Manship Artists Residency

Betty Schlemm Silent Auction

By: - Oct 29, 2022

Ice Flows + Winter Games @ the Manships


Betty Lou Schlemm said that the first place New York artists would head to when they came to Cape Ann was Lanesville in the 1960s and 1970s. Before the invasive phragmites obscured the prospect, visiting artists and locals enjoyed the view of the gardens at Starfield from across Butmans (aka Manship) Quarry. This dramatic winter scene of Canney's Quarry won a major award for Schlemm in New York. Holding this painting especially dear, Schlemm gifted it to her sister Elizabeth as a wedding present. Schlemm's sister has generously offered this painting to the Cape Ann Museum for their permanent collection. 

This painting was part of the exhibition that took place in the Manship barn studio from October 1-16. Manship Artists Residency welcomed friends, family and the public to a special reception on October 8th. Curator Susan Erony presented a talk about Schlemm's career and impact on Cape Ann and throughout the world of watercolor artists, followed by remembrances from family and friends. The exhibition is now available online as a silent auction.




Proceeds from the silent auction + unframed artwork sale will benefit a week-long residency at the Manship Artists Residency for the recipient of the 2023 Betty Lou Schlemm Memorial Award, North Shore Arts Association. 
Link to online auction through November 8.


Don't miss your chance to own a Betty Lou Schlemm painting and, in so doing, support an artist in residence....





The world premier of LJ White's composition,
which includes a libretto by Caroline Harvey

Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 pm
Shalin Liu Performance Center

As part of a collaboration between the Artists for the Great Marsh and the Manship Artists Residency, the program will be highlighted by the premiere of a work by LJ White, 2022 Composer in Residence, for youth voices and piano on the theme of the human and natural history of the Great Marsh. The chorus will include Rockport middle and high schoolers rehearsed by Patti Pike and conducted by Rebecca Kenneally, with additional singers from the Endicott College choir, which Kenneally directs.

Also on the program will be Robert Honstein’s “Great Marsh” string quartet piece (premiered a number of years ago by Music at Eden’s Edge) and a new piano quintet work by Gloucester composer Robert Bradshaw. Cellist Jacques Lee Wood is leading the string players and Christopher Lawnsby will be the pianist for the choral piece.

Tickets are $15 each. A reception upstairs will follow the concert. See for more information about this joint initiative. Please contact us if you wish to attend and are unable to purchase a ticket.