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Poster for Salem Holiday Artists’ Market

I was very happy to have been commissioned to paint the artwork for the 2018 Salem Holiday Artists’ Market poster. It is a fantasy version of Old Town Hall in Salem on a snowy night, bustling with holiday activity. Little mice can be seen through the illuminated windows and socializing outside the Hall.

The real Salem Holiday Artists’ Market is a fantastic place to do your holiday shopping if you are looking for original, one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family. Artists display their varied creations throughout the historic building in the middle of lovely downtown Salem. So many styles and mediums are available: wood, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, photography and more.

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Grace Gallery: Home

Grace Chapel Art Gallery has challenged artists to create paintings inspired by the theme, Home — a perfect holiday theme. The show will be on display from November 17, 2018 until January 2, 2019 at the gallery at 59 Worthen Road, Lexington, MA.

I was delighted to have had two pieces accepted into this juried show. ‘Children’s Barn’ is a 30″ x 40″ cut paper depiction of the barn at Endicott Farm in Danvers, MA. I spent a lovely afternoon there with an artist friend painting views of the children and animals at the barn. When I got home, I was inspired by the homey colors and theme to make my painting into a patchwork paper quilt.

My second entry is ‘Little Teapot’, another cut paper piece, 14″ x 14″. A nice cuppa and good conversation are among my strongest memories of home growing up. I still like to make a hot pot of tea for any reason; perfect to warm cold hands, cheer myself up, or share with a friend.

 

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Pieces of Eight Show

The Marblehead Arts Association is once again hosting the popular Pieces of Eight Exhibit in its gallery. Artist members were given identical 8″ x 8″ gallery wrapped canvases and told to create! The pieces are hung together almost like a patchwork quilt and include paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings, prints, photos….whatever each artist was inspired to do. It is amazing to see the different artists’ visions all displayed together. Both are balmy summer views, nice to remember on these cold days.

My two contributions to the show are both acrylic paintings of beautiful Marblehead inspired by two of my plein air paintings. One is an autumn skyline including lovely Abbot Hall as viewed from Crocker Park. The other is a view of Marblehead Light as seen from Fort Sewall.

Sale of these small paintings will benefit the Marblehead Arts Association. The MAA gallery is located at Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA. Tel: (781) 631-2608

 

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Marblehead Art Assoc. Winter Exhibit

The Marblehead Arts Association Winter Members’ Exhibit will be on display from the opening reception on November 10 through December 23, 2018. The show is hung at the MAA’s Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA.

My acrylic painting, House of the Seven Gables Front Door, is my entry in this show. It was painted outside in the gardens of the H7G on an absolutely gorgeous May morning. The shadows were very pronounced at that time of day, and I was inspired by the series of strong diagonal shadows falling across the front of the house, caused by the sun hitting the slanted gables.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday & Sunday, noon-5 pm and Saturday, 10-5 pm. Closed Monday. Tel: (781) 631-2608.

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Swampscott Art Assoc. Member Show

The members of the Swampscott Art Assoc. will exhibit their creations at an eclectic art show at the Swampscott Senior Center, 200R Essex St., Swampscott, MA (behind the High School). The show will be up through November 2018.

My entry is a delicate watercolor of a charming little fishing shack I came upon driving through Essex, MA. I was particularly drawn in by the three colorful little boats docked beside it. The painting is titled Safe Harbor, 16″ x 20″ matted and framed.

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Dark Arts — Salem Arts Assoc.

Salem Arts Association Presents “Dark Arts”, inviting our Salem Art Association members to explore Salem’s history with witchcraft, religion, and Halloween. This exhibit features spooky and fun creations by Salem Arts members. The show runs from the opening reception on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 (5-8pm) until Sunday, Nov. 4.

My entry into the show is Celtic Cats, ink and pencil, 9″ x 12″ matted and framed. It is done in the colorful, intricate Celtic style and was inspired by my visits to see the Book of Kells. I have always been particularly interested in Celtic art because my father was born in Ireland.

The guest jurors are Charles Lang and Wendy Snow-Lang.

Charles Lang has been a professional illustrator, off and on, for over 30 years. His focus has always been in Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy genres. His resume includes book covers — mass-market paperbacks and limited edition, collectible, hard covers. Comic book covers. Covers and player cards for D&D games.  His main passion has always been Halloween. 

Wendy Snow-Lang has been a professional illustrator, off and on, for the same amount of time as Charles. Her focus is closely allied with Charles’s. But she also is a writer and has helmed a writers group for close to 15 years and wrote and illustrated a vampire comic book that was published by 2 different comic book publishers.  She also loves Halloween. 

Salem Arts Association Gallery is at 211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970. The shop is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6:00 p.m.

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Gloucester Art Auction — Oct. 3, 2018

Once again I was invited to donate a painting for the annual art auction to benefit the Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester’s public library. The paintings have been on display for a silent auction in the library’s gallery, culminating in the exciting live auction with professional auctioneer on October 3.

My donation is Moonlight Sail, an acrylic painting, 16″ x 20″, inspired by a nighttime drive through Cape Cod. It is done in shades of purple with some blue and orange accents and reflects the quiet beauty of that part of Massachusetts.

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Harbor Sweets Holiday Calendar 2018!

Ho! Ho! Ho! This year I was chosen to paint the holiday calendar for Harbor Sweets! Here is what they have to say about it in their catalog:

“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 countdown the days to Christmas with Harbor Sweets. A delicious, gold foiled treasure behind every door will make waiting for the big day a little easier! ORDER NOW and specify delivery before December 1st!, 28 Pieces, #4815ST. $33.00. (Calendar box measures 13-1/2″ square by 1″ deep)”

Art and chocolate! It doesn’t get much better than that for me!

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Untold Stories 8/31 – 11/4/18

Salem Arts Assoc. 12th Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibition, “Untold Stories,” 

August 31 through November 4, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday August 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Salem Art Association presents “Untold Stories” an exhibition inspired by two current Peabody Essex Museum exhibitions, “The Last Empresses of China: The Forbidden City’s Untold Story” and “Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings.” Local artists present their untold stories, hidden relationships and familiar connections. The guest juror is Gordon Wilkins, Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the Peabody Essex Museum.

My juried entry for this show is “Neighbors” — a diptych done in acrylic paint, two 4″ x 12″ gallery wrapped canvases that are meant to be hung side by side. The painting was inspired by all the local three deckers where different Untold Stories are going on at every level. I love walking down the streets and noticing all the different details, different tastes, different interests that are apparent. Our differences are what makes life interesting.

The Salem Arts Assoc. Gallery is located at 211 Bridge St., Salem, MA. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6:00 p.m.

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Swampscott Art Association Summer Show

The Swampscott Art Association Summer Show will take place this year at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park from Saturday, July 7 until Thursday, July 26. The show features a wide variety of mediums and subjects by the members of the association. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, July 8 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

My painting in the show was done on location at Cox Reservation in Essex on a perfect August day. Tom and I had a lovely lunch at J.T. Farnam’s, then went out back to the Cox where I painted and Tom sat back in his lounge chair and read.  It is called Essex August, acrylic, 12″ x 24″.