Current exhibtions

The Rockport Art Association & Museum hosts wide range of exhibitions throughout the year, including Contributing Member Show, Artist Member Shows, Museum Collection Shows, as well as Special Exhibitions. In recent years, the Rockport Art Association & Museum has featured special retrospective exhibitions of historic artist members including Aldro T. Hibbard, Anthony Thieme, Paul Strisik, W. Lester Stevens, Harry A. Vincent and  Emile A. Gruppé

  Frank W. Benson  and  Beverly Benson Seamans.

Frank W. Benson and Beverly Benson Seamans.

american etchings and Benson family ties

October 20, 2018 - November 25, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION : October 28, 2018, from 5 - 7 PM

Although best known for their high key plein air paintings, Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) and F. Childe Hassam (1859 -1935), two of America’s premier Impressionists and members of the Ten during the late 19th – early 20th century, were also noted for their dexterity as etchers. Other friends and family of Frank Benson’s whose artworks are included in this exhibition are Edmund C. Tarbell, William M. Paxton, Guy Wiggins, John Twachtman, John Benson (brother) and Beverly Benson Seamans (niece).

“Ultimately none of it would have been possible for any of these artists without the support and encouragement of friends and family. As the phrase goes, ‘Blesséd are the ties that bind.’”

- Judith Curtis, RAA&M Historian,
American Art Review, November/December 2018

   Friendship Sloop, Rockport, MA, November, 1968 , Stow Wengenroth, Lithograph

Friendship Sloop, Rockport, MA, November, 1968, Stow Wengenroth, Lithograph

New England’s Master Lithographer

October 27, 2018 - November 25, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION : November 3, 2018, from 5 - 7 PM

Once called “the greatest black-and-white artist in America,” by no less an expert than Andrew Wyeth, Stow Wengenroth (1906-1978) is still considered, almost a half century after his death, the premier lithographer of New England, if not America. And this is not an empty accolade or even regional pride, but an honest observation of a body of work created during a successful career spanning some five decades.

Today, forty years after his death, Stow Wengenroth is lauded as a man of Arts and Letters, as well as a lithographer of the finest caliber, who could evoke the atmosphere of a crisp or foggy New England day with his superb renditions of the natural world, as well as man-made structures; a testament to the American spirit of the last century.

Wengenroth as a great artist who “graced our lives with his warmth and artistic genius and for this our lives have all been enriched,” while John W. Pettibone, the RAA curator, remembered the artist as “a tall, lean gregarious man and a keen observer of nature, who had a dry sense of humor that peppered his incisive remarks and who was a perfectionist in his work.”

- Martin Ahearn, former RAA&M President of the Board of Governors

   Ravenswood Park,     Paul Ciaramitaro   , Oil

Ravenswood Park, Paul Ciaramitaro, Oil

 Wild Flora and Fauna of Cape Ann in Cubes :
PAUL CIARAMITARO - One-artist show

November 10, 2018 - November 21, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION : November 10, 2018, from 2 - 4 PM

An exhibition of oil paintings by Gloucester artist, Paul Ciaramitaro, will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

Paul Ciaramitaro is primarily a realist painter, however he occasionally enjoys painting in a Cubist style and his creative explorations in Cubism are featured in this exhibit.

Paul Ciaramitaro, a lifelong resident of Cape Ann, began his love of art as a child. Over the years, he has been influenced by the Renaissance artists, as well as Aldro T. Hibbard, Emile Gruppe and especially Charles Movalli. In the 1970’s, Paul became a student of Movalli’s and was deeply inspired by him. He told Paul, “If you learn something from every painting you do, you will become an artist.”

In between his grueling hours as a commercial fisherman and dockworker, Paul sketched and painted in his spare time and worked hard to glean all that he could from his mentors. His commitment and talent led him to become a well-established and accomplished Cape Ann artist. His paintings have won many awards and his work can be found in both private and corporate collections, as well as in prestigious galleries and museums such as the Cape Ann Museum.

Over the past several decades, Paul has taught numerous classes and workshops, which have been widely attended, and he has served as a juror for many exhibitions. He is a juried artist member of both the North Shore Arts Association and the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

When asked about being an artist Paul says, “I’m serious about it. I’m passionate about it and I love it!”

   Work and Play , Jim Gibbons, Oil

Work and Play, Jim Gibbons, Oil

NEW Member show

November 10, 2018 - November 25, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: November 10, 2018, from 2 - 4 PM

The Rockport Art Association & Museum is very pleased to announce and welcome our new exhibiting artist members in painting, graphics, sculpture and photography! 

Harley Bartlett, Christopher Coyne, Jim Gibbons,
Stephen LaPierre,  Pamela Perras and Deborah Schradieck 

Jacqueline Harrington, Jane Keddy and Joe Smith
Pamela Pindell
Anne Brooks and Melissa Cox



October 27, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Photography Members contribute new works for this current exhibition in the Wengenroth Gallery.

   Millbrook Meadow , Wayne Morrell, Oil, 1968, Town of Rockport Collection

Millbrook Meadow, Wayne Morrell, Oil, 1968, Town of Rockport Collection


September 8, 2018 - October 2, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: September 9, 2018, from 2 - 4 PM

For almost 100 years, Cape Ann artists have set up easels in Millbrook Meadow to capture views of the Town’s green treasure.
Today, artists still come to the Meadow and set up along the banks of the Mill Pond to paint. A selection of these works will be shown and sold at a special show: Re-visioning the Park: Landscape to Canvas, at the Rockport Art Association (RAA&M) from Saturday, September 8 through September 24, 2018.
This is a collaboration between the Rockport Art Association & Museum and Millbrook Meadow Committee. A portion of sales will go to help restore the Meadow.