This Weekend in the Arts

LOOK AGAIN: Four Painters Interpret the Landscape of Cape Ann

September 14, 2017 – October 15, 2017
Opening Reception:
Friday, September 15, 2017, 4-6 pm

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12-4 pm
Free of charge

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased to present the exhibition, Look Again: Four Painters Interpret the Landscape of Cape Ann at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street in Gloucester. The public is invited to view the work during the gallery hours, Thursday through Sunday, 4-6 PM. The Cultural Center is wheelchair accessible.

In Look Again, Katherine Coakley, Karen Koch-Weser, Nancy LeGendre and Leigh Slingluff explore intention, vision, structure and beauty while painting en plein air out-and-about on Cape Ann. The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, September 15, 2017, 4-6 pm. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

When asked why they are motivated to paint landscapes of Cape Ann, Nancy LeGendre offered, “The rocks, cliffs, sea and sky are timeless. We are responding to the beauty that surrounds us and we expect the work to mirror a part of that beauty back to the viewer.” Each artist has a unique way of seeing and working, and this is evident in the individual work.  She adds, “The elements of a scene that attract our attention differ, as well as how we manipulate line, space, color, and brush work to express emotion. Each painting is a unique recreation of light, pattern and form”.  Happily, there’s always more than one way to see. Look Again at these painted surfaces to rediscover beauty and joy in our familiar landscape.

Look Again invites you to reconnect with your surroundings. Rocks, sky and sea dissolve and reappear in light, pattern and form; looking anew leads to rediscovery.

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Leading Thoreau Scholar Comes To Gloucester
Jeffrey S. Cramer to speak at the Cape Ann Museum 

Image credit: Tom Hersey, 2017.

The Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Museum and Gloucester Writers Center are proud to present a public lecture celebrating the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth (July 12, 1817) on Saturday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum( 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester).  Jeffrey S. Cramer, Thoreau scholar and author of The Portable Thoreau, presents Thoreau’s Resistance. This program has a suggested donation of $10; reservations are appreciated and can be made at

In Thoreau’s Resistance, Cramer claims that Henry David Thoreau’s arrest for non-payment of his poll tax in July 1846 is one of the most famous instances of individual resistance to government. The essay Thoreau wrote from his experience is the central text for all discussions that there are higher laws and moral principles to which every citizen of the world is obligated. Thoreau was long an advocate for individual resistance to deal with political issues, but it would be a mistake to treat Thoreau’s stance as self-involved or even strictly self-serving, because it is through observing the self that we can observe society, it is through the “me” that we can understand the “not me,” and it is by way of the individual the world can be changed. As Emerson wrote in “History”: “Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind, and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to that era. Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age.”  Thoreau wrote to and about his contemporaries, and we are his contemporaries as long as we continue to think as his neighbors did. Thoreau’s writings are, and will remain, contemporary texts as long as we read but fail to comprehend, study but fail to learn.

Jeffrey S. Cramer is one of the world’s leading Thoreau scholars, about whom Jim Flemming, of Wisconsin Public Radio, said, “Jeffrey Cramer lives and breathes Thoreau.  He may know more about the bard at Walden Pond than anyone else alive.”  He is the editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition (Yale University Press, 2004), The Portable Thoreau (Penguin, 2012), The Quotable Thoreau (Princeton University Press, 2011), Essays by Henry D. Thoreau: A Fully Annotated Edition (Yale University Press, 2013) and other works. He has appeared on various radio and television programs, including “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” WUMB-Boston’s Commonwealth Journal, Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” and C-SPAN’s Book-TV. He is also the Curator of Collections at the Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute Library.

For a full list of other citywide events celebrating Henry David Thoreau please visit


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Flatrocks Gallery is honored to present

Roger Martin:
Woodcuts and Unseen Works

September 14th – October 15th.
Opening Reception :Saturday, September 16th 6-8pm.

Roger-Martin-HIRES.jpgBorn in Gloucester in 1925, and raised in Rockport, Roger Martin’s roots run deep in granite and the sea. His paternal ancestors came from the Azores, and his mother’s from Finland at the beginning of the 20th century. After a stint in the Coast Guard, Roger returned to his home town in 1953, vowing never to leave. He kept that promise. Over his lifetime he served his community as a public school teacher, volunteer fireman, deputy forest warden, and as a member of Rockport’s Planning Board and Board of Appeals. He wrote three books about the history of Rockport and two books of poetry devoted to his town. He was the first poet laureate of Rockport. After graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston he began his artistic career as an illustrator, contributing work to publications such as The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Atlantic Monthly. Over the course of his career, he aligned himself with other artists looking for new modes of artistic expression and, in 1970, was one of seven North Shore artists to establish the Monserrat School of Art. He went on to teach there for twenty years,  leaving an indelible legacy of encouragment and support.

This Flatrocks Gallery exhibit, the first after his passing,  focuses on Martin’s woodblock prints. The medium brought him back to his roots as an illustrator. The solid strong forms, the lively, active line, and rich flat colors are quick to engage the viewer. His work reflects a reverence for the Cape Ann landscape, and evokes a simpler time, a small-town life, surrounded by granite and salt water. Roger Martin will be remembered as one of Cape Ann’s most distinguished and  creative artists.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, September 16th 6-8pm. Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St., Gloucester. Visit for more information.


National Book Tour Comes to Cape Ann

Meet the author and illustrator of BIG MACHINES: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton

“From the start of my becoming an author, I dreamed of paying homage to Virginia Burton’s vision, talent, and enduring characters, and hoped to introduce her work to a new generation of readers. Truly, the release of BIG MACHINES will be a dream come true.”

– Sherri Rinker, author


Image courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome BIG MACHINES: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton author Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrator John Rocco on Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m.. Rinker and Rocco will talk about the inspiration and artistic process behind their tribute to Virginia Lee Burton. Books will be available for sale in the Museum Shop and a book signing will follow the presentation. This program, geared towards adults, is free and open to the public. Space is limited. First come; first served. For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x10.

Two of today’s best-selling picture book creators collaborated in a loving tribute to the woman behind some of the world’s most iconic children’s books. In BIG MACHINES: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton(Pub date: 9/5/2017; HMH), Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco celebrate Jinnee, as she was known in her Folly Cove neighborhood, and her classic books, including The Little House and the beloved Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.  Burton has a unique role in contemporary culture – not everyone knows her name, but most know her books. For generations, her stories about big machines with friendly names like Mary Ann, Maybelle, and Katy have delighted readers. Her books have sold over 4 million copies in 15 languages worldwide, and a documentary of her life, Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place aired on PBS stations nationwide.

Rinker’s breezy, child-centric language chronicles the spark of Jinnee’s creativity that led to each character and story, while at the same time highlighting her love of her own, most special creations: her sons. Rocco’s innovative illustrations depict Burton working on her art in a whirl of activity, almost as if dancing through the process with her trademark grace; with his own distinctive style, he has captured the timeless look and energy of Burton’s books. The impeccable design of BIG MACHINES is an elegant homage to Burton, as well, with an abundance of white space and room for artfully placed text.

Sherri Rinker, a former graphic designer, is the author of the number one best-selling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site; Mighty, Mighty Construction Site; and Steam Train, Dream Train, among others. Her own childhood love of The Little House, along with her sons’ obsessions with Mary Anne, Maybelle, Choo Choo and Katy, led her to writing children’s books, so it is fitting that she has now written this biography. Rinker does numerous school visits around the country each year to show children the power that books can have. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, a professional photographer, and sons. Find more at

John Rocco is a New York Times best-selling author of many acclaimed books, including Blackout, a Caldecott Honor recipient, Wolf! Wolf!, and the young adult novel Swim That Rock, which was a New England Book Award finalist. He is the illustrator of the covers for Rick Riordan’s internationally bestselling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. A former art director in the entertainment industry, Rocco has worked with and done projects for Dreamworks, Walt Disney Imagineering, the Newsroom in Washington, D.C., and Paul Allen’s Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington. Find more at


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