This Weekend in the Arts

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Cynthia Curtis Demonstration
at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Friday, August 11, 6-8pm

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours:
Sun – Thurs 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Fri and Sat 10:00AM – 8:00 PM

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is sponsoring a series of artist demonstrations for the 2017 season. On Friday, August 11, potter Cynthia Curtis will demonstrate the art of making pots on the pottery wheel. She will cover basic forms such as cylinders, plates and bowls while discussing the many ways to alter and decorate wheel thrown pots. Cynthia began working with clay in 1977.  A North Shore native, she has always been drawn to the ocean as is evident in her selection of glazes.  Inspired by nature, Cynthia integrates beach glass, shells, and coral as well as environmental motifs into her work.  Her stoneware pottery consists of a variety of functional and ornamental pieces. She has taught over 1,200 students of all ages and abilities for the last 20 years.

For more information call 978-282-091.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to  See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.



Exploring the grey scale through
print, paint, sculpture and photography.

August 10 – September 10

Artists’ Reception
Saturday, August 12, 4-6 PM

Photo Forum Artists’ Talk
Sunday, August 20, 4-6 PM

Paint and Print Artists’ Talk
Sunday, August 27, 4-6 PM

The Rocky Neck Art Colony hosts a curated exhibition, GREY MATTER: Exploring the grey scale through print, paint, sculpture and photography. The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 6 PM. This month-long exhibition takes place from August 10 through September 10 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. Gallery hours are 12-6 PM, Thursdays through Sundays each week.

This exhibit offers a place to dwell, quieting the drama of color barriers to essential messages, explored through the diversity of singular voices. Words of color are part of our everyday language. Political states are described as colors. Today’s consumers associate national brands by their branding color: red stands for Coca Cola and Target; orange for Home Depot; green equals Starbucks; brown for UPS; and blue for Facebook and Twitter. We can be oversaturated by visual color messages and creative messages often get buried in our Technicolor world.

The show is curated by Martha Wakefield and features invited artists: Coco Berkman, Christiane Corcelle, Linda Packard, Judy Robinson-Cox, Michael Seif, Pip Shepley, Martha Wakefield, Ruth Worrall and Wendy Young.

Artists in this show believe that a lack of color does not mean the absence of visual excitement. Grey Matter highlights meaning through light, texture, form and imagery. The work of the nine local and regional artists covers a wide range of disciplines including painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography. This exhibit celebrates the differences and boldness and the expressive intentions of each artist working within a limited palette. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, August 12 at 4-6 PM. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Works by these artists are divided up and paired with novel partners—encouraging a freeform yet cerebral exploration of the show’s theme. Though each artist’s work is very different, this group shares an essential connection in how they approach process and design. The exhibit illuminates not just the work, but also the reasons these artists make what they make. Each medium possesses unique qualities and by juxtaposing this diversity, Grey Matter, offers visual abundance and engages community conversations. The public is invited to join the conversation at two lively, illuminating and free events—a Photo Forum Artists’ Talk, on Sunday, August 20, 4-6 PM and the Paint and Print Artists’ Talk, on Sunday, August 27, 4-6 PM.

For More Information: Email:


Rockport Illumination Weekend

August 12 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come to Rockport on August 12th and enjoy a day and night of fun. Lanterns go up Thursday night and remain up throughout the weekend. Come and see shop windows decorated with lanterns. Start your day at the Farmers Market at Harvey Park. Head over to Firehouse Trust for free children’s activities. Join the Institution for Savings and the Fireworks committee to paint your own lantern, and have your face painted. There will be free popcorn and giveaways, supported by a Rockport Cultural grant. After you’ve made your lantern, head to dock square and enjoy live music from 2-9 PM. Spend the day shopping, eating and enjoying the wonderful town of Rockport. Like “Rockport Fireworks” on Facebook or follow them on Instagram for important updates. The Fireworks show will shoot off at 9:00 PM off Granite Pier. Rain date is August 13.


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Clara Lieu: Artist Talk at the
Cape Ann Museum

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) welcomes artist Clara Lieu as the Goetemann Artist Residency (GAR)  2017 Distinguished Artist/Teacher, a program initiated in 2007 by former GAR Director, Ruth Mordecai. This program brings an artist of national reputation to Cape Ann each year.

Clara-Lieu_Headshot.jpgClara Lieu begins her week-long stay with an opening talk at the Cape Ann Museum on Sunday, August 13, at 2 pm, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester.  This lecture is free to the public and is followed by a three to four-day workshop for area artists interested in exploring personal stories as an inroad to art. Please note that space in the workshop is limited. For complete details please contact the GAR at

Clara Lieu is a professor, writer, and visual artist. Lieu’s practice uses drawing, printmaking, and sculpture as a means to explore the extremes of human emotion. Professor Lieu currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Professor Lieu has received grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Puffin Foundation and is a partner in Art Prof: a free, online educational platform for visual arts, embracing people of all ages and means. The mission behind Art Prof is to give the global community equal access to a free visual arts education. For more information on Art Prof, please go to the website For additional information about Professor Lieu in general, please visit

For more information about RNAC programs email



Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Sixth Show

The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its sixth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Six” at the Marblehead Arts Association, The Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA. This show features artworks of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture and photography. The exhibition runs from August 12 through September 24, with an Artist Reception on Sunday, August 13 from 2-4 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday & Sunday, noon-5 pm and Saturday, 10-5 pm. Closed Monday.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 96 years



3 thoughts on “This Weekend in the Arts

  1. Jame’s, You do great things stay your can on keeping on I enjoy the insight and community you bring we don’t always have it in some area’s! plus the area’s you cover I hung out in 1950’s to 1968 never really left in heart! 🙂 Dave


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