Gloucester Seafood Workers Union WWII memorial plaque: Addison Gilbert Hospital

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1941-1945 To Our Hero Dead in World War II: Gloucester Seafood Workers’ Union, I.L.A. pays homage to the memory of these valiants who gave the last full measure of devotion to their country. Joseph Ciarametaro, Fred G. Gosbee, Roy G. Greenlow, Arthur L. Johnson, Eino Kangas, John J. Morrissey, Jr., Arthur J. Hanley, Edmund Patrican, Roger M. Phenix

Boston Commons public art: Robert Gould Shaw – Mass. 54th Regiment by Saint-Gaudens | POW MIA Freedom Tree | Boston Massacre by Robert Kraus

Three memorial monuments along a small corner of the Boston Commons by the State House  remind us of those who gave their lives for freedom.

modest Freedom Tree POW-MIA tribute


“The Freedom Tree: With the vision of universal freedom for mankind this tree is dedicated to Joseph Dunn and all  prisoners of war and missing in action. 1976.”

Read more about Maureen Dunn’s advocacy on behalf of her husband, Lt. Joseph Dunn, Vietnam War. Find the book, The Search for Canasta.

Boston Massacre Crispus Attucks patriots memorial by sculptor Robert Kraus

“In the Granary Burial Ground, in Boston, rest the remains of Crispus Attucks, Samuel  Gray, Jonas Caldwell, and Samuel Maverick, who, together with Patrick Carr, led by Crispus Attucks, were the first Martyrs in the cause of Amerian Liberty, having been shot by the British soldiers on the night of the fifth of March, AD 1770, known as the Boston Massacre.” 

Crispus Attucks was a longshoreman and whaler regarded as the first casualty in the Boston Massacre (‘the first to defy, the first to die’). In 1888, the state appropriated $10,000 for the commission. Robert Kraus was the sculptor and he worked with the foundry, Henry Bonnard Company of New York. The base and obelisk are Concord granite.

“The monument is of Concord granite, twenty five feet six inches high, and measures ten feet six inches at the base. The pedestal, which is round, except where a rectangular projection is made tosupport the statue and receive the relief is eight feet two inches high. The bas-releif on the face of the pedestal represents the Boston Massacre in King street. In the foreground lies Crispus Attucks, the first victim of British bullets; the centre of the scene is the old State House, behind which may be seen the steeple of the old brick or First church, which stood on Cornhill, now Washington Street. In the Upper left-hand corner is the following inscription: “From the moment we may date the Severance of the British Empire. Daniel Webster;” and in the upper right hand corner, “On that Night the Foundation of American Independenc was laid. John Adams.” Under the relief on the base appears the date “March 5, 1770.” Above the bas releif stands “Free America.” With her left hand she clasps a flag about to be unfurled, while she holds aloft in her ‘right hand the broken chain of oppression, which, twisted and torn, is falling off the plinth. At her left side, clinging to the edge of the plinth, is an eagle. Its wings are raised, its beak is open, and it has apparently just lit. Its pose is in unison with the fiery spirit of its mistrees, shown in the serious, determined, and heroic gaze of her upturned face.”

( And crushing the crown under her ‘Spirit of America’ foot.)

Read the archived 1889 dedication program which includes a letter from Frederick Douglass 

Robert Gould Shaw Massachusetts 54th Regiment memorial

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Robert Gould Shaw – Massachusetts 54th Regiment memorial, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, dedicated 1897, Boston Commons. (photo shows one of the eagles– and in the background  quite nearby you can find the POW MIA Freedom Tree and the resited Boston Massacre memorial.)

Joshua Benton Smith pushed for a memorial beginning in 1865.  It took another 20 years for a sculptor to be commissioned. A dedicated committee selected sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The tribute was unveiled and dedicated on Memorial Day May 31, 1897 (called Decoration Day at the time). Frederick Douglass was in attendance; two of his sons were in the 54th regiment. The memorial was cast by the Gorham Company foundry in Providence, R. I., at a cost of $7,000. The Gorham Company was contracted for Gloucester’s Fisherman at the Wheel memorial by Leonard Craske, and the Joan of Arc WW1 memorial by Anna Hyatt Huntington.

from the National Parks:

“Saint-Gaudens always strove for perfection regarding realism. In this relief he wanted to show a range in facial features and age, as found among the men of the regiment. This was the first time a monument depicted blacks realistically, and not as stereotypes. He hired African American men to pose, and modeled about 40 different heads to use as studies. His concern for accuracy also extended to the clothing and accoutrements.

“Saint-Gaudens, however, worked slowly. A committee member complained in 1894, “. . . that bronze is wanted pretty damned quick! People are grumbling for it, the city howling for it, and most of the committee have become toothless waiting for it!” It would still be three more years until the unveiling. In answer to criticism, Saint-Gaudens wrote:

“My own delay I excuse on the ground that a sculptor’s work endures for so long that it is next to a crime for him to neglect to do everything that lies in his power to execute a result that will not be a disgrace. There is something extraordinarily irritating, when it is not ludicrous, in a bad statue. It is plastered up before the world to stick and stick for centuries, while man and nations pass away. A poor picture goes into the garret, books are forgotten, but the bronze remains to accuse or shame the populace and perpetuate one of our various idiocies.”– Augustus Saint-Gaudens

“Many of them were bent and crippled, many with white heads, some with bouquets… The impression of those old soldiers, passing the very spot where they left for the war so many years before, thrills me even as I write these words. They faced and saluted the relief, with the music playing ‘John Brown’s Body’…. They seemed as if returning from the war, the troops of bronze marching in the opposite direction, the direction in which they had left for the front, and the young men there represented now showing these veterans the vigor and hope of youth. It was a consecration.” – Augustus Saint Gaudens


Memorial Day Observances Gloucester, MA

A beautiful Memorial Day event was held at Gloucester High on Monday, May 28, 2018.  The auditorium was full of respectful and grateful citizens.

Local Colors Meet and Greet

Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative would like to invite you to join us June 2, 5:30-7:30, for a wine and cheese MEET & GREET reception.

Local Colors is always looking for new artist members. This is an opportunity to learn about the gallery and membership for you or for artists you may know. Please join us even if you’re not interested in membership and enjoy some refreshments and chat with the artists! We are looking forward to meeting you June 2, at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main St. Gloucester. 978-283-1876


From FOB and artist Kathy Roberts

MAY29 – June 6

Art Show “ Familiar Places, Special Memories”

May 29 – June 6
May 29 at 8:30 AM to Jun 6 at 4:00 PM EDT
Only 8 days left to see my new art show in Manchester at Santander Bank on Union St.
Any FB friends who see this event will receive a 5% discount on any painting. Enjoy the show.

Closely Related

CLOSELY RELATED…an exhibit that attempts to identify and examine artistic elements that appear congruently in works by artists related by friendship or marriage, or by filial kinship, or by the duality of artist and place or…other.  (many possibilities).

Is our art influenced by our environment; our politics; the company we keep, and/or by our generic connections?  And is what we create truly unique?

Or was Picasso right when he said:

“Every painting already has a mother and a father.”?

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Sigh… Part two

The Celtics blew it last night.

I still love this team and am so thankful for the entertainment rooting for them all season, they were so fun to watch.

If we had Kyrie, we win game 7 by 20 points easily.

Love Terry Rozier but Jesus H Christ what a horrible night.  I just don’t understand why at the end of the game and him being that cold that he’s lofting up clanging three after clanging three.

I also don’t understand that when you get up by 12 points by driving the ball into the paint that you insist on hurling threes over and over instead of working the ball inside.

This was a bitter loss.   I know we were playing with house money even getting this far without two of our top guys and without two other role players but we should have won this game.

As much as I can’t stand Lebron, you gotta give him credit.  It seemed like there was a lot less flopping by him than in previous years and the man is a beast and he was classy in victory.

What a run.  What a season.  I can’t wait til next year.

Yoga for Men (and flexibly challenged women!)

Cape Ann Wellness

Treetop Yoga Studio is calling all those who say “I can’t do yoga because I am not flexible”. Yoga is for everyBODY. Some of us are stronger, some of us are more flexible, but it is never too late to explore this balance of strength and flexibility in the yoga studio.

We are thrilled to welcome experienced teacher Stephen Labonte into the studio on Wednesday nights. This four week workshop series will explore yoga basics in order to establish a foundation to get the most out of your yoga practice in a mindful, safe manner and to increase flexibility, strength and range of motion.  Each week we will slow down and focus on basic postures. We will learn how to access postures in a safe and pain-free way in order to calm the body and nervous system and deepen your practice. REGISTER HERE

Treetop Yoga is located at 3A Pond Road in Gloucester. We…

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