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Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester to throw Arts Ball and Costume Parade to benefit district

Posted by Terri Ogan  August 1, 2013 03:32 PM

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The Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, one of the oldest art colonies in the US, is throwing its annual fundraiser to benefit area programming including exhibitions, workshops, lectures and community offerings at various art and cultural facilities in the district.

The Beaux Arts Ball and Costume Parade is scheduled for Saturday August 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on Wonson Street in Gloucester.

The event, with the theme Recycled, Repurposed and Revised, will include music by Boston-based, Le Prestige, as well as food beverages and a silent auction.

The arts ball is celebrating a "renaissance" art theme in Gloucester, according to a recent announcement.

Stevie Black, co-founder of Aquatro Gallery on Rocky Neck, said that about 20 years ago, the art colony experienced a downturn in revenue due to a lack of rented galleries.

About two or three years ago, things changed for the better.

"Two or three years ago was the first time when every art gallery got rented," Black said. "There is this renewed interest by younger artists, many taking over for older artists that were retiring and letting their spaces go. There was a renewed interest to take over these spots and join this long standing summer season artists on the waterfront."

Black added that when the Massachusetts Cultural Council designated Rocky Neck a Massachusetts Cultural District last year, art, music, literature and culture flourished.

The designation denotes past traditions and contemporary vibrancy along with the area’s orientation towards a local creative economy, according to a recent statement.

"There's this new idea that some of these traditional travel destinations for tourists can become self-sustaining by embracing their own cultural traditions and creating their own creative economies from that," Black said.

Tickets for the Beaux Arts Ball are being sold for $35 and can be purchased at the door or online at www.rockyneckartcolony.org.

The event will benefit offerings at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Goetemann Artist-in-Residency, Nights On The Neck, Rocky Neck Gallery, Teaching Artist Partnership with the Gloucester Public Schools, Historic Art Trail, and Ward Mann Scholarship.

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.

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

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