On View: Sat. May 6 & Sun. May 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cape Ann Blossoms (2022) image of Diana by Umberto Romano, c. 1930. Oil on canvas. Gift of Clorinda Romano and U. Roberto Romano. Photo taken by Aram Boghosian.
GLOUCESTER, MASS. (April 2023) – To celebrate the beginning of spring, floral designers from the North Shore will create eye-catching arrangements that will be paired with art works around Cape Ann Museum as part of the popular Cape Ann Blossoms event on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cape Ann Blossoms will open with a ticketed Gala preview party on Friday, May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The party will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a chance to have the first view of the inspired floral compositions located throughout the Museum. Tickets are available online on the Museum’s website.
“Cape Ann Blossoms is an important signature event of the Cape Ann Museum’s calendar, please join us for this celebration of spring and juxtaposition between natural and artistic expression,” said Oliver Barker, Director of the Cape Ann Museum. “This temporal display honors Cape Ann’s storied and rich artistic history as well as the talents of local floral designers today.”
Among the artists in the Museum collection who will be paired with local floral designers are: Milton Avery, Theresa Bernstein, Virginia Lee Burton, Leon Kroll, Umberto Romano, and others. This year floral designers will also be responding to work within the temporary exhibition This Unique Place, which showcases 5 decades of Jeff Weaver’s work as one of the area’s most beloved artists.
Among the designers and garden clubs participating are: Margaret Allard, Linda Brown of All Purpose Flowers, Deb Gonet and Beth Williams of the Cape Ann Artisans, Bonnie Angus and Rose Beecher of the Cape Ann Garden Club, Celia Gibson of Celia’s Flower Studio, Joni Pesola of the Danvers Garden Club, Maureen Duncan and Kathy Newman of Flowerscapes by Maureen, John Archer of the Essex County Horticultural Organization, Mary Grazen Browne, Judy Caulkett, Susan Kelly and Leslie Pope of the Generous Gardeners, Cindy Gordon & Leandro Gomes of Gordon Florist and Greenhouse, Pat Fleming and Nancy Donaldson of the Hamilton Wenham Garden Club, Keelia Otten of Helios Floral, Eileen Saunders and Kerry O’Donnell of the Rockport Garden Club, Amy Sadler of Luna Moss, Beth Genovese and Gina Russo of Sage Floral Studio, Sueky Ginsburg of Suekena’s Bouquets, Nancy Walke of the Danvers Garden Club, and Misty Florez and Carol Palmer of the Yankee Dahlia Club.
Cape Ann Blossoms signifies the return of spring and the return of joyful floral colors to the Museum,” said Cape Ann Blossoms Committee member Gail Anderson. “It’s a unique and beautiful combination of nature-inspired art and fine art from the Museum’s collections.
The Cape Ann Museum, founded in 1875, exists to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national, and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, three historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. In Summer 2021, the Museum opened the 12,000 square foot Janet & William Ellery James Center at the Cape Ann Museum Green. The campus also includes three historic buildings – the White-Ellery House (1710), the recently acquired Babson-Alling House (c.1740), and an adjacent Barn (c. 1740), all located on the site at the intersection of Washington and Poplar Streets in Gloucester. CAM Green will re-open in the spring.
The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $15.00 adults, $12.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors, and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. Cape Ann residents can visit for free on the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (978)283-0455 x110 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.