"It's refreshing to note that solitude does not have to be depressing.

David's paintings are delightfully joyful." -RC

Celebrating FIVE YEARS in the Rockport Art Colony!

July 2019

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!

Artscope Magazine Article: March/April 2019 Issue

"Eastern Point" © 2018 David Arsenault • 30" x 40" • oil on canvas

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.

"After Hopper" at Addison Art Gallery, Cape Cod

August 2018

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)

Diving Deep into a Legend

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. 

Life Imitating Art, Art Imitating Life

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.  


 Here's a better look at the final version of the piece. I accept only 2 or 3 commissions a year. If you have a special connection to a Cape Ann place or experience—or anywhere else for that matter—we should talk about it.  

Motif No. 1 Goes Home. But NOT to Rockport!

September 1, 2017

It was a great pleasure to host the Gribulis Family from upstate New York, who have become friends over the course of three straight summer visits to my Rockport gallery. I'm pleased and excited that they added to their collection with this 24" x 30" oil "Supermoon and Motif #1" along with a full-sized canvas giclée of my Front Beach painting "Off Duty." I gladly included a personalized print on paper of a mutual favorite destination in Troy, NY, the SnowMan ice cream stand. Pictured with their new painting are (L-R): Mary, daughters Beatrix and Romy, and Derek. Thank you very much!

Heading Home

August 10, 2017

Heading for the Harbor, a 16" x 40" oil depicting the famous Paint Factory near Gloucester Harbor, headed to it's new home with a really great family, the Fortunes from Gloucester. Shown are (L to R) Victoria, Kryn, and Rob, just before the painting went into their car late this afternoon. It really is a pleasure knowing that they will be hanging my painting of one of Gloucester's great, historic icons.


Signed canvas giclées of this work are available in three sizes.

Moving an Island

August 3, 2017

Thacher Island has moved! Well...the painting of the same name, that is.


Thacher Island North to South (2016, 30" x 30" oil on canvas) based on a visit last summer to the home of the famous Twin Lights, has been acquired by a Rockport resident, and has since made it's way to a new home. Now I know why it was still here despite a lot of interest: it was waiting for Jay, the gentleman who made it his own.


Signed canvas giclées in three different sizes are available here and at the Gallery.

Third Summer Show at the Rockport Art Association

July 22, 2017

The Rockport Art Association & Museum, at 12 Main Street is currently holding their latest members show, "Third Summer Exhibition," from Saturday, July 22nd through Monday, August 21st. It occupies the entire Hibbard and Maddocks Galleries.


Pictured is my entry "Supermoon and Motif No. 1" (24" x 30" oil, © 2017). Stop by to see what has turned out be an excellent collection!

A Straitsmouth Island Fundraiser

June 4, 2017

   The Art of David Arsenault Gallery presented “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 was held on Saturday, May 27, from 5-9pm, and featured live jazz music courtesy of talented sax player David Arteaga with exceptional bassist Max Ridley. 20% of all art sales went 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 availablel in a variety of sizes.  And, a raffle was held for a signed 16" x 40" canvas giclée of "Straitsmouth at 6 a.m." (pictured), a $350 value, won by Rockport resident Dana Salo. A small number of 12" x 18" signed, limited-edition posters commemorating this special event remain 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.
  On Sunday May 28th, Paul St. Germain, President of the Thacher Island Association, presented a ”What’s Happening on Straitsmouth” discussion which covered Island history, the ramp project, walking trails, and much more. 20% of all art sales on the 28th also went in support of the Straitsmouth boat ramp project. All told, we raised a litle over $2000. Thanks to all who came!
   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...

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.

Click here to RSVP!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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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