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few days on Cape Ann can wear an art lover out (in a really good day-at-thebeach kind of way)! For anyone traveling to Cape Ann to enjoy it’s culturally rich epicenter, there are just too many choices (again, in a really good more-is-better kind of way). From one art lover to another, here’s some advice: take a deep breath and go slow. Know that you won’t have time to see it all, but what you do see is going to be so worth the trip. A good place to begin is to check out the galleries that represent multiple artists and media. Flatrocks Gallery, on the northern coast of Gloucester, has an impressive collection of art by both established and emerging local artists in a small, cozy space brimming with creative energy. Curating several different shows a year, owners Cynthia Switzer Roth and Anne Marie Crotty (both artists, themselves) provide constantly evolving examples of the area’s tradition of artistic excellence, with a range of media and prices that make fine art accessible to all. In Rockport, Canterbury Hill Studio & Gallery represents more than 50 artist and artisans with works in metal, ceramics, textiles, glass, wood, mosaics and more. Paintings, drawings, jewelry, and photography, and even whimsical dolls are all part of the collection. Just down the street, celebrating its first anniversary this fall, is the DeLouise Gallery, featuring the art of owner Dan DeLouise, as well as works in sculpture, watercolor, oil paintings, photography, and precious metals by others. “Ever since moving to Cape Ann and discovering its natural beauty and its residents’ love for the arts, I’ve dreamed of opening a gallery here.” Upcoming, enjoy an exhibition of art made from original stamps. In its fifth year, iartcolony is a welcoming gallery in the Rockport home of owners Bob and Jill Whitney Armstrong—envisioned as a space to show Jill’s colorful oil paintings, as well as bring people together in a mutual appreciation of inventive local art. Stop in to see why Jill was juried into the Rockport Art Association’s Legacy Show last year as the “oil painter of the future,” and ask the Armstrongs about out of bounds 2014, which they are curating with artists from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Read the related story on page 30). For a cultural experience that will transport you to another world and time, visit the

Schooner Benjamin W. Latham, 1976. Gift of Earl Felton Harris, 1998. Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum.

Decouvert Gallery, also in Rockport. In French, découvert translates to discovered—a fitting name for this gallery featuring art discovered in France and Italy: European drawings, French medals, objets d’art, and works by living artists from Provence and Tuscany. Ask Steve and Don to share stories from their spring acquisitions trip in Europe.

REOPENING AUGUST 19, 2014 DISCOVER the Cape Ann Museum and the many stories it has to tell. The Museum’s collections represent the history of the region—its people, its industries, and especially its arts and culture. We invite you to explore the newly renovated Museum when we reopen our doors this summer.

Fitz Henry Lane, Ten Pound Island from Pavilion Beach [detail], c. early 1860s. Oil on canvas. Gift of Isabel Babson Lane. [Acc. #1147.2] ArtNE Summer 2014.indd 1

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Drawn to objects unique and vintage? Stop at Gladstone Gallery in Manchester-by-the-Sea. A carefully curated collection of unusual antique and contemporary fine jewelry from around the world; owners Elaine Souza and Charles Gladstone have a passionate and extensive knowledge of art, design, jewelry and fashion that obviously comes with a penchant for

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SARGENT HOUSE MUSEUM 49 Middle St., Gloucester Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12P-4P. Home of American feminist Judith Sargent Murray with paintings by John Singer Sargent. Admission $10.

invites visitors to stop into her studio, and also to sit by the river to watch the swans and egrets. Cynthia Curtis Pottery, near Pigeon Cove in Rockport, features ocean-inspired creations: coral vases, undersea lamps, berry bowls, lobster and starfish ornaments, scallop and clamshells, mugs, and platters. As objects that fit so well into the seaside community, you’ll find her work in shops and galleries around Gloucester and Rockport. Anna Kasabian’s work identity is also very close to home. A porcelain artisan in Manchesterby-the-Sea, and a native of Cape Ann, Anna’s sculptural (and functional) pieces evoke the forms of flowers, sea plants and ocean waves, and are all hand-built without the use of a potter’s wheel. This is her choice: “only by shaping every piece directly in my hand can I achieve the full range of energy and expression I am seeking.”

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CAPE ANN Sculpture enthusiasts will appreciate the work of David Calvo of Calvo Studio in Gloucester. Designing in both contemporary and classical styles, and executing with impeccable old-world artistry, some of Calvo’s architectural creations include hand-carved custom furniture, ornamental pipe organ screens, fireplace mantels, and entry doors. The studio offers a wide range of carving classes, workshops, and seminars for both the beginner and intermediate student. From her gallery in Gloucester, Coco Berkman of Stage Fort Press is teaching linoleum printmaking classes this summer. An established printmaker whose prints, etchings and lithographs reflect her love of drawing from her imagination and images gleaned from literature, Coco feels that “Fundamentally, printmaking is drawing, taken to a more refined level. The

choices I make regarding color are challenging and at times demand bravery on my part. I am always reminded that mistakes are a good thing when making art. They are signs of new potential, forcing an artist into unchartered territory.” Another visual artist embracing the challenges and opportunities of art-making is Erica Daborn. A long-time faculty member of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Erica’s surrealist drawings and paintings—which are meant to send messages of unseen understanding—have been celebrated with exhibitions and purchases by major museums world-wide. She is currently working on an installation, accompanied by a blog (Dialogues with Mother Earth), to raise climate change awareness. Locally, her work can be seen at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln. Working out of her Tusinski Gallery in

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Rockport, painter Karen Tusinski’s paintings explore the contrast and geometry in nature— in a way that is bright, energetic and abstract. Common scenes in her work are poppies, pebbly beaches, and calm oceans, to which she offers a new view on the seemingly ordinary everyday stills. Presenting a bold, new art technique, is glass shard painter Eleanor Ruth Fisher. The Lynn, MA artist creates colorful, contemplative, joy-full works using shards of glass, stones, and bits of jewelry. Cottages, ocean scenes, gardens, and female figures are subjects of her paintings and decorative satin folding screens, as Eleanor seeks to capture the “essence of life.” Sticking with oils, acyrlics, and colored pencils, Leslie Heffron’s paintings and drawings are equally as colorful. A Rockport artist

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CAPE ANN drawn to “imagery with text and luminosity,” her figurative work is inspired by roadside scenes—barns, farm stands, retro diners, and of course, the beach. Upon observation, it should come as no surprise that she pulls inspiration from such greats as Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, and Edward Hopper when creating these works. Award-winning artist, Susanne E. White of White Seagull Gallery in Rockport shares a fascination with the ordinary things in life—particularly shells, rocks, seaweed, sticks, leaves, discarded feathers, and water—which she honors in her acrylic paintings. She is a member of the Copley Society of Art, the International Society of Acrylic Painters and the Concord, North Shore, and Rockport Art Associations. Your art trip to Cape Ann must include a good look at classic plein air impressionism, such

as Bruce Turner’s Fine Arts of Rockport Gallery. Bruce’s beautifully executed scenes of New England are the result of incredible talent, more than 30 years of experience, and an appreciation for the world around him. From figures on a beach, to Boston brownstones, to starry nights, the expanse of Bruce’s work is immeasurable. There is more to Cape Ann than art. The breadth of cultural history museums in the area is evidence of a destination proud of all aspects of its heritage, with many supporting efforts to preserve and share it. For a history enthusiast, Cape Ann has plenty to keep the mind stimulated, starting with the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester. Undergoing a $5 million renovation, when the museum reopens in mid-August, it will harbor carefully curated exhibits that celebrate the area’s incredible maritime, granite, and art

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history. The state-of-the-art educational facility was designed to integrate and relate all of Cape Ann’s industries to each other. One such industry of historical interest is block printed textiles. Original fabrics by the “Folly Cove Designers,” whose block printed designs were nationally renowned and are still widely collected today, are a permanent exhibit planned for the Cape Ann Museum. And, the tradition has carried on. The Sarah Elizabeth Shop in Rockport (named after an original member of the Folly Cove Designers), offers original block printed fabric by current owner Julia Garrison, as well as by the timeless designs of the women who inspired and taught her. Overlooking Gloucester Harbor, the Sargent House Museum is an 18th century high Georgian-style house, presenting the story of

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CAPE ANN Judith Sargent Murray, an early adovocate of women’s rights. The Museum has a small collection of artworks by John Singer Sargent, with works by other significant American artists, and a fine collection of early American decorative arts. The Ipswich Museum was originally founded in 1890, and its collection reflects more than 100 years of acquisition and preservation, honoring Ipswich’s social, cultural, and architectural history. The museum’s goal is to make the treasures of the past more accessible, relevant, and connected to modern lives. In Wenham, MA, the Wenham Museum puts a spotlight on the artifacts of childhood, domestic life, and the history and culture of Boston’s North Shore. As a bonus, the museum includes the Timothy Pickering Library, which houses the a vast collection of books on agriculture, farming and horticulture, local family histo-

ries and genealogies, and many on quilts, dolls, toys, costumes, needlework, antiques, and early American architecture, herbs, and gardens. Preserving collections of historical significance and irreplaceable artifacts often requires the assistance of professional conservationists. Located in Beverly, Oliver Brothers is the oldest art restoration and conservation company in the country with 160 years of experience. Oliver Brothers has restored paintings by Rembrandt, Goya and Leonardo da Vinci as well as contemporary artworks by Calder and Andy Warhol. In addition to paintings, the firm specializes in the restoration and conservation of drawings on paper, antique and contemporary picture frames, gilded objects, icons, murals, and sculpture. Knowing the monetary value of collectible art is often critical information for both

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museums and private collectors. Accredited by the American Society of Appraisers, Elizabeth Clement Fine Art, is a private dealer in Danvers, specializing in American and European art from the late 19th and 20th centuries; particularly the Cape Ann School, and contemporary artists such as the late Zygmund Jankowski, among others. The experts at Elizabeth Clement offer auction and market consultation, cataloging, collections management, art conservation, framing, installation, and professional photography of collections. Just as local museums explore the complete history of Cape Ann, a number of art and artist associations offer support of and access to the art scene that has grown Cape Ann into a celebrated art destination. Perhaps the most well known is the Rocky Neck Art Colony, home to one of the

Situated on a peninsula in the working fishing harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Rocky Neck and neighboring East Gloucester present a dramatic stimulus to visual artists. Long renowned for its light, this harbor and coast have been a magnet for the most distinguished artists America has produced and continues to attract artists to a current thriving creative community. The Rocky Neck Art Colony organization serves a mission to nurture excellence in the visual arts, and to provide educational and professional development opportunities to its members and the greater community. Visit www.rockyneckartcolony.org for more information.

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A Fine Line: Drawings and Other Interpretations 18 NE Artists juried by Al Miner of MFA, Boston July 3-August 3 Reception: Saturday, July 12, 4-6pm

Matt Cegelis and Ruth Schneider: Serendipity June 11 - July 1 Reception : Saturday, June 14, 6-8pm

Contemplation: Fine Ceramics from Cape Ann and Beyond The Cape Ann Ceramics Festival exhibition August 7-September 1 Reception: Saturday, Aug 9, 4-6pm Artist Talk with Hideaki Miyamura Sunday, August 24, 5:30pm Art of the Possible: All Clay Inclusive August 29-31 Reception: Friday, August 29, 5-8pm Gloucester Photographs: Nubar Alexanian September 4-28 Reception: Wednesday, September 3, 4-7pm

Nights on the Neck Join us for our monthly celebrations of life on Rocky Neck. Many galleries host receptions with refreshments. Musicians, dancers, authors, historians and other entertainers give performances and lectures. Thursdays, July 10, August 7, September 4, 5:30-9pm

Laureen Adrienne Maher: Building July 1 - 22 Reception : Saturday, July 5, 6-8pm David Piemonte: Flower Power July 24 - August 12 Reception : Friday, July 25, 6-8pm Robert Williams: Cape Ann Renaissance Painting August 13 - September 2 Reception : Saturday, August 16, 6-8pm Trish Conant: Precious Metal Clay Jewelry September 4 - 23 Reception : Saturday, September 6, 6-8pm Michelle J. Kenna: Connections Through Nature September 23 - October 14 Reception : Friday, October 10, 6-8pm Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Collective End of Season Party Saturday, September 27, 6-8pm

Beaux Arts Ball Join us for our end of summer gala. Friday, September 12, 2014, 6:00-10:00pm

David Witbeck: May 15 – June 15 Artist talk at the Cultural Center Monday, May 19, 7pm : Informal gathering at the Residency Studio Friday, June 13, 7pm Pal Gumpen: July 9 – August 10 Artist talk at the Cultural Center Friday, July 11, 7pm Informal gathering at the Residency Studio Friday, August 8, 7pm Sarah Sutro: September 9 - 0ctober 6 Artist talk at the Cultural Center Friday, September 10, 7pm Informal gathering at the Residency Studio Friday, October 3, 7pm Distinguished Artist/Teacher, Tim Hawkesworth Workshop: August 25-27 Cape Ann Museum Talk: Sunday, August 24, 2:00pm Followed by Reception at the Cultural Center: 3:30pm

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In its 93rd year, the Rockport Art Association is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. RAA’s galleries show rotating exhibits, including a seasonal show of its members’ work (there are 250), a regular exhibit of its museum collection, and curated specialty shows. An active educational institution, the RAA hosts many events throughout the year—including an art auction—and offers a schedule of classes, lectures, and art walks. Local Colors in Gloucester, an exciting artists’ cooperative gallery, began as a small group of artists who rented exhibit space together to boost holiday sales. Finding support from each other and the community, the experiment turned into an obvious success, and for the past 25 years, it has flourished into a vibrant gallery—and is Cape Ann’s oldest artist cooperative.

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Collaboration is a common and necessary practice in the arts, and is likely critical to Cape Ann’s recognition and success as an arts destination. A notable example of not just artists, but art organizations working together is seArts (Society for the Encouragement of Arts on Cape Ann). Formed in 2000, with the purpose of exploring opportunities in cultural economic development, seArts has since developed into a coalition that cultivates Cape Ann’s reputation by building partnerships and creating programs. With all this in mind, it’s not surprising that in 2013, the Massachusetts Cultural Council voted— unanimously—to officially designate downtown Gloucester as the Gloucester Harbortown Cultural District. The honor offers statewide recognition of the area as a focal point for the arts and of creating a sense of place. Throughout the

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CAPE ANN year, this beautiful historic downtown offers a variety of museums, galleries, bookstores, music venues, restaurants, and festivals destined for exploration. Performing arts also play a role in Cape Ann’s cultural story, and travelers should take advantage of what’s happening on stage while visiting Cape Ann. For theater-lovers, the 35th season of the Gloucester Stage Company is underway with Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Auld Lang Syne, 4000 Miles, and Fences in the season line-up. The GSC has a long history of presenting high quality professional theater that has earned the company several awards. Accessible to all, the first 3 pm Saturday matinee of each production is ticketed at “pay what you can.” Music enthusiasts should plan to attend the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, which

provides a series of high caliber and stimulating live music events at an eclectic collection of public and private venues. This summer, the festival schedule includes 12 internationally renowned performers, with David Yang as artistic director. Enjoy concerts, lectures, open rehearsals, panel discussions, and family events from August 9th through the 17th. With so much going on (and we’ve barely scratched the surface here), it helps to have one strong point of reference to depend on. So, before you travel, be sure to download the Cape Ann Cultural District’s new mobile app. The free app includes information on artists, museums, historic sites, attractions, and way-finding for each of the four state-designated Cape Ann cultural districts—Essex River, Gloucester’s Harbor Town, Rocky Neck, and Rockport.

Another tip to make travel planning easy: consult with the Inns of Rockport when you are ready to book your lodging accommodations. An association of more than 25 B&Bs, inns, hotels, motels and rental properties scattered throughout the town, the Inns of Rockport are known for unparalleled hospitality, and offer an inventory of more than 300 rooms and a variety of property amenities. It’s one-stop-shopping to find the perfect place to rest. And, you’ll need it after a trip spent exploring Cape Ann’s cultural treasures! —Jasmine Bigelow

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