Cape Ann Museum

Through the green

One of Esther Pullman’s large-scale panoramic photographs in her show “Green Places/Green Spaces/Greenhouses,’’ at the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, through June 16. The museum says: “Shot over a 20-year period, these large-scale panoramic photographs of greenhouses explore such universal themes as the passage of time, the cycle of the seasons, death and rebirth, and have also unavoidably become a metaphor for our threatened planet.’’

One of Esther Pullman’s large-scale panoramic photographs in her show “Green Places/Green Spaces/Greenhouses,’’ at the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, through June 16. The museum says: “Shot over a 20-year period, these large-scale panoramic photographs of greenhouses explore such universal themes as the passage of time, the cycle of the seasons, death and rebirth, and have also unavoidably become a metaphor for our threatened planet.’’

Working at a protein factory

Franklyn E. Goucher, an Essex, Mass., clammer, digging on a  sand flat in 1978, in the coming show "Kodachrome Memory: Nathan Benn's North Shore, 1978'' at the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Mass., Dec. 27-Feb. 19. This show will display 30 photos taken by Mr. Benn while on assignment by the National Geographic Magazine on the North Shore in 1978. The National Geographic article was entitled ''Harboring Old  Ways''.

Franklyn E. Goucher, an Essex, Mass., clammer, digging on a  sand flat in 1978, in the coming show "Kodachrome Memory: Nathan Benn's North Shore, 1978'' at the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Mass., Dec. 27-Feb. 19. This show will display 30 photos taken by Mr. Benn while on assignment by the National Geographic Magazine on the North Shore in 1978. The National Geographic article was entitled ''Harboring Old  Ways''.

Endless outrages against elephants

"Circus parade down Main Street, in Gloucester, Mass, in the 1890s,'' photo by Walter Gardner, at the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester.

Those poor elephants! But of course, as terribly as circuses have treated them, it wasn't nearly as brutal as in Africa, where the mass murder of these highly social and intelligent animals in Africa continues as  bad as ever. That's in large part of the barbaric, sick Chinese  ivory obsession and the African poachers who feed this obscene hunger. Will there be any elephants living in the wild in 20 years?

--- Robert Whitcomb

"Three Visions of Gloucester"

From left, "Howard Blackburn''(detail, egg tempera on board), by Peter Vincent; "Pavilion Beach'' (detail, oil on canvas), by Jeff Weaver, and "Gloucester Reveries'' (detail, woodblock reduction print), by Dor Gorvett, in the "Three Visions of Gloucester'' show at the Cape Ann Museum through Feb. 28.

Where Sloan went for fresh air

Image: John Sloan (1871-1951), Sunflowers, Rocky Neck, 1914. Oil on canvas. Gift of Alfred Mayor and Martha M. Smith, 2008. [2008.14] "Sunflowers, Rocky Neck'' (circa 1914, oil on canvas),  by JOHN SLOAN, at the Cape Ann Museum, in Gloucester, Mass.

The museum notes that he spent five summers on Cape Ann, using its Maine-like backdrop to "experiment with color and explore ideas about form, texture and light.''

His Cape Ann work does not evoke his far more famous and gritty pictures of life in New York City as a member of the "Ashcan School''.