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  • 15 Mar 2014 9:27 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)
    Join Us for the Equinox Party!

    Saturday, March 22, from 7-11 p.m.
    WARD II Social Club
    1 East Collins St

    No cover
    Donations to the New England Lupus Foundation,
     Salem Arts Association and music by BRITTANICA

    Artisan wares for sale
    (if you'd like to sell contact :,
    70% for the artist and 30% donated)

    Subscribe to the event and meet the people that are going, ask questions about the event or just stop by to say hello!

  • 14 Feb 2014 9:11 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)

    The Salem Arts Association Magazine • 2012 IN REVIEW • Vol. 5

    S’ART publishes annually.
    February 2013 for 2012 Year in Review

    In this issue...

    Off The Top of Your Head, the 6th PEM
    Inspirational Show at the Andrew-Safford
    Carriage Barn // People’s Choice //
    Starry Starry Night // Photography //
    The Salem Arts Association Magazine • 2012 IN RE VIE W • Vol. 5 Sponsors // Music on Artists’ Row......

    Download your copy here!

    _S'ART_Year In Review .PDF

  • 13 Jan 2014 6:40 PM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)

    The Beauty of Form:
    Celebrating Architecture and the Opening of Ames Hall

    February6-8, 2014  Artists Reception
    February 8th,   1-4 pm,  R.S.V.P. required


    The beauty of Form, celebrating architecture and the opening of Ames Hall.

    The YMCA is looking for artwork to be put on display throughout all their private opening receptions. Work is available for sale and 100% of the sale goes to the artists who get accepted for the exhibit.

    Those People who wish to purchase art from the exhibit will contact the artists directly after the opening weekend. Please put you preferred method of contact on the take-in form. It should include your email and your telephone number. 

    For more information about this event please visit the Calls To art Page where you can read more about the call or download the call to art! 

  • 02 Jan 2014 6:39 PM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)
    Join us for the 4th Annual Artists & Authors Winter Exhibition at the Hawthorne Hotel

    Limited space is available to participate in our 4th Annual Artists & Authors Winter Exhibition.

    Exhibit Date: February 19, 2014 from 5 to 9 p.m.

    Artists must arrive by 4 p.m. and be set up completely before the 5 p.m. opening. Breakdown will occur directly after the event at 9 p.m. Tables will be provided by the Hawthorne Hotel.  

    Exhibit Location: The Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom, Salem, MA

    for more information about the event please visit "calls to art" page.

  • 12 Dec 2013 4:06 PM | Ellen Hardy (Administrator)

    SAA elects new officers and Board members!

    Ellen Hardy, President
    Heather Reid-Barratt, Vice President
    Sarah Coakley, Secretary
    Cheryl Frary, Treasurer

    New Board Members:
    Mary Best
    Susan Dodge
    Melissa Birtwell

    Current Board members: Sara Ashodian, Joe Higgins, Jason Consalvo, Henry Zybszynski, Jennifer 'Jeff" Bowie, and Alyssa Jones.

    SAA would like to thank outgoing Secretary Patricia Dunbar for her help over the last three years and Melissa Birtwell for her help as Vice President over the last six months. We will welcome both of them to our Board of Directors at our January 27th, 2014 meeting.

    SAA will host their 2014 ARTISTS & AUTHORS WINTER EXHIBITION. Wednesday, February 19th from 5-9 p.m. 

    The City of Salem has created a "letter of intent" to receive a possible grant from ART PLACE to update and improve Artists' Row! If selected a formal application will be filed by spring. If awarded, grant monies would be available by mid-summer. Grants from ART PLACE can range from $50K-500K. Salem Arts Association, The Salem Partnership, and the Peabody Essex Museum are partnering with the city on this initiative.

    SAA members in the News! 

    Jennifer "Jeff" Bowie SAA Board member speaking at FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM January 11th, from 11am-12pm "Steampunk: A nostalgia for the world we were promised and never given."

    Karen Hoskings                                                             
    Karen Hoskings with Joseph Votano have recently published a book titled: BOSTON BELOW available through Schiffer Publishing. They are both freelance photographers who have extensively photographed Boston over the years. Congratulations to SAA member Karen Hoskings!

    OPUS RESTAURANT & ART GALLERY: Salem Arts members having one-person shows: 
     Anne Sterling December/ January 
     Cheryl Frary January/ February 
     Stanley Sylsz February March

    Salem Cultural Voice 
    Many things regarding our city's cultural thinking can be found on this Facebook link. Add your perspective and find interesting articles including the City of Salem's new PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN.
  • 10 Nov 2013 4:43 PM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)
    Winter Market

    The "Winter Market" begins this Thursday, November 7th, from 3-6 pm and ends Dec. 21st. SAA and Artists' Row will be open so stop by and shop for the holidays!

    Winter Market Hours

    Thursdays 3pm- 6pm & Saturdays 12 -4pm

    Saturday, November 30th, December 14th, and December 21st will be "Indoor Market" days. Members are invited to reserve a table and invite their friends & neighbors to the row from 12-4 to shop.

    Happy Holidays, Salem Arts Association!

  • 09 Sep 2013 8:55 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)
    The Gift

    The 7th PEM Inspirational Show based on the Peabody Essex Museum’s
    Fabergé Revealed Judged by Dean Lahikainen, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art, Peabody Essex Museum A Call for Art!

    Submit your art to SAA’s signature exhibit. After visiting the PEM’s show Fabergé Revealed, be inspired to think about: What is a gift? What does it mean to give a gift?, Have you created a gift you’d be willing to share with the community? Dean Lahikainen, PEM curator of Fabergé Revealed, will jury this special exhibit.

    The exhibit will be located on PEM property, at 181 Essex St., first floor

    For more information on the exhibit please visit the "Call to art" page.
    Download the call for The Gift.

    If you have any questions about the show or Salem Arts Association please contact us!
  • 31 Aug 2013 10:26 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)

    8/31/13 and 9/1/13 Take-in times for Mini Marvels Exhibit

    Please join us for the Mini Marvels exhibit September 5th till the 29th!

    Reception will be held on September 14th 4pm-6pm all are welcome!

    All artists are invited to submit 3 to 5 pieces size limits are 8"x10" including frame
    For more information about the show please download the "Call to art" or visit the "call to art" web page and read about details for the exhibit.

    The art show will be held in the Salem Arts Association Building / gallery section stop by Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday's to view artwork in the gallery and shop around in the retail store. We have over one hundred artists and an eclectic versatile collection of art ranging from traditional oil paintings to urban style art.

    If you have any questions regarding the art exhibit please email or stop by the S.A.A. building.

    Want to join the Salem Arts Association? Visit our "Join Us" page.

  • 20 Aug 2013 12:54 PM | Ellen Hardy (Administrator)


    P.O. BOX 226

    SALEM MA 01907


    ELLEN HARDY, President





    September with Salem Arts

    The Salem Arts Association is pleased to announce the 7th annual PEM INSPIRATIONAL SHOW, The Gift,which is sponsored by the SAA and inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum's Fabergé Revealedexhibition.  This year, participants will delight you with their interpretation of The Gift: What is the definition of a gift?  What is the meaning of a gift?  Some artists might even create a "gift" with interpretations in various media. 

    At the Peabody Essex Museum's Fabergé Revealedshow, you will see some amazing gifts there that were created for the aristocracy. The name Fabergé is synonymous with refined craftsmanship, jeweled luxury and the Russian imperial family.  This exhibition explores the ideas of luxury, innovation, entrepreneurship and imperial patronage while providing insight into Peter Carl Fabergé's life, business and legacy.

    Last year, the Salem Arts Association presented Off the Top of Your Head,the 6thPEM Inspirational show inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum's Hats: An Anthology of Stephen Jones.  Visitors were delighted with over 45 pieces, some of which included real milliner's hats!  Within our community lies extraordinary talent, and the PEM INSPIRATIONAL brings out the best in our local artists.  This show is open to all artists - not just members of SAA.   

    The Peabody Essex Museum has generously awarded its 181 Essex Street space to SAA for our September exhibition.  The curator of Fabergé Revealed, Dean Lahikainen, the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art for the Peabody Essex Museum, will judge our 7th PEM INSPIRATIONAL SHOW.

    Also at the SAA gallery on Artist's Row during September: A new exhibition titled Mini Marvels, containing work that is 8" x 10" or smaller.  This exhibit will delight viewers of all ages with a variety of media and art that has been created in a small space.

    Whether you're an artist or an art lover, Salem Arts in September will inspire and delight you!

    Visit both of our locations!

    The Gift

    7th PEM Inspirational Show

    Salem Arts Exhibition

    181 Essex Street

    Salem, MA  01970

    September 6 –29, 2013

    Hours: Thurs–Sun, Noon–6pm

    Public reception: Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 5–8 pm.

    Music by B.J. O'Reilly

    Mini Marvels

    Salem Arts Exhibition

    24 New Derby St., Bldg #2

    Artists' Row

    Salem, MA  01970

    September 5– 29, 2013

    Hours: Thurs-11–7 pm

    Fri-Sat, 10 – 6pm

    Sun, Noon–6 pm

    Public reception: Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 4-6pm.

    Music by Dave Bailin

    Contact: 978-745-4850 or visit

  • 16 Jul 2013 10:00 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)

    August 1- September 1, 2013   Reception August 10th 4-6pm


    The Salem Arts August exhibit will be "Salem Arts Photography" for more information about the exhibit please visit our "Call to art" page. Download the submission form for the call and enter into the show!

    Salem Arts Association

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