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The Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main St. in Rockport, has launched its national jury exhibit, featuring artists from across the country as well as local artists.

The exhibition features drawing, mixed media, collage, photography, painting, digital art and sculpture. The exhibit can be viewed online at The show runs until December 31.

Jurors Teresa Oaxaca and Mark Boedges chose the works from nearly 1,000 entries by artists across the United States. The organizers of the arts association also see this exhibition as an opportunity for cultural exchange, which showcases new artistic influences from beyond Cape Ann as it showcases regional talents.

The Experimental Group of Associations opens its 16th exhibition, “The Unexpected Number Sixteen” at the museum this Saturday. The exhibition can also be viewed online at The works on display are all less than 20 inches by 20 inches and feature paintings, mixed media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography.

The exhibition runs until December 31. The group was founded to present a creative forum with the mission of raising awareness and fostering self-expression. For more information, visit

While there is much to celebrate artistically, the Historic Art Association mourns the recent passing of one of its long-time members, former president and much-respected professor David Curtis of Gloucester, a award-winning artist.

“Words cannot describe the true scope of David Curtis life and his positive influence on others,” said Heidi Caswell Zander, Acting Director and Chair of the Board of Governors. “He was a beloved leader of the Cape Ann arts community. He embodied art, obviously took pleasure in living it and sharing it.

She recalled how Curtis could be found at the Cox Reservation in Essex on Saturday, surrounded by artists eager to learn from him and receive criticism in an atmosphere of camaraderie within the group he had created.

“I, like many, many others, have benefited from David’s generous inclusiveness and artistic intelligence, kindness and insight,” Zander said. “I will always be grateful to cherish the exchanges with him and to know the many that he has encouraged, taught and encouraged, accepting everyone as he found them. His wealth of knowledge flows from him with ease.

Elks organize a holiday fair

The Elks Lodge at 97 Atlantic Road, Gloucester is hosting a Holiday Fair, open to the public, Sunday, December 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring 35 vendors in the reception hall.

Items are varied and include Christmas decorations, hot chocolate bombs, jewelry, sea glass art, pottery, handmade dresses, fine art, doll clothes, blankets, photographs, quilted items, mini lobster traps, blown glass art, home decor, beauty and wellness items, candles, books, plants and more. The fair also features three 14-year-olds selling homemade crafts, including painted panels, homemade slime, and homemade earrings. Elks clothing will also be on sale.

Holiday classics concert

Back by popular demand, Rockport Music presents Quiana Lynell on Saturday, December 11 at 5 p.m. when the New Orleans singer returns to Rockport. She won the 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition, and performs with her entire band singing Christmas tunes from the American Songbook. Tickets start at $ 19.

On Sunday, December 11, the Back Bay Ringers will head to the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Under the direction of Griff Gall, the group performs regularly at monuments in the Boston area such as Faneuil Hall, Symphony Hall, the Boston Children’s Museum, among others. For more information and tickets, visit

Tote to support families

Sarah Fris, a painter and illustrator with the Local Colors artists’ cooperative in Gloucester, offered an anniversary tote bag as part of the gallery’s 32nd anniversary celebration, and the idea came to fruition. The limited edition bags cost $ 15 and all proceeds will go to the Cape Ann Kids Holiday Fund, which provides gift cards to local families in need.

“I wanted to create a design that not only represents our unique seafaring community, but also each of the wonderful members who are currently part of the cooperative. We have all been through so much over the past year and a half, and each of these people has stepped up to keep the gallery alive. I am inspired by their craftsmanship, their determination and their spirit every day, ”said Fris.

The gallery, located at 121 Main Street, Gloucester, features artwork, photography, jewelry, woodworking, stained glass, pottery, textile arts, clothing, mixed media and maps correspondence. Call for hours at 978-283-3996, or visit For more information on the Cape Ann Kids Holiday Fund or to donate, visit

Second show at the castle

A second performance has been added for the Firebird Pops Orchestra, which will perform at the Hammond Castle Museum, 80 Hesperus Ave., Gloucester. After the sold-out December 11 show, a second concert was added on Sunday December 12 at 5 p.m. Chamber ensembles will perform classic and contemporary holiday works for brass quintet, string quartet, string orchestra and piano.

Conductor Brendan Kenney said the musicians were thrilled with the holiday show.

“I have admired this building for a long time, and the opportunity to present this program in this space is a dream come true. I couldn’t imagine a more exciting and magical setting for the return to holiday orchestral music, ”said Kenney.

Since the orchestra was founded virtually in 2020, the concert will be the orchestra’s first in-person holiday event.

“The founder of our museum, John Hays Hammond Jr., was a passionate connoisseur of classical music,” said Linda Harvey, the museum’s executive director. “In fact, he designed the Great Hall especially for public performances. “

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Backyard Growers opens a pop-up window

The Gloucester-based Backyard Growers pop-up store is now open at The online store only offers unique gifts on the theme of the garden. Profits support the non-profit organization’s school, backyard and community garden programs. All items come “ready to give” in a kraft paper gift bag and are available for pickup at 103R Maplewood Ave. The last day for the holiday pickup is December 23.

Rockport Legion Holiday Concert

The Rockport Legion Band, under the direction of Bob Rick, will perform a free holiday concert this Saturday, December 11 at 2 p.m. at Rockport First Congregational Church, 12 School St. in Rockport. The entrance to the shrine is on Main Street. Masks are compulsory. and distancing is encouraged.

Among the selections that will be performed are “Fantasia for Christmas”, “A Hanakkah Festival”, “The Polar Express” and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”.

Annual Holiday Pottery Sale

Cynthia Curtis Pottery will be holding its annual holiday sale on Saturday December 11 and Sunday December 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the wood-burning stove, spiced hot cider and homemade cookies. There is a range of new pottery. The gallery is located at 80 Pigeon Hill St., Rockport.

Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events taking place in Cape Ann and to Cape Ann artists performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an article, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-675-2706 or [email protected] at least two weeks in advance.