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  • 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: http://assetsforartists.org/2012/09/12/mass-artists-apply-now-our-fall-2012-application-is-available/

    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.  

    Contact:

    Mark McDonough

    Owner         

    northshorerestaurantgroup@gmail.com

    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)
  • 22 Aug 2012 9:40 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)
    SEASONS
    September Gallery Exhibit
    A Group show sponsored by the Salem Arts Association

    Please join us for the month of September in our Salem Arts gallery for the "Seasons" art exhibit. The Salem Arts Association "Seasons" art exhibit is a public exhibit all are welcome to come and view the artwork, artists are able to submit up to 2 pieces that have to do with the "Seasons" of the year.

    Each month we have a new art exhibit in our gallery and each month we have a new theme for that exhibit, located on the "Row" as we like to call it, Artists Row to be exact, across from Front St. & on the other side Walgreens in down town Salem, All are welcome to view each exhibit for free. Non-Members are also welcome to submit works of art as well however a small fee is required per submission. Our gallery is is in the same location as the retail store where one can purchase various types of artwork from many of our members. Our August art show called "Seasons" is about the seasons of the year, we hope to inspired not only the members who create submissions for the exhibit but also patrons who love to "eye-ball" art to come in and enjoy the works created for the show!

    For more information about the exhibit "Seasons" please visit our "Call to Art" page where you can download a detail .PDF of the exhibit as well as the submission form for the event. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us!

    Thank you,
    And we hope to see you there!
    SAA-Team



    August 30–September 30, 2012 
    Exhibition reception: Saturday, September 15, 4–6 p.m.
    Exhibit Location: Artists' Row, 24 New Derby St., Unit #4.


    Artists - please see "Calls for Art" for submission details
  • 20 Aug 2012 6:49 PM | Anonymous


    August 4 through September 2, 2012

    Artist’s Reception: Sunday August 5 from 2 to 4pm

    Marblehead, MA – Fran Gardino will be exhibiting his large format photography at the Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead from August 4- Sept 2 in the Ballroom Gallery.  

    The exhibit "At the Ocean’s Edge” includes seaside photos from his recent visit to Sicily, honoring the year 2012, 100th anniversary of his grandfather’s emigration to Boston. All of Fran’s grandparents were born in Sicily, and those on his father’s side were fisherman.  His ancestors were told that the ocean was “full of gold”, cod that is. The Old Italian expression “America was made for me” indicated the abundance of “new world” resources available to the arriving masses of immigrants.  Fran’s new Italian American expression “Sicily was made for me” refers to the abundance of photographic subjects that he has recently discovered in Sicily, some of which will be shown in this show including a 10 foot long panorama photo on canvas of the yellow rock laden Sciacca Italy coast, and a 7 foot long print of the Capri Harbor sunset.

    Following Fran’s 2010 MAA photo show “Down by the Riverside” in the ballroom of the Hooper mansion, this show represents an expansion of his horizon in several ways. First, there are coastal images from many locations including Boston’s north and south shore, Canadian Maritimes, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, Grand Isle Louisiana, Malibu California, as well as the Sicilian cities of Sciacca, Taormina and Siracusa.  Secondly, the prints on Moab Unryu rice paper of naturally formed calligraphic markings found on the beach in Brewster MA.  Quoting his friend and calligraphy artist Michiko Imai, “These photos are beautiful and new, unlike any other”.

    Finally, there are several large and small photos printed on Hahnemuhle Bamboo paper. This paper was specially chosen to present the striking tone and detail of his “Cactus Plant over Taormina Bay”.

    The exhibit runs from August 4 through September 2, 2012 with an opening reception on Sunday, August 5, 2-4pm.

    On August 31 Fran invites all to visit the southern end of Revere Beach at sunset for the “Low Sun Moon Celebration” on the occurrence of a simultaneous Low Tide, Sunset and Moonrise, which was inspired by, and the location of Fran’s 10 foot photo image “Revere Beach Sunset” that happens to be currently showing until August 5th in the Off the Wall” exhibit juried by MFA’s Cody Hartley at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham MA.

    Fran Gardino

    In addition to having 2 large-scale photo installations at Logan airport, several long panorama photos in the offices of the Charles River Conservancy in Harvard Square, the Mystic River Watershed in Arlington MA and 12 photos in the Wellness Center in Dedham MA, Fran has participated in local solo and group shows with a constantly evolving series of photographic work. His landscape photos reflect the combination of photographic and painterly influences accumulated while earning a BFA in Painting from Mass College of Art.

    All of his panorama photos are shot in multiple shot sequences and stitched together using Photoshop Merge. The images reflect the process of him panning and tilting his camera to capture the scene, much like a cinematographer would capture a movie scene.  Like watching a wide screen movie or TV, his panorama photos are a series of curiosities assembled into one image.

    He has managed to generate an appeal to a variety of age groups, tree huggers and ocean and river lovers and city dwellers alike, through his careful photographic observations, sense of humor, high-octane artistic energy and total devotion to art.  He has shown his work in numerous shows including the Danforth Museum in Framingham, the Print Triennial in Krakow Poland, the Brighton/Allston Historical Museum, Allston/Brighton Open Studios, NewTV and the Vermont Artisans and Gallery 2 in Brattleboro VT.  Jurors from the Boston MFA and DeCordova Museums have accepted his work.

    Fran has self-published two blurb.com photo books named “Paint the Sky Fiery” of the Boston Pops fireworks and “Touch the Sky” of cloud photos taken from the cabin of commercial flights. In the spring of 2012 twenty of Fran’s “Touch the Sky” photos on canvas were exhibited in the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland MI.  He has hundreds of photos posted on “Google Maps” and “Sewers of the World Unite” websites.

    Fran Gardino

    www.frangardino.com

    ”At the Ocean’s Edge”

    Artist’s Statement

    One year ago, a friend of mine told me of an Ansel Adams photo show at PEM (Peabody Essex Museum) in Salem, MA. We promptly arrived on the first Sunday in June of 2011, only to find that the show was planned for June of 2012.  We had to wait an entire year!

    During the intervening winter, after reading the Ansel Adams autobiography, the dream of my own photo show on a similar subject matter began.  For years, I had already photographed the ocean's edge, primarily in Boston and the surrounding areas.  Coincidentally, I had also planned a trip this past May to Sicily, home of my grandparents on the 100th anniversary of their emigration to the USA.  My father’s ancestors were fishermen and chose Boston due to the fact that the ocean here is “full of gold” --- cod fish, that is.

    My show “At the Ocean’s Edge” at the Marblehead Art Association includes 30+ of my photos of the old and new homelands as well as western USA coastal locations.  The similarities and differences are striking. The photos show the majesty, strength and power of the oceans, of plush coastal seaweed, shellfish and the life sustaining natural wealth of our local oceans and the hardened Sicilian coast.

    As a photo artist, I try to capture the beauty, boldness and elemental spirit of each location.  In the process, it becomes clear to me why my ancestors came to, and stayed in, the USA.  As America was made for them to fish, the ocean’s edges were made for me to photograph.

    FG - June 2012

    www.frangardino.com

    On August 31 I invite all to visit the southern end of Revere Beach at sunset for the “Low Sun Moon Celebration” on the occurrence of a simultaneous Low Tide, Sunset and Moonrise, which was inspired by, and the location of my 10 foot photo image “Revere Beach Sunset” currently showing until August 5th in the "Off the Wall” exhibit juried by MFA’s Cody Hartley at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham MA.



  • 18 Aug 2012 4:55 PM | Anonymous


    SALEM, MA--The Salem Arts Association (SAA) announces Seasons, its September Exhibit at Artists' Row, on view from August 30 through September 30, 2012. A public reception for Seasons will be held on Saturday, September 15, at the SAA space on Artists' Row at 24 New Derby Street.

    Seasons
    • Exhibition Dates: August 30–September 30, 2012
    • Opening Reception: September 15, 4–6 p.m.
    • Artists' Row Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12–6 p.m.
    • Location: Artists' Row, Building #4, 24 New Derby St, Salem, MA (across from the Lobster Shanty)

    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 over 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, Salem Main Streets, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and Salem State University.

    ____________________
    Julia C. Bookout
    Communications Chair
    Salem Arts Association
    P.O. Box 226
    Salem, MA 01970
    http://www.salemartsassociation.org/
  • 15 Aug 2012 7:45 PM | Anonymous


    We are very excited to announce our newest addition to the New England Open Market family, the Salem Open Market. No place in the world celebrates Halloween with such fun and magic as Salem, Massachusetts! As the fall landscape unfolds its colorful palette, the fun and excitement of Halloween fills the streets of Salem. The Salem Open Market will take place right smack in the middle of all the festivities. 80 juried vendors will line the cobblestone walkways, streets and parks of this beautifully spooky seaside town.
     
    The market will take place during Haunted Happenings, Saturdays and Sundays, starting the second weekend of October. Scheduled dates are:

    October 13 & 14, 2012
    October 20 & 21, 2012
    October 27 & 28, 2012
    11:00AM - 6:00PM

    Interested in being a vendor at the Salem Open Market? There's just a bit more city paperwork to be completed on our end before applications officially open in mid-August. But no need to wait! Submit your Early Bird Application between now and August 15 and be notified on August 20th! Can't get the application in early? No worries, applications will be juried on a rolling basis throughout the season until all available spots are filled.

    Click HERE to apply early to the Salem Open Market.
    PLEASE NOTE, you will not receive notification of acceptance until August 20th. Early Bird applications are tentative and contingent upon final approval for the Market by the City of Salem.

    More info on the application process HERE

    Have a question for us? Email info@salemopenmarket.com



  • 13 Aug 2012 8:26 PM | Anonymous

  • 31 Jul 2012 7:59 AM | Anonymous
     
    The Salem Arts Association (SAA) is proud to announce its 6th Annual Peabody Essex Museum Complement Show: Off the Top of Your Head.

    SALEM, MA—The Salem Arts Association (SAA) is proud to announce its 6th Annual Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) Complement Show: Off the Top of Your Head, which will be on view from September 8 through September 30, 2012, at the Carriage Barn of the Andrew-Safford House on Salem's Washington Square. The exhibit will feature artwork inspired by the PEM exhibit, Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, and will be juried by Paula B. Richter, Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the PEM. The SAA is grateful to the PEM for the gift of the Carriage Barn as the SAA Complement Show's exhibition space for the second consecutive year.

    The opening reception for Off the Top of Your Head will be held on Saturday, September 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Bad Actors. There will be a private reception on September 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.

    The PEM’s Hats: An Anthology—a travelling show organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum of London—is a meditation on hats as works of art by British milliner-to-the-stars Stephen Jones. The show displays a multitude of creations for the head, from Sarah Jessica Parker’s lime-green fascinator to plumed bonnets and silk turbans. 

    This range of styles, from the bizarre to beautiful, will provide abundant inspiration for a vibrant complement show of artwork in an array of mediums. In addition to providing a thoughtful meditation on the PEM show, Off the Top of Your Head will offer a local perspective from the British roots of Hats: An Anthology

    The 6th Annual Peabody Essex Museum Complement Show: Off the Top of Your Head
    • Exhibition Dates: September 8–30, 2012
    • Private Reception: September 6, 5–8 p.m.
    • Public Opening Reception: September 8, 4–6 p.m.
    • Location: The Carriage Barn of the Andrew-Safford House, 13 Washington Square, Salem, MA

    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 over 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, Salem Main Streets, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and Salem State University.

    For more information or to join the SAA, visit http://www.salemartsassociation.org/ or e-mail info@salemartsassociation.org
    SAA contact: Henry Zbyszynski, SAA President, president@salemartsassociation.org/ (978) 783-6591
    Co-chairs for Off the Top of Your Head: Ellen Hardy, Jaclyn White, and Monique Luijben, events@salemartsassociation.org
    ______________________
    Julia C. Bookout
    Communications Chair
    Salem Arts Association
    P.O. Box 226
    Salem, MA  01970
    http://www.salemartsassociation.org/

 
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