The Matz Gallery is an exhibition space for local artists to share their work in the library. The gallery is dedicated to Adolph I. Matz, an artist and generous library supporter for many years. Interested in exhibiting? Fill out an application.
This Month in the Matz Gallery: Frederick J. LeBlanc
This is Windjamming: Wake of the Windjammers
Cruising along the coast of New England is the last of a great fleet of windjammers, which once numbered in the thousands. Many of them transported cargoes of raw materials and supplies along the eastern seaboard and around the world; some fished on the Grand Banks; while others ferried pilots to ocean going ships entering and leaving major American seaports. The last remaining vessels have been designated National Historic Landmarks. These restored vessels, along with re-creations of the past, now carry passengers and maritime students on week and summer-long cruises. Following in their wakes, as a maritime photographer, I document these historic windjammers as they sail, in harmony with the wind and sea.
With my collection of photographic artwork I hope to recall a vanishing era when the waves were broken only by the power of the wind, to capture the majestic beauty of these historic tall ships and to offer a visual escape that evokes a longing for the sea.
Photographer Frederick J. LeBlanc
Matz Gallery Exhibitions 2020
Paul Neilly (January)
Fred LeBlanc (February)
Ila Prouty (March)
Nancy Kwant, Mothers Writing Workshop (April)
Gloucester Student Art (May)
Where is it? (June)
Isabelle K. Brown (July)
Mike Cengami (August)
Annual Art Auction (September)
Juni Van Dyke (October)
Olga Hayes (November)
Leslie Heffron (December)
Exhibit in the Matz Gallery
The Matz Gallery is a program of the Sawyer Free Library. Artists interested in exhibiting in the gallery are invited to submit an application and images of their work. Applications are available on the library website or at the main desk.
Artwork can be in any medium, such as drawing, prints, painting, photographs, mixed media, assemblage, or wall-hung sculpture. A committee examines and reviews all applications and sets the schedule for the coming year. Artists who are accepted receive an agreement by email, which includes the month assigned and the name of a facilitator for the day of the hanging. Artwork is hung for one month. The artist may hold a reception (non-alcoholic) during that month in the gallery.
The Committee strives to present a balance of styles and mediums, along with a range of artists working at different stages in their careers.
About the Matz Gallery
The brick and wood paneled lobby entrance is dedicated and named for the late Adolph I. Matz, an artist and generous library supporter for many years. Mr. Matz was a very kind hearted and generous man who wanted to support the arts as well as give back to his beloved city of Gloucester. His giving back consisted of reaching out to the people of Gloucester by the scholarships and funds he set up at the Sawyer Free Library. As an artist he reached out the support the students at Gloucester High School with generous art scholarships. He combined his love of art and his love for children by funding library programs for children and supported an annual art show and exhibit of their work for many years. Before the Art Advisory and the Friends of the Library funding was available, he and his family supported the museum pass program to many Boston area museums.
During the 80’s when the library was preparing to enter the computer age, it was Mr. Matz who donated the funds for terminals and ports throughout all the departments of the library, purchased the public access automated catalogs and the laser scanners, and a wealth of other important equipment. Although he maintained that he did not really understand the business of computers back then, he nonetheless provided funds at that time for much of the installation of computer equipment.
According to then Assistant Director Priscilla White, “It was Mr. Matz’s hope and dream that the Sawyer Free Library would always serve equally both the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the student and the executive, the parent and the teacher; and would always act as forum to provide exhibits, programs, lectures, or any other media that would help improve the culture of our community or contribute to the entertainment of its people of all ages.”
Decades ago with great foresight and appreciation for the natural beauty of Cape Ann, Mr. Matz developed one of the first campgrounds in New England as a perfect setting for Cape Ann tourists to experience the coastal surroundings and beautiful beaches. He purchased and developed his woodland property off Atlantic Street near the entrance of Wingaersheek Beach where it continues to be managed by his family as the Cape Ann Camp Site. His legacy of generous library giving, his strong belief in the mission of the public library, and his support of children and the arts also continue through his family.