Art In Giving — New Art!

Art in Giving raises funds for childhood cancer research through the sale of fine arts.

Talented artists exhibit their work with Art in Giving and fifty percent of the purchase price of their artwork sold goes directly to talented cancer researchers working on breakthrough ideas to identify causes of and cures for brain tumors and gliomas. 

 To date, Art in Giving has granted $1.4 million in seed funding to researchers at Stanford University Medical School, Yale University School of Medicine, Barrow Neurological Institute, University of Pennsylvania, The Broad Institute, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, Mass General Hospital, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Our business model increases the amount of money targeted for pediatric cancer research, a severely underfunded area.

  • People buy from us rather than a commercial gallery, and still make donations to their favorite charities
  • Interior designers purchase art for their clients while supporting innovative research
  • Companies purchase art using facility management and gift, not philanthropy, budgets

 With Art in Giving, children with cancer and their families, pediatric cancer researchers, artists, art enthusiasts, and corporations all benefit.  

The recent autumn weather inspired me to paint a picture of golden birch trees I photographed last autumn while taking a drive with my husband. The morning light shone through the leaves and created a golden glow and the colorful leaves sparkled like jewels in the crisp breeze. My new painting, Birch Mountain Morning is painted on wooden board with acrylic paint, 36″ x 36″ framed.


Artoberfest Exhibit 9/3-11/6/22

Three Exhibitions Opening this Friday, Sept 9
Salem Arts New Exhibitions Celebrate Departed Member Rebecca Dunn DeVries, Fall/Halloween Season and New Work by Paul Nathan

Our annual Artoberfest Exhibit is opening this Friday, September 9.  Salem Arts Association asked our local artists to explore Salem’s history with witchcraft, religion, and Halloween.  The resulting exhibit represents their diverse interpretations of the theme and how, by bringing them together, we create a collective understanding of it.

My painting, Autumn Marsh was juried into the show! It is done in acrylic paint on gallery-wrapped canvas, 12″ x 24″. It was painted one perfect autumn morning — crisp and cool, but with warm honey sunshine. I met a group of friends at the Jones River Marsh in Gloucester, MA and we sat together and painted the view. Somehow, even though we were all side by side, we each came away with something different. That is what I love about painting with other artists; each person percolates the same scene through her own heart. And painting en plein air provides an immediacy for me that no other method can. It is one of my favorite things to do.

Salem Arts Association is also hosting Arcane Nonesuch an exhibition of work by departed member artist, co-owner of Scarlet Letter Press, former Salem Arts Association Board Member, and much loved member of the Salem community Rebecca Dunn DeVries.  All proceeds from this exhibition will benefit her daughter Oona. 

The exhibition is sponsored by Pamplemousse who will be providing refreshments for the reception.  Pamplemousse is a European inspired gourmet market with lots of New England charm.  They strive to bring their customers the best products around including fine wines, craft beer, top shelf-liquors, gourmet food, kitchen gadgets and decor.  Pamplemousse has locations at 185 Essex Street in Salem, MA, and 26 Haven Street in Everett, MA.

We also have a new exhibit of the work of artist Paul Nathan.  It’s always a treat seeing Paul’s delightful, whimsical and inventive art work.  We’re very happy to present new work in his gallery! 

Exhibition Dates: September 3 – November 6, 2022

Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 6-8pm

Featuring a music performance by Ryan Kelleher.

Salem Arts Galleries and Shop are located at 159 Derby Street adjacent to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, MA. Regular gallery hours are 12-6 on Saturdays and Sundays.


Marblehead Festival of Arts 2022

The Marblehead Festival of Arts will take place July 1 through 4, 2022 in venues all around the center of Marblehead. Go to www.marbleheadfestival.org to find out details and schedules!

I am excited after several years of Covid to finally be back as part of this fun event. This year I have three paintings in the festival. My painting, Skyline: Boston, acrylic, 28″ x 40″ framed, has been juried into the Painting Exhibit which will take place at Abbot Hall on Washington Street. This painting was inspired by a photograph I took of the Boston skyline one day while I was stuck in endless traffic. I have painted several small studies of the image before finally creating this larger one. The sun was just in the right place to make striking shadows on the buildings and made it, in hindsight, the luckiest traffic of my life.

My painting for the Senior Exhibit is titled Writer’s Block, acrylic, 6″ x 6″. It is done in the Op Art style which is so much fun to play with, in cool shades of blues, purples and greens. I had come upon some of my old dip pens that I used for penmanship in elementary school, and the idea jumped into my mind. The painting is on a chunky canvas which can stand alone, and it is also wired to hang on the wall. The Senior Exhibit will hang in the Unitarian Universalist Church on Mugford Street.

The third painting was done with my favorite MFoA event, Paint the Town, a plein air painting day. This year we enjoyed perfect weather for artists to fan out over the town and find a good local scene to paint. I went to Devereux Beach where scores of people were enjoying the lovely weather under an array of colorful beach umbrellas. Devereux Beach Umbrellas, acrylic, 12″ x 24″ is a scene I have had in my mind to paint for a while, but this is the first time since I had the idea that Paint the Town took place on a good beach day. It was particularly fun because I love working with bright colors. The Paint the Town Exhibit will be shown upstairs in the Marblehead Arts Association building at 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead.

If you come to the Festival, I hope you will take the time to also enjoy the Sculpture, Mixed Media, Drawing, Writing, Youth, Logo, and other events.


Observance: Inspired by PEM 2022

Salem Arts Association members reflect on the Zachari Logan: Remembrance exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum and the Covid-19 pandemic to create works in observance of our personal and collective experience.  Members were asked for work that reflects grief, anger and loss in addition to hope and remembrance.

I chose to concentrate on the remembrance aspect and am delighted that my painting, Free Birds Too, was juried in to the exhibit. This painting represents my memories of rearing my three children through good times and bad. Now that my husband and I are in the autumn of our lives, our children are grown and have flown the parental nest to make lives of their own. They are certainly Free Birds, and at first I was heartbroken to see them go! However, I am happy to have learned that this has given my husband and me a new chance to connect as a couple, to live our lives for and with each other again and remember why we fell in love. It turns out that we are Free Birds Too.

Free Birds Too is painted in acrylic on canvas and is 12″ x 15″ framed. The background is painted with many layers of metallic paints and glazes, inspired by the backgrounds on some of the paintings and panels I have admired in the Asian collection at the Peabody Essex Museum. I like this process because it gives the painting warmth and depth and causes it to look very different in various lights. The three trees represent my three children, who can be seen flying into the distance. The swirling leaves represent the passage of time. And the two blackbirds sitting together in one of the trees are my husband and me, snuggled together, free as birds.

The exhibit Opening Reception will be held Friday evening, July 1, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Exhibition Dates are July 2 through August 27, 2022. The show can be seen online at www.salemarts.org and in person at the Salem Art Association Gallery at 159 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01907. Gallery and shop hours are Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6:00 p.m. 978-745-4850.


Cod Auction 2022 MFoA

One-of-a-kind decorated codfish are up for bid in the Marblehead Festival of Arts “Festival of Cod” online fundraising auction which begins June 13 and runs until July 4, 2022. I am delighted that the Festival has again invited me to be one of the artists decorating wooden codfish in any medium of my choosing.

My codfish this year is titled Marblehead Panorama and is painted with acrylic paint onto the wooden cod made by skilled local woodworkers at Ware Pond Woodworks and Redd’s Pond Boatworks who volunteer their time to cut and finish blank cods for the invited participating artists. The Marblehead Panorama portrays the view of Marblehead Harbor looking from Devereux Beach. It was inspired by my 2019 People’s Choice Award painting for Marblehead Festival of Arts Paint the Town plein air event.

I had intended to create a painting of the beachgoers at Devereux, but the plein air event turned out to be a cloudy, drizzly morning. So instead, I stood under the beach gazebo roof and turned towards the harbor. The sky was dark with just a hint of sunshine breaking through the clouds. The water was absolutely glowing a stunning pale green. It is funny how sometimes the best paintings come from unexpected places.

To check out all the codfish in the Cod Auction, go to www.marbleheadfestival.org, scroll down and click on “Cod Auction is Open!”, then click “Auction Site”, and scroll down to the “Bid for Good” button. There you will find all the codfish. Click on the cod to find all the information about that cod and the artist who created it.

 “Marblehead Harbor Panorama” is on display at Spotted Hound, 160 Washington St, Marblehead, MA


Member Exhibit 5/1-5/11/22

Swampscott Art Association is proud to announce the Spring Member Exhibit which is being held at ReachArts in Swampscott, where I am the Featured Artist Registry Member this month. Here is how ReachArts describes themselves on their website:

“ReachArts is an artistic hub in Swampscott where the community creates, collaborates, exhibits, performs, educates and learns.

We transcend difference in culture, age, ethnicity and economy by fostering a passion for artistic expression that can be shared, respected and appreciated by all.”

My entry in the exhibit is my painting, Knowles Landing (acrylic, 16″x22″) which I painted en plein air at the beautiful Knowles Landing in Gloucester, MA. My husband Tom and I spent an idyllic afternoon there on a hot summer day. Tom sat in the shade and read while I painted as fast as I could before the tide went out and the sun changed position too much! Just as I finished folding up my easel and was closing the paint palette, those two beautiful birds flew into view. It is as if they saw that my painting needed a little bit more!

ReachArts, 89 Burrill St, Swampscott, MA from May 1 to May 11, 2022. The opening reception will be held Sunday, May 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Go Figure Exhibit 4/9-5/14/22

The “Go Figure” exhibit at Salem Arts Association, is an exhibit of figurative artwork, work that represents something in the real world.  Although the main focus of the exhibit is traditional and non-traditional images of people including portraits and nudes – landscapes, cityscapes and still-lives are also on display.

I am proud that my painting, Moondance (acrylic, 8.5″ x 6/5″ framed, $135.) was juried into the exhibit. It is a joyous little painting that celebrates dance and movement and simply being alive!

#SalemArts is located at 159 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970 in the lovely antique yellow house right beside Derby Wharf where the famous Friendship is moored. The Salem Arts Association Gallery is open weekends from noon till 6:00 p.m. and this exhibit runs from the reception on April 9 until May 14, 2022.


Go Away Exhibit 4/9-5/14/22

Salem Arts Association is proud to announce  “Go Away”, an exhibition of images inspired by travel and transportation. It’s the journey not the destination. During this time when travel has been restricted for so many people, artists were invited to take us on a journey that captures the experience and adventure of going away.

My entry — Starship Tripping, acrylic, 11″ x 14″, $225 — is a lighthearted take on the theme. I painted it using bright colors and a playful style. With the serious events we see every day in the news — war, pandemic, climate crisis — I liked the idea of portraying Earth as a united, welcoming place. From my paintbrush to God’s eyes!

The exhibit is located in the gallery spaces on the second floor of the Salem Arts Association’s beautiful antique yellow house right beside Derby Wharf and the Friendship, 159 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970. Hours are noon to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The exhibit will run from the opening reception on April 9 until May 14, 2022.


Salem Arts Show: 3/5-4/2/22

Salem Arts Association is excited to open our 2022 exhibition schedule with a showcase of our member artwork. Our current Salem Arts members are exhibiting their best and newest work showing the community what we have to offer in all of our diverse styles and artistic disciplines.

My entry in this exhibit is Changes, a 4-panel acrylic painting of stylized tree branches with each 12″ wide by 24″ high canvas panel showing one of the four seasons. The total size is 48″ wide by 24″ high. The painting was inspired by the Asian panels at the Peabody Essex Museum and the background is done in many layers of different metallic paints and glazes which gives it a rich and varied look as the light in a room changes.

The Salem Art Association Gallery invites you to the Opening Reception on Friday, March 4, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Exhibition dates are March 5 through April 2, 2022. While you are there do not forget to visit our beautiful Gallery Shop located as you come in the front door. So many one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures by local artists! I have a selection of 8 smaller paintings, miniature original acrylics with tiny easels, and matted prints of my work in the shop.

Salem Arts Association Gallery and Shop are located an antique yellow house by Derby Wharf at 159 Derby Street, Salem, MA. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. www.SalemArts.org 978-745-4850 #SalemArts Info@SalemArts.org


Member Show: 3/4 – 4/30/22

The Swampscott Art Association is delighted to announce that our first exhibit “in a million years”, because of COVID, will be held at the Senior Center in Swampscott -March 4 – April 30! Members of the association will share their best works in a dazzling assortment of styles, mediums, and subjects.

My entry in the show is Snow Berry Cardinal, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 8″ x 10″. Cardinals are such a joy to watch and listen to any time, but they are especially lovely against the snow on winter days. The design on this painting continues around the edges of the extra deep canvas. The painting is wired for hanging, and the depth of the canvas also allows it to stand on its own on a shelf.

The exhibit can be seen at the Swampscott Senior Center Gallery which is located in the back of Swampscott High School. The Opening Reception will be held Friday, March 4, 12 noon until 2:00 p.m.