Do you want to take a leadership role, with an eye toward steering Rockport's future?
The Rockport Town Government & Bylaws Committee is looking for two new members.
Volunteers for this opening need only be a Rockport resident who has good common sense, and a sincere interest in helping her or his community.
Although the Government and Bylaw Committee is an extremely important committee in town, it is one that requires the least amount of actual "meeting time," member Peter Goodwin says.
"Most of our meetings occur 4 to 6 weeks prior to both spring and fall Town Meetings," he said.
The committee works for and reports to Town Meeting. Responsibilities include working with petitioners of potential bylaws to insure consistency with town and state bylaws.
Contact Goodwin at 978-546-5818 for details.
Local artists in Salem
A current exhibition at the Marine Arts Gallery in Salem features "The Big Three" of the Cape Ann School of Art, with works by Emile A. Gruppe (1896-1978), Aldro T. Hibbard (1886-1972) and Anthony Thieme (1888-1954).
Gruppe paintings include views of Rockport's famous Motif No. 1, several Gloucester Harbor fishing scenes and a colorful fall landscape of New Hampshire. Also in the show are a winter scene by Hibbard of Rockport Harbor, 1942, as well as a pair of Thieme paintings of Gloucester Harbor that were purchased directly from Thieme's widow in 1966. Paperwork with the paintings include the original bill of sale and cancelled check made out to Mrs. Thieme.
This show is dedicated to these impressionist artists. The exhibit runs through June 30. The gallery, now in its 44th year, is next door to the Peabody-Essex Museum, at 135 Essex St. in Salem.
Hibbard was the founder of the historic Rockport Art Association, which will be hosting an exhibition of its own featuring more than 100 seldom-seen Hibbard works. This show opens Oct. 6.
Thieme was among the Rockport Art Association's most prominent members. Gruppe, who was more of a Rocky Neck painter, also was a member and well-known painter of the Rockport Art Association.
Photographer Liz Mackney of Rockport has won first place for April in the monthly photography contests sponsored by BetterPhoto.com.
There were more than 11,900 entries submitted to the online photography contest, which attracted contestants from around the world and featured 10 separate categories.
Mackney's image, titled "Little Grapes Opening," garnered top honors after being submitted in the flowers category. Other categories include nature and landscapes, animals, people, elements of design, digital darkroom, travel and place, details and macro, catch-all, and a monthly theme. Judging is by a panel of professional photographers.
All winning images can be viewed at http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/winners/1204.asp.
Rockport Ramblings is compiled each week by reporter Gail McCarthy. If you have a news tip or an item for Ramblings, contact McCarthy at 978-283-7000 x3445, or firstname.lastname@example.org.