Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Hosts Guest Presenter: Lisa Goren

“The Pivot and the Hustle” with Boston artist, Lisa Goren

May 20, 2021, 7:00pmOn ZOOM (contact Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, via email  for invite)

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

The Experimental Group of Rockport’s Art Association & Museum is happy to host a zoom presentation with award winning artist, Lisa Goren. Learn how Goren has moved forward with her art during these difficult times. Listening, creating, and accepting that a change was needed and then taking that change to the public, as a part of her artist persona.

Artist Bio:

Lisa Goren was raised in NYC and has been working in Boston, Massachusetts for the past 25 years. She is the current Vice-President of the National Association of Women Artists (Mass. Chapter). During the Pandemic, she has been working on smaller paintings of ‘Animals Taking Over during the Quarantine’ as well as portraits of health care workers (chosen to be in The Best Art Created by Washington Post Readers During the Pandemic by Washington Post).  Lisa has also been published in the New York Times,

Don’t miss Lisa’s current show featuring over one hundred works at the Cotuit Center for the Arts thru May 1, 2021.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.  

If you would like a zoom invite to the event, please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, via email  The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 100 years.

Artists Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco and Leslie Heffron are pleased to announce a month-long exhibit hosted by the Jane Deering Gallery

Artists Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco and Leslie Heffron are pleased to announce a month-long exhibit hosted by the Jane Deering Gallery in downtown Gloucester, MA.   The exhibit is poignantly titled, A Line in the Sand.   As working artists on Cape Ann, Ganim-DeFalco and Heffron have drawn their own lines in the sand through keen observation and commitment.   The exhibition presents interpretations of the seaside through Heffron’s paintings and Ganim-DeFalco’s Wearable Art.

Along the water’s edge at the incoming tide a line is drawn. On one side of that elusive line is the ever-changing, unpredictable ocean. On the other side, among the sand’s crystals, treasures are revealed – a luminescent piece of sea glass or a piece of a lobsterman’s line peeking out.

“While seeking these treasures, we observe both the beauty and banality of the world, interpreting what we see and feel in new and meaningful ways, and create timely works of art that tell the story,” express the combined sentiments of both artists.

Over the past year, Heffron — from her perch on Pigeon Cove — observed the daily work of local lobstermen, capturing the essence of their toil and expressing their experience in acrylic paintings of both abstract and realistic renderings.  Consider these paintings portraits of a working life at the sea.

Ganim-DeFlaco has created a new line of jewelry for this themed event — dramatic pieces of sea glass outlined in leather which break a design barrier in their wake. The artist will also showcase her collection of one-of-a-kind hair accessories and jewelry that are the foundation of Cape Ann Designs.  

Join these artists at the Jane Deering Gallery for the month of April to share this experience and take home your piece of Cape Ann’s natural beauty.

Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco is a member of the Cape Ann Artisans and a founding member of the seARTS Wearable Art Group. Most recently, her work was included in Rocky Neck’s winter show, Exuberance.  The artist’s work is featured in the book Passion for Sea Glass. Since 2002, she has maintained a studio on Cape Ann. 

Leslie Heffron is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She considers herself a large-scale colorist and is particularly interested in how colors interact with each other on a surface.  Her work has been exhibited at the White House, Washington DC; the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania; and in numerous galleries throughout the U.S. 

Jane Deering Gallery presents contemporary art by established and emerging artists, both national and international.  The gallery has a strong interest in artists living and working on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, an area rich in artistic heritage.  The gallery first opened in 2002 on Cape Ann.  The gallery also has a focus on contemporary California artists and shows a selection of international artists represented by Purdy Hicks Gallery of London UK.

A Line in the Sand| An Exhibition hosted by the Jane Deering Gallery

19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco – Sea Glass Wearable Art & Leslie Heffron Painter 

April 3-30th Thursdays-Saturdays 1-6PM

April 2nd: Preview by invitation only.

Appointments encouraged during or outside of hours.  Gallery maximum 3 persons at a time| 

COVID Compliant  

Contact: 978-283-8333 (LL)– 484-201-0026 (M)

Don’t Lose Heart

Our Valentine card fundraiser at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative at 121 Main Street, Gloucester began Friday, January 15th. The event is called “Don’t Lose Heart.” We are excited to offer handmade cards where 100% of the proceeds go to The Open Door to provide food to residents of Cape Ann. A few of our artists have designed a card which also includes a small gift such as a carved heart in a beach stone by Ann Schlecht, a ceramic heart pin made by Peter Black, a matted card photograph by Jim Sousa ready for framing or a semi precious gemstone heart by Kathy Bucholska. 

Other members have created unique Valentine cards with special designs and messages that you won’t find anywhere else. Our current hours are Friday and Sunday 12 to 5 and Saturday 10 to 6. Stop by and purchase a card for a special person while supporting your local community.

Cape Ann Artisans Announces 2021 Open Studios Schedule. Returning and New artists.

The Cape Ann Artisan’s tour continues to be a delightful and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thanks to all the artisans for their gracious reception.     [2020 Visitor]

The Cape Ann Artisans are pleased to announce the 38th Annual Spring and Fall Open Studios, plus a special summer Mini-Tour in 2021 based on the response of the community in the summer of 2020.    The Spring Tour is June 5-6, the Fall Tour is October 9-10, and the Mini-Tour, with a smaller group of the artisans, is planned for one day only, Saturday, August 14th.   

For locals and visitors alike, the diversity of the artisans’ work combined with the unique setting of the studios creates a memorable day or weekend outing around Cape Ann.  The group changes slightly from year to year due to artists who choose to take a leave or new members who are juried in. In 2021, the Artisans welcome new artisan Sallie Strand, an abstract painter located on historic Rocky Neck.   In 2020, Chloe Leigh, a fine jeweler, located in downtown Gloucester also joined the group, but this will be her first year participating.

The tour is “self-guided” with 14 individual stops to visit with 15 artisans.   The full group is listed below along with their medium:

  1. David Archibald – Ceramic Arts – Porcelain & Stoneware
  2. Cynthia Curtis – Ceramic Arts – Stoneware
  3. Rob Diebboll – Painting – Oil & Watercolors
  4. Jacqueline Ganim DeFalco – Sea Glass Jeweler
  5. Deb Gonet – Painting – Mixed Media
  6. Linda Hogan – Quilter
  7. Chloe Leigh – Fine Jeweler
  8. Sinikka Nogelo – Painting & Sculpture– Experimental Arts
  9. Scott Place and Erin O’Sullivan – Ceramic Arts
  10. Marcie Rae – Fine Jeweler
  11. Deb Schradieck – Painting–Oil & Watercolor
  12. Sallie Strand – Painting- Abstract
  13. Pam Stratton – Mosaics
  14. Sara Wright – Fiber Arts- Handwoven & Knit Accessories

As the tourist season unfolds, the 2021 Brochure will become available at all the major tourism outlets including the Cape Ann Chamber and North of Boston CVB locations.  The Artisans will also continue their partnership with Discover Gloucester.   One significant change is that the tour locations will be noted on the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Visitor printed map and will be downloadable from Cape Ann Artisans website, but will not be printed inside the Artisan brochure as in years past.   

The Cape Ann Artisans welcome the support of the community and the opportunity to be a partner and be listed on both the printed and online  promotional material is available until February 1.   Annually, the Artisans print and distribute over 10,000 brochures which are distributed throughout the region.   The Artisans connect with thousands of visitors and act as ambassadors to all things local – especially lodging, restaurants, and services.  If you would like to secure a partnership, please contact Pam Stratton directly at this email:

The 2020 Feedback survey gave the Cape Ann Artisans high marks in terms of Covid safety and we will continue to ask visitors to comply with State of Massachusetts regulations:  wearing of  facial coverings, practice of social distancing, and use of  hand sanitizer which will be available at each studio.


What:  The 38th Annual Cape Ann Artisans Open Studios

Where: Gloucester and Rockport, MA.

When:   Spring Tour: Sat & Sun, June 5-6 and October 9-10th  10AM-5PM Daily

Special Event: Mini-Tour* – Sat August 14th  Mini-Tour Artists to be announced in the Spring.

Contact: or leave a message with Cynthia Curtis 978-546-6186

Quarry Dance lX on TV

QUARRY DANCE lX is featured on Cape Ann’s community cable television station, 1623 Studios, every night at 7:00PM from now through January 2nd, 2021 on channel 67. Anyone on Cape Ann who subscribes to X Finity Comcast can watch it.

The 33 minute film is followed by a question and answer session moderated by Maureen Aylward and includes the Quarry Dance lX team of dancers, the musician, videographer, choreographer and producer. Tune in to see it on your TV screen.

For those not on Cape Ann, the film is now available on YouTube, as well as on the Windhover website here at

If you enjoy watching the Quarry Dance lX film and are able to donate any amount to Windhover which is a 501©3 non-profit organization, please use the DONATE button on the www.windhover.orgwebsite. Any amount is appreciated in order to support and sustain programs for the performing arts like this one. Checks made payable to Windhover are also acceptable. The arts matter more now than ever! Thank you for caring.

Alex Berger at Cape Ann quarry in Quarry Dance lX in 2020     photo by David Watts Jr.


Windhover campus on December 19, 2020          (photo by Lisa Hahn)

During this unprecedented time in our lives, when the arts were curtailed due to the pandemic, Windhover emerged as a refuge for performing artists. Choreographers and their dancers needed space to work, and a select number of companies came to Windhover this summer to reside, to rehearse new work, to hold open rehearsals and for some companies, they were engaged in making films of their dances. Aside from all of that, Windhover was able to produce for the first time, a 33 minute new film titled: Quarry Dance lX. It was the result of a bold decision by choreographer Dušan Týnek who brought his dancers to reside at Windhover for a week, two at a time, in order to film a newly created dance performed live for the video camera, at three private Cape Ann quarries.

Our gift to the public is this 33 minute film which can now be accessed on YouTube, as well as on the website. The local Cape Ann community cable station at 1623 Studios plans to show it on a regular schedule starting soon. (channel 12 here on Cape Ann)  The film elicited praise from two acclaimed dance critics; Marcia Siegel, as well as New York based critic Deborah Jowitt. The links are attached here:  Dancing on Stone and in Water – Deborah Jowitt and the second review is  Reclaiming Space – Marcia Siegel

Through your financial support, Windhover has been able to remain open this past summer, sustain its dance residencies and was able to produce the Quarry Dance lX film. We could not have achieved this without your support. Every friend and donor counts, especially during these most challenging times. Please consider making a year-end gift of any amount to our non-profit 501©3 organization. Donations are fully tax deductible. Just click on the DONATE button on the website, which links to paypal. Alternatively, old fashioned checks are still acceptable as well. You can make the check payable to Windhover and send to P.O Box 2249, Rockport, Ma. 01966

As we embark on our year-end campaign, we want you to know that exciting plans are in the works for  2021, with many more outdoor live performances next summer. With ample space to spread out, Windhover is able to welcome audiences in its back garden where its outdoor stage will be utilized for live performances, seen here in a photo taken this week in December during a recent winter snowstorm. We hope you can help sustain Windhover to ensure its continued success and growth. 

With warm wishes,


QUARRY DANCE lX Film is released for all to see on Giving Tuesday

To our Windhover friends and supporters:

We invite you to watch the uplifting QUARRY DANCE lX Film on the Windhover website starting today at:

Photo of Alex Berger & Gary Champi taken by David Watts. Jr.

Your donation (of any amount) on GIVING TUESDAY enables us to present performances for the public to enjoy. During these challenging times, the arts matter more than ever, and with your support, we can continue to serve the community and present more works of art like this one. Please help Windhover by making a tax deductible contribution to us today. And please enjoy Quarry Dance lX which brings the memories of summer back into our thoughts with the beauty of the water, the birds and the quarries of Cape Ann. Thank you…

Photo of Gary Champi taken by David Watts Jr.

Rockport artist Leslie Heffron’s new body of work, “Seaside Studio 2020” is featured at the Matz Gallery, Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, from December 1-31, 2020.

Leslie considers herself a large scale colorist and her acrylic paintings and colored pencil drawings reflect her love for bold colors and shapes. She paints area favorites; a Good Harbor beach lifeguard chair, a Twin Lights soda bottle, Willow Rest, and, in particular, Pigeon Cove Harbor imagery. 

Since COVID slowed everything down, the artist has spent a good deal of time close to home in Pigeon Cove where she takes daily walks to the harbor in her neighborhood. There she observes the activity on both the wharf and water, takes photos, and uses the images to create paintings, drawings, and videos back in her studio. “Pigeon Cove Harbor is a magical place with beautiful light and color… truly a painter’s paradise,” said Ms. Heffron.  The Matz Gallery show includes several pieces which resulted from her observations of the cove, including a life-size portrait of one of the lobstermen.

The artist holds a diploma in studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and both a teaching certificate and Master’s Degree in Art Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Heffron is a member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, the Rockport Art Association Experimental Group, and an associate member of the North Shore Art Association. She has exhibited her work at the White House, Allentown Art Museum, Kutztown University, Muhlenberg College, and galleries throughout the United States. 

Visit the artist’s website: to view more of her work and watch her interview with Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco on 1623 Studios’ Cape Ann ARTWaves at:

Rockport’s 75th Annual Live Christmas Pageant

In the spirit of the holidays, every year the Rockport Art Association and Museum presents the Annual Live Christmas Pageant to the Rockport–and Cape Ann–communities at large.  This year, the pageant was to be held Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 5PM  

Yet with Covid-19, the wellbeing of our community coming first, and strict safety protocol in place town wide, this year the Pageant takes on a new and exciting presentation.  Together with Willoughby’s on Main street, the Rockport Art Association and Museum has created for you a still life of the stable scene and the birth of Jesus along with a display of the magnificent costumes of the Three Kings.  (Pease see photos attached to this email.) This Willoughby’s window scene will be available for you, your family, friends, and the entire Cape Ann community to enjoy through the month of December.  We sincerely hope you enjoy, and look forward to joining you in a return to a live Christmas Pageant in 2021! 

For more information regarding the Rockport Art Association and Museum’s Annual Live Christmas Pageant, we invite you consult the Overview of the Pageant included below, and to check out our website at: 

A brief Overview of the RAA&M Christmas Pageant: 

The Beginning 

It all began back in 1945 with artist Jackie Hibbard, wife to famed artist Aldro Hibbard.  It was she who first suggested that the Rockport Art Association & Museum produce a Christmas pageant.  Unlike anything ever seen on Cape Ann before, this pageant would not take place on a theatre stage with actors but rather, would be a living, breathing procession composed of local neighbors and friends moving through the streets of downtown Rockport as they reenacted the story of Mary, Joseph and the birth of the Baby Jesus. 

The Procession  

Each year hundreds of spectators gather to watch this live re-enactment of the Nativity.  The pageant begins in the Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Hibbard and Maddocks galleries, where a cast of 100 people of all ages playing various roles of Roman soldiers, townspeople of Bethlehem, shepherds, and more gather to don costumes and makeup.  Then, with torches in hand, they file out of the Art Association and head down Stone Barn Lane to Dock Square, where the pageant begins in earnest.   

From Dock Square Torch Bearers and three Roman Soldiers escort Mary and Joseph along Main Street, followed by dozens of townspeople dressed as Ladies of Bethlehem, Children of Bethlehem and Shepherds.  (Customarily, a donkey follows to assist Mary on her journey.)  Desperate for shelter, Mary and Joseph stop at the Inn (played—fittingly enough—by the Rockport Art Association & Museum) only to be informed by the Innkeeper and his daughter that there is no room at the Inn and turned away.  

Yet good fortune smiles down upon the Holy Family when the Innkeeper’s daughter takes pity on the couple in the cold winter night and suggests they stay in the stable where the sheep and goats rest.  Before the couple leaves, the Innkeeper offers Mary and Joseph a drink of water from their well.  Then the Innkeeper’s daughter escorts Mary and Joseph up to the stable (situated on the lawn of the First Congregational Church) where Mary proceeds to give birth to her son, Jesus of Nazareth.  

After the birth, the Three Kings proceed to offer homage with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh while children, too, offer gifts, including two white doves.  The celebration concludes with a moving rendition of “Silent Night” sung by all in attendance. 

Featured Role: Mary 

Determining who shall play the coveted role of Mary requires a selection process that is a tradition in itself.  Choosing Mary is always a difficult task for the pageant director.  The decision must meet a number of criteria:  Historically candidates are between the ages of 17-20.  The chosen Mary must have participated in the pageant for a number of years. (Many girls have been in the pageant for six or seven years.)  The person who plays the role of Mary changes every year.  

The identity of the person portraying Mary is kept secret until she appears the night of the pageant.   

Baby Jesus 

Given the seasonably-cold temperatures that come with holding a live outdoor pageant in December, the role of the Baby Jesus understandably calls for a stand-in.  The Baby Jesus is a newborn doll larger-than-average, specifically so the crowd can see him.  Especially the children.  


From Mary, Joseph, the Three Kings, and Roman Soldiers, to Torch Bearers, Shepherds, Ladies’ of Bethlehem, Children of Bethlehem, Innkeeper, Innkeeper’s Daughter, Children at the Well, and Dove Children, the Rockport Art Association & Museum literally has hundreds of costumes for every role and in every size for everyone who wishes to participate.  Generations of families who participated as children now bring their own children and continue to participate themselves. 

The RAA&M National 2020

“Virtual” Opening Reception on Facebook: Saturday, December 5, 2020 2P.M. 

Exhibit closes: Thursday, December 31, 2020 

Following the exceptional success of last year’s inaugural exhibition, this December the Rockport Art Association & Museum will again be holding an exhibition of national scope and proportions!  The RAA&M National 2020 is an open invitational for artists across the United States to exhibit artwork crafted in a diverse number of media (drawing, mixed media, collage, photography, painting, digital art and sculpture) here at the Rockport Art Association & Museum.  It is an opportunity to show artwork that reveals the diversity of the Creative Community around us here on Cape Ann, and an occasion to introduce new artistic influences from beyond this region to artists and the public alike. 

With the extremely generous and selfless support of public institutions and private individuals over $5,000 in prize money is to be awarded for superlative works in the categories of drawing, mixed media, collage, photography, painting, digital art and sculpture.  The Institution for Savings is sponsoring the show itself, while several private individuals and public institutions likeBankGloucester have elected to sponsor prizes.

Our two judges are the nationally-recognized and Cindy House ( for the category of traditional art, and the holder of Gordon College’s Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in the art department, Professor Bruce Herman in the category of contemporary art (  Through a juried selection process the artwork is judged, with winning pieces being awarded monetary prizes ranging from $250. to $1,000. apiece.   

For more information regarding the RAA&M National, we invite you to check out our website at:.


Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs due December 14th.

The Mass Cultural Council has set a December 14th deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

The Gloucester Cultural Council invites you to apply for a grant for your arts, humanities, and/or science program. This year we plan to give priority to programs that:

have a direct link to Gloucester

are accessible to diverse groups of people

demonstrate innovative ways to bring science to the public

build momentum and create vitality within the community

According to Council spokesperson Elizabeth Neumeier these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Gloucester — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Gloucester Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Gloucester Cultural Council will distribute about $10,000 in grants. Previously funded projects include: The Gloucester Writer’s Center Magma Gloucester, The Cape Ann Symphony, Rockport Music, The Musary and Manship Artists Residency.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Gloucester Cultural Council, contact Elizabeth Neumeier at Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Fifteenth Show: Small Works Holiday Show

Who: Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA What: Unexpected No. 15 Exhibition

What:  Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Fifteenth Show:  Small Works Holiday Show

Where: Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main St., Rockport, MA

When: December 5, 2020 – December 31, 2020 (please see current gallery hours below)

Reception: None (due to Covid-19 precautions)

Sarah LL Milton, Blue Monday, oil on canvas, 20 x 16, $800

The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its fifteenth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Fifteen” at Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main St., Rockport, MA. This annual show of small works features artworks of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members ranging in mediums to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography. Works on view in the exhibition are specifically small works of a maximum size of 20” in any dimension. The exhibition runs from December 5 -December 31 , 2020. Current RAAM Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday, 11:00am-4:00pm.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its’ main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and/or a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email at

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 99 years.

1623 Studios Member Show Cape Ann ARTWaves Celebrates six months on the Air

Art video program showcases in depth artists stories direct from their studios

In the early spring of 2020 lockdown set in, the leadership of 1623 studios sought to find a way to support the arts remotely through their local TV and online footprint.  What evolved was a unique member show called Cape Ann ARTWaves co-produced and hosted by Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco and M. Kristine Fisher.  The show was launched in April and in its first episode took a snapshot of seARTS and Rocky Neck to understand how they pivoted to respond to their communities.   From that point onward, the show has tapped into 22 other artists from all strata of the arts community.  

For centuries, artists have been at the crossroads of major historic events.  The 2020 Pandemic has been, by far, the greatest such event in the lives of many of us and it’s important to capture the response of the arts community during this time.  Cape Ann ARTWaves provides a vehicle to have this dialogue in a conversational, informal setting, direct from the artists’ homes and studios.  The co-producers are well-acquainted with many artists and their interviews are intended to go deep with an informed point of view and at the same time make it easy and fun for the artists to tell their story. 

“Through seARTS and the Wearable Art programs, I have spent twenty years working with artists and have also been on my own artistic journey during this time.   Most of us are highly motivated by the anticipation of an exhibit or event.  Losing these opportunities left a huge gap in the arts ecosystem.  However, for many its been a wonderful time to re-charge and reflect and this is coming to light in our interviews,” comments co-producer, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco

“Anticipating the interview gave me purpose, something artists have difficulty with during the pandemic. All my art shows were abruptly cancelled. Exposure is key. Since my ARTWaves interview and connection with Local Colors, I’ve sold 4 paintings!” Painter, Joan Bediz

Co-producer, M. Kristine Fisher brings her rich background to the show.

“As a working artist and former executive director of the Marblehead Arts Association, I have a unique understanding into the complexities that go into keeping my art practice and the greater creative economy alive during these unprecedented times. Each interview offers insight into artists’ journeys, inspirations, and important gallery activity. This exposure is critical for the creative community who count on media exposure more than ever to share and sell their work.” 

To date, Cape Ann ARTWaves has featured artists covering the genres of painting, photography, ceramics, mosaics, jewelry, glass, the experimental arts the majority are working from Cape Ann or with a close connection through their exhibitions or personal history.  Their memberships cross over many of the local art associations including Rocky Neck, North Shore, Rockport, seARTS, the Cape Ann Artisans, and some are in the permanent collection of the Cape Ann Museum.  Among the more well-known artists, the hosts have interviewed Jeff Weaver, Chris Williams, Linda Holt, Nella Lush, and Ruth Mordecai.  Many, however, are slightly under the radar and this presents a unique opportunity to tell their stories. 

“It has always been my strong belief that media exposure is not only beneficial but essential. I have added the interview on the foot of my emails and of course on all of my websites. Since my interview I have received numerous emails from new potential collectors. We must always find ways and venues that promote awareness of how important Art is for our communities and Life!”  Nella Lush, Artist & Founder of the Rockport Art Association Experimental Arts initiative

Cape Ann ARTWaves is off to a great start and both artists and the arts community are eager for the show to continue with a long list of stories to share with the community.  To continue, however, the show will require sponsorship for its 24 Episodes in 2021. The producers are actively looking for support for the local community for the show to continue and grow.   Supporting facts are available in the attached profile.  

About the Producers:

Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco and M. Kristine Fisher are champions of the arts community on Cape Ann and beyond.  Jacqueline and Kristine have both served on the Board of seARTS and have led arts programming and promotion for over twenty years.  To find out more about Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, please reference her websites: and more on M. Kristine Fisher at

About 1623 Studios: 1623 Studios is a nonprofit community media center serving the four communities of Cape Ann: Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Essex. Its mission is to provide a forum for the free exchange of information and ideas. It strives to be a vital information resource for the Cape Ann Community and to make sure that it is always evolving to meet the needs of the community.

Find the latest 1623 Studios content on YouTube and connect across social media at “@1623Studios” including on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn. 1623 Studios broadcasts its programming on local Comcast cable channels 12, 20, and 67.

Quarry Dance lX Premiere is here this week!


Dancers: Gary Champi, Jessica Cipriano

Live streaming the film on:
Thursday, October 29th from 8:00pm-9:00pm and
Sunday, November 1st from 6:00pm-7:00pm  (daylight savings time)

Meet the Team:

Quarry Dance lX Producer: Lisa Hahn, Executive Director of Windhover Performing Arts Center
Choreographer: Dušan Týnek of Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre
Composer: Russ Gershon
Videographer: Anders Johnson
Dancers: Alexandra Berger, Gary Champi, Jessica Cipriano, Elizabeth Hepp and Dušan Týnek.
Moderated by Maureen Aylward and Streamed live

The Quarry Dance lX film is 35 minutes in length. This premiere of the film will be followed by 15 minutes of questions from the audience with answers from the Quarry Dance team which includes some of the dancers as well. This will be moderated by Maureen Aylward.

Please sign up for free on Big Marker: CLICK HERE BELOW:

Thursday, October 29th at 8:00pm OR Sunday, November 1st at 6:00pm

Dancer: Alex Berger

Photos by Peter Van Demark and David Watts Jr.

Here is a 60 second trailer preview of the Quarry Dance lX, with new music composed specially for it by Russ Gershon. Just click here: 

Windhover Performing Arts Center, located in Rockport, MA, is proud to partner once again with NYC-based Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre to present Quarry Dance IX. This year’s Quarry Dance takes the form of a 35-minute film capturing the natural elements surrounding three different private and stunning Cape Ann quarries.

The Quarry Dances are the result of a vision by Windhover’s founder, the late Ina Hahn. The aim was to marry the art of dance with the pristine granite landscapes of the quarries of Cape Ann. (for more information, please visit “It has been a great privilege of mine,” says Lisa Hahn, Executive Director of Windhover, to continue working with the critically-acclaimed Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre (, who have been integral to the conception and execution of this film, since the inception of the Quarry Dances nine years ago in 2012.”  The Quarry Dances have become synonymous with the dance company’s summer presence on Cape Ann over these many years. This performance was choreographed on site by Dušan, in collaboration with his dancers (two at a time), using these selected private quarries during one week in August 2020. 

Lisa Hahn is the Producer of Quarry Dance lX, carrying these inspiring dances forward, mindful of bringing attention to the natural world and the beauty of the Cape Ann landscape. Utilizing the quarries as natural amphitheaters for dance is a unique and uplifting perspective.

An original score was composed for this quarry dance by the talented Boston-based composer, multi-instrumentalist and frequent Quarry Dance collaborator Russ Gershon. (

The videographer, Anders Johnson, filmed from canoes, rowboats and even an inflatable swan to capture creative perspectives.

Primary funding was provided by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, along with assistance from the Rockport and Gloucester Cultural Councils.

Please consider donating towards this project as well as future performances by visiting the Windhover website and using the PAYPAL button to DONATE. WINDHOVER is a 501©3 ORGANIZATION SO ALL DONATIONS ARE FULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Thank you.

 Lisa Hahn, Executive Director
Windhover Performing Arts Center

P.O. Box 2249
(257 rear Granite Street)
Rockport, MA. 01966


Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative on 121 Main Street in Gloucester announces two new members: Peter Black and Mya R Nelson. We also have a special guest artist on display, Joan Bediz, through October and have installed their Day of the Dead altar for the public to write their remembrances. In addition, Miranda, the resident skeleton, is back in her finery through October 31.

Meet Our Two New Members

Ceramic artist Peter Black works from his Gloucester studio, using many different techniques in creating his pieces. Recently, Peter has been primarily working with porcelain to create works that are designed for both form and function. 
Woodworker Mya R. Nelson makes both furniture and home goods. Much of her work is inspired by the movement, flow and quirkiness in nature — starting with the natural beauty and shape of the wood.  

Meet our October Featured Artist

We’re excited to welcome Joan Bediz, who is well known for her pastel and acrylic landscapes and still life’s. Her recent work includes depicting people at work, such as in construction sites or restaurants, and pastels of cocktails beginning with “M” – like martinis. Joan’s work is on display until October 31.
Add your Tribute For Day of the Dead 

Miranda, our Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) resident skeleton, dressed in a crown by Sarah Fris, a scarf by Ann Schlecht and a pendant by Kathy Bucholska, is back and awaiting your arrival.

She urges you to post a tribute on the “Altar of Remembrance” by adding your own remembrance to honor the lives of friends, family and persons who have gone before us and had a profound influence on your life.

Thank you for shopping local and supporting our community!

Local Colors is following all the necessary steps to keep our members and customers safe during this pandemic. Grab your face mask and stop by for some socially-distant shopping!

October Hours
Friday & Saturday, 10 – 6; Sunday & Monday: 12 – 5
121 Main Street   –  Gloucester, Mass