The opening celebration for the beautiful new exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum, “Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads,” was fabulously well-received and well-attended. Artists, writers, Mayor Sefatia, Cape Ann Museum director Rhonda Falloon and staff, Cape Ann librarians, friends, families, and well-wishers were all there to join the celebration.

Congratulations to special exhibition curator Catherine Ryan, the Cape Ann Museum, and Cape Ann Reads Initiative for an outstanding show!

The exhibit highlights local writers and artists of children’s picture books from the Cape Ann Reads initiative. Cape Ann Reads, hosted by the area’s four public libraries (Sawyer Free, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex), was created to encourage literacy in young people through community and creative collaborations.


Author/illustrators included in the exhibition:
Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, Jim Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury and Claire Wyzenbeek

Exhibit Curated and directed by Catherine Ryan, with support from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.

Deborah Kelsey, director of Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library

Cindy Grove, director of the Rockport Public Library

Sara Collins, director of Manchester’s Public Library

Deborah French, director of Essex’s TOHP Burnham Public Library



Stephanie Buck: Shadowed Lives presentation at Sawyer Free

stephanie buck talk at gloucester lyceum and sawyer free public library january 2019 gloucester ma

Stephanie Buck: Shadowed Lives

Saturday January 12, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

In conjunction with the African-Americans and Maritime History Exhibit from the Massachusetts Commonwealth Museum, From Slavery to Freedom, on view in the Matz Gallery, Stephanie Buck, a local expert on Gloucester History, will share information regarding the effects of slavery on Cape Ann.

Don’t miss artists Mary Rhinelander and Julia Garrison give special block printing demonstration at Cape Ann Museum

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Blockprinting Demonstration in the Gallery

Artists Mary Rhinelander and Julia Garrison demonstrate the techniques of the Folly Cove Designers

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased present a blockprinting demonstration with artists Mary Rhinelander and Julia Garrison on Saturday, January 12 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. These artists have long been inspired by the Folly Cove Designers. Drop by the Museum to see the Folly Cove Designers exhibition and to watch printing in action. This program is free for Museum members, Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x10.

Mary Rhinelander is a professional artist with an MFA in printmaking.  She has had many solo and group shows and her work is in both public and private collections. She has painted murals, designed logos and book covers, illustrated for a variety of publications, and taught students of all ages.  In 2004 she founded a fine art card business, Mermade Press. With a deep affinity for the Folly Cove Designers and Virginia Lee Burton in particular, it has been Mary’s great pleasure to bring block printing workshops into Cape Ann’s public schools with the support of CAM and the Gloucester Education Foundation. Mary will be joined by Julia Garrison, an artist with ties to Lanesville, who until recently owned and operated the Sarah Elizabeth Shop in Rockport’s Whistlestop Mall.

The Folly Cove Designers were a group of 45 designer-craftsmen who worked together between 1938 and 1969 producing carefully wrought designs cut into linoleum blocks and printed (primarily) on fabric. Their common interest was in producing solid designs and in good craftsmanship. The Folly Cove Designers was composed almost entirely of women, most being residents of Cape Ann and a majority having no artistic training prior to becoming involved in the group. They worked under the leadership of Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios, who devised a design course which she offered to her friends and neighbors in the Folly Cove neighborhood. Participants were urged by Demetrios to look to their surroundings for inspiration, to draw “what they knew” and to sketch their subjects over and over again until they made them their own. This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition The Little House: Her Story which takes a closer look at Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios and her award winning story, The Little House.

Mary will also be teaching a blockprinting class on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. starting on January 23.

This custom 4-week course for adults offers the opportunity to create artwork surrounded by the inspirational work of the Folly Cove Designers. Sketch, carve linoleum blocks and print an original work to take home. Materials provided. $125 CAM members/$145 nonmembers. Space is limited, registration required.

Image credit: Snow Day. Courtesy of Mary Rhinelander.

About the Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, two historic homes and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Visit for details.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at

mary rhinelander and julia garrison blockprinting demo at cape ann museum for virginia lee burton her story and folly cove designers exhibition jan 2019

Cape Pond Ice a Real Treat

We always enjoy a trip down to Cape Pond Ice. The outside is a study in the history of the company as well as Gloucester.


This time, we needed to stop inside and pick up a t shirt requested by a family member. As always, we were greeted in a friendly manner and we were able to complete our purchase easily (even if it did require a trip back for additional shirts!). Thanks, Cape Pond Ice! It’s always a treat.


The ‘Tea for Tina’ fundraiser was a great success!

Karen Pischke submits-

The ‘Tea for Tina’ fundraiser was a great success!

With Gratitude – Everyone Loved Tina! The ‘Tea for Tina’ celebrating the life and legacy of Cape Ann’s Tina Ketchopulos was a memorable and successful event. Thanks to all those that attended and contributed to this event! With your support, we managed to exceed our goal for three charities that Tina loved and supported – Cape Ann Animal Aid, The Open Door and Reid’s Ride (the Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Alliance), in Tina’s memory.

It Takes a Village …. Thank You to all the attendees, contributing and supporting charitable foundations, restaurants, merchants, services, and individuals that made this event a Big Success!

Family, friends neighbors, co-workers and colleagues of Tina Ketchopulos: Christine Sarantopoulos and Members of the Melissa Society of Ipswich, Rebecca Baylies, Deb Eliason and Cynthia Dunn of Cape Ann Animal Aid, Julie LaFontaine and Sarah Grow of The Open Door, Lorraine Sacco of Reid’s Ride and their supporters, Lauren MacDougall Johnson, Kim Kainer at the Manchester Community Center, and all that attended this event.

Restaurants and Merchants for donated items: Gloucester – Jeremy and Mary Goldberg at Cape Ann Brewing Company and Pub, James Eaves and Anna atCape Ann Giclee, Patty and Rick Gates at Cape Ann Olive Oil, Laura Cramer at the Cave, Dorothy Linquata at the Gloucester House, Luis Prado at Machaca, Dennis at the Studio, Jim Turner at Turner’s Seafood, Neal at Blue River Diamonds, MaryAnne at 7 Seas Whale Watch, Karen Lohnes Massage, Dreamtime WellnessGloucesterTEASE™, Rob Newton at Cape Ann Cinemas, Cynthia Hendrickson at Cape Ann and Newburyport Foodie Tours and author of ‘the Luckiest Dog Not Alive,’ John Williams at Gloucester Cinema, Danielle at Pastaio, Larry McEachern Photography, Gina Russo of Sage Floral Design, Christian and Nicole del Rosario at Surfari, Kathleen at Savour Wine and Cheese; Manchester-by-the-Sea – Scott Bumpus at Seaside Cycle; Rockport – Pam Wasserman at Good Dog Gallery; Rowley – Irene Winters (Danielle Yagjian Holmes Foundation); Ipswich  Kim of Dip N Clip Dog GroomingMichel at Zenobia Emporium and Ipswich Photo, and Jessie Winn at Salon Bogart.

Local Restaurants that offered delicious soups, sandwiches and dessertsManchester-by-the-Sea – Allie and Glenn at Allie’s Beach Street Cafe (andPleasant Tea in Gloucester), Beth at Bravo by the Sea, Toby at Essen; Gloucester – Pat, Kate and Travis at Common Crow, Judy and Kaitlyn at Destino’s Subs and CateringGloucester Healthcare, Eric at Stones Pub, Nancy and Joe Virgilio at Virgilio’s Italian Bakery; Rockport – Chrissy and Sonia of Latoff Farmhouse Kitchen; and Hamilton – personal chef, Terri Smith R.D.

Venue Set-up/Breakdown Crew: Paul Clark, Marcia Masse, Gap Lafata, Darlene Riley, Frank Sacco and Jess Winn.

MIT Japanese Tea Instructors Kyoko, Aki and Maki Wada and Jaclyn Lee, for providing a beautiful demonstration of a formal Japanese Tea Ceremony.

We are grateful for all the community support, that helped make this event a success, in memory of our beloved Tina Ketchopulos. 

— The Planning Committee of a ‘Tea for Tina’, Kathy Hitchcock, Karen Pischke, Joan Pohas, and Deb Sacco