5 Ways to See Art at the Cape Ann Museum

Festivals, fundraisers, walking tours, and more.

Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Glare Back Shore (#312), c.1975, oil on linen.

Collection of Dale Movalli


There is no better time to explore the Gloucester-based Cape Ann Museum. Rich in maritime history and culture, the museum, which has been in existence since the 1870s and spans 44,000 square feet, works to preserve and celebrate the area’s history and keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Here are five ways to see art this season, beginning with a free art festival on Saturday, May 13.


May 13

CAM Kids 

Gloucester Public Art Festival

The museum is free and open to the public all day for this city-wide celebration of the visual and performing arts of the Gloucester Public School District. This program is sponsored by the Gloucester Education Foundation. For more information, visit gloucestereducationfoundation.org


May 16

Cape Ann Museum’s Annual Meeting

Join in celebrating the museum’s accomplishments of 2016! At 7 p.m., author Peter Anastas will present Paper Trail Redux: A Stroll Through the Archives of the Cape Ann Museum. The presentation will be followed by brief reports on activities of the past year and an invitation for museum members to elect a new slate of officers to the Board. Refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public.


May 21

Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond

Catch this exhibition, which draws from private collections throughout the region, before it closes on May 21! For over 40 years, Charles Movalli (1945-2016) was a pillar of Cape Ann’s year-round art community, a distinguished landscape and marine painter, a prolific writer and advocate for the arts, and a widely-respected teacher. For more information, click here.  


June 17

The Captain’s Party

Don’t miss the museum’s fundraising event of the season! The Captain’s Party celebrates the 200th anniversary of Gloucester’s sea serpent sighting. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite. For more information or to purchase tickets online, please call 978-283-0455 x35 or email amyfanning@capeannmuseum.org.



Starts June 2

Summer Walking Tours

CAM docents have been hard at work over the winter, fine tuning existing tours and coming up with some new ones. Every Friday and Saturday morning at 10 a.m. during the months of June, July, and August, these knowledgeable guides will be leading tours in downtown Gloucester. Offerings include: Hopper’s Houses, Public Sculpture, Patriots & Patrons, Fitz Henry Lane On Food and Online, The Bones of Homes, and Churches of Gloucester: The Evolution of Spiritual Communities. Find a summer walking tour here


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