IN HONOR OF ITS 2015 SEASON’S “Year of  The Artist!” THEME, The NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION INTRODUCES ITS “New Artist Members of 2015” EXHIBITION in The Gordon Grant Room, Thursday, June 4 – Saturday, June 27.   Combined Opening Reception with Juried Members Exhibit, Sunday, June 7th,  2 – 4 pm.  ALL ARE INVITED.  OPEN AND FREE TO THE PUBLIC.   (Note: For additional information on all sixteen new artists please see the NSAA’s Blog)

Come celebrate with us the fresh, exciting work of our sixteen new member painters, sculptors, and graphic artists among whom are:

Boston based watercolorist, Gary Tucker, who shares that he “feels the ‘art spirit’ when he is struggling, creating.”  Sensing a commonality with Turner, he finds “power through brushwork, and subtlety through transparency,”

Painter Katalin Spang of Burlington, MA, who works in oil and pastel, says “Painting for me is a spiritual experience.  It is a careful distillation of my interpretation, in a visual language, of the beauty I find around me,”

Mike Foley, a Gloucester stone sculptor, releases the beauty from local and internationally sourced granite who offers, “I find beauty in the gifts of the earth, as well as in the wisdom of mathematics.  My sculptures, in their small way, attempt to transform the fusion of these beauties into expressive forms, frozen in time, but warmed by each human hand which reaches out to touch them,”

Artist Cynthia Dunaway who moved to Cape Ann in 1986 to pursue her interest in painting and has, since then, been deeply committed to the development of her artistic expression through the use of charcoal and pencil in life drawing, and as a ‘plein air’ painter, and

Portraitist Dana Levin, also a still life and landscape artist, trained in the painting and drawing techniques of the Old Masters.  Her intense study of realism in oil painting has taken her to museums and art institutes throughout Europe, Russia and the USA.

All of our new members have trained and studied with master artists and at major art institutions in New England and around the world.  The NSAA invites you to share our excitement in welcoming these superb artists as our New Members of 2015!

The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.

Ut Oh, The Swells In Annisquam Are Gonna Lose Their Minds…

Time Out Magazine In NYC just pointed out the pure bliss that is Lighthouse Beach in it’s 10 best weekend getaways from NYC article.

From personal experience, the Swells aren’t big fans of anyone in the media pointing out to the sweaty masses how fantastic Lighthouse Beach is.  The writer of this article may just want to hide out in a bunker til summer is over because if any New Yorkers find their way to Lighthouse Beach they might send a hit squad to take out the author who had the audacity to tell people about this gem of a location which may or may not be able to be found on the map below…


The 10 best weekend getaways from NYC

We’ve got weekend getaways for adventurers and lazybones alike—all so close to NYC, you can go right now


Click here or the map for a Google map to discover how to get there.


Live Music Today @ Mile Marker One with Steve Caraway, Loose Ends and The Megan McKenzie Band starting @ 1:00pm to 11:pm On the bridge deck 5.24.2015

Steve Caraway
Acoustic Pop/Rock
Bridge Deck 1-4pm

steve caraway mm7

steve caraway

Loose Ends
Acoustic Duo
Bridge Deck

courtesy photo
courtesy photo

loose ends bob cooney and mike mcnair

Megan McKenzie
Pop / Rock / Soul
Bridge Deck 8-11pm

jisilva photo

Schooner Challenge and Luncheon to Benefit the Phyllis A Marine Association

You are invited to attend:

Schooner Challenge and Luncheon to Benefit the Phyllis A Marine Association

Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10:00 AM5:00 PM

Kick off a year of celebrating the Phyllis A‘s 90th Anniversary with a day of fun and food!

Join the crews of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon and Schooner Ardelle as each ship’s captain challenge their teams to knot tying, sail raising, a sea chantey sing-off, and more!

Following the sail, join us for a luncheon in the Gloucester House function hall (Seven Seas Wharf, Gloucester, MA). Special tickets are available for those who can only join us for lunch. Luncheon begins at 1pm.

The Phyllis A Marine Association would like to offer our gratitude to the owners of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, Schooner Ardelle, and The Gloucester House restaurant for their support of our efforts.

All proceeds benefit the mission of the Phyllis A Marine Association: to promote the heritage, culture and folk life of the fisheries of Gloucester, MA, through the display and preservation of the gillnet fishing vessel, Phyllis A.
To reserve seats and pay by cash or check, please call the Phyllis A Marine Association at 978-381-3901.

Additional notes: Please arrive at the wharf 30 minutes before departure. The Schooner Lannon is berthed at Seven Seas Wharf (Rogers Street, Gloucester). The Schooner Ardelle is berthed at Maritime Gloucester (Harbor Loop, Gloucester)

Seven Seas Wharf

Rogers St

Gloucester, MA

Attend Event

American Heros

Virginia McKinnon submits-

HI Joey, Sharing this picture with your readers of American Heroes. All are veterans. Picture was taken ten years ago
at my husbands 80 Birthday Party on Halloween 2004. Bob Beard, Gordon Hilshey, Charlie Dickman and Tony Rao in the back row
have all died. Surviving veteran of WW2 in the front row are Elmer Miller, Bob McKinnon and Joe Orange. God Bless our Heroes..

Bob-Friends 2004 Halloween