State of the Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden opened in 1998 in Rocky Neck Art Colony, in Gloucester, on beautiful Cape Ann. About us: the gallery was the recipient of an award for 2008 “Best Art Gallery of the North Shore”, a readers’ choice award from the Northshore Magazine. Second gallery State of the Art Gallery II, opened in 2002 adjacent to the Cape Ann Museum. Many artists, both contemporary and deceased are represented in both galleries.

The Rocky Neck Gallery is presented in an antique and garden setting, next door to the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Traditional contemporary paintings and figurative sculpture are displayed in  an antique gothic three-storied home. The second floor gallery changes monthly to feature the works of one of the artists. Weekly evening demonstrations have been given by artists and sculptors in the garden. The Gloucester Downtown Gallery exhibits many of Cape Ann’s collectible artists, including William Lester Stevens, Emile Gruppé, Aldro Hibbard, Anthony Thieme, Harrison Cady, Max Kuene, Peter Wademan, Paul Strisik, John Terelak, Kim Thayer, Theresa Bernstein, David Hatfield, Bob Blue, Peter Vinvent, Mark Shasha and many others. The downtown gallery closed in December of 2016, but many of the paintings can be seen at the Rocky Neck Gallery. Open by chance or appointment until May, 2017. Call Roger at (978) 395-1783.

The gallery’s owners, Sharon Pablo and Roger Armstrong, were board members of North Shore Arts Association (N.S.A.A.), an art association which opened its doors in 1922. Sharon was the Secretary and Roger was the President of that organization for three years. Roger has been a Corporator of the Sawyer Free Library of Gloucester, MA, past member of the Lyceum Committee; past member of the Gloucester Parking Commission, and a current member of the Gloucester Rotary Club.

Roger received a Mayoral appointment to the Gloucester Committee for the Arts; the Gloucester Downtown Development Commission; and the Gloucester Committee for the Arts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Shore Vocational Technical High School, and Committee Co-Chair and Designer of the World War II Memorial on Kent Circle, Gloucester, MA.

We consider ourselves to be as much of a museum and classroom as a sales gallery; browsing and sitting are encouraged. All work is original. Artists’ biographies are included in the sale of paintings and sculpture. All paintings are framed unless otherwise indicated. Catalogs, slides, pictures, videos, and electronic images can be mailed or downloaded for client perusal. Payment structures and commissions are easily arranged.

Additionally, Roger Armstrong will appraise your artwork, sell your paintings, and can restore your sculpture, including public monuments.

About us: Best Art Gallery 2008, Northshore Magazine

Best Art Gallery, 2008, Northshore Magazine


Roger Armstrong • (978) 395-1783

Sharon Pablo • 978) 395-1915

Please visit us on Facebook