It’s that time of year, where you’ll be walking in the woods or along a pond’s edge, when you come across a treasure trove of spiderwebs. Nearly every tree and shrub are dressed in gossamer woven webs of silk. The best time to find the spider’s trap is just after a spell of fog.

This Weekend in the Arts

Wearable Art: Exploring Expressions on the Human Form

Panel discussion sponsored by seARTS and the Cape Ann Museum

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Image: Left to right. “Biker Chick” by Donna Caselden; “Mexican Sunset” by Selina Narovlansky (Judges Choice Award in 2015); RISD Student Redat Davison’s winning “Untitled” (Best Runway Fashion Design CWAIII). Image credit Linehan Photography.

The Cape Ann Museum and Society for the Encouragement of the Arts on Cape Ann (seARTS) are proud to present an evening of conversation with the Celebrate Wearable Arts(CWA) curators and artists on Thursday, September 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.. Guest will enjoy a panel discussion exploring expression on the human form and view video clips from the CWAIII 2015 fashion show. Space is limited; reservations required. Cost is $10 for CAM and seARTS members / $15 non-members. Tickets available online at Eventbrite or call (978)283-0455 x10. Please email for more information.

Panelists are: Jay Calderin, Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week; Rick Crangle, CWAIII Best of Show Award Winner for 2015; Jennifer Varekamp, Mass Arts Fashion Design Professor; and Nell McKeon, AP Studio Art student at Manchester-Essex Regional High School. The panel will be moderated by Paula Richter, Curator for Exhibitions and Research, at the Peabody Essex Museum.

The Folly Cove Designers (1938 – 1969) – whose work is displayed at the Cape Ann Museum — led the way in “wearable art” on Cape Ann many years ago. Now the seARTS Wearable Arts group is an integral part of the contemporary art scene. CWA is an event that was created by the seARTS Wearable Arts group as an opportunity for creative “makers” to find new ways to showcase their artistry and for patrons of hand-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and accessories to experience the art in full living color. The CWAIV runway event occurs biennially and will be held on October 1, 2017 ( The panel discussion at the Cape Ann Museum on September 7 will continue the discussion of the many forms and expressions of wearable art and will explore the work of some of the participating runway artists.

Panel moderator Paula Bradstreet Richter is Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), Salem, Massachusetts. As part of the exhibition planning team at PEM she has participated in over 30 changing exhibitions and special projects, including national and international traveling exhibitions, historic and contemporary art installations, collection gallery installations and rotations. Paula was part of the exhibition team that brought the traveling exhibition, WOW® World of WearableArtTM, featuring 32 award winning designs from the National WOW® Museum in Nelson, New Zealand to the Peabody Essex Museum in spring 2017 for the enjoyment of audiences in the Boston area and beyond.

Panelist Jay Calderin has been described as “a budding designer’s best friend” by The Boston Globe, and the LA Times called his first book “a new fashion bible for designers, aspirers and the just plain curious.” He authored The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book and Fashion Design Essentials and is the Founder/Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week. He is an instructor and Director of Creative Marketing at the School of Fashion Design, Boston. His new book What They Didn’t Teach You in Fashion School will be released at the end of the year.

Panelist Richard Crangle creates refined sculptural forms and furniture that summon a reverence for nature, embracing the wood’s natural character.  He incorporates time honored craftsmanship combined with contemporary expression.  Richard’s inspirations include the coastal setting of his New England quarry studio, architecture and Japanese and Arts & Craft Masters.  Richard’s experience in custom home building, furniture and architectural detail interplays as the foundation for his collection.  Using local, reclaimed, and exotic wood his vocabulary of abstract and organic themes and repeated patterns and textures evoke the inclusion of visual grace, movement and innovation.

Panelist Jennifer Varekamp is a Professor in the Fashion Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a Costume and Clothing Designer committed to sustainability. Recently, she designed the costumes for HoverDive, a collaborative dance project that focused on fluid dynamics and ocean science, including the impact of climate change on ocean life. Jennifer received her ED.M from Harvard University and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has also studied at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and at the London College of Fashion.

Panelist Nell McKeon is a senior at Manchester Essex High School and an AP Studio Art student. She works toward bringing art into her local community through governing the Manchester Essex Arts Honors Society. She has been working in 2D and 3D media throughout her high school career and used her first piece of wearable art as part of an application for Art Allstate, a highly competitive art installation program, which she participated in this year.


Charles Family Artist in Residence Announced

Copley Society Artist Member Laureen Hylka to spend September painting on Cape Ann

The Copley Society of Art and Cape Ann Museum are pleased to announce that Laureen Hylka has been chosen as the 2017 Charles Family Artist in Residence. Ms. Hylka will be spending the month of September on Cape Ann. On Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. she will give a gallery talk at the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, with a reception to follow at the Charles Fine Arts Gallery, 196 Main Street, Gloucester. This program is free and open to the public.

Laureen Hylka attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the New York Art Students League. Both of these institutions have inspired Laureen and strengthened her mastery of color, composition, drawing, and value. She is a member of the American Artist Professional League (NYC), Lyme Art Association, Academic Artists Association, an Elected Member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society as well as the Copley Society of Artists, Boston. She is a full time plein air and studio painter

preferring oil on linen or soft pastel medium. Through participation in juried national exhibitions, gallery shows and invitational paint outs, Laureen’s paintings have become desired among collectors. Her works are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, England, Germany and Japan.

The Cape Ann Residency was created in 2014 by the Charles Family Foundation as a dedication to and promotion of the North Shore and Boston art communities. Ms. Hylka is the fourth Copley Society Artist Member to be awarded this position. She will be in studio at 196 Main Street, Gloucester. For more information visit


The Rocky Neck Art Colony Selects Katia Hale Mason as the Season’s Sixth Summer Artist

Katia Hale Mason’s show of innovative mixed media constructions, “Beneath the Surface,” opens Wednesday, September 6 and runs until Tuesday, September 26. The public is invited to meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Saturday, September 9 from 6-8 pm at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA.

Mason is drawn to details discovered when observing objects closely and finding unexpected layers and patterns.  Looking deeply beneath the surface reveals beauty and possibilities.

Mason adds, deletes and builds up, using a variety of media to create depth and movement.  Each layer adds something new, while other elements become hidden or obstructed.  Light and shadow continuously provide new perspectives.

Mason’s current work, “Beneath the Surface,” is heavily influenced by the ocean.  Living on the coast, she sits in awe of what is revealed, hidden and carried by the ebb and flow of the tidal cycle. This series provides snapshots of the remarkable richness and complexity she observes.

As an emerging artist, Mason is gaining attention, most recently by Maine Home + Design Magazine as featured in “Ones to Watch” artist listing. She is currently represented by The Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, ME.  Her work is in many private collections throughout the United States.

Mason is a graduate of The College of New Rochelle, where she received a B.A. in Communications.  She has spent her career working in consulting and now enjoys discovering the world around her in great detail and expressing it in her art work.  She resides and works in Gloucester, MA.  For more information about Katia Mason, see

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from10 am to 8 pm Fridayand Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to


Judy Robinson-Cox Demonstration on Rocky Neck

Friday, September 9, 6-8pm

 Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours, Sun – Thurs 10 AM-6 PM,
Fri and Sat 10AM – 8 PM

Judy Robinson Cox - Copper Paint
Judy Robinson Cox – Copper Paint

On Friday, September 8th, photographer Judy Robinson-Cox demonstrates the art of mixed media photomontage, as part of a Rocky Neck Art Colony demonstration series at Gallery 53. Judy’s photomontages memorialize an iconic building or neighborhood by blending a photograph of a structure with a close-up view of the surrounding texture. After adhering the image to a wood substrate, she often collages additional pieces of the montaged photograph. Texture and other elements are added to fully capture the essence of place.

Judy Robinson-Cox is a Cape Ann photographer and mixed media artist. After attending NYU and then earning a BFA from the University of Connecticut, Judy became professionally involved in the arts, beginning with a fine arts craft business in Woodstock, NY in the 70s. This transitioned to a corporate marketing and graphic design career in the 80s and 90s. Today she is primarily involved with fine art photography and is active in various Massachusetts arts organizations, including the Rocky Neck Art Colony and the Cambridge and Rockport Art Associations. She has taken a number of workshops and classes to further her career including those at Winchester’s Griffin Museum of Photography, Montserrat College of Art and the Rockport, North Shore and Newburyport Art Associations. She shows her work at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck and is represented by the Square Circle Gallery in Rockport, MA.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to  See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


CAM Kids presents Susanna Natti

Meet the illustrator of the Cam Jansen mysteries series and more!
Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m.


The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present CAM Kids on Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. Meet children’s book illustrator Susanna Natti, known for the Cam Jansen mysteries series, Lionel Series, Louise Series, Beany Series and others. Listen to stories, learn about her artistic process and create your own children’s book illustrations. This program is free and open to the public and is generously sponsored by David and Lisa Rich. For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x12.

Gloucester native Susanna Natti is a retired children’s book illustrator. A graduate of Gloucester High School, Smith College and the Rhode Island School of Design, she has illustrated more than 80 books for children over the course of her career, including two with her mother, Folly Cove Designer and author Lee Kingman Natti. Ms. Natti raised her family in Bedford, MA, where she served on the Board of the Bedford Center for the Arts and where she founded Art-Link, a non-profit organization supporting the arts in the Bedford public school system. She returned to Gloucester to live in 2014. She is on the Board of Directors of the Cape Ann Museum.

image003.jpgAt the Cape Ann Museum, the second Saturday of every month is free from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Activity Center to participate in hands-on activities that delve into the art, history and culture of the region. Each Second Saturday focuses on a specific theme based on the Museum’s collection and/or special exhibitions.


Appraisal Day at the Cape Ann Museum’s White Ellery House

Blackwood/March Fine Art & Antique Auctioneers come to Gloucester
Saturday, September 9 from 11:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Image courtesy of Blackwood/March Fine Art & Antique Auctioneers.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome appraiser Michael March, of Blackwood/March Auctioneers for an Appraisal Day on Saturday, September 9 from 11:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This program will be held at the Museum’s historic White-Ellery House (1710) located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester. Visitors are welcome to tour the house free of charge.  Appraisals are $5 per item or $10 per three items. All proceeds will go toward the preservation of the White-Ellery House.   For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x10.

For two generations Blackwood March Fine Art & Antique Auctioneers of Essex have appraised and sold at auction fine art and antiques for trusts, estates, attorneys and individuals. In the art market, they have established auction records for such artists as: Aldro Thompson Hibbard, Emile A. Gruppe and Frederick Mulhaupt, while selling antiques and accessories for strong prices for their clients. As estate auctioneers Blackwood/March offers expertise in the sale and appraisal of: American paintings from New England, especially the Cape Ann school; early American and Victorian furniture; silver; nautical antiques; Chinese items; pottery; Oriental carpets; quilts; textiles; glass; china; and diverse accessories. Blackwood March will be unable to offer appraisals on coins, jewelry, stamps, baseball cards and possibly some other items at the White-Ellery House.

The White-Ellery House, located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary, was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. Unlike other structures of this period, the largely unfurnished house has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago. Parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the house.


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Diner En Couleur

Our Annual Summer fundraiser

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Featuring mini dance performances by NYC based dancer & choreographer Beth Soll and Forty Steps Dance.

Come and enjoy this sumptuous event on the idyllic grounds of Windhover, 

257R Granite Street, Rockport, MA, 01966

Bring your own picnic dinner (with settings) and join us at our extravagant white-clothed tables arrayed with flowers. Toast the enchanted performances happening on the outdoor stage with a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries!

Admission donation is $28.00 per person. Dress is colorful festive.

Please make a reservation, by sending a check to:
Windhover, P.O Box 2249, Rockport, MA, 01966

or online (through PayPal) at  (a 501(c)3 non-profit)

For more information, contact:
Lisa Hahn, or (978) 546-3611


Jane Deering Gallery exhibition

Photographer Paul Cary Goldberg’s
most recent series, Here Still


Photographs by Gloucester artist Paul Cary Goldberg continue at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street.  Images are from Goldberg’s most recent series, Here Still, and evoke delicate drawings of nature. Works are accompanied by small paintings by emerging California artist Leslie Lewis Sigler.  Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 5:00pm.  The exhibition can be viewed on the gallery website

Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street.


This evening! SEP 7 @ 6pm Rescheduled! Livin’ on Luck Band plays Harbor Loop ~ Week 10


Livin’ On Luck is BACK for their rescheduled date to play Harbor Loop on Thursday, September 7 with special opener Nadia Robertson! Many thanks to our sponsor Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center! This is the last night for our sound company too, Fusion Blue Productions! Thanks guys for a great season! So come on out for one more concert on the hill you guys! See ya there!

Mike OConnell Tonight with long time music buddy Mr. Jim Perry, of Worcester and Mr. Chris Anzelone on drums and don’t forget Dear Ol Dave Sag’s @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 9.7.2017

Like the Feen-a-mint® rising from its ashes to serve another day, I’m back . Been a little sick this last few days but now I’m available again to clue you in about this week.

Thursday at the Rhummie where Mr. Mike OConnell drops in for another mile-high jaunt into the blues. Always a pleasure, we get to play stuff that Mikey doesn’t usually do, and have a blast doing it. Not only that, but a longtime former musical crony of his: Mr. Jim Perry, of Worcester, crawls in to help out. Another fabulous glitarist and vogellist for your musical amusement. Our usual drummbler is having his leg replaced so in his stead we have Mr. Chris Anzelone (sono buoni), a riveting riveter in his own write, to help out. gonna be a lotta fun. Dave Sag
The Rhumb Line



40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732





Plastic Bag and Polystyrene Public Hearing

When we go out and clean, we see so much plastic and Styrofoam floating around in our waters and on the streets also the plastic bags in the trees is a problem. Hope we can do something. Thank you all.

Plastic Bag and Polystyrene Public Hearing

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 City Hall

Tuesday, September 12 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Gloucester City Hall
9 Dale Ave, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930


Peter’s photos of the Gloucester Schooner Festival were taken from aboard the Schooner Adventure.

Schooner Adventure: Peter Bent, helmsman, and Willy Leatherswith Columbia closing fast
Race Course: American Eagle and Istar after rounding windward mark
Schooner Adventure: Five “crew” t-shirts in a row hauling on mainsheet
Gloucester: Maritime Heritage Center: Schooners Adventure and Columbia masts against sun

Nichole’s Picks September 9th + 10th

Pick #1:  The Donkey Derby at Myopia, Hamilton


THE DONKEY DERBY: run your a** off for the Equine Rescue Network. A sporting event for elite athletes and their human companions To help bring awareness to the plight of unwanted horses and donkeys.

SPECTATORS WELCOME You may purchase General Admission or VIP Tickets at *VIP tickets include seating under the Myopia Polo tent, lunch, and spirits (beer/wine/mint julep). Derby Attire encouraged for VIP seating. Be advised – VIP Seating is limited.

The mission of the event is to ENJOY the day, raise awareness of donkeys: They make great pets! They are affectionate, agile & athletic – AND are highly sought after by the Chinese 😦 If we raise money to save more donkeys – even better!

Don’t have a donkey but still want to “Run your ass off for the Equine Rescue Network” – no problem. We have a ‘Human Only Race” for runners. However, if you want to race a donkey – we have them….actually – there are over 40+ rescue donkeys on the North Shore that you may be partnered with. The donkey races are 2 person-team (one to lead and one to follow).

If you want to race with a donkey, send email to – space is limited. You will need met your donkey, and perhaps even train your donkey before the race. We will match teams with donkeys based on the location of donkey and team. The leader of the donkey may carry treats. The follower of the donkey may only use a sanction plastic fly swatter to encourage their donkey team member. There is no riding or beating donkeys!

The races will be as follows:
– Minature Donkey Race
– Minature Horse and Minature Mule
– Standard Donkey Race
– Corporate teams
– Steeplechase race
– Riding Mule Race
– Pin the Tail on the Donkey Race for Humans-only




Pick #2: Essex Police Dept. Annual Classic Car Show

Sunday, September 10th 1:00-4:00 in the lot behind the Police Station.

Raindate is Sunday, September 17th 1:00-4:00.


– People’s Choice Awards for Best Car and Best Motorcycle

– Live Music

– Food and beverages served by the Essex Lions Club

FREE ADMISSION! No cost to enter your vehicle.

Sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.

Please contact Chief Peter Silva or Officer James Romeos for more information at 978-768-6628Click here to see photos of last year’s show on Facebook >




Pick #3: Connors Farm Corn Maize

Connors Farm Corn Maze

30 Valley Road(Rte. 35)

Danvers, MA. 01923

Opening Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Closing Date: Monday, October 31, 2017

1. Visit Connors Farm after September 9th

2.  Have a GREAT time

3.  On  your way out stop by farm stand and purchase your Bounce Back pass for $6.00.

4.  Use your Bounce Back pass for general admission day time activities one time while we are open during the 2017 season.

Passes may only be used by the person who purchases them.  They are not subject to transfer, refund, or exchange.  Bounce back passes must be purchased prior to leaving the grounds.  They are not valid with other special offers or birthday parties.  So easy and so affordable!

We are excited with this years maze theme.  It is a tribute to our good friend Bentley Warren a local race car legend. OPENING SEPTEMBER 9th!



As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

3rd Annual Gloucester Harvest Music Festival on Saturday, September 16

Hi Joey!

How are you?  Hope this finds you well! I am hoping you can please post about our upcoming fundraiser, the 3rd Annual Gloucester Harvest Music Festival on Saturday, September 16 from 10:30am-8:30pm at 65 Rogers St (Gloucester HarborWalk-the I4C2 space) The event supports the AGH Citizens Fund, a grass-roots non-profit that raises money for Addison Gilbert to support them in any way we can to sustain our local hospital!

People are encouraged to bring their chairs, blankets, appetites and dancing shoes!  We will have music all day by local and national bands, food, beer, wine, alcohol, over 30 vendors in our artisan marketplace, exclusive festival merchandise, live art demos, children’s activities and more! 

Tix are only $20 and kids get in for free so it’s very affordable for families!  Tickets, full music line-up and concert details can be found at:

Thank you Joey!

Hope you can come out too! We’d love to see you!




Summer abundance at CAFM

Cape Ann Community

CAFM logo vectorSeptember is the most abundant time of the year for our farmers. The season’s produce is at its peak-onions and garlic have been cured and are ready for storing, vegetables and herbs are plentiful, summer fruit and berries are ripe, apple season is starting, and the winter squash are on their way!

Join us at the market today for fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheese, pickles, mead, wine, and much, much more!


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Last event in the free summer concert series: Music on Meetinghouse Green 2017

The Cape Ann Big Band ensemble called Jumbalaya Horns is playing this Friday September 8th 2017, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. This is the last concert in a free Summer Series called ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’ hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.  Each of the nine events features a different musical group and highlights the work of a North Shore non-profit organization that works for the good of the whole community.  Free-will offerings from the crowd support their work as performers transform the front steps of the Meetinghouse into a concert hall stage.

This final event is also a celebration by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation as your free-will donations will benefit the fire-sprinkler & deterrence system now being installed in the historic 1806 Universalist Meetinghouse.  Through public and private gifts nearly $500K was raised for this project…

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