Meet Us There! Day Trip: Homer at the Beach
Members only, $60
Journey to Gloucester for the day to explore Winslow Homer’s earliest marine works with independent scholar and Boston Athenæum Proprietor Bill Cross. We will meet at the Cape Ann Museum at 10:15, where Bill will lead a guided tour of Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880, which he co-curated. Following the tour, Bill will join the group for lunch at Passports. We will complete our day with a guided tour of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.
The program fee includes lunch and museum admissions. The fee does not include transportation or parking expenses. Participants are responsible for their own travel to and between sites. There is commuter rail service between Boston’s North Station and Gloucester.
Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880 at the Cape Ann Museum will feature some fifty of Winslow Homer’s original works. The exhibition will be the first close examination of the formation of this great artist as a marine painter. In 1869, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) exhibited his first picture of the sea. Over the next eleven years, his journey would take him to a variety of marine destinations, including to Gloucester and other parts of Cape Ann. It was on Cape Ann that Homer made his first watercolors and where he discovered his calling: to be a marine artist. And it was in Gloucester in 1880, where he enjoyed the most productive season of his life. Homer’s journey forever changed his life and the art of his country. The exhibition will reveal new aspects of Homer on the 150th anniversary of his first paintings of the sea.
Bill Cross is an independent scholar, a consultant to art and history museums and a Proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum. His largest engagement at present is as Co-Curator of Homer at the Beach, which opens August 2, 2019 at the Cape Ann Museum. Bill has many years of leadership experience both in the investment management industry and on the boards of non-profits related to the visual arts and to the Christian faith. He has authored more than 200 articles and lectures, particularly related to art, architecture and local history, and has a special passion for placing art in context, unveiling beauty and narrative meaning embedded – and often hidden – in objects. He and his wife Ellen are the proud parents of two grown sons and live on Cape Ann, which is the Cape of Massachusetts named after a queen, not a fish.
The Cape Ann Museum tells multiple stories, all relating to a single remarkable place. Cape Ann boasts a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial, and artistic achievement. The museum’s fine art collection includes the largest grouping of works by Fitz Henry Lane, as well as work by other prominent painters and sculptors who lived on, visited, or were inspired by Cape Ann. The permanent collection includes fine and decorative arts and artifacts from the major industries of the area.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a National Historic Landmark and Historic New England property, was the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Beauport was Sleeper’s retreat, backdrop for entertaining, and professional showcase, and an inspiration to all who visited. Beauport offers an opportunity to see Sleeper’s lifetime collection of curiosities in every nook and alcove. Each of the forty rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, color, shape, or object.