Open House Saturday 1-5: The Cyanotype…and the end of summer blues | Elizabeth Awalt and Tom Fels art exhibition Jane Deering Gallery #GloucesterMA

This week from Jane Deering news of the final summer show of 2021:

Capping the summer season of exhibitions @ Jane Deering Gallery is The Cyanotype …. and the end-of-summer blues. The gallery will host an Open House Saturday September 4th from 1:00-5:00pm at 19 Pleasant Street in Gloucester.

Artists Elizabeth Awalt and Tom Fels celebrate the luscious range of blue produced by unique cyanotypes and pay tribute to both Anna Atkins (long associated with the medium) and French photographer Charles Aubry. Fels’s work will also include several images related to Cape Ann.


How often we think of Anna Atkins, the 19th-C botanist and photographer, when talking of cyanotypes. Atkins is strongly associated with the medium. Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, which Atkins privately published in 1843, has long been considered the first book illustrated with photographic images, cyanotype photograms of seaweed. I am delighted to bring to light a different algae, Elizabeth Awalt’s cyanotypes of dried kelp which the artist found in the cold, nutrient-rich waters near her summer studio in Maine. Akin to her paintings, Awalt’s cyanotypes ‘express her connection, curiosity, and concern for the natural world.

Tom Fels, of Vermont, first learned about cyanotypes through his work as a curator and writer with 19th century photographs. Fels writes ‘In my attempt to capture some shadows on my home, I realized that cyanotypes were the right medium to employ…The appeal of the cyanotype comes in part from its color, which viewers often find spiritual and relaxing, as well as its ability to capture the nuances of movement inherent in working with living plants. Its interest to me was also in the process, which is fairly simple and can be done mostly outdoors.” His series Homage to Aubry is inspired by the still lifes of the French photographer Charles Aubry.

Gallery hours: Friday & Saturday 1-5pm; Sunday 1-4pm and by appointment at 917-902-4359 and


Elizabeth Awalt grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Boston to attend Boston College. As an undergraduate, she studied Fine Arts at Boston College where she returned to teach and became a tenured professor. She received her MFA degree at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by several fellowships including the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, and MacDowell and the Millay Colony. She has been the recipient of both a Massachusetts Artists Fellowship in Painting and an Individual Artist Grant in Painting from the National Endowment of the Arts. Awalt’s work is in numerous public and private collections in the US and abroad. The artist maintains a studio in Concord Massachusetts and northern Maine.


Tom Fels, independent curator and writer specializing in American culture, photography, and art, has worked as consultant and guest curator to a number of museums, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the J. Paul Getty Museum. In 1986 he was named a Chester Dale Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in 1998-9 a Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow of the Huntington Library. He has organized more than fifty exhibitions, and is the author of numerous catalogs, articles, and books including Sotheby’s Guide to Photographs (1998), and more recently works on contemporary American history. His large cyanotypes are represented in several museum and private collections, including the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Fels lives and works in southern Vermont. In 2013 he was writer-in-residence at the Gloucester Writers Center. Since 2014 he has shown with the Jane Deering Gallery.

from the release

Tax-free weekend Jane Deering Gallery. ‘Gloucester, Cape Ann | of time and place’ art exhibit closes August 30th

LAST CHANCE – Art show closing soon Gloucester, Cape Ann | Of Time and Place at Jane Deering Gallery space on Pleasant Street Gloucester, Mass

Group show features work by Tom Fels, CH Golder, Michael Porter, Adin Murray, Shaun McNiff, Chris Pullman, Esther Pullman, Emily Speed, SEG pottery

Paintings by Adin Murray are also featured at Jane Deering Gallery Annisquam space, SHED

Last chance to catch Part I of A Turning Point group art exhibition at Jane Deering Gallery- Part II coming May 18th

Last chance to catch  Part 1 of A turning Point | The Contempoary Landscape at Jane Deering Gallery,  ideas from select regional and international artists about the environmental impact of man-made and natural disasters as that distinction crumbles (the unnatural natural disasters), beauty and life.

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Young Suh wildfire (california) series 2009



Installation views of this solid group show:


Where Part 1 is generally more focused on land, Part II pivots to water,  and opens with a public reception May 18th* from 4-6pm.

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Erma Wheeler Quarried Waters, 1997, watercolor on paper (22×28 inches / 30×36 inches framed)


*Mark your calendars: public reception for Once Upon a Contest Selection from Cape Ann Reads at TOHP Burnham Library in Essex is earlier that same day, may 18th, from 10-noon.

“The land will sustain us and beauty will thrive, if only we pay attention and heed.” Read the gallery’s press release for Part II below: Continue reading “Last chance to catch Part I of A Turning Point group art exhibition at Jane Deering Gallery- Part II coming May 18th”

Saturday April 13th art show opening ‘A Turning Point | the contemporary landscape’ Jane Deering Gallery #GloucesterMA

Venue: Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, Mass.
Group show: A Turning Poing | The Contemporary Landscape
Artists: Gabrielle Barzaghi, Paul Cary Goldberg, Tom Fels, Jacob Hessler, Jeff Marshall, Adin Murray, Esther Pullman, Steve Rosenthal and Erma Wheeler from New England; Nell Campbell, Gail Pine and Young Suh from California; Gail Barker, Neeta Madahar and Michael Porter from the United Kingdom
Opening Reception: Saturday April 13, 4:00-6:00pm

Courtesy photographs

Esther Pullman . 'Wood' 2016 . Archival Pigment Print . 7x5.5 inches
Esther Pullman

Read more information about this spring exhibition here



Jane Deering Gallery presents A Turning Point | the contemporary landscape group show art reception Saturday April 13th

GBarzaghi . Rocks and Trees 2012 . Pastel on Stenhenge paper . 19x25 inches.JPG
Artist: Gabrielle Barzaghi of Gloucester. Title of art work: Rocks and Trees 2012 pastel on paper

Jane Deering Gallery presents A Turning Point | the contemporary landscape with an opening reception Saturday April 13th from 4:00-6:00pm.  The exhibition addresses the timely question Beautiful world, where are you going? and explores our fragile relationship with the natural world. The exhibition will run through mid-June and includes regional and international artists whose works are held in museum, corporate and private collections: Gabrielle Barzaghi, Tom Fels, Jacob Hessler, Jeff Marshall, Adin Murray, Esther Pullman, Steve Rosenthal from New England; Nell Campbell, Gail Pine and Youngsuk Suh from California; Gail Barker, Neeta Madahar and Michael Porter from the United Kingdom. The gallery is located at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester MA.  Gallery hours: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 1:00-5:00pm and by appointment at 917-902-4359 or

Jane Deering
Jane Deering Gallery