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Exhibitions

(un)TITLED Summer Show

I am happy to have my work included in a new place (for me!). My painting of the Boston skyline was juried in to “(un)TITLED Summer Show”, It will be on display until September 5, 2018, at Grace Chapel Art Gallery, 59 Worthen Road, Lexington, MA, 781-698-8106, www.artgallery@grace.org.

This painting was done from a photograph I took while stuck in traffic on my way to Boston. Making lemons into lemonade! (Shown: Boston Skyline, acrylic, 11″ x 14″. )

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Boston Woodturning Gallery

Boston Woodturning creates one of a kind hand crafted fine art as well as usable utilitarian pieces from a variety of local wood. Artisan/owner, Tommy Gagnon, was recently featured in Yankee Magazine; and his shop has become a place recognized for its exquisite creations.

I am honored that Tommy exhibits an array of my large and small paintings of trees in his beautiful shop, set among his gorgeous turned wood creations. Shown: Forest River Afternoon, acrylic, 12″ x 30″.

Boston Woodturning also offers private lessons and group classes to anyone who wants to learn the fine art of woodturning all tools and supplies are provided for the duration of the lesson/class. The gallery is located on the corner of Artists’ Row and New Derby Street in Salem, Massachusetts.

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Swampscott Art Association Summer Show

The Swampscott Art Association Summer Show will take place this year at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park from Saturday, July 7 until Thursday, July 26. The show features a wide variety of mediums and subjects by the members of the association. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, July 8 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

My painting in the show was done on location at Cox Reservation in Essex on a perfect August day. Tom and I had a lovely lunch at J.T. Farnam’s, then went out back to the Cox where I painted and Tom sat back in his lounge chair and read.  It is called Essex August, acrylic, 12″ x 24″.

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Marblehead Festival of Arts 2018

The Marblehead Festival of Arts will take place from June 30 through July 4 this year. It features 10 visual art exhibits comprised of original work by artists in Essex County. Artwork is selected by judges with expertise and knowledge in their field of judging, and awards are distributed in each exhibit category.  Visitors are also invited to vote for their favorite work at each exhibit.  Most of the artwork displayed in the exhibits is available for sale.  Exhibit categories, locations, and descriptions are listed below.

I am excited to have three pieces of art chosen to be part of this year’s Festival, in addition to my work on display for Painting the Town and the Marblehead Arts Assoc. Members’ Show.

At the Painting Exhibit, enjoy a juried exhibit of original artwork in oil, ink, acrylic or watercolor. Classic media for today’s contemporary artists. My accepted painting is Seasons Tree, acrylic 30″ x 40″. The Drawing Exhibit is a juried exhibit of original drawings in pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, conté crayon and other media. My drawing is titled “Determination”, pastel & ink, 16″ x 20″ matted and framed. The Painting and Drawing exhibits will be on display at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street.

The Senior Art Exhibit, is a non-juried exhibit of original work comprising crafts, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking and sculpture by persons 65 years of age and older. Creativity knows no boundaries. My painting is “Fireworks”, acrylic, 16″ x 20″ and is a view of the Lynn/Swampscott fireworks viewed from Nahant Beach. The Senior show is at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.

 

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Painting the Town, 2018

Plein Air painting is a French expression for painting outdoors. These fresh, often rapid works can capture the essence of a scene and the weather with a unique charm, unlike the more careful studies produced in a studio.

On Friday, June 29th, Plein aire artists will seek out strategic locations throughout Marblehead and begin capturing the town’s scenic beauty on canvas and paper. Feel free to roam the town and observe artists creating art. That afternoon or the next morning, the artists turn in their completed, framed works for inclusion in the Painting-the-Town Exhibit.

This year, I chose to paint at lovely Devereux Beach. I love the colorful display of beach umbrellas, children playing and lots of people coming and going. My finished piece, “Devereux Beach Day”, acrylic, 12″ x 24″ will remind me of a picture perfect New England day.

The public is invited to meet the artists, view the exhibit, and cast ballots to determine the People’s Choice Award winner.

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Marblehead Arts Assoc. Summer Member Exhibit

The Marblehead Arts Association’s Summer Member Exhibit will be on display from June 23 through August 5, 2018. This is a non-juried show of members’ work which will be on view all through the MAA gallery at The Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA. There will be ballots available for viewers to vote for their favorite piece for a People’s Choice Award to be announced at the end of the exhibit.

The Opening Reception will take place Thursday, June 28, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

My entry is a mixed media piece called Power, 16″ x 20″, matted and framed. It shows rainbow colored electric plugs dancing across a sheet of vellum paper. It was the inspiration for the electric light box I painted at Reilly Plaza in Salem, MA.

Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m./ Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m./ Closed Mondays.

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Outside The Box 2018, Peabody, MA

The City of Peabody has chosen my design for their Outside the Box project to beautify the electrical boxes in Peabody Square. My design of teapots and teacups and saucers was inspired by the Peabody Historical Society’s annual event, Mrs. Felton’s Tea. They are cheerful and fun and brought a smile to many a passerby.

The box is located on Main Street in the little garden at the entryway to a small municipal parking lot beside Walgreen’s.

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The Beebe Estate Gallery, June 2018

The Beebe Estate Gallery will exhibit the artwork of Sheila Farren Billings and Robert Marcellino for the month of June 2018. The two-artist show will be open Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sheila will be at the gallery to answer questions on June 9 and 16 and Bob will be there on June 1 and 23. The opening reception will occur on Friday, June 1, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Sheila will be showing a mix of new artwork and old favorites. Her exhibit includes her stylized paintings of trees, plein air paintings of New England locations and scenes inspired by her travel photos and lots of surprises. When she is in the gallery, Sheila will bring along her bins of unframed original art, reproductions of her art, and small paintings and notecards.

Bob paints with a special technique which involves mixing oil paint with beeswax. This gives his work a soft, dreamlike quality which complements his richly colored paintings of marshes, seascapes and florals. Bob’s work is unapologetically romantic and peaceful. During his gallery hours, Bob will demonstrate his technique and his small paintings, cards and prints will be available.

(Shown: Four Seasons, acrylic, 4-panels, each panel 12″ x 24″, total size 24″ x 48.)

Beebe Estate Gallery, 235 West Foster St., Melrose, MA 02176.

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Festival of Cod 2018

Once again, I have been invited to paint a wooden codfish to benefit the Marblehead Festival of Arts. A group of regional artists were asked to use any medium to decorate the large decorative fish. The Cods will be on display throughout downtown Marblehead in various Atlantic Avenue, Pleasant Street and Washington Street. All proceeds from the Festival of Cods will go directly to support future Marblehead Festival of Arts programs and scholarships.

In the past, I have painted my Cods with scenes of Marblehead; but this year, I decided to try something a little different. Entitled, Codfish: Key of Sea, my entry is painted with layers of metallic paints and glazes in shades of gold and copper. Then I tacked on the scales with upholstery tacks. The scales are a collection of old and new keys in many shapes and sizes.

The Cod are available for purchase in an on-line auction at www.marbleheadfestival.org.

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House of the Seven Gables Show 2018

The House of the Seven Gables and the Salem Arts Association are partnering in a Plein Air Painting event. Artists from the SAA will be painting in the beautiful grounds of the H7G for two weeks at the end of May, culminating in a reception at The House of the Seven Gables Gallery on May 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  It is always interesting to see how a group of artists can spend time together in the same place and see so many different things to paint!

After the Gables show ends, the paintings will be transported back to the Salem Arts Association Gallery at The Bridge @ 211, 211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA. This historic red brick building across from the Salem Train Depot housed the Unitarian Universalist Church for many years, and is now an arts center.  The H7G paintings will be on display until June 24. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays noon until 6:00 p.m.

(Shown: portion of my painting, House of the Seven Gables Front Door, acrylic, 11″ x 14″, matted and framed.