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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.

Stewart is thrilled to have a more permanent home with 11 galleries, space for classes and workshops, and maybe even an artist-in- residence program.

“I consider this a story of growth,” says Bostick, who works as a photographer and designer. One common goal is to bring back the community “clubhouse" feel that existed on Artists’ Row, when musicians would just turn up on a Friday, says Bostick, the new location includes a patio filled with potential on Kosciusko Street. Sunlit galleries are named after a few of the 50 wharves where goods were offloaded from Salem ships traveling all over the world, A first-floor gallery is named in memory of active Salem artist Ellen Hardy, considered the driving force behind the association. Bostick credits Hardy with saying “The word arts has an s for a reason." Keeping this in mind, the association is looking into expanding their offerings, even turning their basement into a black box theatre. “Ellen is smiling down on us.” says Bostick of his friend, who died in 2017. “None of this would have happened without her.”

The SAA has gained traction with a busy calendar of events, like their annual show inspired by a chosen exhibition at PEM. In Oc­tober, there is a fitting Dark Arts exhibit And in the spring is the playful Salon des Refuses, a tradition that started last year, featuring works turned down by the Salem Arts Festival. Now, when an artist’s work is rejected, the city hands them a flyer for the Salem Arts show, says Bos­tick, adding that this opportunity is a tradition going back to the French Academy.

On April 3, the public can attend the first member showcase in the new location. “I feel really strongly about letting people show their work," says Stewart, who has acted as juror, curator, and critic for exhibitions at prominent galleries in the region.

Bostick is coming to the end of his three- year term as president and is happy to hand off the SAA stronger than he found it. Some of that is due to hard work and some to the magic of Salem. In the meantime, the building also houses a small gallery just for Paul Nathan's work. “I think it s a win-win all around," says Nathan. "I see tills as an adventure. The more people you have, the more energy."

May 2020 - Salem Arts Association Launches Virtual ExhibitNorthshore Magazine

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 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)

March 2018 - Inspiring The Arts - Salem Magazine (Download PDF)

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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  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10:04 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Salem Arts Association proudly presented this year’s scholarship to Kaylyn Sverker. Kaylyn’s art explorations have gone beyond Salem High School attending art classes for six years at RAW Art Works in Lynn. For four of those years Kaylyn participated in the Real to Reel Film School program. Kaylyn also helps her mother with Timmy’s Angels, a non-profit that assists children and families on the North Shore. One of Kaylyn’s Real to Reel films is a promotion for Timmy’s Angels. Kaylyn will be attending Montserrat College of Art.



    Via a virtual presentation using ZOOM we awarded our 2020 Scholarship was awarded by James Bostick, Salem Arts Association President, from our new galleries with Kaylin Sverker, Her parents Staci and Carl, members of the Hardy and Beaulieu families in attendance including Daniel and Matthew Beaulieu, Sons of Paula Beaulieu, and members of Ellen Hardy’s family including her parents Lois and Paul Hardy, brother Paul Hardy, and sisters Patricia Hardy and Cheryl Hardy-Faraci. 


    This year’s award was a combination of two scholarship awards - The Paula Beaulieu Arts Scholarship and The Ellen Hardy Scholarship. 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. Ellen Hardy 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.


    Kaylyn reacted to receiving the award: “I feel honored that you chose me for this scholarship. Art and filmmaking has always been a passion of mine. I’m attending Montserrat this upcoming fall. Being awarded this scholarship, this will help me with paying any expenses. “

  • Friday, April 17, 2020 12:46 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    It was serendipitous that James Bostick, President of Salem Arts Association, visited the Paul Nathan Gallery and Museum on Derby Street in Salem. Jim struck up a conversation with Paul and ideas began to form. Discussions where had. Agreements were reached. Now renovations have begun. In April Salem Arts Association will open the doors to the public in the large, historic, yellow building at 159 Derby Street – in the Historic Derby Street Neighborhood and abutting the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.


    Paul is a retired lawyer and working artist who had converted his former law offices, two years ago, to a gallery to show and sell his own artwork. One can imagine the challenges of maintaining a single person gallery, so Paul was thinking about what might be next. What’s next is that Salem Arts will move into the space, taking over most of the first and second floors with Paul maintaining one room as his own gallery. As Paul has said, “It is a wonderful building. It has historic charm. It sits on the corner of an absolute gem of a public park. The Custom House, the Friendship, the wharf, pedestrians. I can go on and on. People smile when they walk in. The building just feels good.”

    Salem Arts President James Bostick says "This is a very exciting time for Salem Arts. The creative roots of the Salem Arts Association community have grown and prospered over the past decade thanks to the dedication of our artists and volunteers. Our new space, growing group of artists, and continued support of the Salem community will allow Salem Arts to continue to advance. We look forward to an exciting future in the historic Derby Street neighborhood offering outstanding exhibitions in the galleries, educational workshops, and other events and performances to delight our members and supporters."

    Founded in 2007, Salem Arts Association has spent the past 14 years growing. Starting as a small group of artists on Salem’s Artists’ Row the Association maintained it’s vision and 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. As the group of artists continued to grow the Salem Arts Association Gallery moved in 2015 to a space on the Essex Street walking mall at the generosity of the Peabody Essex Museum. The New PEM construction prompted a move to “The Bridge at 211”, the former Salem Universalists Society church building at 211 Bridge Street where the organization flourished since 2017 and continued to grow and establish our reputation as a collective of Northshore artists, musicians, writers, and performers. From our early roots Salem Arts has become one of Salem’s largest arts institutions now serving a membership of more than 300 artists and art lovers. Such growth prompted the need to search for a new home that offers the creative community and Salem’s residents a showcase of what our local artists and craftspeople have to offer. 

    2020 brings the latest growth opportunity for Salem Arts with a move to 159 Derby Street. This historic neighborhood places the gallery amongst Salem's most popular sites including the House of the Seven Gables and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

  • Sunday, June 02, 2019 12:30 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Salem Arts Association proudly presented scholarships to Sophie Collins and Emma Currier-Dougherty.

    Emma Currier-Dougherty was awarded The Paula Beaulieu Arts Scholarship. Emma will attend UMASS Amherst to study fine art. Emma has been active in many of Salem High School's programs including Drama, Chorus, and Art Honor Society. Emma was also active with Raw Art Works in Lynn.

    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 Matthew Beaulieu and Salem Arts Board Vice President Judith Coughlin.

    The Ellen Hardy Scholarship was presented this year to Sophie Collins of Salem High School and plans to attend Salem State University to advance her acting and theater skills. In addition to being featured in many theater productions she has also participated in the school's chamber singer group, A Capella singers,  Marching Band, and National Music Honor Society. 

    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.


    Attending the presentation at Salem High School, Along with our winners Sophie Collins and Emma Currier-Dougherty, was Salem Arts Association Board Members James Bostick (president), and Judith Coughlin (Vice President), along with friends and family members.




  • 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).


  • 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.


    DONATIONS

    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 Scholarship@SalemArts.org

  • 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. http://www.salemartsassociation.org/

    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.

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

    NEW HOME FOR SALEM ARTS ASSOCIATION GALLERIES AND SHOP

    “THE BRIDGE AT 211” WELCOMES SALEM ARTS ASSOCIATION

    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 www.SalemArts.org 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. 

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:25 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Salem Arts Association is home to many talented artists whose artwork can be found in our own gallery. It's also true that Salem Arts members work can be seen throughout New England. This month our neighbors at Marblehead Arts Association will feature three of our Salem Arts Association members in their galleries and in the artisan shop. 

    On display starting August 13 through September 25 in the galleries of Marblehead Arts are two feature solo exhibitions by our own Karen Hosking and Mary Taddie.  Peggy Farrell's work is featured in the Artisan Shop. 

    Be sure to attend the opening reception this Sunday, August 14, 2-4 pm.



    "Photo Center" by Karen Hosking

    Karen Hosking's solo photography exhibit explores "Americana".  In Hosking's view “Americana can be defined in many different ways.  For me, it means places and things that exist today that could or did actually exist in the past. I love bumping into establishments that existed decades ago, and continue to exist in the same form performing the same function.”

    In addition to Salem Arts Karen is a member of a number of local arts associations. Her photographs have won numerous awards in local and regional competitions and shows. She is interested in a variety of photographic styles including creative, black and white, scenic, architectural and fine art. Her goal in photographing is to engage with the viewer and capture a moment or a scene in a way that allows the viewer to see it in a new way.

    Karen Hosking will also host a "Photo Review and Photoshop Q&A" at Marblehead Arts Association. Bring your photos for review and critique. A computer will be available to demonstrate and answer questions about Photoshop, Sunday, September 18, 3-5 pm



    "Fish Gone Wild" by Mary Taddie

    Mary Taddie brings her skill in the arts of Ceramic Tile, Marble, and Italian Smalti techniques to her solo exhibition entitled "Catching The Wave". 

    Moved by the works of ancient Italian and Byzantine artisans, Mary Taddie creates unique and exciting Mosaic Wall Art and jewelry. Her creations use the same techniques and Venetian glass used over 500 years ago and employ a range of mosaic styles from ancient to modern. Mary’s finished pieces can be jewel like pendants as small as one square inch or murals and functional art as large as fifty square feet.

    She nips, chisels and cuts recycled material like travertine, marble, ceramic tile and slate using her specialty tools and wet saws while experimenting with adhesives, substrates and grouts.

    Join Mary for her artist demonstration "Materials and techniques used to create mosaic art", Sunday, September 18, 1-3 pm at Marblehead Arts Association



    Peggy Farrell, Salem Arts member and Board Member, is currently featured in the Artisan Shop. Her work in the shop includes her photography and cards. 


    The Marblehead Arts Association is located in the historic King Hooper Mansion, at 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead. Six galleries of exhibits by association members and guest artists change every six weeks and education programs and special events are offered throughout the year. The MAA Artisan Shop features one-of-a-kind crafts and fine art including jewelry, pottery, glassworks and textiles by 7 of our artisan members at affordable prices under $250. New work for sale by 7 member artisans turns over every three months. The Mansion is available for private parties, meetings, weddings and other events. MAA winter hours are Wednesdays through Fridays and Sundays noon – 5pm and Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm. For more information on this exhibit as well as our exhibit calendar, events, programs and classes, please call 781-631-2608 or visit our website; www.marbleheadarts.org.


  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:29 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and the Salem Public Art Commission (PAC) announce “TradeWind,” a public art installation in Derby Square, running July through September, 2016.

    A call for artists and designers for this site specific installation around Old Town Hall and Derby Square brought in eighteen proposals. The team of op.AL, a trans-disciplinary practice from New York, formed by Jonathan A. Scelsa + Jennifer Birkeland, was selected by a PAC appointed Artist Selection Panel.

    A talk by the artist is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th at 4pm on site in Derby Square with an opening reception at 6pm in Old Town Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

    “Salem has such a rich and important historic connection to the sea,” said Mayor Driscoll. “The concept for ‘TradeWind’ pays creative homage to that connection in a way that is playful, thoughtful, and expressive. I greatly look forward to the work’s installation near Old Town Hall and the continuation of our highly successful public art installation program.”

         


    Artist Statement

    Water and wind built Salem. Water carried the fishermen in their boats to the shores of Salem to settle. Wind enabled Salem’s merchant ships to sail across the ocean. From these ships of the East India Company treasures and trade were brought and sold at Town Hall, building a seaside village into a city. 

    To honor and celebrate the role that these elements and Town Hall have played in the growth of the city, we have created a dynamic installation of spinning houses, combined to form the shape of Salem Town Hall. These individual houses are made in two colors: Caribbean Blue and Saffron Yellow. The blue invokes the exotic waters of far-flung lands that provided importers with treasures and spices – such as jewelry and saffron – referenced in the yellow houses. 

    In the daytime these objects will showcase the fluid and changeable effects of wind while serving as a tribute to the fact that cities only exist as the sum of their parts. At night, they are lit from within projecting onto the face of town hall, giving observers the privilege of glimpsing something that predecessors could not: growth.

    This installation is both a nod to the past and a glimpse towards the future and a celebration of generations of individuals who have built and continue to build Salem. 

    Artist Bio

    op.AL is a trans-disciplinary New York practice, formed by Jonathan A. Scelsa + Jennifer Birkeland, seeking creative design solutions utilizing optics as a means of engaging the oppositions between Architecture and Landscape resulting in design solutions that strive to dis-integrate the subject-object relationship conventionally within the two disciplines. Jonathan is a Design Critic in the department of Architecture for University of Pennsylvania + the Rhode Island School of Design and Jennifer is a Visiting Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

    Stephanie Imbeau is an installation artist based in New York whose practice investigates the way individuals seek community, personal security and a place to belong. She uses representations of protective structures as anthropomorphisms to explore this universal human impulse. These basic forms of shelter also provide the framework for a conceptual mapping of the barriers drawn to create safety and claim meaning using physical spaces.

    Hiroshi Jacobs is an artist and architect living and working in Washington, DC. He is a Lecturer in Architecture at The Catholic University of America, an architect with STUDIOS architecture, and the founder of HiJAC, a trans-disciplinary design & research collaborative. His designs and artwork have appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions, including Surface Magazine, Businessweek, Harvard GSD Platform, DesCours New Orleans, La Biennale di Venezia, (e)Merge, and the Harvard Arts First Festival. Hiroshi was selected as an outpost of OfficeUS for the American pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, and was recently highlighted in DC Modern Luxury’s Best of DC 2015 Issue. Hiroshi has held academic faculty positions at Tulane University and in the Career Discovery program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

    The team would like to thank and credit the following individuals and institutions who generously supported the construction of the project: District Design Lab, The Rhode Island School of Design Department of Architecture, The City College of New York Architecture Department, Andrea Kelly, Giacomo Sartorelli, William Allured, and Erin Wythoff.

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  • Monday, June 27, 2016 2:52 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Salem Arts Association recently presented The Paula Beaulieu Arts Scholarship to Jacqueline Muise, a 2016 Salem High School graduate. Jacqueline will be attending the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in the Fall.

    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 Beaulieu, Paula’s son, presented Jacqueline with an art print created Mrs. Beaulieu.

    The Paula Beaulieu Scholarship is a perpetual one which is awarded each year for $1000 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. 

    Salem Arts congratulates Jacqueline and wishes her great success. 


    Photo caption: 

    (l. to r.) Mary Szeman Best, SAA President, Jacqueline Muise, Dan Beaulieu, Rebecca deVries, SAA Vice President & Education Chair.

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