Blizzard Came and Went — pat morss

Despite all the hype about the “bomb cyclone” blizzard of 2022, we were fortunate to weather it fine without losing power. Nice fluffy snow when it was over. This was our weekend timeline:

“White sun at night” did not lead to a “sailor’s delight”
We checked in with the seals, and they were nonchalant
Filled up on cerrystone clams at Tonno
Confirmed we were well stocked with thistle & sunflower seeds
Tried to watch the Nor’easter’s waves, but there was a white-out
Next morning, windblown snow (whale surfacing – center)?
A pristine view at breakfast
The front door before shoveling out
And after
Took our daily walk
A pretty winter day – with a Bloody Mary to follow

ROCKY NECK NOW 2022 opens soon- heralded annual artist members’ show

Courtney Richardson shares news from Rocky Neck-

ROCKY NECK NOW, 2022: THE ANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOW
New Directions
Location: The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
Dates: February 3 – March 6, 2022
March 10 – April 10, 2022
Opening Receptions: Sunday, February 6, 4 – 6 PM Sunday, March 13, 4 – 6 PM
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, Noon – 5 PM

Gloucester MA—ROCKY NECK NOW 2022, the highly anticipated annual members show, opens the 2022 exhibition season at the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC). This year’s show is in two parts, with a common theme: New Directions. The work demonstrates members’ creative processes that inspire risk taking, change and growth. Nearly 70 artists present a wide range of artistic interpretations with representational, abstract and expressive styles in all media. Works in this exhibition represent the members’ enthusiastic response to a call for pieces that excite them right now, for works signaling a new direction in their work. For example, Katherine Coakley’s Koi embodies the risks and rewards of creative experimentation, combining alcohol inks and molding paste to yield unpredictable effects along with new dimension, texture and vibrant color. The pandemic forced Christine Gauthier-Kelley to become creative with her use of media; in Stormy Seas she uses manipulated acrylics on canvas to translate the movement and fluidity once achieved
through painting on large silk panels. Jennifer Okumura explores new concepts in a series called Harmony and Clash that examines “cultural layers being nowhere and everywhere” and the taboos broken as people cross cultural boundaries through language and travel. Laureen Maher, after many years of practice, has gone big with Niles Pond Peace, working on a canvas sizable enough “to create a large open space for the viewer to walk in and stay a while.” All of the submissions reflect a membership pushing forward as artists through experimentations in medium, process, materials, theme, size and content.

The exhibition runs for two consecutive, five-week periods, showing 69 member artists in the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck’s two galleries, Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 PM. Until further notice, all visitors to the Cultural Center will be asked to provide proof of vaccination and be required to wear masks inside the building at all times.

The Artists

Exhibiting in the first show: Suzanne Agostino. Meredith Anderson. Lisa Angelini-Adams.John Bassett. Anne Beinecke. Jeanne Carey. Matt Cegelis. Janice Charles. Katherine
Coakley. Melissa Cox. Robert Diebboll. Nancy Dudley. Marianne Kinzer. Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer. Sue Funk. Dina Gomery. Don Gorvett. Karen Gross. Susan Guest-McPhail. Leslie Heffron. Ken King. Otto Laske. Carmela Martin. Andy Matlow. Roy McCauley. Ruth Mordecai.Brian Murphy. Jennifer Okumura. Jenny Pivor. Tom Robinson-Cox. Joyce Roessler. Mary Salerno. Marilyn Swift. Helen Tory. Karen Watson.

Exhibiting in the second show: John Abisamra. Elizabeth Bish. Nadine Boughton. Mike Cangemi. Betsy Carter. Keunjung Cho. Yhanna Coffin. Amy Holland Crafton. Elizabeth Enfield. Barbe Ennis. Christine Gauthier-Kelley. Marion Hall. Olga Hayes. Nils Johnson. Jane Keddy. Ira Levine. Barbara Littlefield. Laureen Maher. Vanessa Michalak. Skip Montello. Paula Morgan. Ed Mowrey. John Nedosko. Katherine Richmond. Judy Robinson Cox. Lynne Sausele. Barbara Savicky. Ruth Schneider. Sallie Strand. Erin Survilas. Anna Vojtech. Suellen Wedmore. Jan Weinshanker. Judith Wright.

Special Events
The public is invited to celebrate the creativity of RNAC artists at both Opening Receptions, one on Sunday, February 6 and the other on Sunday, March 13 from 4 to 6 PM.
Visitors to the galleries are encouraged to participate in the popular Viewers’ Choice Award by voting for their favorite work of art. Three artists receiving the most votes will be recognized at the closing celebration on Sunday, April 10. These awards provide the artists and the organization with important community feedback.


For additional public programs accompanying this exhibition, consult the RNACExhibitions.com website 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 http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org.

Pre-Valentine’s MUSIC FOR THE HEART Performed by Members of Cape Ann Symphony and CAS Chorus and Great American Songbook selection by Jazz Dynamics 💖🎼 | St. Paul Lutheran Church Lanesville #GloucesterMA

Enjoy works for solo instruments and piano

Cape Ann Symphony Musicians Unleashed Concert Series

LIVE ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6

MUSIC FOR THE HEART

Works for Solo Instruments & Piano

at

Gloucester’s St. Paul Lutheran Church

Performed by Members of the CAS Orchestra and Chorus

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces a Musicians Unleashed pre–Valentine’s Day Concert, Music For the Heart at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington Street, by Rebecca’s Playground, Gloucester, MA. The ticket price for Music For the Heart is $40. Call CAS at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org to purchase tickets.

Eight musicians will perform 12 works by 10 composers, including works ranging from Fritz Kreisler and Claude Debussy to Rogers and Hart and Irving Berlin.

“The Musicians Unleashed program on February 6th will feature a wide range of romantic music starting with selections for violin, flute, cello and piano and ending with some well-known favorites from the Great American Song Book. The musicians are from the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and they are amazing. Come with someone you love, and get an early start to your Valentine’s celebrations!”

Maestro Udagawa

The program: The Music For the Heart concert program includes works by Austrian/American violinist Fritz Kreisler, French composers Cecile Chaminade and Claude Debussy, Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla and a finale featuring beloved classics from the Great American Songbook. Maestro Udagawa and the musicians will introduce each piece of music to offer audiences insight and little-known facts about the composers and their music.

The CAS musicians: Sven Skiveris, violin; Tianhong Yang, piano; Rosemarie Hinkle, flute; and Johnny Mok, cello are performing Kreisler’s Liebesleid for Violin and Piano; and Schön Rosmarin for Violin and Piano; Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute and Piano; Debussy’s Syrinx for Solo Flute; Piazzolla’s Grand Tango for Cello and Piano.

The American Songbook pieces will be performed by the Jazz Dynamics: Byron Winn, vocal; Jeffrey McKeen, piano and vocal; Saul Cohen, sax; and Nick White, bass. The Jazz Dynamics program includes favorites from the Great American Songbook: Berlin’s Blue Skies. Rogers & Hart’s Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, Arlen & Mercer’s Accentuate the Positive, Webster & Burke’s Black Coffee, Watts & Wyche’s Alright, Okay, You Win, and Thielman & Norman’s Bluesette. Byron Winn and Jeffrey McKeen are members of the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus, while Saul Cohen and Nick White have backed up Chorus members at a number of events. Cape Ann Symphony Chorus Director Rockport’s Wendy Betts has worked with the members of Jazz Dynamics, “Byron, Jeff, Saul and Nick are all highly accomplished individuals in their own professions AND they are incredible musicians. The perfect choice to be the first jazz quartet to perform in the Musicians Unleashed series.”

More about Jazz Dynamics, Manchester residents: A group of Cape Ann professionals, the Jazz Dynamics include dedicated music educator Jeffrey McKeen of Gloucester; former USAF fighter pilot Byron Winn; Radiocarbon dating doctorate physicist Nick White; and emergency room physician Saul Cohen, all of Manchester-by-the-Sea. All members of the Jazz Dynamics have had extensive training in music as well as in their chosen professions.

Jeff McKeen earned his BA in Music Education at Trenton State College and his MA from Grand Canyon University in AZ. After being a public-school music educator for 38 years in NJ he moved to Gloucester. As a bass-baritone professional Jeff has sung with the CAS Chorus and many other organizations and venues. He volunteers with Cape Ann Animal Aid and The Open Door, where he and his wife were the 2018 recipients of the Helen Muise Community Service Award.

Byron L.Winn, Ph.D, is a globally-ranging management consultant and former USAF fighter pilot. Prior to the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus, he performed as a soloist and member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the US Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale (among others). As a young teenager, he was in the University of Texas String (instruments) Project at the same time as Maestro Udagawa, but they were not aware of each other.

Nick White studied music at Oxford. He taught high school music in England before switching to physics, earning a Doctorate in Radiocarbon dating. He co-founded Diamond Semiconductor in Gloucester to design equipment, which is still in use, for Applied Materials. He met famed New Orleans jazz musician Henri Smith from New Orleans, now living in Gloucester, and got back into music playing bass in many styles and venues.

Physician Saul Cohen is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied jazz performance with George Garzone. Dr. Cohen met Byron, Jeff and Nick as a member of the Rat Pack which was a larger ensemble including a number of Cape Ann Symphony chorus members. Saul is an emergency physician at Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals.

Seating at this Musicians Unleashed event will be limited thanks to Covid restrictions.

CAS Board of Directors President Fran White points out, “The lovely St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gloucester is a wonderfully intimate yet socially distant setting for Music For the Heart. And it will be even more intimate with socially distant seating guidelines in place for the performance including patrons seated in every other pew, and occupied pews with socially distancing between parties. Given current conditions regarding Covid 19, all attendees will be required to show proof of Covid 19 vaccination and will be required to wear a mask. If you were vaccinated in Massachusetts and have a QR code either printed or on your phone we will have a scanner available to validate your status.”

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Musicians Unleashed programs were launched in 2019 and have become a wonderfully popular series with overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience response.

Ticket prices for Music For the Heart are $40. Call Cape Ann Symphony at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org for tickets.

  • Photo 1: The Jazz DynamicsPhoto
  • 2: Jazz Dynamics Saxophone player and Emergency Room Physician Saul Cohen of Manchester Photo
  • 3: Jazz Dynamics Vocalist and former USAF fighter pilot Byron Winn of Manchester Photo
  • 4: Jazz Dynamics Pianist/Vocalist and Music Educator Jeffrey McKeen  of Gloucester Photo
  • 5: Jazz Dynamics Bass Player and radiocarbon dating doctorate physicist Nick White of Manchester Photo
  • 6: Johnny Mok. Cello, Cape Ann Symphony performing Piazzolla’s Grand Tango for Cello and Piano. 
  • 7: French Composer Cecile Chaminade 

Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library to present Of Sound Mind: A Series on Dementia

Cape Ann Community

The five- part free educational series on dementia and healthy cognitive aging kicks off in February

Beginning in February, the Gloucester Lyceum and the Sawyer Free Library, is kicking off an educational series on dementia and healthy cognitive aging. Of Sound Mind: A Series on Dementia will feature local experts in the field of cognitive aging who will explore current dementia research, discuss methods of keeping your brain healthy, and ways to understand better and support people experiencing and caring for those with the disease. 

“We hope that this important series, which is free and open for all to attend, will help to foster community conversation and support around dementia and this burgeoning health crisis,” said Sawyer Free Library Director Jenny Benedict

The five-part series will take through May at the Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester. All events are free and open to…

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