Saturday, July 22, 2017


Boy on a Hydrant, NYC
 Michael Seif

I am pleased to present Grey Matter: a curated exhibit, which explores the grey scale through print, paint, sculpture and photography by 9 contemporary artists opening Thursday, August 10th at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.  The Cultural Center is located at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays 12-6 PM.

This exhibit offers a place to dwell, quieting the drama of color barriers to essential messages, explored through the diversity of singular voices. Words of color are part of our everyday language. Political states are described as colors. Today’s consumers associate national brands by their branding color: red stands for Coca Cola and Target; orange for Home Depot; green equals Starbucks; brown for UPS; and blue for Facebook and Twitter. We can be oversaturated by visual color messages and creative messages often get buried in our Technicolor world.

In curating this show I am joined by eight artists who believe that a lack of color does not mean the absence of visual excitement.  Grey Matter highlights meaning through light, texture, form and imagery. The work of these local and regional artists covers a wide range of disciplines including painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography.  This exhibit celebrates the differences and boldness and the expressive intentions of each artist working within a limited palette.  Featured artists include Coco Berkman, Christiane CorcelleLinda PackardJudy Robinson-CoxMichael SeifPip Shepley, Ruth Worrall, Wendy Young & Martha Wakefield.  Please join us at the artists' reception on Saturday, August 12 at 4-6 PM. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Works by these artists are divided up and paired with novel partners—encouraging a freeform yet cerebral exploration of the show’s theme. Though each artist’s work is very different, this group shares an essential connection in how they approach process and design. The exhibit illuminates not just the work, but also the reasons these artists make what they make. Each medium possesses unique qualities and by juxtaposing this diversity, Grey Matter, offers visual abundance and engages community conversations. The public is invited to join the conversation at two lively, illuminating and free events—a Photo Forum Artists’ Talk, on Sunday, August 20, 4-6 PM & the Paint and Print Artists’ Talk, on Sunday, August 27, 4-6 PM.

GREY MATTER: Exploring the grey scale through print, paint, sculpture and photography.
August 10 – September 10
Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
Artists’ Reception, Saturday, August 12, 4-6 PM
Photo Forum Artists’ Talk, Sunday, August 20, 4-6 PM
Paint and Print Artists’ Talk, Sunday, August 27, 4-6 PM