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.
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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
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!
Uhmmm, coincidence that EJ opens Up her new Gallery On Madfish Wharf- Hobbit House II and at the very same moment a Rainbow magically appears? I think not.
Come out for Mug Up Sunday Morning!
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Don’t miss these two great opportunities to see Regina Piantedosi’s exciting work, as well as many others in A Fine Line.
Regina’s YUPO Gallery, G4 on Madfish Wharf, is a great space with some really unique and exciting abstract work, plus Regina’s great energy. Stop by her opening on July 5th from 7-9:00pm.
Also, don’t miss the opening of A Fine Line, an exhibit of drawings and other interpretations at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on Saturday, July 12 from 4-6:00pm.
Mark your calendars now. There will be a Mug Up hosted by Regina Piantedosi at Yupo Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. Gallery 4 on Madfish Wharf on Sunday, June 22 at 9:30am. For those of you who know the Madfish Wharf galleries, Regina Piantedosi has opened Yupo Gallery this year in the space where Gigi Mederos and Stevie Black operated Aquatro Gallery last year (next door to Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery space, which is now occupied by Sue Handman).
Regina, a lifelong resident of the North Shore and member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony for two years, has been painting for seven years, but has been a “creative” her entire life. She has lived a full and art filled entrepreneurial life writing, and working as an interior designer and florist.
Regina describes her art as a creative extension of herself, and believes each artist’s work is their fingerprint, unique to them alone. She has always been a non-representational/abstract painter, which is how she interprets her emotions.
Regina is currently using Yupo paper (hence the gallery name), a treeless synthetic product originally produced for printing. Having vast possibilities, it is resilient, eco-friendly and colors explode on it. Ink, gouache (semi-solid watercolors,) acrylic and gold leaf are her mediums of choice, and her art is created with one or any combination thereof.
Regina’s paintings are very bold, expressive and freaky (she actually has a series of paintings called “Freaks”).
A Mug Up with GMG peeps and fobs is way overdue, so plan to come on June 22nd, welcome Regina to Madfish Wharf, enjoy Rocky Neck on a Sunday morning, visit with your GMG buddies and make new friends. Feel free to bring along something to share. Regina will be providing coffee and a sweet bread (can’t remember what kind, but she’s Italian and married into the Piantedosi Baking family, so it will be good). I’ll be there with deviled eggs (I know you’ve just been hankering for them). Everyone is welcome.
If you haven’t stopped into Carol McKenna’s gallery recently, you should go by and see her work and work by new artists: Kathy Chapman, Lisa Courtney, Alice Gardner, Jane Keddy and Eileen Patten Oliver.
Also, if you have been wondering what the future might hold for you, stop by for a reading with psychic, Joy Kasmer. I’m no psychic, but I see a visit to Carol McKenna’s Gallery in your future.
Or it could be a heart with a tongue and teeth – all depends on how you look at it. Created by Sweet Shots and Secret Spots, Violot Gray. Dangerous assignment photo capture by E.J.
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.
I didn’t know what to do with the windowbox at the gallery this year. I’d had enough of the flamingos and tiki man, and I didn’t want to deal with planting flowers. So now it has become a memorial to Evelyn, complete with a standup paddleboard , which she loved doing so much, that I made from a flipflop. She’ll be with us all season – at Mug Ups, paddleboarding, openings, dancing at Madfish and everything else we’ll do that she loved. If anyone would like to add anything to the memorial – beach stones, shells, whatever for Evelyn, please feel free.
I scheduled this post a fews days ago to run on Sunday afternoon. This morning I arrived at the gallery to discover Evelyn and her paddleboard gone. They had been glued in place, so they had been forcefully removed. I try to live by Thumper’s mother’s teaching: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”, but today I just can’t. To the lowdown dirty rotten scumbag that stole Evelyn and her paddleboard from this memorial to her memory, bring them back. If you return them, all will be forgiven and forgotten; don’t return them, and you have some serious shit karma to deal with.
Unfortunately, the person who did this most likely does not read Good Morning Gloucester because no FOB would do such a thing. I assume it was someone coming from Madfish last night that didn’t get a good enough dose of Groove Therapy, and maybe too good a dose of alcohol to be thinking rationally or consciously. If anyone leaving Madfish Grille last night saw or knows who did this, please let them know how badly they have hurt those of us mourning the loss of Evelyn, and that they can make it right by returning the stolen items to her memorial.
My faith and hope for the future of the art scene in Gloucester renewed after popping into Gallery 5 on Madfish Wharf
If I see another paining of a goddamn bowl of fruit I swear I’m gonna gouge my eyes out.
my suggestion- go down to Gallery 5 on Madfish Wharf, check out Jeffrey Cluett, Ben Macadam and Stephanie Williams work and rediscover what it was like for you as an artist when you had youth on your side and didn’t know any boundaries. Rules? We don’t need no stinkin rules!!! Rediscover and reconnect with what it was like to let it go and to create freely and push what is possible with whatever medium it is you work with.
This is the art that is making a difference. This is the art that inspires. This is the future. Welcome.
Kim forwards these photos along from the GMG Gallery Khan Studio get together we had before the season kicks off-
The gallery has already been very successful with just a ton of people coming through- and best of all buying stuff. Besides all the great work inside the walls of our cool ass joint, you can’t help but love the positive vibes and energy from our buddy EJ who is running the place. If you are a FOB and come into Gloucester you have got to stop in and say hi to EJ.
We’re having way too much fun aren’t we?
Ed Raiding The Fridge- Shocker!!!
Khan Studio and Good Morning Gloucester Gallery On Madfish Wharf
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Where’s Paulie Walnuts?