Salem Arts Association's Galleries and Artisan Shop are located at "The Bridge at 211" in Salem, MA. This facility provides the Salem Arts with excellent gallery exhibition space, a gallery shop, workshop area, and event facilities. This facility offers Salem Arts members, and the public, unprecedented exhibition and learning opportunities. Plus our home allows Salem Arts to take advantage of performance and event space available at “The Bridge” and better deliver our mission “To bring art, in all its forms, to the community and bring the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts.”
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Nietzsche wrote that "all of the arts are sisters." We invite artists to submit work about or inspired by dance, music, theater, poetry (or any writing), or the visual arts or that incorporates visual elements from them (e.g., words, letters, musical notes, musical instruments) or otherwise explores this theme.
Entertainment: Performances throughout the evening by "Walnut's Jam-Along Circus", a Variety Show including Live Music, Poetry, Puppetry, Hoola Hoop, Belly Dance, Comedy, and more to Delight and Entertain!
Politics and religion are recurring themes in Daniel Breslin’s work. Found objects, words, religious symbols, and political references all contribute to the artist’s visual vocabulary. Most pieces are intended to question our expected norms – or in the case of the current political climate, the lack of norms. Each piece starts as a concept that is worked out through drawings before building the final piece. Encaustic is the primary media used in most of this work with wood substrates created specifically for each piece.
Artists Talk with Daniel Breslin
Saturday August 10, 2019, 1-3 PM
Follow Daniel Breslin through his creative process and inspiration. Daniel will provide an informative overview into the history and use of encaustic medium in his works, its origins, history, and place in his creative decisions. Followed by an in-depth look at Breslin’s working process with found objects, methodologies, and inspirations. This gallery talk will provide insights and views into the political and religious creations that make up the exhibition.
Ellen Garvey and Lisa Pelonzi
Reception: Friday, August 2 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Exhibit August 2 - 25
Ellen Garvey's “What’s down there?” delivers a presentation of underwater photographs from warm waters around the world. As a scuba diver and nature enthusiast Garvey takes the opportunity to escape the cold winter weather and travel to a warm location to scuba dive and photograph “what’s down there”. It’s not just fish! Her favorite type of diving is to see strange and tiny creatures – some – such as a pygmy seahorse - no bigger than. At the other end of the spectrum she has been diving with mantas, turtles, and of course sharks.
Locations include the Caribbean, several places in the Pacific, the Maldives, and the Galapagos.
"What's Down There"
FREE Underwater Photography Presentation with Ellen Garvey
Sunday August 4 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM
Ellen Garvey will give a presentation of underwater photographs and videos from warm waters around the world. As scuba divers and nature enthusiasts, she and her husband take the opportunity to escape the cold winter weather of the north to travel to a warm location to scuba dive and photograph "what's down there". It's not just fish! Their favorite type of diving is strange and tiny creatures - such as a pygmy seahorse - no larger than ¼ inch. With video they can capture the interesting behaviors such as the relationship between a blind shrimp and a goby. The shrimp maintains the home and the goby keeps watch!
At the other end of the spectrum they have been diving with mantas, turtles, whales, and of course sharks. The presentation will include content from the Caribbean, several places in the Pacific, the Maldives, and the Galapagos.
See Ellen Garvey's amazing underwater photography at her website and on display at Salem Arts Association Galleries through August 2019
Lisa Pelonzi Presents "The Magical Light of West Beach". For the past four years Lisa has been traveling the beaches of the North Shore and capturing sunrise. One of her favorite places to photograph is the Old Pier at West Beach. She has photographed the pier during sunrise, snowstorms, rain, fog, and with the July 4th fireworks. Join us to see the many moods this beautiful place reveals.
“Art in the Park: En Plein Air at the Salem Maritime Historic Site Maritime Festival”
Two Days of En Plein Air followed by a special exhibition of the artworks created at the Visitor's Center of the Salem Maritime Historic Site
FREE - For Salem Arts Members Only, All 2-D media welcome including paint, dry materials and photography.
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Saturday, August 3 from 8:00 am to Dusk
Sunday, August 4 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm
For more information about the 2019 Salem Maritime Festival please visithttps://www.nps.gov/sama/planyourvisit/maritimefestival.htm
Two Days To Paint...
The Salem Maritime Historic Site invites Salem Arts Association members to partake in two days of En Plein Air creativity during the 2019 Salem Maritime Festival, celebrating its 31st year. The festival is expected to be attended by 6 to 8 thousand visitors.
Salem Arts members may set up on the Salem Maritime National Historic Site collection of properties during the two-day festival to be inspired, and reflect that inspiration in their artworks. A central tent will also be available within the festival grounds for use to paint, collect and display works in progress.
With a Special Exhibition Opportunity...
An exhibition of the En Plein Air creations will be included in a special exhibition of Salem Arts Members at the Visitors Center of the Salem National Maritime Historic Site where more that 4000 people per weekend will enjoy the artworks.
This exhibition will be on display August 17 through September 28.
Salem Arts Scholarships are awarded each spring to a students pursuing the arts either through a university program or through an art school. We offer two scholarships, The Paula Beaulieu Art Scholarship for $1000 to a Salem High School senior, and the Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarships for $500 to any Salem resident graduating from a Salem school.
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