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Nights on the Neck Photos by Len Burgess

July 2014 NOTN_Len Burgess Photos

We had a fun first Nights on the Neck for 2014, in spite of some last minute cancellations by performers.  Len Burgess got some wonderful shots of Three Sheets to the Wind at Trefry Park, Ernie Pigeon at Goetemann Gallery (doesn’t it look like Ernie is sitting in front of windows looking out at the water? – Gordon’s paintings are amazing), Bird Mancini performing by the Rocky Neck Accommodations, Pat Conlon and Fran Clark at the Rocky Neck Gallery.  Unfortunately missing are shots of T Max at the Cultural Center.

Great shots.  Thanks Len.

E.J. Lefavour

YUPO Gallery Opening and A Fine Line

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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.

Reminder: Mug Up at Yupo Gallery this Sunday, June 22

Mug up at yupo galleryMug up at yupo gallery

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.

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Have You Always Wanted to Learn Photoshop?

photoshop classes

Are you an artist who feels challenged when you have to resize an image for a show submission, or someone who has wanted to learn image editing, photo montage or digital art? Do you want to be able to design your own business card, postcard, flier or other image document? Have you always wanted to learn Photoshop but were daunted by the overwhelming scope of the program, so gave up?

E.J. is now offering Photoshop class for beginners to intermediate users who want to learn and be able to do more with Photoshop. I have been working with Photoshop for over 15 years, and although I do not consider myself a “Master”, I know a lot and use Photoshop as my go to program for everything from imagine editing to creating unique digital artwork and other image and text focused documents.

If you are interested in taking a class, call me at 857-891-9054 or email

 – Classes will be small and intimate (no more than 3 people at a time) and will run for one hour at a cost of $20/class. You can take as many or as few classes as you like, which will be tailored to accomplish your individual goal(s).  I have three PC’s with Photoshop installed available for people to work on, or you can bring your own laptop if you have Photoshop installed on it.

Photoshop is an amazing tool that offers so much creative freedom.  If you are not using Photoshop, you are missing out on an important piece of today’s creative technology.  I’ll make learning Photoshop fun and exciting for you.

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Pixel Revolution – Visual Music Animations at Cape Ann Community Cinema

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
The animators and composers, Dennis Miller, Jean Detheux, Sylvia Pengilly, and Otto Laske will be featured in a special presentation of their “visual music” films at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Sunday May 25 at 4:00 PM and will benefit the Rocky Necky Art Colony in support of the exhibition.

Pixel Revolution: Animated Films

Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street, Gloucester MA

Sunday, May 25, 4:00 PMPixel Revolution: Animated Films

Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street, Gloucester MA
Sunday, May 25, 4:00 PM

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This is a very exciting exhibit, which you owe it to yourself to see.  I was totally blown away and inspired by it.  Stop by the Center Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm, through June 1.  The program at Cape Ann Community Cinema on May 25th also promises to be quite exciting, when you will be able to see the animations created by these very talented digital artists that the exhibited digital art was derived from.

E.J. Lefavour

Calling All Runners

road race poster

 

Rocky Neck 5K Road Race: The firstannual 5K walk/run

Organized by the Rocky Neck Art Colony and the Studio Restaurant

to benefit the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

Open to all ages.

Race date: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Entry fee: $25 now  $35 after May 31, 2014

More info at www.rockyneck5k.com

Gloucester MA—Rocky Neck’s newly designated Cultural District and its ocean bound environs provides the scenic backdrop for the first ever Rocky Neck 5K on Sunday, June 8 at 10:00 AM. The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) and The Studio Restaurant are hosting the 3.1 mile run//walk and celebratory lunch for race participants to raise money to support RNAC’s new Cultural Center at Rocky Neck. Racers will proceed from the Causeway on Rocky Neck, along Eastern Point Road to Grapevine Road and Lands End Lane. They will return from Gloucester’s Atlantic Road Back Shore via Farrington Avenue to the finish line in front of The Studio Restaurant at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue. Along with the free buffet lunch, post-race festivities for participants includes an awards ceremony to recognize top male and female finishers in each age category. The names of the overall top male and female 2014 finishers will be inscribed on a wall plaque in The Studio Restaurant that will remain on display to honor Rocky Neck 5K winners each year.

TO REGISTER FOR THE RACE

Online registration and information about the race, the race course and race parking are available at www.rockyneck5k.com.  Register now for$25.00 or $35.00 after May 31.  Registration forms and information can also be picked up in advance of race day at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA  01930, Thursday–Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM and, during operating hours, at The Studio and The Rudder Restaurants on Rocky Neck Avenue in Gloucester. Walk-on registration will be available at the Cultural Center on June 8, the day of the race, between 8:00 and 9:30 AM.  For more information about registering, call the Cultural Center at 978-515-7004.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Early registrants (before May 31)  receive free Rocky Neck 5K t-shirts. Chip timing from North Shore Timing is available for $2.00 per entry. Top male and female finishers in each of the following age categories will be awarded medals: 12 and under, 13–19, 20–35, 36–59, 60 and older.  Parking is free to race participants at the public lot on Rocky Neck Causeway, at the former Bickford’s Boat Yard lot at 31 Rocky Neck Avenue, at the Gloucester Marine Railways lot, 81 Rocky Neck Avenue and in the private lot at 20 Wonson Street—all on Rocky Neck in Gloucester.  In addition, there will is auxiliary free parking in downtown Gloucester with water taxi service to Rocky Neck provided by Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle for $5.00 per passenger.

Artist Spotlight Series – Linda Sojda

linda sojda artist spotlight

I have recently had the great pleasure of getting to know Linda Sojda while photographing her work and designing her website.  She is an amazing artist and just a joy to be around. If you have a chance, visit her studio at Cripple Cove Studios, 97 East Main Street (at the left of the driveway leading down to Capt. Joe & Sons), or visit her website at http://www.lindasojda.com to see more of her work.

Linda’s art practice examines color, pattern, shape and texture and what happens when these elements are juxtaposed. The unexpected combinations give her painting direction. Her work is non-representational and yet it is very much inspired by the landscape. Nature’s organic patterns and shapes, contrasting hues of color and unintended markings offer vast possibilities.

She works in mediums that foster exploration and unforeseen outcomes. Oil and wax can be blended, layered, scraped, and sanded allowing transparencies and depth of field.  She also paints with sumi ink and gouache on Japanese Okawara paper. With this medium she deconstructs Chinese characters and uses the gestural brushstrokes and negative space to shape an image. This approach results in paintings that are direct, immediate and bold, as you can see from the examples above.

In kindergarten, Linda painted a bowl of fresh fruit sitting on her teacher’s desk. Miss Gray liked her painting so much that she showed it to the principal. He must have liked it too because he had it framed and hung it in his office. She couldn’t believe her eyes. Linda has had many great days in her life, but that day is still one of the best. Since that time, making art has never really left her. Painting in her studio, visiting a gallery or new exhibit, gathering with her artist’s group or sketching ideas at home, art has been a constant in her life, for which she is beyond grateful.

Linda grew up on the shores of Lake Erie, about fifty miles west of Buffalo, New York. In college she studied art earning a degree in art education. She taught art K-12 in New York, Michigan and California. At the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem she is an educator to both adults and children. Today she lives in Gloucester and has maintained a studio at Cripple Cove Studios in East Gloucester for several years where she leads small workshops and welcome visitors. Linda is an active member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony and currently serves on its board of directors and on the Goetemann residency committee.

Linda’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and Canada.

E.J. Lefavour

Gollum says Hobbit House Studio is Preciousssss

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I wanted to come up with something new for Hobbit House Studio.  I thought Gollum and his “precious” was appropriate.  You have to know J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” to appreciate.  Is it too over the top?

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” J.R.R. Tolkein

Elynn Kroger and John Nesta are also usually open on the weekends (and during the week too).  The Rudder has reopened, and The Studio should be opening soon.  In a minute, all of Rocky Neck will be happening again.

E.J. Lefavour

Summer Artist Series at the Rocky Neck Gallery

Apply for a one person or small group show
in Rocky Neck this summer

 

Summer Artist Series

One-person or small group shows on Rocky Neck
Six 3-week shows beginning June 10 to October 14
Submission fee only $20 for five images

Open to all Rocky Neck Art Colony artist members (if you’re not a member you can join online here).

All media including painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, collage, clay, jewelry, glass,
wood, fiber and sculpture. (No video or installations.)

Online entires only, submission dates : April 1 to April 22, 2014.

 

Juried by selected members of the Cultural Center
and Rocky Neck Gallery exhibitions committees.

See www.rockyneckartcolony.org/summer.php for more info and to apply

Spontaneous Mug Up at Hobbit House Studio

2014 open studio mug up

Since I am going to be open anyway, and have eggs and coffee, and everyone knows that hobbits are spontaneous, fun loving creatures, I thought to myself, why not just open earlier and have a Mug Up.  I know it is last minute, but what the heck, spontaneous is fun.  Anyone who is out and about and wants to come over, I’ll be deviling some eggs and have jelly beans, cookies, cupcakes, crackers and cheese (all bought today Joey!), so come by and save me from eating them.   Will be great to see whoever can make it.

When:  9:30AM, Sunday 4/6

Where: Hobbit House Studio (aka Khan Studio), up the stairs at 1 Wonson Street (behind Sailor Stan’s Restaurant – which by the way is opening on Saturday, 4/12 weekends)

Why: Because it’s spring dagnabbit and time to come over to Rocky Neck.

E.J. Lefavour

Open Studio this Weekend

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I’ve been working hard to get the place spruced up, new work completed and framed, and I’d love to see whoever would like to come by.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 4, 5 & 6 from noon to 5:00.  Hoping it won’t be freezing cold with 50 mph winds.  When is winter going to end?

Also, be on the lookout for the opening of Sailor Stan’s Restaurant on April 12.

E.J. Lefavour

Hobbit House Studio

hobbit house studio

Joey will appreciate this.  I have operated as Khan Studio for eleven years.  Since deciding to open my studio here at 1 Wonson Street, I thought it might be time for a new name.  I’ve been thinking about it while getting the place set up and today remembered what Joey said when he came here shortly after I moved it.  He said: “I feel like I’m in a hobbit house.”  So I’m thinking Hobbit House Studio.  Do you think the name fits?

E.J. Lefavour (chief hobbit)

 

Call to Artists – Be a Part of the Excitement of Rocky Neck this Summer

madfish wharf

There are a number of seasonal gallery spaces available for the 2014 season on Madfish Wharf, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. near the Madfish Grille, Rudder and newly renovated Studio Restaurants.  For an artist, the Rocky Neck Art Colony is the place to be in the summer.  If you or a group of artists have thought about opening your own gallery space, this could be the perfect time and opportunity for you.  To learn more, email Niki Ahearn at nicoleahearn@comcast.net or text her at 617-543-2977.

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