Salem Children’s Charity 2023

You can retire the teacher, but you can’t take the students out of her heart! Coming up Tuesday, December 12!!! The Salem Children’s Charity event at Hotel Hawthorne. This festive event offers hors d’oeuvres, a live bar, a live auction, raffles and much more, the proceeds will benefit Salem schoolchildren all year long.

You helped the Salem Children’s Charity to survive the COVID year! They are still tremendously worried that their efforts to be the “superhero” for Salem schoolchildren will come up short in this post-COVID period of inflation hurting struggling families and serious stress on schoolchildren.

They want to remind you that the sole purpose of Salem Children’s Charity is to provide year-round assistance to Salem’s schoolchildren in times of need without bureaucratic red tape or delay. They hope is that this knowledge will once again drive you to help them overcome significant obstacles in the lives of Salem children.

My donation to the charity event is Snow Berry Cardinal, acrylic on canvas, 8x10x1.5″. Many people believe that a cardinal is a visit for a loved one who has passed on to Heaven. This painting is a nice size to display on a shelf, and the deep 1.5″ canvas allows it to stand without an easel. It is also wired for hanging.

If you are unable to visit the event in person, you can bid online; the hugely popular hybrid silent auction www.biddingowl.com begins when doors open to the live event December 12 at 6:00 p.m. and continues through Sunday, December 18 at 8:00 p.m. For tickets, please contact the charity at www.salemchildrenscharity.org


Member Exhibit – 1st prize!

Danvers Art Association is proud to present the Member Exhibit from November 18, 2023 until January 6, 2024. It will take place at the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

My entry in the show is titled Snowy Gables, and is an original hand pulled screen print done in two colors on white rag paper. The screen print depicts a snowy night, a cozy gabled cottage on a little hill, and a crescent moon shining above. It is meant to celebrate the start of the cozy season on this week before Thanksgiving.

This is an unthemed exhibit with each artist member of DAA entering a piece that speaks to them. The works are in various mediums, many sizes, and as many different subjects as there are artists. All of this hanging in a lovely fireplaced room in the Georgian Revival building originally dedicated in 1892.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday afternoon, November 18, 2023 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

The show will be open for viewing during regular library hours: Mondays – Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sundays 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the library at 978-774-0554 or email them at danversref@noblenet.org.


Holiday Showcase

Coming up! Salem Arts Association Holiday Showcase, unthemed exhibit of members’ creations. My entry is an original acrylic painting on canvas, Frosty Dawn, 12″ x 24″, framed. It was painted from inside my warm house, looking out over my old neighborhood in Gallows Hill Salem at my neighbors’ beautiful yards. I just left out all the houses, cars, street lights, and everything except the lovely snowy scene.

Opening reception this coming Friday, November 17, 6-8pm — SAA openings are always a good time! While you’re there, check out the SAA Shop on the first floor and the Masters’ Circle show going on upstairs. 159 Derby Street, Salem, MA www.SalemArts.org #SalemArts These shows will be on display through December 16, 2023.


Winter Member Show 2023

It’s that time of year! The Marblehead Arts Association is presenting the Winter Member Show from November 12 through December 24, 2023. The Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, November 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and it is free and open to the public at the MAA Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA.

What better way to end the year than with our annual Winter Member Exhibit!

The Marblehead Arts Association’s annual Winter Member Show promises to be an extraordinary showcase of creativity and the wide range of talents of the MAA’s Artist Members.

The works of MAA Artist members will be spread throughout all galleries of the King Hooper Mansion. They are also being presented online at the MAA website: www.marbleheadarts.org. You need to go to page three to find my painting, the very last one on the page! Well, it had to be someone! LOL.

My offering for the exhibit is Great Horned Owl, a 16″ x 20″ x 1-1/2″ deep acrylic painting on deep gallery wrapped canvas. I painted it during a snow storm, standing in the window overlooking my back yard. Everything outside looked a pastel beige/ gray because the snowflakes were falling so rapidly and so close together. As I painted, a great horned owl who lives in a tree in the woods behind my house swooped by. Two little chickadees in a big tree on the right, escaped his big yellow hunter’s eyes.

Gallery hours are Every Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 781-631-2608.


Fall Member Showcase

Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) are throwing wide their doors for the opening reception of the Fall Member Showcase on Friday, November 3, 2023. The party starts at 5:30 and keeps going until 7:30. Check out their website www.galleries@lynnarts.org for more viewing times.

The members were invited to bring their best work, enough to fill a 36″ x 36″ space. I opted to bring two paintings: Starship Tripper (shown) is a small acrylic on stretched canvas, 11″ x 14″ showing some little green visitors to our moon with a lovely view of planet Earth in their sky.

The second painting is closer to home — a night time view of King’s Beach titled King’s Beach Lights. I was driving along and saw the gentle, white-edged waves rolling to shore with lacy white edges shining under a very dark sky. The only light in the painting comes from the automobile lights, house windows, and street lights.

Galleries art Lynn Arts is located at 25 Exchange Street in Lynn, MA.


Fall Member Exhibit

The Danvers Art Association announces the newest exhibit, the Fall Member Exhibit. It is an open-themed show so the members can enter any artwork they wish to show. The opening reception is Friday, November 3, 2023 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the beautiful renovated DAA antique schoolhouse at 105 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA. Right on Route 62 — plenty of free parking!!

My entries in the show are two acrylic plein air paintings on stretched canvas: One is titled Children’s Barn (shown) and is a brand new painting finished with a group of plein air painters from Cape Ann. On a perfectly crisp autumn morning, we all went to Endicott Park in Danvers, MA and most of us painted the bright red Children’s Barn. It was practically glowing in the morning sun.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be available to view at the reception and four other days: Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and also on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Fall Member Exhibit will be hung in the left classroom at the top of the stairs. The right classroom will feature a show of Day of the Dead themed art!


Champion for Kids

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem is holding its 2023 Champion for Kids Celebration this year at Ledger Restaurant in Salem, MA on Wednesday November 8 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The evening will include a five course dinner, open bar, an Art Auction, and other fun and games. This is all to benefit the kids who go to the Boys & Girls Club in Salem. The early part of the night will give guests a chance to meet the artists of the work to be auctioned later in the evening.

Two of my original paintings are donated to the event. The first is my oil painting Sheehan’s Pond which is 21″ x 25″ framed (shown). This painting was inspired by a live painting demonstration by well-known local artist Dennis Sheehan, and is named in his honor. It is a dreamy, misty forest scene familiar to New Englanders, which would be peaceful in any room of your home.

The second painting I am donating to the great cause of supporting the B&GCGS is titled Log Cabin Quilt, acrylic on illustration board, 11″ x 14″ framed. This painting employs optic color mixing. Although it seems to use many colors, it is really our eyes “mixing” only five colors which are painted in tiny dots and lines close together. This fun painting would be great for a sewing room — it is a quilt after all. But it would also be perfect for a child’s room or nursery, or in any room that calls our for a bright pop of color.

I also have continued my tradition of working in person with the boys and girls of the club to inspire and guide them to create their own 8″ x 10″ paintings which will be auctioned to help support the club that they love so much. I met with them to talk about the theme of “Fun and Games” and gave them images of numerous game boards. The kids each chose their own board, then chose just a section of the design to inspire their colorful, bold acrylic on canvas paintings. I am always inspired by the fun and energy the boys and girls bring to this project. The kids are proud to show their work and will each earn a gift card for their efforts and the proud knowledge that they are helping the cause!


Falling for Art Sale

The Manchester Public Library is hosting its first art sale to benefit the library. The Friends of the Manchester Public Library have put together the extensive exhibit which features the works of over 25 local artists and includes many scenes of beautiful Cape Ann locations. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the library.

On Friday October 20 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. come to the library to meet the artists and view the beautiful framed art and photography. There will also be matted originals ready for framing available in bins. Wine and cheese will be served at the reception. The exhibit will be on display for only two more days, on Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22 during regular library hours, so hurry!

I have three paintings juried into the Falling for Art show. Marsh Reeds (shown), acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 16″ x 20″ framed, was painted en plein air this September overlooking the marshes behind Woodman’s in Essex. The reeds were making an interesting diagonal pattern against the strong horizontals of the marshes and dramatic clouds.

Knowles’ Landing, acrylic on deep gallery wrapped canvas, 16″ x 20″ was also painted en plein air — my favorite way of creating art. This was done on a languid summer day in Essex. I painted as my husband relaxed and read in the shade at this quiet landing. It was lucky for me that two beautiful herons flew in just as I was finishing the painting, so I was able to add them to the composition.

Sunrise Cattails, pastel, 19″ x 25″ framed, was inspired by many morning drives when the serenity of the marsh is emphasized by the soft sunrises. Each day is different and each one is beautiful.

I hope you will get a chance to visit this exhibit. You will be helping the library provide so many services to the town, and supporting the work of local artists.


MAA Artisan Shop

What could be nicer than strolling the historic streets of Old Town Marblehead in the autumn? While you are there, do not forget to check out the Marblehead Arts Association Artisan Shop. The shop is located on the first floor of the MAA building, the antique Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA; and it is chock full of amazing creations by members of the Marblehead Arts Association.

The shop offers the work of members of the MAA, including my mini paintings of iconic Marblehead places and also matted 11″ x 14″ prints of my larger paintings of the scenic town. Right now there is a display of my autumn scenes of beautiful Marblehead. These make wonderful souvenirs for tourists, little gifts for friends and hosts, or treats for yourself. They tuck neatly into shelf and table displays. (Shown: mini original 3×3″, Abbot Hall Moonlight)

Other members showcase their talent with exquisite jewelry, hand blown glass, unique hand thrown and hand built ceramics, fiber art, and so many more treasures for you. The shop is a wonderful place to complete your gift shopping while supporting the work of local artists! And while you are visiting the MAA, be sure to tour the upstairs and downstairs galleries of paintings by members. There is always something new on exhibit.

MAA Gallery & Shop Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Website: marbleheadarts.org

Telephone: 781-631-2608

Email: info@marbleheadarts.org


SAA Gallery Shop

Boo! You won’t be scared by the unique hand-made treasures you find at the Salem Arts Association Gallery Shop! Located in the historic Maritime District in Downtown Salem Massachusetts, it’s a fabulous place to go any time of the year; but at Halloween, it is a truly special place to visit.

On display are one-of-a-kind creations by local artists, members of the Salem Arts Association. The collection includes original paintings and matted prints — including many of mine, handmade jewelry and clothing, housewares, ceramics, hand-turned wood, leather items, and much more. Wander around and marvel.

Also on the shelves are a collection of my mini original paintings, each with its own wee easel. These are ideal to tuck onto a shelf or table in your home, give for a thoughtful gift, and are very easy to carry in your pocket as you tour Salem during Haunted Happenings! I paint seasonal and holiday specific minis and offer them all year, so come back to see what I have in store for you next.

Upstairs in the SAA building, you will discover our Art Gallery which features rotating exhibits of members’ work. Right now, of course, the gallery is showing Artoberfest, an exhibit of all things spooky and/or autumnal! The SAA is located at 159 Derby Street, Salem; and gallery hours are every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 6:00 p.m. Keep your eyes open for our famous Friday night Art Openings every month or so!

For more information:

website: www.salemarts.org

phone: 978- 745-4850

email: info@salemarts.org