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C U L T U R A  L   C E N T E R   &   R N A C   E V E N T S

FRI Sept 26, 7:30pm : Ken Bonfield's Artistry of the Guitar with Peter Janson & Paul Asbell

Artistry of the Guitar

Last Weekend to see Gordon Goetemann's Extending Boundaries

Cloudpools and Tide by Gordon Goetemann
Cloud Pools and Tide, oil on canvas, 96" x 66" by Gordon Goetemann

Gordon Goetemann :
Extending Boundaries

September 4-28, 2014

at The Cultural Center, open Thurs-Sun, 12-4 PM or by appointment

Honoring one of Rocky Neck Art Colony's own, Gordon Goetemann: Extending Boundaries features Goetemann's traditional grounding in painting and drawing; and his exploration of abstraction in landscapes and painting to music, along with more current works in contemporary realism.


SAT September 27 : Historic Art Trail Walk on Rocky Neck During Trails & Sails with Judith Curtis

Trails and Sails

Meet at The Cultural Center at 2pm, 6 Wonson St, Gloucester

SAT September 27, 4-6pm : I See Moolongz
Book Launch Party at the Cultural Center

Moolings Book Launcyh

The Moolongz love a good party and hope you do too. The I See Moolongz backer rewards and book launch party is happening this Saturday, September 27th from 4-6:00pm at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street. Everyone is welcome. The party will also include a unique exhibit of five works by five artists in five weeks, called Spontaneous Collaboration. The I See Moolongz party will immediately be followed by a Colors party at the Rocky Neck Gallery (come as a color), 53 Rocky Neck Ave. starting at 6:00 and a Madfish Wharf Galleries Season Wine Down party starting at 7:00 at 77 Rocky Neck Ave.

A bunch of good, fun reasons to get yourself to Rocky Neck this Saturday.


SAT Sept 27, 6-8pm : Rocky Neck Gallery Color Party

Color Party

Reception SAT Sept. 27 6-8pm : Meet the Artist
Connections Through Nature

September 24 - October 12, 2014

Pastel and Mixed Media paintings by Michele J. Kenna

Michele Kenna

SAT Sept 27, 5-7 pm Eli Cederone Open Studio

Madfish Wharf, next to the Madfish Restaurant

Eli Cedrone
By the Sea, oil painting by Eli Cederone

Inaugural Charles Family Cape Ann Residency Program

A collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum
and Copley Society of Art

Copley Society artist Eleanor Cedrone was selected by the Cape Ann Museum and Copley Society as artist in residence in Gloucester for the month of September. An accomplished oil painter, Eli has been painting in her Rocky Neck studio and en plein air, capturing the alluring vistas of Cape Ann throughout the month of September.

This Saturday, Eli is opening her Rocky Neck studio on Madfish Wharf to the public from 5 to 7pm. Come meet Eli, enjoy some refreshments and see some of her beautiful work.

2014 marks the inaugural year of this residency, generously provided by the Charles family of Gloucester. The residency was created by the Charles Family Foundation as a dedication to and promotion of the North Shore and Boston art communities.

Sponsored by the Charles Family Foundation.

Sara SutroSUN September 28, 5-7 pm
Sara Sutro Open Studio

51A Rocky Neck Avenue (between the Studio Restaurant and the Rocky Neck Gallery Collective)

Sarah Sutro will open her studio this Sunday,
September 28th from 5:00-7:00pm.
The public is invited. For more information on Sarah's work go to http://rockyneckartcolony.org/residency.php


(photo by Karl Frank)



FRI Oct 3, 7 pm : Goetemann Artist Sara Sutro
Informal Gathering at the Residency Studio

Sarah Sutro

Goetemann Artist Resident Sarah Sutro: Sept. 9 - Oct. 6

In Dhaka and Bangkok where I lived for several years, I worked with an international group of artists, learning to make natural inks from organic materials. My current work infuses these transparent layers of color with themes of time, infinite scale, and tabular structure. Large overlapping marks of natural color, and black ink marks depict the intersection of nature and culture, celebrating the aliveness and uniqueness of natural and invented worlds.  The paintings are abstract, yet the work evokes a physical presence that is connected to land and water.

Sarah Sutro, a painter who has focused recently on alternative ink drawings, earned a BFA from Cornell and Yale, and an MFA from University of the Arts, London. With solo and group shows in Boston, New York, San Diego, Berkeley, Belgrade, Bangkok, Montenegro, Dhaka, and London, her work is in collections locally and internationally. A recipient of a Pollock Krasner Grant, she has been a resident at the American Academy of Rome, MacDowell Colony, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Art Dulcinium, Montenegro. She has been a faculty over many years at colleges and universities in the area, including Emerson College, AIB at Lesley University and Mass College of Art and Design, and now lives and works in N. Adams, MA. Her work can be seen in Joseph Carroll and Sons’ Boston Drawing Project.

Grand Fatilla

SAT Oct. 11, 7pm : Grand Fatilla

at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck,

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is pleased to present Grand Fatilla, on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7pm. Their repertoire is an energetic and spirited journey through the music of Bulgaria, Italy, Argentina, North Africa & Hermeto Pascoal (Brazil), a unique style of "Global Stomp Music." The Boston-based ensemble released its debut CD, Global Shuffle, on September 2, 2014. Like an iPod on shuffle the group jumps from Argentine Tangos to Italian Tarantellas, from Turkish sacred Sufi songs to Irish reels, Moroccan trance to Bulgarian dance music, all performed with an emphasis on improvisational group interplay and playful spontaneity.

Reserve Grand Fatilla Tickets Now

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M E M B E R  A N D  P A R T N E R   N E W S

Cape Ann Museum

Walker Hancock

FRI Sept 26, 7pm : A Conversation with Deanie Hancock and
Jonathan Fairbanks Friday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Deanie Hancock, daughter of sculptor Walker Hancock, and Jonathan Fairbanks, artist and director of the Fuller Craft Museum and former curator of the Decorative Arts and Sculpture Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston host an informal conversation about Walker Hancock's life and work. Free for members, $10.00 for non-members (includes Museum admission). Space is limited. Reservations required. To make a reservation please call (978) 283-0455 x16 or email info@capeannmuseum.org. The Museum will stay open for visitors until the program begins at 7:00 p.m.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE EXHIBITION A Chosen Place: Hancock and Friends Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28

Tours of the exhibit are free, but space is limited, first come, first served. Tour times are as follows: Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Of all the sculptors to have chosen Cape Ann from the mid-19th century through today, Walker Hancock (1901-1998) stands head and shoulders above all others. A quiet and dignified man, dedicated to his family, his community and his art, Hancock's work has earned the sculptor a status few others have achieved. The Cape Ann Museum is honored to present a selection of his work in this gallery, a gathering of pieces spanning the decades, works done on commission as well as for pure enjoyment. Also on display are works by some of Hancock's Cape Ann colleagues, including George Demetrios, Paul Manship, Katharine Lane Weems, Anna Hyatt Huntington, James McClellan and Daniel Altshuler. Tours of the exhibit are free, but space is limited, first come, first served. The exhibition will remain on view at the Museum through February 1, 2015.

Night at the Museum

Thursday, September 25 - Open until 8:00 p.m.
The Museum will be open until 8:00 p.m. with guided tours offered at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.
Free for members or with Museum admission.

Family Friday: Captain Elias Davis House

Friday, September 26 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Perfect for families with young children! Enjoy a family friendly tour of the Captain Davis House then get creative in the Activity Center with themed activities. Free for members or with Museum admission; no charge for youth under 18.


Zinc Gallery

SUN Sept 28, 2-4pm : Picture Perfect Partners

A photography exhibition by Tom and Judy Robinson-Cox

sponsored by nextdoor THEATER 50 Cross Street, Winchester, MA
to kick off their season of plays based on Love and Marriage (781) 729-6398

Next Door Theater

Trident Gallery

Through October 5 : Susan Erony

Susan Erony


Law and Water

Pamela Giarrantana


Through November 2 : Geology

by Kathleen Gerdon Archer at The Marblehead Arts Association

Kathleen Gerdon Archer

Kathleen Gerdon Archer's show GEOLOGY opens with a reception at The Marblehead Arts Association,
8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, Ma. on Sunday, September 21 from 2-4pm.

The show runs from September 20- November 2. Additional information at http://www.marbleheadarts.org    781.631.2608

On October 2 at 7pm, Kathleen will also participate in a panel discussion regarding photographic composition with Gloucester's Tom Robinson-Cox and Craig Davis of Marblehead.



seARTS Uncorked


Like our fine summer weather, the most recent show at Flatrocks Gallery lingers on in a most delightful way. "Afloat," featuring work by Shaun McNiff, Paul Cary Goldberg, Loren Doucette, and Caroline Bagenal, has been extended through October 5th, offering visitors yet another chance to enjoy the wind and water on the walls of the gallery.

Shaun McNiff's minimalist seascapes in oils on very large to small canvases are alive with the sea and sky, with fields of color integrating abstraction and representation. There is a sense of unplanned emergence rather than literal representation, a cloud passing, a wave moving. McNiff's work evokes the show's title, afloat, beyond water and sky, to the way images float into the imagination, making art in response to them, floating to the surface after being submerged in struggle. Shaun McNiff has shown paintings throughout the world since the 1970s in connection with his many books and award winning work with the creative process. He is a professor at Lesley University.

Loren Doucette, a rising star on the art scene, offers quiet and powerful collage. The shapes and color float on the surface, where white expresses a quiet, airy feeling. Many of the collages are direct responses to the play of shapes in the Gloucester Harbor, reminicent of Stuart Davis' work here. Doucette's work has shown in solo and group exhibitions on the North Shore, regularly since 2006. She has recently received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Montserrat College of Art. Paul Cary

Goldberg's photographs are from recent explorations along Gloucester's shoreline. Sky and Water. Flight and undulation. Color and tones. Goldberg aims his lens up and then down, directing us to weightless worlds somewhere between the earthly and spiritual. Goldberg has shown extensively throughout New England. He is about to publish a book of his photographs of Gloucester's west end, specifically the comings goings in Cafe Sicilia titiled: Tutta la Famiglia: Portrait of a Sicillian Caffe in America.

Caroline Bagenal began making boats while immigrating from England to America. These dream-like sculptures of paper and canvas are transitory vessels, ephemeral in feeling. Sails painted with stormy skies or made of maps held on masts of branches, and boats made of canvas with photographic images of items chosen for a one way voyage create a tension between holding on and letting go, representing the mystery of passage. Caroline Bagenal is currently an Associate Professor at Montserrat College of Art where she teaches Art History and the Senior Fine Arts Seminar. She is a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery and exhibits worldwide.

Jill Soloman's newest series of clay boats are sacred in nature. Earthy glazes over subtle textures enhance the slightly exaggarated forms. They are a powerful fleet of talismen . Solomon has been affiliated with the Ceramics Program at the Office for the Arts at Harvard University for over 25 years. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Flatlrocks Gallery is proud to be 'Afloat'. Through October 5th, Thursday- Sunday noon to five.

Cape Ann Artisans Fall Tour


Featuring RNAC members Ejay Khan, Mary Rhinelander McCarl, Marty Morgan.

Between Digital Photography and Painting

Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA
Through October 12, 2014 

Open to the public Wednesday to Sunday, 12 - 5 pm

1 Market Square, Newburyport, MA  01950 (978) 462-7336


Otto Laske

“The Creation [No. 2]” (2014)

Bead with Bruce

Cape Ann Giclée

Cape Ann Giclee is a fine art printing studio serving the needs of photographers and artists, both professional and hobbyist. We use only premium papers and canvas in our fine art printer to ensure the highest quality print possible. We offer fine art reproduction following the highest industry standards to produce museum quality reproductions. We are always happy to answer any questions about printing and fine art reproduction and show samples of work we have done. Stop by or give us a call.

We are at 20 Maplewood Ave in Gloucester, we’re open 10 – 5 Mon-Fri and Saturday by appointment only. Call us at 978-546-7070 or visit our website at www.capeanngiclee.com

M E M B E R   W O R K S H O P S

Rockport Art Association

RAA Workshops

Register today! Please visit our website for more information: http://rockportartassn.org/wp/events/category/workshops/upcoming/

Northeast Workshops


North Shore Arts

Fall Workshops

Photoshop with EJ

Are you an artist who feels challenged when you have to resize an image for a show submission, or someone who has wanted to learn image editing, photo montage or digital art? Do you want to be able to design your own business card, postcard, flier or other image document? Have you always wanted to learn Photoshop but were daunted by the overwhelming scope of the program, so gave up?

E.J. is now offering Photoshop class for beginners to intermediate users who want to learn and be able to do more with Photoshop. I have been working with Photoshop for over 15 years, and although I do not consider myself a “Master”, I know a lot and use Photoshop as my go to program for everything from imagine editing to creating unique digital artwork and other image and text focused documents.

If you are interested in taking a class, call me at 857-891-9054 or email khanstudio@comcast.net

Gloucester Stage Company

Fall Yawl

Learn the skills necessary for professional theater!
Now accepting students age 6-19 years old.

The Fall session of YAW will place an emphasis on acting and non-verbal communication. Students will learn to communicate through yoga, movement and sign language as well as learn the basics of acting, scene study and stage technique. The workshops are designed to give the young students an outlet to nurture their creative potential through activities that will develop their self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills.

Guest instructors for the 2014 Fall Session will include:

  • American Sign Language Instructor Kara Kelly Martin
  • Movement Instructor Carol Burnham

Schedule: Children's Class (ages 6-10): Fridays, 4-6pm and Saturdays, 2-4pm. Teen Class (ages 11-19): Saturdays, 12-4pm

Class size is limited and registration is on a first-come basis. For class times, schedules, and to register, call Heidi Dallin at 978-283-6688.

Learn More



A N N O U N C E M E N T S / O P P O R T U N I T I E S / C A L L S   F O R  A R T

Rocky Neck Art Colony Appoints Executive Director

Suzanne Gilbert LeeSuzanne Gilbert Lee has been appointed by the board of trustees to the newly created position of executive director of the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC). Gilbert Lee, a native of Gloucester, comes to the art colony following a long history of arts administration, most recently as festivals coordinator for Historic New England headquartered in Boston. As former gallery director at North Shore Arts Association, Gilbert Lee is well suited to handle the growing management needs of the expanding RNAC, that until very recently operated solely as a volunteer-run organization. The acquisition of the Cultural Center building on Wonson Street has created the opportunity for a wide variety of events, programs and rentals in addition to exhibition space requiring hands-on management.

Gilbert Lee is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a BA in journalism and a graduate certificate in theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

Call For Proposals for 2015/16 Cultural Center Exhibitions

The exhibitions committee for the Cultural Center Gallery on Rocky Neck is seeking proposals for exhibitions for 2015-16. A number of four-week exhibition slots are available for either year. Exhibition and curatorial opportunities are open to RNAC members and non-members, and all proposals are subject to approval by the exhibitions committee. The space is suited for two-dimensional work and small sculpture; interested artists should be familiar with the space before submitting a proposal.

There is a fee for use of the space but there is no fee for submitting a proposal.  Opportunities for sponsorship or underwriting exhibitions should be considered.

Preference will be given to work that has been produced in the past three years and the bulk of the work should not have been exhibited elsewhere on Cape Ann. Solo shows or a group exhibitions that contains work that educates, excites or provokes the eye and mind of the viewer, and explores new directions in media and concept are encouraged. Mounting an exhibition has many steps and requires much advance planning so it is not too early to think about a show in 2016.

To submit a proposal, please contact the committee at art@rockyneckartcolony.org and guidelines and a sample proposal for you to follow will be forwarded. We are also available to help you plan a successful exhibition. Proposals should be received by Dec 1, 2014 for consideration for the 2015 calendar of exhibitions.  Selected proposals will be confirmed before the end of the year.

We Need Your Vote!

We are excited to learn that RNAC was chosen to be on the ballot for BankGloucester's 7th Annual Banking for Community Program. BankGloucester is giving $20,000 away to nineteen organizations based on the number of votes received : the organization that gest the most votes will get $5000, 2nd and 3rd places get $3000, 4th and 5th get $1000 and the remaining 14 organizations will each receive $500.

Click Here to Cast Your Vote

Voting Ends September 30, 2014

You can only vote through BankGloucester's website, one vote per email address. Friends, relatives and colleagues can vote. We will send out the voting link on August 25.

Your vote will help us

  • Encourage free expression and open mindedness through our creative programming and exhibitions
  • Provide opportunities for educational and professional development in the arts through lectures, worshops, scholarships and residencies
  • Work to keep the traditions upon which the Rocky Neck Art Colony was founded to keep them vital in the context of contemporary culture

Art Opportunities

  • Deadline September 28 : 360 Xochi Quetzal Free Winter Artists and Writers Residency
  • Deadline October 1 : Death Valley National Park Artist in Residency
  • Deadline October 1 : Next, New Photographic Vision
  • Deadline October 1 : 34 Fellowships from Vermont Studio Center
  • Deadline October 3 : I've Been Everywhere, Man: Musicians on the Road, Nave Gallery
  • Deadline December 1 : The Art Students League of New York - The League Residency at Vyt
  • Deadline December 6 : Dave Bown Projects : unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists
  • Art Deadlines (list of competitions)
  • Art Opportunities Monthly
  • Alliance of Artist Communities Artist Residencies

  • Printmaker Needed

    F O R    R E N T

    Spacious, loft-like, designer's renovated industrial barn
    in downtown Gloucester

    Pine Street Rental

    Quiet side street near harbor. Zoned for living and working.

    Spacious first floor with 10 foot ceiling, private entry and foyer, half bath, sitting area or desk space, galley kitchen, small dining area next to kitchen, large living/dining space. Lends itself to professional use, office or art studio, or simply a great big living room/dining room.
    A pine open staircase leads to 2nd floor: master bedroom plus 2nd room or office, open to landing, and full bath. Unique architectural details throughout. Off-street parking, washer/dryer.

    Seabarn is a five-minute walk to commuter rail (55 minutes to Boston), shops, library, harbor and Y (yoga and pool) ,3 churches. Stage Fort Park and Crescent Beach are a ½ mile walk. Property borders historic burial ground, a quiet green oasis in the urban center.

    Owner lives/works in adjoining art studio/residence.

    Year round: $1,495.00 month plus utilities. (Range and FHW baseboard radiation are gas-fired)
    References, credit check, non-smokers; PLEASE NO PETS.
    Call Veronica: 978/ 515-7979
    Available approximately September 15, 2014
    PHONE BETTER THAN COMPUTER. ( not always on line.)

    Studio Space

    Please contact: Chris Williams 617-835-0705

    S A V E   T H E   D A T E

    • FRI September 26 : Ken Bonfield Artistry of the Guitar, 7:30pm (CC)
    • SAT September 27 : Historic Art Walk with Judith Curtis, 2-3pm (CC)
    • SAT September 27: Moolings Book Launch (CC)
    • SAT September 27, 6-8pm : Rocky Neck Gallery Come as a Color Party (RNG)
    • SAT September 28, 6-8pm : Michele Kenna Summer Artist Reception (RNG)
    • SUN September 28, 5-7pm : Goetemann Resident Sara Sutro, open studio (RS}
    • FRI October 3, 7pm : Goetemann Artist Sara Sutro, Informal Gathering (RS)
    • SAT October 11, 7pm : Grand Fatilla (CC)
    • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm : African Drumming with Mamadou Diop, all welcome (CC)

    CC=Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street | RNG Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave.
    RS Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave. | MFW Madfish Wharf

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    North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.northofboston.org
    Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism: www.massvacation.com



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