Several friends have shared this stunning photo from To the naked eye, a Monarch Butterfly egg is the size of a pinhead.

Magnificent Monarch Butterfly Egg


This Weekend in the Arts 9/5-9-19/2019

Recycled Robots Invade Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA

Exhibition Dates: September 4 to October 15, 2019

Gallery open: Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; until 8:00 PM Friday to Saturday until Labor Day.  FREE

On September 4 a band of life-sized robots, made from recycled materials, will invade Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Built by local artists Elizabeth Gauthier, Richard Honan, Deb Kracht, Brian Murphy, Hans Pundt and Chris Williams, these robots will be at your service around the gallery along with smaller pieces by each artist. Come join the fun at the reception on Saturday, September 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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About Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
Housed in a historic waterfront building at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gallery 53 is conveniently located between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants. Artists are selected for their creativity, technical skill, and distinctive style. The gallery provides the community with thought-provoking Summer Artist Series (SAS) shows and a place to purchase affordable locally made art. Paintings, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery, wood, glass, mixed-media, hand-pulled prints, sculpture, and photography are creatively displayed.  

Gallery 53 is open daily from May 25 to October 14, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday until Labor Day. For more information call ‪978-282-0917.

See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook and Instagram.


SHOW UP ! Join the conversation between makers and materials

September 5 – October 13, 2019

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

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

Artist Talk: Show Down / Continuing the conversation:
Sunday, October 13, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

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Encompassing two floors of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to offer SHOW UP! SHOW DOWN: A visual conversation between makers and materials. Featuring work by eight artists, this exhibition runs for six weeks beginning Thursday, September 5 and continues through Sunday, October 13, 2019.  The pubic is invited to enjoy the art and conversation at the opening reception at the Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA on Sunday, September 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Light refreshemnts and libations will be served. Street parking is free and the facility is handicapped accessible.

In this provocative exhibition, eight artists explore the opposition of order by deconstructing and reconstructing across media. For artists Susan Alport, Joan Benotti, Paul Cary Goldberg, Tim Hansen, Erica Licea-Kane, Conny Goelz Schmitt, Rebecca Schnopp and Daniel Zeese the act of turning a page becomes a performance, organic and inorganic objects contemplate life and death, the boundaries between paint and fiber fuse. Images and forms are reconsidered, altered and remade as narratives of self and materials collage and converse in paint, paper, fiber, flora, photography and metal.

The public is encouraged to attend the revealing Artist’s Talk, SHOW DOWN: Continuing The Conversation on Sunday, October 13, 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served.


The public is invited to receptions and events throughout the year with refreshments, admission and nearby parking free of charge. More information for all Cultural Center events is available by visiting the website at, by email at or telephone 978 515-7004.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, please contact:


Hammond Castle Museum is hosting an opening reception on Friday, September 6th at 7pm for our very special Mariano Fortuny exhibit.

Optimized-Fortuny At Hammond Castle Museum Dress Front low res.jpgJoin us on September 6th to be one of the first to view two rare, Mariano Fortuny gowns and to celebrate their addition to the Hammond Castle Museum Collection. Head Archivist Alana Rooke will speak about the discovery and identification of these special garments,  any necessary restoration and preservation efforts and their connection to Hammond Castle Museum. 
Fortuny at The Castle:
It’s not every day one discovers vintage couture tucked away in a closet! Two gowns  were neatly folded on a shelf in Irene’s closet for decades. Both garments, dating between 1920 and 1930, are velvet tabard gowns in Fortuny’s “Eleonora” Renaissance style and feature the famous pleating. These couture gowns will be on display from September 6th to the 27th.  Nowhere else in the United States are any Fortuny gowns on public display.  
Tickets to the opening reception are $15 each and can be purchased at: The reception begins at 7pm and will end by 9pm. on the 6th of September.

Open Studio and Art Sale


Hello all,

I hope you have been out enjoying your summers and the absolutely spectacular weather we have been given.

I wanted to make you aware of a new project I am involved in, and invite you to attend an Open Studio and Art Sale event I will be putting on all of next month – September 1st – 30th.

The event will showcase my sculptural works and latest explorations in abstract art and mixed media forms.  The event will take place in the “Loft Area” of the Cape Pond Ice Company located at 104 Commercial Street in Gloucester (Cool place, yes?).

To give you an idea of the type of work I will showcase during my event, I am forwarding a link to my new CloudBoard Channel below ( instructions as to how to best view the Channel follow the link).

Please call, text or email me to make a special appointment at any time to join the fun at my

Bobbi Gibb 978-273-1552

I hope to see you there!
Warmest Regards,


To view a brief preview of some of my artworks click on:


Dave Sag’s Blues Party Tonight with Orville Giddings 8:30pm start @ The Rhumb Line 9.5.2019

Thursday at the rhumb Line Orville Giddings and his seasick band of gypsy moths including John Cameron, Steve Chaggaris and me provide you with reasons to live.



40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Cape Ann License Plate Low Number Online Auction

Only 5 days left to place a bid on one of 60 Low Number Cape Ann License Plates that are available to bid on through September 9th at 10 PM!!
Place your bids here >>

Proceeds from these plates go back to community organizations such as…
Cape Ann Art Haven, the sunrise fund, GenerousGardeners, Pathways for Children, Windhover Center for Performing Arts, Project Adventure, Schooner Adventure, Rockport Exchange, Sawyer Free Library, The Open Door and more!! Place your bids to help support the Cape Ann community’s non-profit and education programs.

Nichole’s Picks 9/7 + 9/8

I got more than a little lazy with my weekend picks over the summer….mostly because either there was something super obvious to do…or because days were best spent enjoying beaching, boating, and relaxing.   School is back in session and weekend “picks” are back as well.

Pick #1:  Beverly HarborFest

September 7th from 3:00-6:00 and FREE for all! 

“Great party on the waterfront with live music, great food, craft beers from local breweries, and fun activities for all! Saturday September 7, 3-6 pm at Glover Wharf near the Beverly-Salem bridge. See you there!”

Share #beverlyharborfest2019 with all of your friends and ask them to share!



Pick #2: Middleton Food Truck Festival

Saturday, September 7th from 11:00-3:00 at the Middleton Golf Course on Route 114

SAVE THE DATE for The Town of Middleton’s 2nd annual Food Truck Festival! Food Trucks, Live Music, Family Fun Zone all on 114 Middleton at the Middleton Golf Course! All are welcome entry is FREE. This Event is to raise money for the Middleton Food Pantry. Brought to you by your local businesses: TrueView Financial & Vinum Wine Shop.
This Years Sponsors: The Goddard School-Middleton and Body Ambitions Fitness in Middleton.

READ MORE on their Facebook page HERE


Pick #3: Ipswich Ale Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 7th from 12:00-6:00

FREE ADMISSION @ The Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury


“Bring the family and the dog and join Ipswich Ale for their annual Harvest Fest at the historic Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm!

Free admission! No tickets necessary. This is one of their favorite and biggest events of the year – come have a pint with them!

Enjoy live music all day by Bliss, Jambalaya Horns, and the Orville Giddings Band! Grab a beer off one of their tapmobiles, and food from Slim’s BBQ, Kelly’s Roast BeefCopperDome CrustThe Whoo(pie) Wagon, and Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream! And bring your camping chairs and picnic blanket and watch a game of vintage baseball – played with 1860’s rules. They’ll have a bouncy house, face painters, and lawn games for the kids. Oh, and don’t forget the adorable farm animals!

Sweet Paws Rescue will be on-site with adoptable dogs all day. Learn how to adopt here:”


For a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid




CATA Student Bus Passes are scheduled to be sold in the Gloucester High  School Atrium on Wednesday, August 28, Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 30 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.; Tuesday,  September 3 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and  Wednesday, September 4; Thursday, September 5; and Friday, September 6 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Gloucester High School Atrium. Student Passes will not be available for purchase at the CATA office until  September 9, 2019.

The Pass Plus, Unlimited Semester (Fall or Spring) Pass and Unlimited Annual Pass will be on sale. The Unlimited Semester (Fall or Spring) Pass and Unlimited Annual Pass are photo IDs and the student must be present at the time of purchase. The cost for theUnlimited Annual Pass is $200.00; the cost for the Unlimited Semester (Fall or Spring) Pass  is $100.00 and the cost for the Pass Plus is $25.00. All Passes are payable by cash or check. For further information, call the CATA office at 978-283-7278.

We are all “little” Miracles…

Cape Ann Wellness

We are all “little” miracles…

We all have ups and downs along our journey so we are not unique, nor should we feel alone. Even Mother Earth has to take time to heal!

Join Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC, Earth Medicine School of Healing Arts, Energy Healer Marleen Wood & Visionary Artist Tia Crystal in Sedona, Arizona, January 22 – 26, 2020 for our “Authentic Self Retreat”. This retreat will introduce you to your Authentic Self. Walk the sacred land and connect with your inner voice.

• Vortex mediation
• Yoga, Reiki
• Art Channeling
• Desert Excursions
• Sacred Ceremonies
• Energy Healing
• Shamanic Journeying
• Aura and Chakra Balancing
• Enrichment Energy workshop and oh so much more!

More details and/or reserve your spot click on the link below…early bird pricing ends September 9!

Only 4 spots remaining, grab one and make…

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Arts Festival In The Shipyard

Cape Ann Community

Join us at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on September the 21st, from 4 PM to 7, for the 6th Annual Arts Festival In The Shipyard.

There will be a local art show and sale, makers table, lots of creative activities, food, music and fun for all the family. Activities include block printing, painted sails, shell painting, sharptown rowing and more.

Artists: To submit art for the exhibition and sale please visit the event website for registration details:

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