There is SO MUCH happening over the next month! Christmas in Rockport begins tomorrow with Shop Rockport Night. Detailed event information can be found on rockportusa.com. The calendar of events is attached.
As some of you know, this is my last day as RCD Director. It’s been incredible getting to know so many wonderful people who bring such creativity and vitality to our town. Beginning January 1st, I will be interim Minister at First Congregational Church, while Rev. Derek is on a 3 month sabbatical.
Going forward, Mechelle Brown, the Town’s new Community Engagement Consultant and Mitch Vieira, the Assistant Town Administrator, will be shepherding the RCD.
As always, I hope to see you around town!
Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Miniature Art Show
Nella Lush’s Shallow Water M_M 8×10
The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens a non-juried Miniature Art Show at the Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA. This show features artworks of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture and photography, but all pieces of artwork must be smaller than 8” x 10”. The exhibition runs from December 1 through December 30th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday & Sunday, noon-5 pm and Saturday, 10-5 pm. Closed Monday.
The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Annual Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair
December 2, 2017 – 8:00am – 12:00 pm
Annisquam Village Hall
34 Leonard Street, Gloucester MA 01930-1322
Each autumn the members of the Annisquam Sewing Circle gather to prepare for the Annual Christmas Fair, well known for its fabulous one-of-a-kind wreaths and center pieces as well as decorated boxwood trees. Also one will find beautiful bulbs and potted plants ready to give or take home, delicious homemade gourmet food items and handcrafted gift items.
The Annual Christmas Fair & Luncheon and the Annual Plant and Gourmet Food Sale raise funds to support scholarships for graduating seniors who are going on to college, training for a trade or other educational opportunities and community projects on Cape Ann, for example: The Open Door Food Pantry, Backyard Growers, Cape Ann Animal Aid, Pathways for Children.
The Annisquam Sewing Circle was begun in 1837 as the Annisquam Female Benevolent Society. It is thought to be the oldest continuous independent society of women on Cape Ann.
The Society’s purpose as stated in its Preamble, was “for the performance of acts of benevolence.” Through the years, the Society, and now the Circle, has contributed generously to community programs and to individuals.
Web site: AnnisquamSewingCircle.org
Four Northshore Poets: A Reading
Carol Seitchik, Jay Featherstone, Mary Davies Cole, and Suzanne Gilbert Lee Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4pm
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
By suggested donations at the door; proceeds support the Rocky Neck Art Colony
Suzanne Gilbert Lee
Four Northshore Poets began as an introduction of two poets by a mutual friend. It grew into the idea of a poetry reading following mutual respect and recommendations for two more poets to come together for a celebration of verbal expression. Four Northshore Poets are all residents or former long-time residents of the Northshore who have been active in the Cape Ann literary scene. On Sunday Decemebr 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, each poet will read for approximately fifteen minutes. All are invited and light refreshments will be served.
Carol Seitchik comes to poetry after a long career in the visual arts. In the year 2000
she completed a series of surreal portraits and decided to give them a voice on the page establishing the artist as poet. Her poems have been published in an anthology, in journals and nominated for a Pushcart Award. Seitchik lives with her husband and dog in Beverly, MA.
Jay (Joseph) Featherstone, is a former editor of the New Republic, where he wrote on literature and politics and education; he was also headmaster of the Commonwealth School, and a a professor of education at Harvard and Michigan State. He has written for many publications, and is the author of several books on education. His book of poems, Brace’s Cove, was published by New Issues Poetry. He is married to educator and writer, Helen Featherstone.
Mary Davies Cole was a member of the workshop group, Cape Ann Poets for nine years; she has been published in New Millennium Writings (2008, 2016), A Feast of Cape Ann Poets (2010), Portrait of the Artist As Poet (2006), Our Last Walk (2016), and the Vineyard Gazette . She studied at The Iowa Writer’s Workshop and with Marge Piercy.
Suzanne Gilbert Lee, former director of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, writes poetry and short fiction. Her poems have appeared in the South Boston Literary Gazette and the quarterly of the Order of St. Michael. She holds degrees in journalism and theology. She has been a member of Amherst Writers and Artists workshops, Gloucester Writer’s Center workshops and others. She lives in Rockport with her husband Kevin Lee and their daughter Nora.
More information contact: Suzanne Gilbert Lee, 617-872-7633 or email@example.com
RUDY COLAO (1927-2014) RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION
Rockport Art Association & Museum is proud to host the first major retrospective of Rockport artist Rudy Colao. This exhibition features 150 paintings by the artist, primarily in oil, with a variety of subject matter including florals, still lifes, studio interiors, as well as landscapes, shorelines and street scenes from New England to Europe. The Rudy Colao (1927-2014) Retrospective Exhibition will be on view in the Hibbard Gallery of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M), 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966 from December 2 – 31, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, December 3rd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.
Nantucket Lights and Shadows
Peonies and White Lilacs
Summer Lilac Bouquet
Thacher Island Sentinels
Born in Peekskill, New York, Colao was raised on the east side of the Hudson in Westchester County and enjoyed drawing from the time he was able to hold a pencil in his hand. Shortly after serving in the U.S. Army during the end of WWII, Colao began his studies at the Art Students League of New York with Frank Vincent DuMond, one of the League’s most successful and popular teachers, who became his painting instructor and life mentor. Under the instruction of DuMond, combined with being self-taught, Colao became a talented and accomplished lifelong artist. Colao supplemented his painting career with teaching at the Art Students League and elsewhere.
Colao’s wonderful sense of humor helped tie all of the aspects of his life together, from making a lasting friend with Rockport artist Paul Strisik to attracting the attention of his future wife and enduring friend Camila McRoberts, who was also a fellow student at the Art Students League. They had three children and led an active and social life while he continued to pursue his artistic career. A visitor to Rockport, Massachusetts from 1950 on, Colao became a permanent resident of the picturesque town in the early 1990’s, where he opened a studio gallery and remained for the rest of his life. “Rudy Colao was a man who embraced life, lived it to the fullest, and shared his enjoyment with the world through his painting.” – Judith A. Curtis
In addition to being a member of Rockport Art Association & Museum since 1979, Rudy was also a member of Allied Artists of America, Hudson Valley Art Association and North Shore Arts Association. He exhibited at National Academy of Design, Southern Vermont Art Association, National Arts Club and Salmagundi Club. His paintings offer an eye opening experience not to be missed and have won numerous awards, especially his stunning oils of floral still lifes, including gold and silver medals at Rockport Art Association & Museum.
A 56-page, soft cover, full color catalog by Judith A. Curtis accompanies this exhibition.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 12 – 5 PM.
For further information, please visit www.rockportartassn.org or call 978.546.6604.