MIDSUMMER ART FESTIVAL
A FUNDRAISER FOR THE MLCC IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR
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The Magnolia Library and Community Center and Cape Ann Plein Air, Inc. are
joining forces to present a free Midsummer Art Festival featuring the work of over a dozen
Cape Ann area artists August 6 -12, 2023 in the Magnolia Community Center, 1 Lexington Ave.
Over 100 pieces of art will be displayed for sale, a portion of which will benefit the Magnolia
Library and Community Center. The event will kick off with an advance viewing on August 6 at
3:00PM followed by a “Meet the Artist” reception at 6PM featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres
and cash bar. The show will be open throughout the week from 2PM to 7PM daily and feature
live demonstrations by artists.
All the artists in the show have local roots and many are members of local art associations on
Cape Ann. They regularly paint in the “plein air” style – a French term meaning out of doors –
where the artist paints outside, directly from life, and relying on direct observation of the
subject. Since the area is rich in subject matter, Cape Ann offers a long tradition of plein air
painting – from Lane to Homer to Hopper. Four of the artists showing are current board
members of Cape Ann Plein Air, and seven are former members of the Central Street Gallery
Co-op in Manchester by the Sea. Eleven of the artists share instruction or mentorship by noted
Gloucester artist David P. Curtis.