“I love carving into the lino block and seeing the image appear. In a weird way, carving into the block is very therapeutic. I also love the texture, aesthetic and imperfections lino block printing creates.”
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I am taking a little break from playing but you should still go and cheer my teams on! I designed the poster for this month so I had to post this ridiculousness. Yep, Fevah and I are on a golf cart and there was a Fez hat involved that I had to Photoshop out unfort. I thought about putting some nachos (feminachos of course) in the background, but that would have just made it completely out of control… but it is my screen saver right now.
Get your tickets now
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BDD Bout #2 – Saturday, March 19
Shriner’s Auditorium–Wilmington, MA
Get your tickets sooner than later – last bout sold out…
Doors open at 4pm
Bout #1, 5 pm: Wicked Pissahs v. Nutcrackers
Bout #2, 7 pm: Boston Massacre v. Steel Hurtin’ (Pittsburgh, PA)
After party in the Fez Room with DJ John Barera
Bout #1: Wicked Pissahs v. Nutcrackers
The 2010 Golden Fez Champions will take on the Nutcrackers in their first meeting of the home team season.
Bout #2: Boston Massacre v. Steel Hurtin’
The Massacre will be meeting Steel City’s all-star teams for the first time in WFTDA history in March. Steel is coming off a strong showing at the Eastern Regional tournament, where they defeated Carolina to finish 5th behind Boston. Keep your eyes on Hurricane Heather and Snot Rocket Science, two jammers who shocked fans with their top-scoring jams. Hurricane Heather broke the WFTDA record for most points scored in a single jam when she put up 36 points against Dutchland (the record was later broken at the Western Regional Tournament).
2011 Season Opener
Shriner’s Auditorium – Wilmington, MA
5PM Boston Massacre vs. Montreal’s New Skids on the Block
7PM Cosmonaughties vs. Nutcrackers
It’s the official start of the season and with Montreal’s huge upset over Rat City last weekend, and our amazing new freshmeat taking the flat track for the first time, it’s sure to be good times. Get your tickets now because it will sell out! For more info check out BostonDerbyDames.com.
Let’s do this – xoxo krushpuppy
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With the Boston Massacre tryouts last week, it’s officially derby season again. We’ve got a bunch of super talented *fresh meat* still battling it out for positions on the home teams. Here’s the new season schedule flyer I worked on – mark them there dates down… or better yet, just get your season ticket now… www.bostonderbydames.com. See you there! xokpup
Surf Movie Night is back… for those of you that have been with us since the old days, you know we used to show surf movies in our old art studio in Rockport. These nights were amazing community gatherings where we all got to enjoy a couple beers in each others company and take in great films on the 10ft movie screen. Once we moved our studio/gallery (the Hive) to Main St. in Gloucester we lost the space for hosting these nights.…
Now that we have the gym space and the movie screen, we can fire up the projector. So next Friday December 10th we will be having the first CFCA/HIVE surf movie night. Here’s the deal… we open the doors at 8pm. It’s kind of potluck style (snacks) and bring what you want to drink. We have the fridge so no need to bring ice. Usually we have social hour and then end up playing the movie around 9:30pm. I think will end up showing 180 Degrees South. Come join us and bring friends… it’s a great time and a great way to get to know each other in another setting.
Friday December 10th @ 8pm. @ CrossFit Cape Ann 7 Parker St. Gloucester Ma
Part dreamworld, part memories, part wishes, part love letters. These pieces are inspired by real events: sunshine, ocean waves, a sunny perch, a long road traveled, backyard discoveries, stoked folk and the flatspells in between.
All works are a combination of acrylic pigment transfer, acrylic paint and watercolor mixed with original digital and analog images.
How about giving wicked rad gifts this year and feel warm and fuzzy while you do it? Come on down to the HIVE. There you can buy some local art or get a gift certificate for your favorite person! You’re $$ will help support local artists and help keep the Cape Ann Art Haven in tip top. It’ll be real cool of you- thanks!
Come support Cape Ann Art Haven by enjoying some tasty Mexican food at Jalapenos tonight (Monday, November 15th). Ten percent of all profits made between 4:30 and close will be donated to Art Haven! Jalapenos makes delicious food (Tlalpeno soup yum). Enter our raffle for a FREE session of classes at Art Haven – bring your family and friends. See yins there!
86 Main Street, Gloucester Mass
(978) 283 8228
Come down to 7 Parker St and check out what jon’s been working on lately…
Amazing short from the Aileen’s surf crew DARk Side of the LENS
Words & Shots by Mickey Smith
Fresh back from California…and here is some of the best work coming out of there. Rumor has it some of John’s block prints might find there way to the Hive.
“I generate my art for the purpose that most artists do, to create dialogue, awareness, emotion and or a memory. In my skate and surf art, I want the viewer to feel the motion of the water, the moving board, smell the water and concrete, and to feel the grit of the wheels touching the asphalt. I hope to create enough iconographical clues throughout my painting that the viewer looks closer and ask questions as to what it all means. And, a way to make a more personal connection between myself, the viewer and the overall work” – John S. Culqui
Some fun t*shirts for the salty folk…
September 11 , 2010
Bout #1, 5 pm: Expo Bout- Nutcrackers v. New Hampshire Skate Free or Die
Bout #2, 7 pm: Golden Fez Championship Bout – Wicked Pissahs v. Cosmonaughties
Doors at 4 pm, Bout #1 at 5 pm, Bout #2 at 7 pm Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington, MA
Tickets $16 online and at the door (good for both bouts of the double header)
A new batch of BIGGER & BETTER Hive stickers has arrived. Go down to get a few and plaster them around our beautiful city.
photo by J. Kozowyk
Hive Artist Greg Orfanos finished the murals on the utility boxes in Salem. A total of about 76 hours worth of work. Pretty Amazing.
Wicked Pissahs (+ alum!) vs. Maine Port Authorities 5pm
Cosmonaughties vs. Nutcrackers 7pm
It’s a Wicked Pissah reunion of sorts – keep your eyes out for some old school Pissahs to make an appearance on the track… gonna be fun.
The Gloucester Triathlon is looking for volunteer kayakers and surfers to serve as water observers and rest stops for swimmers competing in this year’s Triathlon. I did it last year and it was really fun. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, have them drop a note to Janda Ricci-Munn (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up. The race starts at 7:30a on Aug. 8th — volunteers need to be there around 6:30 to muster up and get sorted… for other info on the race: http://www.gloucesterfishermantri.com/
This is a great event and promises to be an annual so grab your aquatic vessel of choice and pitch in.
I have been working on some new BirdSwell linoblock and digital prints this summer. All prints can be viewed in the new BirdSwell Etsy Shop.
These prints are also on the BirdSwell website.
All of my prints are on high quality recycled paper.
Here are some of the new prints
Enjoy and Spread the Swell,
It is interesting how art materials work in different conditions. I did these painted drawing boards over the last two weeks in as I am sure many of you know extremely hot conditions. Here is a little trick to keep your pallet from turning into the Sahara Desert . I put some wet paper towels down on a shallow pan and put a piece of wax paper over the top. The wax paper absorbs the water but at a much slower rate keeping your paint from drying out. Look for my follow up post this winter when I give you tips on how to paint in sub-zero temperatures.
Cosmonaughties vs. Nutcrackers 5pm
Boston Massacre vs. Dairyland Dolls (Madison, WI) 7pm
AND it’s the Boston Massacre’s last home bout of the season, so come!
AND AND you can get one of these to help the pantless militia get places…
This sculpture is part of a series called “tech vs flesh” The box started life as a dolls steamer trunk. I thought that looks seaworthy. I always loved the scene in Joe vs. the volcano where Tom Hanks ties the trunks together to make a boat. The lady asked me what I was going to do with it. I told her she wouldn’t believe me if I told her. I wonder if she would have sold it to me if she knew. Somewhere there is a doll crying because there is nothing to put her clothes in. It is made from just about everything you can imagine. Wood, clay ,paint, metal ,foam ,paper ,cloth. dimensions 21″,19″,10″
Yes I find this stuff as weird as you do but I am learning to accept it.
(c) Tom Torrey 2010
1. This is a great way to contribute our artistic talents to benefit raising money for animals endangered by the oil spill – Share your talents for our environment – see link for more info:
2. The Sketchbook Project sounds great, and it will be touring the US beginning next year, the closest stop being in the groovy city of Portland. I’m interested in participating – if anyone else is, we can possibly get a group discount, and make a good showing for the tour! check out the link below for more details, and email me at email@example.com if you are interested in joining up.
Cape Ann Art Haven is a community space where artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop creativity and confidence through hands on learning and collaboration.
On the verge of their 2 year anniversary, Art Haven is holding a logo contest! This contest is open to all ages and up to 3 entries per participant are permitted. Contest deadline is July 9th. The new design should reflect the Cape Ann Art Haven mission statement (above).
For full contest rules/details click here… AH_LogoContestRules.
Get creative and give it a go!
Come by and see us whenever Art Haven is open M-F >>> 10ish – 5pm and weekends by chance
The window boxes have been planted outside of Art Haven’s windows. yeah.
BIG thanks to April Kozo and the lovely folks at Wolf Hill for donating the flowers!
We’re doing it again this summer. The Hive grand RE-Opening Show.. Saturday June 12th from 6-9pm…Come on down to help us celebrate new work & our new location (@Art Haven) on Main St. If you like what we are doing pass the word and help us build community through creativity. Local food and beverage provided by Alchemy and Cape Ann brewing. After party across the street at Alchemy. Hope to see everyone out.
Customs signs may be available…inquire with the boss at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 5th is national drawing day. Go over their web site and be part of the fun. All you have to do is make a drawing and post it on your favorite social network site. Don’t worry you don’t have to be an artist to participate. Its just for fun! And yes artists are weirdos. We actually enjoy stuff like this. Thanks for asking!
Wilmington Community Blood Drive
Sponsored by The Boston Derby Dames
Sunday, May 30, 2010
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
99 Fordham Road
Enter to win 2 tickets to the Boston Derby Dames June Bout!
Free Red Sox T-Shirt for All Donors!
John Monte is a local guy making wood surfboards out of a little shop nook in his cottage off of East Main. We stopped in to see what we has so far and what else is in the works. All photos by Jonathan Kozowyk
How did you start making wood boards?
I started making wood boards in the basement of a building I was living in on Cape Cod. I love history and am facinated with the traditions of surfing. As I learned about the earliest days of surfing I realized I needed to ride a 10″ 80lb wooden board. Boardslike this are hard to find and very expensive, so the next option was to build my own. Using native materials and limited knowledge I carved out a wave riding vehicle in the tradition of the forefathers. It feels good to connect with that creativity through neccesity that boardbuilders felt a century ago.
What boards have you made so far? What are your methods? What are your materials?
I have made a classic style single fin longboard, two 5′10″ swallow tail fishes, and an alaia solid wood board. I use a system I came up with on my own. I begin by making a scale model of the board to see what I want it to look like. I then design and make the rocker and outline templates. In the rocker template, I will design the chamber system which will make the board hollow and flexible. After pre-cutting the rocker and chambers into each strip of the board the pieces are laminated together. I now have a solid block of wood that is hollow. This allows me to sculpt the board as I please with no restrictions. The wood sculpting is a part of the process I really enjoy. Once the board is shaped I make the fins. These boards are now covered with fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin, then polished to a lustrous finish. I am using native New England woods, eastern white pine, poplar, basswood, and white cedar. I have goals of finding my own sustainable wood source in the future.
What boards are next? What other board builders are you inspired by?
The next board I’m thinking about is a thumbnail single fin, around 7 feet. A little extra length for paddling, a little extra rocker for steep faces. I also have visions of a really thick and really wide longboard, made for choppy, mushy waves. I was recently talking with a friend about an 18 foot open ocean paddle board. This is something I have been conceptualizing lately and getting a bit excited about. I have been inspired by a board builder in Australia, Tom Wegener. He runs a sustainable operation building beautiful paulonia wood boards. I look up to the generations passed that made the first surfboards. I also have to give credit to mother nature, the greatest artist of all, she inspires me every day.
Our house is always a mess of new projects. Here are the latest creations my wife karen has come up with..
molded concrete & perlite planters
the signage in progress for Art Haven’s front window
photos by jon kozowyk
Hivers!! We’re doing it again this summer. Come down to help us celebrate our new work & new location on Main st. Local food and beverage provided..just bring yourself and friends.. spread the word. Hope to see everyone out..
All you need to do is come up with a creative Haiku about the Ocean and/or Surfing and you will win a FREE BirdSwell T-Shirt of your choice.
• J-Bird will pick her favorite Haiku to determine the winner
• Submit your Haiku by e-mailing BirdSwell at: email@example.com
• Deadline is May 10th at 12pm
• Winner will be posted May 11th at 12pm
Mayo 15th – Shriner’s Auditorium
5pm Cosmonaughties vs. Wicked Pissahs
7pm Boston Massacre vs. Oly Rollers (Olympia, WA)
Yes, the pantless militia is taking on the #1 team in the country. nbd.
Get your tickets now – our last 3 bouts sold out!
Interview with the Hive Artist Coco Berkman on Printsy. Click link for full.
’cause its high time you check it out…
April 17th – Shriner’s Auditorium
5pm Boston Massacre vs. Philly Liberty Belles
7pm Nutcrackers vs. Cosmonaughties
Get your tickets now – our last 2 bouts sold out!
This is my piece for the space 242 gallery show circus themed show. It measures 22t x 14w x 6d. It took a better part of the last month to complete. I wish I had the know how and technology for this to take quarters and give fortunes. My idea was to create a sideshow arcade machine that was so creepy that your friends would dare you to try it. Thank you mr glue gun for all the help I couldn’t have done it without you. Also you can have the kitchen table back hun and we can start eating dinner at the table and not on t.v. trays. I am glad that my family is willing to suffer with me for the art. Thanks guys!
photo j. Kozowyk
check us out on flickr too> If you have a flickr page add us as a contact and we will do the same.
to go there click here
Greg is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists.. you can see his work around Gloucester at Alchemy & Lat 43 and of course at the Hive. Here a few new ones he is working on.
headed for Japan i guess http://www.grainsurfboards.com/2010/03/14/for-japan-three-four-fives-and-a-five-two/
trying to learn the drums and i find myself watching this a lot
Can’t think of a better way to celebrate the first day of Spring!
March 20th – Shriner’s Auditorium
5pm Wicked Pissahs vs. The Nutcrackers
7pm Boston Massacre vs. Carolina Roller Girls
Get your tickets now – last month sold out!
Dean potter sets a new base jump record of a 3 min flight!!! How do you top that? Ridiculous
BirdSwell would like to announce their Spread the Swell Launch Party!
You can RSVP HERE or click on the above image to get more information.
The Landsdowne Pub (21+)
9 Landsdowne Street, Boston, MA
Tuesday, April 13th, 8pm – 12am
Celebrate our spring collection, including the unveiling of a new t-shirt design! It will not be going on the website until after the launch party.
There will be special t-shirt and long sleeves prices, raffle prizes & give-a-ways!
This is a FREE event to celebrate the launch of of the BirdSwell brand, website, surfing and art. INVITE your friends too!
Gene Cooper interview on liquid salt here http://www.liquidsaltmag.com/ Gene made some ridicoulusly beautiful boards for me a few years ago. Check him out at http://www.cooperfishsurfboards.com/gal.html or to check out what he made for me http://www.cooperfishsurfboards.com/gc1985.html & http://www.cooperfishsurfboards.com/gc1986.html
Just uploaded some new work on etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/everlutionforms go take a look.
< Captains Courageous Festival >
Saturday March 6th 9am–9:30pm
A special event for all ages featuring Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling’s classic adventure novel, and film adaptation, about a spoiled rich boy who is rescued by Gloucester fishermen.
The all-day event includes community volunteers reading segments of the novel (starting at Cape Ann Museum at 9am), tours, children’s and family programs, a performance by sea shanty singers, Three Sheets to the Wind and a showing of Captains Courageous (1937 film) starring Spencer Tracy at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 7:30pm. Come one, come all.
For information, a complete schedule or to volunteer, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-281-1222
made some shadowboxes for prints that we had yet to frame. Came out pretty good and what’s better is that I’m having fun making stuff again
Picked up a bunch of fish from a show Outside of Boston and will getting them on etsy and in the hive soon.
After deciding to move out of our Rockport location, I really wanted to consolidate my efforts and get rid of all the excess junk that having a large studio allows you to collect. Carved out a little space in our basement to store tools and work on smaller projects with the intention of doing most work on the big worktable outside. Really excited to be where I am and to start to focus on sculpture work again.
Finally finished this bamboo skewer knife holder for Jeremy of Cape Ann Brewing. Gotta give huge credit to Rob Huss whose mathematical and geometry skills far surpass mine.
Jon with Tom Torrey’s X-wing Fighter masterpiece
Carla Hollet’s “David Buoy”
Another Tom Torrey and wife creation
Kyle Browne’s Buoy
Rob Winthrop’s Buoy
Greg Orfanos’ buoy
Karen signing her “G-town” buoy
The Godmother takes the X-wing home
We have just released NEW long sleeve and short sleeve BirdSwell shirts. Check out the new shirts at www.BirdSwell.com!
Spread the Swell!
These are pictures of two custom buoys done to benefit The Cape Ann Art Haven of Gloucester . I know it is another star wars custom thing. I feel like a broken record sometimes but I think that it came out great. The birdcage buoy is a design that my wife Tammy thought up. She did all the paper cutting and layering and I did the wire and copper work. It is a true jam piece and we had a lot of fun doing it. Swing by the event meet some people and buy some art! It’s this Friday night starting at 6pm at the Cruiseport in Gloucester. Click the website for more info.
Art Haven is having its annual Buoy Auction fundraiser this Friday January 29th from 6-9pm at the Cruiseport Gloucester (6 Rowe Sq.) Hand-painted buoys from the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree will be auctioned off to raise funds for Art Haven’s programing. *Plus ten Hive artists have donated 10 buoys to the silent auction. (see Will Mean’s Buoy above) If you find yourself in Gloucester Friday, come down to enjoy tons of food from local restaurants and support a great cause.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 students and free for children under 12
Karen and I just got back from Mexico where we shared a house with one of the creators of Dear and Yonder, Andria Lessner. After much anticipation our copy of the DVD arrived the other day and the movie is one of the best efforts I have seen in a long time. Really inspiring short bios on women who are representing surfing in a positive way. Hoping to find a venue for surf movie night so we can show this.
Hiver Michael Prince just had 2 pictures added to the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and 2 added to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Congrats Michael.
Robot show at space 242 inBoston’s south end. Opening happening this Friday 6-8pm. Hive artists Andrew Jacob & Tom Torrey will have work on display. For more info go here http://www.space242.com/
Over 10 Hive Artists painted buoys for the silent auction. Should be a good time with lots of food and all proceeds to benefit Art Haven programming. Come down.
this blog is chock full of profiles of the people who make surfing the magic that it is. Check it out here http://www.liquidsaltmag.com/
Well I’m not a blockhead but rather it is the title of my new piece .This is a kit bash sculpture I did from an old school mpc vader tie model kit and some other plastic stuff I had. Kit bash are fancy words for using parts from lots of model kits and throwing out the instruction sheet. It combines two of my childhood loves Star Wars and Charlie Brown. He is such a blockhead that it just had to be the name for it.
(c) Tom Torrey 2010
a couple pics from our trip to Mexico. KAren and I never bring cameras so Jon Koz is always responsible for documenting..More to come
porch view of town
elissa, paul & keegan
Hivers Meghan and Mike at Persistent Productions wrote from their winter hideout in Monteray, CA to announce they are wrapping their hour-long documentary Shooting for Democracy. The film examines the 2008 national elections in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the 2008 US presidential elections from the perspective of high school students in each country. The film combines professionally produced footage with excerpts from students’ work. Students in three classrooms participated in a video exchange program, and the film follows their personal experiences while also exploring the social and political contexts of these distinct nations.
They are at the beginning of sending the film out to film festivals and are looking forward to some screenings locally on Cape Ann happening in the spring.
I wish Gloucester had a budget for public art like this. The late great Margaret Kilgallen, a fellow CC graduate.
check out his new blog http://www.soulkontroll.blogspot.com/
I got word from a friend that the Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to the Regent Theater in Arlington Feb 22-24. This is always a great night and getting to see some inspiring films is always good for the middle the of winter..
Hello Hivers! A lot of people ask me about the image transfer process that I use in my mixed media artwork. Recently, I did a write-up on my own blog and thought I would post a link to it up here as well. I hope you will enjoy playing around with this method. It does take some trial and error but after a little bit of practice, you will be having fun with it, too! Read the full blog post here.
Mixed media on canvas and wood by Johna Klebenov. Just finished a bunch of new squares. Little, surf-inspired artworks.
jon koz photo.
come stop by and see our progress by Saturday.
September in November…Mid November diced up all types of swell on the east coast.. With a late season hurricane, Ida reinventing herself into a NorEaster & New England surfer’s had their last glimpse of warmth before winter fell apon them.
I spy Krushpuppy @20 seconds in. Go Massacre! Actually that’s her right there.
found this work by Santa Fe Artist Colette Hosmer…pretty inspired.
Karen and I stumbled upon Warehouse 21 during an afternoon walk aroun the Railyard project in Santa Fe. This place is really inspiring and got me fired up for helping Art Haven acheive there goals. check out Warehouse 21 here http://www.warehouse21.org/about.html
Carla joined the Hive in September and we want to welcome her to the mix. Check out her profile on the Artist page.
Tom Torrey a.k.a. Gammaraybots has a piece in the All the Right Gallery and store in Queens New York. It is being presented by Tenacious Toys and sculptor Mike Mendez. The idea behind this show was to customize not a toy but an empty roll-on container.
The containers are cheap and can be found anywhere. Toms entry “The Slob” is wrapped in sculpy modeling compound sculpted and painted in acrylics. The only other materials are underarm hair and his bath towel.
The show opens :
Friday, October 30th, 7PM (Devils’ Night!)
All the Right graff supply store
3561 Junction Blvd
Corona, Queens, NY
Any Hive family or fans that are in the queens area stop by and check it out.
photo by jonathan kozowyk
As you now know we are moving the Hive Gallery to Gloucester….But before we do that we are Having ONE LAST SURF MOVIE at our Rockport location. We will be showing Picaresque. Check out the trailer here http://highseasfilm.com/teaser1.html. Doors open at 8pm. Pre-movie slideshow of Ross & Jon Koz’s recent trip to Nova Scotia will be a special treat . You know the drill, bring a beach chair, beverages and buddies. This event is Free so just come.
Free Swim is an award winning documentary film about the paradox of coastal people not knowing how to swim. Taking place on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas we follow a group of kids as they overcome their fears, gain confidence and reconnect with their environment by learning to swim in open waters.
Blue Ocean Film Festival,
WINNER “BEST OF OCEAN SPORTS”
category award sponsored by Patagonia
Awarded to the film most effective and innovative in relating ocean sports stories or competitions to conservation and appreciation of the oceans.
Bout #1, 5 pm: N.E.R.D. vs. Garden State Rollergirls
Bout #2, 7 pm: Nutcrackers vs. Cosmonaughties
Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington, MA
Tickets $14 in advance, $16 at the door. Kids 6-13 $10, under 6 free.
www.BostonDerbyDames.com for tickets and more info!
Bout #1: Get warmed up with an expo bout where the ever-changing New England Roller Derby (featuring members of the Wicked Pissahs and skaters from across the region) takes on New Jersey’s Garden State Rollergirls.
Bout #2: It’s the battle for the first official Golden Fez Championship! In the closest home team bout of the season, the 0-4 Cosmonaughties notched their first win of 2009 just when it counted most, at the September playoffs. That bout put an end to the Wicked Pissahs hopes of winning three championships in a row, but gave hope to underdogs everywhere. Have the Cosmos stepped up their game enough to upset the undefeated Nutcrackers?
This is the final local bout of the Boston Derby Dames 2009 season. Don’t miss it!
**Bring a new toy for Shriners Hospital and get some BDD swag in return, along with a lot of gratitude from the Dames, the Shriners, and all the kids receiving care in Boston.**
Step 1 – Go to Todd Farms on a Sunday morning and find a solidly constructed antique nightstand covered in caked-on layers of white paint.
Step 2 – Strip that sucker down to bare wood.
Step 3 – Draw a cool (albeit slightly angry) octopus and transfer to a frisket.
Step 4 – Stain, mask, paint, lacquer, line the drawers, attach hardware.
Step 5 – Take to the Hive show and sell it that night.
Go to www.willmeans.com to see more pictures of the finished product and other reborn wood by Will Means.
Tom Torrey a.k.a. Gammaraybots has a vinyl toy in the Robolucha custom show presented by Patch Together. The show is at the TOY2ART gallery in Cologne Germany and runs from Oct 17th to Oct 24th . There was a group of talented vinyl toy customizers who put in a piece. Tom was flattered to be part of the show. Any overseas Hive friends who are in the Cologne Germany area stop in.
at the Boston premiere of whip it
from his recent trip up to Cape Breton. Really hoping for the full slideshow before surf movie night.
Gonna be away this weekend ringing the cowbell for Krushpuppy and the rest of the Massacre. Stay tuned via live boutcast here http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/live
The best gallery on Cape Ann is the one that is the hardest to find and rarely open.
Start the last weekend of summer off with a wicked bang! Come check out all the new work from the rapidly expanding Hive members, the original crew and the recycled aquatic creations of Jon Conant- Everlution Forms. Tasty treats and beverages provided by Cape Ann Brewing. Come By and feel free to bring friends. If you can’t make the opening, we will be open Saturday the 5th 11-3pm. Oh by the way, as of now the gallery is only open for events, by appointment or by chance. We decided we can have the best effect to create connections and enhance the creative image/culture/community of cape ann by focusing on our events. So come out!
We are looking to get more artist and community involvement with the Hive. Be a part of it.
What’s is your background creatively?
I have been a creative person all my life. I enjoyed the grade school art classes but let go of art when I got into high school. When i was picking college classes I noticed that the line at the Art table was very short compared to the undeclared table which was 5 miles long. I don’t know if it was Serendipity or laziness but I went to the art table and picked out a few classes and the rest is history.
What other creative areas do you hope to explore in the future?
I would love to have the room to explore larger scale sculpture. I miss the college studios because they always had lot of room and places to store materials and completed work. Due to space problems I have taught myself to work smaller. I guess the benefit is I can complete more work in a shorter time. I always marveled at artists that spent 6 months on one work.
How did you become involved with the Hive?
Jon Conant saw my work at the Boston Bazaar Bizarre back in 2007 and later bought one of my found object robots. I think it was march of this year he emailed me and let me know that he was getting together a group of like minded artists from Cape Ann. I can remember being very nervous at the first get to know you meeting a few months ago. I found the people to be very friendly and I had no trouble fitting in. It is nice to have a place to gab with other artists.
What are your thoughts on the Hive? How can it become better? more unique?
I love the idea of The Hive. For the lack of a better metaphor it is like cheers for the art set. Having a group of people who support each other and understand what you are and what you do is great. I would love to see more Artist community involvement. I can tell you from experience that it is very hard to take your work from your studio and hang it on a wall for people to see. It can be really scary. However You can’t wait for someone to appear at your door and ask you to show your work. That would be nice but it isn’t realistic.
I had this idea. Remember when we were kids and the local supermarket had a coloring contest. You took one of the shopping bags and colored on it and brought it to the store and they hung it up. There were hundreds of those things taped to the wall. Perhaps there is a way to bring that idea into the 21st century. What if hive and local artists were given a piece of wood or bottle or other common object to decorate alter or transform in some way. Anyone who gets the object is given a place in the show. It might bring people out of their shell. It would be a community show and we could also bring in some other artists into the hive. I think if the community is given the chance to participate they would feel that the hive is theirs too.
Another idea I had is incorporating the beach clean ups that I know many of you do into an art event. What if we invited the town to a beach clean up and art competition. We could take the stuff we collect on the beach and have a sculpture contest with it. There could be prizes ( I would donate some artwork) and donations accepted for a local charity. It would incorporate clean up making art and charitable donations all thanks to the folks from The Hive. I have no idea how to even set something like this up or if it is possible. Just throwing it out there.
What are your thoughts on Cape Ann? How can it become better? more unique?
I am originally from the south shore Mass and I have to tell you that the North shore has it all over them. I feel more at home here by the seashore that I ever did there. The people are friendly and I can feel the history here. I think that what is lacking is the closeness and simple niceties of life. We are racing around faster and faster. I wish we would all slow down take a breath and learn what is important to us.
What are your interests outside of Art?
I am a dad and take care of a couple of feisty yet great kids. It is a challenge to juggle an artist carrier and be a husband and a father. I give free art lessons to my kids and hope they bring this creative spark with them. I love movies and music. Pop culture has been a big influence to me all my life.
Anything you want to add?
I’m boring myself talking about me. I’m going to make some art!
Karen and I saw this show while went to see Surfland at the Peabody and were really impressed with the creativity. Check the link below and check out the video with Hive artist Kyle Browne Behind the Scenes: Down by the Sea!
Trash Menagerie presents over 30 improbable works of art created from things most of us simply throw away. This playful and poignant exhibition challenges visitors to think differently about the creative potential lurking in everyday objects. From an iridescent trout made from beach refuse to a flock of cheery birds made from tin cans, Trash Menagerie explores animals imaginatively made from recycled rubbish. On view in the Peabody Essex Museum’s interactive Art & Nature Center June 20, 2009, through June 2010.
Ryan Tatar’s Shakas & Singlefins is pretty much my favorite surf/art content blog. A worthy daily check. http://shakasandsinglefins.blogspot.com/
Come cheer on Krushpuppy Hive Member & Boston Massacre All-Star
Saturday August 15th – DOUBLE HEADER 4 pm: Doors open
5 pm: Wicked Pissahs vs. Cosmonaughties 7 pm: Boston Massacre vs. Detroit Derby Girls
Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington, MA Tickets $14 in advance, $16 at the door Kids 6-13 $10, under 6 free
More Info www.bostonderbydames.com
This is my entry for the Munny Grubbers custom Munny show and contest at Just Blazed, opening August 8th in Phoenix, AZ. It started as a blank do it yourself vinyl toy. I wanted to look back to when I was a kid and melted all those green army men in the dirt under my porch. I remember they were so cheaply made with extra plastic hanging out along all the seams. If you are in the area swing by Just Blazed Hip Hop Shop & Gallery and take a look. -Tom
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Giddyup! Time for another “Surf Movie Night” Friday August 7th. We will be showing Thomas Campbell’s new film “The Present” Please bring beverages, friends and a beach chair. Doors open at 8 pm. Gallery will be open for an hour or so before the movie goes on. you then. As always, Hive events are free to the Community.
If you have nothing to do tomorrow check out the Massacre’s bout against Bay Area in Vegas. The boutcast is via live feed at 3pm Eastern Time courtesy of Derby News Network. http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/live Cheer on the Krushpup!
photo by Xena
We will be closed Friday & Saturday only because we will be down at the Gloucester Sidewalk Bizarre! So come down and see us there 9 to 5pm (weather permitting) both days. We will be at the west end of Main St. near the Blackburn Tavern. Our booth is gonna be packed out with the best local work on the whole block. Stop by and support a new direction in local art.
really cool lino prints ranging from $15-250
Went to visit Rob & Tracey Logan at their studio in Maine. Always a good time and always gets me inspired when I see what they are working on and just their lifestyle in general. Here are a few treats from the interior of their studio barn.
Going to Maine to visit Rob and Tracey’s studio for the day. Very excited to check it all out.
John just uploaded some new photos on his flickr site. This one is Amazing
Send of pics of you with your Hive sticker or any random Hive stickers you see around Cape Ann and beyond. Thanks to Joey C of Good Morning Gloucester who got these shots. If you don’t know about GMG you should check it out. Joey has probably done more than anyone to unite the community and highlight all the unique aspects of Cape Ann.
send em in please.
We were super fortunate to get a lot of publicity for our opening event. A big thanks to Joey Ciarmataro of Good Morning Gloucester and Gail McCarthy from the Gloucester Times.
Check out Joey’s interviews in the links below
And Gail’s article that Ran in the Gloucester Times & Salem Evening News
Matty Rose and I holding down the The Hive Booth at the market. (we are actually quite friendly) What a fun day with no rain. Thanks to all who came to support the Hive and hang out with us.
Thanks to all who came out to support the Hive grand opening. It went off huge!!! We are really excited to give a Cape Ann a fresh new venue for the arts. Stay tuned for future events, spread the word and come support the gallery when your looking for something unique.
Tom Torrey’s Gammraybots. Come check them all out on Friday Night @ The Hive Grand Opening. 7 PM
Sorry for the lack of posts in the last week. Just got back from the Bahamas with Karen’s family. Great time to get away and relax before this final push week to get the hive up and running.
New nascar sponser I guess? ?
Come check out our booth, at the Cape Ann Farmers Market every Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30. A big thanks to Matty, April and friends who ran the Hive booth while I was away.
Art Throb is a really cool and informative blog coming out of Salem. Check out the interview we did with them below and go check out their site www.nsartthrob.com
10 Questions for The Hive
Without sounding like complete groupies, we at Art Throb would just like to say: The Hive is so cool…and we want to be your friends in art and community! Your opening statement on your blog makes us tingle: The Hive is equal parts working studio, gallery event space & clubhouse for the younger generation of Cape Ann creative folk. We formed early in 2009 to encourage art & idea collaborations, support systems and the creation of links between individuals and their community as a whole.
You are our Cape Ann blog crush! We love it when you use phrases like cross-pollination — clever coming from The Hive. The fact that most of you are Cape Ann surfers nearly puts us over the edge…YOU ARE ART THROBS! We plan to be at your gallery opening on July 10 when you feature the Robotic Creations of Tom Torrey and other inspiring North Shore artists at your studio across from the Rockport train station.
We first heard about you from the adorable and talented musician Jesse Ciarmataro – one of your affiliated artists — when we bumped into him on Salem’s Derby Wharf walking dogs.
We’ve heard through the grapevine that you might like us too…We thought of writing you a love letter, but then we thought, how about tracking down Jon the Surfer of Everlution Design, the creative force behind The Hive, and doing a Q and A. Without further ado…
Q: (Dinah Cardin): Are you the founder?
A: (Jon Conant): Yes, I consider myself the founder and working creative director, although I have a core crew of people in the community that I rely on for making decisions concerning the gallery, marketing etc.
Q: How did you come up with the cool name — the Hive?
A: The Hive is a name I’ve been thinking about for some time now. I like it cause it represents an active working community with lots of energy. I’ve been in this studio for 4 years now and had other artists sublet space the whole time. After going through a few name changes I finally settled on The Hive as an umbrella name for the whole building.
Q: How did the collaborative come together?
A: Originally my vision for the Hive was to get a big building filled with private studios, communal workspace for classes, a gallery space, maybe some sort of food/coffee option all under one roof. Kind of like the Steelyard in Providence. I wanted/ still want to create that space that could be a hub for the younger creative community on Cape Ann but we are starting small in our current location and will see where it goes.
Q: What are you trying to do with this collaborative?
A: Our Mission is “The Hive seeks to build community by providing a space for arts exploration, cross-pollination of ideas and promoting creative and active lifestyles on Cape Ann”. That, pretty much sums it up I guess. Create community, motivate people to be creative in all aspects of life, give a venue for non-traditional work, make Cape Ann a better more unique environment. I really want to facilitate connections between people. There is a great community of younger creative and active people here. But being New Englanders, I feel that a lot of us are kind of slow to connect with others. This is really unfortunate.
Q: What’s the scene like in Gloucester/Cape Ann these days? Is it getting as hip as it seems?
A: It’s coming around although not as quick as some would hope. I think everyone agrees that Gloucester in particular has a ton of untapped potential. I think it’s up to the younger generation to get it to the tipping point. I mean Cape Ann in general is so beautiful! I think of it as really good base camp in that everyday you can go out and have an adventure be it surfing, climbing, trail running, snorkeling, kayaking to the islands etc. There is so much space and terrain to explore. We are really blessed to have that. As far as the businesses that are here, I guess I just wish they took the extra step to make themselves a bit more unique and fun! Don’t be afraid of color.
As far as the art scene goes…In my opinion it’s way too focused on traditional work, too old, too competitive, and way too self-serious. I think Cape Ann is a victim of its history in a way. The whole area is typecast from one too many paintings of Motif #1. I think the whole arts community needs to forget about the history for a while and try something new. We really have nothing to lose and everything to gain at this point. I’m sure this will piss off a lot of people but that’s pretty much how I see it. I mean just calling myself an artist up here makes me uncomfortable because of certain hoakie connotations. I just like to think of myself as someone who likes to make stuff and be creative.
Q: How many of you are also surfers? Explain why art and surfing go hand in hand?
A: A lot of us are surfers. Not really sure why art and surfing go hand in hand. I think it’s personal for everyone. Surfing is one of the most important and enjoyable aspects of my life. I schedule everything around it when it’s good.
Q: How do you think North Shore communities can work together to improve the art scene?
A: Obviously be supportive of each other and make connections and collaborate. I guess I would also say be honest of what the current creative scene is and try to find ways to motivate yourself and other people to make it better.
Q: Future of the Hive?
A: We are opening our Gallery on July 10th. Tom Torrey of www.gammaraybots.com is going to be the first featured artist. (lots of other work too) After that we’ll take it day by day, try to get more artists involved, grow the community and hopefully one day reach the original vision.
Q: How did you find Art Throb?
A: Kyle Browne, an artist who is involved with The Hive told us about you guys.
Thanks so much, Jon!
Along with being the founder and working creative director of the Hive, Jon also spends his time in the studio making objects from reclaimed wood under the label Everlution Forms and firing glass into retro cabinet hardware under the label Retroglassworks. Other than that he likes spending time surfing, climbing and exploring Cape Ann with his wife Karen and their 2 dogs Moxy & Kiwi.
a beautiful song.
Hive Artist Matty Rose just finished his website. Check it out here at www.mattrosefa.com
I was going through our flickr site and got nostalgic about the old van. It’s been not quite a year with the new truck. The van ended up having some major mechanical problems. We made the tough call of trading her in. During our negotiations at ira toyota the salesman retorts to Karen’s inquiry on the low trade in value of the van by saying “well…it’s handpainted and it smells like fish”. We almost cried we were laughing so hard. He forgot wet dog, wet astroturf, wet wetsuits and the list goes on.
Saturday July 11, 2009 10am – Noon Dead Horse Beach, Salem Willows Park. Comb the shore for flotsam and debris to create a collaborative sea turtle with environmental and Hive member Kyle Browne. You’ll clean up the coast to protect wildlife and the environment and have fun making a huge ephemeral artwork.
Karen dropping into a magic Cape Ann wave September 2006. Andy Lee Photo.
I used to play around with surfboard shaping & glassing in college as functional sculpture. I maybe shaped and glassed a dozen boards before I got rid of all the tools and chemicals…. under the assumption that I was already breathing enough wood dust in the studio. I’m still interested in shaping so when I get the chance to watch real shapers work, I take it. Gary Wilson at Kinetic was nice enough to let me sit in and ask questions while I watched him shape this 6′4″quad fish. Thanks Gary!
Go explore to learn more about the adventure. Movie to be released later inthe year. 180south.com
derby next Saturday @ shiners in Wilmington. Watch Massacre take on the girls who are responsible for the whole derby rebirth…The Texecutioners! http://www.bostonderbydames.com/
Want Stickers? Send us a self addressed/ stamped envelope to our new mailing address
the Hive Cape Ann
P.O box 296 Rockport Ma 01966
Go over to the Cox reservation for the Annual “Art in the Barn” show. Karen and I put some work that we want to get rid of before we start The Hive. Some interesting stuff, but Hive artists need to take over next year and put some vibrant and less self serious work in there. It’s looking a bit stale. For info on the event go here.
Like Nick’s roast beef! send in your Hive Spottings please.
Any webmasters or Cape Ann Bloggers or their fans are invited to Cape Ann Brewing tonight for the first ever (very informal) Cape Ann Blogapalooza. We can discuss setting up as a charter group of the around the world Beer and Blog network. 6:30PM For More Information about the Location- Cape Ann Brewing
Jonny was featured climbing The Shafat Fortress in the movie “The Sharp End ” that we played at the last Surf movie night. He was a huge inspiration to the climbing community for his good nature and unbelievable abilities in the mountains. My heart goes out to his family and friends, the sender films crew and the climbing community as a whole for this huge loss.
We have extra space that right now is being used as a storage/staging area for work that will be in the gallery. it will become available for rent. Specs are 16 x 12 ft with built in shelving, semi private, can paint or change to suit your needs, super warm in the winter and nice and breezy in the summer. 24 hr access. Can be shared between 2 or more tenants. Building has no plumbing. Bathrooms are next door. Utilities are included
We are looking for younger creative folks who are trustworthy, willing to help out with Hive projects, residents of Cape Ann. and longer term renters. (6 months+) call 978 546 8300 or email for more info. $175 a month.
from the Surfers Journal Volume 2, Number 2 1993
I was down in Brooklyn this weekend so I checked out the 5th annual Renegade Craft Fair. 250 vendors from all over the country set up shop in Williamsburg’s McCarren Park with all types of handmade crafty stuff: jewelry, prints and stationary, decorative items, stuffed animals, and lots and lots and lots of t-shirts. There were some definite stand-outs for me. I love foldedpigs’ morbid, cock-roach emblazoned, repurposed restaurant ware. Final Approach also puts art in an unexpected place with some really cool custom suitcases. But the hands-down best in show for me was Cherry Box Studios’ Plushkill Forest plushy wall-mounted animal heads. I’m having reverse buyer’s remorse for not bringing one home with me.
I also got to spend some time in Manhattan photographing some of my favorite iconic architecture. Here are a couple of my better shots: Cesar Pelli’s Bloomberg Tower; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum (with pigeon); my current favorite architect, Norman Foster’s Hearst Tower; and Mies van der Rohe’s minimalist masterpiece, the Seagram Building.
photos by hinty
heard about this on “This American Life” and still have not seen the documentary. Unfortunately one of the competitors took his own life shortly after losing and they no longer hold the event.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the French photographer probably best known for Earth from Above has made a new movie - HOME – about the planet Earth and the ecological (and therefore civilization-al) crisis we face. On June 5th the movie will premiere for free at events around the world and online. The trailer gives a sense of the impact that the images in this movie promise to make.
Been working with them for a while now on finial designs for their furniture. Check out the everlution fish over the door in their 2009 catalog. Russellmackenna.com
New journal just came out and it’s one of the strongest issues I can remember. The journal is a must have especially for new englanders suffering a lack luster season. Go get a subscription here or wait till we carry it at the hive and come pick up a copy.
Thanks to all who collected caps for Karen’s blacksplash. We just need to grout the one last section and the kitchen is done. Retroglass pulls and knobs came out nice as well.
I used to climb with Steve when I was going to Colorado College. He’s a great guy doing really cool public art projects with kids. I’d love to get him to Gloucester in the future. Here is some info “PAA” is a network of artists, artisans, planners, architects, engineers and teachers who make public art HAPPEN. We work COLLABORATIVELY to create site-specific, permanent, public art for municipalities, neighborhoods, public schools, private institutions and collections. go check him out at Public Art Associates
After a cold winter, I’m back in the studio on a regular basis and starting some new stuff.
Through October 4, 2009
Utilizing 19th century tintype photographic techniques, emerging artist Joni Sternbach captures portraits and seascapes along America’s coastal regions. For her premiere solo museum exhibition, Sternbach presents a recent body of work focused on tintype portraits of surfers. These images mine the tradition of anthropological photography to explore the enduring culture of surfing within Sternbach’s own country. SurfLand: Photographs by Joni Sternbach is the debut exhibition for the Peabody Essex Museum’s newly appointed Curator of Photography, Phillip Prodger.
Shelter Surf Shop is using john’s handmade font for their shirts.. Hive likes that font too. check out Shelter’s blog here http://sheltersurfshop.wordpress.com/
Hive Stickers are in. Come get some.
Tom’s work is in the chuckwa gallery custom skully show. The show runs from May 9- June 5 in Fullerton Ca. Check out the store and gallery on their website.
prepping the floor for paint tomorrow. Then start hanging work in the Gallery!
mixed media work by Johna Klebenov
Where the Hive looks for inspiration www.thesteelyard.org
working on making frames from old decking for a photo show my sister in law is having in Charleston, SC. www.eekological.com
word on the street is that the Hive may be a part of the Market this summer.
one of the few people who capture our area in a NON hoakie way. check out his flickr page. John also designed the font for the Hive logo.
Here are some appetizer platters I made for Cape Ann Brewing. Go down for a pint and enjoy Gloucester’s local beer.
Very satisifying work. Thanks to all who came out! Lets make it a monthly gig from April to October. And for those who missed out, it took us an only an 1.5 hours to clean the bulk of Good Harbor. We forgot to weigh all the bags but next month we will be more prepared. Join us next time. The Gloucester Garbage Gaffers- “picking up where the city leaves off”