, Gloucester, MA

May 23, 2013

Around Cape Ann: SeARTS kicks off Bass Rocks partnership

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts Cape Ann has announced its sixth year in partnership with Bass Rocks Golf Club for its annual Art Loan Program.

This year’s show presents works by 18 regional artists at its opening reception next Wednesday.

The opening provides a chance for the seARTS members and the general public to view the works and meet the artists. Highlighting the event, will be a keynote talk by Maggie Cavallo, Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly.

The May 29 reception is free and open to the public at the golf club at 34 Beach Rd. in Gloucester. Thos attending are asked to RSVP at 978-283-1866 by May 27, or leave a message at seARTS at 978-281-1222, or email There will be light fare and cash bar.

The 2013 show includes a balance of returning artists and new artists that introduce the space to completely new genres of work. Among the new artists are John Thomas Grant, E.J. Lefavour, and Rebecca Siswick Graham. SeARTS also welcomes Lisa Courtney, Mary Forte Hayes, Bobbi Kovner, and Lully M. Schwartz to the show for the first time. Returning to the show from previous years are: Katherine Coakley, Anne Cowman, Rob Diebboll, Cheryl Dyment, Anita Freeman, Christian Gotfredson, Michael Oleksiw, David Piemonte, Judy Robinson-Cox, Marilyn Swift, and Heidi Caswell Zander.

Cavallo is returning for her second year to address the group. She is an experimental curator and educator. Recent projects include Instant Messaging at Anthony Greaney, Near Death: Performance Art Experience curated by Vela Phelan and A New Cosmic Mix: Now in 5D in conjunction with Together Festival at the Museum of Science, Boston. For more information, visit

Miranda at Shalin Liu

Miranda Rusell, a popular regional vocalist, returns to the Shalin Liu performance center on Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. to perform with several notable Cape Ann/North Shore natives in her band, including Leo Ciaramitaro, Vinny Briguglio, Justin piper, Joe Kessler, David Sparr, and Tom Palance.

Her shows would not be complete without a duet with her mother Daisy Nell. The repertoire will consist of a broad range of music from the 1930’s to the great songwriters of our day. For more information, visit or call 978-546-7391 for tickets.

‘American Caddie in Scotland’

Oliver Horovitz will talk about growing up and “looping” as a golf caddy on the “Old Course” in a new book titled “An American Caddie in St. Andrews,” which made the New York Times best sellers list.

The event is May 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bass Rocks Golf Club. Books available for purchase.

Horovitz, a writer and filmmaker and a son of Gloucester-based playwright Israel Horovitz, has written about his caddying experiences for Sports Illustrated, Golf World, and Golf Digest.

He began caddying summers in Gloucester at age 12, when he stood 5-foot-1 and weighed 93 pounds. His first summer, he was paid $20 to carry a 70-pound golf bag containing three six packs of beer.

He is a 2008 graduate of Harvard College. Before attending college, he completed a gap year at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland.

Birth: a film and discussion

Anita Pandolfe Ruchman, a childbirth specialist and psychotherapist in Rockport, is hosting a special event tomorrow evening about the experience of childbirth.

She invites the community to an evening focusing on a play titled “Birth” by Karen Brody, shown on DVD, and followed by discussion. The work is done in the style of “The Vagina Monologues,” in which eight women tell their stories. The event is at the Rocky Neck Cultural Arts Center at 6 Wonson St. in East Gloucester on Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m. The material is for mature audiences.

Over the years, Ruchman has helped hundreds of women give birth on the North Shore. Now with a master’s degree in nursing, she is a psychiatric nurse practitioner trained in psychotherapy and medication management.

She runs a private practice in Rockport and is interested in the link between postpartum depression, and women’s birth experiences. There is a suggested donation of $10.

Rocky Neck galleries open

Rocky Neck gets into spring and summer mode with gallery openings. The Rocky Neck Gallery at 53 Rocky Neck Ave. will open this weekend with an opening reception on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Aquatro Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave. returns for the 2013 summer season in a new and larger location with returning artists/designer, Gigi Mederos, and Stevie Black. The gallery offers a selection of contemporary fine art, jewelry and artful accessories. Memorial Day hours are now through Monday from noon to 8 p.m. For more information, visit

The Artist’s Cocktail

The Artist’s Cocktail is a new gathering that takes place with Henry Allen and friends on Wednesday nights with music, discussion, food along with a beer, wine and sake bar at Midori Chinese Japanese Bistro on Washington Street in Gloucester. This is a time to showcase new work, and ito encourage inter-generational dialogue about the state of the arts in the 21st century. The group wants to talk about how to build a strong creative economy locally, and to discuss how to enhance the strong existing foundation of the arts on Cape Ann.

Author, subject at Pigeon Cove Circle

Next Thursday, May 30, Rockport author Gunilla Caulfield and June Houghton Sullivan will be guest speakers at the Pigeon Cove Circle meeting, 6 Breakwater Ave., Rockport starting at 6 p.m.

Caulfield will discuss her recent book “WW II Army Nurse June Houghton Sullivan - A Life Story!,” a true-life story of Sullivan of Rockport.

There also will be a book signing. It is not necessary to be a member of the Pigeon Cove Circle to attend this event; all are welcome.

The civic organization meets on the last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. A pot-luck dinner is held and guests are always welcome at no fee and pre-registration is not required.

Coffeehouse show rescheduled

The “Roots 66” (formerly Harlow, Hicks, Harty, Sheehan and Stone) concert cancelled due to illness has been rescheduled for Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Crosswinds Coffeehouse, 38 Gloucester Ave.

Donation is $10 at the door. Roots 66 will take concert-goers on an “acoustic adventure from the Lost Highway” on Saturday, April 20, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., at the Crosswinds Coffeehouse, 38 Gloucester Ave. Donation is $10 at the door.

Anyone who is a fan of acoustic roots rock, Americana, bluegrass, country, blues, Celtic or gospel, will enjoy the tight harmonies and masterful musicianship this group offers.

Band members include Everett Harlow (singer, songwriter, guitar and bass), a veteran of the folk duo Serious Madness, and classic rock favorite Major Nelson & the Screaming Jeannies; Paul Harty (singer-songwriter, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica); John Hicks, (singer-songwriter, guitar, dobro, mandolin, harmonica) who plays with the Good Old Salty Jazz Band, Sasquatch, and the gospel duo Harlow & Hicks; Rose Sheehan (singer, accordion); and Jon Stone (singer, bass guitar, piano).

The Crosswinds Committee members offer homemade desserts, coffee, tea, and other beverages.

Susanne White reception

The North Shore Art Association will host a solo show of paintings by Susanne E. White from May 24 to June 13. There will be a free public reception on Sunday May 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The show features new work, some very large, and some seldom seen pieces. Her paintings are described as intimate, close views of nature found on Cape Ann. She creates abstract compositions out of the literal. The arts association is at 11 Pirates Lane in Gloucester.

Four free health lectures

Dr. David Vastola, of Florida and Rockport, will kick off a series of free four health lectures on May 30 at the North Shore Arts Association at 6:30 p.m. The first talk will be about aging and gaining a new perspective.

The subsequent talks are: July 10 at Rockport Art Association with an in depth talk about heart disease; Aug. 8 at North Shore Arts Association with a talk about diabetes, and Sept. 5 at the Rockport Art Association with a talk on cancer, arthritis and other chronic diseases. All talks are open to the public.

Vastola is still practicing and licensed in both Massachusdtts and Florida. He is a board certified internist and gastroenterologist. His talks focus on current research, prevention and nutrition. For more information, visit

Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. Contact Gail McCarthy at 978028307000, x3445, or at