Red Admiral Butterfly with wings folded, resembling tree bark.

Birds are an adult butterfly’s number one enemy and over millennia, butterflies have evolved with many different strategies to avoid being eaten.

Monarch Butterfly and Tropical Milkweed

Some butterflies, like Monarchs, taste terrible, because the caterpillar’s food plant milkweed has toxic and foul tasting substances. The Monarch caterpillar has evolved to withstand the poisonous milky sap, but a bird that attempts to eat the caterpillar may become ill, and even die. The vivid black, yellow, and white stripes of the caterpillar, along with the brilliant orange and black wing pattern of the adult butterfly, are forms of aposematic coloring. Their bright colors warn of danger to would be predators.

Great Spangled Fritillary with iridescent spots.

The wings of other butterflies, like the Great Spangled Fritillary and Blue Morpho, are patterned with iridescent scales. The iridescence creates little flashes of light when in flight, which confuses predatory birds.

The friendly Red Admiral employs the strategy of mimicry for protection from birds. When its wings are folded, the butterfly is perfectly camouflaged against the bark of a tree trunk. And if that isn’t protection enough, the outer margins of the wings resemble splodges of bird poop!

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Have you ever had a butterfly land on your arm? It was probably a Red Admiral. The word friendly is often used to describe these beautiful butterflies but, it isn’t really friendship they are wanting. Red Admirals are attracted to the salt in your perspiration and will alight to have a sip of sweat.


So Joey asked about the Parsons Street murals



Last year Joey wondered about the wall murals on Parsons (walkway between Main and Rogers) added after the 350ft’ street temporary mural.

You can listen to Joey here: GloucesterCast 243 Taped 9/25/17 Timestamped 43:38 Parson’s Street Mural

The Parsons Street wall murals were created by a lot of people including fine artists, teachers, and kids: Jason Burroughs, Laura Donworth, Kyra Moyer, Aiden Symes, Avery Mcniff, Teen Artist Guild, and Cape Ann Art Haven summer kids. One request from the building owner was that they include a reference to Gloucester’s Man at the Wheel as part of the overall composition. The long mural features iconic Gloucester architecture, history and themes (see the great whale!) . The Man at the Wheel depiction was pulled out and featured on its own; locals aware of the former owner’s affiliation with Sam Adams enjoyed the extra nod. Photos above are from 2015.

North Shore Magazine photographs of Gloucester including wall mural (from the whale end) April 2018


There are some Parsons Street before and 2015 in process here


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This Weekend in the Arts


Goetemann Artist to Construct a Large Whale’s Fluke

Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 PM
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA

Public Construction Dates: September 10 ­ 28
On the Grounds of Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, Gloucester, MA

Closing Talk: Friday, September 28, 6:00 PM
On the Grounds of Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street Gloucester, MA

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The Goetemann Artist Residency—a program of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Inc. that provides artists from around the world a live/work space for a month at a time—is pleased to introduce its 2018 Environmental/Installation Artist, Australian Deborah Redwood.

To be considered for the 2018 month-long residency, artists submitted a proposal responding to the mission of Ocean Alliance, RNAC’s non-profit partner, which states in part: “Ocean Alliance strives to increase public awareness of the importance of whale and ocean health through research and public education.”

Redwood is the second Goetemann resident to work at the site following last year’s installation of a seven-foot tall Great Auk by Nathan Thomas Wilson. Redwood’s practice encompasses sculpture and installation that evokes a sense of play and comments on society’s waste. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts (Sydney) in 2006 and was awarded a one-year exchange program at Alfred University, in New York.

Beginning September 10 and continuing through September 28, visitors are invited to stroll down Horton Street to observe the artist while she constructs a large whale’s fluke (part of a whale’s tail) on the grounds of Ocean Alliance, site of the former Tarr and Wonson Paint Factory at 32 Horton Street, Gloucester. Using equipment donated by J&L Welding in Gloucester, Redwood will collect scrap metal and weld it into a sculpture rising about ten feet above the water’s edge. This is a wonderful opportunity to share an artistic experience with children while making them aware of the fragility of life in our oceans. Printed information about the artist and her process will be available on site.

Deborah Redwood is the latest artist at the Goetemann Residency and the public is invited to learn more about her work when she presents an Artist Talk on Tuesday, September 4, at 7:00 PM at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

For the past decade Redwood has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas, including; Japan, China, India and the USA.  She has also attended several artist-in-residence programs, in New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont, Jaipur (India), Wellington (NZ), Sydney and now, Gloucester, MA. This challenging month-long project wraps up with a Closing Talk by the artist for the public at the Ocean Alliance site (weather permitting) on Friday, September 28 at 6:00 PM.


The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, please contact: director@rockyneckartcolony.org


Deborah Redwood – Spiraling Shell

Deborah Redwood – Starfish at Killalea

Deborah Redwood – At Work

AUG 30 The Spynz play the last Harbor Loop of the year w/ The Tree House Charlatans to open! 6pm-9pm 8.30.2018

Tree House Charlatans


The Spynz

Band Members
Justin Tocco -lead vocals/guitar
Guy Cloutman -lead guitar
Chris Shailor-bass guitar
Matt Baker -drums

The Spynz – Gloucester are closing out the Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series so don’t miss it! We also have awesome openers Tree House Charlatan(s)! It’s been a great season but we couldn’t do it alone! Thank you to our sponsors Pratty’sJerry Noble Electricians (Thank you Stephen Noble!) Maplewood Car Wash (Thank you Steve Milan!) and special thanks to our main sponsor Salem Five Bank Charitable Foundation (Thank you GR Massey!)

Thank you to all of YOU who come each week and support live music!

Huge thanks to our photographers each week Joanne SilvaRenata Greene Sheila Roberts Orlando!

Much thanks also goes out to our sound techs at Fusion Blue ProductionsNils Carlson & Jarod!

Also thank you to our vendors each week Nana’s Fried DoughBob Orlando Concessions & Cape Ann Gelato

Also, huge cratitude to the man behind the scenes that makes everything happen smooth….thank you Christopher Silva! xo

And thank you to the City of Gloucester & Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken for all your support!

Carol Pallazolla

Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series


Bidders from Boston, Webster and throughout the North Shore have registered and placed 20 Bids totaling $63,500 on plates CA 1, 3, 5 and 11. We also have over 46 people watching number including CA 1. You still have time to secure one of the Cape Ann License Plate Low Numbers (1-100). The auction will end on Labor Day, Monday, September 3 at 10PM.

“There are just a few days left to bid, so don’t be left out” said Ruth Pino, President of the Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF). The CACF IS A 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation established by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce to receive and make grants to Cape Ann Community and Nonprofit Organizations from the proceeds of Cape Ann License Plate sales and renewals.

For more information and assistance in obtaining a Cape Ann License Plate call the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at 978-283-1601 or visit us at 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester. To register for the auction and bid on a low number plate just go to Lovecapeann.com.

The Magnolia Pier Committee seeking donations

Attention local artists and photographers…

From The Magnolia Pier Committee:

Calling all artists!! The Magnolia Pier Commitee is actively seeking immediate donations of YOUR ART of the beautiful Magnolia pier! Portraits, sketches, etchings, photographs, framed work, printed work, paintings, sculptures, metal prints OF THE PIER … you name it, we’ll take it. The MAGNOLIA PIER COMMITTEE was formed to raise funds for the necessary rebuild of Magnolia Pier and we are presently collecting these art donations to organize an art auction, backed by the Gloucester Fund, to directly benefit the reconstruction of our beloved landmark. Please contact Alana Horne for more details. Alana.horne4541@gmail.com

Dr Edgerton’s Retiring!! (After 44 years)

Forty-four years ago, fresh from his mid-West residency program, Dr. Bill Edgerton arrived in Gloucester with his expectant wife, Patty Joy,  and their three small sons to begin his practice of podiatry.  Hanging his sign on Middle street at Dr. Mo Pett’s old office, his most rewarding career was launched.  “Referrals” in those days were unheard of, so daily, Dr. Edgerton would walk to lunch at Harry’s Delicatessen or grab a St.Joseph’s sandwich at Virgilio’s, and introduce himself.
     Soon the intown location was outgrown. Comfortable Foot Care moved to the Cape Ann Medical Center and  satellite offices were  opened in Danvers, Ipswich and Georgetown.  Dr.Edgerton’s loyal and dedicated staff  later followed him to the  present location at Mill Pond to be closer to the hospital. His 27  years spent as part of the orthopedic team at AGH and Beverly Hospital have earned him the respect and warm comraderie of his medical colleagues.
     Currently, the only full-time podiatrist serving Cape Ann, Dr. Edgerton holds dear the trust his patients have placed in him–and most assuredly will miss the wonderful life stories they have shared with him throughout his time of curing and caring.  However, the father of eight (and, “Da”, to his sixteen grandchildren) is very much looking forward to spending more time with his family, and announces his retirement as of September 26, 2018.
     His ever-gentlemany professionalism will certainly be missed, yet fondly remembered, as he looks ahead in hope to all that will be.

North Shore Arts Association news 8/29/18

Guess who is coming to the North Shore Arts Association September, 22nd 2 – 4 Yes…It’s BRIAN RUTENBERG Brian Rutenburg is… Widely considered to be one of the finest American painters of his generation, Brian Rutenberg has spent forty years honing a distinctive method of compressing the rich color and form of his native coastal South Carolina into complex landscape paintings that imbue material reality with a deep sense of place. He is a Fulbright Scholar, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a Basil Alkazzi USA Award recipient, an Irish Museum of Modern Art visiting artist program participant, and has had over two hundred exhibition throughout North America. Rutenberg’s paintings are included in such museum collections as Yale University Art Gallery, The Butler Institute of American Art, Bronx Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum of Art, Greenville County Museum of Art, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, South Carolina State Museum, and many others. His popular YouTube videos “Brian Rutenberg Studio Visits” are viewed daily by people all over the world. Radius Books published a full color monograph in 2008. Brian’s new book, Clear Seeing Place, was released in October 2016 and is an Amazon #1 bestseller. Brian lives and works in New York City with his wife Kathryn and their two children. Limited seating call 978-283-1857 and reserve your seat. arts@nsarts.org Lecture and Book Signing $10 Suggested Donation

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Jude Abbe Pre-Demo Studio Showroom Pop Up Show Aug. 27- Sept. 1 Demonstration September 1 (2pm) Jude Abbe – Oil Impressionist – Plein Air Painter. Jude studied with Roger Curtis for several years, more recently working with many others, including Charles Movalli, Mary Minifie, David Curtis, Christopher Zhang, Jonatan McPhillips and T.M. Nicholas, to name a few. Using the impressionist palette, she paints, landscapes, portraits and occasionally still life. Her work has been exhibited in shows and galleries throughout New England and New York. Demonstration September 1 (2pm) Space is limited so we do suggest that you sign up early . . . 11 Pirates Lane • Gloucester MA 01930 • 978.283.1857 • www.nsarts.org

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Paul Ciaramitaro Pre-Demo Studio Showroom Pop Up Show September 3 – 7 Demonstration September 7 (2pm) How to make something out of nothing! Paul Ciaramitaro, a lifelong resident of Cape Ann, began his love of art as a child. Over the years, he has been influenced by the Renaissance artists as well as Aldro Hibbard, Emile Gruppe, and especially Charles Movalli. In the 1970’s, Paul became a student of Movalli’s and was deeply inspired by him. He told Paul “If you learn something from every painting you do, you will become an artist”. In between his grueling hours as a commercial fisherman and dockworker, Paul sketched and painted in his spare time and worked hard to glean all that he could from his mentors. His commitment and talent led him to become a well-established and accomplished Cape Ann artist. His paintings have won many awards and his work can be found in both private and corporate collections, as well as in prestigious galleries and museums such as the Cape Ann Museum. Over the past several decades, Paul has taught numerous classes and workshops which have been widely attended, and he has served as a juror for many exhibition. He is a juried artist member of both the North Shore Arts Association and The Rockport Art Association & Museum. When asked about being an artist Paul says, “I’m serious about it. I’m passionate about it and I love it!” Demonstration September 7 (2pm) Space is limited so we do suggest that you sign up early… 11 Pirates Lane • Gloucester MA 01930 • 978.283.1857 • www.nsarts.org

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