We will need to follow the protocols prescribed by the governor, common sense and our respect for others - particularly those that are vulnerable populations. Our volunteers and guests will need to wear masks. The number of people allowed in the space will be limited. Read More
Artists and Supporters are welcomed!
Joining Salem Arts Association entitles you to many benefits. You can participate in our exhibits, receive discounts on workshops and events, even save at local businesses.
All are invited to join! Artists performers, writers, art lovers too. No matter how you define your creative spirit there's a membership for you.
Support The Arts
We need your support now more than ever.
Due to current restrictions we are unable to host events where most of our operating costs are collected. Please consider donations of any amount. In January, after 13-years running, we moved into our new home in theDerby Street Historic District. This incurred substantial cost of renovation we hoped to recoup. Your support ensures we thrive in our new galleries.
On display through September and October we offer the following exhibitions.
"Inspired by PEM" - 14th Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibition
Salem Arts Association presents an exhibition by local artists inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum's collections of art. Artists draw inspiration from any of the work in the PEM's outstanding special exhibits and permanent collection of art and architecture.
Salem Arts Association members and community of artists explore Salem’s history with Autumn, Halloween, Witchcraft, and the Spirit of the season. The resulting exhibit represents diverse interpretations of the theme and how, by bringing them together, we create a collective understanding of it.
North American Reciprocal Museums Program Benefits
Salem Arts Association Members, Artists and Friends, may now receive extra benefits of our participation with the North American Reciprocal Museums Program known as NARM. Enjoy access to 1,000 museums through the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) program. Join our "Artist Master Circle" or as a "Friend of Salem Arts" at Steward or above and receive NARM Benefits PLUS 10% off at our shop and more from local merchants. See a list of NARM Members where you can get free admission and discounts, including here in Salem at PEM and House of the Seven Gables.
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From Our Galleries to Your Home
We're proud to offer affordable, hand-crafted, and locally made creations from artists across the Boston Northshore region and available in our Salem Massachusetts historic location. Salem Arts offers a wide variety of artwork and crafts perfect for home decorating and memorable gifts.
If you can't visit the gallery in person we hope you'll enjoy browsing at our online shop.Shop Online
Salem Arts Association takes this opportunity to bring the galleries to you. In response to the Global Coronavirus Pandemic we strive to continue to deliver on our mission " To bring art, in all its forms, to the community and bring the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts. " Please enjoy our virtual versions of these exhibitions.
Our first Member Showcase Exhibit in the new galleries offers the diverse styles and artistic disciplines of Salem Arts members. Also featuring the Paul Nathan Gallery. More than 200 artworks by 80+ regional artists are included making this our largest exhibition ever.
We're excited to inaugurate our new galleries with a monumental showcase of member artworks.
Young at Art
The Salem Arts Association is excited to offer “Young at Art”, a showcase of artwork from local teenagers. This collection of artworks is created by students from Salem public, private, charter school students, and members of Salem-based organizations between the ages of 13 -19.
This exhibition has been installed in our new "Pickering Wharf Gallery".
Paul Nathan Gallery
We're proud to host the largest collection of Paul Nathan artworks in the world. Nathan's unique process starts with acrylic paintings which are then photographed and composed as collage creating a whimsical and wonderful world uniquely their own.
Paul Nathan has occupied this location since the mid-1980's and through his generosity and vision as an artist Salem Arts Association enjoys presenting our galleries in this space with Paul.
2020 Fundraising Goal - Your Gift Makes a Difference!
Please consider a contribution to the Salem Arts Association as a tax-deductible donation to the continued growth and cultural provenance of the City of Salem. We are very grateful for any help to make this a bigger, better creative place to be! When you donate you may choose to support our mission or let us know in your comment if your donation is specifically for the Paula Beaulieu Memorial Scholarship or the Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship.
NOW OPEN on Derby Street!
Our new home is at 159 Derby Street – a wonderful location and loaded with historic charm. Right next to the Salem Maritime Historic Site. Just down the street from the House of the Seven Gables. Our new neighborhood also shares popular restaurants, shops, Pickering Wharf, and nearby Blaney Pier with the Salem Ferry and cruise ship docks.
This property is owned by Attorney turned Artist Paul Nathan. Paul is a retired lawyer and working artist who had converted his former law offices, two years ago, to a gallery to show and sell his work. You can imagine the challenges of maintaining a single person gallery, so Paul was thinking about what might be next. What’s next is that Salem Arts will move into the space, taking over most of the first and second floors with Paul maintaining a room as his own gallery.
The property’s 300-year history has housed shipwrights, a prestigious paper-stamping operation, and several other businesses and tenants. We’re very proud to become the latest stewards of 159 Derby Street.
This change gives Salem Arts Association the opportunity for an exciting, vibrant, energetic renewal, putting us in wonderful shape for the future.
Paul Nathan's Message to All of You
“I purchased this building in 1987. Around 2012 I began ‘pivoting’ from lawyer to artist. It is a wonderful building. It has historic charm. It sits on the corner of an absolute gem of a public park. The Custom House, the Friendship, the wharf, pedestrians. I can go on and on.
People smile when they walk in. The building just feels good. I would like to continue enjoying it as long as I can. But there is NO REASON I cannot share that pleasure. And in walks Jim Bostick and my new friends on the board of Salem Arts Association.
I look forward and welcome you all.
So let’s get a ‘wiggle on it.’
Let’s make the building a wonderful destination.
Let’s have fun.”
- Paul Nathan