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Stuff Happening at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

It’s Not Furniture: Paintings and drawings by RNAC Members

April 2-26, 2015

The Cultural Center Gallery

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM

Meet the Artists Reception Sunday, April 12, 2-4 PM

Closing Celebration and award ceremony, Sunday, April 26, 2-4 PM


Gloucester MA, Mar 23, 2015— On April 2, 2015, the Cultural Center Gallery on Wonson Street in Gloucester opens the second of two RNAC member shows—a juried Spring exhibition of paintings and drawings by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Provocatively titled “It’s Not Furniture,” the exhibition features 35 works by 23 member artists exhibiting 2D works in oil, acrylic, watercolor mixed media, encaustic, collage and color pencil. Juror Carol Pelletier, Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Art at Endicott College, selected the work.

“It’s Not Furniture” is on view April 2-26, 2015 during gallery hours Thursday-Sunday from 12-4 PM. The public is invited to a reception for artists and friends on Sunday, April 12, 2-4 PM at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. 

According to the exhibition organizer Martha Swanson, the slightly odd title for this painting show is meant to provoke a discussion about the function of art from both artist’s point of view and intention, to the non-utilitarian function of wall art. To express one of the myriad of reasons for collecting art, a member of the Cultural Center’s exhibition committee succinctly stated, “a painting need not match the décor.”

“It’s Not Furniture” looks at the landscape, seascape, cityscape, still-life study and more in styles ranging from realistic to abstract through the diverse styles of artists Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Kristie Bernard, Katherine Coakley, Mary D. Cole, Robin Colodzin, Maura Cronin, Terry DelPercio-Piemonte, Loren Doucette, Gail Gang, Leslie Heffron, Michele Kenna, Kat Masella, Mary Rhinelander McCarl, Sinikka Nogelo, Gerry O’Leary, Sue Ann Pearson, Regina Piantedosi, Ronald Pruett, Deb Schradieck, Lully Schwartz, Kate Somers, Anna Vojtech, and  Rokhaya Waring.

Photo credits:

“Poppies” by Katherine Coakley

“Stairway“ by Mary D. Cole

“Thinking of Hartley” by Loren Doucette

“Halibut Point, Winter Color” by Deb Schradieck

“Apple Trees and Boulders in the Snow” Rokhaya Waring


Looking and Drawing: 6-week workshop with Gabrielle Barzaghi

April 13, 20, 27 & May 4, 11, 18, 2015, 1-4 PM

Cost for the workshop: $330, $300 for RNAC members

Email to Register: Gabrielle Barzaghi, gb@gabriellebarzaghi.com

The Cultural Center Gallery

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930


Gloucester MA, Mar 23, 2015 – This class is designed to help you draw with accuracy, confidence and enthusiasm. Drawing basics such as mapping, structural line and composition will be covered. You will learn to observe very carefully and to create volume  and space with both line and value. Lively and nuanced mark making will be explored. There will be demos, critiques and lots of one on one attention. The class will be flexible to allow for a variety of skill levels and experienced participants may choose to work in a self-directed manner. A supply list will be provided.

Artist and educator Gabrielle Barzaghi is a Senior Lecturer at New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University and has taught college level drawing since 1980. Visit her website at www.gabriellebarzaghi.com.

Book Drive for Pathways for Children at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

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November 21, 2014

Suzanne Gilbert Lee


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.

For Her Dedication to the Arts & Culture

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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!


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

Snapshots from belle + me at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center

Anne Malvaux belle and me Rocky Neck Cultural Center-3Anne Malvaux belle and me Rocky Neck Cultural Center -4Fun, French, and Flirty is belle + me’s tagline and their vibrant Spring/Summer collection was all that and more! Photos from Friday’s opening ~

belle and me Rocky Neck Cultural Center.

Anne Malvaux belle and me Rocky Neck Cultural Center.

EJ writes, “Created by Anne Malvaux and Lisa LeVasseur, belle + me is a French-inspired line of cool scarves and cooler jewelry. Their hand-made pendants are one of a kind and they use “repurposed” metal, beads, and fabric when possible. These pendants are designed to be worn on their unique line of scarves, in a multitude of colors and designs.”

Read EJ’s previous Artist Spotlight post about belle + me here

Anne and her family are so photogenic and it was lots of fun taking snapshots. Best of luck with belle + me Lisa and Anne!

Anne Malvaux belle and me Rocky Neck Cultural Center

Local fingerstyle guitar master, Ken Bonfield, brings his Artistry of the Guitar to Rocky Neck

Perhaps you saw him at the UU Meetinghouse Solstice concert in December.  If you did, you already know he’s one of Gloucester’s finest musicians.  If you’ve never seen Ken Bonfield, this is the weekend to do so.  And the Rocky Neck Cultural Center is a perfect venue for his Artistry of the Guitar.

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He’s BACK! Save the dates 1/30 – 2/9

This just in from Gordo!


Come and see what all the talk was about this fall with the return of CRAZY MOON, Gordon Baird’s original musical, also starring John Hyde and Kathleen Brown8 Shows Thurs. Jan. 30 ~ Sun. Feb. 9.  

The show is very exciting and fun and runs only an hour and fifteen minutes – (so even a guy can enjoy it.) Curtain is at 8 pm (thu-fri-sat) and 5 pm (Sun) at The Rocky Neck Cultural Center on 6 Wonson St..

All opening night ticket proceeds (1/30) go to benefit the Gloucester Writer’s Center.

Tickets for all shows are $15, 2/$25 ~ kids $5. Free parking in the town lot a block from the theater.
Here’s what viewers of its September debut are saying? 
Mayor Carolyn Kirk said“I was entranced by Crazy Moon and the intimate setting of the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.   Also knowing the Writer’s Center benefited made it a wonderful evening out.”
Linda Amero called it ” charming and poignant “.
Jimmy T said: “Incredible energy and talent, a thought-provoking roller-coaster ride through your own reality.” 
John Steiger said: ” Gordon Baird takes us on a wondrous journey to mysterious places, his imagination is contagious.”
Jay McLauchlan” I would like to see this tour de force again! What a perfect vehicle for the multi-talented Baird, John Hyde and a terrific feature performance by Kathleen Brown, an extraordinary journey, inspiring . . .”
Robert Crandall: ” A creative one man songfest in the best tradition of seafaring story telling.  Enjoy. “
John Bell put it: “Gordie at his best. Well worth the watch.”

CRAZY MOON RUNS 8 nights Jan.30 through Feb 9. – Thurs-Fri-Sat shows at 8 pm – Sunday at 5 pm at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center – 6 Wonson St.

Tickets can be bought at the door at showtime.   978-283-0390 for info.


Revolutionary Snake Ensemble – Hot!

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Don’t forget – this Saturday – New Orleans style dance party at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on Saturday, October 19th 7-10:00pm.  Take a listen at their website: http://www.revolutionarysnakeensemble.org.

15Winter hibernation time isn’t here yet and there’s still plenty of fun to be had on Rocky Neck.

CRAZY MOON – An Original Musical

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CRAZY MOON ~ Columnist and actor Gordon Baird is staging 8 performances of CRAZY MOON, an original, 10 song musical, starring Gordon but also featuring Kathleen Brown and musician John Hyde at the new Rocky Neck Cultural Center in Gloucester (6 Wonson St.) the last 2 weeks of Sept.  The plot is adventurous, mysterious and occasionally swashbucklingThe play is exciting, unexpected, mysterious and technically very innovative at the end.

Thu-Fri-Sat shows at 8 pm and Sunday at 5 pm. Tickets: $10 – kids $5 – all can be bought at the door at showtime. Run time is around 75 mins, so it’s Dadfriendly too. For more info, 978-283-0390 or gordon@rampartsfarm.com. Hope you can make it.

It’s A Dance Party!

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An African Music and Dance Party, featuring the band ‘Samba Lolo & Boubacar Diabate’ at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St.  Saturday, September 14th 7-10 pm. $10
About Boubacar Diabate & Samba Lolo
Boubacar Diabate is a Griot singer, guitarist, songwriter and storyteller from Mali. ‘Bouba’ creates his own style of contemporary music by combining traditional rhythms with modern influences including Reggae, Blues, Bluegrass, and Jazz. Bouba sings of a common shared experience of love, life and humanity, giving all an opportunity to hear the age-old West African tradition of Griot storytelling through song.
Now based in Boston, Bouba was born in Bamako, Mali-West Africa. He was raised playing Djembe and Guitar while learning from the Griot elders as they passed down their ancient heritage through their music and song.
About Griots
In Africa, Griots pass down the oral tradition of legends, stories, and proverbs through many generations, which is essential to preserve their culture. A Griot is a teacher, poet, musician, and participant in important ceremonies such as weddings, naming initiations and installations of chiefs.

Get Creative – Have a Ball!

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August 3rd, 6-10:00 pm – Don’t miss it!  The 2013 Rocky Neck Beaux Arts Ball.  Dig out some old threads and make them into something new.  Turn your recyclables into a trendy fashion statement.  You’re not expected to look like the model here – go for something uniquely you.  See you there.

E.J. Lefavour

Lookie Lookie Band performs Latin Bugalu @ The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck ~ 7-10 ~ June 28, 2013

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Location: The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

DANCE PARTY! Come hear the hot, groovy sounds of 1960s Latin Bugalu from Boston-based Lookie Lookie, Friday June 28, 7-10 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, $10. Some of Boston’s best musicians and a groove guaranteed to make you smile!

A brand new band playing Latin Bugalu music, Lookie Lookie is named for a song by Ricardo Ray. The music of Ray and Joe Cuba form the core repertoire, with a healthy dose of African Latin music, including Soukous.Lookie Lookie is the brainchild of bassist Chris Maclachlan, best known for his work in the seminal Boston punk band Human Sexual Response.Maclachlan has an abiding love for Latin Bugalu, a crossover genre invented primarily by Newyorican musicians in the 1960s. Incredibly fun and catchy, Bugalu lies somewhere between the stately Cuban sounds of the 50s and the manic high salsa of the 70s. Top artists included Joe Cuba and Richie Ray, whose tunes form the backbone of the new band’s repertoire.

In fact, the band is named for an early Richie Ray hit, “Lookie Lookie,” which encapsulates some of the pan-American fusion that went into Bugalu.

Lookie Lookie is an all-star lineup: Scott Getchell, trumpet; Ken Field, alto sax; Russ Gershon, tenor sax; Chris Maclachlan, bass; Rick Barry and Vicente Lebron, percussion. Collectively this hoary crew is in some way responsibile for the Either/Orchestra, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Bim Ska La Bim, Agachiko, Willie Alexander’s Persistence of Memory Orchestra and other top Boston bands.

Band godfather Vicente Lebron has played with many members of Ricardo’s Ray and Joe Cuba’s band over a long and storied career, beginning in New York in 1971. Since moving to Boston in 1974, he has been a mainstay of the Latin music community, as a player on the jazz scene with bands like the Either/Orchestra and Club D’Elf.

Lookie Lookie has the amazing ability to put a smile on the face of just about everybody, no matter what their musical taste. And, it’s easy and fun to dance to – you don’t have to know any fancy steps, the rhythm will take you away.

$10 at the door. Beer/wine/snacks available.

Contact: Karen Ristuben
Email: karen.ristuben@gmail.com
Phone: 978-758-1210

More Info: www.rockyneckartcolony.org 

Location Details
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester MA 01930 US


GloucesterCast With Guest James Eves and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/6/2013

GloucesterCast With Guest James Eves and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/6/2013

click to listen-With Host Joey C and Guest James Eves From Cape Ann Giclee

Topics Include:

James Eves, Charlie Carroll, Cape Ann Giclee, Community Artist Lighting Studio at Cape Ann Giclee, Marketing Through Community Service, Joining The Rocky Neck Art Colony, Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Death Row Sub, Death Row Meal, Mamie’s Kitchen, Alicia DeWolfe Starts Another Streak, Deno Opening, Art Show Opening Web Cams, Changes Through The Years In Photo Editing, Job Opportunities In Photo Editing,What Old School Media Needs To Do To Survive, Ditching Your Home Phone, Ditching Cable, Kids Media Consumption Today, Carol McKenna, www.capeanngiclee.com

Here’s James Eating Lunch From Virgilios After Ana Reamed Him A New One


Writers David Crouse and Steve Almond at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center April 10

Chris Anderson writes:

I wanted to see if you guys could help get word out about this killer event at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on April 10 @ 7:30 PM. Two literary rock stars, Steve Almond and David Crouse, will be reading from their work and discussing the craft of writing, rock and roll, parenthood, and anything else that might come to mind. These guys know how give a great reading, so this is not to be missed! The event is co-sponsored by The Gloucester Writers Center and Eastern Point Lit House & Press, my new venture.
Eastern Point Lit House & Press is a grass roots literary experiment that includes Extract(s) Daily Dose of Lit (featured on GMG last month), a small press, events, workshops, manuscript consultation, and anything else we can dream up. I hope to have formal announcements soon regarding a new author hosted book club series taking place at Duckworth’s Bistrot beginning in May. The host, a writer, chooses the book to be discussed. A great book, fine wine, and light snacks. It’s going to be ridiculously fun. I’ll have the entire summer calendar and ticket info very soon. You can find more information on all of this here:
Thanks for everything!
PS. Hope to see you Friday. I plan on bringing the kids down for a little while to check out the show. Congrats!Crouse&Almond

JoeAnn Hart’s Book Launch Party at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center

JoeAnn Hart Float party ©Kim Smith 2013

JoeAnn Hart’s book release party at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center was a whopping success. So many congratulations JoeAnn!!!  There are few things more monumental than publishing a book with a publishing house, especially in light of the ease in which books are self-published today. I purchased my copy of Float Friday night and haven’t put it down.  See GMG tomorrow for an excerpt from Float.

JoeAnn Hart Float party -1 ©Kim Smith 2013

JoeAnn Hart Karen Ristuben Float party ©Kim Smith 2013

Cover Artist Karen Ristuben and Author JoeAnn Hart

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Jen Fahey, Christie Powell, JoeAnn Hart

Tom Hauck Lois Philip Budrose JoeAnn Hart Float party ©Kim Smith 2013

Tom Hauck, Lois and Philip Budrose

Greg bover JoeAnn Hart Float party ©Kim Smith 2013

Greg Bover

JoeAnn Hart Karen Ristuben-2 Float party ©Kim Smith 2013

Karen Ristuben

Visit JoeAnn’s website to purchase your copy of Float.

Exressive Painting – Conversation with the Artists

Rocky Neck Cultural Center Event
Expressive Painting 2013: December 31 – January 27, 2013
Notice Change of date and time for Conversation with the Artists,

rescheduled for Saturday, January 26th 1-3pm

Join us and bring your thoughts about art.

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Grace on Water, by Laurel Hughes. Oil on canvas, 84″x78″. 2008. Photo credit: Michael Lafferty

Expressive Painting 2013, a group show of Rocky Neck Art Colony members and non-members, curated by Ruth Mordecai. Featuring the work of: Yhanna Coffin, Mary Cole, Susan Erony, Laurel Hughes, Deborah Lloyd Kaufman, Ruth Mordecai, and Tom Nihan.