Exhibition One

An exhibition of NSarts Artist Members and Associate Artist Members. Shown in the Main Gallery and Gordon Grant Room Gallery.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM and Sunday noon-4PM.

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.


Exhibition Two

An exhibition of NSarts Artist Members. Shown in the Main Gallery. Award recipients will be announced during an awards presentation and reception on Sunday, June 27th 1-3pm. Open free to the public.
Exhibition Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM and Sunday noon-4PM.

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.

Awards Presentation and Reception

Join us as we celebrate our 2021 season! The public is invited to a reception and awards presentation on
Sunday, June 27th 1-3pm. On view will be our artist members works as well as a solo show of works by Jim Murphy
and a retrospective of works by Michael Stoffa. Both the exhibitions and reception are open free to the public.

Closed for the July 4th Holiday

Oil Demonstration with John Caggiano

John Caggiano was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he studied pre-engineering at Brooklyn Technical High School. He received a BA degree from Brooklyn College and an MFA from Pratt Institute, both with honors. His education was supplemented by courses at The Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City.

He relocated to Rockport, Massachusetts in 1980, drawn to the physical beauty and unique quality of Cape Ann’s light. Aside from participating in up to twelve juried plein air events a year, he travels extensively, both here and abroad, painting on location. This plein aire approach enables him to capture the essence of the time and place that he interprets into his bright and colorful “Impressionistic-realism” style. The work is further enhanced by his daring use of a palette knife, enhancing the effects of his brushwork. “Painting for me is the bold and dynamic use of color that infuses life into the subject of the painting. Color is the lifeblood of the painting. Nothing stimulates more than its pleasing harmony, whether strongly applied or toned and tranquil.”

Michael Stoffa Gallery Talk

Reminiscing: Painting on Cape Ann in the 70s through the 90s
Gallery Discussion with Dorothy Ramsey, John Caggiano, Ron Straka and Bruce Turner
Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 1:00pm
Open free to the public.
Join us this Sunday, July 11th at 1pm for a discussion between three artist friends reminiscing about one spectacular artist, husband, and friend spanning many decades, multiple countries, and countless paintings.
Dorothy Ramsey, John Caggiano, Ron Straka and Bruce Turner are excited to share their stories of Michael Stoffa (1923 – 2001) to highlight and honor his life-time career as an artist and member of the Cape Ann community.
A retrospective of Michael Stoffa’s work is on display at the NSAA through July 31st, with over forty works to experience and purchase.

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


Oil Demonstration with Jude Abbe

Artist demonstration in oil with Jude Abbe. Jude has been painting and drawing portraits, figures and landscapes for most of her life. She has exhibited across New England, New York and Arizona, receiving many awards including the Grumbacher Gold and Charles Movalli Medals. She is an artist member of North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association and Museum and Lyme Art Association.

Acrylic Demonstration with Kathy Coakley

Artist demonstration in acrylic with Kathy Coakley. Learn how to make your acrylic paintings pop through texturizing and glazing techniques. Kathy will demonstrate how to incorporate molding paste, metallic paint and gloss medium into your artwork.

A pop-up show of her works will be on display July 12th through July 18th in the NSAA Studio Gallery. Open free to the public.

Oil Demonstration with KT Morse

KT Morse earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. While an undergraduate, she studied extensively with Carl Schmalz, a protege of Eliot O’Hara, who traveled and painted plein air, writing many books on watercolor. She began painting plein air in 1973 and has continued to work outdoors since that time, as well as in the studio. Her education continued through graduate courses at the Museum of Fine Arts and Mass. College of Art.

She has been painting primarily in oils for the past eight years and has been accepted as an artist member at the Rockport Art Association, North Shore Art Association, the Hudson Valley Art Association, Lyme Art Association, and the National Association of Women Artists.

Her paintings reflect strong value and color. She is a master of skies and clouds and has become known for her large skyscapes.

Her love of painting Plein Air continues as she has been selected to participate in many nationally juried events.

Pastel Demonstration with Shelly Eager

As a pastel artist, Shelly Eager likes to zero in close and create more intimate paintings. She pushes color and exaggerates what she sees to create excitement in her work. For this demo, Shelly will be painting a close up still life demonstrating how she tries to keep her painting loose and exciting from the onset. She will speak to how she chooses her photo references and color choices. Shelly will interact with the audience and answer any questions that are posed. It should be an entertaining and informative demonstration.

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.

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.

Watercolor Demonstration with Paul George

Artist Paul George is the winner of 85 Awards both in New England and Nationally. He is a signature Member of
Northshore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association, National Watercolor Society and New England Watercolor Society. Paul has been teaching watercolor & oil painting for 24 years in the US and Europe.

Shelly Eager Pastel Workshop

Oil Demonstration with Mary Rose O’Connell

Artist demonstration in oil with Mary Rose O’Connell. A show of her works along with artist Tom Gill will be on display August 3rd through August 20th in the NSAA Gordon Grant Room. Open free to the public.

Acrylic Demonstration with Tom Gill

Artist demonstration using acrylic glazes with Tom Gill. Using a limited palette of three colors, Tom will execute a snow scene using vigorous brush strokes and bold colors. The focus will be on line, tone, color and design.

A show of his works along with artist Mary Rose O’Connell will be on display August 3rd through August 20th in the NSAA Gordon Grant Room. Open free to the public.

Exhibition Three

Works by NSAA Juried Artist Members. Exhibition Three Award recipients are online – click here.