Ocean Alliance’s headquarters at the former Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory are located in the heart of the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA. It’s a beautiful place to visit, full of galleries and gorgeous scenery, and also happens to be the oldest working art colony in the country. We consider our relationship with the art colony a collaboration, we look after each other, and this is how we met artists Rebecca Siswick Graham and Nome Graham.
As we were preparing to move into our new headquarters, the art colony put out an S.O.S. for volunteers willing to help clean and paint Building E. Sure enough, the artists came, and among them were Rebecca and Nome. Both are artists who specialize in encaustic work, and both share a love of microbiology and the ocean. After countless hours of grunt work at the Paint Factory, the two conspired to create an art show of collaboration. Not only did they create a body of work of similar themes and materials, but they physically collaborated on three pieces.
Rebecca’s pieces are inspired by her passion for ocean conservation, and many were created in response to Ocean Alliance’s work in the Gulf of Mexico studying the effects of the BP Oil Spill, hence pieces entitled, “Corexit” and “Dispersants.” A portion of the proceeds of Rebecca’s work will go towards Ocean Alliance’s work in the Gulf.
The show is on display now at The Hive in downtown Gloucester, and there will be an artists’ reception open to the public this Friday November 15th from 5-8 pm. We will be there!
“Collaborative World” – Explore the curiosity and beauty of the unseen world around us and in us. All new encaustic work by Nome Graham and Rebecca Siswick Graham