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Northshore April 2016

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44 | APRIL 2016 by 33-foot second-floor open plan with vaulted ceilings was ideal for additional storage. In 1922, building owner Thomas E. Reed offered the property to neighboring artists for roughly $24,000. Current NSAA president Anne Demeter speculates on the reason for the sale price: "Through- out Cape Ann, there were places for people to board, and a lot of artists did," she says. "A lot of people who had these buildings were paid in artwork." Reed's neighboring prop- erty housed artists who quickly paid for the place and established it as the North Shore Arts Association. The building still marks Smith's Cove Inlet, abutting a busy com- mercial marina and multiple fishery operations. Stacked lobster traps hem the gravel parking lot at the harbor's edge, where Brown's Yacht Yard rents watershed slips. The scene is ripe for being put to canvas, and a catalyst for two centuries of artistic creation. Artist Fitz Henry Lane's granite hilltop home protrudes on the parallel shore—the western-ho- rizon view from NSAA's front porch. Co-Vice President Anita Johnson describes the organization's effort to photograph by Denis Tangney, Jr. (top), courtesy of the North Shore Arts Association (bottom) At 11 Pirates Lane in Gloucester, three stories of rotted clapboard cover East Gloucester's North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) building. The association's harbor home wears 94 years of sea spray corrosion like a pair of faded jeans. Flaking muted red paint reveals the poor condition of its underlying structure. One of the East Coast's largest art exhibi- tion halls needs a major renova- tion—and NSAA does not intend to let its historic waterfront property decay beyond repair. Before it was an exhibition space, the building functioned as part of an early-20th-century working waterfront. The façade's barn doors provided easy access for the tucking away of boat sails, and the 96-foot BY PATRICK MCDONAGH The North Shore Arts Association raises funds to save its iconic waterfront home. Preservation Arts The North Shore Arts Association enjoys a waterfront locale. Below, Frederick Mulhaupt is one painter whose works are part of the permanent collection.

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