CAM (Re)Connects celebrates community’s resiliency during pandemic by looking back at other pivotal times in history

New exhibition opens Nov. 27 at Cape Ann Museum

Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865), Vessel Returning from Surinam, c. 1850s.
Oil on canvas. Private Collection, Cape Ann Museum Board Member.

GLOUCESTER, MASS. (Nov. 24, 2020) – When the Cape Ann Museum shut its doors in March along with museums worldwide for the COVID 19 pandemic, the staff began to pursue several initiatives to buoy community spirit and to remain connected to members and supporters with expanded virtual programming and other innovative initiatives.

CAM (Re)Connects is a new exhibition, opening Friday, Nov. 27, that showcases many of the objects and works of art spotlighted in the Museum’s virtual outreach shared over the past six months as part of its CAM Connects series. The exhibition covers a range of locally-significant subjects including St. Peter’s Fiesta, the fishing industry, granite quarrying, food of the region, local traditions, printmaking, and Cape Ann writers, artists and musicians, underscoring the versatility of the Museum’s collection as well as the rich and varied story of the Cape Ann region.

“This challenging time in our history gave us an opportunity to take stock of our collection, the generosity of our community, and the spirit that it takes for all of us to endure during the pandemic,” said Museum Director Oliver Barker. “We put together this exhibition to tell that story, not only for this time in history but for many other times, where community perseverance saw us through. The banner on the front of the museum reminds us that “Storms Rage; Gloucester Endures.”

Several works of art are integrated into the exhibition including Fitz Henry Lane’s Vessel Returning from Surinam, c.1850s, which is represented in the “Gloucester Endures” banner; Emile A. Gruppe’s Always at your Service, c. 1940s; William Meyerowitz’s Meyerowitz’s Garden, Spring, 1924; Winslow Homer’s The Life Line, 1884; Philip Reisman’s Blessing of the Fleet, 1952; Barbara Swan’s John Swan’s Quarry, 1986; George Demetrios’s bronze sculptures, Charles A. Savinen (1885-1961), 1953 and Marcia Gronblad: Finnish Girl, c. 1949; Max Kuehne’s Floral, c. 1936 – among others.

The show looks back at significant historical moments including the “Tent Hospital” set up outside Addison Gilbert Hospital to treat patients during the 1918 pandemic and discusses the success of Open Door Food Pantry’s response to a 40 percent increase in need for meals and food during this pandemic. The Crowning Feast of the Holy Spirit, an annual religious ceremony significant to the City’s Portugese community since 1902, is also featured. The many contributions of Cape Ann women in the fishing industry, the artistic community, and during wartime, among other moments is also included in the exhibition.

HIGH RES IMAGES FOR CAM (RE)CONNECTS

For more information about the Museum, its programs, exhibits, and collections, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, three historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. In summer 2020, the Museum opened a second campus called the Cape Ann Museum Green and completed construction of the 12,000 square foot Janet & William Ellery James Center. The campus also includes three historic buildings – the White Ellery House (1710), an adjacent Barn (c. 1740), and the recently acquired Babson-Alling House (c.1740), all located on the site at the intersection of Washington and Poplar Streets in Gloucester.  

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, operating hours have been reduced to better protect the safety and well-being of visitors, staff and volunteers. The Museum is currently open Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Timed tickets are required for all visitors at this time and can be reserved online at www.camuseum.eventbrite.com. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. Cape Ann residents can visit for free on the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (978)283-0455 x110 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.  

For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

MEDIA CONTACTS:   Diana Brown McCloy
                                    Teak Media
                                    (978) 697-9414
                                    Diana@teakmedia.com

Meredith Anderson
meredithanderson@capeannmuseum.org
(978) 283-0455 x115

New banners installed on façade of Cape Ann Museum Green’s James Center

Works of art represent Museum’s growing collection

Banner rendition; actual banners were hung Nov. 5.

GLOUCESTER, MASS. (Nov. 5, 2020) – The Cape Ann Museum Green campus is now showcasing seven new banners on the exterior wall of the Janet & William Ellery James Center, featuring works from the Museum’s collection after they were installed today.

The installation of banners is an integral part of the Museum’s bold vision behind the creation of the new Cape Ann Museum Green (CAM Green). The nearly four-acre campus is also home to the White Ellery House (1710), an adjacent Barn (c. 1740), and the Babson-Alling House (c.1740). In recent weeks, the Museum welcomed visitors to see CAM Green and view the exhibit produced in collaboration with The Open Door Food Pantry, entitled The Porch-Rait Project

The 12,000-square foot James Center provides critical state-of-the-art storage for the Museum’s expanding collections as well as community space for education and art installations. Adding the banners builds on important landscaping improvements this spring and summer with the planting of dozens of trees, shrubs, and flowers alongside the campus’s notable fieldstone wall, constructed by local artisans from stones found throughout the property. Earlier this summer, the Museum held a “Call to Colors” flag raising ceremony by nine Cape Ann children, honoring Cape Ann veterans and most recently conducted a ceremony for those Cape Ann Artisans who were instrumental in the creation of CAM Green.

“These new banners at the James Center reflect the wonderful breadth of the Museum’s collections, highlighting key works that celebrate the history and remarkable contributions of Cape Ann to the cultural enhancement of our community and the world at large,” said Oliver Barker, the Museum’s Director. 

Works featured in the banners are:

  • Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865), View of the Babson and Ellery Houses, Gloucester, 1863 
  • William McGregor Paxton (1869-1941), (portrait of) Jackie Hudson (undated) 
  • Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Boy Hailing Schooners, 1880 
  • Peter Vincent (1947-2012), (portrait of) Howard Blackburn (undated) 
  • Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), Rock Doxology, 1931 
  • Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942), Jimmie (Henry Parsons King, Jr.), 1905 
  • Jane Peterson (1876-1965), Smith’s Cove, East Gloucester (undated) 

Barker said the Museum has faced the challenges of 2020 with great resolve and the clear message to the community that “Storms Rage and Gloucester Endures.” He said they pursued a wide range of innovative and community-focused initiatives during its closure this past spring and summer from honoring frontline heroes through the In Gratitude Road Rally, preparing meals for homeless residents and engaging them in a self-portrait art-making activity in concert with Action, Inc., launching the new virtual programming series CAM Connects, celebrating the incredible contributions of Gloucester Harbor to the American art story afloat with more than 70 vessels and 350 friends during our first ever CAM Culture Cruise, and delivering on the bold and exciting vision behind the creation of the new CAM Green campus.  

“With the Museum’s two campuses open and new exhibitions at 27 Pleasant Street, we are looking toward 2021 to continue our focus on this community and together engage and inspire,” Barker said. 

For more information about the Museum, its programs, exhibits, and collections, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, three historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. In June 2021, the Museum will officially open the 12,000 square foot Janet & William Ellery James Center at the Cape Ann Museum Green. The campus also includes three historic buildings – the White Ellery House (1710), an adjacent Barn (c. 1740), and the recently acquired Babson-Alling House (c.1740), all located on the site at the intersection of Washington and Poplar Streets in Gloucester.  

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, operating hours have been reduced to better protect the safety and well-being of visitors, staff and volunteers. The Museum is currently open Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Timed tickets are required for all visitors at this time and can be reserved online at www.camuseum.eventbrite.com. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. Cape Ann residents can visit for free on the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (978)283-0455 x110 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.  

For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

MEDIA CONTACTS:           Diana Brown McCloy
                                                Teak Media
                                                (978) 697-9414
                                                Diana@teakmedia.com

Meredith Anderson
meredithanderson@capeannmuseum.org
(978) 283-0455 x115

Walking tours offer socially-distanced experience to understand ties to artists like Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Fitz Henry Lane

(left) The Fitz Henry Lane Gallery at the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA, 2020; (right) The Lane House as it looked in the mid-1960s after Urban Renewal cleared surrounding buildings. Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.

GLOUCESTER, MASS. (November 2020) – During the month of November, the Cape Ann Museum is offering more walking tours throughout the city to educate participants about the region’s significant influence on many important artists from Edward Hopper and Fitz Henry Lane to Winslow Homer.

In the time of the global pandemic, the 1 ½-hour outdoor walking tours on Saturdays and Sundays are a safe and easy way to learn more about the influence of Cape Ann’s storied light, natural beauty and maritime history that has inspired many of America’s most renowned artists. Tour guides point out the notable sites that these artists rendered in some of the world’s most famous paintings and beloved works of art. It’s an eye-opening experience that shows how the artists viewed beaches, homes, churches, and other places around Cape Ann in their art. The city’s varied architecture and building styles throughout history is also the focus of a tour.

Here are the tours with descriptions and the required online registration information hyperlinked:

Tours are held rain or shine. All participants must wear face masks, and dogs are not allowed on the walks. Cost is $10 for CAM members and $20 for non-members, and it includes Museum admission. Advance online registration is required. Space is limited.

For more information about the Museum, its programs, exhibits, and collections, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, three historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. In June 2021, the Museum will officially open the 12,000 square foot Janet & William Ellery James Center at the Cape Ann Museum Green. The campus also includes three historic buildings – the White Ellery House (1710), an adjacent Barn (c. 1740), and the recently acquired Babson-Alling House (c.1740), all located on the site at the intersection of Washington and Poplar Streets in Gloucester.  

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, operating hours have been reduced to better protect the safety and well-being of visitors, staff and volunteers. The Museum is currently open Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Timed tickets are required for all visitors at this time and can be reserved online at www.camuseum.eventbrite.com. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. Cape Ann residents can visit for free on the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (978)283-0455 x110 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.  

For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

MEDIA CONTACTS:           Diana Brown McCloy
                                                Teak Media
                                                (978) 697-9414
                                                Diana@teakmedia.com

Meredith Anderson
meredithanderson@capeannmuseum.org
(978) 283-0455 x115