Exhibitions

CuriousCity Museum Opening March 31, 2019

CuriousCity is a temporary pop-up children’s museum in downtown Peabody that inspires curiosity, a love of learning and the healthy development of children of all abilities, ages 2-10 years old. A children’s museum invites kids to touch, explore, interact and make noise! Museums are awesome places to visit in general, but children’s museums come with the added bonus of actually inviting children to touch and feel, interact and make noise as they do. Children’s museums are heaven to children, who are naturally curious, learn by touching and are excited about new. CuriousCity pop-up museum will open its doors March 31, 2019 and be open for 3 months.

I am proud to have been chosen to design two of the exhibits. Epi-Curious is a farm-to-table space where children can play with a toy barn, farm animals and straw table. Then they can play at the farmers’ market complete with cash register and baskets of play food before bringing it to the play kitchen to ‘cook’ and serve at the little table and chairs. The room is surrounded by my art: two big murals, one of an apple tree and another of a farm scene, and also a cut paper children’s barn. I have also created a fun photo-op mural which is placed outside the barn so kids can get their pictures taken peeking through the mural as farmers, and beekeepers.

My Curious World exhibit is a place for kids to play with a variety of maps and an interactive world globe. There is a magnificent Augmented Reality sand table where children can build their own land and water forms, literally changing their world with a sweep of their hands. Also, in this exhibit, is a Biome carousel constructed of my 4 murals of Desert, Coral Reef, Tundra, and Rain Forest. Children can sit in the area and play with toys matching that biome.

CuriousCity is housed in the historic George Peabody House and Peabody Leather Barn at 205 Washington St., Peabody, MA 01960. This is the birthplace of George Peabody, the father of modern philanthropy. The rooms of the house hold kid-friendly exhibits:  a wonderful play George Peabody Bank; a story exhibit complete with giant storybook, puppets and costumes; a Sensory room, a Mindfulness exhibit; and my two exhibits, Curious World (geography), EpiCurious (farm to table). The adjacent Peabody Leather Museum has been transformed into a big creative area for children to explore building, a wind tunnel, rocks & minerals, art and more.

Peabody Main Streets has used “pop up” events to test out new ideas before committing a vast amount of resources. The 3-month trial will allow the City to determine the feasibility of a permanent museum. There is plenty of parking both in front of and behind the museum, as well as along the street.

 

 

Exhibitions, Uncategorized

Harbor Sweets Advent Calendar 2019

Harbor Sweets, a woman owned business is located in historic Salem, Massachusetts has been producing the finest handmade chocolates since 1973. They pride themselves on working tirelessly to ensure the best quality product available.

Here’s what their catalog says about the Advent Calendar I created for them this year. “Sweet Tidings!” The excitement and bustle of the season is captured in this charming Christmas Eve scene from Harbor Sweets’ friend and local Salem artist Sheila Farren Billings. Create holiday memories and a tradition your family will want to continue for years to come when you count down the days to Christmas with Harbor Sweets. A delicious, gold folded treasure behind every door will make waiting for the big day a little easier.

My design for the advent calendar was inspired by the brownstone and brick buildings so popular in Boston and other New England cities and towns. The homes and shops are decorated for Christmas, and if you look closely, you will see mischievous elves sliding on rooftops, peeking out windows, and generally spreading the holiday spirit. The names of the shops have been customized to represent people and products dear to the heart of Harbor Sweets, and the street sign reads Leavitt Street, the address of Harbor Sweets.

Exhibitions

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.

 

Exhibitions

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.

Exhibitions

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!

Exhibitions

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.

Exhibitions

Solo Show — Trees

Trees have always fascinated me. They are so beautiful all through the seasons. In summer, so lush with their whispering leaves. In autumn colorful and joyful. In winter, lace against the sky. In spring delicate with promise.

My solo show is about trees in every season, and in different styles: realistic, stylized, and playful. Most of the paintings are acrylic, and there is one watercolor and one mixed media.

It was a thrill to be invited to show my work at North Shore Bank after the manager and the tellers watched from across the street as I painted my electric box this past June in Peabody Square. The show is on the gallery wall at North Shore Bank, 32 Main Street, Peabody Square, Peabody, MA……Right across from the Teapot electrical box! It will remain up for all of October, November and December 2018 and is open during regular banking hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

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Fall Art Show — Honorable Mention

The Danvers Art Association is holding its Fall Art Show of members’ work at their antique 2-room schoolhouse gallery. The work will be exhibited from Friday, September 21 until Sunday, September 30. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and all are welcome.

My entry into the show is “Knowles’ Landing”, a 16″ x 20″ acrylic painting of Stubby Knowles’ Landing in Gloucester, MA. It was painted en plein air on a gorgeous summer day when Tom and I just happened upon this lovely site. We must have driven by it scores of times over the years, but it is slightly hidden away and it was the first time we noticed the driveway. Tom sat in the shade and read his mystery novel while I painted; and the two egrets really landed while we were there!

I am happy to announce that my painting was awarded an Honorable Mention by the judge.

Danvers Art Association’s gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  It is located right on Route 62 at 105 Elliot Street, Danvers, MA; and there is plenty of free parking.

Exhibitions

Art in the Park Exhibit — 8/18 through 9/23/18

During this year’s Salem Maritime Festival at Derby Wharf, members of the Salem Arts Association created paintings en plein air inspired by the exciting event. Our work is on display at a special exhibit hosted by the Salem Visitor’s Center from Saturday, August 18 through Monday, September 23, 2018.
I was one of the artisans at the Maritime Festival, and I demonstrated the art of figurehead painting. The mermaid figurehead that I painted is part of the Art in the Park exhibit. She is done in acrylic paint on a resin form that was made for me by a craftsman in Ohio who uses antique wood-carved figureheads to craft his forms. My mermaid figurehead is called “Irish Selkie” and was inspired by Celtic legends of maidens, half human and half seal.
The Salem Visitor’s Center is located at 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Exhibitions

30th Annual Salem Maritime Festival — 8/4 & 8/5/2018

Hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with Essex Heritage and Eastern National, the Salem Maritime Festival features live music and dance, harbor cruises, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more! This year I will once again be under a tent on beautiful Pickering Wharf, painting a mermaid figurehead.

Festival times are Saturday, August 4 from 10:00am to 8:45pm and Sunday, August 5 from 11:00am to 4:00pm