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Artists from Boston and the North Shore to meet at Rocky Neck in Gloucester

Posted by Terri Ogan  August 21, 2013 09:01 AM

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The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in Gloucester is bringing together artists from the North Shore and Boston for a special exhibition depicting the reinvention of landscape art.

The "SouthEnd by NorthEast" exhibition will consist of five artists from Boston’s South End studios and four artists from the North Shore. The exhibition runs from Aug. 29 through Sept. 22. The Cultural Center will be open for showings from Thursday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The reception at the Cultural Center to meet the artists will be Sept. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Curated by Adriana “Gigi” Mederos, the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s first and only Latin artistic director, the exhibition will feature a wide range of mediums, including encaustic, acrylics, oils, inks and watercolors; on paper, canvas, board and vellums. Included in the show is work by artists Adam Batliner, Cathy Bennigson, Susan Blatt, Linda Cordner, Kay Ives, Elynn Kroger, Ben MacAdam, Mary Bucci McCoy and Martha Wakefield. 

The diverse group of work aims to challenge the audience’s notion of the landscape in art. In their work, each artist reinterprets both what constitutes a landscape painting and what served as their “jumping off point” for their investigation into the landscape or natural forms, according to a statement from the cultural center.

The show was created to enlarge the conversation around landscape painting to include a wider variety of contemporary mediums and styles of expression, and to serve as a conduit for engagement for the two separate art communities.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony aims to nurture excellence in the visual arts and to celebrate the artistic culture of Rocky Neck and the entire cultural district.

The historic art hub has flourished since the Massachusetts Cultural Council designated Rocky Neck a Massachusetts Cultural District last year.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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