gloucester-harbor-panorma-copyright-kim-smithEverywhere my walk took me this morning, the color blue dominated–cerulean sky and ultramarine sea, wedgwood house trim paint, marine blue-green of every hue, even the turkey encountered had a face in shades of lapis lazuli!ten-pound-island-lighthouse-copyright-kim-smithTen Pound Island

eastern-wild-yurkey-copyright-kim-smithEastern Wild Turkey

male-and-female-red-breasted-mergansers-copyright-kim-smithFemale Red-breasted Merganser (left), Male Red-breasted Merganser (right)

gloucester-harbor-panorama-2-copyright-kim-smithGloucester Harbor panoroama

Live: Beauport Hotel hosts Cape Ann Reads jury selection panel

How cool is that? Thank you Beauport Hotel for this community support. What a gorgeous venue and fitting locale for this work! Cape Ann Reads is led by the 4 public libraries of Cape Ann. Deliberations for the first ever Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads Picture Book Contest are in process and underway!


 After a year of monthly programming by the libraries and community partners, the Cape Ann Reads contest is in full swing. Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann, and people who work on Cape Ann were invited to create part or all of a picture book for consideration to be published.  A first edition printing of one of these submissions will be published in 2017, timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of a Caldecott award for the children’s book, Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton, eminent Gloucester artist, author and illustrator. 
To read more about the jurors, please follow this link
Here is the link to the Cape Ann Reads website. 

Opportunities to contribute or sponsor the Cape Ann Reads contest are available.
Sponsors and contributions can boost awards that the jury panels may suggest as they complete their evaluations and determine recognition options.  Sponsor contribution opportunities could include prizes to  artists and writers, underwriting the publishing, and any exhibitions and readings to be held after publication in all the communities.

  • Various sponsorship, naming and friend levels
  • Juried award sponsor (2 prizes $500 each and up to 8 $100 each)
  • honorable mentions, awards, certificates and prizes (varies)
  • Exhibitions/Readings (at least one at each library)

Thank you, Beauport Hotel!


~DRAWING instruction with a LIVE MODEL:

Finding the Marriage between Structure and Feeling

All Levels

Every THURSDAY   9:30am – 12pm 


~PAINTING Instruction


Fundamentals and Expression with Still Life

All Levels

Every Monday 9:30am – 12pm


@ Ten Pound Studio:1 Center Street 3rd Floor

$160/ every four classes plus shared model free



My husband is whacked!

Ok, so I love a little adventure…but my husband really has lost it.  Neil has spent a few years hoping to get on the list to be able to head to the Mt. Washington Observatory in the winter which is something that has been on his “bucket list” for a while. He is going to spend 2 days and 1 night at the Mt. Washington Observatory hiking around and with any luck he’ll get some photos of a lifetime! It’s about 6288 feet above sea level and a 4.25 mile ascent up the mountain in a snow cat. The good news today is that the weather right now is pretty mild…only 92 mph winds and -22 windchill lol! The list of items he has to bring is lengthy and should he not have the right gear when he gets there they will not let him up, so he’s been researching and acquiring his gear for about 2 months now. He has been told to be prepared to extend his stay should they not be able to get him down. Where will I be while I wait for him to return? In front of a warm toasty fireplace with a good book!!

Here’s a pano I took a year or so back and you can see where the observatory sits.
Here is all the gear Neil will need for his 1 night atop Mt. Washington
Here is all the gear Neil will need for his 1 night atop Mt. Washington


Kestrel Summer Program Fair

If you are looking for great options for your children for this coming summer, you should make a point to visit the Kestrel Summer Program Fair this weekend! Several local organizations will be on site to educate you about their summer program offerings to help you piece together the perfect summer fit for your family’s needs.

Sunday at 2:30 at the Kestrel Get Outside Center at 186 Main Street in Gloucester.

Visit HERE to read all about the Kestrel Summer Program Fair

Kestrel Educational Adventures Summer Adventures will be featuring a presentation on What makes our summer adventures so special?

Local organizations Art Haven, Maritime Gloucester, Waldorf School Camp, Gloucester Museum School Project Adventure Camp, Sail GHS, Harborlight Montessori, Seaside Sustainability, and Clark School, will also be present to show what summer programs they are offering for 2017! The event is free and there will be free snacks and lots of fun activities for kids and adults.


Double header tonite: Art Haven Buoy Auction 5-8pm and O’Maley Talent show 7pm

O’Maley Innovation Middle School SAILS 2nd Annual Talent show 7pm tonight!


Lobster Trap Tree minus the buoy ornaments on the move for Cape Ann Art Haven not to miss buoy celebration and auction
Lobster Trap Tree January 2017. Awesome from every vantage and approach


Tonight is the Buoy Auction & Family Fun Night!

Tonight is the Buoy Auction & Family Fun Night!

This is a great community event for the whole family to enjoy! There will be a live auction of buoys painted as ornament for the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree and a silent auction of artist buoys done by some of the best artists on Cape Ann. We will have lots of fun art stations to get creative as well! Live music will be provided by Sound Harbor.
Entry to the event is Free for children thanks to the generosity of our 2017 Sponsors. Entry is $10 for the general public. All proceeds from the night go directly to Cape Ann Art Haven Inc. to support its programs in 2017.

Cape Ann Art Haven is a community space where children of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop creativity and confidence through hands-on learning and collaboration.


Cape Ann License Plates Have Arrived

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has BIG news – Cape Ann’s special license plate has arrived at Registry branch offices and are ready to be picked up and put on the road.  The nearly 950 area drivers who pre-applied for the new special plates are now receiving calls and letters with instructions as to where to exchange their current plates and pick up their new Cape Ann license plates.  

Those who did not pre-apply but would like to obtain their own Cape Ann license plates can do so online at

“We are very grateful to Senator Bruce Tarr, and Representatives Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Brad Hill for their leadership in enacting key amendments to the Special Plate law,” said Ken Riehl, CEO of the Cape Ann Chamber

“The Cape Ann license plate is not only a tremendous way to strengthen and promote our regional identity, but it will also generate funds that will be involved in our future.  Like many such plates, it faced a major obstacle in getting enough pre-subscriptions for approval,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R- Gloucester).  “Now, we have legislatively removed that obstacle, and the plate can go to work for our communities.”

“The Cape Ann license plate will be one more in a growing list of ways we increase our visibility and sense of community,” State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) said in a statement on Thursday. “The more people know about the uniqueness of Cape Ann, the more our small businesses and our Cape thrive as new visitors and potential residents explore our main streets.”  State Representative Brad Hill (R-Ipswich) added: “The implementation of these Cape Ann license plates is a wonderful way to celebrate both our communities and our identities. Not only do they promote the character of our area as a whole, but they will also allow for further improvement of our Cape Ann communities.”

For those who have not yet signed up, now is the time: “Proceeds from the Cape Ann license plates will go back to the Cape Ann community towards promotion of the region, economic development, and education / training. The funds will be managed by a new 501c3 non-profit called the Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF), whose Board of Directors consists of residents from all four Cape Ann Communities. ” noted Sara Young, President of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

For more information, please contact the Cape Ann Chamber at (978) 283-1601, email them at, and / or go to the Cape Ann License Plate website:




We are thrilled to announce that Massachusetts’ newest special plate, the Cape Ann License Plate, is now here!

Thanks to all of you who have supported this worthy endeavor. In addition to showing your love of Cape Ann every day, the $40 special plate fee (payable every other year with your registration renewal) is a charitable donation that will be directed to the Cape Ann Community Foundation and used to support regional promotion, economic development and education for Cape Ann.

We are so excited to know that these fabulous plates are now on the road!