"It's refreshing to note that solitude does not have to be depressing. David's paintings are delightfully joyful." -RC

This Weekend: A Straitsmouth Island Fundraiser

May 22, 2017

   The Art of David Arsenault Gallery is pleased to present “Ramp Up for Straitsmouth,” a fundraiser in support of the Thacher Island Association's plan to build a new boat launch on Straitsmouth Island. The event is planned for NEXT Saturday, May 27, from 5-9pm. Join us for live jazz music courtesy of talented sax player David Arteaga with a special guest, along with wine and appetizers. 20% of all art sales on the 27th goes in support of the Association's Straitsmouth Island boat ramp project. 
   Both Straitsmouth and Thacher Islands—home to three of Cape Ann's six lighthouses—have inspired paintings. Signed giclée prints of all three works are being offered in a variety of sizes.  Also, a raffle will be held for a signed 16" x 40" canvas giclée of "Straitsmouth at 6 a.m." (pictured), a $350 value. You can purchase raffle tickets here. PLUS, a 12" x 18" signed, limited-edition poster commemorating this special event is also available. Click here to learn more. Shipping is additional.  
   TIA is the fund raising non-profit arm of the Town of Rockport for both islands. The goal is to raise $250,000 to build a new ramp similar to the one they have had on Thacher for the past 170 years. To date a little over half the goal has been met. The ramp will provide safe public access for the first time in 80 years; while there, visitors can enjoy the more than one mile of walking trails that have been reopened.
   In addition, the next day, Sunday May 28, from 1-4 pm, Paul St. Germain, President of the Thacher Island Association, will present a ”What’s Happening on Straitsmouth” lecture about Straitsmouth Island. 20% of all art sales on the 28th also goes in support of the Straitsmouth boat ramp project. It all takes place at our gallery, 8 Dock Square in Rockport, MA.
   If you can't attend but would like to help, donations can be sent directly to the Thacher Island Association at PO Box 73, Rockport, Ma 01966.

Painting Chosen for 2017 Motif No. 1 Festival Poster

May 11, 2017

Have I mentioned this? I'm honored to share that my painting Taking the Other Side has been selected for this year's Motif No. 1 Day commemorative poster, pictured here. The M1D all-day Festival is coming up on May 20th. The day is full of art, good food and drink, and fun for all ages. Read more here.

We will hold an official poster signing event from 3-5 pm that day here at the gallery—please join us! You can also buy them here. You'll be helping support a volunteer-led organization that creates a variety of events throughout the year. 

For more about Rockport Exchange and what they do, visit their website (rockportexchange.org) or their Facebook page, Rockport Exchange.

Arts Enclave Destination: Rockport

May 1, 2017

I was pleased to learn that Linda J. Peckel, author of the Arts Enclave Blog, posted about the Rockport visit she made last summer, which included a purposeful stop to my gallery, then on Bearskin Neck. This photo shows me working on End of Day, Halibut Point  (a 30 x 40 oil). Here's a link to the full Rockport feature.

Photo credit: Linda J. Peckel, www.artsenclave.wordpress.com

Latest Commission Leaves the Gallery

February 4, 2017

This photo was taken on Saturday morning, February 4th, and shows Chris and Jack Meany preparing to take their new 24" x 36" painting "Down Summit Avenue" home with them. It depicts the perspective from high on that Rockport street looking all the way out past the Congregational Church, on to Straitsmouth Island, and beyond.

 

I enjoyed visiting their neighborhood to see their view, creating the painting for them, and the enjoyable conversation we had after the unveiling. I was pleased with the outcome (see below for the final painting), and more importantly: they are.

It Was Fun, All Thanks to You!

December 12, 2016

Sue and I would like to say "Thanks!" to the many people/organizations who have helped us get established in Rockport, many of whom celebrated with us yesterday:
Scott Tubby, Ilter Bakkal, Peter Simon, Barbara DiGiovanni,The Rockport Art Colony, the Rockport Art Association & Museum (Thanks to Abby and Dave for coming before their "Raise the Roof" fundraiser last evening), the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce (thanks Ken Riehl and Peter Webber for the ribbon-cutting!), Selectman Don Campbell, the Innkeepers of Rockport, the Rockport Cultural District, BearskinNeck.net, The Bridge Cape Ann, Good Morning Gloucester, Ed Colley, The Gloucester Daily Times, Cape Ann Giclée, Gallery5one, Ohana (Paul & Amy Cohen). Special thanks to friends Brian & Jodi Cafarella (who encouraged our move here), Alan & Laurie LePine, Richard & Tracy Nestel. We're especially appreciative of all the collectors from around the world who have acquired over 700 pieces of art—plus cards and calendars—since our start. And last but certainly not least: many thanks to the talented David Arteaga and Shane Allessio, who played an awesome array of jazz for three hours, bringing people in from the street even with all the doors and windows closed!

A portion of yesterday's sales will be shared with Grace Center in Gloucester to support their work with the homeless.

New Gallery Opens on December 1st

December 1, 2016

On Thursday, December 1st—on schedule!—our new 8 Dock Square location opened! So, we are ready to get to work. And I do mean "we:" Sue is down at 26 Bearskin Neck in our "original" gallery; I am at our "new" location—in a building built in 1740, no less! We're both ready to help you with your Christmas and Holiday Season art desires. Please stop in to see what we've done to one of Rockport's oldest buildings. Here's a look at the Dock Square gallery.

Exploring the Arts with Ed Colley

November 12, 2016

   I was grateful to have the opportunity to appear on a recent episode of "Exploring the Arts" with Ed Colley. Ed recently visited my Rockport gallery for this conversation, accompanied by videographer/editor Niklas Kelliher. I very much enjoyed working with both of them! You may know Ed both as an artist and an editorial cartoonist for the Boston Globe (retired) who continues to practice his art in both realms. Here's the YouTube link. Hope you enjoy!

We're on the Move in Rockport in December!

November 12, 2016

   After 2 great years on Bearskin Neck, The Art of David Arsenault Gallery will be moving! Pictured is our new location at 8 Dock Square—the blue building, right in the middle of downtown Rockport!

   How soon, you ask? We'll be getting right to work and our goal is to be open by Thursday, December 1st! Shop Rockport Night is the next day, Friday, December 2nd. And we're aiming for a Grand Re-Opening Party the following weekend on Saturday, December 10th—in conjunction with Rockport's Christmas Stroll.

During the month of December, don't be surprised to see Sue at 26 Bearskin Neck AND me at 8 Dock Square—simultaneously!

   With our pending move and the approaching holidays, this is the PERFECT time to make an offer on a painting. And keep in mind that shipping is FREE in November for all original oil paintings and canvas giclées priced at $100 or more. Visit us in person or online here!

   More updates to come soon...

The Art of David Arsenault at Ohana in Gloucester

May 28, 2016

I'm pleased to share that a collection of my work is now on view at one of Gloucester's finest dining establishments, Ohana at 151 Main Street. Enjoy an excellent, creative, and downright beautiful meal by Chef Enx in an inviting setting while experiencing the magic of some of Cape Ann's beautiful places as I've captured them. The Bridge Cape Ann provides a 1-minute video teaser to whet your appetite. Be sure to join us for a "Meet the Artist" event Friday, June 10th from 5-7 pm. You can RSVP by clicking here. Don't forget to make your dinner reservation for afterward!

Join Us for Our One Year Anniversary Celebration

April 16, 2016

The doors to The Art of David Arsenault Gallery first opened on March 27th of 2015. Then came April 11th, and our Grand Opening Party. We'll never forget the experience and the outstanding turnout!

As the year unfolded, literally thousands of people visited the gallery. Hundreds of works of art found new homes around the world, we've supported numerous Cape Ann causes, and we've made many new friends. We have a lot to celebrate! Sue and I invite you to join us on April 30th.

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Happy Anniversary to Us!

March 27, 2016

On this date ONE YEAR AGO, the door to The Art of David Arsenault Gallery opened for the very first time. It was a typical early Spring day: overcast, cool, and quiet in Rockport. Sue took this picture of me at the very beginning of our day. Just behind me you can see the remains of the historic snow of last winter.

Since that moment, literally thousands of people from the world over have been in our space, and it's been THE adventure of twenty-one years for this artist.

A Happy Easter to one and all, and our great gratitude to family, friends, collectors, art lovers, and everyone who has traveled any part of this art odyssey. It has been a dream come true—and now we begin year two!

Did You Know: We're on Instagram Too

It's true! It hasn't been for long and we're still in the early stages, but it's a fun way to stay connected and to share images of paintings and happenings at the gallery. Please stop by and take a look!

NOT Just Another Day at the Gallery: You Can Find it on People Magazine Online!

Sam Smith, David Arsenault and "Souler Energy"

As a by-product of his trips to Boston after vocal surgery, 4-time Grammy Award-winning singer Sam Smith has fallen in love with Rockport. On Tuesday July 14th he visited again, this time with his father, Fred Smith, so he could also experience the magic. Fred introduced himself to me, then to his famous son as he strode into the gallery to see my work. Sam was quiet and very kind in his assessment, made a couple of purchases (which I'll be shipping to him), and left right after the transaction—and this photo—were completed.

 

I still have to deal with the fact of shipping Sue to the UK to live with him: that's her in one of his new framed canvas giclées, "Souler Energy." But given the chance to meet one of music's rising star's AND to be mentioned—with our photo!—on People Magazine's website, it was muh more than fun meeting Sam, a man who at age 23 has had great success and has much to look forward to. I'm very grateful that he connected with my art, as I am when anyone and everyone does. Our thanks to Sam, and the very best of luck to him as he resumes his touring Friday July 16th in Louisville!

Time to "Get Visual" with David Brickman

David Arsenault (left) with David Brickman (right).

This past Monday I had the distinct pleasure of spending a few hours with David Brickman, a man who has been an exhibiting artist, art critic, and curator for over 30 years in New York's Capital Region. David is highly regarded in each one of these roles.

 

He and wife Karen Ciancetta had visited with friends in Marblehead before coming to Rockport. They returned to Albany shortly after lunch, but not before getting a chance to visit The Headlands to enjoy a panoramic view of Rockport.

 

David decided that his latest entry on his "Get Visual" blog would discuss a former Capital Region artist: me! I'm glad to share his well-crafted words with you. Here's the link!

 

This photo appears courtesy of Karen Ciancetta.

Grand Opening: Launched and Setting Sail!

Photo courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Ken Riehl and Kerry McKenna of the Cape Ann Chamber with Sue and David
Photo courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Inside the gallery

Our Grand Opening celebration came on a day of brilliant sunlight and seasonal warmth, along with great personal warmth—a gift brought by the many who attended.

 

The event began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. CEO Ken Riehl, Vice President Peter Webber, and Director of Events Kerry McKenna were all there, with Ken and Kerry holding the ribbon as David used the large yet fully-functional Chamber scissors—on their "maiden voyage!"—to slice through on cue. A 45-second video captures the decisive moment!

 

Immediately after, the live jazz music began, as the The Jazz Brewers Duo led everyone into the gallery for a party 20 years in the making. They played for the full three hours—and were they good! We were blessed with a packed house and a day where everyone was in the mood for Spring and a celebration. Many artists were there, including Cape Ann legends Tom Nicholas and Betty Lou Schlemm. New York's Capital Region art scene was well-represented by Jim Flosdorf and Chris DeMarco. Rockport Selectman Paul Murphy took time from his full schedule to join us.

 

There are so many to thank, and we did our best right before we cut the ribbon. If you're interested, the text of our speech (except for the ad libs) can be found below. In conclusion: THANK YOU to everyone from Rockport, Gloucester, and beyond who made our Grand Opening a part of their weekend. It was great fun, and now we are "official" and looking forward to a great season on Bearskin Neck—at #26!

 

PS—For more photos from the event, visit the Facebook pages of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and The Art of David Arsenault.

Time to Visit the All-New Bearskin Neck, Rockport       (Good Morning Gloucester)

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New York Artist Embraces "Cape Ann State of Mind" (Gloucester Daily Times)

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Gallery Opens for Business on an Early Spring Day

David Arsenault welcoming visitors on March 27th, Opening Day.
Looking into the gallery from inside the front door

Friday, March 27th, at 11:00 am began a new era for artist David Arsenault: the first gallery of his work opened to the public. Even though Rockport doesn't really "wake up" until sometime in April, it seemed appropriate to David and Sue to get an early start and get their feet wet before Bearskin Neck begins to fill with visitors from all over New Engalnd and far beyond. The quiet early days have provided David with the opportunity to begin his first new oil in the new space, tentatively entitled "Classic Summer."

 

The gallery hours this early in the year are these: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm; and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The gallery closes on Wednesdays, and will also be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5th.

 

Of course, we're very much looking forward to our Grand Opening celebration, coming up on Saturday, April 11th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. We'll feature live jazz music courtesy of the Jazz Brewers Duo—two members of the reknowned Cape Ann Big Band—food, and drink. We anticipate a strong turnout and would love to see you there!

 

There will also be a commemorative poster available, with a share of the proceeds going to The Open Door, a Cape Ann organization whose mission is to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community. The Art of David Arsenault will share proceeds with them for the month of April, and will highlight and help support a different local non-profit agency each month throughout the year.

 

Look for the gallery hours in-season to be much longer, along with special hours when the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center hosts a world-class event. We look forward to your visit to Rockport AND our gallery very soon!

First Day of Business in Rockport: March 27th

Even though the curtain remains closed, things are definitely going on at 26 Bearskin Neck in Rockport! David and Sue have been hard at work painting, cleaning, framing, planning, organizing, meeting , ordering, buying, and choosing everything needed to open the doors. And that they will do! Unless derailed unexpectedly, the first day of business will be Friday, March 27th. The gallery will be open at 11:00 am, and will close for the day at 6:00 pm.

 

At the start, look for The Art of David Arsenault to be open 11-5 Monday-Tuesday, and Thursday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will add an extra hour: 11-6. On Wednesday, the gallery will be closed.

 

If you can't make it in the first couple of weeks, try to make it when we celebrate our opening: SATURDAY, APRIL 11th, FROM 4:00-8:00 PM. There will be live music, food, and drink—and to make it a real event, you should plan on joining us! More to come very soon. 

Rockport Gallery to Open March 2015!

IT'S OFFICIAL! The lease is signed, the handshakes complete. And the fact is this: The Art of David Arsenault gallery will be coming soon to 26 Bearskin Neck in Rockport, Massachusetts, presently the home of Scott Tubby Fine Art. Our planned Grand Opening is March 20th—the first day of Spring, and a day of great significance to Sue, to me, and to us together. We're very pleased and excited to be in such a beautiful space!
And it does NOT mean that Rockport loses artist Scott Tubby! Rather, he is relocating to 11 Main Street to begin a new joint venture with artist George Anderson. It's a prime location and an excellent opportunity for him. We wish Scott the very best.
There is a lot to accomplish in the next 39 days. More details will be coming as we move toward our own "Opening Day" before the Red Sox do. Sue and I will be thrilled to welcome you to our new gallery: The Art of David Arsenault.

PBS Comes to the Artist's Studio

It was October 22nd when the team from WMHT-TV's "AHA" (A House for Art) arrived at my upstate New York studio to talk and film me at work. Now that I have moved to Rockport and finally finished the painting I began, the episode has aired. Click the image to see WMHT-TV's AHA! episode "Light" which began with a segment about my work (running time: 4:37). A feature on Edward Hopper and three more interesting segments follow. Total time around 27 minutes. If you'd like to see my segment only, click above to see it on YouTube!

David Arsenault: Past News

Spotlight News—July 2013

Glens Falls—Post Star, August 2010

Albany NY—The Times Union, July 2010

Albany Public Art Examiner—June 2010

Albany NY—Times Union, June 2008

News from Around the Art World

ArtDaily.org—"The first art newspaper on the Internet"

ARTnews—"The most widely read art magazine in the world"

ARTFORUMThe online edition of Artforum International Magazine

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