151 East Main Street Gloucester Mass. | formerly East Gloucester Methodist Episcopal Church

Then (when there was a tower) and now 151 – 153 East Main

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151-153 East Main Street, Gloucester, Massaschusetts, showing tower now gone (photo private collection)  The East Gloucester Methodist Episcopal Church (the fifth in Gloucester) was organized September 23, 1885                     


151 East Main Street Gloucester Mass_corner of Church and East Main June 28 2018 ©c ryan Continue reading “151 East Main Street Gloucester Mass. | formerly East Gloucester Methodist Episcopal Church”

And the Mystery Buyer of Berkshire Museum Shuffleton’s Barbershop by Norman Rockwell is…Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

No surprise! Here’s the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art press release about the Berkshire Museum deaccession. George Lucas already paid a record breaking price– 46 million–back in 2013 for Saying Grace, one of his numerous major Rockwells. Shuffleton’s Barbershop could have surpassed that price; the market won’t know unless Lucas opts to sell it at a public auction some future date.

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(photo above – Norman Rockwell, Saying Grace, collection Lucas Museum Narrative Art)

Thirteen more Berkshire Museum works (including another Rockwell Blacksmith’s Boy – Heel and Toe) will be sold at Sotheby’s auctions beginning May 14, 2018:

  • John La Farge, Magnolia, 1859–60. Estimate $200,000–300,000.
  • Charles François Daubigny, Paysans allant aux champs (Le Matin). Estimate $70,000–100,000.
  • Henry Moore, Three Seated Women, 1942. Estimate $400,000–600,000.
  • Alexander Calder, Double Arc and Sphere, executed circa 1932. Estimate $2,000,000–3,000,000. (*oddly just one of a site specific commisioned pair for the Berkshire Museum)
  • Francis Picabia, Force comique, 1914. Estimate $800,000–1,200,000.
  • Adriaen Isenbrant, The Temptation of Adam and Eve. Estimate $150,000–200,000.
  • William Bouguereau, The Newborn Lamb, 1873. Estimate $1,500,000–2,000,000. (**November cover lot pulled from sale last fall)
  • Alberto Pasini, Faubourg de Constantinople, 1877. Estimate $700,000–1,000,000.
  • Adriaen Isenbrant, The Flight into Egypt. Estimate $150,000–200,000.
  • William Bouguereau, Les deux sœurs, 1884. Estimate $2,000,000–3,000,000.
  • Norman Rockwell, Blacksmith’s Boy – Heel and Toe, 1940. Estimate $7,000,000–10,000,000.
  • Frederic Edwin Church, Valley of Santa Isabel, New Granada, 1875. Estimate $5,000,000–7,000,000.
  • Rembrandt Peale, George Washington. Estimate $200,000–300,000.
  • Norman Rockwell, Shuffleton’s Barbershop, 1950. Acquired privately by a nonprofit American museum.
  • (the Vuillard and 25 more aren’t listed at this time)

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press release from Lucas Museum APR 11, 2018

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Lucas Museum Announces Acquisition of Norman Rockwell’s ‘Shuffleton’s Barbershop’

Museum ensures iconic masterwork remains in public view

Los Angeles, CA (April 11, 2018) – The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art today announced the acquisition of Norman Rockwell’s masterwork Shuffleton’s Barbershop. The 1950 painting, which had been in the collection of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, has been the subject of considerable attention in recent months.

“As a museum dedicated to celebrating visual storytelling, we are honored to become the public steward of this major work,” said Don Bacigalupi, Founding President of the Lucas Museum. “Norman Rockwell is one of our nation’s most important storytellers, and this cultural treasure will continue to be seen and enjoyed by the public in an American museum, where it will be a source of inspiration for generations to come.”

The Lucas Museum recently broke ground and launched construction in Los Angeles, and is expected to open to the public in 2022. 

Shuffleton’s Barbershop, revered as one of the most iconic works of Rockwell’s storied career, will join an expansive collection of works by the artist, including Saying Grace (1951) and After the Prom (1957). 

These works will be featured prominently on public view to allow museum visitors to explore the power and importance of visual storytelling. The Lucas Museum will engage visitors of all ages in educational programs that highlight prominent examples of narrative art in a variety of mediums, periods and cultures. 

With the acquisition, the Lucas Museum announced a cross-country partnership whereby Shuffleton’s Barbershop will be on long-term loan to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for public display commencing later this year and extending into 2020. The Lucas Museum will also explore opportunities to loan the painting to other museums in Massachusetts and elsewhere in order to maximize public access to this beloved work of art.

“We are immensely grateful to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art for ensuring that Norman Rockwell’s masterpiece Shuffleton’s Barbershopwill continue to be available to and enjoyed by the public. We thank the Museum for generously loaning the painting to the Norman Rockwell Museum while the Lucas Museum is under construction in Los Angeles,” stated Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell Museum Director and CEO. “It is especially meaningful for the people of Berkshire County who will have the opportunity to enjoy this masterpiece for a few more years, knowing that it will remain in the public realm. We look forward to continuing to work with our friends at the Lucas Museum to create educational opportunities and appreciation of the narrative art of illustration, including ongoing collection-sharing.” Continue reading “And the Mystery Buyer of Berkshire Museum Shuffleton’s Barbershop by Norman Rockwell is…Lucas Museum of Narrative Art”

Get To the Old Sloop Fair Early or Get Left Behind

OldSloopFair-RummageSale-for-gmgAnyone who has spent time looking for bargains should know about the Old Sloop Fair at the First Congregational Church in Rockport. The Old Sloop Fair takes place over three weekends. It is a marathon, not a sprint, and the first leg of this Rummage Sale to end all Rummage Sales takes place this coming Saturday. With a wealth of hand-knitted items, baked goods and household linens, not to mention enough clothing to cover all those semi-naked people loitering on Front Beach, the Old Sloop Fair is not to be missed.

Here is a slightly less hyperbolic description from one of the organizers:

The Old Sloop Fair at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School Street, will span three July weekends this year.  The Fair will begin with the Rummage Sale on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.  The Rummage Sale offers gently-used women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, bed linens, luggage, handbags, and much more.  The Fair will continue with the traditional events — Silent Auction, White Elephants, Art Mart, Jewelry, Book Nook, Handknits, Ken’s Collection, Bake Table, and Snack Bar — on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, and conclude with a Giant Yard Sale on Saturday, July 23.  For more information, visit http://oldsloopfair.org, send email to info@oldsloopfair.org, or call 978-309-9667.

Emmanuel Church Open Christmas Eve

The Episcopal Emmanuel Church in Manchester will be offering two services on Christmas Eve. The Family Service at 4:00PM and the Communion Service at 6:00 PM. This is a small (small!) but beautiful church usually open in summertime and sometimes for special occasions.  Services are held in the summer every Sunday from June through September at 10:00 AM. The Church is located on Masconomo Street in Manchester.


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Christmas Eve

On my origami “drawing board”: a Gothic church

I am refining this design to teach it at an origami convention in a little over a week. This is a more complex version of the origami church I first invented two years ago:

The simple version is folded from a square. The more complex one is folded from a 2×1 rectangle.

I will be teaching an origami class at The Annie on July 3, at 7PM, as part of the “Beyond Imagine” series of art evenings.  Exactly what I will teach depends on who shows up; we’ll start with something very quick and simple and work our way from there.

-Fr. Matthew Green

Community Recognition Awards At The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church Friday, May 20, 2011



The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce that 13 people will receive the church’s 2011 Community Recognition Awards at a ceremony to be held at the church on Friday, May 20, 2011.
Selected by the church’s Social Justice Committee, the women and men receiving these honors come from all walks of life. (Their names, along with descriptions of their works, are attached.) Some are known for the deeds they have done for their neighbors. Others are being honored for giving generously to the entire community, often with little or no public notice. All have made a lasting mark on Gloucester and were chosen because, although they may follow a wide variety of faith traditions, their actions embody the best of the spirit that guides Unitarian Universalism – open-hearted giving to others, done without thought of remuneration or recognition.

These awards were introduced by the church Social Justice Committee in 2006 as part of the 200th anniversary of the landmark church edifice at Middle and Church Streets. Built in 1805-06, this Federalist-style church is the home of the first Universalist church in America, now affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Its lighted tower reaches 155 feet above sea level and is a Gloucester icon, quietly helping guide mariners day and night into America’s first seaport. The building’s historical importance is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Essex National Heritage Commission.
The awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the public is invited. There is no charge. For more information, please call the church office at (978) 283-3410.



David Brooks, founder and President of Cape Ann Art Haven. In 2008, shortly out of high school himself, Mr. Brooks started Art Haven after budget cuts reduced school art programs.  Art Haven has expanded to serve all ages.  Activities include mural painting, darkroom photography, pottery, beginner adult classes in drawing and pottery, afterschool art history classes, a home school class, and family studio time.

Stephanie Buck, Jane Walsh, and Sarah Dunlap, being honored together for their collaborative work with the Gloucester city archives and the Cape Ann Museum library — including basic research that helped to unravel the mystery of Fitz Henry Lane.  Their love and knowledge of Gloucester history, and the pleasure they take in sharing this knowledge with others, are vital to our collective understanding of our community.

Thomas Byers, a volunteer at the Sawyer Free Library responsible for all the computer-generated graphics used there and by the Gloucester Lyceum, from posters and wall displays to images displayed on LCD screens. Following retirement from C.B. Fisk, Inc., in 1991, Mr. Byers enlisted as a volunteer at the library and soon had a completely new career. After 20 years, he continues to work at the library four days a week, six hours a day – in a room that the library recently renamed in his honor.

Joey Ciaramitaro, founder of the web blog GoodMorningGloucester:  an online board of community events, photos, video interviews, and tributes to "good eggs — adding a new, Internet-based dimension to Gloucester’s sense of community. Begun as a “view of life on the dock,” GoodMorningGloucester four years later is a “good news” must-read web-based community meeting-spot that viewed by several thousand readers every day.

Dan Connell, co-founder and leader of the award-winning Cape Ann Forum lecture series. Initiated in response to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,  Cape Ann Forum presents programs on important topical issues, usually of global scale, but relevant to everyone.  Mr. Connell draws on his extensive connections as a journalist to garner speakers of national and international acclaim. Through Mr. Connell’s efforts, the Cape Ann Forum also sponsors a scholarship given annually to a Gloucester High School student. 

Phil and Pat Hadley, for their support of families confronting mental illness. Along with Linda Lewis of Rockport, the Hadleys lead support groups for people dealing with mental illness issues, help affected families seek resources they need, and even accompany them as they weave through the world of social services. Their work led to formation of the Cape Ann Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health, including establishing an office in Gloucester and helping people in recovery to market crafts and art works at local shops. In addition, since the loss of state funds for the Cape Ann Social Club, the Hadleys now mentor that group, hosting meetings, lunches, celebrations and art programs.

SooHwa Ono, for multiple charitable acts for the people of Gloucester. Through the Junior ROTC unit at Gloucester High School, where she is unit commander; her membership in the National Honor Society at GHS, and independently, Ms Ono’s contributions are many. She has served three years as a Trained Teen Mentor with the Cape Ann Families Program operated by Pathways for Children; volunteers with other ROTC members to shovel snow at homes of elderly people, assists at Harvest Meals served by the Cape Ann Interfaith Commission, and helps set up the race course for the Fishbox Derby. Ms. Ono will be entering the Air Force following graduation.

Donald Riley, for multiple contributions to youth reaching far beyond his role as MCAS supervisor at Gloucester High School. Each fall for six weeks Mr. Riley teaches, without charge, six-week-long SAT preparation classes for college-bound students. He helps students write college-entrance essays and scholarship applications. He organizes bus trips for students to out-of-town sports events. As a Hall of Fame candlepin bowler, Mr. Riley last year hosted a GHS baseball-team fundraiser at the Cape Ann Lanes. And as Youth Awareness Coordinator for the Cape Ann Moose Lodge, he trains GHS student-athletes as motivational speakers at Gloucester’s elementary schools – this year leading those students to the Moose International Youth Awareness Congress in North Carolina.

Rick Roth, co-founder and executive director of Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, a volunteer run, non-profit founded in 1990 that has identified and helps to protect more than 100 vernal ponds in Gloucester and Rockport – ecologically unique ponds that are home to vulnerable amphibian species. CAVPT also has produced an award-winning vernal pond video, helped create a Vernal Pond Scout badge, led dozens of vernal pond field trips, and given vernal pond and snake presentations to thousands of people statewide. He is also on the board of the non-profit Kestrel Educational Adventures, whose naturalists lead classroom workshops and student field trips to help children and adults better understand ecologically sensitive habitats.

Dick Wilson, for leadership in founding the Gloucester Fisherman Athletic Association and longtime volunteer work for Wellspring House. Mr. Wilson, an athlete as a Gloucester High School student and later a School Committee member, helped start the GFAA to sustain school sports programs following loss of public funding. Creating the Gloucester Triathlon and sponsoring the Twin Lights Half Marathon, along with other events, the GFAA has raised tens of thousands of dollars so school sports might continue. Most recently, the GFAA has led the campaign to completely rebuild Newell Stadium at a cost of $3.5 million. The GFAA hopes raise $2 million of that, to be added to the $1.5 million that the cash-strapped city government has been able to budget.