Artists Explore SERIES, Curated by Barbara Moody

Artists Explore SERIES

June 28 – August 12, 2018

Artist Reception: Friday, June 29, from 6 to 8 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12-6 PM

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The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased to present an exhibition of eighteen regional contemporary artists who work in series. These artists oftenstart with an idea and move through a sequence of separate works…exploring the fulfillment of an idea and visual goals. By viewing several closely related works by each artist, audiences can observe and experience the process of art-making. Artists Explore SERIES is on view at RNAC’s Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester from June 28 – August 12, 2018. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Friday, June 29, from 6-8PM. Weekly gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12-6 PM.

RNAC is pleased to introduce Barbara Moody as the Guest Curator of Artists Explore SERIES. Moody has an M. Ed. and Ed.D. from Harvard University. She is currently a professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years. Moody says of her artistic process “I work in series to explore one idea from different perspectives. Keeping the same feeling or mood, I can change the subject and color to examine a range of possibilities.”

Artists Explore SERIES collaborators include Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Joan Bediz, Morgan Dyer, Conny Goelz-Schmitt, Julie Graham, Mark Hoffmann, Nancy Legendre, Kevin Lucey, Maria Malatesta, Barbara Moody, Ruth Mordecai, Rose Olson, Lynda Schlosberg, Deb Schradeick, Martha L Swanson, Len Thomas-Vickory, Helen Tory and Alyssa Watters.


When asked to comment on working in series it was found that the artists have varying ideas about their artistic process. According to artist Morgan Dyer, “This painting series informs ideas of landscape through a lens of personal experience. Color dictates the subject, exploring emotional connections within these experiences and speaking to moments in time similar to a journal.”Kevin Lucey adds, “I work in a series to thoroughly investigate an idea or concept. In most cases, the series ends up being autobiographical, as I am constantly trying to better understand myself, and the people around me.” For Maria Malatesta, “Working in series allows me to explore an idea or direction more deeply. This can lead to unexpected and surprising places. Color, marks and space are all important investigations.” And, Ruth Mordecai sums it up with, “Working in series helps to explore and to simplify.”

This exhibition includes between two and eight works by each artist, for a total of over 80 works of art, representing painting, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, and illustration. This exhibition includes between two and eight works by each artist, for a total of over 80 works of art, representing painting, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, and illustration.




The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies, and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist painters in US art. Edward Hopper and Emil Gruppe are examples. It has as well been a catalyst for the progressive ideas of Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Theresa Bernstein, Milton Avery and Nell Blaine, among others. Today, Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving, creative community.

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