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Salem Arts Association invites our artist community to explore our feelings of belonging and exclusion, consider our place in and around our community and what community means to us, and to express forms of acceptance or alienation in ways that truly embody their voices.

Reception: Friday, May 24, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM

Exhibition Dates: May 25 – June 22, 2024

Open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Salem Arts Association Galleries, 159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970

Contact with questions.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by the Peabody Essex Museum and The Michael and Ronne Cosel Foundation 

Opening Night Reception and Performance:

Friday, May 24, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM

Musical Performance

Amyjo Savannah

Southern born singer/songwriter Amyjo Savannah has a signature, soulful timber & deep, powerful resonance to her wide-ranging vocals. Singing in styles reminiscent of Odetta, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mavis Staples, Tom Waits & Robbie Basho. Her writing is equally dynamic & heartfelt. A combination that showcases her illustrative storyteller delivery. 

Amyjo Savannah has opened for Sammy Hagar, Garth Hudson (of The Band), Vince Mira, and Nina Storey. She has played at Sundance Film Festival three years running performing at The Star Bar & The Gibson Lounge. As well as performing at the High Times Doobie Awards at SXSW, and The Showbox in Seattle. She curated "Estrogen", an all-female performance evening at The Can Can Cabaret & in was named "Northwest Discovery" in Seattle's Sound Magazine.

Patricia DiCarlo Baker

Patricia DiCarlo Baker graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Illustration

She has worked in a variety of other creative fields. In addition to working for the Marblehead Arts Association, she also worked for Advertising Agencies, Magazines, Corporate Businesses, and the education field. 

Patti learned the art of Nantucket Basket weaving and has been dedicated to the craft
Over the years, I have worked on different techniques for creating baskets as well as different shapes and styles for over nineteen years. She wants the owners of her baskets to use her pieces rather than keeping them on a shelf, they are made to be used.
Patti has won first place ribbons, peoples’ choice awards, and best of show
awards for her baskets.


"Smokey Whisper" by Charles Lang

"I was drawn to this piece because it encompasses so much in a small area. The eyes are captivating, and there are what seem to be spirits or aliens around the border of the painting. The artist managed to capture various emotions in this painting, and it captivates you every time you look at it. Each time you gaze at this painting, you notice something different."

Patricia DiCarlo Baker

"Brambles Bouquet" - Self Portrait December 10th 2020 by Francois DeCosterd

I was captivated by this piece because the graphics and colors are exceptionally strong. The elements complement each other very well and guide your eye throughout the image. The figure appears both static and electric, leaving you wondering what is happening. The words in the picture, "etat du ciel," translate to "state of the sky." 

Patricia DiCarlo Baker

"Broken Self Portrait" by Laurel Driskill

I chose this piece because the artist has used various elements to evoke a sense of our connection to our community and surroundings. The use of brown bags with different logos and handwritten notes surrounding the image of a woman adds a personal touch that I appreciate. I also like the mixed media effect.

Patricia DiCarlo Baker

"I'll be the farthest away from home I've ever been" by Luigi Lake

The rock was a great combination with this porcelain bowl.

"Can I stay or should I go" by Robert Beauvais

The photo looks as if you are facing a bright light from the sky and witnessing something getting drawn up to it. 

"Blue Waves" by Liza Sovie

This hat has so much work in making it and there is't anything like it in the show so to me that was its "alienation".

"Gramma Loreto" by Wendy Snow Lang

The yellow and pink drawing uses so many different mediums that complement each other. 

    "Untitled" by Karen Lehman

    The photo of the woman looking at a shadow leaves you wondering if it is her shadow or something sinister.

    Salem Arts Association
    159 Derby Street 
    Salem, MA 01970  
    Phone: 978-745-4850 

    Weekends 12-6pm

    Closed: Christmas, Thanksgiving
    and New Years Day 
    Parking: on street when available


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