coming oct. 2: Juni van dyke | alternative colors for dark times jane deering gallery #gloucesterma

Juni Van Dyke | Alternative Colors for Dark Times: An exhibition of paintings that gives rise to positive emotions, Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street , Gloucester, MA.

Opening Reception Oct. 2nd, 2-5pm

Both nature and music are driving forces in my art. And, as I work, these words by Spanish painter Joan Miro are never far away: “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”

It has been said that one can live in the dreariest corners of the world all the while performing color miracles on the dreariest of days. German artists Nolde and Kandinsky did just that during the dark impending doom of war suggesting color to be more a matter of preference for expression rather than allegiance to source. Perhaps, color for these courageous artists was embedded in a sense of optimism and hope despite all odds.

I am blessed to live here on Cape Ann where the geography and the light has informed my work for many years. The natural beauty of Cape Ann sweeping across granite; coastal views; hillside vistas is an ever present force in my work. On the way to my job in Gloucester, I travel over the Annisquam river bridge where the ocean below is an ever changing marvel of light and activity awaiting interpretation. Using abstract forms, I invite the viewer to experience my work without interruption of title. Energized by the interaction, I find viewer interpretation fascinating and exciting — valid without exception.

— Juni Van Dyke, October 2021

About the artist

Juni Van Dyke is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and holds an MAT from Tufts University. Since 1996, she has been the Director of the Arts Program at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Gloucester Massachusetts; under her direction, work created by the senior citizens has been exhibited in museums and public institutions in New England. She is the recipient of several awards and grants, including the St. Botolph Foundation Award, Boston; the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant; and an honorary citation from the Massachusetts Senate for her outstanding contribution to the arts. VanDyke’s work is held in the permanent collection of the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts and in numerous private collections. Her work was selected by Room&Board for inclusion in its limited edition art series and is on view throughout the US in Room&Board locations. Van Dyke lives and works in Manchester, MA. This is her fifth solo show with the gallery .

Gallery hours: Friday & Saturday 1:00-5:00 . Sunday: 1:00-4:00
and by appointment @ 978-526-7248

Last few days to preview work by 54 artists in person before the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction 2021 moves on line #GloucesterMA

The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction 2021 is on!  54 artists donated original works of art to help the library.

To generate excitement and get the ball moving, a hallmark of the annual art auction is the group show featured in the lovely Matz Gallery, a remarkable main entrance venue. Temporary shows of work by living artists are rotated monthly. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, art at the threshold greets all library visitors. What a treat to walk though an art exhibit to enter a library! The library interior has boasted major bequests via philanthropists and local big wheels since the library’s namesake benefactor, Samuel Sawyer. Books, art, library and learning were essential and inseparable to the founders.

The contemporary Annual Art Auction group shows begin as silent auctions with starting bids set low (well below retail for some of the participating artists*) ahead of a LIVE event. The idea is the bidding will rise above opening reserves so that The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction fundraiser can be a success.

*scroll down for checklist and to view the lots

Preview | Silent Auction

DEADLINES APPROACHING – There’s still time to visit, enjoy, and leave a silent bid in person

During the month of September 2021, beautiful art works by 54 artists–which they’ve so generously donated to the Art Auction–were installed in the singular Matz Gallery. Casual, emerging and established creatives are united in their support of our local library. View the art in person. Take notes. You may recognize artists, neighborhoods, a favorite motif or medium. These auctions are a great opportunity for a first time original art buyer or for a collector that helps an artist with a first time sale.

Leave a bid and/or try again when the auction moves on line October 1-5. The highest September bid will be the beginning reserve for the online auction October 1 – 5, 2021.

Immediately followed by ONLINE AUCTION: October 1-5, 2021

Signs of the times – Covid 19 precautions and greater access have spurred the LIVE auction to move online. Visit October 1-5, 2021

Bonus- The art is framed and ready to take home and hang after the online auction concludes.

2021 participating ARTISTS | preview lots

Support our local artists and Friends of the Sawyer Free Library

Lot #, Artist Name, Title, Minimum opening bid

  1. Mary Rhinelander McCarl, Blue China Basket of Flowers, $100
  2. Katherine Coakley, Half Moon Beach, $200
  3. Ray Crane, Survivor (Paint Factory), $300
  4. Roy McCauley, Goin’ Fishing, $100
  5. Carole Loiacono, Gloucester Mooring, $150
  6. Fred Kepler, The Gardener, $100
  7. Nancy Alimansky, The Red Sail, $95
  8. Nancy Molvig, Wash Day in Farnesse, $250
  9. Mary Rhinelander, Eastern Point Lighthouse, $75
  10. Isabelle K. Brown, Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, $100
  11. Brenda Malloy, A Way Through, $50
  12. James G. Watson, Lynx and Adventure of Pavillion Beach, $100
  13. Jeff Weaver, Striper Fisherman, $400
  14. Karen Fitzgerald, Breezy Day, $75
  15. Marion Hall, Back Shore from Half Moon Beach, $100
  16. David P. Curtis, Summer Afternoon, $150
  17. Cynthia Asaro
  18. Charlotte Roberts, Morning – Little River, $100
  19. Ted Bidwell, Low Tide, $100
  20. Joy Halsted, America the Beautiful, $300
  21. Deanie Johnson, Autumn Marsh, $200
  22. Sandra Herdman, Hideaway Cove, $40
  23. Cynthia Dunaway, It’s Never Too Late, $200
  24. Patricia McCarthy, Our Lady of Good Voyage, $100
  25. Melissa Alibertie, Summer on the Annisquam River, $100
  26. Dina Gomery, The Red Barn, $200
  27. Pamela Burke, Good Harbor Sunrise, $40
  28. Sheila Farren Billings, Safe Harbor, $100
  29. Ann Mechen Ziergiebel, Dusk Ipswich Bay, $225
  30. Peter Tysver, Summer Sailing, $100
  31. Coco BeRkman, Dog Dog Dog, $80
  32. Susan W. Daly, Pink Sky, $100
  33. Jane Wolf, Wingaersheek Storm, $75
  34. Patricia Doran, Sunset in Magnolia, $1000
  35. Alyce Wherren, Sea and Shore, $95
  36. Michael Cangemi, The Shore, $95
  37. Susan M. Funk, Red Tractor, $150
  38. Michael DeCosimo, Autumn Leaves, $185
  39. Nancy Caplan, Morning Light, $195
  40. Jerry Ackerman, The Pantry Family, $120
  41. Linda Lea Bertrand, Pepperil Cove, $200
  42. Shirley Hamilton, Lanes Cove Shack, $300
  43. Anita Beloff, Becky’s Flowers, $90
  44. Lynda Goldberg, Sunflowers in Provence, $150
  45. Curtis Wilcox, After Life, $40
  46. Barbara Kremer, View from Plum Cove Beach, $175
  47. Phyllis Feld, Marsh Grasses, $100
  48. Jeffrey Marshall, Taking Inventory (Hiltz), $100
  49. Jessica “Jess” Semenaro, Rocks on Seaweed, $30
  50. Olga Hayes, Rudbeckia, $75
  51. James Formichella, Tokyo Racing, $70
  52. Daryl Jackson, Turbine, $30
  53. Ann Lafferty, Rip Tide, $125
  54. Roger Martin, Dig In, $100

NOTE NEW DAYS/HOURS at Sawyer Free Library: M-W 8-6; Th 10-7; F-S 10-5

Face masks required.

Safe Haven Ballet Company Presents Don Quixote on Windhover’s Outdoor Stage this Saturday evening

Rockport, MA – Windhover Performing Arts Center is proud to present Safe Haven Ballet Company’s performance of Don Quixote on Saturday, September 25th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20 general admission and available at

Based on the classic novel “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes Saavreda, the three-act ballet transports the audience to Barcelona to tell the tale of the adventureous knight-errant, Don Quixote, in his quest to find the love of his dreams, Dulcinea, and ultimately his aspiration to help the feisty Kitri marry Basilio, the man of her heart.

Artistic Director Lissa Curtis will lead the cast of dancers performing the principal role of Kitri, and will share the stage with returning guest artist Joseph LaChance performing the role of Basilio. With narration provided by the character Dulcinea, this comedic, high-energy performance featuring dazzling costumes, music and choreography, is an event not to be missed!

Safe Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Portsmouth, NH whose purpose is to serve the community with trauma-sensitive ballet, art, and movement classes for survivors of sexual assault and trauma.  Proceeds from performances and events go towards funding these classes free of charge to those in need.

For information on upcoming events and how to get involved with Safe Haven Ballet, please visit

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



WHAT: It’s officially “fall’” & for this Saturday’s Complimentary Wine Tasting “It’s All About The Americas!”.  As always, enjoy the tasting with our imported Riedel stemware.

WHY: the occasion to taste classic varietals from three USA regions: Sonoma, Napa & Columbia Valley, WA., along with a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon & an Argentinian Malbec. Experience 5 distinctive wines that may be new to your palette.

WHO: Joining owner & wine merchant Kathleen Morgan is Horizon wine specialist Michael Bonilla

WHEN: This Saturday, September 25th, from 2p to 4p at Savour

HOW: Saturday tastings are complimentary, as is parking behind Savour with rear entrance.

Saturday’s Pouring includes:
Sequoia Grove, Napa Valley, Chardonnay, Rutherford, CA, 2018, Alc. 14.1  Thick, rich & hearty, this wine has prominent oak & a creamy texture. Pairs Well: pork, rich fish ( salmon, tuna), vegetarians & poultry.

Long Shadows Poet’s Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA, 2019, 12.3 Alc., On the palate drinks dry, full of citrus flavors, tightly wound with electric acidity. It’s full of flavor & class, with its best days ahead. Pairs Well: Shellfish, pork, spicy food, poultry, & cured meats.

BenMarco, Valle De Uco, Mendoza, Argentina 2019, 14.6 Alc., with aromas of black fruits, notes of violets, pronounced acidity, firm tannins & great length. Pairs Well: grilled red meats, sausages, seasoned or roasted pork, hard cheeses & pasta with meat-based sauces.

Concha Toro, Serie Riberas Gran Reserva, Ribera del Tinguirirca, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019, 14.0 Alc. Cochagua Valley, Chile, a blend of mild oak & red fruit aromas well executed on the nose, plum flavors are herbal in that patented Chilean way & aided by a hint of cinnamon.  Pairs Well: beef, lamb, game (deer, venison) & poultry  

Gehricke, Zinfandel, North Coast, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, Healdsburg, CA, 2018,  14.9 Alc., Flavors of ripe plums, baked cherry, black currants & sweet oak combine around a juicy, exuberant style that finishes jammy & full.  Pairs Well: beef, lamb, poultry

All Savour American & Imported artisan food: cheeses, charcuterie, condiments, baguettes, pate, spreads, crackers; fresh, refrigerated grab & go food, sweets &food / wine related products are selected to complement our curated wine offerings.And, I always welcome helping you in pairing our wines to your food plans, the everyday fare to your special occasions.

Adding to the Horizon Beverage Tasting is Savour’s Everyday Tech Tastings at the North Shore’s Only Digital Wine Machine.Taste 20 wines selected by Kathleen and yes, complimentary.….The wine machine is a breeze to use…and fun!

Welcome Your Donation of any amount (suggest $5) for Pathways for Children. Thanks!

Please Note: If you are not fully vaccinated FOR COVID19/Delta, request wearing a mask upon entering Savour, except when tasting wines…All are welcomed wearing masks for our mutual health & well-being.   

Savour Wine & Cheese  l  76 Prospect St.  l  Gloucester l  978. 282 .1455

Lobstermen Mural on Pigeon Cove

In case you were wondering about these signs in Rockport directing you to the Lobstermen Tribute Memorial , here you go. We followed our noses and found this lovely little bright spot on Pigeon Cove decorated with lobster buoys and water scenes as done by 4 children of lobstermen under the guidance of artist Leslie Heffron. Financial support was provided by an Awesome Rockport grant of $1000 for Robert Morris IV, Alysa Morris, Ben Morris, Cayla Place and Aaden DeLeon Job to work with Leslie Heffron at the beginning of the summer to create this tribute. More information can be found in the Fall 2021 Cape Ann Magazine. Well done by all! If you’re driving by Pigeon Cove, take a closer look.

Now hiring: Development Director

Cape Ann Community

Backyard Growers is now hiring a Development Director to lead all of Backyard Growers‘ fundraising efforts. This role is responsible for Backyard Growers’ vital revenue streams. This team member plans and organizes fundraising activities, manages the development budget, and assembles team members to raise funds.

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