Saturday, September 28, 2013


Here are more photos from Rocky Neck Gallery's 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Party held last  Saturday, September 21st!  On a summer-like evening over a hundred guests and artists mingled, drank refreshing elixars, nimbled on tasty treats and celebrated a fine season of art, friendship and the magic of Rocky Neck.

In full swing!

Food catered by Gourmet Delights of Hamilton, MA. Wrapped presents are artwork donated by RNG's artists for the party's drawing.

Party committee members: Mary Healy & Martha Wakefield

Peter Giuffre & Rosemary Quatro winners of a photograph by Tom Robinson-Cox.

Guest Bettee Pijut is the lucky recipient of artwork by Kathy Gerdon Archer

Anna Vojtech winner of a bracelet by artist Mary Healy

Gallery manager & artist Judy Robinson-Cox shows off the fine jewelry by artists Katherine Bagley & Deborah Way

More delicacies by Gourmet Delights with artwork by artists L-R Tom Robinson-Cox (window), Phyllis Feld and Dina Gomery above the table.

Special thanks to Tom Robinson-Cox for these photographs, to all the talented gallery artists who donated artwork, to the fabulous members of the planning committee and to Gourmet Delights Catering of Hamilton, MA!.

And with extra gratitude to all our guests who entered Rocky Neck Gallery this season!

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Rocky Neck Gallery hosted its second annual customer appreciation party on Saturday, September 21st in the summer-like evening on the Neck.  Over a 100 guests joined the artists to celebrate another season of art and friendship while sipping sparkling wines and sampling the tasty treats catered by Gourmet Delights of Hamilton, MA.  

L-R: RNAC Marketing Director Stevie Black & RNG Jewelry designer Katherine Bagley

RNG artist Dina Gomery with her guests

Friends enjoying the artwork of RNG artist and manager Judy Robinson-Cox

Far right: Rachel Gauthier, honorary gallery friend and party greeter

RNG printmaker Deborah Geurtze & RNG photographer Tom Robinson-Cox with guests

RNG jewelry designer Deborah Way treating guests to sweet desserts.

RNG artist Mary Rhinelander assisting in the drawing of artwork donated by the gallery's artists.

This was a festive evening enjoyed by many welcoming  new and familiar guests who made the season such a delightful success.  Special thanks to the Rocky Neck Gallery's artists who donated their fine artwork to the very popular drawing, to the artists who donated their time to planning & hosting the event, to the fabulous bartenders who keep the spirits flowing and to Gourmet Delights for their delicious food!  And an extra thank you to all our wonderful patrons who entered our door throughout the 2013 season!

And with gratitude to Judy Robinson-Cox for taking and providing all these photographs.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series: Family Trees
Mixed media assemblages by Stephen Thomas Martin
Wednesday, September 25 – Sunday, October 13, 2013
Artist’s reception on Friday, September 27, 6-8 PM

Rocky Neck Gallery is pleased to announce the next Summer Artists Series show: Family Trees, featuring the mixed media assemblages of Stephen Thomas Martin.  This is the last exhibit in this series for the gallery’s 2013 season.  And the first time Rocky Neck Gallery is exhibiting the fascinating and mysterious assemblages by Martin of Amesbury, MA.  This new show opens Wednesday, September 25 and runs until Sunday, October 13, 2013.

Martin’s art is both literally and figuratively about reclamation.  While the literal incorporates found objects to form the “ground” of the pieces, of more importance, is the figurative element.  The search for unique “found objects” he uses in his pieces is a big part of his creative process.  In many of his works he incorporates old photos of individuals he discovers at antique shops and flea markets. 

As Martin states, “Using these photographs I am giving new life to people long forgotten by family, friends and society.  They have not only been reclaimed but are indeed reclaiming a place in the existing world, not to be forgotten again.”

Martin is a self-taught artist now working full time to meet the demand for his assemblages.  Prior to this new career, he owned and operated an antique and retail furniture business for twenty years in Newburyport, MA.  Martin is the founder and owner of Gallery 206, a pop-up experimental gallery in Amesbury, MA.  He is also represented by Galatea Gallery in Boston, MA and is a juried member of the Cambridge Art Association, of Cambridge, MA and Newburyport Art Association in Newburyport, MA.  His award winning work is juried into many prestigious shows along with residing in several private art collections throughout the USA.  The corporate collections that currently own his assemblages are Growth Coach Management Consultants, Kodiac Venture Partners, and the Italian movie production company, Blue Suede Shoots.

Please join us on Friday, September 27, from 6-8 PM for an artist’s reception.  Meet Stephen Thomas Martin and learn about his process reclaiming and reinventing new lives for discarded objects.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013



Cape Ann artists Julia Garrison and Mary Rhinelander explore the virtuosity of the linoleum block print with a focus on Cape Ann in a show they call Pattern-scapes. Building on the art form and tradition of Cape Ann's Folly Cove Designers, both women are creating work on fabric and framed work to be hung on the wall made specfically for this show. Their single and multiple color block prints feature patterns and landscapes in various shapes and sizes. They will also display tools and some of the blocks themselves, so visitors get a sense of what is involved in the often meticulous craft of carving.

Julia Garrison has a background in textile design with a degree from Massachusetts College of Art. Julia has kept the art and sensibility of the Folly Cove Designers alive by continuing to operate the Sarah Elizabeth Shop in Rockport, MA. Started in 1974 by Sarah Elizabeth, who joined the Folly Cove Designers in 1942, the shop acquired its 150-year old Acorn press from Eino Natti, another Folly Cove Designer, who used it to print his linoleum blocks and for printing demonstrations at the Folly Cove Designers barn until they disbanded in 1969. When Sarah Elizabeth retired in 2002 she left her shop in the hands of Isabel Natti, Eino's neice. Julia Garrison now prints her own work on the historic Acorn Press along with the designs of Isabel Natti and Sarah Elizabeth Holloran (1917-2009).

Mary Rhinelander comes to lino-cut via traditional printmaking training and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College in Cambridge. She has exhibited in several solo shows in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and Cambridge MA. Her most recent exhibition in July 2013 was a contemporary art installation called Collection/Reflection at the Cape Ann Museum's White Elery House in Gloucester.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Rocky Neck Gallery is pleased to announce a music installation by renowned Cape Ann musician Nathan Cohen tonight Thursday, September 5, for the last Nights on the Neck of 2013. 

Many may know Nathan as the orchestra and chamber music director in Rockport Public Schools or as an active performer in a variety of groups and genres in greater Boston and throughout the Northeast or through his band "What Time Is It, Mr Fox?" or through his music installation "Into the Woods," to accompany the work of Cape Ann artist Gabrielle Barzhagi at an open house at the Cape Ann Museum last winter.  His list of accomplishments, performances and many talents goes on and one can find more about Nathan on his website

Tonight at Rocky Neck Gallery, Nathan's sound installation "Into the Woods" will once again be on display. He describes the work:

"There is a sense of repetition, of sameness, in the woods. And yet there exists at the same time a teeming and diverse world. The piece is a union of three separate tracks. The three audio tracks share the same chord structure and rhythmic architecture. Individually, each is simplistic and innocent. While all the tracks share a harmonic structure, each starts on a different chord and at a different tempo. The resulting phase shift is intended to seem like peering through trees in the woods. The harmonic interactions capture in one instant a sense of playfulness and in the next a sense of foreboding."

Please join us for this unique audio treat and memorable event!    

Rocky Neck Gallery is located at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester and the gallery will be open until 9 PM on Thursday, September 5 for Nights on the Neck.  Parking is free.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

PATTERN-SCAPES New Work by Julia Garrison & Mary Rhinelander

Summer Artists Series: Pattern-scapes
New  Prints by Julia Garrison & Mary Rhinelander
Wednesday, September 4 – Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Artists’ reception on Saturday, September 7, from 6-8 PM

Sea Treasures
by Mary Rhinelander
linoleum cut print /paper

Pattern-scapes,” is the next Summer Artists Series exhibit at Rocky Neck Gallery, featuring  a dynamic collaboration of printmakers and Cape Ann artists Julia Garrison and Mary Rhinelander opening Wednesday, September, 4th.  In this exhibit Julia and Mary explore the virtuosity of the linoleum block print.  Both artists focus thematically on where they live: coastal New England, and even more specifically, Cape Ann.  Julia has a background in textile design with a degree from Massachusetts College of Art.  Mary comes to lino-cut via traditional printmaking training and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston.

Julia and Mary are both proud to be continuing an art form that once flourished in this area with the wonderful work of the Folly Cove Designers.  Julia has kept their art and sensibility alive by continuing to operate the Sarah Elizabeth Shop in Rockport.  She uses an Acorn Press, upon which she prints her own work (as well as the designs of Isabel Natti and Sarah Elizabeth). 

by Julia Garrison
Linoleum cut print on fabric

Julia and Mary will be making work specifically for Pattern-scapes, work on fabric, and work to be hung, framed, on the wall. They will print single and multiple color blocks, featuring patterns and landscapes, in various shapes and sizes.  They will display tools and some of the blocks themselves, so visitors get a sense of what is involved in the often meticulous craft of carving. 

Mary Rhinelander's prints drying

Please join us for an artists' reception this Saturday, September 7th from 6-8 PM and meet these two talented artists working in a traditional art form with a modern sensibility.  

Julia Garrison at the Sarah Elizabeth Shop

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.