Video Interview- Meet Goetemann Artist in Residency Program Artist Of The Month Ekaterina Smirnova


Check out her work at the Goetemann Artist in Residency Studio (GRS) at 51A Rocky Neck Avenue.

Check out her website here-

Rocky Neck Gallery Opens for the Season

The Rocky Neck Gallery opens for the season on Thursday, June 7.

The public is invited to an Opening Reception on Saturday, June 16 from 6-8 p.m. to meet new and returning artists. Working in both traditional and contemporary genres, North Shore painters, photographers, sculptors, potters, jewelers, cabinet makers, multi media artists and print makers show their work at the cooperative gallery located on charming Smith Cove in the very heart of Gloucester’s newly designated Rocky Neck Cultural District.  This year the gallery welcomes seven new members: jewelers Katherine Bagley and Deborah Way, and painters Debbie Schraedieck, Phyllis Feld, Elizabeth Gauthier, Dina Gomery, and Kathleen Staab.

 A special feature of the gallery is the very successful Summer Artist Series that exhibits a solo artist or a group show for three weeks throughout the summer. Painter Elizabeth Gauthier’s show “Simplicity through Form and Color” is the first in the series this season.

Gauthier is an artist and teacher from Manchester-by-the-Sea.  Elizabeth earned her BFA with a dual degree in Fine Art and Art Education at Mass College of Art and her MFA from Boston University. She has taught various art disciplines at the high school level and in different arenas for many years on Cape Ann and in Boston. She continues to paint and exhibit in the Greater Boston area.

The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception for both the regular gallery artists and for Elizabeth Gauthier’s Summer Artists Series show on Saturday, June 16 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Rocky Neck Gallery, 153 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester MA 01930, Hours: Sun.-Wed. 11 am – 6 pm; Thu. – Sat. 11 am – 8 pm.

Hoe Down and Happenin’

Hoe Down & Happenin’  –  A Farm-to-Table Dinner
June 24, 4-9 pm
Celebrate summer and local food with Alchemy and friends at Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation
A slice of heaven on earth local food fans won’t want to miss…
A raw bar station sourced from local suppliers, BBQ lobster salad sliders, local caught yellow-fin, house-smoked pulled pork,Tendercrop Farm skirt steak…a table full of farm-fresh organic greens and vegetable salads, and desserts that will bring locavores to tears! And it’s all taking place on one of the longest nights of the year, within the magnificent surroundings of the Cox Reservation.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 24, 4-9pm, as Alchemy Bistro brings local fare with a flair to Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation with the Hoe Down & Happenin’, with proceeds to benefit Greenbelt’s local land conservation efforts.

Limited tickets:  $100.00 pp includes:

• Cocktail hour with music, raw bar, special local brews and wines
• Creative food stations presented by Alchemy Bistro and local artisanal
• Bluegrass music featuring Flynn Cohen
• Cash bar with signature cocktails, wines and local beer
Purchase tickets online or call 978-768-7241.

Are you in this video? Depends on were you were on May 5 …

If you were at Minglewood Tavern on May 5, you just might be in Brad Byrd‘s new video On My Way Down shot by Hollywood Director Brandon Rose that night.  If you can’t remember May 5, perhaps you’re the one dancing, singing the words and pointing in the air at 1:24 seconds into this video.

You may remember our series on Brad’s hit video Zero to the 101 shot by Brandon on St. Pat’s day (here’s some behind the scenes footage of that shoot).

Brad is Allen Estes‘ guest on this week’s Local Music Seen, which premieres tonight at 6:30pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  It’s a half hour of excellent music and fascinating dialogue between two of Cape Ann’s best songwriters.  Plus you’ll get to hear three songs by Brad and Allen’s new song The Trouble with Me.

When the show is over, you can choose from half a dozen live music venues tonight with music for every taste you could imagine.   See the full live music schedule here.

Have you seen the sun today?  It’s coming back and will be here in full force soon enough, which is a good reminder to save $12 by getting your tickets now for the Gloucester Blues Festival on Saturday August 11 at Stage Fort Park.  See you there!

The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour

from; digital photography review

“The “hour” part of the golden hour is a misnomer. The length of time depends on how long the sun plays on the horizon. That changes by the time of the year and the latitude. Near the equator, the golden hour lasts but a few minutes as the sun moves relatively quickly. Closer to the poles, the golden hour can last for hours.

The quality of the light during the golden hour can be dramatically different from what comes before and after. The difference in time can be just a few brief minutes, so be prepared.”

Click here to read more

African Zebra in Gloucester

OK, not really, just an origami zebra.

This model is designed by John Montroll, to be folded from one square sheet of origami paper (as usual, no cutting or gluing).  It is a great example of how to take advantage of the fact that most origami paper has two colors: usually white on one side, and a solid color or a pattern on the other side. Here, Montroll has done a great job of designing the model so that the black paper only shows up in little stripes. I folded and left one of these in the Art Parlour at The Annie; it may still be there, on a windowsill.

Choate House, Essex

The Choate House sits on 135-acre Choate Island (formerly called Hog Island). The island is part of the 700-acre Crane Wildlife Refuge, which includes Castle Hill, Crane Beach, and six other islands; all owned by the Trustees of Reservations. Choate Island was originally farmed by the Native American Agawam tribe, then by Europeans in 1655, who built the Choate House around 1730. In 1996, Choate Island was the location set for the Salem witch trials film: The Crucible. Choate is open daily year-round, featuring dockage for private boats, guided tours (in season), bird-watching, and hiking.
Printed photographically from the original 35mm transparency film.
Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Pet of the Week-Lucy

My name is Lucy and I am a four-month-old female
retriever.  I am very sweet, cute and mellow and so is my sister, Ethel.
We would rather be in the lap of our new owner helping
read a book and just cuddling.   If you would like to meet me,
I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, now located at the
Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter at Four Paws Lane in

Please save July 21 for our Sunset Dessert Cruise from
Captain Bill’s at Harbor Loop at 7 p.m.

Have you had an opportunity to visit the new shelter?
It is beautiful!  It is lovely!  It is magnificent!
Visit: and you can see for yourself.
We all feel so fortunate to have a wonderful new
shelter.  The new shelter has everything to keep dogs and
cats healthy and happy.  I think I can even get my nails done here!


Herbert George (H.G.) Wells Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."
Herbert George (H.G.) Wells (1866-1946)


Born in the county of Kent in England, Welles is primarily known for his speculative fiction successes, The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, although he wrote novels in other genres and a great deal of non-fiction history. His early training as a biologist is reflected in the Darwinian nature of many of his plot lines, though he was a prominent member of the socialist Fabian Society. A controversial figure in English literary circles, Welles supported eugenics and spoke against Zionism until his horror at the actions of the Nazis caused him to reverse both stands. He had several lovers of note, including early contraception proponent Margaret Sanger and Rebecca Sackville-West, with whom he fathered a son, Anthony. Welles was the founder of an organization to promote better industrial design in Britain, as well as another to combat diabetes, from which he suffered. Along with Hugo Gernsback and Jules Verne he is often called  “The Father of Science Fiction.” It is reported that he wished his epitaph to read “I told you so, you damned fools,” but he was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.

Greg Bover

Big Time Props To The Efficient, Friendly and Hard Working Staff At Cape Ann Insurance

I go to get a sticker for my pick up and the kind folks at Gaybrook inform me that my truck isn’t registered. 

I call up the girls at Cape Ann insurance (they open at 8:30AM) head down and within 3 minutes I have myself a registered truck and sticker for my license plate.

All done with a smile and some friendly banter about how we all dig Tacos Lupita.

But beyond the stellar friendly service, the rates that they give to me personally and our business is far and away less than what we were paying at the old school insurance agency where our family had been for years.  We were loyal to that old company for a long long while and when we asked to re-examine our policies because they seemed way out of line with what our friends were paying for similar vehicles with similar coverage they didn’t seem to be able to compete for one reason or another.

So now we are with Cape Ann Insurance and couldn’t be happier.  I’m not getting any special treatment for writing this, we aren’t doing advertising for Cape Ann Insurance I just want to forward on when I think my readership can benefit from something.

They rock.  If you are happy with your insurance agency then stick with them.  But if you feel like your rates are way out of line, give them a call.  It can’t hurt. (and they’re really really nice)

Cape Ann Insurance

23 Dale Avenue Gloucester (next to the Post office)



Chickity Check it! Sandy Leonard Snaps


Hey, neighbor,

I have been loving your blog for so long.

Thank you.

Here’s a link to some of the Gloucester-based entries on my own blog.

Keep up the good work.

And all best wishes from Highland Court.

-Sandy Leonard

Barred Owlet at Ravenswood From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

We had a nice walk through Ravenswood Park this past Sunday, and even though it was pretty wet, we still had a great time!  We were fortunate enough to see the barred owlet perched on the edge of the tree he temporarily calls home. When I scoped the trees with my telephoto lens, I saw the mother owl in the next tree over keeping a close watch!  In the wider shot, you can see the mother blurred in the background near the left edge of the photo, and the owlet on the right edge.

Ramona Latham, Ravenswood’s Program Director,  seems to think he’s getting ready to spread his wings!  When he does, he’ll leave the nest and head deeper into the woods.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Community Stuff June 6th, 2012



The following free artist demonstrations will be held at NSAA during the month of June:  Caleb Stone-Watercolor, Sunday, June 17, 2pm; Carole Berren-Yupo Watercolor, Saturday, June 23, 11am; and, Lynda Goldberg-Monotype Printmaking, Sunday, June 24, 2pm.

Demonstrations are given by NSAA artist members, many of whom will be teaching fine art adult workshops throughout the season.  For a complete schedule of demonstrations and workshops please visit our website at

NSAA’s historic old building, located at 11 Pirates Lane in East Gloucester, provides the opportunity to view one of the largest collections of paintings and sculpture on Cape Ann. 
North Shore Arts Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from Noon to 5:00 pm. In addition to exhibitions, NSAA also offers adult, teen and children’s workshops, lectures, a live art auction and more. Please call 978-283-1857 or visit for more information

June 19th the Rockport Senior Center will be hosting a FREE Continental Breakfast at 9AM

Come by, Relax  & bring your friends.  RSVP 978-546-2573

Hi Joey,
Wanted to let you know that I am having a one-woman art exhibit at the
Unitarian Universalist Church at 4 Cleaves St. in Rockport for the
month of June. There will be a reception on Saturday, June 9th from 10
am – 12 noon.
My bio :

MeHardMerchandiseAEileen Patten Oliver has been painting in oils and acrylics in both Maine and Massachusetts for 40+ years. She was the Art Chairperson and managed the art gallery at the West Quoddy Head Light visitor’s Center in Lubec, ME for several seasons in the early 2000’s, taught Adult Education Painting at the Lubec Consolidated School, and has had several one woman shows around New England.  She studied with Paul Shea, Peter Nyren and Constantine Sgouras & was chosen to take a class at Mass College of Art while still in high school, but is predominantly self-taught.  Her paintings hang in many private homes.

A member of the Rocky Neck Artist Colony and Newburyport Art Association, Eileen is originally from Waltham, MA and lived in Lubec and Randolph, Maine from 1998-2010. She currently lives and paints in Rockport, MA with her husband, James Oliver, a Rockport native, who is also an accomplished painter, illustrator and print maker (etching).

The photo I’ve attached is me with my painting of the "Hard Merchandise" at the Best of Rocky Neck show that just ended at the Rocky Neck Art Colony gallery. I’m also going to be hanging work at Khan studio and Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck in July.

LOVE Good Morning Gloucester!
Eileen Patten Oliver

Calvo Studio Sculpture Class Starts June 11th Sign Up Now!