Our Mission

We are a community of artists and gallery owners

continuing the artistic and cultural traditions of Rockport, MA.

Since the mid-1800’s, Rockport has been welcoming artists and art lovers from all over the world. The Rockport Art Colony, with over thirty galleries showing the work of more than 400 artists, traces its roots to some of America’s greatest painters.

By 1900, many artists were spending their summers in studios in Rockport. Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, Maurice Prendegast, John Twachtman, Frederick Mulhaupt, William Morris Hunt, Theresa Bernstein, William Meyerowitz, Aldro Hibbard, Anthony Thieme, Antonio Cirino, Marguerite Pearson, Lester Stevens, Paul Strisik and Donald Mosher all found inspiration here.

In 1921, a group artists formed an organization that would support their endeavors, the Rockport Art Association. Each April, the Rockport Art Asoociation & Museum hosts an annual Auction drawing collectors from across the country. Throughout the year, its juried members have the opportunity to show their work. In October, the RAA&M will host the Gala and Reception for the Cape Ann Plein Air Festival. 

The Rockport Art Colony Galleries is a vital part of the Rockport Cultural District. Our galleries show a variety of work: Cape Ann School, portraiture, drawings, sculpture, photography, realism, contemporary, and abstract art. We have something to please every art lover and collector.

Throughout the year, our galleries host receptions, demonstrations, benefits and more. Each week, depending upon the season, we sponsor a Paint-Out or Paint In at one of our many picturesque locations. Community festivals, such as Motif No. 1 Day and Harvestfest, include a focus on the visual arts. Please see the calendar section of this website to find out what’s happening!