Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Calling all Artist Members: NSAA Annual Meeting Sun. August 28th at 3pm!

"Le Coq", 1938, Pablo Picasso

Your voice and your votes are vitally important to the success of the North Shore Arts Association. The NSAA exists to represent YOU, our artists, to the greater community, and to reflect your ideas, your creativity, and accomplishments!
2017 ushers in our 95th anniversary year and while paying homage to our rich history, we most importantly, want our centennial year to celebrate the vibrancy, and the innovative, and forward looking spirit of our membership. Voice your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas to make 2017 a truly memorable milestone and set us on an exciting new path for the Second Century of the NSAA!

Courtesty of Bing Images: Artist Unknown

Thursday, August 18, 2016

This Weekend's Big Event: NSAA's Annual Fundraising Event Artists & Scholar's Fine Art Auction Saturday Aug. 20th!

NSAA Annual Fundraising Auction
August 20, 2016 - doors open 5pm - auction begins 6pm.
View all auction lots online by clicking here.
This years auction is an important collaborative fundraiser for both NSAA and the Gloucester Education Foundation, a continuation of our

"Art in Action - Connecting Communities" focus.  Enjoy an evening of fine wine and sumptuous appetizers as you live bid on works of fine art, as well as a silent auction of exciting goods and services.

The North Shore Arts Association is proud to recognize and support the Gloucester Education Foundation's mission to drive innovation, encourage creativity, expand student opportunities and empower educators to strengthen teaching and learning in the Gloucester Public School District by donating 10% of the Artists & Scholars Auction proceeds to the GED.
We are pleased to welcome Michael Grogan of Grogan & Company, Boston as our auctioneer, and guest auctioneers Mayor Sephatia Romeo Theken, Senator Bruce Tarr and Gloucester Education Foundation Trustee, Sarah Grow! Come celebrate and support our artists & scholars this Saturday night! Buy your tickets online at www. or by calling the gallery at (978) 283-1857.

Following is a sampling of the fabulous live auction items that will be up for bid:

Lot 70: "Rocky Neck Boats" by Charles Movalli
acrylic, dimensions: 23.5 x 27.5

Lot 53: "Beacon Marine" by Jeff Weaver
oil, dimensions: 24 x 30

Lot 39: "The Last Stop" by Caleb Stone
oil, dimensions: 1.75 x 20.75

Lot 37:
"A Cove in Gloucester" by Ron Straka
oil, dimensions: 20 x 24

Lot 26: "Harbor Evening" by Paul George
oil, dimensions: 22.5 x 26.5

Lot 9: "Pemaquid Point Light" by Marion Hall
watercolor, dimensions:20 x 25

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Registration Closes August 15th! Sign Up Now for Cape Ann Plein Air October 10 - 16, 2016

The first annual Cape Ann Plein Air competition and festival is happening this autumn. A weeklong competition and festival celebrating the region's rich history of painting outdoors it will build upon the area's rich plein air traditions with artists creating and selling their newly created works.
Cape Ann, always basking in its best light in the fall, will be host to plein air artists from around the country, with venues throughout all four of our waterfront communities. Sign up today to participate as an artist in the event at! Registation closes August 15th! Complete information about the competition and festival; entry forms, gala tickets, etc. can be found at the Cape Ann Plein Air site.
40 nationally recognized, professional, juried plein air artists will paint throughout Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea, while special events will provoke, entertain, delight and enlighten.

October 10: Opening Reception - North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester

October 11: Gloucester Stage Company multi-media performance event

October 12: Painting-by-the-Sea, Quick Draw and Reception - Trask House, Manchester- by-the-Sea

October 13: Demo by Awards Juror Ray Hassard

October 14: Cape Ann Colonies events - Rocky Neck & Rockport

October 15-16: Paint Essex, Paint Out, Auction & Sale - Woodman's Essex

October 11-14: Cape Ann Museum tours - Painters past and present

October 10-14: Daily Demos

October 15: Cape Ann Plein Air-Grand Awards Gala & Sale - Rockport Art Association & Museum
Organized by: Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Cape Ann Community Foundation, seARTS, Rockport Art Association & Museum, North Shore Arts Association, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Cape Ann Cultural Districts: Rockport, Rocky Neck, Harbortown & Essex, the Essex Merchants Group, and the many other artists & culture organization and supporters of Cape Ann.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Exhibition III Award Winners, The Cape Ann Sisterhood and Artists & Scholars Fine Art Auction

Take a break from the summer sun and come to the NSAA to preview the paintings and artwork that will be offered at the upcoming Artist and Scholars Annual Live Auction on August 20th, currently on display in our upper air conditioned galleries.This years auction is is an important collaborative fundraiser for both NSAA and the Gloucester Education Foundation, a continuation of our "Art in Action - Connecting Communities" focus this season. Enjoy an evening of fine wine and sumptuous appetizers as you bid on works of fine art as well as a varied selection of exciting goods and services. This is the perfect opportunity to show your support for North Shore Arts Association and Gloucester Education Foundation.
We are pleased to have Michael Grogan of Grogan and Company Boston as our auctioneer, along with guest auctioneers Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Senator Bruce Tarr and GEF Trustee Sarah Grow!
View all North Shore Arts Annual Fundraising Auction lots online - buy your tickets now!
Congratulations going out to the award winning artists of Exhibition III, our small works show. This mid-summer exhibition features a wonderful group of works by our artist members: landscape, and still life, abstracts and whimsy-something for every mood and every buyer!

Judythe Evans Meagher "Bird and Blossoms"
And of course, don't miss the beautifully arranged Cape Ann Sisterhood show, which encompasses the work of seven talented and tireless women of the North Shore Arts Association. Without their passion and devotion, the NSAA would be a mere shadow of itself. Congratulation and a huge "Thank you" to the members of the sisterhood; Trudy Allen, Anne Demeter, Andrea Van Gestal, Pamela Hibbard Giarramitara,Bonnie Gray, Judyth Evans Meagher, Judith Metcalfe, and Janice Turner.

And now, the award winners of Exhibition III:

Charlotte & Alfred Movalli Memorial Award
Excellence in Any Medium

Judy Gruelich


Winsor & Newton Merchandise Award
Excellence in Watercolor

Judith Pumfrey
"Sunny Day"

Carleen Muniz Memorial Award

Barbara Levine
"Sandy Path"

Institution for Savings Award
Excellence in Any Medium

Tom Nicholas, N.A.
"Winter Above the Bench"

J.Tweed Hill Memorial Award
Traditional Seascape, Landscape or Still Life

Robert Steadman
"Caleb's Landing"

Harry Ballinger Memorial Award
Excellence in Graphics

Charlesanna Detra

Jack Richeson & Co. Inc Gift Certificate

Herbert Randle
"At Wingaersheek"

Terry Ludwig Pastels Award Gift Certificate
Excellence in Pastel

Jeff Weaver
"Wharf Scene"

Frederic & Elsie Reinert Memorial Award
Excellence in Landscape

Mark Shasha
"Off the Beaten Path"

Art Supplies Wholesale Gift Certificate

Sharon Jordan Bahosh

"Wonson Cove"

Beverly A. DeMont Memorial Award

Larry Grob
"Burnt Coat Light with Boat Swan's Island"

Popular Award (Exhibition II)

Charles Syvertsen
"Rockport Quarry"

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Cape Ann Sisterhood of North Shore Arts Association August 5 through September 18


has provided the common ground that brought us together originally because of our love for the arts, many of us artists as well.  We have each served as board members, officers, committee chairs and contributors to special events at different times together.  Without this connection that attracted us to join the cause, we may never have met.  We have become fast friends over the past sixteen years thanks to serendipity, or maybe divine providence, for which we remain forever grateful.  
So, that said, we have dubbed ourselves as The Sisterhood, which we have truly become!"
-Janice Turner of the Cape Ann Sisterhood

-Judythe Evans Meagher of the Cape Ann Sisterhood
"They say, "It is better to give than to receive", but sometimes you can do both simultaneously as a group of board members of North Shore Arts Association has discovered.
Some fifteen years ago, Anne Demeter, the President of NSAA, Trudy Allen, Gallery Director, and Judythe Evans Meagher, Trustee Board Member, arranged to meet for dinner at the Windward Grille in Essex. The folks at the Windward were so welcoming, accommodating and tolerant (there was a fair amount of raucous laughter that evening), that the group decideded to do it again and again and again. In a little while, they were joined by the then Treasurer, the late Carleen Muniz, Corresponding Secretary, Janice Turner, and another Trustee, Bonnie Gray. Bonnie introduced to the group Andrea van Gestal, who has since served as President, Treasurer, and Recording Secretary, and she invited Trustee, Judy Metcalfe. Before long (nobody remembers exactly when anymore), they were joined by Trustees Pamela Giarratana and the late Connie Mullen.
The management of Windward Grille has seen a lot of this group over the years, including their annual Yankee Swap, and has remained welcoming, accommodating and tolerant even though the raucous laughter has never ceased and may even have increased in volume.
This is a diverse group of women in many ways, with backgrounds ranging from law to interior design, mediums ranging from oils and watercolor to alcohol inks, and painting styles ranging from photorealism to abstract. All but Janice Turner are painters, but since she has been the wife and helpmate of Rockport artist Bruce Turner for over 50 years, the group considers her an artist by association.
These friends have formed strong bonds and a support network that has seen them through the inescapable life challenges of illness, death and divorce. But what binds them together at the core is their love for and dedication to the North Shore Arts Association. If you were to tally their combined years of volunteering as trustees, officers, committee members and chairs, workshop teachers, event coordinators, hangers of exhibitions, writers of programs, along with all the little tasks and roles that don't even get a name, you would easily surpass a century. They are all very mindful, not of what they have given to North Shore, but what they have gained as a result, something they have dubbed, "The Cape Ann Sisterhood"."

From August 5th to September 18th, the Cape Ann Sisterhood will be presenting an exhibit of paintings at North Shore Arts Association. Open weekdays and Saturdays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sundays noon to 5:00 pm. The OPENING RECEPTION will take place on Friday, August 5th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Public is invited to attend.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Preview: August's Big Events at North Shore Arts!

The Cape Ann Sisterhood

The month of August opens with a festival of color at NSAA and a full roster of activities!

Exhibition III, the Artist Member Small Works show, enlivens the upstairs and front galleries with a variety of refreshing and inventive images, that promise to be a reminder of the warmth and color of these unhurried summer months for years to come.  One of the most anticipated shows of the season, small works provide the challenge of creating works, in a variety of mediums, within a limited canvas space of  20 x 24". Small works provide art lovers and collectors an opportunity to own a quite reasonably priced work that can easily grace smaller corners of a home or office. Perhaps most importantly, it is an opportunity to acquire works by some of Cape Ann's most notable artists.
Exhibition III opens August 5 and runs through September 17, with a "Meet the Artists" reception held on August 28th from 1 to 3 p.m. Mark your calendars! Receptions are free and open to the public.

Along with the Small Works show, stop into the Gordon Grant Gallery this month to take in a very special show, The Cape Ann Sisterhood. This exhibition, August 5- September 17, showcases the work and friendship of a group of women, all current or former members of the Board of the NSAA; artists whose bonds of friendship and loyalty have developed and deepened over the years and who are true "sisters in spirit". These connections of friendship and mutual interest have seen them through times of laughter and times of trouble. Come see  how their shared experiences and outlook are at the heart of what all great Art and great Art Associations are about! Opening Reception is August 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Watch this Blog space for more information on the Cape Ann Sisterhood!

The North Shore Arts Association Annual Fine Art Auction
takes place this year on August 20 and will be The Event of the season! A gala evening, always highly anticipated and well attended, this years' Artists & Scholars Auction supports two very deserving Gloucester non-profits and needs your support.  Make plans with your friends to wine and dine that evening as nature puts on one of the most beautiful sunsets on Cape Ann, as seen from the NSAA galleries! Come out to bid vigorously on the artwork of some of Cape Ann's most notable artists to support the non-profit North Shore Arts Association and the Gloucester Education Foundation!

Visit NSAA's air-conditioned galleries this month and see what the excitement is all about!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bid Now!! Final Weekend brings a flurry of bidding as NSAA Slates Auction ends July 30th!

Bids for the silent auction may be placed June 17 through July 30 by visiting or contacting NSAA. One hundred per cent of silent auction proceeds will go to fund the ongoing restoration of the NSAA's gallery building and Ocean Alliance's Paint Factory headquarters.

Call the Gallery at 978-283-1857 today to place your bid!

A very exciting silent auction of original artwork is on currently on display in the NSAA galleries as part of the "Exhibition of the Sea and Science". Painted on period roofing slates removed from the historic Paint Factory building, these slates are donated to NSAA by non-profit Ocean Alliance and provide the substrate used by NSAA Artist Members to create original paintings, each approximately 12"x24" depicting a myriad images, many retelling the story of Gloucester's special relationship to the sea.

Click Here to View all Slates Available for Bidding
"Manufactory" by Anne Demeter

Jeff Weaver

"Ocean Applause" by Barbara Donnelly

"Sea Turtle" by George Martin

Friday, July 22, 2016

South Greets North Paint Out Event: Perfect Weather and Perfect Plein Air Painting Opportunities Were Enjoyed by all!

Paint Out Artists working at Lightkeeper's Residence, Cohasset

"I couldn't have asked for a better day", said Tina Watson of Cohasset," the weather was perfect!"
The second North Shore/South Shore Paint Out was held on Tuesday, July 19th, once again earning the highest praise and enthusiasm from the painters who participated.
Judythe Meagher, the North Shore coordinator and one of the originators behind this reciprocal event, initiated the first Paint Out, which was held last year in venues around Gloucester Harbor and which was hosted by the North Shore Art Association. "Last year's event was so much fun that we decided to do a reciprocal event this year."  Judythe said of this  year's trip to Cohasset, "It was a roaring success. The South Shore Arts Center members were wonderfully welcoming and treated us as honored guests. All of the participants raved about the experience. One of our North Shore Painters, Dale Blodgett, sold her painting to one of the South Shore artists, which was an additional bonus!"
Susan Drennan of Danvers and Holly Popeo of N. Reading
After a morning get together at the South Shore Art Center, the painters split off in groups, some painting portraits from life model on Cohasset Common, others finding their way to the Cohasset Sailing Club, The Lighthousekeeper's Residence at Minot Light, and picturesque scenes along Bailey's Creek and Cohasset Harbor. North Shore artist Shirley Hamilton said of her chosen spot, overlooking Bailey's Creek, "It's a gorgeous sight. It was definitely worth the trip!." After a day of painting the artists reconvened at the South Shore Art Center where they displayed their work and mingled with their fellow artists and new found friends.