Wild Portrait: JEKSONE is #JEKS done! Golden lobster mural #GloucesterMA #ActionInc #NorthShoreCDC

www.jeksone.com

@JEKS-NC

Congratulations to the artist and Action Inc and all involved!

photos (right click for captions; pinch and zoom or select “full size” to enlarge): c. ryan 6/9/2021

  1. Signed [JEKS golden lobster mural, aka Brian Lewis. Muralist and street artist. Spray paint. Commission for Action Inc. Main Street, Gloucester, MA., 20210609, photograph © c ryan]
  2. Garnish [JEKS golden lobster mural, aka Brian Lewis. Muralist and street artist. Spray paint. Commission for Action Inc. Main Street, Gloucester, MA., 20210609, photograph © c ryan]
  3. [JEKS golden lobster mural, aka Brian Lewis. Muralist and street artist. Spray paint. Commission for Action Inc. Main Street, Gloucester, MA., 20210609, photograph © c ryan]
  4. Raking light makes visible finishing shield top coat. Aims to protect fading from UV damage and stymie vandalism. Golden lobster by American artist JEKS, June 2021. Photo ©c ryan
  5. Green Reef (up and over view- from Rogers St., by Gorton’s) [JEKS golden lobster mural, aka Brian Lewis. Muralist and street artist. Spray paint. Commission for Action Inc. Main Street, Gloucester, MA., 20210609, photograph © c ryan]

Gloucester Mural Map |

Nearing the finish line – @JEKS-NC spray paint lobster mural on Main Street #GloucesterMA #ActionInc #NorthShoreCDC #PuntoUrbanArtMuseum

www.jeksone.com

@JEKS-NC

@Urban.Art.Museum (Punto Urban Art Museum insta)

JEKS Mural commissioned for Harbor Village apartment building, 2021, NorthShoreCDC development, founder Punto Urban Art Museum.

Views four days on – from Rose Baker (forgot this one in this morning’s post)

Gloucester Mural Map |

#JEKS gilded lobster Main Street spray paint mural #GloucesterMA

JEKS Mural commissioned for Harbor Village apartment building, 2021

Views four days on – from Main, Rogers, and Chestnut Streets; Walgreens lot; Rose Baker and Gorton’s; with City Hall Tower and industry.

Gloucester Mural Map |

JEKS golden lobster mural – view from Gorton’s Rogers St. #GloucesterMA #GloucesterMurals

Artist Brian Lewis, aka JEKS, gold lobster mural for Harbor Village, work in progress as of 6/6/2021.

Views from Gorton’s, Rogers St. and Main.

Gloucester Mural Map | Gloucester public art

One day in – new Jeks One (lobster?) mural on Harbor Village apartment building #GloucesterMA

This morning feeling an intricate hyperrealist & abstract nocturne, sort of mutant sci-fi, toxic-regal, lobster-crustacean-hybrid clone, with a hint of greed. A bit Alexis Rockman vibe. You?

Look up when you’re downtown!

photos of new JEKS mural in progress- views from Rogers St, up from Main and Chestnut: C. Ryan

Gloucester murals | public art

Alexis Rockman at PEM

If you missed the Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks exhibition at PEM (on view just a month), there’s another chance at Guild Hall June 12 – July 26

installation views/details Alexis Rockman Shipwrecks at PEM May 2021: C. Ryan

NEW Mural underway! Public art Harbor Village, Main St. #GloucesterMA

Harbor Village, Gloucester, Massachusetts, first public art mural going up now! Can you guess the artist?

Before (may 2021) | In process (today)

| After (still to come!)

For Day 2 update, see here

For more BEFORE pictures, see my prior post here

Voting is on for the mural space on Elm Street. See Joey’s post here to VOTE for the 2nd exterior mural (Elm Street)

Gloucester Mural map

Here is a selection of some of the exterior public art murals in Gloucester. Depending upon your device, double click or pinch and zoom to enlarge and/or right click to see the credit details. On mine there is an option to select “view full size”. Indoor murals include masterworks from Gloucester’s public art collection (for example see its major WPA-era New Deal murals).

Stylish brick arches, lintels and sills – exterior detailing on Harbor Village construction Main Street #GloucesterMA

Take a minute to appreciate the thoughtful architectural design details on the exterior work in progress for Harbor Village on Main Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

I’m looking forward to hearing about the artists selected for the new public art commissioned for this building!

Public Art opportunity: YOUR future murals HERE! Open call for artists May 2021 deadline #GloucesterMA

photo caption: future site (43′ x 63′) for new temporary mural commission Elm St., Gloucester

About the art call.

Calling all Gloucester, Cape Ann, North Shore and New England area artists! One monumental exterior wall and two interior sites are available for commission submission in downtown Gloucester on the new apartment building, Harbor Village. The exterior mural $5500 (fee & materials. Lift will be supplied.) Two mural opportunities (10 x 10; 10 x 15) inside are $2000 each (fee & materials).

Request for proposals Here

“North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC) and Action Inc. have partnered together to bring new art into downtown Gloucester through the Punto Urban Art Museum (PUAM)…The goal for this call is to provide opportunities for local/regional artists to bring life and color into downtown of Gloucester. Selected Artists/teams will be a part of efforts in celebrating the 400th anniversary of Gloucester!”

application here.

Submission Deadline Sunday May 2, 2021- midnight; project completion target end of summer 2021.

About Harbor Village

Harbor Village: a new mixed income apartment building developed by Action Inc. and North Shore Community Development Coalition on 206 Main Street at Elm (formerly Cameron’s) now under construction.

Harbor Village website HERE.

BEFORE VIEW- One future mural commission will go here!

Not here

Exterior mural could be visible from the next blocks: oblique angle view back to mural wall on Elm Street from Pleasant Street (between Cape Ann Museum and Jane Deering Gallery)

and strip at top visible from Chestnut

Action, Inc.’s support of the arts

Action, Inc. continues a tradition of supporting the arts with these new commissions. The organization has a history of collaboration with community arts partners, commissioning original public art for its buildings, and preserving any historic assets (buildings and art).

Gloucester Murals

Here is a selection of some of the exterior public art murals in Gloucester. Depending upon your device, double click or pinch and zoom to enlarge and/or right click to see the credit details. On mine there is an option to select “view full size”. Indoor murals include masterworks from Gloucester’s public art collection (for example see its major WPA-era New Deal murals).

Artist experience runs the gamut: outsider and novice artists; community collaborations (with established artists helping youth); and solo endeavors (from trained professionals whether emerging or midcareer, established and revered).

corner diner

Nowadays Supreme Roast Beef

1930s | 2012 | 2021

photo credit: Catherine Ryan

Potential walls in Gloucester abound. At the back of Cape Ann Museum on Elm Street across from the new Harbor Village. One day O’Maley (see prior post here)

Continue reading “Public Art opportunity: YOUR future murals HERE! Open call for artists May 2021 deadline #GloucesterMA”

Harbor Village apartments 206 Main Street filling out #GloucesterMA

What a difference a month makes! Views surrounding new construction of Harbor Village apartments on 206 Main Street Gloucester, Mass. late August 2020. 

before, view past Cameron’s demo back in January 2020 with to Elm Street buildings and City Hall Tower in background.

Cameron’s Restaurant inside, the carved eagle sign, and demo January 2020 #GloucesterMA

Debris from the demo of the 13,500 SF property (and parking lot) on 206/209 Main Street, formerly known as Cameron’s restaurant, is being trucked away from sorted piles, scrap metal here, mixed materials there. Action Inc. and North Shore Community Development Coalition ‘s  new apartment building will meld in a few street level commercial spaces. (Read about the latticework of buildings on this stretch of Main here and see photos then and now below. I think it will be both changeless and changing as the saying goes.) I’m confident the charm and great karma of Cameron’s meals and happy celebrations will carry forward for the residents and business owners coming to this corner of Main and Elm.

In the meantime I was delighted to find some (poor) snapshots with my mom inside Cameron’s. I’m sure there are more and better Cameron’s photographs out there!

2019 March 17 view past shuttered Cameron's _206 Main Street Gloucester Mass_site for future housing and mixed use by Action inc
photo caption March 17, 2019 view across Main Street, past Cameron’s to City Hall

Cameron's demo 2020 Jan 22 Gloucester Mass ©c ryan
photo caption January 22, 2019 

Inside Cameron’s restaurant 2009, 2010

photo snapshot captions – fuzzy glimpses of Cameron’s restaurant interior on St. Patrick’s Day 2009 (kids playing fiddles now in their 20s!) & 2010. There must be photos out there!

Cameron’s carved eagle salvaged and soaring

The eagle was removed, repaired and painted in 2017 in preparation for a new and most fitting site– flying high for Cape Ann Veterans Services. Who carved Cameron’s iconic eagle sign?

GMG reader David Collins shares the answer about the artist who hand carved the eagle as reported in the Gloucester Daily Times 2017. Carl Goddard of Nahant carved the eagle in 1967. 

Mike Springer photograph for Gloucester Daily Times- 16 foot wooden eagle hand carved in 1967 by Carl A. Goddard of Nahant

View on the side

2012 mural across from common crow _on Cameron's building_ Elm Street off Main Gloucester Mass _ ©c ryan
2012 mural painted by children w/ Cape Ann Art Haven (and painted again!)

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January 17, 2020 Cameron’s demo coming, corner of Elm and Main

Demo January 17 – 24, 2020

 

Artist studios across the street will have a front row for the construction progress.

New color fresh coat of paint 370 Main Street Action Inc

2019 Action Inc 370 Main Street Gloucester MA _20191006_new exterior paint © c ryan
October 2019

370 Main Street adds into the blue  architectural character downtown Gloucester 

photos: 2019 AFTER above;  and BEFORE 2017 and 2015 below. Jason Burroughs repurposed the Action Inc mural incorporating Cole Herbst’s original commission that had faded. This sunny location is hard on paint.

 

Action Inc 2019 Annual Meeting May 30th at the Elks

Action Inc Annual Meeting & Breakfast, Thrusday, May 30th, 8:30-10AM

54th Annual Meeting & Breakfast Join local partners, supporters, staff, & board to hear about our current programs and local impact. Enjoy a delicious community breakfast with a gorgeous ocean view from the Elks at Bass Rocks. All are welcome to attend! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on our website or by calling Megan at 978-282-1000 x109.  Buy Tickets Here 

 

Megan Merlin shares more Action Inc Spring news: 

What’s New at Action Inc. 

Mark Adrian Shoes fits shelter guests with new shoes

Guests of the Action Inc. shelter were fitted with brand new shoes this month, thanks to the generosity of Mark Adrian store owner Adam Farber and shoe company NAOT. Along with securing a donation from NAOT of 100 pairs of new shoes, Adam and his team also collected gently-worn shoes at their store in downtown Gloucester. Each guest was then personally fitted by Mark Adrian staff at an event held at the Action Inc. main office.

Action Inc. partners with the

Essex County Community Foundation & others to tackle income inequality

We’ve been working closely with the Essex County Community Foundation as they develop and launch an exciting new initiative aimed at reducing income inequality in our area. Action Inc. is proud to be leading the initiative’s financial coaching & literacy component, along with four other Community Action Agencies across Essex County.

Read the Boston Globe article: $1.3 million initiative aims to reduce income inequality

The mission of Action Inc. is to create opportunities that promote a thriving Cape Ann for all. Thank you for supporting our work and believing in your community. To learn more about our programs or to make a donation, visit actioninc.org.

 

#GloucesterMA #publicart | 370 Main Street Action Inc mural newly repainted by artist Jason Burroughs

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On November 2 2017 David Brooks and Jason Burroughs re-installed the Action Inc public art mural, Harbor and Home, which was newly repainted by Burroughs.

Cole Herbst was the original artist of the Home and Harbor mural, installed in 2010. Herbst used spray paint, acrylics and markers. Fellow artists Jake Stafford and Giacomo Vorhees helped Herbst with the project, and Jason Burroughs was involved a bit, too. Burroughs and Herbst were students together in the Compass youth program, Action Inc. Burroughs and Herbst have been in contact about the condition of Harbor and Home and settled on the current solution. Herbst is living overseas and is pleased Burroughs revived the mural and its new iteration.

©Action Inc courtesy photo
David Brooks and Jason Burroughs re-installed Harbor and Home October 2, 2017 ©Action Inc and Jason Burroughs courtesy photo (all others c ryan)

 

2015 (by then the mural had faded) BEFORE vs 2017 AFTER

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Oct 2017

July 2015 Action mural
2015- original mural had faded

 

2010 Unveiling and 2017 Unveiling

 

Jason Burroughs worked on the mural at the HIVE Cape Ann Art Haven.

©Terry Weber photograph,Nov 2010, unveiling mural at Action then Exec Dir Tim Riley on left, artist Cole Herbert right unveiling Harbor and Home mural
©Terry Weber photograph,Nov 2010, for Cape Ann Beacon- unveiling mural at Action. On left, then Exec Dir Tim Riley and artist Cole Herbst right unveiling Harbor and Home mural

137 Main Street Gloucester rented again plus other retail rental opportunities

Want to open a street level store on Main Street in Gloucester or buy a building? There are several available ground floor listings. What do you imagine filling these spaces?

A new Nail Salon is opening at 137 Main Street (formerly Koo De Kir and Toodeloos– before Toodeloos! moved across the street) so that space is out.

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These open spaces:

242 Main Street – (former A Paine in Al’s Glass space after he moved from Maplewood)

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232 Main Street – Animal Krackers space will be available one day as building is for sale

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6 Elm Street (former Common Crow space) at corner of Main

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180 A Main Street A (former Magic Scarf space) William C. Rochford building (Action Inc) Magicscarf 19 Pond Road was having a sale.

180 Main Street A William C Rochford building action

 

123 Main Street – (Kids Unlimited space closing)

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8 Pleasant Street at corner of Main (former J Barrett & Co realtor space relocated to Main Street)

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206 Main Street – (not available! former Cameron’s building was sold and will be redeveloped)

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$463,141: City Council okays 14 CPA grants for 2016. Info meeting for 2017 application February 8th

Congratulations to the 2016 (round 7) awardees!  Their final presentations were at City Council on Tuesday.

 

Since Gloucester voted to approve the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in 2008, the city has administered 7 rounds of funded projects throughout our community. Have a look at who you helped fund in 2016

  1. North Shore CDC and Action, Harbor Village *missing this photo but great presentation!
  2. Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association, Wheeler School House & GFD Riverdale Hose, No 2
  3. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Civil War Monument
  4. Generous Gardeners, Stacy Boulevard Gardens
  5. Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee, Welcome Center Renovations
  6. Community Development Dept., Stage Fort Park Beautification Project
  7. City Clerk’s Office, Archives Initial Storage Project, Phase I
  8. Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Grove Cemetery continued restoration
  9. Gloucester Committee for the Arts, “Out of the Shadows: Gloucester’s historic Depression Era Mural” preserve & restore murals with refined project scope,discovery and schedule of work
  10. Historic New England, Beauport Museum, outer building roof replacement
  11. Sargent Museum, Preservation of porch, granite steps & retaining wall
  12. Gloucester Writers Center, Preservation of Maud/Olsen Library & GWC Archives
  13. Maritime Gloucester, Rehab & Restoration of the railway
  14. Friends of Burnham’s Field, Continued rehab of Phase I of Burnham’s Field Restoration

Safe bet you might know someone assisting one of these projects. Who else helps?  The volunteers on the Community Preservation Committee are fantastic: Catherine Bill Dugan, Catherine Schlichte, Henry McCarl, David Rhinelander, John Feener, Barbara Silberman, Heide Wakeman, Ellen Preston, and Scott Smith. There’s no break for this committee. From start to finish the process from an applicant’s perspective takes nearly a year. Depending upon the project, it will involve assistance from the Community Preservation Committee, City staff and various departments, City Council, City Council sub committees, and the administration.  Just as one round winds down, the next year’s process and round of applicants gears up. Visit the Community Preservation Committee page on the City website to learn more about the CPA and to see prior projects.

Save the date:The Community Preservation Committee will be hosting an information meeting for prospective 2017 applicants at Sawyer Free on  February 8, 2017 at 6pm. Applications are due April 17, 2017.

Debbie Laurie, a Senior Project Manager in the Community Development Department who manages Grants and CPA for the City writes about the info meeting: “We want to help guide applicants through the process and answer any questions you may have before filling out an application.  We can also determine if your project is actually eligible or not.  Please pass the word around if you know of anyone that may be interested. “

Straight out of Compass graduation 2016

On graduation day, the sky is as expansive as their future.

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Congratulations Class of 2016!

Graduation

Ryder Brady*, Caitlin Ciaramitaro, Lucas Devlin,  Sierra Goodhue, Nicole Horgan*,  Tia Reddy*, Rachel Wolfe, ; Ciara Chandler; Tyler Cilluffo; Trinity Eriksen-Miller; Anthony King,  Matthew Leverich, Christian Miller, Savanna Moses and Joseph Pallazola*

The teachers and staff presented awards of distinction and recognition:

Leadership Award: Ryder Brady

Transformation Award: Tia Reddy

Excellence Award: Tyler Cilluffo

Perseverance Award: Matthew Leverich

Commitment Award: Joseph Pallazola

* denotes  achievement scholarship awards

There was an awesome and festive spread from Willow Rest. (two quick mentions: best mini burgers I’ve ever eaten and scrumptious cupcakes!)

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Mary Kay Taylor – Ardelle

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Shannon Cormier, Youth Education Program Manager, and Peggy Hegarty-Steck, Executive Director Action Inc welcomed everyone. Also presenting: Karli Washington, Career and Academic Counselor; Judy Bloomfield, English and History Teacher; Nick Belyea, Math Teacher; and Jessica Perrine, Health and Fitness Teacher.

The students studied art with Avery McNiff, Cape Ann Art Haven art center and science with Tony Wilbur of Maritime Gloucester.

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Addressing the class, Natalie Hale, Class of 2015

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The graduating class asked current freshman, 9th grader Catherine Cabral to be one of the invited speakers.

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Lucas Devlin invited speaker Class of 2016

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Cool hoodie designed by Ryder.

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Cameron’s Building Boarded Up and Marked Unsafe

The large white “X” — typically painted on a red background and placed on the front or roof of a building — serves as a clear warning for firefighters throughout the state that a building is unsafe.  Also not Good for Downtown Businesses on Main Street.

Link to Sign Meaning

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