Continuing the Legacy of

Working Artists on Cape Ann

The Manship Artist Residency + Studios (MARS) is a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to the preservation of the historic residence + studio of sculpture Paul Manship, creator of the Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center, NYC. The estate has been given new life as an international artists residency for the benefit of the community and visitors to Cape Ann.

Click to learn more about  The Prometheus Circle - a friends group   Photo courtesy Richard Trenner

Click to learn more about The Prometheus Circle - a friends group

Photo courtesy Richard Trenner


July 6, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
~ Presentation + Stargazing ~ The Sky Tonight ~ Join amateur astronomer Dick Leucke for an "inside look" at the night sky in the Manship parlor followed by stargazing at nearby Halibut Point State Park. Manship called his property Starfield, acknowledging that Cape Ann is a "dark place" where the characters of the Greek myths he represented in his sculpture play out their celestial drama overhead. SPACE S LIMITED, RESERVATION REQUIRED. Email to sign up. Bring binoculars if you have them, a flashlight if you feel the need, and a sweater or jacket—it can be chilly after dark. A Collaboration with the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club.

July 20, 10 am - noon
~ Special Ticketed Tour ~
July resident artist Miranda Aisling and MARS co-founder Rebecca Reynolds take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of Aubergne, Miranda's Tiny House, and of Starfield, Manship's family residence + grounds. Space is limited, register with co-sponsor the Cape Ann Museum.

July 28, 3 - 5 pm
~ Pop UP at the Manship Artists Residency + Studios ~ Explore the grounds & hear about the creative endeavors happening at MARS. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, register with co-sponsor Essex National Heritage Area.

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Manship Artists Residency + Studios is a 2019 FINALIST for the
COMMONWEALTH AWARD by the Mass Cultural Council!



Artistic Legacy

Best known as the creator of the Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center, Paul Manship developed this Lanesville estate which he dubbed Starfield on the site of two former working quarries. Paul, his son John and daughter-in-law Margaret Cassidy shared a love for this special place on Cape Ann.

Conserving Open Space

This idyllic 15-acre property boasts two pristine quarries, scenic vistas, rocky summits, and over 5 acres of forested land. MARS is dedicated to protecting  these natural habitats which contribute to the quality of life on the property and in the community. 

Creative Placemaking

MARS is contributing to the revival of the artistic community which once flourished here. MARS is engaged in two years of piloting programming with an artist residency program at its core. The vision is to nurture community engagement component, to develop makers and studio spaces, and to provide public offerings such as performances and exhibitions, as well as workshops and classes. These offerings and rentals will be designed to sustain MARS and allow it to thrive.

We invite you to become a part of this!

Please send your tax-deductible donation to:

MARS, P.O. Box 7071, Gloucester, MA 01930