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  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    Hello Artists or Friends of Artists,

     The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is asking artists who have had an affiliation with us to participate in a fun project that will help us raise money for our art scholarship program.

    We are having our 4th annual Four By Four For Education fundraiser for our University of Lowell Art Scholarship Program on April 11.  This fundraiser will feature 150 - 200 little 4"x4" works of original art.  These canvases will be displayed in our gallery beginning March 7 and sold the day of the fundraiser. The money raised from sales will go to the program which awards a scholarship to a deserving student majoring in the visual arts. 


    We are asking our affiliated artists if they would like to participate. We will provide you with a 4 inch by 4 inch canvas. We invite you to create whatever you wish with whatever media and materials you like.  If you need to remove the canvas from its frame and replace it with fabric, metal, paper, glass, etc., please do so.  The only restrictions are:

    1. you use the canvas we provide;
    2. the outer dimensions of the finished work not exceed 4 x 4. 

    Because this is a fundraiser, we really regret that we cannot compensate you for your labor, but invite you to attend the fundraiser as our guest.


    The deadline for completion of your canvas is Feb 28.


    For more details and an on-line registration/canvas request form, please click/go here:


    This will be a fun event and we hope you'll participate!


    Jim Dyment
    Executive Director
    Brush Art Gallery & Studios
    256 Market St, Lowell, MA 01852

    Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 11:00 - 4:00 PM, Sunday, 12 - 4 PM

    (Winter Hours: Jan through Mar 31: Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 - 4:00 PM, Sunday, 12 - 4 PM)

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014 3:24 PM | Ellen Garvey (Administrator)

    View the statements from candidates for SAA officers and board members at  Ballots for this contested election will be mailed to the address on file for all active members, and voting will be at the annual meeting and celebration on Dec 8.  Be an educated voter!

  • Saturday, November 08, 2014 1:20 PM | Anonymous



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  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:19 AM | Anonymous


    Montserrat College of Art Awarded Interdisciplinary Learning Method Grant

    from Davis Educational Foundation Grant


    Beverly, MA – A generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation is recognizing Montserrat College of Art’s creative teaching style, developed by the college’s academic leadership team, which emphasizes learning that is interdisciplinary, team-taught and project-based.

    Last spring the Davis Foundation announced that Montserrat would receive a $150,000 grant over two years for the Gateway project, which emphasizes this experiential teaching style.

    The grant will provide funding for two new programs that serve, respectively, as gateways into and out of college. Funding will support the two parts of the Gateway Initiative, including: planning, implementation, outcome assessment and, creation of curricular models (best practices, guidelines, handbooks, documentation, templates, online resources) for future use.

    Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman said, “Montserrat recognizes the need to go beyond the traditional classroom structure to introduce experiences that relate directly to those students will encounter in their professional lives. We are grateful to the Davis Foundation for provding this opportunity to offer new teaching methods to Montserrat students.”

     1.  FX (the Freshman Experience)

    Offered to freshman in the first semester, FX serves as a gateway from high school into college. The course is team-taught, interdisciplinary, and integrates studio practice with historical and cultural analysis. Methodologies from studio art and liberal arts (particularly art history) are combined to provide a holistic introduction to the visual arts while helping students to acclimate to college-level academic and studio work. This combination of rich content and tactile experience is designed to fully engage students as visual learners. The aim is to break down preconceptions about art, art making, and contemporary studio practice.

     This 3-credit course features a closely coordinated series of lectures, museum/gallery/studio visits, research, writing, class discussions, team-based and individual projects. Small group meetings for discussion, research, and studio immersion complement three keystone lectures and field trips to the Peabody Essex Museum, Mass MOCA and New York City. The course is designed to function in the way that artists interact with the world, across disciplines at the intersections of research, writing, collaborating, current culture, and making.

     2.  StudioXL (the Studio for Experiential Learning)

    StudioXL serves as a gateway out of college and into the professional world. It provides students with a series of carefully structured opportunities, offered outside the traditional classroom/studio, that build skills such as team-work, collaboration,  project management, and working between disciplines in real world settings.  Some, if not all projects, will have community partners, bolstering our relationships with the local and regional businesses and community-based organizations that fuel the creative economy of the North Shore.

     The college has appointed Kate Luchini, formerly of the Lynn Museum and Peabody Essex Museum, as the director of Studio XL.

     The enormously successful pilot project in StudioXL was a team-taught collaboration with Footprint Power at Salem Harbor Station. Montserrat structured it a course called Across the Bridge: Three Perspectives, it combined fieldwork, research and art making. Students examined and documented the decommissioning of the coal-powered Salem Harbor Power Plant, now Footprint Power, which funded the project. Thirty students guided by three faculty members developed a visual and narrative legacy of the plant and the community of people who worked there, through writings, paintings, photography and video, sculpture and installation, and design. The project culminated in an exhibition in the turbine hall in June 2014 that was seen by more than 1000 visitors; it concluded with an evening poetry reading among the turbines, which was organized by the director of the Impossible Places Poetry Tour. That night the turbines sounded for the last time and the dismantling began the following day.

     The second StudioXL project for fall 2014 is a course called Food and Culture. In contrast to the power plant project, this course was initiated in-house; it combines cultural history, research into food economies and politics, resulting in the production of creative work. Among the local partners are the Food Project and Beverly Bees.

     More collaborations are being planned for future semesters.

     For more information about this grant, please contact Montserrat College of Art’s Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Laura Tonelli at or 978.921.4242978.921.4242 x 1601.

     Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970, by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes and four galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, intended to offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.


    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Elizabeth Gianino

    Media Relations Coordinator

    978.921.424 x1121

  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    One-Woman Show                              Oct. '14 thru Jan. '15 

    The Mass. Gen. Hospital Cancer Center, Danvers, invited Sheila Farren Billings to do a 1-woman show as part of their Illuminations Program, a rotating art exhibit designed to enhance their environment of care. The show will run Oct. - Jan. featuring "feel-good" paintings. Reception: MGH Yawkey Ctr., 55 Fruit St. Boston, Tues. 10/28 5:50-7pm.

  • Monday, October 13, 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Salem resident Jim Bostick, a local photographer, began creating his own tarot card deck, shooting locals in his Salem home’s photography studio, in 2009. Here he hangs his photographs in In a Pigs Eye on Derby Street in preparation for his show on Sunday, Oct. 12.


    Wicked Local Article
    Jim Bostick’s grandmother gave him his first tarot card deck as a Christmas stocking stuffer when he was about 6 years old. The deck’s cards depicted characters of the James Bond 007 movie franchise.
    "I started playing the cards, and I still have the deck. I love it," said Bostick, standing on Saturday morning inside In a Pig’s Eye, the Derby Street pub where he curates a monthly revolving door of art exhibitions for owners Jenny and Jon Reardon.
    His grandmother’s gift not only sparked a lifelong fascination with tarot cards as a craft of fortune telling and divination but also as individual and collective pieces of artworks that tell stories.
    "To me, they are creative things. I look at them as storytelling devices, too, and I think that is how people who read them interpret them," Bostick said. "When they are laying out the cards, they are telling as story."
    Bostick, a talented local photographer and Lancaster, Pa. native, began creating his own tarot card deck, shooting locals in his Salem home’s photography studio, in 2009. The ambitious project now years in the making is over two thirds done, with 66 of 78 cards completed.
    Recently, Bostick finished all 16 court cards and is displaying blown-up, matted and framed images of them on the walls of In a Pig’s Eye through October.
    "I’ve been working the project for a solid five years now, I’ve been jumping around," said Bostick as he set up the show Saturday morning. "I’ve been buying armor for like four years, because I couldn’t afford to buy it all at once."
    All of the cards, which one could also consider as group and individual portraits, contain theatrical and old film-stills qualities, brought about through Bostick’s impressive manipulation of light on his subjects.
    "I like to refer to them as a little piece of theatre, because each one is center stage, props, costume and actors, and took some effort to put everything together," Bostick said.
    Bostick completely photographed in white-and-black, believing color to be frivolous, unnecessary and a hindrance to the art-goer’s interaction with the art pieces.
    "I don’t want them not to look like photographs," Bostick says. "You see a lot photographs people try to make look like paintings or illustrations."
    He continued, "I love the rawness of photography, and I want to celebrate that."
    And this month-long exhibition is as much about the rawness of photography - the art of showing rather than telling - as it is a celebration of people, Bostick said, who he has met since he and his husband, Liam, moved to Salem.
    "Jim is a receptive person, well liked open and includes anybody and everybody," said Judy Rudd, who is the subject of Bostick’s darling-of-the-show "Queen of Swords" on display. "He cares about the subject and his artwork."
  • Thursday, October 09, 2014 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Every Thursday 5pm-7pm Sketch, Doodle, or stop in and say hello!

  • Thursday, October 02, 2014 9:19 AM | Anonymous

    Newest Public Mural Complete!

    Sheila Farren Billings' set of graphic murals on the five doors of the Danvers Art Association are complete! The murals are designed to give the historic building a splash of color and make it apparent to those passing by that the antique brick school house is now a lively, vibrant art gallery. The murals depict painter's palettes and brushes done in a bold style in all the colors of the rainbow. The DAA is located at 105 Elliot St., Route 62, Danvers, MA 01915.

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    October 3 - November 2, 2014

    Artists Reception October 11th,   4-6 pm


    A Call for Art!  The theme for this year’s Salem Arts Association October exhibit is “Spirits of the Season”.  Does the title make you think of specters, angels, or ancient ancestors?  All Hallows Eve? Fall in New England?  Traditions in Salem?  The link between life and death?  Body and Soul?  The cycle of life and the seasons?  Think about this time of year and what the word “spirits” means to you.  We look forward to your interpretations…be adventurous and share your work with the community! 


    Exhibit Dates:October 3 – November 1, 2014.  Accepted work must remain on view until the exhibit closes.

    Exhibition Reception:October 11th, 4-6 pm

    Exhibit Location:Artists’ Row, Building #2, New Derby Street in Salem

    If your work is accepted into the exhibition, a two-hour volunteer gallery-sitting shift is required.  To sign up for your slot or any sitting time, visit our “Retail Sign Up” page at Thank you!  





  • Sunday, September 21, 2014 4:00 PM | Anonymous

     Taste of The Gables

     On Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 4-10 p.m., local chefs and vintners/brewers will compete under the big white tent on The Gables’ oceanfront lawn for Best of The Gables Awards. Attendees will enjoy an elegant evening of fun, food, and camaraderie.  Proceeds will benefit the preservation of our eight historic houses and allow us to provide more educational programs to undeserved children from immigrant families.  We thank you for your support!                                    Please circle your choice of ad size below:

    • Back Color Cover*                   $1,500                             Inside Back Color Cover*       $1,000                              Inside Front Color Cover*      $1,000                                                                      
    • Full Page (B & W)               $500                          Half Page (B & W)              $250                   Quarter Page (B & W)       $125                                              

    *Covers are reserved on first serve basis as there is only one of each available. When sold, full page is alternative.    

    Download the .PDF submission form here!

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