“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gloucester in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Rocky Neck

Rocky Neck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 23, 2017
1. Rocky Neck Marker
“There were no galleries in those days and no one ever expected to sell a picture, so you weren’t interested in making it. You were only interested in actually being a good artist… And, of course, you didn’t need as much money. I remember we had a little house in Gloucester. I think we paid $30.00 a month, you know. So you could live the whole summer for about $150.00.”
Sally Avery
recalling summers in Gloucester in the 1930s
Oral history interview with Sally Michel Avery, 1967
Nov. 3, Archives of American Art,
Smithsonian Institution

Boat and dock, drive and park, and walk along a storied past to one of our country’s oldest, continuous, and scenic art colonies. There are studios and galleries nestled among colorful residential homes, shops, and restaurants. The North Shore Art Association, the Gloucester Stage Company, and the Gloucester Writers’ Center are all within walking distance.
Erected by Gloucester Harborwalk. (Marker Number 16.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music
Rocky Neck Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 23, 2017
2. Rocky Neck Marker (tall view)
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Location. 42° 36.715′ N, 70° 39.72′ W. Marker is in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Rogers Street (Massachusetts Route 127) and Parsons Street, on the right when traveling east on Rogers Street. Marker is located along the sidewalk on the south side of Rogers Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gloucester MA 01930, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Heberle (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Howard Blackburn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain Alfred (Centennial) Johnson (about 400 feet away); Cape Ann Granite (about 500 feet away); Dogtown & Babson Builders (about 700 feet away); Salting Fish (about 700 feet away); Solomon Jacobs Landing & Park (about 700 feet away); Samuel Sawyer (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gloucester.
More about this marker. Marker is a composite plaque mounted on a 4-foot tall granite pedestal.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Gloucester Harborwalk
Also see . . .
1. Gloucester Harborwalk 16: Rocky Neck, Beckoning artists since the 1800s.
Link presents photographs and videos telling stories of the Gloucester Art community through the years. (Submitted on March 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The History of Rocky Neck.
The Rocky Neck Art Colony is one of the oldest working art colonies in the country,
<i>Gloucester, Mass. - Rocky Neck</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1915
3. Gloucester, Mass. - Rocky Neck
and has been luring artists to its picturesque shores for more than 150 years. For more than a century, beginning with marine artist Fitz Henry Lane, this bustling seaport—the oldest working harbor in the nation—has inspired myriad creative souls. The harbor, coupled with Cape Ann’s unique luminescent glow and rugged topography, offered everything the plein air painter could possibly want. (Submitted on March 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   3. submitted on March 26, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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