Judith Curtis at the Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann & Beyond: Lecture by Judith Curtis

Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond.

Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Marine Railways, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dale Movalli, 2016 [2016.59].

Image: Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Marine Railways, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dale Movalli, 2016 [2016.59].

Author and art historian, Judith Curtis will give an illustrated lecture on one of the North Shore’s most distinguished landscape and marine painters, the late Charles Movalli. This talk will touch on Movalli’s philosophy and technique as it pertains to works in the Cape Ann & Beyond exhibition.

The cost of this program is $10 Museum members / $15 nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email info@capeannmuseum.org. Register by calling 978-283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.

Judith Curtis is a freelance writer specializing in art-related themes and is curator of the Rockport Art Association and Museum’s permanent collection. She lives on Cape Ann and is a regular contributor to the American Art Review. She has also written several books including Anthony Thieme, The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A., W. Lester Stevens, N.A., (1888-1969), Harry A. Vincent and His Contemporaries, Rocky Neck Art Colony (1850—1950) and A. T. Hibbard, American Master.

Exhibition support generously provided by Judi Rotenberg and Edward Zuker and
Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. & Lucienne M. Bosselman


Poetry Workshop at the Cape Ann Museum

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

Saturday, April 29

10:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

In this workshop, former North Andover poet laureate Gayle Heney will teach participants how to write poetry using the Cape Ann Museum’s collections as inspiration, concentrating on the new exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond. As time allows, participants will be introduced to poetry prompts, stanzas, quatrains, ekphrastic poetry and experimental poetry. Depending on interest, discussion of the editing process and the option to read/perform may also be included.

Charles Movalli gallery

$10 Museum members/ $20 non-members. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email info@capeannmuseum.org. Tickets can be purchased by calling 978-283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.


Poet John Ronan at the Cape Ann Museum

John Ronan: Poetry Reading & Book Talk

Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Gloucester’s former poet laureate John Ronan will read from his most recent book, Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown (Backwaters Press, 2017) and discuss its connections to Gloucester, including “Good Harbor, Home,” which was written for and read at John Bell’s first inauguration as Mayor of Gloucester. Through Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown Ronan hopes to convey that love and language create community.

This program is free and open to the public. Reservations required. Free registration can be made by calling 978-283-0455 x10, emailing info@capeannmuseum.org, or online at Eventbrite.

John Ronan is a poet, playwright, movie producer and journalist. He has received national honors for his poetry and is a former National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Ucross Fellow, Bread Loaf Scholar and Poet Laureate of Gloucester, MA. In 2010, his volume of poetry, Marrowbone Lane, won Highly Recommended honors from the Boston Authors Club. As a playwright, Ronan’s works include The Yeats Game and The Early Bird Special. John is also founder of the media production company American Storyboard, a teacher of film and host of Cape Ann Television’s The Writer’s Block with John J. Ronan which celebrates its 27th anniversary in the 2016–2017 seasons.

Looking at John Singer Sargent

Dr. Erica Hirshler at the Cape Ann Museum

Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.

This lecture, presented by Dr. Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Sargent House Museum, will explore Sargent’s heralded career and his ties to the North Shore.

Cost is $10 for CAM or Sargent House members /$15 for nonmembers. Space is limited, reservations required. For more information email info@capeannmuseum.org. Tickets can be purchased by calling (978)283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882. Oil on canvas. 87 3/8 x 87 5/8 in. Acc. #19.124. Gift of Mary Louisa Boit, Julia Overing Boit, Jane Hubbard Boit, and Florence D. Boit in memory of their father, Edward Darley Boit.

Image: John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), 
The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882. Oil on canvas. 
87 3/8 x 87 5/8 in. Acc. #19.124. Gift of Mary Louisa Boit, 
Julia Overing Boit, Jane Hubbard Boit, and Florence D. Boit 
in memory of their father, Edward Darley Boit.

Widely considered an expert in American painting of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Dr. Hirshler has published extensively on John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Dennis Bunker, William Merritt Chase, and on women artists and collectors. She is particularly interested in the vibrant artistic exchange between the United States and Europe during this period and in questions of national identity. She also studies Boston’s history, art, and patronage. Dr. Hirshler holds a BA from Wellesley College and a PhD from Boston University; she has lectured at museums and other cultural institutions across the United States and abroad.

Jeffrey Bolster and “The Mortal Sea”

Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum

Join author and Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, Jeffrey Bolster, for a discussion of his book The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail (Harvard University Press, 2012).

Cost is $5 for Museum members / $10 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Registration required; please call (978)283-0455 x10 or register online at Eventbrite. For more information email info@capeannmuseum.org.

Jeff Bolster

Licensed for many years by the U.S. Coast Guard as “Master of Motor, Steam, and Auxiliary Sail Vessels of not-more-than-200-tons upon All Oceans,” Bolster continues to mess about in boats. He earned his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, his MA from Brown University, and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University. He lives with his wife Molly in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and when not in Plymouth they can likely be found sailing their Valiant 40, Chanticleer, to the Caribbean.

After Hours Event at the Cape Ann Museum


Friday, January 27, 6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

An evening of friends, fun and discovery

party goers appetizers

Come celebrate at the Museum after regular visiting hours! Join us for interactive games in the galleries, a dance performance “Dancing the Woods” by artist Dawn Pratson, light refreshments and local beverages.

CAMafterhours is perfect for people looking to meet and mingle with other creative adults, switch up their date-night, and/or experience the Museum in a more hands-on way. If you haven’t visited us before, then this is the night to do so and enjoy the magic of the Museum after dark. Guests are invited to continue the evening with our collaborator, Short & Main restaurant, a short walk away.

Tickets are $20 for Cape Ann Museum members, $25 for nonmembers (ages 21+). Includes Museum admission, guided and self-guided games in the galleries, dance performances, music, hors d’oeuvres and local brews – including Far From the Tree (Salem), Old Planter’s Brewing Co. (Beverly), and Ipswich Ale Brewery (Ipswich), among others.

Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or by calling (978)879-6349 or emailing info@capeannmuseum.org.

 About the “Dancing the Woods” Performance

Dawn Pratson was an active member of the arts community in and around Cape Ann and Boston from 1983–2003 as a dancer/choreographer, musician, teacher and creative arts therapist. Dawn and friends will perform thematic movements throughout the Museum culminating in a music and dance performance in the exhibition gallery of Voicing the Woods. Performers include: Sarah Slifer Swift, Lou Cannon, Carl Thomsen, Reg Edmonds, Cynthia Williams, Sue Ann Willis, Dawn Pratson.

Jeremy Adams exhibit cheers

CAM Kids: Cape Ann Improv

Saturday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m.

CAM Kids

What happens when history and fine art meet improv and silliness? Bring the kids or grand-kids and find out for yourself when Cape Ann Improv performs at the Cape Ann Museum. The arts and objects on display in the galleries will provide the inspiration for scenes and characters for interactive improvisational games throughout the Museum. Discover the art, history and culture of Cape Ann and have a good laugh with the talented and witty Cape Ann Improv performers.

FREE for families with school aged children. Space is limited, reservations are required. Call (978)283-0455 x16 or email lizabrowning@capeannmuseum.org for more information.

Cape Ann Improv

Cape Ann Improv is a North Shore-based improv group dedicated to bringing the art of improvisational comedy to the community. They believe that improv is for everyone, and that there’s nothing better than unleashing ideas, musings, characters, voices and quirks on stage in a safe environment.