Same Smiles

Email from GMG FOB

“Hi Manny,
I’m Kevin Henry and a longtime FOB GMG.  Joey knows me and he’s posted a lot of my shots over the years.  I live in NJ and have been shooting fishermen here for years.
My girlfriend Vanessa saw your shot of these 3 gents on GMG the other day and sent it to me right away.
We were on the Asbury Park boardwalk 8-9 years ago and came across 3 gents on a beautiful Spring day.  Click !
Look closely and factor in the passage of time.  Yeah, I think so !
I’ve cropped it a bit and I’ll send the original. “


Revere Brothers also in New Jersey ..

Deborah Redwood whale’s tail – Goetemann Residency Closing Talk at Ocean Alliance, Rocky Neck

Deborah Redwood will present her Goetemann Residency Closing talk tonight, September 28, 2018, 6pm, Ocean Alliance

A few weekly scenes observing her art’s impact in progress  

September 14, 2018


September 21, 2018

September 28, 2018 (different vantages, silhouettes, and scavenged intricacies portend  meaning and events)


Stuffed and Breaded Chicken On The @WeberGrills Go-Anywhere

Northeast BBQ


Mix sour cream, parmesan cheese, basil paste, feta and sun dried tomatos for the stuffing.


Roll 1/4 inch thick EVOO coated chicken breast (pound flat between two pieces of wax paper) around the stuffing, secure with toothpicks then coat with Italian bread crumbs.


I used a deflector plate.  Under which I put a half a Weber chimney of lit coals on the opposite side of the grill where the chicken would go.  Vents all wide open.


Cook for 25 minutes until chicken is golden brown.


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“When you go into the Woods” solo art exhibition by Vanessa Michalak opens Oct. 2nd at Jane Deering Gallery

“When you go into the Woods: Dogtown and other treasures of the forest”, a solo exhibition by Vanessa Michalak, opens October 2, 2018 at Jane Deering Gallery Gloucester, Massachusetts. Reception 6-8pm on October 6th.

VANESSA VICHALAK Fallen Tree oil on yupo mounted on panel_40 x 60_ Jane Deering Gallery solo show October 2018 Gloucester Mass
Vaness Michalak, “Fallen Tree,” oil on yupo mounted on panel, 40”x60”

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Read more about the exhibition and the artist from printed matter announcing the show:

“When you go into the Woods,” features oil paintings by Vanessa Michalak highlighting some of Cape Ann’s well known gems. Works depict imagery of a variety of places including Annisquam Village, Lanesville’s Vernon Quarries and Babson’s Dogtown boulders. The exhibition will be on display throughout October at Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA with and opening reception scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6th from 6pm-8pm.

The Exhibition, “When You Go Into The Woods” is a reflection of Michalak’s exploration of Cape Ann and her ongoing investigation of the painting process. The works reflect a fascination with a specific place and its hidden treasures. Many of the works are plein air paintings that brought her to the edges of quarries and sent her trekking through Dogtown’s rocky paths. As much as these works pay tribute to a specific place, they also reflect Michalak’s gestural painting style that at times borders on abstraction. Much like her wanderings in the woods, there is a sense that she doesn’t mind getting a little lost in brushwork, layering and mark before finding her destination. 

Vanessa Michalak grew up in Maine before moving to Boston where she lived and worked for over a decade. While living in Boston she visited Cape Ann often and eventually moved to Gloucester last year. She received an MFA in painting from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2013. Residencies include: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO; Emerging Artist-in-Residence, Penn State, PA;  and Playa, Summer Lake, OR. Michalak’s work was featured in New American Paintings #110 and Fresh Paint Magazine (cover artist 2014). She was selected as a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Painting in 2014.spring woods Annisquam 2018.jpg.png Continue reading ““When you go into the Woods” solo art exhibition by Vanessa Michalak opens Oct. 2nd at Jane Deering Gallery”

Meet the artists! Peter Morse and David West reception tomorrow at Jane Deering Gallery

Last weekend! Meet the artists at the closing reception Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 5-7pm. Neither Mustard Nor Teeth, photographs by Peter Morse, drawings by David West, Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester



Bring the Family Down to Community Safety Day!

Bring the family down to Harbor Loop on September 29th from 10AM to 2PM for a Community Safety Day.

There will be many exhibits from the Gloucester Police and Fire Departments as well as others. A $5 fee will be collected from adults and children are free.

100% of proceeds will benefit the Cops for Kids with Cancer Foundation.

The day’s activities will include:

  • Police Vehicles and Equipment
  • Fire Trucks and Ambulances
  • State Police Horses on site and State Police Helicopter Fly By
  • Tours of US Coast Guard Base and Boats
  • First Responders
  • Police K9 dogs
  • Music and food
  • and more

What a great way to spend the day with family and friends while supporting our Police and Fire Departments as they work to raise money for an incredibly important charity.

It is going to be such a great day and they are looking forward to a wonderful crowd.

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Farewell White Elephant

Antiquing is one of our favorite pastimes. It tickles me to re-use items from my grandmother’s era. Essex is full of shops, but for one less now.  We will miss the White Elephant. It sure looks different now that it’s been sold and closed up.


It leaves a bit of a hole, but there are certainly other shops on our favorites list.  These include a couple in Essex such as Farmhouse Gatherings (not open often, but worth the stop) and the Flying Dragon. Keep your eye on the changing message in the window.


But our sentimental favorites are right on Main Street Gloucester: Main Street Art and Antiques is entertaining. I especially like to look at the old photos and photo albums. Dogtown Books might not technically be an antique store, but it remains at the top of my browsing list. I camp out in the local history corner of the store. I guess I just love spending time in the past! Thank you to all who mind and run these shops. I’m sure it’s an act of love.


Tween and Teen Yoga at Treetop

Cape Ann Wellness

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Monthly Tween and Teen Yoga with Erin McKay

Sunday, September 30, 6:30-7:45 pm
Ages 11 and up.
$15 in Advance
$20 at Door
Don’t you wish you had started yoga sooner!? In this playful class, your teens/tweens will build self-confidence, esteem, strength, flexibility, balance, and positive coping skills as they develop a deeper understanding of their bodies, minds and hearts. With a lighthearted approach, we will work towards more physically demanding postures and flowing sequences to keep tweens/teens interested and challenged. Fostering connection, community with class peers, and self-respect, we will also use relaxing visualization, meditation, and breathing exercises to create a well-rounded experience of “union”.
This class is perfect for all levels, genders, and ages. The student who is looking to manage stress, the athlete looking to build strength and flexibility, the adolescent who is struggling to find an activity, and the well-rounded child…because we can all…

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