This Weekend in the Arts

ALCHEMY: Three Artists Reassemble the Past

Featuring Art by
Daniel Benayun, Mia Cross, and Lorraine Sullivan
April 27 – May 28, 2017

Opening Artist’s Reception
Saturday, April 29 – 4:00-6:00 PM

Artist Talk
Saturday, May 13 – 4:00-5:30 PM

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Gallery
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA 01930

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) hosts “Alchemy: Three Artists Reassemble the Past” an exhibition featuring the work of Boston-area artists Daniel Benayun, Mia Cross, and Lorraine Sullivan at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Gallery from April 29 to May 28, 2017. The gallery is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Each week for the duration of exhibition an exhibiting artist will be present at the gallery on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Alchemy was selected by a RNAC jury to receive the support of a grant awarded to the Art Colony by the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation. The three artists, who work in a wide range of mediums, submitted a proposal to present the works—paintings, works-on-paper, assemblage and life-size figurative sculpture—inspired by the past and now being displayed on both levels of the Cultural Center.

Benayun, Cross, and Sullivan all consider themselves storytellers. To construct their stories, they draw from history, memories, experiences—and even their extensive personal collections of “stuff.” “Alchemy” is defined as “the seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.” Each artist is an alchemist in their own right, borrowing snippets of time, taking bits and pieces to construct a new narrative. Much of the artists’ works evoke a yearning for the past, while still remaining contemporary and relevant. Looking back while also looking ahead, Benayun, Cross, and Sullivan work to reinterpret their experiences in a way that makes sense of their current lives and our constantly changing world. The public is invited to the opening reception for the artists on Saturday, April 29, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM (light refreshments served).


The public is invited to an Artist Talk event, Saturday, May 13, 4:00-5:30 PM. The artists, Daniel Benayun, Mia Cross, and Lorraine Sullivan discuss their process, particular pieces in the show and about their inspiration, work, and practice. Visitors are encouraged to participate by asking questions.


Daniel Benayun graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011 with a BFA in Illustration. He currently lives and works as a full-time designer and painter in Jamaica Plain. Benayun’s artwork has been featured in various publications, including the Boston Globe. To see more of his work please visit

Mia Cross graduated with a BFA from the College of Fine Arts of Boston University in 2014, where she double majored in painting and sculpture. In 2016, Mia received the Emerging Artist Award at the Danforth Museum Art Annual, a Juror’s Award for her work in Framework, a show at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, and was honored to receive a Blanche E. Colman Grant. More recently, Cross was selected as a finalist for a Walter Feldman Fellowship and she served as the Goetemann Artist in Residence on Rocky Neck in October of 2016. Her work is featured in the recent Volume 36 of Studio Visit Magazine. Mia has exhibited widely in t New England in juried and invitational exhibitions and is a recent member of the RNAC. One can view her work at

Lorraine Sullivan received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and continued her education at Suffolk University and the DeCordova Museum School. She taught Graphic Design and Computer Graphics at Burlington High School and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She also supervised student teachers at Tufts University and for the Education Program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Sullivan was awarded Outstanding Art Teacher by the Massachusetts Alliance for Art Education, the Massachusetts High School Art Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association, and the Distinguished Teacher Award for Excellence in Education by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Sullivan has exhibited her work nationally in juried exhibitions, and extensively in the Boston area in both solo and small group shows. Her work is found in numerous private collections and can be viewed at

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Poetry Workshop at the Cape Ann Museum
April is Poetry Month

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome former two term poet laureate of North Andover, Gayle Heney to lead a workshop in celebration of poetry month on Saturday, April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All experience levels welcome.

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In this workshop, Heney will teach participants how to write poetry using the Museum’s collections as inspiration, concentrating on the new exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond. As time allows, participants will be introduced to poetry prompts, stanzas, quatrains, ekphrastic poetry and experimental poetry. Depending on interest, discussion of the editing process and the option to read/perform may also be included.

$10 CAM members/ $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or by calling (978) 283-0455 x10.

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One comment

  • These events all sounded great. The only one I was able to attend thought, was the one at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck – Alchemy: 3 Artists Reassemble the past. Love it! So multidimensional. The works of all 3 artists were so provocative, by the definition ‘causing thought about interesting subjects.’

    Besides anyone interested in art, I think anyone teaching, working in, or interested in psychology sociology or anthropology would especially love this show. Would make for a great class project for anyone studying these fields.

    Can’t wait to go back to see it again and I am looking forward to the artists’ talk May 13th.


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