Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
About the Gallery
Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, a juried gallery run by members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC), is centrally located between the Studio and Rudder restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue in Gloucester, MA. Gallery 53 is run like a co-operative, where all members share in the duties related to operating the gallery, but unlike a co-operative the members do not share in the expenses, profits or losses. The Rocky Neck Art Colony Galleries (the for-profit branch of non-profit RNAC) pays expenses, collects rent from artists, and takes a commission on artwork sold. Gallery 53 is open seasonally from the Friday before Memorial Day until mid-October, 10am to 6pm daily and until 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The gallery hosts Opening and End of Season parties, showcases work by invited New England artists in seven Summer Artist Series (SAS) shows, and sponsors a series of Artist Demos throughout the season.
Friday Night Demos
Visit Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Friday evenings between 6 and 8pm and see a gallery artist demonstrate how they make their artwork. Light refreshments will be served.
June 23: Mary R. McCarl, Paper Collage
June 30: Anni Melançon, Enclosed Bottles and Vases on the Potters Wheel
July 14: Richard Honan, Driftwood Assemblage
July 21: Constance Vallis, Intaglio Printmaking
July 28: Trish Conant, Precious Metal Clay Jewelry
August 4: Ruth Worrall, Ceramic Vessels
August 11: Cynthia Curtis, Pottery Wheel
August 18: Katherine Bagley, Silversmithing
August 25: Jane Keddy, Silk Painting
Sept. 8: Judy Robinson-Cox, Layered Photo Montage Blocks
Sept. 22: Susan Hershey, Clay Carving
Sept. 29: Randolph Kelts, Intaglio Solar Plate Prints
Gallery 53 Welcomed Six New Members in 2017
Traci Thayne Corbett, Painting
Traci paints local scenes of Gloucester. In her current body of work, she strives to capture the interplay of water & sky, with the evidence of the working waterfront.
Erik Hahr, Silversmith
Eric creates hammered silver jewelry with inlaid stones.
Richard Honan, Mixed Media Assemblage
Richard’s artwork is motivated by the connection he feels living by the ocean and maintaining its beauty. When viewers view his work, he hopes they are inspired to walk the beach and create their own artwork. Richard wants his artwork to initiate conversations about our impact on the environment and the beauty of nature.
Anni Melançon, Pottery
Anni works in series creating functional and art vessels in a variety of clays and techniques for collectors, the table and the kitchen. Handbuilt with slabs or thrown on the wheel, often altered or textured when soft; she is currently concentrating in high fire reduction stoneware and porcelain.
Connie Vallis, Printmaking
Connie explores a visual vocabulary, of sea creatures, garden species or the common tools of trade, as a transmission line to the iconic archetypes found throughout the natural world. Symbolic jewels, on paper sculpted in wax, canvas brushed with oil or wood & metal wiped of ink, are employed to create harmonic assemblages of shimmering light. She seeks to transcend the mundane.
Karen Watson, Mixed Media Collage
Karen’s mixed media collages, assemblages, furniture, and fine art photography have graced the art world for decades. The art combines Karen’s love of storytelling, the spaces between the stories, connections, spirituality, and nature. Karen’s art is mindful of the moment, appreciative of life, transitions, and the passing of time.