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: capeanndesigns.com and more on M. Kristine Fisher at KristineFisher.com

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.

Halloween in Manchester hosting a house decoration contest

Poster with Manchester festivities 2020 includes signing up for a house decoration contest to be judged on Halloween.

What Halloween yard, street or neighborhood decorations have caught your eye this year?

Halloween decorations, Halloween in Manchester, house competition, Covid Halloween 2020

Gloucester activities 2020 downtown tomorrow 10/29/2020

6 Scariest Surprises

Cape Ann Home

Owning a home is not all roses and butterflies with white picket fences, it can be quite scary.There are any number of hidden nightmares lurking just below the surface or behind the walls, and you are the person responsible for all of it.

Most of the issues will be caught in a home inspection, but it’s hard to know all the secrets of a home.Often, the only time a home is inspected is when it is bought or sold.However, structures grow and change over time regardless of ownership. For regular maintenance and routine care of your home, follow ourDIY Home Inspection. Picking up on these problems sooner than later can help you time & money.Many of these hidden horrors only show their true selves when the renovations start, wreaking havoc with your budget.

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1. Mold

This is the silent killer that can invade your home. There are of…

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Early Voting at City Hall

Time is running out to vote early at City Hall. I’ve been helping by checking people into the building and have been meeting many early voters. I’m also meeting those whose names I recognize as blog followers, so I have especially enjoyed that. Early voting continues until Friday Oct 30 and is available during City Hall hours: Today Wednesday Oct 28 8:30 am -4 pm; Thursday Oct 29 8:30 am – 6:30 pm and ( last day) Friday Oct 30 8:30 am – 12:30pm* note 12:30 closing on Friday. More info available here. You can return absentee ballots, vote in person at your polling place on Tuesday Nov 3 or vote early at City Hall until Friday. Just vote.

Special thanks to Pauline’s for the flag pin and to the Generous Gardeners/ Maggie Rosa for the flowers.

Chickity Check It! “MIT CSAIL upgrades its self-driving boats to actually transport passengers”

MIT CSAIL upgrades its self-driving boats to actually transport passengers

By Rowan Walrath – Inno Associate EditorOctober 26, 2020, 02:40pm EDT

It’s two meters long, it drives itself, and is capable of carrying passengers. Meet the “Roboat II,” the second iteration of an autonomous boat developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions.

The first Roboat floated onto the scene four years ago — a smaller version of the new Roboat II that MIT CSAIL announced on Monday. The team is now working on another, even larger vessel with the aim of carrying four to six people.

Read entire story here

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: https://youtu.be/e4E-BIclfHg 

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 www.windhover.org). “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 (www.dusantynek.org), 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. (www.Either-Orchestra.org)

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 atwww.windhover.org 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

Old Sloop Coffeehouse presents a virtual, all-request concert with John McCutcheon November 13.

Old Sloop Coffeehouse great music, affordable prices, and a friendly welcome First Congregational Church • 12 School St • Rockport, Mass • 978-309-9667
Our host church is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Old Sloop Coffeehouse is not presenting in-person concerts. Our remaining 2020 concerts have all been canceled, and it looks like it will be a while before we are back in our hall. We plan to present occasional virtual concerts, and we hope those will help to satisfy our thirst for musical performances and provide some semblance of gathering in community. a virtual, all-request concert with John McCutcheon Friday, November 13 at 7:30pm For more information and tickets, visit the concert page.

John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers. John McCutcheon was scheduled to appear at Old Sloop Coffeehouse this fall, and we are delighted to present this virtual concert. The concert will be presented on the Mandolin streaming platform. Mandolin is designed for concerts and offers superior sound and video. You will be prompted to create a free Mandolin account when you buy tickets to receive your streaming link. There will be an opportunity to make song requests through Mandolin after you purchase a ticket. And you will be able to send questions and comments through chat during the concert. Tickets for this concert can be purchased through Mandolin here. See https://oldsloopcoffeehouse.org for more information. Send email to info@oldsloopcoffeehouse.org or call (978) 309-9667 with questions.