Community Stuff 3/24/14


Jude Abbe
Pet Portraits
Oil/Acrylic March 27 & 28
Rockport Art Association

This workshop will focus on getting an impressionistic portrait of your pet. Brushwork will be important in portraying short or long fur (or feathers). Color, values and composition, the basics of any painting, will be stressed. You will be working from your own photo – if possible, a clear photo showing your pet’s personality and coloring.

Christopher Zhang
Portrait Painting (including hands)
April 3-5
Rockport Art Association

This 3-day workshop (9am-4pm) will have an attractive young female model dressed beautifully for a seated or standing pose with studio light. Each day will start with the instructor’s demo in the morning and students will follow up in the afternoon. The instructor will not only show how to focus on the forms of the face and the body with different values and rough brush strokes, but also let the students learn the warm and cool coloring of the skin, the dress and the background. After three days of hard work, you’ll go home with a nice portrait. Open to all levels and all mediums. If you’ve never done portraits or figures before, it may be a little hard to begin with.



Rockport ART will present a solo photography show of works by exhibiting member Barbara Brewer beginning on Sunday, March 30th and continuing through April 10th. 

Brewer is a self-taught photographer who was brought up with the family’s old wooden box Kodak and, to quote the artist . . . “has enjoyed capturing the moment through the camera’s eye ever since”.   Her work often conjures up a nostalgia for the gentler times of the past through poetic moments of light, color, shape and composition.  She enjoys the everyday scenes of nature and the sea, the architecture of old buildings or doors and windows.  To Brewer, the mood and essence of the subject is more important than the detail.  

Brewer has been an exhibiting member of the Association since 1996.  Her work has received numerous prizes in exhibitions throughout the North Shore, including the Gloucester Daily Times Summer Sun Award in 1993 and 1994.

The public is invited to an artist reception on Sunday, March 30th from 2:00-4:00.  Also on view are the Contributing Members Show, works done in the sketch groups and classes held at the Association, and the Winter Group Show of exhibiting members’ work. 

The Association is open Wednesday – Sunday, and always free to the public.  For more information on these shows and upcoming events, please visit  or call 978-546-6604.

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