Rocky Neck Art Colony

Attraction, Gallery, Nonprofit, Visual Art

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Rocky Neck is home to one of the oldest
continuously operating art colonies in the United States.

Situated on a peninsula within Gloucester’s working harbor, Rocky Neck is known for its geographic beauty, its unique light, a rich cultural history and a spirited, supportive community.

Plein air artists including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Frank Duveneck, Childe Hassam, lived and worked on Rocky Neck in the 19th and early 20th centuries, inspired the Cape Ann style of American Impressionism, a critically important contribution to American art history.

Along side these were modernists Stuart Davis, Milton Avery, Adolph Gottlieb, Nell Blaine and Mark Rothko who came to Cape Ann charmed by the landscape and working waterfront.

Dozens of working artists from painters, potters and textile designers to photographers and jewelry makers, display their work in Rocky Neck galleries during the summer months.

A variety of restaurants are available to suit every taste with live entertainment enhancing the ambiance in restaurants and bars on weekends.

Part of Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District, the Rocky Neck Art Colony offers an eclectic mixture of history and culture—a great place to stroll on a lazy summer day, to include in a day trip to the beach, or to enjoy a memorable meal.


The Mission of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Inc. is to nurture excellence in the arts and to celebrate the artistic history and culture of Rocky Neck.

Encouraging free expression and open mindedness, we provide opportunities for educational and professional development in the arts, including lectures, workshops, exhibitions, scholarships and residencies.

Rocky Neck Art Colony proudly works in partnership with other arts institutions, funding agencies, neighbors and businesses.


6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, MA 01930




Rocky Neck Art Colony

6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

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