Repairs Gone Wrong – botched cleaning on City Hall Honor Roll plaques require corrective restoration

And the qualified help that’s needed is underway!

What do you do when your home repair goes very wrong? Upon evaluation, sometimes you just have to hire a new contractor to remedy mistakes. In the fall of 2014 memorial honor roll plaques in City Hall received some cleaning. The monuments were due some attention. Over time the names were no longer legible and the surfaces were grimy defeating their noble purpose. Gloucester’s outstanding City Archives and the Cape Ann Office of Veterans Services were and are able to help with research for those who can’t come in person or see them clearly.

photo caption: BEFORE photograph of one of four WW1 honor rolls in the rotunda City Hall, ca.2014

©C Ryan bronze plaque city hall 2


The 2014 project was not handled by the city nor administered through its committee for the arts, of which I am a member. Funds were raised privately to work on the plaques. Though well intentioned, those restoration efforts were botched (and costly at the time, so I’m told.)  The names were made more visible, but the plaques were damaged and results are scratched, streaked and blotchy.

photo after poor bronze plaque cleaning splotchy © C Ryan 20170719

A small annual budget (FY2018 $4000) that’s set aside for care of City arts and culture and monuments as part of its mission must now be redirected to fix the fix. Yes, “Sometimes you have to hire a new contractor to remedy mistakes,”  frustrating, but necessary.

Throughout 2018, you may see specialists from Skylight Studios repairing plaques within City Hall through the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City. (Gloucester residents may recall that Skylight Studios was hired by the Commonwealth to restore the bronze doors of the Abram Piat Andrew Bridge; the doors were temporarily displayed at Cape Ann Museum before being reinstalled.)

The detailed work on the City Hall plaques will be completed in brief, focused intervals. One plaque in the rotunda will be restored last, because it’s a great opportunity to show before and after examples of contemporary restoration projects- the good, the bad and the quality. As the plaques are repaired, the detail of the raised carving and borders and most importantly the names of so many veterans will become easier and easier to read and remember.

Gloucester Ma Veterans Honor Rolls and Monuments

*author note- this post is listing interior Honor Rolls within City Hall; it’s not a complete list for all tributes in Gloucester 

Spanish American War- “Men of Gloucester who served in the War with Spain volunteers all 1898-1902. Gloucester ‘s men, serving on land and sea won for their city  the honor of giving to her country the largest per capita of men in this war. Erected by the City of Gloucester 1930.

Honor Roll War with Spain City Hall cleaning needs to be redone  ©c ryan 20180221_095556.jpg
2014 wonky cleaning needs repair (Honor Roll to be repaired sometime 2018)

World War I Honor Rolls (rotunda and upstairs)
World Ward II Honor Roll (outside clerk’s office)
Korean Honor Roll (outside clerk’s office)
Vietnam Honor Roll (outside clerk’s office; Brian Hamilton 1980 painting of fisherman)

just outside Kyrouz Auditorium, FIRST FLOOR, CITY HALL
“Civil War (1861 1865)This tablet records the service of Company G 8th Regiment MVM in the Civil War; and War with Spain (1898 1899) occupation of Cuba; and World War 1917 1919″ Corrective repairs are underway on this trio Honor Roll. Waxy build up added in 2014 is being removed all over, and names in a small lower right corner have been attended.


The multi story memorial to Gloucester fishermen lost at sea was a major public art project led, designed and hand painted by Norma Cuneo, with Irma Wheeler and Ellen Ferrin in 1978, a beautiful shrine lighted by day by two tall windows. Mark Newton, then city clerk-historian, and Jerry Cook were lead researchers; the team eventually compiled a card index that could be accessed by the public along with checking this massive lost at sea mural. Research incorporated historic materials like The Fishermen’s Memorial and Record Book, by George H. Procter, published by Procter Bros. in 1873, printed matter, family archives, and newspapers. Volunteers and historians amend the sources and statistics over time. The sense of the power of a name and life is inspiring. The response and need to a tangible, accessible record was tremendous. Their work was the basis for the cenotaph installed in 2000 by the Fisherman at the Wheel memorial on Stacy Boulevard, a sacred place and pilgrimage site accessible day and night.


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Now Available At The Black Swan- My Large Photos Framed

If you are looking for the perfect Gloucester gift or item for your pad, give ‘em a call and see if they are still available (978) 282-1399


Black SwanBlack Swan 122 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
(978) 282-1399

Gloucester Born and Trained Artist Dennis Poirier


Gloucester Born and Trained Artist Dennis Poirier’s Artwork

 is now being shown at

The Walsingham Gallery

 Featured Work of the Week

by Dennis Poirier

 En Plein Air Painter

“En Plein Air”

is a French expression meaning “in the open air”

 and describes the act of painting out of doors.

New Small Works, acrylic, 6×6, $325.

 poirier-golden glow harborpoirier-longhaired sheeppoirier-schooner cruise

 when it snows…

you can be certain Dennis Poirier will be painting in it.

 poirier- winterafternoon at the gristmill

Winter Afternoon at the Grist Mill, Oil, 24×20

Being a native of the Northshore of Massachusetts,

 Dennis  respects the change of seasons

 and is inspired to paint on location in all of them.

 Poirier-bright winter morning

 Bright Winter Morning, Oil, 20×24

 His work is distinguished by 

 his special affinity for describing the colors and

 patterns reflected in newly fallen snow.

   poirier-lighthouse view

Light House View, Oil , 8×10 

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 Current news about our artists, their work and Gallery events!

 The Walsingham Gallery

47 Merrimac Street . Newburyport


Hours: Mon 10-5pm, Tues & Weds by appt, Thurs 10-6pm, Fri-Sat 10-6pm, Sun 12-5pm


Also check out Dennis’ other links Below;

THE NEWS FROM ROCKY NECK via Judy Robinson Cox

T H E   N E W S   F R O M   R O C K Y   N E C K

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Nov 26 – Dec 23: Rocky Neck Art Colony Winter Show

Rocky Neck is Going to Town: Great Art in Small Packages

The Rocky Neck Art Colony Winter Show will be open Friday Nov. 26 through Thursday Dec. 23 at 130 Main Street. The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, from 5 to 8 pm.

Application Deadline Extended to November 15, 2010

Any art colony member may participate. The application deadline is November 15, 2010. You must appy by that date to be in the show. Click Here for more information and to apply.


Bodin Historic Photo and Fine Art Gallery welcomes Kathleen Miller

Kathleen Miller

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 13th, 6-10pm

82 Main St. Gloucester, MA

Refreshments will be served.

Hope you can attend!

For more information, please visit


Friday, November 19 : Celebrating Guitar Masters

WHAT: “Celebrating the Guitar: A Masters’ Showcase” – Jazz legend Larry Coryell and renowned guitarists Ken Bonfield and Steve Davison to play a concert featuring American fingerstyle guitar – Fall fundraiser for the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 19 – 6 p.m. Art Show Walk-around – 6:30-7:30 Hearty Hors D’Oeuvres – 7:30-10PM Music

WHERE: Bass Rocks Golf Club, 34 Beach Road, Gloucester – Note: Intimate café-style setting; seating is limited


Contact or

Through November 28: Ruth Mordecai at Soprafina Gallery

Ruth Mordecai (painting)

Ruth Mordecai, Jacob’s Dream, 2010. Acrylic, oil and collage on paper.

A solo show by Ruth Mordecai, Dreams and Symbols, Works on Paper is on display at Soprafina Gallery in Boston’s South End (SOWA district) and continues through November. Soprafina, located on Boston’s Thayer Street, was chosen the second best gallery in Boston by Boston Magazine.

Soprafina Gallery
55 Thayer Street, Boston
617 728 0770

Joseph Flack Weiler

Judy Robinson-Cox in OTHER WORLDS at art sites through December 19
Other Worlds

Four person show at

art sites
651 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901
T 631 591 2401 Th-Sun 12-5 PM






CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT (978) 281-4433



Free Golden Acrylic Workshop on SAT November 13th

If you are interested in attending a free Golden Acrylic workshop on Saturday, November 13th, please email Ruth Mordecai at More info will be announced if 25 people sign up.

Free Workshop: Marketing for Artists

Friday, Nov. 12 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Whether you are a full- or part-time artist, this interactive workshop will help you promote and sell your artwork in the 21st century.  Susan Fader, co-owner of Ditto Editions and a lifelong artist, will draw on her 30-year career in marketing and promoting fine art and consumer products.  Topics will emphasize today’s art marketing trends and tools. Fader is also the author of "The Artists Giclée Handbook: Digital Fine Art Reproduction." 
Speaker: Susan Fader, Owner, Ditto Editions 
Co-sponsored by Small Business Development Center  and the Creative Economy Association of the North Shore

Click Here to Register

Printmaking Workshops by Elizabeth Hardy at the Rockport Art Association

5 Sessions for $75 or $20 a class

Mondays: 10 am – 1 pm, Nov. 8 thru Dec. 6, 2010, Drop-ins accepted
Linocuts, Monotypes, Stamps,Stencils, Photo transfers, etc.

Printing without a Press
Easy and fun, No experience necessary

Location: The Studio at the rear lower level of the RAA

Contact: The Rockport Art Association at 978-546-6604
or Elizabeth Harty at 978-546-6020

Jayn Gardner Smithing Classes in Beverly Farms, Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:45pm

Jayn Gardner

Jayn Gardner is offering smithing classes in downtown Beverly Farms on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm. A single class is 25 dollars. A series of four is $90. This is an all-levels class. Space is limited so please call 508-284-8663 for details.

Calling All Massachsetts Artists! Come to the Boston MA State House on Nov 18th! 10 AM to 3:30 PM

A R T I S T S  U N D E R  T H E  D O M E

Come to the MA State House on Nov 18th!

The fourth Annual Artists Under the Dome Event 2010 will be held THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 from 10am to 3:30pm Massachusetts State House’s Nurses Hall (The Big Hall at the Boston State House.)

It is a Free Annual Event for Massachusetts Artists Working in all Disciplines.

More info:

For the fourth time, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is inviting Massachusetts artists working in all disciplines (visual arts, literary, performing, crafts, new media, etc.) to the State House on Thursday, November 18th to thank them for all they contribute to our state’s economy and quality of life. Massachusetts is the only state in the country to have such an event!

The 2010 event is brought to you by the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Treasurer Tim Cahill, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Joint Committee of Community Development and Small Business, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cultural Caucus, and the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition ( MALC).


Goetemann Artist in Residency Program Information Available Online

The application form for the 2011 Goetemann Artist in Residency Program is now available online at

Mass Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards- Please Vote

From John McElhenny-

Gloucester is in the running to win Massachusetts’ highest prize in arts and culture.

Gloucester is one of 16 Massachusetts communities being considered for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Commonwealth Awards. The City recently submitted a beautiful video about Gloucester’s seascapes, landscapes and events that inspire many kinds of artists. The video, which was done by Gloucester video artists Gallo Productions and Meg Montagnino-Jarrett, is here.

For Gloucester to win, residents are asked to view Gloucester’s video and vote for it by clicking “Like” before next Tuesday, Oct. 26. The top three vote-getting communities will be the finalists.

Gloucester’s artistic history is as rich as any other community in the state but we’re at a disadvantage because larger cities like Lowell, New Bedford and Somerville have more people to vote for them. So we need votes! Email your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers. If Gloucester wins, our video will be showcased at the Statehouse and Gloucester will be able to tout itself as the Top Arts Community in Massachusetts – a great selling point.

Readers are urged to vote for Gloucester’s video before next Tuesday, Oct. 26!

Here it is

This is a vote I can get behind!

Oil Cloth Bags At Alexandra’s Bread

At Alexandra’s Bread not only do they sell these cool bags made of oilcloth, but they sell rolls of vibrantly designed oilcloth for you to make your own things with.  Placemats, table cloths, drawer liners- there are many uses.

seARTS Newsblast

4 Nights Only!!!!!!
MAY 28, 29, 30, 31
Thurs, Fri, Sat @ 8pm,  Sunday @ 5pm

To Benefit Cape Ann Relay for Life
& Blackburn Performing Arts


Opportuity for local artists to produce new logo for HAWC

the Home for Abused Women and Children (HAWC)  is looking to change its logo and will pay $1,000 for the winning submission.

Here is the link for the entry to the competition:

Sat, May 30, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
COGSWELL”S GRANT’S, ESSEX MA “Favorite Things and Hidden Treasures

Sat, May 30, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
CAPE ANN MUSEUM “First Parish Burial Ground Preservation Assessment/Cemetary
Walk w/Martha Lyons”

Sat, May 30, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
ROCKY NECK GALLERY ” Opening Reception”

Sun, May 31, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
NORTH SHORE ART ASSOCIATION ” Artist Demonstration: Lynn Loscutoff”

Tues, Jun 02, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
ROCKY NECK ART COLONY “Meet the Artist in Residence

Thurs, Jun 04, 8:00 PM
ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVALOpening Night Concert and Champagne
Reception, William Preucil, Violin, David Deveau, Piano”

Thu, Jun 04, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
ROCKY NECK ART COLONY “Nights on the Neck”

Thu, Jun 04, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
GLOUCESTER STAGE ” You’re A Good Man, Charle Brown

Fri, Jun 05, 6:00PM
ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL, “Prelude Supper Lecture Series: Elizabeth

Fri, Jun 05, 8:00PM
ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL, “William Preucil, Violin, Yinzi Kong, Viola.
Anne Martindale Williams, Cello David Deveau, Piano”

Fri, Jun 05, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
GLOUCESTER STAGE ” You’re a Good Man, Charle Brown”

Sat, Jun 06, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
CAPE ANN MUSEUM “C.Sats-WE House open for tours/Contemporary art installation

Sat, Jun 06 8:00PM

Sat, Jun 06, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
GLOUCESTER STAGE “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Sat, Jun 06, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
GLOUCESTER STAGEYou’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

Sun, Jun 07, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
GLOUCESTER STAGE “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”

Sun, Jun 07, 5:00PM
ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL “Borromeo Quartet with Richard Stoltzman,

Sun, Jun 07, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
JAMES B.HAND GALLERY Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail Reception

Tues, June 9, 8:00PM
ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVALSt. Lawrence String Quartet” at the First
Congregational Church of Rockport

Wed, Jun 10, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
GLOUCESTER STAGE ” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Thu, Jun 11, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
GLOUCESTER STAGE ” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Fri, Jun 12, 6:00PM
ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL ” Prelude Supper Lecture Series: David

Fri, Jun 12, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
NORTH SHORE ART ASSOCIATION ” Lynn Loscutoff Lecture and Slides on Painting and

Gloucester Public School Art Festival

Here are just a couple of the many beautiful pieces at The Gloucester Public School Art Festival going on Downtown.  Check out the gallery next to Local Colors and up and down Main Street in the shop windows.

Gloucester Public Schools Downtown Arts Festival Schedule Of Events For Saturday

Click The Picture and select “all sizes” to see the schedule more clearly and in full size.

Gloucester Public School Art Festival

Here is just one of an enormous amount of beautiful pieces Downtown Gloucester for the Gloucester Public Schools Art Festival going on.  Look for my video interview with Joe Rosa at 8:00AM from the gallery.

Isabel Natti Cape Ann Postcard At Alexandra’s Bread

You may recall some of Isabel Natti’s work from the Acorn Press.

You can read all about her by clicking this text

Gloucester Is For (Fish) Lovers Postcard At Alexandra’s Bread

75 cents for a postcard.

Twin Lights Soda Logo T Shirts Exclusive At Alexandra’s Bread

If you were born in Gloucester you remember Twin Lights Soda.  You remember those heavy glass soda bottles and you remember the crates that they used to put the heavy glass bottles into.  You remember the different cool flavors like birch beer, and cream soda.

Well Alexandra’s Bread exclusively carries Twin Light T Shirts.  She had them made up with permission from the bottler.  For a little bit of nostalgia, cruise on down to Alexandra’s Bread, grab a cobble or six and check out all teh cool stuff on the walls for sale.

Click here for a story on Twin Lights Bottling from The Salem Evening News