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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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Artoberfest Art Exhibit

The Salem Arts Association is proud to present the annual Artoberfest Exhibit as a kickoff to the Haunted Happenings season in Salem, Massachusetts. The exhibit features all things spooky and autumnal and will be on display on the second floor gallery of the association building at 159 Derby Street, Salem — right beside Pickering Wharf.

The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday night, September 15, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In addition to fabulous art by local artists, the evening will feature live music, refreshments, and is free and open to the public. After that you can see the show during regular gallery hours every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 6:00 p.m. Don’t forget to stop in to see the wonderful SAA Gallery Shop downstairs!

My painting in the show is called Sail Loft at Pickering Wharf (acrylic, 16″ x 20″). It was painted en plein air during the Salem Merrytime Festival. It was a warm, early autumn day and I greatly enjoyed being a part of the general merriment!

For more information, contact Salem Arts Association at www.salemarts.org

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Fall Show — 2nd Place Award

Danvers Art Association is once more hosting an open art show at the Peabody Library of Danvers. The show includes the work of members of the art association as well as artwork from members of the community. The opening reception for the exhibit was held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 and I was very pleased to be awarded second place.

Once again, we are grateful to DAA member, Jim Morrocco, for doing a magnificent job organizing and hanging the exhibit. And thanks as well to Noelle Boc, the Library Director, for judging the show and speaking so eloquently about each winning painting at the art reception.

The exhibit will close on Sunday October 22, 2023. The Peabody Library of Danvers is located at 15 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA and hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00 to 5:00 , and Sunday 1 to 5:00 p.m. Telephone: 978-774-0554, www.danverslibrary.org, email: danversref@nobelnet.org

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Cape Ann Plein Air Group!

I am so happy to have been invited to join a group of plein air painters based in Gloucester, MA! These talented artists meet each Tuesday morning at various locations around Cape Ann to paint, then they meet at noon for a critique session.

Sometimes they are able to obtain permission to paint in locations not usually open to the public. So far, I have been able to meet with them to paint on the grounds of the Eastern Point Yacht Club where I was excited to be close enough to the Eastern Point Light House to get some details I could not see when painting it before. (Painting shown: Eastern Point Light House, acrylic, 10″ x 20″) We also met in a private area of Rust Island, and I was relieved when the drizzle held off long enough to allow me to paint Cormorant Cove.

On a really hot day, we painted at Cripple Cove in Gloucester. The tide was low and the view was of many moored boats. The day we painted on Bear Skin Neck in Rockport was just the opposite – cold, damp, and very windy. I had to abandon my half-finished painting of Motif #1 for another day! My fingers were getting stiff from the cold and my canvas would not stay on the easel. On a perfect painting day, we all met at the Gloucester Loop where I had a nice, close view of the Old Paint Factory, and finished the painting.

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Coastal Blues Exhibit

Here’s some exciting news! A brand new gallery will be opening in Swampscott. Coastal Collective, 434 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA will host their first exhibit in this lovely seaside space. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. I am delighted to have my work included in this show.

The theme of the show is Coastal Blues, and artists are invited to interpret that idea in any way this wish. I chose to take it literally this time. My painting, King’s Beach Seawall (acrylic, 12″ x 22″ framed) is both coastal and blue!

One day while taking a brisk walk on a chilly, windy day I was met with a stunning sight. The sun was breaking through the interesting cloud formations and making the horizon sparkle bright white. It was also casting dramatic shadows on the sea wall. I captured the image with my camera and went straight home to paint it.

This exhibit will be on display through November. When you visit Coastal Collective you will see not only the Coastal Blue Exhibit, but also other work by local artists: pottery, housewares, jewelry and much more.

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Swampscott Fall Show

The Swampscott Art Association is proud to present the Fall Member Show. The members of the association have been invited to share their best work, any subject, any medium. The show will be a treat.

My painting in the exhibit is titled King’s Beach Lights. It is done in acrylic on a 16″ x 20″ gallery wrapped canvas. The painting was inspired one very dark night when I was driving past King’s Beach in Swampscott. No moon or stars were visible, but the inky black water was illuminated by the lights of streetlights and passing automobiles. Each wave was delicately edged with reflections. and the low hanging clouds were glowing with reflected light. I stopped my car and took pictures trying to catch the parade of lapping waves.

There will be an artists’ reception on Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and the public will have a chance to meet and talk with many of the artists displaying their work. The exhibit will hang until October 26 at the Swampscott Senior Center located behind the high school at 200 Essex Street, Swampscott, MA.

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Inspired By Word Exhibit

Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) offers a new exhibit of work inspired by written, sung, and spoken words. My entry in the show was inspired by one of my favorite songs, Deep Purple. I have always liked the soft, relaxing sound of the music and the romantic lyrics which were written in the 1930s and covered by many musicians since then. My painting, Purple Twilight captures the magic of a warm spring evening as the sun sets and the full moon rises, reflecting in the gentle ripples of the water and glowing through the emerging leaves on the trees. It is done in acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas and is 16″ x 20″.

Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) presents an opening reception Friday, September 1 from 5:30-7:30 for “Inspired by Word” Exhibit. GALA openings are open to the public and offer beautiful art, good conversation with interesting people, music, food, and usually other surprises. The show runs from September 1 through October 22, 2023. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Sundays by appointment. GALA is located at 9/1-10/22/23. GALA’s lovely galleries are located at 25 Exchange St., Lynn, MA www.galleriesatlynnarts.org