2013 Summer Artist Series
Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester (978-282-0917)
The summer artist series are a season of seven juried exhibitions in the Rocky Neck Gallery at 53 Main Street on Rocky Neck. Artists that participate do not have to be members of the gallery or the Rocky Neck Art Colony. The jury committee selected the following artists to present six 3-week exhibitions.
May 24-June 11 : Brian Murphy, Totally Wired at the Beach
Reception: SAT May 25, 6-8pm
Brian Murphy, wire sculptor
My work can be seen as lighthearted line drawings in the medium of steel wire. Often political and humorous themes are incorporated which can challenge or amuse the viewer leaving them uplifted. The goal of each piece is to create kinetic movement from the tension in the wire so that the figures seem to dance or sway on their own and appear enlivened.
June 11 - July 2: Nella Lush, Nella's Journey
Reception: SUN June 16, 4-6pm
Nella Lush, Rip Tide, oil
Born and educated in Italy, where the Adriatic Sea shaped her artistic career, Nella Lush records the atmospheric moods of the sea, light and sky, and interprets these emotions to canvas. She works mainly with oils, using cold wax as a medium, often adding marble dust to create texture and depth. Her application and scraping away of numerous layers shape the final painting.
July 2 - July 23: Camilla MacFadyen, Meredith Anderson, Beth Williams -
Reception: SAT July 6, 5-7 PM
Hand-printed shawl, Camilla MacFadyen | Jellyfish earrings, Meredith Anderson | Hand blown glass beads, Beth Williams
Beth Williams, Mer Anderson and Camilla Macfayden have known each other for several years. The theme of this show highlights the luscious materials these artists choose to work with, to create their version of exquisite art in a wearable format. Each artist's chosen media complements the styles and materials used by the others—three varied, different materials coalesce to present a lively conversation between hard and soft, matte and shiny, bright and muted.
Mer Anderson creates a clean, modern style of jewelry working in sterling and other metals. Camilla MacFayden is primarily a printmaker but with a refreshing twist: she prints on fabric. Combining glass, gold, and silver, Beth Williams creates contemporary, elegant jewelry highlighted with the rainbow of colors and textures inherent in her materials.
July 23 - August 13 : Brenda Cirioni, Marsh as Metaphor
Reception: SAT July 27, 5-7pm
Marsh Flame, mixed media by Brenda Cirioni
When I was sixteen years old, my family home burned to the ground. Memories of that experience -- both visual and visceral -- have surfaced and found expression in Barn Series. In my new Marsh Series I continue to explore the
tension between nature and elements, destruction and regeneration, juxtaposing tranquility with a fire storm. My work is about the power of transformation within nature and ourselves.
I create mixed media paintings on wood panels and use acrylic paint, charcoal, and ink and build on the composition by collaging fabric, painted paper, feathers and debris. My method of layering and juxtaposing disparate materials draws
attention to the multiplicities and mysteries of nature and life.
The fire and consequent loss of everything inside my home provided a yearning to attach myself to things that last: earth, water, air, in other words, to nature, as well as to art and community.
August 13 - September 4 : Skip Montello, Tom Robinson-Cox,
Ice Cold: Natural Extracts
Reception: FRI August 16, 6-8pm
Flatledge, photography by Skip Montello Ice Track, photograph by Tom Robinson-Cox
Drawing on the nature of Cape Ann for both inspiration and subject matter, Skip Montello and Tom Robinson-Cox cruise the environment searching for unusual textures, features and compositions seldom noticed but always available to the discriminating eye.
This collection of photographs is a result of many a cold day’s trek through ice and snow.
When someone suggested that one of Ansel Adams's photographs looked abstract, Adams commented: "I prefer the term extract over abstract, since I cannot change the optical realities but only manage them."
In this digital age of photography, we can change the optical realities, but in this exhibit we have chosen not to do so. We have found these extracts of nature to be worthy of our attention, and trust they will intrigue the viewer as they have the photographers.
“This then: to photograph a rock, have it look like a rock, but be more than a rock.”- Edward Weston
Reception Saturday, September 7, 6-8pm
Clothesline, hand colored lino cut by Mary Rhinelander Fish, linocut by Julia Garrison
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.
September 24 - October 13 : Stephen Thomas Martin, Family Trees
Reception Friday, September 27, 6-8pm
Family Tree, Mixed Media Assemblage by Stephen Thomas Martin
My 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. By incorporating in many of my pieces antique photographs found in bins and boxes, I am giving new life to people long forgotten by friends, family and society. They have in a sense not only been reclaimed but are indeed reclaiming a place in the existing world, not to be forgotten again.
My work resides in the corporate collections of Blue Suede Shoots. a movie production company in Rome, Italy, The Growth Coach Management Consultants in Boston, MA. Kodiac Venture Capitol and in private collections in Chicago and Boston.