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Winter Weekend – pat morss

Another pretty winter weekend on the coast

Winter sky
Just enough new snow to cross-country ski, out the door
Baird/Hart house looking cozy
Challenging on skiis
Rock marshmallows
Brace Cove peeking through
Someone else enjoying winter conditions
Commuting to work after breakfast
Cold feet
Uphill Giant Slalom
Easy hovering for a Red-tail Hawk in a 30-knot wind

Update on Byron Brooks #GloucesterMA artist active in the 1960s

People continue to share photographs of Byron Brooks oil paintings since a request back in 2016. Some images show paintings that were bought directly from the artist at his gallery in East Gloucester. Others were passed down through a family for generations. Still others were discovered at auction or estate sales across the country. One turned up in Arizona.

People google the artist and find their way to Good Morning Gloucester in search of biographical information. As more and more people share snapshots, a fuller picture of the artist and favorite motifs began to emerge. For instance, because of new additions from one collector, it’s clear that Brooks painted favorite scenes beyond Gloucester, “greater Cape Ann”, and in all seasons. Besides photographs, GMG readers have expressed memories of the artist, as well as Gloucester and relevant neighborhoods at the time he was active here. These contributions help us to have a better understanding of what it was like to visit his home studio gallery and learn more about him as a person.

selection snapshots from new contributions:

Byron Brooks, Lobster Boat, Rockport, private collection, courtesy photo
Byron Brooks, Harvey House, West Gloucester, oil on canvas, circa 1960s, private collection, courtesy photo

Here is a link to the Byron Brooks resource- updated as of January 2021.

This is Part 5 from series, Searching for Artist Byron Brooks

MANSHIP ARTISTS PRESENTS: Outside @ Manship Artists Salon

We have news to share concerning Outside @Manship, Manship Artists’ CoViD response to support local artists, and programming that we have developed related to the exhibition.

Manship Artists is presenting a FREE virtual Zoom series — Outside @ Manship Artists Salon — to accompany and highlight its support of 94 artists during 2020 and the pandemic and the resulting online exhibition Outside @ Manship. The salons will take place Thursday evenings beginning March 4, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Registration is required for each of the programs. Zoom space is limited, please advise your readership to sign-up in advance at

March 4          The Inside Scoop: Paul Manship’s story

Who was Paul Manship? What brought him to Cape Ann? What did he create here? Many Cape Ann locals are surprised to learn that the artist who modeled one of the most recognizable and photographed sculptures in the world — New York City’s Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center — was sculpted by an artist whose summer residence and work studio is in Gloucester, MA. The property was saved by the Manship Artists Residency + Studios three years ago. Join Paul Manship’s grandson Erik Natti, Manship’s neighbor and local house historian Pru Fish, and Manship Artists founder and American sculpture specialist Rebecca Reynolds for a revealing conversation about the man behind this local treasure with national significance.

March 18         Do you see the world inside out? 

A delightful happenstance of having artists come to Manship was that some chose to paint in the same place on the grounds on different days. They worked in the exact same locations where their painter friends had painted on other occasions unbeknownst to themselves. The work they each produced is remarkably different. Join Janet Sutherland, Patricia McCarthy, & John Caggiano, three Cape Ann plein air painters featured in the Outside @ Manship exhibition as they talk about their time at Manship, their work, and how they developed as artists in their own unique way. 

April 1         Inside @ Manship : Uninterrupted Time

Artist-in-residence programs give artists the opportunity to live and work outside of their usual surroundings and away from the concerns of their everyday lives. Residencies provide artists uninterrupted time to reflect, dive deep into questions that may have been puzzling them, and to produce work in a supportive environment. Manship Artists’ pandemic response — Outside @ Manship — was designed to bring local artists from Cape Ann to the grounds of Manship for a little while as a respite during COVID. Come celebrate the first day of National Poetry Month with us! Meet two poets who benefited from time at Manship as they share what happened while they were there. Cantabrigian Charles Coe is the author of three books of poetry and an adjunct professor of English at Salve Regina University. Poet Monica Manoski is an artist, community organizer, Reiki practitioner, and the Executive Director of the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, MA. Her first book—a collection of poems and black and white film photography titled sisters in this ritual was just released. 

April 22         I know what I like!

Artists give us an opportunity to see things differently, in ways that are engaging, unexpected and perplexing. Our view of the world can be turned upside down and inside out by looking at artwork of a place that we may recognize, but which is rendered in such a way as to invite us to look again. Join three Outside @ Manship artists as they talk about the way they see the world. Heidi Caswell Zander in an artist member and President of The Rockport Art Association & Museum, where she also is involved with its Experimental Art Group. Award-winning experimental artist and wearable art clothing designer Donna Caselden maintains studios on Cape Ann and Napa Valley, CA. The recipient of a 2020 painting award from the Mass Cultural Council, Andrew Fish was one of the first resident artists at the Manship Artists Residency + Studios in 2019 and currently teaches at MassArt and Lesley Art + Design.

The virtual exhibition and complementary programming are a celebration of the work produced by artists who participated in Outside @ Manship. This program was created in response to the Covid pandemic, to provide a place for artists living and working on Cape Ann to be for a little while on the beautiful grounds of the Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS) in the summer and fall of 2020.

Roadway Signs

Here are a couple of examples of recent signage seen as we were driving around. Like many others, we regularly check for the window sign at the Flying Dragon in Essex. I rejoiced to see “Bald Eagles” since we had spotted a group of 4 recently nearby: 2 adults and 2 younger ones. I presume it may have been a family group. Flying high, proud and free over the marsh, it was inspiring as always.

Additional signs also from the Flying Dragon in Essex and the mile markers found at Ipswich River Craft…another product of theirs!

Alchemy – Coming Soon To The Lynnfield Marketplace!


Alchemy – Coming Soon!

Alchemy, brought to us by theSerenitee Restaurant Group,will serve creative, seasonal comfort food and sushi in a casual, family-friendly environment. Slated to open during the summer of 2021, Alchemy will feature large indoor and outdoor bars and extended patio seating to enjoy the season.

About The Serenitee Restaurant Group:

The Serenitee Restaurant Group Mission is to create institutions that substantially improve the quality of life in their communities by creating fun places that bring people together and fosters the connections that make life worth living.

We currently have ten restaurants across the North Shore – each with its own personality, experience, and menu. All our restaurants are designed to provide a fun, warm, and inviting space, where our guests feel most comfortable.

We’re committed to being a neighborhood restaurant and strive to weave ourselves into the fabric of the communities where we are located…

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Museum welcomes four new hires

Cape Ann Community

Rebecca Robison, Karla Kaneb, Stacey Csaplar and Anastasia Dennehy join staff

GLOUCESTER, MASS. (February 2021)The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome four new staff members: Rebecca Robison as Executive Assistant, Karla Kaneb as Collections Move Coordinator, Stacey Csaplar as Visitor Services Representative, and Anastasia Dennehy, also in Visitor Services.

Robison brings 15 years of museum administrative experience to her role as Executive Assistant. Prior to joining the Cape Ann Museum, she skillfully managed administrative duties and board relations as the Executive Assistant and Board Liaison to both the Chief Philanthropy Officer and the Director and CEO at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). Before working at PEM, she was the Project Manager for more than a decade at White Oak Associates, Museum Planners and Analysts.

“The Cape Ann Museum is truly a love letter to the beauty, history and cultural heritage of Cape Ann,” says Robison who is…

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