In The Arts!

Carmela Martin’s Solo Show at NSAA


North Shore Arts Association
11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930
Open and free to the public

Carmela Martin, Restless Sea, mixed media, $1,400 

A new exhibition of paintings by Carmela Martin is currently on display at the North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) in Gloucester, MA, and will be on view through September 9, 2021. The exhibition features vibrant paintings rich in texture and color. Please join us on Saturday, September 4, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM for the opening reception. 

Carmela studied with many gifted and renowned artists from the North Shore and beyond. She works primarily in oil, adding cold wax and marble dust to create layers of texture, and incorporates pastel, acrylic, and monotype printing into her work.  

Her paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections in the United Sates and abroad.  She is a member of the North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association & Museum, and the Experimental Group. To experience more of Carmela’s work please visit

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.  

Susan Hedman’s Solo Show at NSAA

August 25 – September 9, 2021
Reception: Saturday, September 4th from 1:00 – 400 PM

North Shore Arts Association
11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930

Cost: Open and free to the public

Susan Hedman, Red Gladiolas, oil, $1,200

A new exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Susan Hedman is currently on display at the North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) in Gloucester, MA, and will be on view through September 9, 2021. The exhibition features approximately forty-seven works highlighting intricate still-lifes, colorful florals, and local maritime scenes. Please join us on Saturday, September 4, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM for the opening reception. 

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.  

Faces from the Past: 100 Years of RAA&M Artists in Portraiture museum exhibit at Rockport Art Association & Museum

Portrait of Aldro Hibbard, by Marguerite S. Pearson. Ca. 1960

The act of painting portraits – and self-portraits – is as old as art itself. Thus it is no surprise to find that over the course of the past century the artists of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) have applied their superlative skills towards crafting portraits of themselves and each other.

The selection of portraits featured in this show are all drawn from the Rockport Art Association & Museum’s permanent museum collection. Executed in oil, watercolor, and photography, these works document the diverse forms or artistic expression employed over the last century by our artist members. As well, they stand as a priceless means by which we can experience and get to know some of the faces that have made the Rockport Art Association & Museum one of the premier centers for the fine arts in America.

Faces from the Past: 100 Years of RAA&M Artists in Portraiture is running from NOW until Thursday, September 16 in our Wengenroth Gallery.  For more information please click here:

New Exhibition at Rocky Neck Art Colony Featuring Six Contemporary Artists Celebrating their Stories of Spirit, Perseverance and Vision 20/20 Vision, Curated by Kristine Fisher

Dates: September 16, 2021 – October 17, 2021
Artists’ Reception:
Saturday, September 18, 4-6 PM

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

The six accomplished contemporary artists featured in 20/20 Vision share adventuresome approaches to materials, a commitment to experimental processes, and inspired engagement with Cape Ann’s extraordinary natural environment. 

Risk-takers all, and passionate lovers of their process, Donna CaseldenTerry Del Percio-PiemonteRichard Crangle, Kristine FisherKat Masella and Susan Guest-McPhail all work to keep excitement and freshness alive. In this exhibition, they have left safety and the ordinary behind to reveal their clearest artistic expression. These artists ask, “Does 20/20 vision really exist for an artist or for anyone as life evolves?” Affirming that “artistic pursuits, as with life, can be murky and full of risk,” they conclude that “In our creative journey, the only clarity that we really have is to be truly present and lean into our hearts.” Showcasing painting, mixed media and sculpture, this exhibition celebrates each artist’s story of spirit, perseverance, and vision. 

Artists in the Exhibition

Boston-based artist Donna Caselden has been creating experimental artwork over the past several years. Originally an interior designer, Donna blends her painting skills with her design knowledge, resulting in a perfect marriage of her two passions.

From his studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Richard Crangle creates refined wood sculpture and furniture that incorporate time honored craftsmanship and contemporary expression using local, reclaimed, and exotic woods. Crangle’s vocabulary of abstract and organic themes, innovative shapes, and surface treatments evoke the inclusion of visual grace and movement. His work is in the

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts and in many private collections.

Painter and mixed-media artist Terry Del Percio-Piemonte is showing work from two completely different series. Her current paintings arrange complex patterns and shapes suggesting aerial views of cityscapes that abstractly reflect how we construct our communities from both a physical and political standpoint. On her other series, Del Percio remarks, “The year 2020 seemed to bring the world’s insanity to a volcanic head, and it has had a tremendous impact on me personally.” Using fabric and threads for a new collage series called “Frayed Around the Edges” Del Percio appears to be documenting her emotional reactions to the very disturbing times in which we live.

Kristine Fisher is a contemporary visual artist specializing in mixed media and photography. Her work is largely influenced by the coastal environs of living on Cape Ann. The sea’s rhythms, along with her many years of working with global design leader Herman Miller, are reflected in the graphic simplicity of her work. Fisher has exhibited with numerous North Shore art associations and the Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Kat Masella paints energetic contemporary oil paintings full of emotion.  Her work evokes wonderment and joy through layers of rich imagery, colors and textures. Kat has exhibited nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards.

Susan Guest-McPhail is an award-winning artist, printmaker, and teacher who loves to create and share. Her work is intuitive, colorful, and changing.


Special Events

In addition to an opening reception on Saturday, September 18, from 4 to 6 PM, the following public programs will accompany this exhibition: 

September 22, 7-8 PM – Artist and teacher, Susan Guest-McPhail demonstrates mixed media techniques 

October 2, 2-4 PM – Rick Crangle will conduct a drop-in demonstration of wood sculpting and hand carving skills

October 9, 2-4 PM – Kat Masella will demonstrate painting techniques and discuss her process

To sign up, visit the Rocky Neck Art Colony Eventbrite page 

Consult the web page for details and updates.

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

Markouk Bread – local, fresh, tasty, and healthy food is a #GloucesterMA must know foodie destination

Maha Jabba, owner and chef at Markouk Bread, and crew create flavorful and delicious Mediterranean everyday eats at their location on 338 Main Street, in Gloucester, MA, near houses that inspired artist Edward Hopper, and famed public stairs and Crow’s Nest featured in books, art and cinema. Their popular and traditional dishes highlight Lebanese cuisine. Customers can eat standing or sitting–inside and out; most people opt for grab & go. Customers may find it helpful to call ahead (they sell out), and find it easier parking across the street.

“If only you could cook like his mom.” Fun fact: As a longtime fan favorite at Cape Ann Farmers Market and Main Street events, people are familiar with Jabba’s everyday gourmet and dazzling saj-grill meals. What they may not know is when her son played for GHS sports (eventually soccer co-captain), those lucky athletes had the best team dinners ever at their house, enjoying classic comfort dishes and other specialties. She can cook everything!

Markouk Bread menu

Try it all – the dinners, grilled kebabs, wraps, manoushies (flatbreads), homemade sides. Yum!

(978) 283-3500

Ask about party platters, too

Coming soon – I’ll update with a GIF of one of the master wraps

Pot/Trap Fisheries Regulations to Help Save North Atlantic Right Whales Announced #commercialfishing #lobster

NOAA Fisheries - New England - Mid Atlantic Bulletin

NOAA Fisheries and our partners are dedicated to conserving and rebuilding the North Atlantic right whale population, which is endangered, declining, and experiencing an ongoing Unusual Mortality Event.

Entanglement in commercial fishing gear is a primary cause of mortalities and serious injuries of North Atlantic right whales. Working with the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team—a group of advisors consisting of fishermen, scientists, conservationists, and state and federal officials—we have completed Phase 1 of the modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan to continue to reduce whale entanglements.

Today, we are announcing the final rule to modify the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. The gear modifications required by the rule will go into effect May 1, 2022, which is the start of the American lobster/Jonah crab fishing year. The changes to the seasonally restricted areas will go into effect 30 days after the publication of this rule.

We would like to thank the many stakeholders who submitted more than 200,000 public comments on the proposed rule. The comments guided us in modifying the final rule to allow more flexibility for fishermen, while still achieving the necessary risk reduction to make a real difference for right whales. These measures will reduce the deaths and serious injuries to North Atlantic right whales due to entanglements in U.S. commercial fishing gear, and will contribute to the recovery of this endangered population.

Final Rule Measures

The rule modifies regulations for the Northeast lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot fisheries as follows: 

  • Modify gear marking to introduce state-specific colors for gear marks and increase the number of gear markings and areas requiring marked lines.
  • Modify gear configurations to reduce the number of vertical lines by requiring more traps between buoy lines.
  • Require weak insertions or weak rope in buoy lines.
  • Modify existing seasonal closure/restricted areas to allow ropeless fishing.
  • Add two new seasonal restricted areas.
  • Following changes made by Massachusetts, extend the Massachusetts Restricted Area (MRA) to add state waters north to the New Hampshire border.

The Gloucester Stage Company to present the New England premiere of Reparations

Performances September 3-19 at Windhover Performing Arts Center in Rockport

The GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY is pleased to announce the New England premiere of REPARATIONS, by award-winning playwright James Sheldon and directed by critically acclaimed writer and award-winning actress Myriam Cyr. Coming to Gloucester Stage from its world premiere at the Billie Holiday Theater in New York, Reparations won Best Play, 2020 Audelco Awards, an organization that acknowledges and honors Black Theatre and its artists in New York City. With performances at Windhover Center for Performing Arts, Reparations opens on Friday, September 3, and runs through September 19. 

Reparations is a thoughtful and complex drama that we are excited to share with our audience,” said Robert WalshArtistic Director of the Gloucester Stage Company.

Reparations tells the story of a recently widowed white book editor who invites a younger black writer to her apartment, only to find that a night of tenderness and passion turns into a complex and unforeseen morning-after when he threatens to reveal a dark secret. As family friends join them for an ill-timed Upper East Side lunch, all four are soon embroiled in whether the young writer is due reparation. Personal revelations lead to laughs, tears, and coming to terms with racial injustice and personal betrayal in this poignant play.

The multi-talented, critically acclaimed actress, writer, and producer Myriam Cyr will be making her directorial debut at Gloucester Stage, leading an all-star cast from film, stage, and television in the regional premiere of Sheldon’s newest play. Reparations stars the accomplished Jason Bowen (Reg Ambrose), Angela Pierce (Ginny Pleasance), Malcolm Ingram (Alistair Jacobs), and Lisa Tharps (Millie Jacobs), who are all also making their Gloucester Stage Company debut.

“We are honored to bring James Sheldon’s newest play to Boston,” said Gloucester Stage’s Managing Director Christopher Griffith. “This exceptional cast is going to spark a conversation onstage that will follow audiences home.”

Reparations will run from September 3 through September 19. Performances are outdoors Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 pm at Windhover Performing Arts Center, 257R Granite St, Rockport, MA. Tickets are now on sale and available at

Patches of paradise: tiny gardens are big in Gloucester

The little summer gardens of Gloucester grow and grow. Gardener poets show us not only “who loves the flowers, but whom the flowers love,” an axiom my grandmother was fond of.

In praise of deft spade and artful tending, virtual blue ribbons for making a garden of their world and a crowd of joyous color all around us. [Centennial, Prospect, Tolman, Hovey, Rocky Neck, Bass Ave and Rockport Rd.] photos: C. Ryan August 2021