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.


Gallery 62 ~~ Plein Air Paintings

Gallery 62 in Danvers is a cooperative venture of members of the Danvers Art Association and offers a stunning display of the creative work of many local artists. I have just put up a new exhibit of some of my original paintings, matted prints and note cards, featuring one of my favorite types of work, plein air paintings. I just love to stand outside and paint the lovely New England landscapes. Shown: Autumn Marsh, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 12″ x 24″. It was painted on a crisp fall day in Gloucester, MA at the Jones River.

Other local artists display their paintings, photography, home decor items, jewelry, textiles, crafts and more. Since it is a co-op, the prices cannot be beat. Stop by Gallery 62, housed in the antique Williams School, a two room brick schoolhouse built in the early 1900’s.

The gallery is easily accessible at 105 Elliot Street, Danvers, right on Route 62. There is plenty of free parking. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Exhibitions, Uncategorized

Red, White & Blue

The Marblehead Arts Association will host an exhibit and sale of 8″ x 8″ paintings to benefit their Scholarship Fund. All of the paintings are painted and donated by artist members of the MAA, and will be done in red, white, and blue. My contribution to the event is titled “Cardinal”. It shows a bright red cardinal sitting on a white birch tree with red leaves, all agains a royal blue background.

The paintings will be on display during the Marblehead Festival of Arts 2019. Exhibit can be seen at the MAA’s Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA.


Paint the Town, 7/4 through 8/4/2019 ~~ People’s Choice Award

I was honored to be this year’s recipient of the People’s Choice Award for the Paint the Town plein air event at the Marblehead Festival of Arts! Thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone who voted for my painting, Marblehead Harbor Panorama.

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.