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C U L T U R A  L   C E N T E R   A  N D   R O C K Y   N E C K   N E W S

FRI July 25 : Reception for Flower Power

Black & White Silver Gelatin photos by David Piemonte

@ Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave

Flower Power

SAT July 25, 7:30 pm: Ken Bonfield's Artistry of the Guitar

Artistry of the Guitar

Gloucester resident, and master guitarist Ken Bonfield will host an Artistry of the Guitar in-the-round concerts at The Cultural Center in Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, MA on Saturday July 26th with special guests Cape Ann's own Raymond Gonzalez and all the way from Australia, Adam Miller. The concert starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $15 at the door. Doors open at 7pm; there will be light refreshments. Each show will start with a short solo set from each artist followed by a short intermission and then a second set with all three guitarists in-the-round swapping songs and stories and sitting in on each others compositions.

SUN July 27, 7pm : Five 10 Minute Plays

5 10 minute plays

Through August 3 : A Fine Line

A Fine Line

FRI Aug 8, 7 pm : Informal gathering at the Residency Studio
Goetemann Artist in Residence, Pal Gumpen

Pal Gumpen is an exciting contemporary artist from Norway who is presently working in the Czech Republic. His work has been included in group exhibitions in Beijing, Prague, South Korea, Germany, England, and Norway. He writes, "The ways that people organize, construct, and understand their individual realities, in light of personal psychology and history, society, and the influence of science and technology, is, widely speaking, the main interest of my practice." While he has "an affinity for tradition and stability," he also believes in "testing foundations" - introducing the idiosyncratic, the humorous, the disparate element that removes what might be considered romantic or predictable from an art process that is fluid and responsive to immediate personal associations and connection to community.

By "testing foundations", I do not mean by outright provocation, which seldom seems to serve other functions than creating clearer schisms, but rather by skewing the focus somewhat. For example, on your website, you make a strong point for how the area presents a dramatic stimulus to visual artists, and is renown for it's light. This, to me, would be an invitation to focus on anything but light & drama, as those aspects have presumably been explored very well be- fore. For example, what would the results be if one measured the dramatic coastline with GPS, or a thread, an unreliable rubber band, or a meter long stick?

He will be receiving an MA at the College for the Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, has a BA in Fine Arts from University College in Falmouth, England and has studied History of Religions in Bergen, Norway.

SAT Aug 9, 4-6pm : Ceramics Festival Opening Reception

Cape Ann Ceramics Festival

THU Aug 14, 6-8pm : Art New England Launch Party

to launch the July/August "Focus on Cape Ann" section

Art New England


C U L T U R A L  C E N T E R  W O R K S H O P S

Lully Schwartz Workshop

Drawing as Process

Goetemann Artist Residency Program

Distinguished Artist/Teacher, Tim Hawkesworth
Workshop: August 25-27 (All spaces filled)

Tim Hawkesworth

Timothy Hawkesworth, (www.timhawkesworth.com/) our 2014 Distinguished Artist/Teacher of the Goetemann Artist Residency program, will present an artist talk on Sunday, August 24th at 2pm at the Cape Ann Museum, located at 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA. (www.capeannmuseum.org)

Following the lecture, a reception in honor of Hawkesworth will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester,MA

Hawkesworth will then be in residence to lead a three day workshop using both the Cultural Center and the residency studio on Monday through Wednesday (25, 26, 27) from 9am to 12pm each day.  The studios will continue to be open 12 – 5PM each day for participants to continue working. The upper level gallery of the Cultural Center will be open to the public after noon during this time.

The fee for the three-day workshop is $300 per person for RNAC members and $400 for non-members. To register, please email RNACresidency@gmail.com. We will send a confirmation of your space or position on waitlist.  Payment is due upon confirmation. Spaces are limited; first come, first served.

Studio Visits (only a few visits available, reserve your spot today)

Hawkesworth will also make six studio visits, approximately fifty minute each, around Cape Ann during his stay. Studio visits are for non-workshop attendees only. Cost per visit is $25 for RNAC members and $50 for non-members. To register, please email RNACresidency@gmail.com. We will send a confirmation or position on waitlist.  Payment is due upon confirmation. Spaces are limited; first come, first served. Time choices will be worked out later this summer, closer to August.

SEP 3-5 : Revolutionary Painting Techniques

A three-day Workshop with Ekaterina Smirnova

Ekaterina Simirova

Dates: September 3-5, 2014, Wednesday - Friday, 9 am-12 pm
Location: Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

Improve your painting by experimenting with familiar media,
while breaking through traditional norms and loosening your style.

This workshop will give you an opportunity to adjust the way you paint by trying exciting new approaches and discovering valuable new techniques.

Fee: $200 / $150 (RNAC members) Limited to only 10 students!
Reserve your spot ASAP: k.a.smirnova@gmail.com

We will use water media for this course.

Please Bring :

  • watercolor/ acrylic / gouache and other water based media
  • rough brushes, palette knifes, sandpaper, mist bottles, sponges, hair dryer or any other tools that might be used to create texture on paper, e.g., packing materials, tooth brushes, old socks
  • various papers (preferably larger sizes) and clips to attach it to the boards.

About Ekaterina
Since she was a Goetemann Resident Artist at Rocky Neck in 2012, Ekaterina has painted and exhibited her way around the globe. Gloucester and Rocky Neck are fortunate to have her return to paint in the area this summer. You can follow her exciting travels and view the resulting work on her blog, http://ekaterinasmirnova.wordpress.com
In 2006 she became a member of the Art Students League of NY where she has been developing her style ever since. In the past 5 years, Ekaterina has received numerous awards in juried shows by the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, and other art organizations.

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

WED, July 23, 6-8pm: Arts & Cultural Exchange

at the Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Collective (53 Rocky Neck Ave.)
All RNAC Members invited at no charge



Flatrocks North Villages


Gloucester Stage Company

Auld Lang Syne

Law and Water

Through July 27 : Harbortown

Trident Gallery



SAT July 26, 10am : Historic Middle Street Walking Tour

HISTORIC MIDDLE STREET WALKING TOUR Saturday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. Discover Gloucester's historic Middle Street - an ever-evolving neighborhood packed with four centuries of social, economic, and architectural history. The tour takes place rain or shine and lasts approximately an hour and a half; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. This tour will also be offered on August 16. Cost is $10 for Museum members; $20 nonmembers (includes complimentary entrance ticket to visit the Museum at a later date). Space is limited. Reservations required. Call (978) 283-0455 x16 or email info@capeannmuseum.org to make a reservation or for more information.This tour is also offered on August 16. Purchase tickets here.

Cape Ann Museum



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This is a truly amazing new illustrated book "I See Moolongz" A Strange and Wonderful Guide to Inner Power, that I just launched on Kickstarter. Please check it out, and back my project. There are lots of cool backer rewards. Watch the video which Joey C. filmed and I think did an amazing job on. And please pass on to your friends who you think might like to see it and maybe be involved.

The Moolongz have come to Earth to teach humans how to use their unlimited inner power to create amazing, joyful, abundant lives, but they need your help.


Hobbit House

Blue Heron Gallery

Friday, July 25th, from 6–10 pm (one night only)

Conrad Armstrong (former Goetemann Resident)
King Fill-Up's Boar for King Philip's War
Gorilla Printing, 47 Canal St., Salem, MA.

Conrad Armstrong


Judith Monteferrante at Griffin Museum, Stoneham Theater Until August 5, 2014

Secret Garden

Joint Show with Mary Kocol - Light Matter - May 15 - August 5, 2014.

Stoneham Theatre is open Monday through Friday, 11am-6pm and Saturday, 1pm-6pm, as well as one hour before each performance. The Gallery can be accessed through Stoneham Theatre's lobby at 395 Main Street, Stoneham.

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

North Shore Arts

NSAA 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


Raku Workshop

Barbara Nechis Workshop

Gerald Brommer Workshop

Skip Lawrence


Cape Ann Retreat

Jeremy Randall



Provence Retreat

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 July 27 : Animals, all media
  • Deadline July 31 : Seascape/Water Themed Competition
  • Deadline August 15 : Best of America, oil and acrylic painting
  • Deadline August 15 : Feast for you Eyes - The Art of Food
  • 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
  • S A V E   T H E   D A T E

    • WED July 23, 5-8pm : seARTS Arts & Culture Exchange (RNG)
    • FRI July 25, 6-8pm : Reception for Summer Artist David Piemonte (RNG)
    • SAT July 26, 7:30pm : Ken Bonfield's Artistry of the Guitar (CC)
    • SUN July 27, 7pm : Writer's Guild Five 10 Minute Plays (CC)
    • WED Aug 6 : One-day workshop with Lully Schwartz (CC)
    • August 7 - September 1 : Cape Ann Ceramics Festival (CC)
    • FRI Aug 8, 7pm : Goetemann Artist in Residence, Pal Gumpen (RS)
    • SAT Aug 9, 4-6pm : Reception for Cape Ann Ceramics Festival (CC)
    • Aug 9 - 11 : Drawing as Process workshop with Gabrielle Barzaghi
    • THU August 14, 6-8pm : Art New England Launch Party (CC)
    • Aug 25-27 : workshop with Tim Hawkesworth (CC)
    • Sept 3-5 : Revolutionary Painting Techniques with Ekaterina Smirnova
    • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm : African Drumming with Mamadou Diop, all welcome (CC)
    • SUNDAYS, 11am : Tai Chi — first-timers come at 10:45am (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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