On Sunday evening, December 7th, Gloucester welcomed another friend to its growing footprint of art venues – the Lexicon Gallery in Magnolia. Over 300 people gladly overstayed their welcome way beyond the 4-7 hours in order to enjoy the great company, food, hosts, and well-appointed artwork by 17 artists from Cape Ann and south and west to Boston, New York, and the Berkshires! Particularly noteworthy was the presence of fellow gallery owners – Mahri and Bill Bode of Mahri’s, Cynthia Roth of Flatrocks Gallery, and Peggy Russell of Pop Gallery and City of Gloucester Council representatives, Bill Fonvielle (Ward 5) and Sefathia Romeo-Theken (Vice-President). Fellow artists Ken Bonfield, finger style guitarist (a long time seARTS advisor) and Christine Routhier, flautist, who volunteered their musical talents for the evening.
The message was loud and clear – we are all in this together, committed to making Gloucester, Cape Ann a complete arts destination – with important pillars in all of our communities like Magnolia, Lanesville, and Manchester. There was a great buzz, engaging conversation, and sales! But behind the scenes, what’s even more exciting is that these two multi-dimensional individuals (Seyrel and Chris) have invested considerably in Cape Ann’s infrastructure as entrepreneurs and artists as well as Board participation at seARTS and co-founders of the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival (CACF) – jumping in with all four feet so to speak. The gallery will expand to house the CACF to include three new space that will include glaze and kiln rooms for workshops starting in the spring. So arts education to add to the portfolio!
For those wondering about the terms “Creative Economy” and “Cultural Economic Development” this is it, live and in color. It’s happening all around us. And it’s a wonderful marriage of those who have done it for the last 35 years and those who are coming forward today. If you missed all the fun, stop in Thursday-Sunday 12-6 for a visit or contact Seyrel Williams to make an appointment.