Coming of Age in the East Gloucester Art World of the 1950's

Saturday, July 13

3:00 p.m.

An illustrated talk by writer Peter Anastas about growing up in the East Gloucester art world during the 1950's, focusing on the artists and writers he knew, especially in and around Rocky Neck. This program is free for members or with Museum admission. 

In words and pictures, Coming of Age will focus on the artists and writers Anastas knew in and around Rocky Neck. He will describe his journey toward an understanding of the relationship between visual and literary art and the places in which it is created. He will detail his experience as a young man who reported on the Cape Ann arts community for the Gloucester Times' Cape Ann Summer Sun. This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Four Winds: the Arts and Letters of Rocky Neck during the 1950's. Anastas will lead a gallery discussion, with writer David Rich, about Vincent Ferrini in September. 

Peter Anastas is the author of ten books, including At the Cut, a memoir of growing up in Gloucester during the 1940s, three novels, and, most recently, A Walker in the City: Elegy for Gloucester, a selection from the 620 weekly columns he wrote for the Gloucester Times between 1978 and 1990.

Photo: (Left to right) Cape Ann Historical Society President Hyde Cox, Peter Anastas and Sculptor Walker Hancock, May 14, 1955. Courtesy of the Museum archives and GDT. 

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