Only hours-old, our Good Harbor Beach Piping Plover chicks were learning to navigate the varied terrain–climbing mini hummocks, falling into divots, somersaulting, tripping over dried bits of beach grass and seaweed, running for short bits, and just generally stumbling and tumbling. In one photo you can even see a chick already eating a tiny ant. After an afternoon of exploring, all four seemed pretty tuckered out and were taking turns snuggling under both Mama and Papa. 

Weighing about as much as a nickel at the time of hatching, Piping Plover chicks are able to feed themselves but are unable to regulate their body temperature. They need to tuck under Mom and Dad to warm up.

CAPE ANN MUSEUM EVENT event Saturday June 1st 3pm special talk American landscape photography

Cape Ann Museum and Jane Deering Gallery reminder:

CAPE ANN MUSEUM event . Saturday June 1st @ 3:00pm

Holly Markovitz Goldstein, Ph.D., Art History Professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design presents a lecture on the various traditions throughout American Landscape photography.
photo caption: Carleton Watkins . Stereograph of El Capitan in Yosemite, c. 1865 . courtesy of Library of CongressCarleton Watkins . Stereograph of El Capitan in Yosemite, c. 1865 . courtesy of Library of Congress.jpg
“American Landscape Photography: Art as Storytelling” offers an engaging exploration of canonical and lesser-known photographs depicting the American landscape from the invention of photography through the present. With a focus on how photographs convey multiple meanings, Dr. Goldstein will trace the appearance, context, and political and ecological messages embedded in landscape photography. Artists discussed will include Carleton Watkins, Ansel Adams, and Esther Pullman, among others.

Offered in conjunction with

Green Places/Green Spaces/Greenhouses: Photographic Panoramas by Esther Pullman

Esther Pullman . Marshall’s Farm Stand Greenhouse, late summer, West Gloucester, Massachusetts 2006 . Archival pigment prin.jpg

Free for Museum members; $10 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Reservations required. Please sign up online at Eventbrite or call (978)283-0455 x10 during business hours.
Holly Goldstein is a Professor of Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her research examines landscape photography, cultural geography, and public history. Dr. Goldstein teaches classes on the History of Photography and Modern and Contemporary Art, and she designed an innovative “Hidden Histories of the South” course in which students combine fieldwork with archival research to explore Savannah’s untold stories. Dr. Goldstein received her Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University and her Master’s Degree and Doctorate from Boston University. She lives in Savannah, GA, with her husband and two young daughters.

Scenes from Jason Burroughs ebullient closing talk, Goetemann Artist Residency, Rocky Neck #GloucesterMA

“I’m happy out there, being in nature, spending time looking, painting and having fun.”

Jason Burroughs completed a rewarding month long Goetemann Artist Residency on Rocky Neck and is so appreciative of this generous honor. He enjoyed adjusting to painting with oil, outside, and the challenge of working so quickly to “get all the notes down” chasing light, tide and wind conditions before a moment he was after changed. “Building up marks, being able to paint fast, to do it in that time is an honorable achievement. And a challenge. I’m learning something with each one.” Burroughs went out as much as he could. He admires the speed and mechanics mastery of plein air greats he’s researched, and artists working now that he’s getting to know and pepper with questions or simply paint alongside. He’s riveted when Jeff Weaver talks about the history of a building or scene. During this residency he was grateful to have had the chance to join Stephen LaPierre and Caleb Stone for a couple of plein air outings. He loves having a base in Rocky Neck, the architecture of Gloucester’s waterfront, pilings, boats, masts, popular  scenes & motifs, repetitive forms, and the energy and vibe of being around other artists. He relished solo time in the field, even the time he got a sunburn working on one of the larger paintings: “I was standing out there 7 hours throwing paint down. I got to pick my site, overlooking the waterfront, in nature. (I saw bunnies and bluejays. So peaceful. It was great!) You go through so much white. So much. And trial and error. I’m just hoping to find ways of painting that will bring some of the truth of what I’m seeing.  I need to know if something is wrong and why. Some I leave rugged. Putting in the work is so important.”

photos: Snapshots of Jason Burroughs readying a couple of days before his Goetemann Artist Residency closing talk, and from his presentation and Q&A, standing room only, well received and topped off by several painting sales. His good friend, David Brooks, filmed and beamed throughout. 

SOLD red dots underway


A couple of days before the closing talk



Join Backyard Growers at

the Gloucester Grow Fest on

Sunday, June 9!

The Gloucester Grow Fest is a FREE community event featuring tons of hands-on, family-friendly activities to celebrate healthy eating, green living and personal wellness!

Activities for the whole family include yoga, art projects, games, gardening and cooking demos, and garden tours, with awesome community members like:

Last year’s Grow Fest was an amazing community celebration and this year, we’re bringing DOUBLE THE FUN to Burnham’s Field in Gloucester. Check out these highlights from 2018 and GET EXCITED for a Grow Fest that’s even bigger and better in 2019!

Magnolia Community Farmers’ Market

Hello Gloucester and neighboring communities! We are super excited and looking forward to our first farmers market this season, Sunday morning June 9, 9am-12pm. We are currently still taking applications, and would love to add any local purveyors selling their jams, jellies, honey, eggs, cheeses and/or dairy, baked goods, and produce. If you or someone you know would love the exposure for your business and the opportunity to further build your customer base, please contact us for a vendor application. We are looking forward to building a vibrant market and we want you to be a part of it!  See you there

The Magnolia Community Farmer’s Market will reopen in June of 2019 with a new line up of vendors, followers, entertainment and community purpose. We hope to offer favorite flavors, produce and products, created and operated by local vendors, crafters, artisans, farmers, purveyors, bakers, and chefs. Our dedicated team will strive to provide the very best in local goods while creating a new avenue to give back to our community. Funds raised by the MCFM will directly benefit the enrichment of Magnolia.


For more information please email Alana Horne at






World Oceans Day – Saturday, June 8th

World Oceans Day 2019 Open House

Ocean Alliance will be holding an open house next Saturday to celebrate World Oceans Day. Stop by to learn more about our whale conservation programs, watch SnotBot in action, and sign up for our Robotics Club. We’ll be giving away free glider plane kits and even testing out our new Epilog laser cutter! 

If you haven’t been to the Paint Factory in awhile come check out the new restoration work that has been done.

We look forward to seeing you there!