Tiger King Virtual Gallery — 4/18/2020

Because of the universal shut-down of all galleries, shows and festivals due to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, I have turned to virtual galleries to display my work. Here is the first!

Come to a virtual gallery where all the artwork is inspired by Tiger King! The Gallery is open!
My offering is Wax-resist watercolor on paper.
Original, matted 11″ x 14″ available for purchase, $65. Matted prints 11″x14″ available, $25.
Info: www.sheilabillings.com and @sheilafarrenbillings on Instagram, (or here on FB of course!).


Variations — Feb. 8 to March 8, 2020

Here’s what the MAA has to say about their new exhibit!

“Variations…. it’s what keeps outlooks fresh and interesting.

For close to a century the Marblehead Arts Association has exhibited the works of artists from throughout New England in the six galleries of its historic 1728 mansion home. All works have been judged and prizes in Fine Arts, Photography and craft categories will be awarded at the opening receptionThere will be ballots available for visitors to cast votes for their favorite piece with a People’s Choice Award to be announced at the close of the exhibit.

We were excited to have received a record number of entries this year with hundreds of submissions from artists throughout New England!”

I was thrilled to have my mixed media artwork, Seabreeze, chosen to be part of the Variations exhibit. Seabreeze incorporates my watercolor painting of Ten Pound Island in Gloucester, seen through the paper sculpture window of a seaside house. The paper sculpture is all done in white paper and was inspired by all the white houses I saw on a visit I made to the Greek Island of Mykonos with my daughter. We wondered what the blue Mediterranean would look like through the windows of those white homes. Seabreeze is framed in a shadow box, 14″ x 14″.

The Variations exhibit will be open to view from February 8 through March 8, 2020. The opening reception was held Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at MAA’s Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays, noon to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.


Salem Holiday Artists’ Market

Holiday Artists’ Market
at Salem Old Town Hall

7th Year
50 Artists and Makers

Salem Arts Association is pleased to invite you to our 7th Annual Holiday Artists’ Market At Salem Old Town Hall

Saturday, November 30, 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, December 1, 10AM to 5PM

We are planning a festive market with live music and a seasonal theme. We are looking forward to seeing a lively market with all kinds of opportunities for our community to browse and shop for treasures for yourself, friends, and family.

Featuring a variety of local artisans and crafters offering original fine art, unique gifts, and hand-made housewares to delight yourself or gift to others. I shall be showing my original paintings, prints & notecards made from my paintings, and lovely decorative hand-painted home goods.

In addition to our collection of awesome makers we also will feature…
• A Bake Sale with treats created by Salem ARts Members..
• Salem Boy Scouts Troop 24 will be selling holiday wreaths

Afternoon Music Performances on Saturday and Sunday provided by Julie Dougherty (Saturday) and Erinn Brown (Sunday)


Danvers Art Assoc. Holiday Arts-A-Glow

The 19th Annual Danvers Art Association Holiday Arts-A-Glow will take place every weekend from November 30 until December 22, 2019. The show will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The craft fair features all local artists and their original art, pottery, jewelry, knits, food, quilts and more.

I shall be offering my original artwork, prints and note cards, hand-painted one-of-a-kind housewares, etc. It is a great place to find that perfect gift for a loved-one or to treat yourself to something lovely.

The event takes place at the Danvers Art Association building, the antique Williams School. The adorable red brick building is a 1910 2-room school house with lots of free parking. DAA is located at 105 Elliot St., Rte. 62, Danvers, MA.  www.thedanversart.org,  978-777-8501.


Juried Member Showcase 11/15 to 12/5/2019

GALA, The Galleries at Lynn Arts is presenting the juried artwork of its members from November 15 until December 5, 2019. Each member is exhibiting up to three creations. The opening reception is on Friday, November 15. From 5:30 p.m until 6:00 there is an artist Meet-and-Greet event. Then the reception will continue until 8:oo p.m. There will be food, fellowship and lots art to view.

Three of my paintings were juried into the show:

Autumn Marsh, acrylic, 12″x24″. This was painted one autumn day with a group of my friends at Jones River marsh in Gloucester. It was fun to see the differences in our paintings though we all were looking at the same view.

Free Birds, acrylic, 14″ x 11″. This painting has a background of mottled metallic acrylic paint: coppers, bronzes and golds.

(Shown) Marblehead Autumn, acrylic, 8″ x 10″. I painted this at Crocker Park in Marblehead one morning with the ocean and the warm sun at my back.

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


Member Showcase 11/8 – 12/15/2019

Salem Arts Association is excited to close our 2019 exhibition schedule with a showcase of member artwork. All current Salem Arts members were invited to bring in our best work to show the community what we have to offer in all of our diverse styles and artists disciplines.

I have 5 entries in the show:

All Year Long, acrylic, 14″ x 30″ framed. This painting was inspired by a Chinese panel I saw at the Peabody Essex Museum. I tried to replicate the metallic background with copper, gold and bronze acrylic paint.

November, Salem; acrylic, 16″x20″. This painting is the view of my neighbors’ houses and leafless trees out my kitchen window a couple of years ago. The yellow house is now repainted gray, and the white house’s roof is now rust with solar panels!

Essex Marsh, acrylic, 4″ x 12″. This painting is a tiny part of a larger painting I did of Cox Marsh in Essex, on location.

(Shown) Salem Trolley 1910, acrylic, 9″ x 12″. This painting is one of the illustrations I did for In the Middle written by Virginia Frazier. I remember riding of these growing up (not in Salem) and the driver would have to stop the trolley to get out and rehook the car to the cable when we went over some bumps in the road.

The Swing, acrylic, 8″ x 8″. I know the rubber swings in kids’ parks are safer, but I still miss the comfort of the old wooden swings they had when I was a little girl. You could swing on these all afternoon.

The opening reception is on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Music! Refreshments! And, of course, lots of art.

Salem Art Association is located at The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon until 5:00 p.m. Email us at Info@SalemArts.org, or call  SAA at 978-745-4850.


Open Studios & Art Sale 11/23/2019

On November 23, 2019 the Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) will host a one-day event, opening its doors to the public to visit the artists in their studios! Members will also offer their creations at tables in the grand hall, all day from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

I shall have my own table featuring my original paintings, prints & note cards of my artwork, and hand-painted home goods and decorations.

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


Crossing Water: Sept. 7 – 14, 2019

This week-long arts festival over, on, and under the Beverly/Salem Bridge will bring together the Salem and Beverly communities by fostering creation and connection through all forms of art — visual, narrative, performance, audio and more. The festival includes activities for all ages. Weekend hours are from 3:00-9:00 p.m., weeknights are from 6:00 -9:00 p.m.

Salem Arts Association has an interactive shipping container gallery at Remond Park on the Salem side of the bridge. Members have created mix and match heads/torsos/feet which can be switched around in all different fun ways. I had fun painting 6 different additions to the fun project. Remond is a beautiful park with water views, gardens and benches. Free parking.

Come experience:

* An illumination of the Beverly/Salem Bridge, different every night!
* Shipping container gallery exhibitions
* The improbable Places Poetry Tour
* Live music, storytelling, and dance performances
* More!

For more information on the festival visit: crossing-water.com.


PEM Inspirational Exhibition 8/31 to 9/29/2019

The (lucky!) 13th annual Peabody Essex Museum Inspirational Exhibition will be on display at the Salem Arts Association Gallery from August 31 through September 29, 2019. The opening reception for this show will be held on Friday evening, September 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

This exhibit by local artists was inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum collections of art and the exhibition of “A Passion for American Art: Selection from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection. It is a juried show, and all pieces in it were selected by Lan Morgan, who is an Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the Peabody Essex Museum. A scholar of American decorative art and painting, she holds a Masters degree from the Winterthur Program for American Material Culture. Lan recently served on the curatorial team for “A Passion for American Art: Selections from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection” and she is currently working on PEM’s new gallery of Asian Export Art opening in September 2019. Before joining PEM in 2018, Lan held positions with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, several New England historical societies, and at Sotheby’s, New York.

My entry into this exhibition is my plein air painting, Marblehead Harbor Panorama, acrylic, 12″ x 36″. It was painted on location for the Paint the Town exhibit for the 2019 Marblehead Festival of Arts. It was a gloomy day with interesting light on the water. Lots of boats were moored because a big storm threatened all day. I stood under the pavilion at Devereux Beach in case the sky opened, and was lucky to finish just before the skies opened It was a big thrill that my painting was voted the People’s Choice Award!

Salem Arts Gallery is located in “The Bridge at 211”, 211 Bridge Stree, Salem MA. The gallery entrance is located on Ash Street. There is a small parking lot at the gallery and plenty of public garages and parking lots nearby. Regular hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon until 5:00 p.m. Check our website at www.salemarts.org


All the Arts Are Sisters: 8/3 – 8/25/19

Creative people have always inspired each other with their work. The visual arts, music, dance, the written word and more all make our world a more beautiful place. The Salem Art Association challenged its members to create artwork that illustrates the idea that All the Arts Are Sisters.

My piece in the show is called High Strung, acrylic, 12″ x 36″. It is a painting of my own banjo. I was inspired by the simple graphic look of a banjo: a white circle for the body, a long black rectangle for the neck. I placed the banjo diagonally on the long canvas and painted a dappled background of bright reds and yellows to contrast with and complement the banjo.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. It will feature food plus music and surprise performances. As always, it is free and open to the public.