Reminder! The Big Three Open Cape Ann Symphony on Sunday

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Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director


Violin Virtuoso Victor Romanul Makes Cape Ann Symphony Debut in Tchaikovsky’s “Unplayable” Violin Concerto

Cape Ann Symphony’s 71st Concert Season opens on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA featuring The Big Three: Mozart, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky.

The concert program for The Big Three: Mozart, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky features Mozart’s Magic Flute Overature, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist Victor Romanul making his CAS debut playing Tchaikovsky’s “unplayable” Violin Concerto.

Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa looks forward to this challenging program to open the season,

“This program features three ground breaking pieces written by three of the world’s greatest composers! Mozart’s Magic Flute is one of the greatest operas ever written. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, one of the best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most often played symphonies. Beethoven’s iconic four note opening motif has become one of the most recognizable motifs in classical music. As for Tchaikovsky’s “unplayable” Violin Concerto, audiences will see and hear that in the hands of our guest artist Victor Romanul this concerto is exquisitely “playable”! Victor Romanul is an amazing violinist, and incredible musician. This will be his first appearance with us at the Cape Ann Symphony, and I can hardly wait for our audiences to hear him. Please do not miss his performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto!”

Violinist Victor Romanul currently holds the Bessie Pappas Violin Chair in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He served as the BSO’s assistant concertmaster from 1993 to 1995. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for the Beethoven Septet. As a soloist, he was named in “Best of Boston” in 1997 by the Boston Globe. Composer John Williams wrote a violin-viola duo, Duo Concertante for Romanul and Violist Michael Zaretsky, to whom the Duo is dedicated. Mr. Romanul recently completed a three-year tenure as concertmaster of the Ars Poetica Chamber Orchestra, based in Detroit and made up of outstanding players from major U.S. orchestras.

Mr. Romanul started performing at the age of 7. His Grandmother, Stella Roman(ul) was a leading dramatic soprano at the Metropolitan Opera, and at the La Scala theatre in Milan, where she was hand-picked by Richard Strauss for the title role of Empress for his premiere there of Die Frau ohne Schatten. Mr. Romanul, along with his three brothers traveled and performed extensively as the Romanul Quartet. After studying with Ivan Galamian, Joseph Silverstein, and Jascha Heifetz, he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony as a second violinist at the age of 21. During his first week there he won the position of Associate Concertmaster, remaining for six years.

The father of five children, now grown, he enjoys performing many obscure, and fascinating works, hidden violin gems of composers such as Paganini, Sauret, Vieuxtemps, Tarrega, Reger, Westhoff, Matteis, Leon de Saint-Lubin, Agusta Read Thomas, Alard, and Loccatelli among others. He often performs as soloist with orchestra, with over 50 concerti in his repertoire. Performances of the Dvorak, Korngold, Beethoven, Bruch, Brahms Double, Vivaldi Seasons, Bach violin-oboe Double, Saint-Saens #3, and others dot his schedule. Projects such as performances of all the Beethoven Sonatas at the Goethe Institute, or of the complete Ysaye or Bach Sonatas in one concert and several performances of the complete 24 caprices of Paganini, are commonplace.

Mr. Romanul has given master classes at many schools throughout the country including Northwestern, Columbia, Oberlin and SUNY Stony Brook as well as for the Fellows at the Tanglewood Music Center. He has served as a coach for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Preparatory orchestras.

Tchaikovsky wrote his only Violin Concerto in March 1878 with the help of his friend Josif Kotek, one of his students at the Moscow Conservatory. Tchaikovsky would write a passage and Kotek would play it, giving Tchaikovsky, who did not play the violin, feedback regarding violin technique. The masterpiece that emerged would become one of the most beloved violin concertos in history despite Tchaikovsky’s struggles to premiere the piece and negative reviews.

Tchaikovsky dedicated the violin concerto to the Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer, but Auer rejected the piece as unplayable. The premiere finally took place in Vienna in 1881 when the violinist Adolph Brodsky decided that the unplayable was playable after all. The audience loved it, but the critics were not impressed.

Renowned critic, Eduard Hanslick wrote

“The Russian composer Tchaikovsky is surely not an ordinary talent, but rather an inflated one, with a genius-obsession without discrimination or taste. Such is also his latest, long and pretentious Violin Concerto. For a while it moves soberly, musically, and not without spirit. But soon vulgarity gains the upper hand, and asserts itself to the end of the first movement. The violin is no longer played; it is pulled, torn, drubbed. The Adagio . . . soon breaks off to make way for a finale that transfers us to a brutal and wretched jollity of a Russian holiday. We see plainly the savage vulgar faces, we hear curses, we smell vodka. . . Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto gives us for the first time the hideous notion that there can be music that stinks to the ear.”

Tchaikovsky memorized Hanslick’s review and could quote it for the rest of his life. Fortunately, Hanslick’s opinion didn’t seem to matter, as Brodsky was in demand all over the country to perform the concerto and the piece has been a mainstay ever since.

About Cape Ann Symphony

Founded in Gloucester in 1951, the Cape Ann Symphony is a professional orchestra of over 70 players from throughout the New England area. They perform a subscription season of four concerts per year plus several Pops and youth concerts. The Symphony Board of Directors named Yoichi Udagawa the Music Director and Conductor of the Cape Ann Symphony in the summer of 2000 after a yearlong search. In addition to his leadership of Cape Ann Symphony, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and a cover conductor at the Boston Pops Orchestra. Maestro Udagawa is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory where he teaches conducting. Frequently invited to guest conduct, Maestro Udagawa has worked with many different orchestras including the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Nobeoka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Indian Hill Symphony, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Brown University Orchestra, the Syracuse Society for New Music, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the Austin Civic Orchestra, and the Mid-Texas Symphony. Maestro Udagawa is at home in popular and contemporary music as well as the standard symphonic repertoire. He is known for his relaxed manner and ability to speak from the podium which has helped new audiences as well as enthusiasts gain a greater appreciation for symphonic music. His programs often include premieres of new works – some specially commissioned for the orchestra — as well as great orchestral works across the symphonic repertoire and lively Pops programs. He is also an integral part of the Cape Ann Symphony Youth Initiative.

Yoichi Udagawa, the son of a nuclear physicist father and singer/artist mother, was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1964. His family immigrated to the United States soon thereafter. He began playing the violin at age four and made his conducting debut at age fifteen. After receiving a music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, he continued advanced studies in conducting with Gunther Schuller, Seiji Ozawa, Morihiro Okabe, and Henry Charles Smith. A fan of many different styles of music, Mr. Udagawa also enjoys performing gospel music in addition to his conducting activities. He is also an accomplished violinist and an avid fan of exercise and yoga.

The Big Three: Mozart, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky is Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA . Single ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $20 for students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. Season subscriptions are available. For information or tickets, call 978-281-0543 or visit

Pictured: Guest Artist Victor Romanul
Pictured: Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa Photo Credit Jeph Ellis

Walk around the new Studio Fresh mural on Cape Ann Chamber Awesome Gloucester Awesome Rockport

In partnership with Awesome Gloucester and Awesome Rockport, a new Studio Fresh commission has landed on Cape Ann. This mural wraps around the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce on Harbor Loop.

Claire Wyzenbeek | Still Alight: Opening Reception with the artist Saturday October 1st from 2-5pm Jane Deering Gallery #gloucesterMA

Save the date for upcoming solo exhibition:


October 1 – October 30, 2022

Opening reception: Saturday, October 1st from 2-5pm

Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant St., Gloucester, MA

Works from the exhibition can be viewed at:

The imagery in Claire’s paintings uses life events, emotions and states of awareness as
inspirations. This awareness comes from an internal truth or a deep connection to the natural world. Color has an emotional resonance that is often the starting point of a painting. Her figures and landscapes exist in symbolic settings, painted from both memory and life. Some juxtapose opposing sensations like joy and suffering, or love and anguish. In other works, she explores a specific feeling or physical experience. Recurring themes are renewal, journeys, the female body, relationships, and the spiritual power of Nature.

About the artist

Claire Wyzenbeek holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a Diploma (Painting and Art History) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts. She maintains a studio in Gloucester on Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Wyzenbeek teaches art at Yes Art Space in Beverly, Massachusetts. Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows regionally and nationally. Follow her at and on Instagram @claire_skylark.

RIP Nancy Clooney

Returned to sad news: RIP Nancy Clooney from Gloucester, lovely person inside & out, Morning Glory cafe cofounder-owner. Condolences to her family and friends.

Wake- Campbell Funeral Home 3-6pm Sept. 25, 2022

Funeral – Our Lady of Good Voyage Sept. 26, 10AM

GLOUCESTER – Nancy (Genovese) Clooney, 82, a lifelong resident of Gloucester passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday morning, September 21, 2022 at her home. She was the wife of the late Francis Clooney. Born in Gloucester, she was the daughter of the late Marco and Grace (Sabella) Genovese. She was raised and educated in Gloucester and attended Gloucester High School.

Nancy had been the proud owner of Morning Glory Coffee Shop in Gloucester for many years until 2017. 

Read the full obit here

photo: c. ryan, 2017

Open Swim for a good cause was a record! WCVB Channel 5 story

Impressive feat for a worthy cause. Congratulations to Michael Klonsky and the reporters for a great story!

He has trained in Cape Ann waters, too.

Cape Ann symphony playbill for 2022-2023. Season Tix available now!

Heidi Dallin reveals the slate. Mark your calendar for some days and nights filled with great symphonic music!


Cape Ann Symphony Celebrates


Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the launch of the orchestra’s 71st concert season on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 PM at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium.

“We are so thrilled to be able to perform a full season schedule of orchestra concerts…. the first since 2019!’ says Cape Ann Symphony Board President Fran White.  “After facing the challenges of the past two years, Cape Ann Symphony is stronger than ever due to the amazing support from the musicians, our Music Director, our tireless Board of Directors, our sponsors and donors, and finally, our loyal audiences!  We look forward to gathering again in  Manchester and Ipswich to celebrate the joy of music.”

The upcoming season features a celebration of three of the world’s preeminent composers, The Big Three: Mozart, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky and guest artist violinist Victor Romanul makes his CAS debut performing Tchaikovsky’s “unplayable” Violin Concerto to kick off the season in October 2022. The concerto was severely criticized and declared unplayable when it premiered. But audiences loved it and the concerto now is a mainstay of violin concertos. 

The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus performs with the orchestra in the annual Holiday Pops Concert in November 2022; the return of Blaise Dejardin, Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Cellist in March 2023, and  the virtuoso pianist Michael Lewin to wrap up the season in May 2023.

Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Udagawa is eager to open the CAS 71st Season, “The musicians of the Cape Ann Symphony and I are extremely excited about the upcoming 2022-23 Season. “Our goal is to present to you concerts of the highest artistic standards that are guided by an enthusiasm for learning, a passion for the joy of music and love of good old fashioned fun and humor. Looking forward to seeing you at our concerts!”

Cape Ann Symphony’s 71st concert season kicks off on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA with The Big Three: Mozart, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky. Season subscriptions for the four concert season are available to purchase. Single ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $20 for students of any age with valid Student ID; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit


  • Performance: Sunday, October  2, 2022: 2:00 PM: Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off the 71st season with three of  music’s most renown composers Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky and guest artist Victor Romanul performing Tchaikovsky’s “unplayable” Violin Concerto in his CAS debut. The program also includes Mozart’s Magic Flute and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.



  • Saturday, November 26, 2022: 2:00 PM Dolan Performing Arts Center, Ipswich High School. Ipswich,MA
  • Saturday, November 26, 2022: 7:30 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
  • Sunday, November 27, 2022: 2:00 PM Manchester, Sunday, November 27, 2022: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The Holiday Pops Concert, Cape Ann Symphony’s joyful holiday tradition, features a program of holiday favorites The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts joins the orchestra for this exciting celebration of holiday music including the annual audience sing-along.


  • Performance: Sunday, March 19, 2023: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Cape Ann Symphony welcomes back Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal cellist Blaise Déjardin to play Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. Déjardin made his CAS debut in March 2017 with his acclaimed performance of Saint-Saens’ elegant Cello Concerto. The orchestra opens the concert with Brahms’ stirring Symphony No. 1 in c minor, a piece which he struggled with for 14 years to complete.  


  • Performance: Sunday, May 14, 2023: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The Colors of Music features legendary composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms and guest artist Grammy winning virtuoso pianist Michael Lewin. The internationally acclaimed pianist has played in over 30 countries and commands a repertoire of over 40 piano concertos. Mr. Lewin joins CAS to play Brahms’ powerful Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert also includes Mozart’s joyous Marriage of Figaro Overture and Haydn’s delightful Symphony No. 101 “Clock.”

Photo 1: Violinist Victor Romanul, Guest Artist for October 2 Concert; Courtesy Photo
Photo 2: Cellist Blaise Dejardin, Guest Artist for March 19 Concert; Courtesy Photo
Photo 3: Pianist Michael Lewin, Guest Artist for May 14 Concert; Photo Credit Liz Linder
Photo 4: CAS Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa

Meet the artist Deborah Davidson | reception Saturday September 10th Jane Deering Gallery #GloucesterMA

Deborah Davidson solo show, POSSIBILITIES, opens September 10th 2-5pm at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, Ma. Hope to see you there!

photo credit Work on paper: Deborah Davidson, CRIS DE COEUR 1, 2021, Color pencil on paper, 31×23 inches, 36×26, framed. Visit Jane Deering Gallery Sept. 2022 for solo exhibit.

Jane Deering Gallery
California & Massachusetts . 917-902-4359
London . UK residence +44-207-584-1671

More works by Deborah Davidson be viewed online:

Acting 101

September 2022- Mondays – Cape Ann YMCA sign up is open! Begins next week.

An introduction to the basics of professional acting taught by professional actress Heidi Dallin. Learn acting techniques, develop stage presence and build self-confidence through theatre games, pantomime, improvisation, public speaking, and storytelling!

Acting 101 is designed to provide young people an outlet to discover their creative potential through building self confidence, and developing communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to skills necessary for professional theatre.

Ages: 6-12 years old. Mondays 4-6pm.

Guys and Dolls…and Dahlias! Summer Gardens Stacy Boulevard Gloucester, MA.

Go! Find your path and palette.

photo block: c. ryan (Gloucester Harbor, dahlias, summer gardens – Stacy Boulevard August 19, 2022. The dahlias were blooming strong in October 2021. Generous Gardeners’ devotions encourage repeat viewings no matter the month or season!)


College Sports Soccer signing! Robert Mugabe Kansas City Christian College #GloucesterMA athlete

Education and soccer are important to Robert Mugabe, a former Gloucester athlete finding his way to higher education and a soccer team. After taking a gap year last year to sort through some recruiting options, one of the college coaches that was most impactful and circled back to support and encourage him was in Kansas.

Mugabe is excited to announce that he signed with Kansas Christian College DII which competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCCAA). He is thrilled to begin this new chapter.

“This morning I had my second college practice. School starts on Monday. The first game is August 30th: Kansas Christian College VS. Bethany Swedes.”

photo: School/college signing. Mugabe is second on the left. Also signing that day, the taller young man in the center, Adam, who is a goalie.

UPDATE: Follow the KCC Falcon team Facebook page which provides links for live watching each game

Mugabe will play up for the Falcons wearing #22 as he did for Gloucester High School varsity soccer, Cape Ann United, club teams, and Fisherman Youth in middle school. One of the perennial leading scorers, his speed, skills, strength and drive will take him far.

photo block above: Mugabe at work. Past GHS Fishermen and Cape Ann United games shot by professional photographers including Mark Elliott Graham and Dawn Enos.

Good luck to Robert and the Falcons!


Heidi Dallin shares a reminder about Cape Ann Symphony’s outdoor concert in Magnolia next week. The program sounds glorious!


Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director


Sunday August 21, 2022



Cape Ann Symphony announces A Special Outdoor Concert on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at 4:00 pm, featuring CAS lead flutist Stephanie Stathos and the Cape Ann Symphony Chamber Orchestra under the direction of CAS Conductor and Music Director Maestro Yoichi Udagawa performing poolside at the home of CAS President Fran White, 179 Hesperus Avenue, Magnolia, MA. Refreshments will be served. Seating for the performance is limited to 75. Ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $20 for students of any age; and $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For tickets and further information, call 978-281-0543 or go to

Maestro Udagawa looks forward to returning to perform at 179 Hesperus Avenue.

“The musicians and I are thrilled and excited to be able to perform together during the summer, and are grateful to Cape Ann President Fran White and her husband David for opening up their large backyard to host a concert again this year. It is such a pleasant, tranquil (and bug free!) venue that offers the audience close proximity to the musicians – a chance we don’t get often in large concert halls! “

This special outdoor concert features Charles Floyd’s Hymn For The Fallen, Wolfgang A. Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major, performed by CAS lead Flutist Stephanie Stathos, and Joseph Bologne’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

“The musicians and I are delighted to share this gorgeous music with our audiences” explains Maestro Udagawa.

Charles Floyd’s Hymn For The Fallen, commissioned by CAS, had its world premiere in the CAS March 2022 Concert. “Charles Floyd’s incredible piece for CAS was a highlight of our 70th Season, points out Maestro Udagawa, “I was eager to perform this inspiring piece outdoors with our chamber orchestra.”

Floyd wrote Hymn For The Fallen to highlight the sense of isolation and helplessness experienced since 2020.

Hymn For The Fallen begins in isolation with violins commencing a tuneful exposition that is later joined by violas and cellos. The harmonies that build are bittersweet, but quite tonal in nature. Polytonality (the simultaneous use of two or more keys) plays a big role as a vehicle to prevent the emotional affect from feeling too ‘settled’ or too ‘sweet’. This is to reflect the notion that the emotional aspects of the past two years remain largely unsettled and unresolved. The final result is a haunting melody that is as singable as a hymn which (hopefully) does not gloss over the gravity of sadness rather than to honor with reverence the loss of a loved one. The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic and the insurmountable loss of life as a result of it, various riots, fear, brutality, extremism, civil unrest, confusion, grief, and violence inspired me to create a series of works called The Fallen of which Hymn for The Fallen is one. The series is not intended to be performed in one sitting. Rather it is a collection of works on a series of difficult topics.”

Charles Floyd

Maestro Udagawa looks forward to sharing Mozart’s first flute concerto with audiences, “Mozart’s first Flute Concerto was written in his early twenties. It is a beautiful work, and really requires the soloist to have tons of technique. Stephanie will do an amazing job, and we are all thrilled to be able to perform this work with her. I’m sure the audience will love it.” Commissioned by the Dutch flutist Ferdinand De Jean in 1777, Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major, his first flute concerto, was written in 1778. Mozart was supposed to provide four flute quartets and three flute concertos, but he only completed two of the three concertos. The piece is divided into 3 movements: 1. Allegro Maestoso; 2. Adagio Ma Non Troppo; 3. Rondo Tempo di Menuetto. The Andante for Flute and Orchestra K. 315 is thought to have been written as an alternative slow movement for this concerto, but there is no existing manuscript. Stephanie Stathos is the Principal Flute of the Cape Ann Symphony and the soloist in Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major Ms. Stathos is thrilled to play this Mozart piece with CAS, ” This wonderful work is part of all classical flutists’ repertoire,” points out Stathos, “Most of us begin learning it in high school and continue to study it throughout our entire careers! The third movement is a favorite of mine for its humor and joyful 3/4 meter, alternating between sparkling 16th note passage work and beautiful, lyrical melodies. I am delighted to be performing this concerto with the Cape Ann Symphony Chamber Orchestra this coming August 21.”

Stephanie Stathos earned her degree in Flute Performance from Boston University’s School for the Arts. Based in Lincoln, MA, Ms. Stathos is first piccolo for the Lexington Symphony. She has served as the piccolo and second flute with the touring orchestra of the National Lyric Opera of New York. As soloist she has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Other appearances include performances with many of New England’s ensembles including Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Symphony New Hampshire, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chorale (NH), Newburyport Choral Society, and North Shore Chamber Music. Ms. Stathos also is passionate about jazz, new music and ethnic music.

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, is the first known classical musician of African descent. A man of many talents he was a composer, virtuoso violinist, conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris, and a soldier and a renowned champion fencer. He was celebrated in Paris when the then unknown Mozart visited the city.

“Joseph Bologne had an extraordinary life, and it’s reflected in his music, ” says Maestro Udagawa, “Audiences will be enthralled with his Symphony No. 2. Last summer we performed Bologne’s Symphony No. 1 and I am so pleased to be able to share more of his extraordinary work with our audiences!”

photo credits:

Yoichi Udagawa, CAS Conductor and Music Director Photo Credit Jeph Ellis

Cape Ann Symphony Chamber Orchestra led by Maestro Udagawa performing at 179 Hesperus Avenue Courtesy photo

Stephanie Stathos, Principal Flute of the Cape Ann Symphony and the soloist in Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major Photo Credit: Robert Torres
Charles Floyd, Composer Hymn For The Fallen Courtesy Photo

Rocky Neck – Women on the Wharf historic group exhibition with a focus on Jane McDonald plus Joan Frank, Eileen Mueller, Carol St. John, Patricia Sullivan. Reception, Book Talk August 13, 14th

News from Rocky Neck about great upcoming group show-

Women on the Wharf: Jane McDonald and Friends
Curated by Christina McDonald

  • Exhibition Dates: August 11 – September 11, 2022
  • Venue: Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Galleries open: Thursdays through August noon – 7 PM, Friday-Sunday, noon – 5 PM
  • Opening Reception:  Saturday, August 13, 4 – 6 PM
  • Book Talk with Carol St. John: Sunday, August 14, 3 PM

This retrospective exhibit honors the life and legacy of the renegade artist Jane McDonald, who painted on Cape Ann and Rocky Neck from the 1970s until her death in 2009.  McDonald, a fiercely passionate artist who eschewed societal expectations, established her own studio/gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Avenue.  In the 1980s and 1990s, she collaborated with and inspired other painters Joan Frank, Eileen Mueller, Carol St. John, and Patricia Sullivan, generating a powerful female presence on Rocky Neck’s Madfish Wharf. Jane dedicated herself to supporting these artists, encouraging each to be true to her own vision. This exhibit reunites this dynamic group for the first time. A genius of whimsical watercolors, McDonald’s spirit and influence echoes in the work of other Cape Ann artists: Patricia Sullivan’s strong colors and composition; Eileen Mueller’s bold brushwork and energy, Joan Frank’s combination of childlike vision and sophistication, and in Carol St. John’s playful, satirical watercolors. These works can be found in collections here and all over the world.  These five artists join the long history of notable artists of Gloucester.

Jane McDonald (1938-2009); Joan Frank (1941–2014); Eileen Mueller; Carol St. John; Patti Sullivan

Women on the Wharf: Jane McDonald and Friends is on view Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 PM, with extended hours until 7 PM on Thursdays through August, at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, Mass. The public is invited to celebrate the artists at the Opening Reception Saturday August 13 from 4-6 PM. View the art and enjoy light refreshments, drinks and lively conversation. Carol St. John will deliver a free public talk on her recently-published work, With Life as Your Canvas, All is Art, Art is All, on Sunday, August 14, 3PM.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony offers an exciting roster of exhibitions, receptions, and events in 2022, with refreshments, admission and nearby parking free of charge. More information for all Cultural Center events is available on the website,, by email at,  The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, is the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, which hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds.