Saturday, May 13, 2017

Remarks by NSAA Historian Peter Tysver at the May 7 Opening Reception Celebrating The North Shore Arts Association's 95th Anniversary

"Welcome to the opening reception at the North Shore Arts Association. This year we are celebrating the 95th anniversary of the founding of our organization.

Although artists had been coming to Cape Ann for years, the art colony developed in Gloucester around the turn of the twentieth century. More and more artists started summering here, staying at the waterfront hotels in East Gloucester. The first exhibits of artist's works were held in the lobbies of the hotels.

Around 1915, a wealthy New York couple who summered here, William and Emiline Atwood, commissioned their friend the prominent architect Ralph Adams Cram to design a large house for them overlooking the moors on Ledge Road in East Gloucester. They decided to add an Art Gallery to the property dubbing it The Gallery On The Moors. Mr. and Mrs. Atwood invited prominent local artists to exhibit at their gallery and because the Atwoods were well-connected the openings were covered in the New York Times, and became very popular, attracting large crowds.

By 1922, the artists realized that The Gallery On The Moors was too small for their growing needs. They also wished to have a more democratic way of choosing the artists to be included in exhibits, and decided the an art association would be the answer.

The artists started meeting to discuss forming an association in the summer of 1922. Local businessman and arts patron Thomas Reed offered them this building (our one and only home) that he used as a warehouse, for $15,000.00 (around $230,000.00 in 2017 currency). The artists quickly accepted his offer and incorporated on December 20, 1922.

So here we are, ninety-five years later, still in the same building and still very much a vibrant organization. We sincerely hope that we can enjoy another ninety-five years, at least. In order for that to happen however, we need the help of our members. We need you, members and non-members alike to donate time and/or money. We need volunteers in order for us to continue to be a vibrant organization. Please let us know if you can help, and please take some time when you visit the gallery this summer to look at the historic items in the display case on the second floor. They explain a bit more about our extraordinary history."

-Peter Tysver, Historian, Archivist, and Trustee of the North Shore Arts Association
May 7, 2017

The painting illustrating this post: "Gloucester Harbor" (1912), by Max Kuehne, is a view of Wonson Cove and Thomas Reed's maritime warehouse, which was soon to become the home of the North Shore Arts Association

Artists create our futures, imagine and inspire our best selves and hold up a mirror to our times. Come celebrate creativity with us and North Shore Arts Association's  95th Anniversary year!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

You're Invited! NSAA's 95th Anniversary Season Opening Reception Sunday, May 7th, 2 to 4 p.m.

Opening Reception, Sunday May 7, 2017
From 2 to 4 p.m.
As always, Free and Open to the Public!

"Gloucester Harbor", Aldo T. Hibbard

North Shore Arts Association extends a warm welcome to all our friends, neighbors, and supporters as we celebrate the launch of the 2017 Exhibition season, our 95th year! Join us for an afternoon redolent with gratitude for earlier generations of artists and their visions which led to the formation of the NSAA 95 years ago, and an energetic look forward at the challenges, passions, and deeply held commitments which energize Cape Ann's artists today.
Spend some time with our artists and the community which supports them; you'll find we are vitally interested in you, our community, our children, and our world!

From the opening bell, four major exhibitions will fill NSAA's waterside galleries to the brim and provide a rousing kick off to our anniversary season. Artist Members Exhibition I, Associate Members Exhibition I, our New Artist Members Show and a Special Solo Exhibit by Artist Member Katalin Spang; all of which promise to bring out our artists' newest and most courageous works to vie for the many new and generous awards and honors that have been added to our roster this year. The awards reception for all three members shows is to be held on May 7, from 2-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. We would love to see you there and to share a toast to  NSAA's 95th year!
A sneak preview of the Special Events planned for our 2017 celebratory year:|

Artist Members Exhibition I  May 5 - June 10 Artist Members-Non-Juried
Associate Members Show I  May 5 - June 10  Associate Members-Non-Juried
New Artist Members Show  May 5 - June 10  (Special Exhibit)
Katalin Spang Solo Show   May 5- May 21  (Special Exhibit)
Lynn Wrona Solo Show  May 22 - June 10  (Special Exhibit)
Experimental Group of RAA & M Group Show  June 7 - July 6 (Special Exhibit-Juried)

Artist Members Exhibition II  June 16 - August 5 Artist Members-Juried
Cape Ann Animal Aid Fundraiser  June 16 - August 5 Artist Members-Non-Juried
Richard Giedd, Susan Kelley & George Martin  July 10 - July 29 (Special Exhibit)
Shelly Eager, Brent Rotsko & Kathy Staab  August 7 - August 23 (Special Exhibit)
Associate Members Show II  August 11 - September 9 Associate Members-Non Juried

Artist Members Exhibition III  "Small Works" August 11 - September 9 Juried Auction
Wet Paint-Plein Air Event!  August 12
Michele Kenna & Rosalie Sidoti  August 24 - September 9 (Special Exhibit)

Artist Members Exhibition IV- "Masterworks"  September 15 - October 28  Non-Juried
Charles Movalli Retrospective  September 15 - October 28

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

In Memoriam: Bernard Gerstner

"Lobster" by Bernard Gerstner

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of one of our own, Bernard Gerstner, a highly accomplished painter, a beloved teacher, notable demonstrator, and an important member of the Cape Ann and Greater New England art community.
His work is distinguished by its skillful design, lively color, and perceptive interpretation of the landscape and marine subjects that held such a fascination for him. His very popular workshops and relentless search for inspiring subject matter took him on far-ranging painting trips throughout New England, particularly New York State, in addition to those locales found closer to home, on his beloved Cape Ann.
Bernard was an active artist member in a long list of prestigious professional associations, including the North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association, Boston Watercolor Society, Academic Artists Association, Rochester Art Club, International Marine Painters Association, and the New England Watercolor Society.
He work was acclaimed by the public and by his fellow artists. He received numerous awards and prizes during his long and successful career. Recent awards include the Gold Medal at the North Shore Arts Association, and the Eleanor M. Callow Award at Rockport Art Association
The entire artistic community and his fellow artists here at the North Shore Arts Association share a keen sense of loss at Bernard's passing and extend heartfelt condolences to his family.