Did You Know? (GMG T’s)

Good Morning Gloucester t-shirts - only at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck

That Paul Frontiero does a really great job at T-shirt printing?  See Paul and Joey here in front of Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery holding up two of the fresh off the press GMG Tees.  These Hanes Beefy T-shirts come in stone washed blue, pale pink and dark gray and can only be found at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck, G3, so come on down and help promote the blog which does so much to help promote Gloucester and greater Cape Ann.  While supply lasts, only $20.

E.J. Lefavour

Did You Know? (Saturday on Rocky Neck)

That there is so much going on around Rocky Neck this Saturday, that you should plan to pack a bag and stay over?  Aside from all the great galleries, restaurants, music and general funky coolness that are going full swing this Memorial Day weekend, there are some special added attractions. 

Amy’s Coffee & Cones will be featuring reggae with Soul Rebel Project from 3:00 to 6:30.  If you missed them Thursday night at Madfish Grill, make sure you catch them at Amy’s, or even if you were at Madfish, you’ll probably want to hear them again, they’re that good.  Then there is always cool, fun, funky and positive Brenda Malloy’s Imagine Gallery – stop in and see what’s new.  Then there are three opening parties going on, so pace yourself.  Rocky Neck Art Gallery will be holding Receptions for both the 2011 Members’ Exhibition and the Break Out Student Exhibit from 5:00 to 8:00pm at 53 Rocky Neck.  Then at 75 Rocky Neck, Kathy Archer of White Bird Gallery and Sigrid Olsen of ISLA at 75 Rocky Neck are collaborating on an opening party, also from 5:00 to 8:00pm – a must do.  And stop by Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck G3, just for the adventure of it, and check out Chris Murray’s new exhibit of 3d photography of Mexico (everyone who has seen it says the same thing: “WOW”), as well as work by the man behind GMG, Joey C. and contributors “Art Rocks” Paul Frontiero, photographer extrodinaire, Sharon Lowe and “Did You Know?” EJ Lefavour.  Then check out Wendy Demuth Photography’s soft opening at 77 Rocky Neck, G5 (next door to Khan Studio and across from ISLA). 

At 8:00pm, Madfish Grill will feature Young Guns Jamboree with Joe & Renee, Charlee Bianchini, Pete Lindberg Band and Jake Parde Band.  I think Rocky Neck is just about the most happening place in the Universe this weekend – so be here, or be somewhere not quite as cool.

Laura Harrington Discusses Her New Novel- Alice Bliss

Laura Writes-

Hi, Joey,
Thank you! for the most fun and most unique interview of my life.
My only regret is that I didn’t get to ask you any questions and so missed an opportunity to learn more about you.
Many, many thanks for your support and your interest.
All best, Laura


Laura Harrington is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and librettist.  She teaches playwriting at MIT and lives in Gloucester, MA.  ALICE BLISS, her first novel, grew out of Harrington’s one-woman musical Alice Unwrapped, which ran off-Broadway in New York and in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival in 2009.


Set in upstate New York, ALICE BLISS is about a 15-year-old girl in 10th grade, named Alice Bliss. She is deeply connected to her dad who is serving in Iraq with his Reserve unit. It’s a transforming coming of age novel about a small town looking after its own in times of loss; the love between an absent father and his daughter; the complicated love between Alice and her mother, Angie; and first love between Alice and the boy next door. It’s a universal story and yet touches upon something very personal: these characters’ struggles amid uncertain times echo our own, lending ALICE BLISS an immediacy and poignancy that are both relevant and real.


Cambridge, MA Harvard Bookstore / 7:00 pm June 8

Peabody, MA                  Barnes & Noble / 7:00 pm                               June 9

Newburyport, MA            Jabberwocky Bookstore @ the Tannery / 7:00 pm       June 10

Concord, MA                  Concord Bookshop / 3:00 pm                            June 12

Northampton, MA            Broadside Bookshop / 7:00 pm                    June 14

Rockport, MA     Toad Hall Books @ Rockport Library / 7:00 pm June 15

Boston, MA                  Boston Public Library / 6:00 pm                     July 12

Portland, ME    Longfellow Books/ 7:00 pm
July 27

Peak’s Island, ME  Friends of Peak’s Island Library/ 7:00 pm
July 28

Did You Know? (Soul Rebel Project)

That I love Reggae?  I have to say that for a bunch of white boys, Soul Rebel Project is good.  Their covers and originals come with the right lick and moves (the Reggae King, Peter Tosh and Sizzla influences are definitely apparent and they would take no offense).  Their lyrics are positive, with an irie Rasta vibe that you can’t help but move to. If you overstand and appreciate Rasta culture and Reggae music, you will love Soul Rebel Project.  Wharf Girl, Alma McLaughlin danced up a storm and had a great time.  My dance card for Thursday night is filled for the summer with Soul Rebel Project at Madfish Grill.

E.J. Lefavour


Nina Samoiloff -Catch


Our Sarah kelley wrote-

Catch features the work of artist Nina Samoiloff, as she collects and collates the pieces she finds on the beaches of Rockport (documented on her blog, also called Catch) before creating sculptures and photographs of her finds. But the artist’s beach finds aren’t the usual gallery suspects, the carefully edited and crafted work involving natural driftwood, shells, or even beach glass. Catch features items of a different sort, all of them man-made — the artist even uses cut lumber, washed up on the beach, instead of naturally-occurring driftwood in her pieces. The show is a sobering and impressive collaboration between man and nature, truly an expression of the time we live in, for better or for worse. A time in which we make permanent stuff to use for a very temporary moment — like water bottles, for instance — before throwing this same stuff away, much of which ends up in the eternal ocean before rolling back onto the shore — and back into our lives.

My sculpture and my obsessive morning ritual of picking up of plastic on the beach (which I document and post on my blog Catch) are symbiotic, without the one the other would not exist. Both are discarded products of a consumer society, and both are a challenge to me as to how to present these items artfully to the viewer. The beach lumber sculptures are a combination of my industrial design education and my desire to recycle. Each piece of lumber speaks to me, it’s shape, texture, color or the nails protruding from it have the potential to become part of a bigger finished sculpture.

– Nina Samoiloff

Things To Do – Gloucester’s Working Waterfront Walking Tour June 4th

Gloucester’s Working Waterfront  Walking Tour

June 4 – starting 10 am at the Fishermen’s Memorial

(weather permitting)

Come join Schooner Adventure for a walking tour of the Gloucester working harbor, starting at the Fisherman’s Statue and ending at the Fitz Henry Lane Park. We will be looking at old photographs and maps, taking us back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Old companies and buildings will be identified at their original locations as we make our way down the Boulevard and Rogers St. Tour lasts about 90 minutes. $5 per person. For more info call Schooner Adventure – 978-281-8079 or email bwelin@schooner-adventure.org



T H E   N E W S   F R O M   R O C K Y   N E C K

Via Judy Robinson Cox


Spring Show

Reception this Saturday, May 28, 5 to 8pm

A newcomer to the Top 25 list, Gloucester is home to museums, galleries and the oldest working art colony in the U.S.

Gloucester voted as #3 of Top 25 Small Cities for Art by American Style

Excerpt from magazine:
"Art is vital to the lifeblood of Gloucester. There are many beautiful places with seashores and harbors but the combination of arts, culture, and industry are rarely so integrated and integral to the life of a city. It makes Gloucester a very unique place that celebrates art in a way that most cities can’t," says resident and AmericanStyle reader Barbara Silberman. Gloucester is home to a large population of artists, many of whom display their work in Rocky Neck Art Colony galleries and studios. You can visit the Rocky Neck Gallery or enjoy open studios and entertainment during Nights on the Neck, on the first Thursday of the month from June to October.

See full story

Thanks to seARTS, Kristine Fisher and everyone that voted for making this happen.

Party at White Bird Gallery

Sat, May 28, 6-8pm: Party at White Bird Gallery

Join Kathy Archer on Saturday May 28th from 6-8 pm for drinks, warm weather (hopefully) and friends. There will be plenty of new work on view in the gallery. Enjoy dinner afterwards at one of Rocky Neck’s many restaurants. Let’s get summer started!

Dark & Stormies at ISLA House

Al Czerepak
Al Czerepak (1928-1986), Essex, carved and painted wood.
Private collection.

Last Call for the Art of Al Czerepak Exhibition
at the Cape Ann Museum

Closing Sunday, May 29, 4:00 PM
This is it! Your last chance to see The Art of Al Czerepak at the Cape Ann Museum before it closes. This special exhibition includes a wide range of works by this multi-talented artist and teacher including examples of his paintings, prints, and wood carvings drawn from private collections throughout the area. The show closes permanently on Sunday, May 29 at 4:00 p.m. For more information please check the Cape Ann Museum website at www.capeannmuseum.org.

Love and Murder on Rocky Neck

Thursday, June 2 : Nights on the Neck

  • Sailor Stans: musician Kit Cox
  • Elynn Kroger Gallery: Musicians,Lisa Landy and Janet
         Young will be performing on the porch and Skye Fresh will
         be demonstrating jewelry-making techniques and selling
         her wares.
  • Alma McLaughlan Gallery: music
  • Goetemann Gallery: Maria Grace Furtado, reading from
         "Love and Murder on Rocky Neck"
  • Roving musician: Paco and his concertina
  • Location TBA: Harlow and Hoale, musicians
  • Location TBA: Rick Droste, guitar

Kathy Soles
Water Marks: Shifting Elements, 2010, 48"x68"
oil on canvas mounted on board

MON, June 6, 7pm: Kathy Soles, Goetemann Artist in Residency Introductory presentation

Ocean currents, navigation routes, intersection of land, sea, and sky, and the imagining of what exists in the unspecified depths of water are all sources for the paintings and works on paper by Kathy Soles. They suggest the mystery of what exists below the surface, sometimes turbulent and at other times quietly serene. Learn more about Soles’ work at an introductory lecture on Monday, June 6, 7pm at the Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave.

Soles holds a B.A. from Emmanuel College in Boston and an M.F.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. She studied printmaking and painting at Maryland Institute College of Art and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions. A professor of painting and drawing at Emmanuel College, she lives and maintains a studio in Milton, Massachusetts.

Gloucester Stage Company

GSC Launches Capital Campaign To Renovate Theater…

OPEN DESIGN WORKSHOP Thursday, June 2, 2011
10:30 am to 4 pm @ Gloucester Stage Company

You are invited to stop by at GSC to learn more about the Renovation Design Process! Share Your Observations with Epstein Joselin & GSC Personnel

June 9th – 26th GSC Art Exhibit
Ruth Mordecai and Devera Ehrenberg

(during the production of Living Together)

  • Ruth Mordecai – Lobby/Concessions Area 
  • Devera Ehrenberg – Lounge Area


SAT, May 28, 2pm: Mary Rhinelander McCarl Lecture on the Early Art Colonies of Cape Ann

Also on May 28 at 2:00 pm, NSAA will feature local artist and historian,Mary Rhinelander McCarl, lecturing on the Early Art Colonies of Cape Ann: Magnolia, Annisquam, Pigeon Cove and Gloucester from the 1870’s-1890’s.

Victorian House by Jeff Weaver

Victorian House by Jeff Weaver

May 29 to June 12 : Solo Exhibitions by Featured Artists, Jeff Weaver, and Jack Jones, North Shore Arts Gordon Grant Room

North Shore Arts Association presents Solo Exhibitions by Featured Artists, Jeff Weaver, May 29 through June 12 and Jack Jones, May 29 through June 12 in the Gordon Grant Room.

In his early years in Gloucester, Jeff Weaver supported himself at various waterfront jobs, as well as by painting boat portrait commissions for fishing vessel captains and murals in commercial establishments and private homes. This eventually led to many years of commercial work including more than 30 murals painted in Gloucester. Returning to fine art pursuits in the 1990s, Jeff again focused on depicting Gloucester and its environs in various media. He currently operates a studio/gallery at 16 Rogers Street on the Gloucester waterfront. His exhibit at NSAA will feature his drawings, many of which are studies for later paintings.

Jack Jones, an accomplished watercolor and oil painter and teacher, is known for his lively use of color. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and studied with Paul Goodridge for eight years. Together with his photographer wife, Phyllis, he has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean to capture the beauty of the various countrysides. His work has appeared in five major books on watercolor as well as being featured on both the cover of The Artist’s Magazine and in the 2003 issue of the Watercolor Magazine.

Semi Circle by Michael Seif

June 8 – June 21 : Figures in Motion
Summer Artist Series Exhibit by Michael Seif

Reception, SAT, June 11, 5-8pm
Artist’s Talk, 7pm

The first of nine Summer Artist Series exhibitions kicks off the season at the Rocky Neck Gallery beginning Wednesday, June 8. Photogapher Michael Seif will show new photographs of his figures in water.

I photograph the figure in water to convey the beauty and grace of the human being in motion. In water, surface swirls and glinting sunlight are telltale signs of motion, revealing an active, living creature of nature. By photographing from above, I change the normal perspective, so figures appear to soar, fall, dance, weave in and out of each other’s paths. They become schools of fish, or falling angels, a corp de ballet, or a whole other organism comprised of multiple bodies.

John Cameron

SAT, June 11, 5-8pm, Rocky Neck Gallery Opening Party

Please come to the opening party of the Rocky Neck Gallery Artist’s co-operative on Saturday, June 11, 5-8pm, 53 Rocky Neck Ave. See work by new members, John Cameron, fine furniture and wood engravings; Deborah Geurtze, printmaking; David Piemonte, silver gelatin B&W photography; and Ruth Worall, pottery. Returning members will also be showing new work and contributing creative hors d’œuvres and beverages.

Weiler Photo Gallery


Explore your creative side in Photography and go beyond taking snap shots. Explore the creative use of shutter speed and aperture, dramatic black and white or toned images from start to finish, or lighting – from using available light (any light that is available) enhanced with reflectors to flash or simple studio lights.
Small groups – limited to 6 maximum.

Critique included. $150.00

978 283-6856 studio
or 914 469-6983 mo

Creative Photography Workshops

by Judith Monteferrante



Friday evening introduction, then all day Saturday and Sunday:
1. Creative Photography with Color and Motion: including creative use of shutter speed and aperture, panning, HDR, zoom-spin, etc. June 10-12
2. Creative Photography with B&W or Toned Imagery including post processing in LightRoom and Photoshop: July 8-10
3. Creative Photography with Simple Flash or Studio Lights to include Light Painting at Night: August 12-14

Light Inside by Sigrid Olsen

Painting from the Heart

Cultivating Intuitive Vision
with Color, Imagery, Print & Collage: by Sigrid Olsen
June 13-17, 2011
Montserrat College of Art
23 Essex St. Beverly MA 01915

This workshop will incorporate a number of techniques Sigrid has developed to allow free and spontaneous use of color and print in order to express one’s personal life vision. The goal is to open up to possibility and leave each participant inspired to leave all preconceptions behind and get on with the business of highly creative living. The mood will be equally upbeat and introspective, technically instructional while reaching deeper to unleash inner imagination and self-expression. We will use a three part media: painting, print and collage. There will be a focus on color mixing, color theory and self expression through color utilizing permanent brilliant watercolor inks on paper. In combination with the watercolor under-painting, there will be a print component, employing hand-carved rubber print blocks. The workshop culminates in a collage using all the elements practiced over the past few days. The notion of inspiration will be explored through guided meditation, audio-visual presentation and open discussion.

Thursday Nights Rock Found!


Thursday Nights Rock Found!

I left an “Art, Rock!” at the Fishermens Wives Statue Last Night. I thought it would be a fitting place for it on this Memorial Day weekend. Sometimes I feel like I’m Defacing these poor Ocean Rocks with my Sketches. This little one was Orange with some blue specks. Nice Complementary Colors. But anyways heres the email and Photos from the Person who found the Rock.

 I think he found at least one other one with his Son Jack.

Josh’s Email;

“Talk about small.  It took me a while but was thrilled to find it.  Great work!  I am a huge fan of art rocks.  The last one I had my mother in law with me and we saw the person find it.  We weren’t quick enough!

My wife and I were actually walking on the boulevard around the time
you left it. I didn’t see the post until I got home and couldn’t
resist. It took me a good 10 minutes to find it. I found it on my
last pass after actually walking to the white anchor and flower bed!
Not too many people were around at the time as it was starting to get
BTW: I found the quarter while looking for the rock! lol That’s how
hard I was looking!”