1921The Rockport Art Association was formed and hosted its first exhibition and dance.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Local Organizations, Art

Gloucester Daily Times. “The Rockport Art Association: First Exhibition Shows Interesting Group of Paintings.” August 20, 1921, Vol. 57 No. 9855 edition. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/.
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The 1920s became an era of arts associations. In Rockport, artists were meeting at Aldro Hibbard’s studio to talk about ways to exhibit. In the winter of 1921, a few decided to organize more formally and plan what would be the first professional exhibition to be held in Rockport. About 50 artists agreed to form an art association and annual exhibitions followed as the art colony grew.

Harry A. Vincent (1864-1931) was made the first president of the new Rockport Art Association. An active art colony member, Vincent initially went to Cape Ann in 1918 and, like colleague Parker Perkins, went out to sea with the fishermen to paint. Aldro Hibbard was made Secretary (and later president from 1927 to 1943), Howard E. Smith (portrait painter and illustrator), Treasurer, and Chester P. Dodge, a businessman, Chairman of the Executive Committee, whose members included W. Lester Stevens and Charles S. Kaelin (1858-1929). A former student and later friend of John Twachtman, Kaelin began to visit Cape Ann in 1900 at the invitation of Frank Duveneck and moved to Rockport in 1916.

Gloucester Daily Times. “The Rockport Art Association: First Exhibition Shows Interesting Group of Paintings.” August 20, 1921, Vol. 57 No. 9855 edition. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/. Gloucester Daily Times. “Rockport Art Association.” August 8, 1921, Vol. 57 No. 9844 edition. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/. Curtis, Judith, Rocky Neck Art Colony: 1850-1950, Gloucester, Massachusetts, Cooley, John L. Rockport Sketch Book Stories of Early Art and Artists. Rockport Art Association, 1965.
Gloucester Daily Times. “Rockport Art Association.” August 8, 1921, Vol. 57 No. 9844 edition. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/.
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