Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series: Ice Cold: Natural Extracts
New photography by Skip Montello and Tom Robinson-Cox
Wednesday, August 14 – Tuesday, September 4, 2013
artists' reception this Friday 8/16 from 6-8 PM! 

Skip Montello
archival digital photograph, 18 x 24, $220

“Ice Cold: Natural Extracts,” is the next Summer Artists Series exhibit at Rocky Neck Gallery featuring the fine art photography of Cape Ann artists Skip Montello and Tom Robinson-Cox.  This dynamic new show opens on Wednesday, August 14 and continues until September 4, 2013.  Please join us on Friday, August 16 for an artists’ reception from 6-8 PM.  This event, open to the public, provides a wonderful opportunity to meet Tom and Skip and understand their creative processes. 

The show offers a cool escape from the summer heat as it features photographs of winter landscapes and ice formations, with both close-up (macro) and distant views.  As Robinson-Cox states, “winter light has the unusual characteristic of deep blue shadows and specular highlights, unobtainable in other seasons.”

Tom Robinson-Cox
archival digital print, 18 x 22, $250

Drawing on the natural beauty of Cape Ann for inspiration and subject matter, Montello and Robinson-Cox traverse the landscape searching for unusual textures, features and compositions.  This collection of photographs is a result of many a cold days’ trek through ice and snow.

In this digital age of photography, a photographer can manipulate the optical realities, but in this exhibit they have chosen not to do so.  Both artists have found these extracts of nature to be worthy of their attention, and trust these images captured will also intrigue the viewer. 

The seed to Montello’s photography career was planted during his years at the Polaroid Corporation working as a photographic scientist, engineer and tech specialist.  He is juried member of the Rockport Art and Newburyport Art Association, the Rocky Neck Gallery and a member of seARTS (Society for the Encouragement of the Arts on Cape Ann) and the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

Robinson-Cox, of Gloucester, studied with Minor White while an undergraduate at MIT.  He is a juried member of the Rockport, Newburyport and Cambridge Art Association, the Rocky Neck Gallery and a member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony.  His work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows and juried shows including the Danforth Museum in Framingham, and Lynn Arts, in Lynn, MA.

This is the first time these two award-winning photographers have collaborated in a joint show creating a visual feast.  Please join us Friday, August 16 from 6-8 PM for a reception and talk by these two exceptional artists.  

Rocky Neck Gallery is located on 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester.  The hours are: Sunday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 6 PM, Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 8 PM.  Free parking is available.

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