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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!

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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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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

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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!

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Members Showcase 3/1-4/6/24

Join us at the Salem Arts Association Gallery opening reception as we kick off our 2024 season with amazing art exhibits, live music by Christine Baze, and assorted treats and beverages on Friday, March 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Meet the artists and your art loving community at Salem Arts. Also, don’t forget to stop into the SAA Artisans Shop newly stocked with original, one-of-a-kind treasures created by the artists of the Salem Arts Association.

There are two exhibits on display now. The Member Showcase featuring art in many styles and mediums by our talented members. My own creation, which has been juried into the show is Salem Willows Arcade, a framed painting, 11″x14″ acrylic on canvas. It was inspired by a photograph I took one drizzly evening outside the Arcade at the Willows. I love The Willows so much and have spent many happy hours there. Daytime, night time, rain or shine, there is always something fun to do and something delicious to eat! On the night illustrated in my painting it was drizzling a little, and all sensible folk were inside enjoying the games.

Music at the event will be provided by Christine Baze has an energy and light that is unmistakeable. Her velvety voice and love of rhythm and melody combine to create songs that are infections to anyone who listens. Bouncing behind her keys or standing solo singing from her heart, Baze pulls you into a colorful emotional journey that makes you stop, listen, and feel.Enjoy Christine Baze live on Vocals and keyboard.

Judging the show was Liz Nofziger is a site-specific installation artist whose work examines relationships to space within the physical, architectural, political, and pop-cultural landscape. Employing a broad range of media including video, sculpture, light, audio, found material and text, viewer investigation completes her work. Nofziger received her MFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. She currently teaches at Montserrat College of Art.

The second exhibit opening March 1 is called This is Trans and it is a photo journey of awareness and love by Mx. NV Gay. Salem Arts is proud to bring This is Trans to the Salem community. It is a timely and important subject for our time and our community. The artist reception will feature a meet and greet with Miss Trans Massachusetts 2023, Chelsea Page Moses and special guests. Reception is sponsored by Miss Trans Global USA. Please check out the Salem Arts Association website www.salemarts.org for more information.

The Salem Arts Association Gallery is located at 159 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970. Contact SAA at:

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Art in Giving Exhibit

I am delighted that four of my paintings have been included in the Gallery Art in Giving exhibit at the BioMed Realty lobby, located at 210 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sales of the paintings in this showing and also many more paintings in the online gallery at www.artingiving.com support pediatric cancer research. Since 1999, Art in Giving has granted nearly $2.5 million for basic research, while also supporting the work of accomplished local artists.

The paintings I have included in this exhibit reflect my love of the sights I have enjoyed my whole life living in the Boston area. There is so much to see in this great city, towering skyscrapers, antique architecture, sweeping ocean views, and many iconic sights. Here are the paintings currently at BioMed Realty lobby:

Boston Swan Boats, acrylic, 36″ x 36″ framed, was inspired by my many visits and photos through the years of this lovely spot. There is nothing more peaceful on a summer day

Three Boston Bridges, acrylic on deep stretched canvas, 48″ x 36″, was inspired by countless drives (and long stops in traffic which give me a chance to snap photos) into and out of Boston. Graceful bridges grab my attention every time.

One early spring day, I took a trip to the Boston Public Library to watch the NPR show being broadcasted. Walking back to the train station, I took a photo of these interesting shapes, shadows, and reflections and used it to inform this painting, Copley Square Skyline: acrylic, 43″ x 30″ framed.

Skyline Boston, acrylic, 28″ x 40″ framed, was the lucky fruit of a LONG traffic jam. Frustrating, but it gave me a chance to admire the magnificent view and shoot some reference photos through my windshield! This painting was done by mixing only 3 colors: titanium white, ultramarine blue, and burnt sepia.