There have been few Monarch sightings this summer but I have been hoping for a strong fall migration. The migration is peaking in Kansas and we are always a little bit behind. Please let me know if you see a Monarch, and where. Thank you very kindly!
Monarchs are emerging daily in my garden, from eggs collected at my friend’s field in Salem. This too would be an indication that we may be seeing them soon.
This newly eclosed Monarch is clinging to its chrysalis case. Within moments of emerging, the two-part Monarch proboscis must zip together to form a siphoning tube. If the two parts do not join, the butterfly will not be able to drink nectar. In this photo, you can see the proboscis is not yet fully zipped. Note its wet, crumpled wings.
Looking good with a fresh coat of paint!
The Egrets are one of my favorite birds that come to visit us here on Cape Ann. Going around the rotary today spotted some in the marsh and the tide was very high.
from Councilor Memhard:
Beasts and Blooms, Elizabeth St. Hilaire-Collaged Paper Paintings, Martha Grover-Porcelain
Sept 23-Nov 27, 2016, Reception Sat Sept 23, 5-7pm
Lexicon Gallery, 15 Lexington Ave., #1, Magnolia, MA
Whimsy is the theme at LEXICON GALLERY’S next show. “Beasts and Blooms,” combines Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s collaged paper paintings of friends from the animal world with Martha Grover’s functional porcelain flowery forms. Show dates are September 23, 2016-November 27, 2016 with an opening reception Saturday, September 23, 5:00-7:00pm.
Gallery 53 Features Tricia O’Neill with “ Sign Language”
A Narrative of Americana via Old Signs Along Route 1
The Rocky Neck Art Colony is delighted to welcome photographer, Tricia O’Neill as the seventh Summer Artistin the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Summer Artist Series at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Her photography exhibition, Sign Language, documents handmade and lettered signs, destined for extinction, along Route . O’Neill’s show opens on Wednesday, September 21 and continues to October 15 with the opening reception on Saturday September 24, from 6-8 pm.
In Sign Language, O’Neill uses photography to preserve the traditions and histories of the art of sign painting. Paying homage to sign art and artists that came before her, she records those remaining manifestations of the dying craft of handmade, hand lettered signage that still line the historic national highway, US Route 1.
A fine art photographer working in the documentary tradition, O’Neill has been painting signs since her early 20s–executing murals, working with gold leaf, lettering trucks. In that time she saw a continuous change in the art of sign making. As Route 1 has diminished in importance, so too has the art of hand lettering. Because of today’s municipal ordinances, controlling size and structure, these old signs cannot be replaced as they exist today. What was once hand-lettered with brushes is now digitally printed or made of electronic parts. The remaining hand-painted signs continue to carry a deep resonance, displaying a narrative of Americana.
In this body of work O’Neill investigates what remains of this visual medium and the changing landscape of this historic road. Inspired by Berenice Abbott’s work in the 1950s documenting US Route 1 during its heyday–before being supplanted by Route 95, O’Neill is documenting today’s Route 1, now past its prime.
Tricia O’Neill has a fine arts degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts and studied both film and digital photography at the SMFA. She also studied the art of hand lettering at Butera School of Art and founded the company Signs Unique in 1986. O’Neill’s years behind the brush, painting signs and murals, informs her photography. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast, in solo shows, juried shows, group shows and is in private collections.
For more information about the show call Gallery 53 at 978-282-0917.
The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit rockyneckartcolony.org
Flatrocks Gallery is honored to present Robert J. Anderson, Cape Ann Modernist
September 22 to October 16
Opening Reception on September 24 at 6 pm.
Quietly but persistently, Bob Anderson (1934–2016) created an astounding body of work, mainly oil paintings on canvas and paper, in his Pigeon Cove home studio over a period of forty-six years. An exuberant, restless inventor, he was a deeply observant and technically gifted artist. Anderson’s roots were in the 1950s, a time of fertile experimentation in the arts. After attending the Art Institute of Chicago and winning the coveted Logan Art Institute Prize in 1957, he continued to paint and exhibit in the lively Chicago art scene until 1964, when he and his wife moved to New York City. In 1969 they came to Cape Ann to live. Anderson was influenced by the German Expressionists as well as by contemporaries such as the Chicago Imagists, but he sought tirelessly to develop his own ideas. “I guess I could be considered eclectic in that I’ve gone through so many phases in my work,” he said. Motivated always by the next discovery and the challenge of finding new ways of seeing, he used the formal elements of his discipline as a structure for experiments in expression. With meticulous attention to detail, he often produced works in series, pushing through the variations to the revelation. Anderson’s work, never static, made playful use of many materials. He created sculptures in wood and reliefs in concrete and paint, produced silkscreens on fabric, and incorporated stencils in his oil paintings. His keen sense of humor shines in his figurative paintings and ink drawings, where people with exaggerated features consort
with pigs on a busy street corner, dogs dance with women, and figures morph seamlessly into machines and vice versa. Anderson’s independent spirit was obvious from the start. Early in his career he had a one-man show at Crown Hall, Mies van der Rohe’s landmark glass building at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, which ended abruptly because the administration found his paintings too shocking. Many of Bob’s oils are suggestive of the landscape he loved here on Cape Ann. Though not
representational, they make use of the forms and colors of the cracked and broken granite, the earthy tones of the woods, the light of the sea. “You can’t get it out of you,”
he remarked. Bob Anderson’s art was his life, and this exhibition takes us through the many facets of that well-lived life. A beloved figure on Cape Ann, he will be missed by all who knew him. Anderson exhibited his paintings and sculptures at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, the Orphanos Gallery in Boston, Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, the School Street Gallery in Rockport, and the West End and Acacia galleries in Gloucester. His work is in the collection of the Cape Ann Museum, as well as in private collections throughout the United States.
Flatrocks Gallery is open noon to 5 Thursday – Sunday 77 Langsford St./Rt127 Gloucester [or by appointment 978-879-4683]
Lanesville Music Festival & Dance Party
Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Gloucester, MA
The Lanesville Community Center (LCC), located at 8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA, proudly presents its 7th annual Lanesville Music Festival and Dance Party. This will be a fun-filled day and night for friends, neighbors, the Cape Ann community, featuring local talent, food, artisans and community partners, with activities for kids and beverages for adults, all supported by enthusiastic Lanesville volunteers.
Festival: non-stop music from noon to 7:00PM. Admission is by donation. Evening dance party from 8:30PM to 11:00PM featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates (KBMG). Admission is $10 at the door. Rain or Shine. For full performance schedule visit: www.lanesvillecommunitycenter.org and www.facebook.com/LanesvilleCommunityCenter.
The Gloucester Writers Center’s live story telling program Fish Tales is looking for storytellers for the upcoming show on Friday, October 7th, 7:30 PM at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.
The theme is Tag Team, stories told by two people taking turns. Sisters, brothers, friends, spouses, any two people who share a tale. Please get in touch with Maureen Aylward (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have a story to tell with a partner. Don’t delay, only a few spots left in the line-up.
Fish Tales Storyteller Guidelines
- Stories should be true and from the personal experience of the storyteller.
- Stories must be stories, not personal narratives about a subject/theme.
- Stories are most effective if told without reading a script. If this seems difficult, make an outline and tell the story to the mirror a few times, then try it without the outline. Experience tells us that a story that is told and not read has greater lasting power.
- Stories must be five minutes. Keep an eye on the time keeper who will signal when you are approaching the end of your time. In some venues we only have 1 hour for the show so your help is appreciated in keeping to the 5 minute limit.
- Storytellers who are far over the 5 minute timeline will not be included in the final cut of our film that appears on Cape Ann TV and posted on the GWC website.
- Arrive at the venue ten minutes before the start time to find out where you are in the line-up and to get comfortable.
- See also http://themoth.org/tell-a-story/storytelling-tips
- To see a sample show: http://gloucesterwriters.org/fish-tales-rockn-roll/
Another huge week for you music fans! It’s still summer as far as I’m concerned, so, here ’tis:
Thursday night at the Rump Line: you gotta come and see Ms. Toni Lynn Washington. If you don’t know this lady; shame on you.A world class performer who’ll rip your lungs out,Jim. Last time here, she had ’em swinging’ from the rafters.
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
Shop Gloucester and meet four lovely employees to help you find all your hardware needs at the Building Center located at Harbor Loop.
So this weekend is a cinch. Thanks to the abundance of Trails and Sails Events, I didn’t have to do any work at all! I started to try to pick my three favorite events…but then I had four. And then five… and so on.
Below you will see many of the Trails and Sails Listing, but before you check those out, also remember that this Saturday is the once per year SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Thirteen Boston area museums are included…as well as our own Cape Ann Museum! Other great destinations such as Battleship Cove in Fall River and the Ecotarium in Worcester are also included. Check out all participating Massachusetts museums HERE. Maybe check out southern NH as well.
“The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.”
Here is the entire listing for the “East Region” Trails and Sails Events. To see other regions as well follow this link
Hosted by Town of Essex
Hosted by Gloucester HarborWalk
Hosted by Cape Pond Ice Company
Hosted by Magnolia Library & Community Center & Iris Weaver
Hosted by Gloucester Committee for the Arts
As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid
Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that the GLOUCESTER PACE SITE WON THE OLYMPIC GOLD last Thursday at the PACE Olympics! We are hoping to get some coverage for this huge accomplishment in Good Morning Gloucester and hopefully a picture!
I know you were unable to attend Element Care PACE Olympics on Thursday, 9/15 so I’m sending along a few photos of Gloucester residents who participated in the PACE Olympics and a write up below in case you are interested in covering it as a news or sports story. The attached photo’s include:
- Trophy shots of the Emerson team including some with Bob Wakefield, Element Care CEO
- Paul Scola, a Vietnam Vet who said “I love PACE. It takes care of all my needs. I’d recommend it to other vets.”
- Our Albanian seniors said “We love PACE and the Olympics which take us back to when we were young.”
Element Care PACE Olympics Write Up
Eleven Gloucester residents haven’t given up on their Olympic dreams and they are all over 55 years of age! In fact, they participated in the 5th annual Element Care PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) Olympics on Thursday, September 15th, 10am – 1:30 pm. and won Olympic Gold, bringing home the trophy to Gloucester! (Note: Element Care’s headquarters are in Lynn at 37 Friend Street)
The Gloucester Olympians include 7 over age 70, 2 over age 80, a 68 year old Vietnam veteran and members a local Albanian community who competed on one of seven teams representing Element Care PACE centers on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley. This year’s PACE Olympics consisted of four games: Bocce, Bean Bag Toss, Fast Ball Relay and a new event, A Healthy State of Mind, a three-part relay race consisting of a two-person puzzle competition, a cup and plate stacking challenge and a ping-pong sinker race. “We offer a wide variety of events so people of all ages and abilities can compete,” said Bruce Jankowitz, Element Care’s Director of Marketing.
The games are extremely competitive with participants practicing at least 2-3 times a week, some even daily leading up to the event. Each team was supported by cheerleaders decked out in their team colors with noisemakers, necklaces and pom poms. Just like the international Olympics games, the PACE Olympics offered a variety of games, multiple rounds of competition, intense training and athletes who come together to compete for the gold or in this case the PACE Olympic Trophy that was presented by Bob Wakefield, Element Care’s Executive Director to Element Care’s Emerson PACE center in Gloucester. The PACE Center at Buffum in Lynn won the trophy last year.
“The goal of Element Care’s PACE Olympics is to promote wellness and a healthy, active lifestyle for older adults so they can live in their homes and communities, safely and comfortably, for as long as they can, keeping their stays in hospitals and nursing homes as minimal as possible,” said Wakefield.
The PACE Olympics were held on Thursday, September 15th at Danvers Indoor Sports. PACE at Element Care in Gloucester is located at 29A Emerson Avenue (next to Pathways for Children)