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April 18, 2013

Family program features author

The Cape Ann Museum hosts two events this Saturday; a Saturday Showcase program with children’s book author and illustrator Frances Wosmek; and a gallery talk with Dennis Flavin, whose works comprise the exhibit “Uncommon Vision.”

Children can enjoy story time with children’s book author and illustrator Frances Wosmek at 11 a.m., as well as light refreshments and children’s art activities including illustration, collage and poetry writing. This family program is generously sponsored by the Goldhirsh Foundation and is free to the public.

Books such as “Twinkle Tot Tales,” “A Bowl of Sun,” “Sky High,” “It’s Nice to be Nice” and “ Brown Bird Singing” have endeared Wosmek to generations of young readers over the decades.

She has been decorated with over 50 awards for her work and remains a source of pride for the Cape Ann arts community. She has recently gifted her entire collection to the museum archive.

Flavin, the artist behind the exhibit “Uncommon Vision” will give a gallery talk at 1 p.m. The exhibition of more than a dozen abstract impressionist paintings by the Gloucester resident are on display through May 26. This Saturday he will discuss his work and creative process in the museum’s gallery.

Characterized by chaotic abstraction and a loose clash of dynamic shapes and colors, Flavin’s work has the ability to both stimulate and puzzle the senses. He credits Picasso as one of his biggest influence and cites the unwavering support of his family as his wellspring of inspiration.

Flavin studied art at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and has lived here for roughly 40 years. He owns and operates Halibut Point Restaurant on Main Street.

Flavin’s talk is free for museum members or with admission. Space is limited, however, so reservations are required.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $8 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and museum members are free. For reservations or more information, please call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

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