Deftly Askew Opens at Cove Gallery Thursday, August 18

Deftly Askew

Exhibition Dates: August 18 – September 18

Cove Gallery

37 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, MA

Galleries open: Sunday-Monday, noon-5 PM; Thursday Through Saturday noon -7 PM

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 18, 5-7 PM

Closing Reception: Sunday, September 18,  3-5 PM

Gloucester, MA

Deftly Askew at Cove Gallery

Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, Deftly Askew, at the Cove Gallery, 37 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, MA.  The show will run from August 18 through September 18.

Artists Helen Tory, Patricia Wellenkamp, Laurel Rogers, and Tobi Klein employ a variety of mediums: paper, metal, paint, wax, and more but with a commonality that makes for a cohesive and vibrant connection. There is a search for expression and balance in using multiple pieces to create harmonious wholes.The rough edges, rich layering, and exploration of textures, inspire the boundaries of each work of art to be somewhat “askew” in its representation.  However, there is careful and “deft” thought in this organic creative process.

Laurel Rogers melds her extensive knowledge of papermaking, marbling and book binding skills with a lyrical design sense to create engaging and beautiful sculptures, books and journals.

Patricia Wellenkamp stamps, etches, chases, roll prints, gilds, braids and rivets to add texture to the mixed metals that she uses in creating elegant, one of a kind jewelry pieces. 

Tobi Klein’s work has taken her in two directions: graceful woven metal sculptures, and two-dimensional mono-prints/collages.  A variety of techniques and materials, in both arenas, elicit surprising, yet connected results.  The subtle play of energy and calm remain a constant in all of her pieces.

Helen Tory oil paints on clayboard and other rigid surfaces. Monotypes or etchings are collaged on top. Graphite powder, pen and ink or oil paint is added and then detracted using steel wool, eraser or cloth. The resulting images are evocative and powerful.

The Cove Gallery, run by the Rocky Neck Art Colony, is the former home and gallery space of beloved Rocky Neck artists Gordon and Judith Goetemann. Cove continues the tradition set by the Goetemanns of showing the best in local art and is made possible thanks to the generosity of Mark Goetemann, their son.


The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist painters in US art. Edward Hopper and Emil Gruppe are examples. It has as well been a catalyst for the progressive ideas of Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Theresa Bernstein, Milton Avery and Nell Blaine, among others. Today, Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving, creative community. Telephone: 978-515-7004.

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