Shows & News


Tiger King Virtual Gallery — 4/18/2020

Because of the universal shut-down of all galleries, shows and festivals due to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, I have turned to virtual galleries to display my work. Here is the first!

Come to a virtual gallery where all the artwork is inspired by Tiger King! The Gallery is open!
My offering is Wax-resist watercolor on paper.
Original, matted 11″ x 14″ available for purchase, $65. Matted prints 11″x14″ available, $25.
Info: and @sheilafarrenbillings on Instagram, (or here on FB of course!).


Mythology Exhibit Feb. 17 to Mar. 25, 2020

Mythology is full of tales which are intended to teach a lesson, explain the many mysteries of life, phenomenon in nature or describe the customs, institutions, or religious rites of a people. Here we are, in the 21st century, and many of us still enjoy mythological tales. Mythological references can still be found in our discussions about science, art and literature…everywhere you turn, there is likely to be a reference to Mythology. What does it teach us? How did Mythology became modern?

My painting, Shell Selkie, was juried in to this exhibit. Shell Selkie is done in acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 11″ x 14″. It was inspired by stories in Irish mythology of sea maidens who can transform into seals, and by the haunting folk song The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry.

Opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 21 at GALA. Meet and greet the artists, 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., suggested donation $10. Public reception 6:00 to 8:00, suggested donation $5. Lots of food and fun!

The Galleries at Lynn Arts are presenting the exhibit, Mythology, from February 17 to March 25, 2020. The show is on display at GALA, 25 Exchange St., Lynn, MA. Email: Phone: 617-909-9211. Website:


Ideas About Love — Feb. 13 to March 20, 2020

Artists throughout the greater metropolitan Boston area, northeast of Boston and Southern New Hampshire have been invited by ArcWorks Peabody to share original art work interpreting their own ideas about love. I am happy to learn that three of my pieces of Celtic art have been juried into this exhibit.

My father was born in Ireland, and I have long been inspired by the richness of ancient Celtic art. The three hearts I have put in the show, Ideas About Love, each are embellished with Celtic knots and brilliant colors. Two of the hearts have Irish Gaelic titles; they are all signed with my birth name, Sheila Farren, in Irish ~ Sile O’Farachain.

A Chuisle Mo Chroi (Irish: Pulse of My Heart) is a heart filled with an intricate Celtic knot in shades of purple and blue. It is hung in an 11″ x 14″ frame.

Wee Flower Heart (shown in this post) is a heart-shaped Celtic knot in shades of green, surrounding pressed yellow and purple flowers from the hills of Normandy, France. The heart is mounted on a white paper doily which represents the lace-making tradition of Ireland. This artwork is presented in an 8″ x 10″ frame.

Chroi Seamroag (Irish: Shamrock Heart) is a heart filled with gracefully curving and entwining shamrocks done in green on a soft golden background. It is framed to 8″ x 10″.

The opening reception will be held at ArcWorks, 22 Foster Street, Peabody, MA 01960 on Thursday, February 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. ArcWorks is located in Peabody Square across the street from a municipal parking lot and there is also plenty of on street parking.



Variations — Feb. 8 to March 8, 2020

Here’s what the MAA has to say about their new exhibit!

“Variations…. it’s what keeps outlooks fresh and interesting.

For close to a century the Marblehead Arts Association has exhibited the works of artists from throughout New England in the six galleries of its historic 1728 mansion home. All works have been judged and prizes in Fine Arts, Photography and craft categories will be awarded at the opening receptionThere will be ballots available for visitors to cast votes for their favorite piece with a People’s Choice Award to be announced at the close of the exhibit.

We were excited to have received a record number of entries this year with hundreds of submissions from artists throughout New England!”

I was thrilled to have my mixed media artwork, Seabreeze, chosen to be part of the Variations exhibit. Seabreeze incorporates my watercolor painting of Ten Pound Island in Gloucester, seen through the paper sculpture window of a seaside house. The paper sculpture is all done in white paper and was inspired by all the white houses I saw on a visit I made to the Greek Island of Mykonos with my daughter. We wondered what the blue Mediterranean would look like through the windows of those white homes. Seabreeze is framed in a shadow box, 14″ x 14″.

The Variations exhibit will be open to view from February 8 through March 8, 2020. The opening reception was held Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at MAA’s Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays, noon to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.


Main Street Mural ~~ CuriousCity Museum

It is with the greatest delight that I introduce my newest mural to the CuriousCity Children’s Museum! The mural is a stylized illustration of some of Peabody’s most iconic buildings arrayed along Main Street. It is wrapped around a corner in the museum’s temporary location at the Leather Museum at 205 Washington Street, Peabody, MA. This mural joins my other murals in the EpiCurious and Curious World exhibits.

The mural includes City Hall, the old Post Office (currently Arc Works) on Foster Street, the Fire Station, Civil War Monument, Public Library, and O’Shea Mansion. Along the bottom of the mural are an array of cars and trucks to inspire play.

Visit for a list of exhibits and special events!


Tree Show ~~ 1/11/20 – 2/2/20

Marblehead Arts Association will present Tree Show, an exhibit of artist members’ paintings of trees, which will run from January 11 until February 2, 2020. The opening exhibit will be held on Sunday, January 12 from 2:00 till 4:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Trees are my favorite subject, and I selected my painting, Twitter (acrylic, 16″ x 20″) for this exhibit. The painting shows a winter tree bare of leaves, but alive with branches full of colorful tweeting birds.

The show was the brainchild of artist member, D.L. Kaulback, and it will be hung in the Dining Room and Hendrick Gallery of Marblehead Arts Association’s Hooper Mansion at 6 Hooper Street, Marblehead. All the entry fees for this exhibit will be donated to the Tree Committee of Sustainable Marblehead. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday & Sunday, noon-5 pm and Saturday, 10-5 pm. Closed Monday. 781-631-2608.




Salem Holiday Artists’ Market

Holiday Artists’ Market
at Salem Old Town Hall

7th Year
50 Artists and Makers

Salem Arts Association is pleased to invite you to our 7th Annual Holiday Artists’ Market At Salem Old Town Hall

Saturday, November 30, 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, December 1, 10AM to 5PM

We are planning a festive market with live music and a seasonal theme. We are looking forward to seeing a lively market with all kinds of opportunities for our community to browse and shop for treasures for yourself, friends, and family.

Featuring a variety of local artisans and crafters offering original fine art, unique gifts, and hand-made housewares to delight yourself or gift to others. I shall be showing my original paintings, prints & notecards made from my paintings, and lovely decorative hand-painted home goods.

In addition to our collection of awesome makers we also will feature…
• A Bake Sale with treats created by Salem ARts Members..
• Salem Boy Scouts Troop 24 will be selling holiday wreaths

Afternoon Music Performances on Saturday and Sunday provided by Julie Dougherty (Saturday) and Erinn Brown (Sunday)


Danvers Art Assoc. Holiday Arts-A-Glow

The 19th Annual Danvers Art Association Holiday Arts-A-Glow will take place every weekend from November 30 until December 22, 2019. The show will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The craft fair features all local artists and their original art, pottery, jewelry, knits, food, quilts and more.

I shall be offering my original artwork, prints and note cards, hand-painted one-of-a-kind housewares, etc. It is a great place to find that perfect gift for a loved-one or to treat yourself to something lovely.

The event takes place at the Danvers Art Association building, the antique Williams School. The adorable red brick building is a 1910 2-room school house with lots of free parking. DAA is located at 105 Elliot St., Rte. 62, Danvers, MA.,  978-777-8501.


Juried Member Showcase 11/15 to 12/5/2019

GALA, The Galleries at Lynn Arts is presenting the juried artwork of its members from November 15 until December 5, 2019. Each member is exhibiting up to three creations. The opening reception is on Friday, November 15. From 5:30 p.m until 6:00 there is an artist Meet-and-Greet event. Then the reception will continue until 8:oo p.m. There will be food, fellowship and lots art to view.

Three of my paintings were juried into the show:

Autumn Marsh, acrylic, 12″x24″. This was painted one autumn day with a group of my friends at Jones River marsh in Gloucester. It was fun to see the differences in our paintings though we all were looking at the same view.

Free Birds, acrylic, 14″ x 11″. This painting has a background of mottled metallic acrylic paint: coppers, bronzes and golds.

(Shown) Marblehead Autumn, acrylic, 8″ x 10″. I painted this at Crocker Park in Marblehead one morning with the ocean and the warm sun at my back.

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


Member Showcase 11/8 – 12/15/2019

Salem Arts Association is excited to close our 2019 exhibition schedule with a showcase of member artwork. All current Salem Arts members were invited to bring in our best work to show the community what we have to offer in all of our diverse styles and artists disciplines.

I have 5 entries in the show:

All Year Long, acrylic, 14″ x 30″ framed. This painting was inspired by a Chinese panel I saw at the Peabody Essex Museum. I tried to replicate the metallic background with copper, gold and bronze acrylic paint.

November, Salem; acrylic, 16″x20″. This painting is the view of my neighbors’ houses and leafless trees out my kitchen window a couple of years ago. The yellow house is now repainted gray, and the white house’s roof is now rust with solar panels!

Essex Marsh, acrylic, 4″ x 12″. This painting is a tiny part of a larger painting I did of Cox Marsh in Essex, on location.

(Shown) Salem Trolley 1910, acrylic, 9″ x 12″. This painting is one of the illustrations I did for In the Middle written by Virginia Frazier. I remember riding of these growing up (not in Salem) and the driver would have to stop the trolley to get out and rehook the car to the cable when we went over some bumps in the road.

The Swing, acrylic, 8″ x 8″. I know the rubber swings in kids’ parks are safer, but I still miss the comfort of the old wooden swings they had when I was a little girl. You could swing on these all afternoon.

The opening reception is on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Music! Refreshments! And, of course, lots of art.

Salem Art Association is located at The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon until 5:00 p.m. Email us at, or call  SAA at 978-745-4850.