Check out the NASA satellite photos of smoke stretching across the country

NASA release: Smoke across North America

“While plumes of wildfire smoke from western North America have passed over the northeastern U.S. and Canada multiple times each summer in recent years, they often go unnoticed. That is because smoke that spreads far from its source typically moves at a fairly high altitude—between 5 and 10 kilometers—as winds blow it eastward.

The situation has been quite different this week,”

Some Great Art Events Coming Up!!!

19-Piece Compaq Big Band With the ‘Cape Ann Jazz Divas’ at FREE Antonio F. Gentile Summer Concert Series

Sunday August 15th 7:00pm

Stage Fort Park
24 Hough, Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

The 19-piece Compaq Big Band returns to the Antonio F. Gentile Bandstand Summer Concert Series with a very special program on Sunday August 15th featuring the “Cape Ann Jazz Divas” –  Marina Evans, Renee Dupuis, and Alexandra Grace are three of the band’s regular rotation of terrific vocalists – all born, raised, and reside in Gloucester or Rockport! Appearing for the first time together on the same stage, they will be performing solo jazz and swing charts in front of the band as recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, Peggy Lee, Queen Latifah, Tierney Sutton and more!

PLUS, we’ve got some authentic Andrews Sisters trio arrangements that are sure to bring down the house!  7:00pm-8:30pm, FREE admission, and open to all – just bring a blanket and/or lawn chair.  Weather permitting.  However, in the event of rain, the alternate concert date is Wednesday August 18th at the same place and time.  If it rains both Sunday and Wednesday, there is no alternate date for 8/18.  More info at and

Last Chance to see Eileen Patten Oliver Solo Show at NSAA

11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930
July 14 – 31, 2021

Eileen Patten Oliver, “Daylilies,” oil on canvas, 

North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) is excited to welcome Gloucester artist Eileen Patten Oliver, who has a solo show on display July 14 – 31, 2021. Come and meet the artist and see the stunning show on Sunday, July 25 at 2:00 PM.  

Eileen has been painting in New England for over fifty years. After moving to Cape Ann in 2010, she discovered the quality of light, natural beauty and architecture that are all unique to the area and offered boundless subject matter. She paints not merely to document images of places or people, but to capture the spirit and intensity of that one magic moment with her brush. Her work is represented at the North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association & Museum, and Folly Cove Fine Art gallery. 

North Shore Arts Association is located at 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information about events please call (978) 283-1857 or email Visiting hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.  

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts Presents ARTFULNESS by New Hampshire-based Saving Grace Dance Ensemble

Eight local professional and pre-professional dance companies offer exciting variety of dance

Thursday, July 29th at 7:00pm

Robyn Goulette and Saving Grace Dance Ensemble will present their collaborative dance concert ARTFULNESS – An Evening of Inspiring Dance on Thursday July 29th on the outdoor stage at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts. The performance begins at 7pm and features the work of eight local professional and pre-professional dance companies.

The concert promises a wide variety of contemporary, ballet, and jazz dance from talented local artists. Featured dance companies include Allegro Dance AcademyForty Steps Dance, Alinea Dance Company (, North Atlantic Dance TheatreNSquared Dance Company, solo artist Peyton ColegroveSaving Grace Dance Ensemble, andSouthern New Hampshire Youth Ballet.

Saving Grace Dance Ensemble’s mission is to present spiritually uplifting performing arts events and opportunities for dancers to be part of something special, keeping art alive and dancers dancing!

Tickets are $32 and can be purchased at online at, at the Gloucester Stage Ticketing site at or by calling the box office at 978-281-4433. For information about Covid safety protocols, please visit

For more information about Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, please visit

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Hosts Guest Presenter:  Loren Doucette 

Who: Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966                                             

What: “Where Realism and Abstraction Meet- Bringing the Human Experience to Our Art” with Loren Doucette

Where:  ZOOM

When:  August 18, 2021, 7:00pm

The Experimental Group of Rockport’s Art Association & Museum is happy to host a zoom presentation with Gloucester artist Loren Doucette. In this talk, Loren will speak to the ways that Realism and Abstraction meet to express the “beingness” of what we are drawing. In addition, she will share the most significant parts of her art making process including the sacred set up of materials, the importance of working from source, using “search” drawing as a bridge to Abstraction, and the practice working daily in a sketchbook.

Artist Bio:

Loren Doucette lives and works in Gloucester, MA. She received a BFA in Drawing and Painting in Spring 2013 from Montserrat College of Art where she graduated with Honors. Her work entails expressive floral paintings, local scenes of Gloucester’s marshes and fishing docks and highly emotional abstract paintings using predominantly Acrylic, Pastel and Watercolor. She has taught art for over 20 years at various places including Montserrat College of Art and the Peabody Essex Museum. Recently, she started an Art Mentoring Program working with eager artists in an encouraging way to help them achieve creative goals. Her work can be viewed by appointment per request at Loren Doucette Studio on Cripple Cove Studios 97 East Main Street in Gloucester, MA.

Endless Road to Redon 2020

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.  

If you would like a zoom invite to the event, please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, via email at  

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 100 years.

Shelly Eager’s Pastel Demo at NSAA this Thursday

What: NSAA Artist Demonstration: Shelly Eager
Where: 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930
When: Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 6 PM
Cost: Open and free to the public
Images: 5 attached 

Shelly Eager, “Once in a Blue Shrimp,” pastel, 20 x 18 inches 

North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) is excited to collaborate with the Rocky Neck Cultural District Partners to celebrate art on Cape Ann every Thursday night in July and August for the Cultural Splash between 4 – 8 PM. During Thursday’s extended hours come experience free artist demonstrations starting at 6 PM by extremely talented, well-known artists.  

We are thrilled to welcome NSAA’s award winning artist Shelly Eager, who is giving a pastel demo on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 6 PM.  In this demo Shelly will be painting a close-up still life demonstrating how she tries to keep her paintings loose and exciting from the onset. She will speak to how she chooses her photo references and color choices. It will be an entertaining and informative demonstration! To see Shelly’s work please go to shelly eager Fine Art (

North Shore Arts Association is located at 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information about events please call (978) 283-1857 or email Visiting hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.  


Three Dance Companies and Five Outdoor Performances This Week!

New York-Based Continuum Showcases New Contemporary Ballet on July 27th and 28th

Saving Grace Ensemble’s ARTFULNESS Features 8 Local Dance Companies on 

July 29th

and Boston-based BoSoma Presents Signature Works on August 1st

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts kicks off a full week of contemporary dance on its beautiful outdoor stage.

On Monday July 26th and Tuesday July 27th, New York-based Continuum Contemporary Ballet presents new works in progress. Each performance begins at 7pm and will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with the company.

Continuum dancers Catherine Gurr, Haley Neisser, Donna Salgado, Vanessa Salgado, and Matthew Michael Uriniak combine their strong foundation in classical ballet with modern artistry to generate original works that reflect the present day. The new choreography reflects what the company has lived through in the past pandemic year, and features a poetic sensibility that is gentle, sensitive, and detailed.

Continuum has performed at Jacob’s Pillow, Newport Dance Festival, Island Moving Company’s Great Friends Dance Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, New York City Center Studios, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and more. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at .

On Thursday, July 29thRobyn Goulette and Saving Grace Dance Ensemble present their collaborative dance concert ARTFULNESS – An Evening of Inspiring Dance. The performance begins at 7pm and promises a wide variety of contemporary, ballet, and jazz dance from talented local artists. Featured dance companies include Allegro Dance AcademyForty Steps Dance, Alinea Dance Company (New England School of Dance), North Atlantic Dance TheatreNSquared Dance Company, solo artist Peyton ColegroveSaving Grace Dance Ensemble, and Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet.

Tickets are $32 and can be purchased at online at

Finally, Boston-based BoSoma Dance Company brings their 18th season of power, passion and versatility to Windhover for two performances on Sunday, August 1st at 2pm and 5pm.

The company, recognized for daring contemporary programming and vibrant, energetic movement will perform signature works that highlight the athleticism and grace of BDC dancers. Featured dances include Convergence and Parachute. In addition, BDC dancer and choreographer Tony Tucker will premiere an inspiring work blending contemporary, hip hop and African dance. Choreographer Lindsey Leduc had restaged her Lost it to Trying for this performance, and the company will perform two new works by Katherine Hooper. These new works are created in collaboration with costume designer Greeke, and are set to Billy Joel’s classic song Vienna and to Paki Palmieri’s Arcadeya.

BoSoma has premiered over 40 original works and performed commissions from organizations such as Chorus pro Musica and the Patricia Kenny Dance Collection of New York, and have performed in festivals around the globe.

Tickets are $30. Tickets for all events are available at or by contacting the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at the performances.

For more information about Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, please visit

IMAGINE Gallery 20th Anniversary August 12, 2021 4-8pm

CONTACT: Brenda Malloy,, 978-559-1709

18 X 24 Black and White ‘TORN collage series’, acrylic on watercolor paper arranged in highly textural collage

Brenda Malloy is pleased to announce that IMAGINE Gallery is celebrating it’s 20th season in the historic Rocky Neck Art Colony.  Brenda’s latest work, ‘Torn’ series, will be showcased.  Included are multidimensional collage paintings, sculpture, lamp shades and mobiles.  The Gallery also features Malloy’s other artistic creations, including abstract paintings, hand painted clothing, hats, scarves and handbags, as well as greeting cards, magnets and lawn decor.

ABOUT IMAGINE GALLERY: IMAGINE opened in 2002 as a shop of imported handicrafts from Malloy’s winter travels to Nepal, Thailand, Bali, India, Tibet and China.  In 2006 she started painting herself, and this is the second year that the Gallery features solely work done by Brenda herself.  She is a prolific creator whose colorful work reflects her joy and love of life.  Her goal was to make her creations accessible, with cards and magnets available for under $10, many small paintings, and various works up to 4′ x 5′ paintings.

IMAGINE is located on pilings in Smith’s Cove in an 1890 era former tar shack, where the pitch for the sealing of the ship sails created in the adjacent  building was stored.  It has housed numerous artists and galleries in recent decades.

ABOUT BRENDA MALLOY:  Brenda is a self taught artist who first started painting in 2006.  Her work has been influenced by the temples and monasteries, artwork and textiles of the Asian countries she has spent over 60 months visiting during her winter sojourns.   She expresses herself in colorful, often highly textural, abstract, expressive creations on canvas, paper, driftwood, textiles and more.  Her work reflects her positivity and optimistic outlook on life.

IMAGINE Gallery is open May – October daily 8am-8pm,43 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA

For more information call 978-559-1709 or visit, facebook at Imagine on Rocky Neck or instagram at ImagineGallery_onRockyNeck

New Exhibition at Rocky Neck Art Colony Featuring Animals of all Stripes

August 5, 2021 – September 12, 2021
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, August 14, 5-7 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
Hours: Thursday noon to 8 PM; Friday through Sunday noon to 5 PM

Our pets and nature got us through the last year. Now, the Rocky Neck Art Colony wants to honor feathered, finned and furred friends with a special exhibition titled Wild Things: Animals Real and Imagined, opening August 5 at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

Sixty works are on display including more than 14 sculptures, nine photographs, a selection of digital art as well as paintings, drawings and prints. Artists are from Oregon, Colorado, Louisiana and New England.

Juror Barbara Moody says that making a selection from almost 200 entries was quite the challenge: “I chose the most intriguing works that fit the theme of Wild Things: Known and Imagined,” says Moody. “Ultimately, I was forced to omit most of the domestic animals, birds and scenic environments even though they could be considered ‘wild.’ I was attracted most by those works that were unusual, curious, provocative and/or unique. “

About the Juror, Barbara Moody

Barbara Moody recently retired as a Professor of painting and drawing at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as VP/Academic Dean for nine years. Her large-scale drawings have been shown at the Kingston Gallery in Boston, where she has had 14 solo shows. Barbara earned master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard University, as well as a BFA from Syracuse University.

Moody serves on the Board of Rocky Neck Art Colony. She co-founded FLOAT Gallery, and will show her newest small works at the Cove Gallery on Rocky Neck in August. 

Participating artists include: Linda Bourke, Laurinda Butcher, Matt Cegelis, Janice Charles, Yhanna Coffin, Isabella DeLia, Maria Denjongpa, Nancy Dudley, Barbe Ennis, Erin Garrett-Metz, Lisa Goren, Robert Grady, Nygel Jones, Tim Karoleff, Elizabeth Kayl, Steven Kratka, Amelia Leonards, Christopher Lovely, Jana Matusz, Dillian McGahey, Brian Murphy, Karie O’Donnell, Olivia Parker, Morgan Petitpas, Liese Ricketts, Joyce Roessler, Amy Ross, Constance Saems, Jon Sarkin, Lynne Sausele, Darcy Scanlon Moulton, Deb Schradieck, Elaine Seidel, Sophia Shultz, Brad Story, Derrick Te Paske, Len Thomas-Vickory, Stacy Thomas-Vickory, Mandy Torres, Helen Tory, Juni Van Dyke, Karen Watson, Jaclyn Withers, Lulu Wootton, and Claire Wyzenbeek. 

Special Events

In addition to an opening reception on Saturday, August 14, from 5 to 7 PM, a special class called How to Draw a Chicken (Harder Than you Think and More Fun) will be given by artist Amanda Hawkins later in August.  To sign up, visit the Rocky Neck Art Colony Eventbrite page (, and look at the web page for updates.

Also planned is a special video presentation from the far-flung artists about animal imagery and art. Follow the Rocky Neck Art Colony Youtube Channel. 

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) was founded in the mid-19th century and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1973. With the creation of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in 2012, RNAC programs are reaching a wider demographic as the visual arts focus is expanding to include more diverse cultural and educational offerings. The Cultural Center is located at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information visit

The Rockport Legion Band will perform the first free concert of our 87th summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA.

August 1, 2021, 7:00 to 8:30

The Good Old USA

The best popcorn in Massachusetts is here!  Children are welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Bob Rick, Conductor and Music Director

Because of limited rehearsal time we’ll perform every other week instead of every week.  Our concerts will be July 18, And August 1, 15, and 29.

There are two changes in the program (below).

                    Good Old USA
National AnthemHenry Fillmore
American FlourishRobert W. Smith
Liberty BellJohn Philip Sousa
American SaluteMorton Gould, Arr. Douglas E. Wagner
Americans WeHenry Fillmore
ShenandoahFrank Ticheli
To Protect & ServeRobert W. Smith
Patriotic MedleyBob Puff
Captain AmericaAlan Silvestri, Arr. Michael Brown
Saint-sational TrioTraditional, Arr. Michael Story
New York, New YorkJohn Kander, Arr. Frank D. Cofield
This is My CountryAl Jacobs & Don Raye, Arr. Jerry Brubaker
Battle Hymn of the RepublicWilliam Steffe, Arr. Jay Althouse & Mark Williams
America The BeautifulSamuel Augustus Ward, Arr. Carmen Dragon
Stars & StripesJohn Philip Sousa

Bingo Night at the Magnolia Library and Community Center

Tomorrow evening!! And here’s a little sneak peek at some of the prizes for kids! Adults will win gift cards to great Magnolia businesses like @magnolia525tavern , @shackteau_interiors and @allpurposeflowers 😁🎟🎟🎟Tickets can be bought ahead of time on our website or at the door. We look forward to seeing you there! #magnolialibraryandcommunitycenter #magnolialibrary #bingonight #BINGO #communitysupport #communityevents #summervibes #summerevent #capeannma #magnoliama #supportourlibrary


Summer Fun at the Sawyer Free Library

Cape Ann Community

There’s one month left of summer reading, and the Sawyer Free Libraryhas prizes for children, teens, and adults who want to jump into the action!

Click HERE to see how much fun Clawdia the Library Lobster and friends are having this summer!

Or better yet, come into the library today or visitsawyerfreelibrary.orgto learn more about Sawyer Free Library’s summer reading programs.

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