Cape Ann Museum special exhibition of works by legendary artist and illustrator Harrison Cady opened Saturday July 7 closes Nov 9th


From the museum’s press release:

Cape Ann Museum’s special exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Harrison Cady (1877‚Äď1970)

Affectionately known to many as the¬†bug painter, Harrison Cady (1877‚Äď1970) was a much loved member of Cape Ann‚Äôs summer art colony throughout the 20th century. A prolific illustrator, a printmaker and a painter, Cady was one of the last links to our nation‚Äôs Golden Age of Illustration, a distinction he earned through his long collaboration with writer Thornton Burgess.¬†View from the Headlands, a special exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Harrison Cady (1877-1970) will open at the Cape Ann Museum on July 7, 2018, and remain on display through October 28, 2018.

Cady began his 70-year career as an illustrator with the¬†Brooklyn Eagle¬†and later worked for numerous popular American publications, including¬†Life¬†magazine,¬†Ladies‚Äô Home Journal, the¬†Saturday Evening Post, and¬†Good Housekeeping.¬†His syndicated comic strip ‚ÄúPeter Rabbit‚ÄĚ ran in the¬†New York Herald Tribune for 28 years.

A frequent visitor to Rockport, Massachusetts, Cady made it his permanent summer home in 1920, purchasing a seafront property known as ‚ÄúThe Headlands.‚ÄĚ With his studio ‚Äúthe Silo‚ÄĚ located nearby, Cady shifted his focus to painting landscapes and harbor scenes. Cady was an early member of the Rockport Art Association, founded in 1921.

View from the Headlands draws on public and private collections throughout the region with examples of Cady’s early magazine illustrations, his work with writer Thornton W. Burgess, and his later landscape paintings. The exhibition reflects the Cape Ann Museum’s commitment to preserving and presenting work that celebrates the area’s culture and history.

Harrison Cady (1877‚Äď1970).¬†Lane‚Äôs Cove, c.1930s. Oil on board. The James Collection, promised gift to the Cape Ann Museum.Cady_Harrison_¬©CAPE ANN MUSEUM.jpg

Walter Harrison Cady was born and raised in Gardner, Massachusetts, and headed to New York City at eighteen. The successful artist eventually had an eight room studio in the Sixty Seventh Studios building at 27 West 67, NYC. The Cadys purchased a summer house and studio on Atlantic Avenue in Rockport (see photos above). In addition to this exciting and rare chance to see original work by Cady at Cape Ann Museum, there is a new book celebrating Cady’s art currently in production: Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady.¬†Cady had long ties with the Rockport Art Association and local artists. Cady’s work is in the collection of the Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and various private collections and institutions. The Archives of American Art has a gifted¬†collection of Harrison Cady (sketchbooks, correspondence, estate papers digitized.¬†How fantastic¬†that work will be acquired by the Cape Ann Museum.

photos below: Harrison Cady sketchbook, ca. 1943. Harrison Cady papers, 1902-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Library of Congress



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Life Magazine, Volume 62, number 1616, page 658 (1913-10-16) Savannah College of Art and Design




Design of ¬†Mine float for Gloucester’s Horribles Parade

My friend Melissa is going to be tossing out some lovely gifts to parade goers. If you haven’t been lately, Melissa is carrying several local dress designers, and she still has a few of those wonderful white and red V-neck Fiesta VIVA T-shirts for sale (which btw, were designed by her daughter Bianca!).


Harold Kloongian Retrospective July 10th through July 25th Open Free to the Public!

JUNE 29, 2018 ~ 11PIRATES ~


Demonstration July 21st 2pm Pop Up Show July 16 -21st John Caggiano

JUNE 29, 2018 ~ 11PIRATES ~

Partners 12 x 16 Inches P1090094 b (002)John Deere 16 x 20 Inches 1 72 DPI (002)


On the Rails 12 x 12 Inches (002)Afternoon Light 12 x 16 Inches 2 300 DPI (002)


Demonstration July 21st 2pm Pop Up Show July 16 -21st John Caggiano, a long time Cape Ann artist, will demonstrate his skills painting with brushes and palette knives. His oil palette, which has evolved over many years, is large and varied. It contains many colors, most of which are utilized in every painting. He will most likely paint from photos unless it is feasible to move outside on the grounds of the Northshore Arts Association, in which case he will choose a subject from the surrounding area. Questions from the audience will be welcomed. If time permits, he will be happy to critique a painting that you bring with you as long as you are willing to share it with all in attendance. Aside from the Northshore Arts Association, John Caggiano is an elected member of the American Society of Marine Artists, Academic Artists, Hudson Valley Art, Lyme Art and Rockport Art ‚Äď Associations. Annually he is a juried and invited artist in up to a dozen plein air events around the country including Cape Ann Plein Air. Some recent awards are the Texas Ranchland Award from En Plein Air Texas, the Guerrilla Painters Award from Wayne (PA) Plein Air Festival and Second Place in the Marine Art Exhibition at the Lyme Art Association. John Caggiano‚Äôs art may be viewed on Facebook, or at his gallery on Bearskin Neck in Rockport, Massachusetts founded in 1981.