Call to Artists: Apply for Juried Artist Membership at NSAA

What: Apply for Artist Membership at North Shore Arts Association
 North Shore Arts Association, 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930
 October 1 & 2, 2022
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NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION CALL TO ARTISTS; YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO APPLY! Submission deadline for New Artist Membership is October 1 & 2, 2022. For membership information and an application please visit: Becoming a Member at NSAA.   

North Shore Arts Association is located at 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information about becoming a Juried Artist Member please call (978) 283-1857 or email Visiting hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.   

Guest Artist Matthew Billey showing at Seven Suns Gallery Oct. 7 – Nov. 25

Artist Reception: Friday, Oct. 14 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Seven Suns Gallery, 48 Bearskin Neck, Rockport, MA 01966

Matthew Billey has been a traditional wooden boat builder for the last 25 years. He has a special interest in Scandinavian designs and construction methods. Matt built and lives aboard his 27’ Danish Cutter, Jette. She appears frequently as the main subject matter in his artwork. His expertise in designing, building and sailing wooden sailboats lends a discerning eye when portraying them accurately in their element.

His 7 year old daughter, Naomi, was a major influence in getting him started as a painter. Since the Spring of 2022, he has made several works based on his interest in metaphysics, global ascension, astrology, perception beyond the ordinary five senses and spirituality. He merges that interest with his passion for landscapes and boats. Matt’s latest body of work, The “Red Sun” series, showcases 7 tall vertical paintings; all acrylic on wood and all fantastical in nature.

The “Red Sun” series and others of Matt’s paintings will be featured as a Fall Event at Loren Doucette Studio at Seven Suns Gallery from Oct. 7 – Nov. 25th. The guest artist reception will be Friday, Oct. 14 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and is free and open to the public. Seven Suns Gallery is located at 48 Bearskin Neck in Rockport, Ma. and is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

RAA&M ANNUAL ART AUCTION 2022 – Saturday, October 1st, 2:00 PM (EST) – Live Online Only Auction

Featuring Masterworks by Historic Cape Ann Artists Offered in Rockport Art Association & Museum’s 37th Annual Art Auction on Saturday, October 1st, 2:00 PM (EST). 

Live Online Only Auction via LiveAuctioneers

Auction Preview Exhibition in the Hibbard and Maddocks Galleries of the RAA&M: 
Sunday, September 18th – Saturday, October 1st.
Auction Preview Hours: Monday–Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, 12–5pm (Saturday, Oct. 1st, 10am – 12pm).

Bidding is available live online via (with advanced registration) or by submitting an in-house absentee bid directly with the RAA&M in advance. Auction Sneak Peek video episodes with noted Cape Ann historian and author Judith A. Curtis are featured on the RAA&M website and YouTube channel.

More information and an online photo catalog of all auction lots is posted on the RAA&M website:

Over the years, the Annual Art Auction, a major fundraiser for the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M), has become a highly anticipated event. As a prestigious art auction, it attracts serious collectors throughout the country, as well as those just starting an art collection.

Live online from the RAA&M’s Hibbard Gallery, this year’s auction features works by master Cape Ann artists of the past including Aldro T. Hibbard, Emile Gruppé, Anthony Thieme, Frederick Mulhaupt, Antonio Cirino, W. Lester Stevens, Paul Strisik, Charles Vickery, Charles Movalli, Hayley Lever, Charles Woodbury, Carl W. Peters, Leon Kroll, Theresa Bernstein, William Meyerowitz, Charles Paul Gruppé, Charles Kaelin, Al Czerepak, and Bernard Corey, among many others. The auction specializes in Cape Ann art, but is not limited to this region and also includes works by numerous other prominent historic American artists.

The auction, now in its 37th year, began with a bequest by founding RAA&M member Antonio Cirino (1888-1983). Cirino left his artwork to the Association with the stipulation that the art be auctioned to help support the organization. The auction quickly evolved to include other historic Cape Ann artists, and has been the Association’s major annual fundraising event ever since.


The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country with a long and distinguished history spanning 100 years. Each year the RAA&M welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world. The RAA&M continues to be one of Cape Ann’s most prominent cultural beacons. Since its founding in 1921, Association membership has steadily increased and currently includes approximately 300 exhibiting members, and hundreds of contributing members. By promoting year-round programs including workshops, classes, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and community outreach, as well as an impressive museum collection, the RAA&M remains dedicated to making fine art appreciation accessible to all.

Mission Statement:
Rockport Art Association & Museum’s mission is to foster the creation and appreciation of the fine arts through a rich and diverse program of exhibitions and educational offerings. RAA&M provides opportunities for a wide range of people to engage with art, maintains an impressive permanent collection and carries forth the legacy of its founders by inspiring and cultivating artistic excellence and creative community on Cape Ann and beyond.

Cape Ann Artisans Prepare to Welcome Fall Visitors!

Open Studios Announced for October 8-9

For the 39th year, the Cape Ann Artisans will open their doors to visitors and the community for the weekend of October 8-9 10AM-5PM.   The fall tour is the full tour that showcases fifteen (15) individual studios and sixteen (16) artisans.    A smaller group of artisans held a successful summer mini-tour in August.  

During the many months between the Spring and Fall tours, artisans are busy building their collections and moving their work outside the studio to different venues.   For many of the artisans, the Fall tour is a homecoming – a chance to reinvigorate the studio after taking work on the road for exhibits.  Artists look forward to visitors asking questions and finding out about new work and artistic directions.  Throughout the year, artisans contribute to the “From the Studio” blog found under the “News” tab on the website.   The blogs are a great way to keep up to date with the artisan happenings!   Here are some tidbits:

Sallie Strand spent the spring traveling from Denver back to Gloucester in a Sprinter van, she writes, “a chance to really reconnect with myself. The journey was very heart centered and I was surprised by all the hearts you can find in nature.”  Read more.

Marcie Rae prepares for each tour in a very methodical way!  She writes, “I check the nooks and crannies in my studio, looking for finished work, almost finished work, work that could be finished, mining the caches of what is possible.  And that’s when I get intrigued.” Read more.

Rebecca Nagle shares, “Materiality is ever prominent in my creative process and I often use it to define the why and how of a piece. What excites me is that through the material’s properties certain issues and challenges arise and as they are resolved they give a soulful birth to a body of work.”  Read More.

Sinikka Nogelo recently reflected on the intense heat of this past summer and how it impacted her: “As I look out from my screen porch where this spring’s glorious blooms have given way to drought, I hope the thirteen shrubs and trees I had planted to replace trees lost to winter moths all make it. I think about the film “Kiss the Ground,” who showed how we could cool our planet by turning the Earth’s millions of acres of dust bowl into vibrant green. And that’s the reason why my newest environmental paintings aren’t the blue of melting ice, or the red of fire, but are gloriously, optimistically, going green.”  Sinikka is also part of “Intersect,” the 2022 Outdoor Sculpture Show at Maudslay State Park from Sept.10th – to Oct. 2nd, 2022 in Newburyport.  Read More.

Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco is looking forward to her upcoming featured Cape Ann ARTWaves episode, premiering September 18th where she has reflected on nearly twenty years of art-making with sea glass.

The tour is “self-guided” with 15 individual stops to visit with 16 artisans.  The CAA encourages visitors to do some advance planning to maximize their visit by using the Brochure with the map which is available at all the tourism outlets and online.    You will find brochures at the Cape Ann Chamber, North of Boston CVB on 95 South, Stage Ft. Park Visitors Center, local banks, and CAA partner locations.  The full group of studios is listed below by last name:

  1. John Abisamra, Fine Art Photography 
  2. David Archibald – Ceramic Arts – Porcelain & Stoneware
  3. Cynthia Curtis – Ceramic Arts – Stoneware
  4. Rob Diebboll – Painting – Oil & Watercolors 
  5. Jacqueline Ganim DeFalco – Sea Glass Wearable Art
  6. Deborah Gonet – Painting – Mixed Media
  7. Rebecca Anne Nagle – Painting and Mixed Media
  8. Sinikka Nogelo – Painting & Sculpture– Experimental Arts
  9. Melody Phaneuf – Painter
  10. Scott Place and Erin O’Sullivan – Ceramic Arts
  11. Marcie  Rae – Fine Jeweler
  12. Deb Schradieck – Painting–Oil & Watercolor
  13. Sallie Strand – Painting- Abstract
  14. Pam Stratton – Mosaics and Mixed Media
  15. Sara Wright – Fiber Arts- Handwoven & Knit Accessories

Discover Gloucester Mug Up with Guest Speaker Michele Cota, Discover New England Executive Director

September 14, 2022 | 5:30-7:30pm | Cruiseport Gloucester

RSVP Required:

Discover Gloucester’s September Mug Up Event is all about the international visitor! Join Discover Gloucester and Cape Ann tourism industry leaders in welcoming Discover New England Executive Director Michele Cota for a discussion on the International Tourism Market at Cruiseport Gloucester on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30pm. 

Discover New England (DNE) is a regional destination marketing organization, nonprofit (501c6) association dedicated to promoting travel to and within the member states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. DNE provides cooperative marketing opportunities to reach the global market and attract more international visitors. It works with travel trade professionals (travel agents, tour operators and receptive operators) to showcase New England, while providing regional tourism businesses with the tools they need to competitively market themselves internationally.

Michele Cota, Discover New England Executive Director

By connecting the industry with the latest research, educational tools and travel trends, it also helps ensure that New England’s tourism offerings remain appealing to international consumers, and travel planners have the resources they need to showcase the best New England has to offer. Be a part of this discussion on the changing nature of the international tourism market with DNE’s Michele Cota to learn how best to reach and welcome international visitors, and to understand the resources available to your business within these networks.

Discover Gloucester hosts “Mug Up” events regularly, with support from business partners and event sponsors, to engage local tourism industry businesses in collaboration and networking with each other, and to provide educational experiences to support our work together. This September Mug Up event is open to all local tourism industry professionals. Newcomers are encouraged to attend! The event starts at 5:30pm with a presentation starting at 6:00pm. Cash bar available. RSVP required. Space is limited. RSVP today:

Associate Members’ Fall Show

September 9 – 30, 2022

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

The North Shore Arts Association is delighted to exhibit artworks by Associate Members in the Fall Show on view from September 9 – 30, 2022. The show is abundant with talent and a variety of styles bringing the gallery to life.  Award winning artworks are displayed throughout honoring local artists on Cape Ann. The opening reception is Sunday, September 11 (1 – 3 PM). All are welcome! 

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 Visiting hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, Sundays 12 – 4 PM. 

Music on the Porch Day Rocky Neck 2022

Coordinated by Kitt Cox

Saturday, August 27, 2022 2 – 6 PM

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck 6 Wonson Street Gloucester, MA

Sailor Stan’s 1 Wonson Street Gloucester MA

Ice Cream Gallery 39 Rocky Neck Ave Gloucester MA

International Play Music on the Porch Day returns to Rocky Neck on Saturday, August 27 starting at 2 PM in various locations throughout the neighborhood. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy these free porch concerts while exploring the galleries, restaurants, and stunning views. To participate or for more information contact local musician and organizer Kitt Cox,

Building off last year’s success on Rocky Neck, this year’s International Play Music on the Porch Day includes several musicians performing a variety of genres, including folk, sea shanties, jazz, West African drums, acoustic blues, and children’s music to attract both locals and tourists to listen, dance, visit galleries and dine at Rocky Neck’s restaurants. Kitt Cox brought this effort to the neighborhood last year and continues to expand the local reach of this worldwide event.  The three main locations and featured artists are listed below. Schedule is subject to change.

#1 The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck (6 Wonson St.):  2 PM West African Drumming with Mamadou Diop;   3:30 PM “The Pigeon Brothers”

#2 Rocky Neck Ice Cream (39 Rocky Neck Ave):  2:30 PM – PS&R Trio;  3 PM – Paul Knox

#3 Sailor Stan’s (1 Wonson St): 2 PM Open Stage with Jeanne Carey, Steve Yost, Barry O’Brien, Kitt Cox and guests

Play Music on The Porch Day is a worldwide event that’s been in full swing since 2018, when thousands of musicians in countries from Australia to Zimbabwe participated. It is an inclusive concept that unites people around the world. Musicians of all kinds perform on their porches on the last Saturday in August, and they post their live-recorded videos with the #playmusicontheporchday hashtag which allows them all to be streamed into a live and ongoing worldwide event on the web. The custom flier for this year’s event was created by young Rocky Neck resident Charlie E.

A sampling of this year’s performers includes fingerstyle guitarist Paul Knox, West African drummer Mamadou Diop, multi-instrumentalist Steve Yost, female vocal trio PRS and Cape Ann-inspired songwriter (and children’s performer) Kitt Cox. This information is subject to change.

For more about Play Music on the Porch Day check these out:

Origin Story:

2021 Recap:

The Rockport Legion Band will perform the third free concert of our 88th summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA.

August 28, 2022, 7:00 to 8:30

End of Summer Fun!

The best popcorn in Massachusetts is here!  Children are especially welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Bob Rick, Conductor and Music Director

Cape Ann Makers Market-Summer Market at Ocean Alliance

Thursday, August 18,2022 (Today)

Fundraising Event for Ocean Alliance! Each market event will feature 20+ Artisans, Crafters & Makers offering handmade Arts and Crafts, including jewelry, metal-smithing, painting, photography, woodworking, fiber arts, candles, artisanal sea salts, natural body care and more. We will have a Food Truck and Live Music as well.

Ocean Alliance

Conserving whales and our ocean through research and education since 1970

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.

The Rockport Legion Band will perform the third free concert of our 88th summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA.

August 21, 2022, 7:00 to 8:30

A Celtic Celebration with 
The Creagan More Pipes and Drums.

The best popcorn in Massachusetts is here!  Children are especially welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Bob Rick, Conductor and Music Director

Leigh Slingluff Solo Show at North Shore Arts

August 9 – 21, 2022
11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930

 Open and free to the public

To see a memorable exhibit of tiny Cape Ann seascapes, landscapes, and skyscapes by local artist Leigh Slingluff stop by the North Shore Arts Assocation. Her exhibition is currently on display through August 21, 2022. These little paintings are gems and one can’t help but own one and take it home.  

Leigh finds inspiration for her plein air paintings when exploring outdoors with her dog & husband, swimming & snorkeling at local beaches, gardening, and just observing the sea and sky in Cape Ann daily. She paints outside with watercolor, gouache, and oils, and when she isn’t outside, she can be found painting in her studio in Gloucester. She is a juried Artist Member of the North Shore Arts Association and the Rockport Art Association & Museum. To experience more of her work please visit:, and her most current works are posted on her Instagram:@galobster. 

“All of the paintings in my solo show were painted en plein air, at locations around Cape Ann; many at Old Garden Beach in Rockport. I work quickly and paint from direct observation, often with a palette knife and always with colors mixed in the moment.” – Leigh Slingluff 

All are welcome! 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 Visiting hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.   

This weekend, reminder to shop with the Cape Ann Artisans!

The Cape Ann Artisans welcome neighbors, family, friends, and visitors to the summer Mini-Tour this weekend.    Don’t forget you can shop for all your favorite art TAX-FREE up to $2500.00  this special event on Saturday, August 13th, nine studios will be participating between the hours of 10AM and 5PM.

The tour is “self-guided” and visitors can start anywhere they wish.  However, planning is encouraged and the online map is a good guide to make the most of the day.  A special Mini-Tour rack card shows the participating studios.   The CAA encourages visitors to do some advance planning to maximize their visit by using the CAA map which is now available at all the tourism outlets and online.    You will find brochures at the Cape Ann Chamber, North of Boston CVB on 95 South, Stage Ft. Park Visitors Center, local banks, and CAA partner locations.  You can visit these studios on August 13th and enjoy a Sales Tax holiday with retail items up to $2500.

The Rockport Legion Band will perform the third free concert of our 88th summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA.

August 7, 2022, 7:00 to 8:30

Rockport Goes to Broadway.

The best popcorn in Massachusetts is here!  Children are especially welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Bob Rick, Conductor and Music Director

Free Outdoor Screening of Gloucester-made, Oscar-winning film “CODA”; Q&A with Director Sian Heder: Friday, Aug. 5 

Any Cape Ann’er who has yet to catch up with CODA, this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, now has one less excuse. The Cape Ann Museum will present the film free to the public Friday, August 5 on a 26-foot screen in the spacious outdoors at the Cape Ann Museum Green.  

“The Cape Ann Museum is thrilled to be hosting a free screening of CODA to celebrate the movie’s incredible artistic achievements and the local art and history that inspired it,” says CAM Director Oliver Barker. “We welcome this opportunity to invite our community to see the movie for free in the city where it was filmed.”  

Following the success of last year’s public screening of Gloucester-based film, Captains Courageous (1937), the Cape Ann Museum is again partnering with the Rockport-based Cape Ann Community Cinema to “take art outside” with a free screening of the Oscar-winning 2022 movie at the Cape Ann Museum Green (13 Poplar St., Gloucester, MA).  

CODA, which stands for “child of deaf adults,” tells the story of Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) and her family’s struggling fishing business. Her parents Frank (Troy Katsur) and Jackie (Oscar-winning star of Children OfA Lesser God, Marlee Matlin) and brother Leo (Daniel Durant) are deaf, with Ruby the only hearing person in her home. Ruby discovers a passion for singing that makes her choose between supporting her family and following her dreams.  

Partially filmed in Gloucester, Rockport and Beverly, this screening is presented in conjunction with CAM’s summer exhibition, The Legacy of the Family-Owned Fishing Vessel, on view through September 18.  

“We’re especially honored to have Sian Heder join us to speak about the process behind the film and her connections to Gloucester,” says Barker. Heder, a regular summer resident of Gloucester, will speak from 7:30pm-8:00 pm, with the film starting at 8:15 p.m. and wrapping up by 10:00 p.m. Attendees are invited to be on-site as early as 6:00 p.m. to reserve their spots and bring their own picnic to enjoy before the screening. There will be ASL translation during the announcements and conversation. 

All parking will be at O’Maley Middle School with a shuttle between sites. On-site parking is reserved for those with accessibility requirements. Local residents are encouraged, where possible, to walk or ride their bike. While the screening is free to attend, reservations are required. Visit for more details. 


The Cape Ann Museum, founded in 1875, exists to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national, and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, three historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. In Summer 2021, the Museum opened the 12,000 square foot Janet & William Ellery James Center at the Cape Ann Museum Green. The campus also includes three historic buildings – the White-Ellery House (1710), the recently acquired Babson-Alling House (c.1740), and an adjacent Barn (c. 1740), all located on the site at the intersection of Washington and Poplar Streets in Gloucester.  

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $15.00 adults, $12.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors, and students. Youth (18 and under) and Museum members are free. Cape Ann residents can visit for free on the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (978)283-0455 x110 or visit 

Women on the Wharf: Jane McDonald and Friends – Curated by Christina McDonald

Exhibition Dates: 
August 11 – September 11, 2022

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck 
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA

Galleries open: Thursdays through August noon – 7 PM, Friday-Sunday, noon – 5 PM

Opening Reception:
Saturday, August  13, 4 – 6 PM

Book Talk with Carol St. John: 
Sunday, August 14, 3 PM


The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to announce its exhibition, Women on the Wharf: Jane McDonald and Friendson view at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck from Thursday, August 11, to Sunday, September 11. The opening reception will be on Saturday August 13, 2022 from 4 – 6 PM.           

This retrospective exhibit honors the life and legacy of the renegade artist Jane McDonald, who painted on Cape Ann and Rocky Neck from the 1970s until her death in 2009.  McDonald, a fiercely passionate artist who eschewed societal expectations,  established her own studio/gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Avenue.  In the 1980s and 1990s, she collaborated with and inspired other painters Joan Frank, Eileen Mueller, Carol St. John, and Patricia Sullivan,  generating a powerful female presence on Rocky Neck’s Madfish Wharf.  Jane dedicated herself to supporting these artists, encouraging each to be true to her own vision. This exhibit reunites this dynamic group for the first time. 

A genius of whimsical watercolors, McDonald’s spirit and influence echoes in the work of other Cape Ann artists:  Patricia Sullivan’sstrong colors and composition; Eileen Mueller’s bold brushwork and energy, Joan Frank’s combination of childlike vision and sophistication, and in Carol St. John’s playful, satirical watercolors. These works can be found in collections here and all over the world.  These five artists join the long history of notable artists of Gloucester.


Jane McDonald (1938-2009)
Joan Frank (1941–2014)
Eileen Mueller
Carol St. John
Patti Sullivan

Women on the Wharf: Jane McDonald and Friends is on view Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5:00PM at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, Mass.  

The public is invited to celebrate the artists at the Opening Reception Saturday August 13  from 4-6 PM. View the art and enjoy light refreshments, drinks and lively conversation. 

Carol St. John will deliver a free public talk on her recently-published work, With Life as Your Canvas, All is Art, Art is All, on Sunday, August 14, 3PM.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony offers an exciting roster of exhibitions, receptions, and events in 2022, with refreshments, admission and nearby parking free of charge. More information for all Cultural Center events is available on the website,, by email at,  

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, is the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, which hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, either private or for the community, please contact or telephone, 978 515-7004.

The Rockport Legion Band will perform the fourth free concert of our 88th summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA.

July 31, 2022, 7:00 to 8:30

Westward Ho!  music about and from our West.

The best popcorn in Massachusetts is here!  Children are especially welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Bob Rick, Conductor and Music Director

Jeff Fioravanti Pastel Demo and Solo Show Thursday!

Jeff Fioravanti Solo Show and Pastel Demonstration  

Jeff’s Solo Show is at the Beauport Hotel, 55 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 in the lobby
July 27 – August 2, 2022 

Pastel Demonstration: 
July 28, 2022, at 6:00 PM at
North Shore Arts Association, 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930 

Cost: Open and free to the public

North Shore Arts Association and the Beauport Hotel have partnered to create solo art exhibitions for local artists in the lobby of the Beauport Hotel. Jeff Fioravanti’s solo show consisting of stunning seascapes and florals is on display July 27 – August 2, 2022. He has won numerous awards nationally and most recently won the Best Pastel Award at Newburyport art Association’s 2022 Regional Juried Show, and he was honored with the Advancement in Pastel Award in the Pastel Society of America International Juried Exhibit 2020. To see more of his work and his accomplishments please visit his website at: Fioravanti Fine Art

As part of Gloucester’s Culture Splash Jeff is giving a pastel demonstration at North Shore Arts Association on Thursday, July 28th at 6:00 PM, and this is a fantastic opportunity to experience his artistic process and will give insight into his work. Come see him in action and enjoy wine and cheese for a full evening out. 

“Painting today, to preserve the past, for tomorrow!” – Jeff Fioravanti 

All are welcome! 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 Visiting hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.   

The Rockport Legion Band will perform the third free concert of our 88th summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA.

July 24, 2022, 7:00 to 8:30

Music from the silver screen, great songs from the movies.

The best popcorn in Massachusetts is here!  Children are especially welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Bob Rick, Conductor and Music Director

“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Rockport Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency