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This Weekend in the Arts 10/19-22/18

Paint! Paint! Paint! Stephen LaPierre Walks His Talk

Reception: Saturday, October 20, 4:00–6:00 PM
Show Runs: October 18–November 18, 2018

Cultural Center Studio Gallery,  6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01931

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 – 4:00 PM

More Information: 978-515-7004
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LaPierre in his studio

The Paint! Paint! Paint! exhibition at the Cultural Center Studio Gallery features a collection of more than 20 recent paintings in oil of recognizable Rocky Neck locations by resident artist, Stephen LaPierre. Following in the traditions of the many well-known artists who preceded him, from Milton Avery to Edward Hopper and many others, LaPierre recently was seen in the streets and byways of “the Neck” at all times of day, and even night, at his easel to capture the light and mood of the scene before him in paint.

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Little Red House on Clarendon Street, oil by Stephen LaPierre

Paint! Paint! Paint! is being held in the Cultural Center Studio Gallery in the same time period, October 18 through November 18, 2018, as LANDFALL, the Montserrat College of Art exhibit on view on the upper level Cultural Center Gallery.

The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening receptions for both exhibits on Saturday, October 20, 4:00–6:00 PM at the Cultural Center galleries at 6 Wonson St, Gloucester, MA. The building is handicap accessible with gallery hours Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 – 4:00 PM each week.


Book Signing and Reception at the Square Circle Gallery for Finding Lilliput, a photographic story written and illustrated by Judy Robinson-Cox

Saturday, October 20, 1 to 4pm

Square Circle Gallery, 11 Dock Square, Rockport MA
More Information: (978) 546-7100


A photographic story for the young at heart, Finding Lilliput, is a little book about a tiny pig named Percy, who longs for small friends just like him.  When he learns about the land of Lilliput, he sets out in a miniature boat to find it. The book, written for children and adults, follows Percy’s adventures in his discovery of Lilliput. The Square Circle Gallery in Rockport is holding a booksigning and reception for the book this Saturday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 pm. In addition to a collection of miniature pig photos, the gallery is showing several of Judy’s new rock assemblages.


Magma Events in October

“Cables and Lines” CD release show
Saturday Oct 6th 7to9pm
11 Pleasant St Gloucester MA
Benefit for the Open Door
Ecstatic Dance With DJ Blue Spectral Monkey
Monday  Oct 8th 6:30 to 8:30
11 Pleasant St, Gloucester
family friendly dance party $10
Master Class with Alexandra Berger
Sat Oct 13 1 to 4 pm
Magma 11 Pleasant St Gloucester MA
Celtic Ceilidh Workshop With Emerald Rae
Sunday Oct 14th 12:30 to 2 pm
Magma 11 Pleasant St Gloucester MA
Forro’ Brazilian Social Dance Class
Sundays from Sept 22 to Nov 4th 5 to 6:30
Magma 11 Pleasant St Gloucester MA
Every Sunday 2 to 3:30 pm
Magma 11 pleasant St Gloucester MA
Afro-Brazilian martial arts

This Weekend in the Arts 10/4/18

Salon 2018| The Transformative Power of Wearable Art

An evening presented by seARTS Wearable Art Group at the Cape Ann Museum

seARTS and the Cape Ann Museum are pleased to present the 2018 Wearable Art Salon on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum. Guests will enjoy a panel discussion, book signing and a selection of 2017 CWA runway looks. Panelists include former professor of fashion and design Barbara Broudo, editor and curator Suzanne Ramljak, author Anne Lee and artist Christine Gauthier-Kelley. The panel will be moderated by Petra Slinkard, The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Peabody Essex Museum.  This program is $12 for seARTS and CAM members, or $15 nonmembers. Space is limited, reservations are required. Tickets available online at Eventbrite or call (978)283-0455 x10. Please email for more information.

Time: 6:30 PM Doors Open, Wearable Art books for sale, & looks on display, program follows at 7:15PM

Place: Cape Ann Museum 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA

Tickets: $12 Museum and seARTS Member; $15 Guests via Eventbrite

Email: Tel:  978-283-0455

Additional Information:  or


“When you go into the Woods”

An Art Exhibition by Vanessa Michalak

Opens Oct. 2nd at Jane Deering Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct. 6th from 6pm-8pm.

“When You go into the Woods,” features oil paintings by Vanessa Michalak highlighting some of Cape Ann’s well known gems. Works depict imagery of a variety of places including Annisquam Village, Lanesville’s Vernon Quarries and Babson’s Dogtown boulders. The exhibition will be on display throughout October at Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA with and opening reception scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6th from 6pm-8pm.

Fallen Tree

“Fallen Tree,” oil on yupo mounted on panel, 40”x60”

The Exhibition, “When You Go Into The Woods” is a reflection of Michalak’s exploration of Cape Ann and her ongoing investigation of the painting process. The works reflect a fascination with a specific place and its hidden treasures. Many of the works are plein air paintings that brought her to the edges of quarries and sent her trekking through Dogtown’s rocky paths. As much as these works pay tribute to a specific place, they also reflect Michalak’s gestural painting style that at times borders on abstraction. Much like her wanderings in the woods, there is a sense that she doesn’t mind getting a little lost in brushwork, layering and mark before finding her destination.

Nelsons Pitt

“Nelson’s Pitt,” oil on canvas, 20”x16”

Michalak grew up in Maine before moving to Boston where she lived and worked for over a decade. While living in Boston she visited Cape Ann often and eventually moved to Gloucester last year. She earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2013 and has attended many notably residencies including Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO and Playa, Summer Lake, OR. Her work was featured in New American Paintings#110 and she was selected as a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Painting in 2014.


“Early Spring,” oil on canvas, 20”x16”

Vanessa Michalak

Studio Address: Charles Fine Arts, 196 Main Street Gloucester, MA


Phone: 207-233-0467





Season’s End Party at
Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck


The Rocky Neck Art Colony invites Cape Ann residents and visitors to attend Gallery 53’s Season’s End Party on Saturday, October 6 from 6 to 8pm at 53 Rocky Neck Ave (between the Studio and the Rudder restaurants). The festive party features delectable appetizers, seasonal libations and an array of creative artist-made door prizes all offered at no charge to the public. This yearly event is in celebration of a successful season for Gallery 53, which closes for the year on Sunday, October 14. Parking is available in the Rocky Neck parking lot at the beginning of Rocky Neck Ave and the Marine Railways at the end of Rocky Neck. Street parking is also available on Rocky Neck Ave., Clarendon and Wonson Streets.



RECEPTION: Saturday, Oct. 6th, 5-7 p.m.

Please join us at

121 Main St., Gloucester, MA

Meet the artists
and enjoy some light refreshments.
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Artist Conversation October 2, 7pm At the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

Azita Moradkhani, Rocky Neck Art Colony Goetemann Artist in Residence

Artist Conversation October 2, 7pm
At the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St. Gloucester


Body Cast, by Azita Moradkhani

Azita Moradkhani was born in Tehran where she was exposed to Persian art and culture as well as Iranian politics, and that double exposure increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she explores in her work and art-making process. She received her BFA from Tehran University of Art and both her MA in Art Education and her MFA in drawing, painting & sculpture from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University. The female body, and its exposure to different social norms, is central to Moradkhani’s work. Through her drawings and body castings, she is examining displacement as an unnatural state we experience when we find ourselves insecure in our own body.

This Weekend in the Arts 9/28-30/18

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Unexpected No. 9 Exhibit
Reception Sunday Sept. 30, 2-4 pm   

Rockport Art Association& Museum  

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Ninth Show 


Painting by Christine Waller, 24 x 24″, oil and collage are elements on canvas, title: “Hazmat Man” created 2018

The Rockport Art Association & Museums Experimental Group opens its ninth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Nine” at Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA, 978.546.6604. This juried show features artworks of both the RAA&Ms artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography.  The exhibition runs from September 29 through October 13, with an Artist Reception on Sunday, September 30 from 2-4 pm.  

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 pm or by appointment. Closed Monday.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum. 

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email 

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 96 years.


Marilyn Swift One-Artist Show

September 29 – October 11, 2018

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 29th, 2 – 4 PM

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An exhibition of diverse watercolor and water media paintings by Gloucester artist Marilyn Swift will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, September 29th with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, September 29 – Thursday, October 11.

Marilyn Swift has been an Artist Member of the Rockport Art Association & Museum since 1978 (40 Years!). She has been awarded numerous prizes for her watercolors, not only at the RAA&M but also at juried shows throughout the Northeast. Upon earning her BA at The College of New Rochelle in NY, she taught art in the Norwood Public Schools.
“My paintings are direct responses to visual stimuli. While others use words or music or gestures, I paint. Watercolor is, for me, the vehicle that generally works best. When a subject dictates, I will paint in oil or acrylic; but I always return to watercolor. I am a dedicated plein air painter, inspired not only by Cape Ann, but also by travels both near and abroad. Over the years, I have studied with noted artists whose works I admire, yet I continually strive to express my own voice. My work can be described as emotional realism incorporating careful drawing, planning along with thoughtful editing, and good design.”  – Marilyn Swift

Please check out Marilyn’s website: for further information about her affiliations and visiting her East Gloucester Studio/Gallery.

RAA&M Fall Hours:

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM.  (Open Mondays through October 15.)  For more information on this and other shows, please visit the RAA&M’s website at


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