1916William and Emmeline Atwood established The Studio- or Gallery-on-the-Moors in East Gloucester, which was the first public exhibition space in Gloucester.Arts and Culture, Art

Gallery-on-the-Moors, 1919. Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 20844
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The Atwoods were wealthy and sincere patrons of the arts. They hired Boston architect Ralph Adams Cram to design the Gallery-on-the-Moors on Ledge Road in East Gloucester, the first collective exhibition space and theatre in Gloucester. It was a Gothic style, idiosyncratic yet simple structure, professional and indicative of the Atwoods’ seriousness about art. It was the first local venue to show Cape Ann artists’ work, which had previously been shown in the lobbies of the summer hotels.

Spanierman Gallery. Painters of Cape Ann, 1840-1940 : One Hundred Years in Gloucester and Rockport : [Exhibition] April 13 to June 22. Spanierman Gallery, 1996. "Gallery-on-the-Moors," Magazine of Art, Volume 8, American Federation of Arts, November 1916 - October 1917, New York, p. 19. (©2012 Google, http://books.google.com/books? Gloucester, Enduring. “When Artwork Whispers: Cape Ann’s Creative Heritage.” Enduring Gloucester (blog), April 25, 2019. https://enduringgloucester.com/2019/04/25/when-artwork-whispers-cape-anns-creative-heritage/.
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