T H E N E W S F R O M R O C K Y N E C K via Judy Robinson Cox
photo by Terry Del Percia
Kate Somers demonstrating water color techniques last week at the Rocky Neck Gallery.
MON, Sept. 12, Eric Armstrong : Introductory Slide presentation
Rocky Neck Gallery
Brain Buggy (part of the Mnemonosphere cycle), 2010, 21.7" x 29.5"
Watercolor on glue gesso on panel
Conrad Armstrong is an American artist who currently lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic, where he splits his time between teaching English, making art, and exhibiting. One of Conrad’s primary interests is the intersection between landscape and memory in human culture and history. Over the last decade, Conrad’s work has dealt with this theme in various media and from different perspectives. Landscape paintings made from memory, topographic paper sculpture, mnemonically-encoded images, landscape installation, and drawing and painting in situ are all manifestations of this interest. In addition to this theme, Conrad has also produced other bodies of work and exhibitions on other subjects including fetish objects, the role of social networks in contemporary life, the relationship between cars and alternative modes of transportation, and the potential of the classroom as a creative space. Underlying all of Conrad’s work is a sense of curiosity, playfulness, and whimsy that results in a compelling and often funny experience for the viewer.
Conrad will talk about his work at 7pm on Monday, September 12, at the Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave.
Through September 13: From Cape Ann to Tahiti
Oil paintings by Rokhaya Waring
Sunset, Opunohu Bay 20" x 20" , oil by Rokhaya Waring
Last June, I traveled to Moorea, a volcanic island in the middle of the South Pacific and part of Tahiti. Moorea can truly be called "Paradise on Earth". A place I had only read about was suddenly the place I stood, paints in hand. I often had the feeling there of being in a dream. I couldn’t help but think of Fletcher Christian and the Bounty or wonder where Gauguin and Matisse might have walked… My greatest challenge was seeing through its picture-postcard beauty. It is a real place, after all. On Tahiti I was drawn by the swiftly changing clouds, lush vegetation, and the colors of the ocean- the same elements I love about my home in Gloucester, Mass., on the Atlantic. As far apart as they are, each place has helped me see the other- more often contrasting though at times reminiscent.
Dorothy Englander, Through Sept 15
Khan Studio / Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Madfish Alley
Artwork by Dorothy Englander
Dorothy Englander, a resident of Albany, NY, holds an MFA from The University at Albany and a BS from Skidmore College. She has received awards for her work, which she has exhibited regionally and nationally since 1980. Her art is in public, corporate, and private collections. She has taught painting in college and private settings.
Dorothy works in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, monotype, collage, and digtal imaging. She incorporates abstraction with recognizable imagery in her work.
Dorothy’s Guest Artist Exhibit at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck will run from Friday, 9/2 through Thursday, 9/15 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, 9/3 from 4:00-7:00 pm.
Khan Studio, Madfish Alley | www.khanstudiointernational.com | 857-891-9054
Sept. 14 – 28: Four Seasons on Cape Ann: Its Sights, Its Creatures
BJ Wayne (oil)
RECEPTION: Saturday, September 17, 6 to 8pm
Old Friends by BJ Wayne, oil
"My goal is to utilize the techniques of the great painters of the 19th century to portray the 21st century world that I live in. Depicting the special waterfront communities of Cape Ann is an important focus for me. But I also have an affinity for painting animals. While some artists prefer to focus on one aspect of painting (landscapes, still lifes, etc.) I draw inspiration from those of the past who did it all, painting land and seascapes, animals, and more. In this show I am focusing on Cape Ann through the four seasons."