GMG Questions and Answers–Debbie Clarke


How long have you lived in Gloucester?  born here. lived in Los Angeles for 5 years as a child (dad was in the navy); returned to northshore (manchester, wenham, essex for 7 years), gloucester high school, san francisco for a year, art institute of boston 4 years (brookline, allston, somerville, west stockbridge, cambridge), gloucester for a few years, rockport for 2 years, nyc 22 months, magnolia 15 years, west gloucester 2 years, east gloucester 6 years.  i’m a glosta gal (mom born in rockport, extended finnish family in gloucester).

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
all of them.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?
  magnolia beach to the nature trail behind clark’s pond to the coolidge reservation.
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester? sebastians

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?
mike’s place

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?
my house

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? don’t do bars

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?
two sisters

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? fiesta, gotta get my blessing and ambie’s sausage sandwich.
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?   beach
Who is your favorite local artist?

The first Cape Ann artist that I have always admired is landscape painter Ken Gore (1911-1990).  Ken was a member of the Northshore Art Association and The Rockport Art Association.  He had a studio and gallery on East Main Street across from the The Beacon Marine where he taught painting on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. My father, a student of Ken’s, arranged for me to have lessons with Ken.    My paintings were not very good, but Ken saw ability in my drawings and encouraged me to seriously pursue art.  I was 13.

Attached is a photo of Ken’s painting "The Willow" that was auctioned through Blackwood March Auctioneers a few years ago.  I chose this painting to accompany this post because of the sheep, as well as his trademark use of the palette knife. Ken told me that when he was first learning to paint he was given a 2" brush to paint and 3 colors: red, yellow, blue and white.   The subject?  sheep.  He  could paint them in his sleep.  Ken said that anything one could do with a small brush,  could be done with a big brush; but, a small brush cannot do the work of a big brush.  This advice has guided me through 40 odd years of painting,  My preferred brushes are 1-2" bristle chip brushes that can hold alot of paint.

btw:  my first lesson was to draw a portrait of another student’s husband, then to paint his portrait.  the drawing was true to the man’s age.  the painting made him look so much younger that his wife bought it.  i didn’t get the money, it was paid to Ken for my very first lesson. In exchange for future lessons, I posed for Ken’s classes.

Which is your favorite local beach? coffin’s beach
Who has the best chowder in town? connolly’s

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?  i know, a bit egocentric, but in a good way.  if i’m not for me, who is?

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder? haddock

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood? all of them.

What is your favorite local band?  A Train

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J.B. Amero joins Dan King, Dave Mattacks & David Brown

Hola everyone!
This week’s Special Guest: J.B. AMERO 

Tuesday’s line-up:


J.B. Amero, Dan King, Dave Mattacks & David Brown
… and J.B.’s comin’ in with some NEW SONGS!

Tuesday, March 8… 7 to 9pm
86 Main Street
Gloucester, MA  01930-5710

Did You Know (Plum Cove Beach and Sven Ohrvel Carlson)

Fall Plum Cove Beach Photo and Summer Painting by Sven Ohrvel Carlson

That this tiny peaceful beach with its beautiful panoramic view, is located on Washington Street in the Lanesville section of Gloucester? The waters are calm and perfect for small children. Parking is limited and requires a Beach Sticker. From a diver’s perspective – Plum Cove is often diveable when many other sites are weathered out. Depth ranges from 10 to 20 feet and there is a small reef outside the cove just off the right point (facing the ocean).

This is late fall photo of Plum Cove Beach, together with a lovely summer watercolor painting titled Plum Cove Beach by Sven Ohrvel Carlson (1911-2006).  Mr. Carlson, who was also a sculptor, a professional jazz and classical violinist who played with the Cape Ann Symphony, a composer, and a poet.  He died on August 22, 2006 of prostate cancer at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester.  He was 95. 

Listen Up Yarn Freaks- The Yarn Crawl Is A Comin!


Coveted Yarn is part of coming up March 10th to the 13th. Think of a pub crawl but for yarn addicts. 🙂 We will be giving one lucky crawler a $500 Coveted Yarn Shopping spree among hundreds of dollars of other prizes in addition to awesome sales and promotions. Leslie Wind of Rockport will be here demonstrating and selling her shawl pins and "tewelry" (jewelry that doubles as a tool for some fiber related work). Coveted will be open from 7 am to 11 pm all four days of the crawl. I was wondering if you could spread the word about it and also if you wanted to come down at some point and shoot a video. We are expecting people from all over northeast. Hope all is well.
— Coveted Yarn
121 E. Main St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
New Extended Hours:
Mon – Fri 10:00AM – 9:30PM
Sat&  Sun 10:00AM – 5:00PM

The North Shore Yarn Crawl 2011 is happening March 10th-13th. Please join us for a self-guided tour of the premier yarn shops on Boston’s North Shore.

Jake Pardee and the Bingo Fridays Band returns to the Rhumbline this Friday night Mar 11th

Jake Pardee and the Bingo Fridays Band will be back in Gloucester to play at the Rhumbline this Friday night Mar 11th. Founded by Jake Pardee of Rockport while still at Ipswich High School, Bingo Fridays features Jake on lead guitar, Pete Iannitto on bass and Aaron Zaroulis on drums. Based out of Boston, Bingo Fridays blends original sounds of rock, blues, reggae and funk and tours throughout the Northeast with a busy up-coming summer schedule performing at clubs and music festivals. For more information go to: