Summer Artist Series 2014

Rockwee Rhapsody by Ken Beck

Artist Ken Beck Returns To Rocky Neck

May 23 - June 10, 2014

Reception : SAT, May 24, 6-8pm

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is delighted to present the work of Ken Beck, who spent a month-long residency on Rocky Neck in 2007. Beck exhibits a combination of old and new works that are about the New England coast and his relationship to the sea, including some paintings that were completed during his 2007 residency. The three-week exhibition opens Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Collective, 53 Rocky Neck Avenue and can be viewed daily, 10AM – 6PM and until 8PM, Thurs-Sat. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Saturday, May 24 from 6 to 8PM. Beck is the first Alumni Artist in Residence. His show kicks off the Summer Artist Series.

Ken Beck had been a practicing artist for almost 40 years with numerous awards and exhibitions when he came to Rocky Neck as an artist in residence in 2007. Born and educated in Danvers Massachusetts, Beck currently lives and works in Boston and is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Decordova Museum, and the Boston Public Library, as well as in numerous corporate and private collections. He holds a B.A. from Goddard College, a Ph.D. from Union Graduate School and a joint M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. He has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. He is represented in Boston by Gallery NAGA.


Juried Summer Artists for 2014

Matt Cegelis and Ruth Schneider

Matt Cegelis and Ruth Schneider : Serendipity

Photography and Digital Art

June 11 to July 1

Reception : SAT June 14, 6-8pm

Husband and wife Matt Cegelis and Ruth Schneider enjoy the serendipitous process of merging multiple images, discovering and creating one-of-a-kind abstractions,



Laureen Adrienne Maher

Laureen Adrienne Maher : Building

Oil Painting

July 1 - 22

Reception : SAT July 5, 6-8pm

Over the last ten years, I've been developing my artwork using Gloucester buildings as the overall subject matter. I find irony in the way that most of the structures that excite me are the old and dilapidated ones. Those structures are also a great place to reflect, gather energy, and otherwise, hide from the tidal waves of junk mail waiting for us when we get home! I really enjoyed painting the back side of Good Harbor snack bar last Fall! What I love most about art is perspective. When starting a painting, I try to surprise people with the not-so-popular view of the subject to offer a fresh new take. I like the way art brings people together for all sorts of conversations. Gloucester is sublime. In every beautiful vista or building I find what I think is horrifyingly delightful. From there, I like to stage the ugly in a new light, like a "makeover" … with the prettiest colors mixed from oil paints. What else would you want from a stylist? So I say, "Paint it Pretty!" (Maybe that should be the name of the exhibit)!

David Piemonte

David Piemonte : Flower Power

Black & White Silver Gelatin Photography

July 24 - August 12

Reception : FRI July 25, 6-8pm

The term Flower Power may ring a bell with many of you. It was a slogan used during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s as a symbol of passive resistance and peace, originating in the opposition to the Vietnam War. I believe that flowers hold an unprecedented ability to move us; to bring us to a place of knowing, to center us in the moment.

For this exhibit, I use the term to represent paradox. The most apparent and contrary notion is that the original “Flower Power” movement was synonymous with bright and vivid colored flowers. Obviously, my floral images are the complete opposite.

All of my floral images begin the same way…in total darkness. Then, each one is transformed by painting them with light for several minutes while the camera shutter is left wide open. The end result is never known until the film is finally developed.

The original Flower Power movement was about people banding together to make a social statement. My florals are images of solitude and isolation.  I hope my photographs allow the viewer to see flowers from a more intimate perspective. My purpose as a photographer is to create images that ask more questions than they answer.

The 1960’s social movement was complex, overlapping many political and social opinions. The work I am showing here is focused on simplicity and an almost Zen-like quality of life. We usually see flowers photographed in color. My approach is to use the intrinsic simplicity of black and white film to capture the transcendent essence of flowers’ power.


Robert Williams

Robert Williams : Cape Ann Renaissance Painting

Oil Painting

August 13 - September 2

Reception : SAT August 16, 6-8pm

Relatively new to Cape Ann, Robert has always been drawn to Regional American Impressionism, as seen in the work of Nineteenth Century New England painters, specifically those of Cape Ann. Robert feels privileged to be painting in that tradition, in the same place as they, and others who followed them.

Living and working here, he has been inspired anew and thinks of his transition from lifelong artist of Pennsylvania countryside landscapes as his "Cape Ann Renaissance." While still attempting to create lively compositions with commanding technique in "statements" of light and color, he now works to capture the essence of the unique, vivid and compelling Cape Ann towns, harbor views and seascapes.

He brings to bear in this endeavor his boyhood study of drawing and painting with Florence Collins, former student of Daniel Garber and Hugh Henry Breckenridge at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; his education at Philadelphia College of Art; his experience as Combat Artist with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam; his apprenticeship in Florence, Italy among a circle of prominent artists, and his work as a residential and commercial mural artist and proprietor of Motion Graphics.


Trish Conant

Trish Conant : Texture Speaks

Precious Metal Clay Jewelry

September 4 - 23

Reception : SAT September 6, 6-8pm

I create most of my jewelry using Precious Metal Clay (PMC). PMC begins in a claylike form containing ultra-fine silver, water, and organic binder. The PMC is textured, shaped, refined and finally fired in a kiln. As the piece is fired in the kiln the organic binder burns out, the water evaporates, and the fine silver particles are sintered together resulting in pure silver (.999) metal; sterling has other alloys such as copper, and is therefore marked .925. PMC has limitless possibilities. In the wet stage it resembles clay that can be sculpted, molded, textured and formed. In the dry stage it mimics wood that can be carved, pierced/sawed, and joined to create intricate forms. Once fired, it is a solid piece of metal that can be soldered, and hammered.


Michelle Kenna

Michele J. Kenna : Connections Through Nature

Pastel and Mixed Media

September 24 - October 12

Reception : SAT September 27, 6-8pm

When I am in nature I feel connected to my source. Away from the noise and distractions of daily life I am able to lose myself while painting a landscape that inspires me. Exact representation is not my goal. I strive to free myself from the “tyranny of the line” as my teacher and mentor, Frank Federico, has taught me. Spontaneity, strong strokes of color, gesture, and bold compositions are goals I am constantly trying to achieve. Capturing the essence of the landscape before me, the “letting go of ego” and portraying my feelings about the scene and the time of day are always a challenge but an exciting one.  It is very satisfying when this resonates with the viewer.