2012 Summer Artist Series
Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester (978-282-0917)
The summer artist series are a season of six 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.
June 7 - June 26 : Elizabeth Gauthier, "Simplicity Through Form and Color"
Reception: SAT June 16, 6-8pm
Afternoon Light, oil, 36"x48", Elizabeth Gauthier
My interest has always been found in trying to capture a feeling of simplicity thru form and color. These components show the heart and character of the New England I love. I feel that this group of paintings represents the rich historical and dramatic geography of the North Shore. Cape Ann, my home and my community, has been an important subject and influence in my art and life.
June 28 - July 17 : Deborah Lloyd Kaufman," To Tell the Truth"
Reception: SUN July 1, 2-4pm
Reflection, acrylic on canvas, 40" x 30", Deborah Lloyd Kaufman
The first truth is that the subject matter of my painting is the event happening on the surface of the canvas: the interaction of color, line, shape and form.
Yet as each painting begins to develop it becomes something more. As layers of paint are added and the composition starts to unfold, the painting points to a truth in everyday life: that which lies beneath the surface is very much a part of the whole but not obvious.
I have always been interested in archetypal folk tales, myths and stories about universal human concerns. I have long been inspired by the art of “primitive” people and children’s art. I am drawn to the unpolished, to rough edges, to the energy of the spontaneous line that comes from a deep true place.
The paintings refer to a journey of self-discovery of universal human truths:
Finding our own unique direction and integrity, distinguishing self from the collective (Reflection)
Finding our connection to nature, to our own sacred and wildish soul (Rainforest)
Fiercely guarding our own psyche’s sacred treasures and truths (Temple)
Connecting back to others as we choose (Seven, Conversation)
July 19 - August 7 : , Earthly Delights - From Wood to Watts: Sculptural and Functional Ceramics
Reception: SUN July 22, 2-4pm
Bowl, Susan Hershey; Birdhouse, Jenny Rangan; Oval Vases, Anni Melancon; Swamp Star, Seyrel Williams
Ceramic art from Pigeon Hill Pottery Wood Fire Group and Friday Morning Class at Cynthia Curtis Pottery
Included in this show are 14 ceramic artists ranging from experienced wood fire potters from the Pigeon Hill Pottery Wood Fire Group to teachers and accomplished emerging artists from Rockport's Friday Morning Class at Cynthia Curtis Pottery in Rockport. Artists are: Cindy Burns, Diane Chiofaro, Linda Comb, Susan Hershey, Anni Melançon, Wendy Morgan, Kathy Morris, Sarah Mowitt, Jenny Rangan, Patricia Reed, Martha Thurk, Lisa Vincent, Seyrel Williams and Christopher Wood.
Wood fire and electric fire artists come together here to create a functional and sculptural feast for the eyes. Techniques from both ancient and modern traditions allow visitors to experience some of the diverse influences that inform ceramic art today, from the boisterous flame of a wood firing to the relative calm of an electric kiln. Each piece reflects the intention of the artist merged with the subtle and sometimes not so subtle unpredictability that Mother Nature adds to the process.
There will be a short presentation starting at 3pm. Jenny Rangan and Seyrel Williams will talk about the art of firing in an electric kiln. Susan Hershey will describe the wood firing process.
August 9 - 28 : Paul George, "The Beauty of Cape Ann"
Reception: SUN Aug 12, 2-4pm
Backshore, oil, 24" x 30", Paul George
August 30-September 18 : Stevie Black, "Articulations"
Reception: SUN Sept 2, 2-4pm
Isabella Court, digital injet, Stevie Black
"Articulations" is a collection of works on paper that confront our fractured sense of things, of
world events, of political and social concepts, of science and art, our own human-ness. These
"all-over-landscapes" (from Alex Katz) are built from many photos, from many places and
times of day, and serve as a metaphor for our state of inundation. From these parts, I am
interested in building wholly new compositions (landscapes) in which the primary concern is
for an "aesthetic ecology," as Stan Brakhage has called it, "a sense of equilibrium in the work,
where all the parts are functioning in a general system.
September 20 - October 12 : Janet E. Souza,
"Memories, Love, Changes & Personal Growth"
Reception: SUN Sept 23, 2-4pm
Grow, photography, Janet E. Souza
These photographs are based on memories, love, changes and personal growth.