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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″.

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Marblehead Festival of Arts 2018

The Marblehead Festival of Arts will take place from June 30 through July 4 this year. It features 10 visual art exhibits comprised of original work by artists in Essex County. Artwork is selected by judges with expertise and knowledge in their field of judging, and awards are distributed in each exhibit category.  Visitors are also invited to vote for their favorite work at each exhibit.  Most of the artwork displayed in the exhibits is available for sale.  Exhibit categories, locations, and descriptions are listed below.

I am excited to have three pieces of art chosen to be part of this year’s Festival, in addition to my work on display for Painting the Town and the Marblehead Arts Assoc. Members’ Show.

At the Painting Exhibit, enjoy a juried exhibit of original artwork in oil, ink, acrylic or watercolor. Classic media for today’s contemporary artists. My accepted painting is Seasons Tree, acrylic 30″ x 40″. The Drawing Exhibit is a juried exhibit of original drawings in pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, conté crayon and other media. My drawing is titled “Determination”, pastel & ink, 16″ x 20″ matted and framed. The Painting and Drawing exhibits will be on display at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street.

The Senior Art Exhibit, is a non-juried exhibit of original work comprising crafts, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking and sculpture by persons 65 years of age and older. Creativity knows no boundaries. My painting is “Fireworks”, acrylic, 16″ x 20″ and is a view of the Lynn/Swampscott fireworks viewed from Nahant Beach. The Senior show is at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.

 

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Outside The Box 2018, Peabody, MA

The City of Peabody has chosen my design for their Outside the Box project to beautify the electrical boxes in Peabody Square. My design of teapots and teacups and saucers was inspired by the Peabody Historical Society’s annual event, Mrs. Felton’s Tea. They are cheerful and fun and brought a smile to many a passerby.

The box is located on Main Street in the little garden at the entryway to a small municipal parking lot beside Walgreen’s.

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The Beebe Estate Gallery, June 2018

The Beebe Estate Gallery will exhibit the artwork of Sheila Farren Billings and Robert Marcellino for the month of June 2018. The two-artist show will be open Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sheila will be at the gallery to answer questions on June 9 and 16 and Bob will be there on June 1 and 23. The opening reception will occur on Friday, June 1, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Sheila will be showing a mix of new artwork and old favorites. Her exhibit includes her stylized paintings of trees, plein air paintings of New England locations and scenes inspired by her travel photos and lots of surprises. When she is in the gallery, Sheila will bring along her bins of unframed original art, reproductions of her art, and small paintings and notecards.

Bob paints with a special technique which involves mixing oil paint with beeswax. This gives his work a soft, dreamlike quality which complements his richly colored paintings of marshes, seascapes and florals. Bob’s work is unapologetically romantic and peaceful. During his gallery hours, Bob will demonstrate his technique and his small paintings, cards and prints will be available.

(Shown: Four Seasons, acrylic, 4-panels, each panel 12″ x 24″, total size 24″ x 48.)

Beebe Estate Gallery, 235 West Foster St., Melrose, MA 02176.

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My Abstract Art at Gallery 62

Gallery 62 in Danvers is a carefully renovated 1910 2-room schoolhouse filled with local artists’ creations.

My space currently features some of my abstract art, with strong graphic images and bright contrasting colors. My area also offers matted prints and note cards featuring my artwork including abstract, plein air views of lovely New England sites, children’s illustrations, Celtic style, etc.

The gallery is run by the Danvers Art Association and shows the work of many local artists including painters, photographers, jewelers, potters, fiber artists, crafters, and more. Because the gallery is an artists’ co-op, you can find exquisite work without having to pay for big gallery commissions.

Gallery 62 has plenty of free parking and is conveniently located on Rte. 62 at 105 Elliot St., Danvers, MA.

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New England Open Regional Exhibit: Variations IV, 2018

February 10 – March 11

Variations…. it’s what keeps outlooks fresh and interesting. For over 94 years the Marblehead Arts Association has opened its galleries to the works of artists from throughout the New England region. This exhibit welcomes both MAA artist members and non member artists to show their work.

My entry is a 36″ x 48″ watercolor, Mighty Redwood Morn. It was inspired by a trip to Muir Woods in California. Being in those woods feels like visiting a cathedral; and in fact, the woods were considered a holy place by the native people. It was horrifying to learn that the woods were almost cut down by the logging industry. I’m so glad they were saved by Muir!

Typically a large exhibit, the over 150 works submitted reflect a wide diversity of mediums, genres and subject matter. This exhibit is not juried; it is intended to be a welcoming and inclusive experience for all the artists.  Invited judges award prizes in three categories: Fine Art, Photography and Craft.  Visitors will have an opportunity to cast a People’s Choice ballot for their favorite piece throughout the duration of the exhibit.

Reception, free and open to the public, Sunday, February 11, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the MAA’s Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA.