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Brett Gamache At The Cultural Center On Rocky Neck

June 5 – 29 : Landscapes & Seascapes,
Recent Paintings by Brett X. Gamache

Brett X. Gamache

SAT June 7, 4-7pm : Opening Reception
SUN, June 8, 4-5pm: Artist Talk

The Interview-

Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop
with oil painter, Brett X. Gamache

Saturday, June 14, 9 AM-2 PM

At RNAC’s Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St. Gloucester, MA

Brett X. Gamache
Experience the joy of painting on site by joining a small group of fellow artists in a Plein Air Landscape Painting workshop on Saturday, June 14th from 9 AM -2 PM on Gloucester’s Rocky Neck. Gamache provides one-on-one instruction as participants paint at near by locations. Workshop fee: $100 (RNAC members, $75)
For more details, go to rockyneckartcolony.org/workshops.php

Poignant Banksy Monarch Image Shared By GMG FOB Bing McGilvray

Banksy quote ~ “We don’t need any more heroes; we just need someone to take out the recycling.”

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GMG FOB Bing McGilvray posted this Banksy Monarch painting on our GMG Community Group. THANK YOU BING!

Another Banksy quote ~ “Writing graffiti is about the most honest way you can be an artist. It takes no money to do it, you don’t need an education to understand it and there’s no admission fee.”

 

Salt Water: Paintings by Hartley Ferguson

The opening of Hatley Ferguson’s Salt Water: Paintings by Hartley Ferguson was held November 22 at a new showcase for local artists. Essen’s Bakery owner Toby Gado is showcasing Harley Ferguson’s work following the opening reception “Art After Dark”.  The artist  has always lived by the sea from summers on Fisher’s Island to more than 30 years living in Gloucester and now her present location in the Basque Country in Northern Spain.

Although she has primarily been a figurative painter, the water and swimmers in this exhibit have been a recurring focus combining her love of the water and swimming with her love of the human form. While not self portraits, many of these paintings grew out of her experiences under, through and in the water.

Inquires may be made to and paintings purchased from the artist’s agent Sue Henderson, (978) 828-3826 or sueartistsagent@yahoo.com . A portion of the proceeds from painting sales will be donated to the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund in Danvers.

Artist Spotlight Series

This will be a series of artist spotlights, showing the work and giving a little inside look into the artists who create it.  The first spotlight is on lifelong Gloucester artist, Theresa Testaverde.

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Theresa’s art is often a collage of whatever stirs her as interesting and challenging. Some of her work is inspired by loved ones, family and friends.

Theresa is a native of Gloucester, has been drawing since the age of 5, has a BFA with her principle focus in Printmaking, and has worked in the commercial field of Specialty Printing since college.

She is the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Gloucester fishermen. Her maternal grandfather, Joaquin Codinha, was deeply involved in the business side of the Fishing industry. Her paternal grandfather, R. Salve Testaverde wrote, “Memoirs of a Gloucester Fisherman.” And Theresa’s great-grandfather (her mother’s grandfather) was Antonio Santos Cortina, who while on a fishing trip on the Laura Goulart, was lost at sea in 1924. “Passionate followers of the heart; fishers of the sea.”

On Fisherman’s Wharf, her family’s FV, the Linda B, would have schools of fish hauled up in a net and loaded on trucks for market. Her most recent drawings, “Fish Faces, A Series of Drawings’ is dedicated to her young years of growing up – “we had all the fish and more!”

In addition, Theresa’s artwork for her “Daily Fish” Coasters is a salute to the life of a fisherman. “I recognize that a fisherman’s life is a noble and valued life, a dangerous life which requires dedication, heart, strength, intense work during stormy days and an immense respect of the sea from which he earns his daily bread.”

All of this was a way of life for Theresa growing up. In her words, “I embrace all of them, their memory, their stories. The women and men from which I am part. I could not create any of my artwork without these reflections. This life had heart, purpose, was hard working, honest, diligent and had love. To remember us young is to examine the heart of family, in our little town, Gloucester. My family members required the sea to maintain their everyday needs. This “fish” artwork is for them.”

You can see more of Theresa’s work at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, East Gloucester during the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4 PM, November 30 – December 29.

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Alma’s Art & Antiques

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She said she wasn’t coming back this year.  We didn’t believe it.  So here she is, back again for another season on Rocky Neck in her new location  (which is actually an old location that she was in years ago – Alma likes to move around).  You can find Alma McLaughlin this year at her new Alma’s Art & Antiques location at 75 Rocky Neck Ave #15 (next to The Rudder Restaurant in the space that was previously Kathy Archer’s White Bird Gallery).  Check out the ever-changing collection of beautiful art, jewelry, furnishings, knicknacks, etc. that she has.  She also has a wonderful space on the patio in back available for adults and children to paint and create.

E.J. Lefavour

Video Interview With June 2013 Goetemann Artist in Residence : Allison Hornak

Allison Hornak speaks about her Goeteman Residency On Rocky Neck. Check out her website to learn more about her work and her vision

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Painting and building are my practice.  I have devotion toward material, and I am as devoted to aerosol paints as I am to mud.  All material is flesh and connotes promiscuously within society and nature.  Then there is the problem of the impulse to order.  As an artist I need to still stuff.  Each piece acts as a halt—a submission, as a person, to the need to resist chaos.  What chaos?  Every artwork, every mark: a deceleration.  Every one a breaking.  Since, still, at the end of the day, at a turn, rupture is in the lull.  This is my protest.  I (am) matter too.

 

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Don’t Miss a Reading by Jamie Quatro at Toad Hall Bookstore!

From the Annisquam artist Rachel Perry Welty:
My friend Jamie Quatro will be stopping on the North Shore on her book tour for “I Want To Show You More” on Monday, March 11, at 7 pm, and will do a reading and signing at Toad Hall. She has won all kinds of advance praise for her first collection of short stories, and she has been called a “brilliant new voice in American fiction” and compared to other writers such as Alice Munro. She is reviewed in the March 11 issue (this week’s issue) of the New Yorker. It’s exciting for me personally to be a small part of her debut, as I made the art for the cover. You can read more about Jamie and her book here:
Monday March 11
7 pm
Toad Hall Bookstore
47 Main Street
Rockport Mass 01966

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Meet Goetemann Artist in Residency Program Artist Of The Month Ekaterina Smirnova

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This is a sketch from a photo of  some herring she took down our dock which she will use as reference for a much larger piece she will be working on.  Look for our video interview tomorrow on these pages in which she begins her work on the larger work.

She also would like for people to pop in and check out her works in progress at the Goetemann Artist in Residency Studio (GRS) at 51A Rocky Neck Avenue

Check out her website here- www.katapostrophe.com

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From the Rocky Neck Art Colony Website

Ekaterina Smirnova, a Brooklyn based artist, started painting in a Russian art school in Siberia in 1991. Her style has been further developed at The Art Students League of NY, where Ekaterina has been a member since first moving to the United States in 2006. Watercolor, her main medium, and etchings are often exhibited at art shows around New York and the Northeast. In the past 4 years, Ekaterina has received various awards in juried shows including from The Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America and Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (BWAC). Currently she is a Junior Scholar and a member of The Art Committee at The Salmagundi Club.

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About The Goetemann Artists in Residency Program from The Rocky Neck Art Colony website:

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This is the 8th year of the Goetemann Residency Program. The quality of the applications submitted continues to rise and there has been an increase in our geographical range. Applicants have come not only from the Boston area, state of MA and New England, but now there are many more national and international candidates. Choosing only 3 from this list caused us to examine more carefully candidates who best serve the colony’s interest in diversity of stylistic orientation, career level, and understanding of the mission and objectives of our community of Rocky Neck.

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The art of Leon Doucette

This distinguished, brooding portrait almost seems to depict some Spanish caballero of the type painted by Velázquez or El Greco. However, I met a cheerier version of this same face on Wednesday at the Cape Ann Museum.  It belongs to Leon Doucette, who was our docent for the regular 11AM guided tour.  He grew up in Gloucester, moved away for a few years (including college), and then moved back recently and started working at the Cape Ann Museum.  His local knowledge and love of art was evident in the tour he gave us.

Besides being a really nice person, he is a very talented painter. When he said he is an artist, I looked him up right away on my iPhone and found his blog.  My first thought when I saw his painting was, “why is this guy not 24/7 behind an easel?”  I guess it’s hard for an artist – especially a young man who is relatively new on the scene – to get enough work painting to do that full-time.  At least he has a job in an art museum!  But honestly, his work is really good, worth checking out. Here’s another image from his website:

The artist's father

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Great, isn’t it?  There is a lot more on his blog.

Sadly, he doesn’t have any work on display right now in Gloucester. I am going to follow his blog in the hopes he announces a local show sometime soon.

I wonder how many other talented young artists like Leon are hidden in our midst…  They are the future of the art community here on Cape Ann.  I hope they get the support and recognition they deserve.

Fortunately, we have initiatives like the The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group, which meets the second Monday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 at the Annie.  In general, from what I’ve seen, the Cape Ann art community is very welcoming and encouraging for artists who are new to the area.

Ben Niedermeyer and Wife 2009 Captain Joe & Sons Best Dressed Customer of The Year Award Winner Joanne Pimp Artist Rob Dieboll

Ben writes-

Hey Joey:  Great to see you and Frank yesterday and thanks for some great lobsters which we at last night.  Joanne wanted me to forward you the website address of our good friend and excellent artist Rob Dieboll.  Rob and his wife Kim actually turned us onto Captain Joe’s in 2007 when we bought our place in Rockport.  We have several of Rob’s prints and a couple of his originals on our walls here.  He is noted for his paintings of Good Harbor beach people and they all evoke a story in the beholder’s imagination.  Check the site out at www.diebboll.com.

Joanne’s gonna make me winner winner chicken dinner next week (hopefully).  Sometime I want you and the Mrs. to come over for my favorite soup in the world that Joanne makes in the winter time:  Portugese bean soup with oxtails.  It’s an old family recipe that emanated in Honolulu and will knock your socks off.

Thanks again Joey for being your personable self!

Best regards, Ben

Check Out Rob on the interwebs by clicking the picture below-

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Am I the only one thinking Ben’s making out pretty good in this deal?  He gets lobsters from me and then wants to go and feed me oxtails?

Is that even legal?  I mean I already pissed off Buddha last week I don’t need the PETA crazies comin’ for me.

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