Mary Kate Canavan’s 9th Grade Honors Class Poem Series- Kenneth Wheeler

Art isn’t just painting.  There are many ways people create and here I’d like to share some of the poems that Mary Kate Canavan sent in from her GHS 9th Grade Honors Class.

Kenneth Wheeler

Gloucester glooms
Peninsula like a cocoon
Fish drying, the smell of business
Seagulls squawk, church bells you can’t possibly miss
Hardworking citizens, but not all quite exactly equal at heart
Born elsewhere, but brought back soon right after, not to again depart
Watched as he left out the door, assured he would return again
Swiftly taken away against my will by dreadful, unfaithful men
Standing tall, with stance shaped like a C
Laid back’s the way to be
Fluctuating weather is unpredictable
Gloucester’s like copper; it’s easily conductible

~ Kenneth Wheeler

Bradley Royds ~ Joe and Renee @ The House of Blues Foundation Room ~ 11-30-2010

Please be advised That Bradley Royds will not be able to play this event @ The House of Blues Foundation Room Tuesday evening. However, You can look forward to Joe and Renee for your listening pleasure from 7:00 to 10:00. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Bradley will be playing sometime in Feburary or March.

Tuesday November 30th at 7:00pm – December 1 at 12:00am

The Foundation Room @ House Of Blues Boston 

15 Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA

Tues November 30Rene and Joe play from 7-10 and Bradley from 10-12 the House of Blues Foundation Room.
$10.00 at the door. 80% goes to musicians and 20% goes to Foundation Room charity to provide creative arts for financially challenged young adults. You can go to HOB website then go to Foundation Room then read about their charity. 

Please tell everybody that they can carpool with each other if at all possible. It will be great to support our local musicians making it into Boston’s music scene.

It will also be Cynthia Sisco’s birthday  and I hear she is going to celebrate.

Photo by Louise


Bradley Royds

You might not have heard of him yet, but you have probably heard him play. Bradley Royds is a performer, composer, producer and recording artist whose songs and sounds can be heard in television shows, commercials, video games, theater, and on the radio, Cds and the Internet.


Bradley’s musical career began in Houston Texas, where he picked up the guitar at age six and was playing professionally by the time he was ten. In his formative years, he taught himself to play multiple instruments, and developed a unique voice and an engaging stage presence. After earning a high-honors degree in political science from The London School of Economics and The University of Texas, he moved to Los Angeles where he dove in to the business of music as both performer and producer. He quickly landed gigs, including playing guitar with the likes of Boy George, working as a session musician, fronting his over-the-top rock band The High Court, and producing and recording bands and solo artists in his Hollywood Hills studio. Bradley earned a reputation and the moniker ‘The Acoustic Bomb’ for playing explosive solo shows. He also launched a successful career creating scores, songs and sounds for television, commercials, video games, film promo and theater. His hard hitting techno-rock project AndRoyd found huge success placing songs in some of the world’s biggest video games, collectively selling millions of copies.

A longtime summer resident of Cape Ann Massachusetts, Bradley prefers to spend time on the East Coast, playing live, writing, recording and producing a host of talented artists in his studio. In the world of theater he has participated as an actor, musician and sound designer. His recent portrayal of General Benjamin Butler in the play The Beauport Anthology has been described as a ‘knockout.’ He proved perfect for the part, playing guitar in the rock opera Tommy. Israel Horovitz once told Bradley that his sound design work is of ‘Broadway’ quality. As if that were not enough, Bradley is mixing live shows at the new Shalin Liu Hall in Rockport Ma, working with legendary rock, blues and folk artists including John Sebastian, Jonathan Edwards, Livingston Taylor, James Montgomery and Paula Cole, and world class jazz acts like Dave Brubeck, the Grace Kelly Quintet, Lavay Smith, Taylor Eigsti & Julian Lage and Kurt Elling.

Bradley is currently producing his own Cd and is looking forward to an early 2011 release &tour.

Photo by Louise

Joe and Renee
Renee Dupuis (voice, piano) and Joe Cardoza (voice, guitar) have been playing together for over ten years accumulating a vast repertoire of songs from the popular, rock, and folk traditions, as well as original music.
A graduate of the Hartt School, Renee sings everything from Weezer, to Etta James, Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin. You can most recently hear/see her playing the role of Alicia Keyes in comedian Juston McKinney’s (Comedy Central) parody of Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind”

Berklee graduate Joe Cardoza plays electric and upright bass with many artists in the greater Boston area. He recently opened for Livingston Taylor at the brand new Shalin Liu Performance center in Rockport MA as bassist of the Jake Pardee Trio.

Together both Renee and Joe are a part of the alternative rock country band, The Bandit Kings ( who will be celebrating the release of their first full length album at TT The Bears in Cambridge and The Mint in Los Angeles.
“She is a strong, throaty alto with the voice of an earthy angel; he plays guitar with pure passion. The two together are like kids playing in a school playground, with ever so much spark and spontaneity; two swallows darting about together in mid-air, flying tandem with well-practiced precision and skill…Their voices and harmonies match up perfectly in jazz and the more popular songs of the Americana tradition…They leave a feeling of delightsomeness floating on the air.”

Alfred Nesser, after a gig in Salem, MA

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seARTS Wearable Arts Show Enters 4th Year & Expands

seARTS Wearable Arts Show Enters 4th Year & Expands
Adds new fiber artists and national outwear designer

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – The seARTS Wearable Arts group presents its fourth annual show to coincide with Gloucester’s historic Middle Street Walk. The Show and Sale begins with a Friday night reception and continues throughout the day December 11th. The Wearable Arts Show provides a unique opportunity to showcase local jewelers, fiber artists, and designers – while at the same time benefits the Sawyer Free Library and the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS). The show is unique as it is run by the artists who each contribute to making it a warm and welcoming event. The venue itself, the historic wing of the library, provides an intimate setting for art lovers and holiday shoppers to mingle with the artists, try on “wearable art” and enjoy music, food, and community spirit. The seARTS show continues to grow as the only event on the North Shore dedicated to wearable art.

Returning jewelry artists include Meredith Anderson, Lee Cunningham, Jacqueline-Ganim-DeFalco, Susan Kenna, Candy Marshall, Rebecca Williams, Beth Williams, Jan Weinshanker & Judy Wright. Returning fiber artists are Margaret Derby, Camilla MacFadyen and Nina Lapchyk who works out of Winchester. They will be joined by three new textile artists, Beverly Gillett and Jenny Beauchamp, who have been working in different surface design techniques and Marlene Cann who works in a wide variety of fabrics.

For the first time, the seARTS group welcomes the designer Maralyce Ferree represented by Mike Cianci. Maralyce Ferree recently moved its shop to Amesbury and was invited to join the show to add its colorful outwear to complement the collections of jewelry, scarves, and shawls. Maralyce Ferree has provided innovative design since 1984. Starting with one fleece jacket for a friend, to a collection of fashionable outerwear sold throughout the United States and parts of Canada. To add to the overall spirit of the event, Maralyce Ferree will offer special pricing for the show. Collectively, the group will offer something for every taste and price point – from lush velvet scarves, to intricately beaded jewelry made from hand-made glass beads, precious gems, felt, exotic beads, and semi-precious stones. And more fabulous gift items include – sachets, table “wear,” sea glass hair accessories; elegant purses and belts, charming children’s clothes; and seaweed block prints on scarves and T-shirts. The show is a feast for the eyes for the range of creativity and colors on display. The Friday evening reception will engage all the senses as each artist brings a favorite appetizer and Carol McIntyre graces the show with harp music.

The 14 artists along with local businesses have also donated a piece of their work or a gift certificate to a corollary raffle fundraiser to benefit the Library. Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, one of the organizers comments, “The Library has been a tremendous partner, each year working more closely with us to expand the show and share the treasures of the Saunder’s House with the community. All the artists are enthusiastic about returning to this wonderful place.”

All donations will be displayed in the glass case across from the front desk of the library beginning mid-November. Tickets $2 or 3 for $5 are available from any participating artist or at the Library desk during the weeks leading up to the show. The Wearable Arts show is organized and supported by the artist members of seARTS. 15% of all sales will be donated to seARTS

WHAT: 4th Annual seARTS Wearable Arts Show & Sale

WHEN: Friday, December 10th 5-8:30 PM; Saturday December 11th 9-6PM

WHERE: Saunders House at the Sawyer Free Library, Middle St. & Dale Avenue

Free & Open to the Public



Happy Birthday Ed Collard!

The first time I met Ed he was pulling weeds and raking the flower beds over at the Visitor’s Center on a 90 degree Sunday afternoon.  He was there alone working away to make the place presentable when there was the fantastic effort to revitalize the place into the real community asset that it has become.  Not for pay, but because Ed is that kind of guy.  The kind of guy that gives a ton to our community.

Celebrate Gloucester- Ed is there helping out erect the fences and set up.

Broken bench in East Gloucester- Ed fixed it without anyone ever knowing.

The Lobster Trap tree- Ed is there lugging traps 40 feet up in 15 degree windy weather.

The clean up effort when the City took over I4C2- Yep, Ed is there

The list goes on and on and on and this is only a few of the things that I know about.  So much of what he does he does without anyone ever knowing.

Happy Birthday Ed- one of the Good Guys!