Current and Upcoming Programs

Scroll down below to review current calendar of events to see what's happening in your neck of the woods. 

Once Upon a Contest

Selections from Cape Ann Reads 

This contemporary group show featuring Cape Ann Reads 2017 Gulliver, Honor and Medal books is set to travel. Once Upon A Contest is coming to a community near you!


Cape Ann Museum December 18, 2018-February 24, 2019

Manchester Historical Museum April 6 - 26 2019

TOHP Burnham Public Library, Essex May 4 - June 2019

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library August-September 2019

Rockport Public Library February 3 - February 29, 2020


Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, John Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury, Claire Wyzenbeek

Curated by Catherine Ryanarts adviser former gallerist, public arts director, curator, historian, culture writer & critic 

Once Upon a Contest showcases award-winning children’s books by Cape Ann artists and writers. Based on the Cape Ann Reads 2017 Gulliver, Honor and Medal Books, this group show was made possible with support from the Bruce J Anderson Foundation | The Boston Fund.  Acclaimed children’s book author-illustrators Pat Lowery Collins, Giles Laroche and Anna Vojtech joined librarians and Bob Ritchie, Dogtown Books proprietor, on the 9 member jury panel. The Tree in Dock Square by Jean Woodbury and illustrated by Bonnie L. Sylvester is the first Cape Ann Reads Medal book. Once Upon a Contest  opens on December 18, 2018. Following its launch at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the exhibition will tour the four communities of Cape Ann throughout 2019 into the start of 2020. Programming at each venue detailed below. email 

December 18, 2018 - February 24, 2019
Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Museum launches exhibit

Timed with major Virginia Lee Burton exhibition: The Little House | Her Story

Opening Receptions: January 5 and 12 , 2019

Invited Artist: Bonnie L. Sylvester

New temporary wall mural: on view thru Feb. 24th only 

  • As part of the original creative design and concept for the Once Upon a Contest travel exhibition, Bonnie L. Sylvester was invited to create a contemporary public mural in three parts on the walls of the 'Greenhead Room' gallery at the Cape Ann Museum for the launch of the travel exhibition. Following two years steeped in preparing final illustrations in watercolor for the Cape Ann Reads Medal Book, The Tree in Dock Square by Jean Woodbury and illustrated by Sylvester, the two week process for this Cape Ann tableau involved sketching key elements and applying layers of custom mixed paint for a walk-in installation effect. After the close of the show the wall walls will be painted over. The temporary wall mural is a first for the artist, and the museum.

Special February School Vacation children's book master workshops with Cape Ann Reads authors and artists: Feb 19 - 22

  • Tuesday February 19:  Fun with Figures and Find Franklin the Cat: illustration in marker and ink with Leslie Galacar, illustrator of  “Where in the World is Catherine Abigail" written by Michael LaPenna

  • Wednesday February 20:  Make story headbands with “Small Elephant” artist Betty Allenbrook Wiberg and author Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg

  • Thursday February 21:  Create nocturnal paintings on colored paper like “Henrietta’s Moon Egg,” a Cape Ann Reads Gulliver book written and illustrated by Claire Wyzenbeek 

  • Friday February 22: Cape Ann houses of illustration – create paper collage with Alexia Parker. Bring a picture of your house. Parker's illustrated projects include Cape Ann Reads Gulliver Books “Bike’s Big Adventure”  and “Pumpkin Carving”; also Crabs the Lobster, a volume of Poetry, and a historic coloring book for the town of Essex.

Also on view: selections from Schooner written and illustrated by Pat Lowery Collins 

April 6 - 26 , 2019
Manchester Public Library

On view at the Manchester Historical Museum, Trask House, 10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Ma 01944

Hours: *note days and times open Tues-Fri 10-3

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2019,  3-5

Invited Artist: Leslie Galacar

May 4 - June 21, 2019 

TOHP Burnham Public Library

On view at the TOHP Burnham Public Library & Town Hall, Essex, MA

Days/Hours - M 1-7, T 1-5, W 1-7, Th 10-5,  Fr 1-5, Sat 10-12noon

Opening Reception: May 18, 2019,  10-12 Noon

Invited Artist: Alexia Parker

August-September 2019

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library

Invited Artist: Claire Wyzenbeek

Storytime with Christy - Special Workshop Wednesdays featuring Cape Ann Reads authors & illustrators: Kim Smith Beauty on the Wing 8/21; Mary Rhinelander Why Does My Dog...? 9/11; Claire Wyzenbeek Henrietta's Moon Egg 9/25

Art on View |  Pat Lowery Collins and Anna Vojtech

February 3 - February 29, 2020 

Rockport Public Library, Rockport, MA

Invited Artist: Betty Allenbrook Wiberg

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