With it being Labor Day Weekend and all that is going on with the Schooner Festival, etc., we are not going to hold a Mug Up this weekend. Look for one next weekend though! Have a great, fun and safe Labor Day Weekend!
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 gets the most votes will be awarded $5000, 2nd and 3rd places get $3000, 4th and 5th get $1000 and the remaining 14 organizations will each receive $500.
You can only vote through BankGloucester’s website, one vote per email address (although you can vote for three different organizations when you vote). Friends, relatives and colleagues can vote.
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
“Final weekend of the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival. Contemplation: Fine Ceramics from Cape Ann and Beyond continues through Monday, September 1. This weekend join us for the Art of the Possible: All Clay Inclusive also at the Cultural Center. Opening Friday 8/29, 5-8PM with live music and great food, continuing Saturday 8/30 and Sunday 8/31 from 10-6PM. Hope to see you there.”
“I Am Profoundly Grateful”. Repeat these words to yourself until your heart begins to swell and your mind creates a list of all the things you have to be grateful for. Then go forth, shine your light on everyone you meet, and have an amazing day.
Save the Date: September 12th
Buy Raffle Tickets Now at http://rockyneckartcolony.org/events.php
With many people being in the midst of back to school madness, we have decided to put off the food competition until after Labor Day, but still come by for Mug Up, Saturday at 9:30am on Madfish Wharf and then enjoy some of the great Rocky Neck art and artists by taking the Rocky Neck Art Walk.
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival Artist Talk with Hideaki Miyamura, Sunday, August 24, 5:30PM at the Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester.
Hideaki Miyamura is a Japanese-born American studio potter working in New Hampshire. Born in 1955 in Niigata, Japan, Miyamura traveled to the United States to study art history at Western Michigan University. After college, he returned to Japan to pursue his interest in ceramics as an apprentice with master potter Shurei Miura in Yamanashi. During that five-year period, he experimented with over 10,000 test pieces, using countless formulas to develop original glazes. Now celebrated throughout Japan and the United States for his experimental and illustrious glazes, Miyamura’s surfaces possess a stunning and unusual iridescent quality. Porcelains created by Miyamura are included in numerous significant museum collections including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Thanks to one of those unexpected miracles of the Universe manifested through dear friend, Alma McLaughlin, I have been given a great gallery space for the remainder of the season back on Madfish Wharf. Hobbit House II (aka Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery), located at 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 6, is a beautiful gallery overlooking Smiths Cove with great light and energy. The gallery features the works of Joey C., Donna Ardizzoni, Len Burgess, Tom Nihan, Linda Sodja, Judy Wilburn, Belle & Me, Kathy Chapman, and of course, me.
In collaboration with Regina Piantedosi at YUPO Gallery, G4, we are resuming the fun tradition of weekly GMG Mug Ups at Madfish Wharf, now being held weekly on Saturdays at 9:30am so Joey can come, followed at 11:00 by the Rocky Neck Art Walk.
Hobbit House II (aka Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery)
77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 6
Open Thursday – Sunday
Noon to 8:00 pm, except Saturday, open at 9:30 am for Mug Up
Open other days and times by chance
Tuesday nights Trivia and Hookahs 8:30-11:30 (bar only open)
Every Thursday – Mike Forgette and Friends
Friday, 8/22 Megan McKenzie (pop/rock)
Saturday, 8/23 Allstonians (ska/reggae)
Wednesday, 8/27 Divas of the Waterfront Dragshow at 8:30 $10
Friday, 8/29 Richard James and the Name Changers
Saturday, 8/30 MSF (classic rock)
Now that we have re-established the GMG Mug Up tradition on Saturday mornings at 9:30 on Madfish Wharf (so our fearless leader Joey can be there!), it is time for one of our famous and fun GMG Food Competitions. Over the years, we have had many different types food competitions, and we want to come up with something that the awesome cooks / bakers out there in GMG land will clamor to be a part of. Joey wants it to be a cupcake competition (he is going to be one of the judges with his girls as assistants, along with James Eves and Richard Rosenfeld). Cupcakes are great, but we wanted to let those of you who would like to enter and have the chance of winning a coveted GMG food competition winner ribbon, and go down in annals of GMG history as the best at whatever it is you make really well, tell us what you would like the competition to be.
Please reply by commenting on this post if you are interested in being a contender, and what food you would like the competition to be. Majority will rule. There is no real prep area, so it has to be something you can bring in prepared and ready to go to the judges (with a little extra for Mug Up attendees to try). Don’t include a beverage. If Bob Ryan is game to sponsor another Bloody Mary or other beverage competition made with a Ryan & Wood Distilleries spirit, we’ll do that later in the season.
Madfish Wharf is hopping this summer. Saturday morning 9:30am come for GMG Mug Up and food competition at YUPO Gallery / Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery. Come hang with your favorite GMG peeps, fobs and Rocky Neck artists and neighbors on beautiful Madfish Wharf. Saturday, August 23rd will be our first GMG Food Competition of the season. Let’s get some rockin GMG peep/fob summer fun going while we still can.
That the Rocky Neck Art Colony is one of the oldest working art colonies in the country, and has been luring artists and appreciators to its picturesque shores since the 1850’s? Today the art colony still draws artists from around the world to paint and experience the magic that is Rocky Neck. Rocky Neck is home to artists and non-artists alike, many unique galleries, The Cultural Center, Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District, and four restaurants (Sailor Stan’s for breakfast, The Studio and Madfish Grille for lunch and dinner and The Rudder for dinner). The main draw to Rocky Neck Art Colony is of course the unique flavor of the art and artists that make Rocky Neck their home and place of business.
Artists are a special breed of people, who have chosen to pursue their passion and make the world a more beautiful place. The artists of Rocky Neck are especially unique, talented and diverse in the work they create. On Rocky Neck, you can find exceptional traditional representational works, abstract, contemporary, decorative, two and three-dimensional paintings, photographs, pottery, sculptures, jewelry, wearable art, greeting cards, books and more. And you will find some of the nicest people you will meet anywhere.
Starting on Saturday, August 16 and continuing each Saturday through September, the galleries on Rocky Neck will be featuring the Rocky Neck Art Walk. It will start at 9:30 am on Madfish Wharf with a GMG Mug Up at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery and YUPO Gallery. After having coffee, refreshments and visiting with old and new friends, you can take a leisurely visit through the galleries on Rocky Neck, meet and chat with the artists and learn about their creations and creative process, at a time when the Neck isn’t crowded and parking isn’t a problem.
Come have fun, experience something new, and discover the unique treasure of Gloucester that is the Rocky Neck Art Colony.
The Madfish Grille is open. The food is good (I’ve eaten there myself and can attest). There is live music. There is not a 45 minute to an hour wait to get in, get a menu and be waited on. Nothing against The Studio or The Rudder, they are both great, but if you are on Rocky Neck and are hungry, you might want to revisit Madfish Grille. Open Wednesday through Sunday from noon for lunch until midnight. Yesterday there were great musicians performing in the afternoon and the vibe was just incredible.
Also, mark your calendars, we are now be back to having weekly GMG Mup Ups on Madfish Wharf, starting this weekend on SATURDAYs at 9:30 when Joey is off, so he can come, and all you GMG fobs who go to church on Sunday so could never make Mup Ups before, you now can too! First food competition Mug Up coming up soon. Watch for it!
It’s summer, time to go fishing. You can catch a haddock, cod fish, flounder or redfish on the Pottery Trail, August 16 and 17 from 10-5 pm on Cape Ann. Nina Testaverde Goodick went out on her father’s traditional Gloucester fishing vessel as a young girl so she knows her fish. These days Nina creates beautifully detailed clay fish as decorative wall hangings. Her studio, Annisquam River Pottery, is one of ten studios and galleries open during the Pottery Trail as part of the month long Cape Ann Ceramics Festival. On Saturday, the 16th, from 11-2 pm Cynthia Curtis will offer people a chance to try throwing a pot on the wheel, something which appears deceptively simple to do. There’s no charge, and those who try it will come away appreciating how much skill it takes to make a mug or teapot. Also on the Pottery Trail, catch Tim Christensen sgrafitto porcelain at True North Gallery in Hamilton, Outdoor Sculpture at Flatrocks Gallery in Lanesville and Side Street Gallery on Rocky Neck and much more.
Each of the potters on the trail works in a unique style, with many different kinds of firing techniques. Most of the potters will be doing demonstrations. All will be available to discuss their passion for working in clay. Enter a free raffle at any stop to win a festival tee shirt or tote bag.
For a complete list of artists on the trail and more about the festival, visit: Cape Ann Ceramics Festival
Let’s all bring some major love and good vibes back to Madfish Wharf. Come by this Sunday at 9:30 for a grand joint YUPO Gallery / Khan Studio & GMG Gallery Mug Up. Let’s do it like we used to do it – great GMG peeps, fobs, food and energy on beautiful Madfish Wharf. I am so excited to be back! Hope to see everyone! Love, EJ