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Salem Children’s Charity 12/12/17

This year’s Salem Children’s Charity will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Hotel Hawthorne in Salem at 5:00. Buffet, raffle, live and silent auctions. My donations will be: Snowflake Surfer, mixed media, 11″ x 14″ matted and framed; and Witch House, acrylic, 8″x10″ on gallery wrapped canvas.

Back in 1994 a small group of friends sat in a local restaurant sharing their disappointment with the commercialization of Christmas, with each person wondering what they could do to make a difference in the lives of needy people in their own community. From that little group sprung an idea: Salem school children could create paper ornaments and restaurant and bar patrons could purchase the ornaments to decorate… and 100% of the money earned from selling the ornaments could go directly to needy children and their families in Salem.  After that evening one of the people in the group approached the then principal of Salem’s Carlton School, Charlie Walsh, who joined them, with the rest becoming a genuine Christmas Story…the founding of the Salem Children’s Charity.

Now 24 years later, the Salem Children’s Charity continues to have its annual ornament sale as well as a Christmas Fundraiser held at Hotel Hawthorne. During the last year alone the charity has raised over $35,000.  As in almost every year, the amount collected is depleted by the time of our Christmas Party.  And, just like in the beginning, 100% of proceeds continue to be distributed directly to Salem children for things such as eyeglasses, enrichment programs, and food. 

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Tree Paintings at Boston Woodturning Gallery

Boston Woodturning creates one of a kind hand crafted fine art as well as usable utilitarian pieces from a variety of local wood. Artisan/owner, Tommy Gagnon, was recently featured in Yankee Magazine; and his shop has become a place recognized for its exquisite creations.

I am honored that Tommy exhibits an array of my large and small paintings of trees in his beautiful shop, set among his gorgeous turned wood creations. Shown: Seasons, acrylic, 16″ x 20″.

Boston Woodturning also offers private lessons and group classes to anyone who wants to learn the fine art of woodturning all tools and supplies are provided for the duration of the lesson/class. The gallery is located on the corner of Artists’ Row and New Derby Street in Salem, Massachusetts.

 

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Pieces of Eight Show — Dec. 2017

During December, the MAA will present the third annual Pieces of Eight. This fundraiser exhibit is in keeping with the MAA’s long-standing history of offering small works called Hooper’s Treasures. For the third year in a row, the MAA is offering small works at affordable pricing. The works are hung in the Parlor gallery using a grid format which creates a visual impact of a larger art installation. All paintings and multi media are priced at $100 and all photographs are priced at $50. Many well known local MAA artists participate by offering several pieces. They make great gifts for art lovers and fellow artists alike. Although this is a fundraiser for the MAA, the artists will retain their usual commission. The MAA portion of the proceeds will go to support the exhibits, programming and operations of the Marblehead Arts Association.

I have two entries in the Pieces of Eight show: The Swing, an 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas showing a stylized autumn tree with a swing against a mottled gray background; and Buffet, an 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas showing a bare winter tree against a gray background — every branch holds a colorful bird waiting for a turn at the bird feeder hanging from the tree.

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Marblehead Art Association Winter Members Show

The Marblehead Arts Association will feature the work of its artist members to kick off the holiday season. Intended to coincide with the holiday decor of the King Hooper Mansion by the five garden clubs of Marblehead, this exhibit is a community tradition. This is an inclusive exhibit, neither juried nor judged, with a diverse offering of paintings, photographs, works on paper, mixed media and 3-dimensional pieces including craft. During the run of the exhibit, there will be an opportunity for visitors to cast a vote for a favorite piece with a People’s Choice ballot. This is one of the larger exhibits of the year at the MAA, with over one hundred pieces on display, and all the work is for sale with holiday fit giving in mind.

My entry is titled Relax. It is a mixed media piece, a paper sculpture claw foot bathtub in a bathroom with a window overlooking an acrylic painting of Salem harbor.

The opening reception will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19 and run through December.

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Book Release Party!

A book release party was held for the release of our new children’s book, In the Middle, at The Boathouse Grill in Essex, Sunday, Nov. 5. The book was written by my friend, Virginia Blake Frazier and illustrated by me.

The book tells the story of growing up in Salem, Massachusetts, from the eyes of the middle child of a family who lived on Chestnut Street in 1910. It was inspired by stories told to the author by her grandmother, who worked as a maid in the house after immigrating from Ireland. Every tiny detail was researched and doubled checked before I began the series of illustrations, using acrylic paint on canvas.

The book is available on Ginny’s website, www.virginiafrazier.com and also at local shops including Wicked Good Books on Essex Street and at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem.

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Art Show at Musculoskeletal Center, Peabody

The Marblehead Arts Association is presenting a show of member art at the beautiful gallery in the Musculoskeletal Center, 4 Centennial Drive, Peabody, MA. The show will remain on exhibit until January 2018, during regular business hours.

My entries are both cut paper creations: Children’s Barn, 18″ x 24″ — done from a painting I made on location at the children’s barn at Endicott Park in Danvers. Also, Little Teapot, 14″ x 14″, a stylized portrayal of my favorite beverage. It is done with some hand-made paper, embedded with French flowers, I acquired when I was in Provence with my daughter several years ago.

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Danvers Art Assoc. Annual Auction

The Danvers Art Association will hold its annual auction on Friday night, October 13. The walls will be lined with silent auction items donated by local artists and businesses: gift certificates, jewelry, decorative items, paintings, gift baskets, and much more. Later, DAA president, John Archer will be the auctioneer for the live auction where exquisite items will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. A lavish buffet will be served to attendees.

My donation to the silent auction is a framed watercolor painting of a gazebo in a Danvers garden. It was done on location on a late summer afternoon. Danvers Gazebo, 8″ x 10″.

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Topsfield Fair

For the first time, I will be showing my artwork at the Topsfield Fair. At 199 years, it is the oldest country fair in America! This year’s fair will be held September 28 through October 8 and will open at 10:00 a.m. daily. Some of my Celtic artwork is being exhibited at the Coolidge Building in the professional division. Prints and small originals will be on sale in the art show gift shop. Shown: Celtic Cockatoo, 8″ x 10″, colored pencil and ink. Matted and framed.

The colorful and often exciting history of Topsfield Fair began in 1818 when the Essex Agricultural Society, the non-profit organization that owns the Topsfield Fair, was officially granted a charter on June 12th of that year.

The goal of the fledgling Society, formed by a group of “practical farmers” who first met on February 16, 1818, was “to promote and improve the agricultural interests of farmers and others in Essex County.”

Now, nearly 200 years later, the Society still strives to do this, “to encourage, promote and preserve Essex County agricultural activities and to educate the general public regarding their importance in an atmosphere of fun and excitement through the medium of the Topsfield Fair.”

 

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Punto Urban Art Museum

The vision was to create a world class urban arts district in Salem’s Point Neighborhood, one that embraces its rich immigrant and architectural history and present a dynamic opportunity for the neighborhood’s future. A block party celebrating the unveiling of the murals will be held on September 30, 2017, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. along Peabody Street.

The Punto Urban Art Museum has two primary goals: to create a beautiful, uplifting environment for Point residents, particularly for children to grow up in, and to break down the invisible divide between the Point and the rest of Salem by inviting visitors into the Point to experience world-class art first-hand.

Twenty years ago, North Shore CDC produced two murals which have long been points of pride in the Point neighborhood. Two years ago, North Shore CDC worked with the Point Neighborhood Association, the City of Salem and Salem-raised and South Florida-based artist Ruben Ubiera on a crosswalk mural project. In 2017, North Shore CDC has worked with 12 artists to create 15 large-scale outdoor murals, as well as 12 large-scale wall murals within North Shore CDC’s office loft, also in the Point Neighborhood.By creating a walkable, curated arts district within three blocks with dozens of murals in the Point Neighborhood, the district will be readily accessible to all that downtown Salem already has to offer to over a million tourists per year. Bringing a fraction of those visitors to the Point neighborhood stands to be a transformative economic development boom to immigrant-owned businesses. It will also begin to break down the invisible barriers between the Point Neighborhood and the rest of Salem by creating a beautiful, walkable destination within the Point Neighborhood for people to visit.

I was so happy to be chosen to create an 8′ x 8′ mural along a wall of over 20 murals the same size along Peabody Street in The Point, off of Lafayette Street. My mural represents the warmth, heart and music brought to our country by the many immigrants who have come to our shores.

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Fall Show Danvers Art Association

The Danvers Art Association Fall Art Show reception will take place Friday evening, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

I was delighted when two of my paintings were chosen for awards: 2nd place in professional acrylic division for Devereaux Morning, 12″ x 24″, acrylic on canvas. I did this painting on location in Marblehead on a foggy morning in early July when it was so cold that my hands got numb! Another submission, Gables Roof, 6″ x 6″, acrylic on canvas, won a second place ribbon in the Mini Painting category. It was painted on the grounds of The House of the Seven Gables this past June, and is an unusual view of just some gables and a portion of the roof of the historic building.

The show will remain up for several weeks at DAA Gallery 62, 105 Elliot Street, on Route 62, Danvers, MA. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.