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  • 03 Nov 2012 5:24 PM | Anonymous
    Kensington-Stobart Gallery in Salem’s Historic Hawthorne Hotel announces an exhibition of works by Salem artists who are connected by neighborhood affiliation, personal relationships, or both. Participating artists include Charlie Allen, Katy Bratun, David Decker, Julie Shaw Lutts, Barbara Burgess Maier, Trip Mason, and Racket Shreve.The show runs from Friday, November 2 through Sunday, December 2. An artist reception will be held on Friday, November 9 from 6-8 p.m. and a gallery talk, “Artist Friends and Neighbors--A Hundred Years Ago” by Jim McAllister is planned for Tuesday, November 27th at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the gallery talk and admission is free. Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-5pm. For more information call, The Kensington-Stobart Gallery at 978-825-0022. This event is free and open to the public.
  • 31 Oct 2012 5:43 PM | Anonymous
    Though the summer has passed and the Halloween hubbub is ending, the Salem Arts Association (SAA) will continue to offer art exhibits, retail artwork, music, and workshops to visitors and residents of Salem through the fall and holiday season.

    The SAA will maintain its Retail Gallery and exhibition space at 24 New Derby Street on Artists' Row through December 20. On view in the exhibition space will be Salem-themed and holiday-related art works.

    On Thursdays, the SAA space on Artists' Row will be open during the Salem Winter Market, held in Old Town Hallundefineda great opportunity for one-stop holiday shopping.

    The SAA is also excited to be taking part in Salem First Friday, a Salem Main Streets initiative. In addition to having its retail and gallery space on Artists' Row open on First Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., the SAA will be featuring its artist members at the Row and around town.

    On First Friday, November 2, the SAA will feature artist Paula Beaulieu at Artists' Row and Patricia Dunbar at Coldwell Banker at 7 1/2 Church Street.

    The SAA will also be open on Artists' Row every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

    Salem Arts Association: Fall and Winter at Artists' Row
    • Artists' Row, 24 New Derby Street, Salem, MA
    • Thursdays, 3–6 p.m.
    • Saturdays, noon–6 p.m.
    • First Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
  • 31 Oct 2012 9:30 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)
    Winter Market

    The Winter market is here! This year in place of the annual group show the Salem Arts Association will feature "Salem Themed" works of art and "Holiday Related" artwork, in addition to that we will also have our regular retail gallery visitors can enjoy!

    For more information such as dates and times please visit our
    "Call For Art" page.

    We hope to see you at the Winter Market extravaganza!


    Take-In is on Thursday, November 1, 3–6 p.m., on Friday,

    November 2, 4–8 p.m., or on Saturday, November 3, 12–6 p.m
  • 30 Oct 2012 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    On November 8, noon to 4 p.m., and November 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Brush Strokes is having a take in for an open show. You may submit up to two items at $10 a piece, no bigger then 24" x 30".

  • 30 Oct 2012 12:36 PM | Anonymous

    Sheila Billings will have a solo exhibit of a selection of  her work, “New England Scenes” in the Stetson Art Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead throughout the month of November. Her opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 11 from Noon to 2 p.m. at the church, located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead, and refreshments will be served. There will also be an informal “meet-the-artist” availability in the gallery on Sunday, Nov. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, and she would love it if you can come!

    From the artist:

    “New England Scenes” is a collection of work inspired by the beauty of New England. Some paintings were created on location in a realistic style using acrylic and watercolor paints. Others are done back in my home studio and are more stylized and created in a variety of mediums. For more information about my work, visit

    The Stetson Gallery was founded in 1995 to showcase artist members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead and the wider artistic community. Stetson Gallery is open during Church events, when Church staff are in the building, and by appointment. If Gallery lights are on and the door to the Gallery is unlocked, visitors may enjoy the exhibit. In addition, the Church Administrator and the curators can make themselves available to show an exhibit. Please call the Administrator at 781-639-1215, email the curators, or call curators Anthony Silva (508-641-0767) or Jo Ann Silva(617-285-6265) to arrange an appointment. 

  • 13 Oct 2012 8:46 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)
    City By The Sea
    A show sponsored by the Salem Arts Association
    (Only Members may enter artwork)

    Please join us for the exhibit "City By the Sea" a members only show (anyone may view the exhibit but to enter your work you must be a member) Exhibit sponsored by the Salem arts Association. If you would like to become a member please visit our "JOIN" link on the left side navigation bar. You can select from different levels of membership as well as add artwork to your member profile on our website.

    Work Sought for the show "City By the Sea" All artists are invited to submit up to 2 pieces. It should be wired to hang, no sawtooth, and professionally presented for the exhibit. Size limits are "If it fits through  the door". We look forward to seeing the artwork from the members and hope to see you there. For more information on the "call to art" please visit the download PDF link at the bottom of the page.

    Salem Arts Association

    October Exhibit "City By the Sea"

    Exhibit Dates: October 4 - October 31st , 2012    

    Opening Reception: October 13, 4–6 p.m.

     Exhibit Details Download Here .PDF

    Join the Salem Arts Association and our group of friendly encouraging open minded artists. If you love art like we do select a link below you wish to join by

    Join Salem Arts As Artist

    Join Salem Arts As Associate or Donation member
  • 18 Sep 2012 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    Applications are now available for the Assets For Artists grant program, which caters to low-to-moderate income artists who are interested in accumulating working capital to invest in their creative businesses (we've had artists invest in painting supplies, expand their kiln size, redesign their websites, and other major improvements.) In addition to grants, we offer mandatory arts-specific  business and financial training so that they can grow their businesses more effectively. Artists can receive up to $2,000 dollars in matching grants.
    For more information:

    The deadline for Massachusetts-based artists is October 12, 2012.

  • 18 Sep 2012 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Serenitee Restaurant Group Commissions Three Sculptural Light Fixtures for Next Restaurant

    Calling all North Shore “found art” sculptors. Serenitee Restaurant Group is commissioning a large scale, sculptural light fixture over the bar at its next restaurant in Salem. The new restaurant is on the site of the former Greenland Café on Washington St. in Salem. 

    This sculptural art piece will serve as a principal focal point much the way the sculptural octopus functions over the sushi area at Latitude 43 in Gloucester. In addition, unlike the octopus sculpture, it will serve a critical functional and marketing role in the bar area. The primary functions of the piece include the following:

    • Creates stem glass and wine or liquor storage accessible to bartenders
    • General lighting (LED) and visual interest which creates richness and sparkle but no glare
    • Incorporates found objects related to the bar trade and liquor manufacture, past and present
    • Captures the visual variety and richness of the craft of mixology
    • Creates a memorable impression both from within the restaurant as well as from the street
    • Contributes to the brand and overall aesthetic experience in the restaurant

    The approximate size of the piece will be roughly 4 to 5 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide. It will be hung approximately 6’-6” above the floor.

    Depending upon cost, two related chandeliers may also be commissioned for the front windows.

    Please contact the owner Mark McDonough immediately to discuss the design if you are interested in submitting a proposal. Collaboration between artists with complimentary talents is encouraged but not essential. Proposals are due by Sept 28 and the winner will be announced Oct 1. The restaurant opens the first week in November. All artists will be given each other’s contact information.  


    Mark McDonough


    Serenitee Restaurant
    185 Main St.
    Gloucester, MA 01930    

  • 16 Sep 2012 2:53 PM | Anonymous

    There's a lot happening in the arts community in and around Salem.

    Ellen Hardy, Interim Executive Director and Henry Zbyszynski, President. Photo by John Hurley

    SALEM, MA—There’s a lot happening in the arts community in and around Salem. While the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) pushes past the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with extraordinary fundraising and a new vision for our region, the local art group Salem Arts Association (SAA) is growing and expanding. Ellen Hardy, President of SAA for two-and-half years has stepped into the new position of Interim Executive Director and Henry Zbyszynski has been voted in as their new President. The SAA continues to draw members from Salem and the surrounding region.

    Each year the city awards space on Artists’ Row, selecting from those who submit proposals. This year, unlike past one-year contracts, the SAA was awarded a three-year contract for its space on Artists’ Row. The SAA brings five exhibits each season and a rotating array of local art work in the retail area of its Artists’ Row space. In addition to art, the SAA provides educational workshops and hosts music on the Row.

    For the last six years, the SAA has looked to the world class neighboring PEM to be inspired—to ask its members to look, to study, and to create something in response to one of the PEM exhibitions. This year, some 60 artists’ works were judged by Paula Richter—Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the PEM—for Off the Top of Your Head.

    The space on Artists’ Row is a wonderful boost to the local arts community and SAA; but the show area at the Row is never big enough to display the work that is entered for the SAA’s PEM inspired show. In years past, SAA has rented various locations around the city for this show. However, for the last two years the PEM has graciously donated use of the carriage barn of the Andrew-Safford House for the Salem Arts Association show during the month of September.

    Each year the work improves—and this year is by far one of the best. This year’s PEM show HATS: An Anthology of Stephen Jones has inspired SAA’s regional artists show Off the Top of your Head. During recent private and public receptions, over 200 guests were treated to a display of outstanding art work.

    Please stop by the carriage barn, across from the Hawthorne Hotel, Thursdays through Sundays for the month of September and see some truly terrific inspirations by regional artists! Visit the PEM’s HATS show and then come over to the lovely courtyard and gallery; you will be amazed by the breadth, the talent, and the ingenuity!

  • 16 Sep 2012 1:54 PM | Ellen Hardy (Administrator)
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