In The Arts!

Carmela Martin’s Solo Show at NSAA


AUGUST 25 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
RECEPTION: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH FROM 1:00 – 400 PM

North Shore Arts Association
11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930
Open and free to the public

Carmela Martin, Restless Sea, mixed media, $1,400 

A new exhibition of paintings by Carmela Martin is currently on display at the North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) in Gloucester, MA, and will be on view through September 9, 2021. The exhibition features vibrant paintings rich in texture and color. Please join us on Saturday, September 4, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM for the opening reception. 

Carmela studied with many gifted and renowned artists from the North Shore and beyond. She works primarily in oil, adding cold wax and marble dust to create layers of texture, and incorporates pastel, acrylic, and monotype printing into her work.  

Her paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections in the United Sates and abroad.  She is a member of the North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association & Museum, and the Experimental Group. To experience more of Carmela’s work please visit www.carmelamartinfineart.com

North Shore Arts Association is located at 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information about events please call (978) 283-1857 or email arts@nsarts.org. Visiting hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.  

Susan Hedman’s Solo Show at NSAA

August 25 – September 9, 2021
Reception: Saturday, September 4th from 1:00 – 400 PM

North Shore Arts Association
11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930

Cost: Open and free to the public

Susan Hedman, Red Gladiolas, oil, $1,200

A new exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Susan Hedman is currently on display at the North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) in Gloucester, MA, and will be on view through September 9, 2021. The exhibition features approximately forty-seven works highlighting intricate still-lifes, colorful florals, and local maritime scenes. Please join us on Saturday, September 4, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM for the opening reception. 

North Shore Arts Association is located at 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information about events please call (978) 283-1857 or email arts@nsarts.org. Visiting hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.  

Faces from the Past: 100 Years of RAA&M Artists in Portraiture museum exhibit at Rockport Art Association & Museum

Portrait of Aldro Hibbard, by Marguerite S. Pearson. Ca. 1960

The act of painting portraits – and self-portraits – is as old as art itself. Thus it is no surprise to find that over the course of the past century the artists of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) have applied their superlative skills towards crafting portraits of themselves and each other.

The selection of portraits featured in this show are all drawn from the Rockport Art Association & Museum’s permanent museum collection. Executed in oil, watercolor, and photography, these works document the diverse forms or artistic expression employed over the last century by our artist members. As well, they stand as a priceless means by which we can experience and get to know some of the faces that have made the Rockport Art Association & Museum one of the premier centers for the fine arts in America.

Faces from the Past: 100 Years of RAA&M Artists in Portraiture is running from NOW until Thursday, September 16 in our Wengenroth Gallery.  For more information please click here: https://www.rockportartassn.org/calendar-of-events/2021/8/27/faces-from-the-past

New Exhibition at Rocky Neck Art Colony Featuring Six Contemporary Artists Celebrating their Stories of Spirit, Perseverance and Vision 20/20 Vision, Curated by Kristine Fisher

Dates: September 16, 2021 – October 17, 2021
Artists’ Reception:
Saturday, September 18, 4-6 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck,
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 PM

The six accomplished contemporary artists featured in 20/20 Vision share adventuresome approaches to materials, a commitment to experimental processes, and inspired engagement with Cape Ann’s extraordinary natural environment. 

Risk-takers all, and passionate lovers of their process, Donna CaseldenTerry Del Percio-PiemonteRichard Crangle, Kristine FisherKat Masella and Susan Guest-McPhail all work to keep excitement and freshness alive. In this exhibition, they have left safety and the ordinary behind to reveal their clearest artistic expression. These artists ask, “Does 20/20 vision really exist for an artist or for anyone as life evolves?” Affirming that “artistic pursuits, as with life, can be murky and full of risk,” they conclude that “In our creative journey, the only clarity that we really have is to be truly present and lean into our hearts.” Showcasing painting, mixed media and sculpture, this exhibition celebrates each artist’s story of spirit, perseverance, and vision. 

Artists in the Exhibition

Boston-based artist Donna Caselden has been creating experimental artwork over the past several years. Originally an interior designer, Donna blends her painting skills with her design knowledge, resulting in a perfect marriage of her two passions.

From his studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Richard Crangle creates refined wood sculpture and furniture that incorporate time honored craftsmanship and contemporary expression using local, reclaimed, and exotic woods. Crangle’s vocabulary of abstract and organic themes, innovative shapes, and surface treatments evoke the inclusion of visual grace and movement. His work is in the

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts and in many private collections.

Painter and mixed-media artist Terry Del Percio-Piemonte is showing work from two completely different series. Her current paintings arrange complex patterns and shapes suggesting aerial views of cityscapes that abstractly reflect how we construct our communities from both a physical and political standpoint. On her other series, Del Percio remarks, “The year 2020 seemed to bring the world’s insanity to a volcanic head, and it has had a tremendous impact on me personally.” Using fabric and threads for a new collage series called “Frayed Around the Edges” Del Percio appears to be documenting her emotional reactions to the very disturbing times in which we live.

Kristine Fisher is a contemporary visual artist specializing in mixed media and photography. Her work is largely influenced by the coastal environs of living on Cape Ann. The sea’s rhythms, along with her many years of working with global design leader Herman Miller, are reflected in the graphic simplicity of her work. Fisher has exhibited with numerous North Shore art associations and the Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Kat Masella paints energetic contemporary oil paintings full of emotion.  Her work evokes wonderment and joy through layers of rich imagery, colors and textures. Kat has exhibited nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards.

Susan Guest-McPhail is an award-winning artist, printmaker, and teacher who loves to create and share. Her work is intuitive, colorful, and changing.

 

Special Events

In addition to an opening reception on Saturday, September 18, from 4 to 6 PM, the following public programs will accompany this exhibition: 

September 22, 7-8 PM – Artist and teacher, Susan Guest-McPhail demonstrates mixed media techniques 

October 2, 2-4 PM – Rick Crangle will conduct a drop-in demonstration of wood sculpting and hand carving skills

October 9, 2-4 PM – Kat Masella will demonstrate painting techniques and discuss her process

To sign up, visit the Rocky Neck Art Colony Eventbrite page 

Consult the RNACExhibitions.com web page for details and updates.

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.

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