Round Up Of Top 2013 Local and National Art Stories: Access

To Our GMG Readers: My apologies for our being behind in posting this series for Catherine Ryan. The following story, “Access,” is actually part three of a terrific three part series that Catherine wrote titled, “Round Up of Local and National Art Stories,” featuring the local and national common threads of advocacy, aplomb, and access.” We’ll start with part three,  Access, and work backward as this is great content relevant to our local artists and art scene.


Round up of top 2013 Local and National Art Stories

Local and national common threads include advocacyaplomb, and access. Oh, and Amazon. December 5, 2013 was a huge art news day. Last up below: access (public).

Part 3 of 3: ACCESS

Open Content: Sometimes my research and work has required obtaining permission for images which can be an issue and expense. In 2010, I began to hear from more and more museum curators a growing rumble that the “barn doors would be thrown wide open”. That particular quote was the most memorable expressed to me, but all were variations on the same issue: public domain and open content. Joining the National Gallery of Art, Yale University, Los Angeles County Museum, and Harvard, in August 2013 the J. Paul Getty Museum announced its complete “commitment to sharing digital resources freely with all….It is now the mark—and social responsibility—of world-class institutions to develop and share free cultural and educational resources.” And with that bumped 4600+ eligible images on line and the bigger story and message went viral. This means optimum, quality digital resolution to linger, study, and copy– no more sour imprints and hassle for many works of art. Congratulations James Cuno—who has MA and Chicago ties. Google Art Project has a part in this shift. We’ll see whether this conversation increases in 2014, and other topics concerning museum goals and values (free admission– without allowing the institutions to decay, policy debates, etc).

National trends: Crowdsource funding remains strong and in the news. Spike Lee used Kickstarter, and here at home Felicia Ciaramitaro published the first gorgeous book of her Sicilian cookbook series. Local Rob Newton Cape Ann Community Cinema successful and oh so deserving Indiegogo campaign raised $54,000. Crowdtilt gained groundHigh Line ripple effect and references are everywhere and we all benefit. Amazon tries its hand at selling original art on line (while 20 x 200 closes). Maker movement/DIYcontinues to grow (Etsy, YouTube, and Pinterest).image002

Better programming and better websites: NEA, MOTT (above), Essex National Heritage…a long list of improved websites. Gloucester has this down, too, whether new events such as Cape Ann Ceramics Festival, curated by Susan Hershey, Jenny Rangan & Seyrel Williams, or mainstays amped up (see Maritime Gloucester Museum: Schooner Festival / lobster bake as one of many examples!) Ah, the floater home page!

Communication: I’m impressed by our local businesses, institutions, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary; all combine to spread news, host, feature, and put up with plastering of flyers and the like to help the creative arts. Plus we are super lucky because local media covers the arts scene. Thank you, thank you WBUR, the Artery, Art New England, Boston Globe, seARTS newsletter, Cape Ann Beacon  and Gloucester Daily Times. Sadly for us but good news for Hamilton – Wenham, editor Jane Enos has left the Cape Ann Beacon for the ChronicleGood luck Jane! Welcome to the new editor, JC Lockwood!image003

When I think arts access, the award-winning blog  Good Morning Gloucester has to be the apex, having redefined shared community information, and yes arts guide. It has reached beyond our geography. One quick art example: Master Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will feature a Gloucester snapshot of the house depicted in the Edward Hopper drawing, Double House which I identified and GMG shared.


I have worked with this museum’s print and drawing department, and met Rev. Richard L. Hillstrom, an art collector who gave the Hopper drawing to the museum. Rev. Hillstrom put together a significant collection of religious prints and drawings for the Lutheran Brotherhood; not surprising with his knowledge and eye, with the collaboration of expertise of the print & drawings department (at that time the curators, former Director Richard Armstrong, Dennis Michael Jon, and others), and with the incredible holdings at this national treasure. In 2013, Jon juried the North American Print Biennial which was exhibited at Boston University. The Director of Prints and Drawings, Tom Rassieur has MA and NY ties.

Read more from Catherine, including information on where to apply to the Essex Heritage Grant program:

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Woodland Winter Greens

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I love the bold greens in the woods in winter – a constant reminder that spring is just around the corner.  Ravenswood Park is a beautiful place to walk, thanks to the generosity of Samuel E. Sawyer.   In 1889, Sawyer’s will created Ravenswood Park which he named after the castle in Sir Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor.  We also have Samuel Sawyer to thank for the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library as much of the funding for the library came from him.  Samuel Elwell Sawyer was born in Gloucester on November 25, 1815 and died in Gloucester on December 15, 1889, at the age of 73.

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Tonight is “Meet The Coywolf” 8PM on PBS

Meet The Coywolf on PBS Tonight at 8 PM.  Find out where all that howling at the moon on Cape Ann is coming from.

Six Week Old Coywolf.

The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our cities. Its appearance is very recent — within the last 90 years — in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. Beginning in Canada but by no means ending there, the story of how it came to be is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere. Tag along as scientists study this new top predator, tracking it from the wilderness of Ontario’s Algonquin Park, through parking lots, alleys and backyards in Toronto all the way to the streets of New York City. -PBS

In 56 minutes I doubt they will even scratch the surface of the interesting parts. If they say “evolution” more than twice, “mitochondrial DNA sequencing” even once, I will eat my lab coat. But it is the Nature show on PBS and they might be even handed about the subject and they might even spice it up with some real science from real scientists instead of “scientists say …”

[edit] Looking for coywolf cameltoe to toughen up this post and there is no Rubber Duck at all. She has locked herself in her room crying.


The Beatles at Cape Ann Community Cinema This SAT 1/25

You can always count on Rob Newton to come up with something fun, which is exactly what we need in the dead of winter.  Here’s what he’s got cooked up for this weekend.


Beatles tribute band, film, plus new short this Saturday

Studio Two

Acclaimed local Beatles tribute Studio Two will kick off the night taking moviegoers and fans back to the early 1960s when The Beatles were taking the world by storm.

In the new documentary short “The Beatles Boston,” filmmaker and lifelong Beatles fan Eric Green examines The Beatles’ history with the city of Boston. Featured interviews include Cha-Chi Loprete (the host of WZLX’s “Breakfast With The Beatles” program) and Tim Riley (NPR music critic and John Lennon biographer). The film illustrates why Boston has always loved The Beatles and continues to today.

The feature-length “The Beatles: First U.S. Visit” documents the Fab Four during their two week trip to New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami Beach. Footage includes an intimate look at the Beatles off-guard, off- and on-stage, their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, and the rise of Beatlemania. 

Ticket prices are $14.00 for adults, $12.00 for Cinema members. Advance tickets are suggested, and may be purchased at

Studio Two is a Beatles tribute band that pays tribute to the early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era. These four lads met in a “cellar full of noise” in a town west of Liverpool––way west––in Milford, New Hampshire, and very faithfully recreates the Fab Four’s music, instruments, and onstage banter. More info at

In its sixth year, the Cape Ann Community Cinema ( is an intimate, 110-seat living-room-style digital theater, with tables for dining, comfortable chairs, and couches. It features an extensive DVD lending library for Cinema Members, and offers a variety of filmmaking courses for students ages 8 to 88. The Cape Ann Community Cinema is located at 21 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

For more information about the event or the Cape Ann Community Cinema, contact Rob Newton at (978) 309-8448 or CapeAnnCinema at gmail dot com.


This Friday, enjoy a rare co-bill featuring award-winning songwriters, Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson, at The Crowell Chapel in Manchester by the Sea.

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Two of contemporary folk’s brightest stars, Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson, share the stage at Manchester by the Sea’s historic Crowell Chapel for one unforgettable night of song and poetry.

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Wednesdays with Fly Amero~Special Guest: ToniAnn 8-11


Wednesdays Only: Prime Rib, $12.95!

Wednesday, January 22nd
Special Guest: TONI ANN! 

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Our longtime friend with the beautiful soul and heart of gold.
Toni Ann shares her music with us this week. Lucky us! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Special – $12.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ new wine menu!
Coming soon…

Marina Evans

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Renee Dupuis

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Looking forward……to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Downton Abbey: Post-Episode Breakdown

First, let’s just get this out of the way: this show is awful. Bad writing and a terrible plot have conspired to ruin what, during the first season anyway, was once a beacon of televised goodness across a crowded wasteland. But as every season brings new awfulness and I’ve lowered my expectations, I’ve learned to enjoy the Downton Abbey we have, not the one we want. And watching it is (slightly) less guilt-inducing than watching any of the Real Housewives, though many of the elements are the same: attractive vacant-eyed people throwing their money around in between arguments at dinnertime, unlikely love affairs and random stints in prison. But I do want to say that in spite of the atrociousness of DA: at least the actors are holding up their end of the bargain by trying to take this stuff seriously, so that’s worth something. And in the spirit of full disclosure: I plan on watching this thing until the show breathes its last, miserable gasp. Which might happen at any time, if the story lines are any indication.

The Characters:

Carson: We don’t want to hear about Alice anymore, unless it turns out she’s NOT dead and living in Yorkshire and ready to love again. And this time, she means business. The business of love.

Mrs. Hughes: Apparently the only one left with any semblance of good sense and decency, which is why nearly everyone runs into Mrs. Hughes room to share their problems. She should start charging a shilling for her services. Or a ha’penny. Or a sixpence (whatever — it’s all the same to me). And she should start sharing a few of those secrets too. Why did she have no problem digging Mr. Carson’s personal correspondence out of the trash a few episodes ago “for his own good” but can’t find her way clear to inform Lord G that his guest, the other Lord G, has an animal for a valet? Strange priorities. Someone should be sounding the alarm (discreetly, by tinkling one of those little bells) that a violent rapist has entered the house. When discussing this troubling matter with my sister, she mentioned that what is the point of the class system, really, if two aristocrats can’t rain all kinds of special aristocratic justice down on a valet for raping and beating someone right in one of those giant houses they claim to be in charge of? Do the police even need to be brought into it? At least Mrs. Hughes got rid of Braithwaite, though that’s no doubt not the last we’ll see of her. And why doesn’t Hughes enlighten that dimbulb Lady Grantham about Braithwaite’s character? She wouldn’t have to go into details. Just something like, “Trust me Lady G, Braithwaite is a terrible, terrible person and you’re lucky to be rid of her.”

Lord Grantham: Pathetic, out-of-touch and irrelevant. Why is he still around? I forget. Oh yes, so Mary has someone to undermine and Bates has someone to help get dressed.

Lady Grantham: Slightly less pathetic. Very slightly. And why does she talk as though she is holding a grape between her lips? At least she got rid of that awful Nanny a few episodes ago. You know, the Nanny for the children. But I’m afraid she might have accidentally gotten rid of the children too, since none of us have seen them since Nanny left. Someone might want to track down little Sybil and little George…

Tom: Oh Tom. Tom spent the entire house party, which seemed to go on forever, moping around for no clear reason, his big Eyeore eyes so, so sad. Even though he said, again and again and again, that he just didn’t fit in, it was hard to find a cause for the level of his despair, because not a single soul there drew attention to his newly-acquired status. As far as I could tell all the guests treated him well and he used all the right forks at dinner. It would have made more sense if he expressed unease for political reasons, because he’s clearly left his activism far behind him. How exciting would it have been if an Irish separatist had dashed into the after-dinner-cigar-and-brandy-room, shaking his fist in Tom’s face and accusing him of betraying the cause? But alas, nothing quite so fascinating occurred. Instead, Tom was just so super down in the dumps because, in his now highly developed social sensitivity, he just couldn’t believe that he called so-and-so Your Grace instead of Duchess. It was enough to send him into a tailspin. Enough to make him question everything he had ever thought about himself. About his own abilities. About who he was. Tom sat on the bench in the hallway in a self-appointed time out, thinking about how stupid he was and wishing that he would have just rented the dinner clothes instead of buying them. It was now all so clear: he would never wear them again. What a waste of a pound and sixpence. Or two pounds and a shilling. Or a shilling and a ha’penny. Then Brathewaite comes in swirling whiskey around, as transparent as water and Tom is so distraught at making a fool of himself in front of exactly no one (how could he not KNOW that Your Grace should have been referred to as Duchess? How could he not KNOW that?!). He is putty in Brathewaite’s hands. Or so we are left to surmise. As far as Braithwaite goes, her strategy with Tom left me suspecting that she was a lot less clever than we had been led to believe. What woman would consider it a Master Plan to ply a man with whiskey to the point of incapacitation before demanding, just a few hours into the next morning, that he marry her? He’s not even sure what happened between you. That is not exactly a successful seduction. And the answer is; no woman, that’s who. That is just a dumb plan and it would never, ever work.

Lord Gillingham: Another dimbulb who has an animal for a valet and demands that a widow of six months commit to marry him. Right now. Or it will be too late. Oh, she doesn’t have to marry him right now, he will wait a decade for that, no problem. She just has to swear to marry him at some point. Right now. Swear right now, on the spot, to marry him in the distant future. Sorry Mary, you lost your chance at happiness with that gem. But we viewers are not worried, if the past is any indication, Ms. Finch-Fox-Ardegarde-Castleberry, his intended, will die of the flu, or just from general malaise at not being the love of Lord Gillingham’s life (why on earth is Mary repeatedly the object of such devotion?) approximately 15 minutes to eight hours before their wedding day, and you will have a second chance at love with Lord G, the Younger.

Anna & Bates: Nothing to see here folks, except a train wreck. And for no reason other than the show writer’s malicious desire to undermine the happiness of his characters. Much weeping and gnashing of teeth are coming our way, and someone’s gonna pay.

Edith: Watch out, Edith! Your man is becoming a German citizen (for the sake of your love, cough cough) in the 1920s!  Your fellow may lose the baggage of his first wife in the process, but he will gain a dictator and a fervent belief in National Socialism, so all will not be lost.

Rose: Rose? Who is that? What? Oh that’s right. She’s a character on the show. And she might be breaking all sorts of taboos by falling in love with a fella who sings like a tiny girl. Is he black? I didn’t notice. Too busy wondering why in the world he was singing like a tiny girl.

Alfred-Ivy-Jimmy-Daisy: Hopefully Alfred will learn to cook and so will Ivy and so will Daisy. I can’t wait to find out which one will learn to cook the best! Then they will all have a cooking competition and Jimmy can marry the winner. Mrs. Padmore will be the Judge. If she doesn’t die of the pressure of being a Kitchen Maid Footman Cook-off Judge first.

Thomas: Thomas is looking better and better these days. I hope Lord Grantham secretly adopts him and that he (surprise!) inherits the estate after Lord G. kicks the bucket. He can open up Thomas Barrow’s Retirement Home for Disaffected Former & Preferably Gay Valets. There’s plenty of room at the Abbey!

That’s all folks, until next week: Downton Abbey, Season 4, Episode 5! And I can’t wait.


Breakfast Toast with Lemon Infused Goat Cheese & Fig Preserves



Oh My!….Have you tried this heavenly bread yet? …Put it on your grocery list this week…Best Whole Grain Bread I have ever tasted!

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GMG Contributor Craig Kimberley Asks- “Has The Blog Gone Too Soft?”

He notes a whole lot of estrogen taking over and says he wants to take a stand and take it back in 2014.

What do you guys think?

Has GMG lost it’s edge?  Does it need to have an edge?  Is it just right?

I put it out to you our readers in a poll.

Community Stuff 1/22/14

Hi Joey,

Would you please POST the following:

Due to the snowstorm, Open House at Eastern Point Day School scheduled for Wednesday, January 22nd, has been POSTPONED until Monday, January 27th, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

As always, thank you fro your help and support,


Eastern Point Day School Open House on Monday, January 27th from 9:30 am –11:30 am

New Lower Tuition = More School Choice

Interested parents, guardians and their children are invited to visit Eastern Point Day School on Monday, January 27, from 9:30 to 11:30 am to meet the dedicated faculty and students that make Eastern Point Day School a unique and enriching community for children to thrive.

Eastern Point Day School is an independent school, Pre-K to 8th grade, focused on thematic teaching with an emphasis on curriculum integration and academic excellence, delivered in a nurturing, creative, and dynamic environment. Tuition rates have been reduced to support EPDS’s mission to provide an exceptional education to our Cape Ann communities.

EPDS offers rolling admission, options to augment homeschool learning, scholarships and financial aid.  For more information, please or email at

Translucence at Flatrocks Gallery Jan 24-Feb 25

Winter is the season of brittle fragility. Ice crystals from overnight storms shatter morning sunlight as it passes through trees. Ponds freeze over and we walk across them looking down at worlds mysteriously layered, as light strains to pass through.

In the same way that winter ice alters the sensation of seeing, so glass is a universal tool for looking. “In the end,” says artist Josiah McElheny, ” it’s not the glass that’s important, it’s what you see through it.”

The idea for this show began with a fascination for the simultaneous depth and transparancy of ice. Its ability to reflect and to create introspection at the same time is a window into the mysteries of the world of ice and snow.

We searched out work that embodied these qualities. Megan Mowins, a Gloucester native now working at Diablo Glass in Boston, has brought to us a group of highly dedicated glass artists; Chris Watts, Keith Cerone, Matthew Cronin, Evan Voelbel, Aron Leaman and Toby Helene Walters. They exhibit the many disciplines of glass.

On our walls are Debbie Clark’s works on glass layered with paint, pen , gold and silver leaf, Judy Robinson-Cox’s black & white photos, Linda Cordner encaustics and Otto Laske’s digital photography. Along with a special collection of Beth Williams jewelry to dazzle!

Translucence runs from Jan. 24 through Feb.25. There will be an opening reception on Sat. Jan. 25 from 6-8pm. On Sat. Feb.15 there will be an artist talk at 4pm. Winter hours at the gallery will be Friday-Sunday 12-5 and by appointment..

Cynthia Roth and Anne Marie Crotty, owners

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Please join us this Saturday, Jan 25, at 7 pm as we host Peter Krasinski in his 11th appearance accompanying silent movies.


Come see the fun when theatre going was crafted for an individual audience and the audience responded with enthusiasm.

Organist Peter Krasinski will deliver an accompaniment that will make these films unforgettable.

We will first screen the 1921 short film THE PLAYHOUSE starring Buster Keaton.  Awaking from his wacky dream, a theatre stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Then we will screen the 1921 feature: THE NUT starring Douglas Fairbanks (not JR!) and Marguerite de la Motte. An eccentric inventor tries to interest wealthy investors in his girlfriend’s plan to help children from poor neighborhoods.

Come young, come old, this is fun for the whole family. The program starts at 7 pm, but we’ll feature classic Warner Bros. Cartoons from 6 pm on. FREE POPCORN! 

St. John’s Church, Gloucester is at 48 Middle Street with parking at 33 Washington Street. Come early and enjoy the lively shopping and restaurant scene. 

Tickets at the door: $15/$10 seniors and students. 978.283.1708 

Come experience a bygone era that will come alive for you. Peter Krasinski accompanies movies around the world and will delight you.

Wednesday Forecast …

Morning snow showers followed by cloudy skies / few sunny breaks 12-17 degrees .. Winds North 20-30 mph with gusts to 40mph…
Wednesday Night lows 5-10 above NW winds 15-25 mph gusts to 30 mph..
Wind Chill values 10-15 below zero ..

Marine Forecast
Wed: N winds 25 to 30 kt. Gusts up to 45 kt in the morning. Seas 9 to 14 ft. Light freezing spray. Snow. Vsby 1 nm or less.

Wed Night: NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 7 to 10 ft. Light freezing spray. A chance of snow showers.



Elise Hansen Foundation


Please share this link to the foundation Scott Southard founded in my sister Elise Hansen’s honor. Folks can help continue Elise’s work by spreading the word to potential applicants – high school students on Cape Ann – and/or by donating to the foundation.

Welcome to the Elise Hansen Foundation!

We are providing scholarship grants to young adults seeking to make change in the world. Annual deadline to apply is February 20.
If you have thought about an internship in social justice, wanted to work on a green project, or to become part of a leadership or enrichment program but need financial support to realize that goal, the Elise Hansen Foundation wants to hear from you. We provide awards up to $2,000 for a qualified applicant who completes their program. Tell us what your vision is and we can help make those first steps easier. The motivation to launch this project comes from the inspiration of our friend Elise Hansen, a tireless warrior for justice. Through the generous support of her many friends we are pleased to honor her in sustaining her mission.

Thanks, Joey.