Live Blogging: Incredible portfolio night for high school art students at the HIVE

Students lined up at the booths for 14 colleges and universities to share their portfolios. What an invaluable experience–great job @ The Hive! We are so lucky to have such an amazing downtown Gloucester regional arts center.

managed by Zach O’Brien- artist, Rockport High School art teacher, and Hive gallery curator


1458448_760636487296449_1891367206_nGet ready for wonderful Holiday Happenings on the east end of Main Street! Present Gloucester and Backyard Growers are both opening pop up shops, and sandwiched between the two of them is the always wonderful Alexandra’s Bread. All three shops will be open on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 6 during the Present Gloucester holiday opening party so come on by to the east end and do some early shopping!

Present Gloucester is located this year at 261 Main Street, at our friend Chris Anderson’s Eastern Point Lit House.


Don’t you love these baby Osh Kosh veggie bloomers, just adorable, and only $15.00!


img_1278Alexandra’s whimsical Get Out the Vote window decor-note the donkey and the elephant 🙂


Happy All Souls Day!


You may have noticed that this year’s Dia de los Muertos Google Doodle is meant to look like traditional Mexican Papel Picado.


Alicia Unleashed- The end is near

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Alicia Unleashed episode 45 taped 10/31/2016 with B-Side and Hostess Alicia Cox


Taped from Bridget’s haunted room, Halloween, Hardest worker we know, Current events that are masked because of the election and much more fun!

Saturday’s Clean Up

Hi Kids;
With many suggestions, have decided, especially since Veterans Day is coming. We will do the boulevard from WWII Memorial and all the way down both ways on the Blvd.

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 8:00 – 9:00
Where: Stacey Blvd. near the World War II Memorial

Thanks all..

Take care kids

LOREN DOUCETTE STUDIO: Classes and Offerings for FALL & WINTER

DRAWING: Finding the Marriage between Structure and Feeling

All Levels


In this ongoing weekly class, students will work from observation of a still life with occasional clothed models. Through instruction, students will learn how to see and draw relationships instead of drawing one thing at a time. They will learn to draw form from the inside out in a structured yet empathetic way. We refer to art history to learn how artists express these drawing concepts. Suggested media include medium/soft vine charcoal sticks (both thin and thick), an eraser, bulldog clips to hold paper to drawing boards and an 18” x 24” smooth surface drawing pad. Upright easels are helpful yet optional. Drawing boards are provided. This class offers a supportive environment where each student is assisted in deepening their skills and expressive voice.

Class size limited to 10.

“Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer, and clearer still. The image is passing through you in a physiological way, into your brain, into your memory – where it stays – it’s transmitted by your hands.”

― Martin Gayford, A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney


DRAWING: THURSDAYS   9:00am – 11:30am   Ongoing

Starting dates: Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22, Dec. 29

(No class Nov. 24)

@ Ten Pound Studio:1 Center Street 3rd Floor

$160/ every four classes

***These classes run continuously except on holidays and during inclement weather.  Students pay ahead for a group of four sessions and may go to drawing and/or painting class. Although consecutive attendance and practice brings about the best results, weekly attendance is not required.



Finding my Crafty self at Sand to City Style in Magnolia

Last night I headed down to Sand to City Style in Magnolia and joined in on their “Zip Code” painting class.   Lisa Rogers the owner of Sand to City Style in Magnolia was great and took us step by step through the process and answered any and all questions about chalk painting.   She’s got some great classes coming up, Nov 16th is a “Bring your own Piece” night and Nov 19th is “Paint your own Family Name Sign” which would be a great wedding gift!   She also has some adorable Christmas Buntings to paint.   This is going to be great for those “over the winter” projects!   Lisa does fundraisers for local schools so give her a call!   Check her out on facebook!


JOE G WRITES GMG: INFO ABOUT ROSARIO PIRAINO PAINTING? Part 2- artist’s daughter, writer Stephanie DelTorchio reaches out

Stephanie DelTorchio responds to yesterday’s Good Morning Gloucester post, a request from FOB Joey G seeking information about art by Rosario Piraino.

“This is my Dad. Feel free to contact me.”

DelTorchio also provided a link to her inspiring post DECLARE YOUR DREAM about her father, Rosario Piraino. It includes a photograph of her father painting in his studio, aka ‘his happy place’.

DelTorchio’s most recent blog post, “Life is a battle of inches”, is about National Novel Writing Month. She took the NaNoWriMo writing challenge: “NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an annual novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world. The CHALLENGE: Write a 50,000 word novel in a MONTH. The GOAL: Survive the challenge.

On November 1st I jumped into the writing “craze” known as #NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. This is the Olympics for writers from all over the world — beginners to accomplished — who accept the challenge to write a novel, roughly 50,000 words, in a month.

For the past ten years I’ve toyed with joining but each year withdrew at the last minute. This time I’m walking the walk. Wish me luck, okay?”

Good luck, Stephanie, and thank you for taking a break to reach out to GMG.

Declare Your Dream, by Stephanie DelTorchio, tribute to her father, Rosario Piraino




Those Bruins are Pretty Excellent

Any of you who happen to chance upon my Facebook page probably knew this was coming…but I’d be remiss to not throw out a post about our fantastic opportunities with the Boston Bruins lately.

We had a great time with a couple of other families at a preseason game a few weeks ago.  After the game we waited for a bit outside of the players’ parking lot.  While the boys were all hopeful for some autographs, we prepped them for the fact that the players were busy and may not be up for it.  Imagine our surprise when car after car…and player after player…stopped to sign the boys’ hats.  I mean…they weren’t just walking by…they actually had to put their cars in park, unfasten their seat belts, get out of the car, and walk to the sidewalk where the boys were standing…sharpies in hand.

First up was a great conversation with Ryan Daisy who had just finished refereeing his very first NHL game.  He was incredibly gracious and spent about 10 minutes talking to us about the path his life took to lead him to his new gig.  Pretty cool stuff.  He was soon followed by David Pastrnak, Dominic Moore, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Danton Heinen, Brandon Carlo, and Kevan Miller.  Some were riding solo, three of the new skaters were riding together (which I found super cute as they all climbed out of various car doors to greet us), some were with wives/girlfriends…but they all stopped.  Really, truly unbelievable.

Flash forward a few weeks and my boys had the opportunity to skate in the 3 Minutes of Fame in between periods of another Bruins game.  Finn’s team was skating and, because they needed a goalie, they invited Thatcher to help out (no brainer for him or us).  To be fair, last year Thatcher’s team had the same opportunity and Finn was called up to join them. Good times.   So, here we were, walking from the Charlestown parking lot, across the locks, under the Zakim Bridge, and through the same parking lot. This time the boys were proudly packing their hockey bags and reporting to duty.  As the nerves of skating in front of so many fans started to creep in, two cars passed us. One was a funny little red car with Rhode Island plates and three men inside…  soon emerged Malcolm Subban (due to be in goal just before Thatcher) and a couple of his Providence Bruins buddies.  All three came right up, signed the boys (now crowded) hats, and wished them good luck on the ice. As they were chatting with us, a small black Mercedes backed in right next to us…..and 6′ 9″ Zdeno Chara unfolded himself from inside.  He too, Whole Foods bag in hand, stopped shook the boys’ hands, signed their hats, and gave them pointers.

Chara’s advice you may ask?  “Look up…..Enjoy the view.”   Come on!  With Thatcher in goal and sporting the GoPro on his helmet, I could tell he took the words to heart.  A couple of times he panned the crowd and enjoyed the moment.  Watching the video back, it was so fun for me to hear the boys’ names announced in the Garden, watch one Schrafft shooting on another Schrafft, and see Thatch makes some nice saves (in an very unfamiliar position).  The best part though was for sure listening to the crowd cheer and respond to each play….cheering for these young boys as they were living the dream.

I’ve included a video of their experiences…it is probably far too long…but maybe take a peek at a bit of it.

A huge thanks to The Boston Bruins and Cape Ann Youth Hockey!


Happy to report I’ve processed my first tote of firewood into kindling using the new Fiskars X7 and I still have all my fingers.

The technique I used was to steady the wood on a chopping block with a chicken stick.

I highly recommend the highly rated Fiskars X7. $24 on Amazon- check out the reviews here

It’s a really nice hatchet. Works like a charm.

Here’s a video demonstrating the technique I used.

Vote and Vax Flu Clinic 11/8

More Cape Ann Community News-

Cape Ann Community

This Election Day, November 8th, at the Gloucester High School polling site, you can also receive your annual flu shot. Clinic times are 7 AM to 10 AM and 4 PM to 8 PM.

This clinic is open to the public. Please bring your health insurance cards.

For more information, contact Public Health Nurse, Kelley Ries, at 978-325-5266.

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