Gloucester’s Jay Lee Jaroslav has worked a lifetime "hidden in plain sight." Now at the age of 74 and more than 20 years after his retirement, he is offering his current view as an artist and intelligence officer.

His work is featured in a new Trident Gallery exhibition, titled "Tradecraft 1968-1998: A Cold War Memoir." He will give a "briefing" on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. at the gallery at 189 Main St., Gloucester.

As part of his intelligence work, Jaroslav was on the faculty of Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts from 1968 through 1978, and was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Artificial Intelligence Group from 1967 through 1971.  He returned to MIT from 1994 through 1998 and was featured on the Discovery Channel’s two-hour documentary, “Robots Rising” (1998), which is currently available on YouTube under that title.

The title of his installation references the subject matter, because the word "tradecraft" refers to the techniques and procedures of espionage. 

The FBI glossary defines tradecraft as "intelligence jargon for the art, methodology and know-how of conducting intelligence collection" and “specialized techniques and methods used in the organization and activity of intelligence operations.” 

The installation runs through Oct. 21. For more information, visit www.tridentgallery.com.

Celebrating 40 years of watercolors

Gloucester's Marilyn Swift is celebrating her 40th year as an elected artist member of the Rockport Art Association & Museum with a solo show of diverse watercolors. All are invited to the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m.

A dedicated plein-air painter, Swift is inspired by Cape Ann as well as her travels both near and abroad.

She earned her degree from The College of New Rochelle in New York, after which she taught art in the Norwood Public Schools. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her watercolors at the Rockport Art Association as well as in juried shows throughout New England. 

"Over the years, I have studied with noted artists whose works I admire, yet I continually strive to express my own voice," she said in an artist statement. "My work can be described as emotional realism incorporating careful drawing, planning along with thoughtful editing, and good design."

The show runs through Oct. 11. Visit www.marilynswift.com for more information.

Community supper in West Gloucester

The West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church at 488 Essex Ave. will hold an Old-Fashioned Bean Supper on Saturday, Sept. 29, starting at 6 p.m.

Inspired by an antique sign recently found in a neighborhood barn, those attending will be asked to make a 90-cent donation for their meal, which will include baked beans, ham, coleslaw, rolls and assorted desserts provided by church members.

Accompanying the meal will be a concert of oldies music from the '50s, '60s and '70s by local entertainer Paco. Visit www.westgloucesterchurch.org to learn more.

'Don Stone Comes Home' talk

In conjunction with the North Shore Arts Association special exhibition “Don Stone Comes Home,” Judith Curtis will give a  free illustrated talk about the artist on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. at the association, 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester.

The retrospective exhibition, which runs through Oct. 9, features more than 100 pieces by the award-winning artist and beloved teacher. 

Stone’s influence extended throughout New England, from Monhegan Island in Maine to Gloucester, where he found an early admiration for the sea and the city’s fishing fleet as a child.

Curtis' presentation will highlight work from the exhibition as well as other pieces by Stone. Visit www.nsarts.org for more information.

Wearable Art Salon at Cape Ann Museum

"The Transformative Power of Wearable Art" is the center of the 2018 Wearable Art Salon at Cape Ann Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Guests will enjoy a panel discussion, book signing and a selection of runway looks from the Celebrate Wearable Art event in Gloucester. Petra Slinkard, the curator of fashion and textiles at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, will be the keynote speaker. The discussion presents an opportunity to explore various aspects of wearable art from the perspective of makers, curators, educators and wearers.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7:15 at the museum at 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. Tickets are $12 for museum and seARTS members and $15 for others. They are available in advance at Eventbrite or by calling 978-283-0455, ext. 10. They also will be sold at the door. For more details, visit www.wearableart.org or www.capeannmuseum.org.

Sea and shore art exhibit 

An exhibition of paintings and lithographs by Neil Linsenmayer will run through Oct. 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport at 4 Cleaves St., Rockport. Two art receptions are planned, on Saturdays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 13, both from 1 to 4 p.m. 

After first visiting Cape Ann in 1968, Linsenmayer returned every summer, driving up from Virginia where he worked as a CIA analyst to attend workshops and demonstrations at Rockport Art Association while also studying at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Linsenmayer moved to Rockport  in 1993 following his retirement. He exhibits regularly at North Shore Arts Association, where he has been an artist member for more than 25 years. 

Sawyer Free Library Art Auction

The annual Art Auction at Sawyer Free Library takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Gloucester's public library at 2 Dale Ave. The preview party begins at 6 p.m. with refreshments and the music of Janine Lynch and Peter Philips. The bidding begins at 7 p.m.

Paintings from 63 artists are currently on display at the Matz Gallery, in the main entrance of the library. The public may submit a silent bid by visiting the library gallery.  

New season of LGBTQ coffeehouse 

The North Shore Health Project at 5 Center St. in downtown Gloucester kicks off the new season of its monthly Under The Rainbow LGBTQ+ Coffeehouse with a national touring artist, Nashville's Kristen Ford, on Monday, Oct. 1. This all-ages, alcohol-free community event opens at 6:30 p.m. with a pot luck meal and socializing. The music starts at 7:30 p.m.

“I am beyond excited that Kristen is stopping in Gloucester to perform for our coffeehouse,” host Brian King said. “She is an incredibly dynamic performer and songwriter, a live phenomenon. She builds live loops better than anyone I’ve ever heard to create the sound of an entire band. She’s astonishing to watch and hear. Jaws will drop.”

The coffeehouse series takes place the first Monday of each month. It is free with an optional donation to the musician. For more information, visit www.healthproject.org.

The tale of two historic ‘Agitators’ 

Gloucester Stage Company presents the New England premiere of Mat Smart’s “The Agitators,” which runs through Oct. 7 at the theater at 267 E. Main St., Gloucester.

The play tells the story of the “enduring, but tempestuous” friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. The story follows their 45-year friendship from its start in New York, through a Civil War and to the highest levels of government “as they agitated the nation and each other.”

For information or tickets, call the box office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.

'Unexpected' group art show in Rockport

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its ninth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Nine,” this weekend. Works on view include paintings, mixed-media pieces, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography.

An artist reception takes place Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 12 Main St., Rockport. The show runs through Oct. 13. For more information, call 978-546-6604.  

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 gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com, at least two weeks in advance. 

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