"It's refreshing to note that solitude does not have to be depressing.
David's paintings are delightfully joyful." -RC
UPDATED March 30, 2020
The federal "social distancing" guidelines have been extended through Thursday, April 30th. As a result, I have decided to continue to keep the gallery closed for the next four weeks. I warmly encourage you to do everything you can to stay healthy.
Please know that our Facebook page will continue to be active daily during this period. Also, painting will continue, and this online gallery is always open 24/7/365. And is being updated to make it better than ever.
Meanwhile, let's all keep doing the right things individually, and together we will stay well. And we will see each other in May!
Peace and Blessings,
When Rockport artist, David Arsenault, and his wife, Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, opened a gallery on March 27, 2015, they felt like they were in an ideal place to share his work.
They were right.
In the five years since Arsenault sold his first Cape Ann-inspired oil painting, Swaying in Time, he and his wife have not only sold over one thousand pieces of art, but they have become active contributors to the Cape Ann community.
To celebrate their success since opening, the Arsenaults will host a 5th Anniversary Party over Illuminations Weekend on Friday, Aug. 9th from 5-8 p.m. at their 8 Dock Square gallery in Rockport. Local favorites, Rhiannon Hurst and Jace Mason, will entertain guests with jazz guitar and vocals. A 24 x 18 canvas giclee print of Arsenault’s latest Motif painting, Mirror Motif will be raffled in support of the Open Door, the same non-profit they supported during their initial Opening Celebration in 2015. Please come and help celebrate!
I'm honored to be one of Artscope Magazine's "13 for 13" as they celebrate their thirteenth anniversary in the March/April issue. My thanks to Publisher Kaveh Mojtabai and writer Elayne Clift for this just-published article. You can find the print version in Rockport at the Rockport Art Association & Museum, in Gloucester at the Cape Ann Museum, and in many other museums, galleries, and venues throughout Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
I'm grateful and excited to say that I am participating in this month's "After Hopper" exhibition at the beautiful Addison Art Gallery in Orleans on Cape Cod. The show opened on Wednesday, August 8th; the artist reception was on Saturday, August 18th at 5 pm.
Seeing Edward Hopper’s work in particular as a middle school student ultimately led me to becoming an artist myself more than twenty years later. The drama of light and shadow, the suggestion of a moment suspended in time, and the quiet contemplation of ordinary beauty captivates me as I believe it did Mr. Hopper. In “Sun in an Empty Room by the Sea,” I have created an environment penetrated by light, couched in mystery, and filled with silence, while simultaneously evoking the memory of Hopper with the inclusion of one of his last paintings. My title is a play both on the title of his painting as well as on that of another of Hopper’s great interiors, “Rooms by the Sea.”
From the Gallery: "After Hopper" is a new exhibition celebrating the work of contemporary artists inspired by Edward Hopper and Cape Cod, the region he chose to build his home and
to paint for decades.
Artists and collectors flock to Cape Cod from all across the globe, just to see the sites that Edward Hopper painted. Half a century after his death, new generations continue to be inspired by his work and the area that this great American painter chose as his home. Creative people in all fields learn from those who have gone before: while honoring their teachers, they add their own talents and experience, their own selves, and make something new. Acknowledging and ever grateful for Edward Hopper’s influence, “After Hopper” celebrates the artists of today who continue to pursue Hopper’s path in their own unique ways." Visit www.addisonart.com to learn more about the show and about the gallery, recently voted the Best Art Gallery on Cape Cod by the readers of Cape Cod Magazine!
(Pictured: "Sun in an Empty Room by the Sea" 18 x 24, oil, © 2018 David Arsenault)
March 24, 2018
Have you ever wondered about the story behind Rockport's famous Motif No. 1? Then wonder no more! Meg Pier of Best Cultural Destinations visited Rockport last summer and created a "mini-documentary" entitled "Motif Number 1: Rockport's Heart and Soul" on our beloved red fishing shack. It's a really nice piece of storytelling, weaving in-and-out a number of different images and perspectives about what makes our Motif No. 1 Number One.
You'll see some familiar faces in it too, as it features—in order of appearance—Kathleen Miller & Stefan Mierz (of Bearskin Neck's The Art Nook), Rockport commercial fisherman Bill Lee, Sue Koehler-Arsenault in her role as a Rockport Cultural District tour guide, and me, David Arsenault.
You can learn more about Meg and her Best Cultural Destinations team through the following means:
November 10, 2017
I'm happy to say that I have recently finished this memorable 24" x 20" commission piece,
entitled A Rockport Legacy. The woman who commissioned it was looking for me to capture the magic of a summer with her beloved grandson. Her family history in
Rockport dates back to the 19th century, and so the concept of "legacy" seemed appropriate. And this is her favorite view of iconic Motif No. 1. My greatest desire was to try and
express the sense their connection, her steadfast love for him, and his energetic youthfulness.
Gratefully, both she and he were pleased with what they saw. Once it was framed, they came together to pick it up. The young man had his scooter with him, and so I accompanied them to her home and carried the painting. Here, they sweetly re-enact the position they took in the painting.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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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!
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.
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!
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