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Coyote Presentation Feb 26th and Feb 27th

If you can’t make the coyote presentation on Monday February 26th, we added another presentation on February 27th! Dr. Jonathan Way will present an additional seminar on Tuesday, February 27th at 10am at the Senior Center.

These talks will discuss Eastern Coyote behavior based on Dr. Jonathan’s Way research and experience. We hope this will help us to learn about coyote behavior and how we can live with our coyote neighbors and avoid conflicts.

I hope to see you there!

Alicia Pensarosa

Coyote Presentation_Feb26 & Feb 27 Poster




So this is March- Rocky Neck Now 2018 Annual Members Show & don’t forget Gallery 53 deadline

Photos and press releases shared with Good Morning Gloucester: two spring update releases from Patricia Conant with Rocky Neck news– save the date, deadlines, exhibition info, panels, celebrations and a poetry reading.

ROCKY NECK NOW 2018: The Annual Spring Members’ Show
Exhibition Dates: March 1 –April 8, 12-4 PM
Cultural Center at Rocky Neck 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
Galleries open: Thursday through Sunday, Noon-4 PM
Opening Reception:  Saturday, March 3, 2-5 PM
Panel Discussion with Artists: Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 2 PM.
(DEADLINE Gallery 53 application March 15, 2018 see below)
Poetry Reading: “Rising Spring” Three poets present, Sunday, March 25 at 3 PM.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) opens the season with the highly anticipated “Rocky Neck Now 2018: The Annual Spring Members’ Show” running for six weeks from Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, April 8, 2018.  The exhibition features recent work by more than 30 of the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s  artists.  This show, in both the upper and lower galleries of the Cultural Center includes a wide range of artistic interpretations with abstract, representational and expressive styles in all media, 2D and 3D. The galleries are open each Thursday through Sunday Noon-4 PM. The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on Saturday, March 3, 2-5 PM. All are invited to receptions and events with refreshments, admission and nearby parking free of charge.

The Artists

Some of the more than 30 RNAC well-known, participating artists include Nubar Alexanian, Kathleen Gerdon Archer, John Bassett, Katherine Coakley, Mary Cole, Yhanna Coffin, Terry Del Percio, Robert Diebboll, Judith Goetemann, , Leslie Heffron, Richard Honan, Jane Keddy, Randolph Kelts, Otto Laske, Brenda Malloy, Ruth Mordecai, Ed Mowrey, Tom Nihan, Regina Piantedosi, David Piemonte, Mary Rhinelander, Martha Swanson, Marilyn Swift, Bonnie Twomey, Connie Vallis, Rokhaya Waring and Karen Watson among many others.

Special Events

The Art Colony presents two special events during the exhibition.  On Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 2 PM, the public is invited to a panel discussion featuring selected participating “Rocky Neck Now” artists.  Audience participation will be encouraged, and the discussion will cover a wide range of topics, many based on questions asked by audience members.

For a lovely afternoon of inspiring words and art, be sure to attend “Rising Spring,” a program of poetry readings by Nadine Boughton, Mary Cole, and Patrick Doud on Sunday, March 25 at 3 PM.

A Celebration

As this is the first exhibition since major renovations to the main gallery of the Cultural Center, “Rocky Neck Now 2018” serves as a grand re-opening celebration. Cultural Center renovations were funded in part by a generous grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts. The work that included the installation of updated lighting, the application of acoustic materials to improve sound quality in the hall, the addition of hangers to allow ceiling mounted installations are in place as are painting and repairs. More information on all Cultural Center events is available by visiting the website at www.rockyneckartcolony.org, by email at info@rockyneckartcolony.org or telephone 978 515-7004.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, 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, please contact: director@rockyneckartcolony.org

Rocky Neck Art Colony Seeks New Members for Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is seeking new members for Gallery 53 and is currently accepting membership applications for this cooperatively run gallery. Gallery 53 is ideally situated between the Rudder and Studio Restaurants on Rocky Neck Avenue in Gloucester, MA. Applications must be received by March 15, 2018. For more information see http://rockyneckartcolony.org/gallery-53-on-rocky-neck/ or call the RNAC office at 978-515-7004.

Coyote Ecology & Behavior Presentation

Hi All,

The Animal Advisory Committee is hosting a coyote awareness program at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on February 26th at 7pm. Dr. Jonathan Way will be giving a presentation based on his eastern coyote research. We hope the presentation will be educational on how we can peacefully coexist with coyotes. We anticipate this will be a packed event and hope to do more of these events in the future.

Hope to see you there!

You can follow the Animal Advisory Committee on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GloucesterAAC/

Alicia P.

Coyote Presentation_Feb26 Poster

Holiday markets and fairs |Annisquam Sewing Circle, Rocky Neck, Cape Ann Artisans, Rockport Art Association

save the date Reminders:

  • Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair, Satuday Dec 2 ONLY 8am-noon
  • Rockport Art Association – Cape Ann Artisans Dec 1 (4-9) & Dec 2 (10-5)
  • Rocky Neck 2017 Annual Holiday Show at the Cultural Center weekends through December 10th

Rocky Neck 2017 Holiday Show

“December in November–Giving the Gift of Art” Rocky Neck Art Colony members’ fine art and crafts sale, through December 10th, OPEN Fridays 5-8pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10AM-4PM. Downstairs is a beautiful John Nesta tribute.

photo caption: Orginal watercolor painting, Birch on the Neck, by Deb Schradieck, booth at the Rocky Neck Art Colony 2017 Annual Holiday members show



Rockport Art Association


TWO DAYS ONLY Cape Ann Artisans at the Rockport Art Association Friday December 1 and Saturday December 2nd (10-5). Cape Ann Artisans has also announced their special 2018 Cape Ann Artisan tour dates- June 2nd and 3rd and Oct 6-8

Cape Ann Artisans at Rockport Art Association


Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair

Sat Dec 2nd 8am-noon, 34 Leonard Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

  • Beautiful Wreaths to decorate your Home
  • Potted plants and bulbs to Give or to Keep
  • Elegant Table Arrangements
  • Gourmet Foods for your Guests and Family
  • Exquisite Hand-crafted Gift Items
  • $3 Grabs for Mom, Dad and your Favorite Pets wrapped and ready to go!

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Leigh Slingluff plein air

De-Installation of the group show: LOOK AGAIN: FOUR LOCAL ARTISTS NANCY LeGENDRE, KAREN KOCH-WESER, KATHERINE COAKLEY, AND LEIGH SLINGLUFF  at Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Endicott faculty and student exhibition is coming next. The center is open all year.

Photos: Paintings by Leigh Slingluff coming down from Rocky Neck Cultural Center 2017 group exhibition. This show pulled from a colony of 4 artists that meet to paint en plein air, for years. They are not exclusively plein air artists, but they are when they meet up. Slingluff was awarded second place at the Cape Ann Plein Air Quick Draw for the second year in a row.


Beverly hosts a regional Massachusetts Cultural Council cultural districts gathering at The Cabot

The City of Beverly and The Cabot hosted a Massachusetts Cultural Council north shore cultural district meeting today. The theater was getting ready for tonight’s sold out Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan and they still made time for the districts. Mayor Cahill welcomed the group. The current exhibition installed in this sunny space is a solo show by fine artist and commercial sign maker, Andrew Bablo.

Cultural districts and organizations coming together for this meeting included the following: Beverly Main Streets and the BAD district; Montserrat College of Art; Chris Sicuranza, Gloucester’s Director of Communications & Constituent Services,Office of the Mayor; the two Gloucester cultural districts, and local cultural council; Rockport’s cultural district; Essex Historic Society and Shipbuilding Museum  and district; Historic New England and Cogswell’s Grant; Lynn’s district; Haverhill’s; and Concord’s. Concord will be hosting their regional meeting tomorrow. Currently there are 35 cultural districts across Massachusetts with 40 possible by the end of June. Salem may come on next year.  Interactive MA cultural districts as Google map.


OUR HOSTS photo L-R: Kevin Harutunian, Chief of Staff, Beverly; Aaron Clausen, City Planning Director, Community Development, City of Beverly; Gin Wallace, Director Beverly Main Streets; Meri Jenkins, MCC; J Casey Soward, The Cabot, Beverly; Steve Immerman Montserrat College of Art, Beverly; Annie Houston, MCC


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Revised dates for illustrate your own story

Anna Vojtech’s weekly course begins March 28 (not March 14th). Please adjust your calendars.

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Delightful illustration course at Rocky Neck Cultural Center: award winning children’s book author illustrator, fine artist and Film Animator ANNA VOJTECH


dscf6262Your antidote to February ~ don’t miss the beautiful FRESH show at the RNCC!

The gallery exhibit runs from February 2nd to March 12th. For the full schedule of events and workshops held in conjunction with the exhibit visit Backyard Growers Events here.dscf6296

dscf6278Leon Doucette “Barn Shelf Arrangement” Oil Painting

dscf6264Stevens Brosnihan’s “Colony” Photograph

leon-doucette-rnccdscf6268Leon Doucette “Stopping to Think” Oil Painting

Scenes from Ray Hassard’s Cape Ann Plein Air painting event at Rocky Neck

Last night Ray Hassard gave a painting demonstration and talk at Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Hassard is the 2016 Cape Ann Plein Air Awards Judge.

You may recognize some of the artwork on display. Montserrat College of Art Presents: Plein Air – Here and Abroad is installed upstairs at RNCC through November 13th. Artists include faculty, alumni and students. The large painting seen directly behind Ray Hassard’s live demo staging is by Maria Malatesta, Fields #31. Also scheduled through November 13th is Beyond Plein Air, an RNAC member group show installed downstairs in the Studio Gallery. Mary Rhinelander’s Patience beckons.




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Ed Touchette in group show Rocky Neck Cultural Center


Ed writes: “The comments included below reflect understandings of my recent work that I’d like to share.”


Day Sailors, 2016, acrylic/ canvas, 24 ” x 30 ”

“Why Abstract: The Art of Imagination” – “The show is generally strong, and several works, especially those from Maria Malatesta and Ed Touchette, are unforgettable. Malatesta’s two “Field” series paintings (#26, #27), acrylic on paper, are full of air and atmosphere. The canvases don’t “abstract” the image of a field of flowers, but capture a field as if it were made of the stuff we breathe. We recognize that it’s a field, but we could also inhale it, almost hear it. Touchette’s two acrylics, “Phototaxis” and “Day Sailors,” invite interpretation. Bold lines describe something — something elusive. A bright color highlights. The titles intrigue. There is meaning, or suggestions, and we are invited to offer our ideas.” – Keith Powers, reviewing 3 abstract group exhibits for Cape Ann Beacon on view at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Trident Gallery and Flat Rocks Gallery. 

“Why Abstract: The Art of Imagination” was reviewed by Keith Powers in today’s Cape Ann Beacon. I particularly was drawn over to Ed Touchette‘s piece almost expecting to find my secret location on land pushed against the sea currents navigating the shoreline. Maps of our existence of place or a dance with the China trade? I may have flown over and sailed through this place at one time. The piece has certainly pulled on my imagination. Look deeper and there is more.” – Jo Ann Castano

Why Abstract: The Art of Imagination” continues through the end of May at the cultural center on Rocky Neck.

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Nubar Alexanian Book signing Angela Sanfillipo -2 c Kim Smith

Angela Sanfillipo sharing the stories behind Nubar's photos

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Nubar's photos with Angela

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Nubar's photos bringing back memories

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Despite the chilly winds and rain, a fantastic group of friends, fans, and well-wishers came out for Nubar’s book signing, When the Fish Came First. All throughout the evening there were waiting lines to purchase books! Thanks to Karen Ristuben and the Rocky Neck Cultural Center for hosting this very special community event.

Nubar Alexanian Book signing c Kim SmithHonoring Linzee and Beth Coolidge

Nubar Alexanian Book signing Angela Sanfillipo -3 c Kim SmithAngela Sanfillipo and Nubar

Nubar Alexanian Book signing -3 c Kim SmithNubar signing his book Stones in the Road: Photographs of Peru for Ricardo and Diana Fernandez

Honoring Linzee and Beth Coolidge

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Terrific turnout for Nubar's book signing When the Fish Came First at the RNCC

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Nubar Alexanian Book signing Angela Sanfillipo c Kim SmithMemories from December 1979 – Angela, her husband, daughter, and three-month old baby daughter’s christening


Presentation by Ward One Councilor Scott Memhard tonight at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. To learn more and see the full power point presentation come to the meeting at 7pm at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center..

“Perhaps the most innovative idea in the report is to consider creating a community boat house — possibly similar to the house boats moored along the Annisquam River — and a dock upon Ten Pound Island that could host the Gloucester High School and YMCA community sailing and boating skills programs, as well as other public programs and access for rowing and kayaking.”                           ~ Mayor’s Ad-Hoc Recreational Boating Committee, 2016

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Ten Pound Island Timeline

1644 Early settlers graze rams on the Island.

1817 Mariner Amos Story famously reports seeing a sea serpent (along with many others) near the Island. See account below.

1821 Ten Pound Island Lighthouse Station is established to safely guide mariners through Gloucester’s Inner Harbor.

1833-1849 Amos Story serves as Ten Pound Island Lighthouse Keeper.

1880 Winslow Homer stays with the lighthouse keeper during the summer creating over 50 watercolor paintings.

1881 Present conical cast iron tower, lined with brick, replaces original stone tower. Wooden keepers house is constructed.

1889 U.S. Fish and lobster hatchery is established.

1925 U.S. Coast Guard establishes first in the country air station, primarily to capture rumrunners during Prohibition.

1940 Lighthouse keeper’s wife Evelyn Hopkins honors Edward Snow, the Flying Santa who dropped Christmas presents from a plane for lighthouse keepers’ children, by nailing “Merry Christmas” boldly in newspaper, which could be read from the sky.

1954 Fish hatchery abandoned.

1956 Ten Pound island Light Station is decommissioned and replaced by a modern optic. The original fresnel lens is on display at the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland.

1965 Keepers dwelling razed.

1988 The Lighthouse Preservation Society initiates restoration of Ten Pound Island Light.

1989 A modern optic was installed atop the tower and relit as a Federal aid to navigation.

1995 The oil house is restored.

1996 -1997 (*Possibly longer, checking dates) Shuttle to and from the Island is provided by the Gloucester Harbor Shuttle.

Currently, Ten Pound Island serves as an active aid to navigation.

Ten Pound Island



Hooded merganser male mallard www.kimsmithdesigns 2016Male Mallard left, male Hooded Merganser right

This charming little diving duck was spotted several days ago in Rockport Harbor with a group of Mallards. About two thirds the size of the male Mallards, the striking pattern of the male Hooded Merganser made it easily spotted in the flock. A fun fact about Hooded Mergansers is that they can find their prey underwater by changing the refractive properties of their eyes. Additionally, they have an extra pair of eyelids that are both transparent and protective, functioning like a pair of goggles.

I hope to see you at the “Beautiful Birds of Cape Ann” program on Thursday night at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center!

Hooded merganser www.kimsmithdesigns 2016

loph_cucu_AllAm_map Kim Smith Talk


Brace Cove winter sunrise www.kimsmithdesigns 2016Brace Cove at dawn, a great place for bird watching

Please join me Thursday night at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center where I will be presenting a brand new illustrated talk “Beautiful Birds of Cape Ann.” The program covers the gorgeous migrating and resident birds that we see in our neighborhoods, as seen through the seasons, and includes such beauties as the Snowy Owl, Brant Geese, Snow Goose, Redheads, a rarely-seen-in-our region White Pelican, egrets, herons, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, songbirds, and some life history of Cape Ann’s resident swan family. The program begins at 7pm and is part of the RNCC and Mass Audubon ongoing exhibit “For the Birds.” I hope to see you there!

Redhead Duck www. kim smith designsPair of Male Redheads, the Dynamic Duo

Common Eider Gloucester harbor www. kim smith designs

Common Eider Gloucester Harbor

Niles Pond winter sunrise www.kimsmithdesigns 2016

Niles Pond and Gloucester Harbor are both excellent for viewing water birds

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Also too, if any of our readers live in the Rye, New Hampshire area, I am giving my illustrated talk on the Monarch Butterfly tomorrow morning, Tuesday the 16th, at 10am. Please email me if you would like more information.


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American Goldfinch -1 ©Kim Smith 2015

The Rocky Neck Art Colony kicks off the 2016 exhibition season with an extraordinary six-week exhibition and fundraising event at the RNAC’s Cultural Center at Rocky Neck. Juried by Amy Montague, the Director of the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, in Canton MA, the exhibition “For The Birds” features multi-media avian art. The public is invited to a reception on Sunday, January 31 at 2-4 PM. Save the dates for a talk on the life and art of John J. Audubon by noted local author Chris Leahy, Bertrand Chair of Field Ornithology at Mass Audubon, at the Cultural Center on Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 PM, a talk about the Birds of Cape Ann by local photographer and filmmaker Kim Smith, and “The Artful Birdhouse,” an auction of original, artist-created birdhouses on Sunday February 21, beginning at 1:00 PM. A raffle of a basket full of birding-related items concludes the events with a drawing of the winning ticket on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 PM. A portion of all events proceeds will support Mass Audubon’s mission to protect the flora and fauna of Massachusetts.

Concurrent with RNAC’s “For The Birds” exhibition, The Trident Gallery, Director Matthew Swift, presents “Nest” its third annual exhibition in partnership with Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art offering artworks from the Museum’s collection. Exhibition dates: January 30 – March 6, 2016.

The songs, vivid colors and enormous variety of bird species attracted to Cape Ann’s coastal waters, marshes, and waterways often bring with them both birding enthusiasts and artists, each drawn by their vibrant visual appeal. Come to The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck to view the aesthetic heights their wildly patterned beauty has inspired in the work of New England artists’ multi-media offerings in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, assemblage, and more.

This spectacular melding of the avian and the artistic is juried by Amy Montague, Director of the Museum of Bird Art at Mass Audubon, the only museum dedicated to art inspired by the beauty, science and wonder of birds. In her 23 years at Mass Audubon, Ms. Montague has stewarded and grown the organization’s broad and eclectic art collection that embraces fine art, folk art, sporting art, illustration, and more. She has curated more than thirty exhibitions exploring the intersection of art and nature focusing on artists as varied as John James Audubon and Andy Warhol. She has twice been a juror for the internationally renowned “Birds in Art” exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin.

The Artful Birdhouse Auction: Sunday, February 21. Preview 1-2PM, Live Auction at 2:15 PM. The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA. Engaging the charm and appeal of birdhouses as a foundation, the imagination of friends and members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony will soar in creating whimsical, modern, traditional, fantasy and completely unexpected “artful” birdhouses. The following artists have donated their time and talents for an auction of their birdhouse creations in support of Mass Audubon and in conjunction with the “For The Birds” art exhibit at The Cultural Center. Promoting the Auction, early bird creators will have the opportunity to display their works at several venues in and around Gloucester.

Artists participating in the auction event are Kathy Gerdon Archer, Deborah Barnwell, Carol Mansur Benesh, Lisa Carlson, Joy Dai Buell, Elizabeth Gauthier, Rachel Gauthier, Joy Halsted, Jane Keddy, Mindy Lind-terk, Ron MacNeill, Tom Nihan, Sinikka Nogello, Christy Park, Hans Pundt, Kenny Riaf, Karen Ristuben, Sally Seamans, Pam Stratton, Karen Tibbetts, and Karen Tusinski among others.

“For the Birds” A Juried Exhibition of Avian Related Art, January 28 to March 6, 2016, Opening Reception: Sunday, January 31, 2–4 PM.

John J. Audubon: The Man and His Art, A talk by Chris Leahy, Bertrand Chair of Field Ornithology at Mass Audubon, Thursday, February 11, 7 PM.

Birds of Cape Ann, Talk,photos, and short films by local filmmaker and photographer Kim Smith, Thursday, February 18th, at 7PM.

The Artful Birdhouse: An auction of artist-created birdhouses, Sunday, February 21, Preview: 1-2 PM, Live Auction at 2:15 PM.

Raffle Drawing for a basket of birding related items, Sunday, March 6 at 2 PM

The Cultural Center Gallery

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 Gallery hours: Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM

Bonapartes Gulls Preening -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

Bonaparte’s Gulls Preening Lighthouse Beach

HELP! The Beatles Benefit – Tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center


Time for fun with the Beatles. Bird Mancini and T Max (with special guest Karen Ristuben) do their Beatles show tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center, East Gloucester “Help!” since we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the single.

Did you get your tickets at Diamond Cove Music (57 Washington St, Gloucester) or did you pick them up online athttp://culturalcenterbenefit.bpt.me

Either way, we’ll see you tonight–get there on time, please (doors at 7:30) and we’re expecting a crowd–you know, the way fans would go to the airport to greet The Beatles. Please don’t throw jelly beans at us.

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