Saturday, May 13, 2017

Remarks by NSAA Historian Peter Tysver at the May 7 Opening Reception Celebrating The North Shore Arts Association's 95th Anniversary

"Welcome to the opening reception at the North Shore Arts Association. This year we are celebrating the 95th anniversary of the founding of our organization.

Although artists had been coming to Cape Ann for years, the art colony developed in Gloucester around the turn of the twentieth century. More and more artists started summering here, staying at the waterfront hotels in East Gloucester. The first exhibits of artist's works were held in the lobbies of the hotels.

Around 1915, a wealthy New York couple who summered here, William and Emiline Atwood, commissioned their friend the prominent architect Ralph Adams Cram to design a large house for them overlooking the moors on Ledge Road in East Gloucester. They decided to add an Art Gallery to the property dubbing it The Gallery On The Moors. Mr. and Mrs. Atwood invited prominent local artists to exhibit at their gallery and because the Atwoods were well-connected the openings were covered in the New York Times, and became very popular, attracting large crowds.

By 1922, the artists realized that The Gallery On The Moors was too small for their growing needs. They also wished to have a more democratic way of choosing the artists to be included in exhibits, and decided the an art association would be the answer.

The artists started meeting to discuss forming an association in the summer of 1922. Local businessman and arts patron Thomas Reed offered them this building (our one and only home) that he used as a warehouse, for $15,000.00 (around $230,000.00 in 2017 currency). The artists quickly accepted his offer and incorporated on December 20, 1922.

So here we are, ninety-five years later, still in the same building and still very much a vibrant organization. We sincerely hope that we can enjoy another ninety-five years, at least. In order for that to happen however, we need the help of our members. We need you, members and non-members alike to donate time and/or money. We need volunteers in order for us to continue to be a vibrant organization. Please let us know if you can help, and please take some time when you visit the gallery this summer to look at the historic items in the display case on the second floor. They explain a bit more about our extraordinary history."

-Peter Tysver, Historian, Archivist, and Trustee of the North Shore Arts Association
May 7, 2017

The painting illustrating this post: "Gloucester Harbor" (1912), by Max Kuehne, is a view of Wonson Cove and Thomas Reed's maritime warehouse, which was soon to become the home of the North Shore Arts Association

Artists create our futures, imagine and inspire our best selves and hold up a mirror to our times. Come celebrate creativity with us and North Shore Arts Association's  95th Anniversary year!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

You're Invited! NSAA's 95th Anniversary Season Opening Reception Sunday, May 7th, 2 to 4 p.m.

Opening Reception, Sunday May 7, 2017
From 2 to 4 p.m.
As always, Free and Open to the Public!

"Gloucester Harbor", Aldo T. Hibbard

North Shore Arts Association extends a warm welcome to all our friends, neighbors, and supporters as we celebrate the launch of the 2017 Exhibition season, our 95th year! Join us for an afternoon redolent with gratitude for earlier generations of artists and their visions which led to the formation of the NSAA 95 years ago, and an energetic look forward at the challenges, passions, and deeply held commitments which energize Cape Ann's artists today.
Spend some time with our artists and the community which supports them; you'll find we are vitally interested in you, our community, our children, and our world!

From the opening bell, four major exhibitions will fill NSAA's waterside galleries to the brim and provide a rousing kick off to our anniversary season. Artist Members Exhibition I, Associate Members Exhibition I, our New Artist Members Show and a Special Solo Exhibit by Artist Member Katalin Spang; all of which promise to bring out our artists' newest and most courageous works to vie for the many new and generous awards and honors that have been added to our roster this year. The awards reception for all three members shows is to be held on May 7, from 2-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. We would love to see you there and to share a toast to  NSAA's 95th year!
A sneak preview of the Special Events planned for our 2017 celebratory year:|

Artist Members Exhibition I  May 5 - June 10 Artist Members-Non-Juried
Associate Members Show I  May 5 - June 10  Associate Members-Non-Juried
New Artist Members Show  May 5 - June 10  (Special Exhibit)
Katalin Spang Solo Show   May 5- May 21  (Special Exhibit)
Lynn Wrona Solo Show  May 22 - June 10  (Special Exhibit)
Experimental Group of RAA & M Group Show  June 7 - July 6 (Special Exhibit-Juried)

Artist Members Exhibition II  June 16 - August 5 Artist Members-Juried
Cape Ann Animal Aid Fundraiser  June 16 - August 5 Artist Members-Non-Juried
Richard Giedd, Susan Kelley & George Martin  July 10 - July 29 (Special Exhibit)
Shelly Eager, Brent Rotsko & Kathy Staab  August 7 - August 23 (Special Exhibit)
Associate Members Show II  August 11 - September 9 Associate Members-Non Juried

Artist Members Exhibition III  "Small Works" August 11 - September 9 Juried Auction
Wet Paint-Plein Air Event!  August 12
Michele Kenna & Rosalie Sidoti  August 24 - September 9 (Special Exhibit)

Artist Members Exhibition IV- "Masterworks"  September 15 - October 28  Non-Juried
Charles Movalli Retrospective  September 15 - October 28

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

In Memoriam: Bernard Gerstner

"Lobster" by Bernard Gerstner

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of one of our own, Bernard Gerstner, a highly accomplished painter, a beloved teacher, notable demonstrator, and an important member of the Cape Ann and Greater New England art community.
His work is distinguished by its skillful design, lively color, and perceptive interpretation of the landscape and marine subjects that held such a fascination for him. His very popular workshops and relentless search for inspiring subject matter took him on far-ranging painting trips throughout New England, particularly New York State, in addition to those locales found closer to home, on his beloved Cape Ann.
Bernard was an active artist member in a long list of prestigious professional associations, including the North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association, Boston Watercolor Society, Academic Artists Association, Rochester Art Club, International Marine Painters Association, and the New England Watercolor Society.
He work was acclaimed by the public and by his fellow artists. He received numerous awards and prizes during his long and successful career. Recent awards include the Gold Medal at the North Shore Arts Association, and the Eleanor M. Callow Award at Rockport Art Association
The entire artistic community and his fellow artists here at the North Shore Arts Association share a keen sense of loss at Bernard's passing and extend heartfelt condolences to his family.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Save the Date! NSAA Celebrates its 95th Birthday in Style: May 5, 2017 !

"Heading For Port" by Charles Movalli
May 5, 2017 marks the opening of the 95th Exhibition Season of the North Shore Arts Association and it will be a memorable season indeed!
From the opening bell, four major exhibitions will fill NSAA's waterside galleries to the brim and provide a rousing kick off to our anniversary season. Artist Members Exhibition I, Associate Members Exhibition I, our New Artist Members Show and a Special Solo Exhibit by Artist Member Katalin Spang; all of which promise to bring out our artists' newest and most courageous works to vie for the many new and generous awards and honors that have been added to our roster this year. The awards reception for all three members shows is to be held on May 7, from 2-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. We would love to see you there and to share a toast to  NSAA's 95th year!
A sneak preview of the Special Events planned for our 2017 celebratory year:|

Artist Members Exhibition I  May 5 - June 10 Artist Members-Non-Juried
Associate Members Show I  May 5 - June 10  Associate Members-Non-Juried
New Artist Members Show  May 5 - June 10  (Special Exhibit)
Katalin Spang Solo Show   May 5- May 21  (Special Exhibit)
Lynn Wrona Solo Show  May 22 - June 10  (Special Exhibit)
Experimental Group of RAA & M Group Show  June 7 - July 6 (Special Exhibit-Juried)

Artist Members Exhibition II  June 16 - August 5 Artist Members-Juried
Cape Ann Animal Aid Fundraiser  June 16 - August 5 Artist Members-Non-Juried
Richard Giedd, Susan Kelley & George Martin  July 10 - July 29 (Special Exhibit)
Shelly Eager, Brent Rotsko & Kathy Staab  August 7 - August 23 (Special Exhibit)
Associate Members Show II  August 11 - September 9 Associate Members-Non Juried

Artist Members Exhibition III  "Small Works" August 11 - September 9 Juried Auction
Wet Paint-Plein Air Event!  August 12
Michele Kenna & Rosalie Sidoti  August 24 - September 9 (Special Exhibit)

Artist Members Exhibition IV- "Masterworks"  September 15 - October 28  Non-Juried
Charles Movalli Retrospective  September 15 - October 28

The season opening for our 95th year is almost upon us! We'll see you May 5th!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

In Memoriam: NSAA's Beloved Past President Harold Kloongian (1928-2017)


It is with heavy hearts that the art community of Cape Ann notes the passing of the North Shore Arts Association's beloved past President, Harold Kloongian.
Harold Kloongian was a highly regarded American painter. He was born in Massachusetts and remained a lifelong resident. Drawing and painting at an early age, he quickly developed an affinity for watercolor and oils which invariably set his course in life. His deep passion for Vermont landscape and Gloucester/Rockport marine genre are beautifully depicted in the plein air tradition. Many of his works can be found in numerous public and private collections.
Harold received his art education at the Art Institute of Boston (formerly School of Practical Art) on scholarship, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Boston University. He also studied with notable artists Emile A. Gruppe, Carl Nelson, John Pike, Frank Rines, and Edgar Whitney.
Throughout his career, Harold was an illustrator, art director, and a publications production manager. For a major portion of his career, he served as Director of Publications for Avco Everett Research Laboratory (no Textron Systems), before retirement.
Harold served three terms as President of the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester, MA (1986-1992) and one term as Vice President. Harold was a key member of both the Cape Ann and Vermont art communities since the early 1960's, painting continually and providing support to the arts. In addition to the North Shore Arts Association, Harold was an active, prize winning artist member of the Rockport Art Association, Academic Artist Association and the Hudson Valley Art Association
For more information and a portfolio of his paintings and awards, please visit the website

Friday, March 3, 2017

Congratulations to North Shore Arts Association's New Artist Members for 2017!

KATHERINE COAKELY  Eastern Point, Gloucester, MA resident Katherine Coakely has had a lifelong affinity for art. About fifteen years ago she picked up a paintbrush for the first time experimenting with watercolor and acrylics. Later, she took up oil painting, concentrating on the landscapes of scenic Cape Ann locales. A Colorist at heart and sometimes called a Fauvist, she boldly wields her paint and brush. In New England, she has studied with numerous Cape Ann artists. One of Kathy's greatest pleasures is painting the beauty of the world while traveling. In the winter, Kathy continues her passion for painting warm weather landscapes, painting in her studio in Miami Beach, FL. She has studied at the South Florida Art Center in Miami Beach.
Kathy's creative process is continually evolving and she enjoys trying new techniques to keep her perspective fresh. Recently, Kathy has been experimenting with more abstract designs and is relishing a newfound method of expression.
Kathy creates art for a variety of reasons; as a form of expression; as a connection with others; as an opportunity to be part of a vibrant community of artists; as a conversation starter; as a form of meditation; as a way to inspire her children and grandchildren to be passionate about doing what they love. For Kathy, being able to share her enthusiasm for art with others is the ultimate reward. Kathy is a member of the North Shore Arts Association, the Copley Society, SeARTS, the Rocky Neck Art Colony, and an associate member of the Rockport Art Association and Museum. For more information, please visit
photo credit: "Lily Pond", acrylic, 30 x 30" © Katherine Coakley

FLORENCE COMO A former teacher from Lincoln, MA, Florence has had a love of art and music from the time she was a child. For many years she taught in the elementary grades and also served as a soprano soloist in many area churches. She has been painting and drawing since she was a child. Self-taught in the beginning, it was after Florence retired from her long career in teaching that she became more serious about her art. She initially started painting in watercolor when she was inspired by George Shedd and Betty Lou Schlemm and began taking workshops. Later she was fortunate to have studied not only with many well-known artists from Cape Ann, but also internationally known artists including Alvaro Castagnet, John Salminen, and Z.L. Feng. Later, she also developed a love for oils and acrylics, taking workshops with Monique Sakellarios, Maris Platais, and most recently, Dennis Sheehan after developing an interest in tonalism.
Her most special experience, however, was the several workshops in Italy at La Romita School of Art in Umbria, where every day the group of painters was immersed in painting watercolors en plen air in the various hill town, participating in instruction and critiques, and attending art history lectures.
Florence enjoys painting a wide variety of subject matter in her realistic style. She most often paints in oils and acrylics when painting landscapes. She is especially inspired by nature and especially loves to include some of her most favorite subjects: beautiful, colorful, ever-changing skies, sunsets, and reflections on bodies of water. She also enjoys painting local scenes and can often be found in Boston, Cape Ann, and Cape Cod with her camera, capturing the images of things she will later use as a reference for her paintings when working in the studio. For urban scenes with architectural subjects and people, she most often chooses watercolor.
Florence is a member of many art associations including Reading, Newton, Canton, Weston, Wellesley, and the Attleboro Art Museum. She regularly participates in solo, group, and juried exhibits, where she has been the recipient of many awards. She is also a Signature Member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. She is proud to have recently become an Artist Member of the North Shore Arts Association.

DENNIS McQUILLEN is graduate and scholarship student of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where he studied painting under Henry Schwartz and Lionel Feininger. Upon graduation, he received a scholarship for a summer-long residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, in Maine.
Dennis worked as a Designer and an Art Director for 28 years with Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company. Upon his retirement, he resumed his Fine Arts interests and continued his studies at the Massachusetts College of Art with artists and teachers such as Janet Monifo, Paul Rahilly, and Ed Stitt. He has also studied privately with Stapleton Kearns, George Nick, and David Curtis. He maintains a studio at his home in Newport, Rhode Island.|
photo credit: "Half Moon Beach", 20 x 16" © Dennis Quillen

LINDA JO NIELSEN With a poetic blend of realism and impressionism, Linda draws her inspiration from the meadows and marshlands from Cape Ann to Maine. Born and raised in New England, sun-dapples roads, pastures, and marshes are a reoccurring theme in her work.
Linda began her painting career as a fine artist under the tutelage of the now late Barbara Baldwin. She continued her studies with Ellen Whitman of Exeter, NH. In 1993, Linda began to produce limited edition prints of her wildlife paintings, she was signed by the Applejack Licensing and Publishing Company of Vermont and for a brief time worked as a freelance illustrator for the Random House Publishing Group.
To further her studies, Linda began attending workshops with several Cape Ann Masters, Sharon Carson, Paul George, and David Curtis. This is where her love for "painting en plein aire" developed significantly. Inspired by nature, painting the landscape became Linda's artistic voice. Today, using an impressionistic palette of oils or pastels, she creates images where light, form, and atmosphere are captured on canvas.
Linda holds juried memberships with the North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA and Rockport Art Association and Museum of Rockport, MA. Her most recent awards include the Emile A. Gruppe Memorial Award, Charles Umanita Memorial Award, and the "Art Spirit" Award. For eight year she exhibited her paintings at Central Street Gallery in Manchester-by-the-Sea.
Wishing to share her love and experiences of painting, Linda opened her studio in 1995 and began teaching weekly art classes in oil and pastel.
photo credit:"Essex Winter", pastel, 12 x 18" © Linda Jo Nielsen

PAM PERRAS invites the viewer to engage with a quiet arrangement of quotidian objects, to enter an evocative scene, or to make the acquaintance of a personality brought to life on a painted surface.
"I immerse myself in a subject, whether it be a landscape, a casual group of everyday objects, or a complex sitter. I enjoy seeing how light plays on a scene, how it renders the form of objects and delineates and enlivens the human form. I am fascinated by the myriad subtleties. It is my hope that my work will encourage the viewer to share in the same visual adventure that first attracted me."
Pam has studied with a number of excellent artists, including Alastair Dacey, Kelly Carmody, Donald Jurney, Julie Airoldi, Anthony Ryder, Don Demers, Kim English, and David Curtis.
Perras is an award-winning artist and member of local and regional art associations including Newburyport Art Association. She is a full-time artist, with a studio in Amesbury, MA.
photo credit: "Martha B.Hutcheson", oil, © Pam Perras

ELIZABETH RHOADES is an award winning and highly recognized Connecticut artist whose pastel paintings are characterized by their vibrant color and sensitivity to the natural forms and light in the landscape. Her work depicts her passion and understanding of the spiritual qualities of the landscape. In her work, she seeks to express her emotional connection to, and love of, the raw beauty of our earth. Born in New Haven and residing in Stafford Springs, CT, she holds art degrees from Wesleyan University and SCSU and has obtained an advanced degree of the sixth level of art education. She paints mostly in the plein-air tradition, and in her studio in inclement weather from her value studies and reference photos that she has taken on location. There is a personal quality to her work that brings peace and tranquility to the viewer, while at the same time having a distinct vitality through her use of color.
Of the dozens of awards she has won, Elizabeth's recent awards include Third Place, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Medal of Honor Plus for a Pastel in the American Artists Professional League, as well as awards in exhibition of Academic Artists, Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, Connecticut Pastel Society, and many more. Elizabeth has been juried into a multitude of highly competitive exhibits throughout the Unite States. She is a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the President and Elected Artist Member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, an Elected Artist in the Rockport Art Association and Museum, an Elected Artist of the Lyme Art Association, an Elected Artist at North Shore Arts Association, an Elected Artist of the Academic Artists Association, an Elected Artist in the American Artists Professional League, as well as the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and a member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico, Audubon Artists, and the American Impressionist Society. She was a Featured Artist in the Oct/Nov 2016 edition of Plein Air Magazine.
Elizabeth has also been juried into many highly competitive Plein Air Competitions, including Plein Air Easton, Paint Annapolis, and Finger Lakes Plein Air. Elizabeth Rhoades has painted professionally since 1973. Her individually commissioned pieces hang in private collections from Alaska to Maine, as well as in corporate collections. In addition to painting, Elizabeth had been an elementary art educator for thirty-five years. She taught art in the towns of Avon, Durham, Coventry, and Enfield, CT. Through her professional education career, she has shared her skills and knowledge of art to generations of students, both very young and old.
photo credit: "A Natural Celebration", pastel,  12 x 16" © Elizabeth Rhoades

JAMES RYAN studied at the Vesper George School of Art, Boston, MA. Among his great instructors were the highly respected artists Jack Callahan, Don Stone, Prescott Jones, Bill Flynn, and many others. Jim worked as an illustrator for over 45 years.
Now in his retirement from that career, he enjoys his time painting fine art in oils on Cape Ann. He was an award recipient of the Grumbacher Gold Medal for one of his works of art and in 2014 received "Best in Show" Award at the Lynnfield Art Guild for his painting "The Work Horse". Jim was the past President of the Lynnfield Art Guild.

LEIGH H. SLINGLUFF is a painter who lives with her husband, two sons, and a dog, in Rockport, MA. She was raised in Roswell, GA, and in college, she studied art history and painting before settling on Graphic Design as her area of concentration (BFA, University of Georgia 1995). After years of various jobs in the Design world, including employment as a Designer at the Cartoon Network in Atlanta, GA, Leigh chose to pursue a service-oriented lifestyle through volunteer work at Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, TX, and also service in Morocco, Africa, with the Peace Corps.
It was after these experiences and the birth of her two children that Leigh decided to revive and focus on her passion for painting and drawing.
Since moving her family from Georgia to New England in 2011, she has dedicated her time to painting, drawing, and educating herself by reading, going to museums, taking classes and workshops with excellent local teacher/artists, painting at her home, and painting en plein air with friends.
She enjoys a wide variety of subjects, including plein air landscapes, people, houses, animals, flowers, and household objects. She paints with a variety of mediums, including oils, watercolor, acrylic, and gouache. Most recently, she has had a lot of fun painting the "locals"-interesting folks spotted doing seasonal activities around her town and neighborhood.Leigh is an Artist Member of the Rockport Art Association (accepted in 2016), and a member of  SeARTS and the Rocky Neck Art Colony (Gloucester). She has won several recent awards for her paintings, including a 2nd place ribbon in the 2016 Manchester "Painting by the Sea"- a Cape Ann Plein Air Quick Draw event. Also in 2016, she was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Rockport Art Association & Museum Contributing Members show for her oil painting,"Harbor Mates".
Leigh also creates Custom House Portraits in watercolor. House Portraits can be commissioned through her Etsy store:  website:
photo credit: "Field Day Tuggers",oil, 11 x 14", © Leigh Slingluff

ALLAN FORREST SMALL grew up in Massachusetts and started painting as soon as he was old enough to hold a brush. He earned a B.A. cum laude in English from UMass Amherst and moved to Washington, DC. After years as labor relations specialist in Washington, Allan walked away from his government career and spent four months traveling throughout France, painting and drawing with a fellow artist. He later studied painting, drawing, and lithography with instructors from Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the Union Printmakers' Atelier. He lives in Worcester County and paints all over New England. A lifelong interest in architectural history and historic preservation sometimes informs his choice of neglected or derelict architectural subjects. His award-winning work has been in numerous solo exhibitions and juried shows from Virginia to Maine. He has exhibited at Washington's Collector Gallery, the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, as well as galleries in Alexandria, VA; Portland, ME; Rye, NY; Carlisle, PA and Worcester, Lowell, Springfield, Whitinsville, and Newburyport, MA. He is a member of the Academic Artists Association, the Lyme Art Association, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Rockport Art Association. In 2016 he won the Louise Demeter Prize for Excellence at the North Shore Arts Association and First Place at the Lyme Art Association Associates Show. Allan's professional affiliations include the New England Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.
photo credit: "Flag Day", watercolor, © Allan Forrest Small

SUSAN TERMYN Noted for her representational impressions of New England landscapes and seascapes, Susan's paintings are inspired by her desire to express what she experiences from life. Painterly handling supported with strong design and an eye for nature's sublime coordinated color best describes the stylish execution of her pictures. Enjoyment for and continued practice of figure study allows responding to and including in her paintings the human element connecting people to place.
Painting in the style and method of the American Impressionists "en plein air" (outdoors and directly from life) enables Susan to chronicle the ever-shifting nuances of color, light, and seasonal change. Extensive study of American Impressionism, in particular, the painters who became the hallmark of this movement W.M. Chase, C. Hassam, J. Twachtman, and D. Bunker, compels a timeless essence in her pictures.
Receiving a BFA/Editorial Design from Syracuse University Susan pursued a career in Graphic Design and Art Direction in Minneapolis and NYC. Through numerous short-term studies with noted artists: R.D. Hunter; Stapleton Kearns; T.M. Nicholas; J. Paquet, and various member of the Plein Air Painters of America, she learned to practice painting in the Realist tradition. Classical academic drawing study includes training with the Academy of Realist Art, Boston instructed by Garrett Vitanza and Emmy DeMusis. Currently monitoring the Friday Figure Sketch Group at the Rockport Art Association and regular participation at the studio of Scott Ketcham in Rockland, MA provides weekly practice in life drawing and painting.
Forging bonds with New England's centers of the arts provide a sense of place for artistic development and exposure. Current memberships: Elected Artist Rockport Art Association; Elected Artist North Shore Arts Association; The Lyme Art Association; Concord Art; The Cape Cod Art Association; North River Arts Society Marshfield; Zullo Gallery Center for the Arts Medfield.
Painting, alongside being active with her family, two dogs, and the garden, is her passion and career pursuit. A lifelong propensity for nature is evident in the subject matter and themes of her pictures.

ROBERT L. WILLIAMS As a young man, Robert studied painting and drawing with Florence Collins, a former student of Daniel Garber and Hugh Henry Breckenridge at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He majored in illustration and fine art at the Philadelphia College of Art. At the age of 21, Robert was selected as one of a few to serve as an artist in U.S. Marine Corps Combat Art Program in Vietnam.
In 1972, Robert studied in Florence Italy and worked among a circle of artists, including Benjamin Long IV, apprentice to Pietro Annigoni, master fresco painter. In the following years, Robert was commissioned for church interior restorations, including original paintings in the Philadelphia area. In addition, he received private commissions for landscapes, portraits, and still life and worked to capture Pennsylvania landscapes due to land development.
Robert established Motion Graphics, for commercial and residential, designing and painting hundreds of murals. He was also involved in numerous career development programs, teaching and working with high school students to create community murals.
Now a resident of Rockport, Robert is inspired anew tp capture the variety of extraordinary land and seascapes of Cape Ann, mindful of those 19th century master artists who found their inspiration in the beauty and richness of Cape Ann in the great tradition of American Impressionism.
photo credit: "Good Voyage", 28 x 24" © Robert Williams
"Angus", 16 x 20", © Robert Williams

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

North Shore Arts Association welcomes New Artist Members for 2017!

The New Members Show, May 5 - Jun 10, 2017, showcases the talents of the NSAA's thirty-one new artist members and their newest work. The opening reception for the New Members Show and Exhibition I will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2017 from 2-4 p.m.
This post is the second in a series profiling all 31 NSAA new artist members. Vist the artists' websites and see their exceptional artwork today and in person at the NSAA galleries starting this May!

North Shore Arts Association's New Artist Members for 2017:

"The Lookout"
TOM BAILEY describes his painting style as "Inadvertently Impressionist". His goal is to create vibrant, energetic paintings that evoke a particular emotion, or perhaps rekindle a pleasant memory.
"All my paintings start at places I've actually been", he says. "Where they take me from there, however--or where I take them--is always an unplanned adventure."
Bailey is a juried member of several regional and national arts organizations and is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. He has been fortunate to study directly with a wide spectrum of excellent artists including Frank Federico, Richard McKinley, Albert Handell, Donald Jurney, Julie Airoldi, and Daniel Edmondson.
Tom is a full-time artist with a studio in Amesbury, MA. He paints primarily in pastels and oils. He and his family divide their time between a small town north of Boston, Massachusetts and an even smaller town south of Keene, New Hampshire.
He may be reached at or on Facebook at Tom Bailey Art
photo credit:"The Lookout" pastel, 16 x 20",  ©Tom Bailey Art

"Cobalt & Silver"
MARY ELLEN BROWN "In my work I aim to give a sense of peace and beauty, creating paintings with simple elegance and mood."
Now living in Southern New Hampshire, Mary Ellen studied Fine Art and Digital Photography at Salem State College supplementing with classes at Montserrat College of Art. Now an award-winning artist she maintains a studio at Western Ave. Studios in Lowell, MA. (#A404). Having worked in oils, pastels, graphite, watercolor, and digital photography her focus is now centered on pastel painting, preferring a highly detailed realism as seen in still life. She is inspired by the works of the Old Dutch Masters as well as the simple yet stunning beauty of grapes, flowers, or a silver pitcher. "My aim is to share my joy in and appreciation of the subject matter, by focusing the viewer on the details. Using sanded pastel papers allows me to build layers, helping to develop depth, shape, color, light, and shadows."
In between studio time and time spent showing in many exhibitions over the past years, Mary Ellen enjoys teaching the skills and sharing the joy of painting. She believes that the love of painting was a God-given gift to be shared with others and loves to see others succeed in their artistic endeavors under her teaching.
Mary Ellen is currently a member of the Pastel Guild of Europe; the Pastel Society of America; the Pastel Society of New Hampshire; The Whistler House Museum of Art; Lowell Art Association, Inc.; the Western Ave. Artist Association, Lowell, MA; Chelmsford Art Association; a Juried Artist member of Hollis Art Association and a Juried Artist member of the North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.
photo credit: "Cobalt & Silver", pastel, 16 x 20",© Mary Ellen Brown

DAN DELOUISE began his career as an artist in New York City, and earned a BFA degree from Syracuse University. He moved to Cape Ann in 1993. Dan had established himself as an illustrator earlier in the nineties, painting professionally for more than 25 years, creating commissioned artworks for major corporations in the entertainment field, such as Disney, Hasbro, Lucas Films, Reebok, Scholastic, and the like. Dan's work has been displayed at the Society of Illustrators in NYC, as well as being published throughout the US and abroad. Dan has had the honor of being selected to create original foreign postage stamp designs to commemorate the Coalition during The Gulf War, and to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the International Olympic Committee.
After a long stint in the commercial and digital art world, Dan realized he was missing the tactile aspect of painting; the "one on one" experience between the artist and the canvas. He opened his first gallery in November, 2013 at 53 Main Street, Rockport, MA, representing six different artists.
"Nancy's Secret Garden"
Currently, Dan is an active member of the Rockport Art Colony, a strong advocate for the arts on Cape Ann and instrumental in encouraging the long tradition of plein air painting here on this beautiful coastline.
Dan continues to accept commissions in the area of land, sea, and cityscapes, as well as portraiture of people, pets, cars, homes, etc. "Please stop in the gallery whenever you're in Rockport; we'd love to see you."
photo credit: "Nancy's Secret Garden", oil on canvas, 12 x 12", ©DeLouise Studio

"Rocky Neck Reflections"
ANN GOLDBERG graduated from Boston University with a BFA in painting. She has continued her studies in painting with David Curtis, Jeanne Rosier Smith, and Julie Airoldi, among others. The landscape and light of Cape Ann is very inspiring and for the last several years most of her paintings have been of that area. Ann lives in Revere, MA and drives to Cape Ann as often as possible to paint.
Ann is a member of the Rockport Art Association and has exhibited her work at Central Street Gallery in Manchester by theSea. She has worked in both pastels and oils, although for the past few years has focused  mainly on pastels. Ann has won many local awards for her pastels, including Best in Show at the Newburyport Art Association, the Robert B. Donnelly, Jr., MD Award from Rockport Art Association and the Janice Z. Ulan Memorial Award from the
North Shore Arts Association's associate members' show. Ann has taught pastel painting workshops and done pastel demonstrations locally. Her paintings are in many local and national collections.
photo credit: "Rocky Neck Reflections", pastel, 14 x 20" © Ann Goldberg

"A Jewel of a Day"
VIRGINIA HILL is a watercolor painter from Danvers, MA. She earned a BA in Art History from Drew University and graduate credits in pre-Columbian Art History from the University of the Americas, Mexico City. Virginia served on the Board of the North Shore Arts Association as Recording Secretary from 2013-2015. In 2000, she established the Virgina Hill Gallery on Rocky Neck, Gloucester, before moving to Bearskin Neck, Rockport from 2002-2007. While the gallery was open in Rockport, Steven Spielberg purchases her watercolor of Motif#1.
A Jewel of a Day, pictured here, was juried into the 2016 Biennial North American Open Show of the New England Watercolor Society held at the North Shore Arts Association. Virginia has earned awards for Excellence in Any Medium from Rockport Art Association and North Shore Arts.
"The authenticity of the seascapes and landscape of Cape Ann and the North Shore are a continuously fascinating challenge, which I humbly attempt to represent with watercolor."
photo credit: "A Jewel of a Day", watercolor, 23 x 30", ©Virginia Hill

"Self Portrait"
"New Guineas"

"In the past, for many years, I did drawing and illustration, working in graphite, colored pencil and pastel. At the urging of my son, Tim, (also a new artist member of the North Shore Arts Association) a few years ago I began working in oil (Tim gave me a set of oil paints for Christmas!) And, as they say, "that was that". I fell in love with oil painting! My style is realism and naturalism."
photo credits: "New Guineas", oil on panel, 14 x 16' and "Self Portrait", graphite, 5 x 7"
© David Neill

TIMOTHY NEILL received his Master of Science in Art Education degree from MassArt and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and Art History from York College of Pennsylvania. He has taught painting and figure drawing classes at the Boston Arts Academy and Summer Studios Sessions at MassArt. Tim currently teaches regular classes at The Art Room studio in Topsfield. Tim has worked professionally as an art conservator since 2005. In 2010 Tim founded Allied Conservation in Hamilton, MA and serves as the head conservator of paintings where he works with institutions and private collections along with providing the painting conservation for Trefler's in Newton, MA. Tim is Copley Artist CA at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, where he currently sits as chairman of the membership committee. He is a member of the Newburyport Art Association and the New England Conservation Association along with holding associate memberships with the American Institute for Conservation and the Guild of Boston Artists.
Tim is represented by Sarah Jessica Fine Arts in Provincetown, MA. Tim lives in Hamilton, MA with his beautiful wife and two spectacular sons. His work can be seen at and
photo credit:"Birds of Paradise", oil on canvas, 24 x 18",© Timothy Neill