Congratulations to all of our Artist Members Exhibition II award recipients!


Congratulations to all of our Artist Members Exhibition II award recipients! Susan Termyn “July Marsh Meadows”; Christine Whalen-Waller “Three Dancers”; Steve Lush “The Twins”; Mary Remillong “Blue Plate & Lace Curtain”; Timothy Neill “Apple Blossoms”; Jonathan Hotz “Down East Stonington”; J.C. Airoldi “Autumn Whisper”; Betty Lou Schlemm “The Gentleman”; Heidi Caswell Zander “Alter Of Art & Color”; Susan Lynn “Reflections on a Perfect Morning” and Doreen Costa Rita -Wonson for The Popular Awards. Exhibition II is on view through July 6th. Please join us for the reception and awards presentation on Sunday, June 9th (2-4pm). Open free to the public!

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June 14 Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club, with Steve O’Meara

“Spoke” markings in Saturn’s rings are visible in the lower left.

Our speaker for the June 14 GAAC meeting will be none other than Steve O’Meara, the very accomplished astronomer and writer who, very unexpectedly, observed apparent “spokes” in Saturn’s ring system in 1976. Steve reported observing these phenomena with the 9 inch refractor at Harvard (an interesting account of the reception of O’Meara’s observations is available here, in the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage). His observations were discounted by colleagues and professionals, who pointed out that no such thing could persist due to differential rotation of the rings.

Then in 1980 the Voyager 1 spacecraft visited Saturn, reported spokes in the rings, and got credit for the discovery. Some speculate that this may be because of an inherent distrust of visual observation as opposed to photographic astronomy. In his talk, Steve will speak about his observations of Saturn and the events that followed. This is sure to be a fascinating and colorful account, and, incidentally, a welcome affirmation of the value of careful visual observational astronomy — a good story all around.

Come and hear this riveting tale of discovery and professional and scientific intrigue. GAAC meets at 8:00 pm on the second Friday of every month except August, at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Lanesville. More information can be had at the club’s website, Facebook page, or on Twitter, @GAACster. There is plenty of off-street parking, and all are welcome. There is no cost.

Rose Baker Summer Art Exhibit

Juni Van Dyke, director of the art program at the Rose Baker Senior Center, recently announced the artists to be honored in the summer exhibit at the Rose Baker Senior Center. The summer exhibit will feature three artists: Doreen Ross, Natalie Daley and Judy Magee. The exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the Senior Center from now until the fall. The public is encouraged to stop by the Center between 9am and 4pm any weekday to see the work of these accomplished artists.

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The 2019 Summer Artists summer artists (l to r) Doreen Ross, Judy Magee and Natalie Daley pose for a photo with Juni Van Dyke (second from the left).

Doreen Ross lived in the Philippines as a Peace Corps Volunteer. There she encountered a way of life, both meditative and focused, which has been a sustaining influence in her life particularly in her approach to the visual arts. You can see these influences in Doreen’s well-balanced and harmonious renderings in the exhibit. As she says, “The more you paint, the more you see.”

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As you can see in this example, her work is serenely grounded in classical drawing and a color pallet that is uniquely her own.

Many know Natalie Daley, as a long time Gloucester Public Schools teacher but now it is time to get to know her as an artist. For Natalie, painting is a calming experience and an opportunity to express her love for the Cape Ann landscape.

When asked about her interest in watercolor, Natalie said “Creativity has followed me from childhood throughout all the facets of my life.” Looking at Natalie’s watercolors in the exhibit, you will see her creativity and love of Cape Ann.

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In this lively watercolor by Natalie Daley, you can see her affinity for place and the changing color and light of Cape Ann.

Judy Magee cannot remember a time when she was not painting or drawing.  Although she never had formal art training, she has a knack for capturing the essence of her subjects. One of her aunts had a deep appreciation for art and inspired Judy to believe in her ability and pursue her own versatility and style. When you see her work in this exhibit, you will be glad she pursued her love of painting and drawing.

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In this picture, you can see Judy Magee’s beautiful use of color and to evoke our perceptions.

Breakfast with Governor Baker

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Governor Charlie Baker has accepted an invitation from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce to be the keynote speaker at a Chamber breakfast on Thursday, June 13. The event will be held at the Gloucester House Restaurant, located at 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester, beginning at 7:30 AM.

Governor Baker was sworn in for a second term as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on January 3, 2019.

Governor Baker has used public private partnerships to spur economic development, reformed the state’s regulatory environment, and delivered critical tax relief by doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Governor Baker has put Massachusetts at the forefront of fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic, doubling spending on prevention, education, treatment, and recovery and signing two major bills that have served as models for other states. In recognition of Governor Baker’s leadership in this area, the North Shore Health Project recently presented to him their 10th Annual Community Health Activist Award.

Confronted with the challenges of rising energy costs and a changing climate, Governor Baker has taken nation-leading steps to diversify the Commonwealth’s energy portfolio, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and secure progress toward greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Governor Baker has spearheaded long overdue reforms at the MBTA that have led to significant improvements to operations and finances, and put the T on track to spend more than $8 billion on infrastructure over the next five years to improve riders’ experience.

Prior to his election, Governor Baker was a highly successful leader of complex business and government organizations, serving as a cabinet secretary to Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, and leading Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, as CEO, from the brink of bankruptcy to one of the nation’s highest ranked health care providers.

Tickets for the June 13 Chamber of Commerce breakfast with Governor Baker are available at $35 per person. Those wishing to attend may contact the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at 978-283-1601 to reserve seating.  People may also register online by visiting capeannchamber.com.

The Chamber wishes to thank the accounting firm Johnson O’Connor Feron & Carucci LLP and RE/MAX Advantage Real Estate for being Silver Sponsors for this event. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor should email Kerry McKenna at the Chamber at kerry@capeannchamber.com.