Arts On The Move
Salem Arts Association Has a New Home.
by Dinah Cardin (April 2020)
When describing his playful multimedia art pieces, artist Paul Nathan says, “There’s a certain...happiness." A dynamic collage features a parade more suited for New Orleans passing in front of the Salem Custom House. “They are light and joyous, but not simple,” says Nathan. This could be a good description for Salem itself at times.
A story full of serendipity has been unfolding on Derby Street in Salem. It started when Nathan retired from his work as a lawyer a couple years ago and turned his law office (an 18th-century yellow clapboard building near the water) into the Paul Nathan Gallery and Museum, where he could sell his original artworks and greeting cards stamped with his work. But he wasn’t seeing enough foot traffic. Then one day, when Salem Arts Association president Jim Bostick wandered in. a friendly conversation sparked a historic moment for the arts in Salem. Fast-forward to April of this year and the SAA has a new 2,600-square-foot home across the street from the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and near landmarks like the House of the Seven Gables and Mercy Tavern.
In contrast with the Rockport Art Association, which began in 1921, Salem’s is the youngest on the North Shore, formed in 2007 by a group on Artists’ Row. The Salem Film Fest and Salem Jazz and Soul Festival were starting up at the same time. The SAA now has a membership of more than 300, representing artists living all over the North Shore.The organization has been housed in several locations, the most recent being a former Universalist church on Bridge St reet. “Our openings were incredibly well attended. It was a really good feeling. But after the opening, nothing” says the organization’s vice president and exhibition curator. Heather Stewart, who lives in Lynn and focuses on Realist paintings.
May 2020 - Gallery, Never Opened Due to COVID, Launches Online - Salem News
April 2020 - Arts On The Move - Salem Arts Association Has a New Home - Northshore Magazine (download PDF)
February 2020 - Salem Arts Association Moves to Derby Street Neighborhood - Salem Gazette
November 2019 - Autumn Member Showcase - Salem Access Television (SATV)
October 2019 - Dark Arts Exhibit - Salem Access TV (SATV)
September 2019 - Picturing America and Dark Arts Exhibitions - Salem Access Television (SATV)
August 6 2019: Dan Breslin Solo Show - Salem Gazette
June 2019 - Salon Des Refuses - Salem Access Television (SATV)
May 2019 - Roots Exhibit at Salem Old Town Hall - Salem Access Television (SATV)
April 2019 - Member Showcase Exhibition at Salem Old Town Hall - Salem Access Television (SATV)
March 2019 - Young at Art, Ellen Hardy, Paula Beaulieu, and Scholarship Fundraiser Exhibit - Salem Access Television (SATV)
December 2018 - Fall Member Showcase 2018 - Salem Access Television (SATV)
October, 2018 - Two Exhibits: Untold Stories and Dark Arts 10-5-18 - Salem Access Television (SATV)
August, 2018 - Land & Sea, Raymond Gilbert Solo Exhibit - Salem Access Television (SATV)
July, 2018 - Go Away Exhibit - Salem Access Television (SATV)
January, 2018 - Salem Cultural Council 2018 Grant Recipients - Salem Cultural Council
December 28, 2017 - Reflecting on 2017 Events in Salem - Salem Gazette
November 2017 - Salem Arts Association Member Showcase - Salem Access Television (SATV)
July 17, 2017 - Salem Arts Association: ReVision Opening Reception - Salem Access Television (SATV)
May 5, 2017 - ReVISION Exhibit Opening and Awards - Salem Gazette Video
March 9, 2017 - Salem Arts cuts ribbon on new digs - Wicked Local Salem
March 5, 2017 - Grand Opening Festivities on Salem Access Television - Salem Access Television (SATV)
February 22, 2017 - Salem Arts Announces New Move - Salem Gazette
February 18, 2017 - "The Bridge at 211" Welcomes Salem Arts Association - Creative Salem
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