This Weekend in the Arts

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) and Backyard Growers will host FRESH, a six-week exhibition at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck February 2, through March 12, 2017 and accompanying workshops and presentations. 

This is an exciting collaboration by two inspiring non-profits—Backyard Growers, which cultivates an active relationship with food and the earth, and Rocky Neck Art Colony, which encourages and promotes excellence in the arts.

This partnership exhibit and events, are sponsored by Duckworth’s Bistrot, Short & Main, Artscope Magazine; as well as, Patty Knaggs Real Estate, Peter Dorsey North Shore Abodes and Neptune’s Harvest.

In this exhibition, artists from all over New England will present works that reflect on the theme FRESH, exploring the ways in which food connects us to the earth, nourishes us, and ties us to, warmth, family, friends, and memories. FRESH is the sense of new life that emerges as we leave the dark of winter for the optimism of spring. Contemporary, experimental and traditional art in all media will be on view. Artwork for the exhibit was chosen by juror, Dawn Southworth.

Backyard Growers is a Gloucester-based grassroots organization helping to reshape Gloucester’s relationship with food. They provide resources and support to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. Their mission is to create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one’s own food.

 “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”—J.R.R. Tolkien

Rocky Neck Art Colony member artists and Backyard Growers volunteers have created lectures and workshops to accompany the exhibition.  Lara Lepionka, an artist and Executive Director of Backyard Growers, will give an artist presentation at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, on February 9.  Three workshops (February 16, March 2, and March 9), will be presented at the Backyard Growers headquarters, 271 Main Street. The closing reception on March 12, 2-4 p.m. will include a raffle of a wonderful basket of gifts donated by Gloucester and Rockport merchants.

FRESH Exhibit Companion Events At A Glance:

  • Feb 4 – Opening Reception/Raffle Launch (6 Wonson Street) 5-7pm
  • Feb 9 – From Paper Pods to Pea Pods, an artist’s presentation by Lara Lepionka, Artist and Executive Director of Backyard Growers (6 Wonson Street) 7pm
  • Feb 16 – Pressed Flower Art Workshop and Free Seed Swap (271 Main Street) 7pm
  • Mar 2 – Seed Starting and Eco & Produce Printing Workshop (271 Main Street) 7pm
  • Mar 9 – Square Foot Gardening Workshop  (271 Main Street) 7pm
  • Mar 12 – Closing Reception/Raffle Event (6 Wonson Street) 2-4pm

To register for workshops please visit Proceeds from FRESH  events will be shared equally by Rocky Neck Art Colony and Backyard Growers.

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Cape Ann Museum Offers Adult Drawing Workshop with Gabrielle Barzaghi

 The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer a three week drawing workshop with visual artist Gabrielle Barzaghi. The workshop will be held on Thursday February 2, 9 and 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Museum’s Activity Center and galleries.

Cost including materials is $85 for Museum members/ $100 for non-members. Space is limited, reservations are required. For more information please contact Tickets can be purchased by calling 978-283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.

Drawing from still lifes and in the Museum galleries, participants will practice basic drawing skills such as visual measuring, line, value, composition and perspective. The class structure will remain flexible to allow for each individual’s drawing ability.

Gabrielle Barzaghi is a visual artist and former Senior Lecturer in Art and Design at Suffolk University. She is a Gloucester resident.


Gabrielle Barzaghi, Catbriers, pastel, 2012. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

Workshop Schedule:

  • Session One will meet in the Museum’s Activity Center. Basic observational drawing techniques will be covered by showing examples, demonstration, and practice.
  • Session Two will involve drawing in the galleries from sculptural forms focusing on structural line, value, and volume.
  • Session Three will include compositional analysis and the study and copying of a masterwork in the Museum’s collection.


 The Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing, maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, a library/archives and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (18 and under) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at




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