Cape Ann’s Artistic Melting Pot

Jim McAllister Lecture Set for April 25th at the Rockport Art Association

March 4, 2008 (Salem, MA) . . . The Essex National Heritage Commission
(ENHC) and Rockport Art Association have set the date for a lecture by Jim
McAllister entitled “Cape Ann’s Artistic Melting Pot” to be presented
Friday, April 25th at 7:30pm at the Rockport Art Association (12 Main
Street, Rockport, MA). Admission is $10 per person and all proceeds will be
split between Rockport Art Association, event host, and Essex National
Heritage Commission, event sponsor. Tickets may be purchased at Rockport Art
Association or online from Essex National Heritage Commission at:

Beginning in the last quarter of the 19th century, the coastal communities
of Rockport and Gloucester began attracting hordes of artists from Europe,
Canada and cities across America. In this highly-illustrated lecture,
historian, author, columnist, art collector and owner of Derby Square Tours,
Jim McAllister takes a look at both the international flavor these painters
brought to Cape Ann and the myriad personal and professional
inter-relationships that drew so many artists from particular regions of the
country. Special emphasis will be placed on artist migrations to the Cape
from the great art centers of Philadelphia, New York and Cincinnati.

Join us for this lecture, the second of three spring events sponsored by the
Essex National Heritage Commission in celebration of the 25th anniversary of
the founding of Derby Square Tours and to raise funds for cultural programs
on the North Shore.

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About the Essex National Heritage Commission (ENHC)
Essex Heritage is the non-profit supervisory authority for the Essex
National Heritage Area, one of 37 such areas affiliated with the National
Park Service. Working in collaboration with the National Park Service,
Essex Heritage promotes public/private partnerships and develops and
implements programs that enhance, preserve and encourage regional awareness
of the unique historic, cultural and natural resources found within our
Heritage Area. For more information, visit the Essex Heritage website at or call (978) 740-0444.

About the Rockport Art Association (RAA)
Rockport Art Association is one of the oldest and most active art
organizations in the country. Established in 1921, RAA was founded as an
artist cooperative and social gathering place for artists and art lovers. On
July 12, 1929 the Rockport Art Association moved to its permanent home at
The Old Tavern building, which was originally a sea captain’s house and then
over the years also an inn, a tavern and stage coach stop. Located at 12
Main Street, Rockport, MA, the Association has steadily increased in size
and currently includes approximately 250 artist and photography members, and
800 contributing members. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 10-4, Saturday
10-5, and Sunday 12-5. For more information, visit:
or call (978) 546-6604