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Library Art Exhibit 6/8-7/20/24

Danvers Art Association is pairing with the Middleton Art Association to stage an un-themed exhibit at the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, also known as the Danvers Public Library. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, June 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The show and reception are free and open to the public during regular library hours.

My painting in the exhibit is titled Salem Willows Closing Time and is rendered in acrylic paint on 11″ x 14″ x 1.5″ deep gallery wrapped canvas; the image continues around the edges of the canvas. The painting was inspired by a photograph I took one idyllic evening at Salem Willows after enjoying delicious fried fish at the Clam Shack while sitting outside at their picnic tables, watching the sun go down. My husband Tom and I got an ice cream at Hobb’s and ate it while strolling along the water. Then we capped off the evening at the arcade, where Tom is a Skee Ball champion. As we left, I took a photo of the Arcade facade glowing in the darkness, as people started to leave.

The bright colors in my painting reflect the feeling of the place with blinking lights, laughing children, and all the bells and whistles of The Willows. It makes me happy to look at my painting and remember all the wonderful days I have spent there with my friends and family.

The exhibit at the library is a particularly good one. Because it is un-themed, each artist was able to freely choose a painting that reflects their own style and strengths. So when you come to the show, you will see artworks in oil, acrylic, watercolors, pastels, all the various drawing media — plus mixed media and photography and I’m sure, more. We are lucky to have been invited to again display our work among antique molding and a lovely fireplace, thanks to the hospitality of the library.

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers is located at 15 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

Phone: 978-774-0554

Website https:danverslibrary.org

Sat9 AM–5 PM

Sun1–5 PM
Mon9 AM–9 PM
Tue9 AM–9 PM
Wed9 AM–9 PM
Thu9 AM–9 PM
Fri12–5 PM
Exhibitions

Alienation/Acceptance

Salem Arts Association invited their artist community to explore feelings of belonging and exclusion, consider their place in and around our community and what community means to us all, and to express forms of acceptance or alienation in ways that truly embody their voices.

My cut paper artwork juried into the exhibit is titled Collaboration. It illustrates that idea using the complimentary colors red and green which visually vibrate when placed beside each other, but quiet down in the places I combined them in thin stripes. That represents the idea that when we get to know each other and work closely together, our differences dissipate. The piece is 21″ x 16″ matted and framed.

Reception: Friday, May 24, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM

Exhibition Dates: May 25 – June 22, 2024

Open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Salem Arts Association Galleries, 159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970

Contact gallery@salemarts.org with questions.

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Musical Performance:

Amyjo Savannah

Southern born singer/songwriter Amyjo Savannah has a signature, soulful timber & deep, powerful resonance to her wide-ranging vocals. Singing in styles reminiscent of Odetta, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mavis Staples, Tom Waits & Robbie Basho. Her writing is equally dynamic & heartfelt. A combination that showcases her illustrative storyteller delivery. 

Amyjo Savannah has opened for Sammy Hagar, Garth Hudson (of The Band), Vince Mira, and Nina Storey. She has played at Sundance Film Festival three years running performing at The Star Bar & The Gibson Lounge. As well as performing at the High Times Doobie Awards at SXSW, and The Showbox in Seattle. She curated “Estrogen”, an all-female performance evening at The Can Can Cabaret & in was named “Northwest Discovery” in Seattle’s Sound Magazine.

Guest Juror: Patricia DiCarlo Baker graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Illustration
She has worked in a variety of other creative fields. In addition to working for the Marblehead Arts Association, she also worked for Advertising Agencies, Magazines, Corporate Businesses, and the education field. 

Patti learned the art of Nantucket Basket weaving and has been dedicated to the craft
Over the years, I have worked on different techniques for creating baskets as well as different shapes and styles for over nineteen years. She wants the owners of her baskets to use her pieces rather than keeping them on a shelf, they are made to be used.
Patti has won first place ribbons, peoples’ choice awards, and best of show
awards for her baskets.

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Grown Ups Gala 5/17/24

I’m excited for the Grown Ups Gala! My contribution to the festivities is my original acrylic painting, Starship Trippers, which was the inspiration for my room-sized mural for their adorable Outer Space exhibit.

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Join us for North Shore Children’s Museum’s first official Grown-Ups Gala on Friday, May 17, 2024 at the Black Box Theater in Peabody. This special evening is the signature fundraising event for our newly created 501c3, Friends of North Shore Children’s Museum, which provides critical funding for the museum’s income-based admission prices, educational exhibits, and robust and accessible program offerings.

Guests will enjoy delicious food from Toscana’s Ristorante, signature drinks, games, an exciting live auction with special guest emcee Katie Thompson of Channel 5, and more! We invite you to dress up for a cocktail party that benefits your little one’s favorite place to play and learn.

Since opening in October 2022, we’ve welcomed over 45,000 visitors to our space at 10 Main Street in Peabody. As the only children’s museum in northeast Massachusetts, access is a fundamental part of our mission, and we are proud to welcome 25% of our visitors for free or at a discount. Your support is vital and we hope you will join us on May 17th!

Exhibitions

GALA Pink Gala!

Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) will be holding the Annual Fundraiser, PINK, on Saturday May 18, 2024 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at their beautiful galleries. Tickets for the event are $25 and are still available.

The PINK gala will be held on the same night as the opening for the Pink Exhibit which will be up in the galleries until June 25, 2024. I am happy that my painting, Tea House, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 9″ x 12″ has been accepted into the exhibit. I created this painting en plein air on the grounds of the lovely Glen Magna Estate in Danvers, MA. The painting shows the cute little birthday cake of a tea house in all its glory amidst the flowering trees of the estate gardens.

Galleries at Lynn Arts is located at 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901. For more information, contact them at 617-909-9211, or their website at www.galleriesatlynnarts.org

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Double Opening! 4/13-5/18/24

Nice event tonight! Art Opening for two different exhibitions: Minimalism and the PEM Inspirational exhibit, Friday April 12, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Salem Arts Association Galleries at 159 Derby Street, in beautiful downtown Salem, Massachusetts. The reception is free and open to public. Music! Refreshments! Fun! And lots and lots of art.

This is Salem Arts Association’s 18th annual Peabody Essex Museum Inspirational Exhibition. Our Time on Earth an amazing exhibit at the PEM is “Part of PEM’s Climate + Environment Initiative, this traveling exhibition from the Barbican Centre in London celebrates the power of global creativity to transform the conversation around the climate emergency.”https://www.pem.org/exhibitions/our-time-on-earth  I was truly excited by this exhibit and plan to go back! I was delighted that my painting, Mother Earth, was juried in to this show.

Mother Earth is an acrylic painting on stretched canvas, 24″ x 30″ framed. The background is mottled metallic paints that change with the light. My father was born in Ireland; the spirals on the Earth’s oceans, the knots of the tree’s roots, and the circle of protecting trees were inspired by my interest in Celtic style art. The ancient Irish worshiped trees. It is meant to remind us to think of all the creatures of the Earth being intertwined.

In the words of the Salem Arts call for artists, Minimalism is a form of abstract art that came about in the 1950’s in the US and spread worldwide. Minimalism was best described as art with no subtext or, “What you see is what you get.”  Salem Arts Association invited our artist members to present the essence of their expression, to strip down their creative process to concepts that represent a world of simplicity where less is more, and to explore and play with the idea that art doesn’t necessarily have to represent a deep thought or evoke emotion – sometimes, it can just… be.

My painting that was juried into the Minimalism exhibit is titled Evacuation Day (acrylic, 24″ x 20″). I painted it one cold, forbidding March 17 — Evacuation Day! A far cry from the color and joy of a St. Patrick’s Day parade. But this is how New England looks in March, and it has its own stark, minimalist beauty. It is was the view from my kitchen window and as I stood at my easel painting it, I was attracted to the tessellating shapes and angles set against the lacy bare trees and their dramatic shadows.

Salem Arts Association is located at 159 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970. We are open every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 6:00 p.m. While you are there to view our art exhibitions, don’t forget to visit our Gallery Shop where you will find all manner of exquisite hand-made creations by our members: jewelry, paintings, textiles, prints, woodworking, pottery, etc.

Contact us: info@SalemArts.org

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978-745-4850

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Pop-Up Show! 4/6/24

Hurry! One day only! The Danvers Art Association is hosting a Spring Member Exhibit for just one day, Saturday, April 6. The show will be held at the unique DAA Gallery at 105 Elliot Street, Route 62, Danvers.

The gallery is housed in a beautiful antique 1913 brick two-room schoolhouse, and the show is in one of the classrooms. Members contributed artwork in many different styles and mediums to this un-themed exhibit, so you will find work of all sizes and subjects in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and more. Most work is for sale.

My entry in the show is Emerald Woods, a 16″ x 20″ acrylic painting on stretched gallery wrap deep canvas. I painted it in my yard one delightfully breezy September morning, looking out at the conservation area behind my house. The sunlight was glowing though the leaves, bathing the whole scene in green and gold.

The reception for this exhibit will be held Friday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Danvers Art Association. Join us to enjoy original art, conviviality, and refreshments. Free and open to the public. Plenty of free parking.

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Nature Exhibit 4/5-5/8/24

Galleries at Lynn Arts is kicking off the springtime with an art opening and reception Friday, April 5, 2024 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at their beautiful location, 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA. Galleries at Lynn Arts

The reception is for the Nature Exhibit which runs from April 5 until May 8, 2024. The reception will be a celebration of nature and growth and all wonderful things. Artist members have been asked to submit work which speaks to the season. The reception will feature fun and food. A five dollar donation is requested to help GALA cover the cost of the all-volunteer association.

I am so happy that two of my pieces have been juried into the show:

Wildflowers is a black and white photograph developed in the darkroom, old school! The photo was taken while I was taking a stroll in the local woods and I was drawn to the contrasts of dark and light, soft and prickly, smooth and textured. The photo measures 11″ x 13″ matted framed and is priced at $150.

My second creation in the exhibit is Cattail Sunrise which was inspired by the shrinking number of places where we can see our native cattails growing. They used to be everywhere, but are now being squeezed out by invasive species. I was lucky to come across this lovely pond where cattails still grow. The piece is done in muted tones, pastel on medium gray toothed paper and measures 18×24″ framed, $150.

It is wonderful to live amidst so much inspiring natural beauty!

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Library Art Show: 2nd place

Danvers Art Association is hosting an art show at the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers from 3/16-4/20/24. The reception is free and open to the public on Saturday, 3/17 from 2-4pm. My two completely different styles of paintings in the exhibit are: Children’s Barn, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, 8×10″ framed and Charlie on the MTA, acrylic paint on illustration board, 12″x16″. I hope you can make it!

Children’s Barn was painted in autumn of 2023 at Endicott Park in Danvers overlooking the barn on one of those crisp, sunny fall days. It is acrylic paint on framed gallery-wrapped canvas, 8” x 10”. Perfect for a country kitchen, living room, or kids’ room. 

I am delighted that my painting was selected for 2nd Place in the Acrylic Category. Charlie on the MTA (shown) was inspired by my daily trips on the T when I worked in Boston many years ago! I loved getting everywhere by using the colorful maps posted on the station walls. Who needed a car? I have added a few new “lines” in my painting. Charlie on the MTA is done in acrylic paint on illustration board in only 6 colors (red, yellow, green, blue, magenta, white), using a lot of color mixing. I hope they get the T up and running right again soon!

The library is in a beautiful wedding cake of an antique mansion! Not to be missed. Free Parking and refreshments.

15 Sylvan St, Danvers, MA 01923, United States

Phone+1 978 774 0554|

danverslibrary.org

www.SheilaBillings.com

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Taste of the North Shore

My donation to the 20th year celebration of Taste of the North Shore hosted by the Rotary Club of Peabody: My original acrylic painting, Boston Light, 12×24″; inspired by a photo I took on a glorious summer sail! Taste the best the North Shore has to offer while supporting your community. Enjoy foods and more, plus enter their $10,000 raffle. Only 300 tickets sold; you don’t have to be present to win. Tuesday, March 19, 6:00 p.m., Dansversport, Danvers. PeabodyRotaryTaste.com for tickets and more information!

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Member Spring Exhibit 3/18-4/11/14

It’s that time again when artwork blooms in galleries all around the North Shore! On Monday, March 18 from noon until 2:00 p.m. the Swampscott Art Association will start their season with an exhibit of members’ creations. The show will be on display at the Swampscott Senior Center, 200R Essex Street, Swampscott. It is in the back of Swampscott High School and there is plenty of free parking.

Members were encouraged to bring their best work, so there will be a diverse array of all different styles, mediums, subjects and sizes for you to enjoy. The event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served and live music will be offered as well.

My painting in the show is titled King’s Beach Seawall. It is a realistic depiction of the iconic view along the Swampscott/ Lynn King’s Beach. It was inspired by a photograph I took while walking there last March. The dramatic sky, light reflecting on the water, and hard shadows on the wall caught my eye. The painting is done in acrylic paint on gallery wrapped canvas, 10″ x 20″, and framed in black.

I hope to see you there!