Fall Art Show at Senior Center

For the fall art exhibit at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Art Program at the Center, is honoring a group of artists: Mary Rhineland McCarl, Ed Leavitt, Marion Linden, Helen Burgess and Gen McNamara. The artists and Juni are pictured below in front of the exhibit. The public is encouraged to stop by the Center between 9am and 4pm any weekday to see the work of these accomplished artists.

Fall 19 Artists

From left to right, the artist being honored are Mary Rhineland McCarl, Ed Leavitt, Valerie Sandler and her mother Helen Burgess, Susan Harrington, Juni Van Dyke (Art Director) and Marion Linden. Gen McNamara was not at the photo session.

Many of you may know Mary Rhinelander McCarl’s work as she has been honored as artist of the month before.  Mary studied medieval art at Radcliff College.  Many years later, the influence of her studies are evident in her intelligent abstract interpretations rendered through a bold use of color and unique collage application. For this exhibit Mary selected several of her brightly colored paintings. One of the featured paintings is shown below.


Ed Leavitt’s is another familiar artist. He like Mary has been honored before as artist of the month. Ed’s profession was in the building trades and now in retirement he spends his time following his love of art.  He brings his understanding of fine detail and serious craftsmanship to the medium of watercolor and acrylic. This piece from the exhibit show his attention to fine detail and sense of color.


Helen Burgess came to the Art Program six years ago without any prior instruction in the visual arts.  She has come a long way since then and has been honored as artist of the month a number of times. Helen’s delightful “Bird Series” bears witness to the promise that creativity is a unique gift that dwells within us all. Her bird paintings are unique and this piece from the bird series show her playful style.


Susan Harrington is one of three artists in this exhibit who are being honored for the first time.  Her recent floral arrangements are examples of watercolor’s potential for fluid, graceful, and immediate renderings. For this exhibit she has selected a number of her watercolors that help to define unlimited forms of expression. One of her pieces from the exhibit is shown below.


Marion Linden is another of the first-time artists being honored in this exhibit. Marion brings an insatiable curiosity to her investigation of the formal techniques of established artists.  Antecedents of the work of Fairfield Porter are impressively evident in works on display. As you can see in the piece below, her work is both detailed and whimsical.


The final new artist in the exhibit is McNamara. Gen approaches the art process with a curious embrace of new possibilities and brave exploration. Her watercolors and acrylics help define her most recent discoveries. Her work advances in directions that both surprise and delight as you can see in this piece from the exhibit.



2 Weeks Left until the Deck the Docks @ Maritime Gloucester!

Maritime Gloucester is working hard to get ready for the 2nd Annual Deck the Docks, December 4 through 7!

  • Visit the Deck the Walls Art Show co-hosted by seArts (see below)
  • Select and get your Christmas tree from us this year, direct from Maine and loaded on your car by our helpful staff
  • Buy a beautiful Holiday Wreath from us and you can decorate it in our DIY workshop
  • Visit our Pop Up Gifts Shop with local makers, crafters, and artisan bringing you unique holiday gift ideas and options
  • Come and make your own gifts in our Holiday DIY Workshop, including fish printing, lobster buoy ornament painting, wreath decorating, and pre-school crafts for the kids.  Also, come and do fish buoy painting with our Art Haven partners!
  • Take pics with Santa in a Dory
  • Get your signature gifts in our own Maritime Gloucester Gift Shop.
  • Enjoy music from roaming Christmas Carolers with Gloucester Stage’s Holiday Delights.
  • There will be hot cider, cocoa, and a lighted pier at night.

Deck The Docks! Nov 11

Today’s Star feature:  Our “Deck Your Walls” Art Gallery (thanks to partner group seARTS!) seARTS put it best:

We put out the call for art and were FLOODED with response. So the walls will be FILLED with incredible works from incredible artists from Cape Ann and [way] beyond!
It’s a perfect way to get a great gift for the holidays, support Artists and support Maritime Gloucester, and we hope you’ll join us for the show, the reception, and do some of your gift shopping in the BEST way possible!

Volunteers for the event are still needed.  Contact us at info@maritimegloucester.org if you would like to be part of this great event.

Gloucester Gig Rower Blood Drive – Nov 24 @ Maritime Gloucester

This Thanksgiving, show your gratitude by helping Maritime Gloucester’s Gloucester Gig Rowers during our blood drive.  We are saluting those who battle Leukemia, specifically honoring our own rower, Suzyn Ornstein who is fighting this battle today.  All who give receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card.

We are pleased to partner with Dana Farber, Brigham Health, and Dunkin Donuts to make this effort possible.GGR Blood Drive

Burial Grounds and Gravestones!

Did you enjoy the graveyard tour in Essex? Come and learn more about gravestones with the Essex Shipbuilding Museum President, Dr. David Driscoll. He is sure to have you on the edge of your grave, clinging on for dear life in the next installment of the “Frame Up to Fit Out Speaker Series”

November 20th, 7 pm at the Shipbuilding Museum. To purchase tickets and learn more follow the link : https://www.essexshipbuilding.org/calendar-of-events

Rockport PTO 2019 Holiday Fair

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Saturday, November 16th
9:30 to 2 PM
Rockport High School
24 Jerdens Lane, Rockport

Come get your holiday shopping done or buy something unique for yourself! We will have:

  • Amazing Crafters and Artists
  • Photos with Santa
  • Gingerbread House Kits
  • Surprise Jars for the Kids (they sell out fast!)
  • High Quality Raffle Items
  • Yummy Baked Goods
  • Coffee and Lunch

This is just a small sample of some of the amazing items that will be there!