In the world of art, bigger is not always better.

In that spirit, the Rocky Neck Art Colony is holding its second “Big Tiny Art Event” next Thursday, April 25, at The Studio Restaurant, in the heart of this historic cultural district in Gloucester.

Dozens of well-known and emerging artists have created 6-inch-by-6-inch works of art that will be on display at the waterfront establishment. Each $50 ticket includes one of these works of art and dinner. 

One of the organizers, Kathy Archer, said that the fundraiser is a festive way to kick off the spring season.

“We open the doors, and everyone comes in to look at the four boards that have 36 pieces of art on each one, and everyone gets a tiny artwork that goes with the price of entry,” she said. “They are all created by artists that you may or may not know. They sign the back and not the front, so it’s a surprise as to whose work you buy. It’s so much fun. And you can buy additional works of art for $50 apiece.”

Some of the local artists participating are Ruth Mordecai, Barbara Moody, Martha Wakefield, Jason Burroughs and Joan Bediz, among many others.

Burroughs has been named the Goetemann invitational artist and will be the first artist in residency when the 15th year of the Rocky Neck program begins in May.

“The program was begun as a way for the Rocky Neck Art Colony to give back to the community that supports it by surprising a deserving Gloucester artist with a free month in our studio to further their work,” Archer said. “Jason is a hardworking and talented young artist with a promising future in the world of art.”

A Gloucester native, Burroughs studied sculpture at Montserrat College of Art and graduated in 2017. He works as a welder at Essex Bay Engineering, but in his free time, he is sketching and painting.

“I am interested in our city’s art history, the waterfront and the architecture,” he said in an artist statement. “Ever since my early days at Cape Ann Art Haven, I have been inspired by the individual artists who defined Gloucester as an arts colony and contributed to the foundation of Gloucester’s cultural heritage.”

The artist residency program is composed of three visual artists and one environmental installation artist, who each receive a four-week stay in a live-work studio space with access to the rich cultural community of Gloucester. In 2010, the program was renamed to honor its founder, Gordon Goetemann, an artist and scholar.


If you go 

What: “Big Tiny Art Event”

When: Thursday, April 25, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: The Studio Restaurant, 51 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester 

How much: Tickets are $50, available at or the door, and include one original artwork of your choosing and a dinner buffet. Additional works can be purchased for $50 each.  

More information: 978-515-7004 or

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