Motif Monday

Twin Lights August sunrise. For more information about the double lighthouses, see Thacher Island Assoc. excellent website here. Also wonderful books by Paul St. Germain, noted author & historian, president Thacher Island Assoc. here



Gloucester Artists Donna Caselden and M. Kristine Fisher to Show at Jane Deering Gallery through October 12

What: Awry | Just Breathe

Where: Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1-3 pm September 25 – October 12, and by appointment 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts/USA – August 20, 2020 – Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester’s premier art gallery, announces an exhibit showcasing experimental artist Donna Caselden and contemporary artist M. Kristine Fisher. Awry | Just Breathe, inspired by these historic times, presents two different interpretations in response to the noise” of the current Covid19 pandemic. Awry — Nothing seems quite right in the world, everything is a bit off kilter. All pieces are intentionally misaligned and act as a metaphor for the angst and discord in todays world. Just Breathe — As an antidote to the disarray, these works reflect the way in which Cape Anns transporting beauty, discovered along daily beach walks and explorations, provides comfort, healing, and renewal.  Jane Deering Gallery is located at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester MA. Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1-3pm, September 25 through October 12, and by appointment. Please contact Donna Caselden at


Donna Caselden is an award winning experimental artist whose diverse work ranges from 2-dimensional paintings to wearable art. She is a member of Cape Anns Experimental Art Group at Rockport Art Association & Museum, The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS), Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Boston’s Fort Points Art Community (FPAC), the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), and is a Master Artist of the Newburyport Art Association. The artist is represented by Gallery on Jarves in Sandwich, Massachusetts. She maintains a studio in the seaside village of Annisquam in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her work is held in museums, galleries and private collections throughout the country and was exhibited at the renowned Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts.


Kristine Fisher creates mixed media work deeply influenced by an extensive career in commercial architectural design during her tenure with global leader, Herman Miller. She is drawn to bold forms, sculptural elements, and graphic composition. She has exhibited with numerous North Shore arts organizations, including the Experimental Group, Rockport Art Association Museum (RAAM), Rockport, MA; Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA; Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA; The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS), MA; and Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA.


The Lobsterman Cometh and the Bugs Goeth

Findlings from the Firehouse: The Annisquam Historical Society


This is such a wonderful glimpse into the Annisquam Historical Society’s extensive collection of photographs dating back to the days of glass plate negatives.

Take some time and view their impressive collection here:

I am very grateful to David W. Teele & Betsey B. Horovitz for sharing this information with us. I am hopeful that they may continue to share some of their findings and extensive research.  What a joy it is to see these images and take this trip back in time.

Today a commercial lobsterman has a choice of ways to get the “bugs” to market: off-load from the boat directly to the dealer, lug the catch in totes to a truck and drive to a buyer, or, in some cases, hold the catch for the wholesaler to collect. In 1895, things were not so simple. Lobstermen fishing out of Lobster Cove could row or sail their dories to Chard’s “fish market”. How did others, say at Folly Cove, get their small catches to someone who would pay cash?

We have many photos showing lobstermen with their large wooden pots and dories. Some were plainly posed (1st photo below), but posed or not, the challenge of selling the catch remained.

In the family of one of the authors (DWT), there is an expression “light dawned on Marblehead”. This is what happened when the other author (BBH) looked closely at the second photo. The dealers came right to the water’s edge. (And there is a real, genuine, live lobster in the photo.) We have never found a similar image, of either a dealer or a lobster.

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Looking for a deal on a condo? Go to Boston.

Cape Ann Home

If you want to see some really basic Boston market statistics, click here.

Suffice to say I’m glad I’m not trying to sell a $1M-$2M condo because there are 45% more condos on the Boston market right now than there were last year.

But if you’re thinking about buying in Boston, that’s a different story. It’s an “opportunity” if you can ride out:

  • the disposition of the virus
  • the stock market fluctuation
  • the upcoming election

How’s our market on Cape Ann? The polar opposite.

If you’re curious about which Gloucester and Rockport homes and condos are for sale, this is an easy way to find out. In the Cape Ann Waterfront Guide, you’ll receive up-to-the-minute information on pricing, size, bedrooms, “the works”, all via email.

Click here to sign up and receive your copy of the Cape Ann Waterfront Guide.

Bob and Sue McDermott • Kenny MacCarthy • Gibson Sotheby’s International

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