Albert Camus Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

January 19, 2012

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus (1913-1960)


Born to poverty in Algeria, then a French colony, Camus lost his father the following year in the First World War. His precocious brilliance was recognized with scholarships to the University of Algiers where he studied philosophy. During the 1930’s he was active in the French Communist Party and the Algerian People’s Party and began WWII as a pacifist, later joining the fight against the Axis. He gained prominence with his books The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus and is often linked to the Existentialism of Sartre, although Camus himself referred to his philosophy as Absurdist, which posits that we ourselves must create meaning in our lives . He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, but was killed in an automobile accident two years later.

Greg Bover

What’s behind Peter?


You decide.  Our son, John, thought it would be fun to shoot in front of a green screen, so here it is.  Fill the background with your imagination.  And check out Dr. King’s last speech, given the night before he was assassinated.  Prescient.

Something for everyone tonight at 11 venues around Cape Ann.  Dance, Jazz, folk, Brazilian, blues, Israeli, ska, standards, Zeppelin & good ol’ Rock n Roll!  Check it out.

Let the bidding begin!

Blinged out GMG buoy
The blinged out GMG buoy by Sista Felicia!

Not sure if you’re going to be able to make it to Art Haven’s buoy auction on the 27th? Or just so excited that you want to start bidding now? Here’s your chance!

Hopefully you saw this beautiful buoy hanging on the Lobster Trap Tree this holiday season and we’re giving you a chance now to bid on this and 7 other buoys painted by local artists, which you’ll see posted over the next 7 days.

If you didn’t know, all the buoys that adorned this year’s beautiful tree (featured in the NYTimes, in case you missed it…) will be auctioned off next Friday, the 27th at Cruiseport Gloucester as a fundraiser for Art Haven, including the ones featured here. But you can put your bids in now to get your name in the hat. So here’s the deets:

-If you like a buoy you see, bidding starts at $20, and you can just bid in the comments section below the post, HOWEVER

-Your bid doesn’t become official until you send Art Haven an email ( saying you’re serious and letting us know how to get in contact with you.

-Finally, if you’re the highest bidder on the blog, that makes your bid the starting bid at the auction. We’ll be in touch about your max bid if you can’t make it to the auction.

If you’ve got any questions, leave ’em in the comments section. And in the meantime, check out all the artist buoys on Art Haven’s Facebook page and tell us if there are particular buoys you’d like to see go up here. And remember, your money is helping more kids on Cape Ann have access to crazy fun art activities 🙂  Happy bidding!

Preserves, by Deb Clarke

from deb clarke;


“Copper Paint Manufactory” on left:  petroluem based
wax, copper leaf, fish scales, styrofoam particulate sealed
in 3″, 3oz jars.  copyright clarke 2012
gloucester ma
“LePages Mucilage” on right: petroluem based
wax, aluminum leaf, fish scales, styrofoam particulate sealed
in 3″, 3oz jars.  copyright clarke 2012
gloucester ma
the paint company is out of business.  part of the iconic building is demolished;
 building being rehabbed by the Ocean Alliance, a non-profit 
the glue company is out of business. the property is now occupied by 2 gated communities.
the prosperity/demise of both companies followed the tides of the Gloucester fishing industry.

the wax is from vigil candles collected from various candlight vigils, services etc held at or in association with the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist church.

the styrofoam particulate is from a styrofoam buoy for The Cape Ann Art Haven’s auction January 24th at Cruiseport, Gloucester.

jars:  purchased at Ace Hardware, Gloucester Crossing, Gloucester MA

Chickity Check It! The Latest Webcam On Amanda Marie Fishing Charters Inner Harbor Cam

Mike Parisi of Three Lantern Ship Supply Fame just got his killer webcam up and running!  It is a view of his dock and Gloucester’s North Channel.

check it out on under the working waterfront section

Also Check Out The Amanda Marie Fishing Charter Website Here


You can check out our interactive map for all the webcams on here-


The News From Rocky Neck via Judy Robinson Cox


2012 Goetemann Artist in Residence Program Applications
Available Online

Kathy Liao
2011 Goetemann Artist in Residence, Kathy Liau describes how Rocky Neck inspired her work

Be part of the next generation of 21st century artists to build on the foundations set by Edward Hopper, Milton Avery, Nel Blaine, Winslow Homer, and many others. We are currently accepting applications for the 2012 Goetemann Artist in Residency Program at the Rocky Neck Art Colony. Three visual artists will be selected to be in residence for three one month residencies during the summer season from May to October of 2012. Rocky Neck sits like a jewel in the large fishing harbor of Gloucester, MA. With rafted fishing vessels sitting below the stacked houses of surrounding hills, it has provided the visual drama and complex beauty to draw America’s greatest artists over the last 150 years to the oldest working art colony in the United States. Residents accepted will receive a prime live-work studio both private and on a wharf right in the midst of it all. Choices for subject matter are endless. Interpretive possibilities abound. We encourage applications from artists interested in the naturalistic phenomena of this place as well as from those on the cutting edge of contemporary thought and exploration.

Click to Download 2012 Goetemann Artist in Residence Application Form

Rocky Neck Art Colony Awarded North of Boston CVB Grant

The Rocky Neck Art Colony was among eleven non-profit organizations throughout Essex County that will receive grant funds as part of the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (NBCVB) Tourism Grant Program. Just over $30,000 will be awarded. Since 1994, the NBCVB has given nearly $1 million to local non-profit organizations as a way to promote the region as a travel destination.

Among the award recipients are Chambers of Commerce from Cape Ann, Marblehead, Newburyport, Salisbury, and Salem as well as the Topsfield Fair, Maritime Gloucester (formerly the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center), the Ipswich Visitors Center, Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, and Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester. Each organization is receiving funds to assist in the printing of promotional materials to help encourage visitors to choose the North of Boston region as their next vacation.

The Grant Awards will be presented during the Breakfast Program at the NBCVB’s 6th Annual Tourism Summit on Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Boston Marriott Peabody. The Tourism Summit is a day-long event with concurrent sessions and keynote speakers which discusses current trends in travel and tourism and advice on how to stretch your marketing dollars. This year, Chip Tuttle of Suffolk Downs will be speaking during the Lunch Program about the recently passed Casino Bill and what kind of effect it may have on the North of Boston community.

Any business within Essex County that is impacted by tourism is welcome to attend this event. Admission for NBCVB members is $60; Nonmember admission is $70. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting

<?xml:namespace prefix = pstyle="margin />The Rocky Neck Art Colony’s grant will pay 40% of the cost of producing the 2012 Rocky Neck Art Colony brochure and a full-page ad in the Cape Ann Chamber Guide. The $ amount is equal to $2734.


Cape Ann Museum

Mini Tours with Museum Docents Highlighting Their Favorites from the Collection

Back by popular demand! The WINTER SHORTS program is a day-long celebration with docents offering mini tours highlighting their favorites from the Museum’s collection. These tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited; first come, first served.

  • 10:30 a.m. Dragon Boats, Porcelains, … and Stowaways Treasures from China
  • 11:15 a.m. Contemporary Art A look at what has happened between then and now
  • 12:00 p.m. Design and How Virginia Lee Burton’s Folly Cove Designers
  • 1:30 p.m. Father and Daughter Captain Elias Davis and daughter Mary – an examination of their belongings
  • 2:15 p.m. Into the Woods A walk through decades of woodworking on Cape Ann
  • 3:00 p.m. Why Dogtown Belonged to Marsden Hartley. Hartley was passionate and possessed by Dogtown, come hear about when and why
  • 3:45 p.m. Keeping up with the Joans (of Arc) Anna Hyatt Huntington’s Joan of Arc in Gloucester and beyond

Don’t forget – the Cape Ann Museum is FREE to all Cape Ann residents through January 31. The Museum is closed to the public during the month of February.

M E M B E R   N E W S

Khan Studio /GMG Exhibit At The Sawyer Free Library

Good Morning Gloucester

Through January 31

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In 2011 seARTS secured a nomination for Cape Ann/Gloucester as a Top 25 Arts Destination by AmericanStyle Magazine. Thanks to your votes, we won the #3 spot on the list for small U.S. cities.

Voting time is here again, and this year, we want to aim for the #1 spot. To achieve this distinction, we need your help in spreading the word.

We’ve created a postcard announcing this year’s voting opportunity, and we’d like to ask you to post it, along with a link to the AmericanStyle voting page, on your websites and social media pages, and send it to your friends. If you would like hard-copy postcards, just let us know and we’ll be glad to send them to you.

Please click here for a downloadable JPEG of the postcard. Here also is the link to AmericanStyle Magazine’s voting page, which can be copied and pasted on your website or social media page:

We hope you’ll join seARTS in this initiative to raise our cultural status. We can’t do it without you! For more information contact or call us at 978-281-1222. Sincerely, The seARTS Board

MON, Feb 27 : seARTS Annual Meeting
Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, 6-9 pm

Save the date! The seARTS Annual Meeting takes place Monday, February 27. We’re planning a great conversation about cultural district designation with distinguished speakers Ann Galligan and Herb Weiss. Mayor Carolyn Kirk will be there, too. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, 6-9 PM. More details coming soon.

Community Stuff Friday

Winter Exhibit and Open House – Let it Snow!
Saturday,  January 21st, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bodin Historic Photo & Fine Art
82 Main Street, Gloucester


We’re starting off the New Year at the gallery with an exhibit of our artwork, and warming winter fare. On display are our latest photos, paintings, blown glass, and boxes full of discounted Dave Matthews pottery. The food table will offer assorted appetizers and refreshments. Please join us!

While downtown, visit our new neighbor, Cape Ann Olive Oil Company, located diagonally across the road at 57 Main Street. They’re having their Grand Opening party until 7 p.m. And four doors down from us, Premier Imprints, at 48 Main Street, will also be open.

Happy New Year! Fred, Jean, Kathleen, Aron, Dave, Patrick, Chip, Bob, Jackie, Alan, Peter, and Ray.

Fredrik D. Bodin, Bodin Historic Photo

82 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

Boating Course

This 7 week basic introductory 14 hour course is for both sail and power boaters. It is approved by the National Assoc. of State Boating Law Administrators, recognized by US Coast Guard and the state of Massachusetts. Course topics include navigation rules, chart work, GPS, marine radio, boat handling and trailering.

The boating course will meet at Gloucester High School Wednesday evenings 7-9PM starting February 29th. Successfully completing the course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states.

GHS students receive academic credit as well.

Open to all adults and children over the age of 12 on a first come basis.

Cost is $50 for text, plotting tools and exam.

Call 978 525-3706 to register.

Katy Brunault writes-

  I am the director of Allegro Dance Ensemble which is the company from Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance.  We are performing at the Cape Ann ("The Annie") theatre on Sunday, January 29 at 4:30 p.m.  The performance will last about one hour and will include classical ballet, modern and lyrical jazz pieces.  Choreographers are Katy Brunault, Bonnie O’Leary, Carol Slate and Donna "Deej" Viau.  Tickets are available at the door (cash or check only, no credit cards) and can be reserved by calling 978-468-2393.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and children age 18 and under. I’ve attached the flyer if that will help. Please let me know if you are able to publicize this at all or if you have any questions.

Thanks so much,

Katy Brunault

Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance

Winter-Dance-Poster 2012






Hi Joey:
The Good Neighbors Program located in the village of Annisquam is holding their annual dinner on Saturday, January 28 at 6:00 PM.  Our theme this year is Made In America after watching Diane Sawyer on ABC World News.  I contacted Diane to let her know what we were going to do and she had an associate send us two of their large banners in addition to some t-shirts.  My committee has been working with local Gloucester merchants to promote Made in America right here in Gloucester.  A few of the local participants include:  Cape Ann Brewing, Ryan & Wood, Cape Pond Ice, Neptunes Harvest, Gorton’s, etc.
Katherine Groves