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Philosophical Discussion of Freedom

Moderated by Thomas Kiely, a corporate consultant
experienced in managing competing viewpoints


Rory Anscombe of East Gloucester, Studied Philosophy at Oxford, England, formerly a forensic psychiatrist at Bridgewater State Hospital treating the criminally insane.

Karl Frank of East Gloucester, Former Instructor in Logic and Philosophy of Science, Rutgers University and Dartmouth College

John D. Mullen of Rocky Neck, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy,
Dowling College

Richard N. Rosenfeld of Rocky Neck, Philosophy Major,
Yale College, and former commentator on NPR.

What if the idea of free choice is an illusion?  Wouldn’t that be shocking?  After all, the notions that we are free to make the choices we make and especially the choices that determine whether we are successful or not, criminals or not, moral or not, responsible or not, and praiseworthy or not are at the very core of our religious, political, and moral codes. Religion makes us answerable for our actions because it says we have “free will.” Our “free” enterprise system assumes we are “free” to make good or bad economic choices and is designed to reward us accordingly. Our criminal justice system punishes those who “choose” to commit crimes.

But suppose freedom of choice is just a myth, a rallying cry for Western Civilization or a naive misunderstanding of personal experience. Will our idea of freedom survive philosophical scrutiny? And if it doesn’t, what are we left with?  Each participant will provide a perspective on these questions.

Sara SutroSAT Sept 20, 2-5pm : Sara Sutro Open Studio

Sarah Sutro, Goetemann Artist in Residence will open her studio on Saturday, September 20th from 2-5pm for an informal view of work in progress. The public is invited to the residency studio, 51A Rocky Neck Avenue (between the Studio Restaurant and the Rocky Neck Cooperative Gallery).

For more information on Sarah's work go to http://rockyneckartcolony.org/residency.php





(photo by Karl Frank)

SAT September 20 : Historic Art Trail Walk on Rocky Neck During Trails and Sail

Trails and Sails

Saturdays, September 20th and 27th
Meet at The Cultural Center at 2pm, 6 Wonson St, Gloucester

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

Artistry of the Guitar

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

Moolings Book Launcyh

You are all invited to E.J. Lefavour's I See Moolongz book launch party on Saturday, September 27th from 4-6:00pm at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, for food, fun, Moolongz and more.

During the book launch party, there will be an exhibit of an amazing collaboration series of five paintings by five artists in five weeks. The artists involved in the collaboration are Sue Handman (fabric collage artist), Brenda Malloy (mixed media artist), Diana Pasquariello (watercolor painter), Regina Piantedosi (non-representational artist) and E.J. Lefavour (photographer, painter, digital artist).

In the true spirit of creativity, sharing and inspiration that the Rocky Neck Art Colony embodies, these five distinctly different artists have come together to collaborate and share in the process of jointly creating five works of art. The experience has been one of learning, teaching, sharing, trust and letting go of the ego's involvement in the creative process, and has resulted in five completely unique, never in a lifetime to come anywhere near being recreated, pieces of art. If you are an artist or understand the creative process, you will appreciate how rare and unique an undertaking like this is. Please come by and check out our "Spontaneous Collaboration".

After this brief exhibit at the Cultural Center, each of the pieces will be on exhibit in one of the five artists' galleries for the remainder of the season: IMAGINE Gallery (43 Rocky Neck Ave), Diana's Gallery, Sue Handman Gallery, YUPO Gallery and Hobbit House II (all on Madfish Wharf, 77 Rocky Neck Ave).

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

Color Party

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.

Through September 28

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

Through September 23: Texture Speaks

Precious Metal Clay Jewelry Show by Trish Nadeau Conant

Trish Nadeau Conant

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

SAT Sept 20 : RNAC Art Walk

Mug up and Art Walk


HOBBIT HOUSE II & YUPO GALLERY : 9:30am - Mug Up. 77 Rocky Neck Ave,
Gallery 4 & Gallery 6. Then visit all the galleries on Madfish Wharf and Rocky Neck Ave.

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Silver Necklace hand made by Deborah Way

ROCKY NECK GALLERY : 1 to 3pm. Please stop by and watch as Deborah Way hammers some of her most popular necklaces. She will be happy to answer any questions you may have on the process. I wish I could add more verbiage, but please feel free to do so.

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Elynn Kroger
Marsh 5 1/2" x 5" acrylic on board, by Elynn Kroger

ELYNN KRÖGER GALLERY : 9am-8pm - Abstract landscapes. Meditative, exhilerating, quixotic. 15 Rocky Neck Ave, second floor.

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

EXTENDING BOUNDARIES : 12 noon - 4pm - retrospective by Gordon Goetemann featuring his 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 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street.

SUN Sept 21, 2-4pm: Reception for 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.

Zinc Gallery

Cape Ann Museum

Stacey Blvd.

Night at the Museum

Thursday, September 18 - 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: Artists of Cape Ann

Friday, September 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Perfect for families with young children! Enjoy a family friendly tour of the galleries and some creative time in our Activity Center with themed activities for all ages. Free for members or with Museum admission (no charge for youth under 18).


Eleanor Cedrone

Inaugural Charles Family Cape Ann Residency Program

A collaboration with the Copley Society of Art

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

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.

A Conversation with the Artist and reception will be held at the Cape Ann Museum, during which Eli will discuss her work, residency and artistic career.

Artist Talk and Reception
Thursday, September 18 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester

Reception 6:30 t0 7:15 p.m.
Artist Talk 7:15 to 8:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Charles Family Foundation.

For reservations and information contact Victoria
978-283-0455 x10 or info@capeannmuseum.org.


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

Nadine Boughton Featured on Lenscratch

Nadine Boughton
Breaking Ground, collage by Nadine Boughton

Nadine Boughton: Fortune and the Feminine

Nadine Boughton's amazing collage work hit the photo zeitgeist in 2011 when her project, True Adventures of Better Homes, made the Top 50 in Critical Mass, which she accomplished again in 2013. She is in the running yet again this year, as a finalist in 2014, with her new project, Fortune and the Feminine, that examines Mad Men era advertising and the portrayal of gender roles. Read More


Gloucester Stage Company


Trident Gallery

SUN Sept 21, 5-6pm : Discussion with Susan Erony

Susan Erony


Between Digital Photography and Painting

Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA
September 10 to 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)


Rocky Neck Art Colony Member, Jane Keddy,
Awarded seARTS Grant

Congratulations to 2014 seARTS Grant Recipients:

Jane Keddy
Jane Keddy is creating a silkscreen print of the Rocky Neck Cultural Center building, the center of that historic artist colony.

Tricia O'Neil
Tricia O'Neill is partnering with the Gloucester Writers Center to create a mural honoring famed writer Vincent Ferrini.

Jay Havighurst is partnering with Essex Shipbuilding Museum to create an "audio soundscape" of the Essex shipyard.

Each of these works will be presented in the coming months. We'd like to thank the curators for this current PWA program -- Leonie Bradbury and Maggie Cavallo of the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly -- who reviewed proposals from all three cultural districts. Bradbury is director and curator of the Montserrat College of Art Galleries, and Cavallo is curator of education. More information.

seARTS Uncorked


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

Northeast Workshops

Pottery Classes


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



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

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

  • Kingston Gallery Call for Artists Deadline: Sept 25

    Kingston Gallery is seeking at least two new artist members this fall. The gallery is governed and run by dues-paying, exhibiting artist-members and showcases a diverse range of contemporary art in a mutually supportive environment that encourages experimentation and growth. Gallery exhibitions receive attention in both print and online publications including Art New England, ArtScope, Big, Red & Shiny, Boston Globe, The Weekly Dig, as well as on our Facebook page and blog, Thinking About Art Out Loud.

    Full gallery members are offered a solo show every two to three years in the Main gallery and a solo show in the Members' gallery (a small space for new or experimental work) in alternate years. Membership responsibilities include attendance at monthly meetings, staffing the gallery once per month, helping with the ongoing running of the gallery and dues of $110/month. (A one-time commitment fee of $200 is payable upon acceptance as a member.)

    We welcome artists living and working in Greater Boston to apply for membership. Membership is quite competitive, with new artist-members being selected by a majority vote.

    All applications must include:

    • Name/Address/Telephone/E-mail
    • 10 jpegs - 72 dpi, less than 1 MB - (15 if details or installation shots are included) numbered to correspond with:
    • identification sheet listing title, media, dimensions and date completed for each work
    • resume
    • artist's statement

    Submissions can be made electronically in two ways:

    a) Creating a Google drive folder including all application materials and sharing that folder with submissions@kingstongallery.com or
    b) Emailing all materials to submissions@kingstongallery.com

    Hard copy submissions should be sent to:
    Kingston Gallery
    450 Harrison Avenue, #43
    Boston, MA 02118
    Attn: Director
    and should include a CD with images, and supporting documents either separate or included on the CD. If submitting hard copy, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want your materials returned.
    Deadline: September 25, 2014
    For more information, visit www.kingstongallery.com or call 617-423-4113

    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

    • THUR September 18 : The Philosophical Question of Freedom Rocky Neck Conversation (CC)
    • SAT September 20, 9:30am : Mug up at Hobbit House II and Yupo Galler (MFW)
    • SAT September 20, 11am - 4pm : Art Walk - visit the galleries on Rocky Neck
    • SAR September 20, 2-5pm : Goetemann Resident Sara Sutro, open studio (RS}
    • SAT September 20 : Historic Art Walk with Judith Curtis, 2-3pm (CC)
    • 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, 6-8pm : Rocky Neck Gallery Come as a Color Party (RNG)
    • 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

    For regional and statewide travel information, please visit the following links.
    North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.northofboston.org
    Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism: www.massvacation.com



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