As Cape Ann digs itself out from under nearly 4 feet of snow from two recent storms, the Rocky Neck Art Colony opens the new juried exhibition “Perfect Storm: Where Inspiration and Imagination Converge.”

The included artists rendered their vision of a storm, ranging from its wild essence to a serene reflection of its aftermath.

During the exhibition, visitors are invited to vote for their favorite “Perfect Storm” interpretation with a “People’s Choice Award,” which will be presented at a closing reception March 1.

All are invited to experience the wide range of artistic interpretations of the seasonally appropriate theme of “storm.”

The “Perfect Storm” interpretations — expressed in abstract, representational and expressionistic styles — was selected by Leonie Bradbury, director and curator of Montserrat College of Art Galleries in Beverly. She is an award-winning Association of International Art Critics juror. 

Bradbury selected pieces by 22 artists from more than 200 entries submitted by New England artists.

She talked about her selection process.

“When I think of the concept of a ‘perfect storm’ I think of a set of circumstances, or in this case the forces of nature, coming together in an unprecedented or unpredictable way. I feel that the works selected for this exhibition possess a quality of energies either colliding or expanding, sometimes raw and intense, other times harmonious and peaceful,” she said in a release.

She noted that a few pieces reflect more subtle quiet moments after a storm or capture a delicate interaction of weather with a landscape through mist and fog.

“Together these works remind us of the power of nature and the beauty that we see in its magnificence,” said Bradbury.

The artists who were selected for this exhibition, several of whom are from Cape Ann, are: Emily Barrera, Peter Baumgartner, Dale Blank, Kara Caso, Matt Cegelis, Katherine Coakley, Gail Gang, Gordon Goetemann, Lisa Goren, Ruth Hamill, Law Hamilton, Robert Hesse, Michele Kenna, Mary Kostman, Otto Laske, Judith Monteferrante, Skip Montello, Sandys Moore, Ruth Schneider, Miranda Updike, Timothy Wilson, and Philip Young. 

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What: Rocky Neck Art Colony opens the new juried exhibition “Perfect Storm: Where Inspiration and Imagination Converge.”

When: Opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. Exhibition hours are Thursdays through Sundays, Feb. 5 to March 1, from noon to 4 p.m.  

Where: Cultural Center Gallery at 6 Wonson St. in Gloucester. 

How much: Refreshments, admission and nearby parking are without charge.

Details: For more information, visit, or call 978-515-7004. 

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