Ann Mechem Ziergiebel
474 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
BIO: Born in Concord, NH at St. Paul’s School, Ann Mechem Ziergiebel hails from a strong line of female artists. As a child, Ann was inspired and encouraged by her mother, Jane Norton Mechem, and her grandmother, Ann Harris Norton, both talented artists working in oil, mosaic, and stained glass. In addition, Ann spent many afternoons with her two aunts, Peggy Norton and Dorothy Norton, both significant contributors to the iconic and well-known Folly Cove Designers of Gloucester, MA.
Ann’s passion for art, kindled by her family’s roots, continued as she and her husband, John, raised four children on the Mill River inGloucester, MA. Ann dedicated 23 years of her life to the Gloucester Public Schools and while teaching Language Arts and Social Studies at O’Maley Middle School, she encouraged her students to explore the timeless links between history, literature, and visual arts. Her students were often found sketching in the footsteps of Fitz Henry Lane along Gloucester Harbor, or researching the artifacts of native civilizations at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.
Ann’s earlier works demonstrated her love of sailing and the coast, as she focused on summer beach and sailboat scenes. As her style has matured, Ann’s work has tended more towards the abstract as she continues to explore what we know - and what we don’t know - about the world we see around us.