Author Archives: E.J.

Artist Spotlight – Deb Aldrich

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You can see more of Deb’s work at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, during the Second Annual Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Crafts Show:

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4 PM
November 28 – December 28

and look for her during one of the fun parties:

First Choice Opening Party – Friday, 11/28, 5-7 PM
Full Moon Madness Party – Saturday, 12/6, 2-4 PM
High Tea Party – Sunday, 12/14 2-4 PM
Solstice Party & Cookie Competition – Sunday, 12/21 2-4 PM
Last Chance Closing Party – Saturday, 12/27 2-4 PM

Book Drive for Pathways for Children at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 21, 2014

CONTACT:
Suzanne Gilbert Lee
978-515-7004
director@rockyneckartcolony.org

FOR NEWSLETTER & FACEBOOK:

Pathways for Children Book Drive: Give the Gift of Literacy
Friday – Sundays, November 28 – December 18, 2014, 12-4pm
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is pleased to participate as a book drop-off site for the Pathways for Children Holiday Book Drive.
“Reading with children is one of the most important gifts we can give.  This holiday season, our goal is to give every child in our programs a new book. As you reflect on your favorite children’s or young adult books, please consider sharing it with one of the children in our programs – donate a new book or make a financial donation to our Holiday Book Drive.” Books for 2-5 year old children are most needed, as well as books appropriate for ages 0-18 yrs.  
Please donate only new books (no used books), no religious/holiday books, no adult books (age 18+). Classic children’s books are very welcome (Dr. Suess, Eric Carle, etc), and in multiple copies.
Book Donations can be made at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck and both Pathway for Children sites – 29 Emerson Ave, Gloucester and 292, Cabot St, Beverly – or make a financial contribution on-line.

Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Craft Show Raffle

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Fill out and drop off the raffle ticket at the Center any open day of the show, for a chance to win a Raffle to be drawn on December 21st during the Solstice Party. Winner will receive a $100 gift certificate good toward purchases at the show, or from any Rocky Neck Art Colony member artist.

It’s Coming . . .

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If you came to last season’s first Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Crafts Show, you know it is an event not to be missed.  This year promises to be even better.  Five weekends of great parties and a unique local holiday shopping experience on beautiful Rocky Neck.  The Center is now wheelchair accessible.

American Bear at Cape Ann Community Cinema

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NOVEMBER 2 at Cape Ann Community Cinema
Screening and Q&A 6:30pm. Hosted by the Cape Ann Museum, part of the Cape Ann Community Cinema Festival. The filmmakers: Sarah (Mordecai) Sellman and Greg Grano will be present for your questions and thoughts.

Sarah and Greg set out to critically explore American culture, compassion, and fear by relying on the kindness of strangers for a home each night. Traveling through 30 states in 60 days, they spend every day in a new town, learning why people may or may not be willing to open their homes.

Sarah and Greg spend time getting to know their hosts – each uniquely, culturally American – while the film raises questions about how we define American identities. Sarah and Greg’s own social location – white, young, middle class, appearing as a straight couple – guides the way they interact with strangers, complicating the hospitality they receive.

American Bear captures Americans yearning for face-to-face connections and navigating the risks inherent in sharing their stories with strangers. Each character’s voice tells a unique story: from the daughter of the last warrior woman of the Cheyenne mountain tribe whose grandson still faces bigotry in Montana; to the single mother in Oklahoma rebuilding a relationship with her mother after a history of drug abuse; to young friends in Chicago finding new ways to articulate what modern segregation looks like; each character is facing obstacles that share a unique side of the multifaceted post-9/11 American identity. At times funny, heartbreaking, and inspirational, these individual stories reflect the daily choices we make to trust, to confide, to care for, and to sympathize. How do we develop relationships and navigate the barriers in society and in ourselves to actually form connections? While American Bear and its characters suggest some answers, the film offers many more questions, encouraging the viewer to take their own journey of reflection and discovery.

DIMENSIONS

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DIMENSIONS

Four Artists Four Media: One Exhibition

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

October 30 – November 23, 2014, Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM

Public Reception Saturday, November 1, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Four artists with strong bodies of work that display personal themes and expression that show through their different media, come together for an exhibition that lives up to the name, “Dimensions” from Oct. 30 to Nov 23, 2014, Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM. at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St, Gloucester, MA. The four artists, Christy Park, Delphine Zohn, Rosella Sagall, and Rochell Zohn are all exhibiting Massachusetts artists.

Christy Park’s work for this show is of large abstracted animals. These are images that she has returned to throughout her career. She says of the pieces, “They seem to be totemic, almost dreamlike and seem to follow me. They have surfaced throughout my career, even when I lived and worked in New York City.”

Delphine Zohn is an expressionist painter. Her basic subject is the human form and face. She is well known for portraiture and is often working on commissions for portraits. However, various other themes weave through her work and like most painters she find inspiration for paintings in many varied places.

Several pieces by Rosella Sagall in this show are a departure from her usual work. These are large drawings of colonial women that began with an idea about depicting the 13 women who were later hanged in Salem. She wanted to draw large images and was at the same time thinking about the “trials” from Salem Village. These are side by side with much smaller tighter drawings.

Rochelle Zohn is a fiber artist. Some of her pieces were created in response to her son’s struggle with cancer. The beauty and color of these works, made from vintage kimono pieces, belie the somberness of the theme. More playful in nature are structures made from coffee filters and newspaper.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Christy Park studied painting at the Art Students’ League in New York City. For her MFA she worked with film, and her doctoral work was an analysis of video art. She has exhibited nationally, and was one of the founders of the 55 Mercer St. Gallery in New York. She is professor emerita at the Massachusetts College of Art and resides in Gloucester.

Rosella Park Sagall is an artist, designer, and educator from the mid-west who has lived in New England for over 30 years. She received a BFA in printmaking from Ohio State University. She returned and did two years of post-graduate work in graphic design in the Industrial Design Department at OSU. She worked as a designer in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio and Bangor, Maine. She also holds an MA in Museum Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Delphine Zohn has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and has exhibited in group and solo shows in New England. She was a member of the Depot Square Gallery in Lexington, and her work may be seen in venues throughout the Boston area.

Rochelle Zohn is an established fiber artist living in Waltham. Her most recent Series of work was exhibited in “Encounters with Cancer” for survivors and caretakers, at the Brush Gallery in Lowell. She is well known for her classes and workshops in knitting and felting.

The public is invited to the reception for the artists on Saturday, November 1, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center is open Thursdays – Sundays, year round. The Center accommodates 100 people and is fully handicapped accessible. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, contact rnac.director@gmail.com.

CONTACT:

Suzanne Gilbert Lee
Rocky Neck Art Colony
978-515-7004
rnac.director@gmail.com

You Still Have Time to Get to The Studio

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In case you didn’t know, the Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck is still open. Starting this week, they will be open Friday-Sunday 11:30am-11:30pm and may only be open for a couple more weeks, so if you didn’t have an opportunity to go this summer, or it was too crowded and you couldn’t get in, now is your chance.

E.J. Lefavour

Cape Ann Forum – Foreign Correspondent, David Greenway

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The Cape Ann Forum is pleased to welcome H.D.S. (David) Greenway, a veteran foreign correspondent as its speaker on October 26, 2014.
Over his 50-year career reporting from 96 countries, Greenway went where the story was, from the jungles of Vietnam, to Phnom Penh under siege from the Khmer Rouge, the civil war in Pakistan that created Bangladesh, Israel’s wars with its neighbors and the first Palestinian intifadah, and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. He was wounded in Vietnam and awarded the Bronze Star for rescuing a wounded Marine.
Reporting for Time Magazine, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe, Greenway has covered conflicts in Lebanon and the Balkans, both Gulf Wars, and Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2005, reporting from post-invasion Baghdad at the age of 70, he called Iraq “the most dangerous environment I had ever known.”
Observing American interventions cast in epic terms, Greenway witnessed what he calls “the sometimes tragic efforts of the United States to fill the vacuum of retreating empires.”
Greenway is a contributing columnist for the Boston Globe, the International New York Times and GlobalPost. Formerly he was the editorial page editor of the Globe and its national and foreign editor. He served in the U.S. Navy, was educated at Yale and Oxford, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1971. In 2009 Greenway was awarded the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
Author of the new book, “Foreign Correspondent: A Memoir”, Greenway will talk about lessons learned over a lifetime of war reporting at the Cape Ann Forum at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at City Hall in Gloucester. The event is free and open to the public.
Copies of Greenway’s book will be available for sale and signing.

For Her Dedication to the Arts & Culture

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YOU ARE INVITED TO A RECOGNITION CEREMONY FOR STATE REP ANN-MARGARET FERRANTE, FOR HER DEDICATION TO THE ARTS AND CULTURE ON CAPE ANN

Please come and show your support and appreciation for our dedicated, hard-working State Representative, Ann-Margaret Ferrante, and for all her accomplishments on our behalf. This is a special opportunity to show Ann Margaret our gratitude for her support, “above and beyond” work ethic, and promoting the value of The Arts to economic growth for our community. Ann Margaret fights for us at the State level and has proven experience in securing the monetary support needed to grow the Arts on Cape Ann!

COME CELEBRATE AND THANK ANN-MARGARET
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24TH 6-8:00P
THE CULTURAL CENTER AT ROCKY NECK, 6 Wonson Street

Refreshments
For more if call The Center @ 978-515-7004

Save the Date! Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt Unveiling

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Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt Unveiling

Sunday, October 26, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is pleased to host the unveiling of The Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4pm.

The Rocky Neck Quilt is one of twelve finished quilts created for the project:

“Gloucester… A Community of Neighborhoods.” The quilts were created with community participation led by Gloucester Senior Citizens in The Art Program at The Rose Baker Senior Center. The collaboration bears testimony to the truth that the gift of creativity resides within us all. The unveiling reception is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, contact the coordinator at rnac.director@gmail.com

Gordon Goetemann Artist Talk

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Gordon Goetemann Artist Talk
Sunday, October 19, 7:00 PM
Free to the public
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. MA

The Rocky Neck Art Colony hosts an evening with Gordon Goetemann, artist and long time Rocky Neck resident, at the Cultural Center on Wonson St, Sunday, October 19, at 7:00 PM.

Many people here in Gloucester and on the East coast are familiar with the work Gordon Goetemann has produced and exhibited locally but very few have any knowledge of the Minnesota paintings executed over a span of forty years. Many of these works will be shown and discussed at this special talk on the heels of his recent exhibition at the Cultural Center. Taken together as a body of work, Goetemann talks about the role nature has played in the formation of his values and the content of his art as well as some innate characteristics of his work such as, a micro/macro sense of scale and the dichotomy of an illusory space and the facts of a flat picture plane.

Goetemann constantly affirms that he is a landscape painter, and more specifically, that he is a NORTHERN landscape painter. He talks about how his northern-European, Germanic heritage has informed his temperament, feelings and modes of expression. As he often says,” As an artist I have led two lives and worn many hats”.

This event is free to the public; donations to support the work of the art colony are always gratefully received.

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The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates 60 to 80 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, contact the coordinator at rnac.director@gmail.com

Cogswell’s Grant

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A mecca for lovers of American folk art, Cogswell’s Grant was the summer home of renowned collectors Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little. The colonial-era farmhouse on the property serves as a rich backdrop for their celebrated collection, assembled over a period of nearly sixty years. Though known for their meticulous research, the Littles decorated with an eye for visual delight rather than historic accuracy, and the result is a house rich in atmosphere and crowded with works of strong, even quirky character.

The Littles purchased this 165-acre property overlooking the Essex River in 1937 and carefully restored the 1728 farmhouse, preserving original finishes and documenting their work through photographs. Today, the rooms are overflowing with “country arts” including folk art portraits, painted furniture, redware, hooked rugs, weathervanes, and decoys. Everything is arranged just as the family lived with it and shared it with their friends and fellow collectors.

Mr. and Mrs. Little were both prominent members of collector’s clubs and historical societies, and Mrs. Little authored countless books, articles, and exhibition catalogues. She is now recognized as one of the most important scholars in the field of American folk art.

Cogswell’s Grant was the perfect setting for the Littles’ antiques, but was also important as a working farm and family retreat where they relaxed and entertained. Today it is one of the only places where it is possible to visit such a collection in the home for which it was collected.

Visit Cogswell’s Grant
Wednesday – Sunday, June 1 – October 15
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tours on the hour. Last tour at 4:00 p.m.
Closed July 4
Grounds open dawn till dusk, year round

Admission
$10 adults
$9 seniors
$5 students
Free for Historic New England members and Essex residents.

Cogswell’s Grant is located at 60 Spring Street in Essex

Last Hurrah for Madfish Wharf Galleries This Weekend

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Columbus Day Weekend is the final open weekend for the galleries at Madfish Wharf. If you haven’t had a chance to come by and visit this season, this will be your last chance. If you haven’t experienced Regina Piantedosi’s YUPO Gallery and her amazing non representational mixed media paintings, you really should, and if you prefer paintings of things you recognize, don’t miss her magical new series of “Obligatory Boat” paintings. Sue Handman has come up with a wonderful lightweight plaid wool scarf with her trademark vintage fabric collage and clever sayings that are just adorable. Diana Pasquariello at Diana’s Gallery has done a whimsical “Wicked Tuna” painting which has been sold, but she has prints of available. Hobbit House Studio II has works by Joey C., Donna Ardizzoni, Len Burgess, Tom Nihan, Linda Sojda, Theresa Testaverde, Judy Wilburn, Kathy Chapman, Marty Morgan Pottery, Belle & Me scarves, and books, painting, photos and montages by E.J. Also, the Hobbit House Bargain Loft is chock full of paintings and prints available at “make an offer so I don’t have to move them again” bargain prices. Galleries will be open Thursday through Columbus Day Monday, with pack up and close down starting on Monday.

Also, if you haven’t seen the Spontaneous Collaboration series of painting by the collaborative team of Sue Handman, E.J. Lefavour, Brenda Malloy, Diana Pasquariello and brainchild Regina Piantedosi, one of each of the five pieces is on exhibit at Imagine Gallery, Sue Handman Gallery, Diana’s Gallery, YUPO Gallery and Hobbit House Studio II through Columbus Day weekend.

Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group Meeting

Hi Everyone,

The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group will be at Cape Ann Giclee, 20 Maplewood Avenue, on Friday, October 10 , 9-10:30 AM.

Please bring something you have been working on to share.

The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group was founded three years ago to bring Cape Ann Painters and Photographers together to get to know each other, share ideas, support each other and have fun. New members are always welcome.

Hope to see you.

Alice Gardner

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