Exhibitions

CuriousCity Museum Opening March 31, 2019

CuriousCity is a temporary pop-up children’s museum in downtown Peabody that inspires curiosity, a love of learning and the healthy development of children of all abilities, ages 2-10 years old. A children’s museum invites kids to touch, explore, interact and make noise! Museums are awesome places to visit in general, but children’s museums come with the added bonus of actually inviting children to touch and feel, interact and make noise as they do. Children’s museums are heaven to children, who are naturally curious, learn by touching and are excited about new. CuriousCity pop-up museum will open its doors March 31, 2019 and be open for 3 months.

I am proud to have been chosen to design two of the exhibits. Epi-Curious is a farm-to-table space where children can play with a toy barn, farm animals and straw table. Then they can play at the farmers’ market complete with cash register and baskets of play food before bringing it to the play kitchen to ‘cook’ and serve at the little table and chairs. The room is surrounded by my art: two big murals, one of an apple tree and another of a farm scene, and also a cut paper children’s barn. I have also created a fun photo-op mural which is placed outside the barn so kids can get their pictures taken peeking through the mural as farmers, and beekeepers.

My Curious World exhibit is a place for kids to play with a variety of maps and an interactive world globe. There is a magnificent Augmented Reality sand table where children can build their own land and water forms, literally changing their world with a sweep of their hands. Also, in this exhibit, is a Biome carousel constructed of my 4 murals of Desert, Coral Reef, Tundra, and Rain Forest. Children can sit in the area and play with toys matching that biome.

CuriousCity is housed in the historic George Peabody House and Peabody Leather Barn at 205 Washington St., Peabody, MA 01960. This is the birthplace of George Peabody, the father of modern philanthropy. The rooms of the house hold kid-friendly exhibits:  a wonderful play George Peabody Bank; a story exhibit complete with giant storybook, puppets and costumes; a Sensory room, a Mindfulness exhibit; and my two exhibits, Curious World (geography), EpiCurious (farm to table). The adjacent Peabody Leather Museum has been transformed into a big creative area for children to explore building, a wind tunnel, rocks & minerals, art and more.

Peabody Main Streets has used “pop up” events to test out new ideas before committing a vast amount of resources. The 3-month trial will allow the City to determine the feasibility of a permanent museum. There is plenty of parking both in front of and behind the museum, as well as along the street.

 

 

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Harbor Sweets Advent Calendar 2019

Harbor Sweets, a woman owned business is located in historic Salem, Massachusetts has been producing the finest handmade chocolates since 1973. They pride themselves on working tirelessly to ensure the best quality product available.

Here’s what their catalog says about the Advent Calendar I created for them this year. “Sweet Tidings!” The excitement and bustle of the season is captured in this charming Christmas Eve scene from Harbor Sweets’ friend and local Salem artist Sheila Farren Billings. Create holiday memories and a tradition your family will want to continue for years to come when you count down the days to Christmas with Harbor Sweets. A delicious, gold folded treasure behind every door will make waiting for the big day a little easier.

My design for the advent calendar was inspired by the brownstone and brick buildings so popular in Boston and other New England cities and towns. The homes and shops are decorated for Christmas, and if you look closely, you will see mischievous elves sliding on rooftops, peeking out windows, and generally spreading the holiday spirit. The names of the shops have been customized to represent people and products dear to the heart of Harbor Sweets, and the street sign reads Leavitt Street, the address of Harbor Sweets.

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Poster for Salem Holiday Artists’ Market

I was very happy to have been commissioned to paint the artwork for the 2018 Salem Holiday Artists’ Market poster. It is a fantasy version of Old Town Hall in Salem on a snowy night, bustling with holiday activity. Little mice can be seen through the illuminated windows and socializing outside the Hall.

The real Salem Holiday Artists’ Market is a fantastic place to do your holiday shopping if you are looking for original, one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family. Artists display their varied creations throughout the historic building in the middle of lovely downtown Salem. So many styles and mediums are available: wood, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, photography and more.

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Grace Gallery: Home

Grace Chapel Art Gallery has challenged artists to create paintings inspired by the theme, Home — a perfect holiday theme. The show will be on display from November 17, 2018 until January 2, 2019 at the gallery at 59 Worthen Road, Lexington, MA.

I was delighted to have had two pieces accepted into this juried show. ‘Children’s Barn’ is a 30″ x 40″ cut paper depiction of the barn at Endicott Farm in Danvers, MA. I spent a lovely afternoon there with an artist friend painting views of the children and animals at the barn. When I got home, I was inspired by the homey colors and theme to make my painting into a patchwork paper quilt.

My second entry is ‘Little Teapot’, another cut paper piece, 14″ x 14″. A nice cuppa and good conversation are among my strongest memories of home growing up. I still like to make a hot pot of tea for any reason; perfect to warm cold hands, cheer myself up, or share with a friend.

 

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Pieces of Eight Show

The Marblehead Arts Association is once again hosting the popular Pieces of Eight Exhibit in its gallery. Artist members were given identical 8″ x 8″ gallery wrapped canvases and told to create! The pieces are hung together almost like a patchwork quilt and include paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings, prints, photos….whatever each artist was inspired to do. It is amazing to see the different artists’ visions all displayed together. Both are balmy summer views, nice to remember on these cold days.

My two contributions to the show are both acrylic paintings of beautiful Marblehead inspired by two of my plein air paintings. One is an autumn skyline including lovely Abbot Hall as viewed from Crocker Park. The other is a view of Marblehead Light as seen from Fort Sewall.

Sale of these small paintings will benefit the Marblehead Arts Association. The MAA gallery is located at Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA. Tel: (781) 631-2608

 

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Marblehead Art Assoc. Winter Exhibit

The Marblehead Arts Association Winter Members’ Exhibit will be on display from the opening reception on November 10 through December 23, 2018. The show is hung at the MAA’s Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA.

My acrylic painting, House of the Seven Gables Front Door, is my entry in this show. It was painted outside in the gardens of the H7G on an absolutely gorgeous May morning. The shadows were very pronounced at that time of day, and I was inspired by the series of strong diagonal shadows falling across the front of the house, caused by the sun hitting the slanted gables.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday & Sunday, noon-5 pm and Saturday, 10-5 pm. Closed Monday. Tel: (781) 631-2608.

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Salem Arts Assoc. Members’ Showcase

The Salem Art Association is presenting its Members’ Showcase running from the opening reception on Friday, November 9 until December 14, 2018. There is no theme this time. Since members have been asked to submit their best and favorite work, there is a wonderful variety of subjects, mediums and styles.

My entry for this show is my painting, The Silversmith, a large watercolor. It is framed in an elaborate antique frame I found in my attic when I bought my house — just like in a movie! One of the reasons I decided to enter this painting right now is in response to the recent terrible massacre at a Pittsburg synagogue. If only we could all see the humanity in each other.

The Salem Arts Association gallery is located at 211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 5:00 p.m.

 

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Swampscott Art Assoc. Member Show

The members of the Swampscott Art Assoc. will exhibit their creations at an eclectic art show at the Swampscott Senior Center, 200R Essex St., Swampscott, MA (behind the High School). The show will be up through November 2018.

My entry is a delicate watercolor of a charming little fishing shack I came upon driving through Essex, MA. I was particularly drawn in by the three colorful little boats docked beside it. The painting is titled Safe Harbor, 16″ x 20″ matted and framed.

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Artisan Shop — Marblehead Arts Assoc.

I am honored to have been chosen to exhibit my New England paintings and Celtic style drawings at the Artisan Shop of the Marblehead Arts Assoc. from November until mid-January. Also on display are matted prints of my paintings and mini paintings with their own wee easels. (Shown: Boston Light, acrylic 4″ x 12″, gallery wrapped canvas.)

Seven to eight MAA members display 20-25 pieces of affordable art for sale on a three month rotating schedule. All merchandise is juried, keeping in mind price points under $260 per piece as well as  quality craftsmanship and professional finish. With the entire shop being refreshed four times a year to feature all new work by new artists/artisans; there is always a reason to stop by and see what is available for sale. Each artist/artisan has an interesting story behind their work and their craft that our gallery associates enjoy sharing with buyers. These pieces are one of a kind affordable works of art that make great gifts and cannot be found elsewhere!

Come check out the new assortment often to find something unique for a birthday, graduation, wedding or holiday present. The Artisan Shop is located at 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA.

October 27, 2018- January 15, 2019
Sheila Farren Billingssheilabillings.com – Paintings
Fletcher Bolandfletcherboland.com –  Photography
Pat FlahertySedgwick Fibers – Woven Textiles
Ellen GarveyeGlassy Lady – Handblown Glass
Jill HamiltonJill Hamilton Designs – Handcrafted Silver Jewelry
Barbara Harrold – Crefftwr’s Trees –  Soft Sculptured Handmade Puppets
Kate Luchini/Tim Hansen- Digs Enamels – Handcrafted jewelry
Deborah Pinciaro –  Porcelain Ceramics

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday & Sunday, noon-5 pm and Saturday, 10-5 pm. Closed Monday.

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Artists’ Row Public Art — Haunted Happenings

On the sweetest, warmest, sunniest October 2018 day, I was invited to paint the concrete traffic barriers set up at the New Derby Street entrance to Artists’ Row in Salem, MA. The barriers were already painted bright orange in hopes of reminding lost visitors from wandering down this pedestrian walkway in their automobiles. Still, they were kind of industrial looking.

I had fun painting all manner of Halloween images on the barriers — witches’ hats, pumpkins, spiders, etc.— while visiting with people from all over the US. Everyone was in a good mood and delighted with life.

One little girl of about 11, however, was quite worried about my well-being and didn’t quite trust my actions. “Are you sure this is legal?”, she asked suspiciously. She continued questioning me in spite of my continued assurances. “Do the people in charge know you’re doing this?” “Did you ask permission?” Her brothers and father just shook their heads in sympathy with me. I was grateful that she cared about my entering a life of vandalism!