This Weekend in the Arts

Artist Drawings & Paintings:

A Juried Exhibition of
Contemporary Works

July 7 – August 6, 2017


Artist Reception:
Saturday, July 8, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

The Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Cultural Center Gallery
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased to present “Artist Drawings & Paintings” a juried exhibition of contemporary works by eleven artists chosen by an art colony committee of jurors. This work is on view at the Cultural Center for five weeks beginning July 7 and continuing through August 6, 2017. The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on Saturday, July 8, 4:00-6:00 PM. Light refreshments and beverages are served.

Oil drawings and pencil paintings? Many artists do both; some very traditional, some not connected to their paintings at all. Artwork selected for this exhibition represents the variety of ways artists approach the techniques of drawing and painting. The jurors for this exhibit sought works that are referential, visually connected, or an entirely separate exercise of expression as well as the use of a strong mix of materials. Artists were asked to classify works as a drawing or a painting to recognize the individual approaches to each discipline. This show gives viewers a chance to consider both sides of painting and drawing and gain a rich insight into artistic process.

RNAC welcomes eleven artists, many from Massachusetts, including Terry Del Percio, Otto Laske and Rokhaya Waring from Gloucester, Susan Emmerson of Dorchester, Eleanor Fisher from Lynn, Stephen Godlieb of Dover, NH, Anne Johnstone from Somerville, Barbara Moody from Beverly, Iris Osterman of Lincoln, Regina Piantedosi from Boxford and Rocky Neck and Julia Van Houten from Jaffrey, NH.



Surf’s Up at the Cape Ann Museum’s
White-Ellery House on Saturday, July 1st!

Insights On Site
A series of one-day installations at the Historic White-Ellery House

Surfs_Up_23-1.jpgThe Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Surfs Up! on Saturday, July 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the White-Ellery House (1710), located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester.

Stop in for a rare chance to see a huge collection of vintage surfboards compiled by Cameron Ahearn, Kerry Sullivan and Jamie Hosker. Boards range from the mid 20th century through the present day. The collection was compiled by Cameron Ahearn’s father and once adorned the walls of The Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck. This program is free and open to the public.

The White-Ellery House (1710), owned and operated by the Cape Ann Museum, has served as the backdrop for a series of one-day contemporary art installations since 2010. The House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester and is free and open to the public on select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays.

Insights On Site – 2017 Season

June 3
Reading the Past: A Calligraphic Installation — Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

Using excerpts from the 1848 journal of a 13-year-old Gloucester girl, Gaylord’s installation will bring the rhythms of everyday life alive through her subject’s observations of school and home.

July 1
Surf’s Up!
Cameron Ahearn, Kerry Sullivan and Jamie Hosker

A rare chance to see a collection of surfboards ranging from the mid 20th century through the present day. The collection was compiled by Ahearn’s father, and once adorned the walls of The Studio Restaurant on Gloucester’s Rocky Neck.

August 5
— Sarah Slifer Swift

In this durational performance, Swift and company explore women’s social and political power through the lens of the historic White-Ellery House. Using movement, film and sound, the performers will examine the complexities of labor, value and respect, as they have been gained, lost or changed over time.

October 7
Taking Care — Alyssa Pittman

In this installation Pittman explores the universal ritual of sweeping and investigates the act and practice of “taking care” of the spaces and places around us. Her work is inspired by the craft of broom making, by the broom as a powerful icon and by sweeping as a symbolic act.

Support for these programs was provided by The Umberto Romano and Clorinda Romano Foundation which celebrates Umberto Romano’s (1906–1982) legacy on Cape Ann through arts education and appreciation and by fostering the work of emerging and/or working artists.


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