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Art & Culture in Gloucester

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The Nest | Syndi Zaiger Group is a real estate team with Compass, serving the North Shore of Massachusetts with offices in Manchester-by-the-Sea and B...

The Nest | Syndi Zaiger Group is a real estate team with Compass, serving the North Shore of Massachusetts with offices in Manchester-by-the-Sea and B...

Feb 5 4 minutes read

Gloucester, Cape Ann’s iconic fishing town, is rich in maritime history, seafood restaurants, mom-and-pop stores, and renowned Good Harbor Beach.

Deeply rooted within Gloucester’s character is the influence of art as evidenced by the artist’s colony of Rocky Neck, one of the oldest continuously operating art colonies in the United States. It is known for its exquisite geographic beauty, its unique and penetrating light, and home to notable artists including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Frank Duveneck, Childe Hassam, Stuart Davis, Milton Avery, and many others who resided on Rocky Neck in the 19th and early 20th centuries. From these masters, the Cape Ann style of American Impressionism was born and made a significant contribution to American art history. Today, painters, potters, textile designers, photographers and jewelry makers display their work at Rocky Neck galleries in the summer months. 

More information on the Rocky Neck Art Colony can be found at

Winslow Homer

Undertow, 1886

Edward Hopper

Gloucester Harbor, 1912

Frank Duveneck

Dock Workers, Gloucester, 1910

Childe Hassam

The Church at Gloucester, 1918

Stuart Davis

Gloucester Harbor, 1938

Milton Avery

Girl by Harbour, 1944

Rocky Neck NOW 2022 Show I

Upcoming on February 10, 2022, 12:00pm - February 13, 2022 @ 5:00pm is the highly anticipated Rocky Neck NOW 2022 Show I. Information at

The Sargent House Museum

Exemplifying the depth of Gloucester’s art history, is The Sargent House Museum built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Murray, a philosopher, writer, and advocate for women’s equality. Designed in the Georgian high style of architecture, the museum is home to an exquisite collection of American decorative arts and furniture including several pieces by Robert Sheraton, as well as original works by John Singer Sargent whose work is memorialized at the Boston Public Library. The museum also explores the relationship between Judith Sargent Murray and John Murray,

who established the first Universalist church in the United States in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Information and events at the museum can be found at

Great Gloucester Reads at the Sawyer Free Library

Visit the Sawyer Free Library and experience Samuel Sawyer’s commitment to a public library for the people of Gloucester. A great place to take out a book, attend a program or event, or do in-depth research on a topic.

Hammond Castle

And don’t forget to stop by the historic Hammond Castle, a European-style castle sitting on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic. It was built in the late 1920s by John Hays Hammond, Jr., a scientist, inventor, and art connoisseur. It is unique, interesting, and mysterious.

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