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  • 24 Apr 2012 10:59 PM | Ellen Hardy (Administrator)


    Local artists called to create and donate birdhouses for Northeast Animal Shelter

    SALEM, Mass. (April 2012) Salem’s collection of community minded stores, Roost, The Beehive and Scrub, locally owned by Kate Leavy and Jamie Metsch, are hosting their 2nd Annual Gimme Shelter Birdhouse Auction on June 3, 2012, with all proceeds benefiting the Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS).
    Local artists are invited to submit their original take on the classic birdhouse to be displayed and auctioned to the public at the event held at Roost’s 40 Front Street location. Ideally, the birdhouses should be functional as well as decorative, but no design restrictions apply except they need to fit through the door.
    Want to donate a birdhouse creation for this very worthy cause? Contact us with your intent to submit by May 1st, 2012 to be included in promotional materials. Completed birdhouses must be received no later than May 20th, 2012.
    For more information visit: GimmeShelter2012 or contact Gillian at Scrub at (978) 594-8391, or email
    The Northeast Animal Shelter provides safe shelter, food, and healthcare to rescue animals in the North Shore area.  The Northeast Animal Shelter is located in Salem, MA and is one of New England’s largest no-kill animal
    Roost and The Beehive are located in downtown Salem, MA at 38-40 Front St. Scrub is at 230 Essex St. All the stores offer locally made products and artwork, promoting sustainability and the freedom of expression.  Find us
  • 11 Apr 2012 12:03 PM | Ellen Hardy (Administrator)
    After 5 years in Lowell the Massachusetts Poetry Festival is back in Salem for its second year April 20-22, 2012

    Check it out!
    Register and post a profile!

  • 10 Apr 2012 12:28 PM | Ellen Hardy (Administrator)

    The Salem Theatre Company is producing Jeffrey Hatcher’s A PICASSO for an April 26 – May 19 production run.  We are in need of a bout 40 canvasses of various sizes to dress the set.  Any art on the canvasses will not be seen by the audience as they will be stacked against a wall.


    We will need the canvasses sometime the week of April 16 and return them the week of May 20.


    If you have a few canvasses that we may borrow for the run, please let  Gary LaParl  know by e-mailing:  He’ll arrange pick-up or delivery.


    Thank you!

  • 05 Apr 2012 5:14 PM | Ellen Garvey (Administrator)
    Salem Arts Association is joining Salem Main Streets June 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the Salem Arts Festival. 

    The Salem Arts Association will be organizing the Juried Art Exhibition in the Old Town Hall.  Juried Individuals and groups will share their culinary, visual arts, literary, music, and performing talents with Salem inside and outside. 

    A few days are left before the Salem Main Streets website will stop accepting participate applications.  Go to

    Tell your friends and join the fun by starting Salem's summer art season right - mark your calendar for June 1st, 2nd and 3rd - Salem Arts Festival!
  • 08 Mar 2012 11:18 AM | Anonymous
    The Salem Arts Association (SAA) is pleased to announce Photo Salem: A Group Show of Professional Photography, sponsored by the SAA and the waterfront business center, Shetland Park.

    SALEM, MA—Photo Salem will be on view in the second floor Atrium of Building One at Shetland Park in the Small Business Center at 27 Congress Street in Salem from Friday, March 16 2012 to Saturday, June 30 2012. Visiting hours are 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Saturday. Each SAA member photographer participating in Photo Salem will present a small collection of their work.

    From March 16 to June 13, Shetland Arts: A Group Exhibition of Photography and Sculpture will be on view at Shetland Park concurrently with Photo Salem. The Shetland Arts exhibition will be on the first floor of the Atrium of Building One, just below Photo Salem.

    Shetland Park will sponsor a joint opening for Shetland Arts and Photo Salem on March 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Salem Arts Association will hold a reception on May 31, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Photo Salem: A Group Show of Professional Photography

    • Sponsored by Shetland Park and the Salem Arts Association
    • Shetland Park Waterfront Business Center, 2nd Floor Atrium of Building One, in the Small Business Center, 27 Congress St, Salem, MA
    • Friday, March 16 2012 through Saturday, June 30 2012
    • Visiting hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Saturday
    • Shetland Park sponsored reception: Friday, March 16, 4–6 p.m.
    • Salem Arts Association Reception: Thursday, May 31, 4–6 p.m.

    (free and open to the public)

    About the Salem Arts Association: The Salem Arts Association, Inc. is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit arts organization. In our mission statement, the stress is on the arts, plural. Artists working in all media and all disciplines are welcome, as are arts lovers, enthusiasts, and patrons. Since incorporating as a non-profit corporation on August 31 2007, Salem Arts Association (SAA) has produced close to 40 exhibits, events, and workshops, all free of charge to Salem’s residents and visitors. To date, SAA programming has reached close to 20,000 people. This has been made possible in part through collaborations with numerous local businesses and organizations, including the Art Corner, the City of Salem, the North Shore Writers Group, the Parlor, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and Salem State University.

    For more information or to join the SAA, visit
    SAA contact: Ellen Hardy, SAA President, (508) 783-6591
    Julia C. Bookout
    Communications Chair
    Salem Arts Association
    P.O. Box 226
    Salem, MA  01970
  • 29 Feb 2012 6:27 PM | Ellen Garvey (Administrator)
    The Future of the Past: Encaustic Art in the 21st Century
    Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts

    From Guido Ciampi, a member of MassWax, the newest chapter of the International Encaustic Artists (IEA), a professional artists’ organization that seeks to raise the level of excellence in fine art encaustic work by providing global information exchange and raising interest about encaustics in the art world and with the general public:

    "We are currently working on organizing an exhibit of encaustic works at the Mills Gallery in Boston..."

    click here for the call for art
  • 14 Feb 2012 8:24 PM | Ellen Hardy (Administrator)
    Patty deGrandpre
    Abstracts/Mixed Media
    "In a Pig's Eye" restaurant
    now thru mid March


    Sheila Billings
    Solo show of abstract art
    Peabody Institute Library of Danvers
    through February 29

  • 08 Feb 2012 3:56 PM | Ellen Garvey (Administrator)

    Submissions must be received by noon on
    Friday, April 6, 2012.
    Download the submission requirements and details here.

    City of Salem Calls for Submissions to ArtBox 2012
    Winners to Receive Significant Visibility & $500 dollars

    Utility to Beauty
    The City of Salem calls all artists to submit proposals to paint one out of six downtown utility boxes as part of ArtBox 2012. Winning artists will have their work in front of one million people annually and will receive $500.

    With the recent announcement of the Peabody Essex Museum’s pending expansion and last year’s successful Rob Lorenson sculpture series, the city is on the rise as a regional, national and international arts destination.

    In the hopes of promoting individual artists as well as the community’s burgeoning arts scene, ArtBox asks all interested to propose a piece of art that presents his or her visual interpretation of Salem’s cityscape, culture, community pride or art itself.

    Project Background
    Salem’s first art box, located on Essex Street in front of its sponsor’s popular café, has been received very positively. Inspired by its success and the city’s increased artistic momentum, a group of local art appreciators and community leaders came together at the end of 2011 to spearhead ArtBox, a program to transform these utilitarian eyesores into original works of art.

    Beyond adding to Salem’s spirit of creativity, community and innovation, these boxes are meant to beautify and inspire. If successful, ArtBox will be a perennial project. These first boxes will set the bar, generating the buzz and spurring future boxes in the coming yearsundefinedjust as painter Greg Orfanos’ vanguard box on Essex Street has done by adding a splash of creative genius to the street.

    Nuts & Bolts
    Open to all skilled and talented artists, the deadline for submission is Friday, April 6th. The work will be judged by an independent group of creative professionals, including Steven Zevitas, President and Publisher New American Painting and owner of the Boston-based Steven Zevitas Gallery. One box will be painted weekly starting in June.

    A special thanks to local sponsors Waters & Brown Paint & Decorating for providing paint supplies and Gorilla Printing for providing a tent. Winners will be publically announced at the Salem Arts Festival on June 1.

  • 27 Jan 2012 4:18 PM | Ellen Garvey (Administrator)
    Small Business Development Center Workshop Successful Self Promotion for Artists 

    Get the lowdown from a successful working artist and teacher who has "been there, done that". Learn how to build your résumé and  your website, and how to create visibility. Reach out to galleries, public libraries and other creative venues. Get into juried art shows and show your art online. She'll tell you what you need to know....what no one has told you.

    The speaker will be Robin Samiljan, artist and teacher at Monserrat College of Art.

    Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
    Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
    Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem (directions)
    Cost: Free
    Contact: Register online with link below. If you have questions, contact Laurel Costello at 978-542-6343 or

    Register online

    Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

  • 17 Jan 2012 10:53 PM | Ellen Hardy (Administrator)
    Do you have any images from the 2011 season?

    WIP: Work in Progress


    Photography 2011


    Not Your Average Self-Portrait

    Please send them as soon as possible to <>

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