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ROCKY NECK NOW 2022 Show I
February 24 @ 12:00 pm - February 27 @ 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 6, 2022
ROCKY NECK NOW 2022 Show I, 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.
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
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 RNACExhibitions.com 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 www.rockyneckartcolony.org.