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

Exhibitions

Land & Sea Show — 8/3 to 9/30/2018

Salem Arts Association is proud to announce “Land and Sea”, an exhibition celebrating New England’s rich maritime history, beautiful coastline, and historic connection to the sea. Artist members will be showing 75 landscapes and seascapes featuring their unique interpretations of beautiful New England.

My submission is Boston Bridges, a 16″ x 20″ acrylic painting of the Zakim and Charlestown Bridges. I liked the contrast of old and new, which is so much a part of Boston’s architecture. The other thing that appealed to me about this scene is the contrast of the natural ocean so close to the modern city.

The opening reception will be held Friday, August 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. The show will run August 3 through September 30 at The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St., Salem, MA. Please use the Ash Street entrance. There is a nearby parking lot (the old Almy’s lot) as well as some street parking.

Our guest juror Betsy Hoffman is the Associate Director of the Marblehead Arts Association.  She holds a BA in Art History from Middlebury College and a Diploma in Painting and Printmaking from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  She has worked as a creative professional in corporate advertising and has experience in the field of the cultural non-profit.  Betsy enjoys writing about art and has also been an Art enrichment teacher in the Marblehead public schools. 

Exhibitions

(un)TITLED Summer Show

I am happy to have my work included in a new place (for me!). My painting of the Boston skyline was juried in to “(un)TITLED Summer Show”, It will be on display until September 5, 2018, at Grace Chapel Art Gallery, 59 Worthen Road, Lexington, MA, 781-698-8106, www.artgallery@grace.org.

This painting was done from a photograph I took while stuck in traffic on my way to Boston. Making lemons into lemonade! (Shown: Boston Skyline, acrylic, 11″ x 14″. )

Exhibitions

Boston Woodturning Gallery

Boston Woodturning creates one of a kind hand crafted fine art as well as usable utilitarian pieces from a variety of local wood. Artisan/owner, Tommy Gagnon, was recently featured in Yankee Magazine; and his shop has become a place recognized for its exquisite creations.

I am honored that Tommy exhibits an array of my large and small paintings of trees in his beautiful shop, set among his gorgeous turned wood creations. Shown: Forest River Afternoon, acrylic, 12″ x 30″.

Boston Woodturning also offers private lessons and group classes to anyone who wants to learn the fine art of woodturning all tools and supplies are provided for the duration of the lesson/class. The gallery is located on the corner of Artists’ Row and New Derby Street in Salem, Massachusetts.