In seasonal tradition, Cape Ann Museum is offering free admission to all residents of Cape Ann during January.
“It is our hope that, by opening our doors for free, residents of every Cape Ann community will be inspired to visit and take an interest in the countless stories we tell about this wonderful place and its people,” said museum director Ronda Faloon.
The current special exhibitions are “Arranged by Choice: The Art of Ralph Coburn” and “Into the Woods: Recent Drawings” by Gabrielle Barzaghi, both on display until Jan. 31. The two artists offer different interpretations of Cape Ann as the inspiration of their work. Coburn’s background in design is evident in his work and showcases his ability to balance chaos and order. By contrast, Barzaghi’s use of pastels, charcoal and mixed media invest her works with a vibrancy and sense of emotion. Barzaghi will lead a gallery talk Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. to discuss her artistic process.
A special event takes place on Saturday, Jan. 12, which celebrates the Folly Cove Designers with activities for children and adults from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Children’s Activity Center. The program will teach the children about the Folly Cove Designers’ process and offer them a chance to create prints using stamps, foam shapes and Styrofoam. From 2 to 4 p.m., Mary Rhinelander will lead a block printing demonstration in the Special Exhibitions Gallery; wine and cheese will be served as part of the reception.
On Jan. 19 at 3 p.m., poets Joseph Featherstone and Geoffrey Movius, who share a connection to Cape Ann, will read from their work before taking questions and signing their books, “Brace’s Cove” and “Transit.”
On Jan. 26 at 11 a.m., the Beauport Chamber Players present “Katy and the Big Snow.” This family-friendly concert features local composer Robert J. Bradshaw’s “Katy and the Big Snow,” based on Gloucester resident Virginia Lee Burton’s classic children’s story. Led by the composer, attendees will be treated to an interactive demonstration of a variety of orchestral instruments, a discussion about how Burton’s book was translated into music, and performances of “Katy” and other chamber compositions.
Also on Jan. 26, museum docents will present a series of mini tours highlighting their favorites from the collection. The following is scheduled: 1 p.m. features “Into the Marsh: Explore the Great Marsh from gundalows to greenheads”; 1:45 p.m. features “The Mortal Sea Danger and Loss on Cape Ann”; 2:30 p.m. features “War Comes to Cape Ann, Remembering the War of 1812”; and 3:15 p.m. features “Arranged by Choice, The Art of Ralph Coburn.”
The museum is at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For more information, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.