News from Rocky Neck about a special group show opening Thursday August 5th with a Saturday reception August 14th, and special events inspired by the exhibit:
New Exhibition at Rocky Neck Art Colony Featuring Animals of all Stripes
Wild Things: Animals Real and Imagined
Location: The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
Dates: August 5, 2021 – September 12, 2021
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, August 14, 5-7 PM
Hours: Thursday noon to 8 PM; Friday through Sunday noon to 5 PM
Our pets and nature got us through the last year. Now, the Rocky Neck Art Colony wants to honor feathered, finned and furred friends with a special exhibition titled Wild Things: Animals Real and Imagined, opening August 5 at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.
Sixty works are on display including more than 14 sculptures, nine photographs, a selection of digital art as well as paintings, drawings and prints. Artists are from Oregon, Colorado, Louisiana and New England.
Juror Barbara Moody says that making a selection from almost 200 entries was quite the challenge: “I chose the most intriguing works that fit the theme of Wild Things: Known and Imagined,” says Moody. “Ultimately, I was forced to omit most of the domestic animals, birds and scenic environments even though they could be considered ‘wild.’ I was attracted most by those works that were unusual, curious, provocative and/or unique. “
About the Juror, Barbara Moody
Barbara Moody recently retired as a Professor of painting and drawing at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as VP/Academic Dean for nine years. Her large-scale drawings have been shown at the Kingston Gallery in Boston, where she has had 14 solo shows. Barbara earned master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard University, as well as a BFA from Syracuse University.
Moody serves on the Board of Rocky Neck Art Colony. She co-founded FLOAT Gallery, and will show her newest small works at the Cove Gallery on Rocky Neck in August.
Participating artists include: Linda Bourke, Laurinda Butcher, Matt Cegelis, Janice Charles, Yhanna Coffin, Isabella DeLia, Maria Denjongpa, Nancy Dudley, Barbe Ennis, Erin Garrett-Metz, Lisa Goren, Robert Grady, Nygel Jones, Tim Karoleff, Elizabeth Kayl, Steven Kratka, Amelia Leonards, Christopher Lovely, Jana Matusz, Dillian McGahey, Brian Murphy, Karie O’Donnell, Olivia Parker, Morgan Petitpas, Liese Ricketts, Joyce Roessler, Amy Ross, Constance Saems, Jon Sarkin, Lynne Sausele, Darcy Scanlon Moulton, Deb Schradieck, Elaine Seidel, Sophia Shultz, Brad Story, Derrick Te Paske, Len Thomas-Vickory, Stacy Thomas-Vickory, Mandy Torres, Helen Tory, Juni Van Dyke, Karen Watson, Jaclyn Withers, Lulu Wootton, and Claire Wyzenbeek.
In addition to an opening reception on Saturday, August 14, from 5 to 7 PM, a special class called How to Draw a Chicken (Harder Than you Think and More Fun) will be given by artist Amanda Hawkins later in August. To sign up, visit the Rocky Neck Art Colony Eventbrite page (https://www.eventbrite.com/o/rocky-neck-art-colony-32908400501), and look at the RNACExhibitions.com web page for updates.
Also planned is a special video presentation from the far-flung artists about animal imagery and art. Follow the Rocky Neck Art Colony Youtube Channel.
The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) was founded in the mid-19th century and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1973. With the creation of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in 2012, RNAC programs are reaching a wider demographic as the visual arts focus is expanding to include more diverse cultural and educational offerings. The Cultural Center is located at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information visit www.rockyneckartcolony.org.