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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015 9:48 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Flux public opening reception is Saturday, September 26, from 4-8 p.m.

    Music by B.J. O’Reilly

    Salem Arts Association’s 9th PEM Inspirational Show based on the Peabody Essex Museum’s Strandbeests 

    about: alteration, change, flow, fluctuation, fluidity, instability, modification, motion, mutability, course, draught, drift, ebb and flow, flood, progression, stream, tide, passsage, make fluid, melt, fuse...

    Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense at the PEM for Strandbeests, will jury this special exhibit. 

    The exhibit is located at the Salem Arts Center, 179 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts.

    The exhibit will run September 17– October 17, 2015.

    For more info contact

    Salem Arts Association is a non-profit organization.

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 8:21 AM | Kimberly Underhill

    Please join us for our grand opening celebration at the Salem Arts Center, Thursday, September 10th from 4-8 pm at 179 Essex Street in Salem. There will be live music and refreshments.

  • Friday, August 07, 2015 11:40 AM | Kimberly Underhill

    The Salem Arts Association is currently in search of members (of at least one year) to fill officer positions for the Jan.-Dec., 2016 term.  If you are interested in serving S.A.A. in any of these roles or have any questions, please contact us before September 1st with the postition in which you are interested.  We are also looking to add to our Board of Directors. If anyone has any recommendations of a community leader who would help S.A.A. continue to grow and develop, please contact us also by Sept.1st.

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:38 PM | Kimberly Underhill

    The former Bernard’s Jewelers in the Pedestrian Mall at 179 Essex St., Salem, Mass. is slated to be the new home for the Salem Arts Association (SAA) jointly with the Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians (SCAM). This pivotal space for the arts community is being made available by the Peabody Essex Museum which owns the Bernard’s property. This new venue will now be called Salem Arts Center with occupancy of the lease slated for July 1.

    SAA President, Ellen Hardy has said that “For over 20 years, I have waited for an opportunity to have an art center and SAA is grateful to the PEM for this chance to share our talents and engage the public.” Likewise, Laura Potter of SCAM added, “I share Ellen’s excitement about this generous opportunity the PEM is giving the local art community and look forward to working with SAA to create an art center for locals and visitors alike. I can’t wait to show what we can accomplish together.”

    A soft opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd from 4-8 p.m. A grand opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 10th from 4-8 pm. For more information, including art space and scheduling, contact SAA President, Ellen Hardy at <> or 508-783-6591 and through or Laura Potter at <> or through

  • Thursday, July 09, 2015 11:42 AM | Kimberly Underhill

    Recently Massachusetts lawmakers passed the FY2016 state budget, which includes a $14.16 million investment in the state’s arts, cultural, and creative community. This is an 18% increase in funding over last year's $12 million Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) budget.

    Your advocacy has shown that arts and culture help build vibrant and connected communities across the Commonwealth. Over the past three years, the Commonwealth’s investment in the creative community has increased by 49% from $9.5 million to $14.16 million

    This year’s additional increase in state arts funding would not have been possible without the collective voice of the creative community:

       More than 250 arts leaders and supporters met with over 70 representatives and senators during our Arts Matter Advocacy Day in March at the Citi Wang Theatre and the MA State House.

       Arts and cultural supporters sent 5,231 emails to Gov. Baker and the State Legislature showing them that arts matter in Massachusetts.

       The creative community recruited 103 representatives and 20 senators, a total of 123 out of 200 state legislators to sign on to amendments calling for an increase to the MCC budget.

    The budget now heads to Governor Baker’s desk, where he has 10 days to sign off on the plan.

    Send a quick note to the governor voicing your support for the budget. 

    Congratulations on building momentum for the creative community.

    Keep up the good work,

    Matt Wilson, MASSCreative    

  • Friday, June 05, 2015 1:34 PM | Kimberly Underhill

    As you surely know, the Salem Art Festival kicks off tonight for a full weekend of festivities!  If you are looking for your SAA friends you can find many of us tonight at the Festival Kick-Off Reception at Old Town Hall from 6-9, and at Adriatic Bar and Restaurant from 9:00 on.  (Our Front Street reception has moved to Old Town Hall to join the Salem Arts Festival opening night festivities!)

    SAA artists are participating in the Salem Arts Walk and have exhibits at Front Street Coffee House, Adriatic Restaurant and Bar, and Lightshed Photography for the month of June. Several SAA members are also exhibiting in the juried gallery at Old Town Hall. It's going to be a beautiful weekend; come downtown and enjoy the art!

  • Wednesday, June 03, 2015 6:08 PM | Kimberly Underhill

    On Tuesday, June 16, at 6:00 the city will host a community forum to discuss the future vision of Artist Row with a goal to spur revitalization of the space. The discussion will focus on design,  uses and programming, and management and operations.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.


  • Saturday, May 30, 2015 7:50 AM | Kimberly Underhill

    SAA members, remember today is the day to submit your work for the Salem Arts Walk! 

    See the attached pdf for details and submission forms.

    Salem Arts Walk_CALL-For_PROP_2.pdf

  • Saturday, May 23, 2015 9:16 PM | Tommy Gagnon

    Paint for the Park!

    Artists Wanted for Trash Barrel Beautification Project!

    paint for the park

    Create beautiful trash barrels to maintain a beautiful park!A project of Salem Sound Coast watch’s “Talking Trash for Clean Oceans” Initiative Do you think the amount of litter in a park decreases its value?Would you avoid a park if it was “dirty”?Would you avoid a trash bin because it is filthy?“Paint for the Park”has been created by students participating in Salem Sound Coast watch’s “Talking Trash for Clean Oceans”project to address these issues at Salem Willows Park. The goal is to reduce litter, increase the use of trash barrels, prevent trash from becoming marine debris and sustain Salem Willows’ reputation as a historically fun an awesome park.Artists are invited to submit designs that will draw attention to the trash barrels.Those that are selected will be painted by the artists on one “painting day.”Designs should relate to the environment, the ocean, sustainability, recycling or anything positive.Designs that catch the eye and encourage people to properly dispose of trash are more likely to be selected.Approximately 50,000 visitors to Salem Willows will view the trash barrel search year. Artists will sign their work and will be recognized on Salem Sound Coast watch’s web site, through social media and in print media.This project is part of Salem Sound Coast watch’s Talking Trash for Clean Oceans Initiative, a NOAA funded outreach and educational project focused on preventing street trash from be coming marine debris. Talking Trash participants are Salem High students who are participating in this semester-long service learning project. Salem Sound Coast watch is a local environmental organization working for clean and safe water.

    Criteria for “Paint for the Park”

    •Artists will submit a sketch of their design. Deadline for submissions is May 29, 2015. •Supplies: All paint will be supplied. Artists are also are welcome to bring their own. Oil based (acrylic; latex) paints are strongly recommended. •Selection Process: Artists will be notified by email by June 10, 2015 if their design was selected. •Bins will be painted by the artist on a specific date/time when the paint event will be held.•Submission information must include:Name Contact Information –Address, Phone, Email Artist Biography and Resume Sketch of artwork for “Paint for the Park” design To receive more information contact:Salem Sound Coastwatch201 Washington Street, Suite 9Salem MA 01970info@salemsound.org978-741-7900.
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:41 PM | Kimberly Underhill

    SAA's first Mixed Media Mixer will be May 13th at Murphy's Pub from 6:30 - 9:30pm and every second Wednesday of the month going forward.  Come for 5 minutes or come for 3 hours, but definitely come and connect!  Everyone is welcome to join us, and Murphy's offers half priced appetizers on Wednesday, so it's a win-win!

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