This Weekend in the Arts

Cape Ann & Beyond:
Lecture by Judith Curtis

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer an illustrated lecture by author and art historian, Judith Curtis on Saturday April 1 at 2:00 p.m. Curtis will discuss one of the North Shore’s most distinguished landscape and marine painters, the late Charles Movalli. This talk will touch on Movalli’s philosophy and technique as it pertains to works in the current special exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond. Exhibition support generously provided by Judi Rotenberg and Edward Zuker and Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. & Lucienne M. Bosselman.

The cost of this program is $10 Museum members / $15 nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email Register by calling 978-283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.


Image: Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Marine Railways, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dale Movalli, 2016 [2016.59].

Judith Curtis is a freelance writer specializing in art-related themes and is curator of the Rockport Art Association and Museum’s permanent collection. She lives on Cape Ann and is a regular contributor to the American Art Review. She has also written several books including Anthony Thieme, The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A., W. Lester Stevens, N.A., (1888-1969), Harry A. Vincent and His Contemporaries, Rocky Neck Art Colony (1850—1950) and A. T. Hibbard, American Master.


Textures and Light: Visualizations in Monochrome – Kirk R. Williamson One-Artist Show

An exhibition of black and white photography titled Textures and Light: Visualizations in Monochrome by local artist Kirk R. Williamson will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, April 1st with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, April 1 – Thursday, April 13.

“This show brings me back to my roots in black and white photography. I was classically trained as a black and white newspaper photographer I tend to see light in those terms. The vital elements of successful black and white work are texture and light.” – Kirk R. Williamson

Mr. Williamson has been a photojournalist for most of his working life. For the past 35 years he has been employed by a variety of newspapers on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Starting in 1978 he began his career as the Director of Photography at North Shore Weeklies in Ipswich where he remained until 1979 when he moved to the Salem Evening News. As the Chief Photographer at the Salem Evening News he spent the next 20 years fulfilling his dream of being a photojournalist for a daily newspaper. While at the “News” he photographed Presidents, celebrities, and major sporting events throughout Essex County and Boston. What he enjoyed most was photographing high school sports throughout the North Shore. During this same period he also had his work published in the New York Times Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Ski and Skiing Magazine and numerous publications around the country. He was also a New England contract photographer for The New York Times, Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Williamson left the Salem Evening News in 2000 and began work at Autobytel an Internet company as the Photo Editor where he was responsible for the digital capture and archiving of over 10,000 images for the automobile library. In 2003 he left Autobytel and started the Cape Ann Photographic Foundation where he is still the Executive Director. In 2007 he came back to the field of photojournalism as the Multimedia Editor for Gatehouse Media’s North group where he was responsible for a staff of photographers and producing the still and video production for this group of 20 newspapers and 24 websites.

In August of 2016 Mr. Williamson retired from the news business and has concentrated on a new career in teaching at the college level and running his own workshops. He is also starting a photo tour company in May of 2017.

RAA&M April Hours:

Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM. For more information on this and other shows, please visit the RAA&M’s website at


Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Fourth Show


The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its fourth group exhibition, “Un-expected No. Four” at the Rockport Art Association and Museum. This show features artworks of about 80 artists, works of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibi-tion range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture and photography.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to fos-ter self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative free-dom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 96 years.


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