The Abstract View ~~ Sept. 17 – Nov. 2, 2017


ArcWorks has invited artists from metropolitan Boston, north of Boston and southern New Hampshire to show abstract artwork at their exhibit, The Abstract View. The show will hang in their gallery space from September 17 to November 2, 2017.

The juror for the show is Dean Nimmer, Emeritus Professor at Mass. College of Art, author of the successful book, “Art from Intuition” with over 200 solo and group exhibitions across the US and abroad.

My artwork for the show is Jazz Fusion, a mixed media piece, 16″ x 20″ matted and framed. It was inspired by the feeling I get when listening to jazz music.

The opening reception will be on Sunday, September 17, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at ArcWorks,   22 Foster Street, Peabody, MA. For gallery hours, please call ArcWorks Director, Susan Dodge at 978-548-5855.


Faint of Art — Sept. 1 till Oct. 29, 2017

“Faint of Art”, the Salem Art Association annual PEM inspirational show, allows SAA artists to interpret concepts of fear, suspense, and horror. Inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum’s exhibition of “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection”.

One of my mixed media pieces, Nevermore (16″ x 20″) has been juried into the show. It is a combination of acrylic paint and collaged cut paper presented on a mottled metallic background. This artwork was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, The Raven, a favorite of mine.

The show has been juried by Lydia Gordon, Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the Peabody Essex Museum. 

Prior to joining PEM, Gordon worked for the Society of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago and as a Curatorial Fellow for the department of Exhibitions and Exhibitions Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has contributed to several Chicago-based exhibitions at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries, Hyde Park Art Center, and Comfort Station, Logan Square. Additionally, she has held the position of Art Loan Manager at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, where she organized the series New Media | Fresh Paint, showcasing contemporary artists living and working in New England.

Gordon earned her BA in Art Administration from Simmons College in 2010 and her Dual MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism, Art Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. A chapter of her MA thesis will appear in essay form in the upcoming publication Inappropriate Bodies, ed. Rachel Epp Buller and Charles Reeve (Demeter Press, 2018). Her research interests include the histories of modernisms, post-structuralist theory, and contemporary art.

Salem Arts Association is located at 211 Bridge St., Salem, a historic red brick building which once housed The Universalist Unitarian Church. There is a public parking lot on Church Street.



Figurehead Painting Demo at Old Ironsides 7/23/17

On July 23, 2017, the USS Constitution, fondly called Old Ironsides, was returned to the waters of Boston after 2 years of restoration. I was invited by the National Park Service to demonstrate the art of figurehead painting for the attendees.

In addition to my display, there were many other nautical demonstrations and performances. These included a knot tying tent, choruses singing sea chanteys, a group of people in historic costumes camping at the shipyard, and many other events. It was a jolly time, packed with people interested in history and in enjoying a lovely evening.


Floral Art at Gallery 62

A new display of my floral art is on exhibit at Gallery 62. The display includes both large and small paintings. Some of them are flowers from my own garden, and others were done en plein air in gardens around the North Shore. Bins of my cards and prints of my paintings are also available.

While you’re there, check out the work of the other local artists! In addition to paintings, there are all sorts of wearable art and one-of-a-kind designs for your home. Jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and much more.

Gallery 62 is at 105 Elliot St., Danvers on Rte. 62. It is in an antique 2-room schoolhouse saved from demolition and refurbished by the members of the Danvers Art Association, led by their president, John Archer. Hours: Weekends 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Garden Stroll — July 8, 2017

The Salem Garden Club hosts a self-guided “Garden Stroll” with a tour of private gardens in the McIntire Historic District. Featured are more than 10 traditional, quaint, and eclectic gardens. Ticket holders will also enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Ropes Mansion Garden. Complimentary refreshments of lemonade and cookies will be served to strollers along the route. Local musicians and artists will be featured in several gardens. I shall be painting in the lovely garden at 37 Chestnut Street! (Shown: painting from a previous Garden Stroll — Garden Parade, acrylic, 8″ x 10″)

This fund raiser benefits many Salem civic projects which include:
• the planting and maintenance of the Washington Street traffic island;
• the plantings of the City Hall window boxes;
• the plantings at the Blue Star Memorial on Hawthorne Boulevard;
• providing monthly flower arrangement at the Salem Public Library; and,
• an annual scholarship awarded to a deserving Salem High School senior.

Tickets: $20 on day of the tour at First Church, 316 Essex Street, Salem, MA
($18 if purchased by Thursday, July 6, 2017 on SalemGardenClub.com)
For tickets, parking and specific details visit: SalemGardenClub.com.

These private gardens are not handicapped accessible. Pets and carriages are not permitted.


Uncommon Threads — SAA July 1 to Aug. 27, 2017

NOT your Grandmother’s Sewing Circle!

July 1 through August 27, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday July 7 from 5-7 pm.

Salem Arts Association presents “Uncommon Threads”, an exhibition that redefines the use of fibers in art. Times have past on the quilting of old. In this exhibition we challenge the artists to discover new inspirations using fibers, fabrics, textiles of any kind, and inventive weaving.  My entry is a quilted wall hanging using cloth, beads, shells, etc. It was done in honor of my youngest granddaughter’s birth — so it WAS actually her grandmother’s sewing circle!

Fiber art refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. It focuses on the materials and on the manual labor on the part of the artist as part of the works’ significance, and prioritizes aesthetic value over utility.

Salem Arts Galleries and Shop are located in “The Bridge at 211” at 211 Bridge Street. The gallery entrance is located on Ash st. 

Regular hours are Saturdays and Sundays, Noon until 6:00 PM.


Marblehead Festival of Arts 2017

The Marblehead Festival of Arts will be held from July 1 through July 4 all through Downtown Marblehead. This annual 4th of July event is a holiday tradition for people who enjoy art, music, literature, fireworks, good food, and family fun.

This year I am excited to have several pieces of art accepted into this juried event. My large watercolor painting Mighty Redwood Morn will be part of the Painting Exhibit in Abbot Hall.  My drawing entry Celtic Peacocks can be seen in the Drawing Exhibit also at Abbot Hall. My acrylic painting Frosty Winter Morning will be shown in the Senior Exhibit at the U. U. Church on Mugford Street. And my Painting the Town plein air painting of Devereaux Beach will be on display at Hooper Mansion.


MAA Member Show — July 1 to Aug. 6, 2017

The Marblehead Arts Association will feature over 100 works of art by artist members  to kick off the season for the height of the summer. The Summer Member Exhibit is judged for prizes by Benjamin Gross Professor of Art at Salem State University and Peter Morse of Gordon College for Photography. Come see the prize winners in Fine Art and Photography.  The MAA will also host the Painting the Town Exhibit of the Marblehead Arts Festival in the Emerging Gallery on the second floor July 1- August 6. Learn more at http://www.marbleheadfestival.org/events/summer-festival-events/painting-the-town/.

My entry in the show is Power a mixed media piece which was the inspiration for the utility box I painted for the City of Salem at Reilly Plaza. The opening reception for the show is onThursday, June 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Sail Boston 2017

Sail Boston is hosting ships from all over the world, as well as artisans, music and many other activities on June 17 and 18, 2017. The Grand Parade of Sail will highlight the day’s activities. Led by the USCGC Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” vessels will parade in flotillas from Broad Sound into the main channel of Boston Harbor, along the Boston waterfront, turning at Charlestown, before proceeding to their assigned berthing areas.

I was invited to paint figure heads as one of the Maritime Craft Artisans stationed at Charlestown Navy Yard as part of the festivities. My tent will be located on Pier 2 with a perfect view of the tall ships’ parade. There will also be artisans working on scrimshaw, knots, sign painting, boat building, custom sail and spar, and trunnel making.

The best landside viewing locations will be from Castle Island, the Seaport District, the Downtown Waterfront, the North End, Charlestown and East Boston.