This Weekend in the Arts 10/19-22/18

Paint! Paint! Paint! Stephen LaPierre Walks His Talk

Reception: Saturday, October 20, 4:00–6:00 PM
Show Runs: October 18–November 18, 2018

Cultural Center Studio Gallery,  6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01931

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 – 4:00 PM

More Information: 978-515-7004
LaPierre in studio
LaPierre in his studio

The Paint! Paint! Paint! exhibition at the Cultural Center Studio Gallery features a collection of more than 20 recent paintings in oil of recognizable Rocky Neck locations by resident artist, Stephen LaPierre. Following in the traditions of the many well-known artists who preceded him, from Milton Avery to Edward Hopper and many others, LaPierre recently was seen in the streets and byways of “the Neck” at all times of day, and even night, at his easel to capture the light and mood of the scene before him in paint.

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Little Red House on Clarendon Street, oil by Stephen LaPierre

Paint! Paint! Paint! is being held in the Cultural Center Studio Gallery in the same time period, October 18 through November 18, 2018, as LANDFALL, the Montserrat College of Art exhibit on view on the upper level Cultural Center Gallery.

The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening receptions for both exhibits on Saturday, October 20, 4:00–6:00 PM at the Cultural Center galleries at 6 Wonson St, Gloucester, MA. The building is handicap accessible with gallery hours Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 – 4:00 PM each week.


Book Signing and Reception at the Square Circle Gallery for Finding Lilliput, a photographic story written and illustrated by Judy Robinson-Cox

Saturday, October 20, 1 to 4pm

Square Circle Gallery, 11 Dock Square, Rockport MA
More Information: (978) 546-7100


A photographic story for the young at heart, Finding Lilliput, is a little book about a tiny pig named Percy, who longs for small friends just like him.  When he learns about the land of Lilliput, he sets out in a miniature boat to find it. The book, written for children and adults, follows Percy’s adventures in his discovery of Lilliput. The Square Circle Gallery in Rockport is holding a booksigning and reception for the book this Saturday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 pm. In addition to a collection of miniature pig photos, the gallery is showing several of Judy’s new rock assemblages.


Walking Tour with Herbalist Kylee Foote at Seaview Farm

Seaview Farms on Sunday October 21, 2018
10:00 – 11:00
38 South Street
Rockport, MA 01966

Back by popular demand! Local herbalist Kylee Foote will lead us on the last walk of the season down beautiful Lane’s Farm Way, sharing her knowledge of backyard plants along the way. Enjoy learning about medicinal plants while taking a Sunday morning stroll. Farm-fresh hot coffee is included. Suggested donation: $5

Big news for little house: Celebrate and tour Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage at Lanesville Community Center #GloucesterMA

Don’t you love happy news! Virginia Lee Burton’s actual studio was saved and painstakingly and faithfully rebuilt and relocated to its new permanent home at Lanesville Community Center, Gloucester, Ma, with the help of many. “The rebuilding process of the Virginia Lee Burton (VLB) writing cottage has started with the much-needed help of volunteers, a Community Preservation Act (CPA) grant from the City of Gloucester, private donations and corporate donations from Dore and Whittier of Newburyport, MA, DMS Machine and Fabrication of Barre, VT and the Gloucester Building Center.”

Mark your calendars for upcoming events beginning this weekend!

The Lanesville Community Center Board of Directors invites you to

“A Celebration and Preview of the Restoration of the Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage: An  opportunity to thank funders, donors and many community volunteers, Sunday, October 21, 1pm

Family Event: “First Reading” of Virginia Lee Burton’s books with Avis Burton Demetrios and Eleanor Demetrios, Saturday, October 27, 1pm

Children’s Drawing on October 27, 1-3pm to be displayed at the Cape Ann Museum children’s room

The Virginia Lee Burton Cottage was designated a historic building by the Gloucester Historical Society. Reconstruction was funded by a grant from the Gloucester Community Preservation Act.”

Virigina Lee Burton little house actual writing cottage restored and celebrated at Lanesville Community Center Gloucester Mass_Oct 2018 ©c ryan



Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage at Lanesville Community Center opening reception celebration flyer

Learn more and enjoy before and after photographs by visiting the VLB writing cottage website. Don’t miss the 2018 interview with Lee Natti

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Massachusetts Cultural Council grants and news

October round up from Massachusetts Cultural Council

Shelburne Falls and Lowell Named “Great Places in America”

The American Planning Association selected Lowell and Shelburne Falls as two of their 15 “2018 Great Places in America.” This honor distinguishes the neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces that make communities stronger and bring people together through good planning. The APA says that the awardees “illustrate how a community coming together creates lasting value.”
Congratulations to the two Mass Cultural Council-designated cultural districts – Lowell’s Canalway Cultural District and Shelburne Falls Cultural District – and their cultural communities!

Free Webinar Series

Each session consists of a 30-minute presentation followed by an open conversation among participants.

  • By Artists, For Artists Report – October 17, 11am
    Kathy Bitteti, artist, co-founder of Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition, and Lead Author of the By Artists, For Artists report, shares the outcome of their survey and next steps. The By Artists, For Artists project was designed to highlight the contributions and needs of those who make the Commonwealth a creative and dynamic place to live and to work.
  • Raising Visibility through Festivals – November 21, 11am
    Considering organizing a festival in your community? Hear how the Northborough and Belchertown Cultural Councils engaged their community  and municipality on the planning of their festivals.

A Sense of Place

A still from Giles Li's presentation at the Mass Cultural Council Institute

Culture elevates the quality of life and well-being in our communities. It is also vital to a “Sense of Place,” our deepest connections to the places where we live, work, and visit. Watch Giles Li, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Executive Director, discuss “A Sense of Place” at the Mass Cultural Council Institute earlier this year. (Video of the entire session is also online.)


Online applications for Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund grants open on October 12, 2018.

MassInc hosted its Sixth Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Summit & Awards Luncheon in New Bedford on October 17, 2018. This year’s theme was Pioneering Strategies for 21st Century Growth.  Learn more.

ArtWeek exploded statewide last spring with over 525 creative experiences in 130 towns and neighborhoods, working with cultural districts and local cultural councils to celebrate the our creative Commonwealth. The next ArtWeek is April 25 – May 6, 2019, and every community is invited to get involved. Want to explore the possibilities? Go to or contact to learn more.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Special Offer

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. In the United States, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer can occur in men too. Thanks to early detection services such as screening mammograms, breast cancer has one of the highest survival rates. Different types of mammogram screening include digital mammograms and 3D Mammography or tomosynthesis.

Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Saves Lives. Talk to your doctor about breast cancer screening. Healthy, active lifestyles aid in prevention. Tips on Prevention from Mayo Clinic.

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