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March 17 @ 12:00 pm - March 20 @ 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until April 10, 2022

ROCKY NECK NOW 2022 Show II, 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.

The Artists

Exhibiting in the second show: John Abisamra. Elizabeth Bish. Nadine Boughton. Mike Cangemi. Betsy Carter. Keunjung Cho. Yhanna Coffin. Amy Holland Crafton. Elizabeth Enfield. Barbe Ennis. Christine Gauthier-Kelley. Marion Hall. Olga Hayes. Nils Johnson. Jane Keddy. Ira Levine. Barbara Littlefield. Laureen Maher.  Vanessa Michalak. Skip Montello. Paula Morgan. Ed Mowrey. John Nedosko. Katherine Richmond. Judy Robinson Cox. Lynne Sausele. Barbara Savicky. Ruth Schneider. Sallie Strand. Erin Survilas. Anna Vojtech. Suellen Wedmore. Jan Weinshanker.  Judith Wright.


March 17 @ 12:00 pm
March 20 @ 5:00 pm


Rocky Neck Art Colony


The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States
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