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Member Exhibit 10/3 thru November 2021

After a very long break because of COVID-19, the members of the Swampscott Art Association are happy to announce their Fall Member Exhibit! The show will be on display at the Swampscott Senior Center at the high school from October 3 through the month of November 2021.

Members have brought a wide array of styles and mediums to be exhibited. My paintings in the show are both from my abstract collection. They feature bold design and bright colors and represent my urge to move forward with life! The painting, Hot Jazz (shown), 18″ x 23″ matted & framed, shows the excitement and movement of jazz music with bright color and lots of intersecting diagonal lines to keep your eyes moving through the artwork. The lines represent the hands of the musicians playing their instruments together and the clapping of people enjoying the music. The other piece, More Power, 21″ x 24″ matted & framed, is the piece that inspired my utility box mural at Riley Plaza in downtown Salem, MA. It shows electrical plugs moving and grooving against a colorful background. Maybe they are listening to Hot Jazz!

I hope you will visit my website, www.SheilaBillings.com to see more of my work. Also visit the Swampscott Arts at SwampscottArts.org They have also set up a also set up a Swampscott Arts Association Group on Facebook and an Event for exhibit at the Swampscott Senior Center.

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Punto Urban Art Museum 2021

The Punto Urban Art Museum http://puntourbanartmuseum.org/ brings art to the streets of Salem. MA so folks can enjoy it as they live their daily lives and I am thrilled to be a part of it! Kate Fox of Destination Salem says, “The Punto Urban Art Museum brings something totally different to downtown Salem. The experience of walking through the open air ‘gallery’ to experience the large scale installations is a fun, unique, and colorful addition to the rich fabric of Salem.” The Museum is a project of the North Shore Community Coalition  Info@northshorecdc.org and is located in the El Punto neighborhood and features over 75 large scale murals by 30 world renowned and 25 local artists within a 3 block radius. The website says the art aims to create neighborhood pride and increase economic opportunity for local businesses. VIEWThe ArtMEETThe Artists

I was honored to be chosen to be part of the very first Punto Urban Art Museum back in 2017 as one of the local artists creating 8′ x 8′ murals on Peabody Street. And I was thrilled to be picked to do it again this year! We have a couple of weeks in which to finish the work, and half the fun is chatting with the other artists painting nearby, being amazed at the gigantic bridling-sized murals done by muralists from all over the world as they work from power lifts, and interacting with the many residents as they walk down the street.

This year the theme is “The American Dream” and each mural shows a different artist’s take on the idea. As a retired public school teacher, I was inspired to use our free public education system as my starting point. My mural shows multi-hued books (in all the colors of the flags of our families’ old countries) flying from the darkness of ignorance to the light of freedom and knowledge. In the lower corner two books labeled Truth and Facts sleep. I was referring to the habit of some Americans lately to accept lies and unfounded nonsense as fact without ever researching for themselves. Perched on top of the pile, and beginning to wake up, is a book labeled Curiosity. That book is looking with fascination at the soaring books: Math, Languages, Culture, Geography, Literature, Science, Art, Music and History as they fly to the light of freedom, encircled by the words, The American Dream. In the lower corner is the phrase, “Education Gives Us Wings”.

I hope that my mural inspires kids to take full advantage of the good public education being offered to them. Adults can be reminded that they need to constantly feed their curiosity as life long learners, and keep track of the difference between Truth and Lies. Please visit my website www.SheilaBillings to see more of my work.

The enormous building-sized murals can be seen all over The Point neighborhood in downtown Salem, MA. And the smaller 8’x8′ murals by local artists are lined up all along Peabody Street. I hope you will treat yourself to a walk through our museum!

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H7G Museum Store — Autumn 2021

The House of the Seven Gables has the nicest gift shop! And it’s in the oldest building at the site, the Retire Beckett House which is also one of the oldest homes in Salem, MA. I’m delighted that they show some of my work there including my Salem coloring and activity books, original paintings, prints of my artwork and blank cards. They have also given me permission to paint in the gardens whenever the mood strikes, which is quite often! Between the glorious gardens, the lovely old buildings, the fresh seaside location and the interesting visitors from all over the world, it is a very inspiring place to paint.

My newest works being shown are mini original acrylic paintings, each on it’s own wee easel. They’re only about 3″ tall and the ones I just dropped off are all autumn and Halloween themes each created exclusively for The House of the Seven Gables. The scenes include various views of the famous house, some real and some with fanciful Halloween additions. These little paintings are perfect for hostess gifts and souvenirs. The can add a whimsical and colorful touch to your decor.

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Salem, and The House of the Seven Gables is a great place to go to learn so much about Salem’s history. The tours are conducted by friendly, knowledgeable guides and the grounds are lovely. If you don’t have time for a tour, did you know you can just visit the shop? Simply request a special sticker from the entry desk, and no admission fee is required. Have fun!

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Artoberfest Exhibit: 9/3 – 11/6/21

Salem Arts Association invited local artist to explore Salem’s history with witchcraft, religion, and Halloween. The resulting exhibition, Artoberfest, represents their diverse interpretations of the theme.

I was delighted that my painting, Purple Twilight (acrylic, 16″ x 20″) was selected to be part of the show. My painting is a nod to magic and mystery. It will be interesting to see how other artists interpret the theme!

When you are visiting the Salem Arts Association’s beautiful seaside gallery, do not forget the visit our shop which features exquisite one-of-a-kind items created by our artists.

The Opening Reception on Friday, September 3 is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Salem Art Association, 159 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970. Masks are required in Salem, MA.

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Library Benefit 10/5/21

It’s hard to believe that it is already time to start thinking about the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction in Gloucester. All proceeds will benefit this beautiful public library in Gloucester, MA. All the art will be on exhibit in the Adolph Matz Gallery located in the main lobby of the library for the month of September. Visitors can view the work and also place bids in the silent auction during the month of September. Then on October 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. the live auction will be held. A public reception and preview will precede the vocal auction starting at 6:00 that evening. It was a shame that last year’s auction had to be cancelled due to COVID, and we are hoping that this year will be a good time.

My donation to the cause is Safe Harbor, my watercolor painting done on location one lovely summer morning in Essex, MA with some artist friends. The little fisherman’s shack and three colorful little boats made such a nice contrast to the calm, quiet setting.

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Summer Member Exhibit 2021

The Marblehead Arts Association Summer Member Exhibit will be on view from August 7 through September 19, 2021. Members will share their interpretation of the theme, Elements.

My entry in the exhibit is my acrylic painting, Boston Skyline. The painting was inspired by the stunning view of the skyline presented to me when I was stuck in traffic driving into Boston one morning. The bright sunlight created strong shadows and the hard lines of the buildings against the blue sky and soft clouds really appealed to me. I took a picture with my cell phone and began work on the painting when I (finally!) got home. The traffic was real! The tall buildings against the sky gave me the feeling of Air, perfect for the Elements theme.

Hooper Mansion is located at 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. Hours of operation are Wednesdays through Sundays noon to 5:00 p.m. Call 781-631-2608 or visit www.marbleheadarts.org for more information.

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Tides of Life 7/3 – 8/28/21

For the 15th year, Salem Arts Association is presenting a members’ exhibition inspired by a show at Peabody Essex Museum. This year’s exhibit is titled, Tides of Life and gets inspiration from the PEM exhibit “In American Waters”. Local artists came up with imaginative creations showing how the sea is a reflection of American culture and environment and their own personal and psychological meditations on its beauty, violence, poetry and transformative power. The show will be on display from July 3 through August 28, 2021 at the Salem Arts Association Gallery.

I’m thrilled that my painting, Marblehead Harbor, 12″x36″, acrylic has been juried into this exhibit! This painting was done en plein air on a drizzly July day before the morning mist had lifted. I was painting under a protective canopy at Devereux Beach in Marblehead MA, and had originally gone to Devereaux with the idea of using the roof to protect me from the sun. I had planned to paint a view of the beach with all the colorful towels and umbrellas, but the rainy weather made me change my plan. From the same spot, I turned around and painted a view of the harbor in all its foggy glory.

The exhibit is on display at Salem Arts Association Gallery, 159 Derby Street, Salem, MA, right beside Derby Wharf. Gallery hours are Saturdays & Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m.

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Summer Member Exhibit 7/3 – 8/1/21

Marblehead Arts Association is excited to present the Summer Member Exhibit now through August 1. With 5 galleries of MAA juried artist members and 1 galley devoted to our Plein air paintings, there is something here for everyone. As with all our shows, you can find all the works online, but MAA also welcomes everyone to come in person.

My painting in the show is Four Seasons, a 4 panel acrylic on canvas. Each panel is 12 inches wide by 24 inches high, the total size is 48 inches wide by 24 inches high, $800. The background is done in subtle mottled metallic paint: copper, gold, bronze, silver. Because of the metallics, the painting gets a different look through the day and evening as the light changes. Four Seasons was inspired by my love for trees during all our New England seasons, and the Asian panels I have visited at the Peabody Essex Museum.

The show can be found online, but it’s much more fun to come in person to 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, Massachusetts. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Exhibit: North Shore 7/3-8/28/21

It is so good to have the galleries open again! Salem Arts Association presents Exhibit: North Shore, running July 3 through August 28, 2021. It is an exhibition of images inspired by the landscape, cities and people of Massachusett’s North Shore.   Subjects include but are not limited to seascapes, woods, historic buildings, local attractions such as diners, depictions of events and portraits of the people of the North Shore. 

My entry in the exhibit is Relax! a mixed media piece incorporating paper sculpture, acrylic painting and a variety of tidbits I found in my studio. The scene outside the window shows Salem Harbor, a favorite view of mine!

Salem Arts Association’s beautiful seaside gallery is located at 159 Derby Street right beside Derby Wharf. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays noon-6:00 p.m. Don’t forget to visit our lovely shop where every item is created by local artists (including me!).

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Salem Arts Walk 2021

The Salem Arts Association ArtWalk features posters of artwork by Salem Arts Association members displayed throughout Downtown Salem at supporting business establishments. I was so happy that a poster of my acrylic painting on canvas, H7G Front Door is on display at #19 on the Art Walk map, Salem Main Streets, 265 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970 – (Yes, that is a poster of the original painting that is on display right now at the Marblehead Arts Association Spring Members’ Show.) Go to www.salemmainstreets.org to view the map of the whole Art Walk. Walking through beautiful downtown Salem, looking for all the Art Walk posters, is a lovely way to spend a late spring/ early summer day. The work will be on display June 4 through Jul 30, 2021