2019 Residency

JJ Baker, October 2019 Artist

Where did 2019 go?  Seems like we were just jurying artists and, suddenly, there’s JJ Baker, our October artist, giving his closing talk.

Few residents have reached so deep into the community as JJ has. He gave our Monday life drawing group a class on drawing portraits:


He painted portraits of many of us in the community (each holding their “original JJ” at the closing talk):


He not only gave his closing talk, but stuck around an extra few days to host a pop-up gallery on Madfish Wharf.


Time to pack up, head home and get ready for next year. Bookmark this blog and our website home page, where there will be updates about the 2020 Residency application process by the end of the year.

2019 Residency

2019 Residency Winding Down

At least, the Goetemann Artist Residency is at the end of its season. On Thursday, October 24, JJ Baker will give his Closing Talk at the Goetemann Studio on Madfish Wharf (7 PM).

BUT, he’s going to run. pop-up of his work in the studio through Saturday. Jason Burroughs, May Gloucester Invitational Artist, also has his gallery there. So does Stephen Lapierre. So swing by this last weekend in October. The Studio restaurant closes Saturday evening—half off everything til then.

Remember Matt Trueman and his horns out at the Paint Factory/Ocean Alliance? One horn made it through the one-two punch of double nor’easters this month. But they live on in his wonderful video.  See it here

2019 Residency

Environmental Artist’s September

Matthew Trueman has had a busy month—and he’s still at it. You can visit him at Ocean Alliance to check on progress of the “horns.” Matt is harnessing the movement of waves and wind to create amplified sound through these horns. They’ll be positioned so you can stick your ear in to hear, but you’ll be looking down.  Remember: The audio’s the thing

Below: Matt’s Opening Talk at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck with the horn prototype:

Here are scenes from the Residency Dinner for Matt and Environmental Artist Sponsor Karen Ristuben (thanks again, Karen!):

In situ at Ocean Alliance on September 19:

Don’t forget to join us for Matt’s Closing Talk, September 26, at Ocean Alliance (32 Horton St., Gloucester) at 6PM.

2019 Residency

September Artist Matthew Trueman

Join us Tuesday, September 3, as we introduce Environmental/Installation artist Matthew Trueman.

trueman_headshot_2018The Goetemann Artist Resident for September, Matt will be giving his opening talk upstairs at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck (6 Wonson St.) at 7 PM.

According to Matthew, a central theme of his work is an exploration of space using our ears, as opposed to our eyes, as the primary source of information.
Trueman_Sun Wheel Still2Matthew’s Instruments for Landscapes series aims to allow us to listen closer by making sound. To do this the sculpture, and ultimately the listener, must absorb, respond and harmonize with the elemental and ecological sounds of the coastline.

The sculpture that Matthew will create on-site at Ocean Alliance this month will power itself using energy from the wind, water or the sun to create an output that works like a telescope, allowing listeners access into the depth of the soundscape around them.

Hear Matthew’s plans on Tuesday, and visit him on-site at Ocean Alliance (32 Horton St.) in September. His closing talk on September 26 takes place at Ocean Alliance at 6 PM.
2019 Residency, Artist Teacher Talk

Joan Snyder on Cape Ann

Are you a little tired of 50th-anniversary tributes to the muddied memories of Woodstock this summer? Here’s another anniversary to consider: While some were slogging through rain and traffic in 1969, artist Joan Snyder was creating her breakthrough painting Lines and Strokes in her studio on Mulberry Street.

Milk & Rosebuds, by Joan Snyder.  2018, oil, acrylic, herbs, rose hips, pastel on canvas, 50 x 38 inches

Snyder has come a long way since— recipient of a National Endowment for The Arts award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The MacArthur Fellowship, and selection as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ongoing “Epic Abstraction” showcase of top large-scale works by Louise Nevelson, Jackson Pollack and other powerhouse artists.

The Goetemann Artist Residency is very pleased this year to welcome Joan Snyder as its 2019 Distinguished Artist Teacher. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Snyder on Sunday, August 18 at 2 PM at a special talk at Cape Ann Museum (27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester). She’ll be interviewed by her filmmaker-writer daughter, Molly Snyder-Fink. As of this writing (August 11), tickets to this free event are still available (call 978-283-0455).

For a uniquely personal look at Snyder (and a preview of what may be covered in their Cape Ann Museum talk), read this article by Snyder-Fink. As a leader of a distinctly personal and feminist and bold direction in modern art, Snyder stands as mother to us all in this quote from the piece by her daughter:

My mother’s journey as an artist, and her resulting body of work has taught me many lessons, and I am still learning. Foremost, she has taught me that if you are going down one path and another one presents itself that fills you with intrigue and hunger, take that one. It may be painful, but it will make you a stronger, clearer person.