Summer Splendor 7/1-8/12/23

The Danvers Art Association is hosting an exhibit of summer inspired art at the historic Peabody Institute Library of Danvers. The show will open on Saturday, July 1, with a public reception from 2-4 p.m., and will run through August 12 .  It will be in the Standring Room on the first floor off the library’s lobby (the former periodical room).  Non-members, as well as Art Association members will exhibit their work.

I am delighted that my painting, Devereux Beach Umbrellas, has been accepted into the show. This painting (acrylic, 12″ x 24″) was done on the beach as part of the 2022 Paint the Town plein air event during the Marblehead Festival of Arts. It was a perfect summer day, hot and sunny and the beach was full of people enjoying the shore under a garden of colorful beach umbrellas. The water and sky were bright Caribbean colors instead of the usual New England look. I stood under the gazebo and happily painted until a birthday party took over and I had to complete my painting in the sun. Whew! I could have used my own umbrella!

The show will be judged by Noelle Boc, the popular library director, with ribbons for first, second and third place, as well as honorable mentions. Winning pieces will be announced at the reception. With a keen artistic eye, she does a great job sharing an array of thoughts about the finer elements that make a winning piece extra special.  For the fourth time, a People’s Choice Award will be given in addition to the individual place ribbons. This award will represent the piece voted most liked by the public showcasing the artist and his or her work. The public is invited to view all the artwork throughout the duration of the show and vote for a piece that truly impresses them. Voting will take place at the library. This winning piece and artist will be revealed at the end of the show with a special 

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers is located at 15 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA.


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