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Local gallery owners Sharon Pablo and Roger Armstrong are using it at the opening reception of a new show of works by marine painter Spike Wademan, who now resides in New Zealand. Wademan has an affinity for Cape Ann and its historic sailing vessels, which are featured in the new show of his works at State of the Art Gallery at 4 Wonson St. on Rocky Neck.
Some of the schooners Wademan has painted in great detail include the Stiletto, Ardelle, Grace L. Fears, Esperanto, The Vesta, L.A. Dunton, Lady Ann and The Puritan.
The show will run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 16 but there is a special public opening reception on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m., which includes a video conference with the artist from New Zealand at 4 p.m.
Galley hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit stateoftheartgalleryandsculpturegarden.com or call 978-395-1783.
at Lat. 43
A Berklee in Gloucester show takes place tonight, Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7:30. The program’s first Indie Rock Night features Berklee alumni in two bands: Boston indie rockers The Shills with local rising stars Renee & Joe , featuring Renée Dupuis and Joe Cardoza. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Latitude 43 at 25 Rogers St. in Gloucester. This is an all ages show, so bring your kids and introduce them to the next generation of Berklee rock stars.
The Shills are described as having a sound that can go from “driving rock rhythms to lush, lofty sonic soundscapes.” The group released the EP “Push” in 2006, a self-titled full-length LP in 2007, and a concept record called “Ganymede” in 2008. Their influences range from Queen, to Queens of the Stone Age, Yes to Radiohead, Motown to metal, punk to jazz.
Renee & Joe have appeared in a variety of projects together supporting such acts as Chelsea Berry, Brad Byrd, and Satch Kerans among others. Most notably they are staple members of The Bandit Kings
Advance tickets are $10 ($15 at the door). Tickets are on sale at Gloucester Music, 210 Main St., and The Liquor Locker, 287 Main St., both in Gloucester. Or one can get advanced tickets by calling 978-525-9093 at the Gimmesound website.
A portion of the show’s proceeds will go to the Gloucester2Berklee Scholarship Fund at Berklee College of Music. This scholarship fund is earmarked for helping to send a Gloucester student to Berklee.
Event opening tonight
“A Touch of Glass,” a two-part exhibit of works by E.J. Lefavour, has an opening reception tonight, Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Alchemy of Art housed at Alchemy Bistro at 3 Duncan St. in Gloucester. The reception in is being held in conjunction with Bully Boy Distilleries’ release party for its new aged whiskey.
Annisquam Sewing Circle fair
The Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair will be Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Annisquam Village Hall. The fair features fresh holiday greens, centerpieces, wreaths and plants, top handcrafts and a glittering display of costume jewelry. The group prides itself on the presentation and wrapping of the home-baked, gourmet foods and preserves. There is a silent auction of original artwork and hostess gift baskets for sale. In honor of its 175th anniversary year, the sewing circle is selling its award-winning cookbook,“A Circle of Recipes,” which is filled with cherished family recipes and historical commentaries from sewing circle members. A three-course lunch also takes place for $15 at two seatings, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations are recommended by calling 978-283-2247.
Holiday benefit for Gloucester Stage
The annual Holiday Celebration to benefit Gloucester Stage Company is Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. at Gloucester Stage Company at 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. The festive evening includes a seated full three-course meal catered by Beach Gourmet served on the stage, plus cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The entertainment features piano stylist and singer Brian Patton with special performances from Kathy St. George and Mary Callanan from the Boston cabaret circuit. Youth Acting Workshop students will also sing selections from their upcoming Holiday Delights show. Tickets are on sale now at the Gloucester Stage Box Office, 978-281-4433, or online at http://www.gloucesterstage.com/.
Schooner Adventure’s Holiday Tea
Schooner Adventure will hold a Holiday Tea on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Inn Magnolia at 18 Norman Ave. in Gloucester. Come enjoy tea tasting with Upton Teas (yes, there’ll also be coffee for those who must), finger foods, live music, raffles and its Ship’s Store for holiday shopping. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, call 978-281-8079, email bwelin@ schooner-adventure.org or go to www.schooner-adventure.org
Paul George show
Cape Ann artist Paul George is having a one-man show at the Rockport Art Association through Dec. 6. There will be a free public reception on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. Paul studied at the MFA School in Boston and is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, North Shore AA, New England Watercolor Society and is a current member and former vice president of the Rockport Art Association.
Paul has won many awards, including the Winsor & Newton Award for Excellence at the National Watercolor Society, Award of Excellence at the Mystic Maritime International Show and the Gold Medal at the New England Watercolor Society. He has been teaching watercolor and oil painting workshops since 1996 and has also recently released his video Painting White Roses. His work can be seen at the George Gallery, located in Gloucester. For more information, visit www.rockportartassn.org.
Irish singer and harpist
Irish singer and harpist Aine Minogue will perform on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. at One World Coffeehouse at the First Universalist Church at 49 Main St. in Essex. This is Minogue’s popular December Celtic concert; she presents a spellbinding portrait of the winter solstice and midwinter’s traditions, moods and textures. Born into a musical family in County Tipperary, she honed her talent as a harpist in residence at Bunratty Castle, County Clare, before moving to New England. Minogue is an artist who has long explored the themes of traditional Irish music and captures its very essence with her harp and voice. She reflects the lyricism and richness to be found in Irish music, mythology and poetry with a voice undeniably her own. Her concerts often sell out. To hear a sample of her music go to aineminogue.com. The suggested donation is $15. For reservations, call 978-768-3690.
A library talk on self publishing
In 2008, for the first time in history, more books were self-published than were published traditionally. Since then that trend has only increased. On Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m., the library will host a panel discussion designed for authors interested in exploring this form of publishing. The panel, moderated by Susan Oleksiw, will consist of six writers who have built their writing careers by publishing their own books. These writers will discuss their work and offer very practical advice about how to get started. The panel is comprised of Margery Leach, Thomas A. Hauck, Kathleen Valentine, Ellen Lefavour, David Simmons and Jane Ward. This event will be held in the Friend Room.
Open studio in Essex
Catherine Wygant will hold an open studio and sale on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which features earrings, changeable parts, brooches and sculptures. She also has some potted house plants that need a good home. If you need to come at a different time, call or email to make arrangements - no problem. The studio is located at 16 Rocky Hill Rd in Essex. For information, call 978-853-5188.
New artists at Manchester gallery
The Central Street Gallery is proud to announce that Grace Vasta-Carr and Richard Giedd, both award-winning artists at Central Street, have been juried in as artist members to the Rockport Art Association. Vasta-Carr, a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art, has shown her work in the United States and in London, winning many awards for her vivid floral paintings. Giedd, a graduate of the Vesper George School of Art, trained in an atelier system that included still life, portrait and plein air landscape. A former Copley Artist, he has won many awards in Boston including Jurors Choice at the Copley Society Boston. Both artists work may be seen at the Central Street Gallery, 11 Central St, Manchester, MA. www.centralstreetgallery.com
A holiday musical
The North Shore Players presents “Prairie Lights” for two weekends at Hogan Regional Auditorium, 6 Hathorne Circle in Danvers from Dec. 1 to 9. “Prairie Lights” tells the story of a Jewish brother and sister who journey west on an Orphan Train in 1905. They arrive with other homeless youths in a tiny Nebraska town just before the holidays. As the town prepares for Christmas and Hanukkah approaches, the young people are enlisted to help reunite the town of Wellspring. Tickets at the door are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors ($3 discount for advanced). For directions, tickets and show information, go to www.northshoreplayers.org.
Ben-Zion show at Mercury Gallery
Mercury Gallery of Rockport is now showing works by Ben-Zion, including “The Glory of War,” a statement on the loss and devastation from all war. Ben-Zion (1897-1987) made the painting in 1934 as a comment on World War I; like Picasso’s “Guernica” of three years later, the image evoked the human suffering from all war.
Ben-Zion was a founder of “The Ten,” a group of pioneering modernist painters that emerged in New York in the 1930s. Mark Rothko, Joseph Solman and Adolph Gottlieb were among the group’s members. The artist was born Ben-zion Weinman in the Ukraine in 1895. But he said he shortened the name when in America after World War I because “to drag around two names is rather too difficult.”
Mercury Gallery is at 20 Main St. in Rockport. For more information, visit www.mercurygallery.com or call 978-546-7620.
The Mortal Sea
There will be a special event about a new book called “The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail.” Author Jeff Bolster will speak about the book at Maritime Gloucester on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The event is being offered to the community as a partnership with The Bookstore of Gloucester. Bolster is an associate professor in the history department at the University of New Hampshire and a professional seafarer. The book takes a reader through a millennium-long environmental history of our impact on one of the largest ecosystems in the world.
Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.