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.


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.


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.


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!).


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


Holiday Showcase 11/14-12/20/20 Third Prize

Salem Arts Association is proud to present the Holiday Showcase in our beautiful seaside galleries!

My entry is called Sweet Tidings and I was thrilled that it was chosen for 3rd Prize in the show. This painting was the cover for Harbor Sweets’ annual Chocolate Christmas Calendar box in 2018. Yum! (acrylic, 18×18″ framed, $400.) The Guest Juror was Julie Barry, who for over a decade worked as the Director of Community Arts for the City of Cambridge’s Arts Council, and is now Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Salem, MA. Here is what she had to say about my painting:

“This work is chock-full of joyful attention to detail.   Again, with this piece we see another case of ‘the more you look the more you see’!  I stood in front of the work for more than 10 minutes exploring the scene, with its tiny delicate brush strokes, and I am still not sure I found all the hidden gems there in: a parade of animals, loosed form the pet store by a mischievous elf, on a holiday romp through the snow; other little elves peeking out here and there; the family dancing around a tree…  All of this brought so much joy and delight to see and discover – and I think it is safe to say that we could all use a bit of holiday cheer!”

The show will run from Nov 14 through Dec. 20, 2020. Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays noon-6pm. To visit our virtual gallery and shop, visit salemarts.org!

SAA is at 159 Derby St., Salem, MA right beside Derby Wharf and the Friendship.


Juried Member Show: 11/13 – 12/11/20

The Juried Member Show at Galleries @ Lynn Arts (GALA) will run from Nov. 13 to Dec.11 at 25 Exchange St., Lynn, MA. The theme is Media. This exhibit is based on the best work of the artists who are members of GALA. It will be organized by the artists with guidance from the staff of GALA.

I have two paintings in this show.  High Strung, acrylic, 12″x36″, $300, is a “pet portrait” of my favorite instrument, my banjo. It is painted actual size. My other entry is and Pacific Waves, acrylic, 20×25″, $250, which was inspired by a trip to California where I saw the gentle blue Pacific Ocean for the first time.

There will be both a virtual and open gallery. Hours are Fridays 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sat. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the last Sunday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00. Cheers!



Virtual Fall Art Show 2020 – 2nd Place Acrylic

The Danvers Art Association is staging a virtual Fall Art Show on the DAA website, www.thedanversart.org. which goes up November 9, 2020. Members have submitted art in many different mediums. Because of safety concerns about COVID, there will be no reception or in-person gallery time.

I have 2 entries: Twitter, acrylic, 16″x 20″, $350 –Psyched to receive Second Prize!!! ?  I had painted a smaller version of Twitter, inspired by bright birds in a leafless winter tree, tweeting in the morning near my window. I think it was cardinals and blue jays. It made me think of how fun it would be to paint even more colorful birds against a gray sky on a larger sized canvas.

Black Lives Matter, pastel 14″ x 18″ matted & framed, $250. This pastel was done in a virtual Zoom workshop I took at Salem Arts Assoc, taught by the fabulous artist Janet Schwartz. She had all of us do renditions of her powerful photo of the BLM march in D.C. and it was fascinating to see the many renditions of the same subject from different artists.



Small Works Holiday Fundraiser 11/14-12/24/20

 For the sixth year in a row, the MAA is offering small works at affordable pricing. The Pieces of Eight exhibit is in keeping with the MAA’s long-standing history of offering small works called Hooper’s Treasures. All paintings and other works on paper are 8″ x 8″ and are priced at $100.  Photographs and digital prints are priced at $50. Jewelry and fine crafts are priced at $50 or $100. They make great gifts for art lovers and fellow artists alike. All proceeds of this fundraiser go to support the exhibits, programming, and operations of the Marblehead Arts Association The exhibit will be hung in the Parlor gallery using a grid format for visual impact.
I am happy to be exhibiting five small paintings in this fundraiser. Two of the paintings are views of beautiful Marblehead. One is Abbot Autumn and shows a scene of the iconic landmark amidst colorful fall leaves. The other is Marblehead Light and shows the unusual lighthouse overlooking the harbor with sailboats gliding by. The other three paintings are fanciful images: Sleepy Fox, Rubber Duckies (shown as featured image), and Red Cardinal. All of the paintings are ready to hang and give as a holiday gift or treat yourself!

Feminism & Activism Exhibit 9/18 – 11/4/20

The Galleries at Lynn Arts, GALA, is presenting an exhibit, Feminism & Activism which features art inspired by the Feminist Movement and other activism which has been inspired by the current political situation.

I am thrilled to be part of this show! My art for the exhibit is called “Dear Sirs” and uses my shorthand and typing to send messages a equal rights for women. Stenography is mostly a women’s language; these days, when it is no longer taught in most schools, it is almost a secret women’s language. So it is the ideal language to use in feminist art.

First I wrote a series of letters to the men of the world who have the power to change the system to treat women, more than half the population, fairly. One discusses equal pay and equal job opportunities, one is centered on passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, and one concerns a fair and equal split of household responsibilities. First I took the letter down in stenography on the last page of the stenography pad of my youth, then I typed them. The letters are crumpled, burned and stained with coffee mug rings to represent the long journey women have been forced to take to try to attain equal and fair treatment in the world.

Then the letters were collaged with newspaper articles which covered various aspects of Women’s Rights. An interesting and depressing fact is that all of the articles were gleaned from one regular daily Boston Globe — not a special Women’s Issue, not an issue printed on a day special to the Women’s Movement. Lastly, I smeared the whole collage with the shorthand brief form for “Dear Sirs”, done in translucent paint so the letters would show through. The color is the red of blood & lipstick. It is not painted in a gentle and lyrical way, but an angry slash. It is time for women to stick together and be angry about our unfair treatment, and to not worry about whether think it isn’t pretty.