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.

Exhibitions

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.

Exhibitions

Painting the Town, 2018

Plein Air painting is a French expression for painting outdoors. These fresh, often rapid works can capture the essence of a scene and the weather with a unique charm, unlike the more careful studies produced in a studio.

On Friday, June 29th, Plein aire artists will seek out strategic locations throughout Marblehead and begin capturing the town’s scenic beauty on canvas and paper. Feel free to roam the town and observe artists creating art. That afternoon or the next morning, the artists turn in their completed, framed works for inclusion in the Painting-the-Town Exhibit.

This year, I chose to paint at lovely Devereux Beach. I love the colorful display of beach umbrellas, children playing and lots of people coming and going. My finished piece, “Devereux Beach Day”, acrylic, 12″ x 24″ will remind me of a picture perfect New England day.

The public is invited to meet the artists, view the exhibit, and cast ballots to determine the People’s Choice Award winner.

Exhibitions

Marblehead Arts Assoc. Summer Member Exhibit

The Marblehead Arts Association’s Summer Member Exhibit will be on display from June 23 through August 5, 2018. This is a non-juried show of members’ work which will be on view all through the MAA gallery at The Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA. There will be ballots available for viewers to vote for their favorite piece for a People’s Choice Award to be announced at the end of the exhibit.

The Opening Reception will take place Thursday, June 28, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

My entry is a mixed media piece called Power, 16″ x 20″, matted and framed. It shows rainbow colored electric plugs dancing across a sheet of vellum paper. It was the inspiration for the electric light box I painted at Reilly Plaza in Salem, MA.

Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m./ Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m./ Closed Mondays.