Art Auction Benefit: 6 p.m. Oct. 2, Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester. Free. For information: http://bit.ly/SawyerArtAuction. The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library recently announced that it will hold its annual Art Auction Benefit. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a preview party with refreshments, music by Janine Lynch and a chance to get a last glimpse at the art up for sale. The live auction will then begin at 7 p.m., led by long-time supporting auctioneer Jack Good. This year there are 67 works including paintings, drawings and mixed media all donated by artists from throughout the Cape Ann community.

“Winslow Homer: New Insights”: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5, Cape Ann Museum, 127 Pleasant St., Gloucester. Cost: $12, adults; $10, Cape Ann residents, seniors and students; free, those younger than 18 and museum members. For information: 978-283-0455, ext. 10; http://capeannmuseum.org. This full-day symposium will include presentation of scholarly papers, lunch and a closing panel discussion followed by a reception.

Ancient Burial Ground bicentennial event: Oct. 5, Ancient Burial Ground, 28 Main St., Essex. Free. For information: http://bit.ly/GraveyardTours. Tours will run on the half hour starting at noon lasting one hour with the last tour leaving at 4 p.m. The Ancient Burial Ground in the village of Chebacco Parish, now Essex, will hold a bicentennial event to celebrate the town’s history. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the burial ground and see life in the 1700s to the middle 1800s through the eyes of some of its prominent citizens and even one infamous one.

“Winslow Homer and the North Sea”: 2 p.m. Nov. 6, Cape Ann Museum, 127 Pleasant St., Gloucester. Cost: $12, adults; $10, Cape Ann residents, seniors and students; free, those younger than 18 and museum members. For information: 978-283-0455, ext. 10; http://capeannmuseum.org. This lecture will examine the influence of Homer’s time in Cullercoats, England, on his portrayal of the sea. This talk will be hosted by Elizabeth Athens of the University of Connecticut.

Exhibits

Mariano Fortuny Gowns Display: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Sept. 27, Hammond Castle Museum, 80 Hesperus Ave., Gloucester. For information: 978-283-2080; info@hammondcastle.org. Hammond Castle Museum recently announced the identification of two original Mariano Fortuny gowns within the museum’s collection. Both garments, dating between 1920 and 1930, are velvet tabard gowns in Fortuny’s “Eleonora” Renaissance style and feature Fortuny’s pleating.

Beauport Tours: on the hour 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, through Oct. 19, Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Blvd., Gloucester. Cost: $15, adults; $12, seniors; $8, students and children; free, Gloucester residents and Historic New England members. For information: 978-283-0800.

“Moments Redefined”: 1-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Sept. 29, Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant St., Gloucester. For information: kristinefisher01@gmail.com; http://janedeeringgallery.com. “Moments Redefined” is a selection of photographic compositions, mixed media and wood elements by Gloucester artists Richard Crangle and Kristine Fisher. This exhibit is designed to evoke curiosity for the remote Isola Di Pantelleria, an ancient Italian island known as the Black Pearl of the Mediterranean for its vineyards and orchards terraced with volcanic stone.

Rose Baker Senior Center summer exhibit: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 30, Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St., Gloucester. For information: 978-281-9765. The summer exhibit will feature three artists: Doreen Ross, Natalie Daley and Judy Magee.

“Honoring Our Brave: They Fought on Land, Sea and in the Air”: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through September, Manchester Historical Museum, 10 Union St. Free. For information: 978-525-7230; info@manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org; http://manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org. Manchester Historical Museum’s summer exhibit will showcase veterans from Manchester who fought in WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. They have been collecting uniforms, photographs, medals, letters and more to help tell the stories of our town’s brave who went and served during these conflicts.

“Symphony of Light and Shadow”: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 10, North Shore Art Association, 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester. Free. For information: 978-283-1857; http://nsarts.org. “Symphony of Light and Shadow” is an exhibit of new paintings by impressionist Jude Abbe. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29.

“Show Up! Show Down”: noon-4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 13, Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester. For information: 978-515-7004; http://rockyneckartcolony.org. Encompassing two floors of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the Rocky Neck Art Colony will offer “Show Up! Show Down,” a visual conversation between makers and materials. In this exhibition, eight artists explore the opposition of order by deconstructing and reconstructing across media. For artists Susan Alport, Joan Benotti, Paul Cary Goldberg, Tim Hansen, Erica Licea-Kane, Conny Goelz Schmitt, Rebecca Schnopp and Daniel Zeese the act of turning a page becomes a performance, organic and inorganic objects contemplate life and death, the boundaries between paint and fiber fuse. Images and forms are reconsidered, altered and remade as narratives of self and materials collage and converse in paint, paper, fiber, flora, photography and metal. An artist talk will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 13.

“Recycled Robots”: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays through Oct. 15, Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester. Free. For information: http://rockyneckartcolony.org. These life-sized robots, made from recycled materials, were built by local artists Elizabeth Gauthier, Richard Honan, Deb Kracht, Brian Murphy, Hans Pundt and Chris Williams. The robots will be at service around the gallery along with smaller pieces by each artist.

J.J. Baker artist residency at Rocky Neck: noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays in October, Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester. For information: http://rockyneckartcolony.org. Artist J.J. Baker, currently living in Houston, is the fifth of the 2019 Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Goetemann Artist Residency. An opening talk will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck. A closing talk will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Goetemann Residency Studio.

“Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880”: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 1, Cape Ann Museum, 127 Pleasant St., Gloucester. Cost: $12, adults; $10, Cape Ann residents, seniors and students; free, those younger than 18 and museum members. For information: 978-283-0455, ext. 10; http://capeannmuseum.org. Cape Ann Museum will exhibit 51 original works by American artist Winslow Homer, an examination of the formation of Homer as a marine painter. The exhibition will include loans from more than 50 public and private collections. The Cape Ann Museum will be its sole venue.

“Our Souls are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray”: Sept. 28-April 1, Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. Cost: $12; $10, Cape Ann residents, seniors and students; free, those younger than 18 and museum members. For information: http://capeannmuseum.org. The Cape Ann Museum recently announced the opening of “Our Souls are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray,” an exhibition with educational programming focused on the life and legacy of the feminist writer Judith Sargent Murray.