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Rocky Neck Art Colony

Gloucester, MA
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Ranked #15 of 25 attractions in Gloucester
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods
Traveler Description: Rocky Neck Art colony is a charming artists colony located in Gloucester, MA, north of Boston.  It is the oldest working artist colony in the United... more »
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English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I highly suggest walking around the art colony. It won't take long but there are definitely some hidden treasures!

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Montreal, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Rocky Neck is one of the nicest walk you can take in Gloucester. You'll probably find the more interesting restaurants of the city while meeting artists presenting their work in a very welcoming fashion. The scenery provides one of the natural inspiration for painters living in the community. If you are staying in Gloucester, do not hesitate to visit.

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Northeast USA
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127 reviews 127 reviews
59 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We always love to walk down RN and enjoy the views of the boats and pop in the many art studios. We have one painting from the art colony here and it is the favorite one in my house. Galleries hours are spotty, so just enjoy what you can when you go here.

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Boone, North Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Finding a place to park may be more difficult than finding photo ops in this artist colony! This is especially true in the summer. Many of Gloucester more famous artists made their gallery and home in Rocky Neck. It can be "crusty"! It can be funky! So, take time to meander the narrow streets, boat yard and wharf area to... More

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews 66 reviews
26 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Was excited to see, but bit disappointed. Views were beautiful but art wasn't for us. Plus many galleries were closed. One shop (Imagine Gallery) was fun, won't be back to colony though. And it's sad because it holds lots of history.

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Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
51 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I was disappointed that most of the galleries were closed. Our visit was in early October; I was surprised that the "season" didn't extend into leaf-peeping weeks. The few that we were able to visit had great choices.

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Kansas City, Missouri
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The artists are sooooo friendly and very classy artwork. Yep, I left a few coins with them. It's all along the harbor and so very picture pretty. We stayed at Rocky Neck Accomendations. Yes!

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Austin, TX
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The scenic atmosphere and good weather made this an enjoyable visit. I particularly enjoyed the gallery of Paul George, an excellent landscape painter.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Treat yourself to a stroll along the picturesque Cape Ann coast while dropping in some of the most colorful art galleries any where. The Rocky Neck art Colony sports a thriving community of artists working in all styles and mediums, from world-class Sigrid Olsen, to far-out Imagine artist Brenda Malloy, and traditional plain-air painters such as Robert Gruppe and John... More

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Gloucester, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Rocky Neck is picturesque and a great place to take a walk, but there weren't many art studios open. There is convenient parking on the right as you enter the colony.

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