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Dark Arts — Salem Arts Assoc.

Salem Arts Association Presents “Dark Arts”, inviting our Salem Art Association members to explore Salem’s history with witchcraft, religion, and Halloween. This exhibit features spooky and fun creations by Salem Arts members. The show runs from the opening reception on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 (5-8pm) until Sunday, Nov. 4.

My entry into the show is Celtic Cats, ink and pencil, 9″ x 12″ matted and framed. It is done in the colorful, intricate Celtic style and was inspired by my visits to see the Book of Kells. I have always been particularly interested in Celtic art because my father was born in Ireland.

The guest jurors are Charles Lang and Wendy Snow-Lang.

Charles Lang has been a professional illustrator, off and on, for over 30 years. His focus has always been in Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy genres. His resume includes book covers — mass-market paperbacks and limited edition, collectible, hard covers. Comic book covers. Covers and player cards for D&D games.  His main passion has always been Halloween. 

Wendy Snow-Lang has been a professional illustrator, off and on, for the same amount of time as Charles. Her focus is closely allied with Charles’s. But she also is a writer and has helmed a writers group for close to 15 years and wrote and illustrated a vampire comic book that was published by 2 different comic book publishers.  She also loves Halloween. 

Salem Arts Association Gallery is at 211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970. The shop is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6:00 p.m.

Exhibitions

200th Topsfield Fair! 9/28 to 10/8/2018

In February 16, 1818, about 20 “practical farmers” met at Cyrus Cummings’ Tavern in Topsfield, MA to try to figure out a way to promote agricultural interest in Essex County. The wheels were set in motion for what eventually became the Topsfield Fair. Timothy Pickering, American Revolution hero was the first president of the Society.

How the fair has grown! Now it includes not only all sorts of agricultural related events, but also amusement rides, fun food, world class entertainment, and more. This year it also includes some of my art!

The Fine Arts Show at the fair is housed in the Coolidge Barn, where Crafts are also on display. I have 2 paintings in the fine arts show: Essex August, acrylic, 12″ x 24″, which is a plein air painting created at Cox Reservation in Essex; and Autumn Marsh, acrylic, 12″ x 24″, which was done on location in Gloucester, MA. I also entered my purple granny square afghan (Hey! It’s a country fair. I had to try!) In the Coolidge Barn shop artists (including me) have small paintings, prints, note cards, etc. available for purchase.

On October 4, from 2:00 till 6:00 p.m., I shall be demonstrating my painting method in Coolidge Barn on the Topsfield Fair grounds. If you’re visiting the fair then, please stop by and say hello.

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Gloucester Art Auction — Oct. 3, 2018

Once again I was invited to donate a painting for the annual art auction to benefit the Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester’s public library. The paintings have been on display for a silent auction in the library’s gallery, culminating in the exciting live auction with professional auctioneer on October 3.

My donation is Moonlight Sail, an acrylic painting, 16″ x 20″, inspired by a nighttime drive through Cape Cod. It is done in shades of purple with some blue and orange accents and reflects the quiet beauty of that part of Massachusetts.

Exhibitions

Solo Show — Trees

Trees have always fascinated me. They are so beautiful all through the seasons. In summer, so lush with their whispering leaves. In autumn colorful and joyful. In winter, lace against the sky. In spring delicate with promise.

My solo show is about trees in every season, and in different styles: realistic, stylized, and playful. Most of the paintings are acrylic, and there is one watercolor and one mixed media.

It was a thrill to be invited to show my work at North Shore Bank after the manager and the tellers watched from across the street as I painted my electric box this past June in Peabody Square. The show is on the gallery wall at North Shore Bank, 32 Main Street, Peabody Square, Peabody, MA……Right across from the Teapot electrical box! It will remain up for all of October, November and December 2018 and is open during regular banking hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

Exhibitions

Fall Art Show — Honorable Mention

The Danvers Art Association is holding its Fall Art Show of members’ work at their antique 2-room schoolhouse gallery. The work will be exhibited from Friday, September 21 until Sunday, September 30. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and all are welcome.

My entry into the show is “Knowles’ Landing”, a 16″ x 20″ acrylic painting of Stubby Knowles’ Landing in Gloucester, MA. It was painted en plein air on a gorgeous summer day when Tom and I just happened upon this lovely site. We must have driven by it scores of times over the years, but it is slightly hidden away and it was the first time we noticed the driveway. Tom sat in the shade and read his mystery novel while I painted; and the two egrets really landed while we were there!

I am happy to announce that my painting was awarded an Honorable Mention by the judge.

Danvers Art Association’s gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  It is located right on Route 62 at 105 Elliot Street, Danvers, MA; and there is plenty of free parking.

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Harbor Sweets Holiday Calendar 2018!

Ho! Ho! Ho! This year I was chosen to paint the holiday calendar for Harbor Sweets! Here is what they have to say about it in their catalog:

“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 countdown the days to Christmas with Harbor Sweets. A delicious, gold foiled treasure behind every door will make waiting for the big day a little easier! ORDER NOW and specify delivery before December 1st!, 28 Pieces, #4815ST. $33.00. (Calendar box measures 13-1/2″ square by 1″ deep)”

Art and chocolate! It doesn’t get much better than that for me!

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Untold Stories 8/31 – 11/4/18

Salem Arts Assoc. 12th Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibition, “Untold Stories,” 

August 31 through November 4, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday August 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Salem Art Association presents “Untold Stories” an exhibition inspired by two current Peabody Essex Museum exhibitions, “The Last Empresses of China: The Forbidden City’s Untold Story” and “Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings.” Local artists present their untold stories, hidden relationships and familiar connections. The guest juror is Gordon Wilkins, Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the Peabody Essex Museum.

My juried entry for this show is “Neighbors” — a diptych done in acrylic paint, two 4″ x 12″ gallery wrapped canvases that are meant to be hung side by side. The painting was inspired by all the local three deckers where different Untold Stories are going on at every level. I love walking down the streets and noticing all the different details, different tastes, different interests that are apparent. Our differences are what makes life interesting.

The Salem Arts Assoc. Gallery is located at 211 Bridge St., Salem, MA. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6:00 p.m.

Exhibitions

Art in the Park Exhibit — 8/18 through 9/23/18

During this year’s Salem Maritime Festival at Derby Wharf, members of the Salem Arts Association created paintings en plein air inspired by the exciting event. Our work is on display at a special exhibit hosted by the Salem Visitor’s Center from Saturday, August 18 through Monday, September 23, 2018.
I was one of the artisans at the Maritime Festival, and I demonstrated the art of figurehead painting. The mermaid figurehead that I painted is part of the Art in the Park exhibit. She is done in acrylic paint on a resin form that was made for me by a craftsman in Ohio who uses antique wood-carved figureheads to craft his forms. My mermaid figurehead is called “Irish Selkie” and was inspired by Celtic legends of maidens, half human and half seal.
The Salem Visitor’s Center is located at 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Exhibitions

30th Annual Salem Maritime Festival — 8/4 & 8/5/2018

Hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with Essex Heritage and Eastern National, the Salem Maritime Festival features live music and dance, harbor cruises, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more! This year I will once again be under a tent on beautiful Pickering Wharf, painting a mermaid figurehead.

Festival times are Saturday, August 4 from 10:00am to 8:45pm and Sunday, August 5 from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Exhibitions

Land & Sea Show — 8/3 to 9/30/2018

Salem Arts Association is proud to announce “Land and Sea”, an exhibition celebrating New England’s rich maritime history, beautiful coastline, and historic connection to the sea. Artist members will be showing 75 landscapes and seascapes featuring their unique interpretations of beautiful New England.

My submission is Boston Bridges, a 16″ x 20″ acrylic painting of the Zakim and Charlestown Bridges. I liked the contrast of old and new, which is so much a part of Boston’s architecture. The other thing that appealed to me about this scene is the contrast of the natural ocean so close to the modern city.

The opening reception will be held Friday, August 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. The show will run August 3 through September 30 at The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St., Salem, MA. Please use the Ash Street entrance. There is a nearby parking lot (the old Almy’s lot) as well as some street parking.

Our guest juror Betsy Hoffman is the Associate Director of the Marblehead Arts Association.  She holds a BA in Art History from Middlebury College and a Diploma in Painting and Printmaking from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  She has worked as a creative professional in corporate advertising and has experience in the field of the cultural non-profit.  Betsy enjoys writing about art and has also been an Art enrichment teacher in the Marblehead public schools.