Cape Ann is home to many artful types who love to pursue their passion in the arts. Art Haven is one of the community organizations that welcomes artists of all ages and abilities to embrace their creative spirits, sometimes with a twist.

The colorful buoys that adorn Gloucester's lobster trap tree every year are painted under the auspices of Art Haven, which came up with an idea many years ago to throw a party and auction off the buoys to benefit the nonprofit art center. This year marks Cape Ann Art Haven's 10th annual Buoy Auction, which takes place Friday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Cruiseport in Gloucester.

The event is designed to be a spirited night of fundraising and family fun. Festivities include crafts for kids, light refreshments, a cash bar and a live auction featuring buoys painted by local artists. Also on display are the countless buoys painted by local children.

Tickets are $15 at the door for adults. Free admission for children. Parents can purchase a ticket to pick up their child's buoy. All proceeds benefit Art Haven. For more information, visit

Divas at chamber gala

Five popular vocalists known as the Cape Ann Divas are reuniting at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce's annual gala on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. Even if you are not a member of the chamber, you can still attend the concert portion of the event to hear the Cape Ann Divas perform. The group is comprised of Kate Barry, Renee Dupuis, Mari Martin, Megan Wolf and Amy Rich.

The divas perform with Mari Martin's band, Lucky Boys.

“The program will be an eclectic mix of music because all the singers are very different. We have some powerhouse pipes, sultry jazz, as well as some excellent pop, R&B and folk,” Martin said.


Tickets are on sale now, and are available at two levels, one for the concert and reception ($100), and one for the concert only ($50). The divas go onstage at 8 p.m. For more information, visit


Local screening of Oscar-nominated film

Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, 21 Main St., Gloucester, screens “The Shape Of Water,” which just received 13 Oscar nominations, starting Friday, Jan. 26, for a two-week run. The film won two Golden Globes, one for Guillermo del Toro who won Best Director, and one for Alexandre Desplat who won Best Original Score. For more information, visit

An evolving drawing style

The Cape Ann Museum presents an illustrated talk, titled "Pencil vs. Crayon: Lane’s Evolving Drawing Style on Paper," by adjunct maritime curator Erik Ronnberg Jr., on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. Ronnberg, who has worked at the New Bedford Whaling Museum as an associate curator, is a nationally recognized ship model artist.


Ronnberg's ship models have been commissioned by or acquired by Smithsonian Museum, Mystic Seaport, MIT Museum and Cape Ann Museum. He is the author of various essays on artists Fitz Henry Lane and William Bradford for museum exhibition catalogs and art magazines. He's also written articles on nautical history and conducted research for historians and model makers. 

This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition "Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane," which was designed to explore Lane’s life and career against the backdrop of 19th-century printmaking culture in America. The exhibit is on view until March 4.

The talk is free for museum members, Cape Ann residents or with museum admission. Reservations can be made at or at 978-283-0455, ext. 10. The museum is located at 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. For more information, visit

Museum family tour

Cape Ann Museum offers a family tour on Saturday, Jan. 27. Its child-friendly tour for "history detectives of all ages" explores the story of Cape Ann by taking a closer look at 10 objects, from paintings to film. The tour ends in the Activity Center with hands-on art-making. Admission is free for members and Cape Ann residents. The event is best suited for families with children 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by adults. To register, contact Kirsten Vega at 978-283-0455, ext. 16, or There is a future activity on Saturday, Feb. 13 with artist Coco Berkman and a Valentine’s Day card workshop.

Artist open studio

The Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant St., Gloucester, announced is holding an open studio for artist George Wingate, the January artist-in-residence. The public is invited to view his work on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m., or by appointment. Peter Herbert and Pia Juhl Nadel are the artists-in-residence during February; Kevin Lucey curates a March exhibition; and Anna Kasabian is in residence during April with an exhibition of ceramic work in porcelain. Artists interested in the gallery space for May should contact the gallery at or 917-902-4359. 


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.