Part of the charm of Rockport is that its small downtown area is such an inviting place to hang about and relax. And this center is a good place to begin. The Main Gallery presents about 10 changing exhibits each year that range from local to international artists. There are often displays of students' work, and sometimes hands-on exhibits, in the Garden Gallery. The Members Gallery presents an eclectic selection of works by members of the Rockport Art Association, which manages the center. The Rockport Art Association sponsors the Rockport Art Festival each summer, in late June and/or early July, and also sponsors a series of art classes, workshops, and concerts (call for the current schedule).