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Paint the Town, 7/4 through 8/4/2019

Paint the Town is my favorite annual event of the Marblehead Festival of Arts! For a day, I can forget everything else, set up my easel somewhere in Marblehead and paint my heart out. This year, rain was threatening, so I brought my gear to Devereux Beach and stood under the roofed picnic area. Last year, I painted the beach and all the colorful umbrellas and people having fun, so I decided to turn the other way this year and paint the harbor.

The clouds were hanging low, ready to open up; but the water was reflecting a lovely light green color. Since thunderstorms were predicted, most of the boats were bobbing serenely in the harbor, the calm before the storm. I had brought a long 12″ x 36″ canvas, so I was able to capture the whole scene, from Abbot Hall on the left (none of the construction there was showing above the tree line!) to the lighthouse on the right.

Finished painting is entitled Marblehead Harbor Panorama, acrylic, 12″ x 36″

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GALA Members’ Show 6/27 to 7/26/19

Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) new show, Imaginary Spaces and Far Out Places, from June 27 to July 26, 2019.

I have two paintings juried in to the show: Purple Twilight, acrylic, 16″ x 20″ and “Twitter”, acrylic, 16″ x 20″. Purple Twilight is a dreamlike painting done entirely from my imagination in shades of purple and magenta. It shows the silhouettes of trees against a colorful sky with the full moon shining through the leaves and reflecting in the water. Twitter is a fun take on colorful, stylized birds singing together in a leafless winter tree, with rascally squirrels ready to raid their feeder.

GALA is located at 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA. The reception is set for Friday, June 28. An artists’ Meet and Greet will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Marblehead Festival of Arts 2019

The annual Marblehead Festival of Arts will be held from July 4 through 7, 2019. The event will feature visual arts, music, poetry, writing and original films. The various shows and exhibitions take place all over the down town Marblehead area and the various times and venues can be found online. My artwork is in the following exhibits:

Painting: Birch Mountain, acrylic, 12″x36″. Grace Church, Pleasant St.

Drawing: Slainte, colored ink and pencil, 10″x12″ matted and framed, Universalist Unitarian                  Church, Mumford Street.

Senior: Marblehead Skyline, acrylic, 13″x15″ framed. Also at the UU Church.

Mixed Media: Wee Flower Heart, 11″x14″ matted and framed. St. Michael’s Church, Pleasant Street.

Painting the Town: Marblehead Harbor Panorama, acrylic, 12″x36″. Marblehead Arts Association, Hooper Mansion, Hooper Street.

(Shown: Birch Mountain)

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Swampscott Art Assoc. Show 6/29 – 8/29/19

Swampscott Art Association presents a member exhibit at the Gallery at Advinia, formerly called Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem, MA from June 29 through August 29, 2019. Reception is Sunday, June 30 from 3:00-5:00 p.m., and refreshments will be served. The reception is free and open to the public. Free parking.

My artwork in the show is called Croi Seamroag, ink and pencil, matted and framed 10×12″. The name translates from Irish Gaelic to mean Shamrock Heart, and is pronounced “Cree Shamrock”. My artwork is inspired by the Book of Kells which I saw in both Boston and Dublin.

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Members’ Show 6/22 to 8/4/19

The Marblehead Arts Association Summer Members’ Show will take place from June 22 to August 4, 2019. This show does not have a theme, so that each member can choose which work to showcase. My painting in the show was commissioned by Harbor Sweets in Salem for their 2018 Advent Calendar: “Sweet Tidings”, acrylic, 15″ x 15″ framed.

It was a lot of fun to paint this picture. They told me they wanted the cover to have something to do with brownstones, and that I should include lots of cute action throughout the painting; then they set my imagination free. I knew that the calendar would have little doors, from 1-25,  all over it with a delicious piece of Harbor Sweets chocolate hiding behind it. So I painted many people having all sorts of Holiday fun and little elves having mischievous adventures.

The reception for the show will take place June 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Marblehead Art Association’s Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA.

Exhibitions

Salon Des Refuses: 6/7 to 7/28/19

In 1863 the most prestigious exhibition in Paris, the Paris Salon, rejected art work in the new Impressionist style.  Manet, Courbet, Whistler and Pissaro were among the rejected artists.  In protest they exhibited their work in their own exhibit, the now famous “Salon des Refuses,” which brought their beautiful and innovative work to the public – and made them famous.

In recognition of the fact that a lot of wonderful work doesn’t get accepted into art exhibits Salem Arts Association is holding its own “Salon Des Refuses” including work not accepted in the Salem Arts Festival Exhibit, other exhibits and other innovative and avant garde work.

My painting juried into the show is “Forest River Summer”, acrylic, 12″ x 36″. Forest River Park is one of my favorite places in Salem. The way the light flows over the grassy hills in the late afternoon is magical. I hope this painting makes you want to visit this beautiful seaside park.

The reception will be held on Friday, June 7 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Live music will be provided by Johny Fireseed & the Junkyard Dogs featuring original Earth Rock, Green Punk and Junk Funk. Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Please contact gallery@salemarts.org with questions.

 

 

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Salem Arts Festival: June 7, 8 & 9, 2019

On June 7th – 9th, the 11th annual Salem Arts Festival will present a free celebration of arts, culture, creativity, and community! This popular family-friendly event features over 200 artists and performers and includes a variety of art, music, dance, and theatre performances. Public activities include four performance areas, onsite art-making for all ages, local artisans and makers selling their creations, a juried art exhibition, and a temporary eco-friendly public art installation on Artists’ Row. This year’s festival is sponsored by Peabody Essex Museum.

The reception for the Festival art exhibit in Old Town Hall will be held on Friday, June 7 from 6:00 until 9:00. My painting which has been juried in to the show is “Old Town Hall Holiday”, acrylic, 15″x15″ framed. If the artwork looks familiar, it is because this painting was commissioned to illustrate the poster for 2018 Holiday Artists’ Market. It shows a tiny Old Town Hall inside a snow globe. A family of mice inhabit and enliven the old building with all sorts of artistic activities.

The festival is rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, performances will be moved into Old Town Hall and Front Street Coffeehouse.  Visitors interested in attending the Salem Arts Festival can find easy access to the downtown by public transportation or parking at one of the many downtown lots in the City. For more information and for the full festival schedule, performer information and listings of street fair vendors please visitwww.salemartsfestival.com.

Exhibitions

Roots — 5/10 to 5/26/2019

In conjunction with the Salem Arts Festival, Salem Arts Association presents an exhibition exploring the meaning of “Roots”, one of the themes of the Festival.  Interpretations include living things and their roots, ancestry, home and country, family and any other creative explorations of this theme.

I am excited to have five pieces of artwork juried into this show: Changing Seasons, acrylic, 30″x40″; Mighty Redwood, watercolor, 32×38″; Summer Afternoon, acrylic, 12×36″, Slainte, pen & colored pencil, 11×13″; Seamroag, pen & colored pencil, 12″x14″.

Changing Seasons shows a stylized rendition of a tree during summer, winter, spring and autumn painted on a dappled metallic background. Mighty Redwood was inspired by my visit to the awe inspiring Muir Woods in California. Summer Afternoon is my interpretation of a day just before sunset at Forest River Park in Salem, MA. Slainte and Seamroag are both drawings done in the Celtic style, reminiscent of the detailed, jewel-toned drawings in the Book of Kells.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: May 10-26, 2019

Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Salem Arts Association Gallery
Salem Old Town Hall
12 Derby Square
Salem, MA  01970

Please contact gallery@salemarts.org with questions.

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ART ON THE WALLS: Apr. 26 – Aug. 4, 2019

ReachArts, Swampscott’s Community Art Center, launching a project called ART ON THE WALLS, a 3-month rotating exhibition platform for local artists.

Four of my creations have been juried in to the first show for this project. Two of the pieces are mixed media,  13″ x 13″ framed in shadow boxes; and both have won awards in art shows, including Best of Show and Peoples’ Choice. ‘Sea Breeze’ is a view of Ten Pound Island in Gloucester through a library window, and ‘Relax!’ shows a claw foot tub beside a window overlooking Salem Harbor. ‘Raven Tresses’, acrylic on illustration board, 11″x14″ is an Op Art abstract in black and white. ‘Crochet’, acrylic on illustration board, framed to 22″x28″ is an intricate abstract incorporating every color of the rainbow in a very orderly design evocative of crochet.

The work will be on view at ReachArts from April 26 through August 4, 2019. ReachArts is located at 89 Burrill Street, Swampscott, MA 01907. For further information, please go to their website, reacharts.org.

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Members Showcase: Apr. 6-20, 2019

The Salem Arts Association will present their Member Showcase exhibition at Old Town Hall, Salem MA. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The guest juror is Kate Luchini, Staff Planner for Art and Culture at City of Salem.

I have five entries in the show. Boston Skyline, acrylic,  11”x14”, shows a view of Boston that I could see when I was trapped in traffic one frustrating morning — lemons to lemonade. Devereaux Morning, acrylic, 12”x24”, is a misty view I painted on location on a cold July morning, as part of the Marblehead Festival of Arts when artists paint local scenes all over town. The Silversmith, watercolor, 16”x20”, in a lovely antique frame. Knowles Landing, acrylic, 16” x 20”, was painted on location at Stubby Knowles Landing in West Gloucester on an idyllic summer afternoon. More Power, mixed media, 16”x20” matted and framed was the inspiration for the electric light box I painted at Riley Plaza in downtown Salem.

In addition to the gallery show, Salem Arts Association will be running a shop, chock full of original art, prints of members’ work, jewelry, photography, textile work, etc. — all for sale to art lovers. I will be showing small Celtic style paintings, and matted prints of my other paintings.

The exhibition dates are April 6 to April 20, 2019, and gallery hours are every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5:00 p.m. Salem Old Town Hall is located at 12 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970