100 Years in the Life of an Art Community

100 Years in the Life of an Art Community: Cape Ann from 1850-1950

Lecture I: Background

Lecture II: 1850-1914

Lecture III: 1914-1950

From the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, Cape Ann was a thriving art colony, one of, if not the oldest in the United States. Fitz Henry Lane set the stage in the 1850s, and by 1900, artists whose work was to influence the course of American art through the 20th century were flocking here. Clearly, the topography and light of Cape Ann were major factors in its attraction for artists, but beauty alone does not explain why a community of artists gathers in one place for a protracted period of time. These lectures will only begin to scratch the surface of the rich art history of this area and the questions of why a sustainable art community developed and what conditions supported it. One of the missions of seARTS is to understand those conditions, understand what worked and what did not and figure out what can be done to truly encourage the existence of a vital art scene on Cape Ann.


Tuesdays, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26; 7 to 8:30 PM


West End Theatre; 2 Main Street, Gloucester 978 281-0680


$7 individual; $15 Series

seARTS Members: $4 individual; $10 series

Light Refreshments