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“Woodcuts & Unseen Works:” Roger Martin
September 14, 2017 - October 15, 2017
Flatrocks Gallery is honored to present Roger Martin: Woodcuts and Unseen Works, September 14th – October 15th. Opening Reception: Saturday, September 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Born in Gloucester in 1925, and raised in Rockport, Roger Martin’s roots run deep in granite and the sea. His paternal ancestors came from the Azores, and his mother’s from Finland at the beginning of the 20th century. After a stint in the Coast Guard, Roger returned to his home town in 1953, vowing never to leave. He kept that promise. Over his lifetime he served his community as a public school teacher, volunteer fireman, deputy forest warden, and as a member of Rockport’s Planning Board and Board of Appeals. He wrote three books about the history of Rockport and two books of poetry devoted to his town. He was the first poet laureate of Rockport. After graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston he began his artistic career as an illustrator, contributing work to publications such as The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Atlantic Monthly. Over the course of his career, he aligned himself with other artists looking for new modes of artistic expression and, in 1970, was one of seven North Shore artists to establish the Monserrat School of Art. He went on to teach there for twenty years, leaving an indelible legacy of encouragment and support.
This Flatrocks Gallery exhibit, the first after his passing, focuses on Martin’s woodblock prints. The medium brought him back to his roots as an illustrator. The solid strong forms, the lively, active line, and rich flat colors are quick to engage the viewer. His work reflects a reverence for the Cape Ann landscape, and evokes a simpler time, a small-town life, surrounded by granite and salt water. Roger Martin will be remembered as one of Cape Ann’s most distinguished and creative artists.