HAPPY FALL! The Autumnal Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere from Thomas Philbrook

HAPPY FALL! The Autumnal Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere 

is today — Friday, September 22nd — at 4:02pm. 

Wishing you a sweet and colorful season!

“I end not far from my going forth

By picking the faded blue

Of the last remaining aster flower

To carry again to you.”

–Robert Frost

Thomas Philbrook




OCTOBER 8TH-16TH, 2017

For more information, visit the Cape Ann Plein Air website here.


CAPA Public Calendar 2017

Sunday Oct 8:

6-8pm: Opening Reception, North Shore Arts Association, Pirates Lane, Gloucester

Monday Oct 9:

12-1pm: Demo, Dennis Poirier, Cox Reservation, Essex

Tuesday Oct 10:

12-1pm: Demo, David Curtis, Cogswell Grant, Essex

Wednesday Oct 11:

12-1pm: Demo, Don Demers, Masconomo Point, Manchester-by-the Sea

1-3pm: Public Reception for Don Demers

7-9PM: CAPA Artist Preview, Charles Fine Arts, Gloucester

Thursday Oct 12:

12-1pm: Demo, KT Morse, Rockport Art Association & Museum

5-6:30pm: Demo and Artist Talk by CAPA Awards Juror Marc Hanson, Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Gloucester, then Artist Appreciation at the Studio Restaurant.

Friday Oct 13:

12-1pm: Demo, Sergio Roffo, Beauport Sleeper-McCann, Gloucester

Saturday Oct 14:

4:30-6pm Collectors Preview, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport ($150, limited tickets available, ticket price is pre-payment toward painting purchase)

6-10pm Cape Ann Plein Air Grand Awards Exhibition & Sale, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport: $65 advance, $75 after Oct 13 ($65 may be used toward purchase of one painting). Special opportunity for art patrons and enthusiasts to meet the artists and purchase one of 160 fresh paintings created during CAPA week by award winning and nationally recognized plein air artists. Elegant hors d’oerves included. 6-10PM Rockport Art Association & Museum.

Sunday October 15:

10am-3pm Quick Draw (9-11AM) and Public Reception & Sale (12-3pm), Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex, MA

10am-5pm: CAPA Exhibit open to public, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport

Monday, October 16:

10am-5pm: CAPA Exhibit and Small Painting Monday Exhibit open to public, Rockport Art Association & Museum,

3-5pm: Meet the CAPA Artists and People’s Choice Award, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport

Associated Public Events:
Look Again, plein air exhibition, Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Gloucester Thursday Oct 12 – Sunday Oct 15, 12-5PM
Charles Movalli, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester 10AM-5PM daily
CAPA Preview Exhibit, Charles Fine Arts, Main St. Gloucester
Cape Ann Museum docent-led tours ~ painters past and present. Free with museum admission, Pleasant St., Gloucester Tuesday-Saturday Oct 10-14, 3PM


Cape Ann Plein Air sponsors, supporters, and participating artists were treated to a fabulous party Thursday evening. The event was hosted by the the lovely and generous Karen Hanson, By the Sea Sotheby’s owner, and proud sponsor of Cape Ann Plein Air, at the stunning home of Warren Waugh.

Warren’s home overlooks Eastern Point Lighthouse, Gloucester’s outer harbor, and the great Atlantic beyond. On the rocky outcroppings surrounding the home, participating Cape Ann Plein Air painters were perched with their easels, painting scenic vistas, which could be seen from every angle from this outstanding landscape. Guests at the party had a delightful time speaking with and observing the visiting artists.

For more information about the 2017 Cape Ann Plein Air festival, visit their website here.

Thank you to Mayor Sefatia for providing the terrific gallery of photos!!

Warren Waugh and Karen Hanson



Karen Ristuben and Karen Hanson giving words of welcome and thanks to sponsors and artists.



To all the Artists, Collectors, Organizers, Sponsors and Visitors,

We are thrilled to inform you that we are already well into planning Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA) – 2017! The overall timeframe and elements of the event will be similar to 2016, occurring the week of Columbus Day and featuring a Gala Art Celebration and Sale at Rockport Art Association and Museum, community Quick Draw event, and many other associated exhibits and cultural activities.

Here is a re-cap of CAPA-2106.
Just over a year ago, the idea of Cape Ann Plein Air had been just that, an idea, a great concept aspiring to bring renowned painters to this culturally historic and stunningly beautiful place. Plein Air events, where artists travel from all corners of North America to compete for significant prize money, occur dozens of times or more every year in the United States. Yet there has never been a national level event here in Cape Ann where some of the most famous artists in US history have painted en plein air. No single region is more famously recognized than Cape Ann, which provided the creative inspiration over the last two hundred years and hosted our history’s giants like Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper, and N.C. Wyeth, just to name a few.
The crucial first step to launching a Plein Air Event requires raising significant prize money. Following a meeting with Applied Materials management back in January, the Applied Material Foundation agreed to provide the underwriting necessary to take Cape Ann Plein Air from a great concept to reality. Without the support of the Applied Materials Foundation, we would not be enjoying this incredible experience right now . . . and neither would you!
With that key financial backing in place early in the year, the small group of individuals informally organized as Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 (CAPA2016) went out into the community and raised funds allowing us to sponsor 25 more awards beyond the top three prizes. The additional funding provided by Stephen and Jill Bell, Linzee and Beth Coolidge, By-The-Sea Sotheby’s International Realty and the law firm of Glovsky and Glovsky, all have given CAPA 2016 national standing among all other Plein Air competitions.
Thanks to the help of local individuals and businesses, additional sponsors and Friends of CAPA 2016, we have been provided the resources to make CAPA 2016 more appealing to artists, collectors, visitors and local businesses, much more than we originally thought possible.
There are too many to name in this letter, so please read page four in the 2016 program book for the entire list of those for whose generosity we are incredibly grateful.
Finally, we would like to offer a special thanks for those who have met once and often twice a week for the last year, and spent hundreds of hours taking care of each and every part of the design and implementation of CAPA 2016. They include but are not limited to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce (CACC), the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS), Rockport Art Association and Museum, North Shore Art Association, Essex Merchants Group, Rockport Cultural District, and Rocky Neck Art Colony.
We also would like to thank the City of Gloucester and the Towns of Essex, Rockport and Manchester-by-the-Sea for all of the logistical support required to manage such a broadreaching geographical event. Without having to ask, we were provided marketing and hospitality to reach out to a broader group of visitors from Discover Gloucester, the Manchester Historical Society and the Copley Society in Boston. Most importantly, we owe a big thanks to project leader Karen Ristuben who stayed on top of each and every detail along the way. And there have been many.
This undertaking represents a major collaboration among the arts, business and the community throughout Cape Ann, the first of its kind. As a result the Cape Ann Community Foundation is both excited and overwhelmed by the inspirational work so many have contributed. Thank you again for your participation on every level and tireless effort to make this the first of many future successful Cape Ann Plein Air events.
Ken Riehl, CEO
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
James Caviston, President, Society for the Encouragement of the Arts

Gloucester Smiles-First Time Voter


A First Time Voter, he recently became a naturalized citizen and was very proud to participate for the first time in the election process.  Even though it was a preliminary election with only 3 candidates.

It reminded me of my first time voting after I became a naturalized citizen, it is truly a personal pride that can not be described.

Congratulations and Good Bless America.

Harborlight Helps Sing Peace Around the World

If you follow any of what I write here on Good Morning Gloucester you’ll know that every once in a while I take advantage of the opportunity to sing from the mountaintops about how much I love the school where I am fortunate to work….and where the boys have attended since 5 months old.

Well, this time I’m singing praises about singing….singing for peace.

Harborlight Montessori was thrilled to light a candle for peace at 9:30 in the morning on International Peace Day, along with Montessori schools across our country, to help Sing Peace Around the World. By joining our voices with those from schools all over the United States we helped carry the music and message of peace off our shores and across the Atlantic Ocean where schools in Africa and Europe then took over. Peace was ultimately sung all across the world. May those sentiments continue on in the hearts of all.

Read more about the Sing Peace Around the World initiative HERE

The Receiver

Cape Ann Wellness

peg  I started with the door a tiny bit ajar, just enough open, pushed by curiosity.  A bit skeptical of a design laid out by a book promising change. Things have never been that clear cut, that easy for me to find inner peace, joy, balance. But because I’m gifted with enough courage and insanity mixed together in my winded fire proposition I joined 40 Days to Personal Revolution at Cape Ann Power Yoga.

  I came weekly, daily, and eventually moment by moment. Wondering…what would, what could happen if I looked inside, if I opened that door wider. Together with a group of new strangers, soon to be friends, fellow seekers, journeyed each week with a designated intention to find change. And when I least expected it, in the most simple ordinary moments, change found her way in like a soft-pawed cat through the crack between the door and…

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Backyard Growers Presents: Raising Urban Chickens

Cape Ann Community

Do you love chickens? Have you been wanting a small flock of your own? Wondering what breed is best for you?

Come join Backyard Growers on October 12th as we partner with local chicken farmer, Jess Araneo as we go over the ins and outs of chicken raising, and even get to meet a bird or two!

Tickets and more information here.

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