Moonsetting over the Harbor
Driving on Rocky Neck the other day, these ducks caught my eye, finding the only space with water instead of ice. Take a look at the name of the boat, The Endurance. Very appropriate.
Very unusual formation of ice on Rocky Neck
Several European museum shows in 2018 contain examples or are devoted to American 20th century artists and modernism like the ones curated for the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, the Royal Academy, Tate Modern and British Museum.
Massachusetts loans boast the Edward Hopper painting Manhattan Bridge Loop from the Addison Gallery of Art collection, Phillips Academy, Andover, selected for America’s Cool Modernism at Oxford. Three Hopper etchings (The Cat Boat, Night Shadows, and The Railroad) are on the checklist. Hopper depicted Gloucester in over 110 works of art. Besides Hopper, notable artists and writer with various Gloucester connections selected are: Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, e e cummings, and Louis Lozowick.
Forgot the cry of gulls and the deep sea swell
Upcoming at Turner Contemporary – “Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ a major exhibition (Sat 3 Feb – Mon 7 May 2018) considering Eliot’s watershed poem through visal arts, and Margate. I hope they turn to Gloucester and Cape Ann, unspoken in the final poem yet approachable (and specified in excised iterations). From the museum’s press release:
“Presenting artworks from the 19th century to the present, including film, photography and artefacts, the exhibition explores how contemporary and historical art can enable us to reflect on the T. S. Eliot poem, The Waste Land, and its shifting flow of diverse voices, references, characters and places.
If Not, Not (1975-6), R.B. Kitaj, National Galleries of Scotland
In 1921, T.S. Eliot spent a few weeks in Margate at a crucial moment in his career. He arrived in a fragile state, physically and mentally, and worked on The Waste Land. The poem was published the following year, and proved to be a pivotal and influential modernist work. Building on Turner Contemporary’s extensive experience in participation and engagement, the exhibition is being co-curated with a research group of 30 volunteers from the community, supported by the programme team at Turner Contemporary and external curator Professor Mike Tooby. Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ is being funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the John Ellerman Foundation.”
Here are a few brief (less than 30 seconds each) sound snippets from the 2018 City of Gloucester Inauguration Celebration including Gordon Baird (God Bless America), Alexandra Grace, Josh Cominelli (National Anthem, You’ve Got A Friend), Fly Amero, John Ronan recitation (poem We, Helmsmen), Charlee Bianchini & Jack Tomaiolo (Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow). To see great photos and portraits of the day, see Kim Smith’s post Inspiring City of Gloucester Inauguration Ceremony 2018. To see the printed program and the Mayor’s full remarks, visit the city website: http://gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=956. I’ll add Cape Ann TV video link if/when it’s ready. Ray Lamont’s excellent coverage in the Gloucester Daily Times Taking the Oath of Office
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MAYOR SEFATIA!
Mayor Sefatia’s inaugural celebration, held at Tonno Restaurant, was attended by a gathering of friends and supporters, including Massachusetts’s beloved Governor Charlie Baker and State Senator Bruce Tarr. Guests enjoyed the beautiful spread prepared by Chef Anthony Caturano, with wonderfully delicious desserts from Caffe Sicilia, and everyone wanted to have a photo taken with Governor Baker, which he kindly obliged. Mayor Sefatia spoke about her early days working on health care with Governor Baker and of his great compassion. See the Instagram videos for more from the Mayor and Governor Baker.
This Peregrine Falcon seen in backyard enjoying a dove / pigeon.
The remains were just a pair of feet.
Yesterday while hibernating with a cold at home for New Years Day we ordered in chinese from Jasmine Garden and the sweetest lady with the nicest smile, came to deliver in the frigid temps and handed us these awesome little chinese ornaments with our order. It’s these simple gestures that we don’t see much anymore. So thank you Jasmine Garden for making us all smile!
With frigid temperatures in the forecast for the foreseeable future, I wonder how much further the harbor will freeze?
What does this look like to you? I think it looks like a lizard-like creature rising from its sand home to have some sea grass for lunch. When I come across something like this, I can easily understand how people might imagine they have seen sea creatures or some other-worldly being when in reality it’s a piece of driftwood on the beach at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Can’t wait to get back there and see what it looks like covered with snow.
January is BUDDY MONTH! Have a friend that is already a member? Sweet! They can bring you to 2 CFCA classes this month for FREE! If you decide to join you get $50 off the first month membership dues and your buddy gets $50 in CFCA cash to use toward membership fees, protein, merch, private sessions etc. Don’t know anyone who is a member yet? No sweat. Reach out to us and we will hook you up!