By Gail McCarthy
---- — An island surrounded by the sea, Cape Ann’s rocky shores encompass a boulder-strewn interior, a reminder of the receding glaciers of the prehistoric era.
To honor that element of Cape Ann’s geography and its first anniversary, Flatrocks Gallery in Lanesville presents the new show “Aggregate,” featuring eight artists who each use a different medium to explore eight different ways of envisioning the rocks of our environs.
There is a free public opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
“Cape Ann is an island of rock, and we who live upon it are surrounded by the beauty, power and permanence of rocks — from the granite boulders of Dogtown, to the flat ledges along the Lanesville shore after which Flatrocks Gallery is named,” wrote owners and curators Cynthia Roth and Anne Marie Crotty in a press release. “It’s really exciting to see the variety of ways that each artist has interpreted the rocks around us.”
Crotty added that she is thrilled to be in a show with both her mother, Jane Crotty, and her son, Brooks Gibson, “all of us drawn to rocks as a subject of our artwork.”
The curators noted the dictionary definition of the show’s title: Aggregate — formed by the collection of units or particles into a body; clustered in a dense mass; and composed of mineral crystals of one or more kinds or of mineral rock fragments.
Crotty and Roth said this show is “truly an ‘aggregate’ of talents and sensibilities.”
They described the exhibit offerings as follows:
Bob Anderson’s oil paintings are elegant deconstructions of powerful rock forms.
Jane Crotty’s watercolors catch the defining relationship between the sun’s light and the rock’s surface.
With oil impasto. Beverly Rippel captures the energy of the ocean against the rock coastline.
Vivian Berman’s prints create compelling hard-edged quarries.
Pat Lowery Collins’ pastels explore how the sea softens the forms on the beach.
Pia Juhl Nadel’s acrylics are bright, playful boulders.
The collages by Anne Marie Crotty are textured and colorful descriptions of our coast.
Brooks Gibson photographs from below the surface of the water to offer a perspective on the tension between two worlds.
The exhibit will run through Oct. 6 at the gallery, located at 77 Langsford St., Route 127, in Gloucester. For more information, visit flatrocksgallery.com.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or email@example.com.
If you go What: "Aggregate," a free show featuring eight artists each using a different medium to explore envisioning the rocks of Cape Ann. When: Saturday, Sept. 7, through Oct. 6. An opening reception is Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St., Route 127, in Gloucester.