Oil paintings - TM Nicholas
T. M. Nicholas, “Old Harbor, Gloucester,” oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in. Private Collection

Exploring 40 years of the artistic collaboration between Rockport father and son Tom and T. M. Nicholas will be the focus of the Cape Ann Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Tom and T. M. Nicholas: A Father and Son’s Journey in Paint.” The Nicholas works, created in the well-known style of the Cape Ann School of Painting and curated from numerous private collections, will be on view January 11, 2020, through April 12, 2020.

Oil paintings - Tom Nicholas
Tom Nicholas, “Late Autumn, Rockport Harbor,” oil on canvas, 16 x 16 in. Private Collection

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Born and raised in Connecticut, Tom Nicholas studied with Ernst Lohrmann, H. Fisk, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has lived and worked in Rockport since the early 1960s, running a gallery on Main Street with his wife, Gloria. His work in oil, watercolor, and gouache has received numerous awards and recognitions from the Allied Artists of America, the Salmagundi Club, the American Watercolor Society, and the National Academy of Design. He was elected an Academician of the National Academy of Design and a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society.

T. M. Nicholas, a student of the Montserrat College of Art, studied with his father as well as with the respected Rockport painter John Terelak. Working out of a studio in Essex, Massachusetts, T. M., like his father, exhibits widely, has paintings in museum collections, and has won many awards.

As part of the exhibition’s related programming, T. M. Nicholas and art historian Judith Curtis will give separate gallery talks. Curtis is a freelance writer specializing in art-related themes and is a past curator of the Rockport Art Association and Museum’s Permanent Collection. She lives on Cape Ann and is a regular contributor to the American Art Review. She has also written several books, including Anthony Thieme; The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A.; W. Lester Stevens, N.A. (1888–1969); Harry A. Vincent and His Contemporaries; Rocky Neck Art Colony (1850–1950); A. T. Hibbard, American Master, and two Charles Movalli exhibition catalogues. More recently, she curated — and wrote the catalogue for — “Polly Thayer Starr and the Alchemy of Painting.” She was also co-curator of “Strokes of Genius: Women Artists of New England,” for which she wrote the catalogue.

As part of the Nicholas exhibition, related programming events include:

Opening Reception
Saturday, January 11, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Lecture by T. M. Nicholas & Stapleton Kearns about The Cape Ann School of Painting
Saturday, February 15, 3:00 p.m.

Gallery Talk by Judith Curtis
Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m.

Gallery Talk by T. M. Nicholas
Saturday, April 4, 9:30 a.m.

“Tom and T. M. Nicholas: A Father and Son’s Journey in Paint” is on view at Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester, MA) January 11 through April 12, 2020.


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