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Rocky Neck Art Colony

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Address: Gloucester, MA
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: The oldest working artist's colony in the country.

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Great little art colony

If you are in the area this is a great little place to go. You need to check a map if you are in the Gloucester area, because you'll miss a quaint little artist area on the ocean... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
irene j
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charlestown mass
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charlestown mass
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

If you are in the area this is a great little place to go. You need to check a map if you are in the Gloucester area, because you'll miss a quaint little artist area on the ocean, shop eat, sit in the sun and enjoy

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I also went to Rocky Neck early in the Spring this year and my first gallery was Elynn Kroger's Gallery. I have to agree with YRI123 review and yes, Elynn isn't pleasant. English is my first language & I too felt 'misunderstood' by Elynn. I agree that she also made my friend and I uncomfortable (the only potential customers around... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is a pretty cute little area, but as people said: a lot of it is just people's houses so it's a bit awkward. Not worth a special trip, but we were in the area and it's nice to walk around on a nice day. I did want to say that in the first gallery we went into, Elynn Kroger's... More 

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a small spot with very little to do or look at. It's also pretty grungy looking and a little dreary. There's a small sliver or two of beach area open to the public; the rest is jealously guarded by a few homeowners with beach frontage. Many of the "galleries" are in people's homes and open infrequently, at odd... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We thought it would be a bigger area, but there are only a handful of galleries, mostly in quaint little, funky painted houses. Everyone was very friendly to the browsers. It's a picturesque little spot and definitely should be visited when in the Cape Ann area. It's part of the appeal of that area of the coast.We ended up going... More 

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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We found the Art Colony at the end of a road under construction with very little parking. While I understand that October is off-season, not a single gallery was open on a Thursday afternoon. There were about 1/2 dozen galleries in a small cul de sac. Very disappointing.

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is just a row of. Homes turned into studios and shops. It is not very big. I had my own idea of what an Artist Colony should look like, so I was disappointed .

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Georgetown, Massachusetts
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94 reviews 94 reviews
40 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

OK so Rocky Neck isn't that big and parking can be tough in the summer but one needn't go in the summer. Great place to walk around. Stop in the galleries, poke around, look at the funky houses, stop downtown to eat, visit the beach. Great destination for a Sunday afternoon in the Fall or Spring. If you want to... More 

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Boston
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Everyone is friendly and appreciates visitors. This is a small area and easy to get around. It is a combination of fishing, food and art all in one place. The water shuttle is a fun and inexpensive way to connect to downtown.

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Rochester, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You would think that would be a funny title for an Art Colony. But we thought it would have much more than painting galleries. We drove into Rocky Neck and drove right out. Perhaps we were there too early in the day. Or not on the right day. But all we saw were fancy galleries. We were hoping for more... More 

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