The North Shore Arts Association, established in 1922, is in full swing for the season with free demonstrations and art exhibits of all kinds open to the public at its picturesque and historic location on Gloucester’s inner harbor.

Sunday, June 16, will feature a watercolor demonstration at 2 p.m. with Robert Steedman, an award-winning artist who teaches and exhibits widely. This past year, he achieved full membership into the American Watercolor Society. He also holds memberships in the New England Watercolor Society, American Artists Professional League and Hudson Valley Art Association.

Along with the demonstration, there will be a pop-up show of Steedman’s work at the gallery. Refreshments will be served after the demonstration.

Additionally, the Artist Members Exhibition 2 continues through July 6, and solo shows by Paige Wallis and Richard Giedd are up through June 20.

Wallis is exhibiting a range of work, including the debut of her latest, and largest-to-date, works. Her new works are described as a personal, more narrative series focusing on her family, while the older pieces include selections from her “Boxed Still Life” and “Urban Streetscape” series. Wallis grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, where her mother told her that she “carried the art genes” from her great-grandfather, Alfred Lowe, who studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston and later became the senior restorer there. Her training included earning a degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, where she won the Award for Excellence in Illustration.  

Born in New York City, Giedd is also an award-winning painter and graphic designer who moved to Boston to attend the Vesper George School of Art, where he was introduced to the Boston School of Painting by Robert Douglas Hunter and Robert Cormier, both who trained with R.H. Ives Gammel. After graduation, he worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator in the Boston area and began ongoing study of plein air painting with David Curtis on Cape Ann.

In the interest of community involvement, the North Shore Arts Association also offers workshops, lectures, film presentations, concerts, and an annual gala and live auction. The organization has a membership of more than 500 artists and associates.

The association, at 11 Pirates Lane in Gloucester, is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Take the stage in Rockport 

Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop, 27 Main St., Rockport, has started a weekly open mic night called “Brothers’ Brew Connection” every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

The venue is adjacent to Ocean View Restaurant, with food, a full bar and coffee shop offerings available during the events, co-hosted by Mike Day and Nick Drayer.

Musicians interested in performing can sign up via email at Drop-ins are also welcome.  

Laughs continue at Gloucester theater

Gloucester Stage Company, 267 E. Main St., has opened its 40th season with “Barefoot in the Park,” a romantic comedy by the award-winning playwright Neil Simon.

The story is about a young couple who face the growing pains of marriage — along with a zany mother and eccentric upstairs neighbor — as they move into a cramped New York City apartment.

The play, which runs through June 30, was the playwright’s longest-running hit and the 10th longest-running nonmusical play in Broadway history.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 978-281-4433.

Enjoy the great outdoors at state park 

Halibut Point State Park, on Gott Avenue in Rockport, offers numerous free programs for the public.   

This week, there is a quarry tour for all ages on Saturday, June 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. It’s rain or shine, though pouring rain will cancel.

On Sunday, June 16, there is the Birding for Beginners program from 8 to 10 a.m. Join Peter Van Demark, who gives tips on songs, flight patterns and habitats, for a 2-mile stroll. Rain cancels.

Also on Sunday at 10 a.m. is “Reading the Granite Landscape,” an hourlong program that will teach about the vast natural history of granite. Pouring rain will cancel.

All three events are all ages and meet in the parking lot.

There is a parking fee of $5 for Massachusetts plates and $10 for others. It is suggested to bring water and sunscreen/bug spray, dress in layers, and wear good footwear. An adult must accompany children.

The Visitors Center will be open on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and other times depending on staff availability. For more information, call 978-546-2997 or visit

A bouquet of performances in Gloucester

“Dogma,” a collaboration between Dogtown Books and MAGMA (Movement Arts Gloucester Massachusetts), presents an evening of poetry and performance at MAGMA, 11 Pleasant St., Gloucester, on Saturday, June 15.

The feature presentation is “In the Valley of Flowers” by Casey Buckles, performed by actor Jess Semararo, with “liquid light” visual effects by Josh Lentini and Casey Buckles. There will be further poetry by Ben Tavares and others and a dance performance by Sarah Slifer Swift and Kate Tarlow Morgan.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door or online at

Curator talks about Homer exhibition

The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library present a free event providing an introduction to “Homer at the Beach” with guest curator Bill Cross on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library at 2 Dale Ave. in Gloucester.

Cross will provide an overview of the upcoming “Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880.” The exhibit will be on display at Cape Ann Museum from Aug. 3 through Dec. 1.

“It was on Cape Ann that renowned American artist Winslow Homer made his first watercolors, and where he learned his great calling: to be a marine artist. And it was in Gloucester in 1880, at the end of these 11 years, that he enjoyed the most productive season of his life, composing more than 100 watercolors of astonishing beauty,” according to a press release. 

The exhibition will include loans from more than 50 public and private collections. For more information, visit and

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 978-675-2706 or, at least two weeks in advance.