Rocky Neck – Women on the Wharf historic group exhibition with a focus on Jane McDonald plus Joan Frank, Eileen Mueller, Carol St. John, Patricia Sullivan. Reception, Book Talk August 13, 14th

News from Rocky Neck about great upcoming group show-

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

  • Exhibition Dates: August 11 – September 11, 2022
  • Venue: 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

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’s strong 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 PM, with extended hours until 7 PM on Thursdays through August, 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.

ROCKY NECK NOW 2022 opens soon- heralded annual artist members’ show

Courtney Richardson shares news from Rocky Neck-

New Directions
Location: The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
Dates: February 3 – March 6, 2022
March 10 – April 10, 2022
Opening Receptions: Sunday, February 6, 4 – 6 PM Sunday, March 13, 4 – 6 PM
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, Noon – 5 PM

Gloucester MA—ROCKY NECK NOW 2022, the highly anticipated annual members show, opens the 2022 exhibition season at the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC). This year’s show is in two parts, with a common theme: New Directions. The work demonstrates members’ creative processes that inspire risk taking, change and growth. Nearly 70 artists present a wide range of artistic interpretations with representational, abstract and expressive styles in all media. Works in this exhibition represent the members’ enthusiastic response to a call for pieces that excite them right now, for works signaling a new direction in their work. For example, Katherine Coakley’s Koi embodies the risks and rewards of creative experimentation, combining alcohol inks and molding paste to yield unpredictable effects along with new dimension, texture and vibrant color. The pandemic forced Christine Gauthier-Kelley to become creative with her use of media; in Stormy Seas she uses manipulated acrylics on canvas to translate the movement and fluidity once achieved
through painting on large silk panels. Jennifer Okumura explores new concepts in a series called Harmony and Clash that examines “cultural layers being nowhere and everywhere” and the taboos broken as people cross cultural boundaries through language and travel. Laureen Maher, after many years of practice, has gone big with Niles Pond Peace, working on a canvas sizable enough “to create a large open space for the viewer to walk in and stay a while.” All of the submissions reflect a membership pushing forward as artists through experimentations in medium, process, materials, theme, size and content.

The exhibition runs for two consecutive, five-week periods, showing 69 member artists in the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck’s two galleries, Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 PM. Until further notice, all visitors to the Cultural Center will be asked to provide proof of vaccination and be required to wear masks inside the building at all times.

The Artists

Exhibiting in the first show: Suzanne Agostino. Meredith Anderson. Lisa Angelini-Adams.John Bassett. Anne Beinecke. Jeanne Carey. Matt Cegelis. Janice Charles. Katherine
Coakley. Melissa Cox. Robert Diebboll. Nancy Dudley. Marianne Kinzer. Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer. Sue Funk. Dina Gomery. Don Gorvett. Karen Gross. Susan Guest-McPhail. Leslie Heffron. Ken King. Otto Laske. Carmela Martin. Andy Matlow. Roy McCauley. Ruth Mordecai.Brian Murphy. Jennifer Okumura. Jenny Pivor. Tom Robinson-Cox. Joyce Roessler. Mary Salerno. Marilyn Swift. Helen Tory. Karen Watson.

Exhibiting in the second show: John Abisamra. Elizabeth Bish. Nadine Boughton. Mike Cangemi. Betsy Carter. Keunjung Cho. Yhanna Coffin. Amy Holland Crafton. Elizabeth Enfield. Barbe Ennis. Christine Gauthier-Kelley. Marion Hall. Olga Hayes. Nils Johnson. Jane Keddy. Ira Levine. Barbara Littlefield. Laureen Maher. Vanessa Michalak. Skip Montello. Paula Morgan. Ed Mowrey. John Nedosko. Katherine Richmond. Judy Robinson Cox. Lynne Sausele. Barbara Savicky. Ruth Schneider. Sallie Strand. Erin Survilas. Anna Vojtech. Suellen Wedmore. Jan Weinshanker. Judith Wright.

Special Events
The public is invited to celebrate the creativity of RNAC artists at both Opening Receptions, one on Sunday, February 6 and the other on Sunday, March 13 from 4 to 6 PM.
Visitors to the galleries are encouraged to participate in the popular Viewers’ Choice Award by voting for their favorite work of art. Three artists receiving the most votes will be recognized at the closing celebration on Sunday, April 10. These awards provide the artists and the organization with important community feedback.

For additional public programs accompanying this exhibition, consult the website 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

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Cape Ann Museum July 25 |special lecture and new biography about American artist Nell Blaine by author Cathy Curtis!


Alive Still: Nell Blaine, American Painter | A Talk with Author Cathy Curtis

The Cape Ann Museum, is pleased to present an illustrated talk by author Cathy Curtis about beloved Cape Ann artist Nell Blaine on Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m. This program is free for Museum members or $10 nonmembers. Reservations are required. For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x10.

Alive Still: Nell Blaine, America Painter (Oxford University Press, 2019) is the biography of an artist who believed she was at the top of her game in 1959, when she traveled to Greece to paint. She had a great time . . . until she contracted the most severe form of polio and had to be airlifted to New York. A paraplegic at age thirty-seven, she was determined to regain her skills. Her coloristically brilliant, rhythmically vibrant style illuminated landscapes and still lifes that reflect her passion for the natural world. During the next three decades she would become a notable painter and one of America’s great watercolorists. In 1974, she purchased a cottage on Ledge Road, where she and her partner, painter Carolyn Harris, made the most of the splendid views available on Cape Ann.

Cathy Curtis is the author of two previous biographies of women artists, RESTLESS AMBITION: GRACE HARTIGAN, PAINTER (Oxford University Press, 2015) and A GENEROUS VISION: THE CREATIVE LIFE OF ELAINE DE KOONING (Oxford University Press, 2017). She earned a master’s degree in the history of art from the University of California, Berkeley, and wrote art criticism for many years. In 2018, she was elected to a two-year term as president of Biographers International Organization in 2018. Her website is

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Scenes from Jason Burroughs ebullient closing talk, Goetemann Artist Residency, Rocky Neck #GloucesterMA

“I’m happy out there, being in nature, spending time looking, painting and having fun.”

Jason Burroughs completed a rewarding month long Goetemann Artist Residency on Rocky Neck and is so appreciative of this generous honor. He enjoyed adjusting to painting with oil, outside, and the challenge of working so quickly to “get all the notes down” chasing light, tide and wind conditions before a moment he was after changed. “Building up marks, being able to paint fast, to do it in that time is an honorable achievement. And a challenge. I’m learning something with each one.” Burroughs went out as much as he could. He admires the speed and mechanics mastery of plein air greats he’s researched, and artists working now that he’s getting to know and pepper with questions or simply paint alongside. He’s riveted when Jeff Weaver talks about the history of a building or scene. During this residency he was grateful to have had the chance to join Stephen LaPierre and Caleb Stone for a couple of plein air outings. He loves having a base in Rocky Neck, the architecture of Gloucester’s waterfront, pilings, boats, masts, popular  scenes & motifs, repetitive forms, and the energy and vibe of being around other artists. He relished solo time in the field, even the time he got a sunburn working on one of the larger paintings: “I was standing out there 7 hours throwing paint down. I got to pick my site, overlooking the waterfront, in nature. (I saw bunnies and bluejays. So peaceful. It was great!) You go through so much white. So much. And trial and error. I’m just hoping to find ways of painting that will bring some of the truth of what I’m seeing.  I need to know if something is wrong and why. Some I leave rugged. Putting in the work is so important.”

photos: Snapshots of Jason Burroughs readying a couple of days before his Goetemann Artist Residency closing talk, and from his presentation and Q&A, standing room only, well received and topped off by several painting sales. His good friend, David Brooks, filmed and beamed throughout. 

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A couple of days before the closing talk


Kids and family program featuring Barbara McLaughlin TOHP Burnham Library Essex May 31 4pm



For all those interested in the progress of the Cape Ann Reads Children’s Book Contest story The Best Way Home, written and illustrated by Barbara McLaughlin, McLaughlin will be at the Burnham Library in Essex for a reading with an art demonstration and activities for young artists. 

Friday, May 31 from 4 – 5 PM, art materials will be provided 

Bring children and grandchildren ages 5 and up so they can share their budding talent!

Very best regards,

Barbara McLaughlin

John Abisamra Gallery 53

John Abisamra submits “Yesterday was the opening reception for Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. New juried members from Gloucester include Melissa Cox and myself as photographers. There was a huge turnout for the event. Gallery 53 will remain open though mid October and has 28 artists displaying/selling their work. It’s right in the heart of Rocky Neck between the Rudder and Studio restaurants.  Great place to visit to see some magnificent art work!! I have attached a photo of my work and there are additional photos on the Gallery 53  website. The current Gallery 53 exhibit is entitled BLUE. Thanks for getting the word out about Gallery 53 through Good Morning Gloucester!”

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