Folly Cove Fine Art Opens Joseph McGurl and Past Masters, July 15th

Jul 11, 2022Arts & Culture, Events

Rockport, MA – Folly Cove Fine Art is pleased to announce Joseph McGurl and Past Masters, opening July 15th. The exhibition celebrates the work of a contemporary artist designated as a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center. The exhibition displays Joseph McGurl’s works alongside original paintings by Cape Ann Masters, including Emile Gruppe, Aldro Hibbard, Anthony Thieme, Antonio Cirino and others. Some works on display are from private collections.

McGurl is a popular Artist represented by the Gallery. He is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America, an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists,  was a Copley Master with the Copley Society of Boston, is a fellow of the American Society of Marine Artist, and has won significant awards for his artwork.

McGurl grew up working with his father, James McGurl, who is a muralist and his most influential teacher.  He graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and also studied in England and Italy.  After college, he worked for a period of time as a yacht captain, sailing the east coast from Maine to the Caribbean while continuing to observe and interpret in painting the natural world.   In search of more solid training in drawing, he sought out Robert Cormier, a devotee of the French Academy methods, and for two years studied sight-size figure drawing under him.  Joseph synthesizes academic figure drawing skills with sight-size landscape painting resulting in a new and unique approach to addressing the landscape.

Gallery co-owner Jill Guthrie said, “[Joe] McGurl’s ability to capture natural light on canvas, especially reflecting off water, is breathtaking. I almost have to squint at its brightness; it stuns the viewer just like many of the works of past Masters.”

The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge.

Event Summary

Joseph McGurl and Past Masters, July 15 – August 11

Exhibition Opening on July 15th

Location: Folly Cove Fine Art, 41 Main Street, Rockport, MA

Featuring works by Joseph McGurl, Emile Gruppe, Aldro Hibbard, Anthony Thieme, Antonio Cirino and others.

Joseph McGurl is widely acknowledged as one of the leading landscape painters of the day. A devoted plein air painter, McGurl has a unique approach to addressing the landscape. McGurl’s recent works will be shown with examples from Emile Gruppe, Aldro Hibbard, Anthony Thieme, and Edward Moran, among many others.

About Folly Cove Fine Art

Founded in Rockport, Massachusetts in 2020 by co-owners Jill Guthrie and J.P. Boudreau, Folly Cove Fine Art is a fine art gallery that deals in quality works from the 19th century to the present day. Folly Cove Fine Art specializes in Cape Ann School painters as well as contemporary artists who are influenced by the same style. Now with a location at 41 Main Street and an extensive online gallery, art enthusiasts and collectors can be confident to grow, sell, or begin their collection with Folly Cove Fine Art. Learn more at: