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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Shore Lights

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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Shore Lights

Connectivity / Diversity Show

Help Celebrate Arts Days in Salem MA and kick off the Memorial Day weekend! The Salem Arts Association will host an exhibit, Connectivity/Diversity, during the Salem Arts Festival. It is an open-themed exhibit showcasing the diversity of artistic and cultural expressions within the community.

My entry in the show is Shore Lights, acrylic, 16″ x 20″. This painting was inspired by an evening walk along the shore of the beautiful beach which runs from Swampscott, through Lynn and all the way to Nahant. That night, there was no moon and it was very dark. The water and sky were black, and the white foam of the waves was illuminated only by the headlights of the passing traffic and the streetlights. The ocean was brightened a bit by reflections from colorful taillights and traffic lights.

The artwork in this show will be on display from May 21 through June 25, 2022. The opening reception will be held Friday, May 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public at the SAA galleries at 159 Derby Street, and also at the SAA virtual online gallery, the online shop, and on social media. Salem Arts Association gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6:00 p.m.

The judge for Connectivity/Diversity will be Linda Mullen. Following 15 years in architecture, Linda launched Grace & Diggs in 2016. Grace & Diggs began as a shop on Salem’s Artist’ Row where Linda sold hats made out of paper bags and provided photo backdrops made out of recycled materials. She credits that experience for helping her set down roots in Salem, grow as an artist, and expand her work into the area of public art. She is involved in multiple committees and advisory groups including Salem Main Streets Steering Committee and Culture House Advisory Board.