Plein Air Show — GALA 8/29 to 9/27/19

GALA event! Galleries at Lynn Arts present Plein Air Show August 29 through Sept. 27. Opening reception Fri. Sept. 6, 6-8pm. My entry was painted one gorgeous summer morning atop Cadillac Mt at Acadia National Park in ME. When I started, it was a sunny view; but by the time I finished, clouds were moving in. Two views in one. (Cadillac Mountaintop View, acrylic, 12″x24″).


GALA ~~ Higher Purpose ~~ 8/1-8/24/19

The Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) will present the show, Higher Purpose from August 1 through August 24, 2019. Local artists will interpret the theme in many different mediums and styles. The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It will feature something for everyone: food, music, a caricature artist, card readings, spoken word works, and more.

My entry for Higher Purpose is called Collaboration and is made of cut paper, 13″ x 16″. The artwork was inspired by my wish that our leaders would collaborate to solve the world’s problems. I used two complimentary colors, bright red and green, which when used side by side visually vibrate. Instead of simply having the colors compete, I cut them into thin strips which visually mix to form a third, more neutral color. This represents people working together rather than only competing.

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


Art in the Park 2019

As part of the 2019 Salem Maritime Festival in early August, members of the Salem Arts Association took to the streets in and around Derby Wharf to paint some of the amazing sights to be seen. Although I could not be there with them this year, they invited me to bring an earlier plein air painting I had done of The Friendship at Derby Wharf to be part of the show.

The finished paintings will be exhibited at the Salem Visitor’s Center of the National Maritime Historic Site on Essex Street in Salem, MA. The work will be on display from August 17 through September 28, 2019. (Shown: The Friendship, acrylic, 12″ x 15″ matted and framed.)


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!

Exhibitions, Uncategorized

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.


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.




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.


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.


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.


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