Gone … Fishing: A special exhibition of recent work by Jeffrey Marshall, on view August 10 – November 25

Jeffrey Marshall

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to host Gone … Fishing, a special exhibition of recent work by Gloucester artist Jeffrey Marshall on display from August 10, 2018 through November 25, 2018.

Using a variety of materials including oil, pastel and conté, ink and grease pencil, Marshall works out of a studio overlooking the Morse Sibley Wharf in East Gloucester. It is one of the few remaining wharves from which Gloucester’s dwindling number of day-fishermen continues to work.

At the site, he has discovered a world littered with the detritus of the working waterfront: buoys and nets, twisted cables and rusted engine parts, bright-blue plastic barrels, dumpsters, storage containers, and, of course, pickup trucks of all shapes and sizes. Parked on the old wharf, the trucks seem out of place and time.  And yet, there they are, serving as mobile offices, a warm spot to enjoy a cup of coffee, a quiet place to pass the time of day. The scene and in particular the trucks have inspired Marshall who has a talent for creating beauty out of the most unlikely of subjects.

An art educator as well as an artist, Marshall holds a BFA in painting from Cornell (1991) and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art (2000).  He was an associate professor of art foundation in Mount Ida College’s School of Design for four years. One of the students at Mount Ida, Chris Lenzi, designed the 20-page catalog for “Gone Fishing” under the direction of his professor, Jason Calfo.

Marshall’s New Orleans Drawing Project, done between 2006 and 2013, documented in drawings and sketchbooks the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina and the city’s recovery process.  In 2015, an exhibition of Marshall’s work entitled Knots was shown at the Cape Ann Museum featuring intricate and colorful drawings of the flotsam and jetsam that wash up on the shores in this area.

Programs offered in conjunction with this special exhibition include:

  • Opening Reception on Friday, August 10 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Free for Museum members or $10 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission).
  • Adult Drawing Workshop on Sundays, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in October/November, specific dates TBD. $85 CAM members; $100 nonmembers.
  • CAM Kids Family Drawing Workshop, Sunday, August 19 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Reservations required. 978-283-0455 x16.

The artist will also design hands-on art projects for the CAM Activity Center which will be available during the run of the exhibition.

 For more information about the exhibition and related programming, please visit the Museum’s website 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, two historic homes and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Visit capeannmuseum.org for details.

 The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

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View from the Headlands: Harrison Cady

A special exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum

On view July 7 – Oct. 28, 2018


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Harrison Cady (1877–1970). Lane’s Cove, c.1930s. Oil on board. The James Collection.

GLOUCESTER, MASS. (June 2018) – View from the Headlands: Harrison Cady, a special exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Harrison Cady (1877-1970), will be on view July 7 through October 28 at the Cape Ann Museum.  An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, July 7, free for Museum members or $10 nonmembers (includes Museum admission).

View from the Headlands will draw on public and private collections throughout the region with examples of Cady’s early magazine illustrations, his work with writer Thornton W. Burgess, and his later landscape paintings. The exhibition reflects the Cape Ann Museum’s commitment to preserving and presenting work that celebrates the area’s culture and history.

A native of Gardner, Massachusetts, Cady is best known for his collaboration with Thornton W. Burgess, author of numerous children’s bedtime stories. In 1910, their first book, Old Mother West Wind, introduced Americans to British author Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit. In addition to Peter Rabbit, Cady illustrated other animated animal characters, including Chippy Chipmunk, Jerry Muskrat, and Reddy Fox, among others. Cady’s work with Burgess continued for the next 50 years.

Cady began his 70-year career as an illustrator with the “Brooklyn Eagle,” and later worked for numerous popular American publications, including “Life magazine, “Ladies’ Home Journal,” the “Saturday Evening Post,” and “Good Housekeeping.” Cady illustrated and wrote a syndicated comic strip, “Peter Rabbit,” in the “New York Herald Tribune” for 28 years.

Cady was a frequent visitor to Rockport, Massachusetts and in 1920 he made it his permanent summer home, purchasing a seafront property known as “The Headlands.” With his studio, “the Silo,” located nearby, Cady shifted his focus to painting landscapes and harbor scenes. Cady was an early member of the Rockport Art Association, founded in 1921.

For more information about the exhibition and related programming, please visit the Museum’s website 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, two historic homes and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Visit capeannmuseum.org for details.

 The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.