29 November 2008


Yesterday I showed images from the holiday ornament sale at the Rockport Art Association. Over the next few weeks I will post pictures of the mini masterpieces we have collected over the years. Here are the two we acquired yesterday. The salt marsh scene was painted by a new member of the RAA, Remo R. Gaietto. This is a painting style unlike the other paintings of Remo's I saw at the gallery, which were much more contemporary. This is what the Gloucester Daily Times wrote about Remo earlier this month...

Remo Gaietto, born in Genoa in northern Italy, arrived in New York City 40 years ago on Sept. 8, 1968. "That was my dream," said Gaietto. "My profession in New York and New Jersey was industrial design, but you are born with artistic feelings and you keep plugging away until something happens." After two years living in New York City, he attended the Art Students League, where he met a fellow student who would become his wife. In November 1979, Gaietto went to Maine for vacation and on his return, he discovered Cape Ann "and my saga began," he said. He discovered one of the oldest artist colonies on Rocky Neck in East Gloucester, a place where he would run a small gallery for 14 years. He also ran a gallery in Rockport for a couple of years in the early 1990s. The couple moved to New England permanently in 1996, settling in Rockport. His work can range from impressionistic painting to graphic art. His work may depict scenes of spots around Cape Ann, from Rockport harbor to Rocky Neck.

The Motif #1 scape was painted by Ivan N. Kamalic. I found some info on him on the RAA site...

Ivan N. Kamalic is a passionate observer with a keen ability to translate nature onto canvas. In the tradition of Renaissance artists, his art education began early in his teens. His apprenticeship included extensive work in stone carving and mural painting in Italy. Education: School of Visual Arts, Art Students League with Daniel Greene, David Leffel, Jose DeCreft and others.

Exhibits: National Academy of Design, Salmagundi Club, Hudson Valley Association, North Shore Arts Association, among others. Member: National Society of Mural Painters, Metropolitan/American Portrait Society, Art Students League – Life Member: North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association, International Society of Marine Painters. An experienced instructor, and winner of many awards, his work is included in collections in the United States and abroad. He is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his own gallery in Rockport at 8-B Main Street.

These mini masterpieces and the artists who painted them are just more examples of what makes Cape Ann so special.

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