Announcing the 2019 M1D Commemorative Poster!

Rockport Exchange is pleased to announce that Brooke Demeri is the featured artist for the 2019 Motif No.1 Day Festival commemorative poster.

Brooke is a student at Rockport High School. As the daughter of Lisa Demeri, niece of Jill Demeri, and granddaughter of Dominic Demeri, she is a third-generation Rockport artist.  To feature Brooke as the 2019 artist is exciting in another sense: she also created the artwork for the 2009 Motif No.1 Day Festival poster as a young girl of 8.

A decade later, it seems especially fitting to have her work featured on the M1D poster as Brooke continues to grow and develop in the tradition of Rockport artists.

The nonprofit Rockport Exchange organizes and funds the Motif No.1 Day Festival — the annual celebration of Rockport’s iconic fishing shack as inspiring artists for over one hundred years. Your support for Rockport Exchange in its work to carry on the tradition of the Motif No.1 Day is appreciated. Your purchase of the commemorative poster funds the community initiatives of Rockport Exchange. To purchase the poster,  head over HERE, and thank you!

Countdown to Funtown aka Motif No.1 Day Fest!

M1D is just five days away. Some of you might be tempted to look at the weather report and think a little rain will dampen the fun. If you’re one of those people, take your weather app off your phone RIGHT now, because the rain never stops Motif No.1 Day. In fact, there’s no point in bothering to look up the weather,  because the show will go on and we will celebrate the Motif no matter what. Also, the weather changes from minute-to-minute on Cape Ann so there’s that.

Most likely Saturday will turn out to be a balmy day with an average 70-degree temperature and a lovely breeze blowing off the Old Harbor. Either way, rain or shine, can’t stop won’t stop as the song says. We are ready to have a festival.

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Planning for Motif No.1 Day is Underway!

Get involved in Rockport’s hometown festival and join the M1D Planning Team!

Meeting Dates:
  • Tuesdays on April 3rd, 10th, & 24th, May 1st, 8th, 15th from 7 to 8pm.
  • Wrap-up Party on May 22nd from 7 to 9pm
    location:
  • Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop unless otherwise noted. Email us at info@rockportexchange.org to receive notifications of meeting times, etc.

See you there, and thank you for helping make the M1D Festival and 5K happen for our Rockport community and beyond!

Aerialists performing on Motif No.1 Day. [photo: Gloucester Daily Times]

Introducing the 2016 Artist Series Commemorative Poster

Rockport Exchange is thrilled to feature the artwork of Ron Pruett on the 2016 Motif No.1 Day commemorative poster. Ron is a member of the Rockport Art Association and is represented in Rockport by G19 at 19 Broadway. The Motif No.1 Day artist series of commemorative posters showcases the work of Rockport artists, past and present, and variations on representing the Motif. This unassuming building is capable of being seen in a multitude of ways, its image ranging from distorted to representational. Ron’s piece for the 2016 shows the Motif in yet a different light, the industrial undertones of the color speaking to the building’s history (and continued role) as a working fish shack.

The 2016 poster can be purchased at G19 gallery or at the Rockport Exchange booth on Motif No. 1 Day. Proceeds from the poster sales support the free programming of the nonprofit Rockport Exchange.

Stop by G19 at 4pm on Motif No.1 Day, Saturday, May 21st to meet the artist and enjoy a reception.

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