, Gloucester, MA

July 11, 2013

North Shore Arts hosts exhibitions, chamber music

By Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer

---- — The North Shore Arts Association has a bevy of exhibitions and events on tap this month.

The association will host a reception for Exhibition III this evening, July 11, from 6 to 8, to which the public is invited. This juried members’ exhibit includes oil, watercolor, and pastel paintings as well as a display of graphic works and sculpture.

The second exhibition of more than 100 works of art drew more than 100 guests, and the same is expected for this open event.

The next big event will be the association’s annual art auction on Aug. 17 with more than 100 juried works for sale.

Next Wednesday, July 17, features an opportunity for artists to draw or paint musicians in action with an open rehearsal of Music at Eden’s Edge, the North Shore’s resident chamber music ensemble. From 10 a.m. to noon, the chamber music organization presents a “paint-in,” which in fact is an open rehearsal as the ensemble prepares for its July concerts. Attendees can use the musicians as live models, interpret the music through painting, or just listen while surrounded by works of art. A $10 donation is suggested.

The ensemble’s July concert,“HighJinks and SummerScapes: A String Trio, a Bassoon Quartet and Assorted Escapades,” will take place July 27 at the North Shore Arts Association.

There are also two new solo shows now on display.

The works of award-winning artist John Caggiano are on exhibit in the Gordon Grant Gallery through July 29. Whether at home in the quaint and gritty harbors of rocky Cape Ann or on the road in the hills and valleys of Vermont, or farther afield, the landscape artist records his emotional response to his surroundings with brush, palette knife, and color in oil.

His professional background includes being a high school art teacher, a stage designer and painter, as well as the former president of Rockport Art Association. The other solo exhibition, in the Hallway Gallery, is of paintings by artist member Joann Phillips. Phillips has been featured in numerous exhibitions. Her extensive education includes art history courses at Harvard University, as well as classes at the Boston Center of Adult Education, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The receptions for both these shows coincides with the Exhibition III reception.

There have been several award-winners in shows this season, and they include:

Peter Tysver of Gloucester, who won the Edythe S. Ghen Memorial Award in this year’s Exhibition II with his painting “Winter Eastern Point Light.”

Paul Ciaramitaro of Gloucester won the Aldro Hubbard Memorial Award for his painting “Unloading The Catch.”

Jeff Weaver of Gloucester received the Cape Ann Savings Bank — Excellence in Painting Award for his painting “Annisquam Railroad Bridge” in Exhibition II.

Thomas M. Nicholas of Essex won the Guild of Boston Artists — Honoring George Augusta — Traditional Painting Award in Exhibition II for his painting “Gloucester Schooners.”

David Curtis of Gloucester won the Popular Award from Exhibition I for his painting “On Either Side.”

The North Shore Arts Association is at 11 Pirates Lane in Gloucester, and offers demonstrations, workshops, lectures, and more. For more information, call 978-283-1857 or visit

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or