Editor's note: This column was published in the newspaper on Sept. 22, but was posted to the web on Sept. 24.
The Society for the Encouragment of the Arts is planning its Fall Benefit, and as part of that endeavor is looking for the community to nominate emerging artists.
The nonprofit organization’s annual benefit event centers on the theme of celebrating “emerging stars,” and will be held Oct. 27 at
Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester. The benefit will feature emerging musicians for the night’s entertainment, including the Cape Ann Big Band and an opening performance by the Beverly High School Jazz Sextet .
SeARTS is asking the community to nominate artists in other areas, such as visual arts, functional art and sculpture to have a piece of their work displayed and sold at the event. It is not limited to these mediums. The organization is also taking nominations for musicians as long as there is a place to hear the music online or via an electronic file. To be considered an emerging artist, you are not limited by age, but by where you are in the creative cycle. In return, seARTS is asking these artists to donate a percentage of the work’s price if it sells at the Fall Benefit. For more information or a nomination form, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky Neck reception
The public is invited to meet photographer Janet Souza at the free public opening reception at the Rocky Neck Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. The show is titled “Memories, Love and Personal Growth.” Her passion for digital photography, abstract painting and fashion began at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly. In 2004, she moved from Massachusetts, driving cross-country to Los Angeles. She attended the Burning Man Festival in 2005 and it inspired her to create several paintings, as well as to photograph the experience. Later, she embarked on her own personal and artistic ventures. Inspired by one of her favorite childhood movies “The Wizard Of Oz,” she created a satire series “Lost In LA.” After many trials and tribulations she returned to her hometown of Gloucester in 2008. Souza joined the North Shore Art Association in 2011, and Rocky Neck Art Colony and seARTS
The Gloucester Daily Times won two awards in the annual New England Associated Press News Executives Association
In the writing division,Gail McCarthy received a third place in the Arts and Entertainment category for her story about Willie “Loco” Alexander, a local musician once dubbed the “Godfather of Punk.” But Alexander is also a contemporary artist, and her award-winning story focused on his art and an exhibition of his work at a Manhattan art gallery. The headline read: “An artistic alchemy arises from trash and tape.”
In the photo division,Desi Smith won a third place in the category of Sports Action. He captured Gloucester Fishermen quarterback Leonardo Taormina
diving for a first down in an image where the player was exactly horizontal to the ground, seemingly flying through the air. The photo was taken last Nov. 4 and was titled “Flying to a 35-0,” in the home game against Salem High School.
They received their awards at a recent banquet held at the
in Worcester. Honored veteran
The flag at the Veterans Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran W. Herbert Goodick. Born Sept. 9, 1924, he entered the U.S. Navy on June 15, 1943.
The boatswain’s mate first class served with the U.S. 6th Naval Beach Battalion, Amphibious Attack Transport Ship USS Meriwether (APA-203), during Operation Overlord, D-Day, June 6, 1944, in Normandy, France. He was aboard one of more than 7,000 vessels that crossed the English Channel before dawn and successfully landed at Omaha Beach at H-Hour as a member of the U.S. 6th Naval Beach Battalion. Goodick was one of only a handful of sailors from his amphibious craft to make it ashore alive.
He later served in the Pacific Theater and aboard the USS Meriwether (APA-203).
Goodick was awarded the Medaille de la France liberee, Croix de Guerre with Palm, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation, 6th Naval Beach Battalion.
He was discharged March 24, 1946, and died Oct. 23, 2004.
The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his wife,Ruth M. Goodick
Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans Services at 978-281-9740.