, Gloucester, MA

October 11, 2012

Around Cape Ann: Hibbard RAA show tops busy arts weekend

Around Cape Ann Gail McCarthy
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — With fall in full swing, the island of Cape Ann is bustling with art events and music.

In addition to the Rockport Harvest Fest on Saturday, residents and visitors can take part in several public art receptions and other special events.

One of those is the Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A. Retrospective, which had a sold out gala opening last week at the Rockport Art Association, continues with a panel discussion tonight at 7 p.m. with artist T.M. Nicholas, Tom Nicholas, N.A., John Hagan and Sandy Lepore, with Walter Manninen as moderator.

There also will be gallery walks on Oct. 16 with Donald Mosher; Oct. 23 with Ron Straka; and Oct. 30 with Paul Ciaramitaro, and three gallery talks are scheduled as well:

Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. with Judith A. Curtis, who will talk on “Hibbard’s Early Years;”

Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. with Charles Francis, who will talk on “Hibbard In Rockport;”

Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. with Charles Movalli, who will talk on “Overview of A.T. Hibbard.”

RAA members have a one-time $5 charge for show admission and all related events. For non-members, there is a $5 charge for each event. For more information, call 978-546-6604.

Granite Shore exhibit

The Granite Shore Gallery is holding an exhibition of oil paintings and works on paper by William Millett (1922-2007), who studied under Aldro Hibbard in Rockport, who was one of the founders of the Rockport Art Association.

This newly presented estate work is fresh to the art market and will be on display through Nov. 4, with many of his works reflecting scenes of Cape Ann.

Millett attended the Scott Carbee School of Art and the Vesper George Art School in Boston. He studied painting in Paris and Venice. While studying in Paris, at the Academie Frochot, he lived in the studio of Toulouse Lautrec. He also studied with painter Bernard M. Keyes.

Millett belonged to The Guild of Boston Artists, and painted at the historic Fenway Studios. The Granite Shore gallery is at 20B Main St. in Rockport, and is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For additional evening hours, or an appointment, visit or call 978-546-6700. Visit a trailer on Millett with comments by Artist Robert Douglas Hunter at for The Bill Millet story, “Out of the Shadows.”

‘The October Seven’

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck presents “The October Seven,” a group show of Rocky Neck Art Colony members.

Included in the show are mixed media paintings by Brenda Malloy, photographs by Michael Oleksiw and Susan Oleksiw, conceptual works by Christy Park and Rosella Park Sagall, watercolors by Martha Swanson, and oil paintings by Rokhaya Waring.

The exhibit takes the viewer on a visual journey from Gloucester to Tahiti. There is a free public reception with the artists on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The center is at 6 Wonson St. in Gloucester. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Skim Rok

Skim Rok, a new alternative/punk pop band featuring Gloucester’s Mike Goulart on guitar and Doug Forman, an original members of The Fools, on bass, will play at The Farm Bar and Grille in Essex Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Coastline exhibit at RAA

“Coastline” is the newest collection of photographs by Cape Ann Photographer Eoin Vincent, which will be on exhibit at the Rockport Art Association.

There is a free public reception with Vincent on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Vincent grew up near Halibut Point and spent many hours hiking around the oceanfront and sailing. He is the grandson of artists Kenneth and Elizabeth Vincent and the nephew of marine painter Peter Vincent.

“I was lucky, I started my artistic career painting and mimicking my family and other great artists in the Cape Ann area. Coastline is more than a new series of photographs. It’s the beginning of my study of the New England coast that I have been working on for the last 25 years,” he said in an artist statement.

The show runs through Oct. 25.

‘Many Shades of Fall’ show

The public is invited to the opening reception for “Many Shades of Fall,” the new show by the award-winning artists at the Central Street Gallery on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The show features works painted on site last Sunday during a plein air event. These “Paint-Out” works will be sold for $250. The gallery is at 11 Central St. in Manchester-by-the-Sea. For more information, visit

Drew Nelson and Satch Kerans

Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present Drew Nelson in concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Rockport at 12 School St. in downtown Rockport, with Tom “Satch” Kerans opening the show.

Nelson, a Michigan-born, Navy veteran and Red House recording artist, is a storytelling songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Rockport’s own “Satch” Kerans is a veteran of the Boston rock ‘n roll scene who now plays solo and fronts the Satch Kerans Band.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 from, at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. The suggested donation at the door is $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $24 for a family.

HarvestFest boosts PTO

The Rockport PTO is holding its first ever “Cake Walk” in Harvey Park as part of the Rockport HarvestFest Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages are welcome to come play the game and win a cake to take home.

The festival also includes a dog parade sponsored by the Cape Ann Animal Aid. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at the Cape Ann Animal Aid booth at Harvey Park downtown.

The fee is $10 and all proceeds go to the local animal aid organization. Each participant receives a ribbon and a doggy goodie bag. There will be four extra prize winners in the categories of: Darned Cutest, Most Creative, Ova’ the Bridge (most representing Cape Ann) and Harvest Fest Pooch (most representing the autumn season).

The parade begins at the Cape Ann Animal Aid booth at Harvey Park at noon and will go to Bearskin Neck and back. Winners will be announced immediately after the parade. For more information, call 978-283-6055 ext. 13 or visit

Poets Around Town

Gloucester Poet Laureate Ruthanne “Rufus” Collinson hosts “Poets Around Town” next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Gloucester Writers Center at 126 East Main St. at 7:30 p.m.

Poets Amanda Cook, David Demaine, Christina Mellen and high school student poets Pauline Cruz, Madeline MacDougal and Elizabeth Stephens will all read from their original works. There is no charge and all are welcome. Parking is across the street. For more information go to

HD opera and theater

The Metropolitan Live in HD production of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” will be simulcast at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport Saturday at 12:55 p.m.

There is a pre-opera lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Seitz in the concert hall at noon. Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as the beautiful landowner Adina in this new production, directed by Bartlett Sher.

Additional HD broadcasts include tonight at 7 p.m. with England’s National Theatre production of “The Last of the Haussmans” starring Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley in Harry Potter films, Calendar Girls) and the Met Opera Encore production of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” on Oct. 16. For tickets and information, visit

Music now at Castle Manor

Lee Antone, accompanied by Greg Tower, will be performing at The Castle Manor Inn, 141 Essex Ave. in Gloucester, Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.

She will be performing easy listening, classic rock in the setting of the 1900 Victorian inn.

Daily documentaries

The Cape Ann Community Cinema is celebrating the fall with “DoctoberFest,” which features a new documentary film every night on varied subjects.

The lineup includes “The Story Of Film,” which is a 15-part look at the history of the art, which will be shown in five blocks. For information and full line-up, visit

New work by

Bonnie @headBriefs:Gray

Bonnie Gray, a realist oil painter, has been thinking “outside of the box” for a new series of paintings to be featured at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative through Oct. 20.

Gray studied the traditional painting of the Dutch masters with the late Helen van Wyk for many years. In this series, she paints out-of-the-ordinary subjects in colors not usually found on her palette.

Subjects include children’s toys, doughnuts, a traffic light, a clown, curious cats and Santa Claus. Local Colors at 121 Main St. in Gloucester is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in October.

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