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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!

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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.

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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.