This Weekend in the Arts

Laurie Simko One-Artist Show

Lush Life: Continuum

An exhibition of paintings by artist Laurie Simko will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, October 14th with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, October 14 – Thursday, October 26.

Over the past decade Laurie has produced a series of paintings exploring the richness of life in the streams, marshes, gardens and woods around her. The macro and micro views in nature allow for a diverse interpretation of its organic forms in their varying stages of growth. This exhibition reveals the continuation of this search for further understanding and a fresh, personal expression of the natural world.

Laurie works with oil on canvas or wood panel inquiring with reverence the interconnection we have with our environment, its offerings of chaos and order, flow and stillness, growth and decay, all elements intrinsic to our shared lush life.

Laurie Simko received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. She is a member of and has exhibited at the National Association of Women Artists in NYC, Copley Society of Art in Boston, Concord Art Association and Rockport Art Association & Museum, and has also exhibited in many juried shows throughout the New England area and NYC, including the Arts League of Lowell, Brush Art Gallery, Cambridge Art Association, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA, Whistler House Museum and Gallery Z in Lowell, MA.

Simko has a studio at the Western Ave Studios in Lowell, MA. For more information and portfolio please visit her website at

RAA&M Fall Hours:

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM. For more information on this and other shows, please visit the RAA&M’s website at


This Week in Rockport


What an incredible weekend ahead!

A stellar line-up of vocalists and musicians will be on hand Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society in a benefit for the Steeple Fund, “Rockport Rocks.” See the attachment below for details.

Cape Ann Plein Air is in full swing with activities across the region.  CAPA’s Gala (Saturday) and Exhibit (Saturday -Monday) comes to the RAA&M. More information here.

This is the last weekend of Free Cultural District Walking Tours for the season. You can meet me in Dock Square Saturday at 10 a or Sunday at 1 p.

Finally, Rockport Exchange presents Harvestfest on T-Wharf this Saturday from 10 a – 5 p.  featuring live bluegrass, jazz, folk, indie rock, cooking demos, a farm expo, plenty of activities for families and, ofcourse, beer.

Have a great week!
~ Sue Koehler-Arsenault

TWIR Oct 13Rockport Rocks


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