Katalin Spang Solo Show

August 23 – September 3.


Silent Auction Closing Reception: Champagne & Strawberries

Please join us for Champagne, strawberries, and light hor d’oeuvres on Saturday, August 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for the Silent Auction closing reception. All are welcome!

Exhibit N.E. | NSAA Regional Juried Show!

The North Shore Arts Association is excited to welcome the public to experience a variety of masterful artworks created by New England artists in our first ever regional juried show titled Exhibit New England, now on display June 24 – July 29, 2022. Paintings, drawings, and sculptures complement each other in this exhibition and are beautifully represented in the Main Gallery. It is a show not to be missed, with award winning artworks displayed throughout, bringing local talent to the forefront in a grand way.

Thank you to all our generous contributors!

Please join us for the reception and award ceremony on Sunday, July 3rd from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Free and open to the public!

Important Dates:

• Deadline for Shipped Artwork: Friday, June 17, 4pm
• Hand Delivered Artwork Due: June 19 & 20, 10am – 4pm
• Exhibit Opens: Friday, June 24, 10 am
• Reception and Award Ceremony: Sunday, July 3, 1-3pm
• Exhibit Closes: Friday, July 29, 5pm
• Artwork Pickup: July 30-August 1, 10-5 except Sunday 12-4
• Return Shipping: Starts Monday August 1-5


Artists for the Great Marsh

The North Shore Arts Association is excited for the opportunity to participate in Artists for the Great Marsh project in 2022 by curating and installing an exhibit focused on The Great Marsh: From the Fishermen’s Perspective.

This exhibit offers a first-hand experience of a marshes’ ecosystem from local anglers and artists perspectives. Fishermen/women are usually the first to notice when species are in abundance, declining, absent, or newly present where they were not before. Anglers are the first responders and advocates for the conservation and health of the marshes and our fisheries creating conservation groups like Mass Fish & Wildlife, Stripers Forever, and Keep Fish Wet.

As a community-based art exhibit, The Great Marsh: From the Fisherman’s Perspective, invites North Shore Arts Association’s Juried Artist Members, Associate Members, and the community to engage in diverse ways.

Reception Sunday, June 5th (1-3pm). Open free to the public.

Mike Dorsey, Great Marsh, oil 

Gloucester Writers Center Fish Tales

Mark your calendars! Details to be posted soon. About Fish Tales . . .
It was just an idea. An adaptation of an idea to be exact. A local storytelling program at the Gloucester Writers Center (GWC) – because at heart every writer is a storyteller. In fact, we are all storytellers. Each day we tell stories about where we’ve been, what we’ve seen, and who we’ve talked to – all with additional color and flare, seriousness and humor, love and affection. It was Timba Bell who hosted the first MOTH-like program at GWC. And the first Fish Tales was held in January 2013, theme: Hook, Line and Sinker. I think about 6-7 people showed up.

Over the last three years, Fish Tales has grown from a cozy storytelling evening at the GWC to a happening weekend evening night event every five to six weeks with an audience of 80-100 people at shows in different places in the community. We have a fan base. People tell us that Fish Tales is their favorite event in Gloucester because it showcases real people, telling true stories from the heart. Our storytellers are vulnerable, ready to share, funny and honest, and our enthusiastic audience reminds us that it is a joy and privilege to sit and listen to someone else’s life for a while. At our last Fish Tales a collaboration with the Gloucester Stage Company over 200 came to listen. www.gloucesterwriters.org

Maureen Aylward

Carmela Martin Solo Show

A solo show of works by NSAA Artist Member Carmela Martin. Presented in the Hallway Gallery. Reception Saturday, September 4th 1-4pm. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM and Sunday noon-4PM. Both the exhibition and reception are open free to the public.

“My art is a response to the beauty and intricacy of the world around me. It is a reflection of my faith in the Creator of this world.  I want the pieces I create to be an honest expression of who I am as an artist and a woman.  I hope that when I am able to achieve that result, the viewer finds that the painting speaks to them personally.  They make a connection that is meaningful to them and that touches their soul.  That is the joy of painting for me.” – Carmela Martin

Jim Murphy Solo Show

A show of works by NSarts Artist Member Jim Murphy, presented in the Hallway Gallery.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM and Sunday noon-4PM.

A native of Norwood, Massachusetts, Jim Murphy was born May 25, 1947. Encouraged by his parents, he immersed himself in drawing as a child, and as a young man studied at Massachusetts College of Art. He graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with emphasis on painting and illustration. He has studied with Lynn Peterfreund and Craig Srebnik and painted with Peter Haughton.

A longtime practitioner of watercolor, Murphy returned to working in oils when he visited Cape Breton in 1997. A trail runner, he often scouts out remote areas on foot and returns with canvas and paint to record his emotional and spiritual relationship with the natural world. He has found his most stimulating and satisfying painting experiences on the coast of New England and in the hill towns around his home in Ashfield, Massachusetts.


Michael Stoffa Retrospective

A retrospective of works by Michael Stoffa June 27-July 31
Gallery Talk Sunday, July 11 (1pm)
Both the exhibition and gallery talk are open free to the public!

Michael Stoffa (1923-2001) A straw hat and denim jacket were trademarks of accomplished artist Michael Stoffa. A prolific “plein air” painter, he captured the light and moods of Cape Ann and other places where he traveled, in New England, the Southwest, California, Mexico, and Slovakia. His dedication and skill gained him the title, “The King of the Street Painters” when he lived and painted in Mexico.

Born in Hlinne, Czechoslovakia, Stoffa came to this country at the age of seven. Motivated by a high school scholarship, he attended Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy and the Art Students League. He was naturally drawn to teaching and became a popular teacher. He held classes and demonstrations in New Jersey for many years, both privately and at Union College. Michael was inspired by life experiences, spiritual life, and nature, and thoroughly enjoyed sharing his knowledge and humorous stories throughout his over fifty-year career. Stoffa was adept at landscape painting, marines, portraiture, figure, and still life.  He was mindful of the effects of light, as well as values, perspective, and drawing; it is evident in his landscape pieces—strong, traditional, colorful, textured, atmospheric. Inviting and varied landscapes include sunlit doorways and gates, rolling countryside, stucco missions, busy harbors, boats, majestic houses, gardens, stately trees, and dappled light on a shady street.

Stoffa opened the Michael Stoffa Gallery in 1964 and became a well-established member of the art and business community in Rockport.  In 1980 he married artist Dorothy Ramsey and they became a familiar sight painting on the streets and along the shores of Cape Ann and operating the gallery until his passing in 2001. The gallery remained open until 2011.

After serving as vice-president of the Rockport Art Association, Stoffa served as a two-term president of the Rockport Art Association during the 1980’s, when the Association formed a new affiliation, opening its galleries to the Rockport Chamber Music Festival concerts. He was selected One of the Top Ten Volunteers of the North Shore in 1990 and Rockport’s 1991 Small Business Person of the Year. Stoffa and Ramsey appeared on the television news magazine, Chronicle, and on the Great Country Inns segment on The Learning Channel.

In 1997 he fulfilled a life-long dream, a trip to Slovakia in preparation for the writing of his autobiography. The unique book, Michael Stoffa: Artist and Storyteller, was published in 1999, with forty color plates of his paintings. It was introduced at his art exhibition at the University Club in Washington, D.C., where a reception was followed by a Slovakia ambassador’s dinner in his honor, when he presented the Embassy with an autographed book and his painting of an ancient hilltop Slovak castle, Krasna Horka.

His memberships included: Rockport Art Association, North Shore Arts Association, (where he received a Distinguished Service Award), Artists Fellowship, Burr Artists, Cape Cod Art Association, International Society of Marine Painters, and Salmagundi Club. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who, International Biography.. He received dozens of awards for his work, which is represented in public and private collections here and abroad, and at the Canajoharie, New York, Art Museum. His work is currently represented by Folly Cove Fine Art, Rockport.

Andrew Anderson-Bell Solo Show

A solo show of works by NSAA Artist Member Andrew Anderson-Bell.
Exhibition hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM and Sunday noon-4PM.

Native to the New England area, Andrew Anderson-Bell is a representational landscape artist painting in the medium of pastel. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Andrew initially pursued graphic design and photography. While these remain passions to this day, his interest in painting in pastel was sparked by viewing a pastel exhibition he saw 20 years ago. The immediacy of the medium, the vibrancy of the colors and the diversity of mark making inspired him to pursue a career in pastel painting. Where Andrew lives keeps him in daily contact with the great outdoors, his leading source for artistic inspiration.

He is a lifelong summer resident of North Haven Island, Maine. When not there, he lives in Ipswich, a seaside community located on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Much of the subject matter of his pastel paintings depict familiar landscape scenes from North Haven as well as from his exploration of the other islands of Penobscot Bay. Meanwhile, the beaches, horse pastures, farmland and particularly salt marsh estuaries of the north shore are also captured in his landscapes. Although many of his pastel paintings are of recognizable locations, he is not concerned with generating an exact reproduction. Instead, he often works in the studio from memory, sketches and/or photographs using an intuitive process to create a heightened sense of place. Working in this fashion allows Andrew to avoid getting bogged down in details while promoting a more imaginative response to handling color and composition. His paintings offer the viewer the indulgence of a meditative space to contemplate the grandeur of nature and reinforce the notion that even the most solitary and tranquil moments have significance.

Trudy Allen Solo Show

A solo show of works in acrylic by NSAA Artist Member Trudy Allen, will be presented in the Gordon Grant Gallery September 11th through 29th 2021. The public is invited to a reception Sunday, September 12th 2pm-4pm.

This exhibition titled Floral Portraits, is devoted to the Stacy Boulevard in Gloucester, MA for its stunning flower gardens, and will be on display through September 29, 2021.

Floral Portraits honors and thanks the Generous Gardeners, City of Gloucester, and the Department of Public Works for their dedication, contributions, and hard work maintaining our beautiful city. During the pandemic the flowers gardens on the Boulevard were planted and well cultured, giving the community an opportunity to enjoy the scenery while being safe. Trudy painted a series of individual flowers from the gardens documenting their life cycles.

Trudy will be conducting an artist demonstration on Saturday, September 25th 2pm. Click here for more info.

Exhibition hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM and Sunday noon-4PM.

Susan Hedman Solo Show

A solo show of works by NSAA Artist Member Susan Hedman. Presented in the Gordon Grant Gallery. A reception will be held Saturday, September 4th 1-4pm. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM and Sunday noon-4PM. The exhibition and reception are open free to the public.

Joan Bediz Solo Show

A solo show of works by NSAA Artist Member Joan Bediz. Presented in the Hallway Gallery. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM and Sunday noon-4PM. Reception Thursday, August 12th 4pm-6pm. Open free to the public.

Tom Gill and Mary Rose O’Connell Show

A show of works by NSAA Artist Members Tom Gill and  Mary Rose O’Connell. Presented in the Gordon Grant Room Gallery. Reception Sunday, August 8th 1pm-3pm. Open free to the public.

Mary Rose O’Connell, a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, is a classically trained artist working in various genres. She is primarily an oil painter with concentrations in portrait, landscape, marine and still life paintings. Her paintings and commission works are done in both oil and acrylic with a wide variety of options from gallery wrap to gilded framing. The paintings are often done from life and may also be done from high quality photographs when desired. In pursuit of her artistic training Mary Rose had many years of formal training in the Boston School tradition . Mary Rose’s work shows the benefit of a strong grounding in draftsmanship and design. This style of painting is done in natural light and is influenced by the beautiful colors of the Impressionists.

Noted artist, Tom Gill was born in Lowell, MA but raised in Chelmsford, MA where he started painting at a young age. He had his fine art education at the Art Institute of Boston.  Some artists that he admires include J.C. Leyendecker, who was a mentor to Norman Rockwell who he also admires. Another favorite is Anders Zorn, a Swedish artist.

Tom who was also a rock musician in the 1980’s, developed his own style of painting. He notes,” I feel like I’m making music when I’m painting- and that’s why there is rhythm in my artwork.” The result is always loose and impressive with harmonious color that interplay with light.

Well known in this region, the artist is a member of the North Shore Arts Association, the Rockport Art Association and Museum, the Lowell Art Association, and the Chelmsford Art Society. He has presented over 100 demonstrations for many art groups. He also has been a judge for various events including The Greeley Park Art Show in Nashua, NH.

The Enterprise Bank owns many of Tom’s works in their collection displayed in their 26 branch offices. “His paintings are the centerpiece in all of our branches and some of our offices,” says founder and chairman of the Enterprise Bank, George Duncan. The artist just completed his 26th Enterprise Bank in North Andover, MA.

Gill also displays his paintings in hospitals. Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Boston, 6 paintings, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, 6 paintings, and 4 paintings for the Lowell Community Health Center. Select Solo Shows include The Whistler House Museum of Art, The Rockport Art Association, The North Shore Arts Association and The Brush Gallery. He was also one of four featured artists at The Massachusetts State House.

Eileen Patten Oliver Solo Show

A solo show of works by NSAA Artist Member Eileen Patten Oliver. Presented in the Hallway Gallery. “Meet and Greet” the artist Sunday, July 25th 1-3pm.

“My goal as a painter is not just to render images of places or events, but to capture the spirit and intensity of that one magic moment with my brushes. I am especially drawn to the people and places of Cape Ann and coastal Maine and I am profoundly influenced by some of the master artists who live and work here now and also from those who came before us.  While living and painting in Maine, I was inspired by the incredible beauty of the rocky coast. After moving to Cape Ann in 2010, I discovered the quality of light, natural beauty, and architecture that are all unique to the area also offered boundless inspiration. Specializing in land and seascapes, my preferred medium is oil on Gessobord or canvas.” – Eileen Patten Oliver