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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.

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Swampscott Art Assoc. Winter Show 2018

The Swampscott Art Association members celebrate their Winter Show with a reception at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park in Salem on Sunday, January 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The show includes paintings and photography by members in all mediums.

I have two entries in the show: Orion Sky, acrylic, 18″ x 24″, (shown) a winter view from my house looking out over Gallows Hill in Salem; and a new, fanciful painting — Buffet, acrylic, 8″ x 8″, depicting a colorful array of birds waiting their turn at a bird feeder hung from a winter tree.

Free and open to the public! The show will run for the full month of January, and is open daily.

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The Artist’s Palate Cookbook

The Artist’s Palate Cookbook

The Marblehead Arts Association is proud to present a beautiful, full color cook book – 172 sumptuous pages showcasing a collection of 78 pieces of art and 77 recipes from members and friends. The recipes cover a range including appetizers; sauces, salads and dressings; soups and sides; entrees; sweets and baked treats; and beverages. I’m excited to have three of my paintings included in the illustrations: Top O’ the Morning, Lemonade Stand, and Bowl of Oranges — they call them lemons, but I’ll take it!

The cookbook was produced as a fundraiser to support the work of this vibrant, community-based arts organization.

Get your copy now, $25. Three ways to purchase:

Best Options!

– Stop in to the Artisan Shop at the Marblehead Arts Association and pick up a copy in person and enjoy our current exhibits and say hello to the staff.

– Order online here and pick up at the Artisan Shop to avoid shipping charges.

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Salem Children’s Charity 12/12/17

This year’s Salem Children’s Charity will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Hotel Hawthorne in Salem at 5:00. Buffet, raffle, live and silent auctions. My donations will be: Snowflake Surfer, mixed media, 11″ x 14″ matted and framed; and Witch House, acrylic, 8″x10″ on gallery wrapped canvas.

Back in 1994 a small group of friends sat in a local restaurant sharing their disappointment with the commercialization of Christmas, with each person wondering what they could do to make a difference in the lives of needy people in their own community. From that little group sprung an idea: Salem school children could create paper ornaments and restaurant and bar patrons could purchase the ornaments to decorate… and 100% of the money earned from selling the ornaments could go directly to needy children and their families in Salem.  After that evening one of the people in the group approached the then principal of Salem’s Carlton School, Charlie Walsh, who joined them, with the rest becoming a genuine Christmas Story…the founding of the Salem Children’s Charity.

Now 24 years later, the Salem Children’s Charity continues to have its annual ornament sale as well as a Christmas Fundraiser held at Hotel Hawthorne. During the last year alone the charity has raised over $35,000.  As in almost every year, the amount collected is depleted by the time of our Christmas Party.  And, just like in the beginning, 100% of proceeds continue to be distributed directly to Salem children for things such as eyeglasses, enrichment programs, and food. 

Would YOU like to help? Click here

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Tree Paintings at Boston Woodturning Gallery

Boston Woodturning creates one of a kind hand crafted fine art as well as usable utilitarian pieces from a variety of local wood. Artisan/owner, Tommy Gagnon, was recently featured in Yankee Magazine; and his shop has become a place recognized for its exquisite creations.

I am honored that Tommy exhibits an array of my large and small paintings of trees in his beautiful shop, set among his gorgeous turned wood creations. Shown: Seasons, acrylic, 16″ x 20″.

Boston Woodturning also offers private lessons and group classes to anyone who wants to learn the fine art of woodturning all tools and supplies are provided for the duration of the lesson/class. The gallery is located on the corner of Artists’ Row and New Derby Street in Salem, Massachusetts.

 

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Pieces of Eight Show — Dec. 2017

During December, the MAA will present the third annual Pieces of Eight. This fundraiser exhibit is in keeping with the MAA’s long-standing history of offering small works called Hooper’s Treasures. For the third year in a row, the MAA is offering small works at affordable pricing. The works are hung in the Parlor gallery using a grid format which creates a visual impact of a larger art installation. All paintings and multi media are priced at $100 and all photographs are priced at $50. Many well known local MAA artists participate by offering several pieces. They make great gifts for art lovers and fellow artists alike. Although this is a fundraiser for the MAA, the artists will retain their usual commission. The MAA portion of the proceeds will go to support the exhibits, programming and operations of the Marblehead Arts Association.

I have two entries in the Pieces of Eight show: The Swing, an 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas showing a stylized autumn tree with a swing against a mottled gray background; and Buffet, an 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas showing a bare winter tree against a gray background — every branch holds a colorful bird waiting for a turn at the bird feeder hanging from the tree.

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Marblehead Art Association Winter Members Show

The Marblehead Arts Association will feature the work of its artist members to kick off the holiday season. Intended to coincide with the holiday decor of the King Hooper Mansion by the five garden clubs of Marblehead, this exhibit is a community tradition. This is an inclusive exhibit, neither juried nor judged, with a diverse offering of paintings, photographs, works on paper, mixed media and 3-dimensional pieces including craft. During the run of the exhibit, there will be an opportunity for visitors to cast a vote for a favorite piece with a People’s Choice ballot. This is one of the larger exhibits of the year at the MAA, with over one hundred pieces on display, and all the work is for sale with holiday fit giving in mind.

My entry is titled Relax. It is a mixed media piece, a paper sculpture claw foot bathtub in a bathroom with a window overlooking an acrylic painting of Salem harbor.

The opening reception will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19 and run through December.