@maritimegloucester Instagram page is a worthwhile follow

Live: Mayor Romeo Theken MBTA closure meeting | proposed schedules

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Full house and more than 10 MBTA staff here to answer questions. Jeffrey Gonneville, Chief Operating Officer MBTA, is currently presenting.

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First question out the gate: Can’t we have direct buses from here?

Proposed weekday schedule

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Proposed weekend schedule

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DON’T MISS DAVID ROBINSON’S PHOTO SHOW AT THE BEAUTIFUL NEW HUDSON GALLERY

Cynthia Belchou and David Robinson

There’s an elegant new gallery on Main Street, the Hudson Gallery, and while David Robinson’s beautiful photo exhibit is on display is the perfect time to check it out. The gallery’s lighting is simply gorgeous and the space has a lovely flow. On our way out to dinner, Tom and I only stayed for a few moments, but naturally, we ran into Heidi Dallin and friends 🙂

Heidi Dallin, Larry Dalton, and Terry Byrne (Larry and David went to high school together)

More about David’s photos here.

For more information about the Hudson Gallery, contact:
Cynthia Belchou
thehudsongallery@gmail.com
617.755.6672

WHY BIRDS ATTACK CARS AND WINDOWS

It’s a new routine. Wherever I park my car on a particular wooded lane, I return to find mama Cardinal attacking the car’s reflective surfaces, both side mirrors and the windshield. She perches in the branches above chortling a medley of warning songs and then swoops in to peck and gnash at herself. I have tried moving my car further down the lane and have covered the mirrors with bags, but still, she perceives my car as “the enemy” and finds a shiny surface at which to strike.

Northern Cardinals, American Robins, and Turkeys are the species we most often hear attack  cars and windows. Northern Mockingbirds and American Goldfinches fly at reflective surfaces as well. The behavior is a territorial display; the bird sees in the object its own reflection and imagines the image is competition, or a threat to its nestlings. Some birds, like Mourning Doves, don’t require a large territory whereas I have read that Black-capped Chickadees will chase off interlopers in as much as a 17 acre territory. The mama Cardinal may continue for the entire nesting season, which is of concern as I don’t want her to wear herself out. Next time when at the wooded lane I’ll try parking even further away.

#GloucesterMA rainbow flag for LGBTQ Pride Month

The rainbow flag was raised today and City Hall Tower Light will be 4 colors for the month of June for LGBTQ Pride Month

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2017 RCD Grants for Festivals and Events

2017 RCD Grants for Festivals and Events

Purpose:

To give material support to arts and culture events to help draw cultural tourists to the Rockport Cultural District, especially during the shoulder seasons of Spring & Fall

Requirements:

  • Event or festival must be held in Rockport and sponsored by a Rockport group
  • The arts or culture activities must be a significant part of the event
  • The event must appeal to and attract visitors from beyond Cape Ann

Use of Funds:

  • Up to $400 can be used for general expenses related to stated grant activities as the  organizer sees fit
  • A minimum of 20% ($100) must be used for advertising & promotion

Allocation of Funds:

The RCD may make up to 6 grants. Application deadline is June 26, 2017.

  • Once the grant is approved, receipts/invoices must be submitted along with             name/address of person to be reimbursed; The Town does not pay tax; A tax exempt certificate will be provided for material costs
  • RCD will process reimbursements through Town Accounting Office; expect a 4 week turnaround

Partnership with the RCD:

  • Grant recipients must include the Rockport Cultural District logo in            advertising/promotional materials related to the event/festival

Application process:

Questions?

            Email Sue at rockportculturaldistrict@gmail.com

RCD Festivals and Events Grant Application

Annisquam Arts Summer Studio for Kids

Ignite your imagination this summer at Annisquam Arts!

Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts tips off its 23rd season by offering a variety of workshops for young artists. Conducted at Dawn’s open and professional home studio on Goose Cove, we have easy access to Gloucester’s cultural center and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots. The entire program runs for seven weeks, June 26 – August 10, with new courses each week.

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Dawn Southworth is a well-known Boston artist recognized for her mixed media works and installations. Dawn teaches art at Glen Urquhart School, in Beverly, MA, and is a former visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Dawn previously owned Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the US Embassy in Morocco, the Boston Public Library, and Fidelity Management and Research. More information about Dawn and her work can be found at www.dawnsouthworth.com.

Haley Stevens is also a member of the Glen Urquhart School faculty, as the After-Care Associate. Haley has a BFA in art and design from Salem State University, where she focused on education and was awarded a Presidential Creativity Award for printmaking. In 2009 Haley received a Gold Medal from the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. She is also MA certified to teach art and greatly enjoys working with children. It is her goal to inspire young artists to do their best and find their inner voice.

Courtney Kelly is a local North Shore artist and former first grade teacher at Glen Urquhart School. With a one-year-old daughter, she now practices art from her home. Courtney’s passion for art started at a young age, leading her to study Fine Arts at Drew University. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in elementary education from Lesley University. She loves inspiring children through art and learning and looks forward to embarking on her second summer with Annisquam Arts.

REGISTER TODAY!

You may register online at www.annisquamarts.com, by phone (978) 290-2107, or by brochure, which can be requested by calling or emailing Dawn at dawn_southworth@hotmail.com.

While there is no official registration deadline, we encourage you to sign up early as our workshops do fill up quickly!

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS

Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops
Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-1:00pm, Ages 6-14, $250 per week

Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops run Monday through Thursday, 9:00am – 1:00pm for ages 6-14. We’ll have a blast engaging with a wide range of materials and artistic techniques in a multi-sensory studio environment. Small class sizes and individual instruction allow for all levels of ability to be nurtured. All classes are led by Dawn with assistance from Haley Stevens and a few helpers.

CAPE ANN ADVENTURES

Week 1: June 26-29

This week, we’ll be on the go! Sketchbooks in hand, we’ll follow the footsteps of legendary Cape Ann artists such as Stuart Davis, Nell Blaine, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery and Edward Hopper. We’ll make daily excursions to some of the area’s most scenic destinations and inspiring galleries and studios. A Gloucester harbor boat shuttle will bring us to explore the Rocky Neck Art Colony…and to get an ice cream of course ☺ Walking shoes, swimsuit and a towel are encouraged this week!

CRAZY COOL COLLAGE

Week 2: July 3-7 (Class runs Monday-Friday with no class Tuesday July 4)

Clip, cut, collect, compose, construct – this week is all about creative collage! Made with a variety of materials, our creations will include 2D whimsical drawings and 3D found-object sculptures, and a whole lot in between. We’ll experiment with a combination of printmaking, photography, and magazine collage, with inspiration from  the mixed mediums of Robert Rauschenberg, cutting edge pieces by Kurt Schwitters, the Twentieth Century’s greatest master of collage, and the crazy upside-down world of Julian Schnabel.

WOODWORK WONDERS

Week 3: July 10-13

This week, the studio door will open to a woodworking shop!  We’ll be inspired by one of nature’s greatest treasures to create abstract wood sculptures like Louise Nevelson, wacky driftwood portraits, and mobiles with wood scraps, sea glass and buttons à la Alexander Calder  We’ll even build our own personalized step-stools. Together, we’ll safely learn about tools like hammers and various joining and gluing techniques to make our constructions sturdy. From the decorative to the functional, wood is a perfect, versatile material to fire-up our imaginations!

FROM TRASH TO TREASURE

Week 4: July 17-20

From the beach to the recycling bin, our art materials this week will come from unlikely places! We’ll cast the sand beneath our feet into whimsical sculptures, and make funky 3D pieces with driftwood and found objects. Colorful shards of pottery, buttons, marbles, shells, and other collected treasures will help us see that art is truly everywhere. Come with your imaginations revved up as we transform discarded remnants into modern masterpieces!

PLAYING WITH PATTERN

Week 5: July 24-27

Pattern, color, and designs galore! We’ll use a variety of fanciful techniques to flex our creative muscles. From collage to block printing, you’ll have your family and friends mesmerized by your creations! We’ll experiment with a craypas-watercolor resist and try our hands at bold optical illusions. Looking to color experts like Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, and Frank Stella, we’ll turn blank canvases into eye-popping masterpieces.

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Week 6: July 31- August 3

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Come on an artistic safari, guided by the works of Henry Rousseau, Deborah Butterfield, and Franz Marc. Along the way, we’ll use a variety of fun and sophisticated techniques. Make animals spring to life in colorful 3D paper-mache masks and beautifully detailed metal embossings. Channel your spirit animal in an Aboriginal dream drawing and get messy with a big chalk-pastel masterpiece. This week, set free your imagination to run wild!

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!

Week 7: August 7-10

Learning to draw is the goal! Ancient cave paintings, modern-day graffiti, traditional Chinese calligraphy, what do these varying techniques have in common? We’ll spend this week celebrating the humble line, the foundation for every great masterpiece! With tools like ink, charcoal, oil stick, and pastels we’ll draw inspiration from the textured drips of Jackson Pollock, the spirited marks of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the punchy dots of Roy Lichtenstein.

Afternoon Specialty Workshops

Monday-Thursday, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Ages 6-14, $225 per week

 

For two weeks this summer, Dawn is teaming up with Courtney Kelly to offer Afternoon Specialty Workshops. Together, the morning and afternoon workshops provide an exciting full day option for those students who desire a longer day of artmaking fun!

DRAW IT!                                                                            

Week 4: July 17-20

 

Are you up for an artistic challenge? Whether an avid drawer or a curious beginner, students will learn advanced techniques using graphite pencil, color pencil, and markers. Each day, students will learn the essentials of drawing by experimenting with new and varied subjects. Students are instructed step by step and encouraged to incorporate their own creative vision and personal flair!

 

PAINT IT!

Week 5: July 24-27

 

This week’s class is designed to build on the “Draw It” class, but it can also be taken as a single class. Students will experiment with several unique painting mediums, including watercolor pencil, watercolor paint, oil sticks, and acrylic. From portraits and landscapes to animals and abstract work, we’ll will explore different techniques and tricks to make brilliant masterpieces to hang on our walls!

LOCATION

Dawn Southworth’s studio

63 Bennett Street South  • Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-290-2107 • Email: dawn_southworth@hotmail.com

 

Reminder 2 chances this week | Meet multi-award winning filmmaker, writer, MacArthur Grant fellow, and Academy Award nominee John Sayles at Cape Ann Community Cinema!

Growing up in Schenectady, NY, John Sayles didn’t have an art theater in his hometown, but we do. Sayles himself will be here to present 2 movies 2 nights in a row at Cape Ann Community Cinema 22 Main Street, Gloucester MA!

BUY TICKETS FOR WEDNESDAY 7:30PM

 

John Sayles The Thin Yellow Line

BUY TICKETS FOR THURSDAY 7:30pm

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BOOK LAUNCH PARTY FOR WONDERFUL SAINT PETER’S FIESTA CHILDREN’S BOOK BY ALICE GARDNER

Over the winter, we got a sneak preview at a GMG podcast of Alice’s wonderful and whimsical illustrations for her Saint Peter’s Fiesta children’s book. St. Peter’s Fiesta Gloucester, Massachusetts has been published just in time for Fiesta. Even without baby granddaughter Charlotte on the way, we would cherish a copy of this delightful book. I cannot wait to purchase ours.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Gloucester, Massachusetts is available at the The Book Store of Gloucester
located at 61 Main Street (978-281-1548). When at The Bookstore, be sure to check out Alice’s illustrations for St. Peter’s Fiesta Gloucester, Massachusetts. They are framed and on display. Each year Alice is the featured artist at The Bookstore during the month of June for her many paintings over the years of Fiesta.

Please join us for Alice Gardner’s BEAUTIFUL St. Peter’s Fiesta children’s picture book launch party! The daughter of the founder of St. Peter’s Fiesta will be reading the book 🙂 Details below. Mark your calendars! Please share!
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90th Anniversary Party for Saint Peter’s Fiesta
Saturday, June 17, 2017 10-11:15
Book reading: 10:30
The Sawyer Free Library
2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, Massachusetts
The Children’s Room and The Friend Room

Please join us for the debut of St. Peter’s Fiesta, a beautiful children’s book by artist and author Alice Gardner, commemorating our favorite time of year.

Sara Favazza has graciously offered to read the book to all those, young and old, who love St. Peter’s Fiesta! Sara is the daughter of Salvatore Favazza, the Gloucester sea captain who founded Fiesta in 1927 to thank Saint Peter for keeping the fishermen safe.

Preceding the reading, there will be special activities for children.

Following the reading, please stay for the book signing outside in the garden where refreshments will be served.

My niece rocked the Twin Lobster Half Marathon

There was a huge turnout yesterday in both runners and spectators for the Twin Lobsters Half Marathon.   It was a gorgeous day for the 13.1 mile run starting at the High School going out around the backshore and back.   (A beautiful day for us spectators as well!)  I’d like to give a big shout out to my niece Jessica Mathews who ran her first big 13 mile race yesterday and totally rocked it with the help of some strategically stationed cheerleaders!!  For all that participated…great job!!

TREMENDOUSLY EXCITING NEWS: SNOTBOT GOES TO THE UN!!!

SnotBot (and the Kerr family) are heading to the UN as part World Ocean’s Day celebration. Amy writes, “Iain will be speaking to the UN General Assembly on Thursday about SnotBot for World Oceans Day, along with Sir Richard Branson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sylvia Earle and James Cameron, with music by Daft Punk! We’re making a family trip of it, so Dylan and I will be going along. We’ll try to remember to bring a GMG sticker. “

 

SnotBot goes to the UN!

Gloucester’s own Ocean Alliance will be part of the World Oceans Day celebration on June 8 at the Great Hall of the United Nations in New York City. Ocean Alliance CEO Dr. Iain Kerr will speak about the role of innovation and technology in ocean conservation and will introduce delegates to Ocean Alliance’s innovative research drone, SnotBot. Dr. Kerr will be one of many ocean advocates, including philanthropist Richard Branson, director James Cameron, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who will be making presentations during the celebration along with a live feed from the International Space Station.

SnotBot is a customized drone that allows Ocean Alliance to collect behavioural and biological data (whale blow or snot) from whales noninvasively, without harming or disturbing the animals. Modified consumer drones have immense potential in marine mammal science and conservation, and Ocean Alliance’s SnotBot program has been at the very forefront of this new research paradigm, not only attaching petri dishes and sponges to drones to collect whale blow, but also attaching cameras and microphones to collect a broad spectrum of other valuable data.

 

The whale blow that SnotBot collects contains DNA, microbiomes, pregnancy hormones, stress hormones, and ketones. SnotBot’s video camera collects behavioural data and also provides stunning imagery.

For more information about the World Oceans Day program, Christina Caputo <christina@parley.tv

For more information about SnotBot and Ocean Alliance’s Drones for Whale Research program, visit http://www.whale.or/research/drones/ or call Dr Iain Kerr at 978-281-2814 x15 or email ikerr@whale.org.

Images courtesy Ocean Alliance website.