Garden expert and butterfly aficionado Kim Smith of Gloucester debuts her new film with the premiere of “Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly” on Friday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main St. in Gloucester.
This debut falls on the summer solstice, or the first official day of summer. The 45-minute documentary, written and narrated by Smith, takes place in a garden and at the ocean’s edge. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis.
The film is appropriate for all ages, and was designed to provide a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and pollinators and the vital role they play in the ecosystem.
Tickets are $10, and advance purchase is recommended, either at the box office or online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.
The Rockport Chamber Music Festival presents a classical music concert Sunday, June 23, at 5 p.m. featuring Concert Artists Guild competition winners. Performing are baritone Mischa Bouvier, Jay Campbell on cello, and Daria Rabotkina on piano.
Bouvier is known as a singer of great versatility. He made his professional musical He has performed with the Boston Symphony, and in Kurt Weill’s “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” at Tanglewood, under the direction of James Levine. He performs on Sunday with Yegor Shevtsov on piano.
Cellist Jay Campbell performs with Jacob Greenberg on piano. He has premiered nearly 100 works to date, including concerti by Chris Rogerson and Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang.
Pianist Rabotkina was born in Kazan, Russia, into a family of musicians and gave her first solo recital at age 10. Both her parents were outstanding pianists. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Mannes College of Music in New York City.
Bouvier will sing selections by Ives, Bowles and Rachmaninoff. Campbell will be performing Wuorinen’s “An Orbicle of Jasp,” and the Stravinsky Suite. Daria wil be performing the Prokofiev. For tickets and information, visit www.rockportmusic.org or call 978-546-7391.
Rocky Neck arts
The Cape Ann Museum has opened a new major exhibition, “Four Winds: The Arts & Letters of Rocky Neck in the 1950s,” which showcases the art and literary scene on Rocky Neck in Gloucester after World War II. The show features work by abstract painter Albert Alcalay (1917-2008) and modernists Tom O’Hara, Helen Stein, Nell Blaine, Mary Shore and Robert Bradshaw, as well as poetry by Charles Olson, Vincent Ferrini and contemporaries. The modernists featured headline a cast of Rocky Neck artists whose legacy is that of exploring fresh subject matter and working in new mediums. The artists include sculptors, lithographers, painters, enamelists, photographers, poets and writers, many of whom exhibited their work in the annual Cape Ann Festival of the Arts. For information, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
Hart speaks at library
Gloucester author JoeAnn Hart will speak at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Rockport Library tonight, June 20, at 7 in the Brenner Room of Rockport Library on School Street. The meeting is open to the public. Hart’s novel “Float” is about the interplay of art, industry and plastics in the ocean and takes a satirical look at family, the environment and life in a Maine seaside town.
The Ghostlight Chorus, a New York City chamber choir, presents the performance “Solstice” on Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St. This is part of its 2013 Northeast tour with a program of exceptional works of choral music. The chorus recently appeared with the Rolling Stones at the Barclays and Prudential centers. Suggested donation is $15.
Schooner Adventure offers a 90-minute tour of Gloucester’s working waterfront to visit sites of the various maritime companies that use to occupy the harbor’s edge. The tour starts at the Fisherman’s Statue and ends at the Fitz Henry Lane House on Harbor Loop. (Wear comfortable shoes.) Contact the Adventure office for more information: 978-281-8079 or email@example.com. The tours start at 10 a.m. every other Saturday (weather permitting) from June 22 to Sept. 14. Cost is $5.
Italian artist exhibits
Rocky Neck Gallery announces the second show of the Summer Artist Series, introducing the artist Nella Lush and her seascapes and frescoes. The show, “Nella’s Journey,” runs through July 2. The artist was born and educated in Italy, and comes from a family of visual artists, musicians and poets. The Cape Ann coastline is her muse where she spends time recording the atmospheric moods of the sea, light and sky. She works mainly with oils, using cold wax as a medium, often adding marble dust to create more texture and depth. It is her application and scraping away of numerous layers, again and again, that shape the final painting. She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists; the National Associations of Women Artists in New York City; Rockport Art Association; North Shore Arts Association; and associate member of the Oil Painters of America. For information, visit www.rockyneckgallery.com.
Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Louise Mosrie and The Twangtown Paramours on Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Rockport at 12 School St. Mosrie’s songs create a world of lush detail and emotion, drawing on the sensual imagery of the Deep South, combining Americana, bluegrass and folk melodies and stories. The music of The Twangtown Paramours has been called “sophisticated Americana.” Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, Gloucester Music, and Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Suggested donation at the door is $12 for adults, $9 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $24 for a family.
Works of the Olivers
“Visions, Memories and Other Stuff,” is the title of an exhibit of the art of James and Eileen Patten Oliver now at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3. The show closes June 28. For information, call 857-891-9054 or visit www.khanstudiointernational.com.
New shows at NSAA
North Shore Arts Association is hosting solo exhibition of pastel paintings by artist member Andrew Anderson-Bell in the Hallway Gallery through July 6. His work depicts familiar landscapes from North Haven as well as from the islands of Penobscot Bay in Maine. His pastel paintings have earned the 2013 Mariboe-Swift Memorial Award from the Rockport Art Association and the Mildred Hartson Award for Excellence in Pastels from the Newburyport Art Association.
The NSAA also features the works of Anne Demeter in the Gordon Grant Gallery through July 6. Demeter is a traditional painter who captures fleeting expressions. Included in the show are paintings of children and dogs at Gloucester beaches as well as people observed in her travels. Her award-winning works have been included in the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Card Program, as well as the Trustees of the Reservation Shows at Castle Hill in Ipswich.
The galleries are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 pm. Visit www.nsarts.org for more information.
Free art lecture
The Rockport Art Association hosts a free lecture on Wednesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. with William Greenbaum who will talk about “Etchings, Lithographs & Woodcuts.” He talk includes how to tell an original from a reproduction, and how they are different. Greebaum will bring an artist’s carved woodblock and an old etching plate to help illustrate his talk. Greenbaum has been buying, selling and appraising original prints for 50 years with his business William Greenbaum Fine Prints. The RAA is at 12 Main St. in Rockport. For information, visit www.rockportartassn.org.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or firstname.lastname@example.org.