My interest lies in how artists living and working in Gloucester, and more broadly on Cape Ann, express their vision of the promontory. What is their feel for our place along the sea? As they encounter it, and closely observe it, how do they wish to present it to us, the viewers of their thoughts? Each exploration of light, land, sky, stone, architecture, industry, and countless other features is singular. There is communication between artist and place; and we sense, we hear, those conversations in their art.
The New York Times recently penned the phrase to see it all anew, an apt phrase that could easily have been the title for this show.
After giving the gallery to regional artists for their own exhibitions these past months, I am happy to be back at JDG for the summer season. Join me for this first show which celebrates seeing and hearing anew this place of home.
Jane Deering, June 2022
Gallery hours: Friday & Saturday 1-5pm; Sunday 1-4pm; and by appointment @ 917-902-4359 . 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester. janedeeringgallery.com
To generate excitement and get the ball moving, a hallmark of the annual art auction is the group show featured in the lovely Matz Gallery, a remarkable main entrance venue. Temporary shows of work by living artists are rotated monthly. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, art at the threshold greets all library visitors. What a treat to walk though an art exhibit to enter a library! The library interior has boasted major bequests via philanthropists and local big wheels since the library’s namesake benefactor, Samuel Sawyer. Books, art, library and learning were essential and inseparable to the founders.
The contemporary Annual Art Auction group shows begin as silent auctions with starting bids set low (well below retail for some of the participating artists*) ahead of a LIVE event. The idea is the bidding will rise above opening reserves so that The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction fundraiser can be a success.
*scroll down for checklist and to view the lots
Preview | Silent Auction
DEADLINES APPROACHING – There’s still time to visit, enjoy, and leave a silent bid in person
During the month of September 2021, beautiful art works by 54 artists–which they’ve so generously donated to the Art Auction–were installed in the singular Matz Gallery. Casual, emerging and established creatives are united in their support of our local library. View the art in person. Take notes. You may recognize artists, neighborhoods, a favorite motif or medium. These auctions are a great opportunity for a first time original art buyer or for a collector that helps an artist with a first time sale.
Leave a bid and/or try again when the auction moves on line October 1-5. The highest September bid will be the beginning reserve for the online auction October 1 – 5, 2021.
Immediately followed by ONLINE AUCTION: October 1-5, 2021
Signs of the times – Covid 19 precautions and greater access have spurred the LIVE auction to move online. Visit www.sawyerfreelibrary.org October 1-5, 2021
Bonus- The art is framed and ready to take home and hang after the online auction concludes.
2021 participating ARTISTS | preview lots
Support our local artists and Friends of the Sawyer Free Library
Lot #, Artist Name, Title, Minimum opening bid
Mary Rhinelander McCarl, Blue China Basket of Flowers, $100
Katherine Coakley, Half Moon Beach, $200
Ray Crane, Survivor (Paint Factory), $300
Roy McCauley, Goin’ Fishing, $100
Carole Loiacono, Gloucester Mooring, $150
Fred Kepler, The Gardener, $100
Nancy Alimansky, The Red Sail, $95
Nancy Molvig, Wash Day in Farnesse, $250
Mary Rhinelander, Eastern Point Lighthouse, $75
Isabelle K. Brown, Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, $100
Brenda Malloy, A Way Through, $50
James G. Watson, Lynx and Adventure of Pavillion Beach, $100
Jeff Weaver, Striper Fisherman, $400
Karen Fitzgerald, Breezy Day, $75
Marion Hall, Back Shore from Half Moon Beach, $100
David P. Curtis, Summer Afternoon, $150
Charlotte Roberts, Morning – Little River, $100
Ted Bidwell, Low Tide, $100
Joy Halsted, America the Beautiful, $300
Deanie Johnson, Autumn Marsh, $200
Sandra Herdman, Hideaway Cove, $40
Cynthia Dunaway, It’s Never Too Late, $200
Patricia McCarthy, Our Lady of Good Voyage, $100
Melissa Alibertie, Summer on the Annisquam River, $100
Dina Gomery, The Red Barn, $200
Pamela Burke, Good Harbor Sunrise, $40
Sheila Farren Billings, Safe Harbor, $100
Ann Mechen Ziergiebel, Dusk Ipswich Bay, $225
Peter Tysver, Summer Sailing, $100
Coco BeRkman, Dog Dog Dog, $80
Susan W. Daly, Pink Sky, $100
Jane Wolf, Wingaersheek Storm, $75
Patricia Doran, Sunset in Magnolia, $1000
Alyce Wherren, Sea and Shore, $95
Michael Cangemi, The Shore, $95
Susan M. Funk, Red Tractor, $150
Michael DeCosimo, Autumn Leaves, $185
Nancy Caplan, Morning Light, $195
Jerry Ackerman, The Pantry Family, $120
Linda Lea Bertrand, Pepperil Cove, $200
Shirley Hamilton, Lanes Cove Shack, $300
Anita Beloff, Becky’s Flowers, $90
Lynda Goldberg, Sunflowers in Provence, $150
Curtis Wilcox, After Life, $40
Barbara Kremer, View from Plum Cove Beach, $175
Phyllis Feld, Marsh Grasses, $100
Jeffrey Marshall, Taking Inventory (Hiltz), $100
Jessica “Jess” Semenaro, Rocks on Seaweed, $30
Olga Hayes, Rudbeckia, $75
James Formichella, Tokyo Racing, $70
Daryl Jackson, Turbine, $30
Ann Lafferty, Rip Tide, $125
Roger Martin, Dig In, $100
NOTE NEW DAYS/HOURS at Sawyer Free Library: M-W 8-6; Th 10-7; F-S 10-5
Face masks required.
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Jane Deering Gallery opening reception of Jeffrey Marshall | Working the Waterfront Saturday, December 15th, 4:00 — 6:30 pm @ 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA
from the release:
“Jeff Marshall’s studio sits above the tide on Smith Cove and overlooks a truck corral down at the Morse Sibley Wharf. It’s where ﬁsherman hitch their workhorses for however long it takes to get the ﬁsh from out there to back here. The ancient pilings driven deep into clay centuries ago and sistered to newer stringers form a solid structure. …. Pickup trucks rest on a scrapple of broken asphalt penned-in by rusting cargo containers and dredges laced with Tansy gone to seed. … Decomposing memories of ﬁsheries past – a Gillnet dries on a wooden spool and a stone-age winch is ready to start a new life as a mooring stone. Future ﬁshers will shelter in the lee of their steeds to talk weather, the price of ﬁsh and about that new electric pick-up truck, they’re gonna get someday. So now comes Marshall to set himself, easel, paints and tools at the hub of this sometimes milling sometimes solitary station where ﬁshers hitch their warhorses, cast the lines and slip to the fog. He knows the situation and the terrain down the old pier and his subjects know how to hold a pose.”-Ken Riaf 2018 from the catalogue essay of the exhibition Gone …..Fishing “The contested landscape has been my subject for over a decade, from the post-Katrina neighborhoods of New Orleans to the coastline of Massachusetts. I look for imagery that echoes the complex social and environmental issues of speciﬁc places that I love. The subjects I choose are often overlooked, revealed as thematic possibilities only after intense visual research of a site. When I moved into my studio at Morse-Sibley Wharf in East Gloucester in 2016, I spent months drawing as a way of taking inventory of my surroundings, much of which I was lucky enough to view from my windows. This long process of drawing and painting from observation has allowed me to focus on what seems to drive the work, friendships, family, and struggles of the ﬁshermen and lobstermen who show up to this place every day.” — Jeffrey Marshall 2018
About the artist
Jeﬀrey Marshall has a BFA from Cornell University and and MFA in painting and printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art. He is a lifelong educator, most recently an Associate Professor of Art Foundation at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. Previously he was Associate Professor of Graphic Design at The New England Institute of Art. His teaching career started with Teach for America in New Orleans, where he taught elementary school. His drawings and paintings have been shown in many national venues, including the Cape Ann Museum, Aspen Museum of Art, The University of Rhode Island, The Boston Center for the Arts, and Endicott College among many others. His New Orleans Drawing Project, a 10-year document of the city’s post-Katrina Recovery, was featured in The New York Times, Art New England and Artscope Magazine. The artist lives/works in Gloucester MA; he maintains a studio on Morse-Sibley Wharf.
Get centered during Gloucester’s Middle Street Walk this Saturday. One Center Street is open and filled with friends, social imagination, wellness and artistry! Glance at the list of tenants at Kate Seidman’s building—many GMG readers are already big fans and customers.
1 Center Street, 3rd floor: Ten Pound Studio silk painting studio with classes every Tuesday
Loren Doucette, Art Showroom, Studio and Teaching Lab ( beginning Artist Way course to discovering recovering your creative self in 2015 along with private art lessons) 978-879-6588, Lorenadoucette@gmail.comLoren Doucette adds: “We are looking for teachers and students to be a part of this great creative cooperative space! Our goal and mission is to practice, teach and share creative well-being!”
Jeffrey Marshall, Art Studio. Jeffrey was invited to have a January show at the Cape Ann Museum and will be the First Cape Ann Artist of Distinction in Residency 2015 – for the Rocky Neck Art Colony