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Rockport Art Association

Rockport , MA
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12 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 US (map)

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978-546-6604
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Located in the heart of the picturesque seaside village of Rockport, Massachusetts, the Art Association is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony and/or reception. The... Read more
Located in the heart of the picturesque seaside village of Rockport, Massachusetts, the Art Association is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony and/or reception. The award-winning fine art on display that surrounds your guests creates a unique and elegant backdrop for your special day.

The upstairs Martha Moore Room serves as an intimate Bridal Suite for the Wedding Party. After relaxing with a glass of champagne and freshening up, charm your guests with a grand entrance down the colonial wooden stairway that connects to the courtyard garden interlude.

Our Maddocks Gallery is often configured as a chapel (at no additional cost). Brides planning an outdoor ceremony can enjoy the security of knowing they have an elegant and accomodating "backup" ceremony space, should the heavens decide to rain tears of joy!

The Maddocks Gallery also doubles as a rustic yet elegant space for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dessert stations and more. Our baby grand piano is often housed in this gallery, and can be used for playing or as a surface for gifts or photographs.

Our Hibbard Gallery serves as the main reception area, comfortably accomodating up to 150 guests for a traditional sit-down dinner (250 for a tapas/cocktail style event), leaving ample room for a band or dj and plenty of dancing!

Both galleries are heated and air conditioned, and have modern rest rooms.

Our Event Coordinator is happy to suggest many picturesque areas for outdoor wedding ceremonies and event photography just a stone’s throw away from the Rockport Art Association.

Many hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts are conveniently located within walking distance of the Rockport Art Association. With all of the activities and lodging available right in town, many brides choose to make their wedding a weekend-long celebration for their guests.

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We pride ourselves in the rich history of our Art Association and hope that you will visit us soon for a tour. We specialize in booking only one event per day, allowing you and your guests exclusive access to our facilities.

Take advantage of our current Donor Membership Discount and join our family of over 1,000 contributing members! In addition to receiving discounts on art workshops, classes, and much more, you will save 50% on your gallery rental! Please contact us today for more information on booking your wedding at the Rockport Art Association, (978) 546-6604. Read less
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Maura
Wedding:
8/29/2015
4.8/5.0
Charming, rustic venue in the heart of downtown Rockport. We held both our ceremony and reception here and couldn't have been happier. Our guests raved about the unique setting. It perfectly suited the casual, rustic vibe we were going for and the space has so much character! Tons of great places for photos in the nearby area. Can't wait to go back and visit every year on our anniversary!
Charming, rustic venue in the heart of downtown Rockport. We held both our ceremony and reception here and couldn't have Read more...
Charming, rustic venue in the heart of downtown Rockport. We held both our ceremony and reception here and couldn't have been happier. Our guests raved about the unique setting. It perfectly suited the casual, rustic vibe we were going for and the space has so much character! Tons of great places for photos in the nearby area. Can't wait to go back and visit every year on our anniversary! Read less
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Debra
Wedding:
6/14/2014
4.9/5.0
We held our ceremony and reception at the Rockport Art Association and were thrilled with how everything turned out. It was by far the most reasonable rental we found in our search, and the gorgeous wood floors, exposed beams, and interesting art work gave us a rustic yet modern space. The ceremony space was gorgeous, and the main gallery comfortably held our 110 guests plus a band and dance floor with plenty of space for dancing. Several of our guests remarked on how lovely and unique the venue was. Robin was great to work with and very knowledgable about the venue and surrounding area. We ended up hiring her as our day of coordinator and were thrilled to have her help with all the wedding day details. The ability to bring in our own alcohol (through Kappy's on Call) and set up bar service through our caterer (Vinwood - also fabulous) was a huge savings. RAA worked beautifully for us since we were looking for a unique and relaxed venue rather than a formal ball room setting. We highly recommend to couples looking for a similar vibe.
We held our ceremony and reception at the Rockport Art Association and were thrilled with how everything turned out. It Read more...
We held our ceremony and reception at the Rockport Art Association and were thrilled with how everything turned out. It was by far the most reasonable rental we found in our search, and the gorgeous wood floors, exposed beams, and interesting art work gave us a rustic yet modern space. The ceremony space was gorgeous, and the main gallery comfortably held our 110 guests plus a band and dance floor with plenty of space for dancing. Several of our guests remarked on how lovely and unique the venue was. Robin was great to work with and very knowledgable about the venue and surrounding area. We ended up hiring her as our day of coordinator and were thrilled to have her help with all the wedding day details. The ability to bring in our own alcohol (through Kappy's on Call) and set up bar service through our caterer (Vinwood - also fabulous) was a huge savings. RAA worked beautifully for us since we were looking for a unique and relaxed venue rather than a formal ball room setting. We highly recommend to couples looking for a similar vibe. Read less
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linda
Wedding:
6/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Rockport art association was an awesome venue for my daughters wedding on June 7, 2014. The space is gorgeous, art on the walls, high ceilings, hardwood floors and lots of space. Robin was very helpful and responsive and it was a good value for the money. Logistics was super easy and bringing in creative caterings bartender and kappys on call for the alcohol enabled us to offer beer and wine for the guests without breaking the budget. I loved the courtyard and separate room for the bar. We had a band and there was plenty of room for dinner and dancing.
Rockport art association was an awesome venue for my daughters wedding on June 7, 2014. The space is gorgeous, art on the Read more...
Rockport art association was an awesome venue for my daughters wedding on June 7, 2014. The space is gorgeous, art on the walls, high ceilings, hardwood floors and lots of space. Robin was very helpful and responsive and it was a good value for the money. Logistics was super easy and bringing in creative caterings bartender and kappys on call for the alcohol enabled us to offer beer and wine for the guests without breaking the budget. I loved the courtyard and separate room for the bar. We had a band and there was plenty of room for dinner and dancing. Read less
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Marina
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
The RAA is a hidden gem. It's a beautiful, unique space and requires really little decoration because of the beautiful artwork, wooden beams, and hardwood floor. The warm uplighting in the galleries and the twinkly lights wrapped around the beams add a lot of charm. The rental fee is very reasonable and you can bring in your own alcohol through Kappy's or Gordon's, which is another big cost savings.

We had a lot of guests traveling from other parts of the country, and it was so nice to have a venue in downtown Rockport so that guests could get a feel for the town -- and then the venue was right up the street.

The venue is very flexible and do-it-yourself, however our caterer set did all the setup and breakdown, coordinated our rentals, and managed the whole event flow, which made things much easier planning-wise.

I'd highly recommend the RAA!
The RAA is a hidden gem. It's a beautiful, unique space and requires really little decoration because of the beautiful Read more...
The RAA is a hidden gem. It's a beautiful, unique space and requires really little decoration because of the beautiful artwork, wooden beams, and hardwood floor. The warm uplighting in the galleries and the twinkly lights wrapped around the beams add a lot of charm. The rental fee is very reasonable and you can bring in your own alcohol through Kappy's or Gordon's, which is another big cost savings.

We had a lot of guests traveling from other parts of the country, and it was so nice to have a venue in downtown Rockport so that guests could get a feel for the town -- and then the venue was right up the street.

The venue is very flexible and do-it-yourself, however our caterer set did all the setup and breakdown, coordinated our rentals, and managed the whole event flow, which made things much easier planning-wise.

I'd highly recommend the RAA! Read less
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dreamtime
Wedding:
10/4/2009
4.9/5.0
As musicians we were looking for something different.
As sentimental fools we were looking for some place that meant something to us. My husbands Mom passed away six months before we started dating and the last time the family was in Rockport was for her memorial, so we were looking for a happier occasion to get this family together.
This place is so intimate & special. We were married on the dance floor & did a tapas type of reception with a few stations. Everyone wandered around and talked, ate, danced & mingled. Comments were how much it reflected my husband & I, how intimate, how different.....and how much fun! Not your traditional wedding, but definitely us!
As musicians we were looking for something different.
As sentimental fools we were looking for some place that meant Read more...
As musicians we were looking for something different.
As sentimental fools we were looking for some place that meant something to us. My husbands Mom passed away six months before we started dating and the last time the family was in Rockport was for her memorial, so we were looking for a happier occasion to get this family together.
This place is so intimate & special. We were married on the dance floor & did a tapas type of reception with a few stations. Everyone wandered around and talked, ate, danced & mingled. Comments were how much it reflected my husband & I, how intimate, how different.....and how much fun! Not your traditional wedding, but definitely us! Read less
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nicolep31
Wedding:
10/31/2008
5.0/5.0
The Rockport Art Association was the perfect place for our wedding - rustic and charming is the perfect description. I could not have been more pleased with the outcome - working with Joanna was a pleasure and having a special exhibit during our wedding was extra special. The hardwood floors and exposed beams give it a wonderfully charming feel - all we needed to do was hang a few xmas lights and we have the perfect ambiance. I would HIGHLY recommend RAA to any bride looking for something just a little different. Thank you!!!
The Rockport Art Association was the perfect place for our wedding - rustic and charming is the perfect description. I Read more...
The Rockport Art Association was the perfect place for our wedding - rustic and charming is the perfect description. I could not have been more pleased with the outcome - working with Joanna was a pleasure and having a special exhibit during our wedding was extra special. The hardwood floors and exposed beams give it a wonderfully charming feel - all we needed to do was hang a few xmas lights and we have the perfect ambiance. I would HIGHLY recommend RAA to any bride looking for something just a little different. Thank you!!! Read less
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nicoler19
Wedding:
10/31/2008
4.8/5.0
I absolutely LOVED this venue, I had the perfect wedding and this was a large part of that perfection. The venue is quaint and charming, little extra decor is needed since the art work speaks for itself. Used both galleries - one for ceremony (with a large barn door as the head of the "aisle" - beautiful!) and the larger one for the reception - awesome exposed beams - perfect for hanging lights or lanterns on. Overall I really loved this venue and it was just the perfect location for us and the staff was a pleasure to work with.
I absolutely LOVED this venue, I had the perfect wedding and this was a large part of that perfection. The venue is quaint Read more...
I absolutely LOVED this venue, I had the perfect wedding and this was a large part of that perfection. The venue is quaint and charming, little extra decor is needed since the art work speaks for itself. Used both galleries - one for ceremony (with a large barn door as the head of the "aisle" - beautiful!) and the larger one for the reception - awesome exposed beams - perfect for hanging lights or lanterns on. Overall I really loved this venue and it was just the perfect location for us and the staff was a pleasure to work with. Read less
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shafner
Wedding:
10/11/2008
4.0/5.0
The RAA was a beautiful reception site. Rustic, coastal, charming. Pre planning - staff was very nice to deal with, accomodating visits, etc. We sent RAA our police detail check and they handled the details with the police. Walk through ahead of time was a great to visualize how the rooms will be set up. Decorating - we were told originally that we could decorate between 2 pm - 5 pm the day before our reception. We went to the RAA to hang our lanterns and were told we were unable to do so until after 5 pm or the next day due to a high profile exhibit. Luckily, I had family members who were able to hang the lanterns the next morning. We should have been notified about this ahead of time to plan accordingly. But, it wasn't really a big deal since it was just a few lanterns. Day of - the signs on the doors of the RAA welcoming our guests had a misspelling of my husband's name. Kind of a bummer, because ALL the guests saw it. We even had email correspondance regarding the spelling of the name. I wish we had an option to hold a longer reception, you are limited to 5 hours. Chairs are provided, which is nice so you do not need to rent them. At least some of our wedding budget went to supporting a non profit agency - :) We had a 150 person station style wedding, I think it would be tight with more than that # of people at the site. I would HIGHLY recommend the RAA for any affair. It is unique, not your average wedding site.
The RAA was a beautiful reception site. Rustic, coastal, charming. Pre planning - staff was very nice to deal with, Read more...
The RAA was a beautiful reception site. Rustic, coastal, charming. Pre planning - staff was very nice to deal with, accomodating visits, etc. We sent RAA our police detail check and they handled the details with the police. Walk through ahead of time was a great to visualize how the rooms will be set up. Decorating - we were told originally that we could decorate between 2 pm - 5 pm the day before our reception. We went to the RAA to hang our lanterns and were told we were unable to do so until after 5 pm or the next day due to a high profile exhibit. Luckily, I had family members who were able to hang the lanterns the next morning. We should have been notified about this ahead of time to plan accordingly. But, it wasn't really a big deal since it was just a few lanterns. Day of - the signs on the doors of the RAA welcoming our guests had a misspelling of my husband's name. Kind of a bummer, because ALL the guests saw it. We even had email correspondance regarding the spelling of the name. I wish we had an option to hold a longer reception, you are limited to 5 hours. Chairs are provided, which is nice so you do not need to rent them. At least some of our wedding budget went to supporting a non profit agency - :) We had a 150 person station style wedding, I think it would be tight with more than that # of people at the site. I would HIGHLY recommend the RAA for any affair. It is unique, not your average wedding site. Read less
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KB07
Wedding:
10/4/2008
5.0/5.0
We loved the ambiance created by the two galleries and appreciated all the help that Joanna, our contact, provided. We were able to reuse lovely paper lanterns from a previous wedding that looked perfect! It also helped to have a back-up, indoor option in case of rain. Considering the price, it seemed very appropriate compared to other reception fees around the area. We also had wonderful vendors that had worked at the gallery previously and were a tremendous, seamless team.
We loved the ambiance created by the two galleries and appreciated all the help that Joanna, our contact, provided. We Read more...
We loved the ambiance created by the two galleries and appreciated all the help that Joanna, our contact, provided. We were able to reuse lovely paper lanterns from a previous wedding that looked perfect! It also helped to have a back-up, indoor option in case of rain. Considering the price, it seemed very appropriate compared to other reception fees around the area. We also had wonderful vendors that had worked at the gallery previously and were a tremendous, seamless team. Read less
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lauragaito
Wedding:
9/27/2008
5.0/5.0
The Greenery, Rockport, MA did the catering for our wedding. The food was extraordinary and all of the guests commented on how awesome the presentation and the dinner was. We chose to do stations versus a sit down meal. The food was hot and the staff was very helpful in removing the dirty dishes and the breakdown afterwards. The RAA was a fabulous place to have the wedding!!!!
The Greenery, Rockport, MA did the catering for our wedding. The food was extraordinary and all of the guests commented on Read more...
The Greenery, Rockport, MA did the catering for our wedding. The food was extraordinary and all of the guests commented on how awesome the presentation and the dinner was. We chose to do stations versus a sit down meal. The food was hot and the staff was very helpful in removing the dirty dishes and the breakdown afterwards. The RAA was a fabulous place to have the wedding!!!! Read less
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LisaHiland
Wedding:
9/6/2008
5.0/5.0
Rockport Art Association was perfect for us .. we wanted a unique space to accomodate about 100 people for a cocktail hour, dinner with 4 food stations and dancing and what better setting than an art gallery. We used asian lanterns as decorations on the high, wood beam ceiling and it gave the room a lovely glow - it photographed amazingly well!
Rockport Art Association was perfect for us .. we wanted a unique space to accomodate about 100 people for a cocktail Read more...
Rockport Art Association was perfect for us .. we wanted a unique space to accomodate about 100 people for a cocktail hour, dinner with 4 food stations and dancing and what better setting than an art gallery. We used asian lanterns as decorations on the high, wood beam ceiling and it gave the room a lovely glow - it photographed amazingly well! Read less
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JudyB
Wedding:
8/2/2008
5.0/5.0
The Rockport Art Association was the perfect venue for our daughter's midsummer wedding reception for 160 guests. The garden courtyard and two large galleries (one with a cathedral ceiling from which multicolored lanterns hung) provided a wonderful and flexible space for lots of dancing, multiple food stations and bars and lively conversation at the small cocktail tables spread throughout. Three small front rooms near the entrance provided ample space for guest book, wedding favors and gifts as well as coats and umbrellas but could be used in other creative ways. The art exhibit is a delightful bonus for guests. It enhances the rooms rather than intruding. The RAA staff was most responsive and cooperative from our first meeting to the reception's end. As part of the contract, a professional wedding consultant is on site for the entire event to keep things running smoothly. Parking can be arranged at the bank lot adjoining the RAA. One caution--depending on the season, you may want your florist to check out the courtyard as additional plants and flowers may be needed. RAA is located in the heart of the picturesque downtown area close to the local beach and several churches. The many B&B's located nearby enable out-of-town guests to walk to the reception. Our entire experience with RAA was fabulous. It was a great place for a celebration. Our family wanted to share our love of Rockport with our guests and the Art Association was the perfect place to make that happen.
The Rockport Art Association was the perfect venue for our daughter's midsummer wedding reception for 160 guests. The Read more...
The Rockport Art Association was the perfect venue for our daughter's midsummer wedding reception for 160 guests. The garden courtyard and two large galleries (one with a cathedral ceiling from which multicolored lanterns hung) provided a wonderful and flexible space for lots of dancing, multiple food stations and bars and lively conversation at the small cocktail tables spread throughout. Three small front rooms near the entrance provided ample space for guest book, wedding favors and gifts as well as coats and umbrellas but could be used in other creative ways. The art exhibit is a delightful bonus for guests. It enhances the rooms rather than intruding. The RAA staff was most responsive and cooperative from our first meeting to the reception's end. As part of the contract, a professional wedding consultant is on site for the entire event to keep things running smoothly. Parking can be arranged at the bank lot adjoining the RAA. One caution--depending on the season, you may want your florist to check out the courtyard as additional plants and flowers may be needed. RAA is located in the heart of the picturesque downtown area close to the local beach and several churches. The many B&B's located nearby enable out-of-town guests to walk to the reception. Our entire experience with RAA was fabulous. It was a great place for a celebration. Our family wanted to share our love of Rockport with our guests and the Art Association was the perfect place to make that happen. Read less
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mhf
Wedding:
7/19/2008
5.0/5.0
The Rockport Art Association offers a gorgeous space with high ceilings and hardwood floors. The space is both elegant and rustic, and you are surrounded by paintings and photographs by talented local artists. The staff, especially Joanna Read, is friendly and helpful, going above and beyond their job descriptions. The location is fantastic. There are several local beaches and parks at which you can hold an outdoor ceremony if you don't want to have it in the RAA.
The Rockport Art Association offers a gorgeous space with high ceilings and hardwood floors. The space is both elegant and Read more...
The Rockport Art Association offers a gorgeous space with high ceilings and hardwood floors. The space is both elegant and rustic, and you are surrounded by paintings and photographs by talented local artists. The staff, especially Joanna Read, is friendly and helpful, going above and beyond their job descriptions. The location is fantastic. There are several local beaches and parks at which you can hold an outdoor ceremony if you don't want to have it in the RAA. Read less
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Bella.in.CT
Wedding:
5/31/2008
4.9/5.0
Everything was absolutely perfect! Emails and phone calls were always answered in a timely manner, I was able to use the upstairs room a full 24 hours before the wedding (to hang my dress...etc...) and the women there were so sweet and always inquired as to whether I needed any help.

I would definitely recommend the Art Association to anyone looking for a creative and different reception location.
Everything was absolutely perfect! Emails and phone calls were always answered in a timely manner, I was able to use the Read more...
Everything was absolutely perfect! Emails and phone calls were always answered in a timely manner, I was able to use the upstairs room a full 24 hours before the wedding (to hang my dress...etc...) and the women there were so sweet and always inquired as to whether I needed any help.

I would definitely recommend the Art Association to anyone looking for a creative and different reception location. Read less
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JordanAlise
Wedding:
5/31/2008
5.0/5.0
The Rockport Art Association was the PERFECT location for our wedding reception. We were SO happy with everything. Joanna was the perfect coordinator and made planning our wedding at the Art Association seamless. Our guests are still commenting on the beautiful location!
The Rockport Art Association was the PERFECT location for our wedding reception. We were SO happy with everything. Joanna Read more...
The Rockport Art Association was the PERFECT location for our wedding reception. We were SO happy with everything. Joanna was the perfect coordinator and made planning our wedding at the Art Association seamless. Our guests are still commenting on the beautiful location! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.1/5.0
If you are looking for a charming, unique venue to have your wedding, The Rockport Art Association is a great choice! Located in the center of town, a historic New England home adjacent to the street welcomes guests into the space. Wood floors throughout with exposed beams gives a warm and cozy feel. Guests make their way to the back gallery, which is a large hall with walls covered in gorgeous art. The exhibit not only makes a beautiful backdrop, but a conversation piece, as well!

With this venue, you are only paying for the space - so if you are looking for an all inclusive one stop shop, this is not the place for you. You are required to hire tables, chairs, linens, etc., in which the RAA has a preferred list of vendors for you to choose from. Robin is the liaison between couples and the art association. She is wonderful to work with, providing advice and assistance in having your wedding at the RAA.

Because this is a space of business that is open to the public, if you are a couple who has a VERY specific vision in mind, this also is not a space for you. There is minimal flexibility in choice of vendor (see above - preferred list only) and floor planning (e.g. you do not know what exhibit you will get on the day of your wedding. So if there is a statue positioned somewhere in the hall, tough luck. You have to work around it).

With all this said, though, if you are an easy-going and flexible couple with crazy organization skills or who hired a good wedding planner, the RAA can be transformed into a beautiful space loved by all your guests that they will be talking about for years to come!
If you are looking for a charming, unique venue to have your wedding, The Rockport Art Association is a great choice! Read more...
If you are looking for a charming, unique venue to have your wedding, The Rockport Art Association is a great choice! Located in the center of town, a historic New England home adjacent to the street welcomes guests into the space. Wood floors throughout with exposed beams gives a warm and cozy feel. Guests make their way to the back gallery, which is a large hall with walls covered in gorgeous art. The exhibit not only makes a beautiful backdrop, but a conversation piece, as well!

With this venue, you are only paying for the space - so if you are looking for an all inclusive one stop shop, this is not the place for you. You are required to hire tables, chairs, linens, etc., in which the RAA has a preferred list of vendors for you to choose from. Robin is the liaison between couples and the art association. She is wonderful to work with, providing advice and assistance in having your wedding at the RAA.

Because this is a space of business that is open to the public, if you are a couple who has a VERY specific vision in mind, this also is not a space for you. There is minimal flexibility in choice of vendor (see above - preferred list only) and floor planning (e.g. you do not know what exhibit you will get on the day of your wedding. So if there is a statue positioned somewhere in the hall, tough luck. You have to work around it).

With all this said, though, if you are an easy-going and flexible couple with crazy organization skills or who hired a good wedding planner, the RAA can be transformed into a beautiful space loved by all your guests that they will be talking about for years to come! Read less
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