GALA Dark Arts Oct. 3 – Nov. 4, 2019

GALA is presenting their show, Dark Arts from October 3 until November 4, 2019. This exhibit is based on a Dark Art or Halloween theme. The show’s planners were inspired by the Arts After Hours production of Carrie The Musical based on the book by Stephen King.

I have two entries in this show. Nevermore is a mixed media piece showing a stylized raven sitting on an autumn tree limb. It was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, The Raven. The artwork has a mottled metallic background on which I painted tree branches using acrylic paint. The raven and colorful fall leaves are collaged with various types of paper. It is 20″ x 24″ framed. The second entry is Nocturne, a 10″ x 20″ acrylic painting on 1-1/2″ deep gallery wrapped canvas. It shows a wolf howling at a full moon. This painting was inspired by a family of coyotes living near my house!

The opening reception for Dark Arts will be held on Friday, October 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A $5 donation is requested. GALA is located at 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA. Please go to galleriesatlynnarts.org for more information.


Salem Dark Arts Show 10/4 – 11/3/2019

Dark Arts is Salem Arts Association’s seasonal exhibit exploring Salem’s history with witchcraft, religion, and Halloween festivities. And we can’t have dark without light so be free to share your fun art too. Salem Arts has encouraged any local artists to explore their interpretation of these themes in various mediums and styles.

My entry is Stairway to Heaven, a mixed media piece combining a charcoal study of a skeleton with collage, using the sheet music to Stairway to Heaven, composed by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page for Led Zeppelin. This artwork is framed and matted to dimensions of 20″ x 24″.

Dark Arts has been juried by Nathan Lewis, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Montserrat College of Art.

Nathan Lewis is a nationally exhibiting fine artist, curator, instructor, and lecturer; having been involved in events at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Northern Spark, and more. He received his BFA in studio art from the University of Texas–Austin and his MFA in Visual Studies–Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His personal work deals with the paranormal and uses the uniqueness of photographic processes to allude to the otherworldly.

The opening reception for Dark Arts will be held Friday, October 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature art, music and refreshments.

Salem Arts Association Gallery is located at 211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970. Gallery hours are weekends noon until 5:00 p.m.


Danvers Art Assoc. Fall Show 2019

The Danvers Art Association presents the Fall Member Show from September 13 until Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Gallery 62. Members have submitted artworks in various media including: oil, watercolor, pastel, photography, mixed media, and mini paintings. Awards have been presented in each of the categories.

My entries are: Neighbors, acrylic painting in the Mini category. It is a 2-piece diptych set, each 4″ x 12″. Nevermore, mixed media, 16″x20″; Marblehead Morning, watercolor, 16″x20″; and High Strung, acrylic, 12″x36″. (shown: Marblehead Morning)

The Opening reception was Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.. The exhibit is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Gallery 62, 105 Elliot St., Rte 62, Danvers, MA. Free & open to public. Plenty of free parking.


A Taste of the Gables 2019

Join supporters of The House of the Seven Gables to support their mission to be a welcoming, thriving historic site and community resource that engages people of all backgrounds in their inclusive American story. A Taste of the Gables takes place Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. under a tent in the beautiful Gables gardens by the sea.

The evening will begin with a tasting of food from local vendors: savory morsels, sweet treats, and local spirits and craft beers for revelers to sample. A strolling magician and Latin musician will help to make the evening special. There will be a Silent Auction followed by a Live Auction offering many items to tempt bidders including original art, gift certificates and fabulous experiences. After the live auction, coffee and dessert will be served to top off the evening.

I have donated an original screen print of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Peabody, Salem Sweethearts. This very limited edition artist’s pull is a portrait of the famous Salem husband and wife done in black ink on white rag paper.

In a continued effort to be a more sustainable event, Taste of The Gables will be using compostable serveware when possible and community volunteers will be helping event attendees with this initiative.


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.