FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stevie Black/ Marketing Director
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Presents An Exhibition entitled, “twentythirteen” Selections by Ms. Blythe Hazen, of Montserrat College of Art, on view through August 4, 2013 June 10, 2013 – Gloucester MA – Works by eighteen artists in a wide variety of media have been selected for the “twentythirteen” exhibition on view from July 11 through August 4 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. Hours are from 12–6 PM, Thursday through Sunday and the public is invited to a reception on Saturday, July 13 from 4-6 PM.
Juror Blyth Hazen, professor of art at Montserrat College of Art, selected the work for
“twentythirteen” from submissions to an open call for entries sent to artists from Boston to the North Shore. 18 works of art were selected from more than 130 submitted. Works on view are those by Beverly Arsem, David Barber, John Carney, Kathy Chapman, Anne Cowman, Nicole Dahlmer, Nina Fletcher, Margaret Furlong, Kim Gulino, Bob Hesse, Susan Johnson, Jane Keddy, Elynn Kroger, Katia Mason, David McCoy, Leila Namin, Lois Tarlow and Juni Van Dyke. Seven of the artists are from Gloucester, but most are new to the Cultural Center; some hail from as far away as Jamaica Plain, Newton and Worcester. Four artists will be honored with gift certificates, compliments of Blick Art Materials.
Professor Hazen was “drawn to work that articulated or played with space and the related qualities of light and scale.” She revealed in a juror’s statement, “While the works I selected for this exhibit are not particularly about seaside life, they are all in some way about how the ocean has impacted my awareness of space and place.”
She continued to observe, “I am attracted to the abstract space formed by the colors and grays in Beverly Arsem’s quilt and the macro-micro worlds of Lois Tarlow and Juni Van Dyke’s 2D compositions. I have a similar interest in Katia Mason’s paper constructions. There are atmospheric spatial plays in both Elynn Kroger’s abstract landscape and Bob Hesse created a fantastical space composited from images of real places. Lelia Namin’s woman knitting, invites a rather odd yet intriguing psychological space.”
“I selected three photographs, each with a different twist. Susan Johnson’s “Swampscott”, pops in and out of deep and flat space. Nicole Dahlmer’s photograph is of an object of unknown scale. Kathy Chapman’s “Essex Garden” is seen as if in compressed space/time. Kim Gulino and David Barber both present more humorous works that play with the notion of bodies in space. Jane Keddy’s painting of a shoreline hints of space by overlapping and downsizing distant objects but at the same time flattens space with solid color. Anne Cowman and Margaret Furlong’s simplified landscapes use color and light to make us feel the distant horizon or overpowering sky. Last but not least the sculptures of John Carney, David McCoy and Nina Fletcher, though made from very different materials cut through and carve out interesting places in actual spaces.”
The Rocky Neck Art Colony is honored to show such diverse work. Viewers will find sculpture and prints, quilts and photographs; the range of media make the show interesting in itself and well worth the trip to Rocky Neck this summer.
Sculptures, Prints, Quilts, & Photographs
Exhibit runs from July 11 – August 4, 2013
Thursdays – Sundays, 12–6 PM
Meet The Artists Reception
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 4–6 PM
The Cultural Center At Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA 01930
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About Rocky Neck Art Colony
The crown jewel of Gloucester’s harbor community, Rocky Neck is home to mostly year-round residents and has a thriving summertime population of artists, art galleries and restaurants, and the Rocky Neck Art Colony, one of the oldest working art colonies in the United States and a 501(c)3 arts organization since 1973. Rocky Neck recently became one of the first five “Designated Massachusetts Cultural Districts” in the state of Massachusetts; this designation denotes past traditions and contemporary vibrancy along with the area’s orientation towards a local creative economy. The mission of the Rocky Neck Art Colony is to nurture excellence in the visual arts and to celebrate the artistic culture of Rocky Neck and the entire Cultural District.
Local Cape Ann buses and seasonal trolleys serve the area and the Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle makes it easy to visit East Gloucester by water.