Paint the Town, 7/4 through 8/4/2019

Paint the Town is my favorite annual event of the Marblehead Festival of Arts! For a day, I can forget everything else, set up my easel somewhere in Marblehead and paint my heart out. This year, rain was threatening, so I brought my gear to Devereux Beach and stood under the roofed picnic area. Last year, I painted the beach and all the colorful umbrellas and people having fun, so I decided to turn the other way this year and paint the harbor.

The clouds were hanging low, ready to open up; but the water was reflecting a lovely light green color. Since thunderstorms were predicted, most of the boats were bobbing serenely in the harbor, the calm before the storm. I had brought a long 12″ x 36″ canvas, so I was able to capture the whole scene, from Abbot Hall on the left (none of the construction there was showing above the tree line!) to the lighthouse on the right.

Finished painting is entitled Marblehead Harbor Panorama, acrylic, 12″ x 36″


GALA Members’ Show 6/27 to 7/26/19

Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) new show, Imaginary Spaces and Far Out Places, from June 27 to July 26, 2019.

I have two paintings juried in to the show: Purple Twilight, acrylic, 16″ x 20″ and “Twitter”, acrylic, 16″ x 20″. Purple Twilight is a dreamlike painting done entirely from my imagination in shades of purple and magenta. It shows the silhouettes of trees against a colorful sky with the full moon shining through the leaves and reflecting in the water. Twitter is a fun take on colorful, stylized birds singing together in a leafless winter tree, with rascally squirrels ready to raid their feeder.

GALA is located at 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA. The reception is set for Friday, June 28. An artists’ Meet and Greet will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.



Marblehead Festival of Arts 2019

The annual Marblehead Festival of Arts will be held from July 4 through 7, 2019. The event will feature visual arts, music, poetry, writing and original films. The various shows and exhibitions take place all over the down town Marblehead area and the various times and venues can be found online. My artwork is in the following exhibits:

Painting: Birch Mountain, acrylic, 12″x36″. Grace Church, Pleasant St.

Drawing: Slainte, colored ink and pencil, 10″x12″ matted and framed, Universalist Unitarian                  Church, Mumford Street.

Senior: Marblehead Skyline, acrylic, 13″x15″ framed. Also at the UU Church.

Mixed Media: Wee Flower Heart, 11″x14″ matted and framed. St. Michael’s Church, Pleasant Street.

Painting the Town: Marblehead Harbor Panorama, acrylic, 12″x36″. Marblehead Arts Association, Hooper Mansion, Hooper Street.

(Shown: Birch Mountain)


Swampscott Art Assoc. Show 6/29 – 8/29/19

Swampscott Art Association presents a member exhibit at the Gallery at Advinia, formerly called Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem, MA from June 29 through August 29, 2019. Reception is Sunday, June 30 from 3:00-5:00 p.m., and refreshments will be served. The reception is free and open to the public. Free parking.

My artwork in the show is called Croi Seamroag, ink and pencil, matted and framed 10×12″. The name translates from Irish Gaelic to mean Shamrock Heart, and is pronounced “Cree Shamrock”. My artwork is inspired by the Book of Kells which I saw in both Boston and Dublin.


Members’ Show 6/22 to 8/4/19

The Marblehead Arts Association Summer Members’ Show will take place from June 22 to August 4, 2019. This show does not have a theme, so that each member can choose which work to showcase. My painting in the show was commissioned by Harbor Sweets in Salem for their 2018 Advent Calendar: “Sweet Tidings”, acrylic, 15″ x 15″ framed.

It was a lot of fun to paint this picture. They told me they wanted the cover to have something to do with brownstones, and that I should include lots of cute action throughout the painting; then they set my imagination free. I knew that the calendar would have little doors, from 1-25,  all over it with a delicious piece of Harbor Sweets chocolate hiding behind it. So I painted many people having all sorts of Holiday fun and little elves having mischievous adventures.

The reception for the show will take place June 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Marblehead Art Association’s Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA.

Exhibitions, Uncategorized

Harbor Sweets Advent Calendar 2019

Harbor Sweets, a woman owned business is located in historic Salem, Massachusetts has been producing the finest handmade chocolates since 1973. They pride themselves on working tirelessly to ensure the best quality product available.

Here’s what their catalog says about the Advent Calendar I created for them this year. “Sweet Tidings!” 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 count down the days to Christmas with Harbor Sweets. A delicious, gold folded treasure behind every door will make waiting for the big day a little easier.

My design for the advent calendar was inspired by the brownstone and brick buildings so popular in Boston and other New England cities and towns. The homes and shops are decorated for Christmas, and if you look closely, you will see mischievous elves sliding on rooftops, peeking out windows, and generally spreading the holiday spirit. The names of the shops have been customized to represent people and products dear to the heart of Harbor Sweets, and the street sign reads Leavitt Street, the address of Harbor Sweets.


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.


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.



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



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.