Open Studio this Weekend

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I’ve been working hard to get the place spruced up, new work completed and framed, and I’d love to see whoever would like to come by.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 4, 5 & 6 from noon to 5:00.  Hoping it won’t be freezing cold with 50 mph winds.  When is winter going to end?

Also, be on the lookout for the opening of Sailor Stan’s Restaurant on April 12.

E.J. Lefavour

Grand Finale Last Hurrah Mug Up this Sunday

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Photos by Charlie Carroll of Grand Opening Mug Up in May

Although I’m sure there will be other Mug Ups scheduled over the winter, this will be the Grand Finale Last Hurrah Mug Up at Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery on Rocky Neck for the season.  77 Rocky Neck Ave. Gallery 3 – Sunday, 10/13 9:30am.  The coffee will be hot and the eggs deviled.  To those of you who have said: “I’ve always to go to a Mug Up at your gallery”, this is your last chance.  Come for some Sunday morning GMG fun and cameraderie.  Bring along something to share.

E.J. Lefavour

Annisquam Light in Chains

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The 29th Annual Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show is coming up Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13 (Columbus Day Weekend) from 10:00-5:00 at the Annisquam Village Hall.  It is always a wonderful show with over 40 artists and craftspeople, and great reason to take a trip to Annisquam.  Look for some of my photo montages there.

E.J. Lefavour

And the Winners Were . . .

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Everyone who came, participated, judged, watched, ate, drank, brought things to share and enjoyed themselves. 

It was an extremely well attended and fun Mug Up and Bloody Mary Competition.  The not so sober judges had a very difficult time deciding on the three award winners:  First Place – Rebecca Border (entered as the Gloucester Quilter), Second Place – Deb VonRosenvinge and Third Place – Jerry Olson.  The People’s Choice Award winners – Tom Jackson & Cindy Webber were decided by “the People”.  Other delicious entries were presented by Al Bezanson, Kirsten Elaine Meyers (Kirsten, you left your purse here!), Tom Martin and finally the team of Hannah Kimberely and Anna Baglaneas Eves.

Special thanks to Alecia Cox DeWolfe for bringing a Mamie’s Kitchen special – cornbread with bacon, scallions and rat cheese (from Cave), and to all who brought wonderful things to eat.  There were actually two others who brought deviled eggs – Theo from House of Raven was one, but I don’t know who brought the others.  I was so busy rushing from the kitchen to the Judges’ table and back to get the contestants and mixes set up (with the incredible assistance of Gigi Mederos – I could not have done it without her behind the scenes help – and she made the coffee too!) that I never saw who brought in anything else. 

The Judges Ed Collard, Fred Bodin, James Eves, Karen Ristuben and Kathy Downer were the ultimate sober judges – up to a point, then after about the 5th entry, they started getting a little on the giggly side.  But they stayed the course and completed their judgely duties with decorum.

Thanks to everyone who came and made it a great event, all the contestants who gave the judges and “the People” much to enjoy and deliberate over.  The most special thanks to Bob Ryan of Ryan & Wood Distilleries who sponsored the event and made it all possible.

E.J. Lefavour

Calling People of Great Knowledge and Unerring Discernment

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Biennial GMG Bloody Mary Competition sponsored by Ryan & Wood Distilleries at Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3 on Rocky Neck.  Sunday, September 15th 9:30am.  Be there, or forever be sorry you missed it.

PS.  There will be coffee, deviled eggs and whatever goodies others bring along to share.  You don’t have to drink Bloody Marys to come and have fun.

E.J. Lefavour

Calling all Masters and Judges of Bloody Mary Mixology

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If you missed the last one, you don’t want to miss this one.  If you were part of the last one, you’ll want to be part of this one too.  On Sunday, September 15th, Ryan & Wood Distilleries will be sponsoring the Biennial GMG Bloody Mary Competition during Mug Up at Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3.  Mug Up starts at 9:30 and judging begins at 10:00.  Bring on a batch of your most creative Bloody Mary mix.  We will add the Beauport Vodka here so that all Bloody Marys contain the same high quality locally distilled vodka, and are of a consistent, acceptable strength (so no one stumbles out of here afterwards).

Speaking of judges, we are looking for a few good men and women with discriminating palates who know and love good Bloody Marys.  Ed Collard has already committed, but we need another 3 or 4 judges.  If you are interested in being a judge, please email me at with your Bloody Mary judging credentials.  Fred, you’re already vetted, as is Maureen Malloy, if either of you are interested.  Paul Morrison, you’re a shoe-in.  We’re always looking for new blood for judgeships, so don’t be shy about applying – James Eves.

If you are interested in entering your amazing Bloody Mary mix in the competition, please  email me and let me know, so we’ll know how many entrants there will be.  Ryan & Wood will be providing great prizes on top of the world renown you will receive as the best Bloody Mary mixologists in the known GMG universe.  Kathy Chapman, Richard Rosenfeld, Talitha Jackson – you need to come back and defend your titles.

If you just want to come to Mug Up for the great comraderie and fun, feel free to bring along some Mug Up type fare to share.  There will be coffee and deviled eggs, per usual.

UPDATE: We now have Ed Collard, Fred Bodin, James Eves and Karen Ristuben confirmed as judges.  It would be great to have another female judge.

BREAKING NEWS 4:12pm: Kathy Downer of Long Beach is now our final judge for the competition.  She has impressive experience as a bartender trainer for 7 years and she ran a bartending school, and on rainy days when she used to be on the other Cape, she and her friends would barhop to find the best bloody mary.

Now we just need some blood mary makers to enter the competition.

E.J. Lefavour

Farm Fresh Opening Reception Tonight

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Opening Reception for Leslie Heffron’s Farm Fresh exhibit is this evening from 6-8:00 with heaping helpings of wonderful paintings and fresh baked peach and apple pie.  Come on by.  Khan Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3.

E.J. Lefavour

Ships, Shapes & Schtuff

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Don’t miss it.  Opening Reception, Saturday 8/24 from 6-8:00pm.  This is an exhibit of works by my sister, Judy Wilburn, and two of her artist friends from Boston, which promises to be very unique, interesting and fun.  My sister has been an artist her whole life, and it makes me very happy and proud to be able to showcase her work, and that of her friends Joanne Kaliontzis and Lyn Cardinal, here on Rocky Neck.  Hope to see you.

E.J. Lefavour

Ships, Shapes and Schtuff at Rocky Neck

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Don’t miss the Opening Reception for Ships, Shapes & Schtuff at Khan Studio August 24th from 6-8:00 pm.  This exhibit of works by Judy Wilburn (my sister) and friends Joanne Kaliontzis and Lyn Cardinal promises to be something special.  Exhibit August 24-September 6.  Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 8:00pm.

E.J. Lefavour

Gloucester 2014 Calendar by Deb Schradieck

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If you’re looking for a unique calendar for yourself or as a gift, stop by Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3 and check out Deb Schradieck’s incredibly detailed pen & ink drawing 2014 calendar.  It includes the Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory and Main Street as pictured above, as well as Annisquam Light, Pigeon Cove, rowing gigs Gannet and Siren Song, Marine Railways, Motif #1, the Thomas E. Lannon sailing past Ten Pound Island, Good Harbor footbridge, Beacon Marine, Gloucester Harbor, and for December — the lobster trap Christmas Tree.  The minute details in Deb’s pen & ink drawings will amaze you.

E.J. Lefavour

And the Winner is . . .

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There was intense competition this morning at the GMG Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition Mug Up.  Five excellent entries were received, which were blind tasted and judged by the attendees.  The runaway winning chocolate chip cookie was submitted by Alexandra’s Bread of Gloucester.  The 2nd place chocolate chip cookie was lovingly baked by Sue McDermott of Magnolia.  Paul Morrison was awarded Best in Show for the most artistic and creative cookies baked in the shape of a duck, set onto a boat of vanilla ice cream and surrounded by waves of whipped cream.  I didn’t get a shot of a completed presentation of Paul’s creation, so if anyone did, please send it in or upload it.  Other entries were submitted by Alicia Cox from Mamie’s Kitchen and a 2nd entry was submitted by Alexandra’s Bread

In my book, although all the cookies were excellent and I had a hard time picking the best one, my absolute favorite contribution to the morning was Al Bezanson’s schooner fare of crispy fried Spam and pineapple chunks.  It was just incredible.  I haven’t had Spam in probably 50 years, and have never it served like that.  True genious.  If I’m ever stranded on a deserted island, all I want is cans of Spam and pineapple chunks (and of course a can opener – it would be a total drag if I didn’t have a can opener). 

Thanks to Donna & Rick Ardizonni for the fruit salad and whipped cream, Kathy Chapman for the fruit salad with yogurt, Gigi Mederos for making the coffee and bringing cookies, Alma McLaughlin for hosting in her beautiful back patio area and providing the doughnuts from Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shop, and all the others who brought contributions but I didn’t see who brought what, although I think Giclee James brought the blueberry muffins.

Another great Mug Up.

E.J. Lefavour

Right Now on Madfish Wharf

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Kathy Roberts exhibit is up and looks beautiful at Khan Studio.  Her opening reception is tomorrow from 6-8:00pm.

Tonight Sue Handman is having a reception at her gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. G2 from 5-8:00pm.

Aquatro is having an opening reception for Catherine McMurray’s ceramic exhibit from 5-8:00pm.

Lots of goodies for the eyes and the bellies.  Come on by.

E.J. Lefavour

Madfish Wharf Mug Up – Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition and Opening Reception

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This Sunday, August 11th at 9:30, there will be a joint Madfish Wharf Mug Up on the patio behind Alma’s Arts & Antiques and Carol McKenna’s Gallery – a  lovely, cool undercover outdoor spot with a gorgeous view of Smiths Cove.   Come by for some Sunday morning socializing and sharing of food with friends old, new and not yet met.  Parking is a breeze on Sunday mornings.  This Mug Up will also include the first annual Chocolate Chip Cookie competition, so bring on your favorite Chocolate Chip cookies for a friendly competition.  Cape Ann Giclee James is judge #1, who else can we convince to judge chocolate chip cookies?  Paul?  Ed?  Joey?

Then from 6-8:00 pm, Kathy Roberts will be having an opening reception for her View of Beaches, Back Shores and Seaports of Cape Ann exhibit of paintings at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery.

E.J. Lefavour

My View of Beaches, Back Shores and Seaports of Cape Ann by Kathy G. Roberts

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My View of Beaches, Back Shores and Seaports of Cape Ann – Paintings by Kathy G. Roberts – August 10-23 at Khan Studio 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 11 6:00-8:00 pm.

E.J. Lefavour

It All Happens Tonight on Rocky Neck!



5-8:00 Chowder House at Sailor Stan’s with music by Sunny Fishcakes Review.  Chowder and Chili $5 cup/$7 bowl.  Fortify yourself for a night of art and dancing.

6-8:00 Opening Reception for Audi Souza’s Cape Ann Views and North Shore Gardens exhibit at Khan Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave.

6-10:00 Our annual, traditional, seasonal, communal, danceable, funfilled Beaux Arts Ball at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street…come and support your leading community arts organization as we expand our scope and programming for the year-round benefit of all!  Meet at the Park at 5:30, party at the Center 6-10 pm, dance & groove to Le Prestige, and bid on many awesome silent auction items including a boat, yes a boat!  Costume theme – if you choose to partake – is a VERY WIDELY interpreted ReCycle, RePurpose, ReVive…see you there!!

Cape Ann Views and North Shore Gardens by Audi Souza

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There will be an exciting exhibit of Audi Souza’s acrylic paintings at Khan Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3 from July 27 – August 9 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, August 3 from 6-8:00pm.  Come over to Audi’s opening before steppin’ out to the Beaux Arts Ball.

E.J. Lefavour

No Mug Up Sunday, But Come to Marion Hall’s Opening Reception Sunday Afternoon

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There will be no mug up this Sunday morning, but do come by Sunday afternoon from 2-5:00 pm to the Opening Reception for Marion Hall’s truly wonderful watercolor exhibit, Life is a Beach.  Marion is from Manchester and is a member of both the North Shore and Rockport Art Associations.  If you love well executed traditional watercolor paintings of our beautiful area, at incredibly reasonable prices, you don’t want to miss this exhibit.

E.J. Lefavour

Life’s a Beach

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Saturday, July 13 – Friday, July 26th Manchester watercolor artist, Marion Hall, will be exhibiting her beautiful beach and seaside watercolor paintings at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3. 

There will be an Opening Reception on Sunday, July 14th from 2-5:00pm. 

E.J. Lefavour