, Gloucester, MA

August 22, 2013

Around Cape Ann:

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — The Rockport Art Association is inviting the public to an opening reception for its fourth summer show of paintings, graphics, sculpture and photography Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Among the many works submitted for this juried show, one work of note is the alabaster sculpture titled “Edwina” by deceased RAA Artist Member Ivan N. Kamalic.

The show runs through Sept. 22. The RAA is located at 12 Main St. in Rockport. For more information, call 978-546-6604 or visit

Free outdoor music

The Harbor Loop concert in Gloucester this evening at Fitz Henry Lane Park features Souls of the Sea and the Walker Creek Band, starting at 6:30.

On Sunday, the Cape Ann Big Band will close out the season’s free concert series at Stage Fort Park at 7 p.m. at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand overlooking Gloucester Harbor.

Meanwhile, in Rockport, the Rockport Legion Band concludes its 80th season of free summer concerts at the Back Beach Bandstand Sunday at 7 p.m.

Kids are welcome, and all attendees are welcome to bring chairs or sit on the grass, and popcorn and cold drinks are available. Jason Howard conducts.

The Alloy Orchestra

The Alloy Orchestra, a musical trio known to some as “the Beatles of silent movie accompaniment,” perform a rare North Shore concert at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The unconventional group will accompany the early Technicolor classic “The Black Pirate,” a swashbuckling epic that Douglas Fairbanks personally bankrolled in 1926.

The musicians are Terry Donahue on “junk,” accordion, musical saw, and vocals, Roger Miller on keyboards, and director Ken Winokur on “junk percussion” and clarinet.

Over the last two decades, they have performed hundreds of concerts all over the world. For tickets and information, visit

Chamber music in Essex

Music at Eden’s Edge, the North Shore’s resident chamber music ensemble, has named cellist Jacques Lee Wood its 2013 Emerging Artist at the Edge and he will perform as part of the MEE ensemble in its August concerts, “Heartily August – Music of Schubert, Martinu and Hilary Tann for Flute, Violin, Cello and Piano.”

The concerts take place on Friday at 8 p.m. at the First Universalist Church of Essex and Saturday, at 8 p.m. at the home of John Archer in Danvers.

The ensemble also will present the program on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers as part of its free Senior/Family Series.

A top prizewinner at the ARTS Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Wood most recently performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Seoul National Orchestra, the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Ureuk Symphony at Merkin Hall in New York, and the Haydn C major Cello Concerto with the American Baroque Orchestra. He teaches chamber music at the Yale School of Music, where he is a doctoral candidate.

Call 978-270-4463 for tickets, or order online at

Ceramic Festival show

The Cape Ann Ceramics Festival also winds up this weekend with another big show titled “Art of the Possible: All Clay Inclusive.”

The exhibition and sale features exclusively local ceramic artists at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck at 6 Wonson St. in Gloucester.

There is a gala opening set for Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with Celtic and Quebeçois music by Michael O’Leary and friends.

The display of ceramic art features works created for table, home and spirit, including functional and sculptural work. The show continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A limited number of free mini bowls made by the exhibitors will be given out to the first people who arrive.

This is the final weekend for the show upstairs titled “Beauty in Use: Ceramics from Cape Ann, Pucker Gallery and Beyond.” For more information visit,

An artist’s migrations

The Cape Ann Museum will present Ammiel Alcalay — a poet, novelist, translator, critic and scholar — as he discusses the work of his father, artist Albert Alcalay (1917-2008), at a talk planned for Saturday at 3 p.m.

Alcalay will speak about his father’s work as an artist and teacher in the context of his journey from Europe to the United States following World War II. He will reminisce on the early years when his family was still new to Gloucester, and discuss the influence that relationships with writers like Vincent Ferrini and Charles Olson had on his youth.

Ammiel will share the many ways in which growing up in a working artist’s household effected his own possibilities as a writer and teacher.

A new publication — “Before Gloucester” by Vincent Ferrini, edited by Ammiel Alcalay and Kate Tarlow Morgan — will be on sale at the talk, and Alcalay will be available to sign copies.

This program is offered in conjunction with the current exhibition “Four Winds: The Arts & Letters of Rocky Neck in the 1950s.” The exhibition is on display through September 29.

The Cape Ann Museum is at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For more information, visit

Free drawing for painting

Central Street Gallery of Manchester is celebrating five years of affordable Cape Ann plein-air paintings by inviting visitors to stop by and enter a free drawing for the oil painting “April Noon” by Richard Giedd, which will be drawn at the end of August.

The gallery’s award-winning artists include: Lynne Comb, Grace Vasta-Carr, William Fusco and Michael Storella of Manchester, Phyllis Feld and Charleen Onanian of Gloucester, Richard Giedd, Susan Kelley, Ann Goldberg, Barbara Jones, Barbara Levine, Lynn Murray, Linda Jo Nielsen and Barbara Walsh.

The gallery is at 11 Central St. in Manchester. For more information, visit

Cabaret at Shalin Liu

Theatre in the Pines of Rockport will present the musical theater presentation of “Cabaret,” directed by Nan Webber, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center from Sept. 13 through Sept. 15.

Tickets are now on sale at Toad Hall Book Store at 47 Main St. in Rockport and The Bookstore of Gloucester at 61 Main St. in Gloucester.

Art works by Frontiero

State of the Art Gallery is holding an exhibition of works by the late Paul Frontiero, who died last year.

His paintings document the fishing industry from the 1960s to the 1990s. The show is titled “From Ships to Shores,” and runs through Sept. 15.

The gallery is at 4 Wonson St. on Rocky Neck in Gloucester. There will be a public reception on Aug. 31 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Ships and shapes

“Ships, Shapes & Schtuff” is the title of an exhibit of collage, digital collage and stained wood veneer artwork by Boston artists, Lyn Cardinal, Joanne Kaliontzis and Judy Wilburn at the Khan Studio. There is a free public opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Khan Studio at 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3. The show runs through Sept. 6. For information, call 857-891-9054.

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