Topsfield Fair 2020 Cancelled Due to COVID

Topsfield Fair officials announced today on their Facebookpage and webpage that the Oct 2-12 2020 event has been cancelled due to pandemic concerns. This is disappointing, but understandable. From their announcement:

The Essex Agricultural Society, the organization that runs the Topsfield Fair, announces that for the safety of fairgoers, staff, volunteers, vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors, it has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Topsfield Fair

Stay safe all! We will get to the other side……

Image borrowed from Topsfield Fair website:

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Arts Abound

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magnolia Village, Gloucester, MA  01930

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  LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHY

JOHN ABISAMRA

Arts Abound is pleased to announce our new Featured Artist, John Abisamra. He has a large following in the local area for his intriguing photographs.

His large framed prints are available for $230 each for 19×25″; smaller 11×14″ framed versions are $95; unframed, with mat is $65. Please contact us at: artsaboundmagnolia@gmail.com to order. They make fabulous gifts for friends, family, or for yourself! Come visit Arts Abound and view this amazing photography.

John’s Artist Statement
My real passion is to capture the beauty of nature through the eye of my camera. A native New Englander, my inspiration primarily comes from photographing New England landscapes. I try to capture the uniqueness each season brings along with the magic light that exists. I love capturing the beauty of the coastline. I particularly enjoy photographing during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset and also am drawn to images where nature and man made elements meet. Photography for me is all about capturing a moment in time which may never be repeated. I spend a good amount of time driving on backroads or hiking to secluded places to capture the beauty of nature. My photographs have been published in the Photographer’s Forum MagazineCape Ann Magazine (including three cover photos), Lowell Sun and Gloucester Times. I am a juried member of  Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, Rockport Art Association, and Newburyport Art Association where my work can be viewed along with the Depot Diner in Beverly and Cape Ann Coffee in Gloucester. I can make matted/framed photos in a variety of sizes or as framed canvas, metal or glass photos.

Cape Ann Magazine cover photo
Lantern Reflections
Rockport, MA
Dinghies at Rest
Rockport Harbor
Rising from the Fog
Arts Abound is pleased to announce our new Featured Artist, John

Abisamra. He has a large following in the local area for his intriguing

photographs.

John’s large framed prints are available for $230 each for 19×25″; smaller

11×14″ framed versions are $95; unframed, with mat are $65. Please contact

us at: artsaboundmagnolia@gmail.com to order. They make fabulous gifts for

friends, family, or for yourself! Come visit Arts Abound and view this amazing

photography.

John tries to capture the uniqueness each season brings. along with the magic

light that exists. He loves capturing the beauty of the coastline. He particularly

enjoys photographing during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset and also is

drawn to images where nature and man-made elements meet. Photography for

him is all about capturing a moment in time which may never be repeated.

GREAT GIFTS

As we continue to endure the financial challenges of the pandemic, Arts

Abound believes it is more important than ever to buy local. Below are some

gift suggestions – for an upcoming birthday or anniversary perhaps, or yourself!

Stop in and see what other treasures we have, or set up an appointment to do

a FaceTime session.

Joyful Sunflowers – Sue Wheeler, mixed media

Gloucester-made Ryan & Wood hand sanitizer, paired with a hand-sewn

mask or two, makes an ideal gift. Ryan & Wood is a local distillery that

has temporarily converted their production to hand sanitizer to help folks stay

safe during the pandemic. $40 as shown here with mask.

 

Donna’s beach towels featuring local images have been a huge hit! At $30 each, they are soft and beautiful.

Our wonderful lobster prints, created by Martha (Landfall Gallery), are

perfect for celebrating summer! Available in several different sizes; framed

and unframed.

Ceramic artist Jenny has a wonderful selection of pottery, including these

stunning bowls!

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!Ann’s beautiful seagrass jewelry makes a fabulous gift!

 

 Arts Abound continues to sell many masks! We recently developed a new

style of mask that includes a pocket for a filter. You can use a coffee filter or

a vacuum bag filter, to name a couple of options. We also have way cool

summer fabrics as seen above. And our nose piece has been improved. The

traditional style face mask is still available.

Check out our new face masks page.

Our Fabulous Artists

Sue Wheeler (owner), Stephanie Mason, Brenda Malloy, Melissa Cox,

Karen Keough, Lisa Knebel, Tin Can Sally, Donna Ardizzoni, Deb

Schradieck, Erik Hahr, Alissa Cohen, John Abisamra, Alan

Bourgault, Hermit Hill, Jenny Rangan, and Larry Parsons

BUY LOCAL

Major Field House restoration progress at Gloucester High School | Big DPW project #GloucesterMA #GHS #Basketball #Track

After twenty plus years in need and many years of planning, the Gloucester High School field house deficiencies are no more. Restoration is underway on this 1.6 million capital improvement directed by Gloucester Public Works.

The old bleachers are being replaced with top notch product.

Issues with the original concrete and under laying have been resolved. “The new work will be done correctly.” This mean new hardwood flooring. New usable track. Gloucester DPW hired Capital construction for this big project.

Views of the progress July 2020– so exciting!

 

Gloucester High School Field House summer construction major renovations_20200727_Gloucester Mass photographs ©c ryan (5)

 

The old bleachers were punched out all over, holes like confetti. Rumor one I’ve heard was shot put tosses caused the damage (whether practice misses or on purpose, I’m not sure) Rumors two is the holes were a result of indoor baseball and softball practice. What do you think caused the holes? Cue up GMG poll.

Whatever the results, counting on community taking care of the new fieldhouse.

The  Benjamin A. Smith Field House, aka Smith Field House, was formerly dedicated to  Albert Bachelor. 

 

You Go Days Without Even Noticing Them, Then One Day…Wow, Those Are Big.

Remember when they were first built and you couldn’t help but notice them from every angle and every vantage point in town. Now, I barely notice them.   But, every once in a while, you catch them at a certain view and they shock you still.  They look pretty impressive standing strong and tall up behind Gloucester Crossing.

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Gloucester Gaiters and Masks

 

Here’s the link to purchase

Show your team/City/Town pride and easily follow new face mask guidelines.  Simply wear the gaiter around your neck, slide it up when you need it and slide it down when you don’t.
Gaiters: 
These high end, machine washable, 83% polyester / 17% spandex neck gaiters are a must have for athletes and fans.   They are are a breathable, single layer gaiter with hemmed edges for a more finished look. They are stylish and comfortable.  They have moisture-wicking properties that move moisture away from the body to the exterior of the fabric so they can evaporate quicker and easier.
Gaiter Sizing:
  • YOUTH typically fits ages 4-12.  If your child had a big noggin, you’ll want to size up.  On the Flat Dimensions  Length 9″ Width @ Top 8″ Width @ Bottom 7″.
  • ADULT is perfect for Teens and Adults.  On the Flat Dimensions  Length 10″ Width @ Top 10″ Width @ Bottom 9″.

I’m Reluctant To Share That @LateJulyOrganic Jalapeño Lime Tortilla Chips Are The Greatest Tortilla Chips Ever Produced

For fear of a huge run on them at my local supermarket.

But guilt got to me so I knew I had to let our readers know.

There are some other flavors I’d like to try. Maybe if they send us some we will do an on air podcast breaking down the different flavor profiles. On the bag they were touting a Bacon Habanero  one that can only imagine to be stupid delicious or the Korean Barbeque one.

My lord these are delicious.

Unbelievable.

check them out at www.latejuly.com

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