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Email|Print| Text size + By Sally Heaney
Globe Correspondent / June 18, 2006

The exhibition

``Painting Summer in New England"

Peabody Essex Museum

East India Square, Salem

866-745-1876 , 978-745-9500

www.pem.org

Admission $17; members, residents, ages 16 and under free. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through Sept. 4.

Tour stops

Cape Ann Historical Museum 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester

978-283-0455

www.capeannhistoricalmuseum.org

Adults $6.50, retirees $6, students $4.50, members and children 6 and under free. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1-4. Closed on big holidays and during February.

North Shore Arts Association 11 Pirate's Lane, East Gloucester

978-283-1857 , 800-943-2255

www.northshoreartsassoc.org

Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon -5, through October.

Rockport Art Association 12 Main St., Rockport

978-546-6604

www.rockportartassn.org

Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon-5, through October.

Information

Art Escapes Promotion www.escapesnorth.com

Includes six itineraries for visiting museums, galleries, and nature preserves north of Boston.

Driving tour

1. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

Take Route 128 north to exit 25A. The museum is on the Essex Street pedestrian mall downtown.

2. Salem Willows Park

From the museum, take Essex Street east. Turn right onto Hawthorne Boulevard, left onto Derby Street, which becomes Fort Avenue. The park is at 158 Fort Ave.

3. Gloucester, city and harbor

Reverse direction on Fort Avenue, then bear right onto Webb Street. Turn right at light onto Bridge Street/Route 1A. Cross bridge into Beverly , leave 1A , and go straight for one block.

Turn right on 127 north and follow it about 18 miles to Gloucester. Turn right into Stage Fort Park. Drive through park, then turn right to get back onto 127 north. Pass Fisherman's Memorial on right. Right onto Harbor Loop, looking left and up to see statue of Fitz Henry Lane before his granite house. Complete loop. Turn left into parking lot for house.

Leaving lot, turn right onto 127 north, left onto Manuel F. Lewis Street. Left onto Main Street. Right onto Pleasant Street, then park in lot across from City Hall.

4. East Gloucester and Rocky Neck

Go down Pleasant Street, turn right onto Prospect Street. Follow it until it ends at Route 127 and turn left. At sign to East Gloucester, turn right onto East Main Street. Right at the sign for North Shore Arts Association, 11 Pirates Lane. Park in the lot.

Leaving the lot, turn right onto East Main Street. Turn left onto Mount Pleasant Avenue. William Meyerowitz's house is at 44 Mount Pleasant Ave.

Retrace route to East Main Street and turn left. Turn right onto Rocky Neck, then right into parking lot. Walk back to the corner, which is depicted in ``Gloucester Trolley " (1917) by John Sloan. Drive around the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

5. Rockport

Turn right onto East Main Street, which becomes Eastern Point Road. Right onto Farrington, which runs into Atlantic Road. When it ends, go straight onto Route 127A to Rockport. The Rockport Art Association is on the left at 12 Main St.

Bear right on Beach Street, toward Pigeon Cove. Right on Granite Street, Route 127 north. Right at state park sign onto Gott Avenue. Make immediate right into Halibut Point State Park parking lot. Take the short path to the quarry.

6. Dogtown Common, Gloucester

Return to Route 127 north, turn right. Drive through Lanesville, Bay View , and Annisquam. After about 6 miles, before the rotary, turn left on Poplar, left on Cherry. Turn right at Dogtown Common sign and park.

7. Route 128

Return to Route 127 and turn left. Route 128 is at the rotary.

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