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SUN Oct 19, 7pm : Gordon Goetemann Talk

Cloud Pools
Cloud Pools and Tide, oil painting by Gordon Goetemann

Free to the public, The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

The Rocky Neck Art Colony hosts an evening with Gordon Goetemann, artist and long time Rocky Neck resident, at the Cultural Center on Wonson St, Sunday, October 19, at 7:00 PM.

Many people here in Gloucester and on the East coast are familiar with the work Gordon Goetemann has produced and exhibited locally but very few have any knowledge of the Minnesota paintings executed over a span of forty years. Many of these works will be shown and discussed at this special talk on the heels of his recent exhibition at the Cultural Center. Taken together as a body of work, Goetemann talks about the role nature has played in the formation of his values and the content of his art as well as some innate characteristics of his work such as, a micro/macro sense of scale and the dichotomy of an illusory space and the facts of a flat picture plane.

Goetemann constantly affirms that he is a landscape painter, and more specifically, that he is a NORTHERN landscape painter. He talks about how his northern-European, Germanic heritage has informed his temperament, feelings and modes of expression. As he often says," As an artist I have led two lives and worn many hats".

This event is free to the public; donations to support the work of the art colony are always gratefully received.

WED Oct 22, 6pm: Creative Economy of the North Shore

A Talk with Steve Immerman, president Montserrat College of Art

Steve Immernan

Please join the Rocky Neck Art Colony and seARTS in welcoming Stephen Immerman, to the Cultural Center at 6 Wonson St, Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00 PM when the president of Monserrat College of Art talks about the importance of the creative economy to the North Shore.
Creative economy companies include for-profit businesses, such as video game makers, architectural firms, musicians, and promotional product companies, as well as non-profits, like museums and theater companies. Over 120,000 people work for creative economy firms in Massachusetts, with an estimated economic impact of $1 billion.
Montserrat College of Art was named a North Shore regional leader in February 2014 as part of a statewide Creative Economy Network begun by Massachusetts State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki and Economy Industry director, Helena Fruscio. The network is meant to help creative companies find resources, such as space, talent, access to capital and tracking progress.

Rocky Neck Art Colony and seARTS are partners with Montserrat in this regional effort that also includes Salem State University’s Enterprise Center, the Salem Partnership, North of Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Beverly Main Streets and many others. The Immerman talk is free to the public and all are invited.

Synthesis II

Endicott College and Montserrat College of Art

Faculty-Student Exhibit at Rocky Neck Cultural Center
October 2 – October 26, 2014

Crowned Crane by Kara Summerly
Grey Crowned Crane, mixed media by Endicott student, Kara Summerly

Second Annual Rocky Neck Art Colony Holiday Fair

Only a Few Spaces Left, Sign up Today!

After the tremendous success of last year’s event, we are gearing up for an even more successful one this year. Due to reconfiguration of the studio floor and walls, spaces will be slightly different this year, and will include the rental of wall, jewelry display and table spaces at the Center.
All items for sale must be the sole creation of the exhibiting artist(s) -- no mass-produced items except those created from your own work, such as greeting cards, prints, calendars, books, textiles, etc.  It is a Holiday Sale, so bring nice, affordable items that people can purchase as gifts.  It is suggested, although not required, that you limit the price of items to no more than $250, and as much as possible to around $20. 

Exhibitors will not be required to man their spaces or sit hours during the festival.  Part of the exhibit fees will go toward paying two sales associates who will work (one upstairs and one downstairs) for the duration of the festival handling all sales transactions.  In addition, fees will cover the cost of the space and publicity materials. 

There are 40 spaces available that will be rented on a first come basis upon receipt of your application and applicable fee.  Applications will be accepted until Monday, October 27th, or sooner if all spaces are rented, so that we can move forward with publicity.  Upon confirmation of your application and payment receipt, you will be requested to email a few jpeg images of examples of items you will have for sale, to use for promotional materials, so please have them ready to send. Time is short and we need to move quickly. 

Please mail or drop off your completed application and check for the appropriate fee amount to Rocky Neck Art Colony, Inc., 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.   The Center is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4:00pm if you wish to drop off your application.

Download detailed information and application form

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.

See rockyneckartcolony.org/call-for-curators.php for details and sample proposal.

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.

SUNDAYS Nov 2, 9, 16, 23

EnigmaThe views presented at the Cultural Center are those of the presenters,
and are not to be attributed to the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

THUR Nov 6, 7:30pm : Gun Violence Prevention

Gun Violence Prevention

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

SAT Oct 18, 5-7pm : Reception for Eileen Muller Muses

Eileen Mueller

Into the Woods

Cape Ann Museum

Working Waterfront

Cape Ann Museum

Women's Luncheon


Law and Water

Rockport Art Association

painting by Paul Strisik
Oriental Still Life, oil on canvas, 20 x 16, Paul Strisik

October 4 – November 16
Paul Strisik, NA : The Artist & His Collection

The RAA is proud to present the fourth of its special summer exhibitions: Paul Strisik, NA: The Artist & His Collection from October 4th – November 16th. This beautiful show will not only feature the works of this National Academician, but also highlight the vast collection that he and his wife Nancy acquired over the years both here on Cape Ann and during their worldwide travels. The exhibition will feature gallery walks led by Strisik's long time friend Ron Straka. These free gallery walks will take place on Wednesday, October 15th and Wednesday, October 29th respectively, at 10:30 AM.

RAA Fall Exhibitions


seArts Uncorked

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.

Bead with Bruce

M E M B E R   W O R K S H O P S

Rockport Art Association

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


Batik with Kathy Hilliard

Thursday, October 23, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
$75 RAA Members / $100 Non-Members
Can you resist? Learn the ancient art of batik - a process of layering wax and dye to create fabric ready for framing or to be used in other creative endeavors.
A $15 Materials Fee will be added to the cost of the class.

Floor Cloths with Susan Guest-McPhail

Thursday, October 30, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
$75 RAA Members / $100 Non-Members
Make your own place mats or rug out of heavy canvas (we provide) - artwork to live with. Originally made out of sail cloth over 300 years ago, they still have a place in the home.
A $10 Materials Fee will be added to the cost of the class.

Garden Sculpture with Kathy Hilliard

Thursday, November 6, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
$75 RAA Members / $100 Non-Members
Get down and dirty as you look at concrete in a completely different way. Create sculpture for an indoor or outdoor garden using basic construction techniques, custom recipes and surface treatment. Concrete - it's not just for sidewalks anymore!

Printing Without A Press with Susan Guest-McPhail

Thursday, November 13, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
$75 RAA Members / $100 Non-Members
Gelatin plate printing, easy and spontaneous. All materials included.


Oil Painting with Ron Straka - Advance Registration Required

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fall Session 1: October 7 - November 4 - $75 (filled)
Fall Session 2: November 11 - December 9 - $75

Watercolor Painting with Caleb Stone - Advance Registration Required

Wednesdays, 1 - 4 PM
Fall Session 1: October 8 - November 5 - $75
Fall Session 2: November 12 - December 10 - $75

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

North Shore Arts


Mosaic Workshop with Pam Stratton

FRI-SUN, Oct 24-26 : 3-day painting workshop
with Martha Wakefield

Martha Wakefield

at Mother Brook Arts & Community Center in Dedham

Learn how to become a stronger painter and develop your skills by exploring the elements of the painting language: color, value, shape, line, texture, size and direction. Each class will cover a subject (or two) on form and through demos, viewing master artworks and doing painting exercises, students will strengthen their comprehension of the visual language. Class time will allow students to paint with individual attention. Each session ends with a critique/class discussion. Watermedia.

A supply list will be provided Bring lunch, snacks and beverages.

Friday, October 24 10 a.m. – 4 pm; Saturday, October 25 10 am – 4 pm;
Sunday, October 26 11 am – 4 pm

Instructor(s): Martha Wakefield Price: $200 Member Price: $165

Go to www.motherbrookarts.org/courselisting to register

Pottery Class

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

Art Opportunities ;

  • Deadline October 17 : 2015 International Artist Residency Program. Artists of any discipline, can apply for three to six-month residencies offered through the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. Residencies include live/work space, exhibition opportunities, and a generous stipend.
  • Deadline October 27 : Second Annual RNAC Holiday Fair
  • November 16 : Open Call NNE (North-Northeast), Brattleboro Museum of Art
  • Deadline December 1 : The Art Students League of New York - The League Residency at Vyt
  • Deadline December 1 : Proposals for 2015/16 Exhibitions at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
  • 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    S A L E / R E N T

    For sale : Etching Press

    18 x 24 Conrad Steele Printmaking Etching Press on stand (weight 500 lbs). Best Offer
    Call 978-335-8445 or Email: theresatestaverde@gmail.com

    Spacious, loft-like, designer's renovated industrial barn
    for rent 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 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.)

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    Gloucester winter rental

    Artist's Live/Work studio: First floor of renovated vintage industrial barn in downtown Gloucester. Walking distance to commuter rail and city center, harbor, retail, museum, Y.
    800 square feet, all one space.

    November 1 to May 1. Includes use of Dickerson Electric etching press. Galley kitchen, bath, single bunk bed, private entrance. Off-street parking. TV with basic service, wifi.

    400.00 month plus 1/3 gas heating cost (approx 100. in coldest weather) and minimal electric bill. Fully furnished. I'll put my personal belongings away and clear off the drawing board and 3 work tables.

    Bath hall (but not bathroom) shared with my 2nd floor (attorney) roommate.

    call Veronica Morgan: 978/ 515-7979


    Studio Space

    Please contact: Chris Williams 617-835-0705

    S A V E   T H E   D A T E

    • THUR October 16, 7pm: Rocky Neck Conversation : Corporations as People? (CC)
    • SUN October 19, 7pm: Gordon Goetemann Talk (CC)
    • WED October 22, 6pm: Creative Economy the North Shore, Steve Immerman (CC)
    • THUR Nov 6, 7:30pm: Gun Violence Prevention, John Rosenthal and Greg Gibson (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



    Rocky Neck Art Colony, PO Box 60, Gloucester, MA 01931

    To add an event, send email to newsletter@rockyneckartcolony.org.
    Deadline, Wednesday at 12 noon to be in the Thursday email.

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