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East Gloucester Cultural District Approved by the City Council!

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Karen Ristuben describes the East Gloucester Ma 01930 Cultural District concept, boundaries and purpose in the Gloucester Ma arts community.

Paul Ciaramitaro Is Teaching Drawing

YouTube Preview ImageAcclaimed artist of The Rockport Art Association and the Northshore Art Association, Paul Ciaramitaro is opening his studio doors to teaching this November, on Saturdays @ 10AM. Paul is a Gloucester native with the first hand experiences of working on the waterfront and artistically trained by world renowned Gloucester artist Charles Movalli. Like most of us who live on Cape Ann, Paul is continually drawn to the light filled water and the working waterfront.  His media is oil, his passion is the beauty and the strength found on Cape Ann, particularly in the brawn required to execute the industry of fishing. Some of his first commissioned works can be found at The Seacoast Nursing Home (located behind the Addison Gilbert Hospital). Here you can see his execution of the physicality required on the waterfront. He paints from memory and like so many Cape Ann artists, plein air. More about Paul @

Pauls Gallery and Studio is located at The Blackburn Building 2B-1 Annex . He can be reached at 978 879 8871 or

Running Rock Head

YouTube Preview ImageWhen you are a dog mom, one gets invitations to yards (byod-bring your own dog), or walks much more then homes! It was at one of these yards I learned the story of “Running Rock Head”.

Great art by great artists can be found in the most surprising places! Visiting a friends’ yard (yes on Cape Ann and no I can’t say where) for the first time, I was introduced to this very unique work of art, hidden behind her fence, “running” in the side of her yard. It is inspiring to look at and special in significance. The story how it came to be located there is at once intriguing and sad.

The artist, Joe Wheelwright is the intrigue. His art ranges from tree “sculptures” to traditional stone sculptures, all the way to cast bronze. His art is one of vision, imagination and execution. It is not so much the art of using materials to create an object, but more one of seeing a vision that people like myself can not see. He “liberates” this vision, from its’ encumbered natural existence into that of a piece of art. Now eligible to be seen, admired and enjoyed by mere mortals like you and me.

Tree figures he creates, are one piece of wood. Joe removes the unnecessary part of the tree to fit his vision. He then designs a wax feeder system that will channel the molten bronze around the tree form. The form is then enveloped in plaster. The plaster contains the bronze as it surrounds the tree form. When it cools post-casting, it is again heated in an oven. After the plaster is removed, he often creates a patina on the surface using a heat torch, chemicals and a brush. Joe often sculpts heads out of stone and frequently sees trees as forms having life energy apparent in arms and legs. It is so very fitting that in this sculpture he has used a rock as the head and the tree as the movement of the figure. His most common stone sculptures are heads and faces. Yet, his most plentiful tree sculptures are of the human body consisting of torso, arms and legs.

The sad part of the story: Running Rock Head came to reside at my friend’s house as a gift from a friend. It was received, post-mortem, after a tragic youthful death. It dances (in my eyes) or runs every day as a testament to a friend with way too much life to ever really die. Thank you dear friend and Joe Wheelwright for this gift of life. Both the artist, and the gift giver, are and were two truly exceptional people in life and in death.

I’m not a poet …

… but this offering on GoodMoringGloucester really made me laugh.

Compost crock for recycling in the kitchen

Compost crock

Redoubling our recycling efforts on many fronts, we are depositing food scraps in this beautiful crock and adding them to our compost pile.  I’m always looking for ways to add nutrition  to our tomatoe garden soil and this is another source for the compost.  Did you know that the soil “critters” (microbes) like sugar as much as we do?   In fact, I feed our plants molasses (watered down) several times a summer to make sure the soil bacteria are very happy while they do their thing… I’ve also come to appreciate the fact I’m not running our expensive Gloucester water because we are using the  garbage disposal so much less frequently, as we recycle our food scraps.  Lisa Vincent of simplydaisy custom made (!) this crock.  So, this next level of recycling is like handling a work of art every day.  And no it doesn’t smell… we empty it every 1 or 2 days and bon appetit to the compost pile!

Holiday giving on a local level

Our friend Brenda Malloy is donating 50% of sale proceeds from items at her Rocky Neck Gloucester MA shop Imagine to the Gloucester Education Foundation and The Open Door Food Pantry. Imagine will be open Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas. Brenda has hand made gifts from all over the world and many that she’s made herself. It’s a great way to shop locally while also helping local charities. Thanks Brenda. :)

C.B. Fisk organ builders

We’re lucky to have so many artists here on Cape Ann. And lucky to have artists working in different media. The craftspeople at C.B. Fisk have been designing and building concert hall organs for about 50 years. From scratch. Ingots of lead turn into pipes, lumber into keyboards and cabinets. It’s an amazing process. You can view the transformation at their open house Saturday June 12 right at the shop: 21 Kondelin Rd. Gloucester MA 01930. Good Morning Gloucester has some video, too.

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Buy art for Christmas …

Friday night we (Patty, our accomplished artist friend Melody Phaneuf and I) went out “gallery crawling” in Manchester MA at the Central Street Gallery and then to the PN Sullivan Studio in E. Gloucester. While in Manchester we got to yak with gallery director Alison Rowell and several of the artists including Richard Giedd. The works on display are all “small works” worthy of a good look.

Patti Sullivan and her friend Tracey Martin Logan (formerly of Gloucester, now of ME) had many works on display at Patti’s PN Sullivan Studio. (I found Tracey’s crucifixes to be hypnotic.) We own one of Patti’s Cuba pieces and love seeing all her “day in the life” works. (Look for the small dogs.) Don’t wait for another show to stop by. Patti’s there by appointment and “by chance” so drop in to her studio at 235 E. Main St. Gloucester MA.

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Patti's "day in the life"

Marty Morgan Pottery

A couple of weeks ago we met Marty Morgan and took a tour of her studio. Her glazes are amazing and she uses a propane fired “car kiln”. I’ve never seen one before. The “car” is on tracks and inside her studio, allowing her to load it and then roll it outside and into the kiln.
Marty’s at 428 Washington St. Gloucester MA on the Mill River and she loves visitors.
Marty Morgan

Maplewood School selling with new design …

Old school selling with new design –, Gloucester, MA

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