Hundreds of riveted readers | Patricia and Donald Oresman renowned art collection selling at Doyle’s Auction 11/20/18

I’ve been an arts adviser, curator and gallerist  for more than three decades. Patricia and Donald Oresman were clients and friends– curious, erudite, generous and kind. The Doyle auction on Tuesday November 20, 2018 features 567 works from their renowned collection. Have some fun viewing – they loved to share it– here’s a link to the complete catalogue on line: 

Patricia and Donald Oresman sale at Doyles Tuesday November 20 2018 _
Cover art- I sold “Special Edition“, a 1936 color linocut masterwork, by Australian artist, Ethel Spowers (1890-1947) acclaimed Grosvenor School of Modern Artist 


photos of the Oresman collection illustrated in the Doyle auction catalogue (for Cape Ann locals- there is one work inspired by Gloucester, and some artists with connection here, e.g. Louis Lozowick, John and a Helen Farr Sloan, and a couple of works by Sally Avery, etc.)


Throwback photos at the Oresman library. I suppose a more accurate photo of Donald would show him sporting his favorite hat. He took it off when he met my kids 🙂 


Lobsta Trap Menorah Community Lighting

Cape Ann Community

Please join us on the third night of Hanukkah for our Annual Lobsta Trap Menorah Community Lighting on Tuesday, December 4th at 5:45 pm.

We will light our one-of-a-kind menorah and eat some delicious latkes.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome!

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Beautiful breakers and sunset light slipping through the clouds after the storm.

Mother Ann’s silhouette through the waves



By Ray Lamont Staff Writer

A man suspected of holding up the Institution for Savings bank outlet on Parker Street in Gloucester moments after 9 Monday morning has been captured by police in Lynn.

The man, whose identify has not yet been released, was taken into custody as he came off a bus in Lynn, Gloucester interim police Chief John McCarthy has confirmed. The suspect had apparently ridden it there while trying to escape from Gloucester.

Gloucester and Massachusetts State Police had been searching for a man described as being in his 30s and wearing with a black hat and black sweatshirt who reportedly held up the bank branch at 4 Parker St. in Gloucester about an hour after the branch opened at 8 a.m. McCarthy said he anticipates the suspect will be arraigned Tuesday in Gloucester District Court.

A sign placed on the bank door by 9:30 a.m. indicated that the facility was temporarily closed while offering an apology to customers for their “inconvenience.” The bank’s drive-up windows and automated teller machine were also shut down on the exterior of the building.


Cutest ever from Toodeloos

Ho ho ho! Santa Mouse is here to announce Sparkly Black Friday Specials 😊
7AM-8AM 30% off everything (except Lego- sorry!)
8AM-10AM 25% off and
10AM-closing, 20% off.
There shall be drawings, games with prizes and let’s not forget the town-wide $1500 shopping spree as well! The more you shop downtown, the better your chances of winning big! Come and play with us🐭

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Dogtown Books Under New Ownership!

Gloucester’s Legendary Dogtown Books Under New Ownership Nov 2018

Founder and original Dogtown Bookshop owner Bob Ritchie embraces retirement as the torch is passed to Gloucester residents Lucas Cotterman and Caroline Harvey, who take ownership of the store on November 19, 2018.  Gloucester’s legendary destination for used & unusual books has been a favorite for locals and visitors since 1995, and you can count on the new Dogtown Books owners to honor this rich history. It will remain a locally owned and independent used bookstore with a uniquely Gloucester flavor. Building upon this legacy, expect more and new inventory, new book topic sections, literary gifts & goods, open mics, workshops, kid friendly activities, author events, and some new and cozy reading nooks…just in time for winter! Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Sale is scheduled for December 1st from 10am to 6pm.

For more information, visit and follow us on instagram @dogtownbooks.

Meet the New Owners:

Lucas and Caroline are avid readers, oddity and vintage collectors, and used bookstore junkies. In fact, they first met in a bookstore in Big Sur, CA! The privilege of owning something as special as Dogtown Books is a cherished, lifelong dream for them both. They will ensure Dogtown Books remains Gloucester’s best destination for used books, and will prioritize inclusion, accessibility, creativity, and a feeling that when you come in the door, you’re always welcome.

Lucas is a writer and visual artist, and before owning Dogtown Books he toured as a lighting designer for over 15 years with bands such as The Strokes, Interpol, Arcade Fire, and Death Cab for Cutie, just to name a few. Caroline has been a professor at Berklee College of Music for almost a decade, and she continues to tour and lecture worldwide with her original writing and curriculum. Her grandparents owned a home near Niles Beach, sadly taken long ago in a storm, and she is proud to be among four generations of her family to call Gloucester home. Ladybird Johnson is their 6 year old Shar Pei, and while she might not be able to read (yet), she plans on sleeping and quietly snoring in the store.

Dogtown Books is still located at 132 Main Street in Gloucester, MA.  Visit www.dogtownbooks or follow instagram @dogtownbooks for updated store hours and upcoming special events. Our business phone number is 978.281.5599. The Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Sale is scheduled for December 1st from 10am to 6pm.