This Weekend in the Arts





Artist Demonstrations on Rocky Neck

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours
Sun – Thurs 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, Fri and Sat 10:00AM – 8:00 PM

 Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is sponsoring a series of artist demonstrations for the 2016 season.

On Saturday September 3rd, Ceramic artist Susan Hershey works with clay to create mostly functional pots. She will discuss making ceramic vessels and using a wood fire kiln, her preferred method of firing a pot, to complete the process.

For more information call 978-282-0917


Gallery 53 Showcases plein air artist Marilyn Swift 
with “This Side of the Bridge Summer Artist Exhibition

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is delighted to welcome plein air painter, Marilyn Swift as the sixth Summer Artist in the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Summer Artist Series at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Her show titled This Side of the Bridge showcases a variety of Marilyn’s Cape Ann watercolors painted on Cape Ann. Marilyn’s show opens on Wednesday, August 31 and continues to September 20 with the opening reception on Saturday September 3, from 6-8 pm.

Much of Marilyn’s inspiration comes from painting en plein air. On location, Marilyn walks around with sketchbook in hand, making quick compositional value studies before beginning painting. Watercolor, more than other medium, requires thoughtful planning. Her goal is to capture the essence of the scene she is attracted to as well as the feeling of the day.

Best known for her watercolor paintings, Marilyn Swift’s work has been published in The Best of Watercolor; Watercolor Expressions; and MonheganThe Artists’ Island. Marilyn’s pen and ink drawings illustrate two local cookbooks: The Taste of Gloucester, a Fisherman’s Wife Cooks and Culinary Motifs of Rockport.

Marilyn’s professional artist memberships include The Copley Society of Boston, The Rockport Art Association, North Shore Arts Association, New England Watercolor Society, Academic Artists Association, American Artists Professional League of NYC, Hudson Valley Art Association, Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and the Rocky Neck Art Colony. Exhibiting widely over her forty year career, Marilyn has won numerous awards in all the above organizations. Marilyn’s paintings are included in prestigious private and public collections both in the USA and abroad.

For more information about the show call Gallery 53 at 978-282-0917.


Maritime Heritage Day

Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 ~ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
23 Harbor Loop Gloucester, MA 01930

Celebrate Gloucester Schooner Festival at Maritime Heritage Day on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year we are creating a busy, festive hub of traditional crafters, engaging community organizations in the First Ipswich Bank Pavilion, expert seafood demonstrations, foot stomping music with Old Cold Tater, impossible magic, schooner sails, and fun-filled family activities on Harbor Loop. Enjoy local fare at our food tents. Schooners will be docked nearby at Gloucester House restaurant and the Jodrey State Fish Pier. Admission is free to the event. The event schedule and list of event participants can be found at



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