Continuing the Legacy of
Working Artists on Cape Ann
The Manship Artist Residency + Studios (MARS) is a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to the preservation of the historic residence + studio of sculpture Paul Manship, creator of the Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center, NYC. The estate has been given new life as an international artists residency for the benefit of the community and visitors to Cape Ann.
Willie Loco Alexander
October 19 - November 3
~ Willie Loco Alexander Retrospective ~ While local legend Willie Loco Alexander is known internationally as a musical pioneer, a former member of the Velvet Underground and the grandfather of punk, few have had the pleasure of experiencing his paintings and collages first-hand. Art work by Willie curated by Susan Erony from all stages of his career as an artist will be exhibited throughout the Manship Artists Residence, 10 Leverett Street, Gloucester, MA. Opening Reception — Saturday October 19, 4-6 pm. Exhibition open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, October 20 - November 3, 1-5 pm and by appointment.
November 23, 24, 30 & December 1
~ Too Fat for China ~ Manship Artist Phoebe Potts presents the world premiere of her one woman show - Too Fat for China, a comic look at the agency of adoption, - at the Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. With humor and irreverence, Potts tells the story of a road to motherhood that is paved with hope, heartbreak, second mortgages and bottomless questions about race and what makes a family. Phoebe was the 2018 Gloucester Writers Center Storyteller in Residence. Learn more and purchase tickets - click here.
Manship Artists Residency + Studios is a 2019 FINALIST for the
COMMONWEALTH AWARD by the Mass Cultural Council!
Best known as the creator of the Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center, Paul Manship developed this Lanesville estate which he dubbed Starfield on the site of two former working quarries. Paul, his son John and daughter-in-law Margaret Cassidy shared a love for this special place on Cape Ann.
Conserving Open Space
This idyllic 15-acre property boasts two pristine quarries, scenic vistas, rocky summits, and over 5 acres of forested land. MARS is dedicated to protecting these natural habitats which contribute to the quality of life on the property and in the community.
MARS is contributing to the revival of the artistic community which once flourished here. MARS is engaged in two years of piloting programming with an artist residency program at its core. The vision is to nurture community engagement component, to develop makers and studio spaces, and to provide public offerings such as performances and exhibitions, as well as workshops and classes. These offerings and rentals will be designed to sustain MARS and allow it to thrive.