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September 26, 2013

Italy, Cape Ann scenes on display next month

Paintings of Cape Ann and Italy are the crux of a new show by Italian-born artist Remo Ray Gaietto, which opens next Thursday, Oct. 3, at the North Shore Arts Association.

The Oct. 3 reception for this show of 55 paintings coincides with the East Gloucester art association’s second annual potluck dinner, open to the public, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gaietto, who was raised in Genoa in northern Italy, arrived in New York City in the fall of 1968.

“That was my dream,” said Gaietto, who was always drawing even as a child. He liked to do comic strip cartoons. When he came to this country, for the first six months, he worked on the Archie comic strip for its publisher in New York City.

After two years living in the city, he began attending the Art Students League, where he met Vernice, a fellow student who would become his wife. He later worked as an industrial designer.

In 1979, Gaietto went to Maine for vacation and on his return, he discovered Cape Ann, and the historic Rocky Neck Art Colony, where he ran a small gallery for 14 years. He also ran a gallery in Rockport for a few years in the 1990s. The couple moved to New England permanently in 1996, settling in Rockport.

When Gaietto retired, he had more time to paint and explore new ways to capture local scenes.

In December, he will have a show at the Rockport Art Association with a public artist reception on Dec. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

Happening at North Shore Art Association What and when: Fall for Art show and pre-holiday sale runs Oct. 3 through Oct. 26. The second annual potluck dinner reception, open to the public, is Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. This dinner is also the reception time for the two solo exhibitions, one with works by Remo Ray Gaietto and the other with works by Janet Kierstead, whose paintings often reflect her Native American heritage. Where: North Shore Arts Association at 11 Pirates Lane in Gloucester. For more information, call 978-283-1857. How much: Free to the public.

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