, Gloucester, MA

September 12, 2013

Walk explores Rocky Neck history

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — The Cape Ann Museum will present a narrated walking tour of historic Rocky Neck with art historian Judith Curtis on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m.

Tour participants will stroll through the neighborhood that served as the creative environment to so many Four Winds artists. Modernists Tom O’Hara, Helen Stein, Nell Blaine, Mary Shore and Robert Bradshaw headline a cast of Rocky Neck artists whose legacy is that of exploring fresh subject matter and working in new mediums. The Doris Hall Gallery and Wonsonhurst Studio Apartments, later known as West Wharf, were popular places for the artists and their families to congregate, and a number within the group participated in demonstrations, lectures and exhibits under the organization of the Cape Ann Society of Modern Artists. The talent and passion of this eager, young group did not go unnoticed by the critics as Hilton Kramer praised the Doris Hall Gallery and its associated artists with collectively transforming Rocky Neck into one of the best art centers on the North Shore.

Curtis is a freelance writer specializing in art-related themes. She lives on Cape Ann, and is a regular contributor to the American Art Review. She has also written several books, including “Rocky Neck Art Colony 1850–1950.”

This program is offered in conjunction with the current museum exhibition, “Four Winds: The Arts and Letters of Rocky Neck in the 1950s.” The walk is $20 for Rocky Neck Art Colony or Cape Ann Museum members and $30 for nonmembers. Space is limited. Reservations required. Call 978-283-0455 x10 or email

For more information, call 978-283-0455, or visit

Reading Ferrini

The Cape Ann Museum presents “Reading Ferrini,” a gallery conversation with Peter Anastas and David Rich on the life and work of writer Vincent Ferrini, on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. Reservations are required.

Anastas and Rich, both established writers in their own right, will lead a discussion on Ferrini (1913-2007), the poet who lived and worked in Gloucester for 60 years and whose literary magazine, “Four Winds,” gave its name to the current Cape Ann Museum exhibition of avant-garde art from 1950s Rocky Neck, an era in the Rocky Neck art scene that saw Ferrini as a central player.

The men will reprise their talk presented at the Gloucester Writers Center last spring, which marked the occasion of Ferrini’s 100th birthday. Drawing from the museum’s archives, they will offer new research on his childhood, political activities in Lynn, his literary friendships and rarely-seen volumes of his early poetry.

The museum is at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For more information, call 978- 283-0455.

‘Autumn’s Up’

With summer winding down, things are warming up at Local Colors. The cooperative has opened its “Autumn’s Up” exhibition, featuring new work by the artists. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the artists will welcome the public to their semi-annual evening reception and open house, at 121 Main St. in Gloucester, from 6 to 9 p.m. Local Colors is a cooperative of 19 artists from the Cape Ann area.

The “Autumn’s Up” theme is a play on words with an oblique reference to Oktoberfest (think “bottoms up.”) In this spirit (so to speak), Cape Ann Brewery will present a tasting of microbrews at the Local Colors reception. Appetizers and other beverages will be served.

“Having our own early Oktoberfest is fun,” said Stephanie Bowens, a fiber artist at Local Colors. “But you can also draw a connection between the autumn, or harvest, season, and the new directions a number of our artists have been taking. A good harvest is the result of a season of growth and development. The same can be said for much of the new work currently exhibited, itself the result of artistic growth and development.”

Christine Garrigan, also a fiber artist, is presenting pieces tie-dyed to her signature color saturation. Pastel painter Kathy O’Brien is displaying her rendered views of the Ipswich and Essex marshes. Ian Commissiong, a fiber artist who uses Marimekko textiles, continues his experiments with the translucency and patterning of fish skin in glass-framed displays. Water-colorist Rusty Kinnunen has expanded into the graphic arts and is offering hand-pulled linoleum block prints of ocean motifs.

Other works include Sally “Tin Can Sally” Seamans’ collection of tin clocks, new work by photographers Lois Hertzler, Dave Katz, and Jim Sousa, Donna Amero’s colorful stained glass creations, and oil paintings by Pat Doherty and Bonnie Gray.

Woodworker Darren Taylor is presenting new furniture pieces, gyotaku artist Joe Higgins now offers prints of his larger scale original work, and Kathy Bucholska continues her mixed media experimentation with fossils and contemporary found and recycled materials. Stephanie Bowens offers knitted pieces in autumnal tones, Ann Schlecht has new beach glass, copper, and silver jewelry, and ceramicist Virginia Townsend now offers pieces with customized geographic coordinates. Pottery and fused glass by Bob Kulchuk, and creative mixed media work by Kate Webster complete the offerings on display.

The exhibition runs through Sept. 28.

Little Art Cinema

Beginning tomorrow, Sept. 13, through Sept. 19, the Little Art Cinema in Rockport will screen Lina Wertmuller’s classic “The Seduction of Mimi.” The film will shown at 4:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 978-309-8354.

More ‘Miss Daisy’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning “Driving Miss Daisy” is on the playbill at Gloucester Stage Company, at 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. This story, set in the era of the Civil Rights movements, contains both comedy and drama. The central focus is the developing friendship between an elderly widow, a retired sixth-grade teacher in Atlanta, and her newly hired black driver. Georgia playwright Alfred Uhry is the only playwright ever to win the “Triple Crown” for his writing, having captured an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize. There are some matinees and resident discount nights. For reservations or information, call the box office at 978-281-4433 or visit Tickets are $40, $35 for senior citizens and students.

Don White live

Don White brings his music, mischief, and laughter to Cape Ann Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester on Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. For 20 years, White has brought his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a storyteller, comedian, author, troubadour, and folk singer-songwriter. White started out as a songwriter, then took a detour through Boston’s swinging comedy scene before coming back to the city’s folk scene with a new approach. White is glad to return to the Cape Ann Cinema.

“This is one of the most interesting, artist-friendly, theaters I have ever seen,” he said. “Most of the seats are recliners and couches. There is really interesting art on the walls. Some of the ceiling tiles have been painted by local artists so when you look up you are greeted by one-of-a-kind paintings. This place is a fantastic example of unleashed creativity so all you hipsters, artists and assorted creative types should really tune in to this amazing venue.”

The Cape Ann Community Cinema continues its annual “Fall Into The Rhythm” music movies festival, which includes the film “20 Feet From Stardom” on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. Learn the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. This event features a live set by Gloucester’s rockin’ quartet, the Honky Tonk Women. For tickets and information, visit

Free concert at Endicott

“Fridays in the Rose” at Endicott College features a free lunch-hour performance tomorrow, Sept. 13, at noon featuring soprano Julianne Gearhart. The singer will share her favorite operatic selections in the Rose Performance Hall in the Center for the Arts at Endicott College, at 376 Hale St. in Beverly. A devoted singer of Strauss, she has sung for companies including The Grand Theatre Geneve, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, and the Seattle Opera. This includes a light appetizer lunch following the performance. Tickets can be reserved at or by leaving a message at (978) 998-7700.

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