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Gallery 62 ~~ Plein Air Paintings

Gallery 62 in Danvers is a cooperative venture of members of the Danvers Art Association and offers a stunning display of the creative work of many local artists. I have just put up a new exhibit of some of my original paintings, matted prints and note cards, featuring one of my favorite types of work, plein air paintings. I just love to stand outside and paint the lovely New England landscapes. Shown: Autumn Marsh, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 12″ x 24″. It was painted on a crisp fall day in Gloucester, MA at the Jones River.

Other local artists display their paintings, photography, home decor items, jewelry, textiles, crafts and more. Since it is a co-op, the prices cannot be beat. Stop by Gallery 62, housed in the antique Williams School, a two room brick schoolhouse built in the early 1900’s.

The gallery is easily accessible at 105 Elliot Street, Danvers, right on Route 62. There is plenty of free parking. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Hubie Halloween!

Although I never had a chance to be in a movie, one of my art creations might! Imagine my surprise when I found out that one of my Ladies of Salem, the one I designed for Cabot Money Management in Salem, had been moved from her perch on Essex Street in Salem. The Salem Beautification Committee has paired local artists with sponsoring businesses to decorate figureheads in all different ways. The figureheads are replicas of the Jenny Lind figurehead which graced the prow of the Salem ship Friendship.

My daughter spotted my Lady outside the Mugford Eatery, 114 Washington St., Marblehead, MA. The production crew had installed her as part of their amazing Halloween decorations in downtown Marblehead, ready for the filming of Hubie Halloween starring Adam Sandler. No effort was spared by the makers of the movie to plaster the town with Halloween and turn summer in Marblehead into Salem on October 31.

Here’s hoping any scenes with my figurehead make the cut!

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Red, White & Blue

The Marblehead Arts Association will host an exhibit and sale of 8″ x 8″ paintings to benefit their Scholarship Fund. All of the paintings are painted and donated by artist members of the MAA, and will be done in red, white, and blue. My contribution to the event is titled “Cardinal”. It shows a bright red cardinal sitting on a white birch tree with red leaves, all agains a royal blue background.

The paintings will be on display during the Marblehead Festival of Arts 2019. Exhibit can be seen at the MAA’s Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA.

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Paint the Town, 7/4 through 8/4/2019 ~~ People’s Choice Award

I was honored to be this year’s recipient of the People’s Choice Award for the Paint the Town plein air event at the Marblehead Festival of Arts! Thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone who voted for my painting, Marblehead Harbor Panorama.

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.

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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.