A great way to spend some time this fall.
A great way to spend some time this fall.
The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction 2021 is on! 54 artists donated original works of art to help the library.
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
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.
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.
Support our local artists and Friends of the Sawyer Free Library
Lot #, Artist Name, Title, Minimum opening bid
NOTE NEW DAYS/HOURS at Sawyer Free Library: M-W 8-6; Th 10-7; F-S 10-5
Face masks required.
The weather is supposed to be nice on Saturday, take a walk down Lexington Avenue and come and visit me outside Arts Abound, 21 C Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester, MA. Come in and see the great handmade beautiful artwork, cards, glass wares, beach towels and jewelry.
From our friend and talented photographer Laurinda Butcher. Come in and see my photography and pick up something for Valentine’s Day! Enter to win a Great Egret on 24×36 canvas to benefit the Open Door. Arts Abound Magnolia is a socially safe small shop with many local treasures to discover. Thanks, Laurinda Butcher Free Arts Abound, 21C Lexington Avenue Magnolia, Gloucester, MA 01930. Saturday February 13, 2021 from 9 AM EST – 3 PM EST. Look forward to seeing all.
This Saturday will be a great day to get your last minute Valentine Gifts. email@example.com
ARTS ABOUND is proud to present our wonderful artists:
SUE WHEELER – OWNER
Extensive variety of paintings, greeting cards, graphic design services and custom art
Dramatic local photography
All things fish! Placemats, mugs, ornaments, greeting cards
Oceanside paintings, scarves, greeting cards, pillows
Colorful and whimsical, magnets and greeting cards
Stunning hand painted silk scarves and jackets
Inspirational local photography
Lovely local watercolors and painted earrings
Beautiful ocean-inspired pottery
TIN CAN SALLY
Unique, cool jewelry made from upcycled tin cans
Stunning local watercolors
Local photography focusing on amazing light
Colorful handwoven textiles including scarves, baby hats and table runners
Beautiful local paintings, prints, and painted shells with scenes of Gloucester and Magnolia
Amazing handblown glass
Cleverly playful hair pieces
Exquisite hand-etched copper and silver earrings
Closeup photography of nature
Incredible wood crafted items: cutting boards, knives, chopsticks
Intriguing nature photography cards
ELMSHADE GLASS STUDIO
Gorgeous fused glass plates, window hangings, and ornaments
HERMIT HILL STUDIO
Hand-carved wooden signs
Hand-painted bold silk scarves
Amazing variety of gorgeous, soft wool scarves
Fun and funky earrings and handmade unique cards
21 C Lexington Avenue
magnolia Village, Gloucester, MA 01930
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Arts Abound is pleased to announce our new Featured Artist, John Abisamra. He has a large following in the local area for his intriguing photographs.
His large framed prints are available for $230 each for 19×25″; smaller 11×14″ framed versions are $95; unframed, with mat is $65. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to order. They make fabulous gifts for friends, family, or for yourself! Come visit Arts Abound and view this amazing photography.
John’s Artist Statement
My real passion is to capture the beauty of nature through the eye of my camera. A native New Englander, my inspiration primarily comes from photographing New England landscapes. I try to capture the uniqueness each season brings along with the magic light that exists. I love capturing the beauty of the coastline. I particularly enjoy photographing during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset and also am drawn to images where nature and man made elements meet. Photography for me is all about capturing a moment in time which may never be repeated. I spend a good amount of time driving on backroads or hiking to secluded places to capture the beauty of nature. My photographs have been published in the Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Cape Ann Magazine (including three cover photos), Lowell Sun and Gloucester Times. I am a juried member of Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, Rockport Art Association, and Newburyport Art Association where my work can be viewed along with the Depot Diner in Beverly and Cape Ann Coffee in Gloucester. I can make matted/framed photos in a variety of sizes or as framed canvas, metal or glass photos.
Abisamra. He has a large following in the local area for his intriguing
John’s large framed prints are available for $230 each for 19×25″; smaller
11×14″ framed versions are $95; unframed, with mat are $65. Please contact
us at: email@example.com to order. They make fabulous gifts for
friends, family, or for yourself! Come visit Arts Abound and view this amazing
John tries to capture the uniqueness each season brings. along with the magic
light that exists. He loves capturing the beauty of the coastline. He particularly
enjoys photographing during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset and also is
drawn to images where nature and man-made elements meet. Photography for
him is all about capturing a moment in time which may never be repeated.
As we continue to endure the financial challenges of the pandemic, Arts
Abound believes it is more important than ever to buy local. Below are some
gift suggestions – for an upcoming birthday or anniversary perhaps, or yourself!
Stop in and see what other treasures we have, or set up an appointment to do
a FaceTime session.
Joyful Sunflowers – Sue Wheeler, mixed media
Gloucester-made Ryan & Wood hand sanitizer, paired with a hand-sewn
mask or two, makes an ideal gift. Ryan & Wood is a local distillery that
has temporarily converted their production to hand sanitizer to help folks stay
safe during the pandemic. $40 as shown here with mask.
Donna’s beach towels featuring local images have been a huge hit! At $30 each, they are soft and beautiful.
Our wonderful lobster prints, created by Martha (Landfall Gallery), are
perfect for celebrating summer! Available in several different sizes; framed
Ceramic artist Jenny has a wonderful selection of pottery, including these
WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!Ann’s beautiful seagrass jewelry makes a fabulous gift!
Arts Abound continues to sell many masks! We recently developed a new
style of mask that includes a pocket for a filter. You can use a coffee filter or
a vacuum bag filter, to name a couple of options. We also have way cool
summer fabrics as seen above. And our nose piece has been improved. The
traditional style face mask is still available.
Check out our new face masks page.
Our Fabulous Artists
Sue Wheeler (owner), Stephanie Mason, Brenda Malloy, Melissa Cox,
Karen Keough, Lisa Knebel, Tin Can Sally, Donna Ardizzoni, Deb
Schradieck, Erik Hahr, Alissa Cohen, John Abisamra, Alan
Bourgault, Hermit Hill, Jenny Rangan, and Larry Parsons
Very excited to be artist of the month in June at Arts Abound, 21C Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester, MA. When taking a stroll on Lexington Avenue make sure you visit Arts Abound and see some beautiful artwork by local artists Brenda Malloy and Melissa Cox and many more. Please follow the link below to check out Arts Abound website.
tonight! Opening Party: Friday, May 10, 2019 at 6pm
Exhibit Hours on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10am – 5pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Waterline Center, 66 Main Street (Rte. 133)
Come see FRESH new works by Essex Art Collective: women artists who collaborate in artistic endeavors and inspire each other to create paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, fiber arts, mixed media works and photography. Group Members Alison Taylor, Jen Grober, Jen Romans, Kristen Wilson, Mallie Pratt, Margaret Sweet, Melissa Glorieux, Naomi Chapman, Rosie Winthrop and Wrenn Bartlett invite you to see the show!
Reception: Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10am – 12pm
TONIGHT! Fun Friday featuring James McKenna/Juni Van Dyke books 4pm
Fun Fridays Featuring Reading/Activity with Award-Winning Authors & Artists– meet local artists and writers and enjoy free stories and visual arts events perfect for children to create artwork side by side with an older family member – either a parent, grandparent or a sibling May 10th, May 17th, 31st and June 7th at 4pm
Exhibit on View until June 21, 2019
Essex Town Hall, 3rd Floor, 30 Martin Street (an accessible facility)
Once Upon a Contest showcases award-winning children’s books by Cape Ann artists and writers. Congratulations to Essex resident and author, Diane Polley awarded Cape Ann Reads Honor Book for Lets Go! Animal Tracks in the Snow, with illustrations by Marion Hall. Congratulations to Essex resident and author, James MacKenna awarded Cape Ann Reads Gulliver Award for If I Were a Moose and If I were a Lion with illustrations by Juni VanDyke. And congratulations to Essex native and artist, Alexia Parker, for illustrating Cape Ann Reads Gulliver Award books for two authors, Pumpkin Carving and Bike’s Big Adventure. Parker is the Invitational Public Artist for the Essex show. Her series celebrates iconic Essex buildings and places in collage using solely paper and glue. Come meet some of these local authors and illustrators! Light refreshments by the Friends of the T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library will be served.
Side by side Once upon a Contest at TOHP Burnham in Essex:
Fantastic Essex Bicentennial display – don’t miss it!
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Naomi is excited to be exhibiting her work at the art show at the Beauport Hotel on April 30th from 5:30 to 8:30 in the Grand Ballroom. She looks forward to sharing her art with others in hopes to see her friends old and new and especially for them to see her new paintings, small canvas pieces and framed gift cards for Mother’s Day, as well!
Join others for an evening showcasing local art! Over 50 artists from Cape Ann will be displaying paintings in our Grand Ballroom for purchase. Artist Dan DeLouise will also demonstrate a live painting to be raffled during the event. All raffle proceeds support Pathways for Children. The show is free and open to the public.
Beauport Hotel Gloucester
55 Commercial St, Gloucester, MA
Installation views of the 3rd annual Cape Ann Through Artists’ Eyes spring show and sale at Manchester Historical Museum. The 2019 exhibiting Cape Ann artists are: John Abisamra; Barby Almy; Donna Ardizzoni; Bob Allia; Mary Barker; Jessica Biker; Martha Parrish Chapman; Kathleen Chrzanowski; Kathleen Connelly; Melissa Cox, ; Bonnie Faulkner; Leslie Galacar; Ann Guyer; Olga Hayes; Fred Kepler; Ken King; Gary Linder; and Mike Storella.
from Beth Welin:
The Manchester Historical Museum invites visitors to explore scenes of Cape Ann at the 3rd annual spring exhibit and art sale – Cape Ann through Artists’ Eyes. See the creative work on display featuring paintings and photography by eighteen local artists. This free exhibit runs through March during the Museum’s regular hours: Tuesdays – Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. with a closing reception on Saturday, March 30 (10:00 am -1:00 pm).
Once Upon A Contest Selections from Cape Ann Reads opens April 6, 2019.
Director Beth Welin explains that two community exhibitions are scheduled each year along with permanent and special exhibits. Manchester’s 375th Anniversary is 2020. For more info contact the Manchester Historical Museum by phone at 978-526-723, e-mail at email@example.com, or visit their website at http://www.manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org
The exhibition Paige Farrell | Relationships at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester MA continues through February 27th. Selections from Farrell’s writings are paired with her closely observed motifs, some man made, some natural. The sense of place whether the weather or locale becomes all Farrell– often soft, atmospheric and peaceful.
Scenes from the reception
Last weekend! Meet the artists at the closing reception Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 5-7pm. Neither Mustard Nor Teeth, photographs by Peter Morse, drawings by David West, Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
Wall facing entrance numbers 1-16
and continued with numbers 17-22
Wall on the right as one enters- numbers 23 – 42
same wall photographed groups of 4
Walls to the left upon entering: 43 – 54 and 55 – 63
Organized by the Friends of the Library committee including Mary Weissblum Smith and the Art Advisory Committee, the (21st) Annual Art Auction on October 3, 2018, will feature 63 participating artists:
Jerry Ackerman, Deborah Aldrich, Melissa Aliberte, Nancy Alimansky, Anita Beloff, Coco Berkman, Linda Lea Bertrand, Sheila Farren Billings, Carol A. Bistrong, Lois Showalter Blankenship, Roy Blankenship, Isabel Brown, Katherine Coakley, Ray Crane, Mary L Crowningshield, David Curtis, Susan W. Daly, Michael DeCosimo, Patricia Doran, Cynthia Dunaway, Phyllis Feld, Susie Field, James Formichella, Grace Frost, N. Hale, Marion Hall, Joy Halsted, Jeanne Havran, Olga Hayes, Sandra Herdman, Deanie Johnson, Pia Juhl, Phyllis J. Kaplan, Susan Kelley, Fred L. Kepler, Barbara Kremer, Mary Jane Lane, Margaret Laurie, Carol Loiacono, Lauren Maher, Mary McCarl, Patricia McCarthy, Roy McCauley, Perry McIntosh, Danny Mears, David Millar, Kate Nordstrom, Christine Pitman, Mary Rhinelander, Richard Roche, Jess Semerano, Emily Strangman, Peter Tysver, Juni Van Dyke, James Watson, Lea Watson, Jeff Weaver, Alyce Wherren, Curtis Wilcox, Jane Wolf, Heidi Caswell Zander, Ann Mechen Ziergiebel
CloselyRelated closes tomorrow!
Lynne Saubele wall or ‘booth’ display from the group exhibition CloselyRelated at Flatrocks Gallery, curated by Juni VanDyke.
Installation views of the exibition Continue reading “Last chance! Closely Related at Flatrocks”
Emily Levin of Essex National Heritage has directed Trails & Sails for 9 years and seen its growth. Levin told me that 2017 is “one of the largest line ups of different events coming together to showcase the region’s best places in the area. The historic road is already right there. Plus you can stop in all the wonderful restaurants and shops.” The Essex National Heritage headquarters moved to 10 Federal in downtown Salem, next to most anyplace on your visit. I’ll miss steady and affable Bill Steelman who has moved on from Essex National Heritage. Congratulations to Kate Day, Danvers former Town Manager, who has joined to lead the Scenic Byway efforts.
is Essex National Heritage’s Essex County pep rally- annual back to back weekends packed with 150+ FREE, fun, and family friendly events. Here’s the working list of the 2017 Trails & Sails events in Gloucester September 15-17th and September 22-24th. Don’t forget to sign in! The count helps your favorite organization and locale, and you might win a prize like $150 from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Talking Walls of Gloucester Gloucester’s renowned Works Projects Administration (WPA era) murals. Hosted at City Hall by The City of Gloucester and Gloucester Committee for the Arts
September 23 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM open for self guided tour
September 23 1:00 PM guided talk and tour
September 16 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
September 23 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
September 23 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Historic Ice House Guided Tours Hosted by Cape Pond Ice Company
Sept 15 2-3PM
Sept 16 11-12 and 1-2
Sept 17 11-12
Sept 22 2-3
Sept 23 11-12 and 1-2
Sept 24 11-12
Hosted by Gloucester’s Magnolia Library & Community Center & Iris Weaver
September 23, 2017, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
September 16 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Step on FISH NET: Gloucester’s Award-winning 300ft Street Art temporary mural Hosted by city of Gloucester and Gloucester Committee for the Arts
September 15-17 (self guided – open all day) September 22-24 (self guided- Open all day)
Two more events September 16th:
Greenbelt’s 3rd annual bicycle ‘Tour de Greenbelt’ (begins in Essex)
Paul Cary Goldberg will be giving a short talk at 1pm on Saturday September 16th at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, about his photograph series, Here Still, fitting visit during Thoreau and #TrailsAndSails celebrations
Plus on Sunday September 17th
Fish Box Derby on Rogers Street at high noon
And talk back 4pm at Gloucester Stage following matinee “Flight of the Monarch”
Here is a digital who’s who catalogue with portraits of the participating artists and scenes from the inaugural Cape Ann Art Show at the Beauport Hotel Gloucester, MA. The art fair and the hotel were jumping on this gorgeous evening. Original works of art (not reproductions) were priced under $100 and up from there. The artists and the hotel were so well prepared and joyous, I was compelled to record their effort. Apologies if I missed anyone. I jotted down contact information and linked to artists when possible.
They’re in alphabetical order. Please let me know if you or your contact information was missed. I tried to capture the complete installation. Congratulations to the artists and Beauport Hotel! It was a great fair.
It’s a scene! This affordable art fair is open till 8:30 Local art from dozens of Cape Ann artists! More photos of artists by their booths coming in a follow up post.
What a fabulous idea and venue for this fair. Congratulations to Cathy at Beauport
and all the artists!
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:
The Massachusetts Cultural Council 2018 Artist Fellowship program opportunities have been announced!
“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.
Two great upcoming events to attend or be part of! Beauport Hotel will also be announcing the winners to their customer photo contest (deadline was yesterday) celebrating 10,000 likes on Facebook, an accomplishment reached in their first year!
Call to Local artists: The deadline to apply for the Beauport Art Show is August 15th
ARTISTS: If you’re an artist from the Cape Ann looking to sell your paintings, this is a great opportunity to showcase your work! Interested? Pre-register by the end of day on August 15 by calling the Beauport Boutique at 978.282.0008 ext. 4. Up to five paintings may be submitted, and artists must bring their own easels.
This is a great opportunity to mingle, browse, and directly support your local artists. We look forward to hosting what we hope will become a regular event!
If you’ve gone, go again. There’s always new work to see. If you’ve never been this is a must see event. The 2017 spring Cape Ann Artisans studio tour route features 20 sites, 14 in Gloucester and 6 in Rockport. Participating artists include Beth Williams jewelry; Sinikka Nogelo painting and assemblages; Rob Diebboll painting; Mary Ann de Buy Wenniger’s paintings and prints; Mi Robertson painting and sculpture; Margaret Rack sculpture; Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco sea glass jewelry and accessories; Sara Wright handwoven works; Camilla MacFayden textiles; Bond Street Studio; Marcia Rae; Ruth Worrall; Bart Stuyf; Twin Lights Studio; Pam Stratton; Elizabeth Harty; Cynthia Curtis; David Archibald; Anni Melancon; and Deborah Gonet.
“For more information, visit www.capeannartisans.com or download a brochure and map. You can also come visit us during the Columbus Day tour, October 7-9 and look for us during the holidays. There will be updated information on our web site.”