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GALA Dark Arts Oct. 3 – Nov. 4, 2019

GALA is presenting their show, Dark Arts from October 3 until November 4, 2019. This exhibit is based on a Dark Art or Halloween theme. The show’s planners were inspired by the Arts After Hours production of Carrie The Musical based on the book by Stephen King.

I have two entries in this show. Nevermore is a mixed media piece showing a stylized raven sitting on an autumn tree limb. It was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, The Raven. The artwork has a mottled metallic background on which I painted tree branches using acrylic paint. The raven and colorful fall leaves are collaged with various types of paper. It is 20″ x 24″ framed. The second entry is Nocturne, a 10″ x 20″ acrylic painting on 1-1/2″ deep gallery wrapped canvas. It shows a wolf howling at a full moon. This painting was inspired by a family of coyotes living near my house!

The opening reception for Dark Arts will be held on Friday, October 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A $5 donation is requested. GALA is located at 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA. Please go to galleriesatlynnarts.org for more information.

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Salem Dark Arts Show 10/4 – 11/3/2019

Dark Arts is Salem Arts Association’s seasonal exhibit exploring Salem’s history with witchcraft, religion, and Halloween festivities. And we can’t have dark without light so be free to share your fun art too. Salem Arts has encouraged any local artists to explore their interpretation of these themes in various mediums and styles.

My entry is Stairway to Heaven, a mixed media piece combining a charcoal study of a skeleton with collage, using the sheet music to Stairway to Heaven, composed by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page for Led Zeppelin. This artwork is framed and matted to dimensions of 20″ x 24″.

Dark Arts has been juried by Nathan Lewis, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Montserrat College of Art.

Nathan Lewis is a nationally exhibiting fine artist, curator, instructor, and lecturer; having been involved in events at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Northern Spark, and more. He received his BFA in studio art from the University of Texas–Austin and his MFA in Visual Studies–Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His personal work deals with the paranormal and uses the uniqueness of photographic processes to allude to the otherworldly.

The opening reception for Dark Arts will be held Friday, October 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature art, music and refreshments.

Salem Arts Association Gallery is located at 211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970. Gallery hours are weekends noon until 5:00 p.m.

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Danvers Art Assoc. Fall Show 2019

The Danvers Art Association presents the Fall Member Show from September 13 until Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Gallery 62. Members have submitted artworks in various media including: oil, watercolor, pastel, photography, mixed media, and mini paintings. Awards have been presented in each of the categories.

My entries are: Neighbors, acrylic painting in the Mini category. It is a 2-piece diptych set, each 4″ x 12″. Nevermore, mixed media, 16″x20″; Marblehead Morning, watercolor, 16″x20″; and High Strung, acrylic, 12″x36″. (shown: Marblehead Morning)

The Opening reception was Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.. The exhibit is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Gallery 62, 105 Elliot St., Rte 62, Danvers, MA. Free & open to public. Plenty of free parking.

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A Taste of the Gables 2019

Join supporters of The House of the Seven Gables to support their mission to be a welcoming, thriving historic site and community resource that engages people of all backgrounds in their inclusive American story. A Taste of the Gables takes place Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. under a tent in the beautiful Gables gardens by the sea.

The evening will begin with a tasting of food from local vendors: savory morsels, sweet treats, and local spirits and craft beers for revelers to sample. A strolling magician and Latin musician will help to make the evening special. There will be a Silent Auction followed by a Live Auction offering many items to tempt bidders including original art, gift certificates and fabulous experiences. After the live auction, coffee and dessert will be served to top off the evening.

I have donated an original screen print of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Peabody, Salem Sweethearts. This very limited edition artist’s pull is a portrait of the famous Salem husband and wife done in black ink on white rag paper.

In a continued effort to be a more sustainable event, Taste of The Gables will be using compostable serveware when possible and community volunteers will be helping event attendees with this initiative.

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Crossing Water: Sept. 7 – 14, 2019

This week-long arts festival over, on, and under the Beverly/Salem Bridge will bring together the Salem and Beverly communities by fostering creation and connection through all forms of art — visual, narrative, performance, audio and more. The festival includes activities for all ages. Weekend hours are from 3:00-9:00 p.m., weeknights are from 6:00 -9:00 p.m.

Salem Arts Association has an interactive shipping container gallery at Remond Park on the Salem side of the bridge. Members have created mix and match heads/torsos/feet which can be switched around in all different fun ways. I had fun painting 6 different additions to the fun project. Remond is a beautiful park with water views, gardens and benches. Free parking.

Come experience:

* An illumination of the Beverly/Salem Bridge, different every night!
* Shipping container gallery exhibitions
* The improbable Places Poetry Tour
* Live music, storytelling, and dance performances
* More!

For more information on the festival visit: crossing-water.com.

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PEM Inspirational Exhibition 8/31 to 9/29/2019

The (lucky!) 13th annual Peabody Essex Museum Inspirational Exhibition will be on display at the Salem Arts Association Gallery from August 31 through September 29, 2019. The opening reception for this show will be held on Friday evening, September 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

This exhibit by local artists was inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum collections of art and the exhibition of “A Passion for American Art: Selection from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection. It is a juried show, and all pieces in it were selected by Lan Morgan, who is an Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the Peabody Essex Museum. A scholar of American decorative art and painting, she holds a Masters degree from the Winterthur Program for American Material Culture. Lan recently served on the curatorial team for “A Passion for American Art: Selections from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection” and she is currently working on PEM’s new gallery of Asian Export Art opening in September 2019. Before joining PEM in 2018, Lan held positions with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, several New England historical societies, and at Sotheby’s, New York.

My entry into this exhibition is my plein air painting, Marblehead Harbor Panorama, acrylic, 12″ x 36″. It was painted on location for the Paint the Town exhibit for the 2019 Marblehead Festival of Arts. It was a gloomy day with interesting light on the water. Lots of boats were moored because a big storm threatened all day. I stood under the pavilion at Devereux Beach in case the sky opened, and was lucky to finish just before the skies opened It was a big thrill that my painting was voted the People’s Choice Award!

Salem Arts Gallery is located in “The Bridge at 211”, 211 Bridge Stree, Salem MA. The gallery entrance is located on Ash Street. There is a small parking lot at the gallery and plenty of public garages and parking lots nearby. Regular hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon until 5:00 p.m. Check our website at www.salemarts.org

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Plein Air Show — GALA 8/29 to 9/27/19

GALA event! Galleries at Lynn Arts present Plein Air Show August 29 through Sept. 27. Opening reception Fri. Sept. 6, 6-8pm. My entry was painted one gorgeous summer morning atop Cadillac Mt at Acadia National Park in ME. When I started, it was a sunny view; but by the time I finished, clouds were moving in. Two views in one. (Cadillac Mountaintop View, acrylic, 12″x24″).

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All the Arts Are Sisters: 8/3 – 8/25/19

Creative people have always inspired each other with their work. The visual arts, music, dance, the written word and more all make our world a more beautiful place. The Salem Art Association challenged its members to create artwork that illustrates the idea that All the Arts Are Sisters.

My piece in the show is called High Strung, acrylic, 12″ x 36″. It is a painting of my own banjo. I was inspired by the simple graphic look of a banjo: a white circle for the body, a long black rectangle for the neck. I placed the banjo diagonally on the long canvas and painted a dappled background of bright reds and yellows to contrast with and complement the banjo.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. It will feature food plus music and surprise performances. As always, it is free and open to the public.

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GALA ~~ Higher Purpose ~~ 8/1-8/24/19

The Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) will present the show, Higher Purpose from August 1 through August 24, 2019. Local artists will interpret the theme in many different mediums and styles. The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It will feature something for everyone: food, music, a caricature artist, card readings, spoken word works, and more.

My entry for Higher Purpose is called Collaboration and is made of cut paper, 13″ x 16″. The artwork was inspired by my wish that our leaders would collaborate to solve the world’s problems. I used two complimentary colors, bright red and green, which when used side by side visually vibrate. Instead of simply having the colors compete, I cut them into thin strips which visually mix to form a third, more neutral color. This represents people working together rather than only competing.

GALA is located at 25 Exchange Street in Lynn, MA.

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Art in the Park 2019

As part of the 2019 Salem Maritime Festival in early August, members of the Salem Arts Association took to the streets in and around Derby Wharf to paint some of the amazing sights to be seen. Although I could not be there with them this year, they invited me to bring an earlier plein air painting I had done of The Friendship at Derby Wharf to be part of the show.

The finished paintings will be exhibited at the Salem Visitor’s Center of the National Maritime Historic Site on Essex Street in Salem, MA. The work will be on display from August 17 through September 28, 2019. (Shown: The Friendship, acrylic, 12″ x 15″ matted and framed.)