In The Arts

The Manship Residency To Host Series of Summer Jazz Concerts

July 20, 2021: After supporting residencies for artists throughout the pandemic and launching numerous initiatives allowing creatives to utilize the idyllic beauty of the Manship estate during a time of great societal strain, the Manship Residency is thrilled to safely welcome the community back onto our grounds with a series of ticketed weekend jazz concerts spanning the month of August. At Manship, we know firsthand how the pandemic amplified the difficulties that artists and musicians face. These concerts will not only serve to further Manship’s mission, allowing us to continue our efforts to support local artists. They will also directly provide thirteen exceptionally talented musicians an opportunity to perform before a live audience after a period of tremendous disruption in the gig economy. 

The gorgeous grounds of the Paul Manship Estate, which is called Starfield and located in the village of Lanesville, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, will provide an arresting  backdrop for the concert series. Complete with two quarries, knobbly knolls of granite, and aromatic pine trees, the preservation of this historic and natural treasure is an equally vital part of the work of the Manship Residency. Manship is thrilled to present such spontaneous and creative music on an estate where creativity has always been the norm. We thank the multi-talented Marla Blakey for her production work on these concerts. Without her, these performances would not be possible.

Tickets will be available at beginning July 20th. The grounds will open at 7:00 PM on Saturday and 5:30 on Sundays; the shows will begin a half hour later. We recommend reserving your spot for your preferred concert as soon as possible, as tickets will be limited! Reservations are required. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The series begins on August 7th, when jazz singer Shawnn Montiero will perform a tribute to the legendary vocalist Carmen McRae. Montiero is known for her ethereal vocals and improvisatory phrasing, she possesses a Ray Charles-like ability to suddenly kick a tune into a higher gear and bring a crowd to life. Her energetic stage presence will provide the perfect spark needed for this opening performance, which is also billed as a special event for Manship donors and will serve as the Manship Residency’s 2021 Gala.

On the 14th and 15th, the famed Martha’s Vineyard jazz duo of John Alaimo and Michael Tinus will take the stage. Alaimo possesses local roots, having studied at Boston University and Berklee College of Music, top-class musicianship, and the ability to make keys sparkle and resonate, especially when paired with the ever-present rumble of Tinus’ bass. 

The following weekend, on August 21st and 22nd, Manship is thrilled to welcome singer, actress, and storyteller April Armstrong as she pays tribute to one of the greatest musical artists ever – Billie Holiday. Armstrong has previously performed as Lady Day at the Vineyard Playhouse and other venues throughout the Northeast. For these shows, she is joined by pianist Matt Jensen and bassist Jesse Crawford, a veteran of the stage at Carnegie Hall. 

Finally, the series concludes on August 28th and 29th with the Afro-Cuban jazz stylings of Stan Strickland. Greta Bro, a singer who has spent decades exploring the spiritual capabilities of the human voice, will provide vocal accompaniment. Strickland teaches at Berklee College of Music, and has shared the stage throughout his illustrious career with legends of the upper echelon like Pharaoh Sanders and Herbie Mann. 

The Manship Residency hopes that you will join us to experience such beautiful and powerful music on the stunning grounds of the Manship estate. It is truly a pleasure to welcome our community back to Starfield, which is, at its core, a place where communal and social values flourish and proliferate through continued investment into artists and the changemakers in our society. We thank you for your support and consideration of our aims. Let the music begin! 

About the Manship Residency

The site of the Manship Residency was once the summer retreat of Paul Manship, the sculptor of the Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center. Today many of the same opportunities and qualities that attracted Paul Manship to Cape Ann are available to those who come here seeking an escape into a restorative natural setting to spark their inner muse. The core mission of the Manship Residency is supporting today’s innovators and thinkers and offering them an inspiring environment in which to create.

NSAA Exhibition and Artists’ Demonstration: Mary Rose O’Connell and Tom Gill

Show Dates:
August 3 – 21, 2021 in the Gordon Grant Room
Artist Demonstration: 
Saturday, August 7, 2021, starting at 1:00 PM
Sunday, August 8, 2021, at 1:00 – 3:00 PM

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

Mary Rose O’Connell, “Winter’s End at Copley Square,” oil, 24 x 30, $3,750 

A new exhibition by Mary Rose O’Connell and Tom Gill opens August 3rd in the Gordon Grant Room at the North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) in Gloucester, MA. The exhibition features approximately forty combined works and will be on display through August 21, 2021. Concurrently both artists will be giving a painting demo on August 7th at 1:00 PM where they will share their process and answer questions. Please join us on Sunday, August 8, 2021, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for the opening reception. 

The exhibit features Tom Gill’s acrylic landscapes executed with bold colors and vigorous brush strokes. Mary Rose O’Connell’s florals, marine and landscape oil paintings are dynamic with beautiful light effects. In her demo, Mary Rose will be exploring an approach to creating a unified painting, with attention directed toward design, drawing, values, edges, and color. Tom will be using a limited palette of three colors with a focus on line, tone, color, and design. 

To see Mary Rose O’Connell’s work please go to or contact her at For Tom Gill’s work please check out Thomas Gill – North Shore Arts of Gloucester (

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.  

Cape Ann Museum Courtyard Concert:
Wood & Bone

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5 – 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Wood & Bone is a Boston based roots band featuring Jesse Ciarmataro aka Qwill on guitar, banjo, and lead vocals, Joe Wilkins on guitar, mandolin, and vocals, Joe Cardoza on upright bass, and Dennis Monagle on drums, and vocals – The Band plays an ever-changing mix of harmony-driven Folk, Soul and Blues.

During the summer, enjoy free concerts in the Cape Ann Museum Courtyard at 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, on Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 pm. Offered as part of the city-wide Culture Splash, the Courtyard Concerts feature local and regional musicians whose music ranges from salsa to sea shanties, bluegrass to jazz, and reggae to folk.

Wood & Bone

Start with Tails & Tales: Story and Art at Sawyer Free Library at 3:00 pm.

Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

NSAA Artist Demonstration: Paul George

Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 6:00 PM

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

Paul George, “Winter Woods II,” watercolor, 28 x 30 inches, $2,800 

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 Paul George, who is giving a watercolor painting demo Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 6:00 PM. Paul is the winner of over eighty-five awards in New England and nationally, including being awarded twice with gold medals for excellence as the Marine Master at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He is a juried member of the North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association & Museum, National Watercolor Society, and New England Watercolor Society. To see more of Paul’s paintings, go to

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.  

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