Current exhibitions

The Rockport Art Association & Museum hosts wide range of exhibitions throughout the year, including a 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


In the Moment: The Paintings of Charles Movalli

September 28 – October 27, 2019
in the Hibbard & Maddocks Galleries

The Rockport Art Association and Museum proudly announces an important and massive exhibition of paintings by the late Charles Movalli (1945-2016)––one of Cape Ann’s most famous and exciting artists––from September 28 through October 27. The show will include nearly one hundred and fifty of his paintings, few of which have been recently exhibited. A special section will be devoted to his more experimental and adventurous works. Colorful, accessible, and boldly executed, all the paintings will be available for collectors to purchase.

There will be a Gala Opening on Saturday October 5th, 2019, 6 – 8 PM. Free and open to the public.


Gallery Talk with T.M. Nicholas & Stapleton Kearns
Thursday, October 3, 2:00 PM
RAA&M Members Free / $5 Non-Members

Gallery Talk with Stapleton Kearns & T.M. Nicholas, in Collaboration with Cape Ann Plein Air
Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Free Admission for Everyone

Gallery Talk with Dale Ratcliff
Tuesday, October 15, 2:00 PM
RAA&M Members Free / $5 Non-Members

Panel Discussion with John Caggiano, David Curtis, Tom Gill, Mike Graves, Ken Knowles and Betty Lou Schlemm
Thursday, October 24, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
RAA&M Members Free / $5 Non-Members

Charles Movalli ,  Fall Farm , ca. 2013

Charles Movalli, Fall Farm, ca. 2013



Due to extraordinary popular demand, From Sketchbook to Canvas: The Process of Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A. (1886 – 1972) has been extended from October 2 to October 27, 2019!
in the Stowe Wegenroth Gallery

Long revered for his New England winter landscapes, the work of Aldro Hibbard has enchanted collectors for more than a century. Bold, scenic, endlessly inventive… Yet the question remains: How did Hibbard build his masterpieces? How did he move from firsthand observations of his environment towards his final painted compositions? In this revolving exhibition of sketches just released from the Hibbard Estate paired with a selection of his masterful paintings, we are now afforded the chance to not only see how Hibbard conceived and built his compositions, but to own them as well.

Image:  Aldro T. Hibbard ,  Untitled , graphite and colored pencil on paper, 10x13”

Image: Aldro T. Hibbard, Untitled, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 10x13”


Family Ties: Works from the RAA&M Collection

October 5 – November 3, 2019
in the Martha Moore Room

Before the automobile came into common use, Cape Ann was not so much a collection of three towns and a city but rather, a patchwork quilt of rural villages and tight neighborhoods. Within these intimate environs friendships were forged, acquaintances made, and families brought together in union.

In this exhibition—drawn from the RAA&M’s rarely-viewed permanent Museum collection—we will engage in an exploration of the deep and entwined familial connections that existed within the Cape Ann artistic community of the previous century. Stories of families that pursued art for multiple generations here on Cape Ann, of husbands and wives that painted together for decades untold, and the phenomenon of artists gifting and exchanging portraits of family members to each other, will all be revealed through the very works they created!

Image:  Marguerite Pearson , Portrait of Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A., oil on canvas, n.d.

Image: Marguerite Pearson, Portrait of Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A., oil on canvas, n.d.


John Fleming Solo Show

Saturday, October 12 – Thursday October 24, 2019
An exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Rockport artist John Fleming in the Marguerite Pearson Room
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

As a member of the Rockport Art Association & Museum, Fleming has won numerous awards for excellence in sculpture and graphics, including the Marguerite Pearson Gold Medal for best in show. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York City, Mr. Fleming’s art has taken many forms: commercial art, advertising, graphic design, illustration, art direction, and jewelry design and manufacturing. The works he will be featuring in this solo show are drawn from Fleming’s decision to use nature’s seemingly random way of creation and “see what happens.” As Fleming himself states:

“Each piece has its story. Some hopeful of what they will become. Some comical. One, in particular, tragic and flawed knowing that it’s probably the last of its evolving kind. All of them having no sense of why they exist.” ~John Fleming

Image courtesy of John Fleming

Image courtesy of John Fleming