Opening May 15th!

We are currently closed, but will re-open to the public on May 15th!

Exhibition One

An exhibition of NSarts Artist Members and Associate Artist Members. Shown in the Main Gallery and Gordon Grant Room Gallery. Award recipients will be announced May 15th! Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Jim Murphy Solo Show

A show of works by NSarts Artist Member Jim Murphy, presented in the Hallway Gallery. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 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.

Exhibition Two

An exhibition of NSarts Artist Members. Shown in the Main Gallery. Award recipients will be announced June 27th! Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Michael Stoffa Retrospective

A retrospective of works by Michael Stoffa June 27-July 31.
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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.

Eileen Patten Oliver Solo Show

A solo show of works by NSAA Artist Member Eileen Patten Oliver. Presented in the Hallway Gallery.

“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


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. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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.

Joan Bediz Solo Show

A solo show of works by NSAA Artist Member Joan Bediz. Presented in the Hallway Gallery.

Exhibition Three

Works by NSAA Elected Artist Members.

Shown is 2019 Exhibition One Award recipient Shelly Eager. All 2021 Exhibition Three Award recipients will be posted online August 8th 2021. Stay tuned!

Susan Hedman Solo Show

A solo show of works by NSAA Artist Member Susan Hedman. Presented in the Gordon Grant Gallery.

Mary Ellen Brown Solo Show

Tuscan Flavors

A solo show of works by NSAA Artist Member Mary Ellen Brown. Presented in the Hallway Gallery.

“In my work I aim to give a sense of beauty, creating paintings with simple elegance and mood”. – Mary Ellen Brown

Trudy Allen Solo Show

A solo show of works by NSAA Artist Member Trudy Allen. Presented in the Gordon Grant Gallery.

Andrew Anderson-Bell Solo Show

A solo show of works by NSAA Artist Member Andrew Anderson-Bell. Presented in the Hallway Gallery.

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.


Synergy | A Collective of Solo Shows. North Shore Arts presents the 3rd Annual Synergy Show. View mini solo shows by 40 individual artists. Hundreds of works all available for purchase.

New Artist Members Show

A celebrating our newly elected artist members of 2019 and 2021.  The new 2021 members will be announced the end of September 2021. Presented in the Gordon Grant Room Gallery. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.