Taking inspiration from the Grand Marais, Essex sculptor Brad Story and Ipswich photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly will present works in a special exhibition at the Janet & William Ellery James Center at Cape Ann Museum Green in Gloucester from June 18 to July 30 .
Each artist was inspired by his environment on the North Shore and in particular the Grand Marais which stretches from Cape Ann to the New Hampshire border.
âThe sculptures and photographs by each artist are particularly striking because they reflect the true beauty of our local landscape,â said Oliver Barker, director of the Cape Ann Museum. âAs we celebrate the opening of our new CAM Green campus, they are well suited as featured artists in this setting, blending historic buildings, contemporary art and bucolic pastures. Both elevate the region’s natural beauty to an art form.
Cape Ann Museum Green is located on Poplar Street at the intersection of Washington Street in Gloucester.
This is the first of three exhibits and related programming that will safely engage the community during the lingering pandemic and utilize the open space of CAM Green.
Story is originally from Essex and lives and works on the edge of the Grand Marais. After graduating from college in 1969, he returned home to work with his father, Dana Story, in the family shipyard. The Stories have been building boats in Essex since the 1660s. After 27 years working in the shipyard, Story turned to the design and construction of three-dimensional works of art that combine his fascination with airplanes, birds and boat building. He creates his sculptures using nature as a starting point and materials such as wood and fiberglass.
Monnelly has been photographing in black and white for decades. Inspired by the 20,000-acre Grand Marais, she was the subject of her 2006 book, “Between the Way and the Sea: the Great Marsh”, which was republished in 2020. During her career, the photographs de Monnelly were celebrated by conservation groups. , and her large-scale gelatin silver prints are in the collections of several museums, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.
In mid-September, the museum will host another exhibition on the Grand Marais on the Pleasant Street campus. Two paintings of the marsh by Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) will be juxtaposed with the works of photographer Martha Hale Harvey (1863-1949) whose glass plate negatives belong to the Museum.
The exhibition will include two virtual lectures. In response to the persistent limitations of large indoor gatherings, the Museum continues to offer online lectures with the CAM Virtual Lecture Series. These regular online events offer visitors from near and far the chance to engage deeply with the House of Security Museum’s vast collection. In-person tickets are free for ACM members or $ 10 for the general public. The lectures will be broadcast live for free on Facebook and Vimeo.
Photographing the Grand Marais with Dorothy Kerper Monnelly and Doug Stewart: 1 p.m. June 24. Author, Ipswich resident and museum guide Doug Stewart will sit down with Monnelly to discuss his photographs of the Great Marsh. Their conversation will cover the inspiration and process behind his black and white photographs and what they reveal about the swamp landscape. This hybrid event will have a limited number of in-person seats available and will be streamed online through Facebook and Vimeo.
From Boats to Birds, A Sculptor’s Journey with Brad Story and Harold Burnham: 2:00 pm July 8th. Join CAM for a conversation between Story and Burnham, a master boat designer, shipwright and sailboat. In this conversation, Story and Burnham will explore the relationship between ships and sculptures and how they relate to Cape Ann.
For more information about the Museum, its programs, exhibitions and collections, visit https://capeannmuseum.org.