John Pettibone is originally from Ohio, but moved to Rockport in 1965. Shortly after, he was on the staff at the Rockport Art Association (1969-1978). He later served as Assistant Curator of Collections and Education at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA (1978-1983). More recently, he retired as Curator of Education and Executive Director of the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, MA (1983-2016).
John first met Stow Wengenroth the summer he arrived in Rockport from Ohio. Stow Wengenroth was staying at the Granite Shore Inn up the street from the Rockport Art Association. John originally was introduced to the work of Wengenroth by his grandmother who spent several decades summering on Cape Ann and knew most of the artists living and working there. Stow Wengenroth’s art was exactly what John loved - a detailed, exacting beauty with his use of black and white to express all the color in our environment.
As a mentor, Wengenroth could catch the essence in just a few words and always had a very positive outlook on you as an artist and your art. Moreover, you could learn quite a bit from Wengenroth’s philosophies on life and art as well. Stow Wengenroth is greatly missed, but his work in this current exhibition at the Rockport Art Association & Museum celebrates his life, artwork and his contribution to the creative community.
I remember one time when I was working at Tuck’s Pharmacy, I quickly went back to my apartment, grabbed my sketchbook and pencils and joined Wengenroth on the pier to sketch.
- John Pettibone, former Executive Director & Curator of Education
Hammond Castle Museum
RAA&M Members: Free / Non-Members: $5