in the heart of historic downtown
at 189 Main Street
Trident Gallery is a showcase for the art of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Exhibitions of contemporary art in traditional and non-traditional styles and media rotate every five weeks and are accompanied by scheduled presentations and discussions. The gallery also maintains an extensive inventory of art available for viewing within the gallery (and soon online as well).
Owner and Gallery Director Dr. Matthew Swift curates Trident Gallery’s exhibitions and inventory, drawing on academic expertise and four generations of involvement in Cape Ann art to select each work of art and to illuminate its place within the cultural history of the region. His expertise and connections with regional artists are at the service of clients whose interests extend beyond gallery inventory.
Trident Gallery is located in a purpose-built space in the elegant Gloucester Safe Deposit and Trust building of 1880 in the heart of historic downtown Gloucester. At the back of the spacious main gallery are a library and a small black gallery within a vault.
Through its exhibitions, library, and programming, Trident Gallery is a part of the vital arts scene on Cape Ann and a resource for learning about the region’s rich artistic legacy and continuing importance.
The rugged and beautiful region of Cape Ann has attracted great artists for more than a century and a half. Gloucester was called the art capital of the United States in 1925,† and although that heyday has passed, something about this island has continued to captivate generation after generation of painters, writers, musicians, sculptors, artisans, playwrights, and dancers. It may be the birds in the marsh or the distant surf in the granite teeth. It may be the people who welcome the eccentric and find strangers worth talking to. Or it may be an effect of the calm and furious sea. We don't know, but vital art springs repeatedly from this rocky coast.
Today, as in the past, a large community of artists thrives here, sustained and guided by a keen sense of place, by connections to each other, and by the long tradition of artistic excellence on Cape Ann.
Works of art with meaningful connections to Cape Ann take diverse forms. Some depict or transform scenes of the region; others are profoundly rooted in the artist's experiences of Cape Ann's towns, landscapes, and sea horizons, and its vibrant matrix of interwoven communities.
17 January 2014 – 16 March 2014
Winter Meditations is a trans-discipline, evolving, multi-media art experience—an exhibition of visual art and a coordinated series of performances evolving with the season from mid-winter into spring. Four phases explore four facets of the season of winter: Stillness, Observation, Longing, and Persephone’s Return.
“The cycle of seasons is deeply imprinted in human consciousness; it matters to everyone and has meaning for all. The idea behind Winter Meditations is to remind ourselves how engaging with art deepens our experience of life by drawing forth our own creativity. Good art has the power to enlarge our views, develop our sensibilities, and fuel our spiritual journeys, but viewing art becomes a dry exercise if we lose touch with the experience of art as a creative act itself. I want to mount an exhibition which emphasizes the pleasure and creativity in the viewer’s experience of art, rather than the goal of grasping the artist’s unique gifts and vision, which though important can distract us from the reasons we value the hard work of artists so highly in the first place; the reasons we choose to bring art into our homes, schools, and workplaces; the deep, human reasons why stories, images, movement, and music matter.”
From Friday, January 24th, through Sunday, March 2d, Trident Gallery is proud to host a loan from the Massachusetts Audubon Museum of American Bird Art of more than 30 prints, paintings, and miniature sculptures by the renowned and important artists John James Audubon, Milton Avery, Andy Warhol, Allen James King, Robert Verity Clem, Lars Jonsson, and others. All the works of art depict bird species present on Cape Ann in winter, and their exhibition constitutes a new extension to the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend (Friday–Sunday, 31 January – 2 February) a festival which celebrates the winter bird life of Cape Ann, especially those Arctic species rarely encountered farther south. Sponsored by Mass Audubon and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the event draws several hundred participants to hear expert presentations and embark on bus tours and a boat trip to see the birds. A birding guide for the event in past years, Director Swift has this year orchestrated the festival’s new art component at Trident Gallery.
Works of art by Gabrielle Barzaghi, Winston Swift Boyer, Charlie Carroll, Susan Erony, Dennis Flavin, Eileen Mueller, Joe Poirier, and Lynn Swigart will be on display during the entirety of Winter Meditations. In the final phase, Persephone's Return, additional works of art by these and other Trident Gallery artists will take the place of the departing Mass Audubon winter bird art.
The following events are free and open to the public. Space is limited for the workshop and performance events. Guests may reserve seats by contacting the gallery no later than 24 hours before an event at 978-491-7785 or by e-mail at events@TridentGallery.com. Please claim reserved seats no later than 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. Scheduled events are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please check the web site or call the gallery shortly before an event to confirm its status, especially when winter weather seems likely to impede travel.
evokes the contemplative stillness of winter
honors the skill and habit of close observation of life shared alike by artists and naturalists
Artist Sandy McDermott will lead off the Winter Birding Weekend with a workshop at Trident Gallery on the close observation and field sketching of birds and other wildlife.
No prior drawing experience is necessary. Free. Reservation required.
Live animals of any type can be a challenging subject to draw. Birds especially are constantly moving. How does one attempt to render them?
Observation is key. Come to this workshop and learn how to combine fast sketching with quick observation! You will learn how important it is to keep your eye on the subject, not your paper. You will also learn how to focus on parts of a bird first, rather than the whole portrait. Basic avian anatomy and topography will be discussed. Weather depending, we’ll step outside to draw from life. Photographs and mounted specimens will also be used.
Workshop plan: Orientation (15m), Drawing and observation exercises (45m), Avian anatomy (20m), Sketching outdoors, weather permitting, otherwise from photos (20m), Discussion and review (20m).
Please bring with you (1) a 9"x12" or larger sketchpad (newsprint pads not recommended), (2) drawing pencils (4B, 2B, F, and 2H as a suggestion), (3) black permanent or felt-tipped pen, (4) a white eraser, and (5) a kneaded eraser. If you have any questions about supplies please call or email the gallery.
Trident Gallery is delighted to present a reading by acclaimed poet Brendan Galvin, a Guggenheim Fellow and the author of sixteen collections of poetry, including Habitat: New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 (2005, LSU Press), a National Book Award finalist, and Whirl is King: Poems from a Life List (2008, LSU Press), a collection of his poems about birds. Reservation recommended.
Critical Praise for Brendan Galvin
"Few living poets are as memorable in their descriptions of the goings-on in the non-man-manufactured world."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Over the past four decades, in an era deeply suspicious of the relationship between language and external reality, Brendan Galvin has been quietly reminding us that the best poetry can deepen our understanding of the natural world and of each other."
-- National Book Award statement
"Brendan Galvin is an essential presence in contemporary American poetry."
-- Tar River Poetry
"If future literary historians wish to demonstrate an excellent late-twentieth-century non-formalist who writes directly and accessibly, let Galvin be their example....More toughminded than most of his peers, Galvin is also far less predictable."
-- X.J. Kennedy, Shenandoah: The Washington & Lee University Review
"Brendan Galvin has an exciting gift for finding the unexpected word that proves miraculously perfect in its setting."
-- The Atlantic Monthly
About Brendan Galvin
Brendan Galvin is the author of sixteen collections of poems. Habitat: New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 was a finalist for the National Book Award. Ocean Effects appeared in fall, 2007. His translation of Sophocles' Women of Trachis appeared in the Penn Greek Drama Series in 1998. Whirl Is King appeared from in 2008. The Air's Accomplices, a collection of new poems, is forthcoming from LSU Press.
His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, the Sotheby Prize of the Arvon Foundation (England), the Iowa Poetry Prize, and Poetry's Levinson Prize, as well as the first OB Hardison, Jr., Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, the Sewanee Review's Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry, and the Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah.
He has published over 500 poems in magazines, textbooks and anthologies, including 21 poems in The New Yorker. His fiction, critical reviews, and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Crazy Horse, Laurel Review, Ploughshares, Northwest Review, and Poet Lore.
He has been Wyndham Robertson Visiting Writer in Residence in the MA program at Hollins University, Coal Royalty Distinguished Writer in Residence in the MFA program at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, visiting writer at Connecticut College, and Whichard chairholder in the Humanities at East Carolina University.
He grew up in the Boston area and lives in Truro, Massachusetts, a small town on outer Cape Cod.
dwells on loss, desire for change, the inevitability of change, hope for spring’s renewal, and the bonds with others which the pressures of winter’s deprivations renew
Trident Gallery warmly welcomes Rufus Collinson, Poet Laureate of Gloucester, who will give a poetry reading marking the beginning of "Longing." Reservation recommended.
Ruthanne (Rufus) Collinson has worked as a journalist, photographer, bookkeeper and turkey farmer. Two books of her poetry have been published by Folly Cove Books, Turning the Stones (1997) and Traveling to You (2008). A paper flyer is also available, and a jpg like the one below but with venue information sutiable to email to your friends.
Naturalist Chris Leahy is a charismatic and popular speaker as well as a noted author and editor. Raised in Marblehead and a resident of Gloucester since the 1970s, Leahy will speak particularly about the birds of Cape Ann as he adapts a talk he has been giving at the exhibition "Audubon’s Birds, Audubon’s Words," at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the forty works of bird art currently at Trident Gallery.
Leahy’s interests in natural history are comprehensive, and he is a recognized authority on birds and insects; he holds the Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology at Mass Audubon; he has led natural history explorations to over 70 countries on all of the continents; he is the author of The Birdwatcher’s Companion to North American Birdlife (1,072 pp), Birds of Mongolia (forthcoming), The Nature of Massachusetts, The First Guide to Insects, “A Guide to Winter Birding on Cape Ann,” and other publications.
celebrates the sure signs of spring which appear in early March
An evening of music and dance performance heralds the return of spring and again unites the visual and performing arts, marking the beginning of "Persephone's Return." Multi-instrumentalist composers Nathan Cohen and Anthony Leva explore sonic geographies and genres. Dancers Olivier Besson and Chandra Cantor improvise duets with poetic intimacy, striking clarity, and dynamic surprise.
21 March 2014 – 20 April 2014
Artist's Reception: Saturday, March 29th, 5pm–7pm.
Trident Gallery's first one-artist exhibition begins on the first day of spring, 2014, with the work of this innovative Rockport photographer in both modern and early photographic media.
25 April 2014 – 26 May 2014
Trident Gallery is very pleased to host an exhibition coinciding with the release of a book featuring the images and words of this legendary Cape Ann painter and teacher.
30 May 2014 – 29 June 2014
New work by two fascinating and talented artists who are always exploring new directions.
3 July 2014 – 27 July 2014
Art world legend Meredyth Moses, founder of the Clark Gallery(Lincoln, Massaschusetts) brings new artists and perspective to Cape Ann.
1 August 2014 – 1 September 2014
Rocky Neck's renowned sculptor turned painter fills Trident Gallery with new paintings, collages, and monoprints.
5 September 2014 – 5 October 2014
Powerful work in a wide variety of media by a deeply committed and thoughtful Gloucester artist.
10 October 2014 – 23 November 2014
28 November 2014 – 4 January 2015
Another season of art to feed the soul.
29 November 2013 – 5 January 2014
A cornucopia of art to feed the soul. On the centerpiece, new abstract pastels by Dennis Flavin and a new series of Bass Rocks oil paintings by Patti Sullivan. Filling out the feast, modest morsels and substantial sides by eleven other gallery artists — Gabrielle Barzaghi, Nadine Boughton, Winston Swift Boyer, Charlie Carroll, Susan Erony, Pamela Ellis Hawkes, Zygmund Jankowski, Ruth Mordecai, Eileen Mueller, Joe Poirier, and Lynn Swigart.
First come, first served. Bring your intellectual appetite, moral cravings, and spiritual hunger, and find satisfaction in art, which may be taken home immediately to nourish families, invigorate infants, and revitalize the elderly. Art is wholesome and recommended for all living, loving beings.
Art may be taken home when purchased; walls will be replenished.
Three Artists in Dialogue with the Past is an exhibition of works by three contemporary artists who engage the imagery and ideas of the mid-twentieth century and of earlier eras. Working each in a different medium, they create and critique images and narratives of the past, both imagined and historical, drawing viewers into worlds that are strange yet feel familiar, or look familiar yet feel strange. As viewers, we are led into dialogues with ourselves and with history as we confront anew the power of stories and images to shape our perceptions and convictions.
The title of Gabrielle Barzaghi’s major new work “How to Stay Alive in the Woods,” a grid of 15 drawings, refers to a wilderness survival manual published in 1956. Her “Paleolithic Picnic” is a series of nine drawings illuminating a world that is dim, primeval, and as familiar as a myth.
Nadine Boughton stitches together imagery from the popular magazines of 1945–1965 into witty and trenchant digital collages that blend nostalgia for the past with the darkness beneath the pleasures of modern living. Her series of eight collages titled “The Pleasures of Modern Living” is displayed in the Vault Room at Trident Gallery.
Susan Erony’s painting “The History of Eugenics, Part I” is a copy of an eighteenth-century drawing by Dutch anatomist Petrus Camper showing a “progression” from ape to ideal human. Her work prompts solemn consideration of the perils of transplanting ideas between cultures, of our appetite for reason and order, and of both the powers and the limitations of visual images.
"Home: The Inaugural Exhibition"
twelve artists representing the excellence and variety of contemporary fine art on Cape Ann
Friday, August 30, 2013 – through – Monday, October 14, 2013
Artists: Albert Alcalay, Winston Swift Boyer, Charlie Carroll, Susan Erony, Dennis Flavin, Pamela Ellis Hawkes, Zygmund Jankowski, Ruth Mordecai, Eileen Mueller, Joe Poirier, Patti Sullivan, Lynn Swigart.
Gallery Director Dr. Matthew Swift has assembled 39 works of art that explore ideas of “home,” a theme he will examine in programmed discussions, gallery conversations, and written materials.
Home is a point of departure and a place of return.
Home is the place of one’s dwelling or nurturing — Gloucester, Cape Ann, the United States, the planet Earth.
Home is the seat of one’s domestic life and overlapping communities; it is a place of safety and comfort.
Home is a target, the destination of a creative mind striving to think, to forge meaning, to provoke, to pay homage, to become beautiful.
Please see the description for the Winter Meditations exhibition for a list of upcoming events.
Trident Live Art Series
A series of performances in the gallery space, about every two months. Architect: Sarah Slifer Swift.
Saturday, December 14th, 3:30–5pm
Open House, with the three other galleries of the Pleasant & Main Art Zone, during the Middle Street Walk prior to the Annual Lobster Trap Tree Lighting at Police Station Plaza. (For the flyer and schedule, follow the link and see the Facebook photos.)
All four galleries will have refreshments. Visit all four to collect the pieces to assemble your very own Plesant & Main Art Zone Art Cube! It's an ornament, an earring, a cube of chance, a miniature art gallery, and more!
Friday, November 29th (Black Friday), 5pm–7pm
Opening Reception for Walls of Plenty
When you come, check out the grand opening of Trident Gallery's new neighbor, Blue River Diamonds, open 6am–6pm that day.
Saturday, November 2d, 5pm
Panel Discussion with the Artists of Three Artists in Dialogue with the Past
Friday, October 18th, 4pm–8pm
Opening Reception for Three Artists in Dialogue with the Past
Saturday afternoon events associated with Home: The Inaugural Exhibition focus on artists featured in the exhibition. Prepared remarks of 30–45 minutes will be followed by discussion and light refreshments. Additional works of art by the subjects will be on display during each event.
Saturday, September 21st, 5pm
"Home, Safety, and Art"
Presenters Matthew Swift and Susan Erony will speak on the work of artists Albert Alcalay and Susan Erony. Both Alcalay and Erony's father emigrated to the United States to escape persecution. Additional works of art by Alcalay and Erony will be on display.
Saturday, September 28th, 5pm
"Perspectives on Cape Ann"
Remarks and discussion on the diverse representations of Cape Ann by painter Joe Poirier and photographers Winston Swift Boyer, Charlie Carroll, and Lynn Swigart. Additional works by these artists will be on display. Presenters to be determined.
Saturday, October 5th, 5pm
Paths to Abstraction
Gallery Director Matthew Swift and artists Dennis Flavin and Ruth Mordecai offer remarks and discussion on abstraction in the careers and works of artists Dennis Flavin, Ruth Mordecai, Eileen Mueller, and Patti Sullivan.
Saturday, October 12th, 5pm
Ephemerality and Permanence
Gallery Director Matthew Swift offers remarks and leads discussion on ephemerality and permanence in the work of artists Pamela Ellis Hawkes and Zygmund Jankowski. Prepared remarks of 30–45 minutes will be followed by discussion and light refreshments. Additional works of art by Jankowski and Hawkes will be on display.
Trident Gallery Director Matthew Swift may be reached at the gallery +1 (978) 491-7785 and firstname.lastname@example.org. At this time, the Director is not seeking new art for the gallery.
Trident Gallery is in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, on Main Street at the corner of Duncan Street (which becomes Pleasant Street as it crosses Main). Click here for a map and notes on nearby parking.