Awesome Rockport is seeking proposals from local artists to create a permanent mural downtown

Ray Cahill, Trustee, Awesome Rockport, thanks Joey Good Morning Gloucester for all its community help, and shares this opportunity:


Awesome Rockport is seeking proposals from local artists to create a permanent mural on a wall downtown in Rockport’s Cultural District. A $1500 grant will be given to the winner to help complete the work. We’re partnering with Rockport Music (the owner of the wall), the Rockport Art Association and the Rockport Public Library to bring this project to life. Spread the word! One sheet printable PDF here: Awesome Rockport Mural RFP

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Questions here:

Submit proposals here: 


$12,000 grant opportunity for local artists and writers | Drawing, Printmaking, Poetry, Traditional arts

Mayor Romeo Theken always shares art news immediately! Please share. Dealers, tell your artists! Family and friends, encourage someone you know should try.

Here’s the announcement and deadline from the Massachusetts Cultural Council:

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council 2018 Artist Fellowship program opportunities have been announced!

October 2 deadline for drawing, poetry, printmaking, traditional arts

“Mass Cultural Council will accept applications in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting beginning December 15, 2017. Application deadline: January 29, 2018…Visit the MCC redesigned ArtSake blog, our online resource to support new art and Massachusetts artists. Every week, we round up a list of opportunities for artists – a way to find your next contest, artist residency, call to artists, publication, and more.”

Gloucester artist, Erica Daborn, was awarded an MCC fellowship grant in 2016.

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The 4 Cape Ann public libraries announce the Cape Ann Reads jury panel

See the 2016 Cape Ann Reads selection panel  

After a year of monthly programming by the libraries and community partners, the Cape Ann Reads original picture book contest is in full swing and has moved into the jury processing stage. The contest is hosted by the 4 public libraries of Cape Ann. They will publish the first edition printing for one book from entries that were submitted by December 15, 2016. The jury selection panel includes representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, Children’s and Teen Librarian,  Rockport Public Library; Kate Strong Stadt, Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Anne Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex. Joining these talented library participants are three artists and award winning children’s picture book authors and illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech.  Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop will provide another crucial area of book world expertise.  Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process. A second jury of children will select their favorites and is chaired by Liza Browning from the Cape Ann Museum, a Cape Ann Reads partner.

About the Cape Ann creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest:
The 4 public libraries hosted a one of a kind call for entry seeking new and original children’s picture books showcasing local artists and writers. 

Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann, and people who work on Cape Ann were invited to create part or all of a picture book for consideration to be published, and to submit their entries by December 15th, 2016. A first edition printing of one of these submissions will be published in 2017 by the 4 public libraries and with the support of various sponsors. The copyright is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of a Caldecott award for the children’s book, “Little House”, by Virginia Lee Burton, eminent Gloucester artist, author and illustrator.

Call to Artists – Be a Part of the Excitement of Rocky Neck this Summer

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There are a number of seasonal gallery spaces available for the 2014 season on Madfish Wharf, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. near the Madfish Grille, Rudder and newly renovated Studio Restaurants.  For an artist, the Rocky Neck Art Colony is the place to be in the summer.  If you or a group of artists have thought about opening your own gallery space, this could be the perfect time and opportunity for you.  To learn more, email Niki Ahearn at or text her at 617-543-2977.

Are you a sculptor? Here’s a great opportunity!

This just in from Mark McDonough (you saw it FIRST on GMG, baby!)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Serenitee Restaurant Group Commissions Three Sculptural Light Fixtures for Next Restaurant

Gloucester, MA  Sept 10, 2012  Calling all North Shore “found art” sculptors. Serenitee Restaurant Group is commissioning a large scale, sculptural light fixture over the bar at its next restaurant in Salem. The new restaurant is on the site of the former Greenland Café on Washington St. in Salem.

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This sculptural art piece will serve as a principal focal point much the way the sculptural octopus functions over the sushi area at Latitude 43 in Gloucester.  In addition, unlike the octopus sculpture, it will serve a critical functional and marketing role in the bar area. The primary functions of the piece include the following:

  • Creates stem glass and wine or liquor storage accessible to bartenders
  • General lighting (LED) and visual interest which creates richness and sparkle but no glare
  • Incorporates found objects related to the bar trade and liquor manufacture, past and present
  • Captures the visual variety and richness of the craft of mixology
  • Creates a memorable impression both from within the restaurant as well as from the street
  • Contributes to the brand and overall aesthetic experience in the restaurant

The approximate size of the piece will be roughly 4 to 5 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide. It will be hung approximately 6’-6” above the floor.

Depending upon cost, two related chandeliers may also be commissioned for the front windows.

Please contact the owner Mark McDonough immediately to discuss the design if you are interested in submitting a proposal. Collaboration between artists with complimentary talents is encouraged but not essential. Proposals are due by Sept 28 and the winner will be announced Oct 1.  The restaurant opens the first week in November. All artists will be given each other’s contact information.

Mark McDonough
Serenitee Restaurant
185 Main St.
Gloucester, MA 01930

Call to Artists at The Sargent House Museum

Dear Joey,

I write to announce an exciting opportunity for artists at The Sargent House Museum.

Artists are invited to participate in Here & Now: Contemporary Artists Working in The Sargent House Museum Garden, a series providing working artists with an opportunity to interact with the residents and visitors of Cape Ann.  Artists are encouraged to set up and work on their art in the garden, to talk to the public, to engage individuals in the artistic process, and expose individual work to a wide and varied audience, while working on and selling their artwork.

Best, Kate Mac Intosh

Artists are invited to participate in Here & Now: Contemporary Artists Working in The Sargent House Museum Garden, a series providing working artists with an opportunity to interact with the residents and visitors of Cape Ann. Artists are encouraged to set up and work on their art in the garden, to talk to the public, to engage individuals in the artistic process, and expose individual work to a wide and varied audience.

The Sargent House Museum will provide artists with access to a restroom, a sink, and a refrigerator on site (for lunches). An eight-foot fold table will be available for use but must be covered to avoid damage from art materials.

Artists are encouraged to bring printed materials, such as postcards and business cards, for distribution to interested parties while they are working. Artists are also welcome to sell work while working in the garden; all transactions must be completed by the artist.

Artists will be provided with materials on The Sargent House Museum, which must be on display while they are working on site. Artists are also required to encourage guests who stop by to come into The Sargent House Museum for a guided tour of the site. Artists will be provided with visitor coupons with discounted admission for use that day.

Artists will be given Sunday dates on a first come, first serve basis. The series is weather dependent, as The Sargent House Museum does not have an appropriate indoor space to move art activities. If an artist’s selected Sunday is cancelled due to weather, The Sargent House Museum will make every effort to reschedule the day, but cannot guarantee the ability to reschedule.

Artists should arrive at The Museum thirty minutes prior to their event start, at 11:30 am. Artist must stay for the entire four -hour period, and must make their own arrangements for breaks/coverage of their set up space. Artists must breakdown and clean up their materials by 4:30 pm. Artists are required to carry out any trash that results from their art-making process. There is also no power available outdoors, so please plan accordingly.

If you have any questions, or would like additional information on the Here and Now series, please contact The Sargent House Museum’s Site Manager, Kate Laurel Burgess-Mac Intosh, at or call 978-412-5290.

Rediscover the Sargent House Museum

Rocky Neck Gallery Seeks New Members and Summer Artist Series : Call for Proposals


Rocky Neck Gallery Seeks New Members

The Rocky Neck Gallery, located at 53 Rocky Neck Ave. in Gloucester, is a co-operative gallery run by members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony. A limited amount of space is available for new artists in 2011 for the 19-week summer season (June 7 to October 15). All media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed-media, collage, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and other fine craft will be considered. For more information and to download an application go to or call 978-546-2191. Deadline to apply: April 1, 2011.

Summer Artist Series : Call for Proposals
Deadline to Apply: April 18, 2011
The Rocky Neck Gallery is accepting proposals for nine two-week shows to be held this summer in the Rocky Neck Gallery from June 8 to October 12, 2011. The exhibit space is a 12′ x 6′ corner section of the gallery. Any artist, group of artists, or authorized representative of a deceased artist may apply in any medium. The Rocky Neck Gallery will provide publicity, signage, gallery sitting, help with hanging and receptions, and will handle sales. In return, the gallery will charge a fee to cover costs. For more information and to download an application, go to or call 978-283-3598.

The Alchemy of Art–Call To Artists

Alchemy Tapas & Bistro is Gloucester’s newest culinary patron of the arts. Building on his original vision of Alchemy as a “community living room” and a gathering place for cultural creatives, owner Mark McDonough was proud to formally cut the ribbon of “The Alchemy of Art” Gallery by hosting and showcasing the work of local artist Baraka Robin Berger. The ribbon cutting ceremony and the gallery’s official opening occurred in mid November and showcases Baraka’s artwork through the months of November and December.

“We envision doing this in partnership with the community and in such a way where both the artists and local organizations benefit. We are pleased to say we will be contributing our consignment fee of 10% of all art sales directly to the Gloucester Education Foundation. At the end of 2011 Alchemy will host an annual silent auction and party at Alchemy on behalf of the Gloucester Education Foundation with all proceeds directly benefiting the foundation. But don’t wait until then before coming by Alchemy to purchase that perfect gift of art for the holiday season!

In January “The Alchemy of Art” Gallery will showcase the work of the popular local artist Patti Sullivan. Patti’s opening will be at Alchemy on Wednesday January 12th at 5:30-7:30 pm. Eleven other local artists will be showcased throughout 2011. Each series will open the second Wednesday of the month and include an “Evening with the Artist” in which the new series will be personally introduced by the artist and patrons can enjoy an evening of live music, appetizers, and drinks while viewing the art and talking with the artist.

Alchemy would like to put out a Request for Artists and invite local artists who are interested in potentially showing their art at Alchemy to respond by December 15th by contacting Alchemy. Upon contacting us we will send out our “Guidelines for Consideration” package. Artists to be showcased in 2011 will be chosen by December 31st and will be contacted by Alchemy within the second week of January 2011. For more information please contact Matt Rose at For information on the GEF and its’ mission, go to their website at


Art In Lanesville Call To Artists!

For More Info- We want to make sure that the word gets out to as many artists that might want to show at Art in Lanesville as possible!

Thanks SO much,

Kurt Ankeny
Ankeny Studio

If you don’t know much about Art in Lanesville, this is the 8th annual show, and its a show where the only requirement for entry is residence in Lanesville (and we let those nice folks in Bay View in as well.) It’s put on by the Lanesville Community Center, and it’s not only a showcase of all the talent we have in this little hamlet on the far side of the island, but its a great place for budding artists and shy hobbyists to get their feet wet with some exposure. We’ve had lots of people, young and old that have taken Art in Lanesville as their first opportunity to show their art to the world, and that’s one of our main goals.


As I often say to David Cox over breakfast- “Lanesville-Bay View-Annisquam, what’s the difference?”

He loves it when I say that- NOT!