Rocky Neck Walking Tour
A narrated walking tour of historic Rocky Neck with art historian Judith Curtis.
This program is offered in collaboration with the Rocky Neck Art Colony and in conjunction with the current Museum exhibition Four Winds: The Arts and Letters of Rocky Neck in the 1950s. Cost is $20 for Rocky Neck Art Colony or Cape Ann Museum members / $30 for nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walking tour participants will stroll through the neighborhood that served as the creative environment to so many Four Winds artists. Modernists like Tom O'Hara, Helen Stein, Nell Blaine, Mary Shore and Robert Bradshaw headline a cast of Rocky Neck artists whose legacy is that of exploring fresh subject matter and working in new mediums. The Doris Hall Gallery and Wonsonhurst Studio Apartments, later known as West Wharf, were popular places for the artists and their families to congregate, and a number within the group participated in demonstrations, lectures and exhibits under the organization of the Cape Ann Society of Modern Artists. The talent and passion of this eager, young group did not go unnoticed by the critics as Hilton Kramer praised the Doris Hall Gallery and its associated artists with collectively transforming Rocky Neck into one of the best art centers on the North Shore.
Judith A. Curtis is a freelance writer specializing in art-related themes. Ms. Curtis lives on Cape Ann and is a regular contributor to The American Art Review. She has also written several books, including Rocky Neck Art Colony 1850-1950; Anthony Thieme; The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N. A.; W. Lester Stevens, N. A. (1888-1969); and Harry A. Vincent and His Contemporaries.
Image credit: Robert Bradshaw (1915–2004). Rocky Neck Avenue & the Doris Hall Gallery (undated). Watercolor on paper. Private Collection. Courtesy of the Cape Ann Museum.