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The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor was chartered in 1996 and meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 AM for breakfast at the Masonic Hall, 62 Pleasant Street, Marblehead.


Membership of Rotary provides an opportunity to work with fellow business professionals and community leaders on a variety of fund raising and service projects at a local, national and international level.

Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives.

Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves.

2014 Holiday Pops - Martha Quigley PaintingMarblehead artist Martha Quigley will unveil her painting “Snow Shower” – this year’s Holiday Pops featured logo art – at a special artist reception hosted by the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor on Wednesday, November 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Virginia Carten Gallery and the adjacent meeting room at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street in Marblehead.

The reception also celebrates the opening of a month-long exhibit of Quigley’s work titled “Marblehead and Beyond: Paintings by Martha Quigley” that will be open until November 30.

The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments prepared by Louise Moore’s “Every Little Breeze” will be served.

The Holiday Pops logo art painting traditionally captures a view of Marblehead’s Abbot Hall.

“Marblehead, the picturesque seaside town where I’ve been lucky to live and paint for the last 25 years, has been a constant source of inspiration,” Quigley said. “I have painted countless scenes of one-design sailboat racing, and have painted Abbot Hall, especially from Crocker Park,  in winter and summer.”

When she was asked to create a painting for the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor, the decision was easy. “I immediately accepted,” she said. “The hardest part of doing this painting itself was at the very end when, after hours and hours over several weeks, I felt it was finished enough for the final layer – the flying snow. I mixed up my paint and ­mediums, and brought everything out on the grass so I could really give it a good swath of flying snow with my paint-filled brush.  I am very happy with the result and so glad I am able to make this contribution.”

Quigley has developed a special technique in her painting. “By layering transparent oils over a light orange under-painting, a great deal of warmth is brought to what has traditionally been my cool palette,” she said. “I intentionally allow the orange to be visible in some areas which in some cases gives depth to a field of blue or sets off the edges of shapes with an intensity which is not really obvious, but is subtlety perceived by the viewer.” This is an approach she has used with great effect in “Snow Shower.”

Quigley has been a painter, ocean lover and sailor for most of her life and feels grateful to be able to combine her great loves on canvas and paper. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, she majored in art education with a minor in drawing.

“Painting has always been my passion. Whether working in oils with their unmatched luminosity or with the immediacy and transparency of watercolor, the colors of the ocean are what truly inspire me,” she said.

Her friends have often heard her say, “I’ll paint anything as long as there’s water in it!” As she explains, “The stillness of sailboats in light air, a beach path at first light, or the natural beauty of marine life; the sea is full of overwhelming beauty for me.”

More of Quigley’s work can be seen on her website at

The original painting has been framed by Arnould Gallery and Framery. Signed and numbered artist giclee prints, notecards and raffle tickets for a chance to win Quigley’s original artwork will all be available for purchase at the reception. Raffle tickets are $5 for one; $10 for three.

Dirk Hillyer - Starry NightThe winning ticket will be drawn following the intermission of The Holiday Pops Concert, Saturday, December 13. The concert night begins with a dessert reception at 7 p.m. and the concert featuring The Hillyer Festival Orchestra will begin at 8 p.m. at historic Abbot Hall.

Concert tickets go on sale November 13. Balcony tickets are $35 each and will be available at Arnould Gallery, Marblehead Bank, National Grand Bank and Spirit of ’76 Bookstore. Floor seats are $60 each and can be purchased exclusively by mail using the order form in the November 13 issue of The Marblehead Reporter or the downloadable order form available beginning November 13 on The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor’s website at

Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor’s scholarship fund and its local, national and international charitable and philanthropic projects.

For more information about the Holiday Pops, contact event chairperson Bill Bartin at

Commander Sean Kearns, USN, the 72nd captain of the U.S.S. Constitution spoke to the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor recently at their breakfast meeting in Masonic Hall. He outlined the history and current mission of the U.S.S. Constitution as the oldest commissioned vessel in the U.S. Navy and the plans for a major renovation project. The ship will go into dry-dock this spring.

USS Constitution Commander Sean Kearns
Pictured left to right: Rotary President Margo Steiner, Cdr. Kearns and Fraffie Welch, a Navy veteran.