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April 2016

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46 | APRIL 2016 nshoremag.com maintain the Cape Ann School's mari- time iconography: "[NSAA] feels very strongly about history and tradition. The desire for artists to capture the effect of the light on the ocean and its surroundings is a major characteris- tic." Painters from NSAA's 600-mem- ber association prop up easels in the gravel lot overlooking the panoramic inspiration for Lane's 19th-century maritime realism. The site is a desti- nation for local artists, visiting exhibi- tions, and memorial displays. Post-September 11, for example, artists consolidated work for the memorial show that incorporated steel beams from the Trade Center towers—welders cut crosses in the beams to create a solemn sculpture. Currently, an entryway sign reads: "Buy a Board Building Restoration," referencing a funding initiative for the building's $115,000 waterside wall renovation project. Ninety-seven horizontal feet and three stories of clapboard will be stripped; 10 roof- line window panels will be replaced with materials less susceptible to weather damage; and decrepit gut- ters, mounted external air condi- tioning, and two wooden decks will be addressed in accordance with Massachusetts building codes. "One thing we are dedicated to is doing an authentic historic restoration," says photograph by Paul Lyden (top), courtesy of the North Shore Arts Association (bottom) have been torn down. It is part of Gloucester's footprint." Cardboard boxes in the building's first floor lobby hold original slate roofing from Gloucester's decommissioned Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufacto- ry—a motif once painted by 20th- century artist John Sloan. If the fundraising campaign is successful, six weeks of external renovations are predicted. Howev- er, future events are not contingent on construction. Demeter shares a lineup of event speakers already planned for the summer: "We are going to have Dr. Iain Kerr, the CEO of Ocean Alliance. He will speak on the oceans and whales. They have a drone called the 'SnotBot' that flies over the whale. When a whale spouts, the Bot analyzes the DNA and health of the whales. We are going to have Roger Payne, founder of Ocean Alliance and the first to record songs of humpback whales. And the president of Rocky Neck Art Colony, Karen Ristuben, will be discussing the joining of art and science." Additionally, PBS's Antiques Roadshow appraisers Colleene Fesko and James Calla- han volunteered their time for the highly anticipated North Shore Arts Appraisal Event. (With the excep- tion of the appraisal event, all NSAA exhibitions, receptions, lectures, and demonstrations are free and open to the community.) Johnson. "We are restoring it the way it was done originally." Gloucester's tying of maritime heritage with artistry can be seen in law offices doubling as galler- ies, pubs sporting lobster buoys, and NSAA's own historic landmark on Pirates Lane. Gallery director Linda Cote recognizes the necessity of preserving the location: "There are so few historic buildings left on Gloucester harbor. So many of them Left to right, Board of Trustees and Building Committee Chair John Strohmeier, artist member and Board of Trustees Co-vice President Lenice Strohmeier, artist member and Board of Trustees Co-vice President Anita Johnson, NSAA Gallery Girector Linda Cote Below, Anita Johnson observes while NSAA President Anne Demeter and NSAA Co-vice President Richard Giedd prep for an exhibit in the first floor gallery. North Shore Arts Association 11 Pirates Ln. Gloucester 978-283-1857 nsarts.org CONTACT North Shore Arts Association reopens May 6, with hopes of continuing community engagement in their historically renovated, weatherproofed exhibition space. Visit nsarts.org for an updated 2016 calendar of events.

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