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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 HallSalem Access Television (SATV)

April 2019 - Member Showcase Exhibition at Salem Old Town HallSalem Access Television (SATV)

March 2019 -  Young at Art, Ellen Hardy, Paula Beaulieu, and Scholarship Fundraiser ExhibitSalem 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 SalemSalem 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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  • Friday, May 18, 2018 8:35 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    With great pride Salem Arts Association presented scholarships to Elizabeth Embick-Porter and Connor Heenan at Salem High School. 

    Connor Heenan was awarded The Paula Beaulieu Arts Scholarship. Connor will attend the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to study fine art and design. Connor has been active in many school programs including yearbook, band/music programs, Honor Society, and has shown work in a special exhibition at the Endicott College gallery. Connor was the recipient of the 2017 Art Speaks Award. 

    Paula Beaulieu was an active artist in the Salem Arts Association and taught young and old alike through her program “Connect with Their Creativity.” Her family has chosen Salem Arts Association and Salem High School as beneficiaries of any donations made in her honor.

    Presenting for the Paula Beaulieu Scholarship was her son Daniel Beaulieu. 

    Elizabeth Embick-Porter Received The Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship. Elizabeth will be attending the film program at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque to study art and filmmaking. In addition to her studies at Salem High School Elizabeth has also participated in the Raw Art Works Reel 2 Reel film program for the past five years. 

    This is the first year fo the Ellen Hardy Scholarship. Ironically today is Ellens birthday. Ellen was a profound influence on the Salem artistic scene through her involvement with the Salem Public Arts Commission, the annual Salem Arts Festival, and Salem Arts Association, which she advocated heavily for. Ellen served for several years as a member and president of Salem Arts Association.

    Presenting for the Ellen Hardy Scholarship was her Mother Lois Hardy, father Paul Hardy, Her husband Kenneth Weaver, Brother Paul Hardy, and two sisters Cheryl Hardy-Faraci and Patricia Hardy. 

    Attending the presentation at Salem High School, Along with our winners Connor Heenan and Elizabeth Embick-Porter, was Principal David Angeramo, Art Department Chairperson Lynne Mullen, Salem Arts Association Board Members James Bostick (president), Judith Coughlin (Vice President), and Joanna Shellenberger (Treasurer).

  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 9:57 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    During the 2018 Spring Semester, community instructors will lead 90-minute mini courses for 10 weeks at Collins Middle School (29 Highland Ave, Salem). We had a very successful first semester that culminated in a fun and inspiring Showcase that included judging from Mayor Driscoll, Representative Tucker and Superintedent Ruiz.  We were very excited with the outcome of the first Expanding Horizons. 

    There are three curricula to choose from, but I am sending the Art description as I feel that is what you would be most interested in:

     – Salem is a thriving and vibrant city filled with art in many forms – painted utility boxes, murals on downtown buildings, and public art installments like plastic bag jellyfish. Many students chose Art and we are scheduling 7 classes, with 15-20 students in each class. We will need 7 lead teachers and 7 assistant teachers.  The lead teacher must have some experience in visual art and the assistant teachers just need an interest in art.  All teachers must be excited about teaching young minds. LEAP will be developing the curriculum and it will be largely a visual arts (painting, drawing, designing collages, printmaking, etc) curriculum. We will do local field trips, bring in local artists and collaborate with the Salem Arts community.The session will culminate in a presentation of their art at the LEAP Elective Showcase, where students’ favorite pieces will be exhibited around a common theme.

    This opportunity is great for anyone who enjoys working with students and would like to give back to the community. Not interested in leading one of these classes, but would consider assisting? Let us know! The more mentors the better in a middle school class!

    Program objectives: Help students build their 21st century skills, make college and career connections, and develop positive relationships with adults.


    Mondays and/or Wednesdays 2:00-3:30PM

    Classes will meet February 26th – May 17th with a final Showcase on Thursday, May 24th


    Lead the class that interests you! Use curriculum and lesson plans already developed by LEAP staff. Planning support and classroom management support to be provided by LEAP staff and school day staff and paraprofessionals. LEAP will arrange guest speakers and field trips that align with the three themes of the class. LEAP will provide all supplies within the budget.

    If you are interested or have any further questions please contact Nancy Napolitano, nnapolitano@leap4ed.org978-740-6667/112

    Thank you in advance for your consideration I truly appreciate it.

    Nancy Napolitano

    Career Services and Outreach Associate

    35 Congress Street, Suite 102

    Salem, MA 01970

    978-740-6667 X112

  • Monday, June 26, 2017 11:56 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Salem Arts Association is very pleased to announce the The Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship. Ellen Hardy was the driving force behind the Salem Arts Association of many years as an early member and as president through 2015. Ellen was instrumental to our growing organization's success and we celebrate her contributions to the arts in Salem.

    We at Salem Arts Association were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Ellen Hardy following her battle with cancer. Ellen was an early Salem Arts Association Member and led the Association as president until 2016. Her mark on the Salem Arts community is profound and she has touched the creative spirit of countless people. Even more profound was her multi-disciplinary artistic talents as a painter, photographer, and performer. Her legacy will be marked by many. 

    Among Ellen's countless contributions to Salem Arts was her work to shine a spotlight on Salem's Artist Row during it's earlier years. She worked tirelessly to make the Salem Arts Association the centerpiece of "The Row" through her event planning skills and friendships with Salem's artists and performers who turned our little shanty into a vibrant social experience. 

    Ellen was the instrumental catalyst who worked closely with the Peabody Essex Museum to secure our gallery and retail space at 179 Essex St. where we enjoyed huge success that eventually lead us to our current new home at The Bridge at 211. 

    In addition to Ellen's dedication to the Salem Arts Association she was a prolific artist. Her multi-disciplinary skill ranged form photography to Painting in En-Plein-Air, collage, construction, and even performance art painting with her beloved ensemble "The Avant-Guardians" and her  "Art Attack" performance events. 

    Salem Arts Association owe's a deep debt of gratitude to Ellen Hardy's perseverance and dedication. While we will miss Ellen's enigmatic spirit her legacy will live on through the success of our growing organization. 

    On behalf of our Board of Directors and our membership we thank you Ellen. We are pleased to honor your legacy with this scholarship.

    Ellen Gibson Hardy (May 18, 1952 — June 18, 2017)

    An artist at heart, Ellen forged a career in the Art, Graphic Design, and Publishing world. She founded her own company, Hardy House, which was a full-service Art and Design business of which she was the proprietor for over 19-years working with the likes of MIT, Harvard, Yale, and many other educational and professional organizations. During the years as president of Hardy House she began to exhibit her own artwork at galleries throughout New England and taught Graphic Arts at the Cambridge Adult Center for Education and at Phillips Academy where she also served as Director of Publications for over 14 years.

    Ellen was a profound influence on the Salem artistic scene through her involvement with the Salem Public Arts Commission, the annual Salem Arts Festival, and Salem Arts Association, which she advocated heavily for. Ellen served for several years as a member and president of Salem Arts Association.

    Award Purpose and Eligibility:

    The Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship will award one or more scholarships of $500 each spring to a senior-year student attending any Salem school (public, charter, or private) who is pursuing visual arts education either through a university program or through an art school in the fall following their graduation. Visual arts, graphic design, performing arts, music, acting, or other areas of creative expression will be considered. Ellen Hardy was a founding member and served as President of the Salem Arts Association through 2015. She was very active in contributing to the Salem Arts Associations success and was also a prolific artist and performer herself. We are honored to offer this scholarship program in her memory.


    If you wish to make a donation in Ellen Hardy's name please indicate in your comment the you wish funds to go to the "Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship" when visiting our Donation Page.

    For more info, or to apply, please visit our Salem Arts Scholarships page. or email to

  • Monday, June 26, 2017 11:31 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Salem Arts Association is proud to announce the presentation of the Paula Beaulieu Arts Scholarship to Camryn Connolly, a 2017 Salem High School graduate, attending Boston College as an art major in the fall.

    caption: June 25 presentation of the Paula Beaulieu Scholarship. Left to Right is Salem Arts President Mary Best, Scholarship winner Camryn Connolly, and Matthew Beaulieu, son of Paula Beaulieu. 

    • Winner: Camryn Connolly
    • Age: 18
    • School: Salem High School
    • College she is attending in the fall: Boston University

    After review of her impressive artistic talent and skills, Dan and Matt Beaulieu, the sons of the artist for which this scholarship was established, felt Camryn was especially deserving of this scholarship.

    At 4PM on Sunday, 25 June Camryn Connolly was presented with her Scholarship check for $1,000 by the Beaulieu brothers. The Salem Arts has hosted this event for several years and is proud to once again facilitate the award of the Beaulieu Scholarship to a Salem High school senior.

    Camryn has been very active during her high school years with sports, peer mentoring for freshman entering High school and the National Art Society, among many other worthwhile endeavors. As Camryn enters the arts at Boston University this fall we are sure she will quickly set herself apart with her artistic pursuits.

    The Paula Beaulieu Scholarship was established by the Beaulieu family in honor of their late mother. Mrs. Beaulieu was an artist and art teacher in the Salem and Reading school systems. Along with the scholarship, Dan and Matt Beaulieu, Paula’s sons, will be presenting Camryn with a check for $1,000.

    The Paula Beaulieu Scholarship is a perpetual one, which is awarded each year for $1,000 to a student pursuing the visual arts either through a university program or through an art school. All of the visual arts will be considered. Paula Beaulieu was an active artist in the Salem Arts Association and taught young and old alike through her program “Connect with Their Creativity.” Her family has chosen Salem Arts Association and Salem High School as beneficiaries of any donations made in her honor. 

    The Salem Arts congratulates Camryn and wishes her great success. More information can be found on the Salem Arts Website.

    About Salem Arts Association

    The Salem Arts Association is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit arts organization. Our mission is “To bring art, in all its forms, to the community and bring the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts”. Our membership is open to artists working in all media and all disciplines are welcome, as are arts lovers, enthusiasts, and patrons.

    Salem Arts Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.


  • Saturday, February 18, 2017 5:10 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)



    The Salem Arts Association is pleased to announce our move to a new home at “The Bridge at 211” in Salem, MA. This facility will provide the Salem Arts Association with excellent gallery exhibition space, a gallery shop, workshop area, and event facilities. Salem Arts was founded in 2007 and this year celebrates our 10-year Anniversary. We’ve grown to currently serve over 200 members, including more than 100 regional artists who will exhibit their artwork in our galleries and shop. This new facility offers Salem Arts members, and the public, unprecedented exhibition and learning opportunities. Plus our new 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.”  

    Salem Arts President Mary Szeman Best says “This is a very exciting time for the Salem Arts Association. On our tenth anniversary, we look forward to helping make The Bridge at 211 a must-see cultural destination. We also anticipate a very active and creative year for our organization.”

    While this is a new location for the Salem Arts Association, the 19th century building is a Salem landmark that was previously home to the First Universalist Society of Salem. Now known as “The Bridge at 211”, the former church, this new nonprofit organization has set out on a mission to become a hub for artistic, cultural and social events.

    Dale Yale, Executive Board member of The Bridge at 211 welcomes Salem Arts Association to help deliver on their combined mission.  “As someone who’s been emotionally connected with the 211 Bridge Street building since the early 50’s, I am excited to join forces with such an important member of the community as the Salem Arts Association as “The Bridge” turns a new corner. We’re eager to share our repurposed “hub” with them, celebrate their upcoming 10th anniversary, and move forward together in partnership.”

    Initial stages of our move have taken place over the past few weeks. Preparations for our 2017 calendar of exhibitions and events are in progress and will be released to the public as details are finalized. The following events will kick off our 2017 season in the new galleries.

    • Grand Opening and Salem Arts Member Showcase Exhibition Reception will be held Saturday March 4, 5:00 to 8:00 PM. This exhibit will feature a cross-section of artists and mediums representing the depth and breadth of our Salem Arts membership.
    • Regular gallery hours will be Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 6:00 PM.
    • Salem Arts is hosting a Monthly Artists’ Meet-Up at Opus Underground on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Opus is located at 87 Washington St. Salem, MA.
    • Check our events calendar at for membership information, upcoming workshops, and events.

    When visiting the Salem Arts Association at 211 Bridge Street please find our gallery entrance on Ash Street. Admittance to the gallery is always free.

    About Salem Arts Association: Salem Arts Association is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit arts organization. Our mission is “To bring art, in all its forms, to the community and bring the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts”. Our membership is open to artists working in all media and all disciplines are welcome, as are arts lovers, enthusiasts, and patrons.

    About The Bridge at 211: The Bridge at 211 is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to create a hub for artistic, cultural and social events in a 19th century Salem landmark. Our board is planning programming to entertain, engage, educate and enrich the community, in music and the arts, while honoring the building's rich heritage and forming partnerships with like-minded organizations. That programming will include continuing to provide a home to a number of community service groups. 


  • Friday, January 20, 2017 9:17 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Life Drawing Open Studio at LynnArts

    When:  Thursdays starting Feb. 16, 2017.

    6:15 – 9:00 pm

    (*Feb 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6)

    Where:  LynnArts, 25 Exchange St., Lynn

    In The Black Box Theater / or the Main Gallery 

    SHOW TIME!!!! – Artists who participate will have the opportunity to show their work in April, in an exhibit in the LynnArts main gallery, at the end of the first series. Dates to be announced soon!

    Purchase 8 sessions for $80. 

    Payable at LynnArts or Lynn Museum*

    Please make checks payable to “Lynn Museum/LynnArts”  

    Or there is a drop-in rate of $12 per session.

    Payable at the session.

    • There is a limited number of tables and chairs available.  

    • Please bring your own easels, art materials and drop cloths if you will be using paints.  

    • Please note, this is an open studio, not a class.  There will be a model to paint or draw, but no specific instruction will be offered.

    * For further information, please contact Annette Sykes at 617-909-9211 or

    Or Jolene or Carolyn at (781)598-5244 

    or /

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 9:35 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Conversations with Contemporary Artists seriesPaul Cary Goldberg at Cape Ann Museum

    Saturday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m.

    Photographer Paul Cary Goldberg will present photographs from his most recent projects and will lead a discussion about the creative process as part of the Museum's Conversations with Contemporary Artists series. This program is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations required: Call (978)283-0455 x10 or email Reservations can also be made online at Eventbrite.

    Goldberg's work is currently on exhibit as part of the special exhibition, Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker on view through February 26, 2017. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and in Florence, Italy and Tel Aviv. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for his photography and his work can be found in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Boston Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Cape Ann Museum. 

  • Saturday, December 31, 2016 12:21 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Windows of Salem is a new series of hand drawn, digital illustrations from
    photos taken in Salem by Salem Arts Member Elissa Von Letkemann.

    These artful keepsakes are great for visitors and locals alike Letkemann is now offering a lovely 2017 calendar and a line of cards that are a unique option for shoppers. In the calendar, each month you'll enjoy a new, detailed, hand drawn illustration of a window in Salem, Massachusetts. Unrelated to the fascinating but over-saturated themes of witchcraft and maritime history, these are a fresh contemporary view of Salem today. And you are supporting Salem businesses with Windows of Salem! These cards are designed in her Salem studio and printed at a boutique Salem print shop.

    Check out this ETSY shop to purchase Elissa's beautiful work.

    And follow Elissa Von Letkemann Art & Design on Facebook too. 

  • Monday, October 17, 2016 5:15 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    “What Is Past is Prologue: The Role of the National Archives” - with The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, guest lecturer.

    The Board of Directors at Hamilton Hall is pleased to announce that this year’s Americana Lecture on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm will be free of charge and open to the public. 

    We are honored to welcome The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero as our guest lecturer. His topic will be “What Is Past is Prologue: The Role of the National Archives,” and will be held in Hamilton Hall at 9 Chestnut Street Salem. 

    While the event is free, you must reserve tickets in advance by calling the Hall at 978-744-0805 or emailing A limit of two tickets per request please. 

    About Hamilton Hall: 

    Hamilton Hall in Salem is widely recognized as one of the most important Federal buildings in America. It was designed in 1805 by the famous architect and master woodcarver, Samuel McIntire and named in honor of Alexander Hamilton. One of the oldest continuously operating assembly halls in the United States, for over two hundred years, Hamilton Hall has hosted many outstanding social and cultural events including weddings, lectures, and dinners for heads of state. 

    About David S. Ferriero: 

    David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th Archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. Early in 2010 he committed the National Archives and Records Administration to the principles of Open Government—transparency, participation, and collaboration. Early in his tenure, Mr. Ferriero celebrated the contributions of "citizen archivists," and he encourages public participation in identifying historical Federal records and sharing knowledge about them. 

    A native of Beverly, MA, Mr. Ferriero previously served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). Before joining the NYPL in 2004, Mr. Ferriero served in top positions at two of the nation's major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham, NC. Mr. Ferriero earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from Northeastern University and a master's degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science. Mr. Ferriero served as a Navy hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War. 

     Hamilton Hall 

    9 Chestnut Street 

    Salem, MA 01970 


    October 13, 2017 

    Press Release 

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 11:59 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)


    A moderated discussion panel of professional artists Presented by Loading Dock Arts Education, a program of Loading Dock Arts, Inc.

    facilitated by: Dr. Joe Miglio

    Associate Professor – Berklee College of Music

    Dr. Joe Miglio, will bring his comprehensive knowledge of the overlap between art and business to the table of panelists; and will query the panelists on artist identity, income generation, and personal marketing strategies.

    Following an introductory session, artists will share their experiences of promoting their art: diversifying across venues; making marketing choices; expanding social media outreach, and focusing their selling practices.

    Audience members are invited to participate in questions and discussion.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7-9 PM

    The Onyx Room

    Western Avenue Studios – 122 Western Ave., Lowell, MA

    $10 in advance, $12 at the door

    Seating Limited to 75 persons – reserve your seat today


    This program is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

    Loading Dock Arts, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support and professional

    development for artists and to promote the visual arts in the greater Lowell community.


    About Our Panel

    Angela Ales is a painter and teacher born in Colombia. She moved to the U.S. in 1984. She graduated from Cooper Union and received her MFA from the Miami International University of Art and Design. She has participated in over 30 expositions in North and South America.

    Adrien Bisson is a headshot and commercial portrait photographer. He has a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and spent many years in software engineering. His passion for photography began in his youth and has now brought him full circle.

    Tracy LeVesque is a painter born in western Massachusetts. She studied Graphic Design at Massachusetts College of Art and received her BA from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. She believes that nature is the only true mentor for the artist.

    Joe Miglio , Moderator, is an Associate Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music. He has presented at many national conferences on topics such as artist identity and income generation, personal brand marketing strategies, and innovative design.

    Barbara Poole is a felt artist, designer, teacher and felt maker. She has a background in painting and creates garments to adorn the wearer. She sees her clothing and accessories as embodying the Bohemian lifestyle and describes her work as BoHo Chic.

    Ilene Richard is a painter and children’s book illustrator. She attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and majored in Illustration, Graphic Design and Jewelry Design. She has also studied at the DeCordova Museum School and at the Museum School in Boston.

    John Welch is a woodworker and woodcarver. An avid cook, he was looking for a way to combine his love of cooking with his love of woodworking and began carving spoons in 2013. He now also makes cutting boards candleholders, and housewares from beautiful wood sources.

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