, Gloucester, MA

February 28, 2013

Chorus celebrates Irish music

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — Chorus North Shore, conducted by Sonja Dahlgren Pryor, presents a March concert that covers new realms for the chorus made up of many singers from Cape Ann.

The concert “Letters from Ireland” is a celebration of Irish music. There are two shows, on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church in Ipswich, and Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. at Manchester Essex Regional High School in Manchester.

In addition to the chorus, the concert features Boston-based countertenor Thomas Mark Fallon, Irish actress Pauline Miceli of Rockport, a folk quartet called Travelers Three Plus One, piano accompanist Frederick A. MacArthur, and Trautel Brown of Magnolia playing the Irish pipes.

This concert is a departure for Chorus North Shore as the singers share the stage with these other performers. Travelers Three Plus One is based on the North Shore and performd across New England.

Fallon will perform traditional Irish songs, and the chorus will present a collection of authentic Irish songs interspersed with the reading of historic letters by Miceli.

General admission tickets are $20; and $17 for seniors and students. Tickets are available online at or at the door.

Oscar winner screening

“Amour,” the drama that just won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, opens at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester on Friday, and runs through March 14. The film is about a retired couple, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, who must cope with the after-effects of her debilitating stroke. Award-winning French actress Isabelle Huppert plays their adult daughter.

Other films to be screened include the French drama “Rust and Bone,” starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (for “La Vie En Rose”) and the comedy “If I Were You” starring Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (for “Pollock”).

A full schedule and showtimes can be found at

Night benefits disease research

The third annual Allstar Foundation Entertainment Night will be held Saturday, March 2, at 6 p.m. at Danversport Yacht Club off Route 62 in Danvers. The event features dinner, dancing and door prices. All proceeds go to The National Urea Cycle Disorder Foundation. Mary Grace Sanfilippo and Michael Vestal, graduates of Gloucester High’s Class of 1993, who have two children who suffer from this rare genetic disorder, spearhead the event.

The Vestals founded the Allstar Foundation when their second child was born with Urea Cycle Disorder, also called Argininosuccinic Aciduria. The money raised goes to help fund research. Last year, they raised $20,000. This year, the event will be dedicated to the children’s late grandfather, David R. Jackson of Gloucester, who died in January. Tickets are $50 and available at the door.

For more information, call the Vestals at 978-658-5319 or email at:

Women’s Wellness in Rockport

A Women’s Wellness Day will be held Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Janine’s Fitness at One Twin Light Circle in Rockport. The event will celebrate women’s wellness and showcase everything from alternative healing techniques with local practitioners to healthy food and massage to a dip in a jacuzzi (bring a bathing suit), and more. Call Janine at 978-500-5538 or email her at for more information and to reserve a space. For an added cost, there will be additional services such as Indian Head massage, reiki, tarot reading and facials.

Auditions for upcoming show

Rockport’s Anita Pandolfe will be producing the play “Birth” by Karen Brody in the spring. She is holding auditions this Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 4 Cleaves St. in Rockport. The play is based on women’s birth stories, and has been called “the ‘Vagina Monologues’ of Childbirth.” Pandolfe said her goal is to raise awareness of how a pregnant woman’s choices and subsequent birth experience impacts her life and sense of self.

The Power of Color

A solo show of works by Olga Gernovski takes place at the Rockport Art Association , featuring oil on canvas, pen and ink, watercolor, landscapes, flowers, figurative and abstract paintings.

“My goal is to express a dynamic feeling of dance and music smelting into unique color interpretation,” Gernovski said.

The show is titled “The Power of Color.” There is a free public artist reception Sunday, March 3, from 2to 4 p.m.

Gernovski left the Ukraine in 1994. She started her art education in her native country and continued at the Art Institute of Boston. She was inspired by the French Impressionists of the second half of 19th century and by their Russian counterparts. In 2000 she was awarded the prestigious John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund Grant.

During Sunday’s reception, there will be a live presentation by Gernovski on the hidden structure of a painting. The art association at 12 Main St. in Rockport. For information, call 978-546-6604 or visit, or The show runs through March 21.

Rocky Neck new members show

The New Members Show 2013 for the Rocky Neck Art Colony takes place at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck at 6 Wonson St. in Gloucester. The public is invited to a reception to meet the artists Sunday, March 3, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony membership grew in 2012, largely as a result of the Cultural District designation and the acquisition by the colony of the former Christian Science church—now known as the Cultural Center. This historic building provides space for lectures, hosts cultural events and exhibiting artwork.

This show features Katherine Bagley, Stevie Black, Nadine Boughton, Phyllis Feld, Diane Giardi, Joy Halsted, Leslie Heffron, Otto Laske, Thomas Martin, Carol L. McKenna, Adriana Mederos, Gerry O’Leary, Eileen Patten Oliver, Regina Piantedosi, Peter Reis, Rosella Park Sagall, Deb Schradieck and Martha Swanson.

The show runs through March 18. For more information, visit

Women’s history month

March has been designated National Women’s History Month, which features events, lectures and exhibitions across the nation, including Cape Ann. This year’s theme is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.”

Several Gloucester public institutions will highlight significant local names and events during March.

The Cape Ann Museum will feature an exhibit of two influential women photographers from the area: Martha Hale Harvey (1863-1949) and Eleanor Parke Custis (1897-1983). Fred Buck, photo-archivist for the museum, has created this exhibit of two Cape Ann photographers who achieved national prominence. Harvey was a landscape and portrait photographer whose work is displayed in museums across the nation. Custis contributed her work to more than 880 exhibitions.

Gloucester’s Sargent House Museum was home to an early and very influential advocate of women’s equality. Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1829) was one of the first American proponents of the idea of the equality of the sexes. Her landmark essay “On the Equality of the Sexes” was published in the March and April 1790 editions of Massachusetts Magazine, a publication with readers along the Atlantic seaboard.

At Sawyer Free Library, the staff has compiled book displays for children, teen and adult readers, a Pinterest page listing notable Massachusetts women and a CD exhibit on influential women musicians. Additional resources may be found on the website

Photography exhibit

The Photography Atelier 17 will present an exhibit of artwork by students and faculty, including Judy Robinson-Cox of Gloucester, from March 7 to 25.

Robinson-Cox constructed pictures using cut-out shapes, objects and mirrors for this show.

Next Thursday, March 7, the public is invited to attend the artists’ reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Photography Atelier, in its 17th year, is a unique portfolio-making course for emerging to advanced photographers offered by the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester. .To see the photography of present and past Atelier students and teachers, For more information, call 781-729-1158, or visit

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.