The News From Rocky Neck

via Judy Robinson-Cox

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On the Neck

Nights on the Neck

Thursday, June 3: Nights on the Neck, 5-9pm

  • Three Sheets to the Wind
    The Schooner Adventure organization spawned Three Sheets to the Wind, a group of local musicians and Adventure crew members who are preserving the history of maritime work songs (chanteys) and forebitter songs.
  • Michael Kirsch/Ed Spilllert
    Mike Kirsch and Ed Spillert (guitar, five-string banjo and vocals) will do a range of country, blues, bluegrass, and rock.
  • Chick & Ellen
    A Gloucester fisherman and his Brooklyn-bred bride play oldtime and newfangled blues, folk, country, and swing tunes.
  • Steff Deschenes
    The Ice Cream Theory is ice-cream guru Steff Deschenes’s charming exploration of the parallels between human personalities and ice-cream flavors, a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the variety inherent in a well-lived life.
  • Gloucester Area Astronomy Club
    The friendly folk of the GAAC will set up their telescopes on Rocky Neck, give out observing guides to any passersby who take an interest, and help them pick out things of note in the night sky.

See sign in parking lot for Times and Locations.

Opening Thursday, June 3, Passions by Ed Touchette


Passions, three large canvases by Ed Touchette will be on exhibit at the Rocky Neck Gallery
from June 3 until June 17.

June 1 – 30: Ekua Holmes, First Goetemann Artist in Residence

Golden, Collage on paper by Ekua Holmes

Collage artist Ekua Holmes will have an open studio during Nights on the Neck (unless it’s raining).

Additional open studio hours will be posted outside the Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave.

Weiler Photo Gallery : A Paris Portfolio

Weiler Photo Gallery
Paris Metro, photograph by Joseph Flack Weiler

The Weiler Photo Gallery Exhibiting “A Paris Portfolio” through August.

Please visit us on weekends or by appointment or check out “A Paris Portfolio” on our website.

77 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-6443    e-mail:

Visit These Galleries & Businesses Now Open on Rocky Neck

  • Elynn Kröger Gallery, 15 Rocky Neck Ave., 2nd Floor
  • Side Street Gallery, 17 Rocky Neck Ave.
  • Sailor Stan’s, Wonson and Rocky Neck Ave.
  • Sigrid Olsen Art, 34 Rocky Neck Ave.
  • Goetemann Gallery, 37 Rocky Neck Ave.
  • John Nesta Gallery, 37 Rocky Neck Ave.
  • Ruth Mordecai, 4 Terrace Lane (by appointment or chance)
  • Imagine, 43 Rocky Neck Ave.
  • Amy’s Coffee and Cones (Former Ice Cream Gallery), 43 Rocky Neck Ave.
  • Studio Restaurant, 51 Rocky Neck Ave
  • Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave
  • The Rudder, 73 Rocky Neck Ave. (Thurs to Sun)
  • White Bird Gallery, 75 Rocky Neck Ave
  • Bernard Gerstner Gallery, 75 Rocky Neck Ave.
  • Diana Pasquariello Gallery, 75 Rocky Neck Ave.
  • Alma McLaughlin Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. (moved to former Avery Mann Gallery)
  • Lucid Eye Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. All things to delight those of the clearest eyes.
  • ISLA Beach House, 77 Rocky Neck Ave #G10
  • Weiler Photo Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave (Madfish Wharf)
  • Madfish Grille, 77 Rocky Neck Ave


FRI, June 4: Artist Receptions, 34 Mt. Pleasant Ave, 5:30 – 9pm

Mt. Pleasant Studio

The Artists at 34 Mount Pleasant Avenue, East Gloucester will host a reception showcasing their works at their studios on this Friday, June 4th from 5:30 – 9:00pm

Christine Armstrong, silkscreened textiles; John Cameron, fine woodworking+ wood engraving;
Ann Conneman, hand cut stone lettering; Maria Davis, Morning Star Massage;
Jeremy + Dana Hatch, hand-hammered copper fish; Paul Jeswald, wood carving + other media;
Karl + Joan Frank, oil paintings; William Schumacher, custom woodwork + furniture

The reception is free and open to the public. Questions: Call Karl Frank at 978 853 3592 or send an email to :

2010 Art @ Bass Rocks

North Shore Arts Association

The North Shore Arts Association will present its second Members’ Exhibition of the season June 5th through August 1st. The public is invited to an Awards Reception on Sunday, June 6th from 2 to 4 pm.

Charles Shurcliff

In addition to the Members’ Exhibition, there will also be a solo exhibition of paintings by Charles Shurcliff from June 5th through June 23rd.  The public is invited to a reception on June 6th from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm.


Also from June 5th through June 23rd there will be a solo exhibition of small paintings by Claudia Kaufman.


Kathleen Gerdon Archer’s photograph selected for Danforth Museum

Off the Wall show in Framingham, MA

Cannont Leave the World
I cannot leave the world, photograph by Kathleen Gerdon Archer

Kathleen Gerdon Archer’s photograph "I cannot leave the world" was recently accepted for the show Off The Wall at The Danforth Museum in Framingham Ma. The show was juried by Jen Mergel of The MFA and Helen Molesworth from The ICA.
Archer’s photograph "Cartography is a sublime craft" was chosen for the exhibit A Community of Artists also at The Danforth Museum.

Off the Wall: Patrons’ Preview Event, Saturday, June 12, 8pm – 10pm

Opportunities / Classes

Summer Pottery Classes

Cynthia Curtis

Cynthia Curtis Potter, 80 Pigeon Hill Street, Rockport (978) 546-6186 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting   (978) 546-6186 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

CURRENT OPENINGS FOR THE NEXT SESSION: July 5 – August 21, Sign up now!
  • Monday kid’s class with Margie Malley and Sami Steer: 9:00 – 10:30
  • Wednesday a.m. adult class with Cynthia Curtis: 9:00 – 12:00
  • Thursday p.m. adult class with Cynthia Curtis: 6:00 – 9:00              
  • Friday a.m. adult class with Anni Melancon: 9:00 – 12:00

Classes are available to all levels of experience.  Each session covers throwing pots on the wheel, handbuilding, and glazing.  Students work at their own pace supported by individualized instruction.

Private lessons * Independent Study Program * Retail Gallery.

Please call (978) 546-6186  for more information or visit website,

Judythe Evans Meagher will conduct a WATERCOLOR



Monday, August 2, 2010 at North Shore Arts Association

This SPECIAL ONE-DAY COURSE will be held at the NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION, 11 Pirates Lane, East Gloucester, MA.  While demonstrations will be done in transparent watercolor, the information presented also applies to opaque media, such as oils, gouache and acrylics.  Students may bring the medium of their choice.

We will focus on the double primary palette to learn how to mix a myriad of hues with only six pigments, how to determine whether our mixtures will produce bright or subdued colors, and how to keep our paintings from getting dull or “muddy”.  To register for this course, contact North Shore Arts Association at 978-283-1857  or

ART on the PIER
Located on the Scenic Gloucester Harbor


SUMMER SESSION:  Focus on Drawing and Illustration technique: Portraiture features, Landscape, Still life: Bob will instruct the students in pencil work through illustration and drawing techniques that focus on elements of size, dimension, lay-out, shading, light and darks, facial features for portrait work and more. Self portrait work will be covered.  Please send in a 5 x 7 photograph of a person or pet. 

Co-ed Ages 8 – 13 (space limited)
Owner/Artist of STUDIOVO: Commercial and Fine Art Studio
121R  East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. (At East Gloucester Marina)


SUMMER Program Sessions: Tuesday and Wed. mornings
      Session One:  July 6, 7, 13, 14 :   9:30-11:00 
      Session Two:  July 20, 21, 27, 28 :   9:30-11:00       
      Session Three:  August 3, 4, 10, 11:  9:30-11:00 
One session: $90, Two Sessions: $170, Three Sessions: $250

Click to Download application or call 978-282-0269


June 3
Nights on the Neck

June 29
Ekua Holmes: Goetemann Resident Studio Talk, Residency Studio

July 1
Nights on the Neck

July 12
Ted Walsh: Goetemann Resident Gallery Talk, Rocky Neck Gallery

Aug 1
Ilana Manolson: Goetemann Distinguished Artist/Teacher, Cape Ann Museum

Aug 4
Ted Walsh: Goetemann Resident Studio Talk, Residency Studio

August 5
Nights on the Neck

August 12
Beaux Arts Ball – Dudes and Divas, Studio Restaurant

September 2
Nights on the Neck

September 9
Hannah Bureau: Goetemann Resident Gallery Talk, Rocky Neck Gallery

October 2
Reception, RNAC Members Juried Show

October 6
Hannah Bureau: Goetemann Resident Studio Talk, Residency Studio

Rocky Neck Art Colony, PO Box 60, Gloucester, MA 01931

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Deadline, Tuesdays at 12 noon to be in the Thursday email.
Only RNAC members can submit notices.

New Race Dory Ready To Rock and new Dory Being Built

Three new Race Dories were commissioned by the International Dory Race Committee.  here is a finished one and below another under construction in Geno Mondello’s Dory Shop at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.






George’s by Night Dinner and Music June 19th


Dean Salah Writes-

Our next George’s By Night event is planned for Saturday Night June 19th. The first two events have been
very enjoyable evenings and this one promises to keep the fun and laughs going with the always entertaining
Frank Gentile performing live!! We will be serving a full course chicken El Paso dinner and as always bring along your favorite spirits as this is a BYOB event. Tickets are $25 per person on sale at Georges and are available on a limited basis. Advance
sales only and this night should sell quickly so don’t hesitate to get in to the shop and reserve your tickets. Dinner kicks off promptly at 6:30 with live concert to follow
                                                         See you soon,   Dean


Underwood Photography is teaming up with the Cape Ann Habitat for Humanity organization to hold our 7th Annual Fairy Festival in Essex ( 73 Martin Street ). It is a fun-filled day with activities for children and parents. All activities are free including: fairy house building, fairy tea party, fairy arts and crafts and story-telling by local story-teller Jape Payette.
For those interested, photographs will be taken of the little Fairies and Elves with a portion of the proceeds donated to Cape Ann Habitat for Humanity.
If children do not have their own costume, we have several beautiful costumes that may be borrowed. The festival will take place on Saturday, June 19th from 9:30-2:30 with a rain date on Sunday, June 20th.”

Underwood Photography

73 Martin Street

Essex, MA 01929

International Dory Race Eliminations This Saturday At Niles Beach

What is always fun to watch and a great way to spend a morning this Saturday The International Dory Races will hold elimination races starting at 8:30AM at Niles Beach. Don’t worry if you don’t show up right at 8:30 there will be a decent amount of the morning to catch the exciting action from the beach. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- here is the recipe for a fantastic morning.

Grab the kids- stop by Last Stop Variety- grab a coffee and chocolate chip/blueberry muffin and head down to Niles for the races. It’s a true Gloucester tradition and a fun way to spend time with the family. You can join in the fun for only $50 a year and use the dories which are tied up at St Peter’s Marina in Harbor Cove.

click for expanded schedule-


Click here for pictures of what you can expect to see including Jimmy T proclaiming himself the Worlds Greatest Grand Banks Dory Rower

From Jimmy T-
Dory rowers wanted. The more the merrier. Compete in the elimination races to determine who will represent the U.S. vs. Canada in the International Dory Races on June 19th, 2010.

If you don’t have a dorymate come anyway and possibly hook-up with another rower for the races. You could end up winning…stranger things have happened. We particularly need women rowers but are looking for rowers for all Divisions.

Friday night, June 4th, 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Square.

Mayor’s Walking Challenge – The Final Results are in!!

From Steve Winslow-
Mayor’s Walking Challenge – The Final Results are in!!

Danika on Two Legs and Charlene Ain’t Delaying made valiant charges coming down the back stretch. Danika passed B. Walkey
to go into 2nd place overall . Paul’s Moving responded to the challenge and kicked it up an notch, pulling away at the finish line..

Final Results: Pauls Moving – 1st Place for Adults.. B. Walkey 1st Place for Kids. Each receives a gift certificate to Palazola’s on Main Street!!!

Thanks to all the participants!!

Hope everyone has a fun and fit summer!!

Steve Winslow, Get Fit Gloucester!

Nick Name Age May 1-3 May 4-10 May 11-17 May 18-24 May 25-31 Total
Pauls Moving A 43048 119453 69,432 93,797 115,192 440,922
Danika on Two Legs A 43096 103730 82,695 70,301 98,109 397,931
B. Walkey C 52447 78032 100,082 83,467 62,175 376,203
Charlene Ain’t Delaying A 19466 69431 80,951 83,340 92,638 345,826
Lomba Zumba A 24746 61680 75,520 76,393 88,244 326,583
Brenda Barefoot A 29494 56353 59,860 51,891 59,521 257,119
Guy Great Strides A 3328 20374 44,165 51,529 51,024 170,420
D. Does Steps C 31967 59583 TBD TBD TBD 91,550
Flyz Girly A 27988 TBD TBD TBD TBD 27,988

Causeway Liquors Weekly Wine Tasting

 Causeway Liquors will be having it’s weekly Wine Tasting this Friday from 4-7pm

They are also having a Fishermens Brew tasting on Saturday June 6th

Causeway Liquors‎ 76 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA (978) 283-4313‎

Jamey Burnham and Kathy Penna Discuss Fine Wine at Last Weeks Wine Tasting
Causeway Liquors "Represents"

Causeway Liquors ‎76 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA (978) 283-4313‎