, simplification and abstraction, students will learn to find joy in experimenting. They will expand their artistic perspective and learn new ways of working. Limit 12.

Member $150 Non-Member $170

Bea Pappas – June 16, 17, 18, 19 – “Layering with Mixed Media” Students will “layer” over texture and stampings. Acrylics will be used to create texture and students will make their own stamps. Nothing is ever wasted working in this manner. This class is a perfect continuation of Pappas’ Pouring Workshop, but it is not necessary to have previous experience. Open to students of all levels of experience. Limit 10.

Member $300 Non-Member $340

Peter Spataro – June 22, 23, 24 – "Plein Air Workshop" This workshop is designed for all media painters. It will be especially beneficial for watercolor painters who have felt the urge to try acrylics. On the first day, Spataro will demonstrate the use of acrylic as a watercolor, on watercolor paper. Over the next two days students will use acrylic on canvas; however all are encouraged to use any medium regardless of what is demonstrated each day. Limit 15.

Member $225 Non-Member $255

Larry & Judy Pumfrey – June 24, 25, 26 – “Expressive Paintings – How to Paint with Feeling” Loosen up your painting! Gain painting insights from this dynamic duo who will demonstrate their approach on how to observe and interpret subject matter. Learn the skill of oil painting, a process that starts with big shapes, setting the stage for an intuitive interpretation of subject matter and expressing feelings with impact. Limit 12.

Member $225 Non-Member $255

Barbara Donnelly – June 25, 26, 27 – “Capture the Moment” Watercolor Plein Air Workshop In this three-day plein air workshop each student will learn to “capture the moment” with light and shade. Light is what defines the objects in space. The luminous Cape Ann light on the harbor and landscape is glorious! There will be watercolor demos on site, covering composition, values and color. An award-winning artist and popular teacher with her studio on Gloucester harbor, Donnelly will advise students at their easels with an emphasis on individuality. To help students learn to judge their own work, there will be a positive group critique. Limit 12.

Member $225 Non-Member $255

John Caggiano – July 9, 10, 11 – “Painting from the Heart and the Head” This workshop is geared to all levels of artistic ability. It will concentrate on drawing, composition, design, color and value. Caggiano will endeavor to have each student utilize inner talent and perception to grow and develop his/her artistic abilities. The day will begin on location with a painting demonstration that will emphasize the essential elements of composing a successful painting en plein air. Caggiano will then circulate among the group and help each student successfully meet the challenge of interpreting the chosen subject matter. To emphasize a painting principle, mini demonstrations may occur. At the end of the painting day the class will meet for a group critique. Limit 18. www.johncaggiano.

Member $225 Non-Member $255

Dennis Poirier – July 12, 13, 14 – "Color Vibrations in Oil and Acrylic" In this workshop Dennis Poirier works with each individual to establish the simple shapes in a motif and to understand that a good concept leads to good picture making. Students will learn to understand the process of painting on location and gain knowledge of techniques, and the control of the mediums (oil and acrylic). Limit 10.

Member $225 Non-Member $255

Ellen Rolli – July 14 & 15 – “Big Color, Bold Strokes” Acrylic Workshop Artist Ellen Rolli, recently featured in an American Artist Workshop Issue for her bold style and “loosening up” teaching techniques, will instruct in the art of arranging simple still life set-ups and on the second day will discuss outdoor composition and painting. Students will leave this workshop not only feeling educated but truly inspired! Limit 14.

Member $150 Non-Member $170

Susan Daly – July 16 & 17 – “Monotypes with a Plexiglas Plate” Students will savor the “Joy of Monotypes!” in this two-day workshop exploring water-based printing inks, water-soluble oils and watercolor. Daly will demonstrate all mediums as students work from their previous completed paintings, photos or their imagination to create unique images with this hand-pulled process. Limit 10.

Member $150 Non-Member $170

Steve Kennedy – July 19, 20, 21 – “Perspectives – Painting the Streets of Gloucester” *9:30 am-3:30pm Learn how to see light and shade as it relates to architecture, along with a focus on proper perspective and drawing. Paint right on the streets of East Gloucester in this three-day workshop with award winning artist, Steve Kennedy. In a pragmatic, yet appreciative approach, Kennedy wants to bring his students on an exploration of Cape Ann streets as they really are. Limit 15.

Member $225 Non-Member $255

David Curtis – July 21, 22, 23 – “Understanding Light” David Curtis will use his 35 years of plein air painting experience to instruct a plein air oil painting landscape workshop. The focus will be on understanding and interpreting the effect of light on a chosen subject. Individual days will be given to studying and practicing back light and front light and the impact each has on landscape painting. Limit 15.

Member $225.00 Non-Member $255.00

Andrew Anderson-Bell – July 23 – “Landscape Painting in Pastel” This pastel workshop will focus on landscape painting working in the studio from photographs, memory and imagination. Emphasis will be placed on composition, values and light. Andrew will share his different techniques using pastel paper, tools and materials. Students will receive individual attention at their easels, as well as demonstrations and critiques. Limit 15.

Member $75 Non-Member $85

Charles GruppĂ© – July 30, 31, Aug 1 – “Plein Air Painting” Award winning Artist Charles GruppĂ© is offering a three-day landscape and marine painting workshop in oil and acrylic. Gruppe shares his unique techniques using a palette knife and brush in a rapid wet-on-wet approach to achieve a controlled, impressionistic style painting. For beginning to advanced students, daily instruction includes individual assistance and critiques. Limit 18.

Member $225 Non-Member $255

Judythe Evans Meagher – Aug 2 – “Color Mixing with a Limited Palette” Award winning artist Judythe Evans Meagher is offering a special one day workshop. While demonstrations will be done in transparent watercolor, the information presented also applies to opaque media such as oils, gouache and acrylics. Students may bring a medium of their choice. Limit 6.

Member $75 Non-Member $85

Lynda Goldberg – August 5, 6 – “Creating Monotypes with an Etching Press” Explore the process of creating monotype (one-of-a-kind) prints on paper. Students will learn general printmaking techniques using an etching press. Incorporating the elements and principles of design students will create prints using natural and man made objects. Students will explore different ways of creating texture and depth on an inked surface. Using the plates created and pulled, students will have the original print, a “ghosted” print, and a third print utilizing what is left on the plate. The possibilities are endless! Limit 6.

Member $150 Non-Member $170

Lynn Loscutoff – August 7, 8, 9 – “Watercolor on Yupo” This workshop is geared towards intermediate and experienced painters or the beginner who likes a challenge. Students will be working on “YUPO” paper, a synthetic coated paper which works in a very organic way. Paint moves and blends and leads to an even greater creative experiences.

Member $225 Non-Member $255

Frank Federico – August 7, 8, 9 – “The Painterly Pastel”  *9:00am-3:00pm Award winning artist, Frank Federico, is holding a three-day plein air pastel workshop. During this workshop, Federico will show students how he focuses on the essence of a landscape or figure, while applying emotional and aesthetically crafted content in the pastel medium. Limit 18.

Member $225 Non-Member $255

All workshops will meet on site at NSAA from 10:00am to 4:00pm unless otherwise noted.

Please register early to insure yourself a place in any of the workshops.  Participants may register and pay online via PayPal by clicking on the ‘Add to Cart’ buttons below each workshop listing or print out a WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM and mail it with a check to:
North Shore Arts Association, 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester, MA  01930

ART on the PIER
Located on the Scenic Gloucester Harbor


SUMMER SESSION: Focus on Drawing and Illustration technique: Portraiture features, Landscape, Still life, Sculpture & Molds: In sessions 1 & 2 Bob will instruct the students in pencil work through illustration and drawing techniques that focus on elements of size, dimension, lay-out, shading, light and darks, facial features for Portrait work and Harbor views sessions. Self portrait work will be covered. Please send in a 5 x 7 photograph of a person or pet. Relief sculpture work and making molds will be covered in session 3. Co-ed Ages 8 – 13 (space limited)

INSTRUCTOR: BOB VIAU: BFA from Mass Art Owner/Artist of STUDIOVO: Commercial and Fine Art Studio 121R East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. (At East Gloucester Marina)


SUMMER Program Sessions: Tuesday and Wed. mornings

Session 1: July 6, 7, 13, 14 : 9:30-11:00 : Portraiture

Session 2: July 20, 21, 27, 28 : 9:30-11:00: Harborviews

Session 3: August 3, 4, 10, 11: 9:30-11:00: Sculpture&Mold

One session $90: Two Sessions $170: Three Sessions $250

10% Family discount off second child

Snacks and Materials Provided. MUST BE 4 Students for class to proceed

Click to Download application or call 978-282-0269

In Case You Haven’t Heard- Alchemy Has Re-Opened



Announcing –

Alchemy Reopened, Reinvisioned, Redesigned

Your new favorite afterwork spot

New Appetizers, Craft Brews, Share Platters, and Wines by the Glass

Expanded Bar, Live Music, More Couches. and Places to Chill

Affordable, interesting and approchable bites and brews to mix, match and share

Channel Marker on Wingaersheek Beach has not moved

I took a walk on Wingaersheek Beach yesterday, looking for the Channel Marker that had washed ashore during a storm. See (Ed Sawicki March 26 2010, entry in GMG ).

I did not realize how big this thing is.  Michael Densmore, a professional welder, was also there taking measurements.  He is trying to bid on the contract with the Coast Guard, to cut it up so it can be removed.  As I took photos I thought how great this would look at the new area on Rogers Street.  I also found out that Mike was the welder that had worked on the majority of the channel markers we see around the city.

 I hope I get the opportunity to watch them cut this thing up and haul it away.

 Even on a cold drizzle day you can find something interesting in Gloucester.

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This Is Why You Don’t Buy Fish Anywhere But A Dedicated Fish Market Or Dock

I just took this picture yesterday at a “wholesale club”

Do you know what to look for when you are buying fish?  Here’s a quick tip- If there is any hint of grey or brown on your fish DONT BUY IT!!!!!!!!

The manager of the seafood section in this place should be fired for letting this rotten crap sit on it’s shelves but I routinely see old grey rotten fillets at supermarkets and superstores.

Here’s an article on how to buy fresh fish in case you want to know what to look for

Here’s a link to video’s and pictures of how fresh fish gets handled and distributed locally in Gloucester



A couple of years ago I was in the supermarket and ran into my wife’s aunt- the sweetest kind of lady you’d ever want to meet.  She told me she was going to buy some haddock there.  I told her that if she needs some fresh fish to let me know and I’d bring her some home from one of the places I get my fish here in town knowing that what she would be buying at the supermarket would probably be inferior to the primo fish you can get here in Gloucester.  I kept shopping and on my way down the aisle toward the back of the store I swung by the fish case to see what the fish looked like and to my horror the haddock fillets in the case were absolutely grey with a hint of green and the fillets were also falling apart with no firmness to them at all.

I immediately turned and ran to the front of the store to find my wife’s aunt to stop her from purchasing the rotten fillets.  I begged her to not buy that fish to feed her family and promised to bring her some fish from G-Town.  She honestly didn’t even know any better and told me she had been buying her fish there for years.  I wonder how many other people have no idea what to look for when they buy fish but just remember one thing if nothing else- there shouldn’t be any grey or brown color to your fillet.  If there is any blood it should be bright red.  Would you buy a piece of steak at the grocery store that was grey and not red?

Notice In the picture below how there is no firmness to the fillet, the lines in the fillets aren’t crisp and they are all just squiggily and mushy?-



These fillets belong on