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September 18, 2012

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Gloucester Daily Times

---- — seARTS Partner with an Artist grant

The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS) has awarded the Partner with an Artist $1,500 grant. Recipient John Bassett of Rockport will create and complete new work in partnership with three businesses located in the new Rockport Cultural District.

Partner with an Artist, seARTS’ signature artist grant program launched in 2005, invites artists to submit proposals for innovative collaborations with business partners.

Rockport is one of the first five communities, along with Gloucester’s

Rocky Neck, to receive state Cultural District designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. A cultural district is a compact, walkable area of a community with a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets that attract residents and visitors, and benefit the local economy.

Trained as an architect and skilled carpenter, Bassett will create three sculptural glass panels which will be on display in three restaurants in the heart of Rockport — Brackett’s Oceanview, Roy Moore’s Fish Shack, and 7th Wave.

Bassett transforms recycled glass from the

Rockport Transfer Station into colorful, textured sculptural panels. His technique involves slumping and fusing the glass in a kiln. His work has been exhibited throughout New England.

Bassett’s new work refers to a noted chapter in Rockport’s history, its evolution from a dry town, a result of the 1856 protest led by Hannah Jumper during difficult economic times, to a community that now permits the sale of alcohol in several restaurants.

In fall 2012 seARTS, the Rockport Cultural District, Bassett, and the restaurant partners will present the completed work to the public. Details will be available this month.

The panel of local jurors is comprised of ceramicist

Jill Solomon of Rockport, artist and art educator Ed Touchette of Gloucester, and artist and gallery owner Karen Tusinski

of Rockport.

“PWA’s focus is to celebrate the arts, strengthen partnerships with the business community, and to further the impact of art and culture on the local economy,” said Anne Robinson, vice president of seARTS board of directors, in a statement. “PWA’s and the new Cultural Districts’ goals are aligned, so partnering makes perfect sense.”

PWA will announce a Call to Artists in early 2013 for projects in the Rocky Neck Cultural District and to Cape Ann cultural districts designated in 2013. Downtown Gloucester, Essex and Manchester anticipate receiving state designation in early 2013.

Partner With an Artist is managed by

Susan Quateman, a city planner, landscape designer and silk painter with Ten Pound Studio in Gloucester.

Partner With an Artist is made possible by grants from the Bruce J. Anderson and Selma and Bayness Andrews Funds of the Boston Foundation.

seARTS is a coalition of individual artists, art organizations, cultural and civic groups, and businesses working to promote Cape Ann’s thriving arts community, rich arts heritage and cultural economy.

Lyons Ambulance sponsors golf tourney

Addison Gilbert Hospital has announced that Lyons Ambulance will again serve as lead sponsor of the annual Lyons Ambulance Golf Tournament benefitting the hospital’s Gorton’s Specialty and Cancer Care Center.

The tournament is Monday, Sept. 24, at

Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester.

Lyons Ambulance Service is the longest running ambulance company in Massachusetts and has been family owned and operated since 1904. The company, which provides vital life support, critical care transfers and medical transports, employs over 125 people.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of Lyons Ambulance on this largest annual event that benefits Addison Gilbert Hospital and Gorton’s Specialty and Cancer Care Center,” said

Susan Payson, senior vice president of philanthropy at Northeast Health System, in a statement. “Kevin and Lee Ann Lyons

are longtime supporters of our hospital system and their commitment and investment have been critical in our efforts as we continue to provide top quality care and services on Cape Ann.”

Over the years, the tournament has raised more than $275,000, in major part due to Lyons Ambulance. This year, Lyons Ambulance owner Kevin Lyons is also assuming co-chairmanship of the golf tournament alongside Lyons Ambulance Director of Operations Frank Carabello.

“I’m honored and excited to join my longtime friend and colleague Frank Carabello in making this year’s tournament the most enjoyable and successful event yet,” said Lyons in a statement. “Lyons Ambulance and Addison Gilbert Hospital have enjoyed a tremendous partnership in service of Cape Ann over the past hundred plus years. I look forward to seeing all of the business and community leaders and supporters who are playing to benefit this critical institution on the 24th.”

Other corporate sponsors include

BankGloucester, Rockport National Bank, Gorton’s, MedAssets, Granite Savings Bank, and Sudbay Motors.

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