in the heart of historic downtown
at 189 Main Street
Trident Gallery is a showcase for the art of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Exhibitions of contemporary art in traditional and non-traditional styles and media rotate every five weeks and are accompanied by scheduled presentations and discussions. The gallery also maintains an extensive inventory of art available for viewing within the gallery (and soon online as well).
Owner and Gallery Director Dr. Matthew Swift curates Trident Gallery’s exhibitions and inventory, drawing on academic expertise and four generations of involvement in Cape Ann art to select each work of art and to illuminate its place within the cultural history of the region. His expertise and connections with regional artists are at the service of clients whose interests extend beyond gallery inventory.
Trident Gallery is located in a purpose-built space in the elegant Gloucester Safe Deposit and Trust building of 1880 in the heart of historic downtown Gloucester. At the back of the spacious main gallery are a library and a small black gallery within a vault.
Through its exhibitions, library, and programming, Trident Gallery is a part of the vital arts scene on Cape Ann and a resource for learning about the region’s rich artistic legacy and continuing importance.
The rugged and beautiful region of Cape Ann has attracted great artists for more than a century and a half. Gloucester was called the art capital of the United States in 1925,† and although that heyday has passed, something about this island has continued to captivate generation after generation of painters, writers, musicians, sculptors, artisans, playwrights, and dancers. It may be the birds in the marsh or the distant surf in the granite teeth. It may be the people who welcome the eccentric and find strangers worth talking to. Or it may be an effect of the calm and furious sea. We don't know, but vital art springs repeatedly from this rocky coast.
Today, as in the past, a large community of artists thrives here, sustained and guided by a keen sense of place, by connections to each other, and by the long tradition of artistic excellence on Cape Ann.
Works of art with meaningful connections to Cape Ann take diverse forms. Some depict or transform scenes of the region; others are profoundly rooted in the artist's experiences of Cape Ann's towns, landscapes, and sea horizons, and its vibrant matrix of interwoven communities.
29 November 2013 – 5 January 2014
A cornucopia of art to feed the soul. On the centerpiece, new abstract pastels by Dennis Flavin and a new series of Bass Rocks oil paintings by Patti Sullivan. Filling out the feast, modest morsels and substantial sides by eleven other gallery artists — Gabrielle Barzaghi, Nadine Boughton, Winston Swift Boyer, Charlie Carroll, Susan Erony, Pamela Ellis Hawkes, Zygmund Jankowski, Ruth Mordecai, Eileen Mueller, Joe Poirier, and Lynn Swigart.
First come, first served. Bring your intellectual appetite, moral cravings, and spiritual hunger, and find satisfaction in art, which may be taken home immediately to nourish families, invigorate infants, and revitalize the elderly. Art is wholesome and recommended for all living, loving beings.
Art may be taken home when purchased; walls will be replenished.
17 January 2014 – 16 March 2014
An innovative, evolving, multimedia exhibition on the theme of the season of winter, presented with the goal of reacquainting ourselves with the best reason to honor and to own fine art: art deepens our experience of life.
21 March 2014 – 20 April 2014
Trident Gallery's first solo exhibition begins on the first day of spring, 2014, with the work of this innovative Rockport photographer in both modern and early photographic media.
25 April 2014 – 26 May 2014
Trident Gallery is very pleased to host an exhibition coinciding with the release of a book featuring the images and words of this legendary Cape Ann painter and teacher.
30 May 2014 – 29 June 2014
New work by two fascinating and talented artists who are always exploring new directions.
3 July 2014 – 27 July 2014
Art world legend Meredyth Moses, founder of the Clark Gallery, brings new artists and perspective to Cape Ann.
1 August 2014 – 1 September 2014
Rocky Neck's renowned sculptor turned painter fills Trident Gallery with new paintings, collages, and monoprints.
5 September 2014 – 5 October 2014
Powerful work in a wide variety of media by a deeply committed and thoughtful Gloucester artist.
10 October 2014 – 23 November 2014
28 November 2014 – 4 January 2015
Another season of art to feed the soul.
Three Artists in Dialogue with the Past is an exhibition of works by three contemporary artists who engage the imagery and ideas of the mid-twentieth century and of earlier eras. Working each in a different medium, they create and critique images and narratives of the past, both imagined and historical, drawing viewers into worlds that are strange yet feel familiar, or look familiar yet feel strange. As viewers, we are led into dialogues with ourselves and with history as we confront anew the power of stories and images to shape our perceptions and convictions.
The title of Gabrielle Barzaghi’s major new work “How to Stay Alive in the Woods,” a grid of 15 drawings, refers to a wilderness survival manual published in 1956. Her “Paleolithic Picnic” is a series of nine drawings illuminating a world that is dim, primeval, and as familiar as a myth.
Nadine Boughton stitches together imagery from the popular magazines of 1945–1965 into witty and trenchant digital collages that blend nostalgia for the past with the darkness beneath the pleasures of modern living. Her series of eight collages titled “The Pleasures of Modern Living” is displayed in the Vault Room at Trident Gallery.
Susan Erony’s painting “The History of Eugenics, Part I” is a copy of an eighteenth-century drawing by Dutch anatomist Petrus Camper showing a “progression” from ape to ideal human. Her work prompts solemn consideration of the perils of transplanting ideas between cultures, of our appetite for reason and order, and of both the powers and the limitations of visual images.
"Home: The Inaugural Exhibition"
twelve artists representing the excellence and variety of contemporary fine art on Cape Ann
Friday, August 30, 2013 – through – Monday, October 14, 2013
Artists: Albert Alcalay, Winston Swift Boyer, Charlie Carroll, Susan Erony, Dennis Flavin, Pamela Ellis Hawkes, Zygmund Jankowski, Ruth Mordecai, Eileen Mueller, Joe Poirier, Patti Sullivan, Lynn Swigart.
Gallery Director Dr. Matthew Swift has assembled 39 works of art that explore ideas of “home,” a theme he will examine in programmed discussions, gallery conversations, and written materials.
Home is a point of departure and a place of return.
Home is the place of one’s dwelling or nurturing — Gloucester, Cape Ann, the United States, the planet Earth.
Home is the seat of one’s domestic life and overlapping communities; it is a place of safety and comfort.
Home is a target, the destination of a creative mind striving to think, to forge meaning, to provoke, to pay homage, to become beautiful.
Saturday, December 14th, 3:30–5pm
Open House, with other Pleasant & Main art galleries, during the Middle Street Walk prior to the Annual Lobster Trap Tree Lighting at Police Station Plaza.
All four galleries will have refreshments. Visit all four to collect a gift!
The Trident Live Art Series
A series of performances in the gallery space, about every two months. Architect: Sarah Slifer Swift.
Friday, November 29th (Black Friday), 5pm–7pm
Opening Reception for Walls of Plenty
When you come, check out the grand opening of Trident Gallery's new neighbor, Blue River Diamonds, open 6am–6pm that day.
Saturday, November 2d, 5pm
Panel Discussion with the Artists of Three Artists in Dialogue with the Past
Friday, October 18th, 4pm–8pm
Opening Reception for Three Artists in Dialogue with the Past
Saturday afternoon events associated with Home: The Inaugural Exhibition focus on artists featured in the exhibition. Prepared remarks of 30–45 minutes will be followed by discussion and light refreshments. Additional works of art by the subjects will be on display during each event.
Saturday, September 21st, 5pm
"Home, Safety, and Art"
Presenters Matthew Swift and Susan Erony will speak on the work of artists Albert Alcalay and Susan Erony. Both Alcalay and Erony's father emigrated to the United States to escape persecution. Additional works of art by Alcalay and Erony will be on display.
Saturday, September 28th, 5pm
"Perspectives on Cape Ann"
Remarks and discussion on the diverse representations of Cape Ann by painter Joe Poirier and photographers Winston Swift Boyer, Charlie Carroll, and Lynn Swigart. Additional works by these artists will be on display. Presenters to be determined.
Saturday, October 5th, 5pm
Paths to Abstraction
Gallery Director Matthew Swift and artists Dennis Flavin and Ruth Mordecai offer remarks and discussion on abstraction in the careers and works of artists Dennis Flavin, Ruth Mordecai, Eileen Mueller, and Patti Sullivan.
Saturday, October 12th, 5pm
Ephemerality and Permanence
Gallery Director Matthew Swift offers remarks and leads discussion on ephemerality and permanence in the work of artists Pamela Ellis Hawkes and Zygmund Jankowski. Prepared remarks of 30–45 minutes will be followed by discussion and light refreshments. Additional works of art by Jankowski and Hawkes will be on display.
Trident Gallery Director Matthew Swift may be reached at the gallery +1 (978) 491-7785 and firstname.lastname@example.org. At this time, the Director is not seeking new art for the gallery.
Trident Gallery is in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, on Main Street at the corner of Duncan Street (which becomes Pleasant Street as it crosses Main). Click here for a map and notes on nearby parking.
Wednesday – Friday 10am–5pm
Monday, Tuesday, and any time by appointment