Thursday, August 30, 2012


The Essence of Sunlight
hand decorated papers on painted canvas

Mary McCarl is the featured artist on Rocky Neck Gallery's big wall.  This wall space is set up to allow the gallery's artists the opportunity to show larger work.  The wall has been a tremendous success and brings new work into the gallery every two weeks.  For this exhibit, from Friday, August 31st until Friday, September 14th, Mary is showing her largest painting to date.

The new work measures 36 x 36 inches.  This is a collage on canvas and titled The Essence of Sunlight.  The priced is $400.

Mary discusses her work as follows:  "I was expressing shifting sunlight through half-seen natural forms.  It is my largest work and my first collage on painted canvas. I hand-decorate the papers. They are all very light-weight and many are translucent—tracing paper and Japanese kozo (mulberry) paper, to allow the under-layers to show."

To see this colorful work and more of Mary's delightful paintings please stop in at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue.  We are open every day.

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Rocky Neck Gallery's Summer Artist Series is pleased to announce the new show Articulations featuring a series of digital photographic collages by artist Stevie Black.  Articulations opens on Thursday, Aug. 30 and runs until Tuesday, September 18th.
Articulations is a collection of works on paper that confront our fractured sense of things, of world events, of political and social concepts, of science and art, our own human-ness.  These all-over-landscapes (from Alex Katz) are built from many photos, from many places and times of day, and serve as a metaphor for our state of inundation.  From these parts, Black is interested in building wholly new compositions (landscapes) in which the primary concern is for an aesthetic ecology, as filmmaker Stan Brakhage has called it, a sense of equilibrium in the work, where all the parts are functioning in a general system.
Black received his BFA in Photography and Film Studies from Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts).  He worked commercially as a Cibachrome color printer for galleries, museums, ad agencies and fine artists throughout much of the 80s.  Black’s work has been exhibited in many group and solo shows, including at the Port of History Museum in Philadelphia and was a prize winner in a Print Club Photography Exhibition and other groups shows.  In the 90s, he transitioned his art practice to mainly drawing, painting and installation using letterforms and visual language as his subject matter.  He was a member of Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia and had several solo and group shows there before returning to New England.
Please join us for an artist reception on Sunday, September 2nd, from 2 -4 PM and meet Stevie Black. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012


This painting, "4 Boys in a Boat" will be exhibited in Rocky Neck Gallery's window this Friday, August 24 until Friday August 31st.  Fred Jillson is the featured artist this next week.  The painting is 22 ½ x 26 ½ inches framed and is oil on masonite.  Fred experiemented using raw masonite for this painting but says that won't be done again.  And he revealed that a little license was taken in the title. He painted this on an "art weekend" while in Duxbury, MA.    The price is $375.  This painting magnificently captures those fleeting summer days of four boys hanging out in a boat on the quiet water.  To see this and more of Fred's work please stop by the gallery.

Monday, August 20, 2012



This week the featured artist in Rocky Neck Gallery's window is painter Dina Gomery.  This new work, titled Reflections, is oil on canvas measuring 18 x 18 inches framed.  The price is $1400.00.  This painting will be exhibited until this coming Friday.

Dina is a new member to the gallery this year.  In her still life paintings she strives to transform ordinary objects to reflect their elegance, grace or beauty. 

Growing up in Venezuela, she has studied art since a teenager.  Dina attended McGill University in Canada where she received her degree in architecture.   She currently resides in Brookline, MA, dividing her time between family, freelancing in architecture and interior design, and her art.  

Dina also paints landscapes working "plein air."  To see this painting and more of Dina's landscapes please stop by the gallery.  We are open seven days a week.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Orange Spot
archival digital photograph

Rocky Neck Gallery features the work of photographer Michael Oleksiw on the big wall.  Michael's digital archival photograph is called Orange Spot.  This measures 29 x 29 inches framed and is priced at $315.00.

Michael's goal in capturing his subjects is to attract the viewer to linger over the work.   His scenes, at first glance, may seem ordinary but it is his skill in drawing attention to shapes, colors, lights, and shadows that invite the the viewer to stop, look and perhaps actually see that special element he captures in his work.

Orange Spot will be exhibited from this Thursday, August 16th, until next Thursday.  To see this and more of Michael's work stop by 53 Rocky Neck Avenue.  We are open 7 days a week.  

Monday, August 6, 2012


12 x 24

Rocky Neck Gallery's window this week features artist Martha Wakefield.  Her painting, Stillness, is oil on panel, and a diptych.  This work was inspired by a week of painting the coastline of Maine.  It was a very quiet, humid day on the water with the only action being the clouds shifting in the sky.  This painting will be up all this week.  To see more of Martha'a work please stop in the gallery or visit her website.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


Back Shore

Rocky Neck Gallery’s next Summer Artist Series exhibition features new paintings by the award-winning artist Paul George.  The show opens this Thursday, August 9th, and runs until Tuesday, August 28th.

Among the many awards Paul George’s paintings have received are the National Watercolor Society’s Winsor & Newton Award for Excellence in Watercolor and the New England Watercolor Society’s Gold Medal.  His painting, Winterblues, was accepted by the American Watercolor Society for their 133rd exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  His work can be found in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe.

George is also a popular teacher conducting workshops in oil and watercolors on Cape Ann, MA, Monhegan Island, ME and in Florida since 1996.

He was born in Cambridge, MA. and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University. After attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; he changed careers and studied with award-winning artists: Don Stone, William “Skip” Lawrence, Jeanne Dobie, and Robert Wade.

He is an active member of the New England Watercolor Society, Cape Cod Art Association, North Shore Art Association and is the former vice-president of the Rockport Art Association.  He recently opened the George Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester.

Please join us and meet Paul George next Sunday, August 12th, from 2-4 PM for an artist reception.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Only 5 days left to see this spectacular show: Earthly Delights: From Wood to Watts, Sculptural and Functional Ceramics.   This exhibit opened Wednesday, July 18th and now only 5 days to see this before it closes on August 7th.

Fourteen ceramic artists are participating in this show ranging from experienced wood fire potters from Susan Hershey’s Pigeon Hill Pottery Wood Fire Group to teachers and accomplished emerging artists from Rockport's Friday morning class at Cynthia Curtis Pottery in Rockport, MA. The artists are: Cindy Burns, Diane Chiofaro, Linda Comb, Susan Hershey, Anni Melançon, Wendy Morgan, Kathy Morris, Sarah Mowitt, Jenny Rangan, Patricia Reed, Martha Thurk, Lisa Vincent, Seyrel Williams and Christopher Wood.  Susan Hershey is a juried member of the Rocky Neck Gallery.

Come see the amazing artwork by these talented artists.  The gallery is open 11 AM - 8 PM tonight and tomorrow.