Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DAVID PIEMONTE'S FLOWER POWER




Traditional silver gelatin photographer, David Piemonte, is the fourth artist selected for Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series 2014.  His solo exhibition, “Flower Power”, examines the intrinsic energy found within flowers that he strives to capture by photographing these in total darkness with medium format black & white film.  This dynamic new show opens Wednesday, July 23 and runs until August 12th.  An artist reception is this Friday, July 25 from 6 - 8 PM at the Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester.  Please join us - everyone is welcome to this festive event!

David’s deep reverence for detail is immediately evident in his photographs.  Photography for me is all about the moment, as is life itself”, says David.  I’ve always been fascinated by what the camera captures as opposed to what the eye sees.  At the same time, I feel my purpose as a photographer is to create images that sometimes ask more questions than they answer.  It’s the subtleties that create the mood of an image.” 

David draws much of his inspiration from the simplicity of nature as a symbolic statement of life.  It is this inspiration that allows him to create landscapes that are timeless and surreal. His elegant floral images have a mysterious beauty all their own.  As he explains it, “My floral images are ones of solitude and isolation. So often we think of flowers within the context of abundance and color.  Perhaps my floral images will allow the viewer to see them from a more intimate perspective.”

After attending New England School of Photography in Boston, David traveled through Europe.  The six months he spent there proved to be a pivotal time in his artistic career, particularly during his visit to Venice, where he discovered the beauty and solitude of night photography.  “It was there, in the late hours of the night, camera and tripod in hand, that I had that floating city all to myself.  I continue my search for nocturnal landscapes to this day . . . or night,” said David.

David has lived on Cape Ann since 1980 and exhibiting his work in numerous venues over the years.  Even with the advent of digital photography, David still prefers working with traditional medium format film and silver gelatin paper processed in a wet darkroom.  As he explains it, “I print everything by hand using archival processes for image permanence that I’ve refined over the years.  And the process of actually making the image can sometimes be as rewarding as the end result.”  

Rocky Neck Gallery is open every day: Sunday - Wednesday 11 AM - 6 PM, Thursday - Saturday 11 AM - 8 PM.  Please join us this Friday, July 25th for an artist's reception from 6-8 PM.  Meet SAS and gallery artist David Piemonte and see his stunning photographs.  

The Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Collective functions as a co-operative, sharing the gallery duties among the members and sharing commissions on sales with the Rocky Neck Art Colony. The Rocky Neck Gallery, at 6 Wonson Street, is the sister gallery of the Cultural Center Gallery.  Together they represent a program of the Art Colony to showcase contemporary art.



Sunday, June 29, 2014

Laureen Adrienne Maher Paints Gloucester

A solo exhibit features artist Laureen Adrienne Maher @ RNG


LEAVING BIRDSEYE
oil/canvas


Rocky Neck Gallery (RNG) is featuring local artist Laureen Adrienne Maher in the next Summer Artist Series opening this Wednesday, July 2nd until July 22nd. This is the first time Maher will be showing her paintings at RNG in her solo show titled Building.  An artist’s reception and talk will be held on Saturday, July 5th,  6 - 8 PM.  Please join us - meet Maher, see her painterly renditions of Gloucester’s buildings and hear her discuss her work.  This fun event, open to the public, is at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA. 

"Building" is a collection of old and dilapidated Gloucester buildings that Maher has painted over the last ten years.  “What I love most about art is perspective”, says Maher.  “When starting a painting, I try to surprise people with the not-so-popular view of the subject to offer a fresh new take. In every beautiful vista or building I find what I think is horrifyingly delightful.  From there, I like to stage the ugly in a new light, like a ‘makeover’ … with the prettiest colors mixed from oil paints.”

An East Gloucester resident, Maher recently exhibited with the newly formed Magnolia Historical Society and had a solo show at Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library called, “Birdseye View.”  Prior to that she was a portrait artist who painted many of Gloucester’s local rock stars.

Maher is also the owner and sole stylist at 12 Parker Street’s Beauty Bar,  She has worked in commercial printing and as an administrative assistant at Harvard University. She holds both a BA and BS degrees from UMASS/Boston. 

RNG is open 7 days a week: Sunday - Wednesday 11-6 PM and Thursday - Saturday 11 - 8 PM.  The gallery functions as a co-operative where all the artists are juried members and share gallery duties.  RNG is the sister gallery of the RNAC Cultural Center Gallery at 6 Wonson Street.  Together they represent a program of the RNAC to showcase contemporary artists.


For more information please contact Judy Robinson-Cox, Rocky Neck Gallery manager @ 978-290-2639 or judy@robinson-cox.com.or Laureen Adrienne Maher @ glougirl67@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SERENDIPITY

Ruth Schneider and Matt Cegelis, artists and a married couple, are exhibiting in the next Summer Artists Series at the Rocky Neck Gallery (RNG) Artist Collective opening June 11 to July 2, at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester.  


INTERPLANETARY
Ruth Schneider



This new show, titled Serendipity, will feature their abstract mixed media prints.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, June 14, from 6 to 8 pm.  Matt and Ruth will give a brief talk about the serendipitous process of merging multiple images creating one-of-a-kind abstractions.
Matt and Ruth relocated to Rockport from Dayton, Ohio one year ago and already the couple has made a noticeable impact on Cape Ann’s artistic community.  They have both exhibited work in two shows this year at the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) Cultural Center Gallery: Here & Now, a juried member’s show and Pixel Revolution, a curated digital painting exhibition.  This July, they will be in another RNAC Cultural Center Gallery exhibit: A Fine Line, juried by Al Minor, the assistant curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  Matt and Ruth are both members of seARTS, where Matt was recently elected vice president.  Last fall, Ruth became a juried member of the Rockport Art Association photography division.  Matt is also exhibiting in the Art in the Barn show this coming weekend at Essex County Greenbelt and both are showing work at the Gloucester Stage Company in August.
When asked how they managed to make such an artistic impact, Ruth replied “Blame it on my husband—he got us both involved in the Dayton, Ohio art scene after he left his sales position at LexisNexis three years ago.  After moving here, he jumped right into the arts scene, volunteering and submitting [work] to the various galleries. It has been a heck of a ride!  We’re thankful that the local art venues have accepted our work.”
Ruth’s interest in photography began during college in the 70's, when she was majoring in art and design.  She had a darkroom for 15 years, and did freelance work for various magazines and publications.  Portraiture and landscapes were her main focus and she worked mostly in black and white, utilizing the "Zone System", which was formulated by Ansel Adams..
While raising two children, she barely used the camera except to document their family life.  With the advent of digital cameras, she took it up again, mostly for recording travel adventures.  It wasn't until two years ago, that she discovered the ability to “play around” with her images, using free software on her computer.  Since then she has been merging her photographs with old, unfinished paintings.  She goes through her photo files choosing which images would work with either a painting or texture (which she photographs separately) or another photograph.  “It has been a real learning experience, and great fun to see the surprising results,” says Ruth.



BIRDFISH AND THE MOON
Matt Cegelis

Matt’s work is primarily focused on a combination of abstract photography and digital mixed media images that he creates on his iPad and his camera. He often merges multiple images, using a palette of digital tools.  “It typically takes many trial and error combinations to build the foundation of an image that I like.  Dead ends, where nothing good comes after much effort, are not uncommon.  On the other hand, knowing when to stop ‘improving,’ when a compelling image is achieved is a constant challenge as well,” says Matt.
This exhibit, the second in the Summer Artist Series, runs from June 11 - July 2 at RNG on 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester.  The gallery is open 7 days a week: Sunday - Wednesday 11-6 PM and Thursday - Saturday 11 - 8 PM.  Please join us for an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 14, from 6-8 PM.
The RNG functions as a co-operative where all the artists are juried members and share gallery duties.  RNG is the sister gallery of the RNAC Cultural Center Gallery at 6 Wonson Street.  Together they represent a program of the RNAC to showcase contemporary artists.
For more information please contact Judy Robinson-Cox, Rocky Neck Gallery manager at 978-290-2639 or judy@robinson-cox.com.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

RNG ARTISTS GIVE WORKSHOPS!


Explore your creativity with a mosaic workshop with Pam Stratton!  This one day workshop is for beginner and intermediate mosaic artists.  Enjoy a day with friends creating mosiacs in her beautiful studio in Rockport, MA.  Here you have the option to make a 6 x 6 smalti mosaic or 2 mixed media wands 16" x 1.25" (picture below).  



The dates are Saturday, June 28th or July 12th form 9 AM - 5 PM.  The cost is $150.00 plus $25 for artist materials with a delicious lunch included.

Contact Pam: pamstratton@verizon.net, 978-546-7582





Martha Wakefield is teaching a 3 -day painting workshop : Learn the Painting Language at Mother Brook Arts & Community Center in Dedham, MA.

The workshop starts next Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 8th.

All levels are welcome working in water media.
details below!


Dogtown Woods
oil/panel 12 x 12

PAINTING WORKSHOP: Learn the Painting Language


Friday, June 6th        10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 7th    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 8th      11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

All Levels, Water media 
Ages: Teen, Adult. 

Cost: $165.00 (MBACC Member) 
         $200.00 (Non - Member) 

Learn how to become a stronger painter and develop your skills by exploring the elements of the painting language: color, shape, line, texture, size and direction.  In this 3-day workshop we will cover these concepts on form and through lecture/demos, viewing master artworks and doing painting exercises students will strengthen their comprehension of the visual language.  Class time will allow students to paint with individual attention.  Each day ends with a critique/class discussion.  Watermedia.

A supply list will be provided.
Bring Lunch, snacks and beverages.

Mother Brook Arts & Community Center is at 123 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026.



Mary Rhinelander will be the quest printmaker this Friday, 5/30 at the Sarah Elizabeth Shop until 2 PM.  She prints a great selection of greeting cards that are sold at the store.  Stop by and say hello!  


Sunday, May 25, 2014

RNG PARTIES!

RNG new window display... & the fun is inside!


Rocky Neck Gallery hosted the opening reception last night and place was mobbed with artists, friends, fans and families all celebrating the start of the new season!

The festivities started on time due to an organized crew preparing the gallery under the leadership of Events Chair Susan Hershey!  Here are pictures from last night that say more than words what an happening it was.  Do check out our Facebook page for more photos of the party!



RNG Artists and party team Elizabeth Gauthier & Deborah Way 

RNG artist Cynthia Curtis (R) with her daughter Ali.

RNG artist Ruth Worrall at the desk.

RNG artist Dina Gomery and party guests.

Rachel Gauthier & Ken Beck  - the featured artist of the Summer Artist Series.

One of three food tables.

RNAC artist Judith Monteferrante and Keisha German.

Before the gallery became filled wall to wall with guests.



Even 4-legged friends are fans.

RNG mosaic artist Pam Stratton and guest.

Fans of SAS artist Ken Beck

Friends Rose, Arthur and Mary drove up from Boston just to attend the party.

RNG jewelry artist Katherine Bagley, Rachel & Elizabeth Gauthier.

The crowds

Rocky Neck Gallery extends a big thank you to everyone who made this event a festive celebration!

And special thank you to Lily, granddaughter of Susan Hershey, for her social media expertise!

Friday, May 23, 2014

NOW OPEN!

Photography by Michael Oleksiw,  collage by Marci Davis & paintings by Elizabeth Gauthier


Rocky Neck Gallery is now open for the 2014 season and kicking off the Memorial Day weekend!  Come see the new layout and the new work in paintings, photography, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics, mixed media and more!


Necklace by Katherine Bagley

This is just a brief look of the many walls and shelves decorated by the original distinctive artwork by the 25 artists in the Gallery.


Mixed Media  by Mary Rhinelander, photographs by David Piemonte, and Ceramics .  


Stunning ceramics by Susan Hershey, Ruth Worrall, Jayne Lacey and Cynthia Curtis


Updated gallery sign - thank you Kate Somers 


Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, May 24th, for our opening reception and Summer Artists Series launch featuring the work by artist Ken Beck.  The fun starts at 6 PM!  We are at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue on the Neck in Gloucester.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

OPENING PARTY @ RNG

Rocky Neck Gallery Hosts Opening Party 

Saturday, May 24th @ 6-8 PM!


 Art by RNG Members Top L-R: Skip Montello, Ruth Worrall, Deborah Way, Pam Stratton, Mary Rhinelander.  Bottom L-R:  Marci Davis, David Piemonte, Martha Wakefield, Mary McCarl, Dina Gomery

2014 marks the tenth year that the Rocky Neck Gallery has operated as a Rocky Neck Art Colony artist-run collective gallery.   Join us in celebrating this occasion at the opening reception this Saturday, May 24, from 6 - 8 PM.  The gallery is known for hosting lively parties with delicious treats and generous libations.

Last year's gallery guests enjoying the work of artist & gallery manager Judy Robinson-Cox


Former Goetemann Artist Resident, Ken Beck Highlights Celebration
 

A highlight of this year's celebration is a one-man exhibition of paintings by Ken Beck, a former Goetemann Artist Resident, who participated in a month-long residency on Rocky Neck in 2007.  He is the first Goetemann resident to be selected for an "Alumni Exhibition" that honors past residency artists. 

Beck's work is about the New England coast and his relationship to the sea, including some paintings, like Rocky Face Study (right) that were completed during his 2007 residency.
This exhibits kicks off the Summer Artist Series : six 3-week shows by Rocky Neck Art Colony members, many of whom are not part of the gallery.
 
The Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Collective functions as a co-operative, sharing the gallery duties among the members and sharing commissions on sales with the Rocky Neck Art Colony. The gallery partners with the Cultural Center Gallery at 6 Wonson Street. Together they represent a program of the Art Colony to showcase regional contemporary artists. 

Members include Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Katherine Bagley, Judith Bly, Cynthia Curtis, Susan W. Daly, Marci Davis, Phyllis Feld, Joyce Frederick, Elizabeth Gauthier, Deborah Geurtze, Dina Gomery, Susan Hershey, Jayne Lacey, Mary R. McCarl, Skip Montello, Michael Oleksiw, David Piemonte, Mary Rhinelander, Tom Robinson-Cox, Judy Robinson-Cox, Kate Somers, Pam Stratton, Martha Wakefield, Deborah Way and Ruth Worrall.
 
Please join in the celebration this Saturday night from 6-8 PM at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Rocky Neck, Gloucester!