By Gail McCarthy Staff Writer
Gloucester Daily Times
---- — Can some of the best things come in small packages?
The Rockport Art Association and some 75 of its award-winning artists seem to think so.
The RAA opens its fourth annual “Masterpieces in Miniature” exhibition and sale this weekend, with each of the more than 75 artists displaying a quartet of works, with each measuring 6-by-8 inches.
Carol Linsky, the art association’s executive director, said this event has been successful in the past and, partly because, based on feedback she’s received, it allows more people to be able to buy an original piece of fine art.
The works, all framed, range in price from $250 to $1,000. The artists themselves donate at least 40 percent of the sales to support the art association in this end-of-the-year benefit event.
Cheryl Goodman, a retired teacher, will be among those waiting for this event to kick off.
“For me, it’s sort of the opening of the holiday season for Rockport. There is so much going on here,” said Goodman, who has attended the event before and is now a local resident. “I think it’s such a wonderful opportunity to be able to purchase a piece of art by a well respected artist that doesn’t cost many thousands of dollars that ordinarily someone may not be able to afford.
“The evening is so well attended and it brings the community together,” she said. “There is a lot of enthusiasm and it gives the public an opportunity to meet the artists. The art association feels like it’s a little beehive for the town.”
The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday evening from 6 to 8, featuring music, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. This will be the first opportunity to view and purchase these paintings.
The exhibition’s mini works feature many mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings and sculpture. Photographs of the works will be posted on the website shortly after the opening. New paintings will be hung to replenish the walls for the duration of the show, so art collectors and buyers can revisit the exhibition more than once. This is the final exhibition of 2012, and the organization relies on sales to help meet its end-of-year operating expenses.
Another highlight of opening night is the benefit raffle titled “Have You Seen the Mosher at the RAA?”
The winner will be drawn at the event, and receive a large oil painting donated by one of the area’s well-known and award-winning artists, Donald Allen Mosher. Raffle tickets are still available.
The Rockport Art Association, located at 12 Main Street, is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country, founded in 1921. Currently it has has 250 juried artist and photography members and more than 800 contributing members. Each year the organization welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world. For more information, call 978-546-6604 or visit www.rockportartassn.org.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at email@example.com.
Mini masterpieces What: Kickoff of the fourth annual "Masterpieces in Miniature" exhibition and sale. When: Beginning Friday, running Nov. 17-Dec. 31. Where: Rockport Art Association.