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.
Thanks to one of those unexpected miracles of the Universe manifested through dear friend, Alma McLaughlin, I have been given a great gallery space for the remainder of the season back on Madfish Wharf. Hobbit House II (aka Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery), located at 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 6, is a beautiful gallery overlooking Smiths Cove with great light and energy. The gallery features the works of Joey C., Donna Ardizzoni, Len Burgess, Tom Nihan, Linda Sodja, Judy Wilburn, Belle & Me, Kathy Chapman, and of course, me.
In collaboration with Regina Piantedosi at YUPO Gallery, G4, we are resuming the fun tradition of weekly GMG Mug Ups at Madfish Wharf, now being held weekly on Saturdays at 9:30am so Joey can come, followed at 11:00 by the Rocky Neck Art Walk.
Hobbit House II (aka Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery)
77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 6
Open Thursday – Sunday
Noon to 8:00 pm, except Saturday, open at 9:30 am for Mug Up
Open other days and times by chance
Now that we have re-established the GMG Mug Up tradition on Saturday mornings at 9:30 on Madfish Wharf (so our fearless leader Joey can be there!), it is time for one of our famous and fun GMG Food Competitions. Over the years, we have had many different types food competitions, and we want to come up with something that the awesome cooks / bakers out there in GMG land will clamor to be a part of. Joey wants it to be a cupcake competition (he is going to be one of the judges with his girls as assistants, along with James Eves and Richard Rosenfeld). Cupcakes are great, but we wanted to let those of you who would like to enter and have the chance of winning a coveted GMG food competition winner ribbon, and go down in annals of GMG history as the best at whatever it is you make really well, tell us what you would like the competition to be.
Please reply by commenting on this post if you are interested in being a contender, and what food you would like the competition to be. Majority will rule. There is no real prep area, so it has to be something you can bring in prepared and ready to go to the judges (with a little extra for Mug Up attendees to try). Don’t include a beverage. If Bob Ryan is game to sponsor another Bloody Mary or other beverage competition made with a Ryan & Wood Distilleries spirit, we’ll do that later in the season.
Madfish Wharf is hopping this summer. Saturday morning 9:30am come for GMG Mug Up and food competition at YUPO Gallery / Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery. Come hang with your favorite GMG peeps, fobs and Rocky Neck artists and neighbors on beautiful Madfish Wharf. Saturday, August 23rd will be our first GMG Food Competition of the season. Let’s get some rockin GMG peep/fob summer fun going while we still can.
Three (and a whole lot more, but I’ll just focus on these right now) big things happening Thursday on Rocky Neck. Hobbit House Studio II (aka Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery) will be opening on Madfish Wharf in Gallery 6) – come by and say hi, and all you GMG peeps and FOB’s come by and hang out any time (open Thursday through Sunday noon – 8:00pm). Thursday is the opening of the long awaited Cape Ann Ceramics Festival at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck – don’t miss that. Last but not least, Thursday evening is August Nights on the Neck – see schedule below.
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival kicks off this Thursday, August 7 with Contemplation: Fine Ceramics from Cape Ann and Beyond at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck at 6 Wonson St. Doors open for a First Peek from 5-9pm at Nights on The Neck. There will be live music with Sugar Tones at 6pm. The Opening Reception will be Saturday August 9, 4-6pm. This year’s show features Hideaki Miyamura, courtesy of Pucker Gallery, Ani Kasten, courtesy of Lacoste Gallery, Hayne Bayless, Thomas Hoadley, Jennifer McCurdy, Jeremy Randall and 18 local and regional talented potters. August 7-September 1, Contemplation artists Larry Elardo, Jill Solomon and more will also be exhibiting Outdoor Sculpture at Flatrocks (Lanesville) and Side Street (Rocky Neck) Galleries. Hope you can join us for these and other Festival events. See Cape Ann Ceramics Festival for more info.
August Nights on the Neck – always a great time!
Are you an artist who feels challenged when you have to resize an image for a show submission, or someone who has wanted to learn image editing, photo montage or digital art? Do you want to be able to design your own business card, postcard, flier or other image document? Have you always wanted to learn Photoshop but were daunted by the overwhelming scope of the program, so gave up?
E.J. is now offering Photoshop class for beginners to intermediate users who want to learn and be able to do more with Photoshop. I have been working with Photoshop for over 15 years, and although I do not consider myself a “Master”, I know a lot and use Photoshop as my go to program for everything from imagine editing to creating unique digital artwork and other image and text focused documents.
If you are interested in taking a class, call me at 857-891-9054 or email
– Classes will be small and intimate (no more than 3 people at a time) and will run for one hour at a cost of $20/class. You can take as many or as few classes as you like, which will be tailored to accomplish your individual goal(s). I have three PC’s with Photoshop installed available for people to work on, or you can bring your own laptop if you have Photoshop installed on it.
Photoshop is an amazing tool that offers so much creative freedom. If you are not using Photoshop, you are missing out on an important piece of today’s creative technology. I’ll make learning Photoshop fun and exciting for you.
I wanted to come up with something new for Hobbit House Studio. I thought Gollum and his “precious” was appropriate. You have to know J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” to appreciate. Is it too over the top?
“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” J.R.R. Tolkein
Elynn Kroger and John Nesta are also usually open on the weekends (and during the week too). The Rudder has reopened, and The Studio should be opening soon. In a minute, all of Rocky Neck will be happening again.
Come by Rocky Neck Saturday or Sunday morning for a great Sailor Stan’s breakfast. Now open weekends at 7:30am.
If you’re there later and see my open flag (I will not be open at 7:30!), stop up and see Hobbit House Studio (right behind Sailor Stan’s at 1 Wonson Street, through the purple door and up the stairs).
Since I am going to be open anyway, and have eggs and coffee, and everyone knows that hobbits are spontaneous, fun loving creatures, I thought to myself, why not just open earlier and have a Mug Up. I know it is last minute, but what the heck, spontaneous is fun. Anyone who is out and about and wants to come over, I’ll be deviling some eggs and have jelly beans, cookies, cupcakes, crackers and cheese (all bought today Joey!), so come by and save me from eating them. Will be great to see whoever can make it.
When: 9:30AM, Sunday 4/6
Where: Hobbit House Studio (aka Khan Studio), up the stairs at 1 Wonson Street (behind Sailor Stan’s Restaurant – which by the way is opening on Saturday, 4/12 weekends)
Why: Because it’s spring dagnabbit and time to come over to Rocky Neck.