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July 6, 2014

Gloucester canvases

Fresh perspectives of familiar buildings featured in show

Images of some of the city’s most ramshackle buildings have been memorialized on canvas, and now form part of a new art exhibition opening on Rocky Neck’s historic art colony.

The show is titled “Building,” with works by Laureen Adrienne Maher, a new member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester.

“Building” is a collection of old and dilapidated Gloucester buildings that Maher has painted over the past decade.

“What I love most about art is perspective,” said Maher. “When starting a painting, I try to surprise people with the not-so-popular view of the subject to offer a fresh new take. In every beautiful vista or building I find what I think is horrifyingly delightful. From there, I like to stage the ugly in a new light, like a ‘makeover’ … with the prettiest colors mixed from oil paints.”

For Maher, this is a special show because it is her first as a juried artist here. An East Gloucester resident, she described Rocky Neck as a magical place that inspired her to be an artist, although she has always had an interest in the fine arts.

The show includes some familiar paintings of the Birdseye building as well as fresh Gloucester scenes.

She also has an image, “Good Harbor Dreamin,’” that is not a dilapidated building by any means, but a place where she and many others dream about living because of its waterfront location. That is the house that sits atop the rocks at the far end of Good Harbor Beach, which shows up in countless photographs and paintings.

“I wanted to capture the idea that legions of people from all over just dream about that house,” she said. “I was going to call it the ‘Global Dream’ because people from everywhere dream about living in that house.”

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