The News From Rocky Neck via Judy Robinson Cox


2012 Goetemann Artist in Residence Program Applications
Available Online

Kathy Liao
2011 Goetemann Artist in Residence, Kathy Liau describes how Rocky Neck inspired her work

Be part of the next generation of 21st century artists to build on the foundations set by Edward Hopper, Milton Avery, Nel Blaine, Winslow Homer, and many others. We are currently accepting applications for the 2012 Goetemann Artist in Residency Program at the Rocky Neck Art Colony. Three visual artists will be selected to be in residence for three one month residencies during the summer season from May to October of 2012. Rocky Neck sits like a jewel in the large fishing harbor of Gloucester, MA. With rafted fishing vessels sitting below the stacked houses of surrounding hills, it has provided the visual drama and complex beauty to draw America’s greatest artists over the last 150 years to the oldest working art colony in the United States. Residents accepted will receive a prime live-work studio both private and on a wharf right in the midst of it all. Choices for subject matter are endless. Interpretive possibilities abound. We encourage applications from artists interested in the naturalistic phenomena of this place as well as from those on the cutting edge of contemporary thought and exploration.

Click to Download 2012 Goetemann Artist in Residence Application Form

Rocky Neck Art Colony Awarded North of Boston CVB Grant

The Rocky Neck Art Colony was among eleven non-profit organizations throughout Essex County that will receive grant funds as part of the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (NBCVB) Tourism Grant Program. Just over $30,000 will be awarded. Since 1994, the NBCVB has given nearly $1 million to local non-profit organizations as a way to promote the region as a travel destination.

Among the award recipients are Chambers of Commerce from Cape Ann, Marblehead, Newburyport, Salisbury, and Salem as well as the Topsfield Fair, Maritime Gloucester (formerly the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center), the Ipswich Visitors Center, Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, and Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester. Each organization is receiving funds to assist in the printing of promotional materials to help encourage visitors to choose the North of Boston region as their next vacation.

The Grant Awards will be presented during the Breakfast Program at the NBCVB’s 6th Annual Tourism Summit on Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Boston Marriott Peabody. The Tourism Summit is a day-long event with concurrent sessions and keynote speakers which discusses current trends in travel and tourism and advice on how to stretch your marketing dollars. This year, Chip Tuttle of Suffolk Downs will be speaking during the Lunch Program about the recently passed Casino Bill and what kind of effect it may have on the North of Boston community.

Any business within Essex County that is impacted by tourism is welcome to attend this event. Admission for NBCVB members is $60; Nonmember admission is $70. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting

<?xml:namespace prefix = pstyle="margin />The Rocky Neck Art Colony’s grant will pay 40% of the cost of producing the 2012 Rocky Neck Art Colony brochure and a full-page ad in the Cape Ann Chamber Guide. The $ amount is equal to $2734.


Cape Ann Museum

Mini Tours with Museum Docents Highlighting Their Favorites from the Collection

Back by popular demand! The WINTER SHORTS program is a day-long celebration with docents offering mini tours highlighting their favorites from the Museum’s collection. These tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited; first come, first served.

  • 10:30 a.m. Dragon Boats, Porcelains, … and Stowaways Treasures from China
  • 11:15 a.m. Contemporary Art A look at what has happened between then and now
  • 12:00 p.m. Design and How Virginia Lee Burton’s Folly Cove Designers
  • 1:30 p.m. Father and Daughter Captain Elias Davis and daughter Mary – an examination of their belongings
  • 2:15 p.m. Into the Woods A walk through decades of woodworking on Cape Ann
  • 3:00 p.m. Why Dogtown Belonged to Marsden Hartley. Hartley was passionate and possessed by Dogtown, come hear about when and why
  • 3:45 p.m. Keeping up with the Joans (of Arc) Anna Hyatt Huntington’s Joan of Arc in Gloucester and beyond

Don’t forget – the Cape Ann Museum is FREE to all Cape Ann residents through January 31. The Museum is closed to the public during the month of February.

M E M B E R   N E W S

Khan Studio /GMG Exhibit At The Sawyer Free Library

Good Morning Gloucester

Through January 31

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In 2011 seARTS secured a nomination for Cape Ann/Gloucester as a Top 25 Arts Destination by AmericanStyle Magazine. Thanks to your votes, we won the #3 spot on the list for small U.S. cities.

Voting time is here again, and this year, we want to aim for the #1 spot. To achieve this distinction, we need your help in spreading the word.

We’ve created a postcard announcing this year’s voting opportunity, and we’d like to ask you to post it, along with a link to the AmericanStyle voting page, on your websites and social media pages, and send it to your friends. If you would like hard-copy postcards, just let us know and we’ll be glad to send them to you.

Please click here for a downloadable JPEG of the postcard. Here also is the link to AmericanStyle Magazine’s voting page, which can be copied and pasted on your website or social media page:

We hope you’ll join seARTS in this initiative to raise our cultural status. We can’t do it without you! For more information contact or call us at 978-281-1222. Sincerely, The seARTS Board

MON, Feb 27 : seARTS Annual Meeting
Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, 6-9 pm

Save the date! The seARTS Annual Meeting takes place Monday, February 27. We’re planning a great conversation about cultural district designation with distinguished speakers Ann Galligan and Herb Weiss. Mayor Carolyn Kirk will be there, too. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, 6-9 PM. More details coming soon.

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