Jon Sarkin Interview At His Birdseye Building Studio Part I

Jon Sarkin Interview At His Birdseye Building Studio Part I

Jon talks about his relationship with Chad Carlberg, gives us a tour of his workspace inside the Birdseye building, shows how some of the pieces for the Guster Music Video were made and how success breeds success.

Look for part II tomorrow

Tunes at the Topside Grill

Hello, here is an update for this weekend for The Topside Grill…


Who: Samantha Farrell

When: Thursday 9/30/10. 8:00pm

Where: Topside Grill


Who: Ryan Faraday

When: Friday 10/1/10: 9:00pm

Where: Topside Grill

See below for more info…

Upcoming Events:

Thursday September 30
Samantha Farrell:
If I had to describe her, I’d say she was a mix between Norah Jones and Corrine Bailey Rae. Samantha Farrell is a sparkling young singer-songwriter based out of Boston, who has been wowing critics and audiences alike, across the country with her unique mixture of jazz and folk-rock influenced  pop.  Described by national music magazine Relix as possessing “prodigious and undulating vocals that are delivered with rare, swinging passion,” and as a “soulful mix of Van Morrison’s country hospitality, Ella Fitzgerald’s jazzy range and Fiona Apple’s modern honesty,” Farrell has been touring the North east in support of her latest two efforts; Her full length album “Luminous” was produced by the late LeRoi Moore, a founding member and saxophone player for the Dave Matthews Band. “Luminous,” a completely independent release, sky rocketed to #7 on the national pop iTunes charts from it’s formidable grass roots support. Her music has been heard on major network television shows such as “Shark” (NBC), Privileged and One Tree Hill (CW). For more information, find her on the web at

Friday October 1
Ryan Faraday:
At 24 years old, Ryan Fardy has had a fantastic start to his 9-year career.  He has played to crowds all over New England and the United States (Las Vegas, California, Florida…etc), and even Canada.  He has opened for the legendary Chaka Khan, Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Mountain, Snoop Dogg, Rick Derringer, Hoobastank, and more.  He was also the featured cover story for Boston Blues Magazine at the age of 18. With an upbringing on the Boston Area blues scene, Ryan has created his own genre, mixing Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B, Soul, and Pop.  He is striving to make his songwriting ability known even though he still holds the “guitarslinger” tag throughout the Boston area.  His shows combine the inventiveness of Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck, the passion of Eric Clapton, and the on stage intensity of Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Audiences typically find themselves in awe of his command of the guitar and of the stage, and have trouble believing that they are witnessing the talents of someone so young.  However, they don’t have any trouble believing that they are seeing a performer who has a very bright future. Check out more at


Doug Silva

General Manager

Topside Grill

50 Rogers St.

Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-1399 (Business)

(978) 335-1014 (Cell)

Just Announced – Sled Dog Races at Appleton!

The Second Annual Myopia Sled Dog Races was just announced and is changing venues to Appleton Farms. I went to this event last year and it was a big hit with the kids.  The first race of the day is a crazy version of cross country skiing, where folks get pulled by their dogs and insanity ensues. Then the youngsters take the helm and you will be astonished how fast they go. I believe this event will get bigger and better each year, as long as they are lucky with the snow.  Appleton is going to be  a great venue for this and will likely offer better spectator viewing  along the course.

Check out their website and their Facebook page

I hope you are enjoying your extended summer. Just a friendly reminder, don’t forget to change the oil in your snow blower. Winter is right around the corner! Weather folks are predicting wild swings in weather this winter.

Quote Of The Week Sent In By Greg Bover

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

Steven Wright 1955-

American comedian, actor and writer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical jokes and one-liners with contrived situations.

Greg Bover


WED, Sept 29th: Anne Krinsky Artist in Residence Studio Talk

WED, Sept 29th: Anne Krinsky
Artist in Residence Studio Talk


Delineation Lime, by Anne Krinsky, acrylic on panel, 24” x 24”

Goetemann Artist in Residence and printmaker Anne Krinsky will talk about her experience on Rocky Neck and show work that she has completed during her residency on Wednesday, September 29 at 7pm in the Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave.

WhereZat? Winner!

Vickie VanNess was the first person to identify this location. Congratulations, Vickie! Come down to Capt. Joe’s to claim your prize!! Here are the responses to this week’s contest. Thanks for playing and we’ll see you next week!

Here are the responses to this week’s contest-

  1. Hammond castle

    By: george on September 27, 2010
    at 9:09 am

  2. It is the wall to that house on Western Ave that you can see when you are at Cresseys’ Beach at Stage Fort Park.

    By: Vickie on September 27, 2010
    at 9:10 am

    • Hey Vickie,
      Could you be more specific with your description? You might be right, but I need more info. Thanks!

      By: Sharon on September 28, 2010
      at 8:23 am

      • It is a close up of the wall of the house, when you stand at Cressey’s Beach and look to your right. John thought the wall was a dam. It is the first house on Western Avenue on the water side. Does that help!

        By: Vickie on September 28, 2010
        at 10:41 am

  3. It’s a closeup of the water side of a house north of the Moonie Castle taken from Cressy Beach in Stage Fort Park

    By: easydiverchris on September 27, 2010
    at 9:52 am

  4. The house on eatern point road that was always lite up beautiful for x-mass season. I think it was owned by the O’Connors. The O’Connor Estate!

    By: ellen macdonald on September 27, 2010
    at 11:18 am


  5. I think the name was O’Connell not O’Connor Estate.

    By: ellen macdonald on September 27, 2010
    at 11:21 am

  6. Hammond Castle?

    By: Stacy on September 27, 2010
    at 11:23 am


  7. hammond castle

    By: steve leblanc on September 27, 2010
    at 12:46 pm

  8. Hammonds

    By: ghurst on September 27, 2010
    at 3:21 pm

Jon Sarkin Interview Part I Coming Tonight

I had the honor of interviewing the great Jon Sarkin in his studio space at the Birdseye building.  Jon has been featured in GQ, Tom Cruise buys his life story with the intent of Tom playing Jon.  His work has also been purchased by many serious art collectors and he has shows all over the world.  Recently his work was featured in the latest music video for the band Guster which was produced by Chad Carlberg’s Gloucester based Production Blue studio.






From Jon’s Website


In 2006 Sarkin was nominated for a Wynn Newhouse Foundation award for artists with disabilities. As part of the application, he composed the below essay to describe his disability. Sarkin ended up receiving one of the runner-up prizes at the awards ceremony in New York in the spring of 2007.

There is no facet of my work that has not been profoundly impacted by my stroke. Because of this fact, any note of how my disability has influenced my art is very difficult. It is hard to describe this precisely because my disability has affected every aspect of my life so pervasively. It is extremely challenging to be objective about a thing as subjective as yourself.

Why am I unable to be reflective about how my stroke affected my work?

Our physicality and perception are how we access and negotiate and navigate our environment and surroundings.

When these were paradigmatically and physically altered, so too was my understanding of, and my relationship with, the outside world.

There exists a connection with the external world and my “internality” that is truly intimate. TRULY.

When this balance is disturbed, the resulting disequilibrium changes everything. EVERYTHING.

How this intimacy has been disquieted informs every aspect of my art. One of the things that is most apparent is its sheer abundance. I create in a fever, in a mad torrent of ideas and images. This directly relates to my inability to censor the floodgates of my imagination. Another part of my work is its stream-of-consciousness “texture.” This correlates with how my neural architecture has been scrambled by my stroke, resulting in an inability to think linearly and logically. Also, because my stroke has caused me to be obsessive, my art involves working with the same images over and over and over again. suffer from a syndrome I like to call “obsessive-compulsive-manic-depressive-creative-disorder.”

I see everything differently now. Much of this has to do with my double vision. When one’s vision is doubled, i.e., when one cannot focus on the same image with both eyes, one loses depth perception. I see objects quite differently now, and this is translated into how I draw them. My sense of color is changed, too. My perception of everything, including color and shape, and, come to think of it, sound and smell and the way things feel, has been cataclysmically and deeply altered.
This is why it’s hard to explain how my disability has influenced my work.

Here is a video the ABC did about Jon’s disability and how it has created the artist that he has become-

Look for part one of my interview with Jon tonight.

Another Banded Gull Captured By Joey’s GMG Lens

5K3 that is what the band is labeled.  It is a black band with white branding.

Click the pics for larger versions


This is the second gull I’ve been lucky enough to capture.

After some research and a call out for help we discovered that the banding was done by Dr Julie Ellis

You can check out her blog here which details some of the gull sightings and why they band them.

The Gulls Of Appledore

Sightings of gulls banded in Maine by Dr. Julie Ellis

Banding and Tagging
Initial trapping was conducted throughout January, February, and March 2008, utilizing three methods: a walk-in nest trap, Steele’s net, and rocket net. All methods successfully captured the targeted species, although the rocket net and Steele’s net were much more effective and efficient. Starting in the fall of 2008, a net launcher and net gun were exclusively utilized for trapping.

Following capture, all birds are fitted with an aluminum federal leg band. A uniquely numbered colored leg band is placed on the opposite leg of all birds [Picture 1]. Finally, on most birds, a colored, uniquely numbered wing-tag is attached to each wing. These wing-tags make long-distance identification possible, particularly when it is difficult to see or read the leg bands [Pictures 2-4]. Wing-tags are color-coded based on the capture site’s proximity to either Wachusett or Quabbin Reservoir [Picture 5].


You can also read more about Dr Julie Ellis at the SEANET Blog


The latest news from the Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET)

Here is a link to the first post in which I caught a baby black backed gull with another band-

Anyone Know Of A Seagull Banding Program? This Seagull Had a Band On Its Leg Reading OK9

Here is that first banded seagull marked OK9-