Rockport Art Association & Museum Experimental Group Opens 17th Show, at Jane Deering Gallery

coming April 2022- News from Rockport Art Assoc. & Museum –

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

The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its seventeenth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Seventeen” at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography. The exhibition runs from April 2 through April 30. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 1 to 5 pm and Sunday 1 to 4 pm or by appointment at 978.886.4582.

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 at

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 100 years.

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Coming August 5th- group show at Rocky Neck Art Colony featuring animals of all stripes- ‘Wild Things: Animals Real and Imagined’ selection of 60 works by 45 artists

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.

Special Events

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 (, and look at the 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

Jon Sarkin featured in three person art exhibition at Princeton | opening reception January 4, 2020

JON SARKIN artist studio_37 Main Street Gloucester Mass_historic west end across from Caffe Sicilia_2017_©c ryan
streetscape, west end Main Street, Gloucester Mass, Jon Sarkin Fish City Studios 2017

PRESS RELEASE from The Arts Council of Princeton:

Three Individuals Who Became Artists By Chance to be the Focus of  
“Inside Out…When Worlds Collide” An Exhibition at the Arts Council of Princeton January 4 through February 22

Princeton, NJ – The Arts Council of Princeton will present “Inside Out…When Worlds Collide,” an exhibition of works by three individuals who became artists by chance. The exhibit will be on display in the Arts Council’s Taplin Gallery, from January 4 through February 22, 2020. (website here)

Join us on Saturday, January 4 from 2-3PM when the three artists will be creating works of art while the public can watch prior to the Opening Reception to be held from 3-5PM.

Becoming an artist was not the initial intention for Jon Sarkin, Jennifer Levine, or Kenneth Lewis Sr. Through distinct circumstances, art and the need to create became the driving force in their lives. Despite receiving no formal training, these artists are consumed in the process. Their work conveys joy and frustration and questions life on the canvas. It is out of the ordinary, provocative, imaginative, and even obsessive-compulsive.

According to co-curators Ruthann Taylor and Colette Royal, “The show addresses the power of self-taught artistic talent and the drive of the human spirit to create.”

Meet These Extraordinary Artists

Jon Sarkin, of Gloucester, MA, was working as a chiropractor when he suffered a massive stroke one hot day in 1988. He felt a throbbing, excruciating pain in his head and heard a ringing in his ears. After surgery, his brain began to swell and bleed. When Sarkin woke up, he was a completely different man. After the critical phase of the stroke passed, Sarkin began to have a ferocious need to draw and paint. The stroke, says Sarkin, “made art my top priority in life. It made it more important than just about anything.” Sarkin is the subject of the book Shadows Bright as Glass, which traces his journey from doctor to manically-compulsive artist. website here:

Jennifer Levine, of Montclair, NJ,  started painting at age 40 when she was going through a divorce. “I had no experience, but needed something to hold onto as I faced the ordeal. I read Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and it led me through a process that ultimately changed my life in the most profound and wonderful way. Through drawing and painting, I was able to unearth the depth of my being and find a way to express myself that served others,” says Levine. “Now I paint because I love the process – the feel of the paints and the brush on the canvas. I love the unknown magical alchemy of going from nothing to something. I like discovering the images that appear on the canvas I like how people react and get nurtured or informed or uplifted by the pieces.”

Kenneth J. Lewis, Sr., of Trenton, NJ,  is a self-instructed artist who began painting on canvas at the unusual age of 47 years. Kenneth has a spiritual relationship and deep sensitivity for what he produces. On New Year’s Day 2008, Kenneth painted his first piece; he called it “Contemplation”. It was an inner reflective painting as he sat home contemplating his future after 24 years of marriage. He quickly learned he had a very raw and latent gift that could no longer be held back. Lewis painted more as a hobby from 2008 until the death of his mother in 2012. His mother could draw, yet she never attempted to embrace or further explore her talent. He knew that he had to create, not only for himself, but also for his late mother, and for generations that follow. Since that time Lewis has created enormous collections of work. To date he has hosted/curated over 30 group shows, 22 solo shows, and participated in many group shows. He is the curator for Starbucks Trenton.

About the Arts Council of Princeton

The Arts Council of Princeton is located in the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton, NJ. For more information, please visit or call (609) 924-8777.

The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, fulfills its mission of Building Community through the Arts by presenting a wide range of programs including community arts outreach, exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.  Visit for more information.

*The press release included two photos of Jennifer Levine and Kenneth Lewis works.

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From our friend Gloria Parsons

Just checking in again in case you are still interested in the show.

Please contact me before September 10th if you are interested in participating this year.

You may have already contacted me.  If so, thank you!


Gloria Parsons

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Board Treasurer



Hammond Castle is open daily! Check out new programs and events like this art show opening July 8


photo of Hammond Castle by Rebeccah Pearson Museum Shop Manager


Rebeccah Pearson, Museum Shop manager submits:

Artist reception at Hammond Castle Museum Monday July 8th 6pm – 8pm

“On the Right Track” artist meet and greet is a wonderful way to meet some of our most talented artists on Cape Ann that are being featured in Hammond Castle’s Museum Shop. Join us Monday July 8th at 6pm ending at 8pm. Refreshments will be served as you talk with the artists and enjoy their paintings. Please RSVP by going to the website at

The featured artists for the month of July include: 

Rosemary Ryding was born in London and is greatly influenced, by the art old and new in Europe. Her main interest is in the study of new mediums and methods. Her present pursuit is the study of ENCAUSTIC which is a medium used by the Greeks in the fourth century BC. It is now used in a multitude of ways and combines the old and the new.

Patty Boynton is a painter whose art is inspired by the beauty of the Northeast, in particular the marshes of Cape Ann and the Isles of Shoals . She works in oils in a representational style with a goal of simplifying and abstracting her subjects. When she isn’t painting, she enjoys walking, working in her garden, singing in her church choir, reading and traveling. You can reach her at

Linda Harvey has been painting as hobby for the past 20 years. Her work includes seascapes, landscapes, children and European streetscapes. Oil on canvas is her medium of choice. She has had many painting adventures in France, Spain, Majorca and Italy . She paints with joy in the beautiful color.

Therese Melden lives in Manchester, MA and began painting 14 years ago. She has explored acrylic and oil paint and currently works in pastel. “I have always loved making art. I enjoy trying new techniques and have been fortunate to work with gifted teachers and talented peers. I paint plein air and mostly from photographs. I choose subjects that I have an emotional reaction to.”

Camille Skilton has been painting as a hobby for around 15 years. She started in watercolors but now does mostly oils. She paints in the tonalist style which George Inness started in the 1800s.

Carmela Martin a native of New England, Carmela Martin finds that these are the landscapes and people that most attract her as an artist.  Whether working representationally or in a more expressionistic style, her art is informed by her experiences living in this unique part of the country. Martin has studied at Montserrat College of Art and with many gifted and renowned artists from the North Shore and beyond.  She works in pastels, acrylic and oils, often incorporating cold wax and marble dust. Martin is an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association, Newburyport Art Association and the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA). Her paintings are in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada and Scotland.

Katie Bull has lived in Beverly MA most of her life. Though her travels inspire her art, she thrives on her sense of place in her own back yard. Her primary medium is pastels, and recently she has been exploring and enjoying painting in oils.

Art at Hammond Castle Museum

Every month through out our season Hammond Castle Museums Shop will be featuring  local artists upon its walls. A portion of the proceeds will go towards restoration efforts. To view this months local artist please click  here! Hammond Castle Museum, 80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester MA 01930

Hammond castle open daily! Enjoy guided or self-guided tours.

Thursday night Candlelit Tours coming July and August


1969 WOODSTOCK  FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & PEACE PHOTOS by Elizabeth Enfield displayed June 2019 at Addison Gilbert #GloucesterMA

Woodstock front page New York Times Sunday August 17 1969
Woodstock article by Barnard L. Collier and Jack Manning photograph 

“I’m glad to be here 50 years later to celebrate and have my 75th birthday this July!” Elizabeth Enfield


June 1-30,2019 – Open 7 days all week!

In 1969,  Elizabeth Enfield,  art teacher in New York City, was director of a summer photography program for teenagers. One of her staff had 2 press passes for the Woodstock Peace and Music Festival in White Lake, New York.

Fifty years ago, Max Yasgur happily rented his farm for 40,000 people. The event rose to 450,000  attendees in total, shown by a shot taken from a helicopter above the crowd, and published in the New York Times front page. The show ran  24 hours a day from Friday August 15th until Monday August 18th when a late coming performer gave the remaining 35,000 people a ‘Grand Finale’!

The exhibition in the Lobby Hallway of the Addison Gilbert Hospital  June 7th to 30th, 2019, is avaliable for viewing all day, for your pleasure. Portraits include photos of Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, Santana and Grace Slick.The crowd is seen watching in rain and sun and camping in the field covered with mud and water. Some are sittting on the light and speaker structures around the field. Out of food, offered by the  “pig farm”  who volunteered their services to the crowd.

Listen to the CD the  “TAKING WOODSTOCK”,  audio, written by Elliot Teichberg

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The New York Times is looking for Woodstock images May 30, 2019 see  here

Scenes from Essex TOHP Burnham Library Reception

Here are a few scenes from the open house on Saturday May 18, 2019 at TOHP Burnham Library, Essex, for the Once Upon a Contest Cape Ann Reads exhibition. Most of the photos were taken at the beginning and at the end. What a great turn out on what felt like the first sunny Saturday this spring! Library Director Deborah French and librarian April Wanner welcomed the artists and writers and the community to a lovely public reception. The Friends of the Library provided coffee and baked goodies.

You can catch the exhibition at this venue through June 21, 2019. The temporary public art series by Alexia Parker is on view in this hall and look for one work in the library on the main floor. Three special upcoming programs in Essex feature Barbara McLaughlin this Friday May 31st at 4pm; Diane Polley & Marion Hall June 7th, 4pm; and Betty Allenbrook Wiberg. Contact the library for more information. Good to know: two fantastic playgrounds are close by the library and this exhibition: Memorial Park on the grounds surrounding TOHP, and Eagle’s Nest at Essex Elementray on Story Street.


Reception at TOHP Burnham Library Essex Mass._ artists and writers of Once Upon a Contest Selections from Cape Ann Reads exhibition _20190518_about 60 guests all ages stopped by © c ryan (10).jpg


Beauport Hotel Art Show

Join us for an evening showcasing local art! Over 50 artists from Cape Ann will be displaying paintings in our Grand Ballroom for purchase. Artist Dan DeLouise will also demonstrate a live painting to be raffled during the event. All raffle proceeds support Pathways for Children. The show is free and open to the public.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester
55 Commercial Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Group show of Essex Heritage 2018 Photo contest winners at Salem Visitor Center

News from Essex National Heritage- Congratulations to all the winners including Amy Smith of Gloucester:

Essex Heritage Announces Winners of 2018 Photo Contest

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest. The annual photo contest encourages photographers of all levels to “capture” the living landscapes, unique places, and interesting people of Essex County, MA. The contest is presented in partnership with Hunt’s Photo & Video, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, and the National Park Service at Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites.

From rocky coasts and harbors and rural farms to historic downtowns and parks, photographers vividly captured a variety of special places in Essex County for their award-winning submissions to this year’s contest. All of the photographs were taken within the Essex National Heritage Area and fell into the categories of “Off the Beaten Path,” “People of Essex County,” and “A Closer Look.”

2018 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest Winners
Grand Prize Winner
• “Waves,” taken in Salem by Laurence Spang of Salem

Category: A Closer Look
• 1st Prize: “Sunflower, All For Me,” taken in Newbury by Ken Jordan of Lynn
• 2nd Prize: “Storm Damage,” taken in Salisbury by Caroline Stella of Saugus
• 3rd Prize: “Head Sails,” taken in Gloucester by Frank Conahan of Groton

Category: People Of Essex County
• 1st Prize: “Sandstorm,” taken in Ipswich by Kristin Bender Kyllingstad of Beverly
• 2nd Prize: “Essex Tech Teaching Moment,” taken in Danvers by Sue Plutsky of Beverly
• 3rd Prize: “Winter Hop” taken in Peabody by Judy Schneider of Middleton

Category: Off The Beaten Path
• 1st Prize: “Walking on Clouds” taken in Gloucester by Sarah Burrows of Wenham
• 2nd Prize: “Appleton,” taken in Ipswich by Amy Smith of Gloucester
• 3rd Prize: “Nature’s Window,” taken in Manchester by the Sea by Stephen Dagley of Beverly

People’s Choice Winner
• “Monarch and Thistle,” Taken in Haverhill by Kathy Diamontopoulos of Haverhill

Instagram Winners

New to the Essex Heritage Photo Contest was an Instagram category. Instagrammer were encouraged to tag photos that they took during 2018 with #essexheritagephotocontest. Over 450 photos were entered and 9 winners were selected for their stunning shots that captured the special quality of Essex County. The accounts that won the Instagram category are as follows:, @dcmills89, @funky_monkey_photos, @harbors_edge_photography, @lomachusetts, @saltwaterlabphoto, @sarahtracyburrows, @sjdagley, @tugapeaks


Group Show in 2019 for the 2018 contest winners

The eleven winning images will be exhibited for one year at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem (2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970) and at the office of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (160 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830).

Essex National Heritage 2018 Photo contest winners exhibited in group show at Salem Visitor Center 2019.jpg
See all the winning photographs on the Essex Heritage Facebook page:

Prints for the Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest exhibits were generously provided by Hunt’s Photo & Video. Prizes for the Photo Contest were generously contributed by Hunt’s Photo & Video and the National Park Service.

About Essex Heritage and the Essex National Heritage Area
Essex Heritage is the non-profit organization that manages the Essex National Heritage Area by developing programs that enhance, preserve and encourage recreation, education, conservation and interpretation projects on Boston’s North Shore and the Lower Merrimack River Valley. The Essex National Heritage Area is comprised of the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, MA. For more information, visit or call (978) 740-0444.

Jim McAllister exhibit & lecture about Salem’s art scene 1978-92 at Hawthorne Hotel

Giles Laroche included in Salem group exhibition at Hawthorne Hotel.jpgClosing soon! Hawthorne Hotel group show continues through February 20, 2019

“A Sentimental Journey,” group exhibition was organized by local historian Jim McAllister to celebrate Salem’s art scene in the years between 1978 and 1992.  Show includes Giles Laroche and many other local artists. Gallery open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Free lecture by Jim McAllister on “Art Organizing on Boston’s North Shore 1875-1925” on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.Where: Kensington-Stobart Gallery, Hawthorne Hotel, Salem Common, 18 Washington Square West, Salem.”  Link to Salem News article by Will Broaddus